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agreed to include new PALO, Leyte - The National Economic and indicators for economic reporting. Development Authority (NEDA) seeks to inThis data, published clude more data in the quarterly Eastern Vi- quarterly by NEDA, prosayas regional economic monitoring and anal- vide a picture of the reysis (EV-REMA), noting that performances of gional economy before many sectors are not reported. the annual release of the government agencies, Gross Regional DevelopIn a meeting Friday morning, stakeholders local government units ment Product (GRDP). “It’s good to report from various national and private sectors have

the performance of many sectors and see how this would contribute to the regional economy. This is a continuing effort until we come up with a more accurate quarterly pic-

ture of the economy,” said NEDA regional director Bonifacio Uy, acting Regional Development Council chair. The NEDA proposed at least 16 new sectors for

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Biz leaders ask nat’’l gov’t to restore fund for Tacloban airport project WEATHER

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tion Program. The resolution will be presented by the Eastern Visayas Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EVCCI) as priority request in upcoming Philippine Business Conference with President Benigno Aquino III as the keynote speaker. “The Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZR)Airport is the main entry for tourists,

investors and other passengers, whose structures is not

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SAN SEBASTIAN, Samar-- Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon turnover the scale model of the health center and key to San Sebastian Mayor Antero Gaviola, Sr. during the turnover ceremony of health facilities and supplies last October 15. Looking on are Priam Arteche, administrator of Red Cross Samar, Dr. Gwendolyn Pang, Red Cross secretary-general, Gordon, Mayor Gaviola, Catherine Gering, consultant Australian Red Cross and Assistant Regional Director of Health Dr. Paula Sydiongco. The project is dubbed as community-based health and disaster risk management in partnership with Philippine and Australian Red Cross. (VICKY C. ARNAIZ)


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Bacsal won’t step down even if Comelec declared Nacario as Cabiga mayor TACLOBAN CITY - The sitting municipal mayor of Calbiga, Samar, David Bacsal, said he will not step down to give way to Melchor Nacario, who was recently ordered by the Commission on Elections as the rightful winner in the May 2013 elections in Calbiga’s mayoralty race. Bacsal, who run for vice mayoralty race under Liberal Party and was the running mate of Nicasio Abaigar, assumed the position as mayor after Abaigar tendered his resignation to Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan last October 11 due to health reason, according to Bacsal. “I will not allow

anyone to take my seat because I assumed this position in a legal manner. Based on the rule of succession,” said Bacsal. Bacsal added that his supporters, who barricaded the municipal building when the order from the Comelec to declare Nacario as the rightful winner of Calbiga was issued, already dismantled the blockade Wednesday afternoon. “Right now Calbiga is peaceful and we don’t see any threat,” Bacsal said. He added that for those who have complaint against him assuming as the municipal mayor of Calbiga should do so in a prop-

COMELEC Barangay Elections 2013 Sept. 28, 2013 - Nov. 12, 2013 Election Period per COMELEC Res. No. 9715

October 11-17, 2013 Filing of COCs, except Oct. 13, 2013 October 18 - 26, 2013 Campaign Period October 28, 2013 Barangay Election Day

er venue. Bacsal added that his legal team is also studying what are the consequences that might happen on legal documents that he needs to sign as now sitting municipal mayor of Calbiga. Last May 2013, the board of canvassers proclaimed Abaigar along with his runningmate Bacsal as winners. But in the October 4 ruling of the Comelec en banc, they ordered for the creation of a special board of canvassers to be headed by Abigail Justine Lilagan to constitute and proclaim Nacario as the rightful winner in the

May 2013 election for mayoral seat. An en banc decision ordering Nacario’s proclamation came after they denied the motion for reconsideration filed by Abaigar before the en banc dated May 3, 2013 and on the dismissal of this certiorari petition by the Supreme Court. Abaigar was facing a complaint on misrepresentation in the certificate of candidacy were he declared that he was a registered voter of Barangay Canticum; was born on December 15, 1951 and a resident of the country since birth. In its decision, the First Division of Come-

lec on January 28, 2013 said that Abaigar was not a resident of Canticum but a permanent

resident of Sacramento, California, who was born on December 14, 1950. (ROEL AMAZONA)


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N. Samar residents suffer from 10-hour power outage TACLOBAN CITY – Electric consumers of cash-strapped Northern Samar Electric Cooperative (Norsamelco) suffered a 10-hour power outage on Saturday due to maintenance activity of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). In a notice, NGCP said they will shutdown power for the entire province to repair Palanas-Cara-Catarman-Bobolosan-Allen 69kV transmission line. The same line was also checked by NGCP in October 5 that caused a 10hour power failure. The power shutdown began 8 a.m. and ended up 5 p.m. It affected 24 municipalities of Northern Samar with 57,706 connections as of end of 2012. “Normal operations immediately resumed after work completion. NGCP customers and the general public were advised to take the necessary preparations and precautions for this scheduled interruption,” the NGCP stated. Earlier, Norsamelco has faced disconnection notice from its electricity source after its electric cooperative failed to pay bills worth more than P500 million. The National Electrification Adminis-


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ments, exports of agribased products, micro small and medium enterprises, irrigation development, farm-to-market roads, post harvest facilities. In the industry sector, NEDA pushed for quarterly data gathering on mining production and energy consumption by type. “We want to know the level of generated power from the Leyte Geothermal Production Field since this is one of the major power sources in the country. The Department of Energy Visayas office will be our data source,” Uy said. In the services sector, data collection will be expanded to credit facilities,


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anymore fit and convenient for the growing number of passengers,” the resolution read. EVCCI regional governor Roy Bernard Fiel said the resolution seeks to call the attention of Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC),

tration took over the facility in July 2013. Meanwhile, portions of the Don Orestes Romualdez Electric Cooperative in central part of Leyte will experience brownouts for 30 minutes on Sunday between 4 to 5 p.m. due to maintenance activity of Southern Leyte Electric Cooperative (Soleco) Maasin substation and 69 kV Sogod-Maasin transmission line. Repairing the same facilities will also cause 40 minutes power failure both in the morning and afternoon in some parts of Southern Leyte province. “Possible load curtailment may be implemented between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to prevent low voltage problems,” the NGCP stated. The NGCP is a private firm that operates, maintains and develops the country’s transmission network. It acquired the 25-year concession of National Transmission Corp. in 2008. The firm is in charge of the transmission of highvoltage electricity through power superhighways that involve an interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and other related facilities. (SARWELL Q. MENIANO)

the number of cooperatives registered, employment by business process outsourcing, volume of passenger and cargo traffic, motor vehicle registration, building permits, socialized housing and peace and order situation. These data are reported in GRDP but not in quarterly EV-REMA. These data are reported in GRDP but not in quarterly EVREMA. EV-REMA has been publishing statistics and analysis on prices, labor and employment, revenue collection, external trade, agriculture and fishery, tourist arrivals and receipts. NEDA releases the report on the 12th week of the succeeding quarter. The first quarter 2013 report revealed that the regional economy showed a mixed performance in the first quarter of 2013. Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the House Committee on Appropriations to restore the realigned funds. “The Philippine Business Conference is a good venue to present this resolution to the President for appropriate actions. In the past national conferences, we have also passed resolutions related to DZR Airport Development,”

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DARAM, Samar – Running for public office in Samar has long been perilous, with threats, assaults and sometimes outright killings by private armed groups and political opponents. Weeks before the Barangay elections, Uldarico Total farming production dropped by 6.6. % from January to March 2013 due to production shortfalls in crop, livestock, poultry and fishery. The value of new construction went down by 16% compared to the first quarter of 2012. In contrast, tourist arrivals posted an increase of 66.3% from last year. Inbound visitors for the first three months totaled 175,685, way higher than 105,656 in the same period last year. The Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) plummeted to negative 6.2% in 2012 from positive 2.1% in 2011. Eastern Visayas or Region 8 is the only area in the Philippines that posted a negative GRDP growth rate in 2012. Fiel said in a brief interview. The resolution, approved by nine presidents of various business chambers in the region, got its approval in last week’s quarterly meeting. Southern Leyte Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Robert Castanares, a former DOTC assistant secretary, presented the proposed resolution.

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Espinosa, an incumbent barangay councilor of Barangay Talisay, this town was attacked and hacked to death by one Rolito Latoja of Poblacion 1 of said town. Espinosa was on his way to the Comelec office to file his certificate of candidacy (COC) on the morning of October 17, 2013 . It was learned that shortly after the incident, Latoja voluntarily surrendered to the police. A murder case has now been filed in court against him. Senior Inspector Jonathan Momo, chief of police of said town, told Leyte Samar Daily Express that the killing was not election related but could be a per-

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sonal grudge of the suspect with victim. Police investigation disclosed that a case of forgery was filed by the victim (Espinosa) against the wife of Latoja, who was the barangay treasurer at that time. Meanwhile, a Municipal Peace and Order Council Meeting was conducted on October 17, 2013, attended by municipal officials of Daram, the police, barangay officials and the barangay tanods of 57 coastal barangays and 1 upland barangays of Daram town, with the preparation of a peaceful, secure and fair barangay election in Daram as the among the agenda. Mayor Lucia Astorga,

who has promised to take steps to protect voters, said she would put in the streets police and army personnel in the different barangays to ensure peaceful voting proceedings. Momo disclosed that out of the 58 barangays of Daram, 10 are areas of interest. Historically, these barangays have reports of intense political rivalry during past elections. “These 10 barangays and their polling places will be given additional personnel to ensure that violence would not occur and a peaceful election will be maintained in the town,” said SInsp. Momo. (JAZMIN R. BONIFACIO)

Rep. Roman Romulo, grandson of Commonwealth President Carlos P. Romulo, and his wife Shalani and Leyte Vice Gov. Carlo Loreto in a photo op with newsmen after Express It At the Park at Leyte Park Hotel. (BY EILEEN NAZARENO-BALLESTEROS)



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“Mother America”!


his was how Filipinos addressed the United States of America in the 50’s and even in the early 60’s, sparingly though. We address this great nation Mother America because we were beneficiaries of a democracy after the Japanese Imperial government was driven out of our shores after ruling the affairs of state in the Philippines for a few couple of years. The American incursion into our national history has brought about so many good changes. Aside from the freedom a citizen enjoys under the democratic government system, the Philippines has been a beneficiary of an enriched culture, especially English language acquisition that efficiently equipped us to relate with the outside world. We also earned educational curricula that were designed to equip the young citizens to cope up with the world after their years in studies, for easy employment and other aspirations using their educational training. Our nation was able to effectively imple-

ment after years of tutoring in democratic governance and then they granted us the privilege of self-rule in July 4, 1946 – they called “Independence Day”. (Of course Filipino nationalists later in the years initiated the conduct of an in-depth researches and came up with our “real” Independence Day, June 12, 1896. July 4 then was aptly declared Filipino-American Friendship Day). Yesterday the nation celebrated the 69th Leyte Gulf Landings Anniversary, the day US American forces landed at Palo, Leyte that drove the Japanese Imperial government away from our shores and began the restoration of the US brand of democracy in the Republic of the Philippines. It was as usual celebrated with pomp and gaiety capped with a historic memorable commemorative program spearheaded by Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominic L. Petilla and hosted by Palo Mayor Remedios L. Petilla, on account of the historic landing that happened at Red Beach, Palo, Leyte.

Senator Jinggoy: Keep your trap shut; open it at the right time Whenever Senator Jinggoy Estrada opens his mouth in public – about his being tagged as one of the beneficiaries in what is popularly believed now as a Pork Barrel- the Mother of all scams, his credibility as a public official gets eroded and his “popularity” seriously and swiftly plummets. The latest show where he wanted to earn “pogi” points to save his losing credibility in the past few weeks was when he interrogated Commission on Audit Chair Grace PulidoTan, and my assessment is he got mud all over his face instead. I saw part of it on television. -oOoCOA Chair answered all the

questions the Senator threw at her credibly. Overall, the Senator wanted to put COA Chair Tan in an embarrassing position. It resulted the other way around. In one of the questions the Senator asked appeared like he wanted to put Tan on the spot regarding the COA report about the Pork Barrel

anomaly that involved them, but the confident and apparently fearless COA chair simply answered: Senators were jointly liable for the disallowed funds, not only agencies who were authorized to handle the funds. -oOoEstrada appeared as if he really wanted to embarrass

the COA Chief with the question why they (Senators) are asked to make a refund of disallowed expenditures, “when they never received the money”. We could guess that what could be in the mind of the COA Chair would be a curt response “tell that to the marines” – a standard reaction when one is suspected, even believed to be lying. The COA Chair with all confidence answered: “That’s the consequence of notice of disallowance. Those who will get that notice would become jointly and solidaridly liable for the return of the money, and that is a matter of law”….is a

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Monday, 21 October 2013

Building up hope Commentary By Fr. Roy Cimagala

WE have to face reality squarely, and the reality is that we are going to have a long and hard road to recovery from the devastation we are suffering due to the October 15 earthquake. Let’s not sweeten it. In fact, let’s try to prepare ourselves for the worst scenarios. That’s how we should be realistic. But realism would be incomplete if it is not infused also with hope and optimism, a deep and unshakeable trust in the loving providence of God, and faith in our God-given strengths and talents. Realism should embrace both

the worst and the best of people and things in general. And so, even now when the pain is still fresh, we have to build up a large reservoir of hope that is based on faith in God and in people and nourished by love. This is the basic formula we have to use as we try to pick up the pieces and start the task of rebuilding. We have to pray, we have to strengthen our will to survive and to overcome whatever difficulties we encounter, and this should be reflected in our deeds that should know no limits in their boldness of generos-

Toxin-laced symbols

Commentary By JUAN L. MERCADO

“Only when the last river has been polluted, the last tree cut and the last fish caught, will we realize we cannot eat money.” Is this why 50 of the country’s 421 rivers are “biologically dead”? Rivers form a community’s circulation system. But a growing number have been clogged with trash, toxic spill from factories and waste dumped from homes sans toilets. These morph into cesspools. When oxygen is sealed off, the river dies. All five Cebu City rivers, for example, are kaput. So is Marilao in Bulacan, as Greenpeace inspectors found. But the Philippines has no monopoly on sewerage dumps. Ganges and Yamuna in India, Tietê in Brazil, Yangtze and Jian in China are among the world’s most toxic rivers. So are the Mississippi in the United States, plus all Jakarta rivers in Indonesia. To revive the Pasig and 47 tributaries, President Aquino committed P10 billion a year, says Gina Lopez, chair of the commission for the river’s rehabilitation. Half that money will relocate

300,000 squatters who huddle along the banks or esteros. Since 2010, the commission rehabilitated four esteros. Over 6,500 squatters were relocated from the 2.9-kilometer Estero de Paco alone. It now sports tree-lined boardwalks, Agence France-Presse reports. Significantly, vendors stopped using it as a refuse bin. Work will start on 16 esteros this year. Pasig River’s water remains badly polluted, cautions Asian Development Bank’s urban development specialist Javier Coloma Brotons. Problems range from lack of sewage treatment plants to geography. The Pasig River links 3,813-squarekilometer Laguna de Bay to Manila Bay. At high tide, waste from Manila’s huge ports and crammed communities surge back. “To clean up Pasig, address problems with the bay,” Coloma Brotons urges. The political system’s “general chaos make a coordinated approach extremely difficult,” ADB notes. Vested interests interlock. And these took their toll “in repeated and costly failures to transform Pasig.” The Aquino adminis-

OPINION ity, grandness and nobility of heart. We have to see to it that our faculties are in their proper places and are functioning well. We should be wary of our emotions and passions taking over as the lead factor in our attitude toward this challenge. Our boldness should also be prudent. We have to learn to listen to everyone and refrain from entering into useless and distracting arguments over issues that will surely come along the way. People have different views on priorities, etc., and so let’s be prepared for this eventuality, always trying to be calm and civil, and holding our horses. Let’s hope that as days pass, we become more organized in our efforts, developing the appropriate structures and networks, and animating them always with continuing words of encouragement and hope, coming from the gospel, common sense, and other sources, and nourishing them with prayers and the sacraments. The worst of times are tration has dusted off the moribund Clean Water Act of 2004 by pinpointing eight rivers as critical “Water Quality Management Areas.” They are geographically spread. In Luzon, there are the Sinocalan-Dagupan rivers of Pangasinan, the MarilaoMeycauayan-Obando river system, areas within the Laguna Lake Development Authority’s jurisdiction, plus the San Juan River in Metro Manila. For the Visayas, these are the Tigum-Aganan watershed and the Iloilo-Batiano river system. The Silway River and Sarangani Bay, and Taguibo River in Agusan del Norte, are in Mindanao. Citizen-based initiatives are sprouting: Cebu held a “River Summit 2013” and its academe network taps research facilities and expertise from universities—among them, San Carlos, University of the Philippines, Southwestern, San Jose-Recoletos, Cebu Institute of Technology, Cebu Doctors. Cebu Mayor Mike Rama pledged that the city’s Risk Management Council will cooperate. If it delivers, Cebu could set a model. But the work is grueling. And like other cities, Cebu haphazardly enforced laws on clean water and solid waste. Global climate change is inflicting a heavy toll, warns the 2013 World Bank report titled “Getting a Grip on Climate Change in the Philippines.” This study follows up the bank’s earlier “Turn Down the Heat” report. That warned current efforts to tamp down global warming, below a 2-degrees-Celsius surge, were faltering. A 4-degreesCelsius hotter world will wreak havoc everywhere.

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the best of times also. That’s when virtues and greatness flourish amid the rubble of destruction and the ensuing and invasive tendency to fall into helplessness and despair, into self-pity and pessimism. We have to fight against these negative elements that always threaten us. We first have to look at the immediate basic needs of the victims, especially those who are isolated. At the moment, there are many reports of people who have no food to eat, water to drink and who have dead to bury or injured to take care of but feel unable to do so properly. But this concern should not blind us from giving due attention to the longerranged needs of the people—the reconstruction of the roads and bridges, the market places, the town halls, and most of all the churches. The economy has to be jumpstarted.

This turn of events can help to purify our politics and rehabilitate our politicians who have been more concerned about their political life than working for the common good. This can bring back to them a heart of flesh, throwing away the heart of stone that has become conspicuous, what with all the screaming scandals lately. So this is also the time for our own purification, for doing some work of restitution of things that we, whoever we may be, may have unduly taken from others knowingly or unknowingly. There are many sins and misdeeds that we have committed that have passed unnoticed. We have to make up for them. Even more important is to look into the emotional, psychological and spiritual condition of the people. A lot of therapy and healing for sure is needed in this


area. And this should not be ignored just because it is more intangible than tangible in nature. Everyone is begged to do whatever he can contribute. Volunteerism is the name of the game now. There is always something to give, even if it is just prayers and good wishes. Everyone has his own expertise, his own specialization. This is now the time to share gratis et amore. Never mind the pay or reward. God cannot be outdone in generosity. And let’s always remember that what we give always gains us a lot more in return, what we seem to lose actually comes back to us a hundredfold, and what we keep to ourselves because of lack of faith and love is actually lost and will work for our own downfall.


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matter of law -addressed to Estrada, a lawmaker – Hoohum! -oOoEarlier COA Chief Tan said that Notice of Disallowance (ND) would be issued over some P6Billion worth of Pork Barrel funds that was discovered by a special audit from 2007 – 2009 – alleged illegally funneled to questionable NGOs, and about 8 of them controlled by Janet LimNapoles, allegedly brain of P10 Billion pork barrel scam. -oOoWe suggest to Senator Jinggoy Estrada to wait for the formal hearings, when he shall have been invited to testify because he seems to dig himself deeper into the sinkhole of guilt whenever he opens his mouth in this controversy. His Privilege speech started it all putting his foot into his mouth. “Things can get ugly fast.” The bank ranks the Philippines as the third in the world’s list of countries most vulnerable to weather-related extreme events—from droughts to sea level rise. More than 20 typhoons annually lash the country’s northern and eastern parts. (In the last three years, three storms slammed a Mindanao that used to have a typhoon barrel through every 12 years or so, notes 1992 Ramon Magsaysay Foundation awardee for public service, Angel Alcala.) Floods rampage through Central Luzon and southern Mindanao. And there have been disastrous landslides. “These climate-related impacts will reduce cultivatable land,” the report foresees. That in turn will whittle down

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October 21, 2013 – Monday of the 29th Week Rom 4:20-25; Lk 1; Lk 12:13-21

PARABLE OF THE RICH FOOL Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.

GROWING RICH Riches enlarge, rather than satisfy appetites. Accumulation of material wealth leaves us with perpetual craving. So Jesus warns us to be on guard against “covetousness, for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Lk 12:15). We need to note that ‘possession’ does not mean only wealth. It could be other things as well. For example, friendship could become a possession and if we cling to our friends, we may lose them; but if we are not possessive in our relationships, we can make many more friends. Growing rich either with wealth, friends, fame or success can become an obstacle to growing rich in the sight of God. Therefore, we are called to develop those inner resources, those spiritual strengths, which enable us to appreciate God’s love for us and to trust in God’s care, as did Abraham. “No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God” (Rom 4:20). We need therefore to attend to our spiritual growth. This attention can not be marginal. That is, it can not be confined to performance of some religious rituals. Rather, it has to do with the very core of our existence; it has to be transformative; it has to permeate every facet of our existence, including the mundane aspects of our lives. (His Word for Today by Vima Dasan, S.J., published by Paulines Visit us at or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City, Tel. #321-31-95).) Sower’s thought: “The first secret of success is to trust God. To trust oneself is to trust a blind person, and a sick person.” –Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family


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Smart ramps up LTE-Advanced tests with fresh trial in Boracay From left: Smart Chief Wireless Advisor Orlando B.Vea, Geeks on a Beach organizer and TechTalks.PH founder Tina Amper, and Department of Science and Technology – Information and Communications Technology Office Deputy Executive Director Monchito Ibrahim witness download speeds of 203.23 Mbps during the LTEAdvanced network tests held during the Geeks on a Beach startup conference in Boracay Island, Aklan. Fortifying its position as the leader in mobile broadband services, wireless provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) ramped up network trials for LTE (Long-Term Evolution)Advanced, the next-generation mobile network technology, in a recent field test witnessed by attendees of the Geeks on a Beach startup conference in Boracay Island, Aklan. As shown during the conference, LTE-Advanced posted download speeds of up to 203.23 Mbps or twice as fast as current LTE peak rates of about 100 Mbps. At this speed, a 10MB file will take less than a second to download, YouTube videos will no longer have to buffer before being viewed completely, and Skype video calls will experience almost no lags using an LTE-Advanced network. The network trial was observed by Smart Founder and Chief Wireless Advisor Orland B. Vea, Geeks on a Beach organizer Tina Amper, and DOST-Information and Communications Technology Office Deputy Executive Director Monchito Ibrahim. Smart’s LTE-Advanced network tests in cooperation with equipment provider Huawei Philippines was also able to yield the same results in earlier trials in Davao City during the recent Kadayawan festival, where it reached 210.58 Mbps in

download speed; and in Makati City where it posted consistent speeds of 209.66 Mbps. “These successful tests only prove the readiness of Smart’s network for the future. We anticipate that LTEAdvanced will be wellreceived and applied in the same way many Filipinos embraced LTE once the right elements are in place,” Smart’s Vea said. Smart is one of a handful of carriers around the world to begin testing LTE-Advanced, with commercial deployment only currently available in South Korea, the United Kingdom, Russia, and some South American countries. “Just as we did with LTE, Smart is paving the way with LTE-Advanced for Philippine mobile users to get only the best and the fastest mobile Internet experience that could only come from the true leader in broadband,” Vea said. “We are excited to power a multitude of new applications through the blistering speeds brought by LTE-Advanced.” With the ongoing tests for LTE-Advanced, Smart further cements its position as the undisputed leader in mobile broadband, with more than 2.3 million subscribers enjoying highspeed Internet connection on the go as of the second quarter of 2013. Smart Broadband ended the second quarter with a total of 1.8 million mobile broadband subscribers, up by four percent from previous quarter’s figures. Sun Broadband, meanwhile, ended the period with over 518,000 subscribers. As Smart’s broadband subscriber base grows, PLDT and Smart Technology Group Head Rolando Peña said the network’s robust infrastructure will be able to capably handle the increase in demand for broadband, particularly for LTE.

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NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Estate of SEVERINO S. SOLIS who died on March 19, 2013 at Catbalogan City extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a two-storey residential building which is in common ownership with his wife, Imelda Jumao-as Solis; with an area of 71,5000 square meters, situated at Lot No. 2005 of Brgy. 052, San Andres, Catbalogan City, covered under TD/ARP No. 01-0052-00105, PIN No. 229-01-0052-01017-1013, per Doc. No. 390, Page No. 179, Book No. 181, Series of 2013 of Notatry Public Atty. Medino L. Acuba. LSDE: Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 4, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that ARCHIMEDES ABARCA ABENOJAR, of legal age, with residence at Barangay Opong, Tolosa, Leyte executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication over a parcel of a residential land situated at Brgy. Opong, Tolosa, Leyte, T.D. No. 00461 R-13, Lot No. 2404, with an area of 833.61 square meters, more or less; per Doc. No. 363, Page No. 073, Book No. XLV, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Wilfredo T. Pascua. LSDE: Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 4, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late ARTHUR MONJE QUENGA who died on October 1, 2013 at Catbalogan City extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over an ATM Account with the Land Bank of the Philippines, Catbalogan Branch, Catbalogan City under Account No. 606198809 with an outstanding balance at the time of his death of Four Hundred Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty Seven and 99/100 pesos (Php400,987) Philippine Currency. That heirs hereby WAIVE, TRANSFER and CONVEY, their rights, interests, and participation in a manner of absolute and irrevocable the outstanding balance of said deceased account with the LBP in the amount of Four Hundred Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty Seven and 99/100 pesos (PhP400,987.99) in favor of their mother co-heir Lynitte R. Delizo-Quenga. LSDE: Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 4, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of LUCIO SOLARTE extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a two (2) parcels of land, more particularly described to wit: 1st Parcel: A parcel of land situated at Brgy. San Sotero, Javier, Leyte, (formerly Brgy. Manlilisid, Abuyog, Leyte) which is a portion of plan H-24011 (Lot 3131-C), containing an area of 41,293 square meters, covered by Tax Declaration No. 1906-00274 declared in the name of Gorgonia MalegroSolarte married to Lucio Solarte being a portion of TCT No. T-854 and Psd08-023020-D; 2nd Parcel: A parcel of land situated at Brgy. San Sotero, Javier, Leyte (formerly Brgy. Manlilisid, Abuyog, Leyte) which is a portion of H-24011 (3131-A), containing an area of 6,174 square meters covered by Tax Declaration No. 19026-00275, TCT No. T-854 and Psd-08-023020-D. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of BENEDICTA MALIGRO MALASAGA, Filipino, of legal age, married to Bonifacio Sartillo, a resident of Brgy. San Sotero, Javier, Leyte; per Doc. No. 101, Page No. 22, Book No. 19, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Erwin V. Belleza. LSDE: Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 4, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Ramon Goliat who died intestate on October 11, 2005 in Ormoc City extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of residential land situated at Jugaban, Carigara, Leyte identified as Lot No. 11399 with OCT No. P-36799 in the name of Josefina Ladios with an area of 274.43 square meters, that Raymond Jess G. Goliat hereby waive my right, interest, ownership and participation of my share in the estate of my late father in favor of my mother and co-heir - Josefina G. Goliat; per Doc. no. 678, Page No. 134, Book No. 21, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Edgar J. Tonolete. LSDE: Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 4, 2013

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NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Pedro K. Palaña extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land situated at Tanghas, Tolosa, Leyte descriebd as: Parcel 1, Lot No. 533, Plsm-1004-D, under Tax Dec. No. 00090, covered by O.C.T. P-21042, containing an area of 716 square meters; Parcel 2, Lot No. 534, under Tax Dec. No. 00091, covered by O.C.T. No. P-21043, containing an area of 253 square meters; Parcel 3, Lot 530, covered by OCT P-21041, under Tax Dec. No. 00092, containing an area of 841 square meters; Parcel 4, Cad. Lot 4018, under ARP No. 39014-00384, containing an area of .0168.73 has. and heirs hereby waive, renounce, quitclaim and convey the said parcels of land described-above in favor of Nicy V.P. Echavez married to Gaspar Echavez; per Doc. No. 164, Page No. 33, Book No. V, Series of 1998 of Notary Public Ephraim S. Abando. LSDE: Oct. 7, 14 & 21, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that Basilio Justiniano, Jr. heir of late Sps. Basilio Justiniano and Vicenta Justiniano executed an affidavit of Adjudication (sworn Declaration of properties) over 2 parcels of land described as: 1) A parcel of land, located at San Jose, Tacloban City, designated as Lot 1711-B, containing an area of 217 square meters, more or less and embraced in T.C.T. No. T-10020; 2) Parcel of land located in the City of Tacloban, designated as Lot 39-E-14-D1, containing an area of 499 square meters and covered by TCT No. T-1372; A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Carlos Alip as vendee for the 1st parcel embraced in TCT No. T-10020; per Doc. no. 470, Page No. 94, Book No. 25, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Samuel C. Lagunzad. LSDE: Oct. 14, 21 & 28, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Rodrigo Balisa extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a one-half (1/2) portion of a parcel of land, Known as Cad. Lot No. 056, situated in Santiago St., Poblacion Albuera, Leyte containing an area of 144 square meters, more or less and covered by Tax Dec. No. 00121 and a residential building erected on the above-mentioned lot; and heirs hereby waive, renounce and quitclaim the above-mentioned lot in favor of Cynthia B. Derauw; per Doc. No. 207, Page No. 42, Book No. CCXXXVI, Series of 2008 of Notary Public Atty. Nicolas S. Maglasang. LSDE: Oct. 7, 14 & 21, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Soriano Abrasaldo extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, designated as Lot No. 201, Case 1, Cad. 638-D, containing an area of 5,947 square meters, covered by Tax Dec. No. 08-15020-00039 and evidence by O.C.T. No. P-26983, market value of P15,499.74 and heir Aurora B. Mantela as the same person as Aurora Abrasaldo hereby renounce, waive and quitclaim in favor of her children. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Benjardi H. Mantele as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 481, Page No. 98, Book No. XXXVIII, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Buenventura C. Vilvar. LSDE: Oct. 7, 14 & 21, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that Carlos T. Emperio heir of late Proceso Emperio executed a Deed of Self-Adjudication over a one-half (1/2) portion of a parcel of land, covered by Tax Dec. No. 08-02-038-00305 located at Brgy. Mudboron, Alang-alang, Leyte, containing an area of 1.4051 hectares, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Dr. Ronaldo B. Salazar as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 210, Page No. 42, Book No. V, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Florenz B. Hipe. LSDE: Oct. 7, 14 & 21, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Cesaria Ormoc extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land situated at Brgy. Patoc, Dagami, Leyte, containing an area of 153 square meters, under Tax Dec. No. 02-12051-00432 R11, designated as Lot No. 358-P, together with house (skeleton) land all the improvements found thereon. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Mercedita B. Masubay and Marisa B. Masubay as vendees for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 97, Page No. 20, Book No. II, Series of 2009 of Notary Public Atty. Reginildo R. Cañas. LSDE: Oct. 7, 14 & 21, 2013


Monday, 21 October 2013

Alternate venues for pork barrel scam hearing eyed MANILA -- Senators are willing to hear the testimony of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles in her detention facility in Fort Santo Domingo, Laguna, should the court finds it risky for her to travel to the Senate building in Pasay City. Napoles is currently under the jurisdiction of the Makati City Regional Trial Court branch 150 in light of the serious illegal detention case filed against her and her brother Reynald Lim by whistleblower and former aide Benhur Luy. “We can hold a hearing inside there (Fort Santo Domingo), inside (Camp) Crame or in a more secured place if security is the concern of the court,” said Sergio Osmeña III, vice chairman of the Blue Ribbon committee that looks into the scam. The businesswoman was escorted by a lot of policemen when she attended the arraignment at the Makati court on September 23. The judge pled not guilty on her behalf. [Read the related

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“agricultural productivity and increase food insecurity.” “In a 4-degrees-Celsius warmer world, sea levels will rise between 0.5 and 1 meter by 2100 and could affect cities in the Philippines. Coral bleaching and reef degradation will accelerate in the next 10-20 years.” Last Friday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported in New York: Scientists are “virtually certain” that man’s fossil-fuel-related emissions drove global warming. “Each of the last three decades has

The Senate leader changed his mind on Wednesday, appalled of talks that he was covering up the truth behind the multi-billion peso scam that uses fake foundations to corner priority development assistance fund (PDAF). Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla, who were charged for allegedly receiving kickbacks from Napoles, welcomed Drilon’s move as this is a chance for them to clear their names. The whistleblowers’ camp, meanwhile, was excited to hear Napoles’s defense. “This is a good opportunity for her to show to the public that she has nothing to hide. Honestly, we are excited for the hearing,” said lawyer Levito Baligod. Napoles’s lawyers could not be reached for comment.


been probably warmer than any time in the past 1,400 years.” “The heat is on,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said. Act now or face disaster. In Sweden, 195 membernations meet this week to discuss IPCC’s study. Even if the greenhouse gas emissions are curbed, they’d still breach the critical threshold of 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. “Those who choose excuses over action are playing with fire,” US Secretary of State John Kerry warned. The Philippines must urgently cobble adaptive capacity to increase “climate resilience of agricultural prac-

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“As the voice of the business sectors recognized by the national government to air out issues and concerns, we proposed necessary solutions, plans and programs for the social and economic recovery of Region 8, most especially in the coming Philippine Business Conference,” the business group stated. The delay in Tacloban Airport Development Project has buoyed further outrage among stakeholders when Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya admitted in a letter to Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez that a big chunk of the 2013 budget for the facility was diverted to DAP. Of the 1 billion funding for this year, P718.75 million was realigned by DBM with tices,” World Bank stressed. This can create jobs, alleviate food insecurity, reduce malnutrition, and help conserve water resources. “Future development (should) be carried out with accommodation to climate change in mind. Otherwise, the country could be locked into infrastructure development, land use changes, and urbanization processes that are more vulnerable to climate risks.” The Philippines should “employ a sustainable green growth strategy expanding on mitigation opportunities.” The unacceptable alternative is symbolized by those toxin-laced rivers. (E-mail:

approval from Malacanang, according to Abaya. The DOTC chief relayed updates to the opposition Leyte lawmaker in September 20 in the wake of talks about the legality of DAP. NEDA(National Economic Development Authority) Regional Director Bonifacio Uy, acting chair of the Regional Development Council, defended the fund diversion as a way to prop up the national economy. “The diversion is just temporary and it was necessary. Maintaining government expenditure is one way of ensuring that our overall economic activity is also high,” Uy added. Abaya released a separate statement on its website to say that the project would still remain on track. Airside works began in April 2013 and will be completed early next year. These include the P251-million concreting of a new apron, taxiway, drainage system and shoreline protection to be completed in February 2014.


Construction of parking areas, terminal building and other facilities will begin in July 2014 and will be completed in December 2016. Development of the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport has been delayed as it was first included for funding under a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) yen loan package in 1999, along with the Bacolod-Silay Airport. The new Bacolod Airport was completed in January 2008 while the Tacloban airport project was shelved in September 2008 for lack of funds and then revived under the Aquino administration. (SARWELL


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‘Selective’ relief distribution in Bohol hit BOHOL -- The campaign period for the October 28 barangay elections started Friday with complaints about selective distribution of relief goods in the town of Loay in quake-hit Bohol. Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto said such reports have to be validated and government has protocols to address it. “We are drafting a system that all relief items will be distributed through the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council.” He said if the selective distribution of relief assistance in Loay is true, then the more there is a reason for the Commission on Elec-

tions (Comelec) to postpone the barangay elections in the province of Bohol. He said the Provincial Board endorsed a resolution before noon Friday, officially requesting Comelec to postpone the elections in the province. He said the teachers who play a key role in the elections are still traumatized and still looking at rehabilitating their lives, the school buildings and even the students. All these should be factored in, he added. “It is not just the accounting of roads but it’s about the condition of our minds whether we are really ready to go through the political exercise,” Chatto said.

“We are still in the process of saving lives, retrieving our dead relatives and rehabilitating our livelihood,” he added. “Honestly, I even forgot that it is the start the campaign,” the governor said. The Comelec has yet to decide on Monday whether to postpone elections in the province or not. Comelec Commissioner Sixto Brilliantes said, “As of the moment, candidates should just continue campaigning since the elections there is still not postponed.” He even quipped that it is even easier for aspiring barangay officials to campaign since voters are mostly confined in evacuation centers. “Just simply go to evacuation centers and shake their hands. But don’t give out relief goods because it is prohibited. Just leave it to the Philippine Red Cross,” said Brillantes. Earlier, the poll body hinted the possibility of postponing elections in the Bohol and other areas hit by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake last Tuesday. According to the Comelec head, their regional election director

(RED) in Central Visayas had given a recommendation that the barangay polls there may push through. “But when we reviewed all the reports we got (aside from our regional director), we found many issues that were unclear. So the decision is not to resolve yet on whether we will hold the elections on October 28 or not,” said Brillantes. Instead, Brillantes said he will personally make an ocular inspection of the province either Saturday (October 19) or Sunday (October 20) to personally assess if the barangay polls can be conducted. He said the procedure is similar to the one they used before they decided to postpone the polls in Zamboanga City after sending Commissioner Christian Lim. “Our concern is on the cost of their recommendation to have makeshift precincts. Do we have available areas? How much will it cost us? Those details were not in the recommendation. They just said the elections can be conducted,” said Brillantes. “I will make the final assessment then report to the en banc then we decide on Monday. It may be the whole province or it may just be several areas,” he added. (SUNNEX)

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