visit Southern Leyte
By REBECCA CADAVOS (PIA Southern Leyte)
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – At least (9) top journalists from the Philippines visited
here to find out what the Department of Education (DepEd) has done to
make the province being on the top of National Achievement Test (NAT),
Dr. Violeta Alocilja revealed during the regular Provincial Disaster
Coordinating Council meeting, Friday, November 24.
Dr. Alocilja, reported
that among the journalists who came here for a visit were from the
media outlets of Business Today, Philippine Star, Philippine Daily
Inquirer, Manila Chronicle, Radio Mindanao Network and the DepEd Post.
"Southern Leyte was figuring prominently in the national dailies
because we had achieved our real feat in education", the Schools
Division Superintendent here said.
garnered the grand slam spot being on the top from the elementary
level, secondary level and even in the Special Education (SPED), those
children with special needs who have the right to education. One in
Sogod town which ranked number 1 and another one in the municipality
of San Juan Central School which ranked number 7 all over the country,
Alocilja emphasized on SPED schools.
The Division of
Southern Leyte is the only division who has gone beyond 75% in the
elementary level with 80.81%, while in the secondary level, Tomas
Oppus figured prominently out of the 23 high schools who made it to
the top ten. For first year high school, Southern Leyte made 8 to the
top out of 48 including
while in fourth year, five schools made to the top ten, nationwide,
Alocilja disclosed during the PDCC meeting presided over by Provincial
Administrator Genis Murallos.
Dr. Alocilja said that
there’s no other division in the entire history of education has
gotten the said achievement. "It is really a history in the making",
she noted. The mediamen interviewed parents, students and teachers for
She further hoped that
the figure being on the top will continue. DepEd are only there to
consolidate the result and without the cooperation and support of the
provincial leaders, through Cong. Roger Mercado, Gov. Rosette Lerias,
the mayors of every municipality, parents, teachers and students as
well, the achievement could have not been possible.
Army encounters NPA
extortionists in Leyte
By 1Lt. MARIO JOSE M. CHICO, (QMS) PA
Catbalogan, Samar – ‘We are fed up of the abuses of the NPA’s!”
These were the words
from the residents of Brgy Taglalawigan that made them cooperate fully
with the Army troopers from the 8th Infantry Division of Philippine
Army that resulted to the encounter of the government troops with the
NPA extortionists on November 24, 2006 at about 10:50 a.m. at vicinity
Sitio Surosimbahan, Brgy Taglalawigan of San Isidro, Leyte.
Through the power of
modern technology, text messages from concerned citizens of said
community reached the Headquarters of 19th Infantry Battalion based in
Kananga, Leyte that immediately reacted to the call for help of the
populace. Accordingly, the NPA terrorists have been making a hay day
extorting rice and money from the residents of the said barangay under
the guise of ‘Revolutionary Tax”.
Guided by the
information given by the concerned residents, a platoon of Army
troopers conducted combat operations aimed to neutralize the NPA
terrorists lurking in the area. While on patrol in the target area,
they chanced upon a group of more or less twenty (20) fully armed NPAs
and a running gun battle ensued. After 25 minutes of firefight, the
terrorists ran away from the battle leaving behind their dead comrade.
Maj. Gen. Rodrigo F.
Maclang, the Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division,
Philippine Army, commended the operating troops of the 19th Infantry
Battalion for the successful conduct of security operations that
benefited the people of Northern Leyte province. He likewise extended
his appreciation to the people of Brgy Taglalawigan for the trust and
confidence they have bestowed to the Army. With the Army and the
people working together, we will be able to achieve the lasting peace
conducive to development in the region that every Leyteños is dreaming
Army destroys NPA camp in Northern Samar
By 1Lt. MARIO JOSE M. CHICO, (QMS) PA
Catbalogan, Samar – Army troops from the 8th Infantry Division
caught by surprise the more or less 50 NPA terrorists in their
encampment situated in the mountainous part of Silvino Lobos town in
Northern Samar on November 23, 2006 at about 10:45 a.m. One (1) still
unidentified NPA killed, while one (1) carbine rifle and voluminous
subversive of documents of high intelligence value were recovered from
Acting on information
given by concerned officials and residents of Brgy. Tubang of said
municipality regarding the presence of NPA terrorist encampment in the
outskirts of their barangay, the Army immediately dispatched troops to
neutralize the reported communist terrorist who have been the
tormentors of civilians in the area.
Upon reaching the
vicinity of tipped area, the Army troops crawled their way and managed
to close in to the terrorists’ encampment. However, as the troops come
nearer, they were met with heavy volume of fires that instantaneously
wounded a soldier. The troops skillfully maneuvered and overcome the
strong defense posed by the NPA terrorists. Sensing inevitable defeat
from the hands of the well equipped and better-trained government
troops, the terrorists’ scampered in different directions leaving
behind their dead comrade. The slightly wounded soldier was evacuated
to the nearest medical facility for medical treatment, while the rest
of the Army troops conducted pursuit operations.
The success of the
combat operations conducted by the 8th Infantry Division was made
possible by the cooperation of the residents in the area who have been
the subject of massive extortion activities by the communist
terrorists operating in Silvino Lobos.
MajGen. Rodrigo F.
Maclang, the Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division,
Philippine Army based in Catbalogan,
Samar, praised his troops for the high level of discipline that
they have demonstrated in protecting the people. Likewise he enjoined
each and every waraynons to their share in the government’s efforts to
rid our country of the communist terrorists that will pave the way for
a lasting peace.
government on trying to block victims' compensation
November 26, 2006
– "It is definitely good news for us victims but not yet a reason to
celebrate," Ms. Marie Hilao-Enriquez says about the approaching
distribution of compensation for Marcos victims. Enriquez is the
current Secretary-General of Society of Ex-Detainees for Liberation
against Detention and for Amnesty (SELDA), an organization whose
members are mostly victims of human rights violations during Martial
Law and plaintiffs to the class suit filed against the dictator
Enriquez adds that
while the US Appellate Court is ready to distribute $2000 to each
victim of Martial Law, the Presidential Commission on Good Government
(PCGG) is still on its feet to pursue the appeal to the US Supreme
Court to not give the $35M worth of the Arelma account which is
Marcos' dummy account to the victims but instead to the Philippine
Government. "If this will happen, it means several months more of
"Until we have in our
own hands the compensation we have long waited for, our battle has not
ended," Marie Hilao-Enriquez said. "Ms. Gloria Arroyo should order the
PCGG to stop on trying to take away what we have long deserved,"
Enriquez called out.
In addition, Enriquez
questions the number of claimants. "But how come there are only 7,500
victims eligible for compensation? All of us victims should be
indemnified," Enriquez states. Originally, there are 9,539 victims of
human rights violations who filed and won in a class suit against the
late President Ferdinand Marcos in the US Federal Court of Hawaii.
Enriquez explains that all the 9,539 victims underwent the arduous
process of proving themselves to be legitimate victims of the Martial
Law. She said they all went through examinations that brought them
back to their gross experiences on violations of their human rights.
"It's not enough to
indemnify most of the victims of the dark days of Martial Law, justice
should be given to ALL victims." Enriquez exclaims.
Suspension of 29 Taft employees void
By ALICE NICART (PIA Borongan)
November 25, 2006
Samar – Attorney Rodolfo Encajonado, Director IV of Civil Service
Regional Office 8 issued recently the decision declaring the
suspension of some 29 municipal employees of Taft Local Government
Unit as "void".
The 19-page decision
of Encajonado dated
October 27, 2006
further directed the municipal mayor of LGU-Taft, Eastern Samar " to
reinstate immediately Roberto Lim, et. al, to their respective
positions and be paid the corresponding back salaries from the date
they were actually denied payment thereof and dropped from the rolls
until their actual reinstatement".
It may be recalled
that the employees were suspended from their official functions when
they went on "absence without approved leave" as claimed so and in
effect were not paid of their salaries since 2005.
In an interview before
with some of the suspended employees, they lamented that the mayoral
seat was still being contested then, that they were not sure where and
which office to report to. They further admitted that as government
employees they are duty-bound to serve the public whosoever assumes
and functions as their local chief executive. In truth, another
employee said they are the ones who suffered most, morally, mentally,
emotionally and financially. To be terminated from work and be out of
their office for no valid reason at all is a very traumatic experience
because all their years of service have been dedicated to true
service, the employees agreed.
Through times, (until
very recently) the problem has hounded the suspended employees. A
mother-employee feels devastated that her suspension has caused her
child to stop college because of financial crisis in the family.
Today, however, there
has been music to the ears of the 29 employees when they learned of
the Civil Service Decision in their favor. Asked how they feel, they
answered they have no remorse or ill-feeling whatsoever. What they now
have in mind is to return and continue their work exactly where they
have left them several months ago.
As of press time
however, reliable source reported of an "appeal" made by the other
camp which might hamper once more the resumption to work of the
suspended employees. This is of course part of the legal process, the
source said. But all 29 still look at a brighter side of the
Samar Division hosts
Secondary Schools Press confab
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Samar Division is all set to welcome some one thousand delegates
coming from all over Eastern Visayas as it hosts the 2006 Regional
Secondary Schools Press Conference (RSSPC) on December 1-3 at the
Samar National School (SNS).
This was disclosed by
Information and Communications Director of DepEd Samar Division Claire
Menda during a PIA meeting held recently.
Menda said that
streamers would be hung along the carline municipalities if only to
make the delegates from the ten divisions feel most welcome.
She also said that
water supply would never be a problem as the Bureau of Fire Protection
promised to supply the water requirements of the participants.
A grand parade,
cultural night showcasing the arts, history and culture of Samar,
Search for the Miss RSSPC and Best in Journalism Display will be the
highlights of the media meet.
Menda further said
that the division will also add the first ever Tiangge to
display the products of
Samar to promote the One Town One Product (OTOP) projects of
The delegates will be
housed in Samar National School and Catbalogan l Central Elementary
School classrooms for the duration.
This year’s RSSPC
theme: Promoting a Culture of Peace through Responsible Journalism.
8ID pays tribute to
Brig. Gen. Dauz
By 1Lt. MARIO JOSE M. CHICO, (QMS) PA
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan, Samar – As a tribute to the remarkable accomplishments of Brig.
Gen. Oscar Randy Dauz AFP, the former Assistant Division Commander of
8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, a Testimonial Review with
retreat was held at 8ID Grandstand, Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar on
November 20, 2006 at 4:00 p.m. The event was a simple gesture of the
command to honor Brig. Gen. Dauz in all of his contributions to the
In his message Brig.
Gen. Dauz expressed his gratitude to Maj. Gen. Maclang, the organic
personnel of 8ID, civilian employees and those who supported and
inspired him during his stint in the military service. He said that
“he is saddened that he will be leaving the service and the people in
the military that have made the past 36 years of his life a truly
meaningful journey”. But this time, he added, he is happier as he will
have more time to be with his family who missed his presence when he
was still in the military service. He further encouraged everyone who
will be left behind to continuously serving the people, to just do
their share and be faithful to the organization.
MGen. Maclang on the
other hand, also thanked BGen. Dauz for his professional commitment to
the Command that made 8ID of what it is today. He also conveyed his
gratefulness to Gen. Dauz for being a true professional who easily
assumed his role as the Assistant Division Commander, despite the fact
that He (Gen. Dauz), is more senior than him.
Finally, Gen. Maclang
quoted a famous lines from Walter Lipman, that says: “The final test
of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction
and the will to carry on”.
Brig. Gen. Dauz was
the former Assistant Division Commander during the time when Maj. Gen.
Bonifacio B. Ramos was then the 8ID Chief. When Gen. Ramos was
installed as COMNOLCOM, he acted as 8ID General Officer-In-Charge. His
brief stint in the said position of major responsibilities lasted
until Maj. Gen. Rodrigo F. Maclang assumed the position on
August 16, 2006 in a simple turn-over of Command ceremony at 8ID
Grandstand, with Maj. Gen. Ricardo T. Brillantes, Vice Commander,
Philippine Army as presiding officer. Brig. Gen. Dauz will be retiring
December 11, 2006.
Fil-Am reelected mayor
By Philippine News Service (PNS)
USA – In a tight and bitter fight in the mayoral race in Milpitas,
California, incumbent Jose "Joe" Esteves, a Filipino American, was
handily reelected last November 8.
Esteves, 60, defeated
challenger Henry Chang Manayan, a Filipino-Chinese, who had served as
city mayor, Council members Althea Polanksi and Armando Gomez also
retained their seats, although Heidi Pham gave Gomez a fight for the
Before he was elected
mayor the first time, Esteves had been a councilman. As a candidate
for either a council seat or the mayoral post, Esteves fought for such
issues as family values and quality of life for all, higher standard
of education, safer neighborhoods and a financially strong city
A graduate of the
University of the Philippines with a bachelor's degree in civil and
industrial engineering, Esteves also has an MBA. At UP, he belonged to
the Epsilon Chi Fraternity of which Manila Headline publisher Ric
Ilanga is also a member.
He has received a
number of awards, including a Certificate of Merit for Leadership from
the Columbus Supreme Assembly, Mentor of the Month from the Milpitas
High School, Certificate of Appreciation for Devoted and Invaluable
Service from the Fil-American Association of Milpitas and Dr. Jose
Rizal's Community Hero Award from the Community Development Council,
Inc. and President's Award for Exemplary and Unselfish Achievement
from the FAPESCO.
He and his wife,
Susan, and daughter, Irene, are steeped in business, church and
community leadership qualities.