PGMA K4K Program
potable water system reaches Samar villages
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 16, 2007
CATBALOGAN, Samar – To win the war against poverty and even insurgency PGMA through the
program Kalahi para sa Kalayaan (K4K) brought about potable water
system in Barangays Lulugayan and Parina in Jiabong, Samar.
In a simple turn-over
ceremony, members of the Philippine Army through Major Joselyn Regis
of the 546th Engineering Brigade, received accolades from Jiabong
Mayor Chanita Gabieta and the Barangay officials in Lulugayan, led by
Brgy. Captain Nolito Lagbo.
The project said
construction engineer Elmer Galang cost some 500 thousand as the
source was a good two kilometers away. Mano Pedro Abalos, 64 said that
in the past their source funded by other NGOs would dry up during
summer days but this project being assured of water supply even during
dry days would now best serve some one thousand households in
Lulugayan and neighboring sitios.
Engineer Pedrito Resano told PIA that they are satisfied with the job
done by the army.
Resano served as
inspector and monitor of the project. The Presidential Management
Staff (PMS) usually validates the projects under the Office of the
Presidential Assistance on the Peace Process (OPPAP).
The project said
Galang, stemmed from Special Operation Team (SOT) activity where AFP
elements were immersed in the barangays and in the process identified
the top four priority needs of the area.
Though the funding and
actual implementation took place after three years, rural folks
welcomed the project wholeheartedly.
Galang took place in less than three months. Some 12 members of the
Engineering Brigade and some rural help joined forces to effect the
In Barangay Makabitas
and Salvacion both of Jiabong, water systems were also identified.
Construction said Galang will soon be done.
Meanwhile, a school
building in barangay Malino, Jiabong is now being used by schoolers.
The last three projects are still part of the (K4K) program.
Engr. Regis of the
engineering brigade said that in Samar alone some 65 barangays will be
given the same projects while in eastern Samar some 18 new school
buildings will also be constructed under the K4K of President Gloria
murdered 1 soldier, wounded another
By Cpt MARIO JOSE M. CHICO, (QMS) PA
Catbalogan, Samar – NPA Terrorists operating in Northern
Samar under CPP-NPA-NDF EV leader Fr. Santiago Salas brutally murdered
Sgt Jose D. Baccol of 52IB at about 3 pm, March 11, 2007 at Poblacion,
Las Navas town in Northern Samar.
The victim was
treacherously shot to death by three NPA terrorists using Cal .45
pistols. He was attending to his newly-harvested riceland at Brgy
Bugay of Las Navas, Northern Samar when he was murdered.
This butchery is a
clear violation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) since during
the time of the murder, the victim was unarmed, hence at that time he
was a hors de combat or considered as non-combatant based on the
existing Laws on Armed Conflict and therefore should not be subjected
to armed offensive.
This killing is but
only a few on the long list of blatant violation of IHL perpetrated by
the communist terrorist operating in the region. It can be recalled
that last month, CAFGU Active Auxiliary Armando Liwanag was
treacherously murdered right in front of his family at Brgy. Sta. Fe
of Catubig town in Northern Samar.
At about 2:45 pm of
the same day, another soldier and his wife nearly escaped death from
the hands of the NPA hitmen. Cpl Dulpiano Orot was with his wife
walking their way to their residence at River bank of Poblacion, Las
Navas town when 3 NPA hitmen armed with Cal .45 pistols without
warning opened fire at them hitting him in the left thigh. He was
brought to Catubig Hospital for medical treatment.
The latest killing
brings to 12 victims of CPP-NPA-NDF atrocities since January this year
in Samar Island alone. The most prominent of which are the murders of
Mayor Benito Astorga of Daram, Augusto ‘Ka Agoy’ Daclitan of ANAD in
Catbalogan, and Brgy Cpt Bedasto Gabiana of Brgy Dogongan, Jiabong.
This does not include those killings that were not reported to the
Maj. Gen. Armando
L. Cunanan AFP, the Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division of
the Philippine Army based in Catbalogan, strongly denounced the
vicious and treacherous killings being perpetrated by the CPP-NPA-NDF
terrorists operating in the region. He calls on the Human Rights
Advocates to condemn these acts of butchery and lawlessness
perpetrated by the CPP-NPA-NDF terrorist group in the region, as he
exhorts all peace-loving Filipinos to unite and fight to finally put
an end to the nearly four decades of the communists terrorists menace
in our country.
3rd Annual PopDev
Media Awards is On
By MARIVIC A. ALCOBER (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– In cognizance of their exemplary efforts, the Philippine
Legislators Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc. (PLCPD)
and the United Nation’s Population Fund (UNFPA) invites print
journalists to once again join the 3rd Annual PopDev Media Awards.
Print journalists who
have articles featuring population and development issues published
starting October 1, 2006 onwards are enjoined to participate in said
The search which is
open to all print journalists from
Mindanao and NCR, will give away a cash prize, trophy, and a study
trip to a UNFPA project area in the country.
The Awards which took
off last 2005 had chosen only three winners all over the country for
that year. The following year, 2006 more than 200 journalists
participated in said Awards and eight winners were chosen nationwide.
Carolina "Rollie" Montilla, Editor-in-Chief of the local weekly
Eastern Times, made Visayas proud when she bagged one of the awards
which was the "Best Editorial Piece".
Most entries submitted
in the previous years that were centered on 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.
The Annual PopDev
Media Awards aims to give due recognition to print and other mass
media practitioners who have been instrumental in disseminating
relevant information and positive values on population and
Calbayog City opposes
cityhood bid of 12 towns, including Catbalogan
By ROMMEL L. RUTOR
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– In an apparent support to the stand of the League of Cities of the
Philippines (LCP) opposing the recent decision of the Senate approving
the conversion of at least 12 towns, including Catbalogan – the
capital town of Samar -, the city council here passed Resolution No.
2007-06-241 authorizing Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento of this city to file
a petition in any courts that will declare null and void the laws that
maybe enacted allowing the conversion of municipalities into cities
without complying the provisions of RA 9009 or the Pimentel Law.
The said resolution
specifically pointed out the approval of the Senate on its third and
final reading the cityhood bills of 12 towns, which includes
Catbalogan, Samar and that of Borongan, Eastern Samar.
It argued that the
enactment of the cityhood bills of these towns will render inutile the
subsisting requirements of RA 9009 and will violate the Constitution,
particularly the equal protection clause.
According to Hon. Noel
Sermense, the resolution will authorize the city mayor to contest in
appropriate court the 12 cityhood bills which is now awaiting the
signature and approval of Malacañang.
The same resolution
likewise gave Sarmiento the authority in behalf of this city to file a
petition to prohibit the Commission of Elections from holding
plebiscites in the concerned municipalities.
According to Sermense,
the principal sponsor of the resolution, since the passage of RA 7160
or the Local Government Code in 1991, the number of chartered cities
in the country has more than doubled from around 50 to 117 to date.
The reason cited was
that under the said law, it is easy for any towns to be converted into
a chartered city if its has an average annual income of P20 million
for two consecutive terms, and either it has a contiguous territory of
at least 100 square kilometers or a population of not less than
But the said
provisions were amended by RA 9009, increasing the local revenue
requirement from P20 million to P100 million, which is now the subject
of the opposition of the LCP, at which City Mayor Sarmiento is the
clarified that he is not personally opposing the cityhood bid of
Catbalogan, but told that he want the town officials to help him work
out a strategy that will reduce number of the cityhood applicants
which earlier pegged to more than 30, but reduced to 24 later.
And in an apparent
attempt to further reduce the number, congressmen and local officials
of the involved 24 towns finally settled to eliminate 12 more towns
from the final list of 24 to give way to capital towns and
congressional districts who don’t have a city yet.
earlier told that the LCP might consider the exemption sought from the
provisions of RA 9009 if the number of town to be converted could have
been reduce to only about 2 or 3.
“All of the existing
cities will definitely oppose this development, because it will
significantly affect the city’s Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) by
about P36 million, and I cannot do otherwise because I am the
secretary-general of the LCP, I can help in convincing maybe my
colleagues in our group to reconsider our stand, but with this number
of new cities all at the same time will make it impossible for me to
be heared”, Sarmiento stressed.
Earlier, Mayor Tekwa
Uy of Catbalogan already pointed out the action taken by the LCP into
putting a pressure in Malacañang thru its advertorials in national
dailies requesting the President to veto the 12 cityhood bills
approved by the Senate.
“Bisan ngani dida han
senate deliberation pala, ginbla-black mail na hiton LCP an mga
senador”, the Mayor told, explaining that the LCP threatened not to
support re-electionist Senators if they approve the 12 bills.
“Good thing nga waray
magpahadlok iton mga Senador, kay sering pa ngani didto ni Senator
Alfredo Lim, that the Senate should make its stand, kay hadto daw dida
han hira pa iton nanuktok ha senado para makonberter komo siyudad,
ginpasulod hira, pero paka-sulod nira, hira ngayan gihapon an
mag-sasara hiton purtahan para hiton iba pa nga munisipyo nga karuyag
na magin siyudad”, Tekwa told.
Known whistleblower is
new president of ARO in Eastern Visayas
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA (PIA Biliran)
NAVAL, Biliran – The
courageous man who exposed the highly controversial switching of
confiscated smuggled rice with sawdust in June 2002 when he was still
the supervisor in the National Food Authority (NFA) warehouse in
Alang-Alang, Leyte, is now the newly elected president of the
Association of Resident Ombudsmen (ARO) in region 8.
The election of Ruben
M. Manatad, resident ombudsman of NFA 8, to the top post in ARO 8 is
highly recommended by his peers not only because he’s a whistleblower
but the group wanted a person that can best promote and enhance the
ideals, vision and mission of the organization.
Manatad who is also
the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Manager of NFA in the province of Biliran
bared in an interview after his election as President of ARO in the
region that he will raise the level of commitment of the resident
ombudsmen in the region over and above personal interest.
The recipient of the
2006 Whistleblower Award said that as watchdog of agency responsible
in the fight against perceive graft and corruption in the bureaucracy,
one must not bow down to the wishes and caprices of people in the
corridors of power or compromise the welfare of the majority for own
benefit and welfare.
The newly elected ARO
8 president who will serve from 2007 to 2009 also envisions to equip
resident ombudsmen with the necessary skills in the exercise of their
duties and functions so they may effectively and efficiently carry-out
the main objective of the organization which is to weed-out graft and
corrupt practices in the bureaucracy.
that ARO 8 under his leadership will vigorously campaign for integrity
and genuine public service which he believes would be the strong
guidepost in restoring the seemingly fading trust and confidence of
the people in the bureaucracy.
The new set of ARO 8
officers who will serve for a term of two years are: President-Ruben
M. Manatad, NFA; Vice-President for
Leyte and Biliran
Province-Jose Clarin, Pag-Ibig Fund; Vice-President for Samar
Provinces-Luisito M. Quitalig, Samar State University (SSU);
Secretary-Rosemarie TC. Padilla, Bureau of Customs (BOC); Asst.
Secretary-Merla Duran, Eastern Samar State University (ESSU);
Treasurer-Pilar Raagas, Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF);
Assistant Treasurer-Dalila Villegas, National Telecommunication
Commission (NTC); Public Information Officer-Hermanito Mangalao-Department
of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); Business Manager-Isabelo
Gervacio, Naval Institute of Technology (NIT); Auditor-Ireneo
Maribojoc, Tiburcio Tancinco Memorial Institute of Science and
Technology (TTMIST) and Board of Directors-Pablo U. Amascual III,
Leyte Normal University (LNU) and Vicente Oquino, Department of Health
This year’s regional
assembly of ARO 8 which was held on March 2, 2007 at the NIT Hostel is
anchored on the theme “Strengthening Participation of Resident
Ombudsmen in Anti-Corruption Campaign”.
Yu assumes office as
acting mayor of San Jorge
By ELI C. DALUMPINES (PIA
March 11, 2007
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
To avoid possible disruption of services of the municipal government
of San Jorge, Samar due to the absence of the mayor, Vice Mayor Marcelina Yu issued an executive memorandum to the town officials on
February 26 that she will be assuming office as mayor in an acting
This after a Regional
Trial Court in Calbayog City issued on February 20, this year, a
warrant of arrest against Mayor Joseph Grey for the killing of a
certain Rolando Diocton in October of 2006 where the mayor and his
son, Francis, were implicated.
National Police (PNP) in the region has launched manhunt operations
against Grey who failed to report to his office for months now.
Reports said the San
Jorge mayor, since late last year, run the office through an
officer-in-charge while in Manila but lately the officer-in-charge
designate stopped reporting to office.
This prompted Vice
Mayor Yu to seek advice from the Provincial Director of the Department
of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) here Mr. Jovito Lacaba
what steps she should take to fill the leadership vacuum in the
Lacaba, in an
interview, informed that he told Yu that she could assume office in an
acting capacity if the mayor is temporarily incapacitated to perform
his duties for physical or legal reasons as provided for in Sec. 46 of
the Local Government Code but warned that she is barred from
appointing, suspending or dismissing town employees as this is
prohibited under the Code.
The DILG Director said
Yu should have done that earlier had she asserted her right as the
town’s next high-ranking official.
According to Lacaba,
the effectivity of an appointment of an officer-in-charge is only
three days so that the vice mayor can automatically assume office as
acting mayor in the fourth day, otherwise he can be charge with
dereliction of duty should anything untoward happen.
There were no reported
tensions however that took place since Yu’s assumption to office last
GSIS offers accident
insurance for as low as P100 annual premium
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Do you know that the Government Service Insurance System is also
offering accident insurance for its members and their immediate
families? Yes! For as low as P100.00 annual premium for a P100,000.00
This was learned from
Atty. Teresita Rojas, the GSIS Tacloban Branch Manager. Atty. Rojas
said that even the parents, the brothers and sisters, the sons and
daughters, the husband or the wife of the GSIS member can avail of
What is good about the
enhanced GSIS Accident Insurance is that in case the plan holder meets
an accident, she or he gets a hospitalization benefit in the amount of
God forbids that the
plan holder dies because of an accident, his beneficiaries will
receive P10,000.00 burial assistance aside from receiving the face
amount of P100,000.00, Atty. Rojas added.
The face amount, Atty.
Rojas clarified, will depend on how much face amount the member wants.
He may get an accident plan which is as high as P1 million.
Aside from the
enhanced GSIS Accident Insurance Plan, GSIS also has the enhance car
insurance and fire insurance.
Where before, what is
being insured by the GSIS are only the vehicles of government offices,
nowadays, even the personal cars and other vehicles of the members may
also be insured at GSIS. This, at a much, much cheaper premium than
those offered by the private non-life agencies, Atty. Rojas revealed.
agencies are required to insure their offices from the hazards of
fire, Atty. Rojas said. The head of the agency will be made liable in
case something happens to the office without any insurance, she added.
The enhanced GSIS Fire
Insurance accepts insurance of the houses or buildings of the members
from any government agency, Atty. Rojas informed.
Indeed, the GSIS, a
social insurance institution created under Commonwealth Act No. 186,
and operating under its present charter P.D. No. 1146 as amended by
R.A. No. 8291, otherwise known as the GSIS Act of 1997, has gone a