Gov. Daza distributes
relief goods to Northern Samar flood victims
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte –
For Northern Samar Governor Raul Daza, there is no weekdays or
weekends when it comes to reaching out to his needy constituents.
This weekend, Governor
Daza when reached by the Philippine Information Agency, was busy going
around the 35 barangays of Catarman,
Northern Samar, giving relief goods to the 16,000 families who were
affected by the flooding which occurred just before the year 2006 bid
Governor Daza said
that together with the officials of the province, he is distributing
six kilos of rice, sardines and noodles plus P500 in cash to each of
the 16,000 affected families in the province of Northern Samar.
He said that this is
the best the province could do while waiting for more help from the
National government and other donors. He said that the national
government, through the National Disaster Coordinating Council, has
sent 500 sacks of rice to the province and the province requested NDCC
through the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council for another 500
sacks of rice.
Governor Daza added
that 82 barangays in the eight municipalities of
Northern Samar namely, Catarman, Pambujan, Silvino Lobos, Mondragon,
San Roque, Catubig, Lope de Vega and Las Navas, were affected by the
flooding. He said that in Catarman alone, 36 barangays were affected.
The active Governor
sighed that a total of 609 houses were damaged (164 - totally and 445
partially damaged) in Catarman, Northern Samar.
To make the situation
worse, a landslide occurred in Brgy. Diit de Suba, Silvino Lobos,
Northern Samar which buried a house. Six were confirmed dead and 3
In the municipality of
Mondragon, three people were confirmed dead while in Pambujan town,
one was confirmed dead. This brings the number of people who died in
the Northern Samar flooding to ten, Governor Daza said.
Eastern Samar’s most
wanted person arrested in Talalora
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA 8)
January 6, 2007
most wanted person of Eastern Samar Edilberto Aquino (extreme
left) was presented to media at the Samar Provincial Police Office
on Friday (January 5) during a press conference.
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Eastern Samar’s most wanted criminal Edilberto Aquino y Brozas, 32,
married and presently residing at Barangay Cabacungan, Talalora, Samar
was arrested by a combined forces of Talalora and Samar Provincial
police elements led by Provincial Criminal Investigator Joseph
Pensotes on Janaury 4, 2006.
The police reported
that Aquino was wanted in Eastern Samar and that a warrant of arrest
CC Nr. 54-05-01 was pending for Robbery with Violence by Band with the
Use of Firearms.
The Warrant of Arrest
penned by Judge Elvie Lim of Regional trial Court Branch 4, Dolores,
Eastern Samar said that Aquino has a recommended bail of P200,000.00.
In a media
presentation, the suspect told the local media in Catbalogan that he
had been detained in Dolores, Eastern Samar but was able to escape
along with other inmates. He then married someone from Cabacungan,
Talalora, Samar and had stayed in that barangay where he was arrested.
SPO3 Samuel Rosales of
the Samar Provincial Police Office told PIA that his men were alerted
by a civilian in Talalora tipping the presence of Aquino; Samar PPO
then coordinated with other Municipal Police Stations in Eastern Samar
for a possible criminal record of the suspect. The efforts yielded a
faxed warrant of arrest.
Said suspect will soon
be turned over to the Eastern Samar Police jurisdiction, Rosales said.
“We do not want to be
accused of sweeping somebody’s backyard,” Rosales informed.
His arrest has given
Samar Police Director Asdali Idjah Abah another accomplishment
following his lucky streak of disbanding a pirate-team that has been
operating in the Samar-Masbate-Bicol area. Abah and his men though
have yet to unravel a sticky situation when the pirates arrested
implicated some barangay officials in Tarangnan town who were said to
be the buyers of the stolen motor engines.
motorboat engines in Tarangan coastal village
By ELI C. DALUMPINES (PIA
January 5, 2007
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Elements of the Samar Police Provincial Office (SPPO) based here at
Samar ’s capital recovered 16 motorboat engines in an operation
conducted in Brgy. Bonga, a coastal barangay in Tarangnan town,
SPO3 Samuel C.
Rosales, who led the PNP operatives to Brgy. Bonga, said the engines
were voluntarily surrendered by the fisher folks of the said barangay
who allegedly purchased the equipment in a cheap price from the group
whom the police have collared recently.
According to Rosales,
this came after they aired to the barangay residents that they are
contemplating to implicate those who have purchased engines from the
said group who were engaged in piracy.
The police officer
informed though that they are expecting to recover more stolen
motorboat engines in the next few days as they are planning to
intensify their anti-piracy campaign.
Samar PNP Director
PSupt. Asdali Idja Abah, in an interview, informed that this is in
line with his command’s drive against piracy which has started in mid
December last year when police authorities intercepted suspected
pirates in the waters of Tagapul-an.
To recall, police
authorities arrested two suspected pirates in the vicinity of Brgy.
Labangbaybay, Tagapul-an last December 18 following reports that a
group of pirates victimizing motorboat operators were operating is
said island town.
The police arrested
Joel R. Sanico, 24 and Jerry R. Mondera, 22, both residents of Brgy.
Bonga in Tarangnan and confiscated four motorboat engines which the
suspects are about to dispose to any interested buyer.
The suspects are now
detained at the Samar Provincial Jail after the police filed Piracy
charges against them.
9 dead in landslides,
drowning in Northern Samar
By NENE A. MANZANARES (PIA Northern
January 4, 2007
Catarman Public Market area and Bus Terminal was among the areas
affected by floodwaters on Friday (December 29) due to continuous
heavy rains for several days. At least 13 barangays of the capital
town Catarman in Northern Samar were reported affected, prompting
its residence to evacuate to the Catarman Cathedral for temporary
Samar – Reports coming in from the different towns are not so good
for the New Year. Due to the heavy rains last week that caused flash
floods and landslides in the different towns of the province, data
reaching the Provincial Disaster Management Unit (PDMU) disclose that
five were confirmed dead in the landslides at Brgy. Diit de Suba in
Silvino Lobos town, two died from drowning in the flash floods in
Mondragon, while an infant died from a snake bite in the same town.
Another died from drowning and his dead body was found in Pambujan.
Those who died in the
landslides were Pablo Gallamora, 56 years old; Junjun Acero, 2 years
old; Julius Taco, 5 years old; Langga Taco, 12 years old; and Violeta
Gallamora, 50 years old. All were residents of Brgy. Diit de Suba in
Silvino Lobos. Emmanuel Soriano, 14 years old who is a resident of the
same barangay is still missing.
In Mondragon, another
town of Northern Samar, Jeryme Ymata, 5 years old and Jacky Ymata 4
years old died from drowning in the flash floods that occurred last
week. An infant Jenelyn Roplo, 8 months old died from a snake bite.
The body of Bernardo
Cerbito who was reported missing last week was found in Pambujan.
Reports have it that Cerbito was trying to save his carabao from
drowning during the height of the flashfloods.
The continuous heavy
rains caused by the cold front and the easterly wave, two weather
systems that occurred at the same time have wrought havoc in the
province claiming lives and destruction to hundreds of hectares of
Tales of horror from
survivors continue to haunt the Nortehanon who is trying to forget
this tragic episode of their lives. Almost everyone agree that this
was the first time that floods reaching more than five feet have
occurred in the different areas of the province.
In Catarman, the
capital town, houses near the Catarman river bank were washed away.
During the height of the floods people evacuated from their windows
using fishermen’s boats.
Radio station DYSM
manager Fermin Honey who reported to the station as early as 5 AM last
Friday almost met an accident when his motorcycle collided with a
bamboo being washed away in the street floods of Brgy. Bangkerohan.
He was stranded at the station for one day as the floods reached the
fourth stairway and came only inches away from the floor of Station
A seminarian who went
on foot from Catarman town to the higher areas of Brgy Cawayan said
that he saw two snakes swimming in the street floods of Brgy.
Light and ordinary
vehicles could not “fight” the current from the street floods which
were being reinforced by rain waters coming in from the mountains of
Brgy. Macagtas. Only the army trucks from the 803rd Brigade and some
sturdier vehicles roamed the streets of Catarman and the nearby towns
as rescue operations were going on. The said barangay is located
along the Catarman river bank.
The Catarman Cathedral
was practically “filled to the brim” with more than two thousand
evacuees seeking shelter from the cold and continuous heavy rains that
pummeled the town. Other evacuees went to school buildings and
reports say that the easterly wave continues to hover in the Visayas
area mentioning specifically Leyte and Samar. People in this part of
the country can only pray that what occurred in the last days of 2006
will not make a repeat performance in the early or any day of 2007.
Installation of new
LNHS principal puts to an end decade-long squabble
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The ten year squabble between the erstwhile principal and the
faculty of the Leyte National High School was formally brought to an
end with the installation of a new principal Wednesday.
Mr. Miguel Daguinod
was formally installed Wednesday morning (January 3) as the new
principal of the Leyte National High School, by no less than Dr.
Teotimo Orbeso, the Tacloban City Schools Division Superintendent.
Prior to his
assignment at the Leyte National High School, Mr. Daguinod was the
principal of the
Tacloban City High School.
In an interview with
Dr. Orbeso, he told PIA that the installation of Mr. Daguinod came
after he issued an order reassigning Mr. Dumdum to the Tacloban City
As agreed during the
dialogue at the Philippine Information Agency, Dr. Orbeso also ordered
the temporary reassignment of four other faculty members to other
schools within the City Division.
reassignment of three of the seven faculty members, were deferred
until June of 2007 because they are master teachers and the Division
deemed it necessary to retain them at Leyte National High School as it
is difficult to look for their replacements.
Dr. Orbeso expressed
hope that peace will now prevail at
and that the students and faculty will focus on quality education
especially because there are but a few months before the end of
He also lauded Mr.
Dumdum and the seven faculty members especially the four male faculty
members who fulfilled their agreements and showing that they have word
Two hours before New
Year: power resumes in Northern Samar
By NENE A. MANZANARES (PIA Northern Samar)
January 2, 2007
Cross Northern Samar Chapter volunteers delivering boxes of relief
foods for the flood victims seeking refuge at the Catarman
cathedral Friday afternoon.
Samar – It could have been a dark welcome for Year 2007 in Northern
Samar had it not been for the efforts of the local Northern Samar
Electric Cooperative (NORSAMELCO) to do everything just to bring back
power into the province which was recently hit by heavy rains causing
floods in some towns.
Nearly two hours
before the strike of
12 midnight, people in Catarman were heard shouting with joy as Christmas blinkers
and hundreds of homes were seen all lighted up to welcome Year 2007.
The province was without power for more than three days after it was
hit by floods last Friday just two days before the end of the year.
Continuous heavy rains
caused by the tail end of the cold front and the easterly wave
severely affected thirteen barangays of Catarman Poblacion forcing
residents to flee to higher grounds. About four thousand evacuees
sought refuge at the Catarman Cathedral while scores of others went to
the nearest school houses and barangay halls.
According to PIA
Northern Samar staff Ailene N. Diaz who volunteered in attending to
the needs of the evacuees at the Cathedral, the Catarman Parish led by
Bishop Emmanuel Trance and members of the religious sector joined
hands in providing food to the evacuees. Since kitchen facilities at
the Cathedral could not meet the immediate cooking demand at the
height of the evacuation, members of the religious sector particularly
the Couples for Christ distributed rice to the nearby homes to be
cooked and later picked up by the volunteers.
Other towns were
severely hit by floods. These are the towns of Mondragon, San Roque,
Pambujan, Catubig, Las Navas, Bobon, and Lope de Vega, Silvino Lobos
suffered landslides including some barangays of Mondragon.