Samar Weekly READ MORE EXPRESS NEWS! Call 251-2341 THE EXPONENT OF SAMAR PROGRESS VOL. IX NO. 21 DEC. 27 - JAN. 02, 2012 Search us on Facebook and like us. Archive our previous issues at: www.issuu.com/samarweeklyexpress CATBALOGAN CITY 8 PAGES Samar’s No. 1 drug pusher falls City gov’t monitors rain drops B� GINA DEAN RAGUDO CALBAYOG CITY -- It surely not a good Christmas for this suspected criminal who was fall into a police anti-drug sting a day before everyone celebrates the holiday. A suspected notorious drug pusher that operates in the entire province has been finally arrested by the Calbayog Philippine National Police following a “buy-bust” operation that occurred in the vicinity of Calbayog District Hospital around 6 o’clock in the evening of December 24, 2011. Calbayog PNP elements through its AntiIllegal Drug Special Operation Task Force headed by Police Chief Inspector Elmer B. Cinco collared the suspect identiﬁed as certain Fernando Prudente Sepeda, alias Totoy, 43 years old, a resident of Purok 3, Brgy. Matobato, this city, after some 40 minutes chase around the city. In an interview, PO2 Jose Jay Senario told The SWE that the suspect sold a methamphetamine hydrochloride locally known as “shabu” to a police asset who posed as buyer at the vicinity of said hospital. “Immediately after the transaction, a hot pursuit operation followed as the suspect run off at once and he was caught at the vicinity of Our Lady of Porziuncola Hospital, SEE SAMAR P2 CATBALOGAN CITY - So as not to be caught off guard by the bad weather, the local government unit of Catbalogan through Elliot Lopez, the local disaster risk reduction management council (CDRRMC) ofﬁcer, is reportedly going around the city to check on the situation of Catbaloganons near the Antiao River bank and the landslide prone areas. According to an employee of the city hall named Ms. Anya Tan, there has been no report of any untoward incident caused by the 24-hour rain in Samar’s capital city of Catbalogan. In a check to the local PAG-ASA ofﬁce, Mr. Ed dela Cruz reported that rain volume has been gauged at 63.4 mm for the last 24 hours. “This still belong to the normal level, above normal would measure 100 mm for a 24-hour rain,” the Pag-Asa officer said. “There is rain yes, but it is just considered light to moderate, this is caused by a shallow low pressure area that could dissipate anytime,” de La Cruz SEE CITY P3 Public urged to avoid using ‘crackers BUSTED! Policemen in civilian a�re searched the belongings of a suspected drug pusher (inset) a�er he was cornered by the police in the vicinity of the Calbayog District Hospital last December 24, 2011. Prior to the chase, the suspect apparently sold a suspected methamphitamine hydrochloride or shabu to a policeman who posed as buyer. 170 slots for nurses up for grabs BORONGAN CITY – Some 170 slots for registered nurses had been opened to new applicants for the “RN-Heals Program” of the Aquino Administration which is being implemented by the Department of Health (DOH). This was reported by Dr. Jean Egargo, represen- HELP SENDONG VICTIMS! DONATE NOW. Just text RED (amount) to 4143 for SMART and 2899 for Globe. Valid donation amounts are 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 and 1000. Any amounts counts! Christmas is a time of giving. Share your blessings. Act now, help our kababayans in distress! tative of the Department of Health (DOH) for Eastern Samar province. The lady Doctor added that as a continuing program of DOH, these nurses, once they pass the screening, would be deployed to far-ﬂung barangays of the province so they could help the local government unit (LGU) identify the health needs and problems of the SEE NURSES P5 LPA affects 3,642 families in Leyte Island CATBALOGAN CITY – The intermittent rains brought about by the low pressure area and tail end of a cold front, has affected a total of 3,642 families in 108 barangays in the provinces of Leyte and Southern Leyte, the Regional Disaster SEE LPA P5 Welcome to PUPUA BEACH RESORT Catbalogan City Home Away from Home! For reservation, contact: 0918.9265.791 (Ben) SOHOTONGROUP NATURAL BRIDGE NATIONAL PARK DAY-TOUR PACKAGE with drinks & food ONLY P700/PERSON (Group of 7 persons) Inclusions: Sohoton Cave Tour, Golden River Cruising (and optional river trekking), Helmets, Lights, Guides, Permit, Vest, Entrances, SSA, Drinks and Lunch. Call us for reservation: 0920.7675.444 THE Ofﬁce of Civil Defense has urged residents in this region to avoid using ﬁrecrackers in celebrating the holiday season to avoid accidents. This is also in response to the call of the Department of Health. OCD Regional Director Rey Gozon said that aside from calamities and disasters, their ofﬁce are also in alert status during this holiday season as people are in festive mood, celebrating Christmas and the New Year by using ﬁrecrackers as one of the traditions that had long been practiced. However, although it is part of our tradition, Gozon said that using said materials1 in celebrating the holidays should be minimized if not totally stopped to prevent injuries and to protect human health. “If we cannot avoid it, ofﬁcials in the barangay must identify a common ﬁrecracker zone area,” said Gozon. “In this way, we can supervise carefully the uses of ﬁrecrackers and we may also prevent accidents and injuries,” Gozon said. He added that instead of using money to buy ﬁrecrackers, their money should be saved or rather use it to buy foods. The same was also asked by Tacloban City Police Chief Superintendent Wilson Caubat. Caubat stressed that using ﬁrecrackers during Yuletide celebration should now be avoided due to injuries it causes SEE PUBLIC P2 GRTY Gravel & Sand Silanga, Catbalogan, Samar AFM., Industrial Watchman & Protective Agency Branch Office: Camia St., San Pablo, Catbalogan City Branch Manager: ARIEL C. TY Mobile No. 0947.9711.031 “ADVERTISE WITH US WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR SEAT ...” Just Text your ADS @ - 0920.7675.444 FOR YOUR ADVERTISING NEEDS: Call or Text us @ 09207675444 ADS HOTLINE: 321-4833; 251-2341; E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Much of the Development of Samar is found in leaders & people who care.