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September 23, 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 22

Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

September 23, 2013

RDC, REAL joint assembly centers on 4th KRA of P-Noy’s Social Contract

Southern Leyte Governor Roger G. Mercado (center), the hands-on governor, 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)

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ome 100 government executives are expected to attend the second joint assembly of the Region Eight Administrators League and the Regional Development Council of Eastern Visayas which is scheduled to be held on September 23, 2013 at the Matapat Hall of the Police Regional Office 8 in Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetic, Pawing, Palo, Leyte. Department of Budget and Management Region 8 Director and REAL president Imelda Laceras said that the joint assembly will focus on the theme “Just, Lasting Peace and the Rule of Law,” the fourth Key Result Area of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s Social Contract.

This Social Contract has been fleshed out in the Philippine Development Plan for 2011 to 2016 and has been operationalized by Executive Order No. 43, which defines the five Key Result Areas (KRAs) of the Social Contract, Director Laceras said. The last week of September happens to be the Regional Development Council Week celebration with the theme “In Pursuit of Inclusive Growth,” Director Laceras said, adding that the Joint Assembly is a convergence of collaborating agencies such as the Eastern Visayas Regional Development Council, the Region Eight Administrators League, and the Philippine National Police.

The Convergence Assembly hopes to strengthen strategic alliances in pursuit of the realization of the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 goal of creating rapid, inclusive and sustained socio-economic growth. The Joint Assembly is also part of the Continuing Leadership Seminars being conducted by the Region Eight Administrators League, Inc. aimed at enhancing knowledge and skills and sustaining a strong partnership and collaboration among members and other stakeholders to include the Civil Society Organizations thru the Private Sector Representatives in the RDC. This way, member agencies of the RDC and the REAL can effectively and efficiently carry out their respective roles and responsibilities in harmony with each other and eventually pursue at a faster pace the much needed development goals of Eastern Visayas as embodied in the recently approved updated Regional Development Plan, Director Laceras said. In the program which will start at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, Regional Director Imelda C. Laceras of the Department of Budget and Management Regional Office VIII will deliver a welcome message while NEDA Regional Director Bonifacio G. Uy will discuss the rationale and objectives of the joint assembly. PSSupt Reynaldo Almario Magtajas, Chief of the Regional Internal Affairs Service 8, will discuss the topic “Uphold the Rule of Law and Strengthen the Justice System” during the Technical Session, while“Support for the Attainment of Lasting Peace and Development” will continued on page 7


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September 23, 2013

Leyte MSM enterprises join 2013 Lifestyle Expo

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even (7) exhibitors from the province of Leyte are participating in the ongoing 1st Lifestyle Expo 2013 spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry in coordination with the Bureau of Domestic Trade. currently conducting the 1st Lifestyle Expo 2013 with the theme With the theme “Your Home, Your Style,” the national event being conducted at the Mega Trade Hall 1,3 of SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, started on September 19 and will run until September 23, Director Desiderio Belas, Jr., of the DTI-Leyte, said. There are four CARP exhibitors from Leyte, namely UPWARD from Plaridel, Baybay City; M.O.Pangilinan also from Plaridel; Lolo Bobby Handicraft from Bato, Leyte; and the Capoocan Weavers Association. The three DTI regular exhibitors are Rainbow Tikog Industry from Tacloban City; TAPS Handmade Products from

Tanauan, Leyte and the Naty Antique Furniture of Bato, Leyte. Ms. Suzette Pablo, DTI Leyte Information Officer, said that the seven exhibitors from Leyte are proof of the DTI Leyte’s effort in helping MSMEs expand their market to more buyers in Luzon and increasing their income by showcasing their products to institutional buyers. The seven exhibitors can also be suppliers of raw materials or semiproducts sub-contracting arrangements or by direct purchase order agreement, Ms. Pablo said. The exhibitors from Leyte are some of the DTI Leyte assisted producers who are recipients of new product designs as a result of the sectoral workshop and product consultation and clinic on the Gift, Décor and housewares conducted last June of 2013 during the SME Caravan, Ms. Pablo added. (PIA 8)

Comelec Leyte deputizes partner agencies, briefs election officers for the barangay, SK polls BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON

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fficials of the Commission on Elections in Leyte together with the Election Officers and its Deputies have gathered Friday for the 1st General Conference and Election Briefing held at the SMED Center Provincial Capitol Grounds Tacloban City. Leyte Provincial Election Supervisor Atty. Sabino C. Mejarito led the activity. Also with him, was Comelec Region 8 Director Atty. Felicisimo Embalsado, Leyte PNP Provincial Director Police Sr. Supt. Brigido B. Unay, representatives from the militaryand other government agencies such as Department of Budget and Management, Commission on Audit, DILG Leyte, BJMP, BSP, PIA among others. The activity is part of the preparations of the Comelec for the conduct of barangay and SK elections next month.

The highlight of the activity was the Acceptance and Commitment Pledge of Comelec Deputies where they sworn in their responsibilities and solemn duties as deputy of the Commission on Elections by committing themselves to be imparial, non-partisan and honest implementers of election laws and comelec resolutions relative to the conduct of honest, orderly, clean and peaceful brgy. and SK elections in the Province of Leyte. Meanwhile, Mejarito encouraged the city and municipal election officers in Leyte and its deputies to serve with utmost sincerity and to work as a team in order to have a legacy in life that one can be proud of for the betterment of all and the whole country. The theme was” Mapayapang Halalan, Daan Tungo sa Kaunlaran”. (PIA8)

NSO-Leyte conducts 2012 input-output survey of business, industry BY: LEONILO LOPIDO

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he Provincial Statistics Office here joins the nationwide conduct of the 2012 Input-Output Survey of Philippine Business and Industry which started on September 19 this year. According to Leyte provincial statistics officer Wilma Perante, this is the 7th survey series designed to collect detailed data on revenue, cost, and inventories in business and industries of the country belonging to the formal sector of the economy for the year 2012. In Leyte, some 125 establishments engaged in various economic activities including those defined in the 2009 Philippine Standard Industrial Classification are the respondents of the survey. The survey, Perante said, aims to provide a comprehensive set of statistical information required to build an input structure and to construct a distribution of output in business industries in the country. NSO assures that all information that will be provided by the respondents shall be kept strictly confidential as the Agency will summarize responses into statistical tables to present a portrait of the structure of the various sectors of the business and industry. Perante encourages the respondents to accomplish the survey questionnaire and submit via the NSO secured website at https://secure.census. gov.ph/itsd, NSO’s online facility secured with SSL certificate. For more inquiries, contact NSOLeyte at (053) 321-8932 or visit their new office at Leyte SR Bldg., Cong. Mate Avenue, Brgy. Abucay, Tacloban City. (PIA8)


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September 23, 2013

Housing project in Tanauan gets big boost with VP Binay‘s P12-M pledge

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anauan Mayor Pelagio Tecson Jr. said his Administration’s socialized housing project got the biggest boost when Vice President Jejomar Binay pledged to give P12 million for the project. Vice President Binay made the pledge during his visit last week to this town which is about 16 kilometers away from the City of Tacloban. Mayor Tecson who ran under the party of the Vice President during the latest local elections, said the socialized housing program is expected to benefit close to 2,000 informal settlers coming from seven barangays. The Mayor disclosed that the site of the socialized housing program is in Barangay Solano sitting at about 2 hectares of land. Said lot was donated by the Villegas family to the local government, he said. Mayor Tecson said that the LGU is still in the process of formulating the mechanics of the program, such as whether or not the beneficiaries would pay certain amount of money for particular period. Earlier, the municipal officials sought for financial assistance from the Vice President on their socialized housing program. The request which was in a form of a resolution was submitted to the Vice President during his visit to the town. The resolution was read by Vice Mayor Ronald Flores who said the Sangguniang Bayan approved Resolution Number 2013-64 seeking financial assistance to the Vice President during its Sept. 16, 2013 regular session. The resolution stated that the absence of decent and affordable housing facilities remains to be one of the most pervasive socio-economic problems not only by the entire country but also of the municipality of Tanauan. This concern must be addressed by the government given the situation that are about 60% of the Filipino households belonging to the poverty threshold. In making his announcement, Vice President Binay said that the fund would come from the National Housing Authority. Vice President Binay is considered the country’s housing czar

being the chairman of the Housing and Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). The new set of municipal officials envisions to transform the municipality of Tanauan into a esidential hub in Eastern Visayas. Along this vision, Tanauan is

embarking on a socialized housing program that will cater to the needs of the informal settlers, underprivileged and poor members of the community especially those along the coastal erosionprone areas at Barangays San Roque up to Bislig. (PIA 8)

DOST targets 2,600 East Visayas S&T scholars for 2014

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he Department of Science and Technology in Eastern Visayas and the Science Education Institute have joined their efforts to produce the target of 2,600 tertiary school scholars who can contribute to the development in the field of Science and Technology (S&T) and Research and Development efforts of the country. Engr. Florentino Quiñones, Jr., DOST technical division chief, said that the screening of the 3,811 applicants in the Region who will qualify for the 2014 school year was set on September 22. The lucky 2,600 passers would enjoy allowances for tuition fees, transportation, books, lodging and a stipend of P5, 000 each, it was learned.

Engr. Quiñones said program was in response to Republic Act No. 7687 issued to institute a science and technology scholarship program, therefore eyeing for scholars who could be catalysts in manning the S&T and must be willing to pursue 4 or 5 year courses in the field of Science, Mathematics and Engineering. He added that the government does not only promote the S&T in the country as it also helps financially incapable but deserving students to improve their lowly lifestyle by availing of such scholarships. Moreover, in order to optimize the performances of the students in continued on page 7

(Left Photo) Visayas State University (VSU) president Jose Bacusmo said during the signing of the P2.6M contract with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) that they are happy to work on the project because rice production is the main concern of the farmers, and the farmers are the main concern of their institution, and committed to deliver more than what is stated in the contract. (Right Photo) Regional Director Eliasem Castillo of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Eastern Visayas thanked Visayas State University (VSU) for accepting the invitation to provide the market-oriented agri-technology and agri-extension services to selected agrarian reform beneficiary organizations under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) project. (JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA)


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September 23, 2013

NCMB settles case in East Samar electric company thru preventive mediation

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12-year-old voluntary arbitration case was finally laid to rest recently, after the Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative (ESAMELCO), the power distribution utility company in Eastern Samar, and its bargaining agent ESAMELCO Labor Union (ESECELU), agreed to a compromise agreement, effectively stopping a motion for writ of execution filed before the office of a voluntary arbitrator. The union members agreed to accept the compromise agreement made by the management in the form of a P12 million settlement of their claims. This was the gist of the report of NCMB Regional Office No. 8 Director Juanito Geonzon which was submitted to the NCMB National Office and to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. Director Geonzon said the case arose when the Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of accredited voluntary arbitrator (AVA) Atty. Norman Tansingco to award over P19 million in acrossthe-board wage increases to ESECELU members. After the CA decision, the union filed a motion for writ of execution before Atty. Tansingco, but a problem occurred because Atty. Tansingco has already entered government service, hence he no longer was an AVA. “Because the VA can no longer execute the decision, our option was to go to the sheriff of the National Labor Relations Commission to enforce it. But this option was also fraught with challenges and may further delay the settlement of the case,” Director Geonzon said. Acting on the conviction that there is another way, Director Geonzon asked Conciliator-Mediator Tomas Biboso to persuade the complainant’s counsel to file a preventive mediation case with the NCMB. The counsel agreed and immediately convened a conference of the parties and persuaded them to a compromise during the first meeting. In the second conference, the parties already executed an agreement. The management’s proposal

for a compromise, contained in a Board Resolution No. 78 Series of 2013, offered the union over P12 million as settlement of all union claims. The union accepted the offer. ConMed Biboso explained that 10 percent of the P12 million shall be paid in six months starting September 2013, and the balance shall be paid in six years by monthly installment. Atty. Jose Manuel Amancio,

ESAMELCO general manager said It is more prudent to implement the VA decision through amicable settlement. Not only did this preserve harmonious management-labor relations; it also spared the electricity consumers from the consequence of power service disruption. He also lauded the efforts of the DOLE-NCMB in facilitating the settlement of this old labor dispute. (PIA-8)

BIR in Eastern Visayas holds country’s first STEP seminar

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cknowledging its responsibility to increase the tax consciousness of the youth, the Bureau of Internal Revenue in Eastern Visayas or Revenue Region No. 14 in Tacloban City, has conceptualized the Students Tax Education Program or STEP for short. BIR Regional Director, Atty Diosdado Mendoza, told the Philippine Information Agency that the STEP is a one day symposium on the basics of taxation for 3rd and 4th year students in public and private high schools in Tacloban City and Leyte Divisions of the Department of Education. The seminar which is the first of its kind in the Philippines is scheduled on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 8:00 o’clock in the morning to 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon, at the BIR Multi-Purpose Building at Government Center, Palo,

Leyte, Director Mendoza disclosed. The activity will outline topics on the government’s mandate to raise revenues and the corresponding duty of every Filipino to pay taxes promptly and correctly, Director Mendoza said. No fees will be collected from the schools or the participants and they will be provided with meals during the activity, Director Mendoza stressed. Director Mendoza added that through the Philippine Information Agency, BIR is also inviting the media for coverage of the activity. He said that the support from the media will highlight the Agency’s thrust to promote and advance student civic engagement in the field of tax collection and administration early in their life. (PIA 8)

Dry run of new Tacloban traffic schemes to be conducted in 2nd week of October

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dry run of new traffic schemes will be conducted by the Traffic Operations, Management, Enforcement and Control Office or TOMECO in the second week of October. Mr. Isabelo Lagutan, TOMECO Information Officer, announced the dry run will be conducted on October 7 and will include the opening of Quezon Boulevard to two-way traffic and the inversion of the current one-way traffic scheme along Burgos and Zamora Streets in the City proper.

This move is in anticipation of the impending increase of vehicle traffic in the City, Mr. Lagutan said, adding that based on current vehicle volume estimates, the City will be heavily congested with vehicles in three-year time. He said that every day, at least 50 vehicles are added to the City’s traffic volume. The planned conversion and reversal of traffic schemes in major thoroughfares of the City has the support of the transport sector, TOMECO Chief continued on page 6


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September 23, 2013

BJMP Tacloban launches “Basura Mo, Pakabuhi hit Preso” project

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he Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Tacloban City recently launched a livelihood program for the Women Jail inmates. Dubbed as “Basura Mo, Pakabuhi hit Preso, the program calls for collection of foil packs and recyclable items which are used by female inmates as raw material in the making of wallets, bags and other novelty items, BJMP Wardress Loreta Palada said. The finished products are sold at a makeshift stall outside the BJMP Female Dorm and the Tacloban City Pasalubong

Center situated at the Balyuan Executive Building, Palada said. Meanwhile, Ms. Ruena Mate, City Cooperatives Development and Livelihood Assistance Office (CCDLAO) head said the BJMP has launched the program to augment efforts of the City Government. It is an offshoot of the “Basura Mo, Pakabuhi Ko” Program of the City Government, she added. Mate expressed her appreciation that the effort of the City Government to provide livelihood opportunities for inmates has now become a community

effort involving not only government stakeholders but NGOs as well. The launching activity at the BJMP Female Dorm of the Tacloban City Jail was attended by City Councilors Cristina G. Romualdez and Raissa Villasin. It was also learned that right after the launching, the BJMP has started sending empty boxes to a number of Non-government organizations and government agencies for the collection of recyclable trash. (PIA 8)

Nagpapasuso nga Social Worker, nagpasusu hin iba mga baby ha evacuation center ha Zambo

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aray daw masama kaupay han gatas han nanay, salit, angay daw nga ingganyaron an mga nanay nga ipasigi it ira pagpapasuso hit ira mga baby. Amo daw ine an paghatag doon hin usa nga social worker han Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) nga hi Evalinda Jimeno. Gin-hangaan daw ine nga social worker han mga nag-ebakwet ug aadto pa yana nangingistar ha Joaquin F. Enriquez Sports Complex o grandstand ha Zamboanga nga sinesirongan han yukot-yukot nga mga naglupas tungod

han kasamok nga natabo dido nga dapit. Gintagusya daw gud ine hi Jimeno han kadam-an nga tawo nga naukoy yana didto han evacuation center, tungod han iya pagpasus-a hin usa nga ginugutom nga baby hin usa nga naglupas nga nanay. Tikang daw hadto, dire na daw nag-aalang ine hi Jimeno, hin pag-boluntaryo pagpasuso han iba pa nga baby didto han evacuation center, katitima la han iya trabaho komo usa nga social worker nga panrehistro han mga naabot nga evacuee para matagan man Photo from inquirer.net

han access card. Hi Jimeno in daw mayda daman baby nga ginpapasuso ha ira balay, kundi nagpapasuso daman hiya hin iba nga baby ha evacuation center, kun ine hira in ginugutom. Ha butnga daw han damo nga mga nagebakwet, pausa-usa nga kinukuha ug pinasususo ni Jimeno an mga baby, hin waray kaawod. Sumala pa daw kan Jimeno, supesyente gad ugaring an istak han DSWD nga gatas para han kabataan nageedad hin 0 ngadto hin 6 ka tuig, kundi iya daw gintatagan doon ha mga nanay, nga waray masama han kaupay han gatas nagtitikang mismo ha ira. Sugad ha iya, dire daw angay nga ighalod han mga nanay ha ira mga baby an hataas an sustansya nga gatas, aman daw hiya, in pasigi nga magpapasuso han libre nga gatas para han ira mga anak. Nagsering daw hi Jimeno nga ubos han iya anak in ginpasuso, upod na an iya uunom pala ka bulan yana nga baby. Komo usa daw nga social worker, andam hira magtigayon hin ano man nga bagay, para makabulig han mga iginsasakit sugad han krisis nga natabo ha Zamboanga. Sumala naman daw kan Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman naabuyon hiya kan Jimeno han ka importante han gatas han iroy para han ira mga baby, salit, nagpahimo daw hiya hin Women Friendly Space, o padayon ha page 7


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September 23, 2013

CEBUANO NEWS

DOLE 8 nagtahu mas daghang PESO ang gipundar sa mga lokal nga pangagamhanan sa Southern Leyte BY: ERNA GORNE

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ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office nagtahu nga mas daghang Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) ang gipundar diha sa mga lokal nga pangagamhanan sa Southern Leyte. Si DOLE8 Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga mipahayag atol sa regular nga Harampang (Kapihan) sa

PIA didto sa Tacloban City kagahapon nga ang Southern Leyte nakakuha sa pinakadaghan nga tibook-panahon nga PESO Managers, kinsa karon nahimo nga permanente nga mga empleyado diha sa ilang mga munisipyo. Si Dir. Sarcauga sa pinasahi naghatag og pasalamat ngadto kang Southern Leyte PESO Manager Norman

Ordiz diha sa iyang mga paningkamot sa pagpundar sa ilang PESO og bisan sa iyang tinguha sa pag-awhag alang sa nahabilin nga mga LGUs sa ilang probinsya usab. Matud niya nga personal niyang gi-awhag ang mga lokal nga pangagamhanan aron sa pag-pundar sa ilang PESO og dili lamang magpabilin nga gi-tudlo nga empleyado. Nga ang PESO Manager may importante nga katungdanan sa pagtabang sa mga katawhan diha sa pagpangita og trabaho diha sa ilang mga lungsod, matud niya. Siya usab nagpahayag kalabot sa umaabot nga nasyonal nga PESO Congress nga ipahigayon didto sa Tacloban City sa Septembre 24-26, 2013. Nga sila nagpa-abot og 751 ka PESO Managers sa tibook nasud aron sa pagapil diha sa ilang kongreso, matud niya. Samtang, si DOLE Southern Leyte Staff Mario Tictic nagpahayag nga aduna nay upat ka lungsod diha sa probinsya, sama sa Silago, St. Bernard, Sogod og Liloan ang nagmugna og usa ka permanente nga posisyon nga Labor Employment Officer II or III aron sa pagdumala sa ilang PESO nga mga butang sa tagsatagsa. Sa sayo pa lang, ang probinsiya adunay 26 ka gitudlo nga PESO Managers sa mosunod nga tagsatgasa ka mga dapit: 18- ka lungsod, 1-siyudad, 1-probinsya, 5- Southern Leyte State University Campuses sa Tomas Oppos, Sogod, San Juan, Hinunangan og Bontoc og 1- College of Maasin, matud ni Tictic. (Gibinisaya ni esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)

Nagpapasuso...tikang ha page 5 lain la nga kwarto kun diin nagpapasuso an mga nanay basi hira maka producer han ira lugaringon nga gatas. Ha pagka-yana daw, mayda 22 nga nagpapasuso nga mga nanay didto han kanan Zamboanga evacuation center.(PIA8 -Eastern Samar/Trans:aen)


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September 23, 2013 RDC, REAL...from page 1 be handled by a representative from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. Regional State Prosecutor Atty. Francisco Q. Aurillo will deliver a keynote message, while Engr. Samuel A. Young, Regional Director of the National Telecommunications Commission will give the closing message. Part II of the Joint Assembly is the dinner and fellowship wherein the new REAL members will be inducted by Palo Mayor Remedios L. Petilla. The conference will be moderated by Director Evelyn Clarin of PMS and Director Olive Tiu of PIA. (PIA 8)

DOST targets...from page 3 the examination and to surely qualify, the DOST provides test battery, a reviewer which consists intellective and non-intellective tests to measure the applicants’ abilities and to determine their academic and professional success. Public schools in Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar, Samar and Northern Samar have been identified as test centers for the Undergraduate Scholarship Program, Engr. Quiùones said. (PIA 8)

Dry run...from page 4 Salvador Estudillo said during a media briefing held last week. Meanwhile, it was learned that an amendment of the Traffic Code of Tacloban City by the City Council is needed before the proposed traffic schemes can take effect. (PIA-8)

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ANTI-RABIES CAMPAIGN: Members of the Biliran Provincial Rabies Prevention and Control Committee (PRPCC) meet regularly to discuss activities for the year-round anti-rabies campaign in Biliran province. Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Suzette Apura (front, in yellow shirt), advised dog owners in Biliran to submit their pets for vaccination at the municipal agriculturist office in each of the eight municipalities of the province. (PIA-Biliran/fj) 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

BARANGAY ELECTIONS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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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September 23, 2013

FEATURE

KALANGGAMAN beacons

LEYTE’S

EMERGING DESTINATION

BY: ERLINDA OLIVIA P. TIU Photos by Gerry Ruiz

lingering need to get away from it all, there is a place in the province of Leyte where Juan and Withhis the family can commune with nature. Such place is “Kalanggaman,” an island jeweled with ivory white sands, crystal clear waters with mixed aqua marine and blue colors that blend well with the palm trees in the place. Kalanggaman is approximately 12 kilometers from the town proper of Palompon, Leyte and located close to the province of Cebu. With an estimated less than 10 hectares in size, this strip of land is traditionally a fishing ground and favorite site for recreation and social gatherings of the residents of Palompon. Kalanggaman’s root word, “langgam” is Tagalog for ant. Before Juan could think that this is an ants’ world, it actually means bird in the Visayan dialect, thus it is oftentimes called Birds Island. For what it is, Kalanggaman Island is emerging as a beach holiday getaway in Leyte. Foreign tourists hop on the Island from nearby Malapascua Island of Cebu. On weekends, it is full of local tourists - families, employees, yuppies, marine sports buffs, and nature lovers. Always, on various occasions, Kalanggaman offers varied experiences and lasting impressions. Kalanggaman is striking an equipoise as it strikes a sensitive balance between tourism and preservation of its natural charm. As Juan enjoys swimming in its clear aquamarine waters and frolicking in its white sandy beaches, one would always hope that its picturesque shorelines,

mangrove, and marine life would remain intact for succeeding generations. The romanticism of pristine nature would seem to be the trade-offs for the little physical discomfort of guests. In lieu of the big hotels that could be found in any place of the world, Kalanggaman is equipped only with the basic tourist facilities, accommodations with basic facilities like restrooms, kiosks, canteen and battery - powered electricity. It may or may not need appropriate and minimal development interventions. Kalanggaman is friendly to children and non-swimmers. The waves are not intimidating. Its special attraction is a white sand bar that appears and disappears along the western part of the islet depending on the direction of the waves.

A briefing is given on activities and areas suited to scuba diving, swimming, bird watching, snorkeling, boating, etc. What is a day and night like in Kalanggaman? Camping is fun. Juan is safe and can get a sound sleep on the beach. Have a mosquito repellant, just in case. More travel tips: sun block to protect Juan’s skin, sunglass, hat, flashlight, sleeping gear, mineral water, ice cubes and foodstuffs. Different strokes for different folks, however. Local picnic treats are typically Filipino - food galore from crispy lechon, adobo to rootcrops. Travel ways: Take the two-hour ride to Palompon from Tacloban Bus Terminal; Kalanggaman is 45-minutes approximately from the town wharf. (PIA 8)


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