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PNP 8 to hold muzzle-taping of firearms for New Year

ANAD warns vs Joma’s return within the month

Daram mayor receives checks for Agrikulturang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino

NDF-EV assails “insurgency-free” charade in Leyte, warns of social volcano waiting to explode

LSA athletes competes in National Batang Pinoy 2011 this December

DA-8 embarks on intensified promotion of organic farming in East Visayas

Civilian tips, leads to seizure of two (2) NPA encampments in Northern Samar

Internet mug shot photos of ex-PGMA not those submitted to Pasay RTC – Robredo

Eastern Visayas generally peaceful during Pacquiao-Marquez fight

Ochoa hails exceptional public servants







Samar’s one of the most wanted drug pushers, nabbed

December 25, 2011

CALBAYOG CITY  –  After months of surveillance, one of the most wanted drug pushers in Samar was arrested in a buy-bust operation by Calbayog PNP elements through its Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operation Task Force headed by Police Chief Inspector Elmer B. Cinco.

The confiscated items from the drug suspect in the buy-bust operation.

PO2 Jose Jay Senario said that the sale or trading of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” between the pusher and the PNP asset occurred at the vicinity of Calbayog District Hospital around 6 o’clock in the evening of December 24, 2011.

Immediately after the transaction, a hot pursuit operation followed as the suspect run off at once and he was caught at the vicinity of Our Lady of Porziuncola Hospital, Inc. (OLPHI) after almost 40 minutes of chasing.

It was learned from the security guards of OLPHI that the suspect under the name of Fernando Prudente Sepeda went to the blood blank of said hospital to buy blood for his patient who was confined at Calbayog District Hospital.

PCI Cinco and his men in the presence of the media and Sangguniang Kabataan Chair conducted a search on the person and belongings of Sepeda. They were able to confiscate one (1) piece heat sealed sachet of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, three (3) pieces of one thousand (P1,000) and twenty-five (25) pieces of five hundred pesos (Php500.00), 1 piece fifty peso bill, two (2) pieces ten peso bill, one (1) unit black Nokia cellular phone, the suspect’s motorcycle used by him as his get-away vehicle and the five hundred (P500) peso bills marked money.

The suspect, Fernando Prudente Sepeda alias Totoy, 43 years old and resident of Purok 3, Brgy. Matobato, Calbayog City was temporarily detained at Calbayog PNP lock-up cell while waiting for an inquest proceeding.





Light a Tree contest winners in Samar bared

December 25, 2011

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar  –  After some time of guessing which ‘tree’ shines the brightest, for the judges at least, the Samar provincial government  announced the winners in the “Light a Tree’ contest a few days before Christmas.

The Board of Judges ruled that the tree lighted by the Provincial and Natural Resources Management Office (PENRMO) beside the Pasalubong Center was the best and gave it the grand prize of P50,000.

“We did not expect to win, all we wanted was to comply, but we tried our best, we brainstormed for the best ideas,” Melva Gruta told PIA.

“We built a chapel, church goers and posted Pinoys about to hear mass, and lighted to many bulbs it costs us more than the plum prize,” she added.

But the staff in charge of issuing permits to quarrying and small scale mining did not regret their expenses. “The crowd that gathers nightly and took turns in having their pictures taken in the PENRMO corner is enough ‘return of investments,” a shy PENRMO offered.

Their concept worked as the theme has something to do with ‘Paskong Pinoy’.

Gaining second place was also a well lighted SAMELCO 2 corner complete with a Pinoy village and gigantic array of stars with lights seemingly flowing from the top.

Samar National School, the biggest high school in all of Samar garnered the third prize.

Before the announcement of the winner, Alejo Quitalig and Sonny Basijan from the office of Governor Sharee Ann Tan held a raffle draw with P25,000 as grand prize, then partying took off and lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

Christmas revelers will continue enjoying the giant and real Christmas trees until January 2012.





Task force created to unify and strengthen performance monitoring of national gov’t agencies

Press Release
December 25, 2011

MALACAÑANG  –  President Benigno S. Aquino III has created an inter-agency task force that will simplify, harmonize and further boost the monitoring and reporting systems of the performance of national government agencies.

Administrative Order No. 25, signed by the President on December 21, seeks the development of a collaborative instrument that will warrant “a unified and integrated” Results-Based Performance Management System (RBPMS) across all department and agencies in government.

“In line with the President’s commitment to streamline processes and systems in the bureaucracy, as well as his administration’s commitment to transparency, accountability, participatory and effective governance, our office initiated efforts to bring into line and integrate government performance monitoring systems,” said Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on Sunday.

“We conducted several meetings on this with NEDA, Presidential Management Staff (PMS), DBM, CSC and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), and it was the consensus that there is a need for a cost-effective and integrated framework to simplify existing reporting mechanisms used by the oversight agencies and ensure that the data requirements are met by the reports submitted by the government agencies,” he added.

According to Ochoa, various oversight agencies currently employ different performance monitoring and reporting systems within the Executive Branch that have resulted in redundant data, reports in different formats, delay in submissions, inaccurate results and inefficiencies in performance monitoring evaluation and reporting.

To date, oversight agencies such as the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) uses Results Matrix (RM); the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Organizational Performance Indicators Framework (OPIF); the Civil Service Commission, Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS); and Career Executive Service Board (CESB), the Career Executive Service Performance Evaluation System (CESPES).

But with the creation of the inter-agency task force, Ochoa said a Common Set Performance Scorecard and Government Executive Information System shall be developed and designed, among others, towards addressing deficiencies and duplication in the present performance monitoring systems and processes.

Ochoa said the RM and OPIF shall be the underlying framework for the proposed RBPMS, which will be used by all government agencies mandated to exercise broad oversight over the performance of all agencies.  The harmonized RBPMS, he added, shall also be used for determining entitlement to performance-based allowances, incentives, or compensation of government personnel.

“In order to attain Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact status, the Philippine government had previously committed three Policy Improvement Processes (PIPs) to further improve good governance. One of them is the introduction and institutionalization of a balanced scorecard framework,” Ochoa noted.

“So, there is a need for this unification of the efforts of government agencies mandated to exercise broad oversight of government agencies’ performance relative to our commitments and targets, as well as the National Leadership’s Agenda and Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.”

The Executive Secretary added this effort also strengthens public institutions in order to regain the trust and confidence of the public in government. “This measure is one big step toward the specific goal of strengthening the capacity of government institutions to link their respective budgets with performance outcomes and enabling citizens and civil society to monitor and evaluate these.”

Under AO 25, the inter-agency task force shall compose of the DBM, as chair with the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) as co-chair.  Members of the task force include the NEDA, PMS and the Department of Finance (DOF).

Other government oversight offices like the CSC and the CESB shall also be involved in the inter-agency task force in order to align the SPMS and CESPES to the proposed RBPMS.  The Commission on Audit and the Office of the Ombudsman may also be invited by the task force to provide insights on the harmonization process.

The private sector will likewise be involved in the task force through the National Competitiveness Council for the purpose of providing inputs and aligning other performance management systems with the proposed unified RBPMS.

The DAP, meanwhile, shall serve as the Secretariat of the inter-agency task force as well as its technical resource institution, according to the President’s directive.

President Aquino also directed the task force to submit to him within six months its recommendation on the RBPMS through the Executive Secretary.  Funding for the task force shall be provided for by the DBM.





Maasin City employees donate to “Sendong” victims

By BONG PEDALINO, PIA Southern Leyte
December 25, 2011

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte  –  Rank and file employees of the city government here dipped into their pockets to chip in for hard cash that can be extended to our ill-fated Filipino brothers and sisters in Cagayan De Oro City and Iligan City, in the wake of tropical storm “Sendong” that badly hit these places last weekend.

The voluntary contribution was in line with the message aired by City Mayor Maloney Samaco during a Christmas party at the Mayor’s Office, Zaldy Olita reported during the morning newscast DYDM Balita this morning.

Aside from the heartfelt giving of money per individual employee, Olita also quoted Samaco as saying he will convene the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) to pass a resolution for the setting aside of funds to help the basic needs of Sendong survivors.

Many believed the survivors and the victims themselves were from Southern Leyte and Maasin City, or have roots from this city and province, hence the desire to extend a helping hand has become more meaningful and urgent, coming as it is at Christmas time.

In December, 2003, Southern Leyte experienced the pain now being felt by Cagayanons and Iliganons as three towns in Panaon caved in, the mudslide killing scores of people at dawn.

Also in 2006, the Guinsaugon landslide happened, and it can be recalled that the cities of Cagayan De Oro and Iligan were one of the first places to send in their rescue teams and relief assistance.

Meanwhile, a reliable source at the capitol said the provincial government has set aside at least P1 million to be given as financial assistance to the areas hardest hit by Sendong in Cagayan De Oro and Iligan Cities in Northern Mindanao.





Rep. Alcover chides move to investigate him

By ANAD Partylist
December 24, 2011

QUEZON CITY  –  “Instead of encouraging and strengthening our country’s democratic fundamentals, some of members in the House of Representatives are now harassing me with an investigation by the House’s Ethics Committee for whatever purpose it may serve their interest,” said ANAD Rep. Jun Alcover in reaction to published news report quoting Reps. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar, Roger Espina of Biliran, Rene Relampos of Bohol, and Cesar Sarmiento of Catanduanes saying, “ANAD partylist Rep. Pastor Alcover should be investigated by the House Ethics panel for making false accusations and irresponsible statements that has put the Lower House in a bad light.” (12/22/2011

“I cannot understand where did they get this wrong information or whoever feed this to them,” said Rep. Alcover as he stressed that not even a word, much more a phrase, can be found in ANAD’s press statement, “Posted in our website: dated Dec. 14, and those circulated to media personalities that would substantiate their allegation that I accused President Aquino of bribing lawmakers in exchange for their signatures for the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.” (read ANAD statement)

“The concerns that I raised in the press release were: a) some Congressmen who signed the impeachment complaint told me that they were told to do so and besides they can’t do anything against it with the 2012 PDAF plus the additional P1 million to our PDAF for every Congressman, dangled before them.; b) copies of the impeachment complaint were selectively distributed and only for the majority block Representatives. Surely, we in the minority were left in the dark without even a page of the complaint to read; and c) Whether this is true or not is for the majority to respond and explain to the people in the light of their own crusade for transparency in governance. I urge these Congressmen to visit and peek on our website to get their facts,” he explained quoting the ANAD press release.

“Why train their guns solely against me? Why not explain this issue to the Filipino people, instead, and investigate other members of the House who resigned from their respective positions in the House because they refused or failed to sign the impeachment complaint against CJ Corona?” he asked.

“Is there truth to the circulated rumors that indeed the mechanics to control all three branches of government is now set into motion? They cannot blame me for saying this because the ethics investigation is intended to silence the lone pro-democracy legislator in the House of Representatives,” Rep. Alcover noted.

“Nobody dared to stand up, question, or raise an issue against the Maoist terrorist pseudo partylist representatives in Congress except me. Is this the price that pro-democracy advocates should pay for standing four-squares in defense of our freedom and democratic ideals?” asked the former NPA political and commanding officer turned staunch pro-democracy advocate.





DILG presents P3-M Pamana ng Lahi prize to Leyte province

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
December 23, 2011

TACLOBAN CITY  –  The Department of Interior and Local Government officially presented the P3 million prize as Pamana ng Lahi awardee to the Provincial Government of Leyte.

No less than Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla received the award from DILG-8 Regional Director Pedro Noval, during the simple ceremonies held at the new Oriental Hotel Leyte which coincided with the Christmas Party of the Provincial Government.

The Province of Leyte was adjudged as the Regional awardee for the Provincial level of the Pamana Award which qualified it to the National Awarding on October 11, during the program for the 20th year anniversary of local government autonomy at PICC.

Other Pamana ng Lahi awardees from Eastern Visayas were the city of Ormoc for the city level and Naval in the province of Biliran for the municipal level.

Aside from the plaques of appreciation, cash prizes will be awarded to the three outstanding LGUs, P3 million for the province, P2 million for the city and P1 million for the municipality.

It was learned that the DILG Region 8 has already presented the monetary award for Ormoc City and Naval.

The winning LGUs were cited by the DILG in recognition of their efforts to advance economic prosperity and improve the social well-being of the community, Director Noval said.

The Gawad Pamana ng Lahi by the DILG is a mechanism to motivate local governments in the provincial, city and municipal levels nationwide, to continuously foster and strive for good and effective local governance and further scale-up the value of accountability, transparency and inclusivity in local administration and development.

The Gawad is conferred to LGUs for reasons of exemplary performance in administrative governance, social, economic and environmental governance, drawn from the database of the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS), Seal of Good Housekeeping, International Organization or National Government Agency – bestowed awards and acknowledged innovations.

A Regional Awards Committee headed by DILG Director Noval was organized to assess the nominees. After coming up with the shortlist, a validation team composed of DILG, DTI, DENR, PIA and representatives of civil society organizations travelled across the Region to validate the regional finalists in the provincial, city and municipal categories.





8th ID lands in top 5 of the AFP Bayanihan Songwriting contest

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
December 22, 2011

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City, Samar  –  Now, it can be told that the military in Eastern Visayas excels not only in the quest for peace but also in the promotion and development of the country’s culture, music and arts.

Two out of three entries of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army based in Catbalogan City, Samar, were among the five finalists in the recently conducted AFP Bayanihan Songwriting contest in line with the 76th anniversary celebration of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

This was informed by no less than the commanding officer of the 8th Infantry Division, Major General Mario F. Chan.

Out of the 27 entries in the contest, Sundalong Pilipino composed by Major General Mario Chan, commanding officer of the 8th ID ranked number four while Bayanihan composed by Corporal Michael Sandigan, also of 8th ID ranked number five. Both won consolation prizes.

The Bayanihan Songwriting Contest with the theme of "BAYANIHAN PARA SA KAPAYAPAAN" aims to promote the spirit of Bayanihan in attaining lasting peace.

The competition was open to all interested amateur songwriters, individual or any group (music performing groups, acoustic, band, choir, etc.).

The subject of the composition must focus on developing a song for the theme: “Bayanihan para sa Kapayapaan.”  Structure and forms of the composition must adhere to the sound of “Pop Song” in any of the following genre (pop jazz, disco, country, hip hop, pop ballad and the likes). Rap could be allowed but must not dominate the entire piece.

The awards night was held on December 19, at the AFP Tejeros Hall, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The winners for the AFP Bayanihan Songwriting contest were Step 1 by Carla Baful, first place; Karapatan by Academia, second place; and Bayanihan-Kabalikat sa Kaunlaran by Captain Jesus Diaz.


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