PNP, army forge MOA on
By JUN ARCENO (PIA
CATBALOGAN CITY, Leyte
– As part of the Executive Order Number 546, that mandates the
Philippine National Police to undertake active support to the Armed
Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the 46th Infantry Battalion headed by
its commanding officer LtCol. Luis Vincent Tacderas and the Samar
Police Provincial Office (PNP) headed by Provincial Director PSSupt
Asdali Idja Abah signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Internal
Both high ranking
officials and 15 other Chiefs of Police attended the signing of the
MOA on the AFP and PNP Security Coordinating System. The
said MOA covers 15 Municipalities from Sta. Margarita to Paranas and
the City of Catbalogan.
provisions stated that the 801st Infantry Brigade and 803rd Infantry
Brigade shall continue to discharge its primary responsibility in
undertaking Internal Security Operations (ISO) and assuring the
security in the region.
On the other hand,
Samar PPO QUAD (Operation Intelligence, Police Community Relations and
Investigations) Operation shall support the 801st and 803rd triad
(combat operation, intelligence and CMO) operations. The SPPO shall
perform these support functions with its capability.
It also added that the
SPPO shall focus its active support to the 801st and 803rd IB in
addressing the Communist Terrorist Movement (CTM) political, military
and united front components in urban areas/major cities or white
Similarly, the MOA
enumerated the degree of operations involvement of both AFP and PNP in
the conduct of operation, legal offensive, participation of Army Civil
Military Operation (CMO) and PNPs Police Community Relation (PCR).
The 801st or 803rd IB
and Samar PPO, when applicable, shall work as a joint force in the
conduct of CMO and PCR activities such as, but not limited to
activation and operation of the 801st IB or 803rd IB and SPPO
Communication and Information Company (JAPCIC) concept and conduct
Special Operations Team White Area (SOTWA).
Samar PPO-PCR in
support of the 801st IB or 803rd IB CMO/PSYOPS activity shall adopt a
two pronged strategy its anti insurgency tasks which shall be
undertaken through the conduct of intensified information and
establishment of counter organization.
The PNP communication
plan (SANTINIG) shall include the regular conduct
of Police information and Continuing Education especially on issues
effecting interior security, while continuing information campaign to
expose the evil brought about by the insurgents wanton atrocities,
merciless killings and human rights violation.
This shall be
undertaken through various tri media outlets, personal contacts and
the use for information technology.
plan (SAMBAYAN) shall involve activities relative to the PNP AOM Model
(awareness, organization, mobilization for coordination linkages,
networking and organizations).
Finally, the regional
joint AFP and PNP Internal Security Coordinating Committee (ISCC)
shall convene at least once every quarter or as often as maybe deemed
government provides alternative livelihood for flesh workers
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Nine sex workers in the city of Tacloban are now undergoing
trainings under the program of the City Government of Tacloban to
provide opportunities and alternative livelihood to disadvantaged
Ms. Liliosa Baltazar,
City Social Welfare Officer said during a press conference held
Wednesday at the Tacloban City Hall, that under the leadership of
Mayor Alfred Romualdez and First Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez
who is the chairperson for the Committee on Social Services, the
concerns of women and children are now being looked into.
The City Social
Welfare Officer said that she has worked with five City Mayors and it
is only now during the term of Mayor Alfred that the plight of women
and children in the city are really given priority importance.
The past weeks, the
City Social Welfare Office in partnership with the City Philippine
National Police, with Mayor Alfred and Hon. Cristina joining them, has
been conducting operations looking into the minors who are working in
videoke bars and internet cafes, vagrants and women and minors who are
working as sex workers.
Ms. Baltazar said that
for the period of January to July 2007, the City Social Welfare and
Development Office has already recorded and attended to twelve cases
of crimes against children, from rape, sexual abuse, sexual
harassment, trafficking and illegal recruitment. These children are in
the ages of 14-17.
In the same period, 45
cases of domestic violence have been attended to, Ms. Baltazar said.
At least seven of those cases involve battering of women. Domestic
violence is very critical because it develops trauma in children who
look up at their parents for security and protection. When they see
their father battering their mother physically, financially,
physically, these children are confused and they end up when they grow
older either as being battered or battering.
Of the 45 cases of
domestic violence, three women have been granted permanent protection
from their husbands, three have been given temporary protection and
four have been given barangay protection. The City SWD has answered 20
On sexual workers, at
least nine are now being served by giving them training on livelihood
skills like manicure and pedicure, handicraft making and food
processing so that they will no longer go back to the sex trade. The
nine women who are now being served were present during the
conference, their ages ranging from 23 to 47, and one of them is eight
months on the family way.
The City government is
also looking into the problem on street children and working minors,
Ms. Baltazar said. In fact, the nightly operations also include the
violators of the minors curfew ordinance.
The City is seeing to
it that the Tacloban internet scandal will no longer be repeated
because it is not only demeaning to the City but also the citizens,
Ms. Baltazar stressed.
appealed to the barangays to implement the laws of the country and the
city ordinances so that women and children will truly be protected.
Samar’s child rights
advocates to launch protection center for women and children
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
August 31, 2007
Samar – The Samar Provincial Sub-Committee on the
Welfare of Children will
launch the Samar Women and Children Protection Unit (WCPU) on October
On Thursday, as the
committee met with their number one supporter Plan Philippines, the
group decided (after a year of hibernation) to finally open the
facility to serve Samar’s abused, molested and trafficked women and
In an emotional
appeal, Natividad Silurio, Project Unit Manager of Plan-West Samar,
urged the committee to push the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement
(MOA) between Plan and the provincial government.
Silurio recalled the
case of one Janine Paulin, a 15-year old victim who was found dead and
burned in a local grocery shop almost a year ago.
The case created waves
as it involved the scion of a rich and influential family who owns the
grocery building where the dead girl was discovered. The accused
though has recently been acquitted.
While the Center can
not do anything to revive the girl, it could have assisted the family
on the court proceedings.
The WCPU is a facility
near the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO). It
has been equipped with facilities for the management of the victims by
the so called Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) composed of a physician,
PNP and a social worker.
These personnel have
been duly trained sponsored by Plan Philippines.
Plan who is hailed as
child protector insists that if abused women and children do not
report the violence or abuse, the cycle will not be severed and the
culprit would go unpunished.
burgeoning population and extreme poverty, the WCPU facility could
just be one of the means to cuddle in its bosom the abused and
abandoned woman and child.
Cong. Mercado leads
planting of 3,000 trees
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
August 30, 2007
DANAO TREE PARK,
MAASIN CITY – Close to 3,000 seedlings of trees have
just been planted on Wednesday in this watershed, eco-tourism park as a fitting
birthday celebration of a lawmaker whose entire life revolves around
planting trees in words and deeds as a way to offset climate change
and global warming, among others.
“We will continue
planting trees in this part of Maasin,” Cong. Roger Mercado, the
birthday celebrator, declared in an imprumtu program held shortly
after the tree-plating activity.
He acknowledged that
the lush vegetation in this site was a “product of so many years,
developed not by one man or one program, but encompassing all other
sectors of society” who had contributed their share in time and
effort, making the area beautiful for nature lovers to appreciate and
enjoy the natural sights.
Among the tree species
planted were Palawan Cherry, Fire Tree, and Acacia Mangium.
Those who joined the
activity included local officials from the city, province, and Mayors
from the rest of the other towns. Heads of national line government
agencies, representatives from the private sector, the NGOs, barangay
officials from the city’s 70 barangays, the military, Army reservists,
and the Philippine National Police (PNP) also participated actively.
Maamo earlier cited Cong. Mercado as the counterpart of former US
Vice-President Al Gore, who has been touring around the world as a
staunch environment advocate.
He stressed that the
Sangguniang Panlalawigan will allocate for next year’s budget an
amount for tree-planting as their way of showing support to the
continuing initiative of Cong. Mercado.
City Vice-Mayor Effie
Sabandal likewise expressed the city government’s support to the
solon’s vision, while City Mayor Maloney Samaco announced that the
forthcoming Boy Scouts Regional Jamboree, comprising Regions 7 and 8,
will be held in this place in January 2008.
Gov. Damian Mercado,
younger brother of the Congressman, also aired an all-out support to
the project, as he called on those who had planted to visit the
seedlings in the succeeding months to see if those had survived, and
replaced those that died.
It was during the term
of Gov. Mercado as City Mayor then that the 320 hectare Danao
reforestation site was turned over to the city government for further
development and maintenance from the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources (DENR).
The whole site, which
is about twenty kilometers away from the city proper going up north,
has been the source of water for city residents who are
concessionaires of Maasin Water District (MWD).
Leyte’s plant oil
stove catches interest of PNOC-AFC chair
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Always on the look-out for alternative sources of fuel, Secretary
Renato Velasco, chairman of the board of the Philippine National Oil
Company-Alternative Fuels Corporation, learned about and became
interested in Leyte’s Protos, a stove which makes use of plant oil.
Chairman’s Velasco has
a good reason to be enthusiastic. After requesting a friend in Leyte
to buy one for him, Chairman Velasco is now a proud owner of Protos
stove which is now being manufactured and marketed in the province of
Leyte, a cost-saving alternative for cooking because it is powered by
plant oil such as that of coconut, jatropha or “tuba-tuba”, soya bean,
corn, golden shower, talisay, peanut, cotton, sunflower and many
Chairman Velasco is
indeed very committed to his work at the PNOC-ADF which is primary
mandate is to explore, develop and accelerate the utilization and
commercialization of alternative fuels in the country.
Protos plant oil stove
is an answer not only to the worries and headaches of households due
to soaring price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, it is also an answer to
the worldwide concerns on the health of the people and on the
protection of the environment.
Plant oil stove is
more economical to use than LPG. Based on the experience of pilot
households, a typical family of five can consume about P185 worth of
fuel in a month’s time. In contrast, the same family using LPG would
spend approximately P300 per month on fuel. The initial cost of
purchasing the Protos unit is comparable to the price of an
LPG-powered stove with an empty tank.
advantage is when the stove runs out of fuel, the housewife can
continue to cook in Protos with only 1 liter of coconut oil worth P28
while an LPG user needs to purchase one whole tank worth almost P500.
This feature of Protos Stove is a big help to the minimal wage
The family can even
extract their own plant oil from coconut which is abundant in the
country or from jatropha which is now what Secretary Velasco and the
PNOC-Alternative Fuels Corporation, is currently advocating.
The health and
environmental concerns are not only because of the continues burning
of fossil-based fuels that resulted to global warming. The fact
remains that there are still more than three billion people all over
the world who continue to depend on solid fuels including biomass
fuels like wood, dung, agricultural residues, and coal for their
Cooking and heating
with solid fuels on open fires or traditional stoves result in high
levels of indoor air pollution. Besides, the very low heat utilization
efficiency of open fire cooking of about 5% to 10% of the ever-growing
population in developing countries have resulted to high consumption
of firewood that lead to the destruction of forests which in turn
cause serious ecological problems like soil erosion, desertification
and flooding, among others.
As forests are
denuded, collection of firewood becomes more time-consuming and more
expensive than the food to be cooked.
With the Protos Stove,
gas emissions of Carbon Dioxide and other hydrocarbons are
significantly reduced and heat utilization efficiency is higher by
about 30% to 40%.
Thus, Protos Stove,
which was developed by the
Plant Oil Technology
of the Visayas State University in Baybay City, Leyte, is a healthful,
ecological and economical cooking alternative.
The Visayas State
University has established the technology and equipment for processing
plant oil at the village level and has proven the use of different
plant oils and used vegetable oil as fuel of the Protos Stove.
It has also set up
several hectares nursery for jatropha seedlings which are intended to
be sold to potential jatropha farmers.
nominated to chair RDC 8
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Members of the Regional Development Council in Eastern Visayas
(RDC8), in a re-organizational meeting held on August 24 at the NEDA
Conference Room, nominated Calbayog City Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento to
be the next RDC Chairperson and Private Sector Representatives Agustin
Docena of Eastern Samar and Dr. Leo Blanco of the Chamber of Commerce
and Industry for the RDC Co-Chair.