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September 22, 2013

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

VOL I ISSUE 21

Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

September 22, 2013

DAR, VSU sign P2.6-M agreement to transform East Visayas ARBOs into agri-entrepreneurs

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he Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Eastern Visayas formally sealed a P2.6 million contract with the Visayas State University (VSU) to work together in transforming selected agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) in the region into viable agrientrepreneurs. DAR Region 8 Director Eliasem Castillo said that with this partnership, for the next 12 months, VSU will provide some 22 ARBOs in the provinces of Leyte, Biliran and Southern Leyte engaged in “Rice Productivity Enhancement” as well as “Cassava and Sweet Potato Production” the market-oriented agri-technology and agri-extension services so agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) can maximize the productivity of their awarded lots and engage in agri-related enterprises. Areas covered by this collaboration are in Naval, Biliran; Dulag, McArthur, Mayorga, Julita and La Paz towns in Leyte province; and Silago in Southern Leyte for “Rice Productivity Enhancement”; while Inopacan, Hilongos and Matalom towns all in the province of Leyte are into “Cassava and Sweet Potato Production”. Regional Director Eliasem Castillo who signed the contract for DAR disclosed that the agency is tapping professional service providers (PSPs) from state universities and colleges (SUCs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and private institutions to enhance the capacity of ARBOs on agri-extension and agri-enterprise development under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support

COMELEC employees of the province of Leyte commit to conduct a clean, credible, honest and orderly Barangay and SK elections on October 28 during the general conference and election briefing at SMED Center, Tacloban City, September 20. (Vino R. Cuayzon)

Services (ARCCESS). According to him, VSU is the second PSP his office has engaged with this year in the implementation of the ARCCESS project in the region. ARCCESS was introduced by Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio De los Reyes to effectively implement Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD) component of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) by transforming ARBOs into viable agri-entrepreneurs thru the provision of the right support services. Castillo added that in May, DAR entered into an agreement for the same purpose with the East-West Seed

Company, Inc. for areas engaged in vegetable production. Castillo is optimistic that this collaboration would greatly contribute to the National Year of Rice program of the Department of Agriculture and help attain rice sufficiency at least in the region. Meanwhile, President Jose Bacusmo who signed in behalf of VSU thanked DAR for entrusting the project to the institution. He expressed his commitment to deliver more than what is stated in the contract. He added that he is happy to work on this project because rice continued on page 7


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September 22, 2013

EGS Leyte, EVFIT to hold dialogue with ICT stakeholders

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he Expert Global Solutions thru its Academe Linkage Program and the Eastern Visayas Federation for Information Technology is set to conduct a conference with stakeholders in furtherance of the mutual goal of helping Eastern Visayas grow economically by generating more jobs for its people. The conference which invited local colleges and universities, will be held at the EGS Leyte Site at ICOT Park, Pawing Palo, Leyte on September 27, 1:00 o’clock to 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon. Mr. Marc Tristan Linsangan, EGS Leyte Recruitment Supervisor, said that as one of the biggest key employment generators in Eastern Visayas, EGS feel the need to have a dialogue with the stakeholders with regard to the area of cooperation to muster resources in order to achieve the overarching goal. The tri-media local partners are also invited to cover the activity for them to have an opportunity to see how the ICT industry is reaching out to the academe for the growth of the ICT-BPM industry in the region. EGS’ Recruitment Director, Ramil Dela Cruz, and EGS Leyte Site GM Jay Tongco will also be present to expound on

Southern Leyte Vice Governor Sheffered Lino S. Tan comments on one of the issues presented during the formulation of Executive-Legislative Agenda and Capacity Development Agenda attended by 46 provincial officials, department heads and the provincial Development Council of Southern Leyte held at Cebu Grand Hotel, Cebu City, September 11-13, 2013. (Photo courtesy of DILG-Southern Leyte)

the new campaign and will be available for interviews. This activity comes after the successful conduct of Eastern Visayas ICT Summit recently, by the EVFIT where EGS Leyte is an active member. During the conference, Mr. Linsangan will introduce the participants while Ms. Raquel Chua, ACLC School Director/EVFIT Vice-Chair will present the program rationale. The company background will be presented by Mr. Kjell Daren Damascus Aboy, Site Management & Community Relations Assistant. During the dialogue portion,

from EGS, the Academe Linkage Program will be discussed by Mr. Jethol C. Paanod, ALP/NHT Consultant; while Mr. Jay V. Tongco, General Manager, and Mr. Ramil Dela Cruz, Recruitment Director, will deliver their respective messages. From the partners, messages will be delivered by CHED Director Libertad Garcia; TESDA Regional Director Cleta Omega; DOST Regional Director Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla; DOLE Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga; PESO Manager Emilia Cruz; Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez; the representatives of the various schools and Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominic Petilla . (PIA 8)

DPWH Dist Engr calls on contractors to fast track project completion

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istrict Engineer Carlos Veloso of the 2nd Leyte Engineering District of the Department of Public Works and Highways, recently, called on contractors with delayed projects to fast track their construction or face the consequence. DE Veloso observed that several contractors have negative slippage, thus, he instructed project engineers to write contractors to make catch up plans in order to finish the projects within the target date or within the year. “Many contractors have recorded negative slippage because their proposal for time extension is still pending for approval,” Veloso said.

DE Veloso called up a meeting with all the contractors and formally introduced himself as the new Leyte II District Engineer. He also warned the contractors to follow the program of works and be aware on the duration of contract. He is assisted by ADE Melchor R. Boco and Construction Chief Fernando V. Duavis The department allows extension of project completion date up to 30 days due to weather disturbances and changes in the scope of work, he added. Under Department Order 102 Series of 1998, contractors with 5%

negative slippage will be given a warning and required to submit a “catch-up” program to eliminate the slippage. Those with negative slippage of 10%, the contractor will be given a second warning and required to submit a detailed action program on a fortnightly basis, which commits him to accelerate the work and accomplish specific physical targets which will reduce the slippage over a defined time period. “The contractor shall be instructed to specify the additional input resources: money, manpower, materials, machines, and management - which he continued on page 7


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September 22, 2013

Matarinao Bay positive of Red Tide toxins

DPWH 2nd LED prioritizes maintenance of Palo-Carigara-Ormoc Road

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atarinao Bay covering the municipalities of Salcedo, Quinapondan, General MacArthur and Hernani, Eastern Samar, is positive for paralytic shellfish poisoning that is beyond the regulatory limit. BFAR Region 8 Director Juan Albaladejo said this is based on the latest laboratory results of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Regional Office 8 and the Marine Biotoxin Laboratory of the Local Government Units in the Provinces of Leyte and Samar. All types of shellfish and acetis sp. Or alamang gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption, Director Albaladejo said. The public is therefore advised from eating, harvesting, marketing and buying shellfishes and alamang gathered from Matarinao Bay until such time that the shellfish level of toxicity has gone down below the regulatory level. Director Albaladejo further said that fish, squid, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly, and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking. Director Albaladejo stressed, however, that the other coastal waters in Eastern Visayas are free from toxic red tide. These include the coastal waters of of Carigara Bay covering the areas of Carigara. San Miguel, Capoocan and Babatngon, Leyte ; Ormoc Bay covering Ormoc City, Albuera and Merida, Leyte; Biliran Strait covering Calubian, Leyte; San Pedro Bay covering Palo and Tanauan, Leyte; Villareal Bay covering Villareal, Samar; Maqueda Bay covering Jiabong and Catbalogan, Samar; Cancabato Bay covering Tacloban City; and Sogod Bay covering Sogod, Southern Leyte. Moreover, Director Albaladejo said that Cambatutay Bay, Irongirong Bay and the coastal waters of Calbayog City, all in Samar, are now free from toxic Red Tide. (PIA 8)

he new chief of the Leyte Second Engineering District, Engr. Carlos Veloso vowed to prioritize the rehabilitation of the defects along the Palo-Carigara-Ormoc Road in order to address the concerns on safety of the motorists and the commuters. DE Veloso said that with the inclusion of huge budget for 2014 maintenance activities of the road network, he is confident that the condition of the said highway will be greatly improved. Under the 2014 National Expenditure Program, road sections covered by the 2nd LED, will get P95.74 million budget for rehabilitation, P12 million for road slip, P1.5 million bridge repair, P19.71 million for drainage system, 14.24 million for asphalt overlay and P28 million paving of shoulders. Bulk of the budget will be poured out within the 20-kilometer critical road section in Capoocan, Leyte, DE Veloso said. The road has been damaged by regular passage of heavy vehicles and

poor drainage system. The district engineer said he and his men are committed to improve the road rating not just to gain a better rating but to ensure safety of motorists that pass through one of the region’s busiest national highway connecting Tacloban City and Ormoc City. “I understand this is one of the busiest roads in the region and many trucks have heavy loads. We can minimize the negative impact by improving the thickness and construct drainage system,” DE Veloso added. Last year, the Department of Public Works and Highways Bureau of Maintenance gave a poor and fair rating for Palo-Carigara-Ormoc Road particularly the mountainous area of Capoocan, Leyte. Prior to his appointment as head of 2nd LED, Veloso has been recognized for his excellent performance in road maintenance in Southern Leyte engineering district where he served for nine years until early last month. (PIA 8)

ADVISORY LMWD scheds water disconnection in Tacloban and Palo BY: MARIVIC ALCOBER

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he Leyte Metropolitan Water District (LMWD) would like to inform its concessionaires in Tacloban City and Pawing,Palo, Leyte of its scheduled wated disconnection on September 23-26, 2013 for unpaid accounts. On September 23-24, areas covered for scheduled disconnection in Tacloban City are Zones 101-118 which covers: Fatima Village, Pleasant Ville, Manlurip, and San Jose; and in Calanipawan, Flexihomes, Lolita Village, and V&G Subdivision. Scheduled for disconnection on September 2526, are Zones 121-148, which covers Caibaan, Sagkahan, Calanipawan, Manlurip, San Jose, and Marasbaras; and lastly, Pawing, Palo, Leyte. To avoid the inconvenience of a disconnected water service, the Leyte Metropolitan Water District calls on its concessionaires to immediately pay their back accounts. (PIA-8)


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September 22, 2013

Comelec Leyte ready for barangay and SK elections BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON

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n official of the Commission on Elections in Leyte has assured of its readiness to conduct the Barangay and SK elections next month. Lawyer Sabino Mejarito, Leyte Provincial Election Supervisor said preparations are underway for both barangay and SK elections even if a bill has already passed by the senate on its third and final reading. Reports also disclosed that last Wednesday the house of representatives has already approved on its second reading the bill postponing the SK elections for three years or deferring it to October 2016. Mejarito said it’s a good move to postpone the SK elections since it would mean lighter load for the personnel. Howver, the law mandates that barangay and SK elections will be conducted every three years. Until a law has been passed moving the election to a later date, we will proceed with the preparations” Mejarito said. Mejarito also informed that a manual system of voting and counting will be adopted this coming elections. Meanwhile, he reminded the public regarding the implementation of gun ban on septembre 28, 2013 to prevent election related violence and to maintain peace and order. The gun ban prohibits the carrying of firearms outside the residence or place of business. Under the law, any person who, although possessing a permit to carry firearms, carries any firearms outside his residence or place of business during the election period, unless authorized in writing by the Commission will be charged. (PIA-8)

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PSSupt Felix Alberca Diloy, provincial director of the Biliran Police Provincial Office (BPPO) as guest during the Kapihan sa PIA live over Radyo Natin-Naval. He said during the Kapihan forum that BPPO is strictly monitoring the shores of the eight municipalities of the province and the entire Biliran seas against illegal fishing. Likewise, he said, BPPO is strongly campaigning against illegal logging, illegal drugs and other forms of illegal activities in the province. As of reporting time, the province of Biliran is generally peaceful, he said. (PIA-Biliran/fj)

Waterlesstownsattendtrainingtosolvewaterproblems BY: AURORA J. CASIMPAN

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epresentatives from waterless towns in Eastern Visayas attended a human rights-based Local Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) Governance Training on September 17-20, this year. The training is spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for waterless local government units (LGUs) in the region for them to be able to access the funds for the construction of their water supply that is potable, affordable and sustainable. Arnel Agabe, DILG assistant regional director said that “in implementing water and sanitation programs, the LGU should apply the principles of human rights based approach of participation, accountability, non-discrimination, transparency, human

dignity, empowerment and rule of law.” He added that the participants are expected to acquire new knowledge, skills and value on human rights-based approach; know that water is a right of everybody; and that the government is a duty bearer and the community a claim holder. Participants were from the LGUs of Alangalang, Dulag, and Julita in Leyte; Llorente and Gen. MacArthur in Eastern Samar; and Las Navas, Biri and Palapag in Northern Samar. The training held at the Hotel Alejandro in Tacloban City is a partnership between the DILG, Eastern Visayas State University and the CDSCP Incorporated. (PIA-8)


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September 22, 2013

GSIS denies speculations AMC will be based on member’s salary for last ten years of service BY: MARIVIC ALCOBER

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he Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Regional Office VIII disclosed that there is no truth to speculations that the Average Monthly Compensation (AMC) will soon be based on the member’s salary for the last ten years of service. According to GSIS, the AMC that is used as basis in the computation for the amount in the member’s GSIS retirement and pension benefit is the average of the member’s basic salary in the last three years or 36 months of his or her period of service in the government.

According to GSIS, the Office has no intention of revising the definition of the AMC as stated under Republic Act 8291. It was bared that the AMC is one of the factors in the computation of the Basic Monthly Pension (BMP) of a GSIS member. The formula for the computation of the BMP is as follows: BMP = (.25) x (AMC + P700) x Periods with Premium Payments. (PIA-8)

MorePESOinstitutionalized inSouthernLeyte,DOLE8 reports BY: ERNA S. GORNE

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he Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office reported that more Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) are institutionalized among the Southern Leyte local government units, so far. DOLE 8 Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga noted during the regular Harampang (Kapihan) sa PIA in Tacloban City that Southern Leyte has the most numbered full time PESO Managers, who have now become permanent employees of their municipalities. Dir. Sarcauga especially mentioned gratefulness to Southern Leyte PESO Manager Norman Ordiz in his efforts for getting more LGUs into institutionalizing their PESO and even for the latter’s intension to reach out for the rest of the LGUs in the province, as well. He said he personally challenges the local government units to institutionalize their PESO and to go beyond just designating employees. That PESO Manager’s vital role in helping people in find jobs is very important in their municipalities, he said. He also disclosed on the scheduled national PESO congress that shall be held at Tacloban City on September 24-26, 2013. That they are expecting 751 PESO managers nationwide to participate in said congres, he added. Meanwhile, DOLE SoLeyte Staff Mario Tictic disclosed that there are already four municipalities in the province, namely Silago, St. Bernard, Sogod and Lilo-an that have created a permanent position with either Labor Employment Officer II or III to handle their PESO matters respectively. Earlier, the province has 26 designated PESO Managers in the following respective work areas: 18municipalities, 1-city, 1-provincial, 5SLSU Campuses in Tomas Oppus, Sogod, San Juan, Hinunangan and Bontoc and 1- College of Maasin, Tictic said.(esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)


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September 22, 2013

CEBUANO NEWS

DPWH nakatakda sa pagkuha og balik sa RROW sa nasyonal nga kadalanan sa Southern Leyte

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ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - Southern Leyte District Engineering Office (SLDEO) nakatakda sa pagkuha og balik sa Road Right of Way (RROW) sa nasyonal nga mga kadalanan nga klaro kaayo nga naghulga sa luwas nga paglihok sa nagsakay nga mga katawhan sa probinsya. Ang bag-o nga district engineer nga si Engr.Margarita C. Junia nagpahayag diha sa bag-o nga DPWH-SLDEO Special Report, “ang pagpanglapas diha sa nasyonal nga kadalanan naka-abot na diha sa punto sa kapeligrohan sa paglihok sa nagsakay nga mga katawhan og halos nagpildi sa Highway Right of the Government.” Ubos sa pagumala sa bag-o nga distrito nga enhinyero, ang Maintenance

Section nga gipangunahan ni Engr Allan Eway gisugo sa pagpahigayon og heneral nga imbentaryo sa tanan nga milapas diha sa nasyonal nga kadalalanan, pag-isyu sa Notice of Encroachment og kon mahimo, pagpasaka og legal nga sumbong batok sa mga misupak aron sa pagkuha og balik sa RROW og sa pagpanalipod sa interes og kaluwasan sa nagsakay nga mga katawhan, matud pa sa maong tahu. Ang RROW nga ahente, giubanan sa Maintenance Point Persons (MPPs) sa maong distrito, magtumbok sa mosunod nga mga detalye sa paglapas sama sa lokasyon sa maong dalan, pangalan sa tag-iya, tipo sa estruktura og sa gitas-on sa paglapas gikan sa sentro nga linya, sumala sa maong tahu. Ang maong tahu nagpahayag sa malapason nga paggamit sa road

right of way sa mosunod: pipila kanila ang nagamit sa RROW ingon nga ilang personal nga parkingan nga lugar, pagtukod sa komersyal nga edipisyo diha sa nasyonal nga dalan nga hinungdan sa mga damyos diha sa drainage cover, pipila ka mga estanbay og mga suki sa sari-sari nga tindahan gihimo nga ilang pahulayan, og uban pa. Ang pinasahi nga tahu usab mipahayag nga pipila sa mga tag-iya sa mga estruktura nakalapas sa RROW mikooperar diha sa pagkuha og balik sa road right of way nga mga kampanya sa diha sa gibisitahan sa DPWH nga mga katawhan og pagpasabot kanila sa ilang mga paglapas. (Gibinisaya ni esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)

Pagkaada hin himyang ngan mainuswagon nga nasud en ada ha mga kamot han katawhan, lab-i na ha mga batan-on

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The economic sector led by Southern Leyte Governor Roger G. Mercado with DILG-Southern Leyte director Juan Badocdoc (standing) in one of the workshops on the formulation of Executive-Legislative Agenda and Capacity Development Agenda attended by 46 provincial officials, department heads and the provincial Development Council of Southern Leyte held at Cebu Grand Hotel, Cebu City, September 11-13, 2013. (Photo courtesy of DILG-Southern Leyte)

agsering hi Pangulo Benigno S. Aquino III nga para makab-utan an panuyo nga makaestablisar hin usa nga himyang, establisado, ngan mainuswagon nga nasud en ada ha kamot han mga Pilipino nga katawhan, lab-i na gud an mga henerasyon han mga batan-on. “Bali mga lider han maabot nga mga adlaw, an mga batan-on en kinahanglan nga matutduan para magin responsabli, mga indibidwal nga magaram magtagad han mga balaudnon ngan andam magdumara han era tagsatagsa nga mga papel ha sosyedad,” sering han Chief Executive dida han iya mensahe ngadto han Philippine Society padayon ha page 7


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September 22, 2013 DAR, VSU...from page 1 production is the main concern of the farmers, and the famers are the main concern of the institution. Moreover, Mr. Jose Alsmith Soria, DAR-8 Information Officer said that some 6,772 farmers, both ARBs and nonARBs who are members of the 22 ARB organizations will be benefitted by this partnership. He said that early this year these organizations were provided with the necessary farm equipment based on the recommendations of the SUCs commissioned by DAR to conduct the needs assessment and design assessment (NADA). Among the common service facilities (CSFs) provided to them were: threshers, hand tractors with implements, mechanical transplanters with seeder conveyor, combined harvesters and flatbed dryers, Soria said. (PIA 8)

DPWH Dist Engineer...from page 2 should mobilize for this action program,” Veloso explained. Contractors with 15% negative slippage will be issued with a final warning and required to come up with a more detailed program of activities with weekly physical targets, together with the required additional input resources. Onsite supervision shall be intensified, and evaluation of project performance will be done at least once a week. For those with negative slippage of more than 15% the DPWH is expected to initiate the termination of contract or take-over the remaining work by administration or assign the work to another contractor. The DPWH is also allowed to collect liquidated damages from defaulting contractors with negative slippage of more than 10% resulting from the contractor’s fault or negligence, DE Veloso said. (PIA 8)

Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers – Water Engineering Specialty Division chairman Danilo Terante (standing) discusses the Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis for Solid Waste Management during the PICE 6th Region VIII Technical Conference held at the DPWH Multi-purpose Hall, Candahug, Palo, Leyte, September 20. (Vino R. Cuayzon)

Pagkaada hin...tikang ha page 6 of Young Good Citizens ha okasyon han “I Transform! Young Leaders Convention: Believe, Excel, Serve, Transform! (B.E.S.T.) Mindanao Wave.” An Philippine Society of Young Good Citizens en nagtikang dida han Byernes para han upat kaadlaw nga kumbensyon nga mayda tema nga: “United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UNMDGs): Global Action. Innovation. Peace and Solidarity” nga gindumara didto ha Ritz Hotel ha Garden Oases, Davao City. “Ginkukunsiderar han iyo gobyerno nga importante an partisipasyon han aton mga batan-on yana nga panahon han aton paghingaupay, mahitungod nga an era ideyalismo ngan enerheya en magseserbi bali magduduso para masustiner naton an tadong ngan kaangayan nga dalan,” sering han Pangulo. “Hinaot unta nga ha katalwas niyo tikang hini nga hitabo kamo en mas nga magigin komitido ha aton ginkaurosahan nga responsabilidad para mapauro-upay an aton katawhan. Hinaot unta nga an integridad, kalidad, ngan kunsiderasyon en padayon nga magigin

kaparti han ngatanan nga aton mga tinguha, ngan unta magkaada kita hin mauro-upay, mas progresibo nga Pilipinas para han masunod nga mga henerasyon,” iya pagduon. An panuyo han aktibidad amo an paghatag han mga batan-on nga mga Pilipino hin lugar para makagpahamtang hin mag-upay nga mga pamaagi ha pagbaton han mga kritikal nga problema han sosyedad ha lokal nga pamunuan kun diin gagamiton an estraktura han United Nations Millennium Development Goals. An “I Transform…” nga kampanya en ginlunsad dida han Septyembre 2012 ha siyudad han Tagbiliran, Bohol kun diin 650 nga batan-on nga mga lider nga narepresentar hin 130 nga mga organisasyon amo an mga nagin partisipante. (Trans. by MAA/PIA-8)

Gipakalma...tikang ha page 8 and the President, therefore, at the end of the day, everything is my responsibility, so I am very involved -- from everything to getting briefed and putting some of my inputs into the security operations,” matud niya. (translated by mmp PIA8, Southern Leyte)

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September 22, 2013

East Samar to hold ELA, CAPDEV workshop BY: SAMUEL D. CANDIDO

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he Province of Eastern Samar will hold a seminar workshop on the formulation of Executive and Legislative Agenda (ELA) and Capacity Development (CAPDEV) agenda on September 23 – 25, 2013 at Cherry Blossom Hotel, Manila . Some 60 participants are expected to attend to the said workshop, Ms. Candelaria Badillo of Eastern Samar DILG, said.This workshop is in line with the Regional Memorandum Circular No. 2013-23 from Department of Interior and Local Government Office (DILG-

8), Tacloban City, requiring all Local Government Units (LGUs) in Eastern Samar to formulate their respective (ELA) and (CAPDEV) agenda. The purpose of this workshop is to have common agenda of all local officials for the entire term (2013-2016). During the workshop, it is expected that the Executive and Legislative officials will prioritize their programs, projects and activities. The output of this workshop will be the basis in implementing the LGU

programs, projects and activities for the entire term of office. Of the 22 municipalities and one city of Eastern Samar, only Jipapad LGU have not yet conducted this workshop, the report said. But as per information given by Ms. Candelaria Badillo, Jipapad will be conducting their workshop next week. (PIA-8 ESamar)

Gipakalma ni Aquino ang kahadlok sa publiko nga masubli pa ang kaguliyang sa Zamboanga City

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i Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III miingon ang gobyerno nagsugod na sa pagpahiuli ug subling pagtukod sa mga komunidad nga na-apektahan sa mga pag-atake sa mga puwersang loyal kang Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari ning dapita, gibalewala niya ang mga kapaaw sa publiko nga mabalik pa ang samang kaguliyang. “Hindi na mauulit muli . . . Syempre, pagbubutihin pa natin lalo na yung intelligence services,” ang Hepe Ehekutibo nagkanayon sa media interview ning siyudad pagka Huwebes. Nia karon dinhi si Presidente Aquino aron maoy manguna sa kutay sa mga miting kuyog ang mga hingtungdang mga cabinet secretaries ug mga officials, nag-assess sa kahimtang ug naghatag sa mga gikinahanglan sa mga apektadong mga residente. “I ask them what is needed, authorize the releases of funds, am talking to Bangko Sentral to ensure the cash supply, am talking to Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Transportation and Communications, and Department of Agriculture to ensure that basic food stuffs are available from

the time before I left Manila to the present -- to include not just Zamboanga City but also BASULTA (Basilan, Sulu ug Tawi-Tawi),” matud niya. Kapin sa usa ka semana human milusad ang military sa operation batok sa MNLF-Misuari faction, ang Presidente miingon ang kagubot milurang na. “Nakita naman natin, imbes na mapalawak yung teritoryong nababalot sa dilim ay napaliit nang napaliit mula nung unang araw,” sulti sa Presidente. Mipasalig siya sa mga molupyo sa Zamboanga City nga ang gobyerno padayon nga mopursige sa kahapsay ug kalinaw, ug mohatag assistance sa mga locals sa apektadong mga lugar. Nagandam sab ang kagamhanan og mga food packs sa mga nangatandog nga mga pamilya. Ang Armadong Kusog sa Nasud mipaigting pa sa ilang operation batok sa mga salawayong mga elemento ug para masiguro ang mga dapit diin nahitabo ang pinusilay. Miingon sab ang Pangulo nga magpabiin siya sa Zamboanga City hangtud matapos na ang krisis. “I am both Commander-in-Chief padayon ha page 7

BARANGAY ELECTIONS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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


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