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February 22, 2014

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


Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

Modernization of

February 22, 2014

Tanauan market in the offing

Tanauan’s 54 barangays now have Info Officers and Info Centers



he municipality of Ta n a u a n is indeed turning the adversity that w a s Yo l a n d a a n o p p o r t u n i t y t o b u i l d b a c k b e t t e r. M a y o r P e l Te c s o n s a i d that Interior Secretary Mar Roxas had confirmed support for his program to modernize the public market, the municipal building and the c i v i c c e n t e r. Rehabilitation czar Secretary Panfilo Lacson h a s a n n o u n c e d t h a t Ta n a u a n is one of the four pilot areas for development to be financed by big businesses. Mayor Pel said Secretary Lacson had taken t o t h e t o w n M r. E d g a r “ I n j a p” Sia, the very young founding owner of Mang Inasal and a major stockholder of Jollibee Corporation, as a major private sponsor for t h e t o w n ’s r e h a b i l i t a t i o n . The plan is for the building of a two story building where the second floor will be occupied by big fast food companies and supermarket chains The LGU and the private partners have been talking and have set a time frame. In fact, there is continued on page 7

fter the successful conduct of Citizens Journalism training by the Philippine I n fo r m a t i o n Ag e n c y, t h e t o w n o f Ta n a u a n b e c a m e t h e f i r s t municipality in Leyte and in Eastern Visayas Region to have Barangay Community Development Information Officers in all its 54 barangays. The training which was held on F e b r u a r y 2 2 a t t h e Ta n a u a n S B Hall, was made possible thru the partnership of the PIA and the local government unit of Ta n a u a n t h r u M a y o r P e l a g i o Te c s o n and ABC President

Councilor Ina Gimenez. The participants were taught about basic newswriting, how to have nose and eyes for news, how to send the news, photography and video clips and how to send them. The barangay officials showed their prowess in determining what is news and accepted their works as the info officers in their respective barangay who will send news to PIA and who will bring the advisories of PIA to their barangay folks. continued on page 5

PIA-8 director Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu trains the barangay officials of Tanauan in Leyte on the basics of news writing and how to send the same using their cellphones and other social networking means during the Training-Workshop on Citizens Journalism held at the Tanauan SB Hall, February 21. (Neil Lopido/PIA-8)


February 22, 2014

DOT-8 implements Tourism Students Welfare Program in the aftermath of Yolanda T h e D e p a r t m e n t o f To u r i s m is implementing starting Fe b r u a r y 2 2 t o M a y, 2 0 1 4 , t h e To u r i s m S t u d e n t s W e l f a r e Program in order to ease the burden of affected families in paying the tuition fees, boarding house and meals and daily allowance of their children going to school. Director Karina Rosa Tiopes said that the program will s t a r t e d w i t h M a s s a t 7 : 0 0 o ’c l o c k in the morning at the Madonna of Japan Park along Magsaysay B o u l e v a r d i n Ta c l o b a n C i t y . T h e signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the DOT and the four educational i n s t i t u t i o n s o f f e r i n g To u r i s m courses namely Leyte Normal

U n i ve r s i t y, Eastern Visayas State U n i ve r s i t y, ABE and Asian D evelopment Foundation College, was conducted after the mass. T h e To u r i s m S t u d e n t s We l f a re Pro gra m , a cco rd i n g to Director Tiopes, involves the clean up of parks and plazas by the 100 pre-screened students from the four academic i n s t i t u t i o n s i n Ta c l o b a n C i t y that offers tourism courses. The 100 students are divided into two teams of 50 and shall render park clean-up during weekends, Saturdays and Sundays. The two teams shall work on alternate weekends star ting Februar y 22 until the e n d o f s c h o o l ye a r o n M a y,

Brgy. Councilor Emeliana Mas of Balud, Tanauan, Leyte, presents her group’s news report during the TrainingWorkshop on Citizens Journalism for barangay officials held at the Tanauan SB Hall, February 21. (Neil Lopido/PIA-8)

2014. The students will be provided a stipend of P260 per day and a meal allowance of P80 per day or a total of P340 per person per weekend work d a y. This will not only help local students to continue their education but it will also pave the way for the rehabilitation of parks and plazas and other tourism assets, Director Tiopes said. The program was conceptualized by DOT as its contribution in the rehabilitation and rebuilding programs of government. (PIA 8)

February 22, 2014


NMP in Tacloban moving ahead as it slowly recovers after Yolanda BY: CONSUELO ALARCON


he National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), the only maritime training school in the region, is moving ahead as it slowly recovers from the destruction it has suffered from super typhoon Yolanda. Atty. Forter Puguon Sr., Executive Director of the National Maritime Polytechnic said, during an interview with him over PIA’s Power FM, that NMP has already made a roadmap towards rehabilitation and reconstruction of the training institution. Initially, NMP has fixed the roofs of several buildings and other structures which were heavily damaged by the typhoon. Others were even totally destroyed like the staff house, among others. Approximately, three hundred million pesos (P3-M) worth of damages was incurred based on the initial assessment held a week after the super typhoon hit the region in November last year. Meanwhile, NMP is inviting all seafarers and those who needs training in region 8 to resurface and enroll at the training school as it resumes some training courses such as marine electrical system, auxiliary machinery system, faculty development courses, maritime law course and anti-piracy courses. By the end of the year, Puguon looks forward to offer all courses needed by the seafarers and other trainees as they continuously making all the preparations to offer some basic trainings and other courses. For those interested to enroll at NMP, you may send inquiries at (PIA-8)

The barangay officials of Tanauan, Leyte participates in a Training-Workshop on Citizens Journalism conducted by the Philippine Information Agency 8 at the town’s SB Hall on February 21. (Neil Lopido/PIA-8)

Batang Pinoy 2014 MVP, Leyte Sport Academy Scholar, to go to US for further training T he Batang Pinoy 2014’s Most Valuabe Player Karen T. Janario of Brgy. Libertad Palo, Leyte, a sports scholar of the Leyte Sports Academy will be send to the United States of America for international training. This was disclosed recently, by Leyte provincial administrator Vincent Emnas who was in the Leyte Sports Development Center for some inspection, including the facilities of Leyte Sports Academy located inside the center. According to Emnas, the Philippine Sports Commission is responsible for this plan and the provincial government will support Janario in any way. “This is a good opportuniy for her,” said Emnas who added that the provincial government fully supports the plan to send Janario to the U.S. as this could enhance more her capability as an athlete. It will not just bring glory to the province of Leyte but to the entire country as well once

she competes in international sports event, he said. Meanwhile, Ruben Tamayo, Leyte Sports Academy Administrator in an interview with PIA Power FM said that Janario is expected to train under U.S. coach Ryan Flaherty who was commissioned by the PSC to train track and field athletes of the country who are to compete in international competition like the Asian Games this year and the 2015 Southeast Asian Games. Janario during the Batang Pinoy 2014 took home five gold medals from 200-meters run, 4x400meter relay, 110-meter hurdles, 100 meters and 4x100-meter relay. Janario is also to compete in the forthcoming Palarong Pambansa this May 2014. Both officials expect that athletes from LSA will reap medals again. (PIA 8 with Lizbeth Ann Abella)


February 22, 2014

Forest fires hit several barangays in several towns of Eastern Samar T he Department of Environment and Natural Resources thru its Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Moises dela Cruz informed that the forest fires now on its 6th day has already affected several barangays in several municipalities of E a s t e r n S a m a r a n d S a m a r. As of the afternoon of Februar y 21, the DENR reported that at least 53 hectares of forest lands have been burned in the municipalities of Giporlos, Balangiga, Salcedo, MacArthur and Quinapondan. The head of the Ta c t i c a l O p e r a t i o n G r o u p o f the Philippine Airforce, Lt. Col Fermin Carangan, texted the Philippine Information Agency in the evening of

Februar y 20, informing PIA that he intended to deploy a helicopter with firefighting capability on Februar y 21. On Februar y 21, Lt. Col Carangan called up the PIA saying that the helicopter was deployed the aerial survey showed that the fire has gutted wide areas. The chopper made several rounds of spraying in Balangiga but in the afternoon, pronounced that one chopper was no longer enough to put off the fires. The reports from his men at the area revealed that the Bureau of Fire Protection fire-trucks were on standby in case the fires will reach the residential areas. According to BFP Region 8 Director Pablito Cordeta, the fire was beyond

the capabilit y of the Agenc y, thus, he called on the Depar tment of Public Works and Highways to send heavy equipment to bulldoze the not yet affected trees so that the fire will be stopped. Meanwhile, the DENR Region 8 thru Information Officer Purificacion Daloos said the DENR Secretary Paje was supposed to come t o Ta c l o b a n y e s t e r d a y b u t was unable to do so. But he is monitoring the situation, she said. It was learned that the RDRRMC has already alerted the concerned local DRRMCs to monitor closely the situation and to conduct evacuation in case of potential threat to residential areas of the affected barangays. (PIA 8)

The newly designated Barangay Development Information Officers of Tanauan, Leyte posed with PIA-8 director Erlinda Olivia Tiu (seated 6th from right), Tanauan officials and PIA staff after the PIA-led Training-Workshop on Citizens Journalism held at the SB Hall, Tanauan, Leyte, February 21. (Neil Lopido/PIA-8)


February 22, 2014

Leyte athletes shine despite Yolanda’s fury BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON


o l a n d a ’s f u r y h a s n o e f f e c t on the performance of the athletes in Leyte Sports Academy-Smart despite of the huge destruction it wrought to the lives and properties in the affected areas. This was manifested in the winnings made by a number of athletes during the Batang Pinoy 2013 National Championship held in Bacolod City. Leyte Sports Academy Executive Director Ruben Ta m a y o, i n a n i n t e r v i e w o v e r P I A’s P o w e r F m s a i d , t h e f i v e (5) gold medals captured by Karen Janario in the competition is an inspiring story that embodies the determination of Yo l a n d a survivors to get back on their feet. The 5’6 Janario who is only 14 years old hails from the typhoon devastated area of Brgy. Liber tad, Palo Leyte put up a record-smashing run in the 200 meters then j o i n e d L S A’s w i n n i n g 4 x 4 0 0

m relay to cap her stint as one of the brightest stars in the 15 and under tournament and became as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in said competition. Aside from Janario, 12 years old John Michael Saldana of LSA-Smart also won a silver medal in wrestling competition during the Batang Pinoy Championships . Relative to this, Janario is now being eyed by the Philippine Sports Commission for training in United States soon. With her commendable per formance in Bacolod City, Janario is being groomed to be the next Lydia De Vega after her potentials were seen during the Batang Pinoy Championships. (PIA-8)

Tanauan’s...from page 1 PIA Director Olive Tiu who facilitated the training called on the barangay officials to devote at least 5 minutes of their daily activities to sending news and sending the concerns of their respective barangays even as she underscored their important role in advocating peace and in educating the communities on climate change and disaster risk reduction and management. She also called on the barangay officials to allot a corner of their barangay halls to be the barangay information center so people will get use to going there for important advisories. M a y o r Te c s o n i n f o r m e d the barangay officials that he solicited personal computers which he will give to each of the 54 barangays to keep them abreast of the developments here and all over the world and so that they could again make use of the computers for their paper works which could be downloaded. The mayor also promised to give cellphones to the five participants whose cellphones were lost during typhoon Yo l a n d a s o t h e y c o u l d f u n c t i o n well as information officers. (PIA 8)


February 22, 2014


Pira nga mga bunkhouse ha Tacloban City nagaagi hin modipikasyon


ira nga waray pa ka-okupare nga mga bunkhouse ha Tacloban City en nag-aagi hin modipikasyon, kon diin iginlalapid en mga suhestyon hin maglainlain nga mga grupo, segun han Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) dinhi hini nga siyudad. Tulo nga mga lokasyon an nadeterminar na para han proyekto

dida han siyudad, kondi an Motocross Area ha barangay han Caiba-an pa la an na-okuparan. Nag-aagi hin pira nga mga modipikasyon en mga bunkhouse ha NHA-Sagkahan ngan ha daan nga depot ha Abucay district. Nagsering hi DPWH assistant regional director Edgar Tabacon nga ginpiho gud nira nga sundon han mga

kontraktor an mga materyales nga ginhiunabi-an dida han disenyo. Kondi, gin-admiter ni Tabacon nga nadelatar an konstruksyon tungod hin logistical nga mga problema nga gin-atubang han mga kontraktor ngan an diri maupay nga panahon dida han kaurhi-an nga parte han Disyembre ngan han tinikangan nga mga panahon han Enero. Angay unta nga nahuman an mga yunit han naglabay nga bulan. Kondi, ngada tubtob han Martes, nakompleto han DPWH an pagintrigo han ngatanan nga nahuman nga mga bunkhouse para hin temporaryo nga pag-ukoy hin mga biktima han bagyo nga “Yolanda� ha Rehiyon 8. Sumala kan Tabacon, naabot hin 227 nga bunkhouses an nahuman han ira buhatan ngada tubtob han yana nga semana. Ante mano, maabot 135 an gin-intrigo ngadto hin mga benepisyaryo ngan 92 an gin-intrigo dida han Martes. An orihinal daw nira nga plano amo an pagtukod hin 500 nga mga yunit, kondi kay sugad daw hin waray abelable nga mga lote para hin temporaryo nga pan-uukyan an local government units, bangin katunga na la han mao nga kadamuon an ira matukod. Nagsering naman hi Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) assistant regional director Virginia Idano nga gindedeterminar na han ira buhatan ngan han local government units an tatagan hin prayoridad nga mga pamilya nga ma-okupar han temporaryo nga mga urokyan. Kada yunit en makakaakomodar hin 12 ngada hin 24 nga mga pamilya depende han kadamuon han mga miembro han pamilya. Ha pagbanabana han DSWD, 3,000 ngada hin 5,000 nga mga pamilya an maa-akomodar dida hiton nahuman na nga mga yunit. padayon ha page 7


February 22, 2014

LSA official commends athletes for gold medals earned BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON


n official of the Leyte Spor ts Academy (LSA) has commended the athletescholars of the training school for their laudable achievements in the recent national sports competitions. Executive Director R u b e n Ta m a y o o f t h e L e y t e Spor ts Academy has expressed appreciation to the eight(8) powerlifters who won in the 5 I n 1 N a t i o n a l Po w e r l i f t i n g Championships held at Robinsons Otis Manila early this month. Six (6) of the powerlifters captured gold medals while two got silver medals in the competition. Among the gold medalists were Andrea Rowela Abrea, Angela Alferez, Jessie K i a m c o, K e n n e t h J o h n B a i s , Fr a n c i s c o A r c a a n d R o n n e l N i r z a while the two (2) silver medalists were John Michael Saldana and Modernization...from page 1 already a target date for the groundbreaking. With this development, Ta n a u a n i s p o s i t i o n i n g t o be another trade center in this part of the Region. “Overall, we have gotten the enrollment of key stakeholders in both government and private groups in supporting the w o r k o n Ta n a u a n . We h a v e made a very clear road map on how to move forward to build back b e t t e r, complemented with our strong bias for action and r e s u l t s ,� M a y o r T e c s o n s a i d . (PIA 8)

Aivie Soledad. Nirza, the youngest gold medalist was declared as the Best Lifter in the development stage in said completion. P r i o r t o t h i s , K a r e n J a n a r i o, a 14 year old athlete from LSA earned five (5) gold medals and b e c a m e t h e M o s t Va l u a b l e P l a y e r in the Batang Pinoy National Championships held in Bacolod C i t y. Ta m a y o b e l i e v e t h a t L e y t e Spor ts Academy is one fer tile ground that could produce Fi l i p i n o c h a m p i o n s i n t h e f u t u r e as they are in the right direction of making spor ts development happen in the province. Since its opening, the academy has contributed Leyte athletes for the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association M e e t o r E V R A A , t h e Pa l a r o n g

Pa m b a n s a , B a t a n g P i n o y a n d other national competitions. The eight powerlifters are scheduled to leave for Manila o n Fe b r u a r y 2 8 t o c o m p e t e i n the 2014 National Benchpress Po w e r l i f t i n g C h a m p i o n s h i p s o n M a r c h 1 - 2 , t h i s y e a r. ( P I A - 8 ) Pira nga mga...tikang ha page 6 Ini en guti-ay la nga numero han haros katunga hin milyon nga mga pamilya ha rehiyon nga waray mga puroy-anan. Diri ngani igsasadang dida han kabug-osan nga temporaryo nga mga urokyan an ngatanan nga mga pamilya nga aada ha mga evacuation centers, sering ni Idano. Tatagan daw nira hin prayoridad an mga pamilya nga waray pinansyal nga kapasidad pagtukod hiton ira kalugaringon mga balay. Ginpahayag ni Idano nga an kawaray hin kuryente ngan suplay hin tubig an nakagpugong han gilayon nga pagbalhin han mga pamilya ngadto han bunkhouses. Gintagan hin duon ni Idano nga responsabilidad han local government units nga seguradohon nga mayda elektrisidad ngan kakukuha-an hin malimpyo nga tubig an mga pamilya dida han temporaryo nga mga urokyan. Ginpahayag han DPWH nga ngatanan nga bunkhouses en nainstularan na hin mga tubo hin tubig ngan electrical wires. Ha pagkayana, may-ada maabot hin 1,026 nga mga pamilya dida ha mga bunkhouse. Han mao nga kadamuon, 673 en aadto ha Eastern Samar, 222 ha Tacloban City, 81 ha Palo ha probinsya han Leyte, ngan 50 nga mga pamilya ha Basey, Samar. (Ginbinisaya ni DUM-PIA8, Eastern Samar)


February 22, 2014


President Aquino mabisita otro ha lugar nga ginbagyo


inpahayag ni Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III han Mierkoles nga adlaw nga plano niya bumalik otro pagbisita ha m g a l u g a r n g a g i n b a g y o n i Pa b l o n g a n Yo l a n d a s u g a d m a n h a n ginbay-og hin linog nga may magnitude-7.2. Ha usa nga interview han media ha Manila, ginsabi ni Presidente nga k aruyag niya makita an mga nahitabo han hinabang han gobyerno ha mga apektado pagbulig han ira pagtindog kataliwan an mga kalamidad. “ We l l , p a l a g a y k o h i n t a y i n natin hanggang next week kung s a a n a k o i i k o t m u l i , a n o, s a Yo l a n d a , s a Pa b l o, s a B o h o l n a ear thquake at maipakita sa inyo k u n g n a s a a n n a t a y o,” p u l o n g n i

Presidente May mga grupo nga daw nasusun han gobyerno dara daw nga maluya an pagbaton hini han mga sur vivors han kalamidad labi na an biktima han super Ty p h o o n Yo l a n d a ( H a i y a n ) . May-ada porlomenos 6 , 2 0 0 n g a n a m a t a y n i Yo l a n d a kataliwan ini maglapuros ha Visayas ngan iba nga par te han Southern Luzon. Pa d a y o n daw an pagtambulig han gobyerno han maabot 1.4 milyones nga pamilya n g a a p e k t a d o n i Yo l a n d a s e g u n han Presidente. Dugang niya iya babatunon an panginahanglan nga ginpahayag han mga sur vivors nga nagsumitir hin petisyon para hinabang.

Samtang, nagpatapod an Presidente nga an gobyerno in magpapadayon paghatag hin a y u d a h a Yo l a n d a s u r v i v o r s , ugaring nanhunahuna pa bahin han ira gin-aaro nga Php 40,000 kada pamilya. Segun ha iya kun ihahatag gud man an nasabi nga salapi ha maabot 1.4 million nga pamilya maabot daw ini ha Php 56 billion – daw 10 percent han Php 600-billion budget para personal services ngan Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE). “Siguro ang impor tante n i t o, ‘ y u n g a n o b a n g m a g i g i n g pangmatagalan na solusyon ang P40,000 na ‘yan? So ‘yon hindi k o n a k i t a .” ( P CO O ) ( t r a n s : P I A 8-Samar/ NBQ)

Mayor Pelagio Tecson of Tanuan, Leyte tells the barangay officials in his town to provide the right information to their constituents and partners in his opening message during the PIA-led Citizens Journalism Training in Tanauan, the first municipality in Eastern Visayas where PIA conducted the training. (Neil Lopido/PIA-8)

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