Evardone swears in new
provincial Liga ng mga Barangay president
By BRYAN M. AZURA
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – Governor Ben P. Evardone presided over a simple oath-taking
ceremony of Franc Daniel Lucero, the new provincial president of Liga
ng mga Barangay at the Governor’s Office, provincial capitol, this
Ben P. Evardone (right) swears in Franc Daniel Lucero (2nd from
right) as Provincial Liga ng mga Barangay President at the
former's office. Witnessing the simple event are (L-R) Provincial
Atty. Jesus Apelado, Vice Governor Leander Geli and Atty. Celerino
The affair was
witnessed by Vice Governor Leander Geli and some lawyer friends of
Lucero including Atty. Jesus Apelado and Atty. Celerino Bagro.
Evardone said that the
election of Lucero is a welcome to the provincial government as the
administration is geared towards uplifting the 597 barangays of
progress will start from our barangays and Lucero, given the trust and
confidence of his fellow municipal Liga (ng mga Barangay) presidents,
will give leadership to barangay developments in the province as he
sits in the Sanguniang Panlalawigan,” Evardone said.
Vice Governor Geli is
as well optimistic to what the new provincial LB leader will
contribute to the Sangunian. Lucero is the newest SP member and thus
completing the seats of the Sangunian.
Lucero is from the
municipality of Dolores and won over Mark Pol Gonzales of the southern
in the Liga elections held last December 17, 2007.
This young politician
is not as new to politics as he is the son of former Northern Samar
Congressman Wilmar Lucero.
Meanwhile, the new SP
member is calling upon his colleagues to support him and the Liga.
“Let’s unite now as elections are over and act to bring about
advancement in our barangays,” Lucero said.
“The Liga, under my
guidance, will continue to support in the programs of Governor
Evardone and his programs,” Lucero added.
has expressed support also to the Liga through his various programs
and projects to the barangays.
PhilPost-8 now accepts
By MARIVIC ALCOBER (PIA 8)
Catbalogan City Post Office is located near Imelda Park.
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Here’s good news for those who wants to send goods or some items to
their friends and relatives in Leyte and Samar. The Philippine Postal
Corporation (PhilPost), Region 8 headed by Regional Director Fabioleta
P. Ferraris is proud to announce that their office now accepts
transport of cargoes from one city or municipality to another for a
According to PhilPost
Information Officer Designate Oscar E. Bioco, said postal service is
facilitated through their mail service vehicle to and from the
following post office points: Tacloban City-Ormoc City and way
offices; Ormoc-Kanaga-Palompon-Isabel-Merida and way offices;
Tacloban-Catbalogan City-Calbayog City-Catarman and way offices; and
Eastern Samar and way offices.
Bioco added that other
postal points are: Ormoc-Albuera-Baybay City; Tacloban-Baybay-Maasin
and way offices; Maasin-Sogod, Southern Leyte and way offices;
Sogod-Silago-Abuyog-Tacloban and way offices; Guiuan, Eastern
Samar-Borongan, Eastern Samar; and lastly, Borongan-Oras, Eastern
Samar and way offices.
Interested parties who
want to avail of this cargo service, known as Priority Express or PREX,
are required to inform the consignee to pick up said cargo at the post
office destination point. Bioco said that Philpost guarantee’s a same
day delivery of items posted within the specified cut-off time.
For more details,
Bioco advises interested parties to visit the post office in their
Five days medical and
dental civic action program launch
By 1Lt. FREDERICK M. CHICOTE (INF) PA
Allan P. Parayao (MC) PA, conducts medical check-up/consultation
to one of the beneficiaries during the conduct of five days Joint
SOGOD, Southern Leyte
– In an effort to bring free health services to the less fortunate
constituents, the 43rd Infantry (We Search) Battalion, 8th Infantry
Division, PA under the leadership of LCol. Mario G. Lacurom INF (GSC)
PA, in tandem with the Federation of Omega Beneficiaries Incorporated
(FOBI), a non-government organization (NGO) that promotes
community-based development services for children, youths and families
under the supervision of Mr. Edgar Mero, Board of Trustees President,
with the assistance of the World Vision Development Foundation and in
coordination with the Rural Health Units facilitated a five days
Medical and Dental Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) with one target
municipality each day.
Medical and Dental
Officers from Camp Lukban Station Hospital (CLSH) stationed at 8th ID,
PA, Camp Lukban, Maulong, Catbalogan City, Samar and personnel from
43IB, 8ID, PA were able to provide free circumcision, medical
consultation, dental services, haircut and other services to the
community. Likewise, the Federation of Omega Beneficiaries
Incorporated (FOBI), with the assistance of the World Vision
Development Foundation, shouldered the medicines needed for the said
activity, as well as, provided Medical and Dental doctors.
On December 11, 2007
at about 7:30 in the morning, Medical and Dental Team from CLHS under
1Lt. Frederick M. Chicote PA, Civil-Military Operations Officer of
43IB, together with the medical and dental doctors of the RHU of
Maasin City and the Federation of Omega Beneficiaries Incorporated
headed by Ms. Sofia B Pono, FOBI Project Coordinator arrived at the
Municipality of Macrohon, Southern Leyte, the first venue of the five
The group provided
medical and dental consultations, circumcision and other health
services to the community. The activity ended at about 5:00 in the
afternoon benefiting a total of 417 less fortunate constituents.
On the following day,
same group of medical and dental personnel with Maj. Emiliano M.
Toling Jr, Executive Officer of 43IB arrived at the
of Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte for the continuation of the MEDCAP
that benefited 417 beneficiaries. On the succeeding three days, the
group proceeded to the Municipality of Bato, Leyte; Brgy Asuncion,
Maasin City and Brgy Caridad Sur, Matalom, Leyte to conduct same
activity which benefited 399, 421 and 562 patients, respectively.
The week long MEDCAP
culminated on December 15, 2007 benefiting a total of 2,117 less
Catbalogan PNP soon to
have a new building worth P4.5M
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
January 10, 2008
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Catbalogan will
soon be occupying a new building worth P4.5M.
old Catbalogan Police building now under demolition.
This was learned from
the Catbalogan PNP on Wednesday through chief of police PSupt. Ramil
Presently, his office
is temporarily housed in the new Catbalogan Market stalls in this
capital city of Samar.
Mano Noe Mabulac, 65
who was in the police station to get his police clearance said the new
PNP headquarters is far more accessible to the public than its old
However, Ramirez said
that the place is very temporary. He added he is studying other public
buildings where security is better than the one in the market place.
As to the new
building, the chief added that the funding comes from the PNP Trust
Fund. He said the old building is already more than fifty years old
and not even a repair could save it.
When asked whether a
new building is necessary to function effectively as a police officer,
he replied that it is not necessary but it sure could help a person
think properly if his surroundings feel safe, secure and orderly.
of the old police building is in progress, he said that the
dismantling job is not covered by the cost of the building and such is
done through his own initiative.
On January 21, he
expects to receive news from the regional office 08 that a Notice to
Proceed with the building is in order.
Season 3 Leyte IDOL
search names its eight grand finalists
Media Relation Center (PMRC Leyte)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The fever is up again on who would get the province’s top singing
talent as the provincial government of Leyte is set to hold the Grand
Finals night for its Season 3 Search for Leyte IDOL on February 24.
After months of
searching, eight grand finalists have emerged to compete in the grand
finals and take a chance at the coveted prize of P200,000 and the
chance to be Leyte’s singing sensation for 2008.
2008’s Grand Finalists
include Angela Vasquez, 17 and Reggie Tortugo, 16, both of Ormoc City;
Joseph Virgil Lucinario, 20 of Tacloban City; Jeffrey Bermudez, 20 of
Tolosa, Leyte; Pio Rommel Aureo, 20 of Bato, Leyte, Ryan Roa, 21 of
Mac Arthur, Leyte, Dexter Relevo, 19 of Jaro, Leyte and Francess
Rodelle Antonette Go, 21 of Tabon-tabon, Leyte.
Aside from being
judged of their performance during the finals night, the grand
finalists would also be judged for their popularity via phone vote,
where their supporters can call in their votes through a Bayantel Span
While the grand
champion would receive P200,000, this year’s second placer will get a
cash prize of P100,000 and the third placer would win P50,000.
The non-winning finals
contenders would still be awarded a consolation prize of P20,000.
Meanwhile, the IDOL
secretariat is enjoining all supporters, friends and family of the
eight grand finalists to phone in their votes to add points to the
total score of the eight contenders.
The Bayantel span
numbers are 327-0724 for Angiela Vazquez, 327-0725 for Joseph Virgil
Lucinario, 327-0726 for Jeffrey Bermudez, 327-0727 for Pio rommel
Aureo, 327-0728 for Ryan Roa, 327-0729 for Dexter Relevo, 327-0730 for
Reggie Tortugo and 327-0731 for Frances Rodelle Antonette Go.
government of Leyte through Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla vows
to continue to discover singing talents and help them develop and
explore their potentials for personal development and later for
LTO 8 chief assumes
post as LTO 7 head
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte –
Land Transportation Office Regional Office 8 Director Raul Aguilos
assumed on Tuesday his new post as the LTO Regional Director in Region
7. He replaced Director Alex Leyson who will be transferred to Eastern
Visayas as the LTO director.
Director Raul Aguilos
ceremonies was witnessed by LTO Chief Reynaldo Beroya on January 8, in
On January 9, Director
Leyson will officially assume his post during the turn-over will be
conducted at the LTO 8 Office in
Director Aguilos is
not new to LTO Region 7 because prior to his promotion as head of LTO-Eastern
Visayas, he was assigned to LTO Region 7 as assistant regional
director in the mid 1990’s.
His transfer to LTO
Region 7 will fulfill the clamor of Cebu Auto Dealers Association
President Jose Manuel Cuenco when he said “we need to see who the
replacement would be, if he is a righteous person who can also impose
discipline to his people.”
With Director Aguilos’
track record of good performance and untarnished reputation as head of
the LTO Region 8, there is no doubt that he will be able to transform
LTO Region 7.
Director Aguilos was
able to obtain ISO Certification for the Tacloban City Licensing
Office. Right now, Director Aguilos is working for the ISO
Certification for the LTO 8 Licensing Offices in Calbayog, Catbalogan
It would be recalled
that LTO Region 7 has been under hot waters amid allegations that the
Office faked the car registration papers of the 81 luxury cars seized
in Makati City in December.
Leyson accepted the relief order like a good soldier, he denied
colluding with LTO officials to falsify the car registrations of the
seized luxury vehicles valued at P200 million.
On December 20, the
Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG) seized from a repair shop on
Pasong Tamo Street, Makati City, 84 luxury cars, 81 of which were
found lacking in documentation. Expensive cars which include 21 BMWs,
16 Mercedes Benzes, 11 Porsche sports cars, four Jaguars, 3 Volvos,
and a Lamborghini were confiscated from the Auto Sports 24 shop in
Boxter, Land Cruisers, Range Rovers, Cherokee and a Mini Cooper were
also found in the repair shop. Thirty of the confiscated cars,
including high-end models, could be worth P70 million to P100 million,
according to DOTC's statement quoting the PASG.
Allegedly, the 81
seized vehicles lacked documents to support the legality of the
importation of these cars. Also, it was alleged that most of the
seized vehicles in Makati were believed to be smuggled from Cebu.
The PASG also found
out that the registration papers of the smuggled vehicles were issued
by LTO offices in Cebu, particularly in Toledo.
The report of PASG
apparently prompted Secretary Mendoza to order SLES to investigate on
the issuance of faked car registrations in the LTO regional office
It is hoped that
the investigation will clear Director Leyson and lead to the
identification of those responsible for the alleged anomalous
National ID scheme, says Filipinos already have existing ones in
By Office of Senator Chiz Escudero
January 9, 2008
– Opposition Senator Chiz Escudero on Tuesday slammed the
government's plan to revive the National ID scheme saying the plan has
doubtful benefits with only one clear purpose which is to put dog tags
on every Filipino.
Escudero said there is
no need to issue a consolidated singular ID since Filipinos already
possess one with a clear provision for social services in the form of
the Phil Health cards.
"An ideal national ID
should be a social services tool. It should be one that would entitle
the holder to assistance and benefits and not as a security instrument
foisted at the expense of the peoples privacy" Escudero said.
He went on to say that
the PhilHealth Card fits the bill as it is already a de facto national
ID. Republic Act 7875, the National Health Insurance Act of 1995,
mandates the universal and compulsory coverage of Filipinos in a
national health insurance system.
Escudero said Section
2 of the said act requires all citizens to enroll in the system to
avoid adverse selection and social inequity. Section 8 meanwhile
entitles the bearer to a "health insurance card" to be issued by the
local PhilHealth office for the purpose of identifying the members,
verify eligibility and record utilization of benefits.
Instead of embarking
on a Holy Grail-like chase for a national ID, Escudero said it would
do well for government to expand PhilHealth. "The new ID system will
only create a lucrative ID lamination industry out of yet another
public document with low social acceptability because of its equally
low social purpose".
The senator said
Malacaňang should instead just use the PhilHealth card as national ID
to save on unnecessary expenses. A national ID system designed in the
security mold, Escudero said, will be costly. "Either, it will be
given gratis, which will burn a hole in the government's pocket, or be
subjected to a fee, which will invite complaints from an already
overtaxed public". Periodic renewal should also be factored in as
updated information should be an ID's security feature.
PhilHealth ID cum
National ID will even earn money for the government or at best revenue
neutral as people will voluntarily buy health insurance if they see
value for money in it.
If the National ID
will be intertwined with PhilHealth, Escudero said the government will
be ensuring health and public security at the same time. "Palace
should seriously consider using the existing PhilHealth card as
National ID. This way the burden of performance, of enrolling more
people in PhilHealth will fall on the government rather than on the
people, should an ID designed by the security apparatus of the state
will be foisted on them."
advocates unite for the effective implementation of anti-trafficking
law in the region
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Local Technical Group and the
American Center for International Labor Solidarity under the
Strengthening the Enabling Environment to Improve Response to
Trafficking in Persons and Related Cases (STEER) conducted a
consultation meeting at Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban City, on Monday,
January 7, 2008 and resolved to improve the coordination among the
various stakeholders in government and in the private sector in the
Region in order to effectively implement the Anti-Trafficking Law in
The participants from
the 6 provinces of Eastern Visayas agreed that there is a need to
improve the database maintenance and operations through expanded
submission of Trafficking in Persons data and information for the
The target is for the
submission and encoding of at least 200 trafficking complaint standard
reporting form. It was observed that very few of the actual cases of
trafficking in persons are reported.
The STEER project also
aims to encourage the local government units with the most number of
persons being trafficked to have trained local persons in charge of
databanking, start local databases, and allocate budget for the
The project also
identified law schools and possible private law groups and
practitioners who will commit volunteer services for TIP victims in
terms of legal assistance and counseling.
In order to address
the problem on the transportation of the victim in going home, the
group identified possible partnerships and signing of memorandum of
agreement with various transport industries in the region including
bus companies and shipping companies plying in the region.
Aside from monitoring
the major ports in the Region, it was suggested that the monitoring
agencies must also look into the minor ports which the traffickers are
Through the STEER
project tarpaulins informing the victims the agencies and
non-government organizations which could be of assistance to them.
These tarpaulins will be posted in ports, terminals and places which
are accessible and visible so that the victims will know that there
are organizations they can call in times of distress.
Statistics show that
in 2002, about 7.58 million Filipinos lived and worked in foreign
countries. About 1.6 million of them were irregular migrants and are
believed to have been victims of Trafficking in Persons.
About 1,006 cases on
trafficking in persons have been recorded from 1993 to 2001. It is
believed that there are more actual cases and that a more systematic
reporting and recording of data is needed.
Around 53% of the
victims are women and 25% of these women victims were forced to land