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Leyte prov’l board to go paperless, says VG Loreto BY REYAN L. ARINTO

TACLOBAN CITY— Members of the Leyte provincial board would no longer sift through their thick documents every time they would attend their regular or special sessions.

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Deputy Ombudsman for the Visayas Pelagio Apostol (center) presided an inter-agency task force coordinative meeting on the reactivation of Oplan Red Plate at the OMB regional office, Tacloban City, July 4. (VINO R. CUAYZON)

“The stack of documents would be gone as we would go paperless,” said Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto, who is also the presiding officer of the provincial board. “Going paperless has been approved in principle by Governor [Leopoldo Dominico] Petilla. He was supportive of the plan to hold paperless sessions,” Loreto said. Loreto added that the system would require the installation of laptop computers in the session hall, one each for the 14 members of the provincial board, including the presiding officer. “These computers would be run by a customized user-friendly to page 2

90% of complaints filed at Ombudsman are ‘meant to harrass public officials’

TACLOBAN CITY - Some 90% of complaint filed at the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas were meant only to harass public officials, said Atty. Edwin Tabaranza, OIC head of Of-

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fice, Ombudsman Visayas regional office. Tabaranza told Leyte Samar Daily Express that they are so cautious enough in their fact-finding investigation in order to determine whether the complaint filed is meritorious and there is a basis of filing a case against the defendant.

Criticisms trickled in for a very poor speedy disposition of cases and low conviction rates . Preparation, according to Tabaranza, is one of the keys to a successfully court outcome. This means meticulous preparation from start to finishgathering documents, preparing witnesses,

organizing your documents, submitting expert reports, and complying with the rules of procedure, as well as knowing what to submit and what to leave out is the key. “We want to have a very good case, coupled with sufficient evidence to satisfy the judge, ngan para masiguro liwat namon an

conviction,” Tabaranza said. Every case depends on its own facts, he said. The Ombudsman Visayas records showed that as of May 31, 2013, there are more than 500 graft cases filed in their office against local government officials. (JAZMIN BONIFACIO)


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NEWS

Sunday, 07 July 2013

Police nab 72 in intensified campaign vs illegal fishing

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – At least 72 persons were arrested and 11 fishing boats involved in illegal fishing activities were confiscated in a series of seaborne operations in the seawaters of Leyte, Samar and Biliran provinces recently. PRO8 Director PCSupt. Elmer Ragadio Soria informed that these police actions are in line with his directive to strictly implement Letter of Instruction: Kalibungan, PRO8’s campaign against illegal fishing in Eastern Visayas. “It is our mandate to protect the environment, especially our marine resources, from any illegal fishing activity. Police chiefs were ordered to strictly enforce the Philippine Fisheries Code or RA 8550 and local ordinances in their respective areas in coordination with local government units,” added Soria. Soria disclosed that at about 9:00 p.m. Thursday, seaborne operations con-

ducted at the territorial seawaters of Mayorga, Leyte by joint elements of Mayorga police station led by PSInsp. Jaywen Leona and personnel from Mayorga Bantay Dagat led by Crisanto Cabaobao resulted in the interception of two fishing boats owned by one Claudio Cadayong and Jonathan Tingzon, respectively and both from Brgy. Rizal, Dulag, Leyte with a total of 8 crew members while engaged in illegal fishing activity locally known as “baby trawling” using fine mesh nets. At around 11:00 a.m., elements of Dulag police station led by PO1 Nicanor Ellos with Bantay Dagat members and representative of the Department of Agriculture conducted seaborne operations at territorial seawaters of Brgy San Jose, Dulag, leading to the confiscation of one motorized boat operated by Marlon Lantajo with two other crew member while at a distance of approximately 10 kilometers away

from the shoreline which is prohibited under an ordinance of the local government unit of Dulag. Other confiscated items were one bundle of fish net and fishing paraphernalia with estimated value of P90,000. In Biliran, three fishing vessles were intercepted in the seawaters of Maripipi and Culaba towns by police authorities and LGU representatives while engaged in illegal fishing known as “pahulbot”. A total of 14 crew members were also arrested. Meanwhile, in Talalora town in Samar, seaborne operations by a police team led by PInsp. Silvano Soteraña with BFAR-Samar personnel, resulted in the arrest of 45 persons and confiscation of five vessels and several fishing paraphernalia while engaged in trawl fishing. Confiscated items were impounded at police stations of arresting units while arrested fishermen were fined according to ex-

isting local ordinances in the municipality where they were arrested. “Illegal fishing destroys the coral reefs and breeding areas of several marine species and eventually kills small fishes even before they reach maturity, laws and ordinances protecting our marine environment must be strictly enforced,” Soria said. (PINSP ROMUEL

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program that allows the board members to immediately access everything they need during sessions,” Loreto said. The usual documents that every member of the provincial board would sift through during sessions include the agenda, transcripts of minutes of the past sessions, committee hearings and committee reports, draft resolutions, draft ordinances, communications, memorandum,

Tomeco to implement passenger segregation scheme TACLOBAN CITY – The Traffic Operations Management Enforcement and Control Office (Tomeco) is to implement the passenger segregation scheme in August this year. According to Jobs Lagutan, Tomeco information officer, this scheme aims to mitigate road traffic by segregating every passenger to the identified loading ar-

eas or streets designated for each of them to stay while waiting for public utility vehicles such as motorcabs and jeepneys. This system will lessen the jumbling of passengers while waiting for motorcabs and jeepneys bound to their destination. Also, this will be a help for the enforcers to control the road traffic with a more organized passenger setup. More-

over, this will also help avoid the people to be victims of pickpockets, snatchers and the like with a more orderly and controlled area for the policemen to monitor. In line with the said program, they are also planning to implement a road safety education seminar as long as it is already approved. This seminar will introduce and explain the scheme to

every Motorcab-for-hire and public utility jeepney drivers in the city. “The program’s design is not yet final, as its developers are still seeking input from community members. However, we expect for a positive response from the community with regards to the implementation of this objective,” Lagutan said. (JANINE FAITH A. TIEMPO, LNU INTERN)

informative materials and other documents. “All these would be soon become electronic files for easy access of every board member, including myself. All we have to do is open our computers or tablets,” Loreto said. Through an LCD projector, electronic copies of documents being taken up during sessions may be beamed to an interactive while board set up inside the session hall for the public and the media to see. “Going paperless also means that board members can submit proposed resolutions and ordinances, communicate with one another through instant messaging, and access the Internet,” Loreto said. Loreto stressed that it is appropriate to make use of the available technologies so as to save time and resources. “About five reams of

copy paper every week are used to reproduce copies of agenda and other attachments. The reproduction also entails other costs for power, ink and the like,” Loreto said. “With paperless sessions, the legislative department is in effect helping in the waste reduction and saving the environment,” Loreto added. “Every 3,000 sheets of copy paper is equivalent to a tree converted into paper. So that’s a lot of saving our environment,” he said. Other notable advantages include the faster and more efficient session process, faster retrieval of documents and easier data management.


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Lily finds much better life through DSWD’s SEA-K “Waray na ak pahuway,” ( I could hardly breathe), Lily, 42, (not her real name)poured out her past agony, what was like living with her now estranged husband – Mario, some five years back. Day in and day out, she was tormented physically, emotionally, verbally and economically ! She could not just leave home. The proverbial Filipino culture dictates keeping a family together, with maximum tolerance, if only for the sake of the children ! It all started when he got married to an extremely possessive husband. Mario, now 45, unreasonably got jealous of her interaction with men, even with the former’s own father and brother. What is more disturbing is that Mario would be filled with anger every time he thought Lily would get jealous, but would not. All of what Mario have gone through in his childhood were repeated in Lily’s time. The troubled husband was a victim of abuse himself. The cycle of domestic violence rolled on – he would slap his wife on both cheeks and beat her, almost to death. For Mario, it became an essential part of their married existence, a customary way for him to do as a husband. Things became worse when Mario made it known that he was dating a 23–year– old lady who is currently his common – law wife. When husband comes home, he would have Lily massaged him while the former engages in sweet talk with the girl over the phone. “They would be seen eating in Chowking, unmindful that his own family has hardly something to fill their stomachs,” Lily tearfully narrated. The couple has four kids, and she and the children have experienced many times sleeping without having dinner. Lily was a plain housewife, and Mario, a skilled worker of a big company. When retrenchment in their company came, Mario received a sizeable amount of separation pay amounting to close to P2 million. It would have been a good amount to start anew, but Lily and the children weren’t even able to enjoy the

finer things in life that Mario’s money could bring. The poor wife felt that it was high time to pack up and leave behind sick memories of an unhappy and stormy union, right after a disastrous incident, one fateful day. Mario arrived home, and seeing his helpless wife sitting on a chair, threw a big kerosene lamp on her. Lily escaped harm ! Mario then lived together with his mistress, and spent all of the money he got from his previous job !As far as Lily can remember, there were only a handful of times that his ex – husband was able to extend support to his children, at the time they were separated. Even then, it was an insulting amount of P50 per child per month ! Lily then started to pick up the broken pieces of her shattered life. With the help of the local Social Welfare and Development Office and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Eight, she undergone counseling sessions and pursued a case for violence against women under Republic Act 9262, against her legal husband. Of course, being a solo parent was very hard for her, with no job and four children to feed. Her determination paid off when she was hired as a storekeeper in their locality, receiving a daily wage of P120. Then, she became part of a 15–member livelihood group under the DSWD’s Self – Employment Assistance–Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program. Lily, then, slowly regained her strength, with fellow abused women from their community formed into a group. The interest – free loan assistance of P10, 000 from the DSWD was secondary. Primarily important was the life – changing skills she was gaining from interventions of the agency and the local government unit. For one, she is now realizing her value and worth as a woman, and her right to be treated with respect and dignity. “ Di ako uurong “ ( I won’t withdraw ), Lily emphasized of the legal case she has filed against her erring husband. Coupled with this was her determination to be able

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Newborn screening coverage rises by 49% TACLOBAN CITY— Newborn screening (NBS) coverage in Eastern Visayas has increased in the past seven years, according to the Department of Health (DoH) regional office. Dr. Corazon Sabulao, chief of DoH’s Family Health Section, said that from 2% coverage in 2006, it has reached 49% in 2012. “This is a good indicator that there is a high level of awareness among parents to let their newborn undergo the test,” Dr. Sabulao said at the sidelines of the local summit on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health held

at Hotel Alejandro, this city. “It also means there is compliance to Republic Act 9288, otherwise known as the New Born Screening Act, a public health program aimed at the early identification of infants who are affected by certain genetic, metabolic and infectious conditions,” Sabulao added. Sabulao stressed that early identification and timely intervention can lead to significant reduction of morbidity, morality and associated disabilities in affected infants. Sabulao said the DoH,

its partners and major stakeholders remain aggressive in identifying strategies to intensify awareness in the communities and increase coverage. NBS for infants in the region is currently administered at the Newborn Screening Center at the West Visayas State University Medical Center in Iloilo City. The NBS screens newborns for five metabolic disorders or defects that can be cured when detected right after birth. It involves extracting blood from an infant’s heel

to test for congenital hypothyroidism, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, galactosemia, phenylketonuria and glocuse-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD). NBS in the Philippines started in June 1996 and was integrated into the public health delivery system with the enactment of the Newborn Screening Act of 2004. According to DoH, the agency tasked to implement the law, from 1996 to December 2010, the program has saved 45,283 patients. (REYAN L. ARINTO)

Guv says Samar prov’l hospital in need of Samarnon doctors

tients in their province economically aside from the improvements that it will bring to the hospital from the facilities to equipment. Making SPH extension of EVRMC would also result in reducing the number of patients going to EVRMC, a gvernmentrun-medical facility in the region where more than 70% of its patients are from the Samar provinces.

CATBALOGAN CITY – Samar Governor ShareeAnn Tan had called for medical practitioners in her province to provide services in the provincialrun hospitals that now lack of medical practitioners who would render services to Samarnons. In her speech during her oath- taking ceremony, the governor said that facilities at the provincial hospital of Samar are now improving with the chang-

es she made and programs implemented with the help of PhilHealth. But the problem, according to Tan, is the lack of doctors that would attend to patients of the hospitals who are from their province as most of those who are serving the medical facilities are from the province of Leyte. “I call on for those who know some doctors who are from the province to help me in asking them to

serve our fellow Samarnons,” said Governor Tan. Aside from calling for Samarnon doctors to serve at the hospital run by the provincial government, Tan also announced that the Samar Provincial Hospital(SPH) had been chosen by the Department of Health to become the extension of Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center. This plan of the DOH, according to the governor, would help more pa-

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to conquer her battles. From the capital, she started retailing rice in the neighborhood where she lives. Lily bought sacks of rice and a weighing scale. She profits more than a hundred pesos for each sack. Project Development Officer, Nelia Oledan, of the DSWD’s livelihood program, remains a witness to her struggles. She continues to monitor the state of the association and of its members. “The SEA – K has a forced savings scheme such that the group will be able to extend loan assistance

from non – members in their community,” the field worker narrated. “This time, they will earn, out of the interest from the money loaned out,” she added. Part of the program was accessing beneficiaries to microfinance facilities and institutions for vocational training. Lily had the opportunity to be trained on making flowers, as well as personal and house accessories from recycled paper. At first, it seemed hard for her to learn the craft, but now it comes easy for Lily.

On Saturdays and Sundays, Lily work on her collection, that are usually made up of tetra pack from fruit juices. She digs on the trash around her neighborhood, and she doesn’t mind. Tears just roll down her cheeks because as she goes along with life, the once – battered wife undergoes a process of self – healing. There’s no rush for her to soar high. She takes pleasure in the challenges. Besides, the DSWD is still at her side. Even in marketing her wares, the agency invites her group to

trade fairs in the office such as on anniversary celebrations, and the National Women’s Month. When the DSWD Field Office Eight hosted the National Development Management Conference last January 10 to 13 of this year, at the Leyte Oriental Hotel, Lily earned P1, 152 out of her P500 capital ! She has been receiving orders, too ! Lily is now a picture of a new person, as if saying that she is born to live and not to die. (VINA P. AQUINO)


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EDITORIAL

Sunday, 07 July 2013

Going paperless

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t last, the Leyte provincial board is on the cusp of going digital. Vice Governor Carlo P. Loreto announced last week that members of the board would no longer sift through their thick pile of documents every time they would attend their regular and special sessions. Nonetheless, we applaud the move of the provincial board to go paperless. Consider what the government spends in taxpayer’s money to purchase reams of copy papers, printing ink and other materials used

to reproduce copies of agenda, communications, drafts and other similar documents needed every weekly session. We level whole forests on a weekly basis! Trees are cut to convert them into papers. Going digital would also make the legislative process more productive because provincial lawmakers would access documents faster. We hope that this initiative would not backslide and all board members agree to bring their sessions to a higher level by going paperless.

No other way Popes John XXIII and John Paul II could be canonized as saints together, possibly this December 8, La Stampa” newspaper of Rome reported. . That day is feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Congregation for Causes of Saints meet Tuesday, said the Vatican Press Office But it didn’t comment on an Associated Press report that members formalized their recommendation to canonize Pope John Paul II.. All proceedings, in sainthood causes, are secret until the pope issues the relevant decrees. Filipinos feel a special affinity for John Paul II. He first visited here in 1981 and told a poker-faced dictator Ferdinand Marcos to his face: “Government cannot claim to serve the common good when human rights are not safeguarded”. During the Marcos years, there were 3,257 extrajudicial killings, 35,000 torture victims, and 70,000 imprisoned.,historian Alfred McCoy notes in a Yale University study. That dark legacy hobbles Ferdinand Jr’s bid to seek the presidency in 2016..

Pope John Paul presided over World Youth Day, at Rizal Park, in January 1995,. Over four million attended the closing Mass. That’s the current world record for the largest papal gathering.. Filipinos will host Pope Francis January 2016. He’ll attend the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City..An advance team is here now to finalize details. Filipinos will look beyond church institutional deadwood and identify with Francis’ concerns for the poor.. The likelihood then is that of a two-John canonization.. That fans an ongoing debate where. laymen and scholars compare the man who’ll be honored and the pontiff who’ll preside over the ancient rites. “From the moment of his introduction to the world as Pope Francis, Jorge

Mario Bergoglio resembled Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, or Pope John XXIII, more than any other pontiff ”,. John Borelli of Georgetown University wrote. in the international Catholic weekly:” The Tablet”. Both were 76 when elected. Roncalli’s electors figured on a short-term caretaker ---- 54 months it turned out. But John XXIII stunned everyone by convening the Second Vatican Council. Only 20 such general councils met in the last two thousand years. Pope Francis turns 77 this December Barely less than 200 days on the chair of St. Peter, he is correcting the church’s immediate past, as did John XXIII. He is setting directions for the future, notably implementing stalled Vatican II reforms... Pope Benedict was 78

when elected, recalls Eugene Cullen Kennedy professor of psychology at Loyola University , Chicago. “Benedict XVI spent eight long -- and I mean long -- years as our Holy Father. Francis “entered our lives only a season ago”. So, why does Francis seem like someone we’ve known a long time? Of Benedict, we fall back on the Irish saying that “we hardly knew ye”. John and Francis resemble each other most in their being anything but themselves. By its very nature, that quality cannot be faked. As they did about John XXIII, people sense there is no pretense that keeps them from easy relationship with Francis. Almost overnight, Francis began to restore credibility of his church just by being himself. He washed the feet of prisoners, including a Muslim woman, at the Holy Thursday liturgy. Thus, “he panicked far-right Catholics but spoke of true religion to the world,” The act “spoke more of Francis understanding of Islam than the learned ( but often misunderstood ) theologically dense addresses of Benedict XVI. “That, alas, was not Benedict’s strong suit’ Kenndy adds. He was determined

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OPINION

Sunday, 07 July 2013

Few government officials use owned cars

Belonging by nature or settled habit to a person is serving the government as own business. On one hand, many entered the government service merely for own interest.

The July 4th celebration of the Ombudsman Office of Regional Office No. VIII, Tacloban City had forewarned government vehicle users to keep away from using for personal use. It is a fair warning for the unscrupulous users. However, there are officials and employees in the government with assigned vehicles who used their personally owned cars. They avoid using the government cars. The recently installed City Mayor Edward “Ondo” Codilla uses his family vehicle and the government owned is being used by his staff. Another is former Secretary to the Mayor, Manuel M. Pascual, who served for nine months as city administrator in place of Dr. Dennis Y. Capuyan because the latter ran for the vice mayor’s seat. Mr. Pascual, certified public accountant, lives by his word that government funds are from people’s taxes including himself as taxpayer. Whenever he went home to eat lunch, he used his own car. The government vehicle assigned to him he used in connection to his official duty. The difference between the incumbent city mayor and the ex-city administrator is the former using his personally owned car even in the performance of his official duty. Well, it is understandable because he is not used to be using any other car. One more reason, he can afford to spend for the maintenance of his vehicle. Even then, there are more than the reasons I perceived when he said he is a taxpayer and does not want to use the taxes he paid the government for his own use. His reason, he wants the small savings for not using the government vehicle could be best used for additional expenditures of financial assistance to the poor. Unknown to the Ormocanons, the Yakal Construction owned by the mayor’s family is the biggest contributor to the improvement of the city.

Although, their construction works are spread in the different parts of the Philippines, all the income taxes are paid to the Bureau of Internal Revenue, in this city. Unlike, some residents of Ormoc having business elsewhere pay their taxes in the place of where their offices are located. Yakal Construction is included as one of the top company in the Bureau of Internal Revenue list of taxpayers in the country. For this reason, on the first day of stepping in the city hall, he first talked with the employees of the city treasurer’s office. He told them that eating in Jollibee is like customers entering the city hall to pay taxes. If Jollibee’s customer is dissatisfied with the services, they just find other fast food eateries. Losing customers means losing revenue, losing revenue means losing work. The same mentality should be with government employees. They are paid with the hard earned money by the taxpayers; hence, good service should be done. I still recollect the Civil Service Commission slogan “Service with a smile.” Would it not be better for the Ombudsman’s Office and the Civil Service to join sending incognito some of their people to go around government offices to find out whether the slogan is

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to diminish the influence of a Vatican council that he insisted had been misinterpreted. In contrast, Francis seems to be defined by the “spirit of Vatican II “That is why we feel we have known Francis a long time. And despite his catalog of virtues, Benedict fades into the past he loves a little more every day.” Roncalli chose “the name John,” That broke a 175-year pattern of usual names: Pius, Leo, Gregory and Benedict. Bergoglio broke two even larger traditions. He is the first Jesuit to be elected pope. No one before felt brave enough to choose the name of the universally be-

still done? An employee may not be smiling, but it is the immediate action to the purpose of the public is important. I have several experiences in government offices kept standing in front of the desk of an employee for several minutes waiting for the beautiful eyes to look at me with the words: “May I help you?” You try going around the government offices to find out if my criticism can be counted by your ten fingers. You need additional fingers to have a good count. It is like in the days of Patriarch Abraham who pleaded God Jehovah to spare the lives of the people in Sodom and Gomorrah, if he can find ten God-fearing people. None was found. Only the nephew of Abraham named Lot and two daughters escaped destruction. Lot’s wife turned to salt stone when she did not listen not to look back at the city. The loss of materials things caused the wife to look back. The newly elected officials may change the unwanted habit of some government employees. Changing the no care habit, especially the front line employees should be done by the employee without the need of being prodded upon. There is no need for their chief of offices to order them to do. Although, there is only eight hours in five days to work or as others called 8/5 work in a week, that 40 hours of work should be rendered with good accomplishment. In time of retirement, a retiree could say “I have given the best days of my life serving the people.” (Feedback welcome, g_duna@yahoo. com) loved 13th-century saint: St Francis of Assissi. . By 1964, the council fathers adopted inter religious dialogue, especially with Muslims Nine days into his papacy, Francis told the Vatican diplomatic corps: He hoped to intensify dialogue among various religions, specially with Islam” That reminded Borelli of .St Francis of Assisi, crossing military lines to dialogue with Sultan Malik al-Kamil. As cardinal in Buenos Aires, Borgolio co-authored Sobre el Cielo y la Tierra (On Heaven and Earth). with Abraham Skorka, a scientist and Jewish rabbi. “I think he’s going to change everything that he believes needs to be changed,” Slorka told the Tablet. In this book with Rabbi

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From unbelief to belief ST. Thomas, one the apostles. Yes, the doubting Thomas. Relish his words, “My Lord and my God!” They portray that dramatic, very sharp turn from unbelief to belief. May these words be also on our lips, always, and shot from a heart burning with faith and love, ever fresh and dripping with desire. We need to take care of our faith. We cannot take this duty for granted, especially now when the world is sinking in confusion and error as it distances itself farther from God. In many places in the world today, people are now legalizing and inculturating outright immoralities and perversions, rationalizing them as part of their human rights, their freedom, or as a gesture of tolerance on a multiplicity of preferences, etc. This is a big challenge for all Christian believers who want to be all-the-way consistent with their faith and with humanity itself, for the issues at hand are not just a matter of a particular religion but rather that of our common humanity. And the Christian faith is not meant only for a few. It is for all, though it obviously is not meant to be imposed on everyone. It has to be accepted knowingly, freely, lovingly. Its specificity precisely defines what is to be human, what is to be a real person, a creature and child of God. Its specificity goes beyond merely material categories as happens with our human sciences that measure things according to atoms, cells, tissues, wavelengths, or in social, economic or political terms. It enters the spiritual, comparing and distinguishSkorka, the then future pope remembers being five or six and accompanying his grandmother. Two Salvation Army ladies passed by and he.asked her if they were nuns. “No,” she replied, “they are Protestants, but they are good.” Bergoglio reflected back on the incident as archbishop and praised his grandmother’s “wisdom of true religion”. “A theoretical poverty is no use to us,.” Francis told a May 8 worldwide assembly of women religious: “And this Friday, he stressed in his morning homily:: “Reaching out to our “wounded brothers” in works of mercy is touching the Crucified’ own wounds…There is no other. way” ### Email: juan_mercado77@yahoo.com )

ing, as St. Paul once said, spiritual with spiritual (cfr 1 Cor 2,13), for in the spiritual world there are also good and true spirits, and the bad and fake ones. This is an aspect of reality that is still hardly known by most people. It’s a faith that is not invented by any man, but rather one revealed in its fullness by the Son of God who became man, Jesus Christ. It’s not just an accumulation of human or popular wisdom gathered through the ages. It is from above, from God. It is supernatural adapted to our nature that has been created in God’s image and likeness. The truths of faith go beyond natural effectiveness. They go beyond our concern for practicality, convenience, and other worldly and passing goals. They are what bring us to eternity, a yearning we have at the bottom of our heart. Faith also contains mysteries that are truths that go beyond our capacity to understand. They simply have to be believed, more than understood, even as they invite and stimulate us to study and understand them further, without ever fully comprehending them. We need to have the proper attitude toward faith. We cannot treat it the way we handle the sciences and the arts. It requires humility, docility and trust. It requires an underlying belief, even if this belief is not very strong, that there is a supreme being who is over and above all of us and who is in control of everything in our life.

From there we can start to study the doctrine of our faith, now carefully and authoritatively articulated by the Church’s teaching office that in turn is endowed with appropriate power by God himself through Christ. We have to realize that the doctrine of our faith is not just a set of words or theories, nor a system of ideas, an ideology made up of different principles, but rather and organic and life-giving set of truths that have to be accepted not only intellectually, but rather by the whole man. It’s meant to transform us radically, at our heart. It’s important that we get to have a good global picture of the nature and character of faith so we would also know how to receive, keep and develop it. Our usual problem is that we have a painfully reductive understanding of it, and so we tend to correspond inadequately to its demands and requirements. We also need to understand that for our faith to grow, it also has to be nourished by the other two theological virtues of hope and charity. These three— faith, hope and charity— actually always go together. The growth of each one of them can be caused by an impulse of the other two. Growing in the other virtues should come as a consequence. Lastly, we have to realize that faith grows through the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist, because it’s through them that we receive Christ who precisely comes to redeem us.


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CLEP continues its services TACLOBAN CITYSince its implementation in the year 2007, the Cristina’s Learn and Earn Program (CLEP) continues its services in providing livelihood programs to all Taclobanon’s this 2013. CLEP is a skill development and livelihood training program initiated by Councilor Cristina G. Romualdez that offers a free training in the short courses such as cosmetology, food processing and cooking, hair cutting and reflexology that last from 3 to 6 months. CLEP is a barangaybased program that aims to help indigenous families improve their way of living by teaching them

the mentioned short courses and is open to all unemployed parents, out of school youths, and to those who are interested to learn new skills ages 18 years old and above. “Everyone can enroll in this program as long as they are interested to learn,” CLEP assistant coordinator Estela Docil said. Meanwhile, since it had started in 2007, CLEP has more or less 5,000 students who have availed their various skilled courses. Moreover, CLEP graduates are referred to non government offices (NGOs) for their employment and services. (DAY-

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

plication 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 3rd day of July 2013.

LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2011-0390 Application for Extension of Validity of a CPC to operate a PUJ service with Prayer to Adopt Trade/ Business Name. LOURDES DEL MONTE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A PUJ SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: CATBALOGANHINABANGAN & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE IS STILL VALID AND SUBSISTING. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY TO EXTEND THE VALIDITY OF A CPC USING THE SAME ROUTE AND SAME NO. OF UNIT, WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, SOLO JEEPNEYS, WHICH CERTIFICATE IS STILL VALID UP TO JULY 2, 2013. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JULY 18, 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 3rd day of July 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2011-0486 Application for Extension of Validity of a CPC to operate a FILCAB service with Prayer to Adopt Trade/Business Name. MELCHORA PERANTE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A FILCAB SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: TACLOBAN CITY-ST. PAUL’S-CAMPETIC & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE IS STILL VALID AND SUBSISTING. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY TO EXTEND THE VALIDITY OF A CPC USING THE SAME ROUTE AND SAME NO. OF UNIT, WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, MENDEL2-PUJ, WHICH CERTIFICATE IS STILL VALID UNTIL SEPTEMBER 23, 2013. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JULY 18, 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 ap-

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(Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2011-0390 Application for Extension of Validity of a CPC to operate a PUJ service with Prayer to Adopt Trade/ Business Name. LOURDES DEL MONTE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A PUJ SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: CATBALOGAN-HINABANGAN & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE IS STILL VALID AND SUBSISTING. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY TO EXTEND THE VALIDITY OF A CPC USING THE SAME ROUTE AND SAME NO. OF UNIT, WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, SOLO JEEPNEYS, WHICH CERTIFICATE IS STILL VALID UP TO JULY 2, 2013. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JULY 18, 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 3rd day of July 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2002-1125 Application for Extension of Validity of a CPC to operate a PUJ service with Prayer to Adopt Business/Trade Name. MANUEL B. CHUA Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A PUJ SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: TACLOBAN CITY-SAN JOSE-AIRPORT & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE

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DENR-8 reactivates disaster risk reduction teams in its field office

TACLOBAN CITY—To mitigate the impact of natural disasters, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Eastern Visayas has reactivated its disaster risk reduction teams in its field offices. Manolito Ragub, DENR8 regional executive director, said all provincial ad community environment and natural resources offices have been mandated to coordinate with local government units and conduct monitoring of areas known to be prone to flooding and landslide. “PENROs and CENROs have been ordered to use available references in making scientific actions and decisions like the geo-hazard maps formulated by MGB (Mines and Geosciences Bureau), Pagasa for data on rainfall and other materials and even the Phivolcs for possible earthquake occurrences,” Ragub said. “I have instructed all PENRO and CENRO officers and

staff to attend local disaster risk reduction management council meetings in their respective areas of jurisdiction. They should always be apprised of coordinated actions with the LGUs, open their communication lines and be on top of the situation in times of natural disaster,” Ragub added. The DENR is a member of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC). Its key task is to identify geo-hazard areas to flooding, landslide and areas that may experience liquefaction in times of earthquakes, through mapping and generation of information on the said geo-hazards for consumption of the local government units. It also spearheads the implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP), a tree planting and tree growing program which aims to stabilize watersheds and critically hazardous areas to mitigate

the adverse impacts of natural disasters. “The DENR exhorts the public especially those residing in areas along river banks, low -lying and foreshore areas, steep slopes and other vulnerable and environmentally critical areas to heed advices of their concerned local government units for proper guidance and safety in case of natural disasters,” Ragub said. Based on MGB’s recently completed geo-hazard assessment in Eastern Visayas, there are about 1,767 villages from 107 towns are landslide-prone areas. Included in the list are Maasin City, Silago, Hinunangan, Anahawan, San Juan, Saint Bernard, Liloan, San Francisco, Pintuyan, Libagon, Sogod, Bontoc, Tomas Oppus, Malitbog, Padre Burgos, Macrohon and Limasawa, all in the province of Southern Leyte. The entire island-province of Biliran, consisting of seven mainland municipalities were

IS STILL VALID AND SUBSISTING UP TO JULY 27, 2013. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR EXTENTION OF VALIDITY OF A CPC USING THE SAME NO. OF UNIT AND ROUTE, WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, MANUEL BG. CHUA TRANS. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JULY 18, 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 3rd day of July 2013.

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

the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 3rd day of July 2013.

(Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0437 Ref. No. VIII-2010-0482 Application for Sale & Transfer of a CPC to operate a FILCAB service with Prayer to Adopt Trade/ Business Name. MARLON CANDELARIA-VENDOR JOSELINE PIANGCO-VENDEE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A FILCAB SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGTH ALONG THE LINE: TACLOBAN CITY-ST. PAUL’S-CAMPETIC & VICE VERSA, WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE IS STILL VALID AND SUBSISTING UP TO AUGUST 12, 2015. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR SALE AND TRANSFER FROM MARLON CANDELARIAVENDOR IN FAVOR OF JOSELINE PIANGCOVENDEE TO OPERATE A FILCAB SERVICE OF ITS CPC USING THE SAME ROUTE AND SAME NO. OF UNIT, WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, PRECIOUS JETHRO TRANSPORT SERVICE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JULY 18, 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 3rd day of July 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0434 Application for Issuance of a CPC to operate a SHUTTLE BUS service with Prayer to Adopt Trade/Business Name. ALBERTO NIDERA Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF CARGOES AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: FOR EXCLUSIVE USE OF PASSENGERS & EMPLOYEES OF ORAS, E. SAMAR TO THEIR RESPECTIVE RESIDENCES WITHIN REG. 08 & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, INTOY INDAY MINI BUS. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JULY 18, 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 3rd day of July 2013.

(Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2008-0246 Application for Extension of Validity of a CPC to operate a UV EXPRESS service with Prayer to Adopt Trade/Business Name. MARCELA LIM Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A UV EXPRESS SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: TACLOBAN CITY-ARTECHE & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE IS STILL VALID AND SUBSISTING. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY TO EXTEND THE VALIDITY OF A CPC USING THE SAME ROUTE AND SAME NO. OF UNIT, WITH

also identified prone to landslides and flooding. In Leyte, 31 of the 41 municipalities are landslideprone with the towns of Isabel, Capoocan, Leyte, Mahaplag and Abuyog as high risk areas. MGB’s geohazard assessment also included the towns of Maydolong, Mercedes, Oras, Quinapondan, Salcedo, San Julian, San Policarpo Sulat, Balangiga, Balangkayan, Borongan, Can-avid, Dolores, Giporlos, Guiuan, Hernani, Lawaan, Llorente, General MacArthur and Taft in Eastern Samar are landslide and flood prone areas. In Northern Samar, towns confirmed to be prone to landslides are Lope de Vega, Mapanas, Mondragon, Palapag, Pambujan, Rosario, San Antonio, San Isidro, San Jose, San Roque, San Vicente, Catubig, Gamay, Alle, Biri, Bobon, Capul, Catarman, Laoang, Lapinig, Las Navas , Lavezares and Victoria. In Samar, highly susceptible areas to landslide and flooding include Calbayog and Catbalogan cities, and the municipalities of Basey, Marabut and Talalora. (REYAN L. ARINTO)

PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, HEC TOURS. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JULY 18, 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 3rd day of July 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

ERRATUM In LTFRB Case No. VIII2011-0447, Applicant Juhvy Carter, the unit should be: TWO (2) instead of one (1) unit. We regret the error. ED

(Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0435 Application for Issuance of a CPC to operate a VEHICLE FOR HIRE service with Prayer to Adopt Trade/Business Name. MANOLITO P. OJA Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A VEHICLE FOR HIRE SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONGTHE LINE: FOR EXCLUSIVE USE OF CONTRACTING PASSENGERS FROM MAASIN CITY, TO/FROM ANY HOTELS, RESORTS & PORTS WITHIN REG. VIII & VICE VERSA, WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE NAME, LZLE TRANSPORT SERVICE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JULY 18, 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 Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), Catbalogan City, would like to call the attention of the biological mother, relatives or any interested party of the child FATIMA GRACE, twelve (12) years old now. An unknown woman left the said child at the house of Mr. Antonio L. Viojan and Mrs. Raquel T. Viojan, in Brgy. 9, Catbalogan City at 10:00 o’clock in the morning of April 22, 2001. The parents, relatives or any interested party of this child are requested to see Ms. Luz L. Patlonag, Social Welfare Officer II, PSWDO, Catbalogan City, to discuss plans for the child. Failure to appear will serve as basis for filling a petition to declare the child as legally available for adoption. (Sgd.) LUZ L. PATLONAG Social Welfare Officer II LSDE: June 23, 30 & July 7, 2013


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Sunday, 07 July 2013

Leyte board members are ‘active and dynamic’ - VG Loreto TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto described the new set of Sangguniang Panlalawigan members of the province as “active and dynamic.” Loreto, in an interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express, disclosed that the new set of board members now could be described as active and dynamic for some of the members, particularly the first termer officials, include a former governor, an ex-vice governor, a former mayor, a vice mayor and an Association of Barangay Chairmen (ABC) president. The new set of provincial board members include former Tanauan ABC president Gina Merillo and Bob Abellanosa of the first district; reelected Anlie Apostol and Atty. Nicollo Villasin of the second district; former Governor Ma. Mimmietta Bagulaya and former San Isidro mayor Allan

Ang of the third district; former Palompon ABC president Mesias Arevalo and Devorah Yvonne Bertulfo of the fourth district; former Abuyog vice mayor Emmanuel Gacis and Atty. Florante Cayunda Jr. of the fifth district of Leyte and its ex-officio members to include Philippine Councilors League-Leyte Chapter president Wilson Uy, Association of Barangay Chairmen Leyte Chapter president Margarita Cari and Sangunian Kabataan Federation Leyte Chapter president Kim Serdoncillo. “We hope that the new set of officials could help the people of Leyte more in addressing the different problems we have now,” he said. Loreto revealed that based on their previous talk with other board members, the people could expect to have a more barangay level consultative Sangguniang Panlalawigan. “The consultations that we will be conducting in the barangay level

would not be quantified in terms of numbers but more on ideas. This would be a Sanggunian full of new and fresh ideas,” the vice governor added. Moreover, Loreto said that the conduct of the “sesyon sa byan”would be continued during his term. “The sesyon sa bayan is relevant to make people understand that the SP is not dictatorial, instead this is a collegial body that discusses among themselves and has a decision based on what is logical and more sensible argument at the same time endeavor to conduct consultation with different barangays across the province,” he said. Loreto said that board members will go directly to the barangay level to ask questions of what is happening in the province. (REY GERILLA

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Vice Gov. Tan expects harmonious relationship in Samar’s sanggunian

CATBALOGAN CITY – The presiding chair of the Sangunian Panlalawigan of Samar, reelected Vice Governor Stephen James Tan, is optimistic that the present composition of the provincial board will be more cooperative with his administration. Tan, who is on his second term as the vice governor, had faced difficulty in this first term when members from the opposition, who dominated the composition of the provincial board, blocked several programs that the provincial government including the approval of their annual provincial budget. In his second term, the Samar provincial board is once again dominated by the opposition who are members of the Liberal Party. “If they are really willing to work which I see that they are eager to work in the legislative body

there is nothing wrong if they are willing to cooperate with us,” said Tan, who ran under the Nacionalista Party in the past election. The vice governor added that those who have won in the recent election as members of the provincial board are respected people who had excelled in their chosen fields, among them are lawyers and a former judge. “I am not saying that they are better than the previous members of Sangunian but this makes me feel more excited to work,” Tan said. He added that he hopes for the new members of the provincial board to cooperate with the executive branch for the smooth implementation of projects and programs which will depend on the provincial board members since they are the one who approves the budget of their province.

Earlier, Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG) Regional Director Pedro Noval Jr. had expressed his plans to talk with the present members of the board of the province to discuss with them the possible ways on how members from the legislative body of the province of Samar can work in a harmoniously without resulting to indifference that would somehow affect the delivery of basic services to the people. But this plan of the DILG had not reached yet his office, Tan said. “It is good that he is planning to talk with us because there are also some concerns that we need to clarify with them and at the same we could ask advise from the agency on how we could become effective in our office,” Tan added. (ROEL T AMAZONA)

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Leyte gov’t to implement housing project in Palo TACLOBAN CITY – The provincial government of Leyte under the new leadership of Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla plan to establish a housing program for less-privilege residents in the province particularly those who are living in low-lying and disaster prone areas and those along national highways. As of the moment ,the provincial government is still in the discussion stage, according to provincial administrator Vincent Emnas. He added that they are still unsure how much budget would be allocated by the provincial government but properties of the provincial government will be used for the housing project, according to Emnas. “We already had two meetings but this is still on initial stage we hope that we could finalize this anytime soon,” said Emnas. Emnas added that they are planning to have its pilot testing in Palo town as it is closer to Tacloban, the seat of government of the prov-

ince. He added that they would be partnering with local government units where the housing project is to be implemented along with other national government agencies and non-government organization. “The governor wants to ensure that all Leyteños will have a house of their own and safe from any problems like during times of calamity and disaster where they may become victims if they are living in calamity prone areas. (ROEL T AMAZONA)

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The said nationwide run, expected only some 3,000 runners in the city, but reached, however, to some 5, 800. In simple rites organized jointly by the PhilHealth and the Regional Haven, Tuesday, June 25, at the Center, Assistant Regional Director for Administration, Virginia Idano of the DSWD Field Office Eight,thanked the PhilHealth for making one of her agency’s institutions a recipient of the event, the other being the Philippine Children’s Medical Clinic. Idano further expressed appreciation over PhilHealth’s giving priority on women and children’s protection. The PhilHealth regional head stated that it is attuned with one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) She revealed that the Php 465, 000 donation will be used mainly for medical- related purposes for the Center’s residents. These include the purchase of a glucometer and portable oxygen tank, among others, the services of an obstetrician/gynecologist and an internist, and a service vehicle exclusively for the center. Idano added that part of the fund will also go to the PhilHealth member-

ship of the residents during the time of their stay at the Center. The Regional Haven will ensure that the responsible local government unit will continue with the membership once the resident goes back to their community. Officer-In-Charge of the Regional Haven,Luz Davis bared the difficulties encountered by their facility due to lack of the necessary facilities. For instance, pregnant women – residents usually labor at night, and having no service vehicle poses a big problem in bringing them to the hospital. Furthermore, whenever ailing residents need professional help from a specialist, it takes a very long time, considering

the long line of patients availing of free medical attention from a government hospital. As of to date, the home has 20 women and 18 dependents. The Regional Haven has been in operation since 1997, and caters to 18 to 59 – year – old women who are victims of violence, sexual abuse, trafficking, illegal recruitment, and armed conflict, or who are abandoned. The facility provides a wide range of services for the protection, healing, and recovery of the women, as well as support services like skills trainings and livelihood activities, in preparation for the residents’ reintegration into the family and community. (VINA P. AQUINO)

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