Clifford Cyril Y. Riveral, the Division Inspector General, led
the 8ID soldiers in reciting the Pledge of Peace during the
Annual Peace and Consciousness Month commemoration at Camp
Vicente Lukban, Brgy. Maulong, Catbalogan City on September 1,
8ID joins the
nation in the observance of the Peace Month
By DPAO, 8ID PA
September 5, 2014
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN –
The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division joined the whole nation in
commemorating the Annual Peace and Consciousness Month during the flag
raising ceremony at Camp Vicente Lukban, Brgy Maulong, Catbalogan City
on September 1, 2014.
With its annual theme
“Nagkakaisang Bayan Para sa Kapayapaan”, the troops prayed in unison
through a harmony prayer for peace by Cpt. Randolph E. Lanaja, the
Command Chaplain. After which, Col. Clifford Cyril Y. Riveral, the
Division Inspector General, led the 8ID soldiers in reciting the
Pledge of Peace as a reminder of the Division’s advocacy in “Winning
Maj. General Jet B.
Velarmino, 8ID Commander, on the other hand, expressed his high regard
in the AFP’s observance of the National Peace. He said that the event
makes a soldier realize how important his role is in achieving peace.
By recognizing that winning peace is an individual soldier’s mandate,
he is doing his share to realize this mission.
“This commemoration of the
Annual Observance of the National Peace reflects our sincerity in our
efforts in ‘Winning the Peace’. Our pledge is to support peace in
every way possible. I am certain that everyone wants peace as much as
we do. With the enhanced commitment of our partners in LGUs, NGOs,
other stakeholders and above all, the continuous support of the local
people, achieving this goal will never be impossible”, he added.
D. CANDIDO, PIA Eastern Samar
September 3, 2014
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar – The Provincial Health Office of Eastern
Samar in partnership with the Health Organization Mindanao (HOM) with
the support of United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund
(UNICEF) and Action Contre la Faim (ACF) International will be
conducting a Samar-wide Nutrition Summit this coming October at
Serenada, Baybay Boulevard this city.
According to Ms. Sallie C. Jabinal, Provincial Nutrition Action
Officer, Province of Eastern Samar, the main goal of the said summit
is to ensure that strong commitments are made by leaders from the
different sectors of our society and take the event as a platform to
focus on nutrition as a social justice issue.
Jabinal added that this summit is also anchored on the belief that
preventing malnutrition must include various multi-sectoral
initiatives, such as poverty reduction, improvements in basic health
care, infrastructure, and sanitation, food insecurity reduction,
better response during and after emergencies, and many others.
She further said that the campaign on the "Zero Malnutrition Now" is
up which sends a strong statement that we need to speak out together
for a more just and fair society, highlighting on the power of coming
together and making the case public for strong action of leaders.
"If malnutrition will not be addressed within the first two years of
life, it affects in long term on the over-all human productivity and
economic development", Jabinal said.
The participants of this summit are Provincial Governors of the three
provinces, City / Municipal Mayors and policy makers/planners are the
primary target of this Summit.
The advocacy should bring them to support the nutrition initiative by
creating ordinances and allocating adequate budget for the program to
Also invited are Nutrition Champions who will be speaking out about
the campaign's aim and the need to tackle malnutrition such as young
advocate, an expert or activist on the issue, religious leaders,
academe, local celebrity or performers and media.
About 100 participants are expected to attend the said summit.
This summit is also in partnership with Plan International, Bukidnon
Resource Management Foundation Incorporated (BRMFI), Save the Children
and Teres de Hommes.
NHA awards 200
housing to PNP personnel
By RPCRD, Police Regional
September 3, 2014
CAMP RUPERTO K KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – The Police Regional Office 8 through the leadership
of PCSupt. Henry P. Losañes, Regional Director announces that Two
Hundred (200) units housing in Brgy. Tagpuro, Tacloban City has been
awarded to deserving PNP and NUP and to be occupied the soonest
possible time while still waiting for the go signal from the National
Another Two Hundred Fifty
(250) additional units are still waiting for pre-qualification
Before the end of the year,
PNP and Non-uniformed personnel can occupy the housing units the
government built for them which would address the problem of six out
of 10 policemen who do not have their own houses and would boost the
morale and welfare of the men in uniform.
The Regional Director
declared that Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCO) who are victims
of Typhoon Yolanda with no house and lot anywhere in the region has
given top priority.
With a large number of PNP
personnel who could not afford to provide themselves and their
dependents a decent abode with their meager income, the PNP issued a
guideline on the PNP Housing Project based on the declaration of
President Benigno S. Aquino III for the release of P4.2 billion for
the housing of police and military personnel.
The said housing project is
a Flagship project of President Benigno S. Aquino III for the AFP and
PNP Personnel under the NHA Socialized Housing Program through the
Community Initiative Approach to Housing Development aimed to
maximized beneficiaries from the AFP and PNP who are low-income
Total housing projects of
20,000 units will be offered to qualified AFP and PNP personnel
The guidelines will set
forth all the parameters on who would be given priority and who could
avail of the housing project as it is intended for PNP personnel who
belong to the “low-income bracket”.
trafficking press conference. From L-R, Atty. Maria Roda
Cisnero (IJM), Asst. City Prosecutor Jed Ng (IACAT) and DSWD-8
officer Charis Rosal.
activities more likely to increase in EV
By RAY P. GASPAY
September 2, 2014
TACLOBAN CITY – Anti
human trafficking groups in the country feared that human trafficking
activities might increase in eastern visayas after super typhoon
Yolanda hit the region in November last year.
In a press conference held
in this city today attended by anti-trafficking groups International
Justice Mission (IJM) and Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT)
and with the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the
region (DSWD-8), the group stressed that it is a common occurrence for
human trafficking activities to increase in a highly devastated area
considering that the affected people are in immediate needs for
In a status report of human
trafficking in the region by the social department, DSWD officer
Charis Rosal said that there was a significant increase of the total
cases reported from 38 as of 2013 to 44 as of the 2nd quarter of 2014.
"Most of the recent victims are from the Yolanda affected areas
because of the need for money. Victims are even aware that they will
end up in prostitution, and yet parents are even pushing their
children for recruitment", Rosal stressed.
The DSWD in the region is
now campaigning hard against human trafficking thru the conduct of
forums and awareness programs in every locality up to the barangay
level. "The increase in cases reported for trafficking could be the
result of our massive campaign. People are now starting to report
suspected trafficking", said social worker information officer Vina
The Inter-agency Council
Against Trafficking Regional Task Force headed by city prosecutor
Ruperto Golong reported that the total cases now filed in court is 45
as of August 2014.
The fight against
trafficking in the region is still in its early stage. "As of date,
there's still no conviction in human trafficking cases filled in our
courts in the region. Some cases were even dismissed due to
non-appearance of the victim for 3 consecutive court hearings", city
prosecutor Golong said. The national figure from the IACAT shows that
indeed there was low conviction of human trafficking in the country
with only 29 from year 2005-2010 though drastically increased to 93
from year 2010 to April of 2014, totaling 122 convictions.
Human trafficking refers to
the recruitment, transportation, transfer or harboring, or receipt of
persons with or without the victim's consent or knowledge, within or
across national boarders by means of threat or use of force, or other
use of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of
position, taking advantage of the vulnerability of the person.
The anti-trafficking law,
Republic Act No. 9208 was enacted into law in 2003.
IACAT national officer Atty.
Jed Ng, in the press conference, informed that an inter-agency, with
the funding support of the UNICEF, is now in its effort in
establishing Help Desks in various sea ports and bus terminals in the
region in a move to prevent trafficking activities, especially that
Yolanda affected areas are now very much vulnerable.
PRO8 joins national
crime prevention week celebration
By RPCRD, Police
Regional Office 8
September 2, 2014
CAMP RUPERTO K. KANGLEON,
Palo, Leyte – The Police Regional Office 8 through the leadership
of PCSupt. Henry P. Losañes, Regional Director joins the celebration
of the National Crime Prevention Week. This is the high time of the
PNP to raise crime prevention awareness and generate support from the
public particularly the students.
The 2014 NCPW is celebrated
on September 1-7, 2014 with the theme “Krimen ay Labanan, Karapatan ay
Igalang tungo sa Mapayapang Pamayanan”. The focus of the activities
for this year is on crime prevention program advocacy for students of
secondary and tertiary schools.
The first week of September
of every year is designated in observance of NCPW under the auspices
of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM). The Presidential
Proclamation No. 461 which aims, among others, to increase public
awareness on the importance of crime prevention through cooperation
among and between the community and the different law enforcement
PCSupt. Losañes assures the
public that all the advocacy campaigns lined-up for the NCPW will be
partnered with the strengthened anti-criminality campaign all
throughout the region. He strongly believes that everyone has a role
in helping the community become safe and peaceful. Thus, he asks the
continuous support and partnership from the different members of the
LGUs, barangay executives, academe, media practitioners, the
government and private agencies, and other sectors of the community,
to help the PNP in addressing the root causes of crime in our
Furthermore, the public’s
cooperation is likewise very vital in preventing crime in the
community. Thus, the PNP encourages the public to provide relevant and
timely information and other unscrupulous activities through social
media (Twitter - @PcrdPro8 or through the following: Dial 117 or text
Chiz to fund
barangay officials’ PhilHealth premium in 2015
By Office of Senator Chiz
September 2, 2014
PASAY CITY – Senator
Chiz Escudero will fund the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)
premium of all barangay officials in the country for 2015.
Escudero, chairman of the
Senate Finance Committee, said next year’s budget will have all
barangay officials in the country covered by the National Health
Insurance Program (NHIP) through PhilHealth benefits.
The senator said he will put
a special provision in the PhilHealth budget to include an amount
intended to cover the premiums of barangay officials who are not yet
enrolled in the government health insurance program.
An estimated 600,000
barangay officials from the country’s 42,000 barangays will stand to
benefit from this healthcare program. Currently, under a Department of
the Interior and Local Government Memorandum, barangay officials are
enrolled in PhilHealth depending on the capacity of the barangay to
pay their premiums.
increased budget, the inclusion of all barangay officials as its
members can be made mandatory. As public servants who are in the
frontlines of public services, the members of the Sangguniang Barangay
should have access to healthcare assistance, which is a universal
basic service,” Escudero said.
“We will not wait anymore
for the NHIP to identify barangays and its members for enrollment as
this will slow down the delivery of a much-needed basic service which
is elusive to most of our barangay officials,” the senator added.
From its P12 billion budget
in 2013, PhilHealth’s appropriation amounted to over P37 billion as
full national government subsidy for the health insurance premium of
over 15 million families for 2015.
According to the Department
of Health (DOH), 82 percent of the total population or around 80
million individuals are already covered by PhilHealth. It says the
goal is to boost its coverage to more than 90 percent of the total
population by the end of 2015.
Escudero explained that the
estimated 600,000 to 700,000 additional members from the Sangguniang
Barangay, including barangay tanods, to the existing number of
individuals that are covered by the health insurance is very well
within its absorptive capacity.
Under the Local Government
Code, a barangay chairman, along with the other barangay officials,
should get paid between P600 and P1,000, and Escudero said the
compensation they are receiving is enough proof that the health
insurance is a need rather than an incentive.
“Their compensation is not
even enough to buy the most basic of medicines, much more pay for
hospitalization bills,” said Escudero.
Barangay officials, as
listed, will be classified as members earning P8,999 and below, and
shall pay P100 as monthly premium.
Chiz asks PNP: What
is being done to stop kidnappings?
By Office of Senator Chiz
September 2, 2014
PASAY CITY – Senator
Chiz Escudero has expressed alarm over the rise in kidnapping cases in
the country, as he put to task the Philippine National Police (PNP) to
step up its campaign to arrest the perpetrators in order to allay
fears of a restive public.
Escudero, who chairs the
Senate Committee on Finance, said crimes brazenly done in broad
daylight is an indication of the criminals’ contempt for law and order
and a clear mockery of police authorities.
“Why are criminals so
emboldened nowadays to perpetrate their crimes in public? Why do these
things happen under the noses of our police authorities?” Escudero
asked. “I have received feedback from friends who have witnessed
kidnappings or relatives of victims who have been subjected to
abduction and have paid ransom for their releases. There’s a segment
of the community who is already in panic and there must be a concrete
action to abate these crimes and prevent the spread of alarm among the
Recent incidents of
kidnap-for-ransom have been reported with the perpetrators even
killing their victims. Last week, Chinese-Filipino businessman Benito
Chao was snatched in Bulacan and was found dead hours after. The
kidnappers were reported to have asked for a P20-million ransom but a
series of negotiations by the family has brought it down to P15
Just yesterday, a photo went
viral showing a group of heavily-armed men appeared to be forcing
passengers of one vehicle at gun point to get out while in the middle
of EDSA. When police authorities arrived, the gunmen were gone.
“These are crimes that do
not even hide under the cloak of darkness anymore. It is very
disturbing. These are the reported ones, but I am sure there are more
which have remained unreported by the victims and their families out
of fear of retaliation from their aggressors.
“I ask the PNP to intensify
its campaign against criminals and beef up security to protect the
public. The people need to be assured that they can walk our streets
to and from their homes,” Escudero said.
task force to boost Anti-Hazing Law
September 1, 2014
Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. has signed a memorandum
circular for the creation of an inter-agency task force in order to
step up government’s response to fraternity violence and strengthen
the implementation of the Anti-Hazing Law.
“President Aquino shares the
concern of many parents and educators over the violations of the
Anti-Hazing Law,” Ochoa said.
“The task force seeks to
address the need to ensure that there is justice for hazing fatalities
and their families. At the same time, we have to look at whether the
law can be improved so that its objectives are met.”
Under Memorandum Circular
No. 68 which Ochoa signed on August 28, the Secretary of Justice will
lead the task force and will be given the full executive authority
within the law to carry out the functions of the interagency body.
The task force chair may
also give direct operational instructions to any member agencies,
which include the Departments of National Defense and the Interior and
Local Government, the Commission on Higher Education, the Philippine
National Police, the National Youth Commission and the Office of the
Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs.
One of the key functions of
the inter-agency task force is to review the Anti-Hazing Law or
Republic Act No. 8049, which was put in place in 1995, in order to
prevent fraternity violence similar to the back-to-back incidents
involving students from two prominent universities last July.
The inter-agency body is
also tasked to formulate policies and develop modes of coordinating
and monitoring of the implementation of programs, projects and
guidelines to prevent hazing fatalities, according to the memorandum
circular which takes effect immediately.
The task force is ordered to
submit a periodic report to the Office of the President.
Prevention Week 2014 highlights respect for rights
By MYLES JOSEPH E.
August 29, 2014
TACLOBAN CITY – This
year’s celebration of the National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW)
focuses on the respect for personal and property rights as a way to
attain peace in the community. Thus shared Regional Director Pedro A.
Noval Jr. of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
Eastern Visayas about the regional launching of NCPW in Tacloban City
on September 1, 2014.
Dir. Noval said the NCPW
theme, “Krimen ay Labanan, Karapatan ay Igalang tungo sa Mapayapang
Pamayanan” may be seen in various ways. “Authorities must respect
people’s rights in their aim to solve and deter crimes. On the other
hand, people must remember to observe the rights of their fellows in
exercising their own freedoms”, he said.
To highlight the week-long
campaign, a program will be held at the Eastern Visayas State
University (EVSU) at 8:00 AM in Tacloban City in a joint celebration
with the 114th Civil Service Anniversary, which has its theme, “Tapat
na Serbisyo Alay Ko, Dahil Lingkod Bayani Ako”.
EVSU President Dr. Dominador
Aguirre will give the Welcome Message, while Napolcom OIC ARD Atty.
Danilo C. Tan will introduce the Keynote Speaker, DILG-8 RD Noval.
In line with the Civil
Service Month celebration, a representative from CSC will lead in the
Panunumpa sa Watawat and Panunumpa ng Kawani ng Gobyerno.
Police Regional Director
C/Supt. Henry Losañes will lead the reading of the NCPW Standard
Message and the Simultaneous Whistle Blowing activity. Napolcom OIC
Atty. Danilo N. Rosillo will render the Closing Message. Intermission
numbers will be provided by the EVSU Dance Group.
Started in 1994 by
then-President Fidel V. Ramos, NCPW is meant to highlight the need for
the cooperation of society in coming up with effective ways to deter
With all-time record high of cases in a month since
TUCP reiterates call to
declare HIV/AIDS national epidemic
August 29, 2014
QUEZON CITY – Labor
group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) reiterated its
appeal to the Department of Health (DOH) to declare a national
epidemic on the alarming incidence of human immuno-deficiency virus
(HIV) that causes the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
following a recorded all-time high record of 585 cases in July last
month since the government begun monitoring the phenomenon in 1984.
"We are putting the DOH
leadership directly responsible for the rise of HIV incidence in the
country. The department has been complacent if not passive with its
approach towards addressing the phenomenal rise of the problem. That
is why we are repeating our call to make such declaration so that it
can go out of its way and marshal much needed energy, focus and
resources to reduce the virus spread," TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay
After a dramatic shift from
2 infection rate per hour to one, the TUCP urged the DOH in May this
year to declare HIV/AIDS as national epidemic similar to other
debilitating diseases so that it can mobilize its political and
economic resources in coping with the problem.
Aside from plans of buying
and distributing more condoms by next year, the department has no
other counteroffensive strategy to combat the development of the
incurable virus now attacking young adult workers who are otherwise in
their productive years, most particularly in men having sex with men
community, he added.
The DOH rather assigned its
HIV/AIDS strategy to attached Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC).
Mandated by law as the
central advisory, planning and policy-making body for the
comprehensive and integrated HIV/AIDS prevention and control program
in the country, the PNAC, however, is going moribund due to its lack
of budget and leadership to actualize its HIV/AIDS targeted plans and
programs for the country.
"The PNAC has a very good
and determined secretariat but it doesn't even have a real budget to
perform its primary duty as multi-agency and multi-sectoral approach
to the challenge. Currently though the PNAC is relying on the budget
from the DOH and has been static due to internal and external
problems. But with the declaration, the PNAC can be spurred into
action," Tanjusay stressed.
Governed by a council, the
PNAC is made up of different government agencies, NGOs and civil
society sectors with TUCP representing labor. It is supported by
various committees in implementing conceived plans and programs.