‘Pag-Asenso’ live weekly TV sitcom
By CHITO D. DELA TORRE
Pag-asenso TV Talk Show with host
Ariel Donceras at left.
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
The Department of Trade and Industry provincial office here has taken
one step ahead of its usual promotion programs and services by
launching on Wednesday (March 29) noon “Pag-Asenso”, a live television
program via local channel 7 of Decobeam Cable Television Services
Hosted by DTI’s
information officer Ariel Donceras and directed by senior trade and
industry development specialist Nicerio Cinco, Pag-Asenso gives way to
the different programs of the various government agencies with whom
DTI has existing coordinative agreements.
Donceras said in his
opening spiel that throughout the Philippines, this is the only
program of its kind which uses the television media. Other DTI
provincial offices are using the radio medium, he said.
The Mach 29 launch had
for its guests representatives of the Philippine Information Agency,
Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Agrarian Reform,
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Philippine
National Police, and Department of Science and Technology. Each guest
thanked the DTI for this kind of program that will henceforth be a
weekly one-hour live TV sitcom directly managed by the DTI.
In her message, DTI
provincial in-charge Ruthelma Samonte relayed the felicitations of
regional director Cynthia Nierras who could have been the principal
guest were it not for a pressing and more important engagement that
she had to attend to.
Ninfa B. Quirante endorsed the live telecast and urged the general
public to keep glued to the program every Wednesday and participate by
calling in their comments, reactions or questions, as much as they do
in the Thursday live radio program of PIA over DYMS in Catbalogan.
Engr. Ray P. Gaspay,
cable operations chief of Decobeam, said that the only role that the
CATV network has is providing a permanent telecasting cable direct
from Decobeam to the Pag-Asenso studio which the DTI set up at
the agency’s southern section. Technical personnel from both the DTI
and Decobeam jointly help keep the program’s smooth and clear
Since the program is
non-earning, DTI is not paying a single centavo to Decobeam and
neither does it collect any amount for the participation of guesting
Samonte and Donceras
both revealed that this TV program has long been conceived of by the
DTI-Samar, except that it could be made possible that week after a
thorough study and getting the participating agencies enlisted for
The launch was
originally planned for 12 high noon but since line and control testing
had to be made, it finally had to come about after the guests were
treated to a meantime inaugural luncheon which featured a especially
cooked tahong meat.
Cinco told this writer
that the program, though yet without a name about five months ago,
took a more concrete form during the DTI year-end national assessment
and planning workshop in Luzon.
also serves as a medium for showcasing significant achievements made
in the expanded meaning of progress and development in which a
peaceful and orderly social and business environment is a necessary
ingredient to approximate success.
completes another P10-M Covered Court project in 5 Samar towns
By RICKY J. BAUTISTA
April 8, 2006
CATBALOGAN, Samar – Representative Catalino “Cata” Figueroa (2nd district – Samar) of the
ruling Lakas Nacionalista Party has reported another six covered court
projects worth millions of pesos, in at least five municipalities in
his district, 100 percent completed.
In a recent turned
over ceremony, Figueroa said he has again fulfilled his vow to most of
his constituents especially the youths, to have their own “anti-bad
weather” covered courts for their barangay affairs consumption.
The solon said these
projects, considered as “priority projects” has been personally
requested to him by several municipal and barangay officials under his
“For them to avail of
our CDF (Country Development Fund), we allotted some P1.5 million to
P2 million funds for each constructed courts in several Samar
villages,” the solon said.
From the months of
January to March this year, the Samar solon has turned over completed
covered courts in Brgy. Poblacion, Calbiga (worth P2-M); Brgy. Magaan,
Zumarraga (P1.5-M); Brgy. Bac-hao, (P1.5M) and Brgy. Bagacay (P2M),
both in Daram Island; Brgy. Bunu-anan, Catbalogan (P1.5M) and another
P1.5 million worth of court project in San Sebastian Samar.
In behalf of their
constituents, Mayor Neliptha Figueroa of Zumarraga, Mayor Arnold
Abalos and other village representatives gave thanks to the solon
during the separate turned over ceremonies held recently.
In his message, Rep.
Figueroa has also announced that similar covered court projects (worth
P1.5M) are now also on-going and in near completion in the villages of
Brgy. Mabini, Basey; Brgy. Guintarcan, Villareal; Brgy. Cagutsan and
Brgy. Silanga in Catbalogan, all in the second district of this
To recall, the solon
said the covered court projects are just one of his priority
infrastructure projects in his district along with farm-to-market
roads, barangay roads, school buildings, executive buildings he
accomplished last year.
Army vows to crush
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, (PIA - Samar)
April 6, 2006
Manuelito Usi explained to the media how the army is winning the
battle against the CPP/NPA as the author at far left listens
CATBALOGAN, Samar – If
there had been a series of skirmishes between the army and the NPA
rebels these are legitimate encounters in a bid to vanquish the enemy.
These were the bold pronouncements of the 8th Infantry
Division, Philippine Army Inspector General LtCol. Manuelito Usi
during the Catbalogan Cable TV Media Advocates Nucleus (CCATMAN)
Usi said that the
troops are now in a full battle gear relentless operations to crush
the enemies of the state. He said they will not be given a chance to
recover and move about. Speaking both on TV and on radio where he was
also guest in PIAs Huruhimangraw, Usi challenged the NPAs whom
he calls enemies of the state to face the soldiers boldly.
He also called them
“bobo” because he said they could not spell coffee and king flakes in
the list that was part of the recovered documents in a camp overtaken
by the government troops. The camp located in San Jose de Buan was
believed to be serving as a hospital because of the equipments. The
government troops also recovered a generator, and computers.
The official also said
that the NPAs are recruiting low quality cadre because they could not
recruit better ones, Usi noted. The Samar populace he said are now
aware of the deception the NPAs employ, so they could not recruit the
more educated ones.
Usi also mentioned
that despite the left celebrating the 37th anniversary, this could be
their loneliest anniversary, he said because of the series of defeats
that the army has inflicted on them.
The army official said
their success is partly because of the civilians who relay information
about unusual activities in their area. The enemy, he said is now on
the run and may eventually be cornered. They will be searched
everywhere, even in the forest, in the hills and even in urban areas.
The enemy, he said is everywhere. But we are closing in on them!, he
fearlessly said over the radio.
As of 2004, Usi said
that there are are just a little above a thousand NPAs where some 600
only are armed. The official believes that their (NPA) force has
declined through the years. Though Usi is also concerned about the
backing of some legal NPA fronts, he still boldly announced his quest
to topple down the NPA and crush them in the battlefields.
While Usi was so
passionate about his cause, his buddy Maj. Mangintonong Tocalo of the
8th ID Civil Military Operations Unit urged the rebels to
surrender and avail of the government program on Bring a Rifle,
Improve your Livelihood (BARIL) where an NPA can exchange his arms
with a livelihood package that would sustain him as he returns to
inducted, KAPUSO launched
By OSCAR A. LABRO
April 5, 2006
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
More or less, 300 representatives from the different community
associations of Samar, converged at the Samar State University,
Mercedes Campus last March 4, 2006 at 9:00 in the morning. The whole
day activity, which was also a reunion of leaders and community
organizers, was initiated by the KALICAS (Katig-uban Han Mga Lideres
Ug Community Associations Han Samar) convenors, Messrs. Doy L. Lontes
and Fernando Niego. The overwhelming response to the KALICAS
invitation was in time for the commemoration of the 3rd founding
anniversary of the said organization.
KALICAS had its formal
organizing last February 8, 2002 under the leadership of Mr. Rudy
Raytos. With its primary purpose of equipping its members with
livelihood opportunities as a registered cooperative, KALICAS
initiators have presented project proposals and development programs
for funding, which is expected to empower its members and ultimately
bring socio-economic reforms in their respective communities.
The reunion was
highlighted by the induction into office of the newly elected set of
officers. A reorganizational meeting held last February 11, 2006 at
the Boy Scout Bldg. Catbalogan, Samar resulted in the election of Mr.
Federico M. Porcil as President; Parding S. Aban, Vice President;
Susana M. Babon and Susana R. Marco, Secretaries; Marita L. Ecleo,
Treasurer, Cecilia M. Poblete, Assistant Treasurer and Elmer P.
Ponferrada and Celestina B. Abit, Auditors.
Hon. Catalino V.
Figueroa, congressman for the 2nd District of Samar, did the honors of
inducting the said officers. In an inspirational message delivered by
the congressman immediately after the induction, he challenged the
leaders present to be more responsive to the calls for good
governance. He encouraged the group to be more participative in the
social issues and be conscience-stricken in their succeeding choices
of government officials to ensure that the basic needs of the
Samarnons be effectively addressed. Hon. Figueroa fearlessly exposed
and lambasted the poor governance and political priorities of the
incumbent provincial chief executive, which he said, is adversely
affecting the development of Samar, making more Samareños poorer and
people’s lives more miserable.
Anniversary was also graced by Hon. Neliphtha Figueroa, Municipal
Mayor of Zumarraga and President of the Mayor’s League of the
Philippines, Samar Chapter. Mayor Figueroa proudly narrated her
accomplishments in the municipality of Zumarraga with this statement,
“ Kun nabuhat ko ini ha Zumarraga, kaya ko liwat ini buhaton ha bug-os
nga Samar, kun iyo kikinahanglanon an akon serbisyo.” She further
jokingly replied, “Deri la ako maglalakat o magjo-jogging…madalagan
gud ako!”, when asked for her possibility to run for a higher
provincial position in the next local elections. It must be recalled
that Mayor Figueroa was heard criticizing and condemning the kind of
governance that the Samarenos are receiving from Governor Mila Tan.
Her track record in the government service is now being placed under
scrutiny by the voting public as a possible strong gubernatorial bet
for the province.
Finally, the KALICAS
disseminated an open letter for all Samarnons to get united in
initiating socio-economic and political reforms. Simultaneous with the
anniversary celebration, was the launching of the KAPUSO. This will
serve as the political arm of the KALICAS. Hopefully, the KAPUSO will
pursue its advocacies for a more transparent political agenda,
corrupt-free bureaucracy, clean and honest elections and an empowered
searches for “a beauty who cares for the environment”
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
April 3, 2006
Philippines Earth Eastern Visayas beauties during their visit to Tacloban City Mayor Alfredo "Bejo" Romualdez.
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The search for a true Filipina beauty who cares for and will truly
help in the preservation of the environment is currently ongoing in
Eastern Visayas. This is the Search for Miss Philippines Earth Eastern
Visayas, Mr. Adonis Kintanar, the search chairman, revealed.
Mr. Kintanar said that
the theme for the search is Woman of today: voice of environment,
defender of nature and Mother of Earth. As the theme connotes, the
search is looking for the woman who best elucidates a quintessential
woman with the elements of beauty, grace, wit and love for Mother
The prejudging will be
held on April 4, 2006, 12:30 in the afternoon at the MacArthur Park
Beach Resort while the Pageant Night will be held on April 5, 2006,
7:00 o’clock in the evening, at the Leyte National High School Gym,
The winners who will
receive big prizes in cash and in kind, are expected to actively
promote and get involved in the preservation and protection of Mother
Earth, Mr. Kintanar, added.
Expected to act as
judges are personalities from the Region who are known not only for
their leadership skills, charismatic personalities, commitment to
service and most especially for their keen eye for beauty.
Managing the Search is
the Synergist Event Productions, the regional franchiser holder for
this year’s Miss Philippines Earth Eastern Visayas. This year’s search
is Carousel Productions’ reinvention and improvement of the concept of
beauty competitions for the new millennium.
The winner will
hopefully be the epitome of the Eastern Visayan woman who is not only
beautiful but socially responsible not only for her fellow Eastern
Visayans but most especially endowed with natural devotion of caring
and preserving the natural bounties of nature which abound in Region
Solon pushes for free
education for children with disabilities
Alliance of Volunteers
April 3, 2006
MANILA – Children
with disabilities should be provided free public education and related
services to integrate them into the mainstream early in life,
according to a party list lawmaker.
“They may not belong
to the average block but children with special needs or disabilities
can learn and develop skills that would help them become productive
members of society given the right education and support they need,”
Rep. Eulogio “Amang” Magsaysay of the Alliance of Volunteers Educators
Magsaysay has filed
House Bill 5312 seeking to provide children with special or
individuals with disabilities the necessary tools to upgrade their
Magsaysay, an educator
himself, stressed the importance of education as it paves the way for
people with disabilities to focus and develop their strengths.
“We should allow these
people to discover themselves, develop their skills and potentials and
teach them to live freely and as independently as possible,” Magsaysay
Magsaysay cited the
case of Roselle Ambubuyog who, despite being blind, graduated summa
cum laude at the Ateneo de Manila University and of Grace Padaca, a
polio victim who is currently the governor of Isabela province.
“These ladies have
risen above their disabilities with the support of their families and
communities and through education,” Magsaysay said.
Magsaysay said that by
integrating these disabled individuals into society through good
education and work opportunities, these disabled persons could have
normal and productive lives.
“These persons with
disabilities have the same aspirations like everyone else. By
empowering them through education, we are strengthening our human
resources as a nation,” Magsaysay said.
proposed the creation of the Bureau of Special Education (BspEd) in
the Department of Education to be the principal agency to administer,
carry out and undertake programs and activities concerning the
education of individuals or children with disabilities.