Region 8 got ten of
top 20 in National Achievement Test
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Young Grade Six public school students from Region 8 got ten of
the top twenty slots in the March 2007 National Achievement Test taken
by some 1.6 million grade six students from 29,962 public schools
nationwide, and which covered English, Science, Math, Filipino and
What makes the Region
8 students doubly joyful is that they were feted by no less than
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself in Malacañang aside from the
fact that for most of them, it was the first time for them to have the
chance to go to Manila.
On September 13, the
President led the awarding of citations to the top 20 Grade 6 public
school students who topped the National Achievement Test (NAT) given
by the Department of Education (DepEd) to over 1.6 million elementary
students last March.
Leading the NAT
topnotchers from Region 8 and all over the country, is Jenevieve S.
Palma of Lawaan Central School of Eastern Samar who posted a mean
percentage score of 96.5 percent or a raw score of 193 out of the
The other top twenty
NAT achievers from Region 8 is fifth placer Faye Jessa D. Egargo of
Lawaan Central School in Eastern Samar; sixth placers Margaux Mae P.
Anadia, Jeric R. Lumpas. Dominic L. Rolloda, Paul Jordan D. Villanueva
and Eloisa O. Blazo all of Dulag SPED Center in Leyte; and ninth
placers Sharmaine V. Nauila, Jannah Erika B. Juarez and Jennika M
Montes both of Naval SPED Center in Biliran.
Completing the top
twenty are Mary Rose S. Colares of
of Taguig & Pateros; Ameiyn M. Legion of
Mabolo Elementary School,
Cavite; Joan Michelle T. Tonic and Ma. Anjanatte F. Mortalla both of
Makato Elementary School in Aklan; and Margaux Marivic B. Esteban,
Karoline Marie E. Mirasol, Rexbelle Mae A. Caliguid, Janice C. Pelaez,
Roxanne A. Maghuyop, Riza Marie A. Erezo all of Obrero CES of Butuan
The success of these
ten students from Region 8 shows that excellence in education is
achieved not only in the urban areas but in the rural areas as well.
UP Tacloban creative
writing workshop revives ‘Waray literature’
By NEIL D. LOPIDO
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The University of the
has concluded its three-day successful creative writing workshop, a
creative writing program headed by Professor Merlie M. Alunan, program
According to Voltaire
Q. Oyzon, project coordinator, the activity, which was funded by the
National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), was participated
in by fellows, auditors and guests from the region and from other
parts of the country plus an invited guest and writer from Singapore
in the person of Su-Chen Christine Lim. Said writing workshop was
aimed to revive the interest in writing in the Visayan languages,
particularly in Waray.
The three-day workshop
tackled the basics in poetry writing in the vernacular through
critiquing of a participant’s output with the Waray literature experts
headed by Professor Merlie M. Alunan, Dr. Victor Sugbo, Dr. David A.
Genotiva, Daryll Jane S. Delgado, Lawrence L. Ypil, Dante A. Rosales,
and Jethol C. Paanod.
One of the fellows,
Nimrod L. Delante, said that “the workshop provided a rich avenue for
the young writers in the region to hone and improve their skills and
talents in poetry writing and even short stories taking into account
the oral traditions distinct in the Waray-Waray language but also
considering valuable Western thoughts.” Mr. Delante further said that
“with the brilliant critique the panelists gave to each literary
piece, it is hoped that the Waray writers will develop a more vivid
picture on how to attack writing and more importantly, arrive at an
elevated poetic and artistic sense of sensibility in their writing.”
As a fellow to a
number of workshops in the country, Oyzon revealed that the workshop
did not differ in terms of outputs compared to same activities he
attended. In fact, in the recently concluded Gawad Komisyon 2007 of
the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino National Contest, Oyzon was proclaimed
champion in the poetry writing category in Waray, second place went to
Mr. Orlanes of Calbiga Samar, while Doms Pagliawan, instructor at the
Leyte Normal University,
got the third place.
Alunan got the first place place for her short story in Cebuano for
the Palanca Awards for Literature and second place for Cebuano Poetry
of the the Gawad Komisyon. Professor Alunan, who discussed the forms
of traditional Waray poetry, stressed to the participants the need to
be active in promoting Waray literature.
NCCA officer, also challenged the participants to put into writing
what they have learned during the workshops and lead to open
opportunities to other people to be influenced.
In conclusion, Mr.
Oyzon revealed that a group of Waray-Waray writers will soon emerged
in the region saying, “Kay ano kinahanglan ta magsurat? Kay ‘diri ta
akos an mahingalimot.” (Why do we need to write? Coz we cannot afford
“It’s Samartime” for
An Waray representative
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
Samar – Partylist An Waray
representative along with two other nominees faced the Samar media in
an interaction ala ‘samartime’.
The presscon at Tony’s
Kitchen gathered some twenty media members who asked the three
nominees questions from the number of votes to their projects
physical, structural and even legislative.
Florencio “Bembem” Noel with Atty. Michelle Mendiola and Benedict
Montejo answered the no-holds barred interview from
Noel recounted their
ordeal until the party was awarded one seat in congress and his
oath-taking on September 4, 2007, some three months after others have
He added that they
were banking on the Waray-waray populace scattered all over the
country, it turned out that the party only got 321,600 votes. The
number of votes qualified them for only one seat.
Noel said that he was
the 238th congressman who took oath. The chamber needs some 250
Noel attributed the
low votes to the low awareness of the voting populace about the
party-list system. He said that although there is an increase in the
awareness level, still a higher level of awareness has to be achieved.
Many voters still neglect to fill the partylist blank in the ballots.
vowed to help Comelec in the information dissemination on the
PartyList system if needed.
With the P70M pork
barrel entitled to every congressman, the two other P70M which should
have gone to ‘An Waray’ had it won two more seats would have benefited
more Waray-waray said the trio.
Noel said that his
party will focus more on the coconut and fishery sector to help
Samareños focus on their livelihood.
His office is also
keen on studying the Fisheries Act which he thinks needs assessment
Montejo on the other
hand said they will hire a consultant who can best study the situation
in Eastern Visayas and recommend programs for implementation.
Noel also took
pride in being recognized as Best Performing PartyList in the last
issue on Barangay, SK candidates holding appointive or elective
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The Commission on Elections shed light on the issue of Barangay or
Sangguniang Kabataan candidates who are holding appointive or elective
officials like the barangay treasurer and the barangay secretary,
shall be considered automatically resigned upon the filing of a
certificate of candidacy for a Barangay or Sangguniang Kabataan
The same ruling
applies to city or municipal, provincial, regional, or national
officials or employees, or those in the civil or military service,
including those in government owned and controlled corporations, who
decide to file their certificates of candidacy for a Barangay or
Sangguniang Kabataan position.
This ruling is
provided in Section 4 of Comelec Resolution 8297 promulgated to set up
the guidelines on the filing of certificates of candidacy in
connection with the October 29, 2007 synchronized Barangay and
Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
In the case of
elective officials running for any barangay elective position, they
shall not be considered resigned upon the filing of their certificates
A barangay kagawad, as
an example, who decides to file his certificate of candidacy for the
position of Punong Barangay shall not be considered resigned upon
filing his certificate of candidacy.
candidate shall file the certificate of candidacy personally or by his
duly authorized representative. No certificate of candidacy shall be
filed or accepted by mail, telegram or facsimile.
Any person who intends
to run for any barangay or SK position shall file a sworn certificate
of candidacy in triplicate in the form which may be obtained from the
municipal or city Election Officer, free of charge.
The certificate of
candidacy shall be filed on any day from September 14, 2007 to
September 19, 2007, inclusive, with the Office of the Election Officer
of the city or municipality concerned.
revision of ballots in Calbayog City
– The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Second Division ordered the
revision of contested ballot boxes from all 490 precincts in
City, Samar, consisting of 157 barangays.
BALLOTS. The revision of contested Calbayog City ballots is being
undertaken on orders of the Comelec Second Division.
protestants NP-LP-PDSP party/Kampi representative, reported patent
discoveries of revisors that six precincts in Calbayog City,
particularly in barangays Payahan, Obrero, Nijaga, San Policarpo, and
Pilar, had contained empty ballots, and almost 80 percent multiple
ballots written by one hand while the other ballots were found to have
been prepared by only two persons.
The results of the May
14 polls wherein all the electoral posts in the municipalities, city
and congressional district in the First District of Samar were won by
the Liberal party/Lakas-CMD candidates, prompted the filing of an
electoral protest by the candidates belonging to the
Nacionalista-Liberal-PDSP party/Kampi whose mayoralty candidate was
Rodolfo T. Tuazon.
election results are manufactured, padded, fraudulent, altered,
distorted and illegal, which are not reflective of the true results of
voting and counting,” protestant Tuazon and his counsels said.
Tuazon aptly described
the massive fraud and irregularities that beset the recent political
exercise in Calbayog City as an insidious rape of democracy. “A free,
orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible election is indispensable in a
democratic society. Without it, democracy would not flourish and would
be a sham. Election offenses are evils which prostitute the election
process. They destroy the sanctity of the votes and abet the entry of
dishonest candidates into the corridors of power where they may do
more harm. As the Bible says, one who is dishonest in very small
matters is dishonest in great ones. One who commits dishonesty in his
entry into elective office through the prostitution of the electoral
process cannot be reasonably expected to respect and adhere to the
constitutional precept that a public office is a public trust, and
that all government officials and employees must at all times be
accountable to the people and exercise their duties with utmost
responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency,” he quoted an
excerpt from Comelec vs. Tagle case.
Under the Omnibus
Election Code, any person found guilty of any election offense shall
be punished with imprisonment from one to six years without probation
and suffer disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of
the right to vote.
In an election
contest, it is the primary duty of the court to ascertain the will of
the electorate or who is the real candidate elected by the people
since this involved public interest and should be resolved with utmost
dispatch, and regard to due process.
The law and
jurisprudence have consistently ruled that when there is an allegation
in an election protest that would require the perusal, examination or
counting of ballots, the most expeditious and the best means to
determine the truth or falsity is to open the ballot box and examine
Samar mayors, media
meet for WCPU Orientation
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Samar Local Chief Executives and the local media will attend an
orientation on the presence of the Women and Child Protection Unit to
be established in the province of Samar.
The Samar Provincial
Sub-Committee on the Welfare of Children met Monday to smoothen the
creases and fine-tune the activities scheduled on October 11 for the
launching of the Women and Child Protection Unit (WCPU) in
The facility is now
experiencing a ‘passionate push’ from the stakeholders who have worked
out some two years ago for its opening. It has though suffered hitches
that the committee chose to forget. This has now been the ‘flavor of
the month’ for both government and NGO Plan
due to the rising cases of children and women abuse in the province.
With hub of activities
centered on this facility, the promotions committee proposed that the
mayors be oriented on the presence of the WCPU so that the LCEs could
patronize this facility and could also commit to support the program
in any way.
information multipliers, the media would also be invited to attend
another bout of info activities relative to the WCPU.
orientation will be held on
September 21, 2007 at the Waling-Waling Inn while the media will have
their turn on
September 28, 2007 in the same venue.
The series of
orientation is hoped to widen and deepen the awareness level of the
Samarnons as regards the presence of the WCPU in the capital city of
The WCPU aims to
provide a comprehensive medical and psychosocial care of the highest
caliber to all its clients.
The WCPU staff is
committed to ensure the safety and well-being of children – at risk.
The multi-disciplinary team (MDT) composed of a trained physician,
social worker and a law enforcer are available 24-hours, seven days a
week for the women and children that would need protection.
Plan Philippines, a
noted NGO with “children at the heart of everything they do” is s
strong partner of the Samar provincial government in extending this
facility that offers child-friendly services on investigation, medical
examination and psycho-social care for women and children who may have
suffered abuse or neglect.
expects the presence of the Country Program Director Michael Diamond
on its opening day on October 11. The WCPU is located at the Samar
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office within the Samar
Capitol Grounds in Catbalogan City.
Filing of candidacy in
the synchronized Barangay and SK elections set on Sept 14-19
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Those who are interested to run for Barangay or SK positions in
the October 29 Barangay and SK elections, may file their certificate
of candidacy only on September 14 to September 19.
This is contained in
the Comelec Resolution Number 8297 promulgated on September 6, 2007
entitled Guidelines on the Filing of Certificates of Candidacy in
Connection with the October 29, 2007 Synchronized Barangay and SK
of candidacy shall be filed on any day from September 14 to September 19,
with the Office of the Election Officer of the city or municipality
The officials to be
elected in each barangay are the Punong Barangay and seven (7)
Sangguniang Barangay Kagawad.
For the Sangguniang
Kabataan elections, the officials to be elected are one SK Chairman
and seven (7) Sangguniang Kabataan Kagawad.
No person shall be
eligible to run for more than one office, that is Punong Barangay and
Barangay Kagawad. If he files for more than one office, he shall not
be eligible for any one of them.
However, before the
deadline for the filing of certificate of candidacy, the person who
has filed a certificate of candidacy for more than one office may
declare under oath the office for which he desires to be elected and
cancel the certificate of candidacy for the other office.
The candidates for
Punong Barangay and Sangguniang Barangay Kagawad must be a Filipino
citizens, at least 18 years old on election day, able to read and
write Pilipino or any local language or dialect and registered voter
of the barangay where they intend to run for office and resident
thereof for at least one year immediately preceding the day of
On the other hand, the
candidates for Sangguniang Kabataan chairman and Sangguniang Kabataan
Kagawad must be Filipino citizens, at least 15 years old but less than
18 years old on election day, able to read and write Pilipino, English
or the local dialect and qualified voters of the Katipunan ng Kabataan
of the Barangay where they intend to run for office and residents
thereof at least one year immediately preceding the elections.
running for any elective Barangay or Sangguniang Kabataan positions
are those sentenced by final judgment for an offense involving moral
turpitude or for an offense punishable by one year or more
imprisonment and within two years after service of sentence.
Also disqualified are
those removed from office as a result of an administrative case; those
convicted by final judgment for violating their allegiance to the
Republic; those with dual citizenship; fugitives from justice;
permanent residents in a foreign country; the insane or feeble-minded.
is any candidate who in an action or protest in which he is the party,
is declared by final decision of a competent court to be guilty of
having, or is found to have committed acts such as given money or
other material consideration to influence or induce voters to vote for
or against a candidate or to abstain from voting or to corrupt
government officials and employees performing election functions;
committed acts of terrorism to enhance his candidacy; spent in his
election campaign an amount in excess of that allowed by law;
solicited, received or made any contribution prohibited under
specified sections of the Omnibus Election Code or violated any
section of the same code.
commits 1,000 houses for So. Leyte GK
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
Southern Leyte –
An organization based in Australia, known as the Answering the Cry of
the Poor (ANCOP), has committed to finance the building of 1,000
houses anywhere in Southern Leyte province that would be coursed
through the Gawad Kalinga (GK) of the Couples for Christ (CFC).
This was revealed by
Dr. Jerome Paler, provincial head of CFC-GK, who narrated that on
Friday, September 7, he received an impromptu call from the national
CFC Headquarters in Manila informing him on the intention of ANCOP-Australia.
Paler said he hoped
the Mayors of the 18 towns and one city, including the province, would
take this opportunity to help their homeless constituents by providing
the required LGU-counterpart to put up a GK village, which is land and
As such, this will be
taken on a first-come-first-serve basis, Paler added.
Some 760 houses were
already built under the GK project in 21 villages around the province,
contributing P62 Million to the local economy, the funds mostly coming
from generous corporate donors, domestic and foreign.
In a related
development, Mayor Rico Rentuza of Saint Bernard town said he had
identified eight possible GK sites in his municipality, and he had
endorsed these proposed sites during the conduct of the First National
Township Development at Ateneo University last August 25.
During that workshop,
a wealthy Filipino-American named Robert Sanchez had committed to
provide the counterpart for the LGUs who can submit the requirements
of land and site development, it was learned.
In Saint Bernard,
the lot at Barangay Tambis II was already secured for GK, Rentuza
disclosed, adding that his town has been considered as the GK town in