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TACLOBAN CITY—Another truebloodied Leyteño is said to join the Aquino Cabinet. No less than President Benigno Aquino III has announced that outgoing Iloilo Rep. Janet Loreto-Garin, a native of Baybay City, will be recruited into his official family.

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Operatives nab fruit vendor for selling “shabu” news

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Army in Leyte intensifies campaign on NPAinfested villages news

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Mayor Romualdez distributes drinking water and food packs to Paglaum residents news

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


Deped says pols not allowed to attend graduation rites TACLOBAN CITYThe Department of Education (DepEd) has it issued a memorandum to all schools to make sure their graduation rites will not be used as a political forum by politicians who are running in the May mid-term elections. However, the memorandum came short of what can or cannot be done, as it simply stated “graduation rites should be conducted in an appropriate and solemn ceremony befitting the graduating students and their parents and shall not be used as political

forum.” DepEd Assistant Regional Director Rebecca Ragrag said they want to prevent politicians from using the graduation rites to promote themselves by making sure there is already a script for the occasion and that this will be strictly followed. The DepEd released its memo guidelines with the theme “Building the Nation’s Future Leaders Through the K to 12 Basic Education Program” or “K-12 Basic Education Program—Tungo sa Paghuhubog nga mga to page 2

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First Provincial NYR launch held in E. Samar TACLOBAN CITY-The Department of Agriculture-8 (DA8) held recently the first in a series of six provincial launching of the National Year of Rice (NYR) in Eastern Visayas. Said activity convened at least 150 farmer-leaders, agriculture and fishery councils, agriculturists, local elective officials, focal persons and technical staff of DA and partner agencies at the provincial gymnasium in Bo-

rongan City . In his message, Rufino B. Ayaso III, DA-8’s regional rice program focal person and operations di-



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Camella honors 2012 best performers TACLOBAN CITY – It was a night full of fun and recognition for the people behind the success of Camella Leyte in 2012. Garbed in Chineseinspired attire, business partners and sales team gathered at the Hotel Alejandro Thursday night for the annual awards recognizing exceptional performers. For the property consultants category, recognized for having the highest reservation sales are Basilisa Yao (1st), Annaliza Pomida (2nd), and Ma. Luz Balderama (3rd). Awarded for high booked sales

were Annaliza Pomida (1st), Maricel Diangzon (2nd), and Zoraida Mombay (3rd). For the contracted sales, top performers were Elena Acero (1st), Nenita Zamora (2nd), and Vilma Gilos (3rd). Unit managers took the credit for the exemplary performance of their agents. In the reservation sales category, awardees were Lourdes Perez (1st), Edilina Tizon 2nd), and Soccoro Seneca (3rd). Cited for garnering high booked sales were Edilina Tizon (1st), Marvin Polison (2nd), Erlinda Uy (3rd). Soccoro Senica (1st), Marvin Polison (2nd),

and Teodito Acero (3rd) have emerged as best performer in contracted sales. Camella also honored managing directors. Jose Malibago (1st), Armando Mate (2nd), and Evelyn Michaud were recognized for high reservation sales, booked sales, and contracted sales. The developer has also acknowledged those instrumental in converting reservation sales to booked sales then to contracted sales - Nenita Zamoras, property consultant; Socorro Seneca, unit manager, and Jose Malibago, Jr., managing director.

Analiza Pomida, Lourdes Perez, and Evelyn Michaud were adjudged as the 2012 outstanding property consultant, unit manager, and managing director, respectively. Camella also distributed certificate of appreciation to business partners such as contractors and security agencies. “The year of 2012 was full of challenges. Thanks to those who stand with us and continue to believe,” said Camella Leyte General Manager Geraldine Gascon-Garcia. (SARWELL Q. MENIANO)

Leyte bridge remains impassable, DPWH says TACLOBAN CITY – A bridge in Mayorga, Leyte, located within the Pan-Philippine highway, the country’s principal transport backbone, has remained impassable for three days due to flooding, prompting hundreds of northbound and southbound motorists to take alternative routes. Ma. Margarita Junia, district engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways Leyte 2 nd office, said that the detour of Talisay Bridge located near the boundary of Dulag

and Mayorga towns is still closed to traffic, prompting them to advise hundreds of motorists to take alternative routes. “Since the Talisay Bridge is under rehabilitation, we advised motorist to take the detour bridge, which was damaged o n We d n e s d a y d u e to flooding. Repair of detour bridge will start when floodwater subsides,” Junia said. The 10-meter Talisay Bridge is within the 3,517 kilometers network of roads, bridges, and ferry services that connect the islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao. The ongoing

P6.86 million strengthening project has started on January 14, 2013. The infrastructure agency pushed for repair of old bridges so it can withstand impacts of natural calamities such as flooding and earthquakes. The DPWH told motorists to take these alternative routes: Mayorga-LapazBurauen-Julita-Dulag road or the MayorgaLapaz-BurauenDagami-Tanauan. Traffic advisory billboards were installed in strategic areas to inform travelers. Meanwhile, the DPWH has already cleared the national road in Barangay Del Remedio, Sulat, Eastern

Samar late Thursday afternoon following a major landslide that rendered the road impassable late Wednesday night. “Equipments were immediately sent to the site to conduct clearing operations that lasted more than a day,” said DPWH Regional Director Rolando Asis. The road network connects Borongan City, Eastern Samar’s capital to the neighboring Samar province and northern towns of Eastern S a m a r. T h e s i t e i s seven kilometers from Sulat town center and 31 kilometers from the provincial capital. (SARWELL Q. MENIANO)

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Makabagong Lider ng Bansa.” The graduation rites should be scheduled either on March 18 or 19, 2013 which is based on the recommendation of DepEd. The order states that collection of graduation fees or any kind of contribution is definitely prohibited, and funds to be

used for the graduation should be sourced from the Parents-Teachers Association donation. Likewise, non-academic projects should not be imposed as requirements for graduation. DepEd also imposed that there should be no special attire or extravagant venue for the graduation rites, and any contribution for the yearbook should be on a voluntary basis. (REYAN L. ARINTO)


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DA urges entrepreneurs to invest in MCSTDs

TACLOBAN CITYThe Department of Agriculture (DA) thru the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) encourage more enterprises involved in the production of dried fish to invest in multi-commodity solar tunnel driers (MCSTDs) to vastly improve the quality of their products and operations. DA-PhilMech Visayas Region Cluster Head Engineer Cesar Balajadia said that PhilMech is making the recommendation because many dried fish producers, mostly those

involved in small or medium scale production, dry their fish on mats laid out on the road or in areas that are hardly clean. Such practices could result in dried fish being contaminated with fungi, bacteria and mites. “PhilMech is also pushing for the wider use of the MCSTDs in order to help our government’s efforts to promote the development of small- and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs), particularly those based in the countryside that are into processing food,” Balajadia said. Balajadia added that the PhilMech-designed MCSTD could help farm-

ers and fisher folk prepare for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) common market on 2015, where farm commodities, among others, will have lowered tariffs. “With farm products from other asean nations entering the Philippines, farmers and fisher folk should find ways to improve the efficiency of their operations, and quality of their produce to remain competitive,” he further said. Among the commodities that could be dried using MCSTD are nuts, bananas, cassava and mushroom. (RYAN GABRIEL L. ARCENAS)

Army in Leyte intensifies campaign on NPA- infested villages

BURAUEN, Leyte – The Philippine Army is strengthening its civic military operations (CMO) in 15 remote villages of Leyte known as affected by New People’s Army presence as a strategy to ensure peaceful and orderly elections in far-flung areas. Captain Ian Fabillon, CMO officer of the 78th Infantry Battalion based this town, said that they have been meeting with some politicians in Leyte for a concerted effort to combat insurgency. “We have to intensify our civic military operations until elections so that rebels will not be able to disrupt electionrelated activities. We have to fully win the hearts of (the) people here so that the NPA will not get any sympathy from the people,” Fabillon said in an interview in Barangay Villa Corazon of this town. At least 18 members of the 78th IB based in Barangay Abuyogon here are in this remote village to assist the rebel-

infested community in availing government programs – land distributions, agriculture, rural employment, sanitation, livelihood, entrepreneurship, barangay governance, and farming. CMO groups in different barangays will stay in the area for a month before moving to other villages. “We did a clearing operation before coming here so that in the next days, we can focus on civic military operations. We have been doing this whole year round but we are strengthening this prior to elections to ensure that these areas will be safe for campaigning,” Fabillion added. Villa Corazon village, along with other 14 barangays in the mountainous areas of Burauen, Albuera, and Baybay City have been identified as areas still affected by NPA presence. Fabillon, however, has no list of the barangays said still to be under the “influence” of the rebel group. He, however, claimed that there are about 20 active NPA rebels operating in Leyte under the command of the Mt. Amandewin Com-

mand. “The threat is still there but it is manageable. The enemy in Leyte is moving around the tri- boundaries of Burauen, Baybay, and Albuera. They don’t have a base camp; they only establish temporary campsites for short period of time,” Fabillion said He called on the politicians in Leyte not to give in to the New People’s Army demand for –to- campaign (PTC) fee as since it is a setback to their drive to completely wipe out rebel influence in remote village. “There have been no reports of collection of permit- tocampaign fee so far but that would be possible because NPA members need resources to survive,” Fabillon said. “Our appeal is to stop giving permit to campaign fee because at the end of the day, politicians will also suffer the consequence. If the NPA troops will get strong from outside support, they are more capable of penetrating peaceful communities.” (SARWELL Q. MENIANO)

“St. Therese in Calbayog. Bishop Isabelo Abarquez as he knelt before the reliquary which contained the holy relic of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. Bishop Abarquez presided the Pontifical Mass which welcomed the holy relic to the Diocese of Calbayog. In photo with the Bishop is Monsignor Francisco Cinco, one of the pastors of the Parish of Our Lady’s Nativity. (CTIO/Photo by Ian Baldomaro)”

Operatives nab fruit vendor for selling “shabu” C A M P R U P E R T O spector Aaron Raymond over the weekend. K A N G L E O N , PA L O , Elago. Aside from the The PRO8 chief Leyte- At first glance, Dani- illegal drugs, also seized l a u d e d t h e A I D lo “Jack” Casaljay is just an from the suspect is the S O T G p e r s o n n e l ordinary fruit vendor, sell- P 5 0 0 . 0 0 b i l l b u y - b u s t responsible for the ing grapes, apples, mangoes money with serial number two successful opand other foodstuff and is CG512226. erations. usually seen either at the bus “Casaljay is now de“Our men have terminal, public market or tained at Calbayog City responded well to downtown Calbayog City. Police Station lock-up cell o u r c h a l l e n g e t o But Casaljay has other while a case for Violation f u r t h e r h e i g h t e n business sidelines, while of Section 5 or selling il- the drive against illegal, albeit a lucrative legal drugs of RA 9165 is illegal drugs. The one. He is selling a differ- being prepared for filing in r e c e n t a r r e s t s o f ent kind of fruit, one that court against him,” Soria drug suspects have does not come from a tree. further informed. minimized the proIt was purely white and in The arrest of Casaljay l i f e r a t i o n s o f i l crystalline form, but instead came on the heels of the legal drugs in the of nourishing the body, it arrest of college student streets,” Soria adddestroys not only the body A l c h i e C h i q u i l l o w h o e d . ( P / I N S P E C T O R and mind, but one’s whole was nabbed in a buy-bust ROMUEL A.NACAR) being. operation in Palo, Leyte Days after receiving intelligence information on Casaljay’s nefarious activities and placing him under cas- February 20, 2013 ing, surveillance and MR. DALMACIO C. GRAFIL test-buys, the Anti-Ille- Publisher Samar Daily Express gal Drugs Special Op- Leyte Tacloban City erations Task Group of Calbayog City Police Dear Mr. Grafil: Station arrested him in This has reference to a news article entitled, “RDC apa buy-bust operation proves its 2013 budget” written by Ms. Ahlette C. Reyes, and on Monday afternoon, published on the Leyte Samar Daily Express newspaper on 12 thereby putting an end February 2013. to his illegal deeds. First, we would like to express our appreciation for the conEastern Visayas top tinuous support of your office in disseminating relevant inforabout the Regional Development Council (RDC) VIII cop Police Chief Super- mation activities and other regional development efforts. intendent Elmer RagaHowever, on the above-cited article, we would like to dio Soria disclosed that request for necessary corrections. The RDC approved a Casaljay was nabbed by P200,000 budget allocation for each Sectoral Committee (i.e., p o l i c e o p e r a t i v e s a t Economic Development Committee, Development AdministraPurok 2, Brgy. Obrero tion Committee, Infrastructure Development Committee and Development Committee) based on the final presentaof said city after selling Social tion made during the RDC VIII meeting on 7 February 2013. “shabu” worth P500.00 We look forward to your favourable action on this request. to a poseur-buyer. The suspect, 35, reAgain, thank you and best regards. siding at Purok 3, Brgy Very truly yours, Capoocan, Calbayog, tried but failed to elude arrest and was collared ATTY. BONIFACIO G. UY OIC-Regional Director and by the police team led Head, RDC VIII Secretariat by Police Senior In-



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ote buying could be anything. That is, any item of value offered by a candidate and accepted by a voter in exchange for his or her vote. With that, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has broadened its basic definition of vote buying, and both voters and candidates are forewarned. Our only worry is this if the Comelec cannot stop vote-buying in its regular form, how can it keep track of the electoral offense through a medium other than cash, much less prevent it? It could indeed be a daunting task if not a mission impossible for the seriously undermanned and woefully under-funded poll body. But let’s give the Comelec credit for at least trying.

Still, we are amused by the agency’s warning that serving the voting public food and drinks on the eve of Election Day may well be construed as vote-buying. The Comelec said it was mulling over coming out with a measure that would reduce, if not totally eradicate, the practice of vote-buying among candidates during the May elections. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. over the weekend said giving away food such as lechon or even just pansit to voters on the eve of the elections is something that could fall under vote-buying. But Brillantes said the election body would keep it under wraps and only roll it to page 5

Three in a row Typhoon “Crising” jabbed Mindanao ’s underbelly, before it barreled out to sea Thursday. May we now watch 33 candidates for 12 Senate seats shashay on stage? Hold it. This is the third hurricane, in as many years, in a region where typhoons hit, at most, once every 12 years or so . Mindanao was safely wedged below the upward beaten track of typhoons. Not any more. “Crising is an ominous warning of climate change impact”, wrote Simon Tisdall of the UK ’s Guardian..”The Philippines ( must ) adapt to rapidly deteriorating climatic trends at great cost…” “Pablo” proved the world’s deadliest 2012 typhoon. It flattened much of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley , with winds gusting up

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to 195 miles per hour. A category 5 storm, “Pablo” packed more punch than the US category 2 hurricane “Sandy”. A total of 1,067 corpses were recovered, but 800 remain missing. “It’d take 10 years to replace the coconut crop,” estimates New Bataan Mayor Lorenzo Balbin. “Some villages in Compostela Valley may be too unsafe”. Today, 15,000 victims still

huddle in evacuation centers. Another 200,000 are sheltered by relatives or friends. Rewind to 2011. “Sendong” battered Misamis Oriental and Lanao then. . Rains caused floods to surge 11 feet in an hour and wiped out a community, perched on “Isla de Oro” sandbar. In 1911, A storm, in 1911, dumped what was then a record rainfall of 46

inches within a 24-hour period on Baguio City . Sendong’s death toll exceeded 1,453 . Some will never be accounted for. These were macabre replays of November 1991. Typhoon “Uring” ripped through Leyte . .In Ormoc City , where Anilao river meanders to the sea, the delta island community of Isla Verde was wiped out. A memorial for the 8,000 people killed has been built since. “How do we explain the decreasing number of years in occurrence of destructive typhoons affecting southern Philippines ?” marine scientist and Magsaysay Awardee Angel Alcala asks. “Since the 1980s, typhoons hitting the country, below the 10-degree latitude, seem to be increasing in frequency at year’s end.”

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Amidst discord, pray incessantly

“Pray without ceasing with all humility and faith, and at all times be thankful, for the Lord your God shall bless you.” This is usually heard from the elders as piece of advice to the younger generation at most times. This is not distinct from what that Bible speaks. In the Letter of Paul to the Ephesians, it is written, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” In the First Letter of Paul to the Thessalonians, “Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” And in the Epistle of James “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” These days, with all the events happening all around, there is always this one last recourse: plea to the Almighty God. Prayer, for so many times, has been thought as the very factor that changed the course of events. How many typhoons evaded Eastern Visayas? How many elections concluded successfully? How many gigs, forum, convocations and other societal activities ended with resounding acclamation? How many exams were painstakingly hurdled? And how many hopefuls made it? In all these, what was the common affirmation of all who achieved their noble purpose? “Prayers answered” or “By God’s grace.” Is it not the truth, that prayers make things happen just as it is said that “faith can move mountain?” There had been countless stories about the power of prayer, some of which answered soon, others a bit later, while still some others not. For those who have unwavering faith in the Almighty God, whatever response there is to the prayer, such is the will of God for them and they stop there. However, there are more resolute persons who persevere in their prayer, pleading to Father God without ceasing. As it is

universally observed, “try and try until you succeed.” This is especially so when the prayer is for attainment of something beyond the ephemeral, something not superficial, or something that is divine. Like what? Recently, the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines, particularly the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, faced a great challenge with the defeat of the antiReproductive Health crusade. This time, they vowed a more diligent effort to make sure that the proposed Divorce Law will not prosper. Now that the election fever is shooting up, some of those who belong to this universal church in the country and abroad are lambasting the national legislators for not acting on the popular clamor for them to pass a law that will enable the Constitutional provision against political dynasty. A fearless leader of the local church, in a homily, articulated his sentiment on this matter. He commented that while the national legislators speedily passed the RH bill for “certain consideration”, not one of them takes the courage to put an end to this vice called “political dynasty.” Dovetailing his homily from the Gospel on February 21, which was about imploring God’s help, he said praying incessantly especially in times discord is a best way to seek a positive response, but as to how and when, “only God knows,” he said. The Gospel yesterday was about the Apostle’s exhortation, “Ask and it shall be given; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asks receives, and he that seeks finds, and to him that knocks, it shall be opened.” Holding on to the divine promise as written in the Gospel, those who persevere in their prayer and who faith is so strong, whatever they pray for shall happen “in God’s time.” Amidst this controversy

over the vicious political dynasty in the Philippines, where not one of the national legislators, who are all politicians, would like to pass a law that could later be detrimental to their ulterior motives, prayer without ceasing is the only way to a favorable outcome for those who pray against the persistence of political dynasty in the country. As the priest said, “Pray incessantly. Ask, seek and knock and the answer will come as prayed for.” There is a reward to those who patiently wait, the elders say.

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Low-latitude typhoons destroy the coral reefs along their paths. Here , only 4 percent of the coral reefs here remain in pristine condition ‘Pablo” ravaged the Cantaan Giant Clam Sanctuary and shattered live coral cover on Camiguin reefs. “Of greater concern is their effect on the biodiversity, including fishery,” Alcala said. “We stand to lose sea food sources on which coastal communities depend.” Mean temperatures are rising by 0.14C per decade,.says the UN’s inter-governmental panel on climate change says Since the 1980s, annual mean rainfall increased . “Yet two of the severest droughts ever recorded occurred in 1991-92 and 1997-98.” “Trees fail to flower,” Aetas huddled at the Bataan mountaintop meeting told Fr. Shay Cullen. “Bees are disappearing. Storms blow away our nipa huts as never before.” The Aetas echo what scientists elsewhere note, Viewpoint ( PDI / Aug 27, 2102 ) pointed out. .Large numbers of bats that pollinate plants are threatened, says the “Mammal Review”. At University of Bern, experiments of 1,634 plant species show “spring flowering and leafing advances 5 to 6 days per year for every degree Celsius of warming,” the journal “Nature” reports. The additional water needed by a plant community that sprouts a week earlier is staggering. Scientists track steadily rising sea levels around the Philippines --- and slumping water table. Floods swamped the Philippines last year The most severe drought, in half a century, blistered the US and swaths of Eastern Europe . The Arctic ice cap is melting at speeds never recorded since satellite monitoring began 30 years back, Norwegian Polar Institute cautions. “We want our children to live in an America that ..isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.”,

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out not more than 10 days before Election Day to avoid preempting their plan. The Comelec chief said it was possible that the en banc would issue a resolution on the matter, which would take effect a week or so before May 13, the country’s second automated elections. He also remindPresident Barrack Obama said in his 2013 State of the Union message Warming seas here now wash farther inland. A 20-centimeter sea level rise estimate, over the next 40 years, is obsolete. This affects food production through land erosion and degradation. Typhoon-related costs, since the Philippine government set up a climate change commission in 2009, crested at 2.9% of GDP. They’ve been spiraling more since, reports commission head Mary Ann Lucille Sering “Extreme weather is the new normal… Opinion surveys show Filipinos rated global warming as a bigger threat than rising food and fuel prices.” “Every year I hope governments will provide leadership humanity so badly needs”, Kumi Naidoo of Guardian Professional wrote.. I hope they’ll act beyond shortsighted electoral cycles and corrupt influence of elites. At the UN Climate Talks in Doha ,. we heard Philippine climate change commissioner Narevdev Sano say: “ “We have never had a typhoon like Bopha ( Pablo) wreak havoc in a part of the country that never saw a storm like this in half a century….Other countries face the same threat. We must take responsibility for the future we want. If not us, then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?” Survival” is the key word in the kilometric title of Republic Act 10171. It authorizes President Aquino to sign a check, up to P1 billion annually, to ward off weather gone out of whack. The new law is a first response to growing clamor for action. More needs to be done. “My prediction is that in 2013, countries will start listening more”, Naidoo adds.. Women’s movements, trade unions and religious organizations will seek to avert catastrophic climate change. “There are no decent jobs on a dead planet.” ### ( Email: juan_mercado77@yahoo. com )

ed candidates that while “electoral propaganda gadgets” such as lighters, fans, pens, mugs, candies and umbrellas can be distributed during their campaign, giving away “something of value” can be considered vote-buying. He defined votebuying as giving away money or anything valuable for the purpose of getting a vote. The Omnibus Election Code identified propaganda gadgets as pens, lighters, fans, flashlights, athletic goods or materials, wal-


lets, shirts, hands, bandanas, matches and cigarettes. These materials are no longer prohibited in the course of the campaign as long as they are freely given as campaign materials and they will reflect as part of the candidates’ expenses. But if used that close to the elections, it is classified as votebuying. It has been difficult for the Comelec to go after candidates engaging in vote-buying and that is why up to now, no one has been jailed for it!

The Sower Saturday of the First Week of Lent Dt 26:16-19 * Ps 119* Mt 5:43-48

LOVE OF ENEMIES [Jesus said to his disciples,] ”You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES ‘You have learnt how it was said.’ Jesus has taken six examples from the Law – the touchtone of holiness for the scribes and Pharisees – to show how far it falls short of the holiness required of his disciples. Today’s example is the climax: ‘Love your enemies and pray for them.’ Where will you find that in the Law, the prophets or the psalms? For the enemies of the just are the wicked, and the only prayer for them is for their destruction. Such was the last blow Jesus gave to current Jewish ideas of holiness. And now he reveals the only possible justification for such a superhuman programme. ‘You are sons of God, and you must be like your Father.’ He shows love to his enemies. You can do no less. As someone has said, ‘All Christian holiness is summed up in Abba.’ If we really treat God as our Father, the rest will follow. Prayer-lines: GOD OUR FATHER, GRANT US AN EVER-GREATER SHARE IN THE SPIRIT OF OUR ADOPTION, THAT WE MAY LOVE EVEN OUR ENEMIES WITH YOUR LOVE. (Feed from the Tree of Life by Columba Breen, OSB, published by Paulines. Visit us at www.paulines .ph or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City, Tel. 321-3195) Sower’s Thought: “Common life presumes that a person has good manners, and is obedient and kind at all time but especially when in company. It infers a readiness to forgive wrongs and hurts and to remember the benefits received. It assumes that a person doem not reproach others or humiliate them about their faults.” - Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family



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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 21st day of February 2013. (Sgd.) Atty. MANUEL R. P. MARTILLO Attorney IV


NOTICE is hereby given that heir of late Petronilo Gertos extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated at Brgy. Tabunok, Bato, Leyte under Tax Dec. no. 06003000178 with Cad. Lot No. 1307, containing an area of 10,711 square meters, covered by Katibayan ng Orihinal na Titulo Blg. P-57492; per Doc. No. 631, Page No. 127, Book No. 27, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Rico E. Aureo. LSDE: February 23 & March 2 & 9, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that Paciencia A. Tado heir of the late Rebecca A. Tado executed an affidavit of Adjudication over a bank deposit with Bank of Philippine Islands, Tacloban Branch, Tacloban City, under Savings Account No. 001126-0982-62, in the amount of P792,302.18; per Doc. No. 244, Page No. 049, Book No. XLVII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Wilfredo T. Pascua. LSDE: February 23 & March 2 & 9, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that Jessica V. Longjas heir of late Cesar Longjas executed a Deed of Donation in favor of Joy B. Vinegas married to Grace Vinegas as Donee for motor vehicle described as: Make Type: Kawasaki; Plate No.: HV8155; Engine No.: G7E 108247; Chassis No.: KG 816300; per Doc. No. 376, Page No. 77, Book No. X, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Asterio A. Villero LSDE: February 23 & March 2 & 9, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Bartolome Beltran and Gorgonia Beltran extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 2685, Cad. 566-D, situated at Brgy. Proteccion, Hilongos, Leyte, covered by OCT No. P-35559 and covered by Tax Dec. No. 14031-00409 R13, covering an area of 11,024.26 square meters. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Sps. Antonio L. Cubio and Alma Carillo-Cubio as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 76, Page No. 16, Book No. XII, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Exzon B. Mendoza. LSDE: February 16, 23 & March 2, 2013

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2003-0370 Application for Extension of Validity of a CPC operate a MINI-BUS service with Prayer to Adopt Trade Name. JULITA BALBON Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A MINI-BUS SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: HILONGOS-MAASIN CITY-SAN FRANCISCO & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE WILL EXPIRE ON MAY 16, 2013. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY TO EXTEND THE VALIDITY OF A CPC USING THE SAME NO. OF UNIT AND ROUTE

(Sgd.) Atty. MANUEL R. P. MARTILLO Attorney IV

Republic of the Philippines Province of Samar Office of the City Civil Registrar Catbalogan City


CCE-0021-2013 RA 10172

In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 201311 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that ADRIAN CARMELO M. VELARDE has filed with this Office, a petition for correction of entry in sex from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the certificate of live birth of ADRIAN CARMELO M. VELARDE at Catbalogan City, Samar and whose parents are BERTRAND S. VELARDE and JOSEFA R. MAGA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his writeen opposition with this Office. (Sgd.) OFELIA C. ROYANDOYAN City Civil Registrar

LSDE: February 16 & 23, 2013 Republic of the Philippines Province of Samar MUNICIPALITY OF STO. NIÑO

The Local Government of Guiuan, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites suppliers/contractors to apply for eligibility and found eligible, to bid for the hereunder contract: Name of Contract : CONSTRUCTION OF FARM TO MARKET ROAD @ BRGY. BAGUA GUIUAN, E. SAMAR Location : BRGY. BAGUA GUIUAN, E. SAMAR Brief Description : Construction of 695m long FMR Approved Budget for the Contract: P 10,000,000.00 Contract Duration : 82 days All particulars relative to Eligibility Statement and Screening, Bid Security, Performance Security, Pre-Bidding Conference, Evaluation of Bids, Post Qualification and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of RA 9184 and its Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR). The schedule of BAC activities is as follows: Schedule Feb. 22-25, 2013 Feb. 22-25, 2013 Feb. 22-25, 2013 Feb. 26, 2013 Mar 2-14, 2013 Mar 1, 2013 @ 2:00 pm Mar 14, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

The BAC shall issue to prospective bidders Eligibility Forms at the BAC Secretariat Office Guiuan, E. Samar upon their submission of LOI, and upon their payment of a nonrefundable amount of P500.00 to the Office of the Municipal Treasurer. Prospective Bidders shall submit the Eligibility Requirements to the BAC at the said address. They may also obtain the results of the Eligibility Check by the BAC at the same address. The BAC will issue Bidding Documents only to bidders declared by the BAC to be eligible for the bidding upon payment of P15,000.00 (Fifteen Thousand Pesos only) @ the Office of the Municipal Treasurer. The Local Governmetn Unit of Guiuan assumes no responsibility whatsoever to compensate or indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of the Bids. Approved by:

LSDE: February 23, 2013

DEED OF SELF-ADJUDICATION WITH ABSOLUTE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that Lucito Pico, Sr. heir of late Roberto Pico executed an affidavit of Adjudication over a parcel of agricultural land, located at Brgy. Guindag-an, Tanauan, Leyte, Lot No. 5588, Case No. 18, Cad. 505, covered under OCT No. P-56242, containing an area of 2,296 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Vince Ivan Malquisto Yucamco as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 005, Page No. 02, Book No. X, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Asterio A. Villero. LSDE: February 23 & March 2 & 9, 2013



1. Receipt from prospective bidders of Letters of Intent (LOI) including application of Eligibility 2. Issuance of Eligibility Forms 3. Receipt of Eligibility Requirements 4. Notice of Results of Eligibility Check 5. Issuance of Bid Documents 6. Pre-Bid Conference 7. Receipt and Opening of Bids

WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME AS JUSELAN EXPRESS. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON MARCH 6, 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 21st day of February 2013.

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of Silverio Pada and Petra Paler Pada extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over 9 parcels all situated in Matalom, Leyte described as: Parcel 1, Cad. Lot No. 5581-P/30, situated at Sto. Niño St.; containing an area of 137.05 square meters, more or less, under Tax Dec. No. 05-27003-00263, market value of P29,827.56; Parcel 2, Cad. Lot No. 29, Cad. 967-D, situated at Sto. Niño St., Matalom, Leyte containing an area of 687 square meters, more or less, under Tax Dec. No. 02-27003-00134, market value of P135,922.95; Parcel 3, situated at Caridad, Matalom, Leyte with Certificate of Title No. P-24333, Cadastral Lot No. 654, Plsm-1089-D, containing an area of 1,876 square meters, more or less, under Tax Dec. No. 9941 with Market Value of P4,104.96; Parcel 4, situated at Caridad, Matalom, Leyte, with Original Certificate of Title No. P-24329, Cadastral Lot No. 800, containing an area of 491.6 square meters, more or less, under Tax Dec. No. 05-27011-00179, with Market Value of P92,715.76; Parcel 5, (Cadastral Lot No. 1437, Cad-967-D) situated at Brgy. Elevado, Matalom, Leyte, containing an area of 4,050 square meters, more or less under Original Certificate of Title (OCT) No. TP-14246; Parcel 6, (Cadastral Lot No. 1474) situated at Brgy. Elevado, Matalom, Leyte, containing an area of 1,246 square meters, more or less, under Original Certificate of Title (OCT) No. P-24328; Parcel 7, (Cadastral Lot No. 1529) situated at Brgy. Elevado, Matalom, Leyte, containing an area of 1,536 square meters, more or less, under Original Certificate of Title (OCT) No. P-72402; Parcel 8, situated at Brgy. Elevado, Matalom, Leyte, containing an area of 4,233 square meters, more or less, under Original Certificate of Title (OCT) No. P-73515; Parcel 9, (Cadastral Lot No. 1863) situated at Brgy. Elevado, Matalom, Leyte, containing an area of 11,273 square meters, more or less, under Original Certificate of Title (OCT) No. P73473; per Doc. No. 1301, Page No. 16, Book No. XII, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Vivian Rosario F. Palima-Petracorta. LSDE: Feb. 9, 16 & 23, 2013

Republic of the Philippines Province of Eastern Samar Municipality of Guiuan

BAC Activities

Saturday, 23 February 2013



INVITATION TO BID The Municipality of Sto. Niño, intends to apply the sum of Php 5,000,000.00 being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for Supply and Delivery of Medicines. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. The Municipality of Sto. Niño now invites bids for Supply and Delivery of Medicines. Bidders should have completed, within 3 years reckoned from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”. Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizens or organizations of a country the laws or regulations of which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183 and subject to Commonwealth Act 138. Interested bidders may obtain further information from LGU-STO. NIÑO-Bids and Awards Committee thru its Secretariat and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below during 8:00am to 5:00pm. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders on February 23, 2013 from the address below and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of Philippine Pesos Ten Thousand Pesos ( Php 10,000.00). The LGU-STO. NIÑO-Bids and Awards Committee will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on March 01, 2013, 10:00 A.M. at Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall, Sto. Niño, Samar, which shall be open to all interested parties who have purchased the Bidding Documents. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before March 13, 2013, 2:00 P.M.. All Bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause Error! Reference source not found. Bid opening shall be on March 13, 2013, 2:00 P.M. ,Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall, Sto. Niño, Samar. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted. The LGU-STO. NIÑO-Bids and Awards Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders. For further information, please refer to: SUSANA T. MUÑOZ BAC Secretariat 2nd Floor, Municipal Bldg. Sto. Niño, Samar

(Sgd) TERENCIO E.M. SILAGAN, JR. BAC Chairperson

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advocacies of the national government. In a statement, Garin said she was flattered that the President recognized her work. “I really didn’t expect that he will take notice. It is a compliment, I hope I will be up to it and help the administration,” Garin said. Garin, a medical doctor, could not say if she will join the Department

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which is also being implemented by DA. “NYR, as a communication strategy, principally aims to achieve 100% rice self-sufficiency in 2013 which is in consonance with the end-goal of the FSSP,” he affirmed. Mr. Ayaso is hopeful that Eastern Samar, which is only 55% rice sufficient according to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics’ (BAS) 2012 survey, has to double its rice production in order to be rice self-sufficient. Mr. Ayaso also revealed that Eastern Sa-


of Health (DoH) or the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). She however, admitted that her task would be linking the national government’s health services to the local governments. Garin, is a sister of Leyte fifth district Board Member Carlo Loreto and first cousin of Department of Energy (DoE) Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla. She became an SK federation president of Leyte in 1993. She is the wife of

Iloilo Board Member and former Guimbal town mayor Oscar Garin, Jr. Garin, one of the authors of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) law, pushed for the approval of the measure which was certified as urgent by the President. Already, two truebloodied Leyteños, Sec. Petilla and Department of Science and Technology (DoST) Sec. Mario Montejo are with the President’s Cabinet.

mar’s total rice area of 17,377 hectares is consist of 22% irrigated, 77% rainfed and 1% upland. With its average yield of 2.82 mt per hectare, it was able to produce 59,412 mt in 2012. “Compared to the previous years, the production increment in 2012 was the highest that the province has achieved so far,” he said. “With the increasing rice production trend of the province, we are confident that by 2016 Eastern Samar can be selfsufficient,” he mused. However, Mr. Ayaso said that the province’s key players have to work

harder to achieve this target. On the part of the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) of Eastern Samar, Governor Conrado B. Nicart stated that the agriculture sector is the top priority of his administration. “In fact, we allocated a budget of as much as P40 million for the agriculture sector this year, the biggest among other sectors,” he disclosed. Gov. Nicart and Mr. Francisco C. Rosaroso, Regional NYR Focal Person, both recognized the outstanding performance of the Provincial Agriculture Office under the auspices of Mr. Re-

Leyte Samar Daily Express


Typhoid fever cases in EV drops GOV’T CENTER, PALO, Leyte- Typhoid fever cases in the region for the past two months was comparatively lower compare to last year of the same period. Records from the regional office of the Department of Health said that since the start of the year and up to this week, the region has only 88 confirmed typhoid fever cases. The current typhoid fever cases of the re-

gion has dropped to 72 percent compare to last year of the same period. Last year of the same period, the DOH monitored about 317 typhoid fever cases. The same DOH record has also indicated that there were already three deaths for this year. The provinces of Leyte and Northern Samar posted the highest number of the ailment, both with 19 cases. Province of Leyte

galado R. Opeña especially the implementation of the Provincial Rice Production Enhancement Program (PRPEP). Highlighted during the launching were the unveiling of the NYR logo and the recitation of the Panatang Makapalay which was participated in by all spectators. Meantime, National NYR Program Leader Ms Hazel V. Antonio from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), Nueva Ecija, graced the said event and presented the NYR overview preceding Mr. Ro-

saroso who reported the regional NYR advocacy campaign strategies. Other relevant topics were also presented by top officials and resource persons from partner agencies. The event also served as a perfect venue for the farmers to express their concerns and share their good rice farming practices and experiences which were given due commendation by guests

and Northern Samar have the same number of cases with nineteen. But despite of apparent decline of typhoid fever, health authorities caution the public not to be complacent considering that the ailment is considered to be one of the endemic diseases in the region. Intensive health education on environmental sanitation, personal hygiene, hygienic food preparation, should be conducted by the local health authorities, the health department said. In addition, the sanitary inspector must regularly check the water sources for portability, it added. Home chlorination and boiling of water for doubtful sources should be encouraged. Proper waste disposal should be emphasized. (ARINNE S. CARIAGA,EVSU Intern)



Leyte Samar Daily Express

Saturday, 23 February 2013

High dengue fever cases noted in Tacloban GOV’T CENTER, PALO, Leyte- The regional office of the Department of Health, based here, reported that the number of dengue fever cases in Tacloban City has now reached to 83 as of this week. Based on their record, most of the reported dengue fever cases of Tacloban were from V and G subdivision whose cases accounts almost half of the entire cases of the city. The youngest of those who fell ill due to dengue fever was a month old baby with a 52-year

old man as the oldest to have been afflicted with the same ailment. Aside from V and G subdivision, other areas in the city which have notable dengue fever were in Barangays 71, 91 and 74. The regional health department, in coordination with the City Health Office, is intensifying their information campaign on how to avoid dengue fever like massive cleaning of surroundings particularly breeding grounds of mosquitoes which causes the ailment. (AIZA MORANA, EVSU Intern)

OWWA conduct business training for OFWs TACLOBAN CITYThe Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-8) conducted a training for entrepreneurial development to the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) or related to OFW workers who are interested to business. The training, held at OWWA conference room last February

20, 2013, is mandatory for the OFWs or their relatives for them to know how to run a business that they plan to put up, Alberto Peñaflor, case officer, said. The training was conducted free. The said training taught them how to succeed and manage a business. The OWWA is lending funds for the institution or cooperatives and the agency coordinates with other agencies expertise and systems about business. The training is held every first and third Monday every month.(CINDERELLA


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Catering Services Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez turned over two units of water tanks and distributed safe drinking water to Purok 1,Barangay 93- Bagacay, this city on February 21, 2013. Barangay councilors Felix Lagumbay and Sonia Martija requested the said water tanks from the city government as several of village people were down with diarrhea due to contaminated drinking water. The distribution of water tanks is part of the “Libreng Tubig Para sa Barangay ni Mayor Alfred Program”. (Photo By JOHN LOUIE BAUTISTA/ EDEN .REYES)

Mayor Romualdez distributes drinking water and food packs to Paglaum residents TACLOBAN CITYMayor Alfred Romualdez of this city led in the distribution of drinking water and food packs to residents of Barangay 103- APaglaum, on February 19, 2013, accompanied by the water distribution team of the City General Services Office and personnel from the Barangay Affairs Office. Earlier, the city chief executive brought doctors and nurses to the said barangay and conducted an emergency medical mission. He also distributed toilet facilities to indigent families. Due to incessant rain experienced in the city these past few weeks, many residents of the barangay suffered from stom-

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