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4 EV cities, 48 towns tagged as election watchlist areas BY JOEY A. GABIETA, Staff Writer

Chikay adjudged outstanding municipal councilor in PHL news

CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte - The Philippine National Police in Eastern Visayas has identified 52 areasfour cities and 48 towns-as under its election watch list areas(EWAs).

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Guiuan water district inaugurates expansion project news

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VILLAR IN NUEVA VIZCAYA - Thousands of Novo Vizcayanos showed support to Misis Hanepbuhay Cynthia Villar, who served as the guest of honor during the Women’s Month Celebration of the Abot Palad Foundation, Inc. held in Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya. Villar, who worked for legislations upholding the welfare and benefits of women during her three terms in Congress, said she is committed to empower women through her livelihood projects, which she hopes to replicate in 1,600 towns and cities nationwide. With Villar is Nueva Vizcaya Rep. Carlos Padilla.

And to ensure that the conduct of elections on these areas would not be marred with violence, the leadership of the PNP is giving focus on them, says Superintendent Roel Acidre, chief of the Police and Community Relations Office, said. Acidre said that these areas were considered as such due to number of factors. to page 6

JV thanks public for maintaining 5th spot in latest Pulse Asia Survey UNITED Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate San Juan City Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada expressed his gratitude to the public after the latest Pulse Asia survey showed that he remained in 5th place among the so-called “Magic 12” or list of senatorial candidates preferred by Filipinos. Pulse Asia released on March 11 its February 2013 Pre-Election Survey fielded from February 24-28, 2013. Ejercito Estrada placed 5th among the 33 senatorial candidates and was favored by 43.8 per cent of the survey respondents.

“The sustained strong trust being given to me by Filipino voters inspires me to do more for them,” said Ejercito Estrada. The San Juan solon has vowed to pursue measures that will ensure that economic growth rates being posted by the Philippines would translate into more decent jobs for Filipinos. Ejercito Estrada, son of former President Joseph Estrada, is a consistent top performer in pre-election surveys conducted by Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Stations. (PR)

Leading senatorial candidate San Juan City Rep. JV Ejercito Estrada talks of a Maginhawang Bayan in front of eager supporters in Guiguinto, Bulacan.


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Sonny Angara tells women: Know your rights and exercise them

Know your rights and exercise them. Thus said Team PNoy senatorial candidate Edgardo “Sonny” Angara today as he called on women in the country to be vigilant in protecting their rights under Republic Act 9710, or the Magna Carta of Women, for this landmark legislation to succeed. Angara issued the statement as millions of people around the world are expected to gather to

celebrate the International Women’s Day (IWD) tomorrow, March 8. “The myth of a weaker gender should cease to exist. It should be purged from the Filipino culture ,” he said. IWD is a global day of recognition at the United Nations when women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate a tradi-

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tion that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development. In the Philippines, the Magna Carta was signed in 2009 to eliminate discrimination against women by recognizing, protecting, fulfilling and promoting the rights of Filipino women in all spheres of society. The measure was originally authored by Angara. Section 2 of the law affirms the role of women in nation building, and commits the State to ensure the substantive equality of women and men, promote the empowerment of women and pursue equal opportunities for men and women as well as ensure their equal access to resources and to development results and outcome. Angara admitted that both the government and the private sector have yet to fully implement the provisions of the Magna Carta. “When it comes to the Magna Carta, we have not fully implemented its provisions like the provision on equal representation for women in political parties. I don’t think that is being followed,” Angara said. “Then, there is the equal representation in the civil service, and this involves millions of employees. That, too, I think, is not being followed,” he added. Among the salient features of the Magna Carta are increasing the number of women personnel until

they fill half of third-level positions in the government; setting up in every barangay (village) a “violence against women’s desk,” providing incentives to parties with women’s agenda, and barring the derogatory portrayal of women in media and film. The Magna Carta also provides that women in the military service should not be prevented from performing combat duties and other sensitive military assignments . It also directs the military establishment to open up all forms of training – even dangerous ones – to women. According to Angara, even women in search of economic opportunities should not be discriminated against. As to education rights of women, the Magna Carta prohibits schools from discriminating against students or faculty members who get pregnant outside of marriage . The usual harsh penalty of expulsion meted against students or faculty members who get pregnant outside of marriage is deemed illegal. On the other hand, the law’s health component has three significant provisions, namely, women should be covered by a comprehensive and gender –sensitive health care programs; the health programs shall cover all stages of a woman’s life cycle; and it shall cover all major causes of morbidity and mortality. (PR)

Lupon urged to talk with SB on fund hike for honorarium

TACLOBAN CITY- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) through the City Local Government Operations Office (CLGOO) here encourages Lupong Tagapamayapa members to talk with the Sangguniang Barangay (SB) regarding to the increase of their honorarium. CLGOO Officer Atty. Darwin Bibar said that the request of the Lupong Tagapamayapa regarding the increase of their honorarium may be fulfilled once they talk with the SB members especially to their barangay chairman who is also the Lupon chairman. He also said that their office has no authority over the request of lupong tagapamayapa members because the increase of their honorarium depends upon the funds and approval of the SB. “The Lupong Tagapamayapa in order for

them to avail of the increase of honorarium must check first if the Sangguniang Barangay has a fund which is sufficient for the increase of their honorarium,” Bibar added. Bibar emphasized that once the SB approved the increase of their honorarium by way of a resolution, it is clear enough that they have a sufficient fund to cover the increase of the lupong tagapamayapa honorarium. On the other hand, the DILG-CLGOO will always support every step and decision of the sangguniang barangay with regards to the increase of honorarium of the Lupong Tagapamayapa. (RYAN GABRIEL L. ARCENAS)

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Chikay adjudged outstanding municipal councilor in PHL TACLOBAN CITY She may be a greenhorn politician but she is making her grade, even at the national level. Cheeryl Enrica “Chikay” Esperas, an incumbent town councilor of San Miguel here in Leyte, was adjudged among the

finalists in a search for the country’s outstanding councilors in the municipal category. Esperas,34, is just on her first term as a councilor but became the first official from her town of San Miguel to be ever recognized first, as a regional

grand winner as an outstanding councilor, and later, as a finalist in the national level. “At first, I did not mind about it because I was so preoccupied with my activities in San Miguel doing my consultations with the barangay people,”she said when asked what was her reaction when she learned about the award she recieved from the Philippine Councilors League

Counciklor Cheeryl “Chikay” Esperas receives her award from the Philippine Councilors League (PCL), Junior Chamber, Inc. and the Office of Senator Edgardo Angara. (PCL), Junior Chamber,Inc. and the office of Senator Edgardo Angara. She only realized how “prestigious” was the award bestowed on her when she received the glass trophy during the awarding ceremonies held at the Mall of Asia’s SMEX Convention Center last March 7, this year. “It was only during this time that it sank on me the importance of the award which will serve as an inspiration for me to do more as an official of my hometown and to the people of San Miguel,” Esperas said. She also offered her award to her family and her husband Engr. Victorio Esperas Jr. and daugther Annika Vicktoria and to officials of Leyte, particularly former governor Jericho “Icot” Petilla. In 2012, Esperas, who is running for mayor of her hometown in this year’s midterm elections, was adjudged as the region’s most outstanding concilor in the municipal catergory. The town councilor said that Members: DALMACIO C. GRAFIL, Publisher/Owner-LSDE; ALVIN Gz. ARPON, Columnist-LSDE; RINDO LAGONOY, DYDW; RAMON G. CUYCO, LSDE; VEN S. LABRO, Editor -LSDE/PDI; GAY B. GASPAY, PIA; JOEY GABIETA, Staffwriter-LSDE/PDI; PACIFICO SILVESTRECE, Sunday to the Guest of the EXPRESS IT AT THE PARK at the Punch; EILEEN NAZARENO-BALLESTEROS, Columnist-LSDE; LUZVIMINDA SANTIAGO, PIO-Philhealth; GINA GEREZ, PGO; REYAN ARINNook of Leyte Park Hotel, Tacloban City every TO, LSDE; LITO A. BAGUNAS, LSDE; VINO CUAYZON, PIA; WILSON CHAN, LPH; RONALD VIÑAS, DYVL; AHLETTE REYES, LSDE; NILDA Saturday 7:30-9:00 AM GO, KBP; FRED PADERNOS, LSDE; ATTY. IMELDA NARTEA, Leyte Province; SARWELL MEÑANO-Correspondent-LSDE; LEMUEL PAGLIFor Special Edition by appointment AWAN - LSDE; ROLLIE MONTILLA - Eastern Times; MARK MORALLOS-DYDW; RONALD O. REYES-Columnist-LSDE Tel. No. 321-4833 Telefax 053-321-5591


her inclusion as among the finalists in this year’s outstanding councilors of the Philippins could be attributed to the different programs that she spearheaded in her home town of San Miguel. Among the programs that she is proud to mention is the giving of slippers to day care pupils, dubbed as “tsinelas ni Chikay.” Under the program, all day care center pupils who managed to finish the year recieved a pair of slipper. “It may sound so ordinary an act but for the pupils, it means a lot. They struggle to finish the year in the hope that they stand to recieve a slipper from their ate Chikay,” she said. She also gives medals to honor students in the elementary and high school students in her home town. As a member of the town council, she also authored several ordinances and resolutions geared toward the betterment of her people. To date, she has sponsored more than 20 ordinances and resolutions which include the local version of

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Smoke in the air


ike any other campaign meant to change things for the better, the crusade against hazardous fumes emitted by vehicles with near-rotten engines actively works only at the start, but it doesn’t really last long. One hardly hears anything about it now. This mandate to avoid driving vehicles with black fumes around is merely ridiculed by violators as another ningas-kugon campaign. They may not have taken it seriously from the start. Up to the present, plenty of vehicles are still emitting heavy black fumes that are undoubtedly toxic to health. And these emissions rampantly occur even in crowded thoroughfares, where the traffic-enforcement authorities are supposed to be fielded. Violators do not at all hesitate to perpetuate their non-observance of this ordinance to keep the air clean. They ignore laws and policies relative to it, not fearing the authorities whom they figure to

be inutile. They know that nothing happens to the people’s complaints against the smoke they scatter in the air. Fed up with this seeming inaction to complaints, people just don’t bother reporting violators to supposed enforcers though they come upon vehicles with grave smoke emissions that could impair health. They find it a waste of time to be doing so since their complaints merely fall on deaf ears. The campaign may have been inconsistent, the enforcers lax, the violators rampant, but the injurious side effects of destructive smoke emitted into the air by deteriorating vehicles still spread, risking life on earth, and destroying the environment that in turn results in global warming and climate change—the ultimate destroyers of lives and properties via devastating calamities.

Redundancy of Winaray A teacher may say, “Okay, class, get one-half sheet of paper.” The students, instead of obliging right away, will just ask: “Ma’am, one half?” “What did I say?” the teacher may ask in annoyance, managing to hold her temper and trying not to flare up as a result. “Get one-half sheet of paper,” the students may say in unison. “Okay, very good,” the teacher may say. From elsewhere, one or two students would raise their hands and ask: “Ma’am, one half?” This is the real classroom situation. Seemingly, students are not contented with just one instruction from the teacher. They want to have it given repeatedly, as in repeatagain-for-the-second-twice. It’s not that they failed to hear

the teacher, because even if they did, they would still ask that same inquiry. It’s not also to mock the teacher, to tease her till she gets angry and perhaps turn wild. Because to be honest, it isn’t out of disrespect that students would echo such order from the teacher. It could be due to culture, or custom, or personality. More appropriately, it is nature expressed through language. Yes, the Warays are basically redundant in communication. And this is evidenced by their language.

When an adult asks a child on where the latter is headed, the question would be: “Tikain ka, tikain?” Actually, tikain ka? (where are you going?) is already enough to express the query, but in Winaray, the word is usually repeated twice, as if one is not enough. Same is true when other questions, or statements of similar structure, are asked and said: Hino ‘tim ngaran, hino? Diin ka naukoy, diin? Ano ‘tim tuyo, ano? Pira ‘tim edad, pira? Hain ‘tim mga kaupod, hain? Kay ano ka kumanhi, kay ano? Ayaw

paglinakat, ayaw. Diri ito pwede, diri. Kaon lugod didi, kaon. Malalamba ka na, malalamba. These are grammatically accepted and spoken in Winaray, but they will not work if translated literally to other languages, to English for instance. Note these translations if you will: who is your name, who? Where do you live, where? What are you up to, what? How old are you, how old? Where are your companions, where? Why did you come, why? Don’t go anywhere, don’t. It’s not allowed, it’s not. Eat here instead, eat. You will get spanked, you will. See how awkward these sentences and expressions are? Well it’s all because English is a language that does not allow redundancy. But Winaray does.

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Leading a College-Bound Child

While I listen to two moms argue over the public school’s ranking compared with city schools, one can see chances of success. I slept on this thought myself. I was thinking of Polly enrolling in accounting or law or just proceed to post-graduate studies. In deep thought, Izzem butted in that most of the richest men in America are college dropouts. This point pushed my neurotic button. Raising six girls is confusion. It is chaos management. My goal is to send all of them to top-tier college, at the local level. I cannot imagine trying to afford the best schools in Manila or Cebu and end up psychotic with the high cost of living and the corre-

sponding risks. Simple lives for simple income, I remember my father’s motto. The problem is that I clutch two wishes that I fear are at odds. One is for my children to grow up to be well-rounded, humane, engaged, happy people with lives full of meaning and loving connections to others. The other is for them to achieve: top of their classes, admission to top colleges and therefore (this is my fantasy) assured jobs and material success. I want them to follow their interests and passions, but I want those interests and passions to be potentially lucrative and prestigious. So they can afford health care and clean water. Not surprisingly, this

contradiction leaves me sleepless. I am now thinking of Vida’s medical internship in Manila and Polly’s Florida affair. And this adds up to my uncertainty. This internship thing is quite exploitative - unpaid hard work, is that it? This makes me miserable. While we all pursue the American dream, last year, I spent so much for it, and what then? Paula is equally perplexed over Sean’s K-12. Gifted in math, she counted the years and her poor boy would be older by two years. I myself may be a product of elite education, but it has not provided me material success and clear path to success. But, I do live in quiet and blessed goodness. Lesson: let us be parents balancing encouragement and empowering our kids make their own decisions. What a difficult choice. But there is really no magic ticket to success. Maybe, I should trust my child’s decision. Excuse me while I go pray. Then I am going to tell Paula that everything will be all right. And try, try, try to let my panic button sleep.

SNSC reaps good harvest this year

Keeping up a legacy of being a center of academic excellence, the Sto. Niño Sped Center (SNSC) in Tacloban City brandishes for the nth time its banner after bagging national awards in various national competitions this school year. This is on top of producing students, 17 of them, who passed the Philippine Science High School National Competitive Entrance Examination, an achievement that SNSC is noted for. All of these, for sure, are results of combined effort between the school, home and the community. In this school-year’s issue of The Ripples, the official publication of SNSC, the school’s impressive standing in different scholastic contests was bared.

Students and teachers alike have etched astonishing marks in competitions and conferences. It should be remembered, too, that SNSC was a consistent awardee of the Dept. of Education in its Brigada Eskwela program. The Ripples has its bundle of recognitions, too, with dedicated teachers who constantly guided the students editors and writers towards the school organ’s goals. The Ripples banner runs this headline “SNSC reaps nat’l awards in Sci congress & quest”, while a second story heralds the title, “SNSC reigns in MTAP 2013”. This is indicative of the dedication that both the students and their coaches infused towards this end. As worthy as the student-winners are,

the teachers who eked out time to train these medalists are equally deserving of sincere gratitude. They are Joanne Mumar, Renilda Partulan, Daylinda Lim, Allan Macanip, Jocelyn Pacure, Glen Bullecer, Ma. Cristina Diomaro-Gallano, Lily Juliana Dumas and Nicanor Balame. They all must have given their fullest and dredged up the utmost best in the students, factor that resulted to such prestigious wins. The Ripples editors and writers did not fall behind similar accolade. “18 SNSC pupil-writers who emerged as over-all champion from the Division Elementary Press Conference, represented the Tacloban City Division garnering ten major awards during the Regional Elementary Press Conference held last November 19-22 at Catarman, Northern Samar,” The Ripples reported. This achievement is collective hard work of the pupil-writers, their parents of course, and the coaches namely, Raymund Remandaban, Sonia Cabalona, Aileen Apostol, Lily Dumas, Ledwina Teston,

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Unlike the commercialized elections for government positions, the election of the next Pope is one where the Papal seat seeks for the right person and not the person seeking for the post left vacant with the resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The next Pope shall be elected by and from among the members of the College of Cardinals who shall begin the conclave today. The electoral process follows sacred tradition to ensure that the one who shall be elected was chosen as the Holy Spirit leads. The whole Catholic faithful all over the globe are in united in prayer that the Cardinals will be enlightened by the Holy Spirit as they make their choice for the next Pope. The Catholic Church had proven its strength and stability during the periods when the Papal seat is vacant due to natural death or resignation as in this present case. Notwithstanding the vacancy of the Papal seat, the Catholic Church remained strong as the true church that Jesus Christ Jeannon Taboy, Linaly Cajudo and Marlon Moscare. Remandaban, an adviser of The Ripples, won two awards in the National Training of Trainers in TV Literacy for K-12 teachers held at the Dep Ed Regional Office VIII in November of last year. The Ripples reported, “From among the 100 participants in the 13 divisions of the region, Remandaban emerged as the National Best in Demonstration Teaching and National Most Outstanding Participant while SNSC’s former principal Mrs. Isabel Macaso was awarded as National finalist.” TV host Boy Abunda, scriptwriter Frank Garcia and Directors CJ Daluz and Carlo Maceda were the trainers. “One the judges, Dr. Arthur Cassanova, President of Metrobank Outstanding Teachers of the Philippines, said that Mr. Remandaban might be the next Boy Abunda of Region VIII,” The Ripples added. The hosting prowess of Remandaban explicitly imparts why some students of SNSC sheened in confabs, such as the National Children’s Month and National Sinebata program both held last year at Robinsons Place.

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Sacred choice

built upon the Rock that was entrusted to Saint Peter as its first Vicar. The universal Church had met challenges over the ages but it stood strong in its mission to proclaim the Good News.

Apart from speculations about what Vatican observers considers as papabili, the Cardinals are reluctant even to give any hint of interest or aspiration to the Papal seat. to page 11

March 12, 2013 - Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent Ez 47:1-9, 12 * Ps 46 * Jn 5:1-16

CURE ON A SABBATH There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep [Gate] a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes. In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked. Now that day was a Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” He answered them, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who told you, ‘Take it up and walk’?” The man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there. After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him, “Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.” The man went and told the Jews that Jesus was the one who had made him well. Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus because he did this on a sabbath.

THE WATER OF LIFE Millions of Hindus covered with sacred ash plunge into the river Ganges in Northern India on a particular day, during the 15-week long Kumba Mela or pitcher festival, held every 12 years, in the city of Hardwar. They believe that the freezing water from the Himalayas will wash away their sins, and help them achieve freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth. What the Hindus do is the expression of the longing of every human heart, to be washed of its guilt. As Christians we long for people to recognize that the divine power not only to wash away guilt but also to make us into wholesome healthy individuals is to be found in Jesus Christ. The angel who appeared to Ezechiel pointed to a flowing river and said: “Everything will live where the river goes” (Ez 47:10). It was a prophecy about Christ, who will come to the world as God’s living water. That is why the man who was invalid for 38 years, and could not manage to get into the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem, the water of which was believed to have the power of healing, was cured without the help of that water, at the mere command of Jesus: “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk” (Jn5:8). When we approach Christ for healing, he will give it to us; but the water we receive from him must flow, through us, to others. In Palentine, the fresh sweet water of the river Jordan is flowing all the time into the Dead Sea, but that Sea still remains dead because it is not sending out streams. So, too, though the living water of Jesus is flowing into all Christian churches, some of them remain dead, because they are not giving out any water to others. (HIS WORD IS LIFE by Vima Dasan, S.J., published by Paulines. Visit us at www.paulines. ph or at Paulines Media Center, Real St. Tacloban City. Tel. # 321-3195) Sower’s thought: “To really suffer is the most difficult art. It is an art, and we need to learn it at the school of Jesus hanging from the cross. “Learn from me”, he tells us, how to really suffer.” –Blessed James Alberione, founder of the Pauline Family

NEWS EV Marina boat registration going on


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TACLOBAN CITY - The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is presently undergoing the motorboats registration in Eastern Visayas, a Marina official reported during a press conference here. Santiago Acera; Marina regional office 8 administrative officer, recently told reporters during the press conference at the Harampang ha Philippine Information Agency (PIA), PIA regional office 8 here, that his office is undertaking a continuing motorboat registrations in the coastal municipalities in the region.

Acera stressed that all motorboats in Eastern Visayas should be registered with Marina . He explained that motorboats are part of the transportation in many coastal areas and the main or the only mode of transport for the island communities in the region. He added that fishermen use their motorboats for their livelihood activities and they travel or do fishing in many places. He explained that the origin and ownership can easily be determined and identified if the motorboats are registered with

DAR expects high rice yield in ARBO areas TACLOBAN CITY- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) expect higher yield from the Agrarian Reform Beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) who have received modern farm equipment as capacity enhancement to their agricultural activities under the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS). DAR-8 information officer Jose Alsmith Soria said that their office have already released 97 modern farm equipment worth P 19.4 million to 60 ARBOs within the region in which they have trooped to DAR regional office compound last March 7 in order to received personally the modern farm equipment from DAR Undersecretary Felix Perry Villanueva and DAR Central Office finance and administrative director TeresitaPanlilio. He also said that the modern farm equipment includes 37 hand tractors; 30

threshers; 10 cultivators; 8 water pumps; 6 flatbet driers; 2 reapers; 2 mechanical trans planters; and 2 combine harvesters. “Among the economic activities of the ARBOs that get funding support under ARCCESS are rice, organic vegetable, sugarcane and cassava production and marketing,” Soria said. “The ARBOs will hopefully have an increased income resulting to a better quality life thereby contributing to poverty reduction and employment generation in the rural areas under President Benigno Aquino’s 2011-2016 Philippine Development Plan,” Soria added. On the other hand, DAR8 Regional Director Eliasem Castillo is also optimistic that the ARBOs will have a higher yield from their awarded lots in the succeeding agricultural years with the use of the modern farm equipment which they have received under ARCESS. (RYAN GABRI-


Republic of the Philippines OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR

Tacloban City

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance to Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that FLORIZA MAE RAQUIL ONG has been filed with (complete name of petitioner)

this Office a Petition for change of first name from ELOISA MAE to FLORIZA MAE (First name to be changed)

(New first name to be adopted)

in the Birth Certificate of ELOISA MAE RAQUIL ONG who was born on August 25, 1998 at Tacloban City ( Place of Birth)

and whose parents are FLOR RAQUIL and VICENTE ONG JR. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than March 21, 2013. (Sgd.) MISS JUDY H. BORJA City Civil Registrar LSDE: March 12 & 19, 2013

his office. He further explained that boat registration will greatly help the owners in tracking down or finding their lost motorboats especially during calamities. It will also help his office in monitoring the motorboats if they are still sea worthy for travel and also how these motorboats are being used by the owners, he added. Acera disclosed that more than 300 boats have been registered by his office from the towns of Abuyog, Albuera, Capoocan, Carigara, all of Leyte and Caibiran, Biliran. For this year his office is registering the motorboats in Culaba, Biliran, he added. He said that his office is appealing for cooperation and support from the local government units in the region for the Marina boat registrations being conducted in Eastern Visayas. (RES-


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He said that these areas were either placed under category I or category II. Category I are areas where there is a “high possibility” of occurrence of politically motivated violent incidents. Taken into consideration as parameters to be considered include occurence of election related violent incident in the last two elections;existence of intense partisan political

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Southern Leyte promotes aggie, environment protection, tourism

TACLOBAN CITY – The provincial government of Southern Leyte is now promoting the sustainability of agricultural, environment protection and tourism program. This was according to Roger Mercado, Southern Leyte lone district representative, in a recent interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express. Mercado said that the entire province of Southern Leyte goes with the progress of the entire country, wherein tourist arrivals booms and infrastructure projects particularly the national roads has been 100 percent completed. “The provincial government has a sustainable program intended for the promotion of agriculture, environment protection and tourism respectively,” he said. According to him, the main reason why these pro-

grams are given focus is for the province to be self sufficient in rice production and livestock. “We are doing this to twist the cycle we have now. Instead of becoming a consumer province, we wanted to become an exporter of our own produced product,” he explained. Mercado revealed that the different agricultural products that are available in the province include coconut and abaca. “We are also in focus on planting mango, jackfruit, pineapple and even rambutan as well as palm and rubber trees.” Meanwhile, the solon said, that the government continues its clean and green program for tourism purposes. “The creation of the zoo and the opening of zipline in Agas-Agas Bridge help the provincial government in encouraging visitors to visit Southern Leyte,” he said.

rivalry and possible employment of partisan armed groups by the candidates. The areas placed under this category includes the towns of Bato, Inopacan, Kananga,Matagob,Tabango and San Miguel, all in Leyte; the cities of Calbayog and Catbalogan and the towns of Daram,Gandara,Matuguinao,San Jorge,Sta. Margarita, Tagapul-an and Zumarraga, all in Samar. In Eastern Samar, the towns of Taft and Arteche were considered under this category while in Northern Samar includes the municipalities of Gamay,Las Navas,Lavezares,Lope de Vega,Pambujan and Victoria.


NOTICE is hereby given that Baselio Marteja Equipaje heir of late Alejandro Equipaje, over a parcel of Lot No. 1844, located at Brgy. Malabca, Burauen, Leyte, covered by O.C.T. No. 17392 and Tax Declaration No. 080049-00108, containing an area of 517 square meters, more or less; A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Marietta Felipe Equipaje as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 056, Page No. 13, Book No. X, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Arsenio A. Villero. LSDE: March 12, 19 & 26, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Felipe Alemania extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated in Hilongos, Leyte, under O.C.T. No. P-44286, Lot No. 436, Case 3, Cad 566D, containing an area of 5,898 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Elpedia Reoma-Navarroza as vendee for a portion of 2,950 from the above-described property; per Doc. No. 476, Page No. 96, Book No. XXX, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Josenilo Marquez Reoma. LSDE: March 12, 19 & 26, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Romeo J. Pedrosa, extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a common stock of 7,875 shares at A. Soriano Corporation with office address at 34th Flr., Unit D, Rufino Pacific Tower, 6784 Ayala Ave. Makati City, Account No. 04817600. That heirs hereby waive and quitclaim all their rights, interest and participation in favor of their mother/co-heir Concha L. Pedrosa; per Doc. No. 177, Page No. 36, Book No. XI, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Edwin B. Tabaranza. LSDE: March 12, 19 & 26, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Leon Labro and Dorotea Basada Labro extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated in Tacloban City, Lot No. 668, with improvements thereon, containing an area of 134 square meters, more or less, covered by T.C.T. No. T-4923. A Deed of Sale was executed a portion of 49 square meters from the above-described property in favor of Ernesto Y. Macabare as vendee; per Doc. No. 35, Page No. 10, Book No. 1, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Eric T. de Veyra. LSDE: March 12, 19 & 26, 2013

Furthermore, the official said that planting of trees and focusing on their solid waste management problem has been considered by the provincial government in pursuing their environment protection program. In order to become successful on all these programs that the provincial government has implemented, Mercado encourages the entire populace of Southern Leyte to cooperate with them. “We hope that everybody would cooperate on all our programs. We also are doing our best to make our province as investor and child- friendly, no smoking place, logging ban area, mining free zone, and sea protected area,” he said. Moreover, Mercado said that the implementation of these programs somehow help the community find employment. (REY GERILLA GRADO)

Meantime, the category II, the towns of Albuera, Burauen,Carigara,Jaro, MacArthur and the cities of Baybay and Ormoc, all in Leyte. In Samar, the towns of Basey,Hinaban gan,Jiabong,Paranas,Pinabacdao,San Jose de Buan, Sta. Rita and Tarangnan. In Eastern Samar, the towns under the Category II includes Can-avid,Dolores,Hernani,General MacArthur,Jipapad and Quinapondan. In Northern Samar, the municipalities of Bobon,Catubig,Mapanas, Mondragon, Palapag and San Isidro. DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Eustaquio M. Noblejas extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of agricultural land, located at

Brgy. San Jose, Palo, Leyte, covered by O.C.T. No. P-48489, containing an area of 5,719 square meters, designated as Cad. Lot No. 7281, under Tax Dec. No. 00329; per Doc. No. 195, Page No. 39, Book No. I, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Vanessa P. Trani. LSDE: Feb. 26 & March 5 & 12, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Pedro V. Saballa and Rosa Buena Saballa extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land situated at Brgy. Malibago, Babatngon, Leyte, Lot 2534, Case 1, Cad 497 D, containing an area of 18,427 square meters, covered by O.C.T. No. P-75721, and heirs do hereby agree to extrajudicially settled and adjudicated to herein Meliton Saballa; per Doc. No. 40, Page No. 10, Book No. I, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Eric T. de Veyra. LSDE: Feb. 26 & March 5 & 12, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Francisco Dagantes extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over 5 parcels of land, all situated at Cunalum, Inopacan, Leyte described as: Parcel 1, Land Tax No. 1708, valued at P144.73; under O.R. No. B-1927495; Parcel 2, coconut land, under Land Tax No. 1707 valued at P190.00, paid under O.R. No. 3855021; Parcel 3, Residential under Land Tax No. 1711 valued at P60.00, paid under O.R. 1927495; Parcel 4, Residential land, under Land Tax No. 1709, valued at P30.00 paid under O.R. No. 1927495; Parcel 5, Residential, under Land Tax No. 1709, valued at P30.00, paid under OR # B-1927495; per Doc. No. 250, Page No. 51, Book No. 2, Series of 1980 of Notary Public Salentes. LSDE: Feb. 26 & March 5 & 12, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that Antonieta D. Israel heir of late John F. Israel executed an affidavit of Adjudication over a one half portion of a parcel of land, Lot 6804-A, Psd-08-015923-D, situated in Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Baybay City, Leyte, containing an area of 2,108 square meters, more or less, covered by TCT No. T-35657. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Sandra Virginia Diaz-Cross as vendee, the one portion of the above-described property; per Doc. No. 139, Page No. 28, Book No. XXIX, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Glorioso M. Cayunda Guinocor. LSDE: March 5, 12 & 19, 2013


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BOOKS FOR HIGHSCHOOL. House Assistant Minority Leader and Leyte (1st dist) Rep. Ferdinand Martin “FM” Romualdez (left) delivered his short message to thank Children’s International Philippines Inc. his partner for “Textbook Distribution Program” in private and public high schools.Rep. Romualdez turn over 670 books for St.Mary’s Academy High School Tolosa, 470 books for Assumption Academy High School,Tanauan and 210 books for St.Michael Development Center High School , Tolosa. PHOTO BY VER S. NOVENO

PRO8 captures 3 brothers tagged as Calbayog City’s most wanted CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – A CAFGU Active Auxiliary and his two brothers who have been wanted by law for murder and frustrated murder charges were the latest addition to the list of wanted criminals captured in the intensified manhunt operations by the Police Regional Office 8. “This is a part of our ongoing operation against wanted criminals in line with the PNP’s Manhunt: Charlie,” said PRO8 director Chief Superintendent Elmer Ragadio Soria. Soria added that the accounting of wanted persons is an integral part of the security preparations for the forthcoming national and local elections to ensure the conduct of secure and fair electoral exercise in Eastern Visayas. The top police official informed that at about 9:20 A.M. last Thursday, Tracker Team from Calbayog City Police Station under Police Superintendent Elmer B. Cinco conducted manhunt operations at vicinity of Purok 6, Brgy Capoocan in Calbayog City resulting in the arrest of three brothers tagged as the three most wanted persons in Calbayog City. The regional director identified the suspects as Renato Marces alias Rene, 45, married, CAA

member of 52nd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army and his brothers Federico alias Pede, 50, married, carpenter, and Dionesio alias Julie, 48, married, fisherman, all residents of Purok 2, Brgy Pilar, Oquendo District, Calbayog City and listed as Number One, Two and Three most wanted persons in Calbayog City, respectively. The Marces brothers were arrested by virtue of an arrest warrant for Murder with Frustrated Murder in Criminal Case Number 6511 issued by Hon. Romeo G Tagra, Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 32 in Calbayog City. No bail was recommended by Judge Tagra for the suspects’ temporary liberty and they are now detained at Calbayog City Police Station lock-up cell while awaiting trial for their cases. Meanwhile, the number 7 in the list of most wanted person of Matuguinao town in Samar was captured by joint elements of the Regional Special Operations Group 8 (RSOG8) and Special Operations Task Group – Samar (SOTGSamar) in early Friday morning during a manhunt operation at the outskirts of Brgy. Nalihugan in Gandara, Samar. Shervin Elizalde, 32, single, a native of Matuguinao, Samar is one of the 6 suspects in the rob-

bery and gruesome murder of brothers Jacinto and Nilo Micol along the trail towards Brgy Maduroto in Matuguinao, Samar that transpired in the afternoon of September 3, 2011. The joint police team led by Police Senior Inspector Shyril Tan and Police Inspector Constantino Jabonete, Jr. was armed with an alias warrant of arrest against the suspect for the crime of robbery with multiple murder issued on November 28, 2012 by Judge Feliciano Aguilar of Regional Trial Court Branch 41 in Gandara, Samar with no recommended bail bond. Elizalde is currently detained at Samar SubProvincial Jail in Calbayog City per commitment order issued by Judge Feliciano Aguilar on March 8. Soria added that continuing police operations would be mounted to account for more criminal offenders wanted by the law. (PR)


TACLOBAN CITY – Camella Leyte is now dotted with trees as Vista Land uphold to its commitment to promote green environment. At least 500 trees had been planted in Camella Communities’ first project in Eastern Visayas located in Barangay Campetic, Palo, Leyte. More seedlings in nurseries are up for planting for the two phases of the project. “One of advocacies of Senator Manny Villar and former Rep. Cynthia Villar is tree planting. All subdivisions of Vista

Land are environment friendly because we want to build a green community,” said Camella Leyte general manager Geraldine Gascon-Garcia. Among the most common species planted in roadsides are yellow flower and white flowerbearing Philippine ebony and golden shower trees. These trees stand in every 10 meters and in open spaces. Tree lined roads also offer shade from the sun and a fresh pathway for people who love outdoor sports like biking, running, badminton, tennis

and other such sporting activities. Trees and parkways are also ideal for family picnics. “This is giving value to trees and provides spaces for the family to enjoy their times together,” Garcia said. Camella is not just selling house and lots but a community where ambiance is the “totality of everything.” Camella has been known as communities having picturesque and well-planned residential properties with breathtaking beauty. (SARWELL Q. MENIANO)

Gov’t troops engage NPA rebels in firefight in Samar provinces TACLOBAN CITY— The Army’s 8th Infantry Division said its military troops have engaged in a series of firefights and encounters with the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Samar and Northern Samar Provinces. Capt. Gene Orense, Army spokesperson, said the troops of Alpha Company, 43rd Infantry Battalion under 1st Lt. Roue Chris Libunao engaged undetermined numbers of NPA rebels in the boundary of Brgy. Calondan, San Jorge and Brgy Barayong, Motiong of Western Samar Province at 10:50 a.m. last March 8. Orense added the troops of 20th Infantry Battalion and Pinarican CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) encountered around 15 NPA rebels in a 15-minute fire fight at Brgy. Kailingan, San Jose, Northern Samar last March 7, around 7:30 a.m. which resulted to the recovery of assorted ammunitions of AK47 rifle, M1 Garand Rifle and M-16 rifle. No casualties were reported on the government side but un-

determined on the enemy side. “The armed encounter is a result of reliable information relayed by the local populace to the military in the area,” Lt. Col. Noel Vestuir, Commanding Officer of 20th Infantry Battalion, 8ID, PA said. “These NPA rebels have been harassing the local populace, forcing to give in to their so-called revolutionary taxes in exchange for securing their communities,” Vestuir added. In a related event, the troops of 34th Infantry Battalion and 81st Reconnaissance Company overrun a temporary NPA camp after a 30-minute firefight against 25 NPA rebels in Palapag Complex, Northern Samar last March 4, 2013. The encounter resulted to the seizure of the rebel camp and the recovery two M-16 rifles, two landmines, one rifle grenade, magazines/ammunitions for M-16 rifles and subversive documents. According to Maj. Gen. Gerardo Layug, commander of 8th ID,

the series of engagements by the military and the NPA rebels is a strong indicator that the people denounces the presence of these rebel group that hinder the attainment of peace and sustainable development in the region. “8ID assures the public that we will pursue peace in every communities if the Region. We will act deliberately against all armed threats perpetrated by the NPA or any armed groups which hamper peace and development in the communities” Layug added. He also said that the support and assistance of the local leaders and its populace to the government troops is a clear manifestation that the ‘Bayanihan’ spirit manifests in the communities. “We will continue securing the communities against rebel influence and other armed threats, and we will be in close coordination with the local leaders and other stakeholders in ensuring peace in every community in the region,” Layug added.

“Bullet-like smashes, undefeatable defenses and sharp drops were just some of the destructive offences that brought the Radaza sisters to the first place,” according to The Ripples. Jerry Radaza, was quoted by the paper of saying, “Both exerted a lot of effort in fight-

ing with the other competitors and that they followed the techniques that was taught to them during the training.” That explains the triumph that capped this school year for SNSC. It is a teacher/mentor-student/ trainee cooperation that

surely paves the way to a big win, with the parents’ full support at the side. These wins are part of what make SNSC a center of excellence for the students’ total being, now under the leadership of school principal Delilah Delos Santos.


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In the field of sports, SNSC glimmers with a championship victory in the Female’s Doubles Category in the EVRAA Meet held at Leyte Sports Development Center early this year. Adjudged champions were Jazzel Dawn Radaza and Jezca Dame Radaza.


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Katig, UP Tacloban to launch Merlie Alunan’s new poetry collection Tacloban City – The Katig-uban han mga Magsusurat ha Sinirangan Bisayas or the Katig Writers Network, Inc., an organization of practicing writers in Eastern Visayas, and the University of the Philippines in the Visayas-Tacloban College (UPVTC) through its Gender and Development Office and its Humanities Division is set to launch multi-awarded poet, Merlie M. Alunan’s first poetry collection in Cebuano, Pagdakop sa Bulalakaw ug uban pang mga balak, on 15 March 2013 at the UPVTC Multipurpose Hall. Published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press, Pagdakop sa Bulalakaw contains poems Alunan wrote in the course of ten years of finding her way back to Cebuano, the language she learned as a child shuttling between the different islands of the Visayas. Of her collection, poet, fictionist, and critic, Jaime An Lim writes: “To read the Cebuano poetry of Merlie Alunan is to be amazed, again and again, by her extraordinary power to bring to life the riches of her native traditions, experiences, and sensibility. The voice speaking in her poetry moves in a rhythm that is familiar and authentic, about simple ordinary things that mat-

the hand over seas becomes m e m o r y. Love, here, is found in a stack of f irewood. H i s t o r y, in a head of lice. Drought and its attendant hungers beget a poet in this breviary of names that is Alunan’s p o e t r y, names of faces and ter to the honest heart. This marvelous mind-opening collection is eloquent proof that one can indeed reclaim a language and make it sing. But only if you are Merlie.” This reclamation of a landscape resonates in this present poetry collection, breathed into life by the poet’s intimacy with the language of her dreams and of poetry. “In the world of Alunan, speech,” in the words of Palanca Awardwinning poet and critic Lawrence Lacambra Ypil, “becomes the language of the land. Fruit becomes story, moon becomes tale, a piece of stone carried in

towns, rivers and places, all on the brink of being created or erased, a landscape many of us have hardly remembered, almost forgotten, returns. It is in this painful and glorious reclamation of this land and its bodies that these poems are written from and toward. If they seem to speak from elsewhere, then it means we’ve been lost. If they sound too familiar, then we haven’t listened.” The collection also includes Alunan’s translations of her poems into English, appended with an essay on her translation practice. Her English translations

DepEd says honor pupils to be drawn from Top 10 students at advanced level PALO, LEYTE—Honor pupils in Grades 1 to 10 shall be drawn from the top ten students at the advanced level, according to a Department of Education (DepEd) order posted at the regional office, here. This, as DepEd implemented reforms following the introduction of the K to 12 Basic Education curriculum. Based on DepEd Order No. 74, series of 2012,

candidates for honors must not have a final grade lower than 85 (proficient level) and they should have no grade at developing level (75-79) in any quarter. To determine the top 10 pupils/students, it shall be ranked using the 7-3 point scheme—the seven points are for academic performance while the three points are for co-curricular activities. DepEd wanted to put

weight on other activities that are not academic in nature as part of school nurturing that focuses on other aspects of a child’s development. “All candidates for honors must be of good moral character and have not been subjected to any disciplinary action within the current school year. Achievements in specific academic disciplines such as Math, Science, English and in curricular ar-

are by itself literary works in their own right. Fictionist and literary scholar, Rosario Cruz-Lucero, remarks that “because the English translation can stand on its own merit without need for reference to the original, the book’s inclusion into world literature is guaranteed.” In the same light, poet and critic, Marjorie M. Evasco observes: “Originally written in Cebuano Binisaya, Alunan’s poems in English translation show her mastery of her poetics, soundly based on a welltuned ear for the differences between the cultural nuances of English and Cebuano Binisaya. This collection, as she says in her essay, is about crossing borders and coming home. And we heartily welcome the seeker of the firebird who sings of such a wondrous quest.” Merlie Alunan is a Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines and teaches in the Humanities Division of UP Tacloban. She has three poetry collections to her name: Hearthstone, Sacred Tree (Anvil Publishing, 1993), Amina Among the Angels (University of the Philippines Press, 1998), and more recently, Tales of the Spiderwoman (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2010). (JHONIL BAJADO)

eas such as sports, arts and campus journalism, shall also be given recognition. Under the enhanced K to 12 curriculum, the learning areas in elementary are Mother Tongue, Filipino, English, Mahematics, Araling Panlipunan, Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao, and Music, Arts Physical Education and Health (MAPEH). For high school, the subjects are Filipino, English, Mathematics, Science, Araling Panlipunan, CP-Technology and Livelihood Education, Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao and MAPEH. (REYAN L. ARINTO)

Safety standards of workers need to be followed -- Loren TACLOBAN CITY – Senator Loren Legarda suggested that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as well as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) work hand in hand in making sure that the safety standards of workers are being followed.

This was the reaction of Senator Legarda when asked on her comment regarding the recent landslide that happened at the Energy Development Corp. (EDC), which caused the death of 14 workers. “What had happened on the area is a very sad experience especially to

the family of the victim workers who died on the area. Yes, what had happened is purely an accident, and nobody wants it to happen. We just hope that proper assistance would be given to their families,” she said. According to her, the landslide occurred because of the frequent rains, which

caused the softening of the soil in the area. “On the climate change aspect, whatever projects implemented that is related to both the environment and energy, the safety measures and standards then of the workers necessarily need to be followed strictly,” Legarda added. “In relation to the


BanKO plans to accredit 10 more partner outlets in EV TACLOBAN CITY – Ayala–controlled mobile based BPI Globe BanKO is targeting to accredit additional 110 partner outlets in Eastern Visayas this year, tripling its existing network. BanKO Tacloban branch manager Randy Bioco said that currently they only have 40 partner outlets in Leyte to include pawnshops, internet cafes, grocery stores, and reloading stations “The least is one per municipality this year. We are planning to expand in Samar by mid of 2013 mainly to serve beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,” Bioco said. The expansion was pushed through noting that many people in Eastern Visayas don’t have a bank account. The bank only requires Globe or TM SIM card, P100 (P50 for the ATM card and P50 for the initial deposit), and photocopy of 1 valid ID or barangay certificate with photo. “The BanKO savings account is designed to cater to the needs of the unbanked. This account does not require customers to maintain a minimum balance and they can save as little as P50 at a time,” he explained. BanKO president Teresita Tan said that they are targeting to end the year with 3,000

landslide that occurred on the area, I think that both the Departments of Labor and the Environment Department should work hand in hand to make sure that the safety standards of our workers especially in vulnerable communities are really upheld,” she said. The senator pointed out that the safety standards that has been used

outlets nationwide from 2,100 as of last year. The thrift bank plans to increase the number of depositors to 700,000 this year from 300,000 in 2012. “Accreditation of new outlets will help us reach out to more people in the countryside who have little or no access to formal banking services. They are trained to accept BanKO account applications and to perform cash-in and cash-out transactions,” Tan added. Tan said the bank is eyeing to raise its loan release from P2.5 billion in 2012 to P4 billion this year. For deposit portfolio, the target is P5 billion this 2013 from P3.2 billion last year. “Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI) is the oldest bank in the country but we are only banking five and a half million Filipinos. We want to reach every Filipino who wants to have bank accounts. Being financially included is so empowering,” Tan said in an interview. The community bank, which was conceptualized in 2008, is jointly owned the BPI (40%) Globe Telecom (40%) and Ayala Corporation (20%). BanKO pursued retail expansion plan February 2012 following Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) approval. (SARWELL Q. ME-


by a certain agency is no longer appropriate to be used now for the time has changed and the climate has changed. Sen. Legrada has authored the Climate Change Act, which mandates all local government units in the country to strictly followed climate change adaptation on their respected area of concern. (REY GERILLA GRADO)


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496 barangay residents benefit from city cash-for-work program TACLOBAN CITY – Around 496 barangay residents were recipients of the cash-for-work program of the city government through Mayor Alfred Romualdez. The recipients who came from 12 barangays received P1,890 each from Councilor Cristina G. Romualdez at the program’s payout last March 9, 2013 at the Sagkahan Gym. The recipients from Barangays 52, 56-A 62, 63-A, 64, 76, 77 95, 109 and 110 rendered 11 days

of community service in their respective barangays, like participating in canal dredging activities and anti-dengue clean-up drives. The cash-for-work program is a temporary intervention program of the City Social Welafre Development Office which targets indigent residents and provides cash grants in exchange for community works and services rendered. (HENRY ROCA)



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PDEA wants workplaces in EV to be drug-free areas TACLOBAN CITY— The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Eastern Visayas yesterday urged all government and private business managers and supervisors to ensure a drug-free workplace. “PDEA is promoting a drug-free workplace in line with the salient provisions of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 which mandates the PDEA to lead the enforcement of a national drug control system particularly in working places such as offices and public utility terminals and schools,” said Liza Baoy, PDEA-8 information officer. “Ten years after the effective date of Republic Act 9165 and despite the premium it puts on the promotion of a drug-free workplace,

the drug menace continues to threaten a government bureaucracy largely unable to patrol its own ranks,” Baoy added. This observation comes to fore as James Cinco, 35, was arrested on March 7, 2013 by PDEA elements in an entrapment operation involving methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu near a popular restaurant in Salazar Street, this city. Cinco is an administrative aide at the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) and is considered a high-value target by virtue of his being a public servant. Cinco’s apprehension comes in the heels of the arrest of another government employee during a raid on a drug den in Baybay City last February 8,


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2013, where an engineer allegedly connected with the Department of Public Works and Highways was among the visitors of the drug den which was effectively shut down by PDEA and police operatives. A case for violation of Section 5 of Article II of RA 9165 was filed against Cinco, who is presently in the custody of the Tacloban City Police Office. He is facing a possible sentence of life imprisonment and payment of a fine of from five hundred thousand to ten million pesos, as per the Court’s discretion. “Information con-

tinue to reach the PDEA office about the alleged involvement in illegal drugs of government employees in various capacity, from user to possessor to peddler, to protector or coddler,” Baoy said. Baoy added that PDEA director general Arturo G. Cacdac Jr. has ordered all operating units nationwide to concentrate in highvalue targets, particularly elected officials at all levels of governance and employees of government agencies and instrumentalities, including those of law enforcement agencies. (REYAN L. ARINTO)



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2 women of substance shares ‘first’ title In celebrating women’s month this March, women as the center of excellence and pride had two ladies of substance with common likes, shares the “FIRST” title attached to their respective names. Tacloban City Councilor Cristina G. Gonzales was the first councilor during the 2008 election, is also the first woman to build a shelter home for domestically abused women and children in region 8 and the 1st ambassador for EV Habitat for Humanity Philippines. While Senator Loren Legarda was also the first lady legislator to author bills in protecting women and children and the 1st lady senator to advocate climate change and disaster risk reduction mitigation measures. Together, both shares the same likes

of singing Carpenter’s piece “I won’t last the day without you” as they entertained guests and visitors from Tacloban’s sociocivic organization, government officials and city leaders during the dinner party hosted by Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez and Councilor Cristina March 8, 2013 at Patio Victoria. Senator Loren had a 3-day (Mar. 7-9) Eastern Visayas visit to advocate the importance of having a geo-hazard map to lessen the occurrence of environmental incidence such as landslides. She distributed geohazard maps to some 40 Leyte municipalities and turned it over to Leyte Gov. Mimietta Bagulaya. The senator also shed light to thousands of Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) Tacloban & Ormoc campus students on the impor-

tance of waste segregation and an overview of climate change and how it affects our environment. She likewise stressed the significance of the following bills on Universal Health Care Act, the CCT program on having a one college graduate for every marginalized household , the Expanded Senior Citizens Act and the Antihuman trafficking law signed by Pres. Aquino which she authored. She was the guest speaker to the Philippine Women Judges Association- 18th National Convention held Mar. 7 at The Oriental Hotel. Both ladies of substance shares the same field of interest on health, environmental issues and human trafficking. The ladies of substance are political figures dedicated in serving its people. ( GAY B. GASPAY)

PCL awards Tacloban Councilor Mate

TACLOBAN CITYThe Philippine Councilors’ League (PCL) has given honor and recognition to Tacloban City Councilor Bianco Mate. PCL chairman Allan Zulueta and PCL president Alma Moreno signed a certificate of recognition last February 6, 2013 for Councilor Mate. Last March 6, 2013, Majority Floor Leader and City Councilor Edwin Chua and assistant

majority floor leaderCouncilor Cristina Romualdez turned over said certificate to Mate. Other members of the city council who were present during the said regular session commended Mate for bringing honor to Tacloban. Mate, in his speech,said he never thought that his efforts will be given such recognition since he just focused on performing his duties as a legislator.

Mate has spent 15 years at the city council. He was first elected as the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) federation president for 6 years and later elected for three terms as a councilor. One of the ordinances that he authored recently was on the use of Waraywaray language during deliberations in the city council and in the barangays. (EDEN BENUSAREYES)

Disestablishment of Palompon Watershed Forest Reserve The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), would like to inform the general public that Palompon Watershed Forest Reserve (PWFR), a protected area of Two Thousand Three Hundred Ninety-Two (2,392) hectares in the Municipalities of Palompon, Matag-ob and Villaba, Leyte, respectively, is subject for disestablishment as an initial component of NIPAS (R.A. 7586). In furtherance to this objective, the DENR Region 8 through the Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service will be conducting a comprehensive Protected Area Suitability Assessment (PASA) along with the prescribed public hearing and/or pursuant to Rule 8.2 of DAO 26, S, of 2008). In view hereof, concerned personnel of PAWCZMS will carry out all necessary activities in accordance with established procedure pursuant to Republic Act 7586, otherwise known as “The National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act” dated June 1922 and its revised Implementing Rules and Regulation (DAO 26, S. 2008). In consonance of the government’s adherence to the principle of public transparency and social acceptability, the public is enjoined to submit comments, suggestions and/or opinions regarding the above stated proposal to the DENR-PAWCZMS Region 8, Sto Nino Extension, Tacloban City thru email address or website ph. Please feel free to visit our office or call telephone nos. (053) 325-7268 & (053) 520-8221 on this matter. PAWCZMS A message from Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 8, Sto. Niño Extension, Tacloban City

SGD. MANOLITO D. RAGUB, CESO VI Regional Executive Director


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Guiuan water district inaugurates expansion project

The Guiuan Water District (GWD) has spearheaded the blessing and inauguration on March 9, 2013 of its Pumping Station No. 05 located in Brgy. Palamrag, Mercedes, Eastern Samar, as part of its expansion project. No less than LWUA chairman Rene Villa as the guest of honor and guest speaker of the simple ceremony held at the pumping station site. Among the other guests were LWUA administrator Eduardo Santos, Guiuan Mayor Annaliz GonzalesKwan, Mercedes Mayor Rafael Macawile, former Hernani mayor Cesar Tagum, GWD Chairman Rodel Joven and the members of GWD board of directors. After the inauguration, the induction of the newly elected officers of the Eastern Samar Association of Water Districts (ESAWD) was held at the Surf Camp, Calicoan Island. The following officers who took their oath with chairman Villa were: president Rolando Abrenica, Guiuan;


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vice president Elvira Horca, Borongan; treasurer Jimmy So, Sulat; auditor Welma Pabello, Gen. Macarthur; business manager Ermilenda Go, Hernani; PIO James Frances Chicano, Taft. All of the officers are general managers of different water districts in the province. Pumping Station No. 5 is for the expansion of the GWD to the town of Mercedes. The LWUA will provide the funding for the 2 kilometers pipelining to the town proper of Mercedes. It was learned that the LWUA will release an amount of P2 million for the said project. “Providing access to water is part of the commitment of the President and the Philippines under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), by 2015 we should be able to provide access to around 80% of our population. It’s not just access to water, but to level 3 which go up to every household,” Villa stressed. The GWD also celebrated its 7th year anniversary on March 10. (ROWEL C. MONTES)/

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GWD GM Rolando Abrenica, LWUA Chairman Rene Villa, Guiuan Mayor Annaliz Gonzales-Kwan Mercedes Mayor Rafael Macawile, LWUA Administrator Eduardo Santos, Mr. Arias, the lot donor, former Hernani Mayor Cesar Tagum and GWD Chairman Rodel “Boy” Joven.

the juvenile delinquency act. Esperas said that her being an opposition to the incumbent local administration would not hinder her to continue serving the people of San Miguel and in the process, make a different on their lives. But while she admitted that she could somehow do what she aspires for her people, she is also realistic enough to acknowledge that her current post as a councilor is not the right platform.

“My funding is not enough. There are times that I have to shell out my own personal money. And I don’t hesitate to ask financial assitance from then Gov. Icot (Petilla) and (provincial administrator) Vince (Emnas),” she said. In this year’s midterm elections, Esperas is seeking for the mayorship of her town against the incumbent mayor whose family has ruled San Miguel close to two decades now. “I want to make a difference to my people.That we need a new blood that could result new changes in

our town,” she said. She feels sad that her town is not among most well-known areas in Leyte. “They knew about Alangalang, Barugo and Carigara but not San Miguel,” she said, attributing this “distinction” to the way the current leadership’s lack of desire to make their town be known. But with her strong faith of her town and its people and her strong desire to make a difference, Esperas said she is positive that San Miguel will eventually found its rightful place in the sun. (JOEY A, GABIETA)

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