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Mayor Celebre delivers Soma, vows more projects for Jaro BY JOEY A. GABIETA

JARO, Leyte - Expect more development-geared projects as he starts his first year of his third and last term as mayor.

Thus said Mayor Rolando Celebre as he delivered yesterday his state of the municipal address (Soma) before the people of his town. The act of Mayor Celebre, delivering his Soma

annually since he assumed his post in 2010, was commended by the regional director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Pedro Noval Jr., being one of the very few local chief executives in the region to do such act. “Holding such address is important as this gives the local chief executive to personally inform his people on his accomplishments or what he intends to do,” to page 9

FM fails to get House minority leadership

Jaro, Leyte Mayor Rolando Celebre delivered yesterday his state of the municipal address (Soma) before the people of his town. Photo by Totex Arcueno

Typhoid kills 3, downs 9 in Villareal, Samar village

TACLOBAN CITY – Typhoid fever outbreak has killed three persons and infected nine others in Villareal, Samar, the Department of Health

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(DOH) yesterday reported. Roderick Boyd Cerro, DOH regional epidemiology surveillance unit point person, said cases that have been recorded since first week of July, is alarming since infection was concentrated in just nine households in Barangay Nagcaduha, Villareal town. “In our initial investigation that concluded late last week, the cause is food contamination since these families are living close to the municipal dump site and they don’t have toilets,” Cerro told Leyte Samar Daily Express.

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Initial findings revealed that a 31-year-old woman from Catbalogan City believed to be typhoid feverinfected visited her sister in Nagcaduha village. The woman, according to DOH, prepared food for her sister and niece, thus spreading the illness. Environmental sanitation triggered the spread of the disease because the neighborhood has no toilet. “Flying insects also spread the bacteria from human feces infected with typhoid fever to uncovered food,” he added. The woman died first week of July while her sixyear-old niece died July 10. Her 35-year-old sister, the child’s mother, died a day after.

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TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte 1st district Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez failed to obtain the House Minority leadership in yesterday’s opening of the 16th Congress. The Leyte solon only

got 16 votes or two votes less than what San Juan City Rep. Ronaldo Zamora garnered to be designated as minority leader, according to a sunstar. com report. Quezon City Repreto page2

Leyte 1st District Rep. Ferdinand Martin “FM” Romualdez congratulates House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. (left) after being elected again as Speaker of the House in 16th Congress garnering 245 votes.Rep.Romualdez gathered 16 votes behind of Rep Ronaldo Zamora’s 18 votes to get the position of Minority Leader.The second highest votes gets the Minority Leadership. PHOTO BY VER S. NOVENO


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Leyte Samar Daily Express

NEWS

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

P1.7-M drugs seized, 105 nabbed in EV

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Agents of the Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) AntiIllegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group arrested a total of 105 persons and confiscated an estimated P1.7 million worth of illegal drugs in a series of anti-narcotics operations across the region since January 1 this year. But while the illegal drugs situation in Eastern Visayas is not alarming, the region’s top cop assured that close monitoring and continuous anti-illegal drugs operations is being conducted by his men to minimize the proliferation of the drug menace in the region.

“Its reputation as one of the fastest growing regions in the country attracts not only legitimate businesses but also illegitimate ones while the region’s geographical location with wide coastal areas and several entrance and exit points lures drug financiers to ply their trade here,” PCSupt. Elmer R. Soria, director of PRO8 said. He added that intelligence-driven operations against illegal drugs are being conducted by his men aiming at high value targets and eventually “put these pushers behind bars.” Soria informed that the intensified anti-drugs crackdown has netted a good number of drug

suspects in 83 operations that yielded 223.62 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” and 165.61 grams of dried marijuana leaves with a total worth of P1,718.042. The arrested violators, 85 pushers and 20 users, were rounded-up by the police in drug buy-bust operations, raids and searches. These resulted in the filing of 86 cases for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in different courts regionwide, the police official added. Meanwhile, in Northern Samar, a 29-year old jobless man was arrested by the police in a buybust operation Sunday

morning at Capul seaport in Brgy. 2 poblacion. Nabbed was Arnel Magdaraog, a resident of Brgy. San Luis in said town, after selling sachet of suspected “shabu” worth P500 to a poseurbuyer at around 11 a.m. The police also confiscated three sachets of suspected “shabu”, a scissor and a disposable lighter from the suspect’s possession. Suspect was brought to Northern Samar Police Provincial Officer for further investigation and filing of drug charges while confiscated items were brought to Northern Samar Provincial Crime Laboratory Office for laboratory examination.

(PINSP ROMUEL NACAR)

LSA recruits new athletes

TACLOBAN CITY – The Leyte Sports Academy (LSA) is on recruitment mode of new athletes that will represent the province and the region in national sports events. Ruben Tamayo, LSA executive director, said that they need at least 54 more athletes scholars to be trained this school year to maximize the use of sports training facility. LSA scholars have been undergoing rigid training in the fields of boxing, swimming and

athletics. Qualified scholars should be enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools. For elementary, players should be nine to 12 years old. High school athletes should be under the age bracket of 13 to 15 years old. “We need new homegrown athletes because many of them graduated high school last March. There were 64 scholars before March and now only 46 are left,” Tamayo said in a phone interview. The LSA employs a mix sports and academic

learning. Classroom education starts at 9 a.m. and ends on 4:30 p.m. Before and after that are sports training (5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.). “Their academic grades will be submitted to the school where they are enrolled,” Tamayo added. Recently, LSA scholars were the overall champion (girls category) in the Philippine National Games held May 2013. LSA graduates have been absorbed as players of tertiary schools in Metro

Manila. A 100-capacity dormitory has been built within the complex where the athlete-scholars are currently billeted under the supervision of competent personnel. The sports academy provides all needs of athletes. The Leyte provincial government opened the facility in August 2010. The LSA has an annual budget of P5 million, P3 million from the local government and P2 million from Smart Communications. (SARWELL

Q. MENIANO)

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The Sunstar report also said that sevenfrom page 1 Makabayan sentative Feliciano Bel- member bloc bolted the majority monte Jr., retained his post as House Speaker coalition over the weekwith 245 votes of the end and threw its sup279 members present. port behind Zamora. (SARWELL Q. MENIANO) He was nominated by Samar 1st district Rep. EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMel Senen Sarmiento, MENT BY SELF-ADJUDICAsecretary-general of rul- TION WITH ABSOLUTE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that ing Liberal Party. Saturnino B. Cabcabin, heir of late Under House rules, Donato Cabcabub extrajudicially the nominee who gets settled and adjudicated over a parthe second highest cel of land, Survey No. CAD No. 430, Lot No. 1949, Case 8, located number of votes will be at Brgy. Salug, Guiuan, Eastern designated as minority Samar, covered under ARP No. 09045-00262, PIN 037-09-045leader. 06-023, containing an area of 239 Romualdez, the sixth square meters, more or less. A richest congressman in Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Maria Diana Luatik-Duran the country, is the presi- as vendee for the above-described dent of the Lakas-Chris- property; per Doc. no. 711, Page No. 101, Book No. IV, Series of tian Muslim Democrats 2011 of Notary Public Atty. Cloof former President and tilde Japzon-Salazar. Pampanga Rep. Gloria LSDE: July 23, 30 & Aug. 6, 2013

Macapagal Arroyo. The solon won a third term as a lawmaker of Leyte’s first congressional district.


NEWS

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

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Autistic, PWDs, others join fun run TACLOBAN CITY – The young and the old, the autistic and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) were among the 3,500 who joined the run organized by the Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (PARM) dubbed as MOVE RUN (Making Ourselves Vigilant to Exercise Run) last July 21 this city. There were five categories in run: 42K; 21K; 5K; 3K and 1K. The PARM MOVE Run was held simultaneously in the cities of Davao, Quezon and Tacloban, said Dr. Raymund

Balverde of the Divine Word Hospital, Tacloban City, who is the chairman PARM MOVE Pilipinas Run 2013 in Tacloban. Balverde said the run is organized in celebration of the 35th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (NDPRW). The NSPRW is held from July 17-23. The Run is an advocacy to encourage the community to exercise and promote the welfare of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). The proceeds will be used for the hospitalization and medical treatment of indigent PWDs. It will be handled by

PARM FUND Visayas (Fund for the Upliftment of the Needy Differentlyabled) and for the PARM Critical Illness Fund (CIF). Of the 3,500 registrants, 234 were the elderly and the very young children; 101 participants from the PWDs and 65 participants from the Autism Society comprising of children and parents. Winners in 42K race, Male category: 1st – Zafiro, Paul James, clocked in 3:00:34; 2nd – Oledan, Damaso, clocked in 3:10:52; and 3rd – Tonacao, Andy at 3:11:47 Winners in 21K race,

Male category: 1st – Monjas, Bonifacio; 2nd - Avila, Melton John; 3rd - Fabi, Benigno Winners 21K race - Female category: 1st Lenton, Fieza Jans; 2nd - Villamor, Leonora; 3rd - Ollave, Rodith, Winners 21K race, Male special category: (40yrs. and above) 1st- Amon, Glen; 2nd – Triangia, Teofilo; 3rd – Catilogo, Michael Winners 21K race, Female special category (40yrs. and above) 1st – Magoncia, Evelyn; 2nd – Chan, Vivianne; 3rd – Libanan, Joy. (VICKY C. ARNAIZ)

EV’s coco oil export increases

TACLOBAN CITY – Outbound shipment of coconut oil from Eastern Visayas dramatically increased to 86,050 metric tons (mt) from January to June 2013, more than double than last year’s 24,200 metric tons (mt). The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) said the value of coconut oil export rose to $48.19 million from January to June 2013 or 76% up than last year’s $27.39 million. Breaking down in months, January had the highest jump in export volume at 16,700 MT from 2,300 in the same month last year. February shipment dropped to 2,150 MT from 3,700 MT in 2012.

Shipment on March also increased to 9,450 MT from 2,200 last year. April’s outbound shipment significantly rose to 10,200 MT from 4,400 in the same period last year. May’s export jumped to 27,750 mt from 3,450 a year ago. Last month’s shipment almost doubled to 19,800 mt from 8,150 mt in 2012. “The emergence of the new market within Asia and economic recovery in the United States has contributed to the high volume and value of export despite economic slowdown in our traditional market in Europe,” PCA Regional Manager Edilberto Nierva said. The Netherlands – the second top coconut

oil exporter – has placed zero shipment since last year. Turkey, another European market also stopped placing orders for more than a year now. Of the $48.19 million export value, $12.94 million were recorded for Japan’s shipment, $9.8 million for Indonesia, $8.6 million for Malaysia, $7.02 million for Singapore, $2.9 for United States, $2.4 million for Taiwan, $2.1 million for China, $900,000 for South Korea, $600,000 for Vietnam. In terms of volume, Japan had the biggest shipment at 21,500 mt. Trailing behind were Indonesia (12,000 mt), Malaysia (12,000 mt), China (11,300 mt), Singapore

(8,500 mt), Vietnam (6,100 mt), United States (6,000 mt), South Korea (4,500 mt) and Taiwan (3,150 mt). Citing reports from the three oil mills in the region, the PCA crude coconut oil accounts the biggest share of export value at $30.26 million. Similar products also recorded high sales. These are cochin ($9.31 million), copra cake ($4.89 million), and refined bleached and deodorized oil ($3.7 million). As demand picked up, copra mill gate price rose to P21 per kilogram this week from a nine-year record low of P17.43 recorded in April this year. (SARWELL Q. MENIANO)

OWWA offers free ICT training

TACLOBAN CITY -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Regional Welfare Office 8 invites OFWs and their families to avail of the OWWA IT Program which offers free information and communication technology skills training to its member OFWs. OWWA IT pro-

gram aims to broaden career opportunities for OFWs and their families; facilitate communication within families; and help reintegrate OFWs into the economy upon their return. This program involves trainings on basic computer appli-

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Adelaida M. Lacandazo and late Manuel Lacandazo extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcels of land, located at Brgy. San Joaquin, Palo, Leyte, designated as Lot No. 2315, covered by Title No. P-17832, under Tax Dec. No. 00353 and assessed at P2,070.00 and another parcel Lot No. 16226, area of 5,014 square meters, covered by Title No. P-17833, under Tax Dec. No. 00169; per Doc. No. 193, Page No. 40, Book No. X, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Asterio A. Villero. LSDE: July 23, 30 & Aug. 6, 2013

cations such as Basic Computer Skills (simple lesson about computer hardware and software, the Internet and computer operating systems), MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel and email/ web functionalities. OWWA member OFWs and their families

can apply for and avail of the said program. Interested applicants may visit OWWA RWO8 office at DOLE Compund, Trece Martirez St., Tacloban City or contact (053) 3214376/ (053) 523-0315 and 09165945715 for more details. (ARBEL Q. LAGARDE/PR)

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Geronimo Capacio Montezon extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a personal deposit with Capital Contribution Account under Account No. 01-0040576, with the Public Safety Savings and Loan Association, Inc., Camp Crame, Quezon City in the amount of 511,145.55 pesos, and one-half amount being a conjugal property of surviving spouse, Gemma S. Montezon and other half belong to the children; per Doc. No. 200, Page No. 91, Book No. 01, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Cesar A. Sustento. LSDE: July 23, 30 & Aug. 6, 2013

Palo seminarians hold festivities

PALO, Leyte - Palo archbishop John Du graced the pening ceremony of the 69th Seminary Day Festivities held at Sacred Heart Seminary in Palo, Leyte last July 21, bannering the theme “Caritas Christi Urget nos: The Love of Christ impels us.” The month-long celebration aims to cultivate camaraderie and brotherly love towards fellow seminarians. Also, to develop seminarian’s skills and talents and to become well-integrated person, said seminarian Michael Kirby Lauron, the over-all chairman of the 69th SDF. The opening ceremony kicked-off by a parade around the town’s poblacion, which was immediately followed by the lighting of the torch, pledge of sportsmanship and banner raising that signifies the opening of the event.

Afterwards, the seminarians showed off on a cheer dance competition. The archbishop also shared his joy on the performances and encouraged the seminarians to show their abilities, skills and talents as it is one way of sharing. In line with the celebration, they will be having the Literary Night I and II in August 2 and 9, respectively. Moreover, a theatrical and cultural night will be held in August 30 while on September 11, the Musical Night. “This is a timely reminder to once again take part in the churches’ role of evangelization in which a call arises to each one of us to become the light of the world, salt of the earth, hope of the nation and leaven of society,” Lauron said. (FAYE MICHELLE REGIS, LNU INTERN)

KZ Tandingan Live! The rainy days are here, but the fun is just heating up at your favorite Mall with a full blast of events to end the month of July you will surely watch for:  July 26, 5pm at the Activity Area – young dance enthusiasts once again contend in THE BATTLE DANCE SHOWDOWN Season 5 1st Monthly Finals  July 27, 6pm at the Activity Area – KZ Tandingan Album Tour. See the first X-Factor winner in an upclose and personal encounter.  July 27-28 KASAMBAHAY REGISTRATION (July 27 at the Annex; July 28 at Level 2 between Buko House and tacos Mexicana). On-site registration and information drive from partner agencies: SSS, Philhealth and Pag-Ibig.  July 28, 1pm at the Annex Area – Kopiko Super Mega raffle Draw Sunday Morning Café  July 28, 1pm at the Activity Area – Ginang Alaska 2013  July 29, 2pm at the Activity Area – THE SEARCH FOR WYETH PRINCESS 2013 (Kiddy Ambassador for Health and Nutrition)  July 30, 10am at the Activity Area – PYAP 39th Anniversary Celebration

Fun never stops at your favorite Mall, Robinsons Place Tacloban! [PR]


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OPINION

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State of the Nation Address

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his year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is not much different from his previous addresses, even from those of the former presidents in that, as usual, it was greeted with several reactions from various sectors representing Philippine society. As the President prepared to paint what to him is the real status of the country under his administration, some sectors had also braced themselves to counter every good point the chief executive had intended to drive home. They were to play the skeptics, the cynical, and the villains, such that no matter how good a report is based on verifiable data, they would make light of it as trifles that do not deserve attention at all. Militant groups resolved to do something else. Not quite contented with making critical comments, they resorted to violent mass actions such that, even before the SONA was delivered, they were already clashing with authorities in a classic street battle of raining the

men in uniform with all sorts of hard objects such as stones, bottles, pieces of woods, sticks and etc., which prompted the authorities to fight back and arrest the concerned demonstrators. Violent as it was, the clash resulted in the wounding of some protesters and law enforcers. Those favoring the administration of President Aquino, of course, found the speech very substantial, equipped with relevant statistical data, and overflowing with promise that the countrymen could look forward to. They were satisfied with the performance report of the president, and they could not help but shower him with applause. Whatever reactions were reaped by the President’s SONA, and whatever substance there was in it, they are all nothing but hype unless addressed and translated into something that would benefit everyone, especially the hard up sector of society whose economic status in life are heavily dependent upon government platforms designed to improve people’s lives.

Skull encounter First time I saw a human skull, it was in our barrio cemetery and the occasion was All Souls’ Day when people from distant and nearby villages flocked to that place to pray for their departed loved ones, to offer flowers to them, and to clean the latter’s tombs that had been covered with grasses. Having gone there for the first time, I was curious and awed with the fact that the place was home to people who had departed from this life to join the world of the dead. It seemed to me that these folks were still around, albeit in ghost form, and their bodies were

just reduced to bones piled up in some corners together with dirt and soil. Stricken with fright, I found that place too uncomfortable, indeed. My hairs seemed to stand on end. I was careful with my steps as I might trample some bones and thus offend those dead occupants who were all over the place, seemingly

looking at me, and extending their emaciated hands dripping with wet mud in their desire to ask for help. I could imagine that some of them were scaring me off, their eyes glaring, poised to harm me, chase me in a race where I could only run but would never be able to hide. In the midst of the crowd, under a nuba-tuba

tree, a group of drunkard men were having a nice time together around a gallon of tuba. They were noisy with their boisterous laughter, jokes, and tales. What intrigued me about their drinking session was that, they were using a human skull as their drinking cup, passing it around as they took turns in gulping the coconut wine. They must have picked it from the company of bones appearing everywhere. I wonder if they had washed it, because the way it appeared, it still looked fresh from the ground. They may just have re-

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OPINION

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Roadmap to positive change

For the fourth time since he took the helm as chief executive of this nation, Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivered his stateof-the-nation address yesterday. Once again he laid out the roadmap for the country’s thrusts in the next three years of his

governance aimed towards what he dubbed as “positive change.” Amidst the cynicism of no other but his detractors, he brazenly reported to the nation what his administration claim as indicators of the nation’s economic development. With a promise of not veering away

Unsafe erections Second of a series

So clear is the State policy as stated in Republic Act Numbered 6541, otherwise known as the Revised National Building Code of the Philippines, thus: “It is hereby declared to be the policy of the State to safeguard life, health, property, and public welfare, consistent with the principles of environmental management and control; and to this end, make it the purpose of this Code to provide for all buildings and structured, a framework of minimum standards and requirements by guiding, regulating, and controlling their location, siting, design, quality of materials, construction, use, occupancy, and maintenance, including their environment, utilities, fixtures, equipment, and mechanical electrical, and other systems and installations.” (Section 1.01.02 - Revised Na-

tional Building Code of the Philippines). Corollary thereto, any person, firm, or corporation, including any department, office, bureau, agency of instrumentality of the government intending to construct, alter, repair, move, convert or demolish any building or structure, or cause the same to be done, shall obtain a building permit from the Building Official for whichever of such work is proposed to be undertaken for the building or structure, before any such work is started. The unfortunate reality is that these pertinent provisions are not enforced by the concerned building officials, exposing to great risk both life and property owing to the construction of structures that do not pass the design, plan, approval and in most cases, without the participation of the civil engineer. People needing the

from his flagship outcry “tuwid na daan” (straight path), he assured the public that his administration will endeavor not to get it involved in any form of irregularity in the conduct of its multifarious programs and projects. This he vowed in spite of the reported unexplained transactions that took place in his administration, not directly by his office but through the instrumentalities of the government, agencies led by his appointees. Something common in all his SONAs, he boldly denounced the corruption allegedly committed by his predecessor as if his administration is blameless and beyond reproach. This

statement alone is one thought pregnant with qualms and issues worthy of heated debate. For the time being, however, Pres. Noynoy deserves what he believes should be conveyed to his constituents. As the country’s president, he deserves the credence, especially now that he is enjoying an improved public acceptability, trust and confidence based on the recent release of the latest SWS and Pulse Asia Surveys. Nothing but the usual state-of-thenation addresses that all the other national chief executives of this country have delivered since democracy was said to have been reinstated, P-Noy’s SONA was candy-coat-

doing of a specific task in any aspect of human life would obtain the service of professional in the practice of such particular field. We look for a doctor for instance whenever we are sick and need medical attention. While self medication is resorted to by some sick people, many patients do not want to gamble on their health by taking medicine out of guesswork or advice passed by word of mouth. One who wants a sure diagnosis and cure would always consult a doctor and take only medicines prescribed after medical and physical examination. In times when we need to fix our household, we tap a plumber for our water and septic problems or an electrician to fix electrical circuits or a carpenter or mason to fix broken structures of the house. For the many aspects of life, there is a professional who can best serve our particular needs. In many of these human activities and endeavors, there are ways of requiring people to get professional services for a particular problem. A businessman for instance would be forced to see an accountant for his financial documents to be considered valid by the revenue office as regards the payment of taxes. The individual is obligated to seek professional services

because the documents required by government needs such professional service to be valid. Failure to comply would result in sanctions and penalties that would be a burden to the business. In the same manner, a person with a legal problem is obliged to seek the services of a lawyer for he cannot by himself make representations before the courts of law. Likewise, documents that need to be legal had to be subscribed, sworn to or acknowledged before a notary public. It ought to be so insofar as ridding our communities from unsafe erections. Comments to alellema@yahoo.com N.B. – Congratulations to the people of God of the San Antonio de Padua Mission Center as they mark the 2nd Anniversary of the elevation of Barangay San Antonio, Basey, Samar into the San Antonio de Padua Mission Center. The barangays of Tinaogan, Cambayan, Amandayehan, Can-abay, May-it and the sitios of Bugho, Santa Cruz and Calbang, all of Basey and the barangays of San Pedro, San Juan, Dampigan, Caticugan and the sitios of Candaya, FFF, New Dampigan, San Roque, Bugho and Cantaba, all of Santa Rita, comprise the Mission Center.

Leyte Samar Daily Express ed. That is expected because it is his report which he wanted to impress upon every citizen’s and each stakeholder’s mind here and across the globe. It is biased because no one will ever admit in public having done something unwise and crooked, lest he indulges in self-incrimination. That then will be preposterous. Pres. Noy’s SONA is something not to amazed at, being one mandated upon all Philippine presidents to deliver every year at the opening of the Congress’ session. What however differs one from another is whether there is truth to each point uttered in the SONA. On the part of the president main actors,

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this is a job well-accomplished, but for the “outsiders” this SONA is the checklist that expressly places PNoy’s administration and governance in the balance. Whatever there are in the twohour SONA of Pres. Noynoy are up for the people to determine as to whether truthful or not. Whether or not his administration merits a continued high rate in social surveys is a disclosure that the public will know in due time as events in his governance unravels. Is he leading the country and his people to the correct path with his roadmap towards genuine positive change? People will wait and see.

July 23, 2013 – Tuesday of the 16th Week Ex 14:21 – 15:1; Ex 15; Mt 12:46-50

THE TRUE FAMILY OF JESUS While [Jesus] was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers appeared outside, wishing to speak with him. [Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak with you.”] But he said in reply to the one who told him. “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

GET IN TUNE There are peculiar storms in the Indian ocean-typhoons and monsoons. They are peculiar in that they do not move very rapidly. They do not move from east to west, or north to south; instead they play around a circle. Hence, when the navigators run into a monsoon, they locate its centre and go round it. By and by, they narrow the circle; when they get into the centre, they are in dead calm. This storm is like God’s will. Try to get out of it, and you will find it a destructive force. Get into it, you are in a calm and you find it good. This is what happened to the Israelites when they obeyed God’s marching orders through the Red Sea (Ex 14:21). Calling us to obey God’s will, Jesus says, “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven, is my brother, and sister, and mother” (Mt. 12:50). Those who live by God’s will, will have a life full of excitement and expectancy. They can expect even miracles, because by doing God’s will, they belong to the special family of Jesus Christ. Anything can happen to them at any time, because they are in tune with a higher power, and are working from a higher level of God’s own wisdom. Daily, early morning, get your heart in tune with God’s will. A sensitive musical instrument has to be tuned before it can be played. . (His Word for Today by Vima Dasan, S. J., published by Paulines. Visit us at www.paulines.ph or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City, Tel. No. 321-31-92) Sower’s Seeds: “Gluttony is a disordered desire. It is to eat and drink to excess for sensual satisfaction. Moderation, instead, is selfrestraint in both food and drink.” -Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family


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NEWS/NOTICES

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DA-8 bares total rice area in EV

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Agriculture Region 8 (DA-8) has validated the total rice area in the region. According to Rodel Macapañas, report officer of the Rice Program Management Unit (RPMU) of the DA-8 , as of this year, the total irrigated rice area is 68,312 hectares, the upland rice area is 6,029 and the rainfed area is 90,546. Macapañas added that

the last time they validated the total land rice area in the region was in 2006. By that time, the total land rice area was 157,000 hectares and it now increased to 164,887 hectares. Furthermore, Macapañas explained that the result of the validation of rice before was mainly based on the data provided by the local government units (LGUs) through the municipal agriculturists, but now it includes the participation

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH WAIVER AND ABSOLUTE SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Baltazar B. Apita extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over parcels of land, all situated in Brgy. Caibaan, Tacloban City, Leyte described as: Parcel 1, Lot 27, Block 13, Lot 3264-D, Psd-288677, consisting an area of 180 square meters, more or less, covered by T.C.T. No. T-4057; Parcel 2, Lot 28, Block 13, containing an area of 240 square meters, more or less, covered by T.C.T. No. T-3689; Parcel 3, Lot 30, Block 13, containing an area of 240 square meters, covered by T.C.T. No. T-4059; Parcel 4, Lot 31, Block 13, containing an area of 180 square meters, covered by T.C.T. No. T-4060; Parcel 5, Lot 29, Block 13, consisting an area of 180 square meters, more or less covered by T.C.T. No. T-4058. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Sps. Manuel L. Baldado and Marilou R. Baldado as vendee for teh parcel No. 1, described as Lot 27, Block 13, with an area of 180 square meters, more or less; covered by T.C.T. No. T-4057; Acknowledgment before Deputy Consul General of Los Angeles dated June 24, 2013; per Doc. No. 12235, Page No. 114, Series of 2013 LSDE: July 23, 30 & Aug. 6, 2013

SELF-ADJUDICATION WITH EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that Ceferina Nirza-Apiag heir of late Paulino Vertudes executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication with Settlement over a parcel of land, Lot 3379, located at Brgy. San Joaquin, Palo, Leyte, covered under Tax Dec. No. 00957, containing an area of 929 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Haidee Corazon P. Plazuela as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 275, Page No. 55, Book No. XIII, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Atty. Claro Robert P. Mora ntte. LSDE: July 23, 30 & Aug. 6, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Salvador C. Penserga extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot 9058-G, Psd-233749, situated in the Barrio of Montebello, Municipality of Kananga, Leyte, containing an area of 15,114 square meters, more or less and covered by T.C.T. No. T-15023; per Doc. No. 157, Page No. 32, Book No. CLV, Series of 2008 of Notary Public Atty. Nepomuceno P. Aparis I. LSDE: July 23, 30 & Aug. 6, 2013

AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION

NOTICE is hereby given that Benjamin C. Albior heir of late Benedicta C. Albior executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication over a parcel of land, Cad Lot No. 1281, located at Brgy. Tabok, Hindang, Leyte under Tax Dec. No. 02-15019-00238 with an area of 1,929.64 square meters, more or less; per Doc. No. 377, Page No. 77, Book No. IV, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Rosarie A. Peteros-Phua. LSDE: July 9, 16 & 23, 2013

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 8th Judicial Region REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 13 Carigara, Leyte -oOoROWENA P. OBAOB, Petitioner, -versusEDUARDO M. AÑOVER, Respondent CASE NO. RTC-2013039-SP FOR: DECLARATION OF PRESUMPTIVE DEATH x- - - - - - - - - x ORDER

Filed with the Court on June 19, 2013 by Rowena P. Obaob, of legal age, Filipino, married to respondent and a resident of Sitio Utap, Brgy. Canlampay, Carigara, Leyte, is a Verified Petition for Declaration of Presumptive Death of EDUARDO M. AÑOVER for the purpose of declaring respondent presumptively dead in accordance with the provisions of Article 41 of the Family

Code. Finding the Petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the same is hereby given due course. Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that said Peition be set for hearing on August 20, 2013 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the session hall of Regional Trial Court, Branch 13, Carigara, Leyte where all interested parties may appear in Court and show cause why the Petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published at the expense of Petitioner in a local newspaper of general circulation in the Provinces of Leyte, Samar and Biliran once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks. Furnish copy of this Order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Caloocan City, the Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office, Manila, the Petitioner and her counsel and the Assistant Provincial Prosecutor, Carigara, Leyte SO ORDERED DONE IN CHAMBERS this 28th day of June 2013 at the Bulwagan ng Katarungan, Carigara, Leyte.

(Sgd.) EMELINDA R. MAQUILAN Presiding Judge

LSDE: July 9, 16 & 23, 2013

of National Irrigation Administration, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics and the DA. The DA here in the region is aiming for a 100% rice sufficiency.

Typhoid...

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“The problem had been unreported until four patients were admitted at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center last week,”

According to Macapañas, this will be realized through collaborative efforts of the concerned officials and other key stakeholders. (JANICE V. TAPIL,

LNU INTERN)

he added. Five victims with mild cases have undergone home-based treatment under the watch of Municipal Health Office. Villagers who were hos-

Publication Notice R.A. 10172

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC CFN-_________ CCE-_________

Date 17 June 2013

In compliance with the publication requirement and Pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 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 JESSICA A. SISTER has filed with this Office a Petition for Change of First Name from “GESECA” to “JESSICA” and correction of entry in sex from “Male” to “Female” or correction of entry in the date of birth “_______” to “_____” in the certificate of live birth of Geseca A. Sister at City/ Mun/Province and whose parents are FERNANDO SISTER and LUCENA ARPON Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than July 26, 2013. (Sgd.) RICARDO A. NEGADO City/Municipal Civil Registrar LSDE: July 16 & 23, 2013 DEED 0F EXTRAJUDICIAL ADJUDICATION

NOTICE is hereby given that Lebe Capuyan Diana heir of the late Sps. Olimpio Capuyan and Dionisia Galica executed a Deed of Self Adjudication over a parcel of land, Lot No. 9969, with improvements thereon, situated in Brgy. Aguiting, Municipality of Ormoc (now Ormoc City), covered by T.C.T. No. T-4043, containing an area of 55,211 square meters, more or less; per Doc. No. 471, Page No. 29, Book No. 1, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Ambrosio B. Lacaba, Jr. LSDE: July 23, 30 & Aug. 6, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION WITH CONFIRMATION OF SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Basilio Pulga extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel ofl and, situated at Brgy. Naga-Naga, Palo, Leyte, Cad. Lot No. 1741, under Tax Dec. No. 0830-0025-00611, containing an area of 560 square meters, more or less and heirs hereby conpository of records pertaining Republic of the firmed and afto Births, Marriages, Deaths Philippines firmed the Deed of and other incidents of human SUPREME COURT Sale executed by existing. The entries sought coheirs in favor of 8th Judicial Region to be corrected pertains to the Sps. Jose B. PetilREGIONAL TRIAL year of his birth as well as la, Jr. and FilipiCOURT the year of registration from nas M. Petilla as “1952” to “1953” as shown Branch 36 vendee for a porby petitioner’s Certificate of Carigara, Leyte tion of 186 square Birth in the original English -oOometers from the and Spanish version. above-described CESAR D. SONON, A perusal of the petition property; per Doc. Petitioner, shows that the same appears No. 1091, Page to be sufficient in form and -versusNo. 86, Book No. substance. Set therefore the Municipal Civil 28, Series of 2013 initial hearing on September Registrar of The of Notary Public 11, 2013 at 8:30 in the mornAtty. Leo S. GerMunicipality of ing. on. LSDE: Carigara, Province of The petitioner is hereby July 23, 30 & Aug. Leyte, and the DIRECTED to cause at his 6, 2013 expense, the publication of

NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE, Respondent Case No. RTC-2013038-SP FOR: CORRECTION OF ENTRIES x- - - - - - - - -x ORDER

Filed before this Court is a petition seeking the Correction of Entries in the Birth Records of the petitioner on file with the respondent, which is the public office mandated by law to be the custodian and re-

this Order once a week for three consecutive weeks in an accredited newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Leyte. To expidite the proceedings in this case, the petitioner is also DIRECTED to submit to the Court, within fifteen (15) days from notice, a Manifestation about the documents desired to be marked during the initial hearing. Failure to comply shall be construed as violation of Section 3, Rule 17, 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure, and the court

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

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moved the tiny bone partitions inside to create a wider space in that part where the dead man’s brain was once housed. They repeatedly poured pitalized were diagnosed to have suffered high fever for more than five days, dehydration and loose bowel, constipation, moderate to severe headache and weakness. “The three victims that were killed also suffered the same symptoms but they refused to consult physician. They just follow an advice of a quack doctor who told them not to take any medication since they are victims of sorcery,” Cerro said. The health concern was not immediately reported and health authorities just mobilized their resources last week. Villagers of Nagcaduha fetch their drinking water from a spring but the health department believed it was not the cause of typhoid fever since the rest of 779 residents were not infected. The health department classified typhoid fever bacterial disease, caused by Salmonella typhi - as the second deadly disease in the region, next to dengue fever. From January to last week, the disease has already claimed 10 lives and downed 552 persons in the region. Deaths were recorded in Almeria and Naval in Biliran; Las Navas, Victoria, Rosario and Palapag in Northern Samar; Basey and Villareal in Samar. During the first seven months of last year, the disease has killed eight people and 974 have fallen ill. (SARWELL Q. MENIANO)

tuba into it, then hand it to the next drinker. How they enjoyed their session despite having no drinking glass to use. That skull served the purpose. Even at my young age then, I was asking myself: is it right for these people to use a skull as their drinking cup? Is it morally right? Are they not offending the dead person who owned this skull? Should it not be prohibited by authorities? Well, I need not ask if it was healthy for them to use it in drinking, because though I was very young then, I could tell it was not hygienic on their part to do so. I found it so filthy, and they may have caught some ailments as a result. I don’t know about you, but of all the bones that a dead person leaves behind, it is the skull that I reverence the most. It is because I know that this part used to be the center of that person’s vision, thinking, and consciousness. If there is any bone that I am likewise afraid of, it is this skull, that’s why I could not even afford to touch it for fear I might provoke its anger. I could not imagine how it has gone empty. I have the feeling that a bit of consciousness remains in it, though I know it’s not the case. Anyway, let’s thank God for the skull that He gave us. Without it, we would all be brainless, dumb, senseless, headless, and worthless. We can’t imagine the human body without it. It’s just sad some people tend to abuse it. Worst, some would use what’s inside of it, while they are yet alive, to destroy other people, even to ruin the entire human race.

EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION WITH WAIVER AND SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Alejandro Solajes extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 4335-A-2, situated at Brgy. Cabalawan, City of Tacloban, Island of Leyte, containing an area of 5,565 square meters, and heirs hereby waive, transfer and convey their respective shares in favor of Benita Solajes, the above-described property. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Abner T. Zanoria married to Juramah G. Zanoria as vendee for the above-described property including improvement found thereon; per Doc. No. 441, Page No. 88, Book No. XXIV, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Daniel G. Matriano. LSDE: July 23, 30 & Aug. 6, 2013

AFFIDAVIT OF ADJUDICATION

NOTICE is hereby given that Teresita M. Malate heir of late Fausto R. Malate executed an affidavit of Adjudication over a parcel of residential lot located at Brgy. San Jose, Tacloban City, Leyte, known as Cad. Lot No. 6, (3560 & 5255) with Tax Dec. No. 2012-01-0015-08929 and Title No. T-38567 having an area of 250 square meters; per Doc. No. 377, Page No. 76, Book No. XXII, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Apolonio Quirino Tisado. LSDE: July 9, 16 & 23, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION WITH SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heir of the late Evelyn Moron Elago extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of residential land designated as Cad. Lot 105-Part under Tax Dec. No. 08-30-0006-00141 R13, containing an area of 84.5 square meters, more or less and a residential house erected on Cad. Lot No. 105-Part. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Rodolfo Baltazar Diamante and Imelda Moron Diamante as vendees for the above-described house and lot; per Doc. No. 45, Page No. 10, Book No. IV, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Rinos. LSDE: July 9, 16 & 23, 2013


NEWS

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

RORO vessel to operate in Babatngon BA BAT N G O N , Leyte -- This town will soon be busy with economic activities as a shipping company is set to operate a roll on- roll off (RORO) vessel. Mayor Charry Montaño Chan told reporters that they already had initial discussions on the matter saying that the RORO is under the Medallon Shipping Company. The RORO will have a BabatngonCebu City and vice versa route. The operation of RORO will generate income not only to the local government unit in the form of taxes, to people in this town as small and big time business is expected to mushroom when the operation of the RORO kicks offs January 2014, said Chan. Mayor Chan, who is on her last term, further told reporters that the LGU will not spend

a single cent in this project saying that construction of the Pier, located at District 4 Poblacion, is shouldered by the company which will start in August 2013. By January 2014 the port shall be operational as per calendar of activities of the company. Chan pointed out that she made an agreement with the company that they must only employ workers from Babatngon for the construction and operation of the RORO and it was agreed. This shipping company opted to operate in Babatngon because of favorable sea depth at pier site compared to Tacloban wherein they would hire a tug boat to guide the vessel on its way to the pier so that it will not be grounded, said Chan. This upcoming RORO operation will be the second major investment in the town of Babatngon. In May 2013, an Oil De-

pot with a P150 million investment was established in Barangay Bakong and it is now operational wherein all oil and fuel companies get their supply from there, said Chan. More investors are expected to set foot in Babatngon as she continues to invite investors and companies to operate business in her town, said Chan. Roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ships are vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo such as automobiles, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, and railroad cars, that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels. This is in contrast to lifton/lift-off (LOLO) vessels, which use a crane to load and unload cargo. RORO vessels have built-in ramps that allow the cargo to be efficiently rolled on and off the vessel when in port. (FRED PADERNOS)

IdeaSpace startup named finalist at Intel APEC Challenge A business incubatee of the IdeaSpace Foundation was recently named one of 30 Asia Pacific startups that could present their business plans to potential investors at next month’s Intel APEC Challenge in Taiwan. One of these companies will get a chance to showcase its projects at the 2013 Intel Global Challenge in the United States this October, where a $50,000-grand prize is at stake. Filipino startup WEGENTECH, Inc., which has developed a more efficient design for wind turbines, qualified in the Early-Stage Startup category of the Intel APEC Challenge, along with startups from Japan, Korea, India, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The companies will each be given six minutes to pitch before expert judges, and four minutes to answer questions and get feedback. Judges composed of angel investors and venture

capitalists will assess the teams based on the innovation of their business idea, business scalability, uniqueness of their value proposition, market opportunity, and the team members’ qualifications. WEGENTECH’s chief technology officer Karl Ivan Estadola, an electrical engineering student at Adamson University, said he and his partners hoped to grow their startup by attracting investors and potential partners in the event. The Intel APEC Challenge is part of the APEC Startup Accelerator Leadership Summit, which encourages the region’s entrepreneurs and international key players to collaborate on Internet, mobile, and social innovation. WEGENTECH is one of the 10 local startups the IdeaSpace has taken under its wing for funding support and mentorship. It was chosen from more than 600 aspiring startups that joined last year’s nationwide search for IdeaSpace incubatees.

The WEGENTECH team is currently composed of Estadola, chief executive officer Jeah Alicante, and chief financial officer Jillian Arevalo. Alicante and Arevalo are both business administration and accountancy students at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Estadola said their experience with IdeaSpace would help them tremendously at the Intel APEC Challenge. “We have participated in a number of learning sessions organized by IdeaSpace, and have constantly received feedback and guidance from our mentors. These have certainly helped us prepare for our pitch in Taiwan this August,” he said. “We at IdeaSpace are happy to be part of WEGENTECH’s business journey. We hope that more young people would develop their entrepreneurial bent. For its part, IdeaSpace will continue its efforts to help strengthen the country’s tech entrepreneurship

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Additional wing of Carigara district hospital to be built

TACLOBAN CITY– An additional wing for the Carigara District Hospital (CDH) is to be constructed this year, according to Dr. Maribeth Aguilar, the chief of hospital. The P2-million funding for the building would come from the Department of Health through their hospital facility enhancement program. This additional building will help them address the current problem of the hospital, which is only a 25-bed capacity hospital but now providing medical services to 45 up to 60 patients. Aside from the facility, the chief of hospital also noted the need for increasing the number of hospital personnel to include ambulance. The CDH has seven doctors and 47 non-medical staff as well as one ambulance. “We need additional ambulance because we’re

not only providing medical assistance to one town but to several towns in this part of the second district of Leyte,” said Dr Aguilar. Other than Carigara, residents of the neighboring towns of Capoocan, Barugo, Tunga and Jaro are among those who also seek medical assistance to this newly upgraded primary hospital in the second district of Leyte. “I hope that the new governor will grant our request for a new ambulance for this hospital,” Aguilar added. Leyte second district Board Member Anlie Apostol, who is the chairperson of the committee on health, assures that this problem will reach Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla. “I had seen the tremendous improvement of this hospital since I was still the mayor of this town until I became

a board member, and I know how important ambulance is for them, so we will make sure that this will be given priority by our governor,” Apostol said in assuring the chief of hospital. The board member added that CDH is one of the hospitals in the province that can be cited as a good model for Public Private Partnership (PPP) due to the interventions made by the chief of hospital to address funding problem. Some of the rooms and equipment, it was learned, came from donations of organizations and individuals who are from Carigara but are working in other places like in Metro Manila and abroad. The chief of hospital had personally asked help from them to provide assistance by donating hospital equipment and other facilities. (ROEL T AMAZONA)

OWWA accepts nomination for Global Pinoy Family Awards TACLOBAN CITYThe Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is now accepting nominations for the annual special Global Pinoy Family Awards. The award, which is one of the categories of the 3rd Jollibee Family Values Awards, is open to all families of land-based and seabased Overseas Filipino Workers that have shown exemplary Filipino values. OWWA-8 is hoping to solicit more nominations through the help of their Family Welfare Officers (FWOs), said Arbel Lagarde, OWWA labor communication officer. ecosystem,” he added. IdeaSpace is a nonprofit incubation hub formed by industry leaders such as PLDT, Smart Communications, First Pacific, Metro Pacific Investments Corp., and Meralco. (PR)

The OWWA-8 here has been accepting filled nomination forms since June 1, 2013. Deadline of submission is set on August 31, 2013 and awarding of winners will be on October 15, 2013. The award is open to all families of Filipino heritage currently abroad or whose fam-

ily member is either working or residing abroad. Family members must be of good moral standing with no criminal records. The family must also have at least one child and should have an advocacy for the benefit of the community. (HANNA

BARTOLOME,

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LNU


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State of the Nation Address 2013 Bise Presidente Jejomar Binay; Senate President Franklin M. Drilon; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.; Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno at ang ating mga kagalanggalang na mahistrado ng Korte Suprema; mga dating Pangulong Fidel Valdez Ramos at Joseph Ejercito Estrada; mga kagalang-galang na kagawad ng kalipunang diplomatiko; mga miyembro ng Senado at Kamara de Representante; mga opisyal ng lokal na pamahalaan; mga miyembro ng Gabinete; mga unipormadong kasapi ng militar at kapulisan; mga kapwa ko nagseserbisyo sa taumbayan; at sa aking mga Boss, ang mga minamahal kong kababayan: Magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat. Ito po ang aking ikaapat na SONA; dalawa na lamang ang natitira. Halos apat na taon na nga po ang lumipas nang una akong nilapitan ng ilang kampo upang hikayating tumakbo sa pagkapangulo. Ang sabi nila: Alam naming hindi masosolusyonan sa isang tulog, sa isang taon, o kahit pa ba sa anim na taong termino ng isang Presidente ang lahat ng problema ng bansa. Pero simulan mo lang, at tiyak, kasama mo kaming mag-aaruga nito. Noon pa man, mulat po ako sa tindi ng mga problemang aking kakaharapin. Mula sa pagiging kandidato, o Presidente na, o kahit ba matapos pang makababa sa puwesto, hindi biro ang peligrong kakambal ng trabahong ito. Malawakang transpormasyon ng lipunan ang aking hangarin, at mulat akong marami akong kailangang banggain para matupad ito. Pero hindi po ako pinalaki ng aking mga magulang para tumiklop lamang sa mga hamon. Hindi ko mahaharap ang aking sarili kung tinanggihan ko ang pagkakataong bawasan ang pagdurusang di naman dapat dinaraanan ng Pilipino. Tumugon nga po tayo sa panawagan, at

ang mga kasama natin noong una, nadagdagan pa. Sa paniniwala ko nga po, kung tama ang aking ginagawa, lalo pang dadami ang ating magiging kasangga. Nito ngang nakaraang Mayo, tinanong ko kayo, Boss, tama ba ang direksyon natin? Ang tugon ninyo: tama, at pabilisin pa natin ang transpormasyon ng lipunan. Humiling ako ng mga kakamping makikisagwan sa iisang direksyon, at ibinigay ninyo ito. Ang totoo nga po, hindi lang mayorya, hindi lang siyam sa labindalawa, kundi siyam sa top ten na senador ay mga taong inilapit ko sa inyo. Malinaw po ang mensahe nitong huling halalan: tama, ituloy natin, damihan pa natin ang 8,581 na sitiong napailawan; dagdagan pa natin ang 28,398 na pamilyang dati’y informal settler, ngunit ngayon ay mayroon o magkakaroon na ng disenteng tirahan; palaguin pa natin ang di bababa sa 40 billion pesos kada taong dagdag ng perang napupunta sa edukasyon, kalusugan, serbisyong panlipunan, at marami pang iba, dahil sa tama at mas masugid na pagkolekta ng buwis; dama namin ang marami pang ibang patunay na talagang nagbabago ang lipunan. Lalo nga po akong nabuhayan sa ipinarating ninyong mensahe; malinaw po talagang hindi ako nag-iisa sa pagpasan ng mga responsibilidad. Paano ba naman pong hindi lalakas ang aking loob, kung pati ang mga tulad ni Ginoong Niño Aguirre ay nakikihubog sa ating kinabu-

kasan? Isipin po ninyo, hindi na nga makalakad dahil sa kapansanan, pilit pa rin niyang inakyat ang presintong nasa ikaapat na palapag ng gusali, para lang makaboto at makiambag sa tunay na pagbabago ng lipunan. Salamat, Ginoong Aguirre. Hindi nga po nauubos ang mga Pilipinong handang makiambag, na siyang ugat ng pagbabagong tinatamasa natin ngayon. Ang stratehiya: Sagarin ang oportunidad para sa lahat, lalo na para sa mga mas nangangailangan. Hindi natin pakay maghintay ng trickle down; hindi puwedeng baka sakali o tsamba lang silang daratnan ng mga biyaya ng kaunlaran. Ito pong tinatawag nating inclusive growth— itong malawakang kaunlaran— ang mismong prinsipyong bukal ng bawat inisyatiba, bawat kilos, bawat desisyon ng inyong gobyerno. Ang maiiwan na lamang ay ang ayaw sumama, dahil hindi sinamantala ang pagkakataon. Ang atin pong batayang prinsipyo: Malawakang pagkakataon ang susi sa malawakan at pangmatagalang kaunlaran. Huwag po sana nating kalimutan na ang pagkakataon ay punla lamang. Kailangan itong diligan ng sipag, alagaan ng determinasyon, at payabungin ng dedikasyon. Tingnan nga lang po natin ang mga TESDA-DOLE Scholars. Sa 503,521 na napagtapos na natin dito, tinatayang anim sa bawat sampu ang nagkatrabaho. Noong araw po, ayon sa pag-aaral ng DBM

noong 2006 hanggang 2008, ang nakahanap ng trabaho sa mga napagtapos ng TESDA: 28.5 percent lamang. Noong lumipas na taon naman po: sa IT-BPO program, 70.9 percent ang employment rate ng ating mga napatapos sa TESDA. Sa electronics and semiconductor program naman, umabot sa 85 porsyento ng mga nagtapos noong 2012 ang nagkatrabaho. Malinaw po: Kayo mismo ang huhubog, kayo mismo ang magdidikta kung hinog at matamis ang bungang kolektibo nating pipitasin, o kung magiging bulok at katiting ang kahihinatnan ng mga pagkakataong bumubukas sa kabanatang ito ng ating kasaysayan. Isa-isahin po natin. Ang layuning palawakin ang saklaw ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program: natupad. Ang dinatnan nating mahigit 700,000 kabahayang benepisyaryo ng programa noong 2010, umabot na sa halos 4 million na kabahayan sa ating administrasyon. Meron pa po: Galing sa pag-aaral ng Philippine Institute for Development Studies, mas malaki ng tinatayang 40 porsyento ang sinasahod ng mga naka-graduate ng high school, kumpara sa mga elementarya lang ang tinapos. Di po ba makatuwirang sagarin na natin ang tulong na ibinibigay natin sa mga pamilya, upang makumpleto na ng mga batang benepisyaryo ang high school, at sa gayon ay maisagad na rin ang benepisyo ng programang ito? Kaya nga po, sa susunod na taon, magiging saklaw na ng programa ang mga pamilyang may kabataang abot sa 18 taong gulang, upang hanggang sa high school ay mapagtapos na sila. Sa edukasyon naman po: ang layunin nating itaas ang kalidad ng kaalamang natututuhan ng kabataan, upang matapos mag-aral ay mapanghawakan nila ang mga oportunidad na bumubukas sa ating lipunan: Natupad. Nabura na po ang minana nating kakulangan sa libro at upuan, at kung

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

PRO8 wishes meaningful observance of Ramadan

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte - PNP PRO 8 ensures the safe celebration of RAMADAN up to the end of the feast or the EID’L FITR or the feast of breaking the fast. PRO8 joins the Filipino Muslims in the observance of RAMADAN which started on July 10, 2013 and will end on August 9, 2013. It is the month of obligatory daily fasting from dawn to sunset during special nightly prayers called, “taraweeh”. During the entire celebration, various threat groups and criminal gangs may take advantage and carry out their illegal activities. Along with this, the Regional Police Community Relations Division (RPCRD) in its commitment to ensure the solemnity and safety of the occasion has extended a COUNTER RADICALIZATION and DERADICALIZATION Seminar to our Muslim brothers on July 12, 2013 at the Tacloban Muslim Community Center, Barangay Naga-naga, Tacloban City. The said seminar is intended for a common goal - to support the efforts of the government through the PNP for an effective community

partnership in addressing terrorist threats and violence and eradicating intentions of the radicals to commit crime and terrorism, said PSSUPT ROEL BALINTONG ACIDRE, Chief, RPCRD. A mandatory security checks in airports, seaports and bus terminals will be conducted. More uniformed policemen, in coordination with leaders of the Muslim community will be deployed in the streets, mosques, vital installations and other public places to counter any plan of terrorists and criminals,” added ACIDRE. With these preparations, we assure the public of a safe environment during the month-long celebration of the FEAST of RAMADAN and PRO8 wishes that prayers offered during the fasting month would not only lead to spiritual vigor, but also help usher in societal harmony and justice, ACIDRE averred. Then again, the public is urged to be vigilant and encouraged to help the police by reporting relevant information through the following hotlines: 323-8683; Dial 117 or Text 2920 and Isumbong Mo Kay TSIP 0917 847 5757. (PR)

magpapatuloy nga po ang pagpapakitang-gilas ni Kalihim Armin Luistro, pati ang kakulangan sa silid-aralan ay mabubura na rin. Ang magandang balita pa: may kakayahan na tayong paghandaan ang magiging pangangailangan dahil sa K to 12 program. Hindi po biro ang dinatnang mga problema ni Brother Armin sa DepEd. Isipin po ninyo, kada isang textbook, pinepresyuhan dati ng 58 pesos; nang siya na ang namumuno, bumaba ang presyo ng eksaktong libro sa 30 pesos. Paano po kaya kung dati pa nagbayad ng tamang halaga para sa mga aklat na ito? Kung natipid natin ang diperensyang 28 pesos, at may limang textbook ang bawat isa sa tinatayang 20.7 million na estudyante sa ating public

school system, ang katumbas po nito: halos 2.9 billion pesos. Kaya po sana nitong pondohan ang plano nating pagpapaayos at rehabilitasyon ng nasa 9,502 na silid-aralan. Kung nagkulang sa lakas ng loob si Brother Armin, puwede namang ipamana na lang sa susunod sa kanya ang kultura ng pagwawalang-bahala sa kanyang ahensya. Puwede naman din pong ipamana na lang ang mga backlog; ipasa na lang sa susunod ang lolobong pagkukulang dahil sa dumaraming mga enrolee kada taon. Pero itong si Brother Armin, imbes na makuntento, imbes na sabihing, “Puwede na ‘yan, tapos na ang trabaho ko,” gagawa pa siya ng mas maraming upuan at classroom, to be continued...


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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Smart supports fun run for TSP reading advocacy Running for a cause has become a popular means to raise funds. It could either be for the environment, to help clean up a river, or for just about anything that helps make a positive impact on the society. The Storytelling Project (TSP), a reading advocacy that reaches out to kids in remote communities and instills in them the love for learning, has partnered with wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) for the Pledge Run 2013: Run for Reading. TSP’s “Run for Reading” will be held on July 27 at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City. Assembly starts at 4pm while gun time is 5pm. Everyone can join for a minimal registration fee. Pledge runners will have to ask their family and friends to either pledge any amount for the entire run or pledge any amount for every lap they make. Interested parties or individuals who do not want to run may pledge for Bufi or a pledge runner representing their group. Pledge runners will be given an hour to complete as many laps in a 400-meter oval. “In joining this run for a cause, you will help TSP raise funds for seed money, project and operational expenses that will be incurred as we formally establish ourselves as a non-government organization (NGO),” said TSP cofounder Rey Bufi. “Being an NGO will give us legitimacy, enabling us to help more kids,” added Bufi. The reading advocacy program hopes to create in

primary school kids a reading habit by conducting storytelling sessions and by giving them storybooks. “At the end of the 21-day program, the children are expected to develop a learning habit that would help them become critical thinkers, increase their self-esteem and develop interpersonal skills thus, help them be more active in their studies,” said Bufi. TSP has been chosen as peg for Smart’s payITfwd program, the newest social development initiative that aims to scale up via technology existing social good projects in the community that focus on learning. Bufi and his cofounder are former Smart employees that volunteer for the Read to be Smart (RTBS) program. Through payITfwd, Smart will choose social good products like that of TSP and help keep the good going via a technology package that includes 5 tablets, Smart Bro pocket wi-fi, P3,000 worth of load plus a grant of P50,000 to each winning team/individual. “The technology package that Smart will be giving to outstanding communitybased projects will help a lot in expanding the reach of projects like TSP, which most often than not rely only on the resources of volunteers,” said Bufi. “Social good projects can only create so much impact unless it gets support from like-minded individuals and corporate partners,” added Bufi. For more details on the program, click on www. smart.com.ph/payITfwd.

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And in the process, the people also learn to know on what their mayor or governor is doing, the DILG director said. Celebre, who was reelected for his third and last term as mayor of this thirdclass municipality (income over P70 million) during last May elections, has been doing his Soma since he was elected mayor of his town, 25 kms away from the regional capital of Tacloban City. He holds his Soma at the municipal gymnasium attended by other local and barangay officials, local government workers, students and Church personnel. The town mayor said that he does his Soma to personally tell his people of more than 39,000 on the projects and programs he has accomplished for the last year and his future plans for his people. He also personally expressed his gratitude to the people of Jaro for giving him another mandate as he was reelected for another three years as mayor of Jaro. “Year 2012 and the present are two of the best

Jaro Mayor Rolando Celebre says more projects to come under his watch that would benefit his people as he delivered his Soma yesterday. years under my administration. Compared to previous years, we have achieved much development in the different fields of governance,” the town mayor said. For this year, Celebre mentioned his accomplishments which included, among others, providing Phlhealth cards to more than 1,300 poor people of his town; road opening of the 10 kms road which starts from the town’s Barangay Villa Conzoilo up to

Brgy. Cabintan in Ormoc City that will make transport of services and goods faster; providing financial assistance to its barangays intended for farm to market roads and livelihood assistance; For the next three years, Celebre said, he intend to rehabilitate the town’s municipal hall and construct a new legislative building; procure land for the construction of a new dump site; allocated funds for disaster mitigations like construction of dikes and flood

controls and create a cultural festival as a way to attract tourists to this agricultural town and in the process attract investors, among others. Mayor Celebre also announced of an allocation of P800, 000 intended for the salary differentials for the municipal government workers as he revealed that the main source of funding, the internal revenue allotment, now stand at P72.3 million from the previous P64 million. (JOEY A.GABIETA)

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DSWD spearheads media tour to 4Ps sites TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development organized a media tour for Tacloban City media practitioners to visit program beneficiaries of their agency in the town of Alang-alang in Leyte. Two barangays of Alangalang were visited. Both villages are beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or the conditional cash transfer program, a poverty alleviation program of the government that centers on health and education of children living in an underprivileged family. The media tour was to showcase the best practices that Barangays San Vicente and Cabadsan are implementing in relation to the 4Ps which needs to be highlighted and tell to the people on what are the things that beneficiaries had learned while enjoying the perks under 4Ps. In San Vicente, the biggest barangay with a communal garden

of 4Ps beneficiary, media practitioners learned through the sharing of some beneficiaries that through 4Ps they learned the essence of volunteerism and using their time in more useful activities like gardening. In gardening ,they were not only taught on how to plant vegetables but they were also taught on how to save the environment by using plastic bags in planting vegetables. “The plastic bags that we are using are all used plastic bags and collected from members. We recycle them and use it to plant the seedling,” said parent leader Emilia Gayas. The vegetables they harvested in their garden are sub-divided to their members, added Gayas, while some are sold in their neighborhood. Thare are 450 household in Brgy. San Vicente and 150 of them are enrolled to 4Ps. Aside from gardening, parent beneficiaries in Brgy. Cabadsan said that

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FDA-8 receives order to ban 15 authorized cosmetic products

PALO, Leyte - The Department of Health’s Food and Drug Administration of Eastern Visayas received orders yesterday, July 22 2013, from the central division of Food and Drug Administration to ban 15 unauthorized products from the market. The FDA-8 declared that the following cosmetic products are unsafe to consumers because they may contain heavy metals like lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic beyond the limits allowed on the ASEAN standards: 1. Baiyansu Threein-one whitening Set 2. Beauty Girl Green Cucumber 6 days Double whitening Soft Essence Cream 3. Bihuyan Whitening Day Cream 4. Care skin Strong Whitening and Spot Removing Package 5. Gakadi Freckle Removing Cream 6. H u a y u e n o n g 12 days Whitening and SpeckleRemoving Wreck-

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