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DAILY EXPRESS VOL. XXV NO. 101

MONDAY JULY 22, 2013

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gional director Olive TACLOBAN CITY—About P181.9 million Tiu reported that the worth of infrastructure projects for Eastern NSAC was here in the Visayas region under the Agrarian Reform region for its first outCommunities Project Phase II (ARCP II) was of-town deliberation approved by the National Sub-project Approv- of the 20 proposed inal Committee (NSAC) of the Department of frastructure projects Agrarian Reform (DAR). nationwide funded Philippine Information Agency (PIA) re- by the Asian Devel-

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Job opportunities of skilled workers in Angola ORMOC CITY - Two foreign investors eyed Region 8 as possible spot for investment as these two executives were coordinated by a Filipino entrepreneur based in Angola who came to Philippines to interview applicants with techni-

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opment Foundation (ADB). “DAR office informed that four proposed irrigation projects for Leyte worth P132.2 million were approved by the committee,” Tiu said. The projects are lo-

cated in San Isidro, Calubian, Villaba, Palo and Javier in Leyte and in Salcedo, Eastern Samar. It was learned that Eastern Visayas had the most number of project proposals submitted to the commit-

tee. The projects include farm-to-market roads and irrigation systems. The ARCP II is aimed at reducing poverty, thus improving the socio-economic status of the to page 7

cal skills for Angola and visited Ormoc’s Malitbog power plant of Leyte Geothermal Power Field (LGPF) of Energy Drilling Corporation (EDC). Interviews of skilled and technical job applicants in Manila were conducted by executives of a diamond mining company: Enrique G. Garcia, assistant supervisor for operations, and Engr. Enrique Garcia and Engr. Fernandez Manuel Domingos Da Silva cut the ribbon at Engr. Fernandez Manuel the Bridges Multi-Skills Training Centre, Ormoc City, Inc. before they left back to Angola, July 19, Friday. to page 2


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NEWS

Monday, 22 July 2013

Soria orders manhunt vs 3 pushers in buy-bust shootout

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Police Chief Superintendent Elmer R. Soria ordered a massive manhunt operations against three suspected drug pushers who engaged in a shootout with lawmen during a buybust operation in a west coast village in Hilongos town in Leyte that left a policeman wounded Wednesday night. The regional police director informed that the shootout ensued around 8:00 p.m. at Brgy. Talisay between joint elements of Leyte Police Provincial Office and Hilongos Municipal Police Station

and the suspects, identified as brothers Socrates and Teofilo Fabio and one Charlie Zarate, who are now the subject of manhunt operations. Wounded was PO3 Lord Bolito, a member of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (AIDSOTG) of the Leyte PPO, who sustained two gunshot wounds on his left arm and one on his chest. Bolito was rushed to the Remedios T. Romualdez Memorial Hospital in Tacloban City and is now in stable condition. Soria said the shootout ensued when Socrates

Fabio opened fire as Bolito was about to arrest him after being able to purchase a sachet of “shabu”. The suspects eluded arrests under the cover of darkness. “Tracker teams are conducting pursuit operations against the suspects and we intend to put them behind bars as soon as possible,” Soria added. Meanwhile, the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) arrested a drug suspect in a buy-bust operation conducted in Basey town in Samar. The RSOG, led by PInsp. Constantino Jabonete, Jr., arrested one Harold Alcose-

ba, 35, single and a resident of Mercado. Alcoseba was nabbed around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after handing out a plastic sachet containing “shabu” to a police officer who acted as a poseur buyer. Also recovered from the suspect was another sachet of “shabu” worth P500 and the P500 marked money. The suspect is now detained at the Basey police station. The suspected drug pushers are facing raps for violation of the Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (PINSP ROMUEL NACAR)

LNU plans to implement online collection of fees TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte Normal University (LNU) plans to implement the online collection of fees, LNU-Supreme Student Council (SSC) president Philip Nielo disclosed. Nielo, in an interview, said that the school ad-

ministration is now pushing for the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with the LandBank for the said project. The said online collection of fees includes tuition and examination fees. “This kind of system will be convenient to the

students because they will not be anymore queuing at the cashier’s office, it is also helpful to the parents of the students because they can really make sure that the exact money will go to the bank directly,” Nielo said. “If this will not be real-

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third largest. For a rare visit to the Philippines and with business purposes in Ormoc, they took a short look at the renewable energy in Leyte that is known around the world. The three engineers were observed to have been so enthusiastic in learning the technical operation and the equipment used in converting steam into electricity that even during safety briefing at the EDC administration complex, their questions already poured in. Malitbog Plant Manager, Engr. Wilmer Audi-

tor, warmly accommodated them. Engr. Garcia, an American, acted as interpreter of Angolan Engr. Da Silva in an interview. Da Silva said he appreciates so much to have been at the renewable energy plant (steam) one that no burning required and a new technology and resources for him to discover although Angola has less opportunity of the same industry. Both said part of their visit was to maintain good relations with coinvestors in Ormoc where soon they plan to obtain

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Domingos Da Silva, the deputy manager for engineering division, both of the Sociedade Mineira de Catoca based in Luando, Angola, Africa. They were accompanied by Filipino businessman Engr. Josue D. Bacolod, general manager of JDB Technical Services, a company that he owns that is also based in Africa. Garcia and Da Silva are from Africa’s largest diamond mining company and known as the world’s

ized this semester, we are planning to at least implement it on the 2nd semester,” Nielo said. According to Nielo, if this project will be realized this year, they are also planning to have the online enrolment system. (JANICE V.

TAPIL, LNU INTERN)

prospective skilled workers from a training center. “Our objective is to see the good city that has the potential for technical market to work in our company”, said Garcia. Engr. Bacolod corroborated Garcia’s statement by saying that the Angolan company aspires to sustain good relations to open chances of job market for skilled and technical workers in the Philippines, and Ormoc is part of the priorities. “This opens chances for Filipinos to be hired in

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CHO intensifies efforts in fight against dengue TACLOBAN CITY With 484 recorded cases of dengue from January to June, the City Health Office (CHO) is strengthening its efforts to fight dengue. Since January of this year, the CHO has been going around schools to conduct lectures about dengue. From July 2 to 17, lectures were conducted in Anibong Elementary School, Salvacion Elementary School, San Jose National Highschool, Sagkahan National Highschool, Palanog Elementary School and San Fernando Elementary School. Also, according to the City Health Officer, Dr. Jaime M. Opinion Jr., one of their efforts is the integration with the Department of Education on the implementation of the

4 o’clock habit of going around the school and destroying possible breeding sites before going home. “The government and the city health office won’t be able to sustain the fight against dengue without the help of the people, ” Dr. Opinion stressed. It can be recalled that because of the all-out effort of the government and with the support of the people on the fight against dengue, the 4000 dengue cases in 2010 decreased to 99 in 2011 and then to 95 in 2010. (HANNA TRA-

NI BARTOLOME, LNU INTERN)


Monday, 22 July 2013

From farming to commercial banking

NAVAL, Biliran – After years of engaging in farming, members of a farmers’ cooperative here ventured into another world this time as bankers. The Lico Agrarian Reform Cooperative (LARCoop) added not so long ago quasi-banking into their list of income generating projects. With some members who are college graduates, the coop bravely gave this practically new field a try. In preparation, its management team together with other cooperatives attended in 2012 the Microfinance, Governance and Administration (MIGOA) seminarworkshop held here in Naval. Chairperson Rebecca Payos afterwards together with seven other coop members as a follow through activity underwent a seminar on Microfinance Basic Capacity Building (MBCB) in Cebu City and a 5-day on-the-job training in Siaton, Negros Oriental. Also last year, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recommended LARCoop to National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO) to avail of the latter’s credit facilities and other assistances. Unfortunately, LARCoop failed to get NATCCO’s nod on its first try. But determined as they are, LARCoop on its second attempt finally became the 56th cooperative and the first from Region-8 to be availing of NATCCO’s microfinance assistance which included a P1-million loan payable in five years at 13 percent interest per annum. From this loan, on December 18, 2012 the LARCoop opened a quasi-bank at the downtown area here at the provincial capital of Biliran with DAR officials, representatives from the NATCCO and local government units in attendance to witness the event and the growth of the said cooperative. The quasi bank ac-

cording to Bibian Sereño, microfinance operations manager, offers savings deposit, time deposit, kiddiie deposit as well as loan assistance (providential, productive and microfinance), though limited to members only. Its primary goal is to address the financial needs of its members at very low interest rates. On its launching day alone, 35 member-depositors opened accounts. As of this writing, Sereño reported that the quasi bank has already 524 depositors. LARCoop was organized by DAR in 2003 and registered as Lico Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi Purpose Cooperative (LARBMPC) and registered at the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) on February 21 of the same year with only 23 members composed of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and other farmers from the Naval-2 Agrarian Reform Community (ARC). The cooperative initially engaged in microlending activities and food processing business with the joint effort of the DAR and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) who painstakingly assisted them in their struggling years. But the meager income of the cooperative then was not enough to provide the growing needs of its members, particularly the rice farmers who needed bigger amount during planting season that would serve them as capital for their farm operations. Though apprehensive, the cooperative took the risk of availing of production loan assistance from DAR’s Credit Assistance Program for Program Beneficiaries Development (CAP-PBD) thru the Land Bank of the Philippines. The cooperative was able to maintain a good standing with the bank. From the coop’s income they were able to acquire a 120 sq. m. lot in their village where they built their office.

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In 2012, they changed their name to Lico Agrarian Reform Cooperative or LARCoop. From 23 members, the cooperative has ballooned to 120 by December 18, 2012. Eighty of them are ARBs. Since the opening of the quasi bank, 636 members more were added, bringing the total members of the organization to 705. From P4,600 initial paid-up capital, LARCoop now posts a total asset of more than P5.6-million. These include the 120 sq.m. lot and an office in Barangay Lico, and the recently inaugurated quasi bank. As the coop expanded their operations, LARCoop opened their membership to residents of other barangays and adjacent towns. During the inauguration of the cooperative’s quasi bank, DAR Regional Director Eliasem Castillo advised the officers and members to never give up when faced with challenges. He added that DAR will always be there to guide and assist them. Further, Castillo disclosed the many assistances extended by DAR to its beneficiaries which include credit facilities. Recently, according to Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Ismael Aya-ay, the coop was chosen by his office to be the lead agrarian reform beneficiary organization (ARBO) who will take charge of the farm machineries distributed under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS), which will be used in realizing their agribusiness activities, such as their “Rice Productivity Enhancement Project”. These machines, he added, may give them additional income in the form of rentals. From a struggling farmers organization, slowly but surely, LARCoop is now among the more stable organizations in the province. (JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA)

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Lico Agrarian Reform Cooperative (LARCoop) Chairperson Rebecca Payos (center); Bibian Sereno (right), microfinance operations manager; and a staff of the coop’s quasi-bank strike a pose showing their depositor’s passbook. (JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA)

DOTC: Construction of DZR Airport facilities to be completed next year, but … TACLOBAN CITY – The Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport will have a new apron and taxiway next year but it would be nonoperational because of the absence of a new terminal building, the Department of Transportation and Communication said. DOTC Area Manager for Regions 6 and 8 Dante Lulu told Leyte Samar Daily Express that construction of new airport facilities has started April 28, 2013 and is scheduled for completion after a year. The project, which is now 21% complete, was awarded to FIAT Construction Services and BM Marketing. “Even after construction, this will not be operational without a new terminal building but we have to proceed with the development since the fund is already there,” Lulu said in an interview. The official admitted that they couldn’t divert the P251.6 million budget to terminal building since it is already in the 2013 General Appropriations Act.

The budget was allotted for the airside development of Tacloban Airport, particularly for the construction of new apron and taxiway, completion of north-east shore protection with shoulder grade correction, construction of drainage system with box culvert, and the construction of temporary transition. Constructing a new terminal building will not happen soon due to constraints faced by the government in relocating more than a thousand of informal settlers in the proposed expansion site. In their initial listing in 2002, there were only 249 families in Sitio Alimasag, Barangay Costa Brava, San Jose District. The number rose to 708 when the local government surveyed in 2009. It increased to more than a thousand households this year. The DOTC, city government, and National Housing Authority is set to finalize a memorandum of agreement on the relocation of affected families. Officials are expected to inked

deal within this year. Lulu is uncertain as to when the terminal building will be constructed but they’re hoping it will be realized before the end of President Aquino’s term. The DOTC is set to construction a temporary tent to address decongestion. Under DOTC’s long term plan, the existing building will be removed to give way to modern air and navigation equipments including fire station powerhouse and tower building. Passenger volume at the DZR Airport reached 1.14 million in 2012, 13% up as against 1.01 million in 2011. It is the country’s seventh busiest airport. The Tacloban Airport Development Project was originally included in the Japan Bank for International Cooperation’s P3.75 billion loan package in 2001 but was excluded for the Philippine government’s failure to put up a counterpart. The loan expired in September 2007.

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Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) accreditation is currently on process but the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) permit has been issued. In Manila, they interviewed more than a hundred job applicants and picked around 50, Da Silva said. In their quick visit to Ormoc, the foreigners paid a courtesy visit to newly elected Or-

moc City Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo L. Locsin who was the acting city mayor while Mayor Edward Codilla was in Manila for the inaugural League of Cities of the Philippines meeting. They expressed thanks and appreciation for the hospitality they savored for just a short while in this progressive city and hoping to be back soon for business reasons. (ELVIE ROMAN-

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Africa, Middle East and Europe for the job marketing. Currently, there are around 200 Filipinos working in diamond mining and 30 of these are Ormocanons,” he said.

Before leaving Ormoc, Garcia, Da Silva and Bacolod ceremonially cut the ribbon of the soon to open BRIDGES MultiSkills Training Centre, Ormoc City, Inc. as its

(SARWELL Q. MENIANO)

ROA)


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OPINION

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EDITORIAL

Inutile?

“W

e control government”, is an alleged boastful declaration of the one touted as “mother of all scams” Janet Lim Napoles, as exposed by Ben Hur Luy, a cousin and the latter’s close “business” associate on the discovery of the 10-year old, repeat ten year old operation that effected a P10-B pork barrel scam. Napoles denies it. This statement should jolt the inner sensibilities of our government, specially investigating agencies, intelligence units working with civilian, police and military establishment. They must do something credible about this. No stone should be left unturned to get into the bottom of why she boasted allegedly like she said. It is of common knowledge in this country of several exposes have come and gone already on abuses of government officials for the nth times. But the national angry sentiment or

outburst condemning the act fizzles down after sometime. After the explosion of such shenanigan, it usually dies down because nothing credible was done about them. The 26-year Marcos plunder cases still sleeps and the final resolution of this plunder of the century remains uncertain. A special unit was organized by President Cory Aquino, the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) for which sole and primary objective was to totally unearth and recover ill-gotten wealth that runs to billions has been there for almost 3 decades now… and still “investigating.” In fact the heirs to the Marcos dictatorship to include the flamboyant First Lady, Leyte’s (pride?) have started to reclaim and succeeding old political glory as if nothing happened. Napoles has a pending case before the Ombudsman with her alleged involvement in that to page 5

Abolish Pork yes but review; streamline role of legislature Provision about the Legislature is Article VI of the Philippine Constitution. On Sec. 14 it states: Neither shall he (lawmaker) directly or indirectly be interested financially in any contract with, or any franchise on special privilege granted by the Government, or any subdivision, agency or instrumentality thereof, including any government owned on controlled corporation or its subsidiary, during his term of office. “Neither shall he be interested financially…” They have not only been interested but have wiggled themselves into it and got as much as 40% if not half the

PDAF allocation to ghost projects. But because they are ghost projects they simply divide the money into two- so no sweat. And certainly the legislator does not sign anything. That is why whistle blowers in the P10B scam can talk and talk till their voices become hoarse, but

since they have nothing in their hands to prove the involvement of legislators in this pork barrel scam these solons can be free. -o0oIn the older days most of those who ran for Congress were lawyers and professionals who possess the knack – the innate tal-

ent and power for good and effective communications. House debates were educational. They talked sense. There were no Manny Pacquiaos or Lito Lapids wall décors in the august halls of the legislative session halls in those times, because legislation was serious law making. Not boxing! Not acting! -oOoThere is a need to really review and reform the legislature. One of the issues that should be resolved is their privilege at identifying projects. We already have an intricate government network all over the land to do that.


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Monday, 22 July 2013

From lego to reality

MANY children come to me and talk very fondly about their lego toys. I must say that I had to do a little research on lego, since in my kidhood years, there were no such toys. Thus, I discovered why they like lego so much. It’s a child’s plastic construction set to make mechanical models. It stirs their imagination and creativity, and stimulates their liking for building things and making believe. It challenges their ability to put into concrete form what they have in their mind. They can choose either to be very faithful to the models they want to copy, or they can introduce innovations and even combinations. But still, lego is just a toy. It’s more for fun and making fantasies or science fictions. It’s not supposed to be taken seriously. Nowadays, though, lego has acquired another meaning, a figurative reference to a make-believe world that we seem to be making in many aspects of our life. Thus, we can hear people talking about

the lego world in the global economy that is supposed to be a far cry from what is really happening in that area of the world’s life. It seems that what was not supposed to be taken seriously is now taken seriously. Fiction is now made true-to-life. Fantasy is now considered real. Which brings us to a much deeper issue. And that is how do we correctly define reality? What is reality, in the first place? Would things in one’s imagination and dreams not qualify as part of reality? Would reality be simply defined as anything that has physical and material existence, anything that can be measured, seen, weighed, smelled, felt, etc.? How about ideas, judgments, reasonings, values, and other abstract or non-tangible things? Would they not be considered real? We need to tackle these questions to resolve the issue of what reality is. We are supposed to live in reality, we are supposed to be realistic, we are supposed to be and to act real, but what is reality?

The SONA

To d a y, P r e s i d e n t Aquino will deliver his 4th State of the Nation (SONA) address and we will hear outstanding accomplishments that past Pr3esidents have not been able to deliver. First is the upgrade in investment status by 2 major credit institutions, Fitch Ratings and Stanford and Poor ’s. There is a strong GDP

reports, improved tax collections and the better fiscal condition of government and optimism among foreign investors to put their money in the Phillipines. The Legislative body also contributed a significant share by passing measures such as the sin tax law, and yet there is so much work to do.

With the distinction between objective and subjective, we can wonder whether one of them is real and the other not. But it would seem unfair that what is subjective would be considered wholesale as not real, just because it is subjective. For sure, reality has infinite aspects and possibilities, because it simply does not only include material and tangible things. It also covers non-tangible things that can lend themselves to an infinity of levels, aspects, possibilities, etc. If we just consider our ideas and what consequences, implications and possibilities they can spawn, then we would somehow be convinced that reality is indeed a very complicated thing. I imagine that to simplify the need to effectively grapple with reality, we need to go to the very author of reality, which in the end is definitely not us, nor somebody or something else that is merely sensible or even intelligible, but a supreme, eternal being whom we consider to be God. He is the creator and therefore is the very author of the whole of creation. In short, he is the very author of reality in all its levels, aspects and possibilities. In short, if we have to effectively deal with reality, then we need to engage ourselves with the Creator,

Poverty and job generation continue to be the major problems of the government. A reason why the gap between the rich and the poor continue to widen. There is no new local industries and opportunities for livelihood that are opening up and our population continue to rise. Health care delivery needs to be improved to keep the people healthy rather than curing ailments. The tourism sector needs a comprehensive program to encourage more tourists as well as investors. Agriculture continues to flounder. Why do we have to import rice when we can plant and harvest it at lower cost. The same is true with vegetables, fruits, chicken, pork and beef.

who is God. This would require some faith, which again should be part of reality, since this God as the creator of all things simply cannot be fully grasped by us, and yet he is real. In fact, he is the very foundation of reality, and all reality must revolve around him. But he is beyond the world of the sensible and the intelligible. Not that he is not in the sensible and the intelligible. He is right there as he is everywhere, but he also transcends them. That’s why, we can somehow sense and understand him, but we cannot fully comprehend him. In other words, to effectively grapple with reality involves developing in us a certain piety, a certain intimacy in our relation with God the Creator. It cannot be any other way, since ignoring him can only at best let us touch reality by mere coincidence. Ignoring God the Creator would lead us to the great danger of having a shallow, narrow, rigid if not distorted and even wrong grasp of reality. Though these latter situations would still be part of reality, they are that part that is not supposed to be. Vitally engaging with God our Creator, through prayer and study of his doctrine, brings us to the dynamism of reality that God himself maintains and directs both in time and eternity.

Electricity rates continue to be one of the highest in the world and it still persists. Sadly, many parts of the country are now threatened by insufficient p o w e r s u p p l y. T h e government must look for alternative sources of energy. There is so much more to do, the government must reduce corruption to the barest minimum, and a need for better delivery of services from our public servants. We want to hear our President tell the Filipino people where we should go and have to reach that destination. During the last 3 years, the 94 million Filipinos have been waiting what solutions are being considered to reach our destination - a progressive Philippines.

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well-exposed P728 m fertilizer scam and yet she has still the gall to go into this “mother of all scam.” Could it be the reason why she boldly, albeit unashamedly declare “we control government’ because the arms of the law is short that it can’t

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reach her? A solidten year syndicate allegedly involving lawmakers, and no one in government was able to discover. It took disgruntled insiders of the Janet Lim-Napoles Enterprises involved in whole sale corruption to expose it. Where was government in all those years? Indeed inutile!!

July 22, 2013 – Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time St. Mary Magdalene Sg 3:1-4 [or 2 Cor 5:14-17]; Ps 63; Jn 20:1-2, 11-18

ENCOUNTER WITH THE RISEN JESUS On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” but Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” she turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and what he told her.

MARY MAGDALENE Mary Magdalene had been one off Jesus’ closest friends. Rescued by him from the many troubles of her own life – seven demons were cast out of her – she accompanied the Lord on his round of preaching, and when all was lost, and all had run away, she remained steadfast by the cross with Mary, Jesus’ mother. The Easter garden in Jerusalem was a very sad and somber place when Mary Magdalene came to visit the tomb of her Lord. She brought with her spices to anoint his body, bringing to a fitting end the chapter of Calvary’s cruelty. But on entering the tomb she found the tomb empty. This was a double blow. Sorrow broke her heart. Now alone in the garden, she cried out her questions to anyone who would hear. And someone did. The voice was the Lord’s. Thus she became the first witness to his Resurrection. Why not Peter or John? Perhaps it had something to do with the heart that perseveres, long after the head has given up hope. Like Mary Magdalene, may we, also be faithful to the bitter end and beyond the bitter end, for beyond it is the beginning of new life. (His Word is Life by Vima Dasan, S.J., published by Paulines. Visit us at www.paulines.ph or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City, Tel. #321-31-95) Sower’s Seeds: “The most holy bodies of the King and Queen of Heaven are the delight and the love of the angels and saints. We shall see with our own eyes and shall love with our own heart; our whole spirit and body will go into ecstasy.” -Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family


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NOTICES

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Branch 11 CALUBIAN, Leyte ELVIE ARRIBADO SIMMONS Plaintiff -versusCHARLES JUSTIN SIMMONS Defendant CIVIL CASE NO. CN-171 FOR DECLARATION OF NULLITY OF MARRIAGE x- - - - - - - - - - - - -x SUMMONS

TO:

CHARLES JUSTIN SIMMONS, Markland Condo Beach SOII Pattaya City, Thailand G R E E T I N G S: You are hereby required within fifteen (15) days after service of this Summons upon you, to file with this Court and serve on the plaintiff your answer to the complaint, copy of which is hereto attached together with the annexes. You are reminded of the provision in the IBP-OCA Memorandum on Policy Guidelines dated March 12, 2002 to observe restraint in filing a motion to dismiss and instead allege the grounds thereof as defenses in the Answer. WITNESS my hand under the seal of the Court, this 23rd day of April 2013. (Sgd.) ATTY. MARCELIANA F. YAP-APACIBLE Clerk of Court VI x- - - - - - - - - -- x

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Eighth Judicial Region Branch 11 Calubian, Leyte ELVIE ARRIBADO SIMMONS Plaintiff -versusCHARLES JUSTIN SIMMONS Defendants CIVIL CASE NO. CN-171 FOR DECLARATION OF NULLITY OF MARRIAGE x- - - - - - - - - - - - -x ORDER

Considering that defendant, Charles Justin Simmons, who was then a resident of Sitio Calumbangan, Brgy. Banat-i, San Isidro, Leyte, but his residence abroad is in Markland Condo Beach, SO1 1, Pattaya City, Thailand, can no longer be found at his local address because he moved on to an unknown place as alleged in the motion filed by plaintiff ELVIE ARRIBADO SIMMONS through counsel, summons therefore intended for service to the said defendant, is authorized to be effected by publication. Publish this Order together with the summons and complaint in a newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines including the province or City once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks. Likewise send a copy of the summons and complaint together with its annexes to the above-named defendant in the last known address given in the complaint. The said defendant is given a period of ninety (90)

days after notice to file his answer. SO ORDERED. IN CHAMBERS, this 19th day of June 2013, at Halls of Justice, Calubian, Leyte, Philippines.

(Sgd.) CRESCENTE F. MARAYA, JR. Executive Judge x- - - - - - - - - - - - x

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Eight Judicial Region Branch 11 Calubian, Leyte ELVIE ARRIBADOSIMMONS Plaintiff, -versusCHARLES JUSTIN SIMMONS, Defendant Civil Case No. CN-171 For: “DECLARATION OF NULLITY OF MARRIAGE” x- - - - - - - - - - - - -x COMPLAINT

COMES NOW, the PLAINTIFF by the undersigned attorney, unto this Honorable Court, most respectfully avers: 1. Plaintiff is of legal age with residence at Sitio Calumbangan, Brgy. Banat-i, San Isidro, Leyte, Philippines, and defendant is likewise of legal age was formerly residing also in a rented house in Sitio Calumbangan, Brgy. Banat-i, San Isidro, Leyte and he has also a residence at Markland Condo Beach, SOI 1, Pattaya City, Thailand, where he can be served with summons and other processes of this Honorable Court; 2. Plaintiff and defendant got married on September 25, 2012 at Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC), Calubian, Leyte, as shown by their Certificate of Marriage attached hereto and marked as Annex “A” and made an integral part hereof; 3. At first plaintiff and defendant knew each other through communication in the internet sometime in the early part of year 2011. On November 2011 they personally met each other in Mandaue City, Cebu. And that was the start of their intimate relationship; 4. Defendant proposed to marry plaintiff, that is why September 25, 2012 they got married. Plaintiff accepted the proposal to marry defendant because she feel in love with him despite of the gap of their age. She thought also that due to the older age of defendant he is a good man as a husband, that is why despite of their short engagement and without knowing fully well his personality decided to marrying him; 5. After their wedding they flew to Thailand, because defendant is based on the said place and there they lived together as husband and wife. From then on plaintiff noticed that defendant is frequently jealous with plaintiff, he became so possessive, he will not let plaintiff go out of the house and frequently lock her up. Defendant treated plaintiff as a property which he own and try to dominate; 6. At first plaintiff extended her understanding to defendant because she thought that the jealousy and possessiveness of defendant was only temperamental and hope that it will change; 7. Plaintiff went home for a while in the Philip-

pines sometime nearly part of 2013 and when she returned in Thailand she noticed that defendant’s traits worsened, because he became so possessive and jealous type; 8. Plaintiff came to know that her husband was an addict because everyday he uses marijuana and she witnessed always sniffing and smoking the said kind of drugs and while he is on high he will became rude and she is afraid that he will harm her. She feared for her safety and she could not slept well as she is afraid of defendant; 9. Aside from using drugs, defendant is also an alcoholic because everyday from 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon until 1:00 o’clock in the morning he drink and consumed much liquor and he associate it with using marijuana; 10. Plaintiff has a daughter by her former commonlaw-husband, however, defendant do not want that the former will bring her daughter in order to live with her; 11. Defendant never extended support to the needs of plaintiff. He did not show love and respect to her, because he frequently verbally abused plaintiff and inflict psychological violence; 12. Plaintiff cannot bear the addiction, alcoholism, possessiveness, and jealous type of the defendant. She noticed that those characters and traits of defendant are all indicia of grave, incurable, and serious psychological incapacity under Art. 36 of the Family Code of the Philippines, which are valid grounds to render their marriage null and void; 13. The drug addiction and habitual alcoholism of the defendant constitute fraud which is a valid ground for the annulment of marriage of plaintiff and defendant pursuant to Art. 45, par. 3 in relation to Art. 46, par. 4 of the Family Code of the Philippines; 13. The parties have no children. They have no properties. WHEREFORE, premises considered, it is respectfully prayed of this Honorable Court, that judgment be rendered declaring as null and void the marriage between plaintiff and defendant under Article 36 of the Family Code of the Philippines and other related provisions thereof. Other relief’s and remedies just and equitable in the premises are likewise prayed for. April 05, 2013, San Isidro, Leyte for Calubian, Leyte.

(Sgd.) OCTAVIUS L. LABTIC Counsel for the Plaintiff Quezon, St., San Isidro, Leyte Roll No. 44,913 PTR No. 6159961 -01/02/13 IBP No. 915440 -01/02/13 Leyte Chapter MCLE Compliance Cert. No. IV 0003886 -01/12/12 x- - - - - - - - - -x

That I have caused the preparation of the same and have read and understood its contents; That the allegations contained therein are true and correct of my personal knowledge or based on authentic documents; That I have not therefore commenced any action or filed my claim involving the same issues in any court, tribunal, or quasi-judicial agency and, to the best of my knowledge, no such other action or claim is pending therein; If I should thereafter learn that the same or similar action or claim has been filed or pending, I shall report that fact within five (5) days therefrom to this court; IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand this 5th day of April, 2013 at San Isidro, Leyte, Philippines.

(Sgd.) ELVIE ARRIBADO-SIMMONS Affiant Passport No. EB6812966 Valid until: November 22, 2017 Issued at: Dept. of Foreign Affairs

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me, a Notary Public for and in the Municipality of San Isidro, Province of Leyte, Philippines, this 5th day of April, 2013, in San Isidro, Leyte, Philippines, affiant exhibited to me her identification card number afore stated.

(Sgd.) ATTY. OCTAVIUS L. LABTIC Notary Public Until Dec. 31, 2014 Roll No. 44,913 PTR No. 6159961 -01/02/13 San Isidro, Leyte IBP No. 915440 -01/02/13 Leyte Chapter MCLE Compliance Cert. No. IV 0003886 -01/12/12

Doc. No. 157 Page No. 31 Book No. XXIX Series of 2013 Copy furnished: The Solicitor General Office of the Solicitor General 134 Amorsolo St., Legazpi Village, Makati City The Provincial Prosecutor Bulwagan ng Katarungan Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City

PROOF OF SERVICE/ EXPLAINATION

(Pursuant to Section 11, Rule 13 of the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure) I hereby certify that the foregoing complaint, the Office of the Solicitor General and the Provincial Prosecutor of the Province of Leyte has been furnished each with one (1) copy of it by registered mail, because personal service is not practicable in view of the distance. As evidenced by Registry Receipt No.____and ___, respectively, both dated April_____, 2013.

(Sgd.) OCTAVIUS L. LABTIC

Republic of the Philippines) Province of Leyte )S.S. Municipality of San Isidro)

LSDE: July 8, 15 & 22, 2013

I, ELVIE ARRIBADOSIMMONS, of legal age, married, Filipino, a resident of Sitio Calumbangan, Brgy. Banat-i, San Isidro, Leyte, after having been sworn in accordance with law do hereby depose and state: I am the plaintiff in the above complaint;

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Domingo Abad Ricacho extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated in Brgy. Lucsoon, Naval, Biliran, Survey No. 3745 under Tax Dec. No. ARP No. 00352; per Doc. No. 335, Page No. 67, Book No. 44, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. Redentor C. Villordon. LSDE: July 8, 15 & 22, 2013

VERIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT

Monday, 22 July 2013 Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 10 Eighth Judicial Region Abuyog, Leyte HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (PagIbig) Mortgagee-versusJOSE A. BARANDA, Mortgagor EJF No. 13-1019 FOR: EXTRAJUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE UNDER ACT 3135, AS AMENDED BY ACT 4118 x- - - - - - - - -x NOTICE OF SALE

Upon extra-judicial petition for sale filed by the HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (PagIBIG), against JOSE A. BARANDA, of legal age, married, Filipino citizen and with postal address at 239

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 10 Eighth Judicial Region Abuyog, Leyte RURAL BANK OF DULAG (LEYTE) INC., Mortgagee -versusCANDELARIA M. LAHER and EDMUNDO M. LAHER Mortgagors EJF-13-1017 x- - - - - - - - - - x NOTICE OF SALE

Upon extra-judicial petition for sale filed by the RURAL BANK OF DULAG (LEYTE) INC., Dulag, Leyte, against CANDELARIA M. LAHER and EDMUNDO M. LAHER, both of legal age, Filipino and residents of Brgy. Victory, Abuyog, Leyte; to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of January 15, 2013 amounts to FOUR HUNDRED TWENTY TWO THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED THIRTY THREE PESOS & 33/100 (P133,916.67), including interests, penalties, and attorney’s fees; and plus other

Real St., Tacloban City; to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of February 25, 2013 amounts to NINE HUNDRED EIGHTY FOUR THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED THIRTY ONE PESOS & 73/100 (P984,831.73), inclusive of interests and penalty charges as of February 25, 2013; plus 10% of the total indebtedness as attorney’s fees; plus other expenses incidental to this foreclosure as well as the sheriff’s fees, all in Philippine Currency. The undersigned wil SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION on August 14, 2013 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning and soon thereafter, to be conducted at the Office of the Sheriff, RTC, Branch 10, Abuyog, Leyte, to the highest bidder for cash and in Philippine Currency, the real property and all improvements thereon more particularly described as follows: TCT No. TP-19032 Lot 480, Case 5, Cad. 900 “A parcel of land designated as Lot 480, Case 5, Cad. 900 situated in the District II, MacArthur, Leyte, Bounded in the N., along lines 1-2 by Lot 489, case 5, cad. 900; on the E., along line 2-3 by lot 389; case 5, cad.

900; on the SW., along line 3-4 by San Vicente Street and on the W., along line 4-1 by lot 488, case 5, cad. 900. Containing an area of FIVE HUNDRED SEVENTY FOUR (574) square meters. The undersigned further gives NOTICE that if on August 14, 2013 the minimum requirement of two (2) bidders will not participate in the bidding, this sale shall be postponed and rescheduled to September 13, 2013 at the same date, time and place heretofore stated without further need for publication and posting. Prospective buyers/bidders are hereby enjoined to investigate for themselves the title/tax declaration of said property and its encumbrances thereon, if any there be. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date. Abuyog, Leyte, June 21, 2013.

expenses incidental to this foreclosure, all in Philippine Currency, the undersigned will SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION on August 14, 2013 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter, to be conducted at the Office of the Clerk of Court, RTC, Branch 10, Abuyog, Leyte, to the highest bidder for cash and in Philippine Currency, the following real property and all improvements thereon: “A parcel of land classified as residential land located along Brgy. Victory St., containing an area of 81 sq.m. declared in the name of Sps. Edmundo M. Laher and Candelaria M. Laher described as follows: TAX DECLARATION no. 08-01005-00268 (res’l land - 81 sq.m.) Bounded on the North by portion already sold; on the South by remaining portion; on the East by remaining portion; and on the West by Brgy. Victory St., Market Value of the said property is P20,160.90 and assessed value of P4,030.00. Including all improvements thereon. TAX DECLARATION NO. 08-01005-00271 (res’l house) Erected of the above-de-

scribed property is residential house declared in the name of Spouses mentioned-above with description as follows: Made of concrete, concrete flooring, CHB walling, GI sheets as roofing, and with floor area of 118.80 sq.m. Market Value of the said property is P569,710.59 and assessed value of P142,430.00. Including all improvements thereon.” The undersigned further gives NOTICE that if on August 14, 2013 the minimum requirement of two (2) bidders will not particpate in the bidding, this sale shall be postponed and rescheduled to September 13, 2013 at the same date, time and place heretofore stated, without further need for publication and posting. Prospective buyers/bidders are hereby enjoined to investigate for themselves the title/tax declaration of said property and its encumbrances thereon, if any there be. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. Abuyog, Leyte, May 22, 2013.

(Sgd.) CLEMENTINO V. RUDAS Court Sheriff

LSDE: July 15, 22 & 29, 2013

(Sgd.) CLEMENTINO V. RUDAS Court Sheriff

LSDE: July 15, 22 & 29, 2013

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH ABSOLUTE SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Anastacio Elpedes extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, located at Sitio Talisay, Brgy. 03, Pob. Balangkayan, Eastern Samar, containing an area of 4,747 square meters, more or less, under Tax Dec. No. 0503003-00195 & 037-03-003-04-006. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Nashyl D. Balintong married to Gil M. Balintong as vendee for the above-described property together with all the improvements existing thereon; per Doc. No. 209, Page No. 43, Book No. V, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Louie A. Borja. LSDE: July 8, 15 & 22, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Gorgonia P. Gerez extrajudicialy settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 929-F-3A, situated in Brgy. Sagkahan, Tacloban City covered by T.C.T. No. T-21924, covering an area of 100 square meters, more or less and heirs hereby confirm the Deed of Sale of a portion of land executed by Gorgonia P. Gerez in favor of Sps. Lucio Baduya and Francisco A. Baduya; per Doc. No. 255, Page No. 50, Book No. IV, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Teodoro E. Alianza. LSDE: July 8, 15 & 22, 2013

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH ABSOLUTE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Rosita E. Badidles extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot 2417-D-3-C3, situated at Brgy. Utap, City of Tacloban, Leyte, covered by T.C.T. No. T-59649; A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Rodel M. Bandilla as vendee over a portion of the above-described property of Lot 2417-D-3-C-3-A, containing an area of 150 square meters; per Doc. No. 177, Page No. 36, Book No. 1, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Haidee O. Borja. LSDE: July 8, 15 & 22, 2013


NEWS/NOTICES

Monday, 22 July 2013 Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0487 Application for Issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a PUJ service. (COLORUM LEGALIZATION) JULITO DEMETERIO Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A PUJ SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: ORMOC CITY-KANANGAMATAG-OB & VICE VERSA, WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, LUTHY JANE TRANSPORT. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON AUGUST 5, 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 19th day of July 2013. (Sgd.) Atty. MANUEL R. P. MARTILLO Attorney IV

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identified communities in selected ARCs and ARC clusters. The project specifically aims to increase the income of the ARBs and other farmers in the project areas and to contribute to an improved quality of life in the ARCs in a sustainable manner. Assisted by the ADB/OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), the project is expected to improve access to livelihood, ac-

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH WAIVER

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Catalina Peñalosa extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land Lot 2507-D-1-F (BL) Psd-08-001719, situated in Bo. Sagkahan, Tacloban City containing an area of 795 square meters, more or less covered by T.C.T. No. T-21222 with two-storey residential house erected thereon, and heirs hereby to waive and adjudicate the above-described property with improvements thereon in favor of Joselita Peñalosa-Amoma Ravelo; per Doc. No. 5, Page No.1 , Book No. 1, Series of 2009 of Notary Public Atty. Enrique C. Asis. LSDE: July 22, 29 & August 5, 2013

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 10 Eighth Judicial Region Abuyog, Leyte RURAL BANK OF DULAG (LEYTE) INC., Mortgagee -versusSPS. ARTURO M. ABARCA and REMEDIOS A. ABARCA Mortgagors EJF-13-1018 x- - - - - - - - - - x NOTICE OF SALE

Upon extra-judicial petition for sale filed by the RURAL BANK OF DULAG (LEYTE) INC., Dulag, Leyte, against SPS. ARTURO M. ABARCA and REMEDIOS A. ABARCA, both of legal age, Filipino and residents of Brgy. Bunga, Abuyog, Leyte; to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of January 15, 2013 amounts to THREE HUNDRED NINETY THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY SEVEN PESOS & 78/100 (P390,277.78), including interests, penalties, and attorney’s fees; and plus other expenses incidental to this foreclosure, all in Philippine Currency, the undersigned will SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION on August 14, 2013 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning and soon thereafter, to be conducted at the Office of the Clerk of Court, RTC, Branch 10, Abuyog, Leyte, to the highest bidder for cash and in Philippine Currency, the following real property and all improvements thereon:

TAX DECLARATION No. 2477 TCT No. T-6134, lot 1164 of pls-645 (coco land - 2.7465 has.) “This parcel of land is located along the Brgy. Road of Inayupan, with a total area of 2.7465 has. declared and titled in the name of Arturo Abarca with bounderies clearly identified as follows: Along line 2-3 by road; on the E., along line 3-4-5-6 by lot 1165, pls-645; on the SE., along line 6-7 by lot 1166, pls-645; along line 7-8 by lot 1167, pls-645; on the SW., along line 8-9-10-11-12 by lot 1193, pls-645; on the W., along lines 12-13-14-1516 by lot 1162, pls-645; and on the NW., along line 16-1 by lot 1163, pls-645. Market Value of the said property is P53,830.00 and assessed value of P21,530.00. Including all improvements thereon.” The undersigned further gives NOTICE that if on August 14, 2013 the minimum requirement of two (2) bidders will not participate in the bidding, this sale shall be postponed and rescheduled to September 13, 2013 at the same date, time and place heretofore stated, without further need for publication and posting. Prospective buyers/bidders are hereby enjoined to investigate for themselves the title/tax declaration of said property and its encumbrances thereon, if any there be. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. Abuyog, Leyte, May 22, 2013.

(Sgd.) CLEMENTINO V. RUDAS Court Sheriff

LSDE: July 15, 22 & 29, 2013

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GMA News and Public Affairs strengthens Serbisyong Totoo with “Buhay Ang Gabi” campaign GMA News and Public Affairs, the country’s mostawarded and most credible broadcast news organization, launches “Night Shift,” its flagship evening public affairs strip beginning Monday, July 22. The “Night Shift” block includes multi-awarded public affairs programs I-Witness, Reporter’s Notebook, Born To Be Wild, and Alisto. With its tagline “Buhay Ang Gabi,” Night Shift

cess to livelihood assets by the rural poor , including landless farm workers; develop sustainable livelihood, agribusinesses and long lasting improvements in the well-being of the poor and marginalized groups in target communities. (REYAN L. ARINTO) Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Eighth Judicial Region Branch 11 Calubian, Leyte IN THE MATTER OF THE CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH OF ROMNICK CABRADILLA CORPIN ROMNICK CABRADILLA CORPIN Petitioner -versusTHE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR Local Civil Registry Office Calubian, Leyte, and THE CIVIL REGISTRAR GENERAL National Statistics Office 3rd Floor, Vibal Building EDSA cor. Times St. Quezon City Respondent SP. PROC. CASE NO. SP-CN-130 For: x- - - - - - - - - - - - -x ORDER

A verified petition for Correction of Entry in teh Local Civil Registrar of Calubian, Leyte and National Statistics Office, having been

provides substance and quality television to its viewers at the end of each day. Night Shift opens with “Langis Sa Tubig,” Peabody awardee Kara David’s in-depth documentary on the black oil livelihood in Quezon province, which airs this Monday in I-Witness. In this compelling tale of hard work and struggle, David immerses herself into the pains of extracting precious oil from foul-smelling waste to describe some Filipinos’ battle with poverty. Joining David in mounting documentaries for the Network’s longest-running public affairs program are award-winning broadcast journalists Howie Severino, Jay Taruc, and Sandra Aguinaldo. Reporter’s Notebook follows on Tuesday with fearless investigative filed before this Court by petitioner Romnick Cabradilla Corpin through counsel, and praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, judgment be rendered ordering the respondents the corrections of entries in the Certificate of Live Birth of petitioner. The said petition has been found to be sufficient in form and substance. WHEREFORE, notice is hereby given to all parties, concerned that the initial hearing in this petition be set on August 7, 2013 at 8:30 in the morning before this Court at the Hall of Justice, Calubian, Leyte at which date aforesaid, any interested person may appear and show cause, if there be any why said petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation at least once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner and that copies of the petition and Order be furnished the Honorable Solicitor General at 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, the National Statistics Office, Manila, the Assistant Provincial Prosecutor of Calubian, Leyte and the Local Civil Registrar of Calubian, Leyte for them to appear for the government. SO ORDERED. IN CHAMBERS this 28th day of May 2013 at Halls of Justice, Calubian, Leyte, Philippines.

(Sgd.) CRESCENTE F. MARAYA, JR. Executive Judge

LSDE: July 8, 15 & 22, 2013

reports that seek accountability from public officials. In this Tuesday’s Night Shift, hosts Maki Pulido and Jiggy Manicad expose illegal black sand mining in Cagayan and illegal logging activities in the Sierra Madre forests. Beginning this week, viewers can also participate in live online discussions that aim to send direct feedback to government agencies through the “Tag Reporter’s Notebook” campaign. Viewers can simply tag the show’s official Twitter account (@ReportersNBGMA7) to ask questions, give feedback to concerned agencies, and participate in the live discussions. On Wednesdays, the Philippines’ first environmental documentary program, Born To Be Wild, shows the best of the natural

world through its dedicated team of wildlife filmmakers. This Wednesday, marvel at rare video footage of two iconic animals—the Philippine Tamaraw and the shark—captured by the latest in filming technology. Veterinarians Ferds Recio and Nielsen Donato showcase fascinating behaviors of the wild Philippine Tamaraw using high-end telephoto lenses and helicam shots, in addition to amazing shark encounters captured using highdefinition underwater cameras. Anchored by GMA News Pillar Arnold Clavio, Alisto! caps off the Network’s late-night public affairs strip on Thursdays, airing videos of crimes, accidents, and documented hazards – as captured by CCTV cameras, cellphone cameras, and other

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-04890 Application for Issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a FILCAB service with Prayer to Adopt Trade/Business Name. (COLORUM LEGALIZATION) JONATHAN MORALDE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x

NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A FILCAB SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: ORMOC CITY-MERIDA & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, LOLO DOOD’Z TRANSPORT SERVICE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON AUGUST 5, 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 19th day of July 2013. (Sgd.) Atty. MANUEL R. P. MARTILLO Attorney IV Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0488 Application for Issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a PUJ service with Prayer to Adopt Trade/Business Name. (COLORUM LEGALIZATION) LORNA DIZON Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x

NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A PUJ SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: BORONGAN-DOLORES & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, EDUCATOR TRANSPORT SERVICE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON AUGUST 5, 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 18th day of July 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

video recorders, to stress greater vigilance among the public. This Thursday, Alisto! airs actual videos of children being abused by their babysitters, citizen-initiated Youscoop videos of cars razed by fire, and CCTV footage of various crimes. Starting this week, the program likewise launches its “Alisto Ako!” campaign which seeks to inform the public of possible threats through mini-segments within the program, related events in key areas, and strategicallyplaced campaign posters and stickers. Take part in informative and meaningful evenings via GMA News and Public Affairs’ “Buhay Ang Gabi” campaign. “Night Shift” starts this Monday, July 22, after Saksi. Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0489 Ref. No. VIII-2011-0234 Application for Sale & Transfer of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a FILCAB service with Prayer to Adopt Trade/Business Name. NICANOR CASUNGGAY-VENDOR JULITO D. DEMETERIO-VENDEE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE APPROVAL OF SALE MADE BY NICANOR CASUNGGAY IN FAVOR OF JULITO D. DEMETERIO OF A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE TO OPERATE A FILCAB SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: ORMOC CITY-VALENCIAKANANGA & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE WILL EXPIRE ON JULY 16, 2016. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR SALE AND TRANSFER WITH EXTENSION OF VALIDITY OF ITS CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCEUSING THE SAME ROUTE AND SAME NO. OF UNIT/S, WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, LUTHY JANE TRANSPORT. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON AUGUST 5, 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 18th day of July 2013. (Sgd.) Atty. MANUEL R. P. MARTILLO Attorney IV


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PH embassy questioned on delays in release papers of jailed OFW in Saudi TACLOBAN CITY-Eighty-eight-year old grandmother Jovita Fajardo Lanuza was very emotional. She has been preparing since June --from scheduling a holy mass, cleaning the room, readying the favorite food and even putting up streamers–for the return of her grandson, Rodelio ‘Dondon’ Lanuza, who is reportedly due for release from Saudi prison yet whose papers remained snagged due the alleged “gross negligence” of the Philippine embassy handling the case. According to John Leonard Monterona, designated spokesman and counselor of Mr. Lanuza since 2008, he accompanied Lanuza’s grandmother and his cousin Jennie Vee Villanueva on July 15, 2013 to the DFA-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) “to seek a clarification on the status of Lanuza’s case and his supposed release.” During the dialogue, Monterona, who is also the vice chairperson of migrant rights group Migrante, discussed the alleged conflict on the information provided by the Philippine embassy in Riyadh to Lanuza on its letter dated July 10, 2013, which states, among others, that: “After follow up with the Dammam High Court and coordination with the Saudi Reconciliation Committee in Dammam, the Embassy has received information that the process of the heirs signing on the tanazul is not yet complete.” “This raises serious concern. The blood money were already received by the aggrieved Saudi family, and yet, the Tanazul, letter of forgiveness, has not yet

done as one member of the heirs still need to sign it,” Monterona said, noting the case timeline. Monterona said on the case timeline dated March 23, 2013, the SRC informed Lanuza that the father of the Saudi family already received the blood money and that the father already signed the Affidavit of Forgiveness (Tanazul) for Lanuza. “Thus, we are criticizing the Philippine embassy for its gross negligence, for failure to ensure that the Tanazul is properly done amid submission of the completed amount of blood money to the Saudi family that causes further delay to Dondon’s eventual release and deportation,” Monterona told Leyte Samar Daily Express in an interview. The Court proceedings could not proceed yet because of the Tanazul, awaiting the other heir to sign on it, Monterona claimed, with reference to the remaining “legal or judicial course” to Lanuza’s freedom. “The case still waiting for Court proceedings – including the affirmation of the settlement by the Appellate Court. From the court, Lanuza’s case file will be sent to the Emir’s (governor) office then Emir’s office will issue an Order pertaining to the settlement of Lanuza’s case and his complete case file will be sent to the Ministry of Interior (MoI) for clearance. Upon clearance, the office of the Emir will inform the concerned Police and jail authorities for implementation of the deportation procedure of Lanuza to the Philippines,” added Monterona in a statement. During the meeting, Lanuza’s family requested the hiring of local-hired lawyer for Dondon Lanuza who will closely and regularly attend and to ur-

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Leyte prov’l gov’t to start drive to earn ISO certification TACLOBAN CITY— ments,” Loreto added.

Leyte Vice-Governor Carlo P. Loreto said the provincial government, gently manifest in Court including the Legislative to affirm the settlement department, will start its and Tanuzal issued by campaign to earn certifithe Saudi family in facation from the Internavor of Dondon Lanuza, tional Standardization Monterona said. Office (ISO). “The DFA-OUMWA “The provincial govexpressed committed ernment is aiming to that they will call Philcomply to the standards ippine ambassador to and requirements on Kingdom of Saudi Araquality management bia’s Ezzadin Tago to system,” Loreto said. explore with him the “The ISO-certificahiring of local lawyer tion is part of the rewho will closely follow form agenda and reform the completion of Tanuprogram of then Leyte zal and the required Governor and now Encourt proceedings.” ergy Secretary Carlos “Any further delay Jericho Petilla in the bid on the release of Lanuto make the provincial za from detention congovernment a first-class stitute an injustice to and world-class in terms Lanuza, who along with of performance, produchis family, Migrante, tion and accomplishfellow OFWs and supporters have ‘moved heaven and earth’ to raise the required blood money, thanks to the Saudi King for TACLOBAN CITYhis generosity as he Alarmed with the risshouldered the 2.3-M ing incidence of teenrials of 3-M rials blood age pregnancy in the money, only to see city, the Commission Lanuza still languishon Population takes ing in jail for 13 years action to address the since 2000 despite issue of young adults that the blood money who are getting pregwas already completed nant at a very young and received by the age. aggrieved Saudi famPopCom Regionily on May 23, 2013 al officer-in-charge as per the Saudi Rec- Elnora Pulma emonciliation Committee phasized that young (SRC),” Monterona women nowadays are added. getting pregnant as Below is the case young as 13, based timeline of Rodelio on a study. ‘Dondon’ Lanuza, 38, “That’s an alarming as documented by issue not just for the Monterona and his country but also for group: other countries. This August 15, 2000 – Rodelio ‘Dondon’ Lanuza, then only 25 years appeal was submitted old, defended himself to the Riyadh Court of from his aggressor that Appeals, which later resulted on the acci- affirmed the decision dental death of a Saudi of the Dammam Grand Court. national. December 2008 – June 10, 2002 – The Saudi ReconciliaThe Dammam Grand Court (DGC) sentenced tion Committee (SRC), Lanuza to death by a quasi-govt. agency, beheading for killing a initiated a reconciliaSaudi national.But the tion initiative between said Court suspended both parties, Lanuza the implementation of and the aggrieved Sauthe sentence until the di family, to explore the youngest minor child of acceptance of blood the victim who at that money by the latter in time of the incident was exchange of forgivereportedly three years ness to Lanuza. February 27, 2011 old, reaches the age of – The aggrieved Saudi majority. July 9, 2002 – An family verbally con-

ISO-9001:2008 is a set of standards and requirements for the development of a quality management system applied by private corporations and organizations to ensure that the needs and expectations of customers or clients are adequately and consistently met. The standards also enable organizations to develop mechanisms for continual improvement of performance, services and produce. “The provincial government will start its ISO campaign the soonest possible time. That includes the technical preparation for both the executive and legislative branches of the province,” Loreto said.

“If we get the certification, the province of Leyte will be the first ISO-certified province in Eastern Visayas,” Loreto added. The vice-governor said that as part of the preparations, officials and provincial office heads and employees will have to undergo ISO orientation and trainings.

“That is to give emphasis on the ISO processes in a bid to improve further the administration’s performance and services and achieve the highest standard in governance and economic development,” he added. (REYAN L. ARINTO)

PopCom holds parenting classes to address issue on teenage pregnancies is the reason why the United Nation is very concerned on this particular issue, ” she said. Thus, the initiative of the PopCom is to open the lines of communication between the parents and adolescents especially on the topic about sexuality and fertility. In addition, a study shows that dealing with the adolescents and answering questions about these topics are among the primary difficulties of the parents. “If the parents are not capacitated to an-

swer the questions of the adolescents, it ends on disregarding the concerns,” she said. Hence, the PopCom is conducting parenting classes together with the adolescents to capacitate the parents with enough knowledge in handling and dealing with young adults. Moreover, the agency provides module called learning package for more effective parenting to the adolescents. (FAYE MICHELLE REGISLNU INTERN)

veyed to SRC their willingness to forgive Lanuza after completion of the blood money. August 2011 – Lanuza family and relatives, Migrante’s John Leonard Monterona, and other OFW volunteers and groups, launched Lanuza Fund raising campaign for his blood money dubbed as “Barya Mo, BuhayKo”. US-based Ms. Nicolas Lewis and her group joined the campaign. January 2013 – Blood money was completed after the Saudi King shouldered, for

humanitarian consideration, the 2.5-M rials out of the total 3-M rials blood money. May 23, 2013 – SRC informed Lanuza that the father of the Saudi family already received the blood money and that the father already signed the Affidavit of Forgiveness (Tanazul) for Lanuza. July 9, 2013 – Philippine embassy letter dated July 10, 2013 informed Lanuza, citing SRC information, that the Dammam High Court judge is ‘still waiting for one heir to sign the Tanazul’ executed in court. (RONALD O. REYES)


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Kasambay Law soon to be fully implemented in EV TACLOBAN CITY -- Two months after the R.A. 10361 known as the Kasambahay Law took effect on May 2013 the regional offices involved in the implementation of the law are now intensifying its implementation at their respective levels. These agencies involved in the implementation of the Kasambahay Law are the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) being the lead agency to effect labor standards and welfare of workers; Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) who shall conduct the registration of domestic helpers and their employers starting at the baran-

gay levels; Department of Education to ensure the education provision for the domestics helpers is complied under the law ; PAG-IBIG, PhilHealth, and Social Security System for the effective enrolment of the domestics helpers to their respective agency and the collect the institutional deductions for their premiums to avail benefits later on. DOLE and DILG being the front liner partner agencies, will conduct series of information and education campaign down to barangay levels for the people to be fully aware on the existence of the law for domestic helpers- to kick off on July 27-28, 2013 at the Robinsons Place from its store opening until seven in the evening. Continuing registra-

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tion will follow in the barangays wherein the barangay officials will have a big role in the full implementation of the law. Employers are mandated to register and pay the salaries and counterparts provided under the Kasambahay Law for the institutional premiums of their domestic helpers. Within one month upon the employment of a Kasambahay, the employer must register him/ her, DOLE and DILG told media. SEC 24. Minimum Wage. – The minimum wage of domestic workers shall not be less than the following: (a) Two thousand five hundred pesos (P2,500.00) a month for those employed in the National Capital Region (NCR); (b) Two thousand pesos (P2,000.00) a month

for those employed in chartered cities and first class municipalities; and (c) One thousand five hundred pesos (P1,500.00) a month for those employed in other municipalities. After one (1) year from the effectivity of this Act, and periodically thereafter, the Regional Tripartite and Productivity Wage Boards (RTPWBs) shall review, and if proper, determine and adjust the minimum wage rates of domestic workers. Jennelynd L. Barreta, MSO IV, Pag-Ibig office, clarified that Kasambahays are qualified for the automatic membership and deduction for provident savings in Pag-Ibig, because she said, under the new law, and employee with at least P1,000.00 salary per month, can enroll at Pag-Ibig compared to the previous

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2 firms pre-qualified for construction of DZR airport terminal building - DOTC TACLOBAN CITY – Two companies were prequalified for the construction of the semipermanent passenger terminal building in Daniel Z. RomualdezAirport, Tacloban City last week, according to Engr. Dante Lulu, Area Manager for 6 and 8 of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC). “The project cost is P18.78million .One bidder submitted P13.67million,” Lulu said.

It would take another 45 days before the Notice to Proceed construction is given. The eligible bidders’ documents will be processed of post qualification, resolution of award and other documentation according to Lulu. Last April, the construction of apron and taxiway had started. The project costs P251.60 million, which include the construction of the north-east shore protection with shoulder grade

correction, and of the draining system with box culverts. It is expected to be finished within 360days. The construction of the semi-permanent terminal building serves to decongest the DZR Airport, the country’s 7th busiest airport in terms of passenger volume in the country today. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) had gotten the ire of passengers and the public for the congested and dilapi-

dated state of the current terminal building. Last July 1, 2013, CAAP increased the terminal fee to P75 from P30. The terminal fee will hike again on July 2014 at P100 and on 2015 it will be raised to P150.00. Outgoing CAAP Manager Antonio Alfonso said that whether there is airport improvement or not, the CAAP Board will still increase the terminal fee for recovery cost. The semi-permanent structures will be made

of steel framing system, pre-insulated roofing and wall panels. Installation of various electrical works and air conditioning units is part of the bid requirements. According to Lulu the winning bidder is expected to finish the construction in 90 days after the Notice to Proceed is issued. “Its completion would surely give the needed comfort and convenience to our riding public,” Lulu said.

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DBM to hold training on budgeting TACLOBAN CITY— The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Region 8 will be conducting a trainingworkshop to new local officials at Leyte Park Hotel this coming July 24-26, 2013. According to Eleanor D. Lombedencio, Provincial Budget Office (PBO) Supervising Administra-

tive Officer, the workshop will focus on the harmonization of local planning, investment programming, budgeting, revenue administration and expenditure management. The workshop will also highlight the introduction of a Program/ Project/Activity (PPA), and essential characteris-

tics of a plan budget linkage, Performance Indicators (PI), the inclusion of a policy-driven budget, and structure of corresponding major final output. Members of the Local Finance Committee are expected to attend this event. During budget preparation, concerned Local Government Units

(LGUs) should validate local budget for consistency with the Annual Investment Program (AIP), influence department heads in the accurate determination of targets or beneficiaries in their PPAs, and submit recommendations for increasing revenues to support the proposed local budget.

“The linkage between planning and budgeting takes place when the AIP, after having been reviewed and endorsed by the Sanggunian, is used by the Local Finance Committee in the preparation of sectoral ceilings,” Lombedencio said. (JANINE FAITH A. TIEMPO, LNU INTERN)

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