TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– As the new mayor officially took his post Monday, he assured the
city government employees of his support and enjoined them to continue
working on their respective field of assignments towards the
betterment of public service.
Speaking before an
overwhelming attendance during the flag raising ceremony (in which he
led), Mayor Alfred Romualdez, said he look forward to working with
everybody in the city government and at the same assured them of
continuity. Mayor Alfred was referring to the good projects and
programs that was left by former Mayor Bejo Romualdez, which he said,
he will make them even better.
According to the new
mayor, he has a different style of management, and that he wants to be
closer to every employee. As part of his own style, he would call on
every employee or by department, for dialogue to find out their
conditions, situations, and what other concerns they have, so he
(Mayor) would know where he could come in and help address a
“You know tapos na ang
election, and I feel that mataas and expectations ng mga Taclobanon sa
atin, especially sa akin. So I would really appreciate it and ask that
we work together”.
During his short
speech, he also took the opportunity to thank those who supported his
candidacy during the last election, and for who did not, he said, he
respect their opinion.
“Everyone will be
treated fairly, basta ako ang number one lang dito, is our loyalty to
our people, lets show them that we are capable of ‘di lang good
governance, but excellent governance for your future and the future of
Tacloban City”, he said.
Meanwhile, during the
oath taking ceremony last June 30, the young Mayor Romualdez, also
offered his hands to government and barangay officials present, to
working together for the City of Tacloban as he envisions more
projects and programs during his incumbency.
Leyte to develop
Government Center into commerce and leisure hub
Provincial Media Relations Center
July 3, 2007
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The provincial government of
Leyte is currently underway to hold a Business Summit this
November for interested investors and locators at the
Government Center in
This was revealed by
Gov. Carlos Jericho “Icot” Petilla that on his second term as Leyte
governor, part of his big project is to develop the 105 hectares
property which is the Government Center.
The business summit,
it was learned, is primarily aimed to gather together investors from
in and outside the country who would want to invest at the said
According to the
governor, the provincial government has brewed up a development plan
for the government center in the hopes of making it a commercial
center and a leisure destination that would result to job creation and
make another stir economy wise in this side of the region.
He revealed that part
of the development plan is to make the government center into a
commercial area, with a theme park, a golf park, a hotel including
some areas for residential units.
He also said that the
I.T. industry would still be one of the provinces major selling point
via the PEZA declared IT Park which is the
“This property is 105
hectares. Diri ka la masiring nga commercial area la an aton himuon.
Makuri ito punuon. We will develop it into a comprehensive, self
contained community,” Gov. Petilla said.
He added that he would
like to maximize all the potentials the area can offer to generate
jobs, income and development for the
The unifying effect of
the Pintados Kasadyaan Festival, showcase of Eastern Visayas culture
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The staging of the Pintados Kasadyaan Festival on June 29 which
showcased the unique Eastern Visayas culture drew the interest of
thousands of people both from the other parts of the country and from
other foreign countries.
This annual activity
which is a tribute to the Patron of Tacloban City and the province of
Leyte, had caused the crowd to fill up the streets along the parade
route as early as 12:00 noon.
The staging of the
Pintados Kasadyaan Festival entails the cooperation of both the
government and the private sector. As Mayor Roque Tiu, the founding
president of the Pintados Festival, it is impossible to hold the
Festival without the support of all the stakeholders.
The business sector
and the academe, the young people of the Region and the academe all
join hands in order to stage the yearly Festival.
Ten Pintados Tribes
and 17 merrymakers groups participated in the Pintados Festival while
there were six entries in this year’s Kasadyaan Festival.
The Pintados Festival
will not reach its 21st year if the Taclobanons did not merrily
welcomed the celebration of the Pintados Festival on June 29, 1987.
The Festival is a brainchild of a group of pro-active businessmen in
the city who saw the need to organize a big relevant event that would
set a joyful mood as a fitting homage to the Patron of Tacloban, Señor
Composed of then
Parish Priest now bishop of Naval, Msgr. Filomeno Bactol as chairman,
Atty. Roque A. Tiu as the President, OIC Mayor Butch Veloso as the
honorary chairman, Manager Shane Lim of Tacloban Coca Cola Plant,
Manager Rommel Gonzales of the Philippine Airlines, Manager Mon
Torralba of San Miguel Corporation, Mr. William Chan, Mrs. Evelina
Acevedo of the Katolinan Dance Company, among others, formed the
Pintados Foundation, Inc. This group made a thorough research with the
help of the experts in the culture and the arts, and finally came up
with the Festival that kindles appreciation for the Eastern Visayan
The Pintados Festival
showcases the ancient practice of body painting and shows how the
Visayan ancestors came to accept Christianity and develop great love
for Santo Niño.
After 21 years, the
Pintados Festival grew to be one of the landmark events in the
province of Leyte drawing Visayans from all over the world to come
home just to be part of the annual festivities.
It is now celebrated
jointly with the Kasadyaan Festival of Festivals, making the
celebration of the feast of the Santo Niño an event the people of
Tacloban and Leyte can truly be proud of.
The Kasadyaan Festival
was first staged in 1996 as project of the Eastern Visayas Regional
Tourism Council through the inspiring leadership of then Governor, now
Congresswoman of the First District of Leyte, Hon. Remedios L. Petilla.
This year’s winners of
the Kasadyaan Festival are the Buyogan Festival of Abuyog, Alikaraw
Festival of Hilongos and the Lingganay Festival of Alangalang, The
other entries to this year’s Kasadyaan Festival include Binaybay
Festival of Baybay, Tribung Paghidait Festival of Palo and Pasaka
Festival of Tanauan, all of the Province of Leyte.
But as one
participant said, it is not the winning that counts, it is the
privilege to be part of the people who unite themselves to pay homage
and tribute to Señor Santo Niño, the Patron of Tacloban City and the
Province of Leyte.
33rd Nutrition Month celebration focuses on adolescents
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
July 2, 2007
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
From breastfeeding of babies then in the past year, this time
adolescents’ food choices and lifestyles become the center of the 33rd
Nutrition Month celebration this July 2007.
In a meeting presided
by Samar Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) Ms. Alva Gadin said that
this year’s theme is: “Healthy lifestyle ng kabataan, landas sa
The National Nutrition
Council (NNC) and Local Government Units are mandated to coordinate
the celebration of nutrition month (section 7, Presidential Decree no.
491 or Nutrition Act of the
Gadin added that
the theme focuses on the nutrition and health needs of Filipino
adolescents particularly on the consumption of nutritious food to
prepare them for adulthood and the practice of healthy lifestyle to
stay fit and healthy.
The World Health
Oragization (WHO) defines adolescents as those aged between 10 and 19.
WHO noted that the
increasing prevalence and incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCD)
during adulthood result from faulty nutrition and lifestyle practices
during pre-adolescence and adolescence.
to practice healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition will give them a
better chance to become healthy and productive adults in the future,
added Baby Borata, head of the Samar Provincial Health Technical
Services, also a member of Samar PNC.
The data showed that
prevalence of underweight adolescents increased between 1993 and 1998
but declined in 2003. On the other hand, the prevalence of overweight
adolescents continued to increase between 1993 and 2003.
The study indicated
that physical changes that adolescents, particularly females, undergo
also make them become conscious of the kinds and amounts of food they
should eat. Adolescent females tend to eat less because of fear of
becoming fat. They also become choosy of the foods they eat,
preferring more of the snack foods over full meals.
noticed food choices available to adolescents especially in school
also contribute to their nutritional status. School canteens serve
less nutritious foods such as chips, carbonated beverages and
“artificial” fruit juices and often do not serve varied kinds of food
to improve food choices of adolescents.
A study covering
public high school canteens also revealed that the snacks offered to
adolescents were of low nutritional value providing only 5% of the
nutrient allowance of the adolescents for a day.
Another fact observed
was Filipino adolescents are not fond of drinking milk which is a good
source of nutrients. To them, milk drinking is only for young
children. Also, others find drinking milk expensive.
Studies also show that
female adolescents are iron deficient because of fewer intakes of iron
and vitamin C-rich foods.
breakfast and poor meals are additional factors that contribute to
Cognizant of the
foregoing facts that ail Filipino adolescents, Samar PNC will adopt
strategies to reach the Samar adolescents for information and
For now, adolescents
are advised to observe that aside from proper nutrition, adolescents
can achieve healthy lifestyle by balancing the amount of food eaten
with physical activity; exercising regularly, avoiding smoking and
avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.
Health workers and
nutritionists also advised the adolescents to decrease stress by
avoiding excess caffeine intake which increases feelings of anxiety
and agitation, learn relaxation exercises like abdominal breathing and
muscle relaxation techniques, have a positive outlook, learn practical
coping skills like breaking large tasks into smaller and more feasible
tasks, take a break from stressful situations like doing things that
they love most (e.g. listening to music, drawing, writing, reading
books); and seek friends who can help them cope in a positive way.
drumbeats economic importance of tuba-tuba plant
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
June 28, 2007
CATBALOGAN, Samar – DENR-Samar PENRO George Guillermo exalted the economic importance of
Jathropha Curcas (locally known tuba-tuba) in a press
conference, Friday at the Basey Gymnasium.
PENRO Guillermo said
that jathropa has been endorsed by no less than PGMA who believes the
economic benefits, Filipinos could get from planting tuba-tuba.
informed the media of the different uses of the plant to man like:
jathropa curcas extracted oil is used as Bio-Diesel, varnishes,
illuminants, soap, pest control and medicinal for skin diseases
Curcas is also resistant to drought and can be planted even in the
desert climates, and it thrives on any type of soil, grows almost
anywhere; in sandy, gravelly and saline soils. It needs minimal input
or management, has no insect pests and not browsed by cattle or sheep,
it starts yielding from the second year onwards and continues for 40
of oil can be extracted from the jathropa curcas seed.
It can be used for any diesel engine without modification.
Basey Mayor Vicente
Labuac also added that 1 liter of bio-diesel can be extracted from
three kilos of tuba-tuba seeds.
Guillermo added, is eyeing the production of some 5.6-billion liters
of bio-fuel from the Jatropha plantations in the next 10 to 12
have meanwhile expressed concern over the marketing of said plant but
PENRO Guillermo replied that the Philippine Forest Corporation has
assured a ready market.
To affirm his claim
was LtCol. Jonathan Ponce of the 62nd Infantry Battalion who admitted
that his troops have planted tuba-tuba some two years ago.
Basey -CENRO Elias
Aya-ay said that stakeholders will be looking for some more planting
sites but would in the meantime entertain thoughts of economic
development through jathropa.
Leyte to create
special anti-illegal drugs commission
Media Relations Center (PMRC Leyte)
June 27, 2007
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla welcomed the creation of a
commission that would particularly address the drug menace among the
youths in the province following the approval of Ordinance Number
07-01 mandating the creation of the Leyte Provincial Commission on
Drugs and Substance Abuse.