Eastern Samar observes
Magellan landing at Homonhon
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The entire
will celebrate the Magellan Landing at
in the municipality of Guiuan on March 16, 2008 with a mass, a
re-enactment and program, Guiuan Mayor Analiza Kwan disclosed.
Mayor Analiza Kwan
Mayor Kwan said that
the commemorative program will be held at the Landing site with all
the 8 barangays in
and 1 barangay of Suluan participating. A Barrio Fiesta will follow,
Mayor Kwan said.
The observance of the
anniversary of Magellan Landing started Thursday, March 13, Mayor Kwan
said, with the opening of Exhibits at the
The exhibit is an array of the best products of Guiuan and the various
municipalities of Eastern Samar.
On March 15, a Medical
and Dental Mission will be conducted at Homonhon, Mayor Kwan quipped.
Other activities are the Search for Miss Homonhon and other cultural
Finally, on March 16,
the activities will start with the offering of the Holy Mass and will
be followed by a re-enactment of Magellan Landing and the
Eastern Samar had been
a significant backdrop of the country’s rich colonial history through
the island of Homonhon, where Ferdinand Magellan first set foot on
Philippine soil in 1521 on his way to conquer the Philippines for the
In his account,
Pigafetta, the chronicler aboard Magellan’s ship, describes the island
of Humumu, now Homonhon, as so: "We found two fountains of very clear
water, we called it the `Waters of Good Signs,’ having found the first
sign of gold in the said island. There also can be found much white
coral and tall trees that bear fruits smaller than an almond and look
like pines. There were also many palm trees, some of the good kind,
some of the bad. Thereabouts are many neighboring islands. Hence, we
called them the St. Lazarus Archipelago because we stayed there on the
day and feast of St. Lazarus."
Inter-Agency Committee outlines three pressing unmet needs in Samar
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 14, 2008
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– The first ever Kalahi-CIDDS Provincial Inter-Agency Committee (PIAC)
has outlined three basic unmet needs that Samar folks bear.
In the presentation of
the Kalahi-CIDDS Regional Project Manager Celeste Madlos said that
Samar folks have very limited or no access to potable drinking water,
have very low income and have less education.
During the first ever
PIAC meeting held Tuesday at
Inn Catbalogan City, Madlos lamented over the gripping reality that
faces an average Samareño.
The lady manager said
that since the inception of Kalahi in
Samar, her team has observed the three unmet needs. She posed the
challenge to the group that some 6-12 year old children are not in the
elementary schools and that 13-16 year old teeners are also not in
She said that it is
impossible to think that the people do not have access to potable
water because anyone can observe that public faucets are seen
everywhere, maybe she said the families do not boil their drinking
As to the issue of
children not being in school, she said that school up to the secondary
level is free and wonders why families do not send their children to
She urged the ‘good
men and women’ of Samar to help Kalahi realize its noble aim of
poverty reduction in the province.
Whereas, the country’s
poverty ranking rate is 26.9% in 2006 and Region 8 has increased from
35.3% in 2003 to 40.7% in 2006, in the data presented,
Samar’s poverty incidence has worsened from 38.7% in 2003 to 40.2%
also in 2006.
Madlos said that
although Kalahi is not a ‘matching type’ of project where the unmet
needs are immediately answered, still, she said that Kalahi through
the grant and the local counterpart of the MLGUs and the barangays
have constructed 70 water systems as of this writing.
Other projects include
day care center, pathways, farm to market road (FRM), drainage,
bridges and other physical structures in the barangay deemed
including Paranas, Pinabacdao, Sta. Margarita, Sta. Rita and Tarangan
are Kalahi areas.
Of these, it is
Pinabacdao which has the most number of sub-projects numbering to 37
which are now completed. Pinabacdao enrolled in Kalahi in 2003. The
latest municipality to join the project is Villareal which replaced
Zumarraga that has disengaged from the program.
Madlos posed a
challenge to the group to support in sustaining the project. Although
a bit discouraged by the seeming indifference of the Provincial
Government of Samar as gleaned from its zero counterpart, Madlos said,
she is not giving up.
“We never give up in
terms of development,” the lady manager boldly announced.
Further, the lady
urged the department heads present, including some Non-government
organizations (NGO) and the civil society to become a showcase of
convergence; drumbeat the programs on poverty alleviation and to meet
regularly and be one with them in the administration’s flagship
program of fighting poverty.
Leyte gave P2.4M for
EVRAA delegates, hopes to retain championship crown
By Provincial Media
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– In a bid to retain its championship crown both in the elementary
and high school level won during last year's regional sports meet in
Baybay City, the provincial government of Leyte is shelling out P2.4
million for athletes, coaches and officials to this year's Eastern
Visayas Regional Athletics Association (EVRAA) Meet.
The whole Leyte
delegation would be about 1,000 in all who would vie in the different
field of sports at the EVRAA Meet in Catarman, Northern Samar on March
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla said the amount shows the province's full support in
honing the sports skills of the young people in the province and as a
way of showing gratitude for representing the province well in such
For the part of the
provincial government, the governor added that developing sports
talents is among the thrust of his administration in the likes of the
conduct of the Leyte Boxing IDOL, hoping to discover local talents who
may be properly trained to compete in the national sports arena and
even in the international scene.
During the Leyte
Division Meet in Babatngon, Leyte in December, the governor to give
out cash incentives to Leyte’s athletes who would win gold medals in
the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet.
He said, he wanted the
cash incentive to serve as an inspiration for the athletes to work
harder in polishing their competitive sports talents and in
maintaining discipline in their chosen field.
“It’s the least we
can do to promote our sports activities in the province,” Gov. Petilla
New power rate
increase is a mess – Evardone
By ALICE NICART (PIA Eastern
March 13, 2008
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – In an apparent concern for his constituents Governor Ben
Evardone expressed disgust over ESAMELCO’s hazy explanation why in the
midst of a recent natural calamity, it would ever gather enough guts
so as to increase the monthly billing for electric consumption as
indicated in a notice it fielded last week.
Governor Ben Evardone
James Hopp, Board
Chairman of the electric cooperative however, tried hard enough to
convince the Governor, the mayors and the rest of the Provincial
Development Council (PDC) members in an urgent meeting Tuesday, but he
seemingly did not achieve his purpose.
San Julian Mayor Jorge
Erroba detailed his strong accusation that ESAMELCO effected such an
unexpected increase but he also jokingly relayed the stern warning of
his barangay captains who said: should a line man comes to disconnect
their line for unpaid dues with the exorbitant increase, the same
will suffer a “civilian attack”.
Also, Mayor Javier
Zacate, President of Mayors League, questioned ESAMELCO for not
conducting massive information campaigns or at least hold public
consultations prior to their notice of the 124% increase.
Dolores Mayor Emiliana
Villacarillo cited that for her January bill, she paid some P1,300 but
with the new rate she is charged P2,850 which is more than doubled.
“It is such a great
confusion,” the lady Mayor exclaimed. “During this period when I was
charged more, I was on a vacation outside the province and the
refrigerator was unplugged; I really wonder how did it happen,” Mayor
Ewit wondered. She also said, that ESAMELCO people should make up
their minds, otherwise, many will prefer to have their electric
connections cut off, as they might opt for some more basic and urgent
Hopp argued that the
increase is a result of the P6.7M rental that TRANSCO is charging the
electric cooperative. He said though, that he has cautioned the
ESAMELCO Finance Department to make some preparations for the
acceptance of the paying public, but apparently they did not heed to
his story and instead pursued their intent and passed on the financial
burden to the consumers just the same.
In order to settle
things up, Gov. Evardone decreed that in the next PDC meeting which he
is calling for next week (again) top managers of ESAMELCO must be in
attendance for them to tell clear and definite answers. He also
appealed for a temporary suspension in paying for the increased rate,
and instead, only the previous rate should be paid.
Germino of Can-avid, short to cool down the hot discussion suggested
that it will be better if the P6.7M TRANSCO billing to ESAMELCO will
be condoned saying that the province has just gone through a
difficult situation as a result of the massive flooding.
prove mettle on a 6-hour fire incident in Samar’s capital city
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE (PIA
March 13, 2008
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– The team of
firefighters prove their mettle as they engaged in a firefighting
operation that lasted for six hours.
This drill is part of
the preparation for the fire prevention month.
(photo by REY
Based on a spot report
filed by John Castillo, duty investigator, it read that the fire call
was tapped by one Reuben Yboa at about 12:00 midnight of March 11,
It was the Catbalogan
Shopping Center located at Rizal Avenue, Catbalogan City which was on
fire. Razed is a concrete three-storey building owned by Mike Mendoza.
The report added that
fire trucks from Paranas and the Catbalogan Chinese Volunteer Fire
Brigade also aided the firefighters in the operation.
However as of this
time, the cause of fire and estimated damage is not yet known. No
casualty and no one was injured in the incident.
City Fire Marshall when interviewed said that he seeks new
firefighting equipments to anticipate the city’s booming businesses.
If he would be asked, he said he would request for an aerial ladder
truck to anticipate for high rise buildings in the new city.
He added that he would
also request for hand held radio for better coordination and
communication with those in the fire scene and the other firefighters.
He said he would also request for a foam proportioner equipment.
A foam proportioning
system is used to mix firefighting foam with a stream of water, when
the foam extinguisher solution is delivered, it generates a foam which
effectively extinguishes the flames of chemical and petroleum fires as
well as Class A materials which would otherwise not be effectively
extinguished by the application of water alone.
Tabaranza said he
received a call then in October of last year from the city budget
department asking him of his needs. It was then when he enumerated the
things he needed.
However, up to now his
office has not received any of those he requested.
In a call to the city
hall, PIA learned that Mayor Coefredo Uy is in Manila and that OIC
Perfecta Sabenicio was in charge.
Subsequent call to
Sabenicio yielded negative results as she said she does not remember
exactly the allocation the Sanggunian had for the fire department.
When PIA called the
budget department, an employee said that a meager P75,000 a year is
allocated to the city fire department.
Meanwhile, the city
fire department said that this March being a fire prevention month,
the department has done a kick off motorcade on March 1 and drumbeat
the theme: Prevent fire, be informed, be prepared!
Tabaranza also said
that they are conducting lectures in schools and offices about fire
prevention for the whole month of March.
Come March 28, his
staff would participate in a Fire Olympics in Tacloban City where his
group’s mettle would again be put to test.
Federation of Fil-Chi Chamber of
Commerce turns-over 6 school buildings in Northern Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– As a continuing fulfillment of its commitment to help in the
national government’s thrust to provide adequate school buildings to
provide a conducive learning atmosphere for the Filipino youth, the
Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.,
will turn-over and inaugurate six school buildings in Laoang,
Northern Samar on March 13 and 14, 2008.
Mr. Henry Yaokasin,
president of the Tacloban Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and
Industry said that the donors and officers of the Federation from
Manila will arrive at the Catarman Airport on March 13 at 7:00 o’clock
in the morning.
The group will
immediately travel to Laoang where the first stop will be at the
University of Eastern Philippines Laoang Campus in order to
inaugurate and turn-over a school building donated by Mr. And Mrs.
Chua Beng Theng of Polymaster Industrial Corporation.
From there, the group
will proceed at the Liceo de Bethlehem which was also donated by Mr.
And Mrs. Chua Beng Theng of Polymaster Industrial Corporation.
The third school
building which will be inaugurated is at
Elementary School, donated by Mr. And Mrs. Benito Cu Uy Gam of the
At Barangay Vigo, the
group will turn-over a school building at Vigo Elementary School,
which is also donated by Mr. And Mrs. Benito Cu Uy Gam of the Republic
On March 14, the group
will travel to Barangay Catigbian to inaugurate and turn-over a school
building at the Catigbian Elementary School, donated by Linton
In the afternoon,
another school building will be turned over at the Cabolaloan
Elementary School at Barangay Cabolaloan. This school building was
also donated by Linton Incorporated.
For the past five
decades, the Federation has always been an advocate for corporate
social responsibility. One of its major programs is the Operation:
Barrio Schools, which involves the donation of two classroom buildings
in areas where classrooms are needed. As the Federation's flagship
project, Operation: Barrio Schools is the longest running and biggest
private-sector-led development program focused on educational
Operation: Barrio Schools, the Federation raises funds to finance the
construction of standard 7x14-meter two-room school buildings. These
school buildings are constructed out of donations from the officers
and members of the federation and from benevolent organizations,
families and individuals within the Chinese-Filipino community.