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VOL. XXV NO. 202

THURSDAY OCTOBER 31, 2013

P10.00 IN TACLOBAN

Turn out of voters in village polls 75%-85%

By: Joey A. Gabieta

TAC L O BA N CITY- The conduct of elections in the region was not only “generally peaceful” but resulted to an 85 percent of voters’ turn out.

As this developed, the Commission on Elections(Comelec)issued a challenge to anyone to come out and file a case against a candidate who resorted to vote-buying amid allegations that said illegal practice was rampant across the region. The region has 2.66 million registered voters

who trooped to their respective precincts. “What we have was a general peaceful elections here in the region and that our turnout of voters hovers from 75 percent to 85 percent,” Felicisimo Embalsado, Comelec-8 assistant regional director, said. This observation of the Comelec official was supported both by the spokespersons of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army in the region. Captain Amado Gutierrez, spokesperson of the 8th Infantry Division based in Catbalogan City, said that to page 7

Payaos to help fishermen increase their fish catch TACLOBAN CITY – The deployed payao in Samar Sea aims to help fishermen increasing their fish catch and at the same time help the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to easily locate fishermen in time of calamities. BFAR National Director Asis Perez explained this to municipal mayors who had just recently signed a memorandum of agreement with BFAR for their national payao distribution program. Seventy payao, a fish aggregating device, were deployed to municipal waters of the seven municipalities located along Samar Sea. Six of these areas are

within Samar province while one is in the province of Biliran. These areas are Sta. Margarita that was represented by Mayor Gema Zosa; Tagapul-an , represented by Mayor Vicente Limpiado Sr; Almagro represented by Mayor Kathleen Prudenciado; Calbayog City represented by Mayor Ronald Aquino; Daram represented by Mayor Lou Astorga and Sto Niño represented by Mayor Lilia Coñejos. Maripipi Mayor Elding Macorol was not able to attend but Director Perez informed that payao were already deployed in the locality. “The counterpart of to page 7

Former senator Panfilo Lacson (center) poses with Philippine Constitution Association president and Leyte (1st dist) Rep. Ferdinand Martin “FM” Romualdez (right) and Philconsa chairman & CEO Ret.Justice Manuel Lazaro (left) during the Monthly Membership Meeting of the Philconsa at Manila Golf and Country Club in Makati City.Sen. Lacson said on his speech that he commend and fully support the Philconsa for questioning the constitutionality of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) before the Supreme Court. photo by Ver S. Noveno

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Nearly 6,000 SMEs availed of DTI project in Eastern Visayas PALO, Leyte – The seven-year Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Program (RuMEPP) has reached out to 5,817 small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) in Eastern Visayas, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) yesterday reported. DTI Regional Director Cynthia Nierras said the project has elevated the status of many SMEs in the region through microfinance credit and support, enterprise pro-

motion and develop- enhance our services to ment, and management SMEs considering that our and policy coordination. to page 7 The region is one of the beneficiaries of the International Fund for Agriculture Development – funded program. It started in 2007 and will end this year. “With the RuMEPP, we were able to

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Thursday, 31 October 2013

18 liquor ban violators in EV face 6 years in prison

CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The 18 persons arrested by the police for violating the liquor ban in connection with the recently concluded barangay elections Monday faces up to six years imprisonment. Eastern Visayas top cop Police Chief Supt. Elmer R. Soria said that as of 12:00 midnight Monday, there were 20 people, including two minors, arrested for violating the liquor ban that was implemented on October 27 until October 28 as per Commission on Elections Resolution number 9715. “The ban on alcoholic beverages helped quell tensions among candidates and their supporters and prevented oc-

currence of untoward incidents that could have disrupted the electoral proceedings,” said Soria. Soria informed that the arrested violators would face a penalty ranging from one year up to six years imprisonment, removal of right to vote, and disqualification from public office. At around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, six persons Randy Jun Catalogo, 21; Jimar Rago, 19; Jeffrey De Paz, 21; Matthew Macasil, 21; John Robert Ontimare, 20; and Neil Sylas Babiano, 23 all residents of Brgy. 57, White Lane, Sampaguita District in Tacloban city were rounded up by the police while drinking liquor at the village basketball court.

Fifty-year old Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) employee Carlito Pernitez was arrested Sunday evening when he appeared before the Mahaplag police station in Leyte and was noticed by duty police officers to be under the influence of liquor. Five seamen, identified as Mark Saldo, 26; Danny Muksin, 39; Renante Legaspi, 28; Godofredo Villareal, 33 and Joseph Oliver Nagales, 33; were arrested by the Reactionary Stand-by Support Force (RSSF) under PSupt. Edilberto Aban while drinking at the vicinity fronting Gran Hotel in Port Area, Tacloban City at around 9:00 p.m. on election day.

At around 9:20 p.m., same RSSF team arrested Baby Misscion, 31; Dennis Duquillo, 33 and Andot Dansha, 22; with two minors while drinking liquor along the roadside in Maharlika highway, Brgy. 91, Abucay also in Tacloban City. Same police team also arrested Gregorio Esposo, 53; Jeffrey Garrido, 28 and Jovito Casiong, 46; while drinking liquor along side the Maharlika highway in Brgy. 99 also in Tacloban City. The arrested liquor ban violators were detained at police stations lock-up cells except for the two minors who were turned-over to the Tacloban City social welfare TACLOBAN CITY office. (PINSP ROMUEL NA- – Some media personCAR) alities won on their bids during the recently-held barangay elections. In Tacloban, Larry Portillo of PRTV12 was reelected from 1LT to Captain, 384 as councilor of Brgy.76, enlisted personnel were Fatima. Vicky Jornales promoted to MSG, TSG, of Philippine Collective SSG, SGT and CPL. Media Corporation won “Their promotion is as for same post in Brgy. a just and fitting recog- 51-A. nition of their dedicated Mark Escol of Radyo service and continuing Diwa landed as number commitment of serving one for council seat in the country and people Brgy. Pericohon. in this part of the counDyVL-AksyonRadyo try.” news reporter Ronald “Increase in the num- Viñas was reelected as a ber of stripes means in- councilor in San Miguel, crease in base pay, and Leyte. also increase in responJani Arnaiz of Basibility as non-commis- rangay Mantahan, sioned officers,” Ves- Maasin City was retuir said. (AVHA HILARIO elected as a kagawad. EBALDE) Arnaiz, a second-

Philippine Army to add strength in 2014 C AT B A L O G A N CITY— The Philippine Army in its determination to win the peace and not just defeat the enemy, will add their forces in 2014, according to 8th Infantry Division (8ID) Public Affairs chief Captain Amado Gutierrez. He said that throughout the country, some 19 to 20,000 able bodied men will be recruited but he is not sure how many will be hired for the 8th ID. The Philippine Army (PA), in a mo-

bile recruitment in three areas in Eastern Visayas (EV) last weekend, had 917 applicants for Candidate Soldier (CS) and 15 applicants for officer who tried their luck in an examination. There were 636 examinees for CS at the 8th ID Camp Lucban, Maulong, Catbalogan City, 197 for CS and seven for officership in Leyte Colleges, Tacloban City while 84 for CS and eight for officership in Camp Downes, Ormoc City. Gutierrez said that the usual quota for every

division for additional strength is 150, but they are hoping that in 2014, more will be added. The Army official said that the Army is really in need of additional strength since there is a big number of men going out than getting in. “We will be recruiting next year to increase our strength,” said assistant chief of staff for personnel Lt Col Noel Vestuir (OG1). Vestuir also congratulated the newly promoted men of the division. Nine officers were promoted

Media personalities who won in village polls termer, is a correspondent of Philippine Daily Inquirer and a stringer of GMA-7. This year’s elections was generally peaceful, according to the Philippine National Police. (VICKY C. ARNAIZ)


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Mendros lauds media for role in village polls TACLOBAN CITY – Commission on Election (Comelec) Director for Eastern Visayas lawyer Jose Nick Mendros expressed his gratitude and also lauded the members of the media for their role in the election. Guesting at the Harampang Ha PIA earlier this month, Mendros said the members of the media played an important role in the last midterm elections and this barangay polls. “Your fair and objective reporting, as well as reporting violence immediately, further abated chaos in the community. This makes the

community more alert and more responsive to any untoward incident,” Mendros said. There was only one election-related casualty on election day as reported. A husband of a re-electionist barangay chairwoman in Anibongan, Jaro, Leyte, was shot dead by his wife’s political opponent minutes after the balloting started. Although there were reported vote-buying, flying-voters, ballot snatching and election protests, the election is generally peaceful according to authorities. (VICKY C. ARNAIZ)

DOH 8, Samar PHO meet PHEMS C AT BA L O G A N CITY — To strengthen partnership, the Department of Health (DOH) Region 8 and Samar Provincial Health Office (PHO) met the Provincial Health Emergency Management Staff (PHEMS) composed of government agencies, non- government organizations and civic organizations to fine tune plans in disaster preparedness in the province. Based on Executive Order No. 102 which mandates all levels of health facilities of the government to establish and institutionalize the Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) to prevent or minimize loss of lives and injuries during and after disasters or emergencies. Samar provincial HEMS coordinator Roque Limse said that in the event of disaster or emergency, the Rural Health Units (RHUs) City Health Office (CHOs) and technical divisions of the PHO are mandated to automatically converge HEMS and create a functional 24/7 Operation Center (OpCen). DOH Hospitals and

other provincial hospitals are also mandated to establish and institutionalize the Hospital-HEMS and create a functional 24/7 OpCen. Limse stressed that in order to institutionalize the HEMS, the Local Government Unit of each health facility and the hospital concerned has to formulate the Local Policy, Protocol and Guidelines for HEMS and Health Emergency Preparedness Response and Rehabilitation Plan (HEPRRP). Limse disclosed that in order to have comprehensive Disaster Preparedness Plan, there is a need to formulate a Hazard Analysis, Assessment and Vulnerability Assessment of the areas potential to hazards. He added that the role of the health team is not in the retrieval operation where the disaster happened but on the evacuation center. The radio and civic group then are the ones that are assigned to pass the information. Organization of cluster response team of Health Facilities RHUs/ CHO in the field to include the PHO technical division such as psychosocial cluster team,

Barangay elections in EV generally peaceful – PRO8 CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte – The holding of barangay elections Monday in Eastern Visayas went on peacefully with no reported major incidents that disrupted the electoral proceedings, according to the top official of Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8). Noting the high voters turn-out, PCSupt. Elmer R. Soria said that it was an indication that the electorate was able to cast their vote with a huge feeling of security. “Government security forces were strategically deployed days before the elections. Advance security preparations and close coordination with other stakeholders contributhealth cluster team, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) cluster team and the nutrition cluster team are significant in the disaster rmergency response plan with the assistance and support of the local officials especially in the mobilization of response team, Limse ended. (AVHA HILARIO)

ed much to the success of the village polls,” he said. The implementation of election security measures and other election-related events were closely monitored at the PRO8 Regional Election Monitoring and Action Center (REMAC), the police official added. Police assistance desks (PADs) were established in clustered voting centers with close to 4,000 policemen deployed for election duties while police visibility patrols at the vicinity of polling centers were done by Reactionary Standby Support Forces (RSSF). Soria assured that his men will remain vigilant to ensure that all postelection activities will be safe and secured as he added that all police units are still on full alert as a standard operating procedure. In Samar province, the elections in three villages were postponed due to threats made to members of the Board of Election Tellers (BETs).

The conduct of election in Brgy. Dogongan in Jiabong town was rescheduled to October 29 upon recommendation of election officer Anacleto Monsanto as BET members were reportedly blocked by unidentified men while on their way to said village. In Brgy. Bana-ao, Sta Margarita town, BET members were threatened by armed groups that compelled them to leave the place while the presence of armed group and commotion at the voting center in Brgy. Giaboc, Gandara town prevented the BET in proceeding with the election. Soria assured that the elections in said place will push through on recommended schedule as appropriate security will be provided by the police and military. At about 12:00 noon Monday, the ballot box in Brgy. Catoto-ogan, Las Navas in Northern Samar was snatched by still unidentified suspect while the casting of votes was ongoing

but it was recovered by the responding officials led by Chairman Dennis Nebrao after it was dropped by the fleeing suspect and the election resumed. Investigators of Las Navas police station are conducting followup investigation regarding the incident. But while there were no major incidents recorded, more than 60 people had been arrested already for violating the election gun ban, Soria informed. As of Tuesday morning, 62 persons were arrested by various police units in the region resulting in the confiscation of 35 firearms and 33 bladed weapons. The gun ban started on Sept. 28 and would end on Nov. 12. The police also had strictly implemented the liquor ban since Sunday to help prevent alcohol-induced incidents during the elections that had netted 19 persons including two minors, Soria further informed. (PINSP

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Seduction or abuse?

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f Ka Freddie Aguilar’s words are to be taken at their face value, he never actually intended for the world to know that he is dating (and most probably sleeping with) a minor. According to him, it was his answer to a casual question that got everyone taking a sudden interest on his current unusual take on love. Apparently, Ka Freddie did not then realize the ramifications of answering the way he did that delicate question of how old his present girlfriend is. You see, in a jurisdiction which is teemed by laws that seek to provide protection for children, Ka Freddie should’ve known that sexual intercourse with a woman under 18 years of age could subject him to possible criminal prosecution. There is of course the more general Revised Penal Code which punishes the two kinds of seduction, i.e. qualified and simple. The for-

mer involves having sexual intercourse with a virgin over 12 but under 18 years of age by certain individuals, like a person in public authority, priest, home servant, teacher or practically any person entrusted with the education or custody of the seduced. The latter, which carries a lesser penalty, involves sexual intercourse with the same woman who is either single or a widow of good reputation with deceit as the key element. Then there is the more specific RA 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law which punishes, among other individuals, anyone who has carnal knowledge with a child considered to be exploited in prostitution. But whether the circumstance of Ka Freddie has overtones of seduction or child abuse, he ought to talk with considerable tact next time before deciding to let the cat out of the bag.

Lessons from the Oct. 28 Philippine barrio polls Indeed there was much money during the October 28, 2013 elections for 1 punong barangay and 7 kagawad in every barrio in the Philippines. Many candidates prepared between P20 and P2,000 for each voter appearing in their own copies of voters’ lists. Most of them gave their budgets to intended recipients. The rest pocketed up to between 25 and 75 per cent of the vote-buying funds that they solicited or were voluntarily “donated” to them (some “donors” were overseas workers among relatives and “friends”). [After a few weeks, the unspent election funds could be seen in either house improvements or almost daily groceries

from malls, or in nightly banquets or drinking spr. Very, very few winners or losers, being most enterprising, will use the purposely “saved” cash to buy a car or put up a livelihood business.] Many electors actually didn’t care about the quality and qualifications of candidates. What mattered most to them was the amount

of voter-buying cash each would be giving. These practices did not originate from the barrio level nor from the Philippine barangay election. Only the moneyed politicians started them. In past elections, most of those emerging as proclaimed winners spent much, much money. They bought voters and votes.

Vote-buying easily became the barometer in every election. Whoever gave the highest amount usually won. Experience from previous election activities only served as helpful guides. The overall denominator of winning an election was big cash for each voter. Of course, there were candidates who did not want to buy votes. Yet, some voters knocked on their doors. In past elections, vote sellers just stayed out in the streets from 9 p.m. of the vesper of election up to 4 a.m. of election day, waiting for a signal for them to go to the house of so-and-so ward leaders, there to get their grease cash. Last Oct. 28, some voters were brave enough to personally proceed to the house of a candidate and ask for his share

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Updates on Filipino Researchers R & D Contributions Part II - From DOST (Continued)

With its S & T workers on the move (unmindful of their suspended fringe benefits under the Magna Carta of S & T personnel), DOST has worked in tandem with the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) researchers based in the University of the Philippines. Meanwhile, the Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) located in Tigbauan, Iloilo province, continues to do its part by contributing their researchers R & D results by harnessing the potentials of our marine resources. Both DOST and SEAFDEC share the following R & D outputs, thus: 3. Genomics Research on Sugarcane - This research, funded by the DOST and being undertaken by UPD researchers is designed to help “. . . 62,000 Filipino sugarcane farmers all over the country to increase their yield and boost productivity.” The genomics team of researchers are ably inspired with their newly acquired laboratory facilities, including the DNA Sequencing Core Facility and the Bioinformatics Core Facility. Both facilities are designed as computing facilities to analyze large data from the DNA sequencing facility. The end results is “to produce sugarcane varieties with high sucrose or sugar content, fungal resistance, high tillering and rationing capabilities.” Further, genomics workers “aim to bring down the breeding cycle of sugarcane from seven years, using traditional breeding techniques, to just two years. This is made possible via a method called marker-assisted selection which involves the identification of desirable traits in plants at the early stage of the breeding cycle.” The latter method involves the “study of all the genes in the organisms and how these genesinteract mong themselves and the environment. Also, the PGC researchers is ventur-

ing into identifying markers for bunchy top virus-resistant abaca, drought-resistant eggplant, bananas and other agricultural crops. This writer has special support to the PGC’s work on both the sugarcane and the abaca via marker assisted breeding using the application methods of genomics. For a couple of years now, he was able to negotiate funding from DOST/PSTC 8 to improve the production of sugarcane and its derivative valueadded products in Barangay Arado, Municipality of Burauen. The project, undertaken in collaboration with the Eastern Visayas State University-Burauen Campus Administration, has however been moving in a snail-pace, barely putting up an infra-structure in the Brgy sans the muchneeded equipment, utensils, etc. Once the said project gets the necessary R & D technology assistance, sugarcane could easily be the rightful source of the ONETOWN-ONE-PRODUCT or (OTOP) for the Munici-

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and that of his family members’. A few other voters did that already after casting their vote. This happened between 9 and 11 a.m. Now, after each election in the Philippines, many keep talking that vote-buying and vote-selling are illegal and make elections dirty, and that time is always now to put an end to them. Yet, there is no law passed to let that desire have its way. In Metro Manila, part of the bigger talk on the election process has been the resort to biometrics and machine or computer election systems while red is the issue that these hightech methods can still rig election results, such as what happened in the May, 2013 senatorial, congressional and local automated polls. The goal of the talk has been to cast dirty politics and election cheats to

pality of Burauen, instead! Likewise, is the concern of this writer on the disastrous effect of the bunchytop viral infestation of the erstwhile viable product of Leyte and more specifically of Burauen Town! The personal concern on the viral infestation has brought this writer to the Visayas State University Main Campus and a serious talk with the Head of the Abaca Research Unit headed by a fellow Young Scientist awardee Dr. RUBEN GAPASIN. Accordingly, the infestation being viral, they have now tried to cross-breed the ‘natural’ abaca plant with a another banana variety locally called “Pakol”. It appears that fiber produced by the cross-bred initially shows it being “bunchytop” viral infestation resistant and has better quality of fiber extract! Premature these findings may be, but are worth validating. In Burauen, Pakol banana plants used to be the dominant cover vegetation in the old US Army Landing Field until the are area was transformed into an agricultural land later. ooo000ooo NEXT TOPIC : “Updates of Filipino Researchers R & D Contributions” Part III – From SEAFDEC SHARE S & T THOUGHTS through EMail: drpacjr@yahoo.com. death. Not a bit different, though, from past desires subsequent to elections. Of course, there is the ideal hope that gradually, this burning desire can be satisfied, except that no Filipino can already tell if this can be realized come the 2016 synchronized presidential to barangay elections. It was, however, the combined talents and efforts of several government agencies and civilian sectors (among them the clergy and academics sector) that forced the government’s armed units to minimize the use of firearms and explosives and armed groups by any powerful candidate personalities. The generally peaceful turnout of the just concluded barangay elections is an indication of the most decisive efforts staged by police and military operatives during the May, 2013 elections. Thanks, of course, to the leadership of

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Philhealth gains my trust While many of our people nowadays are losing their trust on selected government agencies or the people running them due to reported irregularities, inconsistencies, selective implementation of rules, etc., a number of these agencies and their employees are also gaining the citizens’ confidence, respect, and admiration. I myself am one of those who still possess a lingering trust on the goodness, kind-heartedness, and human consideration of people running these agencies. Lately, in fact, I was again able to confirm the truism of my belief. And it was with Philhealth, Tacloban Branch; that was last week to be exact. Our ninety-year old mother, who happened to be hospitalized for having had a fast-advancing wound on her left foot which we suspected to have been suddenly caused by diabetes—she doesn’t have a history of it—turned out to be a candidate for amputation that would require longer and costly hospitalization. This had prompted us to seek Philhealth’s assistance in the budgetary aspect. But to our dismay, we discovered that she is not included in our Philhealth beneficiaries, which means that we would have to fund her hospitalization from our own pockets that, unfortunately, are always depleted. Our brother who used to cover her in his Philhealth account had already passed away in 2006, and none of us, Mama’s children, had covered her since his death. One of us must then enroll her as Philhealth beneficiary immediately. But we were confronted with big problems; we were told that, to be able to include her among my beneficiaries, for instance, I should present her birth certificate, which she lost in their frequent mobility to avoid the operations of ruthless Japanese imperial armies during World War

II. We needed to present a voter’s ID/certificate, which she doesn’t have for having missed the chances to vote for many years already due to old age. All those pertinent documents required are non-existent, making me lose hope I would be able to cover her. Hopeless as I was, though, I went just the same to the Philhealth office along Burgos St., Tacloban City. Anyway, there is no harm in try-

ing as the saying goes. Besides, like I said, I still have this lingering faith in some key people inside government agencies, accused though they are of occasional anomalies. Inside, I took a priority number, waited for my turn, hoped and prayed for a positive outcome. With all politeness, I presented my concern to a firm but very accommoturn to page 6

October 31,2013 – Wednesday of the 30th Week Rom 31b-39; Ps 109; Lk 13:31-35

HEROD’S DESIRE TO KILL JESUS Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.” He replied, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose. Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned. (But) I tell you, you will not see me until (the time comes when) you say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

GOD IS FOR US As we move through life, we have high expectation such as: we will be successful in careers; have strong and satisfying marriage; raise good and responsible children; enjoy deep and abiding friendships and so on. Instead, though, our career may falter, marriage may be disappointing, children frustrating, friendships breakdown. When these hurts emerge, let us remember that God, who is all love, is with us. “If God is for us, who is against us?” (Rom 8:31). We trust that God can take our losses, our failures, our disappointments, our imperfections, and even our sins, and use them as means for our new beginning. It was this trust in God, that gave strength to Jesus to move on to Jerusalem to be killed, ignoring the advice of some good-willed Pharisees, who warned, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you” (Lk 13:31). It should be so with us. Of course, we are free to surrender ourselves into the loving care of God. That could be our problem. Often, we allow our freedom to be shackled by our own perversity, selfishness, and pride, with the result that we side-step God’s open arms. We are old enough to know that we can become our own worst enemies. Indeed, human freedom is awesome, as it is wonderful. (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: “Peace in a house is worth more than money. Peace is wealth and meritorious joy.” –Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family


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94 villages fail to conduct polls MANILA -- The poll body reported that a total of 94 barangays were not able to hold the elections Monday, most of which are in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm). Teopisto Elnas, Commission on Elections (C omele c)–E le c t ion and Barangay Affairs Department director, said 66 barangays in the Armm did not have elections, with 51 coming from Lanao del Sur. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, in press briefing Monday night, said they are looking at holding the elections in Lanao del Sur on Tuesday. Aside from Lanao del Sur, balloting was also suspended in four barangays in Basilan; two in Tawi-Tawi; three in Maguindanao; three in Samar; one in Lanao del Norte; and 12 in North Cotabato. Brillantes said they will hold the barangay elections in those areas as soon as possible. “These are not failure of elections so we will not hold special elections. These are just areas where elections were suspended and reset for a later date,” he explained. Earlier, the Comelec postponed the elections in 12 barangays in Calayan Island in Cagayan. Brillantes noted that majority of the areas where elections failed to push through were caused by teachers refusing to go on duty as BETs. “For security reasons, the teachers refused to serve as BETs so we suspended the election there. We will now be tapping police trainees to serve,” said Brillantes. He said they will discuss with the Department of Education (DepEd) on possible liabilities of teachers who refused to serve. So far, the poll chief said the commission en banc has not declared

any area as experiencing “failure of elections.” As to the voter turnout, Brillantes said they do not have any data yet although he has a personal estimate. “Based on what I saw in precincts in Metro Manila when I went around, maybe there were only about 55 to 60 percent voter turnout,” said the official. He said, however, that they remain hopeful that the numbers in rural areas will post higher voter turnouts as what happened in previous holding of barangay polls. “At this rate, we might not be able to reach our projected 80 percent turnout, although we are still hoping that the number from rural areas will pull it up,” said Brillantes. (SUNNEX)

Philhealth...

from page 5 dating lady. As expected, she asked for necessary documents, which I honestly admitted I had none, with little explanations. Thankfully, that lady in the counter understood fully, with much consideration, and instead of insisting I submit all those required docs, she asked me for alternative ones that would prove that the name I am adding is my mother’s. Happily, I heeded the recommendation and immediately left to look for any such document in my office files. I was just starting to browse those papers when, soon enough, I saw Mama’s name as one vital data in my Transcript of Records from the University of San Carlos where I graduated for my Master’s. Quickly, I fished that document, had it photocopied, and then eventually submitted to Philhealth, making sure it was received by the very same lady I was transacting with. I thought it would still take days or something for me to get the Member Data Record (MDR) with my mother’s name on it.

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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Bohol ruins ‘are tourist spots’ BOHOL will be making the most out of the damage caused by the recent earthquake, Gov. Edgar Chatto said in a press conference Sunday. Chatto said the province will become one of the centers for geological tours because of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit last Oct. 15. He said the five-kilometer fault line in Barangay Anonang in Inabanga can be the highlight of the tour. The coastlines of Maribojoc and Loon, where a large land mass has risen from the sea, can be future tourist attractions, Chatto said. “Bohol’s tourism has not been diminished, it has actually been added with so many attractions,” Chatto said. He said a visit to Chocolate Hills will give visitors a new twist as they will build observation decks to show them “what’s inside the hill.” The earthquake destroyed the viewing decks and damaged

some of the hills. Chatto said visitors to the Chocolate Hills will be given geological explanations on what happened. The ruins of the century-old churches in Bohol are also seen to attract domestic and foreign tourists, said Bohol Province Tourism Council vice chairman Walter Sultan in a separate interview. Sultan said that days after the earthquake, travel agency Travel Village and Tours received a number of inquiries from tourists interested to visit the province. “The damage can be a tourist attraction soon,” Sultan said. Among Bohol churches that sustained damage were the main churches in Baclayon, Dauis, Dimiao, Loay, Loboc, Loon and Maribojoc towns. These churches were all categorized as national cultural treasures or national historical landmarks by the Historical Conservation Society. Chato said the ruins can be another tour-

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ist destination for Bohol. “The remains of the structures or the ruins are tourist attractions by themselves.” While others may regard the province as still unsafe, Chatto said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology together with the University of the Philippines National Institute of Geological Sciences already said the province is safe. “Tourists have been well informed that when you have an earthquake of that magnitude and you have a fault line that was created, it will not create new movements (earthquakes) of the same magnitude for the next

100 years. This is the stability that Phivolcs and UP Insitute of Geological Sciences have been telling us,” Chatto said. As for the damaged churches, Chatto said they are coordinating with Catholic Church officials on how to rebuild the centuries-old structures but said the restoration may take years. “Our churches are heritage churches. We would like to see these churches back,” Chatto said. Bohol’s tourism sector contributes 20 percent to 25 percent of Bohol’s economy, the governor said. (SUN-

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EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH ABSOLUTE SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Transfiguracion Montes extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land designated as Cad. Lot No. 5169, covering an area of 4,304 square meters, more or less, under A.R.P. No. 11-030001-00080 & PIN 037-03-00001-32, A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Felipe C. Contado, Jr. married to Angelina B. Contado as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 392, Page No. 79, Book No. V, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Louie A. Borja. LSDE: Oct. 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 2013

AMENDED DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH CONFIRMATION OF DONATION

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Sps. Avelino S. Rosal, Sr. and Justina K. Rosal executed an amended Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement over a parcel of land situated at Brgy. Tabunok and Brgy. Osmeña, Bato, Leyte; described as: 1) A parcel of land, Lot 1522, Case 7, Cad 745-D, containing an area of 6,743 square meters, more or less, covered by O.C.T. No. P-29067; 2) Parcel of land, Lot 5626, Case 27, Cad. 745-D, containing an area of 7,646 square meters, more or less, covered by O.C.T. No. P-29900; Lot No. 1522 was given to Fe Dulce Rosal Winter but the title number was inadvertently omitted; and heirs hereby confirm and affirm the Donation in favor of Fe Dulce Winter and Estrella Pasaylo, the Lot 1522; per Doc. No. 276, Page. No. 56, Book No. 28, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Rico E. Aureo. LSDE: Oct. 17, 24 & 31, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND PARTITION WITH CONFIRMATION OF SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Sps. Juliano Y. Perez and Elmerita Perez extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Cad. Lot No. 8359, Case 12, Cad 964-D, situated in Brgy. Caigit, Villaba, Leyte, containing an area of 1,157 square meters, more or less, covered under Tax Dec. No. 3524, and hereby confirm and affirm the sale of the abovedescribed property in favor of Mr. & Mrs. Lucas Tupa, Jr.; per Doc. No. 402, Page No. 82, Book No. XXII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Alejandro R. Diongzon. LSDE: Oct. 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 2013

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH WAIVER

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Sps. Avelino S. Rosal and Justina K. Rosal extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over parcel of agricultural land, designated as Lot No. 5686, covered by O.C.T. No. P-30376, situated at Brgy. Osmeña, Bato, Leyte, containing an area of 13,309 square meters and heirs hereby waived all their shares in favor of their sister/ co-heir, Estrella R. Pasaylo, for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 273, Page No. 55, Book No. 28, Series of 2010 of Notary Public Atty. Rico E. Aureo. LSDE: Oct. 17, 24 & 31, 2013

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Hermelo Licardo extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land situated in Brgy. Guiwan I, Palompon, Leyte, covered under O.C.T. No. P-94190, Lot No. 560, containing an area of 125 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Prescila G. Apoya as vendee; per Doc. No. 1375, Page No. 4, Book No. IV, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Camilo P. Esmero. LSDE: Oct. 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 2013

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND PARTITION WITH CONFIRMATION OF SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Sps. Juliano Y. Perez and Elmerita Perez extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Cad. Lot No. 239, situated at Brgy. Poblacion Del Sur, Villaba, Leyte, containing an area of 86.30 square meters, more or less, covered under Tax Dec. No. 08-41002-00429-R13, and heirs hereby confirm and affirm that they sold the above-described parcel of land in favor of Marrieta G. Perez; per Doc. No. 506, Page No. 103, Book No. XXII, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Alejandro R. Diongzon. LSDE: Oct. 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 2013

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH ABSOLUTE SALE

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Sps. Juan de Veyra and Simplicia Adolfo extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land situated at Brgy. Tabigue, Municipality of Abuyog, Leyte, containing an area of 8,539 square meters, covered by O.C.T. No. P-9971. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Susan Cano as vendee for a portion of 1,467 square meters from the above-described property; per Doc. No. 269, Page No. 56, Book No. LXVI, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Edwin Y. Chua. LSDE: Oct. 17, 24 & 31, 2013


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President Noynoy Aquino. That having established, we already have a basis to argue that we can do just more to purge election scoundrels. We must not stop. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas had been a very big help no doubt when it directed banks and ATM operating entities to suspend withdrawals of bank and ATM accounts. Some had said that even some checks and foreign currencies were also stopped from being changed with Philippine cash. That was why, some peso bills were defaced or dirty or torn when stapled to “sample ballots” or a name of a candidate that were printed on a small piece of paper. Very few crispy peso bills were circulated in behalf of some candidates. That method also worked, in a way. Except that Filipino ingenuity at dirty jobs never ceases to work. The barangay elections were partly blamed for many commuters who were stranded until the evening of Oct. 28. Cars that used to pick up passengers were all full. In fact, I was one among more than 40 who were unable to get a ride from Petron point of the Basey-Borongan/ Basey-Guiuan highway to Tacloban. Other stranded travellers came from as far as Marabut (about 30 kilometers south of Basey in

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Samar, Philippines). They even had to cut trips (barrio-hopping) in the hope of getting a vacant seat in passing passenger vehicles, until they reached Petron. A group of workers had been waiting for a car ride since past 9 a.m., after casting their votes, in Marabut, to travel to Tacloban for their daily wage jobs. The passenger vans in Basey ceased operating at 3:30 p.m. while the ordinary jeepneys stopped minutes earlier. There were also no pumpboats available although the sea waters were calm off the coast of Basey to Tacloban. Having failed to get a ride – there were also grabs for habal-habal transport to San Juanico Bridge, there to get another ride to cross the bridge and reach Tacloban -, I decided to spend my night in Basey. It was already past 7 p.m.. I was already chilling a bit from the rain that caught me between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. while waiting at a partly roofed roadside for a passing vehicle (I couldn’t get a good shelter lest I would miss my ride). I went back to my office at the Espina Bldg. In Baybay, Basey and sipped cups of coffee as I continued with my computer encoding work until it was 5 a.m. of Oct. 29. The rest of the commuters preferred to wait for a lucky ride. For a sidebar, Oct. 28 election day must have been a working day for some

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personnel and officials of Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. At about 4:15 p.m. a white vehicle bearing the mark “DA-BFAR” passed by me at the highway side. The government vehicle must have come from Eastern Samar and already proceeding to Tacloban, perhaps back to the BFAR regional office. I waved a hand to motion it to stop and let me in as a rider, but perhaps its driver had his eyes focused on the road ahead, not looking sideways, and perhaps its riders were asleep (exhausted from a day’s field work), the car just went ahead. The working lady next to me at the roadside remarked, “hala! Government vehicle! Holiday yana! Waray pumasakay ha at!” ***

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existing program has limitations in terms of assisting them,” Nierras said during the IFAD supervision and implementation support mission. Of the 5,817 SMEs assisted, 1,051 are in Biliran; 1,310 in Eastern Samar; 1,802 in Northern Samar; and 1,654 in Samar. The foreign-funded initiative has targeted new and expanding businesses with assets of less than P3 million and one to nine workers. The five provinces in Region 8 are included in the poorest 19 provinces covered by RuMEPP in five of the poorest regions in the country. Aside from poverty, another consideration

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despite some “unfortunate incidents” reported during the elections, the conduct of the balloting in the region, to include those under the watch-list areas, turned to be “generally peaceful.” “The PNP and the Army troops managed to diffuse tensions. Both personnel assigned to poll duty did well,” Gutierrez said. He also gave credit to the Comelec regional officials, particularly its regional director, Jose Nick Mendros. Inspector Romuel Nacar, media officer of the PNP-8, also said that there was only one election-related violence that occurred on election day itself. He was particularly referring to the killing of a husband of a candidate seeking for reelection as is the high potential for enterprise development. Commenting on the report, Yolando Arban, IFAD country program officer lauded Region 8 for surpassing target in SME development. “There is an increasing number of new and existing rural microenterprises expanding and operating profitably and sustainably,” Arban said. In its report, the DTI has outlined best practices in the RuMEPP implementation in the region. These are iternal convergence, partnership with DTI accredited microfinance institution and business development services (BDS) regular team monitoring,

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chairman in Barangay Anibongon, Jaro town in Leyte. Ballot snatching was also reported in Barangay Catoto-ogan, a village with 227 registered voters in Las Navas, Northern Samar. An unidentified man seized the ballot box at 12 noon during the balloting, Nacar said. “It was a generally peaceful as no major incident happened that could have hamper the conduct of the elections,” Nacar said. He said that the successful conduct of elections in the region could be attributed to the deployment of additional troops in all provinces and major cities in the region, notably in Tacloban and Ormoc as well as the full implementation of gun ban which yielded 62 arrests of persons, 35 firearms and 33 bladed weapons. Meantime, Embalsado issued a challenge to the

public amid allegation of vote-buying for them to come out and file candidates who resorted to it. But this early, Embalsado admitted that it is quite hard to prove that the giving of money during election day could be considered as vote-buying. “We need solid evidence when we file a case of vote-buying like pictures and that the one filing will really come out and stand on his allegation,” he said. “A candidate who is accused of vote-buying could just say that he is just paying a debt, for example. In vote-buying, it is easy to accuse but hard to prove,” Embalsado said. During the elections here in the region, allegations of vote-buying ranging from P40 to P1,000,depending on the

capacitating the RuMEPP support staff, creation of database software application. The region was also noted for the application of local and regional economic development approach for easy coordination, complementation with existing industries, making use of what is the strength of the province and conduct of stakeholders’ analysis. RuMEPP, with an approved budget of 27.5 million dollars, targets to directly benefit 200,000 households in Regions 5, 8, 12, 13 and the Cordillera Administrative Region. The program was designed to raise the incomes and improve the livelihoods of poor rural people by providing them with loans and other financial services, and with business development services such as capacitybuilding, market linkages and product development.

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the local government units in this project is the maintenance of each payao,” said Perez. “That is why we don’t easily deploy payao to every LGU because we want commitment from them ensuring that they will take care of the payao that we will give to them,” Perez added. Aside from payao, BFAR would also be giving assistance to every LGU that were given payaos, said Perez. This includes strengthening capability of every LGU in increasing production of marine products, like in the town of Sta. Margarita that is potential for shrimp production and the town of Daram were they will strengthen more the seaweeds production. “Payao is just a symbolic component of this partnership,” Perez stressed. (ROEL T AMAZONA)

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