Another fire hits
Catbalogan, incurs P5M damage
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN, Samar – A
big fire totally destroyed Lester Lace Branch 1 Grocery at the corners
of San Roque street
and Allen Avenue this town at 10:45 in the evening of November 14,
Senior Inspector Daniel Salvatierra of the Catbalogan Fire Station
said that Dr. Leo Lofranco, owner of Lester Lace Grocery pegged the
damage at P5M. This, the fireman said, does not include damages from
other establishments and houses that were partially damaged.
damaged were a barber shop, a Videoke Bar, a 2-story residential house
owned by Abe Abolencia, and another house owned by Felicisima Aguirre.
A fireman, SFO3
Cresente Bacay suffered third degree burns on his right arm in the
course of firefighting done by the Catbalogan Fire Unit, the chief
acknowledged the best coordination done at the fire scene saying, "for
the first time, crowd control by the PNP was perfect, KABALIKAT (a
volunteer communications group) did not intrude too much and the crowd
He also mentioned that
fire trucks immediately arrived for back up from the Catbalogan
Filipino Chinese Volunteer Fire Brigade, Paranas, Pinabacdao and
Calbayog City fire stations.
The fire chief said
that two barangay officials named Dionisio Sison, Francisco Aguilar
and a civilian named Apple Abuyen came rushing to the fire department
to report the blaze.
mentioned the Catbalogan Water District Manager Uy who was
instrumental in constructing fire hydrants that proved very helpful.
The Fire Chief said
that this was the biggest fire that hit Catbalogan this year, just a
few months ago, the Department of Trade and Industry provincial office
was burned with an estimated damage of P3M.
ink MOA for the Regional Council for Road Safety
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
November 17, 2006
Transportation Office-8 regional director Raul Aguilos (left)
delivers a message during the launching program and MOA signing of
the Regional Council for Road Safety and Environmental Friendly
Transport System at the DENR conference hall, November 15. Also in
photo are Tacloban city administrator Jimmy “Jim-jim” Yaokasin,
PIA-8 regional director Olive Tiu and DPWH assistant regional
director Jose Lino Aguilar.
(Photo by Vino Cuayzon)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte –
The Land Transportation Office spearheaded the signing of the
memorandum of agreement for the creation of the Regional Council for
Road Safety and Environment Friendly Transport System, in simple
ceremonies held at the DENR Region 8 Conference Room in Tacloban City
on November 15.
LTO 8 Director Raul
Aguilos said that with the coordination of all the cooperating
agencies, there is a great chance of attaining road safety not only in
the City of Tacloban but in the whole Region. He said that the signing
of the MOA is made more significant because of the fact that the
country is now celebrating the Clean Air Month. He said that with the
support of every agency, environment-friendly transport system will
also be achieved in the Region.
Director Jose Lino Aguilar of the Department of Public Works and
Highways expressed the full support of his agency in the undertakings
of the newly created Regional Council.
In behalf of the City
of Tacloban, City Administrator Jimjim Yaokasin informed the group
that the creation of the council is very timely considering that the
city of Tacloban
is now promoting the City of Tacloban as the new convention center in
Ms. Maribel Munsayac
of the Environment Management Bureau which is the lead agency in the
Clean Air Month celebration informed the body about the activities
which will be conducted in connection with the Clean Air Month.
PIA Director Olive Tiu
presented the coordinating agencies, the heads and the roles which
each agency will play in the achievement of the Council’s objectives.
Aside from LTO, DENR, DPWH and PIA, the other coordinating agencies
are the DENR-Environment Management Bureau, the Department of Trade
and Industry, TESDA, Philippine National Police, Department of
Tourism, PNP-Traffic Management Bureau, the Department of Interior and
Local Government and the city government of Tacloban.
Loreto Espineli, in his closing remarks said that the road accidents
which is one of the major causes of deaths in the country will
hopefully be mitigated through the endeavor of the Regional Council.
LTO Assistant Regional Director Romulo Bernardes acted as the master
of ceremonies during the activity which was held at 9:00 o'clock in
first district, it’s Final!
Grey versus Uy in 2007
By ROMMEL L. RUTOR
November 16, 2066
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Despite his earlier pronouncement that he won’t be running against
incumbent congressman Reynaldo S. Uy of Samar’s first district, San
Jorge mayor Joseph “Jojo” Grey is now definite of his bid for the
congressional seat in the upcoming 2007 local elections.
The decision was made
final during a press conference here last October 30, 2006, with Mayor
Grey revealing a political paranoia that is hounding the province’
first district which accordingly made him decide to go head on with
incumbent Congressman Uy.
Grey explained that he
could have opted to stay as the Mayor of San Jorge, stressing that he
made a vow to his constituents that he will not leave San Jorge until
progress and development would be evident in the said town.
“But I have no choice,
pinipilit ako ng sitwasyon at nang mga tao na gusto na nang pagba-bago,
ayaw niya rin akong tigilan kahit noon pa man sinabi ko na, na hindi
ko siya babanggain at totoo sana iyon, pero hindi ko na mapapalagpas
ang mga nangyayari ngayon, I discovered that Congressman Uy is
masterminding a demolishment job against me kaya pagpasensiyahan na
niya ako, pero ito ang nakikita ko na pinaka-magandang paraan para
mawala na ang mga patayan dito sa first district ng Samar”, Mayor Grey
The chief executive
likewise explained that he is not totally leaving his town and the San
Jorgehanons who have been very supportive of his political career,
“Ang nakikita ko mas na mabibiya-yaan sila kung ang mayor nila ang
magiging sunod na congressman, kaya palagay ko hindi sila magtatampo
sa naging desisyon ko”, he clarified.
As this developed,
Mayor Grey posed his challenge to incumbent congressman Uy,
particularly pointing out the contents of the solon’s letter to DILG
Secretary Ronaldo V. Puno last October 12, 2006. Grey relayed to the
media his willingness to publicly undergo a drug test together with
his wife and the rest of his family and security personnel, if the
solon from Samar’s first
district will likewise do so.
drug addict ako, sige sabay-sabay kaming magpa-drug test sa harap ng
mga tao, kasama ang asawa niya at mga anak niya at kasama ko rin ang
pamilya ko”, Grey told.
In the same occasion
Grey clarified that the allegations of his involvement in various
killings in San Jorge and Gandara is purely a political ploy allegedly
instigated by Congressman Uy.
He pointed out that
even before he embarked into politics in 2004, Samar’s first district
is already known to be a war zone during and even after election
period, “and I want that image eliminated, I am challenging
Congressman Uy that within the 45 days campaign period, parehas kaming
magpa-custody sa isang ecumenical group, walang cellphone at walang
bisita hanggang sa matapos ang botohan”, he told.
“With that, kahit na
hindi ako manalo sa eleksiyon, ang importante naibigay ko sa mga taga
first district ang 45 na araw na walang gulo at walang patayan na
eleksiyon, pagpapatunay na hindi totoo ang mga binibintang laban sa
akin na mga patayan sa bayan na pinagsisibilhan ko”, Grey added.
gathered by this writer showed that Mayor Grey’s bid for the
congressional seat will be carried out by former congressman Rodolfo
Tuazon, who is reportedly vying for the Calbayog City executive post
against Mayor Mel Sarmiento.
Grey is likewise being
supported by incumbent Governor Milagrosa T. Tan who is seeking
re-election against a prospective rival in the person of Mayor
Neliptha Figueroa who is being urged to run for Governor in the 2007
As the media session
with Mayor Grey ended the other week, the town executive burst into
tears as he appealed to the people of first district not to believe on
the black propaganda being initiated against him by his detractors.
turns over housing project in Caligangan, Liloan town
By REBECCA CADAVOS (PIA Southern
SOUTHERN LEYTE – A
symbolic key was turned-over by Caritas International to the
beneficiaries of Catig housing project during the blessing and
turn-over ceremony held Monday, November 13 at the
Roger Mercado who delivered a short message during the affair
expressed appreciation to the efforts made by Diocese of Maasin Bishop
Precioso Cantillas who requested the Caritas International to assist
the Caligangan residents who were then isolated by landslides that
hit last February 12 before the Guinsaugon tragedy.
Brgy. Caligangan with
a total population of 929 were totally relocated to Brgy. Catig, its
adjacent barangay both in Liloan with the realization of the 86 houses
or 43 duplex units donated by the Caritas International through the
Diocesan Social Action Center (DSAC) and the National Secretariat for
Social Action (NASSA), both a religious institution.
“This is the fruit of
teamwork, fruit of our wishes”, Cong. Mercado said during his message.
“The housing assistance given from benevolent donors should be taken
care of, maintain its beauty and give our share to make our community
better” he added.
Cong. Mercado appealed
to the relocated residents that in return they should express love of
country through loving their barangays and obey the rules and laws of
the government by taking care of the environment particularly by
planting trees. Catig beneficiaries can be extended more assistance
through livelihood projects for their additional
income like entrepreneurial activities through the Self Employment Sa
Kaunlaran program, the solon further added.
Based on the data from
the Municipal Mayor’s Office of Liloan, Catig has a total land area of
1,583 sq. meters while Brgy. Caligangan has 2,955 sq. meters.
and turn-over ceremony was also attended by Gov. Rosette Lerias,
Bishop Cantillas, Engr. Emmanuel Silvestre, Project Coordinator of the
proponents of CRS-America & Caritas Internationalis represented by
Michael Franks, Caritas Filipinas Foundation Inc. represented by Sr.
Rosanne Mallillin, Diocesan Action Center (DSAC) represented by Fr.
Eufemio Gohetia, Liloan Vice Mayor Antonio Maamo and Catig Brangay
Captain, his council members and the beneficiaries.
PNP to neutralize
private armed groups in Samar
By ELI C. DALUMPINES (PIA
PNP Samar Director SSupt. Abah
CATBALOGAN, Samar – Private armed groups of politicians here may be well-armed and
powerful, especially during election period, but the Philippine
National Police (PNP) will no longer allow them to terrorize the Samarnons.
Director SSupt. Asdali Idja Abah, in an interview over the weekend,
said the police have already devised schemes to neutralize the private
armies of politicians in Samar.
He, however, refused
to reveal what these schemes are since divulging them before the
public, according to him, will foil such moves. But he stressed that
they have already made initial steps to check the activities of these
In line with this,
Supt. Abah urged politicians to give the police a free hand in their
campaign to end violence which are common in
particularly in the 1st district, during elections.
He, likewise, directed
the local chiefs of police in all the towns of the province to refrain
from any partisan activities and never to submit to the dictates of
Supt. Abah informed he
already reprimanded the COPs of some towns in the 1st district for
failing to confirm reports of a number of killings that took place in
the towns of Gandara and San Jorge.
The police director
said though that he cannot qualify as of the moment whether those
killings were perpetrated by the private armed groups. But the weapons
used, he said, will pinpoint such groups as perpetrators.
Supt. Abah cited the
case in Brgy. Buenos Aires in Gandara town where the suspects used an
M16 Rifle and a .45 caliber pistol in killing a victim who was also a