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VOL. XXV NO. 194

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23, 2013

P10.00 IN TACLOBAN

Bizmen to Malacañang: Send economic experts to Region 8 BY SARWELL Q. MENIANO

TAC L O BA N CITY – Send more economic experts to Eastern Visayas, the region’s business leaders asked Malacañang as they raise concerns on the “ailing” local economy.

The Eastern Visayas Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EVCCI), in a motion approved last week, asked President Aquino to back the

(1%), with the country under the (Aquino) adenjoying National Economic and ministration Development Authority from 6.8% Gross Domes(NEDA) and the Region- tic Product growth rate in al Development Council 2012,” the group stated. The National Statisti(RDC) in coming up with plans that would enhance cal Coordination Board economic performance (NSCB) reported that the gross regional domestic until 2016. “The negative growth product (GRDP) growth rate of 6.2% is indeed rate nosedived to a negavery alarming, as it is tive 6.2% in 2012 from a only Region 8 that falls positive 2.1% in 2011. The industry secbehind even far from the ailing Autonomous tor, which accounted Region in Muslim Min- for 38.1% of the GRDP, danao (1.2%) and Cordil- posted a negative 18.5% lera Autonomous Region growth rate last year from

a positive 1.7% in 2011. The manufacturing subsector growth rate plunged to a negative 40.4% in 2012 from a positive 6.9% in 2011. The poor economic performance was largely affected by the sixmonth shutdown of Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corp. (PASAR), the only copper smelting Philippines. Its plant is and refining plant in the located in Isabel, Leyte. EVCCI, composed of 12 local business chambers, asked the government to reduce its dependence on the performance of PASAR and consider the potential of locally-made products. The business community calls for a more indepth assessment of the region’s economic performance in 2012 and improve development plans for the remaining years of the Aquino Administration.

Eastern Samar Vice Governor Marcelino Picardal (left) together with members of the provincial board of said province observed yesterday’s regular session of their counterparts in Leyte. The visiting Eastern Samar officials particularly want to know more on how Leyte legislators conduct their paperless regular sessions. (LITO A. BAGUNAS)

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Unity March for eradicating poverty to be held today TACLOBAN CITY – It breaks one’s heart seeing poor children and their parents scavenging for food in garbage piles. It is even more disheartening seeing them scavenge left-over food from

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the garbage and re-cook it for their next meals and even selling to their neighbors just to get a few pesos for their daily sustenance. Such scenes and other scenes of poverty around us is heartbreaking. According to the United Nations, poverty is a human rights violation. Every child, youth, man and women has the human right to a standard of living adequate for health and

well-being, to food, clothing, housing, medical care and social services. With the fundamental human rights of the poor, the United Nations declared October 17 as International Day for Eradicating Poverty. Here in the Philippines, as we join other nations in unity in the fight against extreme poverty, it is observed on October 1724 as International Day for

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The eight-year regional economic performance consistently failed to meet 5% target. (SARWELL Q. MENIANO)

The resolution will be presented by EVCCI regional governor Roy Bernard C. Fiel in this week’s Philippine Business Conference in Manila Hotel. The national body would then include the resolution among the documents that would be handed down to the President after his keynote speech.

Calbiga has 2 mayors CALBIGA, Samar Commission on Elections (Comelec) en bancinstalled mayor, Melchor Nacario, said that he is now discharging all the functions and duties as chief executive of this town, an act described by the “acting mayor,” David Bacsal, as a case of usurpation of authority. Nacario said that on October 15, he issued an “omnibus memorandum” informing all the personnel and department heads of the municipal government that he had assumed as the municipal mayor of Calbiga. Earlier, the Comelec en

banc proclaimed Nacario as the rightful mayor of this fourth class municipality during the May 13,2013 elections as it annulled the May 14, 2013 proclamation of Nicasio Abaigar. Abaigar was removed from his post by the Comelec due to his alleged tampering of his certificate of candidacy by not stating his correct age, not being a resident of the village where he is said to be a registered voter and his not being a Filipino citizen. Abaigar tendered his “resignation” on October 11, reason why his vice mayor, Bacsal, assumed

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PRO8, AFP, Comelec upbeat of a peaceful brgy elections in EV CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – Top police, military and election officials in the region are confident of a peaceful conduct of the electoral exercise in Eastern Visayas with less than a week before the barangay elections on October 28. “In the recently conducted midterm polls, we have learned that effective partnership among our respective agencies is anchored on three C’s – cooperation, coordination and commitment – and thus we came up with best practices that ensured the most peaceful elections in recent history here in the region,” PCSupt. Elmer R. Soria, director of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8), said during the Regional Joint Security Control Center conference held Monday at PRO8 Matapat Hall. “Under the strengthened JSCC, the “three C’s” shall be prevalent in the performance of the respective functions of our respective agencies to ensure efficient

response to any peace and security concerns that may affect the election. The replication and enhancement of the “three C’s formula” and working together doubly hard will ensure a peaceful conduct of the village polls,” he added. Regional Election Director Jose Nick Mendros, a lawyer, and Brig. Gen. Jet Velarmino, commanding general of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division, echoed Soria’s optimism for a peaceful and successful village polls. The Commission on Elections (Comelec), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) has activated the Joint Security Control Centers (JSCCs) to serve as focal point for all security coordination related to the elections. Soria added that so far, the region remains peaceful with no major threat to election security while continuous implementation of electionrelated security measures is being undertaken by the po-

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

lice and military. “We have enough security forces to secure the electoral proceedings and they were given specific instructions on their responsibility in the security of polling centers, candidates and the electorate,” he added. As the election draws nearer, the police will continue the religious implementation of preemptive

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the post as mayor of the town which has more than 20,000 people. “I am the mayor of Calbiga and nobody else, reason why I am now discharging all the functions and duties of a mayor,” Nacario said. Nacario, however, admitted that while he has assumed the post as mayor, he is holding his office in the building of the ABC (Association of Barangay Chairmen). The ABC hall is about 100 meters away from the municipal building where Bacsal is holding office since

Unity... from page 1 Eradicating Poverty and National Week for Overcoming Extreme Poverty. Today, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will hold a Unity Walk, as culminating activity for the week-long observance, according to Vina Aquino, regional information officer of the agency. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. which starts and ends at the Family Park near the Lion’s Clubhouse along Magsaysay blvd. The unity walk will be participated by 100 men and women with some children who are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program and some mothers whose children are beneficiaries of the supple-

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operations like the conduct of checkpoints/chokepoints at pinpointed critical strategic locations; deployment of more personnel to areas with previous election-related incidents; intervention against loose firearms; accounting of wanted persons; prepositioning of reaction teams in areas believed to be of immediate concern and deployment of elements from the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB8) to support police provincial offices and police stations, the police official further informed. (PINSP RO-

MUEL NACAR)

October 11, the day he took his oath as mayor of the town. Nacario also admitted that he is still waiting for the certificate of recognition from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). He, however, said that the certificate of recognition would not matter for him to assume the post and discharge all its functions and obligations. Bacsal said that the assumption of Nacario was “illegal,” adding that he is contemplating of filing a legal case against his one-time political ally. “We are mulling of filing of usurpation of authority mental feeding program of the agency. According to Aquino, the DSWD has closely collaborated with the city government for this activity. The theme for this year is “Working towards a World without Discrimination.” Aquino added that city councilor Dalisay Erpe, chairperson of the social service committee, is the guest of honor. There is a slogan contest among the participants and the winner will be announced during the program. The participants will also recite the Universal Prayer for the Eradication of Poverty and the Panata (pledge). On October 18, 2004, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared the observance of International Week of Eradicating Extreme

against the ex-mayor,” Bacsal said referring to Nacario, who was the incumbent mayor during the 2013 elections and was seeking for his second term. Nacario himself said that he is also planning to charge Bacsal to the courts for the same offense, maintaining that he is the rightful mayor

of the town. Both Nacario and Bacsal admitted that they are not signing documents that pertain to money-matters. Nacario said that Bacsal ‘s assumption was illegal as there was no vacancy for him to bank on as his ground to take the seat of the municipal mayor.(JOEY A. GABIETA)

Poverty, and in creating awareness and strengthening the commitment to play a role of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Aquino added that the agency is targeting that the Philippines achieve the MDG-1 of eradicating extreme poverty; MDG-2 achieve universal primary education and health and fight against HIV, AIDS, malaria and other diseases. “This is a global campaign to stand up and take action against poverty,” Aquino said.

people gathered in Paris, France, to honor the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. Since that moment, individuals and organizations worldwide observed October 17 as a day to renew their commitment in collaborating towards eradicating poverty. In December, 1992, the UN General Assembly officially declared October 17 as the date for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (resolution 47/196 of December 22, 1992).

She added that the observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to October 17, 1987. On that date, more than 100,000

(VICKY C. ARNAIZ)


NEWS

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Red Cross-Leyte sends portable water sanitation facility to Bohol

TACLOBAN CITY With the massive destruction wrought by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Bohol, Siquijor and Cebu provinces, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) sent nearly 200 staff and volunteers to assist in rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations. According to Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon, the staff and volunteers mobilized were those from the nearby chapters. The Philippine Red Cross Tacloban-Leyte chapter has sent its portable water sanitation unit to Tagbilaran City in Bohol, according to chapter chairperson lawyer Miguel Tezon. Tezon said the portable water sanitation facility has been requested by national chairman Gordon as clean and safe water is badly needed in Bohol province. Leyte chapter administrator Jennifer Chico said that the military’s C-130 plane brought the portable water sanitation unit (Water Sanitation Module 40) to Bohol yesterday morning.

“We have waited for the AFP to send a C-130 to transport this equipment to Bohol. We will also send on a separate flight, our staff Edwin Pamonag, to operate this facility,” Chico said. The water sanitation unit can accommodate 250-liters a day for a 24-hours operation said Chico. It can process, clean and sanitize even murky water. Gordon said that for the past week the PRC Bohol chapter has provided hot meals to 3,000 persons in evacuation center. It has also put up health station in the province with volunteer nurses and doctors. Aside from relief food items, the Philippine Red Cross has provided medicines, water bladders, tanks and mats. Gordon has also visited Bohol province last October 17, two days after the killer earthquake. He was accompanied by Dr. Gwendolyn Pang, the agency’s secretary general and representatives from Australian Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross and German Red Cross. International Federation

of Red Cross Philippine Representative Bernd Schell was also with the group. Gordon was in Leyte and Samar last October 15 and 16 to personally turnover health centers and stations, equipment, medicines to the municipalities of San Isidro, Leyte and San Sebastian, Samar. The successful turnover was attended by Red Cross secretary general Gwendolyn Pang, Australian Red Cross consultant Catherine Gering, Ryan Jopia, San Sebastian Mayor Antero Gaviola, Sr., San Isidro Mayor Susan Ang, Leyte board members MimietteBagulaya and Alan Ang. Also in attendance were the Board Directors of Leyte chapter led by chapter chairman Miguel Tezon, Director RusticoBalderian, Leyte OIC-administrator Jennifer Chico, also Samar chapter administrator PriamArteche and staff. Represenatives from Department of Health Paula Sydiongco, DOH Leyte Team Leader Antonio Ida among others. (VICKY C. ARNAIZ)

PHERNet to spearhead research project TACLOBAN CITY The Visayas State University (VSU), through the Philippine Higher Education Research Network (PHERNet) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), is spearheading a research project on enhancing farm productivity and environmental quality in climate change vulnerable marginal uplands in Eastern Visayas. A National Conference on Development Initiatives in the Philippine Marginal Uplands is being held as venue where different projects and proposals will be presented to improve agriculture and farming productivity in marginal uplands. Marginal uplands are hilly or mountainous lands having very low crop productivity due to poor soil quality, limited water availability, and unfavorable socio-economic conditions. They are widespread in Southeast Asia and other parts of the humid tropics. Resource-poor farmers in the developing world are located on these risk-prone marginal environments. In the Philippines, the poorest households, who are also the most vulnerable and most food insecure, are living and farming on these marginal lands. The agro-ecological conditions in these areas are typically not suited to intensive production systems due to lowquality soils, hilly slopes, limited access to inputs or markets and extremely diverse and site specific condi-

tions. Crops that can be grown on these marginal lands are often restricted to root crops such as sweet potatoes, beans and other legumes, thereby limiting food supply and diversity in hilly lands. In addition, farmers often seek seasonal off-farm employment to survive. Thus, according to the VSU, research efforts are urgently needed to enhance food security and alleviate the

difficult and risk-prone living conditions of these poor farming households. The conference will feature plenary papers by experts and leaders in upland development, and concurrent sessions and workshops to identify gaps in upland development in the country and develop mechanisms for collaborative projects. The conference will also produce a peer-reviewed publication from the papers presented.

SAN ISIDRO, Leyte – Light moment with Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon after the turnover of two health facilities and health center under the Community-Based Health and Disaster Risk Management Project (CBHDRM), a partnership between the PRC and Australian Red Cross in coordination with the local government unit. In photo are PRC Leyte administrator Jennifer Chico, lawyer Miguel Tezon, Australian RC consultant Catherine Gering, PRC board director Vicky Arnaiz Lanting and Gordon. Earlier PRC donated health centers and rehabilitated health stations in San Sebastian, Samar. The CBHDRM is a three-year program and will benefit 14 barangays in San Sebastian and seven barangays in San Isidro. (PRC)

City government to set-up public assistance centers during barangay polls TACLOBAN CITY- To maintain a peaceful and orderly barangay elections, the city government of Tacloban will be setting up public assistance centers on October 28,2013. The City General Services Office will be giving free drinking water while

the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) will be offering first-aid, medical and rescue services during the barangay polls. Based on records of the city office of the Commission on Elections, there are 37 polling or voting

centers and 371 cluster precincts here in Tacloban. Based on records, there were 112, 054 registered voters for this year’s barangay elections in the entire 138 barangays of the city. (EDEN BENUSA-

It was learned that there are two on-going research projects on marginal uplands at VSU which are the CHED-funded Philippine Higher Education Research Network (PHERNET) Program on “Enhancing food production and environmen-

tal quality in climate change vulnerable marginal uplands of Eastern Visayas” and the NRCP-funded project “Characteristics and nutrient status of degraded upland soils in Samar Island”. The national conference is being held at the Visayas

State University in Baybay City from October 22-23, 2013 and carries the theme: “Enhancing farm productivity and environmental quality of Philippine marginal uplands: A scan of the past and a look into the future.”

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Conserve cultural heritage

ollowing the massive destruction in Bohol and parts of Cebu wrought by the killer quake last week, consciousness about the preservation of historical sites, including heritage churches, in remaining parts of the archipelago was stirred. Questions on how sturdy these structures are to resist crumbling as the earth sways strongly, such as the magnitude 7.2 tremor in Carmen, Bohol last week, floated. By and large, the people are getting more anxious not just of their own safety but the durability of the structures they go into. In Eastern Visayas, there are initiatives towards the conservation of the so-called tangible cultural heritage such as the age-old edifices, churches and other structures in the region. As of now, there is one national cultural treasure officially identified in the Region VIII that is the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Historical landmarks such are the Metropolitan Cathedral in Palo, Leyte and Dulag ruins of the first seminary in

Leyte way back the 17th century are among the structures that discuss the rich history of the province. The provincial capitol in Leyte is yet being prepared to be a historical treasure, according to Commissioner Joyce Dorado-Alegre of the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts. Alegre, also a respected professor at the University of the Philippines, disclosed in her guesting at Express It At The Park October 19 that there is an inventory currently being conducted on the heritage structures in the region, especially in Leyte. The cooperation of local historians and the local government units is highly imperative to achieve the ends of this effort. The support of the LGUs is required under Republic Act 10066, specifically in identifying heritage churches in their respective locality so that appropriate conservation steps be undertaken. In Bohol, as she cited, successful partnership between the government and the private secto page 5

The 69th Leyte Gulf Landings The 69th Leyte Gulf Landings last Sunday as usual rekindled the Filipino’s nationalistic spirit taking pride of the colorful history of our nation. As usual it was celebrated aptly and in a rare kind of solemnity brought about by speeches of Guests – from the US, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Australia, etc. who invoked the significance of the celebrated historical event. From the Philippine side, the speakers included Governor Leopoldo Dominic “Mic” Petilla, Lt Gen. (ret.)Ernesto Carolino Administrator Philippine Veterans Office, retired Colonel Francisco San Miguel executive Vice President of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines and of course the main speaker Depart-

ment of National Defense Undersecretary Eduardo Batac. -oOOLady Mayor Remedios “Matin” L. Petilla of Palo, Leyte expressed her sincere welcome to all the guests and specifically thanked the audience for their presence. She took advantage of the occasion with confidence by relating aptly how the town under her leadership that make Palo-anons proud. Indeed Palo has already improved

its image with the on-going infrastructure and beautification projects, livelihood opportunities and many, many more. The most impressive project is the building of a new municipal town hall, replacing the old dilapidating structure. Out of town people may simply drop in and see for themselves the uniqueness, beauty and elegance of the new Municipal building. -oOoI wish historians and current officials of Leyte

in cooperation with the Philippine Historical Commission should go back to the old celebration known for many years that of Liberation Day. It aptly addresses the real significance of October 20. Liberation Day in Palo signaled the end of Japanese rule in the country that sovereignty was revived and re-installed back to the hands of the Filipino people. While Liberation Day has also been claimed to happen in other areas of the country but the October 20 Leyte Landing was led by no less than the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces General Douglas McArthur, that gave it the official – historical stamp, Liberation Day of the Philippines in Palo, Leyte.


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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

Conserve... tor is vivid, only that the historic churches there were simply too old to resist shaking in the Magnitude 7.2 quake last week. Besides, these churches were Romanesque in design, where corals were just piled one of the top of the others until the edifices were completed. Steel trusses she said is a modern technology, absent in the olden times. Leyte-Samar Heritage Society Inc president Leo Lino Almeria said, in same appearance at EIATP at the Leyte Park Hotel, that heritage structures need not be renovated as such will mean altering the original feature of the structure, such as churches and other historical edifices. Reconstruction,

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 generosity, 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 encour-

in case of destruction of the heritage structure, should instead be done. This, however, entails a substantial budget. Thus, as both Alegre and Almeria affirm, funding is a vital requirement such as that from the government. It is not fine to say that massive destructions should first occur before concern in conserving historical landmarks and cultural treasures and heritage sites be more carefully attended too. Before unfortunate events take toll on the region’s treasures, appropriate upkeep and reinforcement should be made. It is about time that the national government gives extraordinary thought on the conservation of these treasures before it becomes too late.

OPINION agement and hope, coming from the gospel, common sense, and other sources, and nourishing them with prayers and the sacraments. The worst of times are 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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Looters

Laudable indeed is the action of the Catholic Church in extending help to the victims of the earthquake that hit vastly Bohol and Cebu. Asking the faithful to offer whatever they can share for the victims of the earthquake by way of second collection in Sunday masses is one effective way of extending our concern in terms of aid to our brethren who are still waiting for food, shelter, medicines and other basic needs. The devastation was so enormous that the death toll keeps on rising over the past days even as rescue and retrieval operations continue in the affected sites. It is heart-rending seeing the victims in misery as they wait for help from the government and other generous individuals and entities. The call of the Catholic Church for all faithful share their blessings as an act of thanksgiving for being spared from the catastrophic quake deserves immediate response. This is an opportune time for us to unite and to respond to our fellowmen who are gazing at an empty horizon with shattered hopes that only our generous response could help restore. In these times of urgent need for our sisters and brothers who wallow in hunger as their sources of living were ruined, it is our human instinct to empathize with the victims and feel their suffering. We cannot just enjoy in our comfort zones while we see people in dire misery from the aftermath of that 7.2 magnitude earthquake and the thousands of aftershocks that followed. We certainly do not have so much to give out of our dire situation but knowing how it feels to be in such a horrible situation is enough reason for us to eke out whatever we can share. We know too well that giving to anyone in need is a gospel value, an ideal Christian virtue that we all are called to live by. Calls for help from government had been tarry as releases of calamity funds are so tedious in procedures. Worse, calamity funds had been too elusive from the reserves in government coffers that calamity victims could hardly benefit from such funds with ease and urgency. Efforts to answer the immediate needs of calamity victims would in a way shield the misuse and abuse of calamity funds that people ought to seek in these times of need. Our tendency to look with pity our brethren who are suffering from calamities make us somehow conforming to the anoma-

lous practices of those who tinkered with our calamity funds. This certainly is not the aim of our actions to pool resources in order to assuage the pain of our brethren who are wailing for help from government. It is good then to extend our generosity by giving aid

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immediately, but we need to ax the culprits that emptied the reserves supposed to be kept safely in public coffers, specifically intended for calamities. After doing our share to help the earthquake victims, it would be good for the Catholic Church to also do its role in looking at the anomalies that led to the abuse and misuse of calamity funds. This is in order to stop the corrupt practice of using calamity funds for anomalous purposes other than calamities. It is also our Christian duty to uphold the truth and rid all forms of evil that victimized calamity victims. We must rid government of people who misuse calamity funds like looters. Comments to alellema@ yahoo.com

October 23, 2013 – Wednesday of the 29th Week Rom 6:12-18; Ps 124; Lk 12:39-48

VIGILANT AND FAITHFUL SERVANTS Jesus said to his disciples, “Be sure of this: if the master f the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you did not expect, the Son of Man will come.” Then Peter said, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” And the Lord replied, “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servant to distribute (the) food allowance at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so. Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that servant said to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk, then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful. That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

REPLANTING There is just so much that needs to be done: extra demands at home and at work; more time with the family; keeping up with our health exercise program; planning the next holiday; time out for friends; involvement in our children’s school activities; completing that new management course. In these and many other ways, the busy round of life draws us into a myriad of activities, all-important but all demanding more of our time and energy. So we try to do more while our energies ebb away, and we become like uprooted tress. If we find ourselves in this condition, we need to plant ourselves again in a spiritually nourishing soil. This calls for change in our priorities and renewing of our inner strength through spiritual means. Time given to inner renewal is never wasted. It serves us at least in two ways. One is that it will help us “to yield ourselves to God as men who have been brought from death to life” (Rom 6:13). Second is that spiritual renewal will keep us always on alert to receive the grace if the Lord who comes “at an hour you do not expect” (Lk 12:40). Thus, constant attention to spiritual health is needed, not only because old tendencies tend to surface, but also because special moments of grace can come unexpectedly. (His Word for Today by Vima Dasan, S.J., published by Paulines. Visit us at www.paulines.ph or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City, Tel. #321-31-95) Sower’s thought: “Let us love the cross that our hevenly Father sends us for he gave it first to his beloved Son. Let us welcome it with an apostolic purpose for through it we shall save so many people.” –Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family


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NOTICES

Leyte Samar Daily Express

Mayor Ang vows to improve the barangays of San Isidro

Republic of the Philippines Department of Public Works and Highways OFFICE OF THE DPWH DISTRICT ENGINEER Leyte 1stRepublic District Engineering Office of the Philippines Department of Public Works and Leyte Highways Pawing, Palo, OFFICE OF THE DPWH DISTRICT ENGINEER Leyte 1st District Engineering Office Pawing, Palo, LeyteTO BID INVITATION INVITATION 21, TO BID October 2013 October 21, 2013

No.

Contract ID No.

1

13IC0058

2

13IC0059

3

13IC0060

Contract Name Major Repair/Maint. of Existing Permanent Bridges, Bagahupi Bridge (B00042LT) along Leyte-Samar Inter-Provincial Road, Babatngon, Leyte Major Repair/Maint. of Existing Permanent Bridges, Kiling Bridge (B00521LT) along Tanauan-Dagami Road, Tanauan, Leyte Const. of San Joaquin Flood Control (San Joaquin Abutment “A”) Sta. KO916+911, Downstream, Cogon, Palo, Leyte

Scope of Work

ABC

Contract Duration

Bid Document Fee

Repair of Bridge

P5,000,000.00

60 CD

P5,000.00

Repair of Bridge

P5,000,000.00

60 CD

P5,000.00

Const. of Flood Control

P4,750,000.00

60 CD

P5,000.00

1. The DPWH, Leyte 1st District Engineering Office, Pawing, Palo, Leyte, through GAA FY 2014 DPWH Infrastructure Program intends to apply the sum above-stated being the Approved Budget of the Contract (ABC) to payments for the aforementioned contracts. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. Bidding shall be “Short of Award” pending receipt of FY 2014 SARO. 2. DPWH, Leyte 1st District Engineering Office, Pawing, Palo, Leyte now invites bids for the aforementioned description of works. Completion of the work is required for the above-stated contract duration. Bidders should have completed, within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the project. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instruction to Bidders. 3. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion in the Eligibility Check and Preliminary Examination of Bids as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”. Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, organization or joint venture with at least seventy five percent (75%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines. 4. Contractors/applicants who are interested in the DPWH civil works are required to register prior to the schedule of submission of bid while those already registered shall keep their records current and updated. Contractor’s eligibility to bid on the project will be determined using the DPWH Contract Profile Eligibility Process (CPEP) and subject to further post-qualification. Information on registration can be obtained at DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph. Date and time of Procurement Activities are shown below: 1. 2. 3. 4.

PROCUREMENT ACTIVITY Issuance of Bidding Documents Pre-Bid Conference Receipt of Bids Opening of Bids

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

DATE October 23 – November 14, 2013 October 31, 2013; 10:00 a.m. November 14, 2013; Until 09:00 a.m. November 14, 2013; 2:00 p.m.

SAN ISIDRO, LeyteGovernment workers of this town were observed to have changed their attitude after the Civil Service Commission issued a memorandum to all local government units to observe the 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. rule of the government. Town Mayor Susan Ang told Leyte Samar Daily Express that since she was elected and assumed as mayor, she focused on the improvement of the attitude of the employees and on the implementations of some improvement projects of her municipality. The mayor also said that after she took over the rein of local governance from her husband, now Board Member Alan Ang (3rd district) who served nine years as local chief executive of this municipality, tax collection has increased up to 60 percent and that these taxes would be used for barangays project in her town. “San Isidro will improve after my term as municipal

mayor kay sa pag ka karun, an ako gyud focus is to improve the barangays denhi ha amon bungto. An akon bana, si Board Member Alan Ang, damo gyud ang iya mga projects nga gi implement ngadto sa mga kabarangayan denhi sa San Isidro nga gusto nga ipadayon na ko,” Mayor Ang said. Mayor Ang said that in her first 100 days as municipal mayor she was able to implement some projects in the different barangays in San Isidro, which were funded by Rep. Andy Salvacion of 3rd congressional district, Leyte Governor Dominic Petilla and, of course, Board Members Alan Ang and Ma. Mimiette Bagulaya of the 3rd district. Mayor Ang disclosed that her administration is planning to build a new bus terminal, a new hospital, some municipal roads including a drainage system in her town. Mayor Ang said she regularly conducts consultation in the different barangays on what their priorities are for

2014. A common problem among the barangays is food security and the municipal government would address this, she said. “Kay mao man kini an amon gikarasabotan sa tanan nga mga barangay chairman nga amo ini ilatag during our Executive and Legilasrive Agenda (ELA) and we are also happy that our municipal councils were very supported in our program for the improvement of our people of San Isidro,” Mayor Ang added. Mayor Ang also said for next year budget of their town, she allocated funds for the implementation of all priority projects. Meanwhile, Board Member Alan Ang is also thankful to Department of Energy Sec. Jericho Petilla, who facilitated the energization of some 40 sitios in their town. Both Board Ang and Mayor Ang had earlier appealed to DOE Sec. Petilla to energize the 40 sitios in their town. (LITO ABALA BA-

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5. A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders upon payment of a nonrefundable fee. It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity, provided that bidders shall pay the fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids. 6. To bid for this contract/s, a contractor must submit a Net Financial Contracting Capacity at least equal to the ABC or Credit Line Commitment at least equal to 10% of ABC before dropping the bids. Bidders shall likewise submit their bids through their duly Authorized Liaison Officers only as specified in the Contractor’s Information (CI). All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18. Late bids shall not be accepted.

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(Sgd.) PABLO D. DE LOS REYES, JR. BAC Chairman

EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE

Dates of Advertisement/Publication: October 23 - 31, 2013 www.dpwh.gov.ph and PhilGEPS EXTRAJUDICIAL Leyte-Samar Daily Express (Local Newspaper)

SETTLEMENT WITH GRANT OF SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Felipe S. Macam executed an extrajudicial settlement over a parcel of Copy Furnished:

land with a residential house existing thereon under TCT No. T-30973, situated in Brgy. Marasbaras, City of Tacloban, 1. of Resident 5. Executive Dir., EVNET, 2F LEFADO Office,name, 206 P.constitute Burgos St.,and Tacloban CityMilLeyte, Island Leyte,Auditor containing an area of 735 square meters, more or less, and hereby appoint agros S. Macam as Attorney-in-fact, whomsoever buyPres., or purchase land; per Doc.San No. 179, Page 2. DPWH Regional Director, Region VIII 6.may NACAP Unit 204,the No.above-described 37, Annapolis Street, Greenhills, Juan City. No. 37, Book No. II, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Jonathan P. Arrojar. LSDE: October 23, 30 & Nov. 6, 2013 3. PCA President, Leyte Chapter

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Notice is hereby given that heirs of the late Fortunata Dadizon extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, described under Tax Dec. No. 01371 (R-11), CAD Survey Lot No. 2623, Assessor’s Lot No. 9, located at Brgy. Bunga, Cabucgayan, Biliran, containing an area of 2,374 square meters with an assessed value of P41,780.00. A Deed of Sale was executed a portion of 1,151 square meters, Lot No. 2623-A, in favor of Sps. Ma. Leah I. Abad and Cesar Delon E. Abad as vendee; per Doc. No. 299, Page No. 98, Book No. XII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Meljohn B. Dela Peña. LSDE: Oct.23, 30 & Nov. 6, 2013

(Sgd.) ANGEL A. SIA, JR. District Engineer

7. Municipal Mayors: Palo, Tanauan and Babatngon, Leyte

EXTRAJUDICIAL 4. VACC Regional Representative 8. BACSETTLEMENT Bulletin Board

GUNAS)

WITH SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heir of the late Gaudencio Añosa extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated at Brgy. Sta. Fe, Borongan, Eastern Samar, covered by O.C.T. No. 12810, designated as Lot 19267, Cad-434-D, Case No. 20, containing an area of 2,706 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Pedro Colongon as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 17, Page No. 05, Book No. LXXXIV, Series of 2008 of Notary Public Atty. Celestino A. Cabato. LSDE: October 16, 23 & 30, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION/SETTLEMENT

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Danilo Riveral extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a 1/6 portion of a parcel of land situated at Abijao, Villaba, Leyte, with a total area of 14.63142 hectares (whole area) more or less, under Cad. Lot No. 2523, and Tax Dec. No. 08-41003-00376 and the one-sixth (1/6) portion containing an area of 2.4385.7 hectares. That heirs hereby confirm as they confirmed that they have already sold their respective shares the above-mentioned to Sps. Mariano de Claro and Gloria R. de Claro; per Doc. no. 319, Page No. 67, Book No. XVIII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Alejandro R. Diongzon. LSDE: October 23, 30 & Nov. 6, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Marcial Balagat extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land (Lot 1) situated in Bontay, Brgy. San Vicente, Sulat, Eastern Samar, covered by Tax Dec. No. 013248, PIN No. 130248, Assessor’s Lot No. 9189, Unit Values 3,500, Market Value of P506 and with an area of 14-16 hectares; (Lot 2) covered by Tax Dec. No. 130236, Property Index No. 131236, Unit Value of P3,580, with an area of 05-51 hectare; per Doc. No. 62, Page No. 1, Book No. 13, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Reynaldo A. Alconaba. LSDE: October 16, 23 & 30, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH WAIVER AND SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Canuto Baldoza extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of residential land, covered by Tax Dec. No. 05-20004-00083, Survey No. 9300/Lot No. 01, containing an area of 120 square meters, with an assessed value of P76.20, situated in San Julian, E. Samar, that party namely: Bertila Y. Camartin and Eliseo Yupo hereby waive and quit their claim of ownership the above-described one-half (1/2) portion. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Leandro R. Quinsayas as vendee; per Doc. No. 233, Page No. 49, Book No. CVII, Series of 2013 of Atty. Celestino A. Cabato. LSDE: October 16, 23 & 30, 2013

AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION

NOTICE is hereby given that Sabina V. Ariola-Ignacio heir of Sps. Eulogio G. Ariola and Rosario V. Ariola executed an affidavit of SelfAdjudication over a parcel of land situated in Sitio of Tamborosan, Brgy. Baybay, Catarman, Northern Samar, containing an area of 6 hectares, 28 ares and 88 centares or 62,888 square meters, more or less, under O.C.T. No. 12756; per Doc. No. 2048, Page No. 44, Book No. V, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Noriel D. Diaz. LSDE: October 23, 30 & Nov. 6, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SALE NOTICE is hereby given that Greta Diosa B. Quitorio heir of late Sps. Melvyn Q. Picardo extrajudicially settled and adjudicated unto himself a parcel of residential land, became a conjugal property, now covered by ARP No. 11-06012-00074, containing an area of 1,792 square meters, more or less situated at Tumaguinting, Brgy. 12, Dolores, E. Samar. A Deed of Sale was executed a portion of 225 square meters, more or less from the abovedescribed property in favor of Greta Q. Picardo and another sale was made a portion of the above-described property in favor of same person, Greta Kalayaan Q. Picardo. consisting of 169 square meters; per Doc. No. 185, Page No. 38, Book No. III, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Pablito M. Go. LSDE: October 16, 23 & 30, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Vicente Mejia extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over 4 parcels of land described as: Parcel 1, Survey No. 857, located at Casilda, Merida, Leyte, with an area of 14,531 square meters, more or less, covered by Tax Dec. No. 05-29009-00173, Assessed value of P15,890,00; Parcel 2, Survey No. 3276, located at Masumbang, Merida, Leyte, with an area of 118,727 square meters, more or less, assessed value of P54,110.00, covered by Tax Dec. No. 05-29017-00614; Parcel 3, Survey No. 3283, located at Masumbang, Merida, Leyte, containing an area of 140,286 square meters, more or less; covered by Tax Dec. No. 05-29017-00615; assessed value of P62,080.00; Parcel IV, Residential Building erected under Lot 857, ARP No. 05-29009-00173, located at Casilda, Merida, Leyte, having a floor area of 40.6 square meters, assessed value of P20,600.00, covered by Tax Dec. No. 05-29009-00168; per Doc. No. 221, Page No. 45, Book No. XCII, Series of 2010 of Notary Public Atty. Edgardo C. Cordeño. LSDE: October 16, 23 & 30, 2013

OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE (EJF NO. 3672)

Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under act 3135, as amended, filed on AUGUST 23, 2013, by PAG-IBIG FUND, mortgagee, with office address at Cor. Del Pilar & L. Jaena Sts., Tacloban City, against BONIFACIO M. SOLAYAO, mortgagor, of 185 RIZAL AVE., CATBALOGAN, SAMAR, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of AUGUST 6, 2013, amounts to PHP 763,968.92, inclusive of interest and penalty charges, the undersigned will sell at public auction on NOVEMBER 20, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the office of Branch 34, Regional Trial Court, Tacloban City, to the Highest Bidder, for Cash, Manager’s Check and in Philippine Currency, the followign property with all improvements, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-62077 A parcel of land designated as lot 39, block 4 of the consolidation-subdivision of plan Pcs-08-000665-D, being a

portion of Block 13, Lot 1-10; Block 15, lot 1-10; Block 17, lots 1-17; Block 18, lots 2547; Block 24, lots 1-14; Block 25, lots 1-8; Block 26, lots 1-6 and Block 31, lots 1-6, Pcs08-000527-D, situated in the Barangay of Abucay, City of Tacloban, Province of Leyte, Isalnd of Leyte. Bounded on the: NW., along line 1-2 by lot 38, Block 4 of this subdivision; NE., along line 2-3 by Drainage Easement 2 (8.00 m. wide); Pcs-08-000527-D; SE., along line 1-4 by lot 40, Block 4 of this subdivision; SW., along line 4-1 by Road lot 13, Pcs-08000527-D. Containing an area of THIRTY FIVE (35) SQUARE METERS, more or less. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and place. In the event the public auction should not take place on said date, it shall be held on NOVEMBER 22, 2013 on the same time and place without further notice.

(Sgd.) RUBEN N. VILLACARILLO (9/4/13) Sheriff IV

LSDE: October 23, 30 & November 6, 2013


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

NEWS

Leyte Samar Daily Express

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3 projects in 1st LED affected by SC’s TRO TACLOBAN CITYThree projects from the area coverage of the 1st Leyte Engineering District are affected by the Supreme Court’s issuance of temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) funded projects. Thus said Engr. Angel Sia, district engineer of the 1st Leyte Engineering District in Pawing Palo Leyte.1st LED covers the municipalities of Babatngon, Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa, Sta. Fe, Alangalang and San Miguel. One of which, according to Sia, is the P1.4 million worth of school building in barangay Tacuranga, Palo, which is a two classroom; another one is concreting worth P500,000 in barangay Cabuynan in Tanauan and the third is the repair of the Leyte division office in Candahug, Palo which is worth P600,000. “What I am doing now, per instruction of my department, is that I have to see to it that the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) will be obligated not later than October 31, 2013 otherwise it will expire,” said Sia. For the meantime, while the TRO is in effect, we are bidding short of award, in case the TRO would not be lifted we cannot award the project, Sia said. So far, all other projects that was funded with Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez’s PDAF that is not covered by the TRO is now being implemented.

It can be recalled that DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson issued a memorandum regarding the implementation of the PDAFfunded projects, that in view of the TRO issued by

the Supreme Court on the release of PDAF allocations and on the instruction of the Department of Budget and Management, there shall be no obligation for projects funded from PDAF under FY 2012 and 2013 General appropriations Act until the TRO is lifted. (LIZ-

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FEATURE

Leyte Samar Daily Express

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

PASAR: Vital info people may not have known (Part

I)

By: Alvin Gz. Arpon On May 2013 the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining (PASAR) Corporation, shall have been in Isabel, Leyte for 30 years, since the construction of this copper smelter and refinery plant, the first of the then eleven major industrial projects of the Philippine government. PASAR owns and operates the only copper smelter and refinery in the Philippines, the very first in Southeast Asia in fact. Its primary product is Electrolytic Copper Cathodes, raw materials in the manufacture of various types of electric cables, telecommunication wires, copper shapes and copper-alloy products, etc. PASAR produced copper cathodes is registered and evaluated as Grade A in the London Metal Exchange (LME) and a COPPER 1 Brand in the Country Exchange (NYMEX). PASAR also produces dore – an alloy of gold, silver metals for jewelry production; sulfuric acid, raw material for the manufacture of chemical fertilizers; seleniums, for the textile, glass and photocopying industry; slag – for ship building and similar industries; iron concentrates and gypsum for the manufacture of cement; and copper residue. PASAR has actively contributed to the economic, social and cultural development of the Eastern Visayas region. The company was therefore one of the instrumental contributions in the rapid development along infrastructure, health, communication, electricity, waste and edu-

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cational services – the province of Leyte. -o0oBenefits Isabel and Environs Enjoy from PASAR Successful business establishments adhere to certain principles of responding to what they are morally guided that of to provide much needed assistance to the communities where their establishment exists. They call it Corporate Social Responsibility. PASAR in the 3-decade they have successfully existed have practically been very responsive to this corporate dictum. In education, they have substantially provided their share in school building constructions and some repairs in the barangay of Isabel, This they did in cooperation with the local government especially near the areas where the 700 hectare – plant is located. Hundreds of poor but deserving pupils of PASAR employees have been granted scholarships. Identified talented staff members of PASAR who can teach would also provide tutorial/special

programs like reading, mathematics, Science and English subjects. When students are sent to “Quiz bee” –like competitions outside of Isabel, PASAR would provide support assistance like uniforms, travel funds, and food; also in coordination with the local government units and the school district. PASAR has lately assisted in the joint GAWAD-KALINGA – LGU low-cost housing projects for the poor. About 111 houses have been constructed and occupied with 20 more in line in the next 2 years. PASAR provides the building materials, while the identified beneficiaries from the informal sectors perform labor-volunteerism while the LGU helps in the relocation. -oOoOut of School Youths (OSY) have been beneficiaries of PASAR’s Corporate Social responsibility dictum. They had trained several young people in shielded metal arc (Technical term for Welding). The plant has also trained lately some 70 OSY – 25 of them

females who immediately were employed in PASAR while the others are successfully working in Cebu, Manila and even abroad. PASAR has regularly been conducting leadership training for students aptly named - Isabel Student Leader Adventure (ISLA). It is a 3-day training program for public and private student leaders for them to imbibe – enriched traits and talents, confidence building and effective communication skills. Some 40 students are beneficiaries of the PASAR program as of this moment. One of the concerns of environmentalists sometime in the past is the danger of air and water pollution the plant may cause. That fear is gone, as it has installed an effective modern anti-pollution device. A very clear proof that pollution is not happening is the existence of a fish sanctuary right near the seashore within the vicinity of PASAR. It is teeming with fish. Come and visit PASAR. (Part II: The PASAR expansion program)

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