2 pharmacies from Catbalogan to receive “Quality Seal” awards from DOH-BFAD
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA Samar)
October 5, 2007
CATBALOGAN CITY, Leyte
– Two pharmacies from Samar’s capital town will be recipient of
special awards from the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) Department of
Health (DOH) for complying to their initiated rules and regulations,
and specifically adhering to Generics Act of 1988.
The two awardees in
Catbalogan are CIDNE's Pharmacy and Bench Drugstore.
Ms. Margarita D.
Carles who is the pharmacist and owner of CIDNE’s pharmacy at Del
Rosario Street, Catbalogan, said that this is the 3rd time the
pharmacy has received such distinction and she considers it an honor
to be chosen over the other 11 drug stores in Catbalogan City.
Patrocinia Lagbo, 56 a
‘suki’ of CIDNE’s attested that she patronizes the drug store because
almost always Carles is on duty and readily explains everything she
needs to know about her medicine purchases.
Bermejo, pharmacist and owner of Bench said that she is grateful for
the recognition considering that her drug store has been operating for
only two years yet.
It is a big deal for
her, she said to receive the ‘quality seal’ which would affirm the
kind of public service she extends to her clients.
Both Gemma and
Margarita believes that counseling is always in order when patients
come to purchase drugs or medicines.
Equally important to
both ladies is the Generics Act of 1988. These pharmacists said that
they really take time out to explain the act and give the patient
information that they could be treated even with the less expensive
medicine because it may have the same potency as the other expensive
However, Gemma said,
she lets the patient choose but her choice, she said is an informed
choice from her explanations.
Should Gemma and
Margarita choose to personally receive their award they could attend
the Annual Awarding of Quality Seal to the chosen Drugstores all over
the Philippines on October 13, 2007 at the Terranova Garden , New
Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan. ( with
reports from Marivic Alcober )
Drugstore along San Francisco Street
Cidne's Pharmacy along Del Rosario Street
Filipino priest shaves
head in solidarity with Burma
monks; protests continue across region
By Asian Human Rights Commission (HRC)
October 4, 2007
HONG KONG – A
Filipino priest in Hong Kong found a new way to observe a Catholic
holy day on Thursday by having his head shaved to show solidarity with
Burma's Buddhist monks.
Fr. Robert Reyes had
his head shaved outside the legislative assembly in the city centre to
mark the feast for St. Francis of
Assisi and commune with Buddhist monks suffering from the
continuing violent crackdown by the military junta in
Burma after they led
protests against it in September.
"Today, I will have my
head shaved for the first time... It is such a small price to pay to
express what is deepest in my heart and the heart of all peace and
justice loving persons," Fr. Reyes said in a statement that he read
"I let go of my hair
and ask the rest of the world to let go of their indifference as well.
Hair represents both attachment and defilement. The Burmese Generals
led by General Than Shwe are madly attached to power which has not
only defiled them but is now leading them to murder those who stand
for what they are not... the Buddhists monks," he said in the
He likened the monks'
actions of going out to the streets to demonstrate to how St. Francis
of Assisi had also lived his life, through non-violence and love.
Like the monks, St.
Francis too had lived a simple life deprived of wealth and privileges,
Reyes also likened the
shaving of his head to St. Francis' stripping his clothes to express
"For these monks to
lead the protests was a form of self sacrifice. They have risked their
own lives and chosen to break their silence for the welfare of their
people," Reyes observed.
"But even these
peaceful actions were too much for the regime to tolerate," he added.
Reyes stressed that
Catholics around the world must pay constant attention to the
continuing violent crackdown by Burma's regime and do whatever
possible through their communities to end the suffering there.
Photographs of his
solo protest can be viewed online at:
No truth to ambush by
the military in Motiong, Samar
By Maj. OTHELO D. YAŃEZ, (FA) PA
Catbalogan City – The ambush that took place last 26 September 2007
at around 10:00 o’clock in the evening killing 3 civilians and
wounding six others perpetrated by the military as alleged by the
National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas are all lies and purely
fabrications for their unpopular revolutionary ends.
In the statement of Fr.
Santiago Salas, NDF-EV Spokesman that the 8th Infantry Division and
its 46th Infantry Battalion was responsible for the attack on Brgy
Chairman Dacatimban and eight barangay councilors has no truth and no
basis at all as this is a pure propaganda to brainwash the public and
put the military and police into bad light.
Based on the report,
Barangay Captain Vedasto Dacatimban of Caranas, Motiong, Samar with
eight (8) companions mostly barangay councilors were traversing the
provincial road from Barangay Calapi to Barangay Caranas on board a
multicab when they were brutally ambushed by NPA terrorists belonging
to the Arnulfo Ortiz Command headed by Communist Terrorists Leader (CTL)
Loreto Dacanay alias Sol.
Earlier at around 4:00
o’clock PM, Barangay Councilor Ernesto General, also of Barangay
Caranas was mercilessly peppered with bullets by six (6) armed NPA
terrorists led by CTL Naning Laboc alias Payong while on his way home
from a wedding ceremony of a relative at Barangay Canvais of same town
for suspecting him as a government informer and refusing to heed to
their call not to run in the incoming Barangay Elections. He died
instantaneously due to nineteen (19) gunshot wounds from caliber 45
Upon knowing the
incident, Barangay Chairman Dacatimban and eight (8) of his councilors
went to Calapi Patrol Base under 46IB purposely to give information
and shed light with regards to the killing of Barangay Councilor
But while on their way
home, the group of Brgy Chairman Dacatimban whose intention is to
report and shed light to the murder of General were waylaid down along
the provincial road of Motiong, Samar.
Fr. Salas also
demanded the military to immediately release and free Barangay
Councilor Jaime Dacutanan and Richard Dacatimban whom he alleged were
missing and abducted by the military.
These statements are
all propaganda lies and hallucinations of the NDF-EV spokesman to
cover-up their own atrocities committed. The two whom he alleged
missing and abducted actually were able to escape the “killing zone”
but were unfortunately wounded also. They were found in a nearby
barangay and were brought to Samar Provincial Hospital for treatment.
They are now in the custody of Mayor Pacanan of Motiong,
detachment under 2lt Ray John Labiao in the area immediately conducted
hot pursuit to withdrawing NPA terrorists and also provided first aid
to the wounded and coordinated transportation for their evacuation.
The military is the
protector of the people and the state and strictly adhere and respect
the principles of human rights. Civilians or non-combatants are not
targets of military operations.
Major General Armando
L Cunanan AFP, the Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division
condemns this barbaric act perpetrated by the NPA Communist Terrorist
while he extends sympathy and expresses his condolences to the
bereaved family of the victims.
He also calls on all
sectors of the society to be vigilant against these groups who are
masquerading as champions of their causes like Fr. Salas and his
Communist Terrorist allies as these are traps they use purposely to
deceive and entice people to support their evil intentions of
destroying the democratic liberties of the people.
“We urge all
investigative bodies and other human rights advocates to conduct a
thorough and impartial investigation to once and for all identify the
perpetrators and to seek justice to the families and relatives of the
victims,” Cunanan said.
Village chief killed in Samar ambush, 2 others
Leyte to hold
Annual BNS Convention
By Provincial Media
Relations Center (PMRC Leyte)
October 3, 2007
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte – In
keeping the spirit of volunteerism very much alive among Barangay
Nutrition Scholars (BNSs), Leyte’s barangay-based volunteer workers is
set to conduct their Annual BNS Convention at the Leyte SMED Center
this October 10.
The provincial government of
Leyte under the helm of Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla ensures
that the convention is held annually in order that BNS’s concerns and
welfare will be regularly responded to by the local government units
from the barangays up to the provincial level.
According to Maritoni
Gorgonia, the province’s nutrition action officer, this year’s annual
gathering would have the overriding mission of addressing malnutrition
through the able support of the LGU saying "success of nutrition
programs is identified by two factors that is political commitment of
local officials and community involvement and participation."
She likewise added that the
province’s BNS should be lauded for their multi-sectoral and
multilevel task in the community despite the common and increasing
concern regarding inadequate honoraria and benefits given to them.
The BNSs receive a small
amount of incentive from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the
barangay and sometimes from the municipality and province, it was
Under Presidential Decree
1569 of 1978, the BNS is a barangay-based volunteer worker who
delivers basic nutrition and related health services, and links
communities with nutrition and related service providers.
The BNSs is tasked to do
regular weighing of preschool children as part of the Operation
Timbang (OPT) and determine the nutritional status of these children
based on a reference table.
The BNSs also manage
supplementary feeding of undernourished children and help out in the
conduct of mothers' classes by assisting the trainers and the
mother-learners. They also conduct home visits and household surveys
regarding births, disabled persons, older persons, newly built houses
and transferees and perform various tasks in the barangay health
center assisting the midwife.
Meanwhile, Gorgonia added,
Barangay Nutrition Scholars are part and parcel in the LGUs drive to
achieve an effective strategy to address the urgent call for action in
nutritional improvement and to implement and facilitate sustainability
of barangay nutrition plans.
Thus she said, the
provincial government is enjoining the LGUs to strengthen the
management capacity of the BNS and look beyond volunteerism as mere
service delivery without pay but professional work towards nutritional
DTI Borongan: Market
fish vendors violate ordinance
By ALICE NICART (PIA Eastern
October 2, 2007
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – The poor must be brought out of their “living-death world”.
Thus said Mrs. Eleanor O. Alido, Eastern Samar Provincial Director of
Department of Trade and Industry in a telephone interview.
empathy for the poor was said as her natural reaction to what her
department was able to confirm in their recent market study which
revealed the vendors fraudulent and unscrupulous maneuvering of
Borongan’s (then) Municipal Ordinance No. 9, s. 2003, Alido and her
staff noted that several market vendors have manipulative behaviors.
Their survey, conducted particularly during the September period when
Boronganons were preparing for their city fiesta celebration,
disclosed that aside from fish, meat, vegetables, fruits, even
restaurants have had exorbitant prices. Similarly, even recently,
when the celebration was over, still the same condition is exhibited
in the wet market.
Alido stressed that
the price of fish have been notably maneuvered, if only to examine the
specification indicated in the ordinance. The famous Blue Marlin have
soared to One Hundred Eighty pesos (P180) per kilo and the Tuna, One
Hundred Fifty (P150). Surprisingly, she added that the fish from
Guiuan is more expensive from those coming from Catbalogan, when in
truth, the former is more proximate to Borongan city.
However, the vendors
argued, according to Alido that the fish variety of Guiuan is more
classy than those from Catbalogan, hence the more price of Guiuan’s
marine products. But again, DTI did not content with the vendors
“Alibi”. Something must be done, she said.
Armed with their
survey’s findings, DTI is set to submit to Borongan City’s Sangguniang
Panglunsod for them to study and sanction the fraudulent prices in the
Borongan Market. Considering all parties, albeit, related cost and
mark ups, DTI has recommended specific ceilings from first class
variety of fish to the third. For example, Guiuan’s first class fish
must be sold at only P130 per kilo, 2nd class-P90per kilo and 3rd
class-P70.00 per kilo. On the other hand, the fish from Catblogan,
may be priced P110, P80 and P70 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes
Alido hopes and calls
on the SP for their prioritization and urgency. She said, that as the
people project a city life status, the government can also look at the
different angles of one’s personality. Progressing socially, may
require first of all, emotional and economic growth.
Today, while some
prices in the market remain high as against its standards, the person
who is hungry will just have to bite it regardless the buying power of
his peso, as long as he could satisfy his primordial biological
Asked what DTI has
done to these violators, the lady director said for humanitarian
considerations, on first offense they are warned, on second offense
penalty is imposed but on the third offense, their permit will be
On top of these all
however, she and this writer are truly believers in the vision of the
new city government which is head up for the best interest of each
Barangay and SK
elections postponement still possible – Senator Roxas
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Senator Mar Roxas disclosed the possibility that the forthcoming
barangay elections will be postponed.
The committee which
conducted the study is expected to submit their findings and
recommendations on Wednesday, Senator Roxas revealed. It seems that
the recommendation is in favor of the postponement of the barangay
elections, Senator Roxas added. The good Senator, however, said that
the committee’s recommendation will be officially bared once the
committee report is submitted on Wednesday.
Senator Roxas was
reacting to the appeal of the local chief executives to postpone the
elections since another election would again mean divisiveness among
It would be recalled
that House Bill 2417, which seeks to postpone the Barangay and
Sangguniang Kabataan elections from
October 29, 2007
to May 11, 2009, was approved by the House of Representatives about
two weeks ago.
The Senators are urged
by the local chief executives to take similar step and approve a
The mayors present
said that the intervening period could be used to initiate the
much-needed reforms in the Barangay and the Sangguniang Kabataan
Senator Roxas said
that the suggestion of the mayors to instead appoint the barangay
chairman who will represent his barangay, rather than sacrificing the
interest of the barangay if and when the chairman does not have the
same color with that of the local chief executive, is a good idea and
worth looking into.
The mayors present
appreciated the candidness of Senator Roxas saying that the country
needs a leader who knows how to listen to the voice of the people.
Looking at and
listening to the reactions of the Mayors during the interaction, it
appears that the good Senator has captured their hearts, another chief
Senator Roxas finds
time to dialogue with mayors in Tacloban
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The local chief executives who were present during the dialogue,
lauded Senator Roxas for finding time to interact with them. The
mayors said that it is very seldom that visiting National Government
Officials find time to talk and listen to the local executives.
The dialogue which was
held at lunch time, after the press conference with the local media,
at the residence of Pintados Foundation president Eugene Tan on
September 30, was a very fruitful one and was attended by mayors from
Leyte, Southern Leyte and
Eastern Samar towns.
The mayors said that
just as they find time to interact with the barangays in order to know
their respective concerns, they also feel the need for the visiting
High Officials from Manila to find time to interact with them when
they happen to be in the Region.
Senator Mar Roxas
listened to the concerns of the local chief executives and patiently
answered their questions.
Among the concerns
raised were on whether or not the barangay elections will push
through; the delayed release of funding for the government scholars
enrolled at State Universities and Colleges which resulted in
non-enrolment of scholars in these state colleges and universities;
the delayed release of benefits to the orphans of barangay officials
who died in service; and the creation of new national high schools.
On the creation of new
high schools, Senator Roxas told the local government executives to
just write him formally about it.
On the delayed payment
of the part of the National Government of the tuition fees of
government scholars, Senator Roxas promised that he will look into the
matter. He opined that the scholars must not be made to sacrifice just
because of something that is beyond the control of the scholars.
Senator Roxas was
in Leyte to grace the Alay Lakad Programs of the city of Tacloban and
the municipalities of Tanauan and Tabon-Tabon.