LCDE brings relief aid
to fire victims
By RANDY ANTONI
September 20, 2006
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– In the interest of service to the needy and less fortunate, the Leyte Center for Development, Inc. (LCDE) launched a relief delivery
operation Sunday for the fire victims here in the city.
At least 201 families
were given relief packs, which consisted of rice, canned goods, salt,
sugar and sleeping mat during the activity. The beneficiaries were
victims of the fire that swept through the crowded communities in
Sabang District last Tuesday afternoon and left 1,706 families or
7,895 people homeless.
Jazmin Jerusalem, LCDE
Executive Director, said that the relief effort was conducted to
address the food needs of the victims.
“It was our response
to the request for food assistance of the victims, who have been
experiencing food shortage since Tuesday. We heard reports that the
health of the victims, especially that of the children and the
elderly, further deteriorates due to this problem,” she said.
Jerusalem said that it
was only after more than a decade that disaster-affected victims
residing in the city benefited again from the agency’s services. She
said that they usually deliver their services in remote
disaster-stricken communities in the region since it is where poverty
is extreme and government support services are nil.
“This time, however,
we gave immediate assistance to the victims despite the fact that they
live near government centers, where they can immediately ask for help
from public officials. The fire left the victims economically
dislocated and most of them come from the urban poor, who would
indubitably find it hard to recover quickly from the disaster due to
their lack of economic resources,” Jerusalem said.
The relief mission for
the fire victims was the first of a series of disaster response
activities, which the LCDE will launch this September and in the
following months. Aside from emergency response, the agency has also
plans of giving rehabilitation assistance and disaster management
trainings to the affected communities.
To date, this was the
seventh relief mission the LCDE has launched this year. The last
relief effort it conducted was in Las Navas in Northern Samar, where
it served two remote peasant communities affected by armed conflict.
The Leyte Center for
Development, Inc. is a non-government organization assisting natural
and man-made disaster-stricken communities in Eastern Visayas. Its
programs range from disaster preparedness and mitigation, emergency
response, rehabilitation assistance, advocacy and community health.
The agency has already served more than 24,000 families from 455
communities in 32 municipalities in the region.
Calbayog City National
High School topnotch in Region 8
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
September 20, 2006
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– For the fourth year level of the National Aptitude Test 2005-2006
(NAT Y4), Calbayog City National High School is the topnotcher school
in Region 8.
This was learned from
DepEd 8 Regional Director Sol F. Matugas who congratulated the Schools
Division Superintendent, the school heads, parents, teachers, the
students and the academic communities and stakeholders for their
support and assistance for the success of the programs and projects of
Aside from Calbayog
City National High School, the schools which comprise the top ten
schools in Region 8 in the NAT Y4 2005-2006 are Sulat National High
School of Eastern Samar, Lope de Vega National High School of Northern
Samar, Maasin City National High School of Southern Leyte and Silago
National Vocational High School of Southern Leyte.
Also included among
the top ten topnotcher schools in Region 8 in the 2005-2006 NAT Year 4
are Victoria National High School of Northern Samar, Divisoria
National High School in Southern Leyte, San Ricardo National High
School in Southern Leyte, Esperanza National High School of Southern
Leyte and Rustico Capahi Sr. National High School of Ormoc City.
expressed her elation for the outstanding feat in academic excellence
that the students from the above mentioned school have displayed.
DepEd Region 8 has always emphasized the importance of quality
education and so far, it has been reaping accolades and awards.
The good Director also
emphasized the important role that each stakeholder plays in the
achievement of good results in the National Achievement Test Year 4
She called on the
schools and the other schools in the Region to continue if not work
harder towards the achievement of excellent students through quality
allocates P15 Million fund for the rehabilitation of fire affected
By RACHEL ANN M. VILLEGAS (KIMRO)
September 19, 2006
Bejo Romualdez giving some relief to the victims of the September
12 Sabang fire disaster, which leave thousands of families
homeless, on Monday as part of the administration's effort in
helping affected families in times of their difficulties.
Leyte – An initial allocation
of P15 million has already been released by Mayor Alfredo “Bejo”
Romualdez for the construction of road networks at Brgy 36, 37, 65,
66, 66A - site of a devastating fire on September 12, as part of the
City Government’s plan in the improvement, development and
rehabilitation of the area.
The master plan for
these areas includes construction of road networks (6m wide
subdivision road and 4m wide riverside road), upgrading drainage
system, and the installation of fire hydrants and streetlights. Civil
works, like road clearing, and horizontal development has already
Mayor Bejo said that
this site development plan and road-widening project, intends to
improve vehicle access to the main highway including easy access of
garbage and fire trucks.
He further disclosed
that as part of a long-term plan, a boulevard would be erected in the
port area up to these barangays.
The City Government of
Tacloban made a proposal to Vice President and concurrent HUDCC chair
Noli ‘Kabayan” De Castro for its plan to establish tenement housing
intended for those residents affected by the disaster.
Mayor Bejo also wants
to clear the issue of his intention to drive away those residents
living in the affected areas. “I have no plan of driving these people
away because these dwellers are the main ‘source of labor’ of this
city,” the mayor clarified.
At this time
however, the City Government will not allow residents to build back
their homes while road construction and development is underway.
Building permits will also be required from residents before they can
start construction of their new homes.
By Maj FELIX M. MANGYAO (INF) PA
September 19, 2006
Catbalogan, Samar – The relentless conduct of pursuit operations as a
result of the September 15, 2006 encounter between a Squad of soldiers
from the 14th Infantry Battalion, 8th Infantry Division, Philippine
Army and the Communist Terrorists yielded another breakthrough when
the troops under 2Lt. Michael Madayag caught up with the withdrawing
enemy at vicinity Barangay Bunga, Paranas, Samar on Saturday at around
8:o’clock in the morning.
On the early morning
of September 16, 2006, 2Lt. Michael Madayag PA, of the 81st
Reconnaissance Company of the 801st Infantry Brigade Philippine Army
received information volunteered by a barangay resident that armed men
believed to be communist terrorists (CTs) are resting at the forested
area located between Barangays Tutubigan and Bunga all of Paranas,
The troops stealthy
jumped-off and furiously engaged the enemy by surprise. Firefight
ensued for more or less ten minutes followed by a running gun battle
that forced the enemy to withdraw towards different directions. The
platoon scoured the area and recovered the following: One (1)
communist terrorist killed (body count), One (1) bandoleer with three
(3) magazines for M14 rifle, twenty (20) meters electric wires
believed to be used for landmines, one (1) anti-personnel landmine and
seventy six (76) rounds of ammunition for M16. The government troops
suffered no casualty. The cadaver of the CT was brought to the
Barangay for possible identification and disposition.
MGen. Rodrigo F.
Maclang AFP, Chief of the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army
commended the soldiers for a job well done. He likewise extends his
thanks to the people of Barangay Bunga, Paranas, Samar for the
information that was timely provided to the soldiers. General Maclang
also denounced the continuing use of anti-personnel landmines by the
CT’s against government troops in the area.
Campaign for “better
Samar roads” launched; Samar solon says road construction already
By RICKY J. BAUTISTA
September 18, 2006
Congressman Cata Figueroa
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
The people of this country’s third largest island has to show anew its
solidarity and unity in hoisting this native home. This time, the Samarnons demanded from the government to construct “better roads” in
The Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and
however, said the road construction operations have just started a
Officials of the DPWH
said the contract has just been awarded to E.C. De Luna Construction
who previously won the bidding of concreting and asphalting the Phases
1-4, which is from Calbiga-Catbalogan-Calbayog-Allen road. The road
from San Juanico Bridge to Calbiga town has just concreted and
Recently, a “petition
for better roads for
addressed to Philippine government was launched and a “caravan” to
travel the route from Calbiga to Calbayog City was set on October 17,
The said caravan and
the on-going petition which is expected to end on September 30 was
both launched and created by the US-based Gugma Han Samar (Love of
According to Loudette
Avelino of Gugma Han Samar, the roads in the island of Samar are
entirely “destroyed, beyond broken and treacherous.”
Avelino, the one
commissioned to compose the petition said the (roads in Samar) have
caused serious harm, injury and even deaths to countless citizens of
this island for years, which later earned the
a moniker as the “Makaharadlok Highway or Scary Highway”
Avelino and her group
blamed the “bad road condition” as cause of several road-related
accidents in Samar’s maharlika highways.
“A woman traveling on
a motorcycle with her husband was thrown off the cycle when it hit a
rut and went flying off to her death; buses traversing from side to
side avoiding ruts unwittingly veer towards one another crashing
head-on and killing countless people; children heading home from
school hit by vehicles; jeepneys weighed down with passengers on its
roofs hit a bump and people fall off onto the roads and down cliffs to
their deaths; a lawyer from Calbayog City, having suffered a heart
attack was rushed to (a hospital in Tacloban City died en route due to
bad road condition) that it took five hours to travel the
120-kilometer stretch instead of just two hours, are among those
incidents that made us (edgy),” they said.
Aside from deaths and
accidents, the petitioners also claimed the said “rotten roads” have
(also) caused tremendous economic hardships on the citizens of this
3-province island for decades, which resulted to the permanent fixture
of this province in the list of the poorest provinces in the
claimed Samarnons cannot make a decent living with the “hellish” road
conditions and have been living at the very bottom of the economic
heap, as if they were living in the dark ages, adding that “we cannot
even attract tourists to experience and explore the wonders and beauty
of the island.”
“The people of Samar
are mad as hell and we are not going to take it anymore. We demand
first class roads and bridges for the entire island of Samar now,” the
group said in the petition, and calling all the trucking and business
companies, national and local officials, non-government organizations,
church leaders, professors and students to sign the petition said.
In an exclusive
interview with administration lawmaker Catalino “Cata” Figueroa of
Samar 2nd district, he said the “actual work” of the
Calbiga-Catbalogan road project may start anytime now.
He said the move to
petition the national government is “too late and useless because as
of today the project has been started. As of now, “it is not visible
yet as we are still in the process of augmenting heavy equipments and
hiring of manpower.
In fact, he said, “the
first batch of the heavy equipments that would be used in the project
has arrived last month and is now in the batching plant and bunkhouse
in Brgy. Pequit, Paranas, Samar being the central point of the
According to the
solon, two barges from Iloilo City carrying heavy equipments such as
payloaders, bulldozers, backhoes, dump trucks has already arrived last
month. “First batch pala adto, mayda pa masunod hito,” he added.
Also, payments to
houses and establishments affected under the government’s road right
of way (ARROW) has been processed now and hiring of laborers, heavy
equipment operators, truck drivers, surveyors, foreman, timekeepers,
etc. is now on-going, the solon said.
“I am calling to the
Samarnons to be patient, nandito na yung hinihintay natin, mag uumpisa
na ang construction ng Maharlika highways from Calbiga to Catbalogan,
and subsequently, from Catbalogan to Allen town through me and Rep.
Reynaldo S. Uy,” Figueroa told this publication.
“Let me assure my
constituents that I am not sleeping in my seat in Congress. You may
check how many infrastructures such as executive offices,
farm-to-market roads, irrigations, basketball and covered courts has
been established through me in the second district,” he said adding
that it is better far from the performance, if there is any, of other
provincial leaders in Samar.
Back to Maharlika
project, Rep. Figueroa said the only thing they are waiting now is the
concurrence or “notice to proceed” of the JBIC to start the actual
work, and in fact, “I sought the assistance of NEDA chair Romulo Neri
to “accelerate” that concurrence of the JBIC.”
The solon said the
concurrence may arrive next week, and subsequently, the workers and
equipments will immediately be deployed in Calbiga to Catbalogan – in
time for the scheduled caravan of the residents to have a “better
in total disarray; 1 soldier died in ambush
By Maj. FELIX M. MANGYAO (INF) PA
September 18, 2006
Catbalogan, Samar – The Communist Terrorists (CT’s) in Samar is now
in total disarray as they staged brutal and inhuman activities
purposely to prevent the government troops in conducting symposium,
information dissemination and face-to-face dialogue with students of
different schools and other civilians in the area.
On September 15, 2006
at 5:30 p.m., after conducting symposium at Paranas National High
School, a team of soldiers from the 14th Infantry Battalion, 8th
Infantry Division, Philippine Army led by 1st Lt. Julius Taniza while
on their way back to Barangay Lawaan, Paranas, Samar were ambushed by
undetermined number of heavily armed CT’s at Sitio Cantipon, Barangay
Casandig, Paranas, Samar. Though the government troops were
outnumbered, they were able to fire back at the enemy forcing the
latter to withdraw bringing along with them their wounded comrades.
The troops suffered one (1) killed in action and two (2) slightly
The Commanding General
of 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army based at Camp Lukban,
Catbalogan, Samar, Major General Rodrigo F Maclang together with the
organic personnel of 8ID, were deeply saddened by the incident, and
expressed his condolences to the family of bereaved Pfc Jhony Padilla.
Maclang disclosed that
said incident was an isolated case and what had transpired was at all
times expected by every member of the Armed Forces fighting for the
country and its people against the lawless elements who want to topple
down democracy. He even reiterated to his men and civilian populace as
well to take extra vigilant for these CT remnants for they are now on
disarray and shall conduct the same activity at any opportune time.
More so, Maclang reiterated and assured the Samareños that the
incident was only an isolated one.
“The CT’s were
seriously affected by the information drive being conducted by the
government troops in coordination with DepEd and LGU’s at different
schools in the area purposely to unmask the true color and intentions
of these CT’s to the people. This is one of the objectives of the CT’s
so as to prevent the government from disseminating its socio-economic
development program. The Philippine Army here in Region 8 will never
stop conducting dialogue with the people to find out how the Phil Army
can assist them in their locality to assist the local government units
and other government agencies in implementing their programs.