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Samelco I employees union ‘determined to go on strike’ BY SARWELL Q. MENIANO, Correspondent

TACLOBAN CITY – The 105-member Samar I Electric Cooperative (Samelco I) Employees Union may break the record of a decade-long labor strike free region as it did not reach an agreement with the management amid collective bargaining agreement (CBA) deadlock.

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Court issues TRO vs implementation of Catbalogan City’s 2013 budget news

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School alumni ties-up with NSSDEO on tree planting activity news

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Making an appearance news

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Supporters of the An Waray party- list group removes the streamers hang in areas not identified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as common poster areas in Tacloban City. LITO A. BAGUNAS

“After two conferences with both parties, conciliation still failed. The union manifested to conduct a strike vote referendum within this week. However, we are still hoping that could find some remedies,” said NCMB regional conciliator-mediator Tomas Biboso. Samelco I Employees Union president Divina Gracia Balite said that their strike balloting is initially set on February 20, and actual labor strike may take place within first week of March. “The management insisted that they won’t to page 7

Azkals supports Philhealth Run

Scattered thunderstorms in the morning. Partly cloudy skies late. High 86F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.


TACLOBAN CITY – The famous Azkals, which won the friendly match against Myanmar White Angels recently, will join the expected 6,000 runners in Tacloban City intended for mother and child care program of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth). The Philhealth Run, a nationwide run which will be held simultaneously in 18 key cities in the country today, February 17. The proceeds of the run will benefit the cancer patients at Philippine Children Medical Center and for the regional beneficiary will be the Regional Haven in Pawing, Palo- home for abused women. The Azkal players who will join are Misagh Bahadoran, Carlos Alberto de Murga, Marwin Janver Angeles, Jose

Paolo Pascual and Patrick Ace Bright. “Our vice president (Walter) Bacareza personally spoke and requested Dan Palami, Azkals manager and a Taclobanon, to join the event and bring the players here,” said Miramar Zabala, regional public relations officer of the agency. The registrants were from local governments units and private sectors. “This is one of the major activities of Philhealth as the agency celebrates its 18th anniversary celebration,” said Walter Bacareza, regional vice president of Philhealth. The run for a cause is dubbed, “PhilHealth-DOH Run 2013: Nationwide Run for Mother and Child Protection”



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Philippines working with Malaysia to resolve standoff MANILA -- The Philippine Government is currently coordinating with Malaysia to resolve a standoff in Sabah allegedly involving a group of 100 armed Filipinos from Mindanao. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing on Friday in Malacanang that the government and military officials are working with their counterparts in Malaysia to determine the situation. “Katulad ng sinabi ng DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs), we are trying to ascertain the facts that are attendant to the story. The Philippine Embassy in Malaysia had already dispatched our police attaché to that particular area to see kung ano an ‘yung nangyayari and we continue to monitor the situation,” Valte said.


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.The registration fees collected from the participants are as follows: P250 for the 3-kilometer run; P300 – 5 km.; P350 – 10 km; and P450

She said the Palace received information from the Department of National Defense that the 100 Filipinos involved in the standoff were not armed. She also said the Philippine Government is ready to provide assistance to those involved in the standoff after the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia has made a thorough assessment of the situation. “As a general rule, tungkulin ng ating pamahalaan na tulungan… to help extend assistance to any Filipino abroad where ever they may be. At this point, however, we would like to ascertain the facts first,” she said. In a statement, the DFA said Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman called Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario Friday morning to assure that the Malaysian Government is addressing the standoff. for the 18-km. with free singlet for each registrant and meal stubs. “The synchronized run dubbed as “PhilHealth-D OH Run 2013: Nationwide Run for Mother

The Malaysian Government is conducting negotiations “to encourage them to leave peacefully, for which the Secretary expressed his appreciation,” the statement added. “It was also established that our Armed Forces’ chief-of-staff and the Malaysian Military chief were able to clarify that the activity of this Filipino group was not sanctioned by the Philippine Government,” it furthered. Secretary del Rosario sought the assurance of the Malaysian authorities to ensure that the rights of those Filipinos, who are permanent residents in Sabah and who may be among the group, are respected. The DFA urged concerned individuals to return to their homes and families. Increased patrols and tighter security measures have been put in place in waters

off Tawi-Tawi and adjoining islands, the DFA said. Malaysian authorities said an armed group of 100 Filipinos claiming to be members of the royal armed forces of the Sultanate of Sulu entered Sabah and reportedly forced villagers out of said area. They also demanded that they should not be expelled from the state. The gunmen had been cornered by security forces and Malaysian authorities are negotiating for them to leave the area peacefully. The Philippines has been claiming much of the eastern part of Sabah as part of the Sultanate of Sulu that was leased to the British North Borneo Company in 1878. In 1963, Great Britain transferred Sabah to Malaysia. The Sultanate of Sulu claimed that it was a violation of the Sabah Lease of 1878. (SUNNEX)

and Child Protec- versal Health Care.” tion” is the country’s Philhealth has served commitment to the the Filipinos for the Millennium Develop- last 18 years having ment Goal of reduc- been established in ing child mortality, it 1995 per Republic Act was learned. 7875 in lieu of MediThis year’s theme care. (VICKY C. ARis “Synergy for Uni- NAIZ)

Labor inspectors deployed to Antique MANILA -- Two inspectors were dispatched to remote Semirara Island in Antique province after a coal mine collapsed Wednesday, killing five people, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz ordered the two inspectors to ascertain the Semirara Mining Corporation’s (SMC) compliance with labor and occupational safety and health (OSH) standards governing surface mining activities. SMC, owned by the DMCI Holdings Inc., is the largest producer of sub-bituminous coal in the Philip-

pines based in the island municipality of Caluya in Antique. The inspectors were also told to make sure that SMC cooperates closely with the local government of Caluya, the departments of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Energy (DOE), and with the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB), the lead agencies conducting the investigation on the mining accident in the island. Baldoz said regulating mine safety, health, and sanitation is the function and responsibility of the MGB, but under to page 3


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Court issues TRO vs implementation of Catbalogan City’s 2013 budget TACLOBAN CITY – Members of the opposition bloc in the city council of Catbalogan recently sought the help of a local court to stop the implementation of the recently approved 2013 annual budget of the city government amounting to more than P396 million. The annual budget was approved last January 31 with six affirmative votes, one opposing and five abstaining. Voting for the approval of the budget were Councilors Stephany Uy-Tan, Jovito Redaja, Teodoro Ilagan, Maximo Pescos, Edward Uy (ABC) and Dexter Uy (SK). Those who voted no was Councilor Rodolfo Aquino and the councilors who abstained were Ernesto Arcales, Joselito Mendoza, Christine Joy Escober, Rodrigo Perez III and Nanette Sabenecio. A temporary restraining order was issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 29 after members of the opposition bloc immediately sought for court intervention following an extension issued in February 8 and will last until February 27.

“We are not against the budget,” this was clarified by Councilor Escober. “What we are against was the process of its approval because it was not approved by a majority vote,” Escober added. The lady councilor added that it is important that the budget must be approved because it is where the city government will get fund to use in projects and programs to be implemented by the city. “But the problem with this budget is they do it in lump sum, which is not the right process because we cannot scrutinize it.How can we carefully study if the budget is properly appropriated if they will give us is in a lump sum budget proposal and not an itemized budget proposal which they used to submit before,” Escober stressed. “We cannot allow this to happen,” she added. Aside from not itemizing the budget proposal, Councilor Sabenecio added that they also found out that Herminia Cabral’s name, who is the city administrator of Catbalogan and now running as city councilor,

is still included in the budget proposal of the city. “She should not be included in that budget because as mandated by law, she must be out of office now because she is running this coming elections.Her post should be vacant now and she must not be included in the budget proposal,” Sabenecio said. The alloted budget for Cabral was P612,528 which is higher from last year’s budget of P534, 072. Sabenecio added they also see a problem on the hunger mitigation rice subsidy program for low income families with budget of P10.5 million but it is not clear to them if how many families and how many barangays are included in that project of the city government. Aside from the rice subsidy program, they are also questioning the Barangay Assistance for various infra projects with a budget allocation this year amounting to P14,050,000 from P5, 400,000 last year because not all barangays are benefiting from said budget. (ROEL AMAZONA)

‘We’re not creating a political dynasty’ - Bagulaya TACLOBAN CITYCouncilor candidate and youth leader Jose Mari “Jom” Bagulaya of this city said in an interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express that he and his mother Leyte Governor Mimieta Bagulaya are not creating a political dynasty. Bagulaya said that political dynasty is a monopoly of one family in one local government unit. “I just want to answer the issue regarding the

involvement of our family in political dynasties, we are not creating any political dynasty in Tacloban or Leyte because we are not running in the same local government units (LGUs),” Bagulaya said. “We can say that there is political dynasty if I and my mother are running in the same LGU, but we’re not, I’m running as councilor in the city of Tacloban which is now a highly urbanized city, while my mother is

running as board member in the third district of Leyte,” Bagulaya stressed. He also said that he is not in favor of political dynasty because it creates conflict of interest in which there is only one family or clan who will control a certain LGU, which goes against our constitution. “Political dynasty can be a cause of corruption but it depends to the family that will govern,” Bagulaya said. (RYAN GABRIEL L. ARCENAS)

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DILG lauds Silago village for being a nat’l awardee of LTIA TACLOBAN CITY- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) lauded Barangay Hingatungan, Silago, Southern Leyte for being the national awardee (champion) in the Lupong Ta g a m a p a y a p a Incentive Award (LTIA). DILG-8 Regional Director Pedro Noval Jr. credited Brgy. Hingatungan for being a consistent regional LTIA champion and having won the national award in 2003 and 2007 and figuring in the Top 3 in other times. He also said that their office is just waiting for advice from Malacañang on when President Benigno Aquino III would be available to present the award to Hingatungan punong barangay Rosalinda Lumaas and other awardees in the LTIA national recognition ceremonies. Among 4th to 6th class towns, the other regional finalists are Brgy.

Nena, San Julian, Eastern Samar; Brgy. Bulalacao, Kawayan, Biliran; and Brgy. San Juan in San Isidro, Northern Samar. In the 1st to 3rd class municipalities, the regional champion is Brgy. Biasong in Hinunangan, Southern Leyte which won over Brgy.Calachuchi in Catarman, Northern Samar; and Brgy. Amandayehan in Basey, Samar. On the other hand, Brgy. 69 Rawis, Anibong, topped the evaluation of top performing lupong tagapamayapa in the region’s only highly urbanized city (HUC), Tacloban City. Meanwhile, Brgy. Cogon in Ormoc City bested Brgy. Rawis in Calbayog City; Tagnipa in Maasin City and Brgy. Bato in Borongan City for the category of independent component/ component cities in the region. The LTIA aims to provide recognition to performing

Lupons, which are barangay conflictresolution bodies under the Katarungang Pambarangay Law in 1978 and strengthened by the Local Government Code of 1991. The LTIA Regional Award Committee (RAC) is led by DILG with the participation of the judiciary, Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges, private schools, among others. The RAC assessed the submitted documentation of regional finalists together with the results of the regional evaluation team which conducted onsite validation. The lupons were evaluated by committees organized at the regional, provincial and municipal levels on the basis of a) efficiency of operations; b) effectiveness in securing the katarungang pambarangay objectives and c) creativity and resourcefulness of mediators. (RYAN


“I have been informed that inclement weather prevented the early arrival of the two Dole inspectors, but they are on standby to go to the remote island once the rough seas become calmer,” Baldoz added. Semirara can only be reached from the mainland of Antique through Caluya municipality via boat trip. From Caluya, it will still take two to four hours to reach the island, also by pump boat. Five miners died

when the west wall of the Panian pit mine collapsed last Wednesday, burying under mud and debris 13 workers and seven mining equipment of the SMC. Three of the workers were rescued, but five remained missing Friday. Baldoz said the two inspectors will coordinate with the investigating team of the DILG and the DOE. “By Sunday, I will have an update from the inspectors,” she said. (SUNNEX)

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the rules, mine operators are required to submit to the Dole, through its regional directors and the Bureau of Working Conditions, reports of mine accidents and on matters related to occupational safety and health. The two Dole inspectors are Lorraine Villegas, officer-incharge of the Dole Antique field office, and Engr. Michael Gison, labor employment officer.






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Dynastical families are here to stay


ocal candidates perceived to be members of political clans said it should not be treated as an issue against them. They said it may be a normal occurrence for children to take after their parents and follow their career choice. They also contended it’s the people who choose for their leaders, anyway. Why is there so much ado about political dynasties? In the 1987 Constitution it included a provision prohibiting political dynasties. But it needs an enabling law to really implement and ordain ban on dynastical political families. Critics say political dynasties present a threat to our democracy. But, if this is true, how come that in many other democratic countries all over the world where political dynasties also exist, we

have not heard of voices wailing to high heavens against them? Neither have we read of any report of someone, in any of those countries, organizing an anti-political dynasty movement! Even the United States, which planted the idea of democracy when it colonized the Philippines a century ago, political dynasties are as old as the republic itself. John Quincy Adams, the country’s sixth president, for example, was the son of John, its second, and father of Charles, a congressman. About 700 dynastic political families have served in the US federal legislature since 1774. Similar stories about political dynasties to page 6

Why was ‘Negado’s Sto. Niño’ crying blood? No, QN today is not attempting to answer this question. To many, mostly Catholics, there could be variously different and differing reasons. Talks about the bloodcrying 12-foot image of Santo Niño in the house of epitomize curiosity and quizzicality. That’s why the local Catholic Church’s highest authority had decided to deeply investigate the subject. Everyone most likely wants to know if it is real blood that the icon sheds, and if it is human blood, and also why it should ooze out of wood that had been carved for an image of the Holy Child Jesus. There had before been similar tales about crying images – apart from those that Mother Nature made out of just any thing to produce shapes or looks like that of the full body image of Virgin Mary or her face or the face of the thorncrowned Jesus Christ, in many

places in Leyte and Samar (Philippines) – but we lost track already about whatever happened to the subsequent episodic and quasiepic investigations, decade after decade. Thus, those phenomena had seemed to just to remain both a puzzle and a conundrum. Ace writer Joey Gabieta of Leyte Samar Daily Express reported this past week that the image was formerly owned by Cyn-

thia Negado who kept it inside a box in her house at Carigara, Leyte which she entrusted three years ago (2010?) under the watch of 78-year old Matilda Marpa, when she left for Cebu; that Matilda’s grandson, 8-year old Onick Florence brought the image out last January 27, cleaned and adorned it with flowers on an altar at Matilda’s house at Real street, Pongon, Carigara; that the image had already

shedded tears of blood on February 3, 5 and 6, occurrences that had since been attracting curious people some of whom stay up to past dinner time. Based on Joey’s bannered news report, the Archdiocese of Palo had planned to probe the phenomenon, that is, once parish priest Ivan Petilos “finds a cause for its veracity” and reports it officially to Archbishop John Du. The archbishop will then form a committee that will deeply look into the matter. The probe could go a long way, perhaps until there’s no more bloody tears to shed. To Matilda and Onick, the blood smelled fresh. Will the head of the image be cracked open to find out if fresh human

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Voting with your feet

There are 33 candidates --- many of them patently unqualified --- jousting for 12 Senate seats, in the midyear elections. Nancy Binay has absolutely no credentials, an Inquirer editorial rightly pointed. But surveys show capable candidates are lagging: Ramon Magsaysay, Jr, Lisa Hontiveros, Dick Gordon, among others. This disparity causes the country to hold snap elections everyday. Some 3,752 men and women vote with their

feet daily, to search for jobs abroad. The number of those waved goodbye --- some for good --- last year was over 30 times the anxious 36,035 who left in 1975. If the tago-ngtago ( illegals ) are tacked on, about 10 million Filipinos left. What was once a trickle is now a flood. There is no end in sight yet. The ‘youth bulge’ among migrants is evident. Many are between 25 and 44 years old. And 36 out of every 100 have

a college degree “This is not a stimulative leeching of talent” , says the Economist. In a world where 200 million are migrants, “it’s a haemorrhage.” For the last 27 years, the Catholic Church here marks “National Migrants Sunday” first Sunday of Lent The commission on “Pastoral Care for Migrants and Itinerant People” focuses attention on a quarter of Filipino workers now scattered in over 193 countries. “Labor migration has been called a ‘civil religion’ in the Philippines ,” says Asian Century Institute, “An ever-growing force, international migratiion shows few signs of retreat”, adds New York Times The plus 6% growth of

Regulate Habal-Habal operation Habal-Habal a poor man’s transportation to interior areas deprived of public utility vehicles. Filipino ingenuity is manifested in using motorcycles to ferry up to five passengers.

The move of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tacloban to regulate the business operation of twowheeled motorcycles transporting passengers is laudable. Habal-Habal is the new mode of transportation for areas without public utility vehicles. Its passengers are ranging from one to five persons. Some have canopy to protect all weather conditions. The drivers are already experts to negotiate the roughest roads even during wet season. However, many accidents have already been registered in Police Blotters. Although some accidents never reached the police stations because of no complaints. The illegal operation of the two-wheeled motorcycle is tolerated in many areas in the country. In the mountain ranges

where no four-wheel vehicle or even motorized tricycles can navigate, the Habal-Habal is the best means of transportation. It is better than walking 10 to 15 kilometers or even longer for other places. The legalization of the colurom motorcycles will require accident insurance for the driver and the passenger. It will regulate the collection of fare simultaneously being a good source of income for the government. Nevertheless, will the planned Ordinance be in accord with the provision of the Local Government Code? The Code in Article Three, Section 458, Paragraph 3 (vi), states: “Subject to the guidelines prescribed by the Department of Transportation and Communication, regulate the

operations of tricycles and grant franchise for the operations thereof within the territorial jurisdiction of the city.” It is clear from the Code authorizes the city government to franchise operations of tricycles, not a twowheeled motorcycle, such as Habal-Habal. The Ordinance when enacted may be questioned. It will need a careful study before turning the proposal into law. For the riding public, there is no objection to regulate the two-wheeled motorcycle operation for hire. The possibility of accident is always there, so, the regulation will protect the passengers, as well as, the driver from incurring expenses for medication or for burial just in case in turned into worst condition. The only problem for the meantime is the legality of promulgating the Ordinance without law to support it. The franchising of the tricycle is very clear, but for a two-wheeled vehicle is nil. Without a clear distinction from the authority given to the Sangguniang Panlungsod, the proposed Ordinance may be imperiling. The Department of Jus-

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the economy plus President Benigno Aquino’s crackdown on graft have reversed the downward skid of the economy Still, balikbayans won’t bang on our doors soon. There are few jobs here. Nearly a third ( 30%) of Filipinos express a desire to migrate to another country.. More significant are earlier findings on what Jose Rizal called: esperanza de nuestra patria: 47% of kids, aged 10 to 12, hoped to work abroad. Six out of 10 children of OFWs said they’d do as mom or pop did. In Migration and Development Brief 19” , World Bank reports “ Filipinos were number 3 among the top 10 recepients of migrant remittances last year. China was No. 2 and Mexico No. 4. International migrants are on track to remit an increase of 6.5 percent in savings to their families. The padalas are more twice the level of international aid to their families in impoverished nations. That tally does not include money sent by “informal channels. They’re an important way out of extreme poverty for many. For OFW families, monthly packet are spent on food, housing, a tv, cellphone and tuition to prepare others for jobs abroad. A few start a small business. But there s been little long-range impact on development. Walk through a ruto page 6 tice may have to render its opinion on this matter to serve as basis of the Ordinance. It is for the purpose of assuring the public the ordinance is regular. This particular case may be the other way around from the principle “Ubi lex non distinguish nec nos distinguire debemos”, or “where the law does not distinguish, neither do we distinguish”. (Ligget & Myers Tobacco Company vs. Collector of Internal Revenue, 53 Off. Gaz. No. 15, page 4831) The Code distinguished the motor vehicle as threewheeled motorcycle, not two wheels; hence there is nothing to distinguish. (Feedback welcome, g_


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blood does come from somewhere there? In the meantime, some of those who had heard of the account, started betting for Suertres lotto on the number combinations 2, 8, 3, 5, and 6. Well, as avid Suertres bettors put it, the numbers signify as follows: 2 for February, 8 for the age of Onick, and 3, 5 and 6 for the days during which the image was said to have been crying tears of blood. One interpretation says that the blood tears being shed are continuous warnings that a big disaster is coming. The problem there, though, is the exact place, date and time of that disaster are not ascertained. No one can tell. That disaster had also been interpreted as another predicted end-world scenario coming. Yes, there have been predictions that the world will end, in 2013!!! And mind you, some had attributed the latest end-world prediction to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, an agency of the United States of America created on July 29, 1958 by then U.S.A. president Dwight D. Eisenhower and located in Washington, District of Columbia, now, 54 years later, with over 18,100 employees and with a whopping year 2012 budget of 17.8 billion US dollars [729,8 billions of Philippine pesos! – nearly P1 trillion!) itself. However, NASA, as far as QN is concerned, will not make any official pronouncement on the matter. To NASA, it’s not yet, or, not in our and in the next generations. Thus, based on NASA’s findings alone, there is nothing to fear about an end coming to our world. Here are titles of some items found in the internet related to the end-world throb: From www.theregister. “NASA: Civilization will end in2013 (possibly)”; From “ NASA: There will be a year 2013, so plan accordingly”; From “End of the world 2013 –is it true?”; “End of the world 2013 according to Isaac Newton”; From “ Indian Scientist predict mass destruction on earth in year 2013 but no end of world”; From “End of the


world in 2013?”; and From “End of the world: Will 2013 space storm kill us all off?” Of interest to QN is one part of’s “A little scroll of Great Tribulation 01/12/13” which gives the following: “The HALY Spirit said, As of 2009, “5th seal of scroll has been opened!!! 6th seal will be open in 2012 “* Rev. chapter 1-3 has been given to generation of 90AD – 2000 AD (Thursday and friday) “* Rev. chapter 1-6 has been given to generation of 2000AD – 2014 AD (First half of The Great Tribulation) “* Rev. chapter 7-14 has been given to generation of 2014-2017 (beginning of second half of The Great Tribulation) “Those who have ear to hear, let him hear. “1st seal opened on 2001 – Rev 6:1 – (These verses foretold the years) White horse. “2nd seal opened on 2003 – Rev 6:3 – Red horse, take peace from the earth (Iraq war) “3rd seal opened on 2005 – Rev 6:5 – Black horse, (rise of food price, economic failure) “4th seal opened on 2007 – Rev 6:7 – Pale horse was given power to kill; massive kills “5th seal opened on 2009 – Rev 6:9 - Souls under the altar, they called out in a loud voice “6th seal will be opened on 2012 – Rev 6:12 Judgement - Great earthquakes and stars” Well, 2012 ended, and we’re still here. Thanks a million, God!. *** HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREETINGS to Valentina Pecayo, Masilia Duquilla Jabinal, and Remedios Gacus Padagdag! May you do more wonderful things and share your blessings in God’s will. *** “To make your neighbor jealous, go to bed early and get up early” – Corsican proverb “The best friend is the one who does not joke around.” – Arabic proverb “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.” – Groucho Marx


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School alumni ties-up with NSSDEO on tree planting activity CATARMAN, Northern Samar – Alumni members of Saint Michael Academy (SMA) Class of 1992 found allies on a tree-planting activity they have undertaken recently in the second district of Northern

Maintenance Point Person (MPP) Engineer Cesar Lim supervises the field men of DPWH in their routine maintenance activities like vegetation control and roadside clean-up within the Road-Riight-of WAY (RROW). Left photo shows alumni members of Saint Michael Academy (SMA) doing tree-planting activities with the Maintenance Crew along Catarman (Boundary) Rawis Road, BantayanSan Roque Section.


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ral village and you can tell, by the quality of the house, whether someone in that family worked abroad, notes the book: “The Filipina OFW: Global Woman”. Filipinas have become to American hospitals what Koreans to U. inner-city grocery stores. But critical social costs can,t be measured in dollars or dinars. say editors Barbara Ehrenriech and Arlie Russel Three out of 10 children in the Philippines have a parent who works abroad. That means 9 million kids whose mothers (most often) or fathers are half a world away “A lot of First World kids experience of the Third is a darkskinned woman who scrubs their toilet bowl.” Note four things about migration, New York Times suggests. One is it’s global reach. “Persian Gulf economies would collapse without armies of guest workers.”. Second”: the money also props up national

economies. Migrants last year three times the world’s total foreign aid. Third is technology. “Global parenting” is done by phone, internet or Facebook. But man does not live by padala alone. Fourth is feminization: Nearly half of the world’s migrants are now women. Seven out of 10 Filipino OFWs are women..Many leave their children behind. . About 27% of the young fall into this bracket. Children feel abandoned, specially by migrant mothers. On the emotional and psychological levels, the kids “tend to be more angry, apathetic, confused --- and afraid.” A “permanence of absence” mindset, like that of orphans, emerges. And if the eldest child is a girl, the burden of performing a mother’s tasks is strapped on her. Padalas generate a vicious circle of migration. They underwrite education of family members in preparation for their emigration .And thus is generated a “migration mindset” -- people’s first

Samar. DPWH Second District Engineering Office (NSSDEO) Mainland Area Maintenance Point Person (MPP) Engineer Cesar J. Lim said the Michaeleans ties-up with the DPWH field men in greening the BantayanSan Roque highway portion (Km 768+000 to 769+500) of the Catarman-Rawis (Boundary) Road. Mahogany trees requested from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were planted on both sides of the roadright-of-way (RROW) of the said national highway. This highway portion is under the jurisdiction of the Northern Samar 2nd District Engineering Office. A member of the said class, Engineer Lim said the SMA initiative was part of a series of sociocivic endeavors they have lined-up in connection with their twenty (20) years alumni anniversary homecoming. The thought is to emigrate. “Perhaps no place shows the lure of migration as much as the Philippines” writes Jason de Parle. Despite the downturn, annual deployments of workers rose by a third over the past two years, to 1.4 million. Doctors go abroad to work as nurses. Teachers work as maids. “And many migrants move for non-economic reasons, to join spouses or parents. That helps explain why migration, once established, is hard to reverse.” Ivy Lumagbas, 31, returned from Dubai after a month . The conditions were so bad — one meal a day, she said, and four hours of sleep. But she might have to go back since many are jobless here. Parale adds: “Then she joined in waving a Philippine flag and singing the national anthem, which celebrates the “chosen land” so many feel they must leave.” ( Email: )

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have occurred elsewhere all over the world, including Italy, Greece, Colombia, Mexico, South Africa, Congo, Japan, South Korea, and other Asian countries, where dynastic politics takes the form of a male-to-female transfer, following the American pattern of widother significant activity launched was medical surgical mission last December 28 at the SMA grounds in Catarman. Participating surgeons were also SMA alumni like Dr. Evangeline Cua, Dr. Ronald Ejercito and Dr. Tonog. Engineer Lim who is now connected with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was obviously instrumental in the joint activity of NSSDEO and SMA. Mandated to protect and maintain the good condition of roads and bridges in the country, roadside tree planting is among the many priority activities of DPWH. Meanwhile aside from Engineer Cesar Lim, the other SMA Class ’92 alumni that conducted the tree-planting were Atty. Henecito F. Balasolla, Engineer Daryl G. Uy, Ms. Sharon B. Bacoy. Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0113 Ref. No. VIII-2003-0046 Application for Voluntary Segregation of Units of a CPC operate a PUJ service with Sale & Transfer, with Extension of Validity & with Prayer to Adopt Trade Name. SOFRONIO G. TANGOG-VENDOR ROSALITO N. PAULIN-VENDEE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A PUJ SERVICE ON THE LINE: TACLOBAN CITY-BARAS-VIA GOVERNMENT CENTER & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE WILL EXPIRE ON FEB. 18, 2013. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR VOLUNTARY SEGREGATION OF UNIT FROM SOFRONIO G. TANGOG IN FAVOR OF ROSALITO N. PAULIN WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT USING THE SAME ROUTE AND WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, ROYSE-GIRL. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON MARCH 1, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 15th day of February 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

ows stepping into their dead husband’s shoes, through either a coup or an assassination or both, often serves to hurry the succession along, as it happened in the mideighties here in the Philippines. Indeed, dynastic political families have flourished in all the democratic countries of the world. After all, the idea of political dynasties is not inher-

ently absurd. Dynasties may be found in plenty of other professions, such as in acting, which share with politics the value of a well-known name and only subjective criteria as to what constitutes ability, and in medicine, law. And so, like it or not, it really looks like political dynasties in the Philippines, just like in all other democratic countries of the world, are here to

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City

LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0119 Ref. No. VIII-2003-0003 Application for Sale & Transfer of a CPC operate a FILCAB service with Extension of Validity & with Prayer to Adopt Trade Name.

LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0115 Ref. No. VIII-2003-0815 Application for Sale & Transfer of a CPC operate a PUJ service with Extension of Validity & with Prayer to Adopt Trade Name.

NELSON PORRAL-VENDOR MAILANIE M. CAVIO-VENDEE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE APPROVAL OF SALE MADE BY NELSON PORRAL IN FAVOR OF MAILANIE M. CAVIO OF A CPC FOR THE TRANSPORTATIONOF PASSENGERS AND FREIGTH ALONG THE LINE: TACLOBAN CITY-PHHC-DIIT & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT A FILCAB SERVICE WHICH CERTIFICATE IS STILL VALID AND SUBSISTING WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, BEBOT TRANSPORT SERVICE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON MARCH 1, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 15th day of February 2013.

APOLINARIO FAUSTO-VENDOR RAFAEL A. CANQUE- Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE APPROVAL OF SALE MADE BY APOLINARIO FAUSTO IN FAVOR OF RAFAEL A. CANQUE OF A CPC FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: TACLOBAN CITY-SAN JOSE & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT A PUJ SERVICE WHICH CERTIFICATE IS STILL VALID AND SUBSISTING WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, RALPH DEVANNE TRANSPORT SERVICE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON MARCH 1, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 15th day of February 2013.

(Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

(Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board


In a Verified Petition filed thru counsel, petitioner LESLEY ANN P. HILAO prays that correction be directed changing the indication of her gender wrongly entered

as MALE to FEMALE in her Certificate of Live Birth No. 96-585. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, let the Petition be set for hearing on February 25, 2013 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning before this court sitting at Laoang, Northern Samar. All persons interested in this proceedings are enjoined to be present there and then to show cause adverse to the grant of this petition. At the expense of the Petitioner, let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the province to be chosen by raffle at the Office of the Branch Clerk of Court, once a week for three successive weeks before the date of hearing. Serve copy of this Order, the Solicitor General at 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, the Government Prosecutor of Laoang, Northern Samar, the Municipal Civil Registrar of Catubig, Northern Samar, the petitioner and her counsel at their given addresses on record. SO ORDERED. Laoang, Northern Samar, 13 December 2012.


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Sunday, 17 February 2013


Making an appearance A MANILA - based medical oriented beauty clinic, Flawless Face and Body Center (Flawless), announced they are in negotiations with mall operators for their planned expansion here. Flawless chief executive officer Rubby Sy, in a press conference yesterday, expressed the firm’s intention of putting up branches in malls like SM Seaside City at the South Road Properties, SM Consolacion and Ayala Center Cebu. Sy said this move signifies their confidence in Cebu’s thriving economy and its growing beauty and wellness market. “We have plans to make it big in Cebu,” Sy said, anchoring her optimism on the acceptance the firm got in the Cebuano market since its entry some six years ago. Drew Mendoza, the firm’s business manager, said the firm wants be part of the development of Cebu, particularly in delivering “beauty innovations” to the market.

He said Flawless will be putting up companyowned branches here. The average investment is estimated at P3 million to P4 million, depending on the clinic size. Flawless has about 35 clinics nationwide, 11 of which are franchised. Last year, the company opened three clinics. Three to four new clinics are being targeted for this year. Aside from strengthening its presence in the local market, the firm run by professional doctors is also eyeing expansion in Asia. Sy said they have been getting franchise inquiries from Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Bangkok and Malaysia. “The opportunities are everywhere, given that the beauty industry is rapidly growing. The international expansion would allow other countries to try our strong brands,” said Mendoza. Sy also announced they will soon launch human stem cell therapy following the success of the stem cell product line (from fruit stem cell) they launched last December.

Skin experts have described stem cell therapy as an intervention strategy that introduces new adult stem cells into damaged tissue to treat disease or injury. Cosmetic and beauty firms have started offering stem cell injections to rejuvenate the skin. Sy said the firm has partnered with a medical institute in Russia for the human stem cell supply. She stressed this partner institution works like a blood bank that conducts stringent screening on human stem cells extracted from Russians 20 to 25 years old. They intend to offer the human stem cell treatment through intravenous and intra-dermal administration, which costs $25,000 and $6,500, respectively. Sy is confident the stem cell treatment would be widely accepted in the community given its medical and beauty benefits. “Judging from the performance of the stem cell product we launched last December, customers, both young and old, have accepted the product because of its immediate effects,” she said. Mendoza said the firm’s stem cell product line is the only stem cell product approved by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and is the first in the Philippine market. (SUNNEX)

Leyte Samar Daily Express


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bargain collectively, thus we are very determined to go on strike,” Balite said. The SAMELCO workers group filed their notice of strike before NCMB office on January 31, 2012, alleging that the management blocks workers from forming a union and refuses to enter a CBA. Lawyer Jose Mendiola, the management’s legal counsel, denied the allegations and branded it as unfair. He said that the Samelco board of directors is willing to negotiate on CBA with the workers. “But the union has not been finally certified as the sole exclusive bargaining agent since we question the proceedings of the Certification of Election conducted last July 23, 2012…We question specifically the legality of pre-election conference, validity of election, and legal impediments for a cooperative member to join a workers union,” Mendiola said. An appeal denying the legitimacy of Samelco I Employees Union was filed by the management before the Office of the Department of Labor and Employment Secretary on November 28, 2012. “It is premature to say that we are refusing to bargain collectively while

the appeal is pending and the issues we raised were not yet decided by the Secretary,” Mendiola added. The NCMB said they have been making follow ups on the case and they are confident that it will be decided by the Secretary next week. Balite rebuffed the management’s claim saying that these are just “delaying tactics” to cover the latter’s lack of interest to bargain collectively. “The DOLE regional office arbiter has already recognized us in its August 2012 decision that we are the sole and exclusive bargaining agent of the rank and file employees of the electric cooperative,” Balite added. The labor union leader is optimistic that majority of their members will go for strike, so as to force the employer to present CBA counter proposals. In an 18-page proposed CBA, the union’s demand are the enforcement of Salary Standardization Scheme of the National Electrification


Administration, pay hike for probationary workers, service longevity pay, sick leave, maternity leave, holiday pay, among others. Samelco I was incorporated and registered with the National Electrification Administration on February It started actual plan operation three months later on May 27, 1974. The electric cooperative with more than 30,000 members-consumers covering Calbayog City, Sta. Margarita, Gandara, San Jorge, Pagsanghan, Tarangnan, Matuguinao, Sto. Niño, Almagro, and Tagapul-an in Samar. Eastern Visayas ended 2012 as the ninth full year of zero strike. The last strike in the region recorded by the NCMB was last February 24, 2003 when several employees of the Eastern Samar Electric Cooperative in Borongan, Eastern Samar staged protest over collective bargaining agreement deadlock. /


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Sunday, 17 February 2013

NSSDEO completes 221 projects by end of CY 2012 Compliant to the strategic mandate of the department, the DPWH Northern Samar Second District Engineering Office (NSSDEO) completed a total of 221 infrastructure projects as of the end of Calendar Year 2012. These infrastructures attuned to the needs of the service area and in accord with national development goals were constructed in different parts of the second district of Northern Samar. As of December

31 of the previous year, NSSDEO carried-out 223 active projects of different categories and completed 221, with one (1) still ongoing achieving a 99.33% accomplishment overall. By fund source these included DPWH Regular Projects, Lower and Upper House Projects, Disaster Rehabilitation Projects, Various Infrastructures Including Locally-Funded Projects or VIILPs, DepEd-Assisted Projects, Department of Agriculture (DA) Funded, DAR-CARP Assisted and other locally



funded infrastructures. In line with the goal of the Department to concretepave all national arterial roads by the end of CY 2016, the District Office prioritized the concreting of the Palapag-MapanasGamay-Lapinig-San Policarpo, Arteche Boundary Road otherwise known as the Northern Samar Circumferential Highway. This Road Section links the four Pacific towns of Palapag, Mapanas, Gamay and Lapinig to the mainland province via the Palapag-Simora Road and connects Northern Samar with the neighboring province of Eastern Samar. Presently, this 53.285 kilometer road stretch is halfway through with 26.619 concrete-paved and 26.666 unpaved. It is said that travel from the Pacific towns to the southern part of Samar Island and Tacloban City using this road is much faster than the usual Catarman via Lope de Vega and Calbayog City route. Work is on-going along the intermittent critical sections to further enhance the transportation needs of the travelling public particularly the flow of trade and commerce. Other major public works completed were the following: (1) Construction of Double Barrel Box Culvert along Catarman (Boundary) Rawis Road, BantayanSan Roque Section, Km. 769+300, San Roque, N. Samar; (2) Construction/Repair/Rehabilitation of Brgy. La Perla River Control, Lao-ang N. Samar; (3) Repair/Re-

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LSDE February 17, 2013  

Samelco I employees union ‘determined to go on strike’

LSDE February 17, 2013  

Samelco I employees union ‘determined to go on strike’