implements "No Tag, No Collection" garbage policy
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA-Samar
May 6, 2006
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Calbayog City implements "No tag, no collection policy" that started
in May 2, 2006 to ensure that the city maintains its being clean
consistent with its Galing Pook Award in the past.
Based on leaflets
distributed by the city government through the City Solid Waste
Management Office Chairman Rodolfo Aquino, the scheme suggested three
tag colors for garbage to be collected.
It likewise mandated
that any establishment, be residential, commercial or industrial must
have three garbage containers where a green tag is placed for
biodegradable; red for non-biodegradable and yellow for hazardous
waste materials with matching Waray translations.
The program, said
Aquino was formulated in the context of the Integrated Solid Waste
Management (ISWM) of the city that the operation of garbage collection
is based on the utilization of tags.
It is the tag, the
chair said that will determine whether the generator of the garbage is
compliant with the mandate of the city's ISWM ordinance as well as the
provision on segregation of waste at source.
The chairman further
noted that with the policy, several advantages will be attained if
zealously enforced and observed.
According to a
document obtained by PIA, the program aims to convert residents to
initiate their own solid waste management in accordance with existing
laws to lessen the cost of their waste disposal. It also aims to
reduce the volume of garbage including expenses incurred in garbage
collection and at the same time create awareness and solid waste
Tags for waste
generated by households are available in two denominational values
that conspicuously appear on the face of each tag, it said. Smaller
bags require P1.50 while a 50 kg. sack commands P3.00. The tags are
available at the ISWM office.
Wastes generated by
businesses and non-business establishments shall be required of tags
which bear no denominational value. Only the distinctive color code is
necessary to determine which type of waste is contained, it added.
The document also said
that to avoid spillage, sanitary containers must be tightly tied or
covered. Voluminous heap of wastes need not be tagged. Fees of which
shall be referred to the tariff of garbage fees prescribed by the ISWM
All sacks, bags,
and/or boxes of wastes brought outside for collection but are not
properly tagged shall be left behind.
All set for the Yamaha
By ELI C. DALUMPINES
May 5, 2006
– Authorities here have
already made preparations to welcome participants of the Yamaha
Pan-ASEAN Tour which will pass the Eastern Visayas region this May
In a coordinative
meeting initiated by the Department of Tourism (DOT) Wednesday, local
government officials of towns situated along the Maharlika Highway,
police authorities and the local media have laid out plans in
welcoming the tour participants.
include securing of the tour route, hanging of welcome streamers,
displaying souvenir items and local delicacies and entertaining the
participants with cultural presentations.
To recall, about 20
professional and media riders from ASEAN countries took off last
November in Indonesia for the Yamaha Tour to launch Yamaha’s latest
model, the T135, while at the same time promote ASEAN’s tourism
Included in its route
were Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines. Tour
participants are expected to arrive in Cebu on May 15, this month, and
it will pass through Eastern Visayas via Isabel, Leyte on May 17-18.
DOT Regional Director
Karen Tiopes said this is an opportunity to promote the region as a
travel and summer destination of our ASEAN neighbors.
Rep. Figueroa cited
one of the Congress’ top achievers
By RICKY J. BAUTISTA
May 4, 2006
CATBALOGAN, Samar – “I am a silent worker, actually.”
administration lawmaker Catalino “Cata” Figueroa (2nd district -
Samar) in reaction to reports that he was picked-up one of the top
achievers at the Lower House.
citing him one of the “outstanding” among other 236 political
districts and 24 party-list representatives in the 13th Congress, as
reported in the national broadsheets, was verified when this writer
visited the Bills and Index Department of the lower House through
There, it was revealed
that Figueroa ranked third among congressmen who filed numerous bills
and resolutions – all seeking both the parochial and national concerns
of the people.
Figueroa, of the Lakas
Nacionalista Party, filed 59 national bills, authored 189 local bills
and introduced 29 House Resolutions of national importance and local
significance as of April 30, 2006.
The bills of the solon
varies from compensation of the human rights victims to the
privatization of the Philippine National Railways; from increasing sin
taxes imposed on alcohol and tobacco products to providing internet
access among government agencies, government-owned and controlled
corporation; from the protection of the journalists to the creation of
circuit criminal courts to try and decide cases of heinous crimes.
On local bills, on the
other hand, his congressional staff Francis Niego explained, “These
are mostly on providing construction of roads, schools, irrigation,
multi-purpose, pavements, deep-wells, executive buildings, covered
courts and other infrastructures that would make improve his district
which Figueroa represents.”
Niego further said
that by those achievements, the solon earned numerous awards such as
Most Outstanding Alumnus given by the University of the East Alumni
Association, Most Consistent Outstanding Congressman for the Third
Time given by the Congress magazine, and one of the Most Outstanding
Congressmen Awards in the 1st regular session of the 13th Congress
bestowed by the Public Eye Magazine (PEM).
In the search for the
outstanding solon, “(their) performance at the plenary, significance
of proposed measures and bills sponsored in as far as local and
national importance is concerned, active performance during
committee-level hearings, and their responsive performance and
implementation of the congressional initiative projects in their
districts,” it was learned.
publisher of the PEM, who chaired the search, said this activity aimed
to initiate their profound recognition to their worthy performance as
representatives of the Filipino people in the legislative processes in
“(We’re doing this) as
part of our continuing commitment to pursue our fair and respectable
ethical standards in mass media,” Ramos said in his (congratulatory)
letter to Figueroa.
Ramos branded the
Samar solon, in their report, as “the unassuming statesman” explaining
that the solon is not the typical type politician who would always
want to see his name on papers, radio and television yet he quietly
performs his duty and never brags about his accomplishments.
Meantime, when asked
for his comment, Figueroa said: “If not because of the trust of my
constituents when they reelected me, this will not happen. So, I have
to repay them by this humble accomplishments of mine.”
To date, the solon
said he is bent on utilizing his campaign in improving the lives of
his people in Samar and the Filipino people in general.
Army captured 2 NPA amazons in Leyte
By 2Lt. MALINCHE Y. TOMARONG (INF) PA
May 3, 2006
KANANGA, Leyte – As
the campaign against terrorism in Norther Leyte spearheaded by 19th
Infantry (Commando) Battalion continues, more and more Communist
Terrorist (CT) are falling one by one as more people are responding to
the call of the unit to cooperate in “spilling the beans” on the CT’s
activities and whereabouts. This time another two (2) CT amazons were
captured by elements of this unit in Barangay Basud, San Isidro, Leyte, who
were conducting recruitment and mobilization for the May 1 labor day
rally in Ormoc City.
The duo were reported
conducting small group discussion among the farmers teaching
them about communism as espoused by known communist
leaders Marx, Lenin and Mao Zedong. Upon receipt of this report LtC.
Dagoy, CO 19IB immediately sent one (1) platoon from Charlie Company
led by 2Lt Dabajo to verify the report. At about 4:30 in the afternoon
of April 28, 2006 Lt Dabajo and his men arrived at Brgy. Basud
and subsequently apprehended two (2) female CT’s identified as Thelma
Pondulanan y Geno alias Leah/Mayang, former party wife of Deolito Dela
Cruz alias Maning also a CT leader from Barangay Amguhan, Baybay,
Leyte. She is a member of NLF, EVRPC who is now operating
aboveground as a member of KARAPATAN,
LEYTE, a known leftist HR advocate group.
The other CT is
identified as Clarita Cinteno y Horca alias Maen who also operates
aboveground as a member of the leftist party-list GABRIELA. They were
captured while at the house of Benito Monticina, Chairman SAMACA NWL/council
and member of ALMARYU-Leyte. Confiscated from the possession of Thelma
Pondulanan and Clarita Centino is a .22 cal revolver loaded with six
(6) live ammunitions and the following subversive documents: three (3)
booklets entitled “Bagong Hukbong Bayan BHB’, Three Booklets of
“National Democratic fronts NDF”, three booklets entitled “Organo Han
Demokratiko nga Poder Pampulitika“ Ten (10) pcs of propaganda leaflets
Ang Bayan entitled “Pahayagan ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas”
publication Jan 31, 2006 issues; seven (7) pcs propaganda leaflets Ang
Bayan entitled “Pahayagan ng Partido Kumunista ng Pilipinas” 2005
issues, and two (2) pcs sign pen.
Alias Mayang was
reported to be part of the CT group that raided and robbed the house
of Mr. George Asnar in Barangay Catmon, Tabango,
Leyte sometime in
December 14 year 2005.
The two (2) CT’s are
now in the custody of this unit as appropriate charges are being
prepared to be filed against them in court in line with the unit’s
legal offensives against the CT’s.
In a separate event,
at 4:30 in the afternoon of April 27, 2006, Commando Troopers lead by
2Lt. Marvin Caspillo, discovered two camps of Communist Terrorist CPP/NPA
in two different locations in the vicinity of Brgy. Boroc,
The first camp with ten (10) meters wide and twenty (20) meters long
was located at Sitio CanJose and the other camp with twenty (20)
meters wide and fifty (50) meters long was located at a densely
vegetated area also in the same barangay. These two camps were
believed to be used by communist terrorists as their rehearsal/dry -
run site prior to the Albuera siege last 25 January this year.
These two camps were
hastily abandoned by the communist terrorists after they perceived
they no longer enjoy much of the support of the local populace. The
Villagers said “They cannot take the abuses of the CPP/NPA terrorist
anymore. “SOBRA NA SILA, AMO NGA PAGKA-ON IHUNGIT NALANG AGAWON PA,”
Furthermore, the death
of the number one (no. 1) communist terrorist in
known by his true name as Nestor Caliwan alias Apoy/Lipas/Usman is
causing this group to take desperate actions like extorting money,
robbery and killing innocent civilians. These inhuman acts persuaded
the people to protest and reported their presence to this unit.
The Commanding Officer
of the 19th IB emphasized that “this is just a result of the Army’s
continuous efforts and diligence to our sworn duty to secure and
protect the people and its territory as mandated by our constitution.”
LtC Dagoy, CO, 19IB urges the people to continue reporting all
terroristic actions of the CPP/NPA in the barangays including their
extortion activities (revolutionary taxation) in the city in order to
effectively neutralize this menace in our society for our people to
enjoy the peace and the prospect for economic growth and development
that they truly deserved. And to those whose relatives are still
active communist terrorist CPP/NPA member to convince them to
surrender and return to the folds of the law before it’s too late.
Japanese firm donates P1M for health
center and emergency clinic at Saint Bernard
By BONG PEDALINO, PIA Southern
May 1, 2006
MAASIN CITY, Leyte – A
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed at the Kinamot Restaurant
here on Friday, April 28, detailing the donation, construction, and
provision of a medical facility worth P1Million at Saint Bernard town
intended for the health needs of the Guinsaugon tragedy victims and
other people displaced by constant landslide threats in their home
Among the signatories
of the MOA were Masanori Otani, President of Cyber Brain, Inc., an
Information and Technology firm from Japan which sponsored the
P1Million grant to undertake the project; Yoshihiro Miyagi, President
of Jafino (for Japanese-Filipino) Educational Foundation, Inc.; Rep.
Prospero Pichay, Jr., Director for Political Affairs, Jafino
Foundation; Atty. Erlando Abrenica, President, Rotary Club of
Kamuning, Quezon City; and Atty. Salvador Lobres, past President of
the Kamuning Rotary Club and Director of Jafino Foundation.
On the part of the
province, those who signed were Rep. Roger Mercado, Vice-Gov. Miguel
Maamo in behalf of Gov. Rosette Lerias, and Mayor Maria Lim of Saint
Other Japanese guests
who witnessed the signing were Mickey Suzuki, Director, Jafino;
Kenjie Miyamoro, another Jafino Director; and Yuklu Kurisu, Director
of Cyber Brain, Inc.
It was learned that
Cyber Brain, Inc., an IT corporation based in Tokyo City, Japan,
donated P1Million through the Jafino Foundation “for a specific
purpose of using the same (the donated sum) for the benefit of the
people and the victims in the Southern Leyte tragedy,” the MOA
through its partner in service, the Rock (referring to the Rotary Club
of Kamuning, Quezon City), cognizant of the current situation in
Southern Leyte where there is scarcity of health centers and/or
emergency clinics for purposes of carrying out the donation of the
Cyber Brain, Inc., has decided to construct a Health Center and
Emergency Clinic in a strategic place thereat in order to guarantee
and safeguard the health and physical condition of the people
therein,” the MOA said.
Mayor Lim, as the
beneficiary, was tasked to look for the exact location and venue in
which the health center and emergency clinic will be constructed in a
lot owned by the municipality.
The Mayor was also
charged with the proper coordination to the Department of Health (DOH)
and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and to
secure the necessary permits, pertinent documents and other basic
requirements to hasten the realization of the project.
Meanwhile, the Jafino
Foundation and the Rotary Club of Kamuning, upon the recommendation of
the LGU, the DOH, and the DSWD “commits to do its best effort to
provide the equipment, instruments, and medical supplies for the
normal operation of the Health Center and Clinic.”
As long as all the
required papers are in order, actual construction work for the project
may take only two months from start to finish, it was learned.
KARAPATAN starts legal
offensive vs. rights violators
April 28, 2006
QUEZON CITY – The human rights alliance KARAPATAN on Thursday
filed criminal and administrative complaints in behalf of victims of
brutality committed by policemen during rallies in the City of
signaling the start of the legal offensive of human rights groups
against rights violators in the Philippine National Police (PNP).
“We warn notorious
violators of civil liberties that we will defend those rights in both
the court of public opinion and in legal courts,” said KARAPATAN
Secretary General Marie Hilao-Enriquez.
Charges of violation
of provisions of the Batas Pambansa 880 and Republic Act 7438 or the
Rights of Arrested and Detained Persons were pressed at the Office of
the Ombudsman against PNP officials Gen. Arturo Lomibao, Gen. Vidal
Querol, Gen. Pedro Bulaong, Supt. Bernard Diaz, P/Insp. John Guiagui
and other John Does who can be identified by means of the pictures and
video footages that were submitted as evidence.
lasciviousness, maltreatment and grave threats to persons under
detention were also filed against members of the police force who
would be identifiable as they were caught on tape.
Enriquez said that
these cases illustrate the irony of what the GMA administration
asserts as “rule of law”. “They violate the law (BP 880) to impose the
law against the people. “
“What should be
curtailed are the abuses of security forces, and not the people’s
rights to assembly and expression. Hounding violators in court is one
way of battling the culture of impunity,” Enriquez added.
counsel Alfonso Cinco IV said “With the evidences that we have, we are
sure we can pin down the PNP elements. The non-wearing of IDs, the
carrying of firearms within 100 meters of the demonstration and the
violent dispersals of peaceful assemblies injured countless citizens.
These are very serious violations, implemented upon the orders of high
KARAPATAN said they
have a list of at least 75 notorious human rights violators
nationwide. Their chapters are preparing charges against them.
“The rule of law is
twinned by civil liberties. Justice must be served for all the victims
of suppression. And violators must face the consequences of their
action.” Atty. Cinco concluded.