proposed 30 infras worth P182.8M for CARP funding
By RICKY J. BAUTISTA
June 15, 2004
CATBALOGAN, Samar – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
proposed some thirty infrastructure projects, with a combined total cost of
182.8 million pesos and considered as “critical physical linkages”, for
implementation under the government’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program
(CARP) in the province of Samar.
proposed projects, aimed to support and integrate the economic activities of
a big number of agrarian reform beneficiaries and other farmers in ten towns
within the second district of Samar, while one project each has been
proposed for Tarangnan and Calbayog City in the first district, respectively
costing P2.5M and P4M were reported as pending approval and funding at the
Department of Agrarian Reform Central Office in Quezon City.
proposed projects call for the construction or rehabilitation of 29 roads,
which conjure up a total length of 151 kilometers and cost P180.87 million
in sum, and for the implementation of a communal irrigation system (CIS)
costing P2.23 million.
“validated” as of December 2003, the road infrastructures are proposed to be
undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), while the
lone CIS, which is intended to provide irrigation water to some 15 hectares
of riceland in Paco, Paranas, is proposed to be assumed by the National
submitted to DAR regional director Tiburcio A. Morales Jr. by senior
agrarian reform program officer Francisco M. Diloy, the locations of the
road projects will be as follows:
with 5 roads for construction and 1 for rehabilitation, or involving a total
length of 45 kilometers, at a total cost of P53.72 million; Catbalogan – 6
for rehab involving 29.5 kms., at P49.1 million; Basey – 2 for construction
and 5 for rehab of a total of 27.5 kms. for a proposed P23.75-million
Sta. Rita –
2 rehab projects of 11.5 kms. for P20M; San Sebastian – 1 for construction
and 2 for rehab of a total of 3.5 kms. for P3M; and, for 1 project each,
Hinabangan – 12 kms. (P12M), Marabut – 2 kms. (P7M), Paranas – 6 kms. (P4M),
and Motiong – 9 kms. (P3M).
First District of Samar, proposed are the rehab of the 5-km. Mahayag-Majacob
Mancares Road in Tarangnan and rehab of 1 km. of the Cabacungan-Panoypoy
Road in Calbayog City.
The report also indicated
that in the First District, 4 projects were completed, with a total cost of
P25.25 million funded out of the CARP. These were the Roxas II Communal
Irrigation Project (CIP) Phase I (Rev. 3) and Roxas CIP Phase II, for a
service area of 50 hectares, the rehab of the 1-km. Panoypoy Rd. which cost
P250,000, all in Calbayog City, and the P3-million rehab and construction of
the 4.82-km. Old-Mahayag-Majacob-Mancares Rd. in Tarangnan.
Phase III of the Roxas II
CIP which can irrigate 200 hectares of ricelands was reported as 78.3 per
cent completed. Its project cost was P15,050,360.
the Second District of Samar were 11 other CARP funded infrastructure
projects with a combined project cost of P53,839,082. These consisted of
NIA’s Paco CIS, capable of irrigating 15 has., and Lawaan CIP which cost
P26,739,082 and had an irrigable area of 192 has.; the rehabilitation of 8
road projects and the construction of 2 others (1 each in Catbalogan – the
3.8-km. Old Mahayag-Majacob Rd. costing P2.6M, and in Paranas – the 5.6 km.
Tutubigan-Salay-Lipata Rd which cost P5M.
The other completed road
rehabilitation projects included the 2.5-km. Bunoanan-Pangdan Rd. in
Catbalogan; the 5.24-km. Tominamos I-Maligaya Rd. which cost P2.6M, at the
Samar Settlement Project in Sta. Rita; the 1.78-km. Calbiga-Macalan-Borong
Road at the CALPINSET (Calbiga-Pinabacdao Settlement) area which cost P2M
also; and the 1.84-km. Casandig-Tutubigan Rd. in Paranas which cost P1
Yulo Claims Irregularities,
Seeks Recount of 43 Precincts
BY ROMMEL L. RUTOR
June 15, 2004
– SB Member Jay Yulo, a vice-mayoralty candidate in this municipality during
the May 10 synchronized elections, is seeking a recount of at least 43
voting precincts despite COMELEC’s proclamation of incumbent Vice-Mayor Van
Torrevillas as the majority winning candidate.
Yulo, lost to Torrevillas
a margin of 114 votes.
His petition to the
COMMELEC was acknowledge by Mr. Rafael Payod, this town’s Municipal Comelec
Officer who said in a radio interview that the petition is common for
candidates who lost at a very narrow margin.
Accordingly, counting errors from the precinct
level was the point of the petition, since their was no protest filed on the
figures listed on the Certificates of Canvass (CoC) which were used as basis
of the COMELEC to tally the election results, Payod explained.
As this developed, Atty.
Hermogenes Teves representing the petitioning party by now sealed the ballot
boxes and other election paraphernalia being questioned, and instructed the
Comelec Office here to give no access to the subject hot boxes while legal
procedures for its recount are being work-out.
On the other hand, Van Torrevillas proclamation
as Vice-Mayor elect of this municipality will not be affected by the
petition Payod concluded.
Tan Declares P1.09 Million in Campaign Expenditures
By ROMMEL L. RUTOR
– Amid public speculations that re-electionist Samar Governor Milagrosa
Tan had spent more than what is allowable during the recent elections, the
lady governor affirmed to have spent only 1,095,000.00 pesos on her election
Based on the Statement of
Campaign Expenditures and Contributions submitted to the Provincial Comelec
here, Governor Tan stated the following broken figures : on Material
Reproduction (P445,000.00), Fuel Expenses (P300,000.00), Traveling Expenses
(P100,000.00), and Meals and Snacks (P250,000.00), justifying the 1.095
million pesos incurred on her campaign sorties, that eventually earned for
her another term of office.
Based on the cursory
assessment of the Comelec here, Gov. Tan’s sustained expenses is way below
the limit set by the law, that allows all local candidates to spend for his
or her campaign an amount that will not exceed P5.00 per registered voter
(for independent candidates) and P3.00 (for those with party endorsements),
in the place where a candidate filed her certificate of candidacy.
The entries stated on said
documents however are still to be reviewed by the Comelec so as to determine
their veracity – this, accordingly will be part of their post-election job.
The Province of Samar has a
total of 387,236 registered voters in the recently concluded election,
bringing in a permissible budget not to go beyond P1,161,708.00 pesos, this
amount is applicable for the Gubernatorial and Vice-Gubernatorial post with
The Comelec here likewise
informed that Tan’s running-mate Vice-Governor elect Jesus Redaja has yet to
submit his expenditure statement. As of June 11 one day after the set
deadline elapse, the Comelec still haven’t received his statement. On the
other hand Congressman-elect Catalino Figueroa, accordingly have mailed his
declaration of expenditures.
Notwithstanding the P1.095
million spent by Gov. Mila Tan, winning candidates for the Provincial Board
similarly posted a below-the-limit campaign expenses.
The highest spender, based
on the initial consolidation of the Comelec here, for the 1st
District were Rogelio Casurao and Renato Uy with incurred expenses of
P150,000.00 both. While Tommy Bolastig top the list of the highest
expenditure in the 2nd District posting P180,000.00.
The said amounts are
appropriately within the prescribed limit set by the Comelec, on which
candidates for the Provincial Board in the 1st District can spend
as much as P529,068.00 - for having a total of 176,356 registered voters -
and P632,640.00 for the 2nd District constituting for its 210,880
voters. The computation was based on P3.00/voter as prescribed by law.
Dist. Board Member-elect Lourdes Uy put up the lowest expenditure from among
the winning candidates posting P48,000.00 only, while the smallest spender
for the 2nd District is Board Member-elect Arcadio Quijano who
declared P100,000.00 in expenses.
Dist. SP Member–elect Fe Arcales reported a P106,500.00, while incoming SP
Member-elect Dayday de Luna spent P158,000.00; Engr. Boy Tiopes - also an
incoming SP Member for Samar’s 2nd District – has yet to submit his expenses
report to the Comelec together with Cesario Ricafort of the 1st
Dist. While SP Member-elect Susana Salurio posted P100,000.00 in campaign
Lost Money for Loosers
A whooping P370,000.00 in
expenditures was posted by Rosenaida Rosales of the 1st District
here – the highest spender so far among all SP candidates but lost her
election bid, she is followed by Wilfredo Estorninos of Basey with a
declared expenditures amounting to P160,000.00, and out-going SP Member
Jimmy Dy reported that his campaign cost him P80,500.00 ranking third.
At least two candidates in
the provincial level - who lost their bid - have declared a ZERO expenditure
with the Comelec. Gubernatorial aspirant Renato Llamado and Rudy Raytos who
bidded for the Congressional post have both affirmed in their Expenditure
Statements of spending nothing during the recently concluded elections.
Loosing to Redaja in the
Vice-Gubernatorial race, Atty. Boy Babalcon reported P120,000.00 as the cost
of his campaign, while out-going Congressman Nachura still had to submit his
expenses report to the Comelec.
Newly elected officials
here prove to be prudent - in their respective bids - during their campaign
here. Mayor-elect Coefredo “Tekwa” Uy posted P90,565.00 for his campaign
expenses, while re-electionist Vice-Mayor Van Torrevillas has not submitted
the supporting document of his statement at the Comelec yet.
Among the SB Members here,
Eday Cabral topped the list in campaign cost, posting P90,000.00, followed
by Von Soza who incurred P82,000.00, while Teddy Ilagan is third declaring
an amount of P75,000.00.
The least spenders among
the winning SB Members here were Rodolfo Aquino with P25,215.00, followed by
Preting Sabenecio posting P30,000.00, tailed by Art Gabon who declared
P40,000.00 and Manuel Correche with P60,000.00 as his campaign expenses. On
the other hand, the Municipal Comelec here has yet to receive the
expenditure statement of SB Member-elect Rodrigo Perez.
Freak Fire gut 8 Houses in
By ROMMEL L. RUTOR
– A unexpected explosion of an electric transformer from a
Samelco II electric post put ablaze 8 houses along Rosales St. of Barangay 6
Paranas town while the whole community is on sound sleep.
The incident occurred at
around 11:45 before midnight of June 10 and was extinguished about 4:00 o’clock in the morning of the following day, gutting down a LPG
storage that eventually spread over the neighboring houses.
Municipal Fire Marshall
Daniel Salvatierra here, informed the media in a radio interview that the
fire started when a transformer atop an electrical post fronting the house
of certain Andy Abarquez located along Rosales St.
exploded, ensuing electrically induced fire to run toward the house of
Abarquez which happened to be an LPG gas storage.
The subsequent series of
explosion – caused by the LPG Gas Tanks - set the neighboring awakened the
town as houses within the vicinity of the area started to get ablaze until
responding fire trucks from Catbalogan, Pagsanghan, Calbayog, and Paranas
towns, with other fire trucks from the Chinese Fire Brigades arrive but
still, it took the fire fighters almost 4 hours to extinguish the fire off.
Damage resulting to the
incident is yet being established by the Paranas Municipal Fire Station and
is not available as of this writing.
Meanwhile, witnesses from
Jiabong told that the Catbalogan Fire Truck thumped into trouble in Jiabong
town, situated a few kilometers south from the fire incident, but
Salvatierra was quick to correct that the fire truck did reach Paranas and
was able to help in putting out the fire, however, he admittedly informed
the media that the said fire truck bogged down on their way to Catbalogan
after the fire incident.
“We left the fire truck for
repair in a shop because of its “clutch” problem”, Salvatierra concluded.
Businessman's Herculean Job
Santa Lourdes, An Excellent Project to Support
By JOHNNY M. PECAYO
Philippine News Service, Los Angeles, California -
Dr. Rusty Balderian, a Los Angeles-based businessman, founded two years ago
Colegio de Santa Lourdes of Leyte Foundation, Inc., College of Nursing, in
Tabon-Tabon, a 6th class municipality in Leyte, with the genuine intention
to help the poorest of the poor earn a degree in nursing.
Dr. Balderian believes that once his scholars finish schooling and pass
CGFNS and NCLEX which are government's prerequisites prior to allowing them
to function as full-fledged RNs, they will be able to help improve the lives
of their parents and their respective siblings.
The School Year 2003-2004 had 135 enrollees. For School Year 2004-2005, the
enrollees increased to 350 nursing students.
How to Qualify
To qualify, an applicant's parents' annual income must not be more than
80,000 pesos, and the applicants must pass the entrance examination. The
scholars are not necessarily from the town of Tabon-Tabon only. They come
from the other towns of the province of Leyte and Samar.
Dr. Balderian put up the school building through his own funds; hired school
teachers using his own funds; and provides all the facilities, including
laboratory equipment, dormitories and uniforms for students free of charge.
He does not charge a single cent for tuition fee to any student enrolled in
his school. He even made a written commitment, in the form of a formal
agreement, that nursing students who will successfully pass the required
government examinations for nurses, such as the CGFNS and NCLEX, are
guaranteed to have a job in the U.S. considering the shortage of nurses in
Through the power of media, "I am seeking the kind benevolence of
individuals, corporations and foundations to extend their helping hands so
that these nursing students could go on and obtain a degree in nursing and
help attain their ambitions in life," says Dr. Balderian, president of
GlobalPinoy.TV, and also president of Roschelle Laboratories, during the
press conference held Monday morning at the New Otani Hotel where he made an
audio visual presentation. By making the RNs gainfully employed in America,
they must be able to send back regularly so that the dollars they will remit
to their parents and relatives could help fuel the economy of the
Tabon-Tabon municipality, so that it can also grow progressively alongside
the neighboring municipalities.
In the presence of Vice Consul Gines Gallaga of the Philippine Consulate
General in Los Angeles (Consul General Marciano Paynor was in the adjacent
room), and members of the Filipino American press, Dr. Balderian explained
the details of his on-going project – from conceptualization to the
foundation of the school building to the present set up where 14 classrooms,
dormitories, laboratory rooms, playground, swimming pool, and even a Fire
truck with Fire Brigade comprising of nursing students, are currently
functional and fully operational.
Books, Computers and Financial Donations Welcome
Companies or individuals can donate books or computers. For financial
donation, it takes only $80 a month or $2.70 a day to send one scholar to
Tax deductible donations could be forwarded to:
Dr. Rusty Balderian, 13405 Inglewood Ave., Hawthorne, CA 90250. Tel. 310/ 261-4392.
Former NPA Commander is
now DAR Samar outstanding agrarian reform beneficiary
RICKY J. BAUTISTA
CATBALOGAN, Samar - A former
high-ranking New People's Army (NPA) commander is now having a respected
name in his hometown and became one of the only two most outstanding
Agrarian Reform Beneficiary (ARB) of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
in the province of Samar.
Teresa De Asis, the DAR
information officer proudly announced this during the 16th Comprehensive
Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) anniversary press conference held at the
Cocina De Cabral, in this town, Wednesday afternoon (June 2).
Former rebel Rodrigo N.
Sugalan alias "Ka Digo," 47 years old, now living in Barangay Casandig II,
Paranas, Samar is one of the two qualifier for the ARB in the provincial
level. Along with a certain "Loreto" of Sta. Rita, Samar, they were
nominated in the regional level assessment for the Most Outstanding Agrarian
Reform Beneficiary of Eastern Visayas.
"Rodrigo's story could make for a valuable movie, and the people ought to
know this," De Asis said as she narrated the latter's success story to the
Catbalogan-based media practitioners. She said that in Casandig, Paranas, Samar, the ex-rebel
"tills 2 small-sized farms whose aggregate area is even less than the
ideal maximum of 3 hectares from each agrarian reform beneficiary."
One of these farms, De Asis
said, is devoted to off-season vegetable farming which produced an
appreciable quantity of sweet pakwan. Some of this was harvested and brought
to DAR in Catbalogan office during the Agri-Trade Fair last year.
Listening to a
taped-interview conducted by the DAR personnel, it was learned that Rodrigo
or Ka Digo first joined the New People's Army shortly after graduating from
high school in Oras, Eastern Samar. Having been a battalion commander in the
Citizen Army Training (CAT) in high school gave him an "edge over my
peers in the rebel movement that catapulted me into the post as NPA Regional
"(As the years went through), I noticed that there are other ways by
which reforms could be instituted in the government and in society, (and
that) the government is sincere,"
the rebel turned farmer said. In 1992, through then Eastern
Samar Governor Lutgardo Barbo, Rodrigo surrendered to former President Fidel
V. Ramos availing the Balik-Baril and Amnesty Program of the government.
Few months later, his voice
was regularly heard in the radio stations in Eastern Samar and in Tacloban
City in Leyte that crusaded for the return of his former comrades in the
underground movement to the fold of law.
When he became a regular
employee of Eastern Samar provincial government, he saw this as an
opportunity to go through college. He enrolled at the University of Eastern Philippines
in Northern Samar, and subsequently, graduated an agricultural course, and
then he decided to start a farm.
After weighing several
options, he left his home in Oras and transferred to Casandig II in Paranas,
built a home, and became a receptive of the CARP enjoying the packages of
technologies brought by the program. In this place, he applied what he
learned in school and acted as "teacher" to his fellow poor farmers. "I
discovered that farming practices and Techniques (in other areas in
Western Visayas) are applicable in Samar, so I teach them all," Rodrigo said in a vernacular dialect.
Known as "Ka Digo" in
Paranas town, particularly in Casandig, he recalled that once in his life
while he is still a rebel commander, he almost had a bloody confrontation
with an AFP commander somewhere in Samar Island.
"(Ironically), that Army commander is now my senior because he is our
chairman of the Casandig Farmers Multi Purpose Cooperative (CAFAMPCO),"
Rodrigo said who is also a board of director of the cooperative.
To date, their cooperative
has a multi-million-peso tractor that helps add more yields to the farms in
the village, which is predominantly, planted corn. Its store sells a variety
of commodities, including gasoline, soft drinks, beer and others. Its
officers and committees follow highly recommended systems that are necessary
to keep up the cooperative success. "That is why the cooperative is now a
millionaire in assets," De Asis said.
Meanwhile, true to this
year's theme "Sariling Lupa at Kasipagan, Sagot sa Kahirapan," both Rodrigo
and Loreto (the only two awarded ARB in Samar) have different success stories to tell. On one hand, the
Department of Agrarian Reform in the province of Samar has
recorded a total of 2,814 ARB's from 19 ARC's as of this year. Some of these
beneficiaries will received their Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAS)
during the culmination night scheduled on June 14 in DAR Regional Office in
As GRP-NDFP office on
Rights Monitoring body opens: PCPR Joins Rights Groups in Filing Complaints
on Rights Abuses
Philippines - The Promotion of Church People's Response (PCPR) is
demanding justice for victims of state-sponsored human rights abuses and
terror campaign as it joined the formal opening and inauguration of the
office of the Joint Secretariat of the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) of
the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National
Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) at the Multi-Purpose Center of
the Immaculate Concepcion Parish in Quezon City today.
On behalf of the victims
and victims' families who were terrorized in the March 4 Davao International
Airport (DIA) bombing and 32 other 'mystery bombings' in various parts of
Mindanao, PCPR declared, "As we submit this formal complaint on the deaths
of civilians, we pray that the alleged involvement of the military under
then Sec. Angelo Reyes will be thoroughly investigated by the JMC even after
the government-created commission already exonerated him. The real bombers
and masterminds must be punished and we demand the government to stop its
terror campaign against our Moro brothers and sisters who have been victims
of indiscriminate raids, warrantless arrests, torture and grave harassments
on totally baseless accusations that they were the bombers."
The JMC was formed to
monitor the implementation and non-implementation of the GRP-NDFP
Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International
Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) in compliance with the significant agreements
achieved in the last two rounds of formal peace talks held in February and
April 2004 in Oslo, Norway. "We also urge the members of the GRP Section of
this newly-formed human rights monitoring body to step up efforts to
investigate the long list of brutal killings, attempted killings, enforced
disappearances, harassment and grave threats that are indicative of the
lowest discipline and respect for human rights by elements of the Armed
Forces of the Philippines (AFP) such as the 204th Brigade in Oriental
Mindoro," Rev. Fr. Allan Jose Arcebuche, OFM, PCPR National Co-Chairperson
In Mindoro alone, the
brutal killings of members of Bayan Muna and militant people's organizations
under the command of Army Colonel-turned-General Jovito Palparan, and now
under Col. Fernando Mesa are the most outrageous incidents of CARHRIHL
violations under the Arroyo administration. The victims include prominent
human rights leaders Eden Marcellana, Eddie Gumanoy, Naujan mayoralty
candidate Atty. Juvie Magsino and other Bayan Muna martyrs. The latest
victim, Isaias Manamo Jr., was a 24-year old Anakpawis leader.
PCPR likewise urged the GRP
Section to look into similar cases of human rights abuses in Quezon. On
April 25 at around 5am, close to 20 armed men forcibly took Tatay Biring Pasia from
his house in Brgy. Mangilag Norte, Candelaria. Seventy-two years of age, he
was tortured the whole day until he was released around 9 pm. That same day, Anak
ng Bayan volunteers Reuel Adornado, 21, and Oliver Ostonal, 29, failed to
attend their consultation meeting in Lucena. They were last seen April 23 at
a local candidate's caucus in Mangilag Sur, Candelaria and have been missing
To date, human rights
groups in Quezon recorded two killings, two missing with one found dead,
three attempted murders and grave harassment of several leaders and members
of people's organizations. The victims are known activists against
anti-people 'development' projects like Mirant, a coal-fired power plant in
Pagbilao, and the construction of the Penta Port
along Tayabas bay that would displace thousands of fisherfolks and poor
families in the coastal area. They also led the people's successful protests
against the degradation of Mount Banahaw that was initially targeted for the
government's South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).