Felipe L. Rojas Jr., the Deputy Chief PNP for Administration and PCSUPT Henry P. Losanes, RD PRO8 leads the Inauguration of PRO8
Regional Staff Quarters during the 113th Police Service
Anniversary on August 11, 2014 at Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte.
113th police service anniversary
By RPCRD, Police Regional
August 11, 2014
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) celebrates 113th
Police Service Anniversary today, with the theme: “Pulisya-Kaagapay ng
Mamamayan Para sa Patuloy na Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran”. Police Deputy
Director General Felipe Lozada Rojas, Jr., Deputy Chief, PNP for
Administration graced the said momentous occasion held in front of
PRO8 Admin Building, Camp Kangleon, Palo, Leyte.
PDDG Rojas, the Guest of
Honor and Speaker presented the awards and decorations to PNP Units
and personnel for their outstanding achievements.
Individual awardees include:
Achievement Award in the Field of Police Administration - PSSupt.
Brigido Unay, PD Leyte (Police Commissioned Officer Level) and SPO4
Isagani Medida Villanueva (Police Non-Commissioned Officer Level);
Achievement Award in the Field of Police Operations – PSInsp. Raul
Tundag Sarabia (PCO Level) and SPO1 Ruel Dianito Subang (PNCO Level);
Achievement Award in the Field of Police Criminal Investigation –
Psupt. Elmer Beringuel Cinco (PCO Level) and SPO1 Mark Alexis Salazar
Ruita (PNCO Level); Achievement Award in the Field of Intelligence –
PCInsp. Marben Manaog Ordonia (PCO Level) and PO3 Abelardo Jabonero
Llanita (PNCO Level); Achievement Award in the Field of General
Support – Pinsp. Yasmin Fevidal Vilches (PCO Level); SPO2 Severo H.
Abuda (PNCO Level); NUP Anabella Cobacha Juanico (NUP Supervisory
Level) and NUP Jinky Gamba Negrido (Non-Supervisory Level).
Meanwhile, police units
awardees include: Regional Highway Patrol Unit 8 - Achievement Award
in the Campaign Against Organized Crimes; Samar Philippine Public
Safety Company - Achievement Award in the Campaign Against Insurgency;
Regional Health Service 8 & Regional Crime Laboratory Office 8 -
Achievement Award for General Support Services; Leyte PPO, Southern
Leyte PPO, Eastern Samar PPO, Northern Samar PPO, Samar PPO, Biliran
PPO, Ormoc CPO, Tacloban CPO and RPSB - Plaque of Recognition for
Disaster Rescue and Relief Operations.
Special Awards – Plaque of
Recognition - PSI Karlov Caesar Lobina Camposano and Posthumous Award
to PO2 Adelfo G. Lopez.
PDDG Rojas, assisted by
PCSupt. Henry Losanes, RD PRO8 led the awarding during the said
Also part of the celebration
was the Inauguration of PRO8 Regional Staff Quarters and the Turn-Over
by the Korean Military and Inauguration of Regional Special Training
Unit 8 facilities and Opening Ceremony for PNP Scout Class 46-2014.
The celebration of the 113th
Police Service Anniversary is a major event for the Philippine
National Police as it commemorates the evolution of the founding
anniversaries from the Insular Constabulary, Philippine Constabulary
and the Integrated National Police and now the Philippine National
PCSupt. Losanes expresses
his appreciation and gratitude to all its personnel for another year
of police service. RD PRO8 also recognizes all uniformed men and women
who had served with distinction both in the field of law enforcement
and anti-criminality, as well as in various aspects of public service.
With the PNP’s plan for
genuine transformation through its P.A.T.R.O.L. (Peace and order
Agenda for Transformation and upholding of the Rule 0f Law ) Plan 2030
and the Chief PNP’s Strategic Focus CODE-P and Beyond, the PNP assures
the public that it will continue to provide Serbisyong Makatotohanan
and implement all reforms in the organization to provide better police
Corrupt successor will send
PHL back to GMA dark ages
PNoy’s gains, not his term
By Office of the Senate
August 8, 2014
PASAY CITY – Senate
Majority Leader Alan Peter “Companero” S. Cayetano said he is all for
extending the reform agenda of President Benigno Aquino III's
administration but not the term of the chief executive.
"I have been fully
supportive of President Aquino and his administration's 'Tuwid na Daan'
reforms and platform of good governance which have led to an
impressive economic growth. Moving forward, the Filipino electorate
must choose a leader who will continue what the Aquino administration
has started," Cayetano said.
The Senate leader said
Aquino has done more than enough for the country and deserves to enjoy
his life with his family when he steps down by the year 2016.
The President himself as
well as the Palace have said that he is not interested nor favors in
Charter Change nor term extension.
Aside from its economic
gains, the Aquino government also proved to be committed to the
principles of transparency and accountability by stopping the abuse of
public funds and putting powerful politicians-turned-alleged
plunderers behind bars.
"Choosing the next chief
executive in the 2016 elections will be crucial. It will determine if
we will continue to move forward or go back to a GMA type of
governance where protest and instability were constant because of
widespread corruption," he said.
Cayetano also stated that
while criticisms against the present administration are good to the
extent that they serve as check and balances, ideas and proposals on
how to help Filipino families cope with everyday problems should be
"And I see the Aquino
government's sincere desire to do just that. But if we truly believe
in President Aquino, we should not endanger his legacy by putting a
corrupt official into power," he said.
"Huwag tayong magpabulag sa
matataas na ratings at political propaganda. Magkakaroon lamang ng
peace of mind ang Pangulo kung alam niya na ang susunod na presidente
ay ipagpapatuloy ang kanyang mga reporma."
Cayetano believes that when
there is zero tolerance for corruption in government, Filipino
families will have better access to improved social services, “Because
every peso stolen by corrupt politicians is a peso that should have
been spent for services for the Filipino family.”
No to 4-day
workweek, TUCP accuses Petilla of transferring power policy failure
burden to workers
August 7, 2014
QUEZON CITY – The
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) strongly opposes any
move that would implement a four-day compressed workweek scheme and
daylight savings time to conserve power proposed by Department of
Energy Undersecretary Jose Layug Jr. amid the looming power crisis in
“The DOE’s failure to have a
policy on power security and competitive rates directly led to this
crisis. How dare the DOE now try to impose labor policy? Why will
workers sacrificed to answer for the policy failure and lack of
forward planning of the Department of Energy? When did workers become
the safety net to assure high profits for power generation and Meralco?",
said Louie Corral, TUCP executive director.
“And besides, sagad na sa
kakatipid ng kuryente ang bawa’t pamilya dahil ito na ang pinakamataas
na halaga ng kuryente sa Asia, papano pa sila magtitipid? Have they
lost all decency? Is this their idea of the social contract of our
government with its people? Their cavalier treatment of the SONA
directive to consult and their easy conclusion of who must pay the
price speak volume about what we can expect from the both of you
during the DOE leadership,” he added.
In this power crisis, all
must bear the burden and all must sacrifice but Petilla apparently
does not seem to share this sentiment. Instead of time-bound and
transparent multi-sectoral consultations, Petilla is very quick to
dump the burden on worker while he insensitively undertook
negotiations for expensive power barge rentals. Petilla apparently do
not understand correct sequencing.
“President Aquino told him
during SONA to consult first but he interprets this as "let's make a
deal!" he added.
TUCP spokesperson Alan
Tanjusay explained that a compressed four-day work week may mean
workers will have no overtime for extra hours of work. It will also be
stressful directly affecting the health of workers. For daily wage
earners, it would mean one day less of wages.
Tanjusay reiterated the call
TUCP made with the Nagkaisa labor coalition in April to President
Aquino to convene a multi-agency, multi-sectoral task force to
generate a national response and work towards solutions-- a clear
policy on power supply, price and a coherent strategy out of the
He said the DOE failed the
consumers by not applying a full options approach which would have
nipped the crisis in the bud or minimized its impact. The DOE, he
said, rather contently sleepwalks from crisis-to-crisis applying one
band aid solution after the other but what they really did was
surrender the real power policy making to Meralco and to the
generation sector actors – neither wants a secure power supply or a
Almost 80,000 students to
benefit from landmark measure
ng Bayan’ bill to provide better opportunities for poor families and
By Office of the Senate Majority Leader
August 6, 2014
PASAY CITY – “Let us set
aside all talks of politics and focus our efforts on Filipinos
families and how to address their day-to-day problems like how to
provide quality education for their children.”
This is the call made by
Senator Alan Peter S. Cayetano to his colleagues in the 16th Congress
as he rallied support for the Iskolar ng Bayan bill which he said
would provide quality education to almost 80,000 students every year
if enacted into law.
“This is one issue we could
all agree on, no matter what political color you carry: that access to
quality education is a right, not a privilege, even at the tertiary
level. Let us provide Filipino families, especially the poor, the kind
of education that would make their lives better,” Cayetano, author of
the measure, said.
Senate Bill No. 2275,
otherwise known as the Iskolar ng Bayan bill, proposes the government
mandates all state universities and colleges (SUCs) to give automatic
admission and scholarship grants to the top ten (10) public high
school students of their respective graduating classes. It has been
approved on third reading by the Senate and has recently hurdled the
appropriations committee in the House of Representatives.
Under the measure, SUCs are
expected to grant free tuition and other school fees to the Iskolar ng
Bayan in all SUCs.
“According to the latest
data from DepEd, there are a total of 7,913 public high schools
operating for school year 2013-2014. That is roughly 79,130 students
who are sure of going to college if this measure is made law, or
79,130 Filipino families who have a chance of waking up to a better
future,” Cayetano stated.
“Let us show them that they
are still our number one priority by approving measures like the
Iskolar ng Bayan bill; measures that will directly address the
Filipinos’ daily problems.”
Cayetano said the enactment
of this measure becomes particularly important now that the PDAF has
been abolished by Congress, leaving some 400,000 scholars on their own
to fend for their schooling.
He particularly cited the
experience in Taguig City and its local government’s strong stance
against corruption, a policy that has propelled the city to be one of
best cities in the country to live in.
“In 2010, the city’s
scholarship fund was at a measly P5 million while the allocation for
garbage collection was P500 million. It was a clear injustice. But
when Mayor Lani won her first term, the contract for garbage hauling
was cut and the savings was used to fund a scholarship program. Now
with P400-million worth of scholarship funds under the LANI
Scholarship Program, over 24,000 scholars since 2010 were given the
opportunity to go to college and in the process find better and higher
paying jobs in the future."
“This is how it should be
throughout the country. If we want to help Filipinos families have
better lives, we have to focus on what is really important. First, let
us cleanse our government from corruption; then, let us maximize the
benefits of our people. Kapag bawal ang corrupt, bigay todo ang biyaya,
mas masaya ang bawat pamilya” he said.
intelligence handler, 11 other enemy casualties killed in various
guerrilla actions in EV
By Efren Martires Command,
August 5, 2014
The Efren Martires Command
(EMC) of the New People's Army (NPA) in Eastern Visayas (EV) today
claimed responsibility for the punishment of an intelligence handler
of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, as well as inflicting 11 other
casualties killed on the enemy side in various guerrilla actions in
"The special operations
group of the EMC carried out the death sentence of the people's court
on Jojo "Jerson" Rafales last August 1 at 5 p.m. in Calbiga, Samar,"
said Ka Karlos Manuel, EMC spokesperson. "Rafales was a paramilitary
CAFGU element and was sentenced to death for setting up intelligence
networks in Calbiga, Pinabacdao and Basey towns. He was involved in
the killing of activist leader Rodolfo Dagumay Basada in Pinabacdao
last June 29, and the attempted killing of another activist, Ariel
Dacallos, in Calbiga last July 31. Seized from Rafales was a .45
pistol and two spare magazines."
In other developments,
Manuel said that the NPA also dealt 11 casualties killed in action on
the 8th Infantry Division. "Last Aug. 2, Red fighters of the EMC
harassed 21 elements of the 87th Infantry Battalion then on operations
in Brgy. Magdawat, Pinabacdao, Samar. The gunbattle raged from 10 a.m.
to past 12 noon. Five enemy soldiers were killed in action while the
NPA had no casualty. Meanwhile, last July 11, an NPA sniper team shot
and killed one soldier of the 87th IB's 19-element "peace and
development team" then operating in the same barangay. The NPA
harassments were in punishment for the military's various human rights
violations in Calbiga and Pinabacdao on top of the people's continuing
sufferings in these towns after Super typhoon Yolanda."
"Five soldiers were also
killed and six wounded last June 17 after a platoon of Red fighters of
the Mt. Amandewin Command defended itself when the 19th IB attempted
to raid their encampment in the area between Brgy. Hugpa and Brgy.
Mahilaum, Ormoc City. There were no NPA casualties in the 50-minute
gunbattle. But the following day, the 19th IB battalion commander went
to the abandoned NPA camp for photo ops and boasted to the media that
the NPA had many casualties, just to cover up their shameful defeat."
The EMC spokesperson said
the NPA will step up tactical offensives in Eastern Visayas to defend
the people from the Aquino government's atrocities. "The people of EV
are still suffering after Super typhoon Yolanda but they are now being
battered by the Aquino government's Oplan Bayanihan. Thus the NPA is
supporting the people's struggle to oust the Aquino regime and fight
for genuine reconstruction through revolutionary change. Because the
Aquino regime is corrupt, unjust, cruel, rotten to the core and
treasonous in the extreme, it is bound to fall like the Marcos and
Division, Philippine Army celebrates its 26th Founding Anniversary
By DPAO, 8ID PA
August 2, 2014
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army
celebrated its 26th Founding Anniversary on August 1, 2014.
Gracing the occasion was Lt.
Gen. John S. Bonafos, Commander, Central Command, who was also the
guest of honor and speaker. The activity was well-attended with the
presence of key stakeholders throughout the region. Hon. Sharee Ann
Tan-Delos Santos, Governor of Samar; Hon. Mel Senen S. Sarmiento, 1st
District Congressman of Samar Province; Hon. Emil L. Ong, 2nd District
Congressman of Northern Samar; Hon. Ronaldo S. Aquino, Mayor Calbayog
City; Hon Antonio B. Delos Reyes Jr., Mayor of Biri, Northern Samar;
Mr. Virgilio DC Galvez, Philippine Information Agency Region 8, Deputy
Director General, Mr. Rommel Rutor, President, Stormtrooper Press
Corps, PCSUPT Henry P. Losanes, Police Regional Director 8 and
representatives from the Republic of Korea Armed Forces.
The celebration started with
a field mass and was followed by wreath laying for the fallen soldiers
of 8ID for the year 2013-2014.
Lt. Gen. Bonafos praised the
active and exemplary performance of the Stormtroopers. In his message,
“This is an opportune time to commend the Stormtroopers for the
accomplishments and the successes you have made in weakening the enemy
by constricting their movements and activities.”
In addition, Bonafos also
praised the Stormtroopers for its part in the Humanitarian Assistance
Disaster Response when super typhoon Yolanda struck the region.
“Talaga namang nakakamangha ang ginawa ng mga sundalo ng 8ID at ito ay
nasaksihan hindi lang ng mga kababayan natin ditto sa ating Bansa,
kundi maging ang mga tao sa buong mundo.”
Meanwhile, as 8ID celebrates
its 26th Founding Anniversary the following are its accomplishment for
CY 2013-2014 in performing its mandate as the protector of the people
and the state in Eastern Visayas: It has initiated 56 encounters
against NPA rebels which resulted to the neutralization of 8 NPA
rebels and the recovery of 22 high-powered and 16 low-powered
In addition, it facilitated
the surrender of 50 NPA rebels to the government who brought along
with them eight (8) high powered and 15 low–powered firearms. Under
Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the Office of the
Presidential Assistant on Peace Process (OPAPP), the Division was able
to facilitate the release of P1.19M benefits for 21 of the
surrenderees. Other surrenderees who have not yet received their
benefits are still on process and due to be release anytime.
In performing its mandate,
12 of our comrades made the ultimate sacrifice of defending our
beloved country, while 18 soldiers were wounded in action (WIA) during
the same period.
The Division was also
instrumental in the declaration of 20 of 26 towns of Samar and 21 out
of 24 towns of Northern Samar as Manageable Conflict-Affected and
Development-Ready areas. By year-end 2014 all the remaining towns are
expected to be declared as MCADR. Meaning, peace and order will be
stable as NPA influence and presence in the said towns will be minimal
and can be adequately addressed by the local governments units thru
the Philippine National Police.
Maj. Gen Jet B. Velarmino,
Commander of the 8th Infantry Division in his message said, “During
the 26 years of the 8ID’s struggle to maintain peace, its partnership
with the peace-loving stakeholders of Eastern Visayas was the source
of its inner strength in coping with the challenges along its path in
the pursuit of peace and development. We were and are indebted with
the people for the things that have we accomplished.”
“With the stakeholders as
the partner of the Division in all its endeavors, I am full of
optimism that the partnership will hurdle all the challenges that lie
ahead,” he added.
RAFI-KAC now open to
serve the public
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
August 1, 2014
CITY – The new camp site of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Kool
Adventure Camp (RAFI-KAC) formally opened its doors today with an
inauguration ceremony attended by no less than Department of Education
Undersecretary for External Linkages Mario Deriquito and Cebu Governor
Hilario Davide III.
A flagship program of RAFI under its Leadership & Citizenship focus
area, RAFI-KAC is the first and only fully dedicated Adventure
Education Center in the Philippines. Its mission is to equip
organizations and individuals with the character, competence and
citizenship to be leaders of change, through powerful learning
What sets it aside from other institutions involved in team building
and adventure programs is that they are mostly for entertainment and
leisure, while KAC is a whole lot more.
In the words of RAFI President Roberto “Bobby” Aboitiz, “RAFI-KAC is a
serious attempt to build leadership attributes in the Filipino youth…
The Center will offer programs that are designed to be fun, but in
purpose to promote self-confidence, trust, optimism, positive
attitude, courage, respect for others, and the assumption of one’s
responsibility for one’s own future.”
KAC started in 1999 and has since conducted over 300 adventure
programs to a total of over 10,000 participants for both the youth
development programs and professional development programs.
"The critical first step towards creating real change in the community
is the belief and confidence that you can make the difference. Through
specially designed and facilitated learning experiences, all our
campers experience personal empowerment and breakthroughs in what they
believe they can achieve,” said RAFI-KAC Camp Director Edvan Loh.
“Our campers also graduate with strong leadership skills and team
values which are tested, practiced and developed throughout the course
of our programs. This is how KAC best supports RAFI's thrust of
touching the lives of people we serve," he added.
Loh leads a competent staff that went through a rigorous training
regimen before they were made to handle any program. The training
involved Risk Assessment and Management, CRC Safety Standards, First
Aid and Basic Life Support, Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics as well as
training on soft skills such Adventure Programming, Facilitation, and
Games and Initiatives Leadership.
A number of RAFI-KAC’s senior staff members are also certified as
Leave No Trace Masters Educator, Kayak Coach and Wilderness Medical
First Responder and Challenge Ropes Course Practitioner, and are
proficient in Abseiling and Lifesaving, with trainings received in
international institutions like National Outdoor Leadership School,
Outward Bound Singapore and Project Adventure.
RAFI-KAC is likewise an organizational member of the Association for
Experiential Education based in the US. Through this affiliation, the
RAFI-KAC staff members are able to learn from experts in the field and
benchmark with the best practices from all over the world.
The new site is located at KM 42 of the transcentral highway in
Barangay Cansomoroy, Balamban town, in south-western Cebu. It is about
an hour-and-a-half drive to the west from Cebu City via the
“We need to have a permanent location for the KAC so that our target
participants will achieve better learning experience from the much
improved facilities and new course elements that we are integrating in
the camp,” said RAFI Chief Operating Officer Dominica B. Chua, in
explaining why the Foundation devoted significant amount of resources
in building the camp.
In particular, RAFI-KAC’s Youth Development Programs include Character
and Leadership Adventure Camps, Land and Sea Expedition Programs,
Urban Heritage Backpacking and Eco-Adventure Service Learning
Programs. The Professional Development Programs, on the other hand,
include Adventure Training & Consulting, Challenge Course Synergy
Programs, Leadership & Development Adventure Courses and Corporate
RAFI KAC will also offer the following courses focused on developing
more adventure educators in the country: Outdoor Educators Training
Course, Leave No Trace - Outdoor Ethics Trainers Course, Adventure
Training Course for Teachers and Games & Initiatives Workshop.
“These state of the art amenities and adventure programs in the camp
site complements our desire to make the Kool Adventure Camp a premier
center for experiential learning in this part of the region,” said
She emphasized that safety is a paramount priority for RAFI KAC, which
is why it is ingrained in the organizational systems, program
procedures and the staff, particularly in the compliance with policies
and adherence to protocols, as well as benchmarking with international
standards and practices. Local operating procedure and risk assessment
and management also guided the programming design to ensure all
activities have been approved to be safe for the participants.
Loh said that “in the Philippines, RAFI KAC is the only associate
member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), a
trade organization serving Challenge Course Professionals all over the
world, whose purpose is to promote the use of Challenge Courses and to
set minimum standards for Challenge Course installation, operation and
RAFI-KAC’s regular program offering is a three-day, two night
challenge ropes course program, but its courses can be as short as a
single-day program or as long as a ten-day combined land and sea
expedition activity with a service learning component. RAFI-KAC can
also fully customize a program to meet the training needs of
participants and clients.
For additional information, interested individuals and organizations
may visit www.kac.rafi.org.ph, or contact RAFI-KAC at (032) 260-9000
local 1001, or email email@example.com.