Two died, one injured
274 families homeless as Typhoon Seniang hit Biliran province
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA (PIA Biliran)
NAVAL, Biliran –
Typhoon Seniang which placed the
under Tropical Storm Signal No. 3 with a maximum wind of 150 to 180
kilometers per hour hit the province late Saturday afternoon (December
9) has left two persons dead and one injured and affected thousands of
families and persons.
According to the
latest disaster monitoring report of the Provincial Disaster
Coordinating Council (PDCC) of Biliran, two persons were reported to
have died in the municipality of Caibiran, one injured in Libtong Dako
in the municipality of Naval and affected 2,631 families 9,120
The report also
revealed that there were 1,412 partially damaged houses and about 274
totally damaged houses in the entire
The estimated cost of
partially and totally damaged houses were placed at P7,739, 487.00.
As of reporting time,
the municipality of Cabucgayan is the only municipality among the
eight municipalities in the entire province of Biliran that has not
submitted a disaster report.
Rogelio J. Espina yesterday morning during the flag ceremony at the
provincial capitol ground, officially placed the entire province of
Biliran under a state of calamity due to the big destruction
provincewide brought about by typhoon Seniang.
However, the members
of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) who are on official travel in
Manila, according to Avelino Hernandez, Provincial Administrator in a
brief interview with PIA on Monday bared that they already held a
conference in preparation for the official passage of a resolution
declaring the entire province of Biliran under a state of calamity
upon their return.
In a talk with the
staff of the legislative department of the province Monday, they said
that the provincial board members will be back Tuesday and will
immediately convene to formally pass a resolution for a declaration of
a state of calamity here.
In an interview with
Sammy Sale, Executive Assistant IV in the office of the provincial
governor, he assured that an executive order will be immediately
drafted relative to the official declaration of putting the entire
province of Biliran under a state of calamity which will adopt the
resolution to be passed by the SP.
Ms. Sylva L. Yubal,
Acting Provincial Budget Officer informed that the province has some
P10 million allocation out of the 5% budgetary reserve of the total
regular income which will be utilized as calamity fund as provided in
R.A. 7160 ( Local Government Code of 1991).
On the other hand, Ms.
Flordeliza Trani, Provincial Social Welfare Development Officer (PSWDO)
of Biliran assured to the affected families and persons that the
office has continued its relief and rehabilitation operations like
giving-out cans of sardines, kilos of rice, packs of noodles in
designated evacuation centers provincewide and the provision of light
construction materials such as nipa shingles, nails and coco lumber to
residents with damaged houses in the community affected by typhoon
Engineering District declared the national road from Lemon to Naval,
the capital town of the province of Biliran passable to all kinds of
vehicles since Sunday, December 10 at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon.
Leyteño among 48
Outstanding Overseas Filipinos and Organizations
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Mr. Gregorio Macabenta whose mother is from San Miguel, Leyte is
among this year’s recipients of the Presidential Awards for Filipino
Individuals and Organizations Overseas.
Mr. Greg Macabenta has
been in the news recently for his generous gesture of paying for the
freight and handling of the Books for Barangays from California to the
municipality of San Miguel.
He is one of the
Awardees in the Pamana ng Pilipino category which is conferred on
Filipinos, who, in exemplifying the talent and industry of the
Filipino, have brought the country honor and recognition through
excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession.
Mr. Macabenta is the editor-publisher of a Filipino newspaper in
The Commission on
Filipino Overseas informed that on December 7, President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo conferred the Presidential Awards for Outstanding
Filipinos Individuals and Organizations Overseas to 48 recipients
coming from 14 countries around the world. The awarding was held at
the Rizal Hall of the Malacañang Palace.
Awards carries four categories, the Lingkod sa sa kapwa Pilipino
Award, the Banaag Award, the Kaanib ng Bayan Award and the Pamana ng
This year’s recipients
of the Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino Award are Gloria Ysmael Adams, ALA EH
gem e.V., Dr. Estela Evangelista, FEU - Dr. Nicanor Reyes School of
Medicine Alumni Foundation, Society of the Philippine Surgeons in
America and Honesto Tria.
The Kaanib ng Bayan
Awardees are California Technological Care, Inc., CORA Filipino
American Task Force, Misao Hanazaki, Ma’Ma’s Hope Haven of Norway,
Inc., Dr. Robert Sommer Martens, Operation Rainbow Australia Limited
and Social Welfare Corporation Raphael Clinic.
The Banaag Awardees
are Bagong Kulturang Pinoy, Inc., Thelma Garcia Buchholdt, Atty.
Lolita L. Farmer OAM, Filipino American Medical, Inc., Filipino
Association of Singapore, Engr. Roman Ting Go, Iskwelang Pilipino,
Inc., Lahing Kayumanggi, Vladimir James Manuel, Markham Federation of
Filipino Canadians, Eduardo J. Navarra, Philippine American Group of
Filipino Educators and Surgeons, Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc.,
Edgardo Quinto, Loline A. Luahati Reed, Justina Sales, Dr. Rosario B.
Tigno, Tuluyang Pinoy (Philippine Center Zurich), and Veterans Equity
For the Pamana ng
Pilipino Award, the recipients are Adolovni P. Acosta, Engr. Editha M.
Ardiente, Larry Asera, Mayor Ruth Asmundson, Armando V. Baisas,
Olegario Cantos VII, Senaida F. Cunanan, Michael A. Dadap, Vellie
Dietrich-Hall, Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna, Gregorio B. Macabenta, Dr.
Romulo Magsino, Consorcio Don Manuel, Dr. Enrique M. Ostrea Jr.,
Jeffrey P. Rustia and Emme A. Tomimbang-Burns.
Typhoon Seniang hits
whole of Eastern Visayas
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
QUICK RESPONSE. Samar Governor Milagrosa Tan assisted by Catbalogan mayor Tekwa Uy
(left) started giving relief goods to the needy constituents of
Catbalogan during the height of typhoon Seniang on Saturday
(December 9) at the Samar Provincial Gymnasium. The relief
operations continued the next day to other areas in the province mostly
devastated by the typhoon.
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Typhoon Seniang hit Eastern Visayas at noon of December 9
uprooting trees and plants, hurting several people and forcing people
in the coastal areas to go to the evacuation centers in the different
provinces of the Region.
Seniang also caused
power failure in all the provinces of
Eastern Visayas, except
As of this writing,
evacuees have been reported in the Catholic Church in Guiuan, as
reported by PIA Eastern Samar. In the Province of Leyte, 167 in the
town proper of Palo, 20 in Barangay Cogon of Palo, more than 500 in
the four evacuation center of Tanauan – 2 evacuation centers in
Barangay Bislig, one in San Roque and another one in Barangay Canramos.
In the province of
Southern Leyte, initial reports coming from the PIA Southern Leyte and
confirmed by OCD, there are about 759 evacuees in the municipality of
San Francisco and 191 families from Maasin. OCD reported that there
are also evacuees in Macrohon town.
A thirteen year old
girl was brought to the hospital after she was hurt when a fallen tree
hit her house at Barangay Cabuynan, Tanauan,
person from the Northern barangay of Tacloban City, was hospitalized
when hit by fallen tree.
The Regional Disaster
Coordinating Council and the Office of Civil Defense through Director
Adriano Fuego, have been giving warnings to the public since the
afternoon of December 7. At the same time, the different Provincial
and Municipal Disaster Coordinating Councils were also giving warnings
on their respective constituents.
Early morning of
Saturday, when the winds became stronger, many local chief executive
immediately went around their respective areas overseeing the
evacuation of people.
Mayor Analiza Kwan
when reached by PIA was already up and going around Guiuan as early as
five o’clock in the morning. She said there seemed to be a lull and
the weather was better at about
8:00 o’clock in the morning. However at about
12:00 o’clock noon,
she texted that she was already with evacuees inside the church
because of strong winds and heavy rains.
Mayors in the first
District of Leyte, Mayor Caadan of Tolosa, Mayor Roque Tiu of Tanauan,
Mayor Teddy Sevilla of Palo, Mayor Asoy Quemado of Sta. Fe, Mayor
Fruto Brazil of San Miguel, Mayor Jimmy Velarde of Alang-Alang and
Mayor Ernesto Fabi of Babatngon were observed to have been busy taking
care of their constituents.
Mayor Tiu said that
cooking of food for the evacuees started at lunch time of Saturday. He
expressed gratitude to the utility officers of the municipality who
were all present to help without being called.
Leyte Governor Petilla
also had the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council as early as
Friday afternoon. Early morning of Saturday, he was still contacting
the municipal mayors regarding the typhoon. He also has made available
the province’s rubber boats and heavy equipments for use in case of
financial assistance from GMA
BY1Lt. MARIO JOSE M. CHICO, (INF) PA
Catbalogan, Samar – As a simple gesture in acknowledging the heroic
deeds shown by gallant members of the 8th Infantry Division,
Philippine Army in defending our freedom and democracy against the
communist terrorists, the national government thru its Presidential
Adviser on Military Affairs represented by Maj. Gen. Arturo B.
Carrillo AFP (RET), came all the way from Manila to Camp Lukban,
Catbalogan, Western Samar on December 5, 2006 at 10:00 in the morning,
to personally hand-over the cash reward to the beneficiaries of the
soldiers who were killed in action (KIA) as well as to those wounded
in action (WIA).
The families of the
three (3) soldiers Killed In Action (KIA), all received a check
amounting to one hundred thousand pesos (100,000.00) respectively.
While the four (4) Wounded In Action (WIA) received twenty thousand
pesos (20,000.00) each.
In his message, MajGen.
Carrillo (RET) said that the cash reward extended to the battle
casualties were taken from the Presidential Social Fund. According to
him, the amount is not a payment to the lives of those fallen
comrades, but a simple acknowledgement of our beloved President Gloria
Arroyo, to the heroic feat displayed by our army troopers in the
performance of their sworn duty of protecting the people.
The event which was
held at 8ID Grandstand was attended by organic officer, enlisted
personnel, civilian employees and media practitioners.
NPA terrorists kill
anew at Eastern Samar
By 1Lt. MARIO JOSE M. CHICO, (QMS) PA
December 8, 2006
Catbalogan, Samar – NPA murderers strike anew brutally killing a
soldier near his home at vicinity of Brgy 8, Poblacion, Can-avid Town
in Eastern Samar on December 2, 2006 at about 12 noon.
Reports reaching 8th
Infantry Division Headquarters revealed that Cpl Reynaldo Bantayan,
assigned with the 14th Infantry Battalion headed by Lt. Col. Wilson
Leyva INF (GSC) PA, was walking back to his house from his backyard
piggery at Brgy 8, Can-avid town when two youthful-looking hitmen of
the CPP-NPA-NDF Terrorist shot Cpl Bantayan using an M16 rifle hitting
him in the head, chest and nape. His wife came to his rescue and
rushed him to Can-avid hospital where he was pronounced
dead-on-arrival. Late Cpl Bantayan was survived by his wife and six
young children with the youngest at 8 months old.
The murder of Cpl
Bantayan added anew to the long list of barbaric killings perpetrated
by the local communist terrorists. The frustrations of the hierarchy
of the CPP-NPA-NDF operating in the region led by the former
priest-turned terrorist, Fr. Santiago Salas, brought about by the
failure of their tactical offensives against the Army troopers in the
region had made them resort to assassinating defenseless individuals
even in heavy populated areas just like in the poblacion of Can-avid
Likewise, we still
find the same silence of the alleged ‘human rights advocates’ groups
in the long list of brutal killings being systematically done by the
CPP-NPA-NDF terrorists group not only in the region but in the whole
country. The likes of KARAPATAN (KATUNGOD-SB), SAGUPA-SB, BAYAN, PCPR,
have been adopting a deafening silence stance whenever there are
killings committed by the communist terrorists groups.
The leadership of the
8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army headed by Maj. Gen.
Rodrigo F. Maclang strongly condemns the barbaric, treacherous, and
cowardly act of the communist terrorists and urges the people of
to denounce the systematic killings being done by the CPP-NPA-NDF
terrorists group. He likewise extends his condolence to the bereaved
family of late Cpl Bantayan assuring them of the wholehearted
assistance and support from the Command.
concerns on the impending release of child warrior Ka Liza
By ELI C. DALUMPINES (PIA
December 7, 2006
Liza (seated) being interviewed by media in Camp Lukban
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Authorities here recently expressed concerns over the court’s
impending decision to release the child warrior Ka Liza who, along
with two other females, was rescued by the military in an interior
barangay here at
Samar ’s capital on October 4, this year.
This after the MABINI
Group of Lawyers, represented by Atty. Fernando Perito, filed a
petition for a writ of habeas corpus against the Army’s 8th Infantry
Division and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
to produce before the court the five minors rescued by the military in
The five minors were
by then brought by the military to the DSWD facility in Tacloban City.
This was in line with the military’s effort to observe guidelines that
armed members of the CPP-NPA who are minors will, after rescue, be
transferred custody to the social welfare department.
The court though
dismissed the petition during its second hearing but in the course of
the proceeding Ka Liza chose Atty. Perito to be her counsel. The
lawyer’s argument to release the rescued child warrior to her parents
got the court’s approval but not until a formal hearing for her
release will be conducted.
Welfare Officer (PSWDO) Luz D. Tacal, however, aired her apprehensions
that the communist insurgents might again convince Ka Liza to join
them in the mountain.
Ms. Tacal said that
past experiences showed that rescued or captured members of the
communist New People’s Army (NPA) were, after release, can’t no longer
found in the community since their former comrades get them back.
She said Ka Liza’s
future will be bleak once she chose to join the revolutionary movement
Meanwhile, Maj. Felix
Mangyao, Chief of the Army’s Civil Military Office (CMO) here said the
military can do nothing other than to accept whatever the decision of
the court is.
He warned though that
the Ka Liza will again be on the losing side if she opts to join the
revolutionary movement the second time.
He cited the case of
the 8-year-old boy who was rescued by the military in Inopacan town in
Leyte a few years back who has already finished his schooling while
under the DSWD custody. The boy was featured in the national
televisions for his expertise in handling firearms even at an early
The DWSD earlier vowed
to shoulder the expenses of the rescued chills warriors should they
chose to continue their studies.
Social welfare officer bares a group shows
interest on female child warrior “Ka Liza”