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February 19, 2014

“in pursuit of PIA’s commitment to provide a national mechanism for the free flow of timely, accurate and relevant information… “

VOL 2 ISSUE 41

Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

February 19, 2014

UNHabitat backs

up rehabilitation, recovery planning workshop BY: ALICE NICART

I Negrense Volunteers for Change Foundation (NVC) turned over on Saturday some 50 fishing boats to the beneficiaries of Brgys. 88, 89 and 94 in Tacloban City. The project dubbed as Peter Projects 2 provided motorized fishing boats to fisherfolks in the area whose livelihood were affected due to Super Typhoon Yolanda. A total of 1600 boats will be donated to the affected fishermen in Eastern Visayas. (Photo by Raul S. Tiozon/PIA-8)

DPWHturnsovercompletedbunkhouses toDSWD,LGUs

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n line with the National G over nment ’s thrust to provide temporar y shelter for the families displaced by Yolanda, the D epar tment of Public Wor ks and H ighways in Easter n Visayas said it was scheduled to tur n over all the completed bunk houses to the D epar tment and S ocial Welfare and D evelopment and to the Local G over nment Units in the af ter noon of Februar y 18, 2014. Assistant R egional Direc tor Edgar Tabacon said that the or iginal target was for the construc tion of 222 bunk houses in the region. However, an additional 35 bunk houses were imple mented. The total number of

bunk houses to be tur ned over is 227 while the construc tion of 20 bunk houses are still ongoing. Those completed with toilet and baths numbers 189 while the total number of units with toilet and bath facilities is 135. I n Tacloban Cit y, of the total 53 bunk houses targeted, 53 have been completed. O f the 37 completed with toilet and baths, 30 have been tur ned over. I n Palo, Leyte, of the total targeted 50 bunk houses, 39 have been completed while 11 are ongoing construc tion. O f the targeted 28 with toilet and bath, only 16 have been completed. continued on page 5

n its effort to consolidate and harmonize the rehabilitation and recovery of typhoon Yo l a n d a h a r d e s t h i t a r e a s , the provincial government here is currently conducting a three-day strategic planning workshop on the formulation of the Provincial Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan. A s r e p o r t e d b y M r. L e v i Nicart, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer(PDRRMO), part of the provincial plan are the municipal plans on their respective recovery and rehabilitation, thus the attendance of the teams from the hardest hit municipalities. With the assistance of the team from the UNHabitat, the workshop also aims to address and integrate all the concerns, needs and proposed interventions of typhoon affected municipalities, into a comprehensive rehabilitation plan. T h e Te a m p a r t i c u l a r l y assists the municipal and provincial teams in formulating a more holistic and comprehensive document that continued on page 7


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February 19, 2014

Foreign Medical Mission serves local poor BY: SAMMY D. CANDIDO

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ore or less 3,537 people were served and assisted during the 10th Bulig Kablas Medical Mission (BKMM) on February 4-12, 2014 at the Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital(ESPH), this city. According to Rev. Fr. Juderick Paul L. Calumpiano, Chairman, Diocesan Commission on Social Action-Justice and Peace, the BKMM Mission Output were: consultation-1,421, operation-275, medicine assistance-1,750, referral to higher center (adult & Pedia)-11, other assistance (O2, blood, medical supplies, transportation, food and accomodation)-50 and adopted patients-30. Calumpiano also said, that the big accomplishments of this BKMM were the major and minor surgical operations that were given to the patients. For surgeries included eye, nose and throat (ENT)- 32, general

surgery (SG)-78, pedia-11, Ob-gyne-26, minor operations-57 and Ophta-71 or a total of 275 operations done. Meanwhile, a father , who requested anonymity, was happy that he was operated of his Hernia, “without this mission, I can’t afford to have my operation. I am very thankful to the organizers”, he said. A team of doctors from Diocese of Joliet, Manila, Tacloban City and this province attended the patients. This BKMM is now on its tenth year of serving the people of Eastern Samar. This 10th BKMM is initiated by Diocese of Borongan with partnership of the Provincial Government of Eastern Samar and Partnership in Mission, the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois, USA . (SDC/ PIA-E. Samar)

A team of doctors from Diocese of Joliet in Illinois, USA, Manila, Tacloban City and this province attended indigent patients during the Bulig Kablas Medical Mission from February 4 to 12, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Eden Cidro)

Business booms in Maasin City, local chief executive says BY: MA. REBECCA CADAVOS

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ity Mayor Maloney Samaco spelled out the gains his administration achieved last year in terms of increased revenue collection, high pilgrim tourist arrivals, and series of spor ts hosting for both national and regional competitions, in addition to governance thrusts that also reaped rewards. In his annual State of the City Address (SOCA) held at the city gym here Monday immediately after the regular f l a g - r a i s i n g c e r e m o n y, M a y o r Samaco mentioned the strongest storm on record, Yo l a n d a , saying the city emerged as a “m i r a c l e c i t y ” f o r b e i n g r e l a t i v e l y unharmed. He also repor ted the effor ts done by the city local government unit to help distressed areas by sending rescue teams to help retrieve dead bodies, help in the clearing of debris, distribute relief assistance, and assist in the repackaging of goods. “Our city was the first LG U t o d e l i v e r r e l i e f g o o d s t o Ormoc in cooperation with the Gawad Kalinga three days after Yo l a n d a h i t t h e c i t y. We a l s o s e n t our rescue teams to help in the retrieval operations of cadavers i n Ta c l o b a n w h e r e t h e y w e r e a b l e to retrieve 128 dead bodies and placed inside bodybags. Another team assisted DSWD in packing r e l i e f g o o d s . We a l s o l e t t h e m borrow our water purifier and o u r f i r e t r u c k ,” S a m a c o r e p o r t e d . His 13-page speech was delivered in one hour and 22 minutes, and was interrupted 83 times by applause from an continued on page5


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February 19, 2014

Enterprises rehabilitation financing for Yolandaaffected SME's continues

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h e D e p a r t m e n t o f Tr a d e a n d Industry Regional Office in Eastern Visayas is now in the process of validating the 23 small and medium business enterprises loan applicants for the second batch of the on-going Enterprises Rehabilitation Financing For Yo l a n d a Affected SMES in Eastern Visayas. E n t e r p r i s e s Rehabilitation Financing for Yo l a n d a affected SMES is funded by the Small Business Corporation, the financing arm of the Department of Tr a d e a n d I n d u s t r y, w h i c h aims to help SMEs that need to repair damaged buildings, machineries and equipment and operating capital to immediately resume their business operations and re cove r l o s s e s f ro m Ty p h o o n Yo l a n d a . At t y. Lemuel Montes representing DTI-8 Regional Director Cynthia Nierras, in the weekly Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Mangament Council Meeting said that the distribution of checks for the second batch is either by the end of Februar y or the first week of March. He further informed that the second batch are all f r o m Ta c l o b a n C i t y . ( P I A 8 w i t h Lizbeth Ann A. Abella)

Ms. Divine Bandola (with mic), World Food Programme Officer disclosed over PIA’s Power FM Tuesday their ongoing activities in Eastern Visayas particularly in food and cash assistance to Yolanda survivors in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Also in photo are (r-l) Cornelia Paetz, WFP information officer; Masanobu Horie, Head of Programme; and PIA host Sol Alarcon. (Neil Lopido/PIA-8)

Fishermen in 3 barangays of San Jose district beneficiaries of 50 fiberglass fishing boats

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isher men from 3 barangays of S an Jose distr ic t one of the hardest hit in Tacloban of the Super t yphoon Yolanda were beneficiar ies of 50 fiberglass fishing boats. According to M ellie K ilayko, president of Negrense Volunteers for Change which was responsible for the donation, the tur n over last S aturday was under the Peter Projec t 2 program of the Organization. K ilayko said that the projec t was initially intended only for the residents of Negros who wanted to become fisher man, but af ter the devastation of t yphoon Yolanda, they saw the need to help the fisher y sec tor in Easter n Visayas. With the help of their par tner- donors they decided to ex tend the projec t to include the provinces affec ted by super t yphoon Yolanda in the three

regions of the Visayas. K ilayko added that their organization is planning to distr ibute additional 1,600 fiberglass fishing boats to t yphoon affec ted places. K ilayko said the cities of Tacloban and Or moc, towns of D ulag and Javier, and some places in S amar island are in their list for a possible donation. Their group will be back in M arch to distr ibute the second batch of fiberglass fishing boats. K ilayko added that a volunteer from their group is in charge of validating the list of the beneficiar ies to make sure that they are not yet beneficiar ies from other organization or gover nment agencies that also provide fishing boats as assistance to displaced fisher men because of t yphoon Yolanda. (PIA 8 with Lizbeth Ann A. Abella)


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February 19, 2014

Foreign lecturer on Humanitarian Broadcasting impresses participants BY: CONSUELO ALARCON

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articipants of the Humanitarian B r o a d c a s t i n g Tr a i n i n g i n t h e city expressed their thanks to t h e e x p e r i e n c e d l e c t u r e r M r. J o h n Tu c k e y fo r a n i m p r e s s i v e lecture on two modules held recently at the Communitaire O f f i ce, B rg y. Ca l a n i p awa n , Ta c l o b a n C i t y . Par ticipants who came from various government agencies were very thankful to Tu c k e y a s t h e y g a i n e d m o r e knowledge in the training. Following Yo l a n d a ’s devastation in Eastern Visayas, Tu c k e y h a s b e e n w o r k i n g with the Communitaire i n G u i u a n E a s t e r n S a m a r, an International NonGovernmental Organization (NGO) who supported the operation of a local radio station in an effort to rebuild the lives of the people in

said town, one ravaged area after being hit by the super typhoon. The training was based on a premise”to help people change what can be changed and cope with what cannot be c h a n g e d ”. Two modules were discussed on separate schedules but each was i n t e r r e l a t e d w i t h t h e o t h e r. Module 1 entitled “Starting from the Community” highlighted on what the radio c a n d o a f t e r a d i s a s t e r. The includes how a radio can respond through its programs and encourages the people to slowly get back into n o r m a l c y. Modules 2 talked on “Psycho-social suppor t ” where the lecturer gave pointers on what kind of radio programs needed to help people ease

their bad feelings and experiences after disaster in order to regain their normal lives. Tu c k e y h a s e m p h a s i z e d how a radio can effectively conveyed a message to the community and influenced p e o p l e ’s minds, feelings, e m o t i o n s , o p i n i o n s a n d o n e ’s perspective. Other modules will be discussed by the lecturer within this week . Par ticipants are expected to learn how to get the immediate concerns o f t h e co m m u n i t y, how it can be channeled to the agencies concerned and how a complicated message be conveyed in a simple but understandable way to the l i s t e n e r. ( P I A - 8 )


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February 19, 2014

UNFPA gives more for women, children’s health W ith its continuing commitment to support the province in its effort to promote women and children’s health care and services, especially this time after super typhoon “Yolanda”, the United Nations Population Fund(UNFPA) today handed over eight Tricycle Ambulances to the mayors of the eight most “Yolanda” affected municipalities here. Unlike ordinary tricycles that are usually seen plying the streets , the side-car of the Trike-Ambulance is made rather long, just enough for a pregnant woman to stretch her weary bones and legs while being brought to the nearest health facility to deliver her new born. “We all know that in the rush of trying to provide shelter, food and clean water when disasters occur, issues of reproductive health(RH) are relegated to the peripheral”, expressed Dr. Dorothy Nyasulu, UNFPA RH Coordinator, in her message. “Yet, as we all know, the affected population comprises of pregnant women who could either suffer miscarriage or deliver if they are due”, she added. According to her, in any affected population, it is estimated that about 4% of the total population will get pregnant, about 3.5% are lactating women, 15% are adolescents and about 16% will be subjected to gender based violence. Likewise, she said, that during disasters social support system affect the protection of young people who are left idle and on their own. UNFPA then comes in to ensure continued access to Reproductive Health information and services in order to reduce preventable mother and child illnesses, even deaths, the health coordinator on women and children concluded.

The mayors present in return expressed their endless thankfulness to the donor organization, and they also committed to maintain their support to the regular conduct of “Buntis Congress”, which are usually spearheaded by the fathers in the community. Other than the TrikeAmbulances, UNFPA also handedover delivery and recovery beds and other medical equipment. Earlier, three ambulances were previously handed over to the hospitals of Balangiga, Guiuan and the Provincial Health Office. Present in the simple ceremony today who likewise tried the running condition of the specially-welded tricycles were Mayors Edgar Boco(Hernani), Allan Contado(Balangkayan) and Enrique Cabus(Mercedes). Other mayors were represented by their municipal health officers. The UNFPA credo stays, that “NO WOMAN SHOULD DIE IN GIVING LIFE”.(PIA- Eastern Samar/aen)

DPWH turns over...from page 1 I n Or moc Cit y, all the targeted 44 units have been completed and 22 toilet and bath have been tur ned over. I n S amar, all the 22 units of bunk houses in Basey and the 16 units in M arabut are already completed with toilet and bath number to 19 and 11 respec tively, already tur ned over. For Easter n S amar, of the 70 targeted, 51 have been completed for the municipalities of Guiuan, Her nani, Gipor los, M ercedes, Balangk ayan, Q uinapondan, M aydolong, B orongan, Lawaan, S alcedo and Balangiga. About 37 of the targeted 45 toilet and bath have been completed and tur ned over, Direc tor Tabacon said. The completed 227 bunk houses will be able to accommodate 5,448 families if the or iginal plan of one family per unit will be followed, ARD Tabacon said. As per repor t of the RDRRMC, there are 240,367 totally damaged houses in Easter n Visayas. (PIA 8)

Business booms...from page 2 audience composed mostly of city hall officials and employees, students of Maasin City College, and representatives from the p r i v a t e s e c t o r, i n c l u d i n g t h e M u s l i m c o m m u n i t y. In the SOCA, Mayor Samaco tasked the local city council to pass a number of ordinances aimed to help ease t h e g r o w i n g t r a f f i c i n t h e c i t y, an ordinance that would create the City Anti-Smoking Council, City Cooperative Development Council, installation of close circuit T V camera for businesses with gross annual income of one million, and for new business to have their own parking spaces. He also laid out a vision

on what he wanted finished in barely two years’ time before his term ends in 2016. These included the expansion of the reclamation area, improvement and beautification of the Anatalio Gaviola Plaza, establishment of a swimming pool and beach behind the city hall, new slaughterhouse, ecopark and sanitary landfill at barangays Libhu and Bactul 1, more commercial buildings in the city proper through Public Private Pa r t n e r s h i p s , a n d c o m p l e t i o n of the city gym. (PIA8-Southern Leyte)


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February 19, 2014

City Gov’t of Tacloban invites investors as it slowly recovering from Yolanda BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON

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he City Government of Tacloban is inviting businessmen to open for more business as it slowly recovering the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda. In the recently concluded Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Meeting held at Leyte Sports Development Center, this city, Tacloban’s City Disaster Risk

Reduction and Management Officer Frederick Anido has admitted that the city is still far from the status it has before Yolanda wrought havoc in November followed by the rampant looting incidents in most business establishments, including Robinson’s mall and Gaisano Store. However, despite the vast destruction Yolanda had caused to the city, officials and residents are

optimistic that Tacloban, being the center of the region, will return to its previous status where businesses are booming. Anido claimed that ninety (90) percent of the people living in the city are businessmen and employees. Hence, the city’s income is more dependent on taxes from trade and businesses operating within the city. Of the 6,296 businesses operating before Yolanda struck the city, a close to only 20 percent or 1, 292 businesses have reopened. (PIA8)


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February 19, 2014

City mayor spearheads MAASIN, INC for livelihood assistance BY: MA. REBECCA G. CADAVOS

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he city government of Maasin through Mayor Maloney Samaco spearheaded the MASAM and Aksyon Solusyon Inisyatibo Network (MAASIN), Inc., a non-government organization to assist livelihood programs in the locality. MAASIN, Inc. is purely financed using private funds from contributors, City Mayor Maloney Samaco disclosed during his State of the City Address held Monday at the city gymnasium. “It will be engaged in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Program with the city government to provide livelihood to our deserving farmers,” the mayor said addressing the audience composed of city officials and employees, Maasin City College students, heads of different nongovernment organizations, the media, UNHabitat...from page 1 may quickly win the approval of Office of Presidential Assistance on Relief and R e c o v e r y ( PA R R ) . “It is vitally important that assistance come soon to the calamity stricken communities, and complete the rehabilitation and recovery assistance for the victims to start livelihood activities, rebuild homes and reunite children and families to begin a n e w a n d n o r m a l l i f e ”, N i c a r t further said. Initial data presentations revealed the most concerns for infrastructures, shelters with reference to Municipal Comprehensive Land Use Plans, livelihood and climate change mitigation measures. (PIAEastern Samar)

among others concerned. He informed that the non-profit organization will not receive any PDAF or any other government finances. “It will spend on its own,” Samaco revealed. The local government unit will serve as a partner through providing technical assistance. The members of the MAASIN, Inc include representatives from the business sector, academe, banking institutions, among other sector. Congressman Damian G. Mercado act as the Honorary Chairman and the board of trustees are the following; Atty. Feorillo Demeterio, Jr., City Engr. Anecito Narit, City Agriculturist Amado Acasio, SP Chairman on Livelihood Rene Hatayna and Mayor Samaco. During the city address, Samaco announced the first ten recipients of the livelihood program which was properly screened and background were investigated. “They must be good borrowers, non-alcoholics, non-

smokers, non-drug users, non-gamblers, non-womanizers, must be industrious and team players. The named recipients will be provided with piglets, feeds, medicines and materials for the pig pens, Samaco stated. They will use cocopit technology of odorless pens, he added. The counterpart of the recipients is their hard work and half of the gains will be given to the NGO, which will also be used for the MCC scholars, Samaco disclosed further. The city mayor challenged other cooperatives, NGOs, civil society organizations and people’s organizations to engage on the same livestock raising ventures for the future that “we will not anymore buy hogs outside the locality.” The SOCA lasted more than an hour, and a short press conference followed thereafter hosted by Zaldy Olita. (PIA8-SoLeyte)


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February 19, 2014

Maasin mayor delivers 7th State of City address BY: MARCELO PEDALINO

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ity Mayor Maloney Samaco spelled out the gains his administration achieved last year in terms of increased revenue collection, high pilgrim tourist arrivals, and series of sports hosting for both national and regional competitions, in addition to governance thrusts that also reaped rewards. In his annual State of the City Address (SOCA) held at the city gym here Monday immediately after the re g u l a r f l a g - r a i s i n g c e re m o ny, Mayor Samaco mentioned the strongest storm on record, Yo l a n d a , saying the city emerged as a “miracle city ” for being relatively unharmed. He also reported the efforts done by the city local government unit to help distressed areas by sending rescue teams to help retrieve dead bodies, help in the clearing of debris, distribute relief assistance, and assist in the repackaging of goods. “Our city was the first LG U t o d e l i ve r re l i e f g o o d s t o Ormoc in cooperation with the Gawad Kalinga three days after Yo l a n d a h i t t h e c i t y . W e a l s o sent our rescue teams to help in the retrieval operations of c a d a v e r s i n Ta c l o b a n w h e r e they were able to retrieve 128 dead bodies and placed inside bodybags. Another team assisted DSWD in packing relief g o o d s. We a l s o l e t t h e m b o r row our water purifier and our fire t r u c k ,” S a m a c o r e p o r t e d . His 13-page speech was delivered in one hour and 22 minutes, and was interrupted 83 times by applause from an audience composed mostly of city hall officials and employees, students of Maasin City College,

and representatives from the p r i v a t e s e c t o r, i n c l u d i n g t h e M u s l i m c o m m u n i t y. In the SOCA, Mayor Samaco tasked the local city council to pass a number of ordinances aimed to help ease t h e g ro w i n g t r a f f i c i n t h e c i t y, an ordinance that would create the City Anti-Smoking Council, City Cooperative Development Council, installation of close circuit T V camera for businesses with gross annual income of one million, and for new business to have their own parking spaces. He also laid out a vision on what he wanted finished in barely two years’ time before his term ends in 2016. These included the expansion of the reclamation area, improvement and beautification of the Anatalio Gaviola Plaza, establishment

of a swimming pool and beach behind the city hall, new slaughterhouse, ecopark and sanitary landfill at barangays Libhu and Bactul 1, more commercial buildings in the city proper through Public Private Par tnerships, and completion of the city gym. (PIA8-Southern Leyte)

Maasin City Mayor Maloney Samaco answers question from the local media after his State of the City Address on February 17. (PIA8-Southern Leyte)


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