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Team Romualdez vows to continue Tacloban’s dev’t By GAY B. GASPAY

TACLOBAN CITY- Barely two weeks before the May 13, 2013 balloting, the I Love Tacloban-Team Romualdez continues its campaign with earnest as they court the voters of the city to support the team banner by reelectionist Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez and wife reelectionist Councilor Cristina G. Romualdez.

NO grand caucus or majestic platform to spend for, just a simple makeshift to reach and get in touch with our fellow Taclobanon, what matters most to us is personal contact and our pure intention in serving the people of Tacloban, says both Mayor Alfred Romualdez and wife Councilor Cristina Romualdez as they continue their campaign around Tacloban (PHOTOS BY: TIMOTHY CANES / GAY B. GASPAY)

Austerity measures as its core move, no grand caucus and pretentious platforms were adopted but rather simple gathering and personal contact to inform Tacloban’s constituents of what they intend to do once elected. The I Love Tacloban – Team Romualdez chooses to continue all programs and projects of Mayor Romualdez. The Romualdez administration has focused its thrust to empowering its people zeroing in to improve the quality of life of every Taclobanon. From pre-birth to its retiring age, from well-being stature to the abused, from legal assistance to consulta-

tion specific program awaits every Taclobanon since direct services are offered right at their very barangay through the regularly held Barangayan. That is how government service is in Tacloban under the administration of Mayor Romualdez. An inter-agency council, the City Peace & Order Council (CPOC) represented by all sectors and chaired by its chief executive takes charge of securing peace and order situation in the city. Police visibility were imposed and the city police’s mobility, communication, personnel and facilities were equipped,

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Noel faces complaint before Comelec TACLOBAN CITYFor allegedly barging into a local radio station uninvited, outgoing congressman of the An Waray party-list group and now mayoralty candidate, Florencio “Bem” Noel, is facing a complaint before the office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), this city. In his complaint- affidavit, Manuel “Manix”

Marta, a block-timer over local radio station DyBR, asked the city Comelec office to conduct an investigation and “(for) corresponding information for cases for appropriate administrative and/or criminal cases including election offenses be filed” against him. The four-page complaint-affidavit was submitted by Marta before the city Comelec office

and accepted by city elections officer Karen Cajipo at around 4 p.m. yesterday. Based on his complaint-affidavit, at around 8 a.m. last April 26, 2013, while he was to end his program at DyBR’s “Punto de Vista” and while he was inside the announcer’s booth, Noel “angrily and purposely stormed and to page 6

Broadcaster Manuel “Manix” Marta files complaint against mayoralty bet Rep.Bem Noel before Tacloban city elections officer Karen Cajipo. PHOTO BY RYAN GABRIEL L. ARCENAS


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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

PRO8 leads 100 bikers for SAFE 2013 in Samar

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – In yet another effort to ensure a secured and fair elections come May this year, some 100 bikers from different bikers clubs in the region participated in the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) Peace Caravan for SAFE 2013 on Sunday morning which kicked-off from Calbayog City and Calbiga town and ended at the Catbalogan City plaza, all in Samar province. “The support and participation of the bikers is a welcome development and exemplifies a good partnership from various sectors of society and PRO8 in attaining SAFE 2013,” said Police Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio

Soria, PRO8 regional director. Soria added that the activity aimed to promote awareness among the electorate and political candidates in securing vital support to ensure secured and fair elections in Samar province, one of the identified priority areas for the midterm polls. Participating bikers representing the Samar Off-Road Bikers Association led by its president Ashley Albaña and DILG Northern Samar provincial director Valentin Bajet led the bike tour from Calbayog City, some 72 kilometers to the convergence point in Catbalogan City plaza, at around 5:00 o’ clock early Sunday morning. Meanwhile, at around 6:00 A.M., bikers from

Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO) Bikers Association led by PSSupt. Romulo Cleve Taboso, Samar Adventure Mountain Bikers Association headed by Joel Cinco and Catbalogan Bikers Association led by Aron Garcia also biked from Calbiga, some 44 kilometers to Catbalogan City. The caravan from Calbayog City passed through the municipalities of Sta. Margarita, Gandara, San Jorge and Tarangnan in the province’s first district while bikers from Calbiga passed through the towns of Hinabangan, Paranas, Motiong and Jiabong, all in the second district of Samar. After a simple welcome ceremony, the participants released white

Bikers from Calbayog City traversing the national highway enroute to Catbalogan City.

balloons symbolizing the advocacy of Secured and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2013. Soria added that the caravan forms part of the left-hand effort initiated by PRO8 to achieve peaceful polls, aside from conducting focused police operations. At the start of election period last January 13, PRO8 initiated the Peace Covenant Signing in Calbayog City with DILG Secretary Mar Roxas presiding and supported by the Roman Catholic church, other election stakeholders and the candidates themselves and on January 20, thousands of people actively participated in the PRO8initiated Unity Walk and Prayer Rally for SAFE 2013 in Tacloban City in a show of full support in attaining a peaceful May 13 polls. Aside from peace covenant signings, unity walks and peace caravans that were also replicated in different parts of the region, other police-community relations activities like the conduct of candidates’ forum, peace dialogues, media engagements, coordinating conferences, voter’s education and house visitations are being initiated by different line units of PRO8, Soria added. (PINSP ROMUEL NACAR)

Security remains normal amid election campaign

TACLOBAN CITY “We remain in normal status” (referring to the election security situation in the city), said Ma. Bella Rentuaya, the Police Community Relations Chief of the Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO) in an interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express. “We have stable peace and order. There is no election related violence since the start of the election period,” she added. Rentuaya said they had so far apprehended personalities caught with firearms and drug paraphernalias in one of their checkpoints wherein they had filed the necessary case in court. TCPO intensified its security by setting up Comelec

checkpoints in Marasbaras and Diit areas apart from the random checkpoints led by the City Public Safety Company. “We had confiscated 38 loose firearms incidental to police operations,” Rentuaya said. Rentuaya assured the public that TCPO is ready to respond in any eventualities that may happen. The PCR chief advised the public to be more disciplined and remain calm in that way peace and order will be maintained. (KERSEY BADOCDOC)


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Youth leaders hail Bem Noel for his support to youth sector TACLOBAN CITY – Youth leaders in this city lauded mayoralty bet Florencio “Bem” Noel for all its support given to their sector. Romeo Reataza, a youth leader from An Waray Youth Center (AWYC), in an interview over Dateline Philippines program of CAT 8 Tacloban, said that the youth here are so thankful that Noel, who is on his last term as representative of An Waray party-list, really supported their sector in so many ways. “This is the first time that we are given the privilege to be heard in the community. In addition, we are so happy that Rep. Noel together with (Representative) Neil Benedict Montejo opened this center for the youth to visit and enjoy the different activities and the facilities they catered,” he said. Reataza stated that the youth, during this elections could make a change. “If we would be united, we could create a huge impact particularly on putting on leaders

who are good and have the heart to serve its constituency.” According to him, Noel has been there supporting the youth for nine years already. “He was there supporting us even before, and we are sure that he would continue on giving support in the future. He is unlike other politicians who only come out when they need us (like this coming May 13, 2013 election).” He revealed that youth sector represents about 36 percent of the total voting population. “We encourage all the youth of this city to choose leaders who have done something already and could change our place into better one. We need to be smart now on our choice of candidates.” Meanwhile, Hesus Bucatcat, another youth leader from AWYC, said that AWYC has several programs that cater to the youth, in which they could enroll and enjoy. “This center has the objective to empower the

youth. On my part, AWYC serves as an avenue for my skills to come out. This also gives me the chance to develop myself and lead me on my future goals and visions,” he said. Bucatcat added that the AWYC develops the values, character, confidence, skills, and capabilities as well as build the youth to become a responsible citizen in the future. Moreover, Elthia May Baltonado, also a youth leader of AWYC, said that youth plays a big role in the society. “As said by Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the youth are the hope of our country. All including the youth can be a leader. This is the time for us (youth) to help a person who is always there open to give his support to us,” she said. Baltonado further said that she is happy to be part of the AWYC. “It gives us the contentment that we have done something for other people.” (REY GERIL-


Camella offers practical TACLOBAN CITY – Realizing the dream of home ownership is becoming more a reality as Camella Communities offers the most practical solution – affordability and value for money. Both in-house and bank financing are intended for start-up families and even single professionals who want to own a house but has no cash to make this big dream come true. “When people think of buying house and lot, they always think of big amount. With our pay scheme, one can own a house before they reach the age of 40. It’s like rent-to-own,” said Camella Leyte general manager Geraldine GasconGarcia. Under Bank Financing, a buyer is required to pay only minimum of 10% downpayment of the total contract price. The remaining 90% can be applied to available financial institution like commercial banks that

offer housing loan. In Tacloban City, these banks are Banco de Oro and Unionbank. The remaining amount could be payable in five years, 10 years, 15 years and 20 years with indicative interest rate of 5.56% subject to annual re pricing. For in-house financing, the minimum downpayment is 15%. This option is offered only if the client is not qualified for bank financing. The 19% annual interest rate is fixed for the loan duration. House construction will start after full downpayment and submission of all required documents. Move-in is after house completion, payment of 3 months loan amortizations and issuance of move-in papers by the Customer Care Department. “Recognizing that only few people can afford to pay the total amount, we have been offering the easy installment scheme. This is very easy for the people

to own a house through a monthly amortization for as low as P12,000,” Garcia said. After two years, buyers can pay their balance through Pag-IBIG financing program. Camella Palo, Vista Land’s newest masterpiece in the region, offers house-and-lot packages available at rates ranging from P1 million to P2 million, a rate that is within the “financial reach” of Region 8-based professionals. Buyers have the option to acquire a single firewall house-and-lot Rina or Marga model home at 40 square meters (sqm) and 46 square meters, respectively. The Reana and Margarita, on the other hand, offers 40 sqm and 46 sqm units in a townhomes series. Camella is the subsidiary catering to the mid-market segment of Vista Land & Lifescapes, the country’s largest homebuilder. (SQM)

Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo Aquino delivers his message during inauguration and blessing of the new Calbayog Central Fire Station held at the Barangay Capoocan Calbayog City, April 25. Others in photo are (r-l) Fire Inspector Romeo Jaca, Department of Interior and Local GovernmentSsecretary Mar Roxas, 1st district of Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento and BFP-8 Regional Director S/Supt Pablito Coredata. (Raul S. Tiozon/PIA-8)

Candidates present road map of governance to city residents in a forum CATBALOGAN CITY -– Three mayoralty and two vice-mayoralty aspirants presented their respective road maps of governance to city residents during a candidates’ forum at this city’s St. Mary’s College of Catbalogan Saturday. Candidates Councilor Step Uy-Tan of the Liberal Party; former mayor Jesus Redaja, an independent candidate and political neophyte Michael Reynolds Tan of the Nationalist People’s Coalition tried to impress the 60, 535 registered voters here to win their votes this May 13 with their plans and programs for the city. Rejada, who was a three-termer mayor of the city, proposed that the coconut industry here should be well supported because it is the main livelihood of the Catbaloganon. If elected, he said he would provide a source of revenue that would give way to uplift coco farming. He also wanted to continue his previous programs that focused on health, agriculture, education, livelihood, and youth empowerment to make city residents happy. Meanwhile, Uy- Tan, the daughter incumbent city mayor Coefredo Uy and wife of the incumbent Vice Governor James Tan, said residents need more programs on health, tourism, economy and education. She promised to construct more health centers, public toilets, and other infrastructure projects. Reynolds Tan disclosed his TRIP (Trabaho, Reporma, Iskolar, Panlawas) program. He also shared the opinion of other candi-

dates favoring the reclamations projects in the city. They believed it could give more business expansion and invite investors to construct major establishments such as malls. Tan is the son of incumbent Rep. Mila Tan and younger brother of incumbent Samar Governor Sharre Ann Tan and Vice Gov. James Tan. Meantime, vice mayoral aspirants to include incumbent Vice Mayor Art Gabon of LP and former vice mayor Van Torrevillas of NPC showed off their previous accomplishments as they offer to ensure check and balance, review of current ordinances and support to whoever wins as mayor. The event was organized by the Samar Part-



On the Local Absentee Voting Yesterday, April 28, 2013, the three-day period for local absentee voting began for the 2013 synchronized national, local, and ARMM regional elections. Pursuant to Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Resolution No. 9637, s. 2013, those entitled to vote are some government officials and employees, members of the Philippine National Police, members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and members of the media whose applications to avail of Local Absentee Voting were approved by COMELEC. Today and tomorrow, all eligible voters under this scheme may cast their ballots from 8 o’clock in the morning until 5 o’clock in the afternoon and, for the 2013 elections, may vote for Senators and Party-List Representative. We encourage all eligible voters to participate in the electoral process and exercise your right to suffrage. April 29, 2013



nership for Peace and Development (SPPADE), Social Action Center of the Archdiocese of Calbayog, Samar Island Press Club, Philippine National Police, Commission on Elections and other media outlets. The organizers said the next forum to be graced by candidates for the gubernatorial, vice gubernatorial and congressional candidates for the province of Samar will be slated on May 4, 2013. Catbalogan City, with a population of 94,317 based on the 2010 Census of Population and Housing, is Samar’s main commercial, trading, educational, political and financial center. It is also an important and major seaport serving inter-island vessels. (RICKY

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Anti-terrorism vigilance


mid the growing threats of terrorism everywhere in the world today, security measures should be imposed strictly by authorities especially in areas normally targeted by terrorist activities. This includes places where people of all ages, from all walks of life, normally congregate like churches, malls, schools, marketplace, including of course public transport facilities such as terminals, boats, buses, and airplanes. Terrorists with explosive devices could easily blend into these crowds for more deadly blasts. Usually, only people who are about to board passenger ships and airplanes are checked with their luggage. They are made to line up, their bodies checked for some deadly weapons, their luggage screened by x-ray machines, even smelt by trained dogs to detect likely explosive devices within. Supposedly, none of these passengers could enter the pre-departure areas without going through a tough screening procedure for security purposes.

In most van and bus terminals and stations, however, no security measures are in place. Anyone carrying anything could just get into the vehicle and travel with it. One doesn’t even have an idea he is seated next to a person who will, later on along the way, declare a hold up. No security personnel even bother to peer into his bag if it has an explosive gadget inside. If there ever is, the guard may have been just doing it like a ritual, not really digging deep into the luggage. That kind of security check is not enough for being merely ceremonial. There ought to be a widespread monitoring of people’s luggage in all transport stations. Authorities should not be lenient on this matter since terrorists may just be around the corner looking for chances to unleash their devastating weapons. At least, with security measures being heightened, these chances would more or less lessen, to the safety of our innocent people.

Universality of ideas All through the years, writers have always echoed ideas that had been stated, hinted, or implied by other people. Consciously or otherwise, intentional or not, this sort of copying had been quite rampant as evident in existing works, thus making written pieces inevitably interrelated, at times interdependent. It turns out that literary creations, despite the authors’ quest for originality, are helplessly interwoven with one another such that no text, regardless of genre, authorship, and identity, exists in isolation, just like the saying “no man is an island.” A work’s claim to originality is thus impaired, made

questionable, and bordering on plagiarism. Is this echoing of other writers’ ideas, styles, and experiences a coincidence? Studies should shed light on this issue which, for ages since the invention of writing, had been a prevalent tendency. People will find such studies very useful. Literary critics may see, in

their appraisal of texts, that literary works are after all interrelated, as exemplified by the samples under study, and that this is something in place whether meant or otherwise. Such trend is brought about by such matters as archetypes, influences, allusions, and sources. Because of these, recreating ideas in

writing has become something that writers could not help—it cannot be avoided though a writer would try to live and write in isolation. The fact that writers belong to the same breed called human species puts them in a sphere where they think, feel, and behave similarly and would have almost the same ideas about things. Among Filipino writers, intertextuality is indeed an unavoidable experience as linguistic borrowings from English into the various vernaculars are abundant, occurring in phonological, morphological, and semantic levels. These “borrow-

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Listening is better than Talking

When was the last time you listened to your special someone who whined and moaned? What did you tell him/her? What was your goal? To comfort? To make one realize of his situation, off his monumental blunder? Or just tell one that life is indeed like a wheel. This is the catch. Before we open our mouth, we should ask ourselves if what we are about to say is likely to ease the spirit and spirit.

If in doubt, attempt not to say anything. Many times, I listen and absorb traumas of friends, students and family members. Shocked myself with the “bigness” of the trauma, I am at a loss to even give advice. Surprisingly, this silence has helped the whiner more than anything else I do. I think, people who are sad, mad and suffering need no advice. All they need is one’s presence and the listening ear. Raiza, when she was

six years old danced till she dropped tired when she saw me sulking. Of course, adults may have a parallel way of doing this, like, “ I will bring your favorite pinakbet.” We may say many things too, but perhaps not to the person who is miserable. We may talk to the person close to the moaner and scream, cry, complain. It is perfectly normal reaction. Moreover, being helpful to the principal “comforter or caregiver” may be the best thing you can do. Remember, the best thing we can do is to avoid dumping to the “trauma victim” or to anybody else who is similarly situated. Fear not, because definitely in this planet our turn will come. We may count on that. .

Jubilee of the Media this May

“The Commission on Christian Formation shall establish an Archdiocesan Committee on Mass Media responsible for a more deliberate and systematic utilization of mass media as a vehicle for evangelization and Christian formation.” – FAPA 8. On this ground, the Archdiocese of Palo in “recognizing the significant role of the mass media as an instrument of evangelization and holiness,” celebrates in the month of May 2013 the Jubilee of the Mass Media and Social Communications, with emphasis in honoring the media in its “great role in (the) society and even (the) local church” in the Archdiocese. To more meaning-

fully observe this auspicious month-long fete, the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications headed by Rev. Fr. Amadeo Alvero has slated a series of events intended at “promoting unity, friendship and camaraderie among media practitioners.” The activities, which are social and spiritual in nature, include the annual novena, holy retreat and media beach games. As informed by Fr. Alvero, the 5 o’clock Novena Masses at the Sto. Niño Church in Tacloban, where he serves as parochial vicar, will start on May 4 and culminate on May 12, World Communications Day. Each mass bears a corresponding theme. Ac-

cordingly, these are: Social Network: An Open Public Square; Social Network Calls for Commitment; Inclusivity in Social Networks; Forms of Expression in Social Networks; Authenticity of Expression of Faith in Social Networks; Jesus Christ in the Social Networks; The Need for Attentive Discernment; A Factor in Human Development; and Social Networks: Portals of Truth and Faith: New Spaces for Evangelization. The media group, which for this purpose calls itself the Media for Christ, will participate in the Pentecost Vigil slated on May 18 and 19. The Vigil will commence with a motorcade at 5 o’clock in the afternoon of May 18 from the Sto. Niño Church to Tacloban City Astrodome and will close with a Holy Mass to be officiated by Archbishop John Du at 3 o’clock early morning of May 19. Fr. Arlo Yap SVD, a to page 6

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In what appears a serious effort to show that everything is well, government is opening a window of hope to the great mass of the unemployed population. Amid despair among jobseekers who could hardly find employment even after obtaining college degrees or vocational training, job offerings had been pooled as one surprise for labor day. Indeed, there seems a factual basis for government statistics showing unfilled jobs in various industries and businesses. Such employment opportunities are bared to the public so that those needing jobs will find employment. But the reason why such job openings remain so despite the great number of unemployed is unclear. From the employers’ view, it would seem that jobseekers are selective and does not grab available opportunities. On the part of workers, it may be due to apparent unfair working conditions that does not afford living wages for the worker. But one primary reason for the continuing number of unfilled job opportunities is the mismatch of workers’ skills with job requirements. We have jobless graduates who are found in-

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ing” from English and from texts written in it show a great deal in vernacular writings though they undergo transformations like changes in spelling and pronunciation. It would be interesting to identify what writing aspects are inevitably duplicated, alluded to, juxtaposed, borrowed, recreated, and subjected to such processes by writers and writings everywhere, and throughout the ages. It should include the description of these components evident in the representative source texts, their analysis and interpretation why this prevalence of intertextuality among existing literary constructs. The focus should not be more on the explanation of this phenomenon, but on the accumulation of proofs that such things as interrelatedness or interdependence of texts do universally exist.



competent by prospective employers. This crop of graduates that our school system produces each year could not fit for the jobs being offered. There is for instance a high demand in the communications industry but many jobseekers are found inept in oral and written communications that employers could not gamble taking them for jobs that command good compensation. There too are many graduates in fields or courses that do not match with what the world of work needs. It is the reason why many

of those aspiring to get hired remain in limbo primarily due to lack of the needed competence on the job. It is truly misplaced investment for government to be educating people on fields and courses that are not actually needed in our domestic industries and businesses. The long years wasted in obtaining college education are put to naught as the graduate is made to undergo another training or seminar that would respond to the needs of a particular job. It is high time for governto page 6

April 30, 2013 – Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter Acts 14:19-28; Ps 145; Jn 14:27-31a

GIFT OF PEACE Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I and now I have told you all this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. I will no longer speak much to you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do as the Father has commanded me. ”

PEACE Often we hear hopes, prayers, wishes and pleas for peace in the world. This is peace as the world understands it, namely, having less trouble or having no trouble at all. It is like taking a rest from daily living. Christ said that he does not give us peace as the world understands it but he gives the peace of his eternal reign of glory. This is the peace of good conscience, of having peace between God and me because I am sincerely not aware of any serious sin in me. It is the peace one feels deep inside his/her soul that remains quiet and serene because there is no sin blocking the union between one’s soul and God. Is this really what I understand by peace? Am I still looking for the peace of the world, or am I ready to accept and enjoy Christ’s peace? (Daily Gospel Now by R. E. Sullivan, OMI, published by Paulines. Visit us at or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City, Tel. #321-31-95) Sower’s Thought: “Wholesome joy is profitable for both our spirit and our health.” –Blessed James Alberione, SSP, STD, Founder of the Pauline Family



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Tanauan election officer appeals to bets to be calm during campaign sorties TACLOBAN CITY – The Election Officer of Tanauan town in the First District of Leyte appealed to local candidates not to engage on dirty politics during campaign sorties leading to the May 13, 2013 election. Mr. Ruche Cerro, Election Officer of Tanauan Commission on Election (Comelec), in an interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express reminded the candidates who are running for local posts in this town to be calm during their campaign sorties to prevent any election related accident. “We are making our appeal to all the candidates in the locality to observe clean, honest and violence free elec-

tion,” Cerro said. Cerro made this appeal after a certain Atty. Mario Villero, an incumbent councilor seeking for re-election and an ally of Mayor Agapito Pagayanan Jr., went to the headquarters of United Nationalist Alliance mayoralty bet Pelagio “Pel” Tecson Jr., allegedly carrying a gun with him. The camp of Tecson had the incident blottered by the Tanauan Philippine National Police for record purposes. Then the PNP, through the leadership of Police Chief Inspector Randy N. Gongco, would conduct proper investigation regarding the incident,” he said adding that the result of the investigation would then be forwarded to the Comelec office as well as to the Fis-


day even more exciting is the privilege of media practitioners to experience, as collective media group, a pilgrimage at the Palo Cathedral, the only pilgrim site in the Archdiocese of Palo. Fr. Alvero, in an earlier interview, stated, “on this Jubilee Year, Pope (emeritus) Benedict XVI has granted the faithful an indulgence for those who visit the Pilgrim Site during the year of grace, especially passing through the Jubilee Door of the Cathedral of Palo. An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven.” He stressed that this is granted to those who are “properly disposed to it, such as, one must have availed the sacrament of confession, take holy communion and pray for the intention of the Pope (that is, praying the Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the intention of the Pope.” On June 16, the media will have their day of unwinding in beach games at Tadjao Beach Resort in Tolosa. It will be their chance to fellowship once more with one another, transcending barriers created by professional rivalry and competition among them. The celebration of the Jubilee of the Media is much anticipated for the good it gives on the social and spiritual needs of media practitioners. Thanks to Archbishop Du and the

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renowned broadcast catechist and retreat master, is expected to deliver the Keynote Speech in the Vigil. Representatives from selected faith communities as well as the media will give respective testimony with topics revolving around the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to Dalmacio “Massey” Grafil, publisher of Leyte Samar Daily Express. Pauline Sister Gemma Dela Cruz, also of the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications, and Fr. Alvero will present the theme of the Vigil which is “Communicating Holiness by the Power of the Holy Spirit.” Grafil added that Fr. Oscar Florencio SThD, who is one of those in charge of the Vigil, will give a synthesis of the testimonies shared. May 26 will be the media men’s bonding day with Archbishop Du who will join them at lunch in the Holy Retreat for Media Practitioners at the Chancery in Palo, Leyte. As earlier informed by Fr. Alvero, Rev. Fr. Oscar Lorenzo of the Sto. Niño Church is invited to give the retreat. The Holy Retreat bears the theme “This is the Will of God, Your Holiness. (1 Thess. 4:3)” Confession follows the retreat, and subsequently the celebration of the Holy Mass. What will make this

cal’s Office. Moreover, Cerro explained that the incident that happened in the town last April 25 at around 3:35 in the afternoon could still be considered to be an isolated case. “We cannot yet declare the town to be an election hot spot now, but, if there would be other election related incidents to happen here, then we might declare our town as election hot spot area,” he said. In order to address the tension between the opposing parties, the Comelec together with the Tanauan PNP make sure that both the parties would not conduct campaign sorties in the same area within the same date. Meanwhile, mayoralty bet Tecson Jr., on his part,

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ment to find ways to bring the actual knowledge and skills needed on the job to be brought into the classroom instruction. It is frustrating that what one finds at work had not even been tackled in all the long years in school. We learn many things that maybe essential Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese Palo for sharing their time and resources with the local media. In all these, “To God be all the greater glory!” May as earlier mentioned is also the Jubilee of Social Communications which carries the theme “Making Media as Instruments of Holiness.” With this the Sto. Niño Church in Tacloban offers to bless communication devices or media of communications being instruments of evangelization and sanctification. The blessings are scheduled as follows: May 5 cellphones; May 12 laptops, itabs; May 19 digital cameras and handy cams; and May 26 ipods. All faithful are encouraged to bring their communications gadgets to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which “you usually attend and together we will lift them up to the Lord and receive the blessing from our Mass Presider,” the parish announcement states.

condemned this act of violence made by an ally of his opponent, incumbent Mayor Pagayanan Jr. “Tanauan has been known to be a peaceful place by everyone for there are no election related incidents that happened here,” he said. “Why are we engaging on dirty politics now? Why don’t we focus only on what could we do, given the opportunity to serve the locality. Let us just promote ourselves by discussing our platform of governance to our people,” Tecson added. The candidate further reminds other candidates on the covenant, which they have signed aiming that the conduct of the May 13 election would be fair, clean, honest and peaceful. (REY GERILLA GRADO)

in life but we lack the appropriate knowledge and skills to answer the challenges of actual work. The job fair is one strategy to open many avenues for workers to find the appropriate jobs that they are best fit to handle. Jobseekers will be guided as to where those jobs are and how they can obtain employment. It is for the jobseekers to enhance their competence in accordance with what is required by employers. While policymakers are caught in stagnation towards finding solution to that mismatch between education and skills on one hand and job requirement on the other hand, it may be well for our jobseekers to be up and ready to take just whatever is being offered. In most instances, jobseekers who are picked by employers are subjected to trainings and seminars prior to actual work exposure. This is a clear demonstration that formal college education has practically failed to equip the graduate adequate knowledge and skills for the jobs now offered to jobseekers. Comments to alellema@

Candidate for mayor in Tanauan, Leyte Pel Tecson respond via phone patch to a radio interview about the legal action his camp will file in Comelec against re-electionist Atty. Mario Villero who allegedly fired his 9mm pistol at the UNA headquarters, Thursday afternoon, April 25, causing alarm and fear among Tecson’s volunteers manning the said headquarters. Earlier, Villero allegedly poked his pistol to fellow candidate Engr. Harold Gomez.

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forced his way into the station.” “(Noel),in his angry, threatening and frantic state, succeeded in forcibly wrestling the microphone from my hands and without prior consent and authorization from myself as the announcer and moderator of the particular program…even managing to say on air “na-ikabataron unta ako..” According to Marta, the act displayed of Noel was a “clear form of harassment and intimidation to discourage free political commentary.” “And these calculated illegal, abusive and arrogant acts of (Noel) are

clear indications of his lack of qualification, moral and legal fitness to occupy a position of authority and power in government…”Marta added. Lawyer Rosemarie Pelaez, who accompanied Marta in the filing of the complaint-affidavit, said that while the complaint filed against Noel could be criminal in nature, his being a candidate was the reason why his acts could be considered within the ambit of the Comelec. And if proven guilty, Noel could be disqualified as a candidate, she said. As of press time, Noel is not available for his comment on this issue. (MARVIN MODELO/ JOEY A. GABIETA)


NOTICE is hereby given that Ma. Cecilia Maniego Meneses heir of late Sps. Ernesto R. Maniego and Nenita P. Maniego executed an affidavit of Adjudication over a parcel of land, designated as Lot 12, Block


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Sebastian Abaloyan extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 1340, located in Brgy. Marasbaras, Tacloban City, covered by T.C.T. No. T-2756 and Tax Dec. No. 2012-01-0009-02949, containing an area of 1,156 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Geraldine C. Abaloyan, Henry C. Abaloyan, Reyvon C. Abaloyan, Reynold C. Abaloyan, Winston C. Abaloyan and Kristine C. Abaloyan as vendees for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 253, Page No. 51, Book No. XXVII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Romulo A. Tiu. LSDE: April 23, 30 & May 7, 2013

13, Phase 4, Pcs-08-000010, situated in Brgy. Caibaan, City of Tacloban City containing an area of 214 square meters, more or less and covered by T.C.T. No. T-36494 and this lot was acquired by virtue of a Deed of Sale; per Doc. No. 393, Page No. 79, Book No. 43, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Eduardo M. Polistico. LSDE: April 23, 30 & May 7, 2013


Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Edgardo “Sonny” Angara urges DTI to intensify price and quality monitoring of school supplies Team PNoy senatorial candidate Edgardo “Sonny” Angara today urged the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to intensify its monitoring of prices and quality of school supplies being sold in retail outlets and bookstores with the expected increase in demand during the opening of classes. Angara asked the DTI intensify its information campaign on the suggested retail prices of school requirement so that consumers would be aware of the allowable prices of school supplies. He said the move would help prevent distributors and retailers from taking advantage of the huge demand for school supplies. The lawmaker said the

check should not only focus on small stores and public markets but also on department stores. “The DTI should require retail stores to post or caused the publication in newspapers the allowable

prices of school supplies that will serve as a guide for consumers,” Angara said. He said the DTI should also start fielding mobile stores that will sell affordable school supplies for parents with limited budget in major areas. Angara likewise advised parents, especially those from the low-income bracket, to be wise when buying school supplies by comparing prices and quality. The lawmaker from Aurora earlier called on the Department of Health-Bureau of Food and Drugs to also check the toxic chemical contents of cheap school supplies sold in retail stores and malls in Divisoria, Manila. In the past years, the Ecowaste Coalition discovered that harmful substances like neurotoxin lead and carcinogens cadmium and phthalates were present in school supplies such as pencils, pencil cases, lunch boxes, raincoats and backpacks for children. Angara said the DTI should put up complaint desks where consumers can report or lodge their complaints on irregularities involving school supplies. (PR)


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upgraded and established to counter unscrupulous individuals. The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRMMC), on the other hand, and is chaired by Mayor Romualdez is right away activated in times of disasters. To mention again the health and birthing services given for free at the five health centers built at Sagkahan, San Jose, Diit, V&G areas and at the City Health Office at Kanhuraw. Another health center is to be opened in Barangay Suhi in the northern part of the city. It was during the administration of Mayor Romualdez that the city’s economy really took off as evidenced by the increase of business permits issued by the City Licensing Office from the 4,000 permits before he took office in 2007 from the current 10,000 business permits. Also noted was the increase of daily flight schedules coming to the city using the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR) Airport. At present, the DZR Airport serves 14 daily flights from Cebu and Manila. Mayor Romualdez also pushed for the reclassification of Tacloban, the gateway of Eastern Visayas, into a highly urbanized city, joining 16 other cities in the country to the said group. In an interview, Mayor Romualdez proudly revealed his secret in performing well as the Tacloban’s chief executive of a fast growing city who has acclaimed several na-

tional and local recognitions, is the divine intervention and guidance of our Creator. “Spiritually we have to offer our city to our God Almighty that it is spared from adversaries and its people be spared from harm,” the mayor said. Having a common vision and mission for Tacloban City, Mayor Alfred as the captain of the ship, I Love Tacloban-Team Romualdez asks Taclobanon to vote for his city council namely: candidate No. 25- Romualdez, Cristina for its tourism and social welfare; No. 24 – Padernos, Alfred for information, communication, games, amusement & entertainment; No.23- Malate,Noel for people empowerment and participation and information technology de-


velopment; No. 22- Malate, Bom to attend to its labor sector, business trade and industry; No. 20- Granados, Jeric Dane for market and slaughterhouse, banks, franchises, ethics and blue ribbon; No. 18- Galapon,Casal, Elvie – health and sanitation; No. 13- Domingo, Willy for engineering, infrastructure, senior citizens and persons with disability; No. 11-Chua, Edwin for public order, security and safety, agriculture, fisheries and aquatic resources, livelihood and cooperative development; No. 10- Frederick Chua: education, culture & student affairs, transportation, terminal administration and No. 6 – Bernadas, Brando to take charge of urban poor, housing, resettlement and general services.


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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Chiz files SALN with waiver, urges peers, bets to follow Senator Chiz Escudero submitted to the Senate secretary his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) Thursday to beat the April 30 deadline and with it a signed waiver on secrecy of bank deposits in line with his transparency challenge issued earlier to public servants. The Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (RA 6713) requires all government officials and personnel to submit sworn SALN documents within 30 days after assuming office and not later than April 30 every year thereafter. Along with his SALN submission, Escudero said he is reiterating a challenge to his peers in the Senate and candidates for the elections next month to execute bank secrecy waivers to give the Office of the Ombudsman a free hand to look into questionable bank accounts both here and overseas. “Even in the absence of a law, candidates particularly those running for Senate seats have the obligation to execute bank secrecy waivers to observe

the standard that was applied to former Chief Justice Renato Corona by the Senate impeachment court in issuing a guilty verdict that led to Corona’s removal,” Escudero said. Legislators and those aspiring to be members of Congress would adhere to the principles of transparency by filing their SALN and with it a waiver on secrecy of bank accounts, Escudero said. He said candidates for elective positions should make it a commitment to Filipino voters the execution of the secrecy waiver as proof of their honest intent in rendering public service and as an assurance against theft of public funds. “The challenge on transparency should not be treated as child’s play. Those who consider themselves as leaders do not need to be prodded to do something right,” Escudero said. “I think signing the secrecy waiver is an obligation that each of us should do in the coming days prior to the elections,” Escudero said. “Those who have nothing to hide has nothing to fear from my transparency challenge,” he added. (PR)

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Why Leyte prov’l board holds regular session even during campaign period

TACLOBAN CITY— The Leyte provincial board will continue to hold regular sessions even during the campaign period. Leyte second district Board Member Nico Villasin said members of the provincial board agreed to hold sessions because of the bulk of ordinances, annual and supplemental budgets coming from municipalities that need approval. “The provincial board never had recess in the past

even during the campaign season,” Villasin said. “It would not look good for us [Sangguniang Panlalawigan members] to be out campaigning and setting aside our duties,” Villasin added. Early after the campaign period started, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has warned legislators of the consequences if they declare a recess during the election season.

Section 52-a of the Local Government Code is explicit in requiring that the minimum number of regular sessions be held once a week. Legislators were deemed absent for four consecutive sessions can be ground for administrative and disciplinary actions, according to the DILG. “Also, there is no provision in our Internal Rules that we declare a recess during the election period,” Villasin added. (REYAN L. ARINTO)

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