LNU student qualifies
for Global Xchange Program
By MARIVIC ALCOBER (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The VSO Bahaginan, the British Council-Philippines and the VSO
Philippines are pleased to announce that after the conduct of the
Global Xchange Program (GXP) Assessment Days at the University Hotel,
University of the Philippines Campus, Quezon City last December 6 to
8, 18 candidates qualified as the Filipino counterpart of the RP-UK
Team 58 and Team 62 of GXP.
Among the lucky 18 who
qualified, one comes from the
Leyte Normal University,
Tacloban City, Jeffrey Engracial a fourth year MasCom student.
As one of the
qualified candidates, Engracial who was selected by the pool of
selectors composed of representatives from the three Country
Management Team and some volunteers, will undergo an Introductory
Training Course scheduled on January 2007. For the meantime, the
candidates who qualified were advised to work on their passport
application in preparation for the processing of their visa
application early next year.
Meanwhile, the Global
Xchange is a volunteer exchange programme, which gives young people
from different countries a unique opportunity to work together, to
develop and share valuable skills and to make a practical contribution
where it is needed in local communities.
The programme is based
on a model of youth exchanges originally developed in Canada over
thirty years ago. Known as World Youth, these exchanges were designed
to be fully reciprocal, involving young people from the developed and
developing world in equal numbers, and working on community projects
in both areas.
The Global Xchange
works with teams of up to 18 young people with equal numbers coming
from the UK and the Philippines. The participants are recruited, and
the teams are formed to reflect diversity in terms of geography,
ethnicity, ability, education and gender.
Jail guard shot to
death three days before Christmas
By MARVIN G. AÑONUEVO
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Instead of a joyful Christmas celebration for the whole family, it
turns now to a time of grief and sorrow when a jail guard of Samar
Provincial Jail was killed after he sustained four gun shot wounds in
the different parts of his body by a suspected ex-convict shots him
Wednesday night (December 21, 2006) inside their house this
Policarpio Parambita y
Dasig, 59, married, resident of corner San Francisco St. and Legaspi
Ave., barangay 6, was shot to death by a suspected ex-convict local
police chief Inspector Carlos Gaudencio Vencio said.
recovered from the crime scene four (4) empty shells and two (2) slugs
of cal. 45 pistol used by the suspect in killing the victim.
disclosed Parambita who sustained two gunshot wounds on his breast and
two on the back of his body was having a drinking spree with his
friends inside their residence about 6:30 that night when the suspect
wearing yellow T-Shirt and short pants with a curly hair, and his
companion wearing blue T-Shirt appeared at their main door and shots
the victim six times in close range.
Fe D. Parambita, wife
of the victim, said she was standing behind the “sala set” wherein her
husband and friends were seating facing their main door when the
incident happened. Because of the instantaneous incident, her husband
was not able to depend himself she said.
“I did not expect that
this will happen to my husband. At dahil napakabilis nga mga
pangyayari, hindi na nagawang lumaban pa ng asawa ko at maging ng mga
taong nasa loob ng bahay namin”, the wife explained.
Some of the young men,
who were just standing by near Parambita’s house upon hearing the gun
shots, immediately ran to the house to see what happened, but the
suspects before running away frightened them by saying they will also
be shot if they try to help the victim.
“Lumapit yong nga
tambay ng marinig nila ang sunod-sunod na putok ng baril at sigaw ko,
kaso tinutukan din sila ng suspect at sinabing, ano tutulong kayo?
Sige para mabaril din kayo. At bigla nalang tumakbo ang mga suspects,”
After the incident,
officer on case, SPO3 Eduardo Z. Villanueva conducted an initial
interrogation to the witnesses as to the identity of the suspect. The
fact that the victim was a provincial jail guard, authorities did not
leave out the possibility that the gunman was an ex-inmate.
Samar Provincial Jail
Warden, Judy Betanzor show the victim’s wife a picture of an ex-inmate
based on the descriptions given by her and other witnesses, without
hesitation she positively identified the suspect.
“Ipinakita sa akin ni
warden ang picture ng suspect, hindi ako maaaring magkamali, s’ya ang
bumaril sa asawa ko,” the wife said.
have identified already the suspect, Police Chief Inspector Vencio
appealed to the local media not to mention the suspect’s name while
the case for murder is now being prepared against the gunman for him
not to escape.
“We have already
identified the suspect, but we request you not to mention the name yet
in your report for him not to escape,” he pleaded.
The police chief
added, “It seems the motive of killing was personal grudge. But we
will go deeper with our investigation to know the real motive behind
the killing; especially we’ll take actions for the immediate arrest of
the suspect and his companions.”
As of this writing,
the bereaved family is now preparing to file a criminal case against
the suspect and his two others companions who escaped after the said
Three-week old unrest
at City high school finally put to rest
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
December 24, 2006
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The three-week unrest at the Leyte National High School was
finally put to rest Thursday after a win-win solution was reached at
the Philippine Information Agency’s Harampang Ha PIA.
principal, Mr. Ramon Dumdum, and seven faculty members led by the
Faculty and Personnel Association, amicably agreed to all temporarily
leave Leyte National High School and be assigned elsewhere so that
peace and harmony will be brought back to the school.
dialogue was organized by PIA in order to help solve the recurring
problem at LNHS every time the principal Mr. Dumdum is reinstated. The
parties concerned, Mr. Dumdum, the faculty president Mr. Luisito
Adrales, the GPTA president, Mr. Henry Lagrimas, the Supreme Student
Government Jamaica Soledad, the City Division Superintendent Teotimo
Orbeso and the DepEd Regional Office representative, Dr. Rebecca
Ragrag were all present during the dialogue which was witnessed by the
local media, the parents and the faculty members who are pro or
against the principal.
The Faculty members,
through Mr. Antonio dela Cruz made the proposal for the eight of them,
to include Mr. Dumdum, to temporarily leave the school to bring back
peace and harmony and so that the students will be able to devote on
their studies in a conducive environment.
Mr. Dumdum agreed
saying that the same was proposed to him to Superintendent Orbeso
earlier. Dr. Orbeso expressed his happiness with the solution of the
problem because he himself wants it to be solved as soon as possible.
He agreed to reassign Mr. Dumdum and Mr. Adrales to the City Division
Office; to reassign the other five teachers to other schools within
the Tacloban City Division.
The reassignment will
give time to the Tacloban City Division of the Department of Education
to really go over the problem at the
All parties expressed
happiness at the solution of the problem. The students and the faculty
members, who were teary-eyed were glad that at last the students can
go back to school in January with the problem already settled down.
Dr. Orbeso promised to
make the agreement which will be signed by all concerned and will call
back PIA for the formal signing which will be witnessed by the media,
the parents, the students and the faculty.
4 new regional trial
court branches to be set up in Leyte
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
December 24, 2006
Congresswoman Remedios Petilla
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Four new Regional Trial Court branches will soon be set up in
Leyte to be stationed in Tacloban City, thanks to First District of
Leyte Representative Remedios Loreto Petilla.
House Bill 5305
authored by Congresswoman Petilla, has been approved and passed on
third reading by Senate during its last regular session for the year
2006. The bill provided for the creation of four additional new
Regional Trial Court branches in the province of Leyte to be stationed
in Tacloban City.
in a talk with PIA, said that House Bill 5305 is now back at the House
of Representatives to be presented at the Plenary for certification by
Speaker Jose de Venecia. After that it will be sent to the Office of
the President for her signature.
Congresswoman Petilla, the province of Leyte will have an additional
of four Regional Trial Court branches, after twenty five years.
The passage of
Representative Petilla’s bill is a very much welcomed development in
the Region considering that there is really lack of trial court
branches in the Region.
In the month of May,
PIA 8 reported that the shortage of Regional Trial Courts is blamed
for the slow dispensation of justice. Interviews conducted by PIA
revealed that the average load for each branch in
is more or less 700 cases. There are times when cases raffled to a
judge numbers 50 per month, sometimes thirty six, the average is
seventeen to twenty-two.
Assuming that the
judges are healthy and will never absent themselves from the Court
during the 252 working days per year, the judge must decide at least
three cases per day which is virtually impossible if the judge will
really dispense justice with prudence, the PIA interviews revealed.
The shortage of
Regional Trial Courts resulted to the slow dispensation of justice.
The slow judicial process exacerbated the problem of overcrowding in
the Provincial and City jails.
The same interviews
bared that in 1971, Tacloban had four RTC’s while
Cebu had five. Today, twenty-five years after, Tacloban has five
while Cebu has
forty-two. This just shows that with due respect to them, the
legislators in the Region never realized the importance of the
creation of more salas.
There was a time, the
PIA interviewees said, that it would have been very easy to create
more sala for the Regional Trial Court in Tacloban, but it was never
Petilla of the first district of Leyte passed a bill for the creation
of five more courts salas but what was approved by the lower house was
for the creation of two more salas. This is due to the constraint in
budget. Of course creation of more salas means appropriation of more
Congresswoman Petilla’s persistence and diligence when what is at
stake is the welfare of her constituents; as she said, she worked on
the passage of the bill before the recess in the House, when the Bill
reached Senate, instead of two, four new Regional Trial Court branches
was approved and passed by Senate.
who is on her first term as member of the House of Congress authored
no less than 26 bills which are either national and local in nature.
This only shows the kind of service the Representative of the First
District of Leyte has.
this year's TOYM awardees
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Romero Federico Quimbo, a true bloodied Waray-waray and a Catbaloganon
at that, was chosen one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the
Romero according to
friends and neighbors in Catbalogan town, belongs to a family of
intellectuals. He spent his elementary and high school in Catbalogan.
He and siblings were all honor students. In fact, Rosario Cadiz,
former classmate of another lawyer brother of Quimbo said that his
paternal grandfather was the first Bar topnotcher of the University of
TOYM awardee, Quimbo,
who is also the President/CEO of Pag-IBIG Fund, was cited for steering
the government-run corporation to its most impressive performance in
its 25-year history, earning the distinction of being the single
biggest provider of housing loans in the country today.
Under his leadership, Pag-Ibig
has turned into the country’s Top 10 corporations.
In his message, as he
received his citation in Malacañang on December 6, 2006, Quimbo urged
his fellow Filipinos not to give up on government.
He said that it has
been his obsession, “to restore our people’s hope in our country and
trust in government.”
“We have time and
again striven to succeed in the Pag-Ibig Fund, if only to show to our
people that this government can work, and that when run properly a
government agency can be at par or even better than the private
sectors,” he declared.
Quimbo was the
Guest of Honor at the Samar State University (SSU) during its 2006
graduation rites in March. Another Catbaloganon who knows him said
that it is Quimbo who personally settles his property taxes in January
at the Catbalogan town Hall.
Arrest order out for
members of uniform-wearing sect
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – The Provincial Director of the Philippine National Police
has issued a standing order to the various Chiefs of Police to arrest
and charge members of a religious sect for unauthorized use in wearing
the military uniform.
Prudencio de la Cruz, PNP Provincial Director, told PIA in a phone
interview Monday (December 18) that he had personally accosted the
group and found out they had no authority in wearing the Army’s
The group was said to
be a “Rizalista” religious sect and MNLF members but they were unable
to show any authority from Misuari, de la Cruz observed.
But the good thing
about it was that the group, consisting of eight individuals, had left
the province two Sundays ago, the provincial PNP Chief said.
of military uniform is a violation under Article 179 of the Revised
Penal Code (RPC) on illegal use of uniforms or insignias, Article 177
RPC on Usurpation of Authority, and Article 146 RPC on illegal
assemblies, it was learned.
If the “Rizalistas”
come back, or if any other not authorized uniform-wearing individuals
are seen roaming around for that matter, the Chiefs of Police in
various municipalities and city of the province were under orders to
arrest and charge them on the three charges stated above, S/Supt. De
la Cruz stressed.
The arrest order on
the uniform-wearing Rizalistas was not enforced as they had left
De la Cruz added that
purported MNLF members, who came from Surigao, had planned to put up a
base in barangay Panian, Saint Bernard, had it not for the timely
intervention of Police and military authorities who constantly
monitored their movement, in close coordination with concerned
He described the
persons as bisayan-speaking and were keen on going to Cebu for the
Asean summit which was not pushed through because of typhoon “Seniang”.