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October 9, 2013

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Eastern Visayas is country’s



astern Visayas celebrates this year’s National Statistics Month with a very positive outlook. This is because it has achieved an important milestone in the Statistical History for being awarded as “Best NSM Region for 2012” besting other 15 regions in the country during the 12th National Convention of Statistics at the EDSA Shangrila Hotel Mandaluyong City last October 2, 2013. “This is the first time in eight years that region 8 was recognized for its outstanding participation during the National Statistics Month Celebration”, Ms. Evangeline M. Paran, Regional Head of the National Statistical Coordinating Board (NSCB) head said. Inspired by the award, Paran expressed his gratitude to all partner agencies and stakeholders for their

contributions and participation during last year’s NSM celebration. She also asked partner agencies to strive more in order that this year’s celebration be a success too. Meanwhile, Regional Statistical Coordination Committee Chairman Lawyer Bonifacio Uy who is also the Regional Director of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in region 8 said, this is a product of hardwork and team work exhibited by the statistical agencies in the region supported by the technical support provided by partner agencies, local government units (LGUs), academe and private sector. “The bigger challenge now for agencies is to sustain a meaningful celebration this year. However, with the joint efforts of partner agencies and continued on page 7

NAPC Usec Maritona V. Labajo and the local planners in Region VIII sign the “Covenant for Action” in addressing poverty in the region during the first day (September 26) of the 2nd RDC VIII Forum for Local Planners at Leyte Park Hotel, Tacloban City. (Photo courtesy of NEDA-8)

October 9, 2013

East Visayas RDC, local planners build stronger partnership to attain regional development BY: ERLINDA OLIVIA P. TIU


ith the aim of building stronger partnership in attaining regional development, the Eastern Visayas Regional Development Council, in partnership with the League of Local Planning and Development Coordinators of the Philippines, Inc. East Visayas Chapter, recently conducted the second forum for local planners. NEDA Region 8 Director Bonifacio Uy said the Forum which was held at the Leyte Park Hotel and was attended by about 60 local planners composed of provincial, city and municipal coordinators of Eastern Visayas, was one of the major activities for the 2013 RDC Week Celebration pursuant to Presidential Declaration No. 1164 declaring every fourth week of September as RDC Week. Director Uy said that the first Forum for Local Planners was conducted last year in order to emphasize the important role the planners play in regional development. Among the important topics during the Forum was the Role of Local Planners in Poverty Reduction which was discussed by Undersecretary Maritona V. Labajo of the National AntiPoverty Commission. The NAPC Undersecretary underscored the role of the local

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October 9, 2013



4Ps official warns beneficiaries running for barangay polls vs. use of program BY: ALICIA NICART


nybody can run for the upcoming Barangay Election, including 4Ps beneficiaries but they shall not use the name of the program in their campaign sorties. This was said on air today, over Radyo ng Bayan(DYES) by 4Ps Provincial Grievance Officer, Arvin Cabella when asked if it is rightful for a beneficiary to run for a barangay position, given the premise that he already is receiving monthly allowance from the DSWD Program. Cabello stressed that, it is inherent of every Filipino to run for any elective post, but 4Ps beneficiaries who are seeking election should not utilize it for his personal whims and caprices come election period. Asked if a beneficiary can be

delisted if he wins in the election, he said though, that it is not outright. “There will be a great possibility for a 4Ps beneficiary to be delisted if he wins, but it will undergo a process which follows certain criteria”, Cabello said. “But let it be known that only DSWD Region and Central Offices can dislodge a 4Ps beneficiary and not a local official, as said in reports reaching their office ”, he added. He added that some unconfirmed reports circulate that some local officials threaten beneficiaries to be delisted if they will not conform to their wants during election. According to Cabello, the “Bawal ang Epal Dito” campaign of DSWD still holds true to guard the integrity of 4Ps which might be used for political gains of some local politicians.(PIA-Eastern Samar/ aen)

No politics in PAMANA ARA, OPAPP assures rural folks

P 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

olitics will not get in the way in the implementation of Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan- Agrarian Reform Area (Pamana-ARA) project,” said Ana Laylo, from the Office of Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP). OPAPP cleared that under the PAMANA ARA program and projects in Samar, only the lack of required documents causes the delay of fund for other beneficiary barangays. Laylo said that the fund for PAMANA ARA will be downloaded from DBM to DAR and will be forwarded to local government units, role of OPAPP is only to coordinate with these agencies and monitor if the projects are properly implemented. There are still eight out of 13 barangays in San Jorge, Samar that have not yet received the funding for PAMANA ARA project.

Barangay Mobuob Chairman Lydia Rosales learned that they still have to submit a deed of donation for the counterpart lot they will provide in the corn mill proposal they passed. “It pays to attend OPAPP meetings so that we will know why the fund has not been released,” Rosales said in her language. She added that she will relay the information to her people so as to erase the doubts. She explained that her people were already thinking bad about the implementing agency. Another barangay chairman of Barangay Cantogui said they understand that their water system project can be funded in two phases as it is more expensive. They have proposed a water system worth P 600 thousand. OPAPP Consultant Ana Laylo said that the ultimate objective of the continued on page 3


October 9, 2013

So. Leyte Agriculture office urges consumers to eat organic foods BY: MARCELO M. PEDALINO


he office of the provincial agriculture has called on consumers to start consuming farm products that used natural ways of production, such as the application of organic fertilizers and feeds. Provincial Agriculturist Marina Gador said that with the rising trend in lifestyle diseases now happening, people should consider eating alternative foods that are grown or raised the natural way, even as farmers have gradually started switching to use organic methods in farming. “Our prime advocacy now is for farmers to apply natural ways in farming, and for consumers to appreciate and eat organic foods so farmers can be encouraged to produce such kinds more,” Gador said during the cable TV program Action Center Kapihan sa PiA Wednesday

held at the provincial capitol building. She admitted that on the part of the farmers some were reluctant to plant and raise animals the natural way for they have been used to traditional and inorganic methods, and those who actually did try organic farming had a hard time with competition, as their produce were priced a little higher. But as health-conscious consumers with demanding tastes are now starting to gain ground, and with reduced costs in inputs using organic materials in the long run, Gador pressed the farmers to maintain using the natural method as the market will soon be in their favour. Gador said a new law that promotes organic farming has mandated that by 2016, properly labelled organic foods should be sold in markets, and the

Department of Agriculture next year will lead the way by putting up Bagsakan centers that sell purely organicallygrown foodstuffs and organically-raised livestock. Also during the cable TV Kapihan program, Gov. Roger Mercado aired an impassioned appeal for people to engage in farming, saying there is money in agriculture if one is only persistent, industrious, and creative enough. He called on those interested to have a decent living in agriculture to coordinate with the provincial agriculture’s office so they can be properly guided, adding that the provincial government is willing to extend inputs and other necessary materials. (PIA8Southern Leyte)

BFAR-8 to stock 60,000 tilapia fingerlings to bodies of water in Biliran


he Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) here in Region 8 will conduct stocking of some 60,000 high breed tilapia fingerlings to identified bodies of water in Biliran province. Lailani Comadizo, supervising aquaculturist of the Office of the Provincial Agricultural Services (OPAS) informed in a telephone interview on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. Comadizo said that the stocking of high breed tilapia fingerlings in the whole province of Biliran will be held in the early morning on October 16, 2013 in rivers and other identified bodies of water. “This type of tilapia fingerling aside from being of high breed quality is also prolific or can reproduce fast and can already be harvested within three to four

months from the time it is stocked” she said further. Meanwhile, the BFAR in coordination with the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) here in Region 8 will conduct mobile registration of commercial fishing banca in the province of Biliran at the 3rd floor of the Biliran provincial capitol building on October 17, 2013, Ms. Comadizo informed. She advised all the fisherfolks to visit the municipal agriculture office in the eight towns in Biliran province and look for the fishery official in-charge of the registration. Comadizo said that the stocking of tilapia fingerlings and the mobile registration of commercial fishing bancas in Biliran province are part of

the celebration of the 50thNational Fish Conservation Week which runs from October 13-19, 2013 and anchored on the theme ”Pangisdaang Pinagyaman Ngayon, Henerasyon Sagana sa Panghabang Panahon”. (PIA-8 Biliran)

No politics in...from page 2 PAMANA ARA is to develop community empowerment, and that the people will feel the government is giving them importance. The eight barangays are expected to start the project this year or early next year depending on their submission of the required documents. (PIA 8- Samar with Avha H. Ebalde)


October 9, 2013

Matarinao Bay now free of red tide BY: AURORA J. CASIMPAN


Catbalogan lady Mayor Stephany Uy Tan with CSWDO Nida Aroza meets the senior citizens of Catbalogan during the medical mission the city provided to the elderly last week. (Photo courtesy of LGU-Catbalogan)

Catbalogan senior citizens receive pension


ome 200 senior citizens aged 77 and yonder received their social pension during the Elderly Filipino week celebration in Catbalogan City recently. This was relayed by City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) Officer Nida Aroza who added that the Under Republic Act (RA) 9994, indigent senior citizens are entitled to a social pension amounting to P500 monthly, this along with discounts on medicines and food items. The amount was three quarters lump sum of P 4,500. The fund was downloaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to the local government unit and distributed to the beneficiaries assisted by the regional DSWD representative. On their own, the Catbalogan City Senior Citizen Federation (CCSCF)

celebrated Elderly Filipino Week (EFW) with activities like clean up drive in their respective barangay. Catbalogan LGU through Mayor Stephanie Uy-Tan extended a medical mission and gave out reading glasses. Proclamation No. 470 issued by former President Fidel V. Ramos on September 26, 1994 mandates every first week of October as annual celebration of Elderly Filipino Week. The event aims to increase public awareness on the different issues concerning the elderly. This year’s theme: “Nakakatanda: Pagtulungang isulong Benepisyo’t Karapatan Tungo sa Maginhawa at Masayang Pamayanan.” This reflects the need to continuously advocate, promote, and protect the rights and welfare of older persons.(PIA 8- Samar with Avha Hilario)

he top official of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Eastern Visayas has declared that “all types of shellfish gathered in Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar are now safe for consumption.” BFAR issued a bulletin this week lifting the shellfish ban in Matarinao Bay which encompasses the municipal waters of Salcedo, Quinapundan, McArthur and Hernani, all in Eastern Samar. Juan Albaladejo, BFAR regional director said that after five months of red tide bloom, marketing of shellfish harvest in the Bay is now permitted. He informed that shellfish samples collected from the bay have been free from the paralytic shellfish poison based on three consecutive weeks of sampling in the area. The BFAR official revealed that red tide algae which flourish in shallow waters were pushed to the deep sea by the frequent heavy rain and the prevailing wind brought by southwest monsoon season. Albaladejo also said that even if the shellfish ban has been lifted, BFAR would continue to monitor the seawater to ensure the safety of the public and to protect the shellfish industry in the area. (PIA-8)

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October 9, 2013

24th NSM celebration in EV opens


he 24th National Statistics Month Celebration in Eastern Visayas has officially opened Monday through a ceremonial ribbon cutting and Statistical Exhibits at Robinsons Place Activity Area under the theme “Statistics that Matter to Every Filipino” The activity was followed by a short program and a Statistics Forum held at the Multi-Purpose Hall building, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Regional office8 Pawing Palo Leyte The opening of the NSM Celebration was spearheaded by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), National Statistics Office (NSO) and Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS).

NSCB 8 Regional Head Evangeline M. Paran warmly welcome the participating agencies in this year’s celebration such as the Bureau of Fisheries and Acquatic Resources (BFAR), Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) , among others. NEDA Regional Director Bonifacio G.Uy, chairman of the Regional Statistical Coordinating Committee, NSO 8 Regional Director Raul F. Dones and BAS

Regional Agricultural Statistical Officer Francisco D. Rostata also the graced the opening of the month-long activities. It was also attended by some representatives of other government agencies, students, distinguished statisticians, resource persons who spoke on the importance of statistics in our day to day activities. Before the closing activity ends on October 30, a tree planting activity will be conducted on October 25 in brgy. Camansihay Tacloban City to be participated in by partner agencies and other stakeholders. (PIA-8)

Mayor Tan appeals vigilance and cooperation from Catbaloganons


atbalogan City Mayor Stephanie UyTan in a press statement urged all Catbaloganons’ vigilance and cooperation in “determining the reasons behind the killings and the perpetrators.” Tan issued the statement as two men were killed in separate incidents in the city last week. Felomino Cabbariban ex barangay captain of Brgy Lagundi was shot dead on Sept 29 , the police have in their custody a suspect. On Oct 3, another Kagawad Narciso Lagbo of Barangay Tagbayaon was shot dead in a busy downtown street. “I have reiterated my call to the City’s Chief of Police to improve police efforts to ensure peace and order. The meeting with Coity Peace and Order Council (CPOC) was called to address the pressing issue of crime prevention in our city,” Tan said referring to the peace and

order council meeting she convened in the morning of Thursday, when Lagbo was killed. The lady mayor branded the two killings as alarming. “Let us not allow violence to rule over our beloved City. Le us, at all times protect our peaceful abode against criminal elements who are trying to wreck havoc on our society and demoralize our people.” On the very same meeting, the council resolved to add more CCTVs, replace lamp posts with LED, conduct a nightly roving team personally supervised by then Mayor Coefredo Uy now a city councilor and constant dialogue with the police. Very recently too, the lady mayor received in her office a team of 50 PNP elements to augment the city police force. Tan personally expressed her

commitment to address recent events and assured that such are being dealt promptly by concerned agencies. “Ini nga mga panhitabo deri malilikayan pero it hustisya dapat maihatag ha tagsa nga mga nadadabihan.” (These can not be avoided but justice should be served.) The lady mayor does not only bank on the uniformed security officials but has also established strong linkages with various socio-civic and communications groups and appeals for the community’s vigilance. These initiatives and increased surveillance as well as Mayor Step’s consistent talks with the City Chief of Police form part of her commitment towards a peaceful and secure community. (PIA 8-Samar)


October 9, 2013


Comelec nag-aghat ha registered voters: Pahimulsi an Precinct Finder system


agsagdon an Commission on Elections (Comelec) ha mga registrado nga botante nga gamiton an Precinct Finder System aber mas maging madali an pagbotos han Election Day. Abelable an nasabi nga Precinct Finder ha website, Ginpatapod han Comelec an publiko nga an Precinct Finder in nagamit na han latest voter database para han tidaraon nga 2013 Barangay Elections,

basar han ginsumitir han local Comelec offices. Kinahanglan la ig butang an bug-os nga ngaran ngan nataw han botante ha Precinct Finder basi makit-an an iya presinto. Ini nga sistema an mahatag han botante han detalye han iya voting center, precinct number, registration status, ngan bisan pa an voters’ ID status. Gin-aagahat gihapon han

Comelec an publiko nga kitaon an mga listahan han three-term barangay officials nga dire na kwalipikado dumalagan pina agi han pag turoy han listahan ha website. Subay han Section 2 han Republic Act 9164 kon Act Providing for the Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections nga nag-asoy nga “no barangay elective official shall serve for more than three consecutive terms in the same position.” Mahihihmo daw gamiton han publiko an sistema pag aghat han hagilayon nga disqualification cases han magsusumitir pa han ira Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) bisan api na han lista han diskwalipikado. Bisita la ha http://www.comelec.

DPWH-4TH LED conducts KanangaTongonan Hot Spring road upgrading project BY: MARIVIC ALCOBER


he Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH – Leyte Fourth Engineering District (4th LED) headed by District Engineer Lino Francisco C. Gonzalez is currently conducting a gravel to paved road upgrading project in the Kananga-Tungonan Hot Spring Road. The contract cost of the ongoing project, which took off last January 28, 2013, is Php33,750,000.00 taken from the DPWH CY 2013 funds under the contractor Octagon Concrete Solutions. While the project is ongoing, which is expected to benefit some 400 road users, the District Inspection Team for the gravel to paved base on gravel road along the Kananga-Tungonan Hot continued on page 7

October 9, 2013


Eastern Visayas is... from page 1 stakeholders we can still achieve this year to be a hall of fame”, Uy said. Aside from the plaque of recognition, a cash prize of P20, 000 was also awarded to the secretariat. The Regional Statistical Coordination Committee (RSCC) through the NSCB, as the secretariat, spearheads the National Statistics Month (NSM) celebration this year with a theme “statistics that matter to Every Filipino”. (PIA-8)

East Visayas RDC...from page 1 planners in empowering and encouraging the involvement of the poor in poverty reduction efforts of the government by giving the latter the right and the voice to be heard in local development planning activities. Led by USec Labajo, the officials of the RDC and the local planners all committed to work together in addressing poverty in the Region by signing a “Covenant for Action” that aims to achieve inclusive growth and ensure transparency and accountability in the implementation of programs and projects in the region. Other topics presented were Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation by Mr. Jesse David of NEDA Central Office; Comprehensive Land Use Plan Preparation Based on New Guidelines by Ms. Zenaida Estur of HLURB Visayas; Performance Informed Budgeting by Mr. Absal Abah of DBM; Value Chain Analysis: A Planning Tool for Regional Economic Development by DTI Director Cynthia Nierras; and Project Identification/ Formulation, Sourcing Project Funds and Financial Packaging by Ms. Rosa Fabiola Calilung, managing director of Global Millennium Advisors. The Forum was also a venue for the local planners to know the updated EV Regional Development Plan, to seek clarifications and exchange views on the RDP, current local and national issues, concerns and experiences in development planning, Director Uy added. (PIA 8)

DPWH 4th...from page 6 Spring Road in Kananga, Leyte conducts an inspection visit every now and then. Punch listing was recorded by the Inspection Team for deficiencies noted, for the contractor to undertake corrective measures for said deficiencies.

It is expected that as a result of the completed project, mobility will increase and there will be total connectivity which is one of the mandates of the Department. (PIA-8)


October 9, 2013

Members of the Regional Nutrition Committee in Eastern Visayas met on September 30 to address the great challenges besetting the nutrition of the region being No. 2 with the highest prevalence rate of underweight preschoolers based on the result of the DOST-FNRI. (PIA-8)

Presidente Aquino gipasundayag ang Pilipinas nga kapilian nga pamuhunan nga dapit sa APEC Business Advisory Council


ng Presidente Benigno Aquino III gisulong ang PIlipinas isip labing maayo nga kapilian sa pagpamuhunan nga dapit ngadto sa chief executive officers ug sa mga labaw nga mga opisyal sa negosyo nga mitambong sa Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council (ABAC) sa sultihay nga gihimo didto sumpay sa APACon sa Lunes. Sa pagpakighisgot, ang Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandanag nagingon nga ang Presidente gipauswag ang kalagmitan sa Pilipinas sa mahimo nga tigpamuhunan tungud sa makusog nga pagtubo sa nasod ug dili matarog kauban ang uban sa rehiyon ug ang labing maayo nga dapit nga patuboon ang ilang negosyo. Sa akong giingon sa una, ang misyon sa dako nga bahin mao ang pagpadayon pagdani ug mas daghan nga

pamuhunan sa nasod aron makahimo ug daghan nga trabaho ug karong buntag gihalad sa sultihay kauban ang langyaw nga mga lider sa negosyo nga maghimo ug sama niini, si Carandang nagingon. Sa kasagaran, nagingon kita nga dunay daghan nga kaalangalangan sa kalibutanon nga kalikupan sa ekonomiya, nahibalo kamo nga dunay pagsira sa gobyerno sa United States, ang hinay nga pagtubo ug bisan ang pagkunhod sa ekonomiya sa ubang bahin sa Europa, dinhi sa Asia nakakita kita ug padayon nga pakanunay nga pagtubo dili lamang sa Pilipinas apan sa uban nga nasod sa rehiyon, si Carandang nagingon. Duna kitay dili maraog kaayo nga sukaranan sa macro-economic, mubo nga pagburot sa panalapi, mubo nga interes, ug kanunay nga pagtubo ug sa ingon makahatag kita ug kalikupan nga dili matarog alang sa mga tigapamuhunan

ug motubo ang ilang negosyo. Sa ingon kini ang atong kasagaran nga sulong, dugang niya. Ang Presidente gikuyogan sa ABAC ni Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario ug Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo. (Translated by Teresita B. Cardenas/PIA8-Northern Samar)

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