Leyte continues to draw concern from top corporations
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
April 28, 2006
Leyte – Amid the political bickering which projects disunity among the
people of the country, the exact reverse is actually happening in the
countryside – take the case of the tragedy stricken So.
Leyte which continues
to draw concern from various sectors, including the country’s top
Recently, top Manila
corporations visited Southern Leyte to offer livelihood opportunities,
to monitor ongoing assistance or to evaluate how they could be of help
to the people of Southern Leyte.
The Mirant Foundation
executive Director Bobby Calingo who is the president of the League of
Corporate Foundation has taken the initiative to bring together all
the participants of the Southern Leyte relocation and rehabilitation
activities. The LCF members decided to develop a master plan for
everybody to support and implement. Each of the participating
corporations have its own niche to fill and together avoid useless
duplications and provide a more meaningful and sustainable assistance
to Southern Leyte. The Mirant Foundation will install electricity in
The Petron Foundation,
represented by Mattei Uylangco, in collaboration with its partners in
the energy group has started building a community in Liloan with 100
houses, day car center and multi- purpose hall. The consortium will
also build at least two school buildings.
The Aboitiz Group
Foundation, represented by its supervising project officer Fred Baykin,
was with the group to explore possible additional assistance to
Southern Leyte. It has donated relief goods of rice, bottled water and
others, delivered in Maasin on February 22, as well as facilitated
shipments of relief goods from Manila to Visayas.
Metrobank Group of
Companies thru its Chairman George S.K. Ty gave thru DSWD 5 million
pesos which is broken down to Toyota Motors, 2 million pesos; Toyota
Autoparts, 1 million pesos; Metrobank Card Corp., 1 million pesos and
Metrobank Foundation, 1 million pesos. A representative of the company
was with the group which visited Southern Leyte to evaluate what other
assistance they may give.
Johnson & Johnson
Philippines, Inc. has sent Legal and External Affairs Director, Atty.
Danilo Macatangay will evaluate their 1.5 million pesos given thru
UNICEF and see what other assistance the company can give
Mirant Foundation Inc.
Alex Escaño will liaison and coordinate with all the participants and
cooperators including the local government units.
Those who are
preoccupied in political bickering and sowing disunity in Manila
should learn from these top corporations helping those who need to be
helped because they are aware of their social responsibility and
because they care for their fellow Filipinos without any thought of
any reward and recognition.
Army rescued a rebel minor, recovered high powered firearms
By Maj. FELIX M. MANGYAO (INF) PA
April 27, 2006
Catbalogan, Samar – Elements of the 14th Infantry (Avenger)
Battalion under LtC. Wilson Leyva encountered Forty (40) fully armed
Communist Terrorists (CTs) on Wednesday night (April 26) at around
9:45 o’clock in the evening at vicinity Barangay Tutubigan, Paranas,
In the report given to
the 8ID, PA, General Officer-In-Charge, BGen. Oscar Randy Dauz AFP,
LtC Wilson Leyva revealed that his troops while conducting combat
operations in the Tri-boundaries of Paranas-Motiong-Jiabong complex
acted on a report volunteered by the local populace about the presence
of 30-40 fully armed CTs conducting extortion activities in the area.
Immediately, LtC Leyva
dispatched a platoon of his soldiers to verify the veracity of
information. The troops reached the hinter barangay of Tutubigan,
Paranas, Samar under the cover of darkness and encountered the resting
enemy. Firefight ensued for about ten (10) minutes followed by a
running gun battle forcing the enemy to scamper for safety and
withdrew towards different directions.
Two top CT leaders
were believed to be seriously wounded as evidenced by heavy
bloodstains along the route of withdrawal. One CT minor identified as
Araz Calinawan from Naval, Biliran province was rescued from the grips
of the Communist Terrorist tyranny.
Recovered from the
scene of encounter were the following; Two (2) High-powered Firearms
M653 (Baby Armalite) Rifles, One Hundred (100) rounds of Link
Ammunition for M60 Machine Gun, Six (6) Long and Two (2) short
Magazines of M16 Armalite Rifle, personal belongings and One (1) Back
pack of subversive documents with high intelligence value.
The band of CTs was
believed to be headed by Renato Baleros alias Kanor of the Central
Front -1, Samar Provincial Party Committee (SPPC), Eastern Visayas
Regional Party Committee (EVRPC), who was known to be the number one
notorious extortionists in the area and responsible in the series of
robbery hold-ups and extortion activities along Buray-Taft National
Highway and Lokilokon-San Jose de Buan Provincial Road.
The 8ID, General
Officer-In-Charge, BGen. Oscar Randy Dauz on the other hand, extends
his heartfelt gratitude to the people of Paranas and the local
government units of Samar for their full support and cooperation
extended to the 14IB by giving the timely intelligence information
pinpointing to the exact location of the CTs.
The encounter was a
product of timely intelligence information provided by the local
populace who are against the CTs extortion activities. A clear
manifestation that they desire peace and stability in their barangays.
Further, BGen. Dauz
said “I am condemning the CT leadership for continuously recruiting
minors in their ranks. This is another proof of exploitation of minors
being perpetrated by the CTs. A gross violation to the rights of a
child to live a normal life and not to be involved in any armed
conflict. I am also calling the attention of the Commission on Human
Rights (CHR), Region - 8, the Head of Comprehensive Agreement on
Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARRIHL)
and the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) to investigate and give
justice to these oppressed minors”.
“It is my hope that
all minors shall be spared from exploitation especially from
participating in any armed conflict as they deserve a quiet and normal
life, God-fearing, peace-loving and above all responsible member of
the community”, Dauz added.
Skimboarding in Region 8 a big hit
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
April 25, 2006
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The recently concluded second National Skimboarding Competition in
Tanauan, Leyte, which skimboarding enthusiasts claimed as the largest
skimboarding competition ever held in the Philippines, was a big
success. This was revealed by Governor Jericho Petilla, Congresswoman
Remedios Petilla and Mayor Roque Tiu during the awarding ceremony at
the Tanauan Shorelines.
The competition did
not only promote skimboarding as a water sports but it also opened the
eyes of the local and international people on the existence of
beautiful shorelines in Tanauan, in Leyte and in the whole of Region
This is Tanauan and
Leyte’s contribution to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s through
DOT Secretary Ace Durano’s thrust to bring in more tourists to the
to gear up the economy of the country.
Mayor Tiu divulged
that more than one hundred skimboarders from the different parts of
the country, registered in the Second National Skimboarding
Competition which is sanctioned by the Philippine Skimboarding
Federation and by Skim Asia based in Singapore. These, aside from the
skimboarding enthusiasts who were non-competing but who put up tents
and skimboarded on the Tanauan waters.
The competition was
dominated by the local skimboarders who won the nod of the judges from
Skim Asia and the Philippine Skimboarding Federation, with their
expertise and agility in playing with their skimboards along the
The overall champion
Porac Espada received P20,000.00 in cash and a skimboard worth $250.00
donated by Malaysian Jett Shon, a skimboarding enthusiast and
manufacturer of skimboards. The second place was awarded to Obet
Yanuario who received P15,000.00 cash; the third placer was Leo Espada
who received P10,000.00 cash and the fourth place went to skimboarder
Boy Hermosa from Talisay,
Cebu who received P5,000.00.
The skimboarders from
as far as Davao, Palawan, Surigao, Manila, Cebu, Borongan, Guiuan,
Liloan, Maasin and as near as the neighboring city of Tacloban and the
municipalities of Baybay, Ormoc, Tolosa and Dulag considered
themselves winners as they were competing under international
The eight Singaporian
skimboarders, members and officers of the Skim Asia based in Singapore
said they enjoyed the Tanauan water. Most of them extended their stay
and many of them pledged to come back in December.
Skimboarding in the
Philippines started in Tanauan, Leyte in 2000 when an American
national came to Tanauan to win the heart of a local lass. To
demonstrate skimboarding, he started making a skimboard which he
finished. He however, was not able to teach the local youth how to use
it because he had to leave for the States. He left the skimboard ,
however, which the youth of Tanauan used to train themselves on the
techniques of skimboarding. Some of the young people at Barangay San
Roque and Sto. Niño started making prototypes which today, they now
sell to the enthusiasts. An enthusiast from Tanauan had to go to Cebu
for schooling and he taught some friends there how to skimboard.
Skimboarding then started to spread all over the country. The rest is
Skimboarding Competition was made possible through the Municipal
government of Tanauan led by Mayor Roque Tiu, the province of Leyte
through Governor Jericho Petilla, the First District of Leyte through
Congresswoman Remedios Petilla, SPAWN organization led by Mark Moron,
the Department of Tourism Region 8 led by Dir. Karen Tiopes, the
Philippine Information Agency through Ms. Olive Tiu, PepsiCola, New
Leyte Edible Oil, San Miguel Corporation and Wella Metal Furniture.
DILG-8 holds planning
workshop to promote corporate governance among LGUs
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
April 24, 2006
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Forty-five (45) field officers and regional personnel of the
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-8) recently
participated in a three-day workshop on budget and program planning,
with the goal of encouraging greater use among local government units
(LGUs) of their corporate powers.
The workshop, held
from April 18-20, 2006 at Hotel Alejandro,
City was conceptualized by DILG-8 Regional Director William C. Paler
in response to the call by Secretary Ronaldo V. Puno for a paradigm
shift of the Department’s programs towards promotion of corporate
in local governments refers to the exercise of an LGU’s proprietary or
corporate functions as enshrined in R.A. 7160 (Local Government Code
of 1991). This includes the right to enter into contracts, access
credit financing, and engage in entrepreneurial interests, among
“In the future, our
Department’s programs will be geared more towards corporate governance
to enable provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays to be more
self-reliant, and less dependent on IRA and national government
assistance”, said RD Paler.
He noted that 15 years
since the enactment of the Local Government Code, many LGUs have yet
to maximize their corporate powers. Others find it hard to avail of
alternative financing methods due to lack of technical knowledge.
The Regional Director
believes that DILG, as the agency mandated with general supervision
over LGUs, could provide assistance in project identification and
preparation of feasibility study, among others.
The workshop resulted
in several proposed programs to be submitted to DILG Central Office
for consideration and refinement. The proposals detailed
implementation steps, roles of LGUs, different levels of the
Department, concerned stakeholders, and the required funding.
Dir. Paler expressed
optimism that this new thrust, together with the continued
implementation of other capacity-building programs, would enable the
Department to significantly contribute to an increase of self-reliant
and progressive communities in the country.
Anti-torture protest goes to police HQ; torture victims need
By Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)
HONG KONG – A group
of around 20 young protesters on Friday gathered outside the
Philippine National Police Headquarters in
to demand action into allegations of brutal torture by police in
northern Benguet province in February.
distributed leaflets and held aloft placards outside the main gate of
"Police, are you here
to protect or here to torture?" they asked.
After a few minutes
they were met by four officers who demanded that they surrender their
materials and called them inside for questioning. The protestors
refused to go inside the camp and dispersed peacefully.
"These youths were
exercising their legitimate right to peaceful protest at the alleged
heinous torture of their friends by the Philippine police," Kate
Hurst, urgent appeals programme coordinator with the Asian Human
Rights Commission (AHRC), said.
"They should not have
had their materials taken or been asked to come for questioning,"
The Hong Kong-based
regional rights group has issued a number of appeals over allegations
that 11 youths, including two minors, were brutally tortured by
officers of the 1604th Police Provincial Mobile Group after being
arrested while on their way to a punk festival.
The torture allegedly
included beating on the genitals, suffocation and electrocution.
The police also failed
to follow regulations for handling the two minors.
The 11 alleged
victims, who all maintain their innocence, are still in custody at the
La Trinidad Provincial Jail – although one had earlier escaped but was
returned to detention after seeking the assistance of the Department
of Social Welfare and Development.
The AHRC strongly
criticised the department for its role.
The protestors have
called for all of the victims to be released, while the AHRC has
expressed serious concern for their safety.
"The victims are
obviously in grave danger,"
"They have lodged
complaints of serious torture against the police. They are in prison.
They can go nowhere. They could be killed or threatened in any way at
any time," she said.
"They are extremely
vulnerable. We are very worried for their safety," Hurst stressed.
government should ensure that they get special protection," she said.
should understand that if anything happens to them, particularly while
in prison, it will have an extremely negative effect on the national
reputation and undermine any pretences that human rights are being
upheld in the Philippines," she added.
Six police officers
have been charged with violating the rights of detainees in connection
with the alleged torture.
Philippines has ratified the UN Convention against Torture, it has so
far failed to introduce it into domestic law.
demonstration followed a March 31 protest outside the headquarters of
the national Commission on Human Rights, calling for its active
intervention into the case.
of 28 duplex houses for Guinsaugon survivors underway
By ERNA SY GORNE, PIA-Southern
April 22, 2006
Southern Leyte – A partial set of some 56 houses from a 28 housing
duplex structure is starting to take shape and form in barangay
Magbagacay here for the remaining residents of the ill-fated barangay
The activity, which
has been spearheaded by Gawad Kalinga (GK), was part of a commitment
from the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce community, and would
eventually form part of a big subdivision, according to Mayor Maria
Lim during the visit of Gov. Rosette Lerias and Glenn Rabonza,
National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Administrator on
Wednesday, April 19.
The work on the
Kalinga Leyte Federation Gawad Kalinga Village was carried out in
accordance to a subdivision plan, which also features other basic
necessities for a community like school buildings, another three
buildings that would serve as an evacuation center, health center,
productivity center, and a playground.
Adjacent lots in
Magbagacay are now being planned to be bought further to serve as
permanent relocation site for two landslide-threatened barangays of
Nueva Esperanza and Ayahag and, should this outlook be realized, some
409 housing units are needed to be built, said Governor Lerias.
In the same meeting at
the Legislative Building here, Gov. Lerias also presented to NDCC
Administrator Rabonza and other personnel of the Office of Civil
Defense (OCD) from Regions 6, 7, and 8 the comprehensive Southern
Leyte Master Plan for the Rehabilitation of the disaster-affected
Based on the master
plan, at least 12 towns and one city in the province are facing
dangers and "disasters waiting to happen", said the Governor, and so
immediate attention is crucial.
Listed are the city of
Maasin, the towns of Macrohon, Malitbog, Bontoc, Sogod,
Saint Bernard, Libagon, Liloan, Hinunangan, Anahawan,
and Pintuyan. These places are cited as danger-prone areas for ground
mass movement, landslides, flash floods, flooding, and ground-shaking.
In the course of the
meeting, NDCC Chair Rabonza turned over P9.2 Million as partial
contribution of the national government through the NDCC in the
continuing rehabilitation efforts, particularly for the site
development at Magbagacay and other calamity-affected areas of the