Results of 2006 family
planning survey bared
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
December 6, 2007
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Only four out of nine currently married women 15-49 years old in
Samar practice family planning; 26.4 % use modern methods.
Compared to the
regional data; some five out of ten currently married women 15-49
years old practice family planning; 31% use modern methods.
These were some of the
revelations by the National Statistics Office given to the line
agencies in the province of Samar during the 2006 Family Planning
Survey, Provincial Data Dissemination on December 4, 2007 at the
Waling-waling Inn, Catbalogan City.
To compare, it seems
that not even half of Samar women practice family planning, as
compared to the whole region that posted at 50% which is similar to
the data nationwide.
The survey further
revealed that nationwide, there was a slight increase in the number of
those who practice family planning; from 49.3% to 50.6% while data in
the region showed that from 49.4 % slightly to 49.8% only and in
Samar it was only 40%.
The survey involved
some 2,132 women actually interviewed using the Stratified three stage
cluster sampling design.
The pill also remains
the leading contraceptive method in Eastern Visayas with 13.8%; second
highest method was withdrawal at 9.9 % calendar /rhythm /periodic
abstinence at 8.3%; ligation at 8.1% IUD at 5.3 %male condom at 1.2%
while some other methods registered 1.3%.
As to socio-economic
status, some 56.1 “non-poor” use any method while only 43.9% “poor”
employ any method.
By ‘poor’ means the
respondent lacks amenities like TV, refrigerator and other appliances
while ‘non-poor’ posses at least two or three appliances/ amenities as
explained by an NSO officer.
It is also noteworthy
that the number of children per woman is decreasing with some 3.7% as
the total fertility rate in region 8.
As to age, in the
region, some 6.5% of women 15-19 years of age have begun child
bearing. No data of this exists in
While it is true
that only a few poorer families practice family planning, more than
what policy makers and program planners would like to, still some
51.9% both ‘poor’ and ‘non poor’ promised to use family planning
method anytime in the future.
NPA leader in Leyte
By 1Lt DENNIS C. ALMORATO, (INF) PA
Leyte – The 802nd Infantry (Peerless) Brigade, Philippine Army and
19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion battered anew the beleaguered and
waning Northern Leyte Front (NLF), EVRPC in its intensified campaign
against the communist terrorists (CTs) in Leyte. At about 6:00 o’clock
in the morning on November 30, 2007, CTL Edwin Commendador y Pepito
alias Wendyl/Delfin, a resident of Brgy. Tag-abaca, Leyte, Leyte, the
Team Leader of Squad Abe, PBEC Nepal, Mt. Amandewin Command, NLF,
voluntarily surrendered with three (3) serviceable M16 Armalite Rifles
to the operating troops of Reconnaissance Platoon, Headquarters and
Headquarters Company, 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion, 8th Infantry
Division led by 2Lt. Rod Vincent F. Babiera (INF) PA at vicinity Sitio
Cabariwan, Barangay Tapol, Leyte, Leyte. He was brought immediately to
the Battalion Headquarters for documentation and proper disposition.
Edwin Commendador y Pepito alias Wendyl/Delfin, a resident of Brgy.
Tag-abaca, Leyte, Leyte, the Team Leader of Squad Abe, PBEC Nepal,
Mt. Amandewin Command, NLF
LtC. Henry M. Bumiltac
INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer, 19IB said that Wendyl/Delfin can no
longer bear the hardships that their group, which is now down to about
thirty-eight (38) due to severe demoralization and desertion, is
experiencing in the face of the tactical operations and massive
information drive/awareness seminar that the Commando Troopers are
conducting. He adds further that this is aggravated by the fact that
their remaining ranking cadres/leaders can still afford to engage in
sexual opportunism and other misconduct against their female comrades
including a minor who was impregnated by a cadre despite their
difficulty. Disgruntled by these realities, he decided to surrender
and guide the operating troops towards a firearms cache hidden at a
secluded place in Barangay Tapol, Leyte.
LtC. Bumiltac added
that this development is consistent with our assessment that the
remaining CTs operating in the 3rd District of Leyte are becoming more
and more isolated from their own guerrilla bases as their red fighters
and mass supporters have started to go back to the folds of the law
disgruntled by the atrocities the CTs are committing even against
their own comrades.
Col. Raoul J. Reyes FA
(GSC) PA, Commanding Officer, 802nd Brigade, 8ID said that the
surrender of the NPA regular fighter in the 3rd Congressional District
of Leyte, considered as the last bastion of NLF, is a result of the
intensive internal security operations backed by a massive peace and
development advocacy Campaign of the unit. In fact, the Communist
Terrorist were made aware of the CPP/NPA /NDF methodology of arousing,
organizing, and mobilizing the uneducated and poor farmers with the
end in view of “creating rift between the farmers and government”, and
not for the good of the people. This is part of the NPA’s effort to
attain its ultimate objective to seize political power and establish a
Again, LtC. Bumiltac
emphasized that this latest tactical victory against the CTs is a
proof of the efficacy of the peoples’ support in the campaign against
the insurgents. “We are getting effective in keeping their world
smaller each day till they find no way out, but to surrender” he said.
This is in line with the purpose of the unit to totally dismantle the
NLF before the end of this year.
He warns the
Communist Terrorist leaders and members to lay down their arms as
their time is running out and return to the folds of law. At the same
time, he enjoined the people to continue supporting the Army in its
mission to make an insurgent-free Leyte.
Leyte town creates
“Bantay Bayan” network to counter insurgency
Media Relations Center (PMRC Leyte)
December 2, 2007
LEYTE, Leyte –
Anchored on his belief that insurgency problem in their area can be
solved through the concerted efforts of everybody including the
community, the local chief executive of this town is now actively
helping the 19th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army based in
Kananga, Leyte to facilitate the organization of “Bantay Bayans” in
several villages of the municipality of Leyte.
Leyte Mayor Armando
Ysidoro said this is consonance to the national government’s goal of
ending insurgency problem in the region and in other parts of the
country the soonest possible time.
He said the
counter-insurgency efforts they are initiating in their town is also
intended to support the dream of the provincial government of Leyte
through Gov. Carlos Jericho “Icot” Petilla in achieving a Leyte
province that is free of insurgents.
It can be noted that
Gov. Petilla has always emphasized how significant it is especially
for the business sector to maintain an environment that is without any
form of security threats and where people freely cooperate and work as
one for the common good and progress of the place.
“I am doing this
because I support the campaign of the government for peace and I am
aware also that the provincial government of
Leyte is banking on the province’s now manageable peace and
security status in its bid to lure in more investments and economic
activities for the province,” Ysidoro said.
At present, Ysidoro
said they have already organized around 1,500 Bantay Bayans coming
from different areas of the town of
These Bantay Bayans,
who are ordinary citizens forming a network of peace loving people and
guardians of freedom and liberty, reside in the villages of Tapol,
Mataloto, Bagabao, Taga-abaca, Wagi, and Consegra.
“We are hoping that
the members of this Bantay Bayan network will considerably multiply in
the next few months so to all the more strengthen our campaign against
insurgents,” Ysidoro said.
He said this
initiative has been realized through the big help of the troops of the
19th Infantry Battalion now being led by Col. Henry Bumiltac and the
full support of Gov. Petilla as well.
reiterated his call to the communist rebels to return to the folds of
the law and work in one with the government in achieving peace and
progress in their respective localities.
that a rebel returnee from Brgy. Ugbon in Leyte town is now under the
care of the government. He said the parents of this returnee were also
given appropriate livelihood so they could already meet the needs of
their daily subsistence.
Mass surrender of
Communist Terrorist supporters in Leyte
By Maj. OTHELO D. YAÑEZ, (FA) PA
Catbalogan City, Samar – Twenty two (22) Communist Terrorist
supporters and sympathizers, all with firearms surrendered to elements
of Bravo Company, 19th Infantry Battalion in two (2) separate
occasions in Brgys. Taglawigan and Banat-e, all in San Isidro, Leyte.
The surrenderees are
members of the Kahugpungang Mag-uuma sa San Isidro (KAMAS), a farmers’
organization who were influenced and deceived by the false promises of
the CPP/NPA that they will be given better life if they join the
Their sentiments was
further aggravated when the Communist Terrorist movement spokesperson
Fr. Santiago Salas admitted to have abducted and subsequently executed
elected Barangay chairwoman Elizabeth Gutierez of Barangay Can-iyas,
Basey Samar for refusing to cooperate with the movement after she
returned to the folds of the law to live a peaceful and normal life.
She was branded by the Communist Terrorist as government spy when she
refuses not to run as candidate for Barangay Captain during the last
October 29, 2007 synchronized Barangay and SK elections. Thus, the
surrenderees could not wait with false hopes and become a victim of
Communist Terrorists barbaric acts like those victims in the infamous
Mass Grave at Inopacan,
Leyte mass killings.
They also surrendered
to the government troops following firearms: one (1) Garand rifle, one
(1) Home M14, eight (8) Caliber 38 revolvers, two (2) Caliber 3516
revolvers, five (5) caliber 22 revolvers and five (5) Homemade
In the recent
Tripartite Consultative Assembly with the local government unit of San
Isidro, Leyte, 19IB and member of KAMAS, the leaders and members of
KAMAS signified to support the efforts of the military to provide a
more peaceful and secured community in the province of Leyte.
Major General Armando
L Cunanan AFP, the Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division
commended the officers and men of 19th Infantry Battalion for their
successful effort of convincing the group to join mainstream society.
He also expresses his
gratitude to the local government unit of
Leyte for their continuous support and cooperation with the
military providing a lasting solution to the insurgency problem in the
Christmas tree lights Tacloban City plaza
By GAY B. GASPAY (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– To enhance the Christmas spirit of Taclobanons, a sixty-thousand
worth of Christmas Tree lights the city’s Plaza Rizal Wednesday night
(November 28) as Mayor Alfred Romualdez , wife Councilor Cristina
Romualdez and Leyte Vice-Gov. Mimiet Bagulaya switched on the huge
city mayor Alfred Romualdez together with wife councilor Cristina
Romualdez and their children pose with Leyte vice-governor
Mimiette Bagulaya during the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas
tree at Plaza 30 de Deciembre, Wednesday, November 28.
(Photo by Vino R. Cuayzon)
switching on was witnessed and watched by hundreds of Taclobanons. In
fact the people gamely joined in the countdown before it was switched
Around 1,300 colorful
stars covered the 53 feet giant Christmas tree situated at the middle
portion of Plaza Rizal while Mr. Snowman and box of Christmas gifts
can be seen at the base of the giant tree as Christmas carolers sang
Christmas songs as background music.
In an interview with
Councilor Cristina Romualdez she said the tree symbolizes unity among
the people of Tacloban. She was happy to see that such project which
she spearheaded materialized.
Mayor Alfred Romualdez
on the other hand said that the City of
is indeed progressing and we need to show the people that we can be
united, the giant tree signify unity.
The tree will not only
enliven Taclobanons he added, but will likewise encourage the inmates
of the Tacloban City Jail who made the colorful and different sizes
parols, to indulge in livelihood projects.
Adjacent to the giant
Christmas tree, showcases the different projects made by inmates of
the city for sale. It showcases carved wooden lechon trays, fruit
trays, parols and many more.
The switch-on ceremony
was attended by the Division Heads of the City Government to include
City Administrator Jim-jim Yaokasin, employees of government agencies,
students from different schools and families as well. It ended with
fireworks in the sky of the plaza.
Taclobanons can now
spend leisurely their spare time at night watching the giant Christmas
Tree at Plaza Rizal.
Police killed in
action in a Samar village
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– In what seemed to be a happy and joyful fiesta event turned out to
be bloody when one policeman from Pinabacdao town was killed in action
Wednesday during the vesper night dance in Barangay Dolores, Pinabacdao,
This was bared by PO3
Manuel Ricalde of the Samar Provincial Police Office Investigator.
Ricalde said that at
9:30 pm of November 28, a team of PNP elements led by Chief of Police
P/Inspector Dioneto Romano was providing security during the fiesta
celebration of said barangay when they were attacked by a team of seven to
ten armed CPP-NPA.
In the ensuing
firefight, PO2 Ramil Ladrera died immediately while buddy SPO2 Quirino
Espino was wounded in his thigh; civilians named Analiza Solano also
died due to the crossfire while some visitors from adjacent barangays
of Mambog and Laygayon named Eldito Nardo and Jerwin Mantais were also
wounded. Ancheta Solano, another resident of the barangay also
report also bared that the gunmen believed to be sparrow units of
CPP-NPA carted an M14 rifle from the fallen PNP Ladrera.
Injured civilians were
immediately brought to
Hot pursuit operations
was done by a composite team of PNP men from Calbiga, 801st Mobile
Group and the men of 62nd Infantry Battalion based in Calbiga town.
investigator from the Samar PPO said he has not received any feedback
as to the result of the operation as of presstime.
Gov. Evardone sworns
barangay, SK officials in 4 towns
By BRYAN M. AZURA
LAWAAN, Eastern Samar
– Governor Ben P. Evardone presided over the oath taking of 1,632
barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elected officials very
Ben P. Evardone shakes hands with new SK officials after the oath
taking rites in Lawaan, Eastern Samar. Evardone also presided the
oath taking ceremonies of newly elected barangay & SK officials in
the municipalities of MacArthur, Balangiga and Giporlos. (Bryan M. Azura)
The governor, despite
the announced typhoon, braved in to personally sworn in the newly
elected and reelected Punong Barangays,
SK Chairmen and SK Kagawads of the municipalities of
MacArthur, Balangiga, Lawaan and Quinapondan.
In his speech, the
provincial chief challenged the October 29 synchronized Barangay and
SK elections winners to “start working” for the betterment of their
respective barangays. “Now that the election is over, you have to
leave the political differences and start working towards progress,”
Evardone challenged the officials.
“The presence of unity
in every barangay is very important otherwise progress will never be
attained,” Evardone said in vernacular.
governor dared the new sets of SK officials to be diligent in their
respective functions as young leaders. “There are mounting calls all
over the country to abolish SK alleging that it has no use at all,”
Evardone said referring to various groups claiming SK councils could
not attend to their regular sessions and other activities since most
of them are students and are busy in their academic bustles.
“You have to prove the
critics wrong,” the governor said to the young officials. “You will be
the next leaders in the barangay, municipality and in the province,”
that the barangay aid coming from the provincial government will be
doubled by next year. “I believe that the Sanguniang Panlalawigan will
support this move,” he said. SP members Generoso Yu, Enerio Sabulao
and Betty Lopez-Reyes attended the ceremonies with the governor. All
of them expressed their support to the governor’s proposal.
In addition, the
governor also divulged that the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for
every barangay will increase by fifteen percent (15%). “Not only
that, but by 2008, IRA will increase by thirty percent (30%) as
promised by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,” he told the officials.
Mayor Jimmy Ty of
MacArthur town expressed to his barangay officials that he will need
their cooperation to bring forth a progressive town. MacArthur has
thiry (30) barangays.
official, Mayor Viscuso De Lira, shared similar request saying the
thirteen (13) barangays of the municipality should work hand in hand
On the hand, Mayor
Candida Gabornes of Lawaan said nothing will stop the advancement of
her locality because the new barangay and SK officials will definitely
be helping her in all the affairs of the town. Lawaan has sixteen (16)
In Quinapondan, Mayor
Nedito Campo assured that his town will continue to support the
programs of the provincial government through its eighteen (18)
The newly sworn in
officials will formally take their respective barangay seats noontime
of November 30, this year.
“You have been
provided confidents by your constituents by electing you to your
posts,” Evardone charged the officials, “so don’t fail them by working
to uplift your respective barangays.”
DILG sets date for
Liga, SK federation elections
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has
scheduled the holding of the Liga ng mga Barangay elections and
Sangguniang Kabataan Federation, as stated in memorandum circulars
signed by Secretary Ronaldo V. Puno.
The Liga elections for
municipalities and component cities shall be held on December 11,
2007; provinces, independent component cities, metropolitan cities and
highly urbanized cities on December 29, 2007; and the National Chapter
elections shall be on January 29, 2008.
The SK federation
elections for municipalities, component cities, independent component
cities and highly urbanized cities shall be held on December 6, 2007;
provincial chapter and metropolitan cities on December 17, 2007; and
the National SK Federation on January 17, 2007.
The SK municipal/city
and provincial federation elections will be preceded by a three-day
Integrated SK Organizational Leadership & Reorientation Program -
Basic Orientation Seminar (ISKOLAR-BOS) to be conducted by the DILG
(December 3-5 for municipalities/cities; December 14-16 for provinces,
and January 14-16, 2008 for National Officials).
This was done to
provide SK Officials an appreciation of their roles as youth leaders
and understanding of the nature of local governance, said DILG-8
Regional Director William C. Paler.
As the office tasked
with general supervision of local government units, the DILG set the
dates for the elections in consultation with the Liga ng mga Barangay,
SK National Federation and the National Youth Commission.
For the SK Panlungsod/Pambayang
Pederasyon, the CLGOO/MLGOO shall inform in writing all SK Chairmen
concerned of the activities, stating briefly the purpose, place, date
and time of the elections at least five (5) days before the
scheduled undertaking. He or she shall likewise initially preside
over the meeting.
In the case of the
Liga, the Municipal/City Chapter President, or in his/her absence the
next highest ranking Liga officer shall send written notices to all
reelected and newly elected Punong Barangays in his/her area, for a
meeting to come up with committees for the chapter election.
The DILG Provincial
Director/CLGOO/MLGOO will be joined by a member from Comelec and a
local People’s Organization/NGO representative (for the Liga) and the
Sanggunian Secretary (for the SK) as members of the Board of Election
Supervisors which will resolve any controversy that may arise during
the election meetings at their levels.
To be chosen by
secret ballot is a President, Vice President and other officers of the
municipal, city, provincial and national chapters. The municipal and
city Liga and SK Federation presidents shall represent their leagues
in their respective local legislative councils. They shall likewise
chose from among themselves their representative in the Sangguniang