8ID closes NCO Course,
opens Platoon Leader’s Course
By 1Lt. MARIO JOSE M. CHICO, (QMS) PA
Catbalogan, Samar – In pursuit of the Philippine Army’s vision of a
“Professional, Capable and Responsive Army that is a source of
national pride”, the 8th Infantry Division had just concluded the
conduct of Infantry Non-Commissioned Basic Course Class 340-06 at
Headquarters, 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army at Camp Lukban,
The said course lasted
for 12 weeks wherein the students undergone various military subjects
that equipped them of the needed skills and understanding of their
role as members of the armed forces. Among the subjects being
emphasized during the course of the training are the Respect for Human
Rights and International Humanitarian Law, Marksmanship, Map Reading,
Combat Battle Drills, Civil-Military Operations, and other subjects
essential in the performance of the multifarious tasks of a soldier.
Among the 42 students
who completed the prescribed training for the Basic Course was Private
First Class Leopoldo A. Beduya Jr. who topped his class garnering a
general average of 90.47%. Pfc Beduya is presently assigned at 8DTU
and a native of San Jorge, Western Samar.
Relatedly, the Platoon
Leader’s Course Class 12-06, a training that would prepare the newly
assigned 2nd Lieutenants in the rudiments and challenges of Company
Command, formally opened with BGen. Johnny B. Corcha Jr, the Assistant
Division Commander of the 8th Infantry Division, as Keynote Speaker.
In his message, BGen.
Corcha Jr. said that “Education is a continuing process. We should not
stop pursuing it. Every successful leader underwent various education
and trainings before they become great!”
The new graduates will
report back to their respective field units and are expected to share
their newly learned skills.
Catbalogan Mayor Uy
vowed to send gang members to school
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
December 2, 2006
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Feeling perhaps the sincerity of the repentant youths who agreed to
change for the better, Catbalogan Mayor Coefredo ‘Tekwa’ Uy vowed to
pay for the tuition and matriculation of those who would opt to return
This he pronounced
during the ‘surrender’ of the dreaded gang members 13 Hudas and Walang
Awatan Para sa Lahat (WAPS) at the PNP Samar Provincial Police Office
Right then and there,
the mayor ordered them to register their names for those who opted to
get education in exchange for their pledge to help him in the quest
for peace and order in the municipality.
After hearing the
mayor’s pronouncement on sponsored education, the group applauded the
Uy also promised them
to hold a Christmas Party wherein they will also meet youth with the
Officers of the
Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) said that more
gang-members will be joining the surrenderees in search for a better
life, free of fear and violence. The youth admitted that they really
want to change but yearned to be given more productive things to do.
Others wish to return to school while some would want to have jobs or
The Mayor with PNP
Provincial Director Asdali Idjah Aba and Catbalogan Chief of Police
Carlos Vencio personally inspected the weapons like sumpak,
deadly arrow and pisaw.
For his part, Police
director Abah encouraged some youngsters to instead join the Tanod
program, he said those qualified will be trained and will be given
Mayor Uy also
reprimanded the youngsters to refrain from body tattoo because the
practice may disqualify them for future jobs.
Other gangs like
Butterfly, Selda Uno and many others have also sent feelers for their
Army troopers scored
By 1Lt. MARIO JOSE M. CHICO, (QMS) PA
Catbalogan, Samar – Army troopers and NPA terrorist clashed anew at
vicinity Sitio Surosimbahan of Brgy Taglawigan in San Isidro, Leyte
province at about 8:20 a.m. Saturday, November 25, 2006.
Guided by information
from concerned residents of said community, the Army troops conducted
security operations that resulted to the killing of two (2)
unidentified terrorists and the recovery of one (1) M-14 rifle with 12
ammunitions, one (1) M-16 rifle with 18 live ammunitions, 100 rounds
linked ammunitions for M-60 machine gun, and one (1) hand grenade,
while no casualty was recorded on the government side.
According to the
information relayed by the civilians in the area, the NPA terrorist
went back at the place of the previous day encounter last November 22,
2006 wherein the government troops encountered more or less twenty
(20) NPA terrorists purposely to regroup with their missing comrades.
For the period, the
8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army under the command of Maj.
Gen. Rodrigo F. Maclang, had been winning the battle against the
communist terrorists due to the renewed trust and confidence of the
people of the Eastern Visayas Region to the Philippine Army.
Catbalogan reels from
By NIMFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Barely relieved from the fire and controversy that hounded the
presence of a burnt teen-ager from the damaged Lester Lace Grocery in
downtown Catbalogan, another blaze has rendered Catbaloganons hurting
from a fire that gutted residential houses near the market for three
hours on Tuesday (November 28).
Based on a spot report
prepared by investigator SFO1 Leonito Inovejas, fire started at 8:40
PM in Purok 1, Barangay 12, this town.
Further, the report
cited that the fire started in a two-storey residential house owned by
Alibasa Mamaki, made of semi concrete materials and GI roofings.
Estimated damage has
yet to be determined and some 39 residential houses have been
reportedly burned though not yet confirmed by investigators. Fire
reached a general alarm Inovejas wrote.
It will be recalled
that on May 3, 2006, a fire destroyed Samar ’s DTI provincial
office. Then again in September 14, 2006 another fire in San
Bartolome Street caused a P 2.5 M damage. On November 14, 2006 another
fire causing a P5M damage destroyed Lester Lace Grocery on the corner
of Allen and Rizal Sts. The body of a teen-ager named Janine Paulin
was discovered amid the debris of the burnt grocery store.
Then again on November
25, another fire in
took place. Unconfirmed reports have it that the fire damaged some
firearms left by soldiers in their bunks.
Daniel Salvatierra in a file interview with DYMS during the Fire
Prevention Month in March has then reminded all Samarnons to be very
careful; to check on electrical wirings that may cause fire.
As of this writing
however, Salvatierra begged off to comment on the frequent fire that
has made his team dizzy-busy. He promised however, to give his
official statement as soon as his men and equipments have settled
Eastern Times editor
bags Visayas Best Editorial in National PopDev Media Awards
By MARIVIC A. ALCOBER (PIA 8)
November 30, 2006
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– One of the print journalists from the Visayas Rollie "Carol"
Montilla, who participated in the 2nd National Annual PopDev Media
Awards bagged the Best Editorial Piece. This was revealed by Maeda
Ojeda of the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and
Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD).
Montilla, who is the
Editor-in-Chief of the local weekly paper Eastern Times is one of the
recipients of the awards extended by the PLCPD together with the
United Nations Population Fund.
According to Ojeda,
the awarding ceremonies of the PLCPD will be conducted in Manila this
December. All transportation and accommodation expenses of the
awardees will be shouldered by the PLCPD.
Ojeda shared that the
categories for the Media Awards are: Best Investigative/Interpretative
Report; Best Reportage, wherein bodies of work or series of spot news
coverage will be included; and lastly, Best Opinion/Editorial Piece.
On the previous year,
only three winners were chosen nationwide, but for this year the
search went to the regional level, hence, the winners increased to 12.
The PopDev Media
Awards, Ojeda bared, aims to pay tribute to media practitioners
nationwide who have produced, written and reported responsible and
exemplary news and feature articles on population and development in
print during the year. Likewise, the Awards also aims to encourage the
media to actively examine population and development issues as social
issues that affect the country’s development and to heighten public
awareness and knowledge on population and development issues.
Some of the entries
submitted that were centered on the following population and
development issues were on population and education; population and
health services; population, economic growth and poverty; reproductive
health and rights; family planning; and population, reproductive
health policy and governance.
gangster-members surrender to ANAD, PNP
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Some 25 juvenile gangsters (and counting) have voluntarily
surrendered to PNP authorities here Tuesday.
The 23 boys and two
girls aged ranging from 15 to 24 said to be members of the dreaded 13
Hudas and WAPS (Walang Awatan Para sa Lahat) trooped to the Samar
Provincial Police Office, Camp Maulong to meet PNP Provincial director
Senior Superintendent Asdali Idja Abah.
Accompanied by Augusto
‘Agoy’ Daclitan, an elderly and coordinator of the so called Alliance
for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) said that the youngsters
expressed their desire to stop their "happenings" and return to school
and/or be productive members of the Catbalogan society.
Agoy told PIA that he
used diplomacy in convincing the youngsters to turn a new leaf in
their lives. He said that he has witnessed how the young would scamper
when confronted with equally confrontational youth who seem to be war
He said he also knew
of the youths ‘naughty’ activities because plenty of complaints have
been lodged with these youngsters who loiter the streets and alleys at
night. These boys have also been subjected to police chases every now
One member of WAPS
Banjo Lama, 19 shared his desire to live a new life free of fear for
his dear life. He said he would want to live somewhere else so that he
would not meet his foes from the other gangs.
Their former master,
Edmon Montejo urged his members to lay down their ‘arms’ composed of
deadly arrow, sumpak and pisaw and to become members of ANAD instead.
ANAD member Pepito del
Rosario said that they will train the boys instead to become assets of
the tanod or even the PNP instead of wasting their young life to
happy-go-lucky endeavors that more often than not turn into deadly
Catbalogan Mayor Tekwa
Uy, PNP Samar police director Abah and Catbalogan Chief Carlos Vencio
together with Gov. Tan’s representative Baby Toledo discussed ways to
help best the repentant youngsters.
PGMA visit to Southern
Leyte slated next month
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is scheduled to visit
Southern Leyte province on December 26 to grace for the turn-over
rites of new housing communities in Saint Bernard and Liloan, the two
towns hardest hit by natural landslides in February, this year.
This was learned from
Gov. Rosette Lerias Friday, November 24, in an interview right after
the blessing of a new blood bank building within the premises of the
Salvacion Oppus Yniguez Memorial Provincial Hospital (SOYMPH).
The occasion also
coincided with the 46th anniversary celebration of the provincial
Gov. Lerias said she
had personally talked with President Arroyo in Malacañang on Thursday,
November 16, and the two of them browsed over Ms. Arroyo’s busy
After some time
considering the President’s tickler of activities, it was decided that
she come to the province on December 26 which was the only date left
vacant, the Governor said.
The President was
half-expecting to turn-over about 100 houses, but when told that more
than 500 dwelling units would be given to calamity victims, she was
pleasantly surprised on learning these developments, Governor Lerias
In Magbagacay, St.
Bernard, some 330 new houses have been constructed for the surviving
residents of Guinsaugon. The Gawad Kalinga had built 100 houses, Red
Cross 130, and the Japanese government through DSWD and Habitat for
Humanity, another 100 houses.
At barangay Fatima in
Liloan, the GK Energy Village put up 100 houses, and another 100 from
GMA Kapuso and Habitat for the displaced residents of barangay
Malangza, while 86 units were built in Caligangan by Caritas and
Diocese of Maasin for the affected residents of barangay Catig.
26 is a day after Christmas and it had been declared a non-working
But if the President’s
schedule pushes through, it will be just another routine day, and a
special day at that with the President’s presence.