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14 EV solons receive P2.1-B PDAF in 2010-2012 -- DBM BY SARWELL Q. MENIANO
TACLOBAN CITY – The 14 members of the House of Representatives of the region have received P2.1 billion pork barrel funds from 2010 to 2012, records of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) show.
The central government has poured out a total of P230.85 million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the official name of the pork barrel, to the region’s 14 solons in 2010 with most of them receiving P15 million each. Allotment significantly rose to P956.07 million in 2011 and P920.97 million in 2012. Almost all congressmen got P70 million every year, which is within the pork barrel limit set by the Aquino administration. Leyte 1st district Board Member Gina Merilo (left) assisted by DOST 8 Regional Director Edgardo The DBM’s electronic Esperancilla (right) cuts the ribbon during the opening program of the 2013 Regional Invention fund release report show Contest and Exhibits with the theme: “Inventions and Innovations for Smarter Philippines” at Rob- that An Waray party(VINO R. CUAYZON) insons Place, Tacloban City, August 19. list Rep. Neil Benedict
Montejo got the highest PDAF in the 15th Congress at P170 million. Most of his PDAF was spent on medical assistance for indigent patients, infrastructure development and scholarship. Next to Montejo with highest allotment from 2010 to 2012 was Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado with P156.5 million. This was set aside mainly to construct multi-purpose buildings, improvement of water system, financial aid to schools, medical assistance and forest management. to page 3
Dr. Opinion: Tacloban has no MCA-P assures close monitoring of performance of contractors sex workers, only entertainers
TACLOBAN CITYThis city has no known commercial sex workers
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but only “entertainers.” Still, these entertainers working in various girlie night joints like videoke bars or night clubs are mandated to have their regular check up before the special hygiene clinic of the City Health Office, said city health officer Doctor Jaime Opinion. According to him, these entertainers are mostly found in videoke
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bars who “just serve their customers.” “We don’t tolerate prostitution here in the city. What we have are just entertainers although we sometimes receive some feedback that a certain bar offers (commercial sex) but when we go to that place, we get nothing of that sort,” Opinion said. “We discourage prostitution here in Tacloban,” he added. Opinion said that he respects the kind of work these entertainers do. to page 7
TACLOBAN CITY – The Millennium Challenge Account Philippines (MCA-P) has assured close monitoring on the performance of contractors to ensure high quality of a road project funded by the United States in Samar and Eastern Samar provinces. Ma. Victoria Añonuevo, MCA-P managing director and chief executive officer, said that in her visit to the project site this week, there were concerns raised from the community on the possibility of substandard
infrastructure project just like in the past. “I realize the anxiety of people in Samar. We are committed to build better and lasting roads to help improve the lives of people in Samar. To achieve that, we have to regularly the work of contractors to ensure they are following the standard,” she said in a mobile phone interview. According to her, they asked the contractors of the project’s third segment to rectify few meters of upgraded road in Eastern Samar, which is less than the 265 millimeter standard
thickness for concrete pavement and 150 mm for asphalt overlay. “We are happy that contractors are taking our suggestions seriously but some of these problems are caused by their worker’s negligence,” she said. The project, which has four contract packages, was awarded to seven contractors. Only two are based in Eastern Visayas.
The $214 million grant from the US government covers road widening, rehabilitation, drainage and other safety measures, bridge construction and engineer-
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PMA entrance exam slated August 25
TACLOBAN CITYAbout 300 young men and women are to take their chances to enter the country’s most prestigious military academy, the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). Captain Ross Mar Villareal, officer-in-charge of the plan and program officer of academic group of the PMA, said that the entrance examination would be held this Sunday, August 25. “That will be a whole day (event). We will be processing the applications in the morning but the examination proper will be in the afternoon,” Villareal, who visited the Leyte Samar Daily Express office, said. The examination will cover three areas, namely, abstract reasoning, mathematics and Eng-
lish with 200 test items. The testing center for Tacloban is at the Leyte Normal University. Villareal said that walk-in applicants will be accepted on the examination day. Villareal, who previously worked at the office of Mayor Alfred Romualdez, said that he is encouraging young men and women from the region to take the qualifying examinations. He noted that among the three Visayas region, Eastern Visayas lagged behind in terms of number of examinees and graduates at the PMA. In fact, Villareal said, no one from the region made it to the graduating batch last year. He added that the most the region could produce a PMA graduate
was three. But Villareal was quick to say that there were already quite a number of PMAers from the region who made in the honor list. As a PMA scholar, one can enjoy perks like full academic scholarship, free board and lodging and a monthly allowance of P27,000. A graduate is already considered to be employed as he or she has only to choose which among the branches of the armed forces he/she want to belong, Villareal said. For one to qualify, the examinee must be a high school graduate with a general average of 85, stands five feet and aged 17 to 21 years old.(JOEY A.
50 cops in Eastern Visayas hone investigation skills
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Inspired by the timehonored principle of “training your own men”, the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) trains 50 police investigators to equip them with competent investigation skills for increased crime solution efficiency and high conviction rate. “The conviction of
suspects and not merely the identification and filing of cases should be the yardstick in measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of our investigation of crime incidents,” said PCSupt. Elmer Soria, PRO8 director, during opening of the Criminal Investigation Course (CIC) Friday. The police official informed that in 2010, a review on the profile
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of police investigators nationwide uncovered the apparent lack of competent and effective field investigators who possess the skills and the right attitude to work on a case and pursue it until resolved by the courts. “This handicap can be best addressed with the provision of adequate, relevant investigation training programs designed to
provide desired learning competencies and investigative proficiency among police investigators,” he added. The investigatortrainees will be undergoing the six-week course divided into four significant modules on General Subjects, Laws/ Jurisprudence, Investigative Procedures and Court Practices. Soria disclosed that a competent, authoritative and high-
ly-qualified team of instructors that are acknowledged and recognized experts in their respective fields of specialization such as those coming from the academe, scene-ofthe-crime operations (SOCO) officers, prosecutors and judges will handle the training. “We are on the threshold of modern criminal investigation. This
training will serve as a weapon to our investigator not only in enhancing their skills but also in coping up with the sophisticated techniques being employed by criminals nowadays,” the top police official added. (PINSP ROMUEL NACAR)
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S. Leyte fish and bird sanctuary wins 2013 Marine Protected Area Award MAASIN CITY -- The Molopolo-Sta. Cruz Marine Fish and Bird Sanctuary in Macrohon, Southern Leyte, home to varied marine life and different species of migratory birds got third place in the 2013 best Marine Protected Area (MPA) Award. The sanctuary, which straddles between the barangays of Molopolo and Sta. Cruz, is just 30 minutes away from Maasin, the provincial capital of Southern Leyte. The winners for the awards dubbed as “Para el Mar” (For The Sea) were chosen from over 300 nominations nationwide. To date, there are over 1,000 fish sanctuaries all over the country. The top 12 were chosen as finalists for its exemplary coastal resource management practices and as model to save marine resources. The prestigious award on marine conservation was the highlight of the Forum and Coral Reef Summit at the Intercontinental
Hotel in Makati City on Friday. The Tambunan Marine Sanctuary of Tabina, Zamboanga del Sur was declared the Para El Mar 2013 Champion and received P100,000 cash prize and plaque of appreciation for the LGU. The Buluan Marine Park in Ipil, Zamboanga was adjudged 2nd placer and went home with P50,000 cash prize and plaque of appreciation. The 25-hectare Molopalo-Sta. Cruz Marine Fish and Bird Sanctuary tied with Betaog Fish Sanctuary and Marine Park in Eastern Samar for the third place and received the cash prize of P35,000. The cash incentives will be used to improve the MPAs. The MPA was adjudged as the first place in the 2012 Champion of the Seas project of the Southern Leyte Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO).It is one of the eight fish sanctuaries of the province. It is home to virgin coral reefs, hosted other variety of marine
life such as sharks, rays, twin giant clams, wild ducks, 30 species of fish, and different species of migratory birds. Mangroves also abound in the area. It is one of the tourist attractions of the municipality of Macrohon and in the province. It became popular because of its fish feeding activity. The visitors can buy specially-baked bread in the MPA canteen. There are also 10 designated areas for snorkeling. A tour is available in the site and witness the diverse abundant marine life with a see-through glass bottom boat. A multi-purpose watchtower was constructed in the sanctuary in 2010 which was donated by the German gove r n me nt - f u nd i ng agency GIZ/ Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit. This serves as a guardhouse but also as a place for scientific studies. The MPA was adjudged as the first place in the 2012 Champion of the Seas project of the Southern Leyte PENRO.
DENR-8 conducts survey on tarsier population in EV TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is currently conducting a survey to determine the total population of the tarsiers in Eastern Visayas. Tarsier, known as the smallest primate in the world, is found in the islands of Leyte, Samar, Bohol, Mindanao and in other islands in the country. Since there are a lot of tarsier sightings in the region, both reported and unreported, the said survey will serve as an official report on its number and status. CENRO-Palo Protected Area and Wildlife Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS) chief Tito
Simbulan disclosed that they have already started the survey and they have found out that there are a lot of tarsier sightings in the locale. In a way, the pieces of information that can be derived from the survey will become the basis for future plans and strategies to be implemented for the conservation and protection of these species. As part of their advocacy in the preservation of the environment, PAWCZMS requests the public not to capture tarsiers nor to harm them. They even encouraged people to surrender a tarsier whenever they see one to their office or just let it be in its natural habitat. Those people who
capture or harm these animals will face penalties according to RA 9147 or also known as the Wildlife Resource Conservation and Protection Act.
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Trailing behind was Rep. Andres Salvacion (Leyte 3rd) who got a total of P156 million pork barrel, which was spent mainly for construction of multi-purpose building, road rehabilitation and medical assistance. Receiving P155 million each were former Rep. Raul Daza (Northern Samar 1st), Rep. Rogelio Espina (Biliran), Rep. Ben Evardone (Eastern Samar), former An
A panel of marine management experts from MSN Support Network led by Dr. Perry Aliño of the University of the Philippines and other partners assessed the finalists ecological and socio economic impact of the MPA according to Armand Gaviola, community affairs assistant in the province. The government and community collaboration and enforcement of environmental laws were given weight by the assessment and evaluation team, Gaviola added. The “Para el Mar” is organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Protected Areas and Wildlife (DENRPAWD), Marine Protected Areas MSN Support Network, Department of Science and Technology, United States Agency International Development (USAID), CTS, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) and other partners.
Police marks PNP anniversary on August 20
CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte - Police Superintendent Eufronio Obong, public information officer of Philippine National Police (PNP-8) is inviting everyone to the 112th Police Service Anniversary today, August 20. “We are very happy that the media supports our yearly celebration of 112th PNP anniversary,” Obong said. (VICKY C. ARNAIZ) Obong said that the highlights of celebration would be the bloodletSimbulan also high- ting activity, tree planting lights the importance of and the awarding of some tarsiers in our ecosys- personnel for their exemtem and asks the public to help them in the assistance, sports develpreservation of these opment and scholarship animals. program. The said assessment Noel, Sarmiento and will continue until OcTan spent a big slice of tober. (RANIZA K. DAtheir respective pork ROLE, LNU-INTERN) barrel largely on infrastructure development, Waray party -list Rep. scholarship program and Florencio Noel, Rep. Mel financial aid for indigent Senen Sarmiento (Samar patients. Other solons got 1st) and Rep. Milagrosa lower allocations in the Tan (Samar 2nd). Scrutinizing the 2012 15th Congress – Leyte records, Daza used his 2nd Rep. Sergio Apostol PDAF for road concret- (P154.9 million), Leyte ing and healthcare. Road 1st Rep. Ferdinand Marupgrading, flood control, tin Romualdez (P148.35 medical assistance and million), Leyte 5th Rep. procurement of school Jose Carlos Cari (P134.75 facilities were the proj- million), Leyte 4th Rep. Torres-Gomez ects of Espina. Among Lucy (P134.14) and Northern Evardone’s projects were purchase of multicabs for Samar 2nd Rep. Emil peace and order, multi- Ong (P123.25 million). The region’s House purpose building, medical assistance, calamity members have simi-
plary performances. Civilians who helped the police in carrying their duties are also to be recognized, Obong said. “In the unit award wherein the awardees will be from the police stations and local government units who supports us, three will be awarded. In the individual award, the awardees will be five or ten people,” he said. Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla will be the guest speaker during the occasion. (PRINCESS HAYRA B.de BELEN, LNU INTERN)
lar priorities - Apostol (infrastructure), Cari infrastructure and scholarship, Gomez (infrastructure and social services), Romualdez (infrastructure and scholarship) and Ong (infrastructure). According to DBM, PDAF is a lump-sum appropriation in the annual General Appropriations Act to fund the priority development programs and projects of the government. It is being channeled through members of the House of Representatives.
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he present government’s “daang matuwid” campaign is now creating great impacts in that more and more anomalies are being uncovered and crooked paths are straightened. Dishonesty in its various forms is ﬂeshed out, the guilty ones charged in courts, thanks to the watchdogs of the government that are doing the job. This advocacy should have been put in place and strictly implemented by previous regimes. Had this been done before, irregularities in various agencies should have been avoided if not eradicated. But anti-corruption efforts in the past were mostly just in words to impress upon people that such a campaign existed. But as regards results, nothing remarkable was accomplished; instead, dishonesty that breeds corruption and all prevailed. Right now, anti-corruption policy is being imposed for real. Again, thanks to the government’s watchdogs that are making these things possible. As they work together, however, a pattern that has been there since time immemorial is the only thing that seems to
work—running after, and catching hold of the small offenders. If the guilty ones are big ﬁgures, high ranking in position and raking in unthinkable amounts through fraudulent transactions, these watchdogs are toothless, helpless, and inutile, unable to do something punitive. Yes, the government is full, even overﬂowing of dishonest people. Some of them are just compelled to be so in their desperate attempts to survive, to ensure a better life. It’s just sad that, again, they seem to be the only ones who are easily caught and penalized. Those who, out of enormous power and inﬂuence, would drain the government’s coffers, steal bulks of resources, and impoverish the people in the process, are seldom found guilty; they just get away with their loots. This brings us back to the age-old sayings: “the law is just for the lowly,” and “justice is just for the rich.” If the government is indeed serious in running after dishonest people, then it should not just single out the weak; it should go after big ﬁshes as well.
Nativized Hispanic words Studies have it that sixty percent of the lexicon of most Philippine languages is Hispanic in origin. As such, these words are being used in day-to-day communication among Filipinos, be it in oral or written form. It’s either that these words are borrowed directly, or are derived from certain Spanish words. In the process, certain changes are made to the original words. There is a morphemic shift as the nativization process occurs. Take a look at the following samples and their explanations to find out what it means. These are words that we commonly use now. Notice what changes were made, and from what Spanish words they came from. PILIPINAS is the acculturated loan word from the Spanish word FILIPINAS,
shifting the grapheme F to P. PUWERSA, a nativized loan word from Spanish, changes F – P, UE – UWE, and Z – S. ESTADOS UNIDOS is borrowed exactly from its original Spanish words and does not change any grapheme at all. LUGAR is likewise borrowed from Spanish in its original form. DISTANSIYA, from the Spanish word DISTANCIA, shifts from CI to SIY.
PANGABUSO or ABUSO is loaned from Spanish term ABOSAR, which changes AR to O. The word DEPENSA, which was drawn from the Spanish word DEFENSA, changes F to P. REAKSIYON is a nativized Spanish word REACCION, which shifts from C to K, and CI to SIY. KAALYADO is derived from the Spanish word ALIADO, changing I to Y. PAATRASON is a verb showing an intent to let
someone, or something, go backwards. Its root word is borrowed from the Spanish word ATRAS, which is exactly copied without any changes made. PAGSUPORTA is another verb showing one’s support for something. From its Spanish origin, it simply changes AR to A. KAKLARO is an adjective borrowed from the Spanish word CLARO, changing C to K, and adding the prefix KA-. Even with this simple linguistic analysis, the presence of Hispanic words in our lexicon is very evident. These words could come in different form in the parts of speech like noun, verb, adjective, etc., and may have been borrowed exactly or just derived from certain Spanish words. Indeed, Spanish is deeply engraved in our native languages.
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Smart people can’t lose
I have read the biographies of some philanthropists like the Rockefellers, Kennedys, and Gates. In like manner, the lives of poor saints are equally commendable. Rich and poor alike give big or small, but somehow are remembered. All of them are successful in their own way – the kind of material success defined by our worldly standards. What is success then? Is there anyone among us who does not aspire for success? Perhaps none; but our definition of success may vary. What is success for you could be unacceptable for me. There could be situations when your success may spell disaster for another; that is when your gain in a business deal, for instance, could be leading to another’s bankruptcy. Like, your promotion would mean getting on top of the other. Indeed, it is
promotion season in my organization. While some are enthusiastic, most are cynical about its conclusion. I always tell my colleagues to take life as a big game. Join in the fray, be the humble winner and the sporty loser. Traditional wisdom stresses that successful people are greatly motivated, have the ability and the sense to grab an opportunity to “ excavate into a goldmine”. Apart from endurance, hard work, talent, and prayers one needs to have that added sense to “excavate “ the “luck factor” to become what is called “you are so lucky”. Maybe we take up one dream or idea at a time. Focus on it and think of it, dream of it and live on that idea. Isn’t the feeling alone of being enveloped in such a big dream enough positivism. I think success is already partly yours. Let us bear in mind that
public coffers out of taxes from the people, the development is unclear if it is for the public or for those that have access over it. Under our system, congress has the power of the purse, it being vested with the power to enact the national budget. It has the power to determine government expenditures that would be funded by revenues out of taxpayer’s money. Legislators are afforded the leeway to introduce what is known as congressional insertions in the national budget based on priorities determined by the legislators. Due to this practice, lawmakers are given the power to identify their pet projects and provide funds out of the funds al-
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one essential factor for success is how one approaches others, particularly with the ones one is dealing with. In this case, there are two kinds of people: Those who would “like to give” and those who would “like to take” at the work place. The ‘takers’ are known to be having an attitude to squeeze others as much as possible and give back the least; while the ‘givers’ give their full irrespective of any returns. The latter are a rare breed but they are the ones who are ultimately at the top of the ladder. These squeezers exploit us, while small givers give until they bleed. Hence, according to one radical approach to success: a giver dominates the top of the success ladder because of the rare ability to focus on success that gives more to others. In other words, the focus is more on oneself, than to others. But the other point is that success comes to those who are magnanimous at heart; and have the will to achieve. As one billionaire says, “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” Truly, un-smart people may think big, and in that they are already successful.
Politicians in the legislative branch of both the lower and the upper house are hogging the limelight of national broadsheets as well as radio, television, cable media following the expose of huge government funds being funneled into anomalous deals. The funds allegedly emanated from lawmakers’ pork barrel which is now palatably dubbed as priority development assistance fund. The funds are earmarked as an assistance fund for priority development if we go by its label. But the label of such fund is deceptive in that it does not identify with specificity as to whose development the funds are allocated for. While it is clearly taken from the
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located to them in the form of pork barrel. Apart from regular allocations set by the executive branch, lawmakers make their own allocations for the programs and projects needed by their constituents. Public funds that are at the disposal of legislators are ideally for the provision of assistance to priority development efforts in their respective jurisdiction. The system is susceptible to wastage of meager public funds as those in the lower house may implement programs and projects that are duplicitous with those undertaken by local politicians using local funds or assistance from senators. The probability of wastage is heightened by the fact that politicians are often in disharmony due to political affiliations. People who are the supposed endbeneficiaries of government programs and projects are often left-out in the political skirmishes are the ones who suffer. The existence of pork barrel had been identified
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In the country’s legal system, basically patterned after Western laws, a principle rings throughout and which casts aspersion upon a person’s absence while he is being pursued: ﬂight is an indicia of guilt. Many individuals who stand trial in courts of justice are asked during cross examination by the state or public prosecutor where they were in a certain period of time following the discovery of the incident subject of the court case. Their ﬂight or absence from where these accused should be staying or could be found leaves the suspicion that they are hiding from the arms of the law. Sometimes bane, sometimes boon. A suspect’s ﬂight after the happening or the discovery of a crime he is allegedly implicated could work for him favorably or otherwise. In one case, a suspect in a rape of one teenager went on hiding for almost two decades. A wonder of wonders the accused managed to evade arrest through the lapse of such long period of time. Needing a clearance for any legal purpose or sensing a possible dismissal of the rape case filed against him, the accused, now a fugitive of justice, suddenly surfaces. Oftentimes they surrender to the police, and the court staff digs through piles of brittle case folders and have the case calendared. In the courtroom, a manifestation is made by the defense lawyer: “the private offended party is nowhere to be found in the address indicated in the record of the case.” Either she moved to another domicile without leaving any forwarding address or she has gone to the great beyond for reason any man could just imagine. Another scenario is that the private complainant is simple not interested in pursuing the case either her eye witnesses are likewise cannot anymore be found in given address or are already six feet below the ground. Or perhaps, with that long interval from the happening of the crime to the revival of the archived case, she bits and pieces of her memory faded to oblivion. Still others have already moved on and have learned to forgive the culprit who once or for several times, as the case may be, has violated her. With the private offended party’s disinterest or failure to prosecute the case, ergo the case at bar, involving a heinous crime at that, is dismissed with prejudice. Thus, unless the accused is detained for another case for which his detention is yet necessary, he is released from detention and goes back to the com-
munity as if the accusation against him is untrue. As restorative justice aims, the accused, although answerable in the eyes of the Divine Creator, goes back to the community and rebuilds his life as if he is innocent and worthy of any person’s trust. Good for those who are truly penitent, reformation or rehabilitation from a vice that have lured them to commit the crime they are accused of, is achievable. Otherwise described, the cycle of doing the right and wrong punishable under the law becomes vicious.
Such situation is not exclusive to heinous crimes. In fact, in cases of simple theft, upon careful evaluation of the court and at the instance of either the prosecution or the defense, if the private complainant fails to appear in court despite due notice, the case could be dismissed. Again this dismissal could either be permanent or provisional. In the latter’s case, revival and re-calendaring of the dismissed case is conditioned upon the reappearance of
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August 20, 2013 – Monday of the 20th Week Jgs 2:11-19; Ps 106; Mt 19:16-22
THE RICH YOUNG MAN Someone approached [Jesus] and said, “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?” He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He asked him, “which ones?” and Jesus replied, “You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother; and ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” The young man said to him, “all of these I have observed. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to [the] poor, and you will; have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
NO DUST ON FLYING WINGS When we applaud an actor on the stage or a returning hero, we are, in a sense, worshiping him, putting a value on his worth. Worship is a sign of value, the price we put on a person. Therefore, to worship God means to acknowledge that he is the source of our ultimate happiness. But there are times in our lives when we push God to the back seat and give his place to lesser gods of our own choosing. For example, the people of Israel repeatedly “forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers” (Judg 2:12); they worshiped, instead, the lesser gods of their pagan neighbours. To the rich young man in the Gospel, his possession was his lesser god. Hence, when the Lord proposed to him to renounce his riches in order to follow him to perfection, he could not, and “went away sorrowful” (Mt 19:22). When the heart is filled with the supreme and transcendent desire after the eternal God, then we realize that there can be nothing outside God that can fully satisfy us, for everything comes from his Hands. Dust never rises very high on the road; the birds that ﬂy high above, have no dust upon their wings. So, if our heart knows how to ﬂy high enough towards God, it escapes the anxieties and the worries, which brood upon the earth. (His Word for Today by Vima Dasan, SJ, published by Paulines. Visit us at www.paulines.ph or Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City, Tel. No. 321-3195) Sower’s Seeds: “To do good you need to have a faith-ﬁlled heart,” -Blessed James Alberione, SSP, S.Th.D., Founder of the Pauline Family
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The Leyte II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LEYECO II) invites Scrap and Junk buyers to pre-qualify and bid to buy the following items on as is where is basis: Item
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YBU 527 YBU 397 HAT 879 HAU 413 GGF 817 WKV292 YCY 466
Isuzu D-Cab Isuzu D-Cab Tamaraw FX Tamaraw FX Boomtruck Blue Tamaraw FX Ford Explorer
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As is, where is basis and should bid on the items above. A pre-qualiﬁcation of bidders conference will be held on September 2, 2013 at the LEYECO II Conference Room, Real Street, Sagkahan District, Tacloban City at 10:00 o’clock in the morning. The following documents have to be presented, to wit: a. Letter of Intent b. Business Permit Bidding documents shall be issued to pre-qualiﬁed bidders upon payment of a non-refundable fee of ONE THOUSAND PESOS (PhP1,000.00). The opening of bids will be on September 4, 2013, 10:00 o’clock in the morning. Sealed offers must be accompanied by a Cash Bond or Manager’s Check equivalent to 10% of the total bid offered. LEYECO II reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive any formality thereof and to accept only such bids that are advantageous to the cooperative. The decision of the cooperative is ﬁnal and binding. (SGD) VIDA O. URENA Chairman
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as the root cause of all the hogging to such funds by and among politicians. Priority development as an offshoot of the ideal bottom-up planning process is defeated by the pork barrel which funds projects based on the priorities of the lawmaker. More appalling is the fact that such priorities are often geared to benefit not the public but
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the complainant within the reglementary period. Well, this is a totally different genre from the rudiment of “ﬂight as indication of guilt.” In this second situation, it is the complainant who is absent. The ﬂight of the accused will never have the case dismissed. A steaming hot political issue in the country these days is with respect to the sensational Janet Lim Napoles of the much debated upon “pork barrel scam.” She is reported to have gone missing following the incessant bantering on her involvement in the 10B pork cheat. The touted “pork barrel queen” is now branded as “fugitive of law.” She is said to be evading arrest, warrant of which was issued by a branch of the Makati City
other else. This reality had been proven in the many anomalous scams involving government funds that are purposely funneled into ends that are not public. We are once again confronted with another scam involving public funds dubbed as pork barrel. There is no doubt the funds were released out of the public coffers through bogus transactions with fake entities under the name of one Janel Lim Napoles.
The extent of the scam is so revolting especially in the face of government’s inability to provide basic services to the people. It is unconscionably unthinkable that huge funds are available inside pork barrels which could not be made available for the needs of an impoverished Filipino nation but had been anomalously expended in scams. Comments to alellema@ yahoo.com
Regional Trial Court on Wednesday after she and her brother allegedly detained Luy for three months until the NBI rescued him last March. Napoles has been alleged as brains behind the P10-billion pork barrel scam following a revelation made by her second cousin Benhur K. Luy. For how long will she be out of sight? No one knows but her and those harboring her and protecting her as they protect their own selves and own interests. Until when can the media play up this issue also depend on what hot topics could effectively overtake this controversy in the banner headlines. When Napoles resurfaces, will the issue still be as hot as it now? Will Pres. Noy Aquino, whose allies have been dragging the names of opposition senators as among those in the scam list, still
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Gov. Petilla commends region’s inventors TACLOBAN CITY – “Necessity is the mother of invention,” Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla quoted in his message conveyed by Board Member Gina Merilo(1st district), during the opening ceremony of this year’s Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits on August 19 at the Robinsons’ Place Activity Area. Gov.Petilla said that due to our life’s needs, we tend to invent and innovate methods that would help in making our life easier. He added that through the inventions, our time and effort in working is being minimized. “Technological advancement stimulates human brain to create modern stuff in the different fields of life such as trans-
portation, medical invention, communication and many other fields that are very important for us human,” Governor Petilla said as quoted by Merilo. He has also given examples of modern inventions that are beneficial in our life. Moreover, he also praised the efforts of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-8) for coming up a regional invention contest and exhibit that aims to promote creations or ideas from inventors in the region whose inventions have a greater possibility to be commercialized. “Through this invention contest and exhibit, we are able to show to the other countries our unique inventions coming from
all corners of the region,” Petilla said. “The contest will also underscore the importance of invention and innovation in pushing the country to become more competitive as it opens and expands opportunities for industrial and intellectual properties,” he added. In the end, the governor imparted his sincerity in congratulating all the region’s inventors, researchers, and exhibitors for contributing their creative ideas to help in the advancement of our economy and life. He also encouraged more people to engage in inventions and innovations that would bring pride and honor to the region. (JONAH MARIE T. ROSAL, LNU Intern)
Man hacks to death his drinking buddy
CATARMAN, Northern Samar -- A man was brutaly killed while having a drinking spree in the farm, or the so called “koprahan” at Brgy. Macagtas, this town last August 10, Saturday. The victim, identified as Fidel Tonog, a resident of said place, sustained multiple hack wounds on the different parts of the body. The wound on his neck caused
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ing interventions on road slips and landslides. Of the 222 kilometers, 112 are asphalt and 110 are concrete. The road network has 62 bridges with 60 will be constructed by the Secondary National Road Development Project and two by the Department of Public Works and Highways. The Samar rehabilitation project is a major component of the $434-million grant from MCC to address poverty. The road traverses the town of Paranas in Samar, Taft, Sulat, San Julian, Borongan, Maydolong, Llorente, Hernani, Gen. Macarthur, Quinapondan, Salcedo, Mercedes and Guiuan in Eastern Samar. (SARWELL Q.
his instantaneous death. The police identified the suspect as Lito Malabon, also a resident of said place. A day after the crime, the suspect voluntarily surrendered to the Catarman PNP, bringing along the bladed weapon (sundang) he used to kill the victim. In a statement made by the suspect, Malabon said that while they were having a drinking spree, an argument arose between them. Tonog immediately got a bladed weapon (dipang)
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that they actually see, live and feel. “In a farming community, we tell stories about sowing and planting. We don’t read stories foreign to them,” shares Bufi. “The children are expected to develop a learning habit that would help them become critical thinkers, increase their self-esteem and develop interpersonal skills thus, help them be more active in their studies,” adds Bufi. Bufi admits TSP and other social good projects are hampered primarily by limited resources. “Social good projects can
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and tried to stab him but he was able to escape. To save himself he immediately got his bolo (sundang) and hacked the victim on his neck, arm and in the different kinds of the body. The suspect also said he has no plan to escape and is willing to pay the crime he committed. He was accompanied by the barangay tanod to the police station during his surrender. (JAYNE GALIT BANTAYAN)
only create so much impact until it gets support from likeminded individuals and corporate partners,” says Bufi. He hopes such concerns will be given solutions once TSP becomes a legitimate NGO. One thing for sure is that TSP has found a staunch supporter in Smart. In fact, the leading service provider has named TSP as its model social good project for its Smart payITfwd program, its latest social development initiative. As part of the company’s thrust in reaching out to deserving social good projects, Smart classifies the deeds of TSP and other outstanding advocacies as smart acts of kindness. The payITfwd program (www.smart.com.ph/payITfwd) will select other social good products and help keep the good going via a technology package which includes five tablets, a Smart Bro pocket wi-fi, P3,000 worth of load plus a P50,000 fund for each winning team or individual. “The technology package that Smart will give to outstanding community-based projects will help a lot in expanding the reach of projects like TSP, which most often than not rely only on the resources of volunteers,” attests Bufi.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Leyte Samar Daily Express
DOST Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit kicks off
Smart offers libreng tawag for survivors of Cebu sea mishap
Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has set up a libreng tawag booth in one of the passenger terminals in Pier 4, Cebu City, to help out the survivors of the sea mishap when a passenger and cargo ship collided near the Port of Cebu late on Friday. Stranded passengers availed of the free call service
from Smart since Saturday morning to tell their loved ones that they are safe. The service will still be available on Sunday, August 18, 2013. The telco also extended communications support to the Operations Center located at the Talisay City Fish Port, South Road Properties through National Telecommunications Commission
Regional Director Jess Laureno. A second Libreng Tawag station was placed in the area on Sunday. Hundreds of passengers have been rescued through collaborated effort of the shipping companies, the Coast Guard and the fishermen of Cebu even as the death toll has risen to over 30, and rescue efforts are ongoing for
those who are still missing. Smart has been providing libreng tawag as a public service in places hit by disasters where communications is vital. Having the most extensive and resilient network all over the country, Smart has proven to be the most reliable partner in these situations.
adding that most of these entertainers are not really from Tacloban. The city health officer said that despite the “absence” of commercial sex workers, they are still con-
ducting their monitoring in various night clubs in the city. The monitoring, he said, is to ensure that these entertainers would remain to be “safe” and observes proper hygiene. “If we receive a report that a certain entertainment establishment has not complied with this requirement, we recommend for its closure and we ask their entertainers to visit our special hygiene center,” Opinion said. “Generally, we are safe here,” Opinion said, particularly referring to possible transmission of sexuallytransmitted diseases. Asked on reports that there is an HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) case in Tacloban, Opinion dismissed this, saying that
the city has no known such a case. Opinion said that the diseases that ills some of the city’s entertainers are mostly non-gonoccocal or urinary tract infection (UTI) which are preventable. He said that his office provides medicines to those individuals which are afflicted with diseases traced to sexual contacts. Meantime, Opinion said that he favors with the proposal of the Social Security System (SSS) here in the city those who are in the sex industry or entertainers enrol with the said agency. “In fact, not only they should be given SSS but even Philhealth or PagIbig membership,” he said.
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“They are just working for a living. We cannot ask them to stop for it would be a violation of their right to earn a living,” he said,
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TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 8 (DOST-8) through the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) spearheaded this year’s Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit with the theme “Inventions and Innovations for Smarter Philippines” on August 19-21, 2013 at the Robinson’s Place Activity Area. The regional competition highlights the creativity and competence of the inventors and innovators from all over the region through exhibiting a variety of their inventions and innovations. Winners will be vying as well to the national level of the competition. In the previous years, the selection of finalists was done on the national level at the pre-contest phase; however, TAPI would like to increase the participation of the inventors that is why they are holding the contest at the regional level first. “We have already conducted regional contests in MIMAROPA, CALABARZON, NCR, and Region 1. Now we are having this in Region 8, then next week, we will be in Region 3. In September, four regions will be having the contest, in October there will be three regions, and
in November there will be three as well,” Engr. Edgar Garcia, TAPI director, disclosed in his message. “All the regional qualifiers will be competing for the national competition next year,” he said. This year, Region 8 had a total of 30 entries submitted to the DOST office and were subjected to a qualifying evaluation. Out of this number, 25 entries made it to the regional round and were broken into categories namely Creative Research with 12 finalists, Invention with 4 finalists, Sibol Award (Highschool) with 3 finalists, Sibol Award (College) with 2 finalists, and Utility Model with 4 finalists. Entries were all coming from private sectors, individuals, and state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the region. DOST Regional Director Edgardo Esperancilla shared that during the national invention contest last 2011, Region 8 was able to produce a 2nd place winner coming from the Samar State University for their Eload machine invention. He was also overwhelmed as the region was able to raise more entries this year, and still, hoping to bag another award in the national level. (JONAH MARIE T. ROSAL, LNU INTERN)
EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH WAIVER AND QUITCLAIM
NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Medarda P. Avila extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a benefits from the City gov-
ernment of Quezon City as well as from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS for brevity) and heirs hereby waive and quitclaim any and all interest they may have over the afore described benefits in favor of their niece Vanessa Avila de Veyra; per Doc. No. 226, Page No. 46, Book No. XVIII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Claro Robert P. Morantee. LSDE: August 20, 27 & Sept. 3, 2013
Leyte Samar Daily Express
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Taclobanon among victims of St. Thomas Aquinas’ sinking TACLOBAN CITY – Seventy-two hours after the ill-fated 2GO vessel M/V St. Thomas Aquinas sank off Lawis Ledge in Talisay, Cebu, Imelda Pailande Diaz, a mother of one of the crew of 2GO is still crying for help and waiting for her daughter Melanie Joy Pailande Diaz of this city. Family and relatives are waiting for any news of the whereabouts of the younger Diaz. They posted in social network sites like facebook, twitter, instagram with Melanie Joy’s photo asking the public for any information they can give to the family and relatives. “Maski ano mangyari sa kanya, nasa naman makita pa rin namin siya,” said Diaz. The Diaz family left for Cebu last Saturday to check on the manifest of the survivors if Melanie Joy is one of them. She is 29 years old and has worked in the 2GO company for the last 10 months. She was with her mother in Tacloban City for a short break last week, before she left for Cebu on August 15 to join the crew of M/V. St. Thomas Aquinas to Palawan, Nasipit then Cebu when the ship, passengers and crew met its horrible fate last August 16. Stories from her co-passengers who survived said that Melanie Joy was the one giving life-jackets to some crew and passengers after the collision, but they lost her in the sea of passengers on that dark night. Search and rescue operations were cut short last
August 17 because of the rough seas and bad weather. It resumed last Sunday and yesterday,but the team only retrieved 10 more bodies off the coast of Talisay but not among them was Melanie Joy. Omar Pailande, Melanie Joy’s uncle who was in Cebu, said in a phone interview that no official statement was released by the 2GO office with regards to Melanie Joy. According to the latest news reports, 731 passengers and crew survived and were treated in several hospitals in Cebu City. The death toll now reached 52 and 68 are still missing. (VICKY C. AR-
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Smart, runners pledge for reading advocacy Despite heavy afternoon rains, over a hundred runners recently pushed on undeterred with Pledge Run 2013: Run for Reading held at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City. The gloomy weather did not dampen the spirits of Rey Bufi, lead proponent of The Storytelling Project (TSP), an advocacy that teaches kids in remote communities to love reading. “Rain or shine, the fun run is a go. We are doing this for the kids.” Proceeds from the fun run will be used as seed money to transform TSP into a nongovernmental organization (NGO) and to sustain it in its infancy. “Being an NGO will give us legitimacy, enabling us to help more kids,” says Bufi.
The fund-raising run was held by TSP in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), a steadfast supporter of the reading advocacy. TSP was able to raise over P100,000 from the pledge run. Bufi joined participants as they walked, ran, or alternately walked and ran around the wet track oval for exactly an hour. Bufi, like some runners, ran barefoot. Runners were mostly friends, family, supporters and Bufi’s former Smart co-workers—people who believe in the TSP cause. Some supporters did not run but pledged an amount for every lap Bufi and other pledge runners made. Par-
ticipants had an hour to run as many laps as they could around the 400-meter oval. Milo Ticsay, barely two years old, did not have to run laps to get pledges from family and friends. He simply hung around and played, as him mom Miriam said he would. Even then, the youngest “runner” got the most pledges – a total of P38,000. The objectives of TSP are close to the hearts of Milo’s parents. “It’s a good cause that we believe in. Now that we have our own son, we have the luxury of buying him books and reading with him. We can relate to other kids who have less. We want them to get that
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