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Vol 1 Issue 1

A Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

SEPTEMBER 2, 2013

National Crime Prevention Week commemoration kicks-off September 2

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he annual commemoration of the National Crime Prevention Week is set to start on September 2, 2013 at the Tacloban City Convention Center with the Department of Interior and Local Government, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and the Philippine National Police spearheading the activities. DILG Director Pedro Noval Jr. said the kick-off activities will start at 7:30 in the morning with the offering of a Holy Mass. This will be followed by the commemorative program at 8:00 o’clock in the morning. Centered on this year’s theme “Malasakit Mo ay Kailangan upang Krimen ay Maiwasan,” the kick-off program is expected to bring together around a thousand participants from government agencies, volunteers, students and non-government organizations, Director Noval said. Director Noval added that the kick-off program will be highlighted with the Pito Laban sa Krimen advocacy which underscores the importance of the whistle in crime prevention. The campaign hopes to inculcate to the public the importance of bringing and using whistle (pito) as a mechanism for individuals and communities to have an active role in reducing and preventing crimes. The participants have been advised to bring their whistles to the opening program, Director Noval said. Based on memorandum circular issued by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, all government agencies and instrumentalities of government are enjoined to evolve and implement projects and activities that focus on prevention as an approach in combating criminality. The commemoration

underscores the need to enlist the public to engage in government efforts to curb criminality in the country as well as to raise awareness on sharedresponsibility for the safety and wellbeing of everyone, Director Noval said. To recognize the significant role of different sectors in crime prevention, winners of the 3rd Nationwide Search

for Model PNP (Philippine National Police) families is one of the highlights of the celebration. Other activities for the weeklong commemoration (September 1-7) include information and publicity program, drug awareness campaign, multi-sectoral dialogue and ugnayan ng mamamyan at pulisya. (PIA 8)

Regional Exemplary Children 2013 Christian Jay Asuero (4th from right) posed with (l-r) DSWD 8 4Ps regional program coordinator Marichu Bustillos, PIA 8 regional director Olive Tiu, professor Zenia Dulce Mariveles of UP Tacloban, Northern Samar provincial exemplary children representative Melody Jabulin, Joshua Luciano of Biliran, Francis Jay Rubas of Sta. Rita Samar, Jake Dianalan of Southern Leyte, Jalyn Goden of Oras E. Samar and 4Ps program information officer Michille Calzado during the 2013 Regional Children’s Congress held at the Leyte Park Hotel Tacloban City, August 27. (RAUL S. TIOZON/PIA8) See story on page 2


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14 year old Pantawid Pamilya student from Dulag, Leyte wins EV Search for Exemplary Child

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By: CONSUELO ALARCON

14-year old Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino student from Barangay Combis, Dulag, Leyte was proclaimed as winner of the 2013 Exemplary Child in Eastern Visayas during the Pantawid Pamilya Regional Children’s Congress held Tuesday at Leyte Park Hotel Magsaysay Boulevard Tacloban City. Christian Jay Asuero, eldest child of Nilo and Melda Asuero of Brgy. Combis Dulag Leyte impressed the board of judges not only of his skill in drawing and how he relates it to life’s situation but also of his exemplary performance in school where he is a consistent honor student and how he actively participates in school and even in the communities. He even plans to run as SK kagawad this forthcoming Barangay and SK elections. He bested the other five provincial winners namely Joshua Luciano of Brgy. Binalayan, maripipi, Biliran; Melody M. Jabulin of Mondragon Northern Samar; Francis Jay E. Rubas of Sta. Rita Western Samar; Jalyn S. Goden of brgy. Dao Eastern Samar and Jake M. Dionalan of brgy. Kawayan Libagon Southern Leyte. Asuero as well as the provincial winners received cash prizes and certificates of recognition from DSWD. In his speech, he expressed his gratitude to the government through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for spearheading such a program wherein children from poor families were given recognition. He also encourages his fellow beneficiaries of 4P’s to grab the opportunity given to them and use it in a fruitful way. Although he came from a poor family, the boy is determined to achieve what he wants to fulfill in life through studies. He believes that poverty is not a hindrance to achieve one’s dreams. The board of judges is composed of Dr. Elsa Gerona of Department of Education (Deped) Regional Office 8, Professor Ma. Zennia Dulce Mariveles

Regional Exemplary Children 2013 winner Christian Jay Asuero poses with DSWD 8 4Ps regional program coordinator Marichu Bustillos and PIA 8 regional director Olive Tiu during the Regional Children’s Congress held at the Leyte Park Hotel, Tacloban City, August 27. (Raul S. Tiozon/PIA8)

of University of the Philippines-Visayas Tacloban and PIA regional director Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu as the chairperson. (PIA-8)

DILG urges CSOs to participate in monitoring project implementation in Samar By: AVHA EBALDE

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o ensure the prudent use of government resources, the Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) in Eastern Visayas conducted three batches of training workshop for monitoring programs under the bottom-up budgetting (BUB). The BUB is an initiative introduced by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). Under this innovation, the DBM would be tapping 609 local government units (LGUs) identified as poorest in the country, to work with civil society organizations and local communities in drafting their own programs and projects.

During the event DILG, urged leaders of civil society groups to take an active part in the monitoring and evaluation of the government fund in BUB projects. DILG Samar provincial BUB Focal Person Fernando Alonzo said that the twenty two Samar LGU beneficiaries were identified by the National Anti Poverty Commission (NAPC). Alonzo added that through healthy engagement with CSOs, the local government units will better arrive to projects really needed. Myra Tambor of the Katungod han Samarenya Foundation(KSFI) a nongovernment entity joined the training in Catbalogan City. “It is good that there is a monitoring component of the BUB funded projects, but we should also be capacitated in terms of monitoring tools to be used,” she said. The Aquino administration continued on page 4


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Eastern Samar gets assistance from GIZ for forest development with GIS By: SAMUEL CANDIDO

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he German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) Manila, conducted an orientation for the provincial government department heads on August 22 regarding the development assistance slated to be granted to the province. According to Mr. Samson C. Nerves, Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), the purpose of the said orientation is to formulate a Work Program on Forest Development in relation to the Climate Change for the year 2013 to 2015. He also said that the GIZ development assistance is more on capability building on Forest Management with Geographic Information System (GIS). “There will be training of

trainors on GIS for priority areas like the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Guiuan, Llorente, Can-avid and the City of Borongan which are the priorities, being the Eco-towns “, Nieves said. However, it was necessary that the technical staff of the Provincial Government be trained ahead of the LGUs, as recommended by Department heads, he said. Meanwhile, Dr. Bernd Markus Liss, GIZ Program Manager, Manila assured the province that they will support the capability building, hardware related to information technology and financial support. On the other hand, the provincial government counterpart is the existing human resources. (SDC/ PIA-E. Samar)

One of the 2013 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher Awardees Maria Lorna Garnace (2nd from left) of the Philippine Science High School-EV campus receives a plague of recognition from DOST 8 regional director Edgardo Esperancilla and PIA regional director Olive Tiu during the Harampang ha PIA in Tacloban City, August 29. At right is PSHS-EVC director Reynaldo Garnace. (VINO R. CUAYZON / PIA 8)

Leyte teacher is one of this year’s Search for Outstanding Teachers awardees By: ERLINDA OLIVIA P. TIU

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aria Lorna Lumanta Garnace, a Special Science Teacher III with English as field of specialization, of the Philippine Science High School¬ Eastern Visayas Campus has been named by the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. as one of the ten awardees for this year’s Search for Outstanding Teachers of the country. She is the 4th recipient of the prestigious award for teachers from the province of Leyte, the 3rd from the Philippine Science High SchoolEastern Visayas Campus and the 8th for the entire Eastern Visayas Region, Metrobank Foundation President Aniceto Sobrepena, said in a communication sent to the Philippine Information Agency in the Region. Ms. Garnace who hails from Tanauan, Leyte has been teaching for 21 years already; four years at the Assumption Academy, her Alma Mater, for four years and 17 years at the PSHIEastern Visayas Campus. What made her deserve the most coveted award? Ms. Garnace won over the 367 nominees because of her best practices as a teacher. She maximizes her creativity in developing innovative teaching tools and strategies to make learning fun and exciting for students. Her list of interesting activities seems endless, from talk shows and press conferences to mock auction sales and radio play productions. These do not only make learning fun and also enhances the creativity of the students. There were even collaborations in the past with teachers of other subjects like Physical Education and Filipino involving Afro-Asian dances and related cultural presentations. Ms. Garnace is also active in conducting research, one of which examines factors that affect English continued on page 4


4 | SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 Leyte teacher is... from page 3 proficiency among students. The data she collected from the series of research tools she conducted has enabled the school to evaluate and understand students’ poor performance in the subject. These and her research outputs have made her a favorite resource person in teaching and have helped in the improvement of programs implemented by the Department of Education and other institutions. She had the chance as well to present the paper in Hongkong, tackling language proficiency in relation to academic performance of Filipino students in Science and Math. Whether as adviser of school clubs and publications, or as officer of associations and various church and community activities, Ms. Garnace has taken all her roles seriously and exerted all efforts to contribute meaningfully, in her capacity as a teacher, whose job extends beyond the walls of the classroom. For her, this is what teaching as a vocation signifies, doing what it takes to propel others to reach their full potentials. Aside from being an outstanding teacher, Ms. Garnace is the mother of four intelligent children and wife to Dr. Rey Garnace, the Director of the Philippine Science High School Eastern Visayas Campus. Just recently, Ms. Garnace was presented to the Tacloban media and was conferred a plaque of commendation by the Philippine Information Agency and the Department of Science and Technology in Eastern Visayas, for the honor and inspiration she has given to the people of Eastern Visayas as a result of her winning the coveted award. Moreover, the Eastern Visayas Regional Development Council is set to also confer an appropriate recognition in its next full council meeting. By winning this year’s Search, Ms. Garnace joins the elite group of 316 outstanding teachers of the Philippines honored by the Metrobank Foundation since 1985, giving recognition to the best teachers of the land who have

served as models of excellence and personal integrity to the community and the country. Together with the nine other winners, Ms. Garnace will be presented to the leaders of the business community, top-level government officials and academe in an awarding ceremony on September 5, 2013, at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium, Makati City. (PIA 8)

DILG urges... from page 2 believes that for the government to succeed, it needs a strong partnership with the citizenry, and civil society is the important link between the President’s commitments to good governance and meaningful people participation. The BUB program is meant to integrate the needs of the citizenry in the budgeting process, including the design of programs, according to Alonzo. (PIA 8- Samar)

Eastern Visayas prepares for Oplan Broadcastreeing

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n support to the National Greening Program (NGP) of the government, the regional Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will lead again in this year’s tree planting activity dubbed as “Oplan Broadcastreeing: The Urban Greening Project.” In a meeting held Friday, DILG8 information officer Myles Joseph Colasito said that the activity will be simultaneously done nationwide on

September 7, 2013. In Tacloban City, the tree planting activity will be conducted in Brgy. Bagacay, one of the identified NGP sites in the region. Assembly time at the area will be at 5:30 AM and a short program will start at 6 o’clock in the morning. Last year, a total of 6,300 saplings were planted regionwide with the combined efforts of some 3,500 volunteers from different sectors, Colasito reported. NGP seeks to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide for the period 2011 to 2016. (PIA-8)

PIA 8 Regional Director Olive Tiu (right) hands over a certificate of commendation and recognition to Ms. Rosario Obregon for her 36 years of dedicated service to the government during a despedida and birthday party last August 30. (VINO R. CUAYZON)


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