Region’s bet is one of
ten RP’s outstanding cops
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– SPO2 Oscar Paderan Bandoy, intelligence officer of the
Intelligence Research Section of the Police Regional Office 8 at Camp
Kangleon in Palo, Leyte, this year’s bet in the Search for Country’s
Outstanding Policemen in the Service, have been chosen as one of the
ten cream of the crop men of the Philippine National Police.
He received his trophy
and cash price of P200,000 from no less than Her Excellency President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during the awarding ceremonies at Malacanang
on August 1, 2008.
SPO2 Bandoy was born
of humble parents in Guiuan,
Eastern Samar. He graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil
Engineering from the Leyte Institute of Technology in 1982.
The Outstanding cop
has been in the police service for almost 18 years already and has
garnered an estimated 60 medals and 40 commendations for exemplary
performance in the police service.
Among his major
accomplishments in crime solution with community involvement was his
direct participation in the conduct of special intelligence and
manhunt operations against criminal groups and most wanted persons in
the country to include several members of the notorious Waray-waray
Kidnap-for-Ramsom Group which resulted in the eventual arrest and
neutralization of criminal elements, among who were Jonathan Riños
alias Jing Jing, a member of the Waray Waray Kidnap for Ransom Group
and included in the list of Most Wanted Persons involved in the
kidnapping for ransom activities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces
and carries a monetary reward of P350,000; Eldebrando Arguelles y
Tinok aka Ka Melanio Arguelles alias Mende who was also involved in
the DILG Most Wanted Person list and carried a monetary reward of
P200,000; Allan Balimbingan alias Allan who carried a monetary award
of P600,000; Joel Morano y Pedrera who was charged of murder and
carried a monetary award of P90,000; and in the arrest of Victor Chen
alias Chen Fei Huang, a Chinese National for violation of PD 1866 as
amended by RA 8294.
His accomplishments in
crime prevention with community involvement include the active
participation of SPO2 Bandoy as invited guest speaker in the seminars
for barangay tanods; participation in the implementation of Sagip
Batang Manggagawa in coordination with the Department of Labor and
Employment; the orientation seminars of barangay information network;
speaker for the role of a police-father in the family in a class of
marriage encounter seminar, among many others.
His service awards
include several Medalya ng Kagalingan, Medalya ng Papuri, Medalya ng
Kasanayan and a Plaque of Merit for having been adjudged as the Non
Officer of the Year given by PACER Visayas.
achievements and dedicated police service, SPO2 Bandoy has not only
made the PRO 8 but the entire Eastern Visayas Region proud.
Leyte to start big
preparations for Palaro ‘09
Media Relations Center (PMRC Leyte)
August 5, 2008
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– In hosting the 2009 Palarong Pambansa, Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla would be setting its best foot forward to present a
progressive and thriving province.
He said, it is not
every year that a province gets the chance to host such a big national
event, so the host province should present its best to encourage more
similar activities in the future.
In preparation for the
big national summer games next year, the provincial government has set
P50 million in fund that would be used for rehabilitation works on the
Leyte Sports Development Center.
According to Leyte
Provincial Administrator Vincent Emnas, who is tapped to be the point
man for the Palaro hosting, rehabilitation works of the Leyte Sports
Development Center is targeted to start this September and finish by
December 31 this year.
The bulk of the
allotted amount would be spent in improving the oval track,
transforming the current rough-sand track into a rubberized track at
the sports center’s oval that would mainly serve running and track and
Emnas said the
province, as a host, would conform to the standards set for national
and even international sports facilities as the Palaro is the
country’s source for athletes being pitted in and out of the country
in various international competitions.
disclosed the province may be spending in hosting for this national
sports gathering but the event would be more than worth the
The province, he
added, by mixing sports and tourism through Palaro would benefit a lot
from visitor influx aside from the thousands of delegates to come from
all over the country.
At least 6,000
Palaro athletes, officials and chaperones plus other visitors and
tourists are expected to come to the province to participate and
witness the national sporting games.
Defense Chief bats for
approval of the amnesty program
By NINFA B. QUIARANTE (PIA
August 4, 2008
CATBALOGAN CITY, Leyte
– Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro bats for the approval of the
Amnesty Program for rebel returnees.
In a statement as the
secretary met the local media from
Eastern Visayas, Teodoro said that funds from the amnesty program could help
the rebels start life anew.
Teodoro was Guest of
Honor at the 20th anniversary celebration of the 8th Infantry Division
(8ID), Philippine Army based in
Catbalogan City on July 31, 2008.
In his message, the
good looking secretary hailed the gallant men and women of the
division for their unfailing commitment as vanguards of peace and
security not only in Eastern Visayas but also in Cebu and Bohol.
He also urged them to
continue partnership with the LGUs and private sector to fully realize
peace and development in this part of the country.
He also said that with
a better peace and order situation in the Visayas, government troops
could now focus more in their operation in
Masbate, Bicol and Eastern Mindanao.
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a message at the Local Peace and Security
Assembly in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province, again asked Congress
to approve a new amnesty for communist rebels, saying the “most
important” counterinsurgency strategy is the "soft power of economic
progress" and "dialogue."
“For years,” the
President said, “the Communist rebels have been a low-level threat,
and it is time for their disruption and violation of human rights to
be put to rest so that the nation can move ahead.”
“But to the rebels who
genuinely and sincerely speak peace, we shall respond in kind. The
most important part of our counter-strategy is the soft power of
economic progress, dialogue and continuing efforts to arrive at mutual
understanding,” the President said.
The President said the
government is continuously devising programs to advance peace and
development in the country that include human rights advocacy and a
social integration program for rebels wanting to return to the
mainstream of society. It is no longer necessary to lose lives on both
sides of the conflict when so many opportunities are now available to
improve the people’s welfare, the President said.
reorients Barangay Nutrition Committees, PGMA endorses veggie noodles
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
August 1, 2008
– As the whole country celebrates the 34th National Nutrition Month
last July, Catbalogan City gathered some 200 members of the Barangay
Nutrition Committees in the 57 barangays for a refresher course on
The barangay committee
on nutrition included the Punong Barangay, a Kagawad who chairs the
Health and Nutrition Committee, the Barangay Nutrition Scholar and a
teacher nutrition coordinator.
From July 30 to July
31, they all assembled at the Cocina de Cabral while Ms. Alva Gadin,
the Samar Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) gave them updates
from the National Nutrition Committee (NNC).
Herminia Cabral who also acts as City Nutrition Officer also served as
lecturer with members of the Provincial Nutrition Committee.
Dr. Sesenia Yong, City
Health Officer presented the nutritional status of the children in
Catbalogan and urged the Punong Barangays to address this concern.
She also urged them
top patronize Garantisadong Pambata to avail of micronutrients for
free, because she said that micronutrients are equally important.
Although many children
are still malnourished, Dr Yong said that somehow the percentage of
malnourished has gone down.
Children are weighed
annually through the Operation Timbang or OPT which serves as a guide
in locating poorly nourished kids. The list will give the nutrition
committees an idea where to start rehabilitation.
Dr. Yong praised the
barangays that conduct ‘feeding’ but Ms. Felecita Borata, Chief of the
Samar Integrated Health Office (IPHO) Technical Services said that
information on the availability, affordability and nutritional quality
of food could be more of a long-time solution to the malnutrition
Another member of the
Samar Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) lamented that LGU officials
are not keen on the Nutrition Program but focus more on the more
tangible projects like infrastructure.
As the whole team
culminates the month long celebration on Thursday with Mayor Coefredo
Uy, PNC members are hopeful that some 50% of the problem would be
Meanwhile, to address
malnutrition and hunger in poor families, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
launched the veggie-enriched noodles as part of The Pagkain sa Bawat
Mesa program designed to ensure that every Filipino family is assured
of sufficient supply of affordable food.
The 250-gram pack
squash-fortified canton noodles will be available starting next week
in “Tindahan Natin” outlets in the Cordilleras and Ilocos provinces,
Cagayan Valley and Metro Manila.
“The development of
the veggie noodles is part of our program to solve hunger by providing
every Filipino family’s table with healthy but affordable food,” the
President said in Filipino.
The President stressed
that the government teaches Filipinos to embark on good nutrition
balanced diet and even management of families through natural family
She urged the public
in Tagalog to cooperate as, “Kaya ngayon higit nating kailangan ang
sipag at pagkakaisa. Sana magkapit-bisig tayong lahat para makamit
natin ang mga pangarap ng mga taga
Manila pati na rin ng sambayanang Pilipino.”
Per PGMA’s directive,
DA provides incentives for farmers who sell their produce to NFA
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– In compliance with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s directive,
the Department of Agriculture has come up with a production incentives
for farmers who sell their produce to the National Food Authority,
Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap said.
Under the said
incentive program, farmers who can supply 50 sacks or up to 500,000
metric tons of rice to the National Food Authority will be given
P1,800 per 50 sacks as rebate which the farmers can use to purchase
fertilizers and other farm needs.
President Arroyo has
ordered that the Department of Agriculture provide P1,800 production
support per 50 sacks, for the dry crops in order the concerns of the
farmers on the price of fertilizers which have gone up considerably,
Secretary Yap said.
Macapagal-Arroyo has approved the allocation of P1.68-billion as
subsidy to the farming sector for the acquisition and distribution of
certified palay seeds nationwide.
This was learned as
the President launched the National Seed Program on July 31 at the
province of Apayao.
The amount will be
used to buy some 1.4 million sacks of certified seeds to be planted in
1.4 million hectares of irrigated and rain-fed ricelands all over the
country during the 2008-2009 cropping season.
In addition, the Land
Bank of the Philippines (LBP) will provide P7 billion in micro-finance
loans which farmer-beneficiaries could use to improve rice and crop
Each sack of certified
palay seeds under the subsidy program can generate up to 120 sacks of
palay or 60 sacks of milled rice.
According to Secretary
Yap, the funding will be sourced from revenue collections particularly
the Expanded Value Added Tax.
The subsidies are
part of the DA's mission of helping the country attain rice
self-sufficiency by 2013, he added.
Gov. Evardone, TV host
Boy Abunda to upbeat tourism promotion & activity in Eastern Samar
By BRYAN M. AZURA
Samar – Now that tourism potentials are within reach with Eastern
Samar particularly this city as a definite flying destination of South
East Asian Airlines (Seair) and Philippine Airlines (PAL) starting
this year, what now? Can the province sustain the possible upsurge of
the visiting local and foreign tourists?
These are primarily
the questions that were tried to be answered in a meeting spearheaded
by Gov. Ben P. Evardone and ABS-CBN’s celebrated host Boy Abunda in
the Provincial Capitol, this city. The meeting was also attended by
Regional Director Karen Tiopes of Department of Tourism, Bishop Cripin
B. Varquez and some Provincial Heads.
“This meeting was
spurred by the rapid developments in trying to attract commercial
airlines to fly to Borongan directly,” Gov. Evardone opened up during
the interaction. The governor has been tapping commercial air carriers
to ply Manila-Borongan-Manila route and was first responded by Seair
which will fly to the city as soon as the airport in
Barangay Point Mary
is ready for operation. PAL has also put Eastern Samar as one of the
added domestic destination before the year ends.
“If these all will be
in place,” Evardone said referring to the commercial flights to the
province,” definitely tourists, both domestic and foreign, will
“Boy (Abunda) is
willing to help in promoting tourism in the province,” the governor
announced. Abunda is a native of the City of
The TV host on his
part said that the province really has much to offer to incoming
tourists. “With Seair and PAL flying to Borongan, this is really our
chance to shine,” Abunda said. Abunda added that for so many years
Eastern Samar has been a backyard and a layback of
Tacloban City and
Leyte because of inaccessibility of potential tourist attractions in
the province but with the entry of the two airlines, opportunity is
definitely at the door of the province.
“We want to be a major
player in the Visayas, if not in the country,” Abunda said obviously
referring to tourism. “We cannot be a laidback and we cannot be
inaccessible for the rest of our lives,” he commented. “How to be one
cannot be done by the Church, by the Provincial Government or the DOT
alone but by all,” he added.
With the coming of the
two air players in the country to the province, “we have to be
viable”, ABS-CBN’s Abunda said. Abunda added that the operation of
airlines in the province is sustainable with the fact that a great
number of PAL passengers in Tacloban are from Eastern Samar.
For a start, Gov.
Evardone, Abunda and Tiopes agreed to make use of the currently
developed attractions in the province. Among the tourist-ready
destinations in the province are beaches and islands in the province.
For his part, Evardone
already instructed Provincial Administrator Joseph Alan Limabauan to
come up with floating cottages along the rivers of Sabang Suribao and
Camada, southern barangays of the City of
Limbauan is also the designated Tourism Officer of the province.
encouraged the local officials in the province to be tourist-friendly.
“The local officials should campaign on educating the people to bear
the basic courtesies when visitors come,” she urged. Most
tourist-flocked cities and provinces are educating their people on how
to be tourist-ready.
and Development Officer Henry Afable meanwhile urged the governor and
the rest who were in the meeting to come up with a Tourism Master
Plan. “We need to systematize everything that had been said here,”
Afable said. The TMP is initially scheduled on the early part of
August which will be spearheaded by the DOT and the Tourism
Development Council and which under the watch of Sangguniang
Panlalawigan Member Editha Sepulveda.
Meanwhile, the Church
is asking all the planners to consider the protection of the ecology
in the tourism plan. “Please give regard to the environment in your
plans,” Fr. Euly Belizar, Jr. voiced out in the meeting.
“I am proud to come
from Borongan. I am very vocal about my birthplace and I know we have
much to offer to the tourists,” Abunda declared. “I am very much
willing to help” he said.
“Of course there will
be problems and obstacles along the way, but surely we will overcome
it,” Abunda said.
Governor Evardone said
that developing Eastern Samar into a tourist hub is not an overnight
task. “This will take years and even decades,” he said but there
really is a need to develop the province.
DOT turns over kayak,
protective gears to Sohoton Services Association
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The Department of Tourism turned over kayak and protective gears
for the Eco-tourism Product Development Livelihood Project of the
Sohoton Services Association, in a ceremony which was conducted on
July 24, 2008 at Barangay Inuntan, Basey, Samar.
Said project which is
under the Community Based Sustainable Tourism Project, is an
undertaking of the community at the Sohoton Natural Bridge National
Park known worldwide for its natural beauty express in its caves,
subterranean rivers, waterfalls and unique limestone formations.
The turn over ceremony
is the latest of a series of dialogues, consultations, trainings and
interventions for the stakeholders of the National Park, being
conducted by the Department of Tourism, which aims to employ community
based development as a form of capacity building aimed at generating
supplementary livelihood activities at the local level.
The turn-over program
commenced with an Invocation led by Ms. Betty Boleche, Sohoton
Services Association Vice President. Hon. Wilfredo Estorninos, mayor
of Basey welcomed the guests and the participants to the Turn-over
DOT 8 Director Karina
Rosa S. Tiopez delivered a message and the Presentation of the Deed of
Donation was done by Director Rolando Canizal of the Office of Tourism
Development Planning of the Department of Tourism.
The signing of the
deed of donation was done by Richard Alibado, president of the Sohoton
Services Association of Barangay Inuntan, Basey, Samar and Hon. Joseph
Ace Durano, Secretary of the Department of Tourism, represented by
Director Canizal, with Mayor Estorninos and Director Tiopes as
Director Tiopes said
that in August, the Department of Tourism will conduct a consultation
with the local Travel and Tour Operators to get their support to the
Durano, in April of 2009, will formally launch the new product of the
Sohoton Services Association during the Philippine Speleological
Society Cave Congress 2009.
On March 3-7, 2008,
the Department of Tourism Regional Office 8 conducted a Capability
Enhancement Seminar for the members of the Sohoton Services
Association and Community Based Resource Management Organization of
Barangay Guirang, at Balantak Resort, Barangay Guirang, Basey,
DOT 8 Director Karina
Rosa Tiopes informed that this seminar was the third of the series of
capability building seminars which are aimed at capacitating the
community on the development and management of the
and Natural Bridge located in Basey, Samar, as a means of income
augmentation within the framework of biodiversity conservation and
Earlier, DOT 8
conducted the Local Cave Guiding Training on January 14-18, 2008 and
the Kayaking and First Aide Training on February 4-7, 2008 where the
participants were the members of the Sohoton Services Association and
the cave guides from other barangays of the
Director Tiopes added.
The Sohoton Caves and
Natural Bridge which is located in Basey, Samar, the banig capital of
the Region, is the most visited ecotourism destination in Eastern
Visayas, Director Tiopes said. This is the reason why it has been
identified as the pilot area for the Community-Based Sustainable
Tourism Project of the Department of Tourism.
disclosed that the project is anchored on organizing Community-Based
Sustainable Tourism livelihood projects and capacitate communities
ready to implement Community Based Sustainable Tourism livelihood
In line with the
Eastern Visayas Tourism Master Plan which is consistent with the
objectives and strategies of the Samar Island National Park General
Management Plan, the Department of Tourism prepared an Ecotourism
Action plan that will ensure a more dynamic, responsible and
sustainable tourism development in the area.
The Ecotourism Action
Plan recommended the Community Based Sustainable Tourism Project with
the pilot area identified as the
Mt. Sohoton Bridge
located in Basey, Samar.
The Project has two
components, the first is the community preparation and the second is
capability building on CBST livelihood project. The Project in Basey
is on the second component, Director Tiopes said.
After the conduct of
skills training, the purchase of equipments like kayak and life vests,
safety helmet with headlight, first aid kits and cave guiding
uniforms; and post product development like media familiarization
tour, brochure production, establishment of network with industry
players, and communication plan will follow, Director Tiopes
interventions are aimed at nurturing and sustaining community
awareness, self-help and co-management, fostering a spirit of
collective responsibility and equity in relations whilst
simultaneously functioning as an effective monitoring mechanism.
supporters growing despite bishops’ threats
By Philippine Legislators' Committee on
Population and Development (PLCPD)
July 28, 2008
MANILA, Philippines –
Advocates of the Reproductive Health bill hail DSWD Secretary
Esperanza Cabral, Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian and Cebu Mayor
Tomas Osmeña for their public announcement of support for reproductive
“This is what public
service should be. Despite the open threats of political backlash from
Catholic Bishops, Sec. Cabral, Mayor Gatchalian and Mayor Osmeña are
being true to their avowed task and standing up for what the people
actually need,” Romeo Dongeto, Deputy Executive Director of the
Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development
Foundation, Inc (PLCPD), states.
In media interviews
last Tuesday, Cabral blamed the government’s poor population
management for the high hunger rate of the Filipinos, going as far as
saying that she is ready to lose her job as she stands by what she
Meanwhile, in a
separate interview, Gatchalian announced his support for reproductive
health by issuing an executive order reorganizing the population
council of Valenzuela. Gatchalian said that the city’s health workers
are ready to give mothers adequate and correct information on their
right to have safer pregnancies and on reproductive health services.
In Cebu, Osmeña
announced over the weekend that he will not let religion dictate him
on his reproductive health programs.
In other areas of the
country, more and more public officials are coming up with their
reproductive health ordinances. In Luzon, Quezon City, Antipolo City,
Olongapo City, the provinces of Aurora, Ifugao, Mt. Province, and the
municipalities of Tinoc, Sagada, Lagawe, Asipulo, Bontoc, and
Paracelis have passed their own Reproductive Health Ordinances.
In the Visayas region,
the municipalities of Talibon, Ubay and Carmen of Bohol province, and
the municipalities of Llorente and Maydolong of Eastern Samar have
also enacted their own RH ordinances. In
Santos City, the provinces of Sulu and Lanao Del Sur, and the
municipalities of Lebak and Kapatagan have also passed their RH
“A reproductive health
policy is a practical solution to reduce the high incidence of
maternal and infant mortality. This is why policymakers at the local
level are starting to enact their own policies”, Rene Llorin of the
Local Legislators’ League on Population, Health, Environment and
Development (3LPHED) secretariat states. The 3LPHED is composed of
local legislators from all over the country advocating for sound
policies to address population, health and environment concerns.
“The ongoing debate
has educated policymakers in the LGUs on the bill more than anything.
Even without any intervention or direct advocacy coming from us, many
of them have already decided that there really is a need for a
reproductive health policy, especially in the poorest regions,” Llorin
“We urge other
legislators not to be cowed by empty threats coming from certain
sectors. Surveys have consistently shown that the electorate wants a
policy on reproductive health and family planning. Studies have shown
that it is key in saving lives and in combating poverty. Supporting
the Reproductive Health bill is a decision that is both morally and
politically sound.” Dongeto concludes.