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October 16, 2013

Samar Island farmers immerse in experiential goat farming learning


he Regional Small Ruminant Rural Enterprise Development (SAIS-RED) Project implementing team initiated a three-day Experiential Learning Activity on October 8-11 in order to create opportunity for the project partners of the Regional Samar Island to gain hands-on experience on goat farming. Dr. Wilson A. Cerbito, Department of Agriculture-8’s (DA8) Regional Technical Director for Research and Regulations and SAIS-RED Project Manager, said the activity started with a meeting at the department’s Technologically Advanced Agribusiness Station in Malitbog, Southern Leyte. “This time, we did away with tedious lectures and tried to shift to practical learning. We saw how things are actually done in the field to learn new innovations and approaches on goat raising,” RTD Cerbito said. During the meeting, RTD Cerbito solicited updates and concerns from the farmer and LGU participants coming from seven pilot sites in the Samar Island. The updates were encouraging, RTD Cerbito said adding that he was Impressed by among others, the story about how the local community in San Isidro, Northern

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DTI-Leyte provincial director Desiderio Belas give his message and overview of the activities during the opening ceremony of Consumer Information Market and Exhibit held at the Robinsons Activity Area, Tacloban City, October 15. Others in photo are (l-r) NFA provincial manager Isagani Nicandro, Ruben Tumolba of DENR, DOH Bureau of Health Device & Technology director Agnette Peralta, Sonia Cabahit of FDA and Joseph Norbert David of BSP. (Raul S. Tiozon/PIA8)

East Visayas rocks as 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Visayas cluster BY: ERLINDA OLIVIA PECSON TIU


he entire Eastern Visayas was rocked early morning of October 15 when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the Visayas Cluster early morning of October 15. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said intensity 5 was felt in Tacloban and Abuyog, Leyte. Intensity 4 was felt in Maasin City, Southern Leyte; Ormoc City, Leyte; Tolosa, Dulag and other towns of Leyte; and in Naval, Biliran. Intensity 3 was felt in Borongan, Eastern Samar. The tremor was also felt in Catbalogan City, Samar and in Northern Samar.

The Philippine Information Agency Provincial Managers reported no damage in their respective areas of responsibility except for Southern Leyte Provincial Information Center which reported cracks in several buildings in Maasin City. RDRRMC Chairman Rey Gozon also told the Philippine Information Agency that no report of damage was received from all over the Region except for the reported cracks on the walls of a big mall and in several buildings in Maasin City. All the employees in the mall continued on page 7


October 16, 2013



LEYECO II assures of uninterrupted power during Barangay polls BY: AURORA J. CASIMPAN


he public can be assured the barangay election on October 28 will have continuous power supply from the Leyte Electric Cooperative II (LEYECO II). This was the assurance of Ma. Rosario Avestruz, LEYECO II officer-incharge as she guarantees that the electric company will bring out an “excellent service for the people before and after the barangay election.” She pointed out that LEYECO has always provided sufficient power supply on a per day basis including the day of barangay election. The power top official disclosed

the preparations done by the power company for the barangay polls include the deployment of linemen to inspect posts and lines near the voting precincts. She said that the company in collaboration with the regional Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will assign emergency crews to monitor the power supply before, during the election, and on after the final canvass of votes. In addition, mobile number of the company would be disseminated in readiness for immediate action relative to power incidents. (PIA-8)

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North Samar celebrates International Day of the Girl Child BY: TERESITA B. CARDENAS September 28, 2013 - November 12, 2013 Election Period for the 2013 Barangay Elections as per COMELEC Resolution No. 9715 October 11 - 17, 2013 (Except October 13) Filing of COCs for the 2013 Barangay Elections as per COMELEC Resolution No. 9761 October 18 - 26, 2013 Campaign Period for the 2013 Barangay Elections as per COMELEC Resolution No. 9749 October 28, 2013 2013 Barangay Elections pursuant to Sec. 1 of Republic Act No. 9340 September 28 - October 28, 2013 Period of Prohibition on issuance of Appointment, creation of new positions, promotions or giving salary increases As per COMELEC Resolution No. 9769


he province of Northern Samar in cooperation with Plan Philippines, Inc. and the technical working group has celebrated the International Day of the Child on October 11 at the Municipal Auditorium of Catarman. Governor Jose M. Ong said that the celebration was done to heighten the importance of child’s rights all over the country, as per Presidential Proclamation No. 267 and Provincial Ordinance N0.15 series of 2006, aimed at creating a safe environment to protect children from any form of abuses and exploitation. The governor said, Plan International, Inc., a development partner of the province took an initiative worldwide to put emphasis on the rights of the girls by supporting the passage of United Nation’s Declaration

on the International Day of the Girl on October 11th of every year and was instrumental to make the celebration more meaningful. Plan International Inc. has continued its advocacy effort on their program Because I am a Girl (BIAAG) which focuses on gender inequality, promote girls rights and lift thousands of girls out of poverty in the area, he added. To make the day more fun and enjoyable for children, a life sized caricature of three girls displayed at the auditorium on October 11 with hole on their faces where everyone will put their face inside then take pictures was put up by Plan International, Inc. while other participating school children were busy with the artwork contest . (PIA8Northern Samar)


October 16, 2013

PDEA 8 scores anew in its campaign against illegal drugs BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON


nce again, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Eastern Visayas has scored anew in its campaign against proliferation of illegal drugs in the region. This after a frequent visitor named Elizer Malate Y Cagara of the detention facility at PDEA regional Office 8 was caught in possession of three plastic sachets of 1.16 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu allegedly for the purpose of delivering yesterday (Sunday) the illegal drugs to his friend who is currently detained at said facility. PDEA 8 Information Officer Liza Baoy informed that aside from the illegal drugs, a disposable lighter, improvised paper container for the meth pipe, a Nokia cellular phone with sim cards, battery and a coin purse where the sachets were inside were also found. Reports from PDEA 8 disclosed that the illegal drugs were discovered by prison guards when frisking was done in compliance with the standard jail procedure. Said drugs were subjected to laboratory examination and inventory in the presence of witnesses from the Department of Justice, media, and an elected official in compliance of the requirements of Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. The suspect who is now detained in said facility while awaiting the disposition of his case now faces complaints for violations of sections 5 and 12 of article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous drugs Act of 2002. Section 5 is the delivery of dangerous drugs while Section 12 is the possession of equipments, instrument, apparatus and/or paraphernalia for dangerous drugs. (PIA-8)

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NSU celebrates 4th Charter Day BY: MARY LAILANI PITAO-TUPAZ


he Naval State University (NSU) is celebrating its 4th Charter Day from October 11 until October 14, 2013. Dr. Erwin Salvatiera, faculty member at NSU, announced yesterday at the Kapihan at Pulong-Pulong ng Bayan hosted by Philippine Information Agency (PIA) over Radyo Nation-Naval, that the five-day celebration is filled with activities showcasing the students talents and capabilities and the transformations that transpire in the university four years after its creation. The opening of the agroindustrial trade and book fair entertained visitors and the entire populace on the first day of the celebration. At 3:00 in the afternoon of October 11was the presentation of the Mr. & Ms. NSU Talents. On October 13, Sunday, the athletic showdown of faculty and employees; the students’ talent show; presentation of sponsors; and the search for Mr. & Ms. NSU 2013 were conducted.

A holy mass started the D Day, October 14, and the blessing of NSU hostel and Motor Pool will immediately follow. A jobs fair, a charter day program, a parade around the town, a playground demonstration & COSPLAY competition, and faculty and employees cultural presentation and solidarity night completed the university’s 4th charter day celebration. (PIA 8 Biliran)

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October 16, 2013

Maasin disaster body on continuous evaluation for quake damage BY: MARCELO M. PEDALINO


he City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) here is doing a round-the-clock inspection on buildings within the city proper to look for damage caused by an earthquake that shook the city around 8:20 this morning, lasting almost 60 seconds. Police Officer 3 Eric Villafuerte, head of Operations at the City Police Station who accompanied the CDRRMC team, said that among the buildings found out having cracks due to the quake were Candy’s Supermart, where a section of a brick wall in its staircase crashed, Novo Supermart, J and F Supermart, and the Mercury building. The walling of a Mosque of a Muslim community also got cracks, Villafuerte told Philippine Information Agency (PIA) by phone. Earlier, less than an hour after the quake hit, City Mayor Maloney Samaco spoke over a city-paid block time program over radio station dydm, calling on barangay officials to report immediately to him any unusual side effects of the tremor. Samaco said he had tasked the CDDRMC to conduct an assessment on the structures around the city so that appropriate action can be undertaken. A few minutes past 8 in the morning today, people felt a strong swaying and shaking of the ground lasting almost a minute, the sensation sending them out to open areas, others feeling dizzy. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)

declared that the epicentre of the earthquake was located somewhere in Carmen, Bohol, registering a strength of 7.5 magnitude, its intensity highest in Cebu and other nearby areas. Phivolcs head Renato Solidum said the quake was tectonic in nature, or due to a movement in the Earth’s plates, as differentiated by volcanic, or caused by a volcano. In the dydm radio program, Samaco said it was good the incident happened on a holiday, for had schools been opened, there would certainly be panic among the children.

Infocen Manager Erna Sy Gorne reported that a three-floor opitical building owned by the Calapre family, in a corner across Candy’s and Novo stores in barangay Abgao, broke its window glasses, and the owner secured the edifice with a yellow cord as a safe cordon for anyone not to go near. PO3 Villafuerte said the CDRRMC will be doing a continuous evaluation especially of other buildings to see to it that people will be forewarned of any danger. (PIA8-Southern Leyte)

DTI-Leyte provincial director Desiderio Belas lead the ceremonial ribbon cutting during the opening ceremony of Consumer Information Market and Exhibit at Robinsons Tacloban City, October 15. With him are (l-r) Ruben Tumolba of DENR, PIA-8 director Olive Tiu, Joseph Norbert David of BSP, DOH Bureau of Health Device & Technology director Agnette Peralta, Sonia Cabahit of DOH/FDA and NFA provincial manager Isagani Nicandro. (Raul S. Tiozon/PIA8)


October 16, 2013 Samar Island farmers ...from page 1 Samar participated in the implementation of the project as shared by its municipal veterinarian Dr. Emma Lingling. Dr. Lingling narrated that the community was mobilized through the Bayanihan system. School children, parents and some civic groups in their community participated in the widespread planting of Indigofera (a forage known as excellent source of protein for goats) not only in idle open areas but also in pots as their preparation for the multiplication of upgraded goats especially that San Isidro is one of the municipalities that has just received a pure-bred Anglo Nubian goat recently acquired by DA-8 from Laguna. Dr. Lingling said that if the enthusiasm of the community is sustained, the municipality of San Isidro

will be the future goat capital of Northern Samar. RTD Cerbito challenged all farmer and LGU partners to have the same commitment, passion and camaraderie directed towards uplifting the lives of small goat raisers. He expressed hope that through the SAIS-RED Project, poverty in the Samar Island will, to a certain extent, be alleviated in the near future. “Eastern and Northern Samar are the 3rd and 10th poorest provinces in the country. Let’s therefore strive to exonerate ourselves from this sad situation through this project,” he said. The remaining days were spent by the participants hopping from one model farm to another. First stop, Ms. Jessa Faye Macapanas, DA Asst. Info Officer said, was at the goat breeding farm of TAADS-

Malitbog where they were able to see the actual goat farming operations. Planting materials of almost all kinds of legumes and forage grasses were also given free to interested project partnervisitors. More of advanced goat cultural management practices were observed by the participants in the succeeding model farms they visited namely, TAADS-Sogod, Southern Leyte and TAADS-San Miguel, RIARC-Abuyog, Tabango, Villaba, Leyte, and Jaro, in the province of Leyte. Meanwhile, RTD Cerbito disclosed that the SAIS-RED Project Team is now working on the integration of jackfruit and vegetables in the project with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as project partner. (PIA 8)

Embrace technology, do not resist it, gov’t info officers told BY: ERNA GORNE


s times are changing with technology rapidly evolving, government information officers were urged to embrace the technology and not to resist it. “It is time to keep up and go on online or maiwanan tayo,” Nica Tejada a former SMART Communications representative, who is one of the lecturers during the Seminar on Social Networking participated in by the information officers of the Philippine Information Agency -Visayas Cluster in cooperation with the SMART Communications, Inc last October

10-11, 2013 at Quest Hotel, Cebu City. The social seminar urged the participants to learn more on line technical skills and be ready to multi-task - that is to use digital tools in bringing relevant and timely information from the government down to the constituents with better packaged messages, she said. On the second day, a host of online tools were presented for the group to choose from many excellent tools and services for publishing are free of charge for some point, Max Limpag, a Business Editor and Technology Columnist of

Max Limpag, Business Editor and Technology Columnist of Sun.Star Cebu speaks in front of information officers during their three-day seminar of social networking.

Sun.Star Cebu, who is also one of the lecturers, noted. Tools for digital media introduced were Libre Office, Freemium, Cloud Computing programs that can enhance sharing and collaboration; SMART video recorder – android, sound cloud in addition to camera, voice recorder, computers for news gathering; Sound Cloud (share audio clips), audicity (sounds) in video handling/editing; Photo Archive for filing photos which is free searchable, photo archive good for 436,906, 8 mega-pixel photos, he said. Other applications include Hang Outs, Facebook,, to embed social media posts, Dipity. com to enhance storytelling; creation of Interactive Infographics while writing and editing with Libre Office, Google Drive, Content Management System that helps one to run a website,,, Google Analytics, Share,, MarkDown documents, among others, Limpag said. It was learned 30-33% of Filipinos has access to internet and the majority of the users are below 35 years old while 92.2% Filipinos are into facebook online. (PIA8 SoLeyte)


October 16, 2013


Presidente Aquino naghatag og Order of Sikatuna ngadto kang taligawas nga US Envoy Harry Tomas


residente Benigno S. Aquino III nagpasidungog og Order of Sikatuna nga may rango sa Grand Cross, Silver Distinction (Datu, Katangiang Pilak) ngadto kang taligawas nga United States Ambassador ngadto sa Pilipinas nga si Harry Thomas, Jr diha sa usa ka sermonya nga gipahigayon diha sa Music Room sa Malakanyang nga Palasyo kaniadtong Lunes. Ang Presidente mihatag sa

maong prestiyoso nga pasidungog ngadto sa mopauli nga ministro agig pag-ila sa iyang walay pagkupas nga kontribusyon ngadto sa nagkalalum nga relasyon tali sa Pilipinas og sa United States. Ang pag-ila naghingalan sa “kampanya alang sa mas kusganon, mas lig-on nga Pilipinas – United States nga depensa ang alyansa, pagdula og importante nga katungdanan diha sa

pagpirmahay sa 2011 Manila Declaration nga naghatag og kompirma og usab sa Pilipinas- United States nga America Mutual Defense Treaty” sa ministro. Si Thomas usab nag-ila alang sa nagnguna nga hataas nga ang-ang sa mga dayalogo og konsultasyon tali sa Pilipinas og sa US, nagpahigayon sa pagmugna og mekanismo sama sa Pilipinas-United States of Americo Bilateral Strategic Dialogue og sa 2+2 Ministerial Consultations. (Gibinisaya ni esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)

GSIS magamit na han eCard ha pagbayad ha mga claims tinikangan Oktubre 14


n Pangulo han Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) nga hi General Manager Robert G. Vergara en nagpasamwak nga tinikangan Oktubre 14, an GSIS nga mga benepisyo sugad han retirement, life insurance, survivorship ngan pre-need claims en en igpapagawas na han GSIS pinaagi han kanan meyembro eCard o UMID card imbes nga igpapagawas an mga benepisyo pinaagi han mga tseke. “An mga meyembro han GSIS en diri na kinahanglan maghulat han era claim check para igpagawas, igdeposito ngan ig-clear antis eni hera en ma-encash ha banko. An mga claim proceeds en ha pagkayana igpapagawas na pinaagi han kanan mga meyembro account. Eni en magseseguro hin ada ha oras nga pagpagawas han mga benepisyo ngadto han amon mga meyembro ngan matatagan hera hin higayon pagkuha han kantidad ha pinakahirani nga ATM,” pagklaro ni Vergara. Eni en ika-tulo nga higayon nga an GSIS en nag-ecredit han mga baraydan padayon ha page 7

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East Visayas rocks... from page 1 were sent out so that the Maasin City engineers will be able to check on the safety of the building. Director Gozon called on the local DRRMCs to conduct rapid assessment on the buildings and offices in their respective areas of responsibility. Meanwhile Phivolcs said the epicenter was recorded at 2 kilometers south of Carmen, Bohol and was tectonic in origin. The earthquake occurred around 8:12 in the morning and was also felt in Cebu, Masbate, Iloilo, Samar, Negros Oriental, Siquijor and in Northern Mindanao. The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said at least 20 people were reported dead and 33 injured in the wake of the quake: 15 in Cebu, 4 in Bohol and one person in Siquijor. Phivolcs head Renato Solidum said the agency is classifying the quake as a “major earthquake.” He also said the quake emanated from the East Bohol Fault. Solidum also said aftershocks should be expected. They have not raised the tsunami warning after the quake, he said. The epicenter is on land so no tsunami occurrence is expected, he added. (PIA 8)

GSIS magamit...tikang ha page 6 ngadto han mga meyembro ngan mga pensyonado. An una nga maipapagawas pinaagi han e-crediting amo an mga pautang han GSIS --- Consolidated loan, emergency loan, pension loan ngan policy loans – nga maiha na nga ginpapagawas pinaagi han eCard han mga meyembro han GSIS ngan han mga pensyonado. An ika-duha nga grupo han mga benepisyo nga igpapagawas pinaagi han electronic amo an monthly old age, disability ngan survivorship pension. An e-crediting han mga GSIS nga pension en nagsolbar han maiha na nga problema han nagkakawawara nga mga tseke. An mga ig-e-ecredit tinikangan Oktubre 14 amo an mga proceeds ha mga masunod nga mga claims: retirement, cash surrender value, maturity, pre-need, survivorship, death claim, funeral claim,

disability claim, ngan accidental benefit. Pero ha luyo hini, magpoproseso gihapon hin bayad pinaagi han tseke para han mga claimants nga diri mga meyembro o mga pensyonado ngan waray e-Card. “An electronic crediting han GSIS claims en usa liwat nga gius para makaghagtag hin mas madagmit nga serbisyo ngadto han aton mga meyembro. Nakikita nga eni nga pamaagi en dobli nga mas madagmit kuntra han

tradisyonal nga pagpagawas han tseke ngan dako an naiiban ha gasto han administrasyon,” pag-esplikar ni Vergara. Para hin dugang nga impormasyon parti electronic crediting han claims, an mga meyembro ngan mga pensyonado han GSIS en pwede tumawag ha GSIS Contact Center ha 8474747. (translated by maa/PIA 8)


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The site of the United States 3149 Naval Base during World War II located in Ngolos, Guiuan, Eastern Samar is also the same site where the eight allied flags will be hoisted this October 17. The provincial government of Eastern Samar annually commemorates the Suluan Raid, considered the biggest naval battle in the history of mankind. Photo courtesy of

ESamar to mark 69th Sentimental Journey celebration BY: ALICIA NICART


he provincial government unit here will spearhead, on October 17, the 69th celebration of the Sentimental Journey at barangay Ngolos, Guiuan this province, the site of the United States 3149 Naval Base during the World War II. Initiated and conceptualized then by Philippine Army’s (PA) Lieutenant General (LTGen.) and turned provincial governor Ruperto Ambil Jr., the annual celebration commemorates the event “that paved the way for the Leyte Gulf Landings of the allied forces under Gen. Douglas MacArthur”. Reports have it that “before Gen. McArthur landed in the shores of Leyte on October 20, 1944, coastal defenses of the Japanese Imperial Army, one being in Suluan, were ordered destroyed, thus the famous bloody Suluan Raid, referred then, as biggest Naval Battle in the history of man-kind. Thus, then Gov. Ambil yearned, that the Suluan Raid, of Guiuan, Eastern Samar be included in the Philippine History, the place having played an important role in the liberation of the country.

Likewise, former Guiuan Mayor Annaliz Kwan once told media to help rewrite history by including Eastern Samar in the country’s history because the place and its people were part and parcel in the freedom that everybody reaps at present. To be led by Governor Conrado B. Nicart, Jr. in coordination with the municipal local government unit of Guiuan, the celebration on Thursday, will begin with a Sunrise Ceremony in honor of the fallen heroes during the WW II where they fought together against the Japanese invaders. As before, part of the celebration in barangay Ngolos, will be the hoisting of the eight flags which marks the unity of the allied forces led, by United States of America. Some of the countries that joined the war against the Japanese Imperial Army were Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand. The rich history of the place has helped Guiuan and the province as well to the Tourist Map, where on top of the famous world-class Surfing Ground in Calicoan, has attracted also some tourists, the big airport which the

American Forces built during the war. Citing her sources, Mayor Kwan once said that the Airport which however was classified, was built in less than a month by some 50,000 men who worked day and night. Local and foreign tourists also, regularly join the Catholic pilgrims to barangay Sulangan on Sundays. The patron, St. Anthony of Padua , the Patron of lost articles and the poor had been frequented by pious devotees.(PIAEastern Samar)

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