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New top Army official vows to neutralize rebel groups BY JOEY A. GABIETA

Brigadier General Jet Velarmino, howCATBALOGAN CITY- The new top Army official in East- ever, declined to give a ern Visayas vowed to neutralize the presence of the rebel specific timetable as to group, the New People’s Army as he formally assumed the when he could quell the insurgency problem bepost on Thursday.

WELCOME HOME. That’s how Calbayog Mayor Ronald Aquino greeted Ms. Aika Uy-Delgado and former Vice Mayor Rey James Uy. They are shown here flashing the Liberal sign after the Uy siblings called on Mayor Aquino at the Calbayog City Hall last Tuesday morning. It was during that visit that they announced their full support for Mayor Aquino paving the way to a reconciliation both personal and for the splintered Liberal Party in Calbayog. CTIO/Photo by Ian Baldomaro)

Top ICT leaders asks stakeholders to provide jobs to local ICT workers WEATHER

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PALO, Leyte – Top Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry leaders asks Eastern Visayas stakeholders to provide 20,000 jobs for local ICT investments by 2016. IT-Business Process-

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ing Association of the Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Jose Mari Mercado said that they will solicit commitment of the region on how many pool of talents they would prepare for ICT-related investments. Industry leaders are eyeing a minimum of 20,000 ICT jobs from each of the 10 Next

Wave Cities in the next three years. The Eastern Visayas Federation of Information Technology estimated that there are about 4,000 workers in the region that are now engaged in ICT-related. About 1,000 are call agents. “Currently, 73% of those employed in ICT to page 3

setting the region, a factor most often cited why it remain to be largely economically underdeveloped. Velarmino, who was the chief of staff of the Philippine Army, succeeded Major Gen. Gerardo Layug as the commanding general of the 8th Infantry Division whose headquarters are based in this city. The turn-over ceremonies held on Thursday at the 8th ID headquarters’ grounds, was witnessed by Major Gen. Samuel Norbuado, inspector general of the Phil. Army. “We will do our best with the help of with the stake holders to finish the insurgency here in Eastern Visayas because we have a target and we will try to accomplish the target,” the new commanding general of the division said in an interview. Previous Army gen-

erals based in the region had also made a similar vow to include Layug who served the division as its commanding general from April, 2012 until Sept.12, 2013, the day he turned 56 years old - the mandatory age for retirement. The national government under Pres. Aquino has vowed to end the insurgency problem by 2016. Velarmino said that he has yet to study the plan of the division on how to solve the insurgency problem in Eastern Visayas. But this early, he called on the soldiers of the division to help him accomplish his mission as he urged other stake holders like local government units, Church and the people in the communities to help him on his drive. to page 7

Amascual named as one of Dangal ng Bayan Awardee TACLOBAN CITY – Pablo U. Amascual III made it to the top and hailed as one of the 11 national awardees for the Dangal ng Bayan Award. The Chief Administrative Officer of Leyte Normal University, Amascual joins the other national awardees as they attend the awarding ceremonies to be led by President Benigno A. Aquino III in Malacañang sometime this month, this year. The Outstanding Public Officials and Employ-

ees Award or the Dangal ng Bayan Award recognizes the government officials and employees who have shown extraordinary act of public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior. Dangal ng Bayan is just one of the three grants under the Honor Awards Program (HAP) of the Civil Service Commission. The other two are the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award and the Civil to page 2


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Friday, 13 September 2013

Robbery suspects arrested

KANANGA, Leyte - Five suspects were apprehended by law enforcers in a hot pursuit operation after the robbery victims, the couple Joanar Dacillo and his wife, Wendy Luz Sanchez-Dacillo, reported to the police station here that more than P150,000 in cash was taken from them by unidentified suspects riding in a Wizard Skygo Motorcycle color black. The police identified the suspects as Arnel Espenola, 20, married and a resident of Angeles City; Alex Abendaño, 44, single and a resident of San Antonio, Northern Samar; Marvin Malinao; Rafael Cabradilla, 35, married and a resident of Sitio Salibongcogon; and the owner of

the house where the three aforementioned suspects rented, Esmael Conejos, 36, married and the driver of the victim, Joanar and Wendy Luz. Joanar and Wendy Luz were the distributor of Pepsi Products in this town. They were on their way to Ormoc City riding in a single motorcycle with Esmael Conejos as their driver. While they were in the vicinity of Barangay Naghalin, along the national highway, at around 3:00 p.m., a black Skygo motorcycle with three persons on board suddenly overtaken them. Then they disembarked, poked a handgun at them and declared a hold-up, saying: “Daplin motor, ug ihatag ang kwarta, Dili gani patyon ta mo.” The victims then gave the bag

that contained P150,000 to the suspects. The PNP Kananga police station, with SPO1 Ala together with eight other personnel, conducted a hot pursuit operation together with the victim and proceeded to the house of the driver of the victim, Esmael Conejos. The victim, Joanar, sighted the Skygo motorcycle and identified it as the motorcycle used by the suspects. The responding officers called up the suspects to surrender peacefully. However, one of the suspects fired his firearm towards PO1 Fabella and the PNP personnel returned fire. The four suspects were brought to the police station, while the one who managed to escape, Marvin Malinao, was ar-

rested at 8:10 p.m. at Sto. Niño, Capoocan, Leyte while walking along the national road. Confiscated items in the house of Rafael Cabradilla, in Sitio Salibongcogon, Barangay Lonoy, were one (1) caliber 45 pistol, Colt Chrome M1911A1 with serial number 850779 stainless, one unit caliber 45 pistol Colt Chrome with serial number 252639 with evidences three magazines for caliber 45, 36 pieces live ammunition for caliber 45, and money amounting to P 58,420.00 and one Skygo Wizard black motorcycle. Several cellphones were also taken from the suspects. One of the suspect’s cellphone showed text messages of the driver’s victim. (GERARDO

Peace forum slated

TACLOBAN CITY - The Brotherhood of C. REYES JR.) Destiny (BROOD), Inc.,University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) Tacloban Chapter and Y-Peer Pilipinas C A T A R M A N , y Oprenario, 17 years were walking at the Sa- incident but to no avail. in close partnership with Northern Samar – An old, single, jobless, out of cred Heart Plaza when A motive of the in- the 19th Infantry Bat18-year-old man was school youth and a resi- the suspect, without any cident is still unknown talion, Philippine Army stabbed and is now in a dent of Brgy. Yakal, also apparent reason, stabbed while the investigation is will be hosting a Multicritical condition at the of this town. the victim with the use of ongoing. (TITO B. TEPACE) Sectoral Peace Forum on In an initial investi- a short bladed weapon loNorthern Samar ProvinSeptember 25, 2013 at the cial Hospital (NSPH), gation conducted by the cally known as “dipang”. Multi-Purpose Building Amascual.... Catarman Police led by this town. The victim sustained of University of the Philfrom page 1 In a police report ob- PO2 Ronaldo Dente, Of- three stabbed wounds on Service Commission Pa- ippines Tacloban Coltained by Leyte Samar ficer on Case, the stab- different parts of his body gasa Award. The HAP is an lege. Said activity is in Daily Express (LSDE), bing incident happened and was rushed to the annual undertaking which line with the celebration Pol. Supt. Jesus Sula Mi- at around 10:20 p.m. on Northern Samar Provinaims to motivate or inspire of Peace Month bearing randa, OIC, Chief of Po- September 10, 2013 at cial Hospital (NSPH) for government employees the theme: “Everything is lice identified the victim the Sacred Hearth Plaza, medical treatment. to improve the quality of Peace.sible!”. as Lloyd Azamar y Cua- right in front of the CatElements of the Cat- their performance and inThe forum primarily nico, 18 years old, single, arman Police Station and arman police led by PO3 still deeper involvement in aims to gather different jobless, out of school the Catarman Cathedral Jim Erlee Custorio impublic service. youth and a resident of in Brgy. Acacia, Catar- mediately conducted In addition, Amas- No. 6713 “Code of Brgy. Narra, Catarman, man. hot pursuit operation to cual will receive a tro- Conduct and Ethical Investigation dis- a possible arrest of the N. Samar. phy, P200,000 cash and Standards for Public The suspect was iden- closed that the victim suspect, who fled to unincentives under Section Employees”. (ARVIA CLAUDINE O. DENALO, tified as Renzo Felicano together with his friends known direction after the 6, Paragraph 3, of RA

Young man stabbed in Catarman


sectors in the society such as youth, women, urban poor, religious, persons with disabilities, non-government organizations, military, government and cultural minorities to tackle each sector’s idea in terms of peace building. In addition, each sector can impart the practices that they have been doing for the advocacy of peace. Moreover, speakers coming from the region will be invited to share their experiences about the promotion of harmonious relationship and peace in Eastern Visayas. (ENCARNACION



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ICT industry leaders

PALO, Leyte – Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry leaders will meet with academe officials in this region in the bid to upgrade training of pool of talents to cope up with the demand of potential ICT investments. On Friday, the Eastern Visayas Federation for Information Technology will gather about a hundred school officials in forum with top ICT industry leaders in the country. “We’re encouraging the academe to consider training students for the ICT industry so we can make the talent pool bigger,” said Department of Science and Technology-ICTO Deputy Director Monchito Ibrahim. Citing surveys, Ibrahim said that out of every 100 graduates, only 10 are actually ready for high end ICT jobs. “Very few people are aware of career opportunities in ICT. Their knowledge is just limited to call center jobs, which accounts 70% of the total employment,” Ibrahim told Leyte Samar Daily Express in a press briefing Wednesday night at the new municipal town

hall here. Industry leaders who will be present in the forum are Jose Mari Mercado, president and CEO, Information Technology – Business Process Association of the Philippines; Cesar Tolentino, research manager, Contact Center Association of the Philippines; Michael Lim, president, Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc.; Christine Rom, board member, Game Developer Association of the Philippines; Jeanette Carillo, executive director, Healthcare Information Management Outsourcing of the Philippines; and Alvin Gendrano, board member, Philippine Software Industry Association. This week, the Next Wave Cities ICT Roadshow is ongoing in Tacloban with various activities lined up to prepare the region for ICT investments. In this roadshow, speakers from various Information Technology- Business Processing Management (IT-BPM) organizations – animation, game and mobile applications, software development, healthcare information management, will address audience at

the Tacloban Convention Center. Participants are composed of different stakeholders and influencers and mostly of College Students on the career opportunities available to them in the IT-BPM industry, particularly in their own locality. The DOST-ICTO is eyeing to complete the roadshow for 10 Next Wave Cities by November in the bid to prepare provinces as alternative destinations for ICT-related investments. Ibrahim said that roadshows, which kicked off last month, have already reached out two cities – Naga (Camarines Sur) and Laoag (Ilocos Norte). The same event is ongoing this week in Taloban (Leyte). Next week, ICT events will be held in Butuan. On October, the roadshow will land in Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Baguio (Benguet) and Cagayan de Oro (Misamis Oriental). The cities of Tarlac (Tarlac), Antipolo (Rizal) and Iloilo (Iloilo) will be hosting the last round of 2013 roadshow on November. (SARWELL Q. MENIANO)

TESDA-8 conducts competency assessment and certification activities TACLOBAN CITYIn its effort to upgrade the qualifications of workers, trainers, and assessors to a higher level to ensure better delivery of training services, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will be holding a series of competency assessment and certification activity nationwide for the period August to December, 2013. According to TESDA-8 Regional Director Cleta Omega, the National TVET Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) Program organizers are targeting trainers of public and private technical vocational institutions, public utility drivers, workers and other industry practitioners who want to undergo

competency assessment, returning overseas Filipino workers and Filipino expatriates with relevant Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) experience and industry practitioners who are prospective competency assessors. For this particular series, it was bared that NATCAC will not be offered to graduating students or trainees of various TESDA registered programs. It was learned that the assessment will cover all qualifications in National Certificate II, III, and IV levels, which will include those that are covered by specific government regulations such as driving, and automotive servicing. TESDA Regional Office VIII will determine the qualifications to be cov-

ered during the schedules of assessment based on the market demand of the region. On the other hand, in the case of the provincial office, they will prepare the final list of applicants per qualification, the assessment center, which may also be determined by the regional office, the schedule, and the assigned competency assessor. Moreover, NATCAC is expecting 60,000 individuals who will benefit for the said program and will be offered without charge. According to TESDA, the NATCAC application form and the self-assessment guides for the various qualifications may be downloaded by the applicants at the TESDA website which is www. (PRINCESS

Col. Dinoh Dolina, deputy brigade commander of 802nd IB, Philippine Army, and Major Dranred Canton, also of 802nd IB, pay a courtesy call to the office of Board Member Alan Ang of 3rd district of Leyte. LITO A. BAGUNAS

88 new stalls of Ormoc public market to accommodate displaced vendors

Ormoc City-Amidst the drive to decongest traffic, Ormoc City Mayor Edward C. Codilla made use of the 88 new stalls of Building 3 at Ormoc public market that were blessed and inaugurated last Sunday in order to accommodate the displaced sidewalk vendors. Mayor Codilla, who was in Manila during the inauguration, was represented by his brother Edwin C. Codilla, chairman of Clean and Green committee. Codilla once again reminded the potential stall owners to stay disciplined in maintaining cleanliness of these stalls and hoped that the move made by the mayor would truly contribute in answering the traffic congestion. Gabriel Raymundo, the market supervisor together with the market Technical Working Group will soon conduct


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industry are in Metro Manila and only 23 in provinces. The target is that by 2016, provinces will have a share of 40% in ICT jobs with about 525,000 employed,” Mr. Mercado said. Of the present 23% share of provinces, about half are based in Cebu and the rest are in Davao City and Bacolod City. “Job opportunities are already here. The ALEXIS B. SIGUAN/LNU- only here is how to ABCOM INTERN) bring these opportuni-

a raffle draw in choosing the tenants with their assigned cubicle. There are an expected hundred applicants especially those who are selling assorted items outside the Gaisano main, the fruit vendors and those occupying the sidewalks in the market. They will be subjected to a committee screening except those trading pirated DVDs and CDs. It is seen to charge 20 pesos per day for each stall, said Raymundo. It was learned that as much as City Administrator, Atty. Irene Resurreccion, wished to accommodate the vendors selling pirated DVDs considering they are also legitimate businessmen, she decided to exclude them in the priority list for they are vending illegal items. The move made by the city mayor of removing the obstructions at

the sidewalks answers the long-lasting problem of the city in relation to traffic clogging that was observed partly contributed by scattered vendors along the pathways. The construction works of the 4-square meter stalls at the public market were finished months ago but they remained desolated after the prospective occupants declined to take advantage of the chance to transfer offered by then Mayor Eric C. Codilla. Vincent Rama, the Economic Enterprise committee chair, acknowledged ex-mayor Codilla’s initiative in eliminating sidewalk obstructions by relocating them to the new stalls. He said the new set of city councilors only continues the previous administration’s plans for the sake of progress. (ELVIE ROMAN

ties outside traditional market like here in Tacloban and Palo area,” Mercado told reporters in a press briefing Wednesday night. Under the roadmap, ICT will be able to generate 1.3 million jobs by 2016 from the current 777,000 ICT employment. By the end of 2013, the target is 860,000 jobs. “If Davao City achieved 30,000 direct employment and 20,000 direct jobs in Bacolod City, there is no question in my mind that Tacloban and Palo can-

not achieve the same number. Stakeholders should work hard to make this area as destinations of new investments,” said DOST-ICTO Deputy Director Monchito Ibrahim. The ICTO has outlined major considerations for IT-BPM investments -talent pool, telecommunications and travel infrastructure, a businessfriendly regulatory environment and recreational facilities.





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government “fool the people” and never “for the people” best describes the anomalous deals that stashed government funds kept in lump in the hands of representatives and senators. The common defense of denial among those named as involved in the pork barrel scam does not hold as the public had become skeptical. People could no longer take deceptive explanations from politicians who quickly parry accusations of glaring crimes in pillaging the nation. What we get from those who claim to be honorable albeit by the convenient prefix before their names are mere alibis that are unbelievable. Documents dug by the commission on audit and the other investigating agencies bare truths about the nefarious business of draining the public treasury through schemes that are glaringly irregular. The fraudulent machinations must have drawn notice from

senators whose funds are expended without results. End beneficiaries of those projects and programs, mostly at the grassroots level, could have easily been identified and monitored by the agencies concerned. Evidences are aplenty to identify the culprits and authorities are reportedly on the brink of building cases against those involved in the scam. The plunder of taxpayers’ money had deprived government from delivering basic services, programs and projects for the people. Many of our countrymen could hardly access such basic services, simply because of their non-existence. The easy explanation to the people who are deprived of such basic services is that government does not have funds. The disclosure of huge sums of money being released by the senators and congressmen, with ease and facility, is mindto page 6

Not meant to be a dead letter OUR laws should not be left alone to dry up and deteriorate into a dead letter. We need to give them life always and revive them from time to time when they show signs of flagging. They need to be nourished, purified, attuned and adapted to situations as they flow in time. I wonder if we, as a people, as a nation, are aware of this responsibility. We make laws, usually worded very beautifully with all the legal jargon we can get from all sources, but then we scarcely make any effort to enforce them, much less, to make them grow and flow with the times. We have to remember that our laws are at best

our estimation of what is truly good and fair for us. They can’t help but be reflections of the ultimate law, which is the eternal law of God, our creator. Unless we understand that, we would be suffering from a fundamental infirmity, if not a radical error, that would surely drift us to all kinds of dangerous destinations in life. Yes, they are mere estimations, which

presume that they are supposed to be a living, dynamic phenomenon that needs to be handled accordingly. They are estimations in constant search for perfection. Thus, they always need refinement and polishing. They are a letter that constantly requires to be animated by the spirit proper of us as persons and children of God. Our laws cannot just be

a matter of words. They have to have the spirit, otherwise, they would denature themselves. And their perfection is nothing less than love, just like what one liturgical prayer puts it: “Law finds its fulfilment in love.” Of course, love here means everything: truth, justice, affection, understanding, sacrifice, patience, etc. We have to have a very clear idea of what this love is all about, because all sorts of definitions that spring mainly from the emotions, fashions, and very partial ideologies, are now being presented to us and we need to be discerning. Our laws should be-

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Friday, 13 September 2013

I met Janet Napoles

I know and I talked to Janet Napoles several times and as far as I am concerned, the allegations may be true. I remembered her stories about how much she had discreetly siphoned our taxes for her personal interests and usages. I recently talked to her last week through an employee in our store. Our employee, an outgoing SK chairman, had requested to go on leave for a few days for a barangay-sponsored trip to Palawan. He, together with some SK chairmen, was enrolled to an ‘educational’ seminar spearheaded by the Sanggunian ng Kabataan. The way I understood his stories, this is a part of a package of a near-to-end stint as a chairman. When asked on the nature and objectives of the seminar, he was completely oblivious. All he cared about was his gallivanting to Palawan. The objective, if there is any, has already been defeated even before the activity started. I had the privilege to

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come more and more humane, more and more able to bring us to God as well as to serve the common good. Thing is if we individually make some kind of periodic self-assessment or examination of conscience to see if we are still on the right track, to see if what we are now approaches what we ought to be, then all the more reason should we as collective body, as a people and nation, need to have the same regular self-examination. Business companies, for example, take pains to take care of their bookkeeping, lest they would fail in their business. They institute all sorts of check-and-balance mechanisms just to see to it that things are working as they should. But do we do this? Frankly, I don’t see much of these things around. If ever there are signs, they

talk to the celebrated Napoles a few years ago, even before her issue boomed. I talked to her through my well-to-do high school classmate and her big time parents. Every time we do our outputs for art class, she always crowed about her complete art set. She would swank her white as snow bond papers taken from her parents’ government offices. She would endlessly appreciate her colored clips, Elmer’s glue and Mongol pencils, also drawn off from there. I only sat and listened to her and thought of the simplest and most effective way to steal and how it is inherited even to juveniles. I just can’t get enough of Ms. Napoles when I came across her again just last week. She had become so worn-down because of her stress as a barangay worker for so many years. This barangay chairman is a person who always believed that if Mohammed does not come to the mountains, then the mountains must come to Mohammed.

remain signs with hardly any substance to back them up. They are just for show. We need to have a radical conversion to attend to this basic need of self-examination. This obviously should start in the individual level, but it should spread to an ever-widening circle of entities—family, schools, offices, communities, towns, cities, provinces, private and public sectors, and other areas of human concerns. This need should be able to count on an adequate plan of practices and structures in all levels of human life, seeing to it also that the coordination among the different parts and levels is well delineated and executed. Are we able to pinpoint the gaping loopholes that exist, for example, in the area of how our public officials are using the public funds or approving contracts or identifying projects to be

She advocated that we do not always achieve things the easy way, or do we? She also strongly believed that “kung walang magbubuhat ng iyong bangko, buhatin mo na lang”. This was evident when she talked about her years of service as barangay chairman; three terms straight before she went down as a councilor on her second term at present. I heard she is planning to run as chairman again after her cousin finishes three terms in the same barangay. Sometimes she also secretly talks of how much the barangay has provided her with her ‘well-deserved’ honoraria, ill-gotten gains and percentages per impractical barangay project. The most simple-minded people in their place vocally hated her ever since she entered into small-scale politics. I met Janet Napoles several times through the people I know here. I met Janet Napoles several times because even ordinary citizens exhibit their own way of stealing our taxes. I met Janet Napoles and I implore to meet her lesser. I pray, for the nth time that the PDAF scam does not go into a downward spiral and does not go into kangaroo court, for the sake of our hard-earned levies and for the sake of our children.

done? Are we growing toward a greater and more effective participation of the constituents in making decisions that affect a certain community? How are we improving our electoral process such that the true common good of the people is served and not perverted by certain machinations of politicians? There many other questions that can be asked, and they all show that we have to be always watchful with regard to our public affairs, and the appropriate laws should be made and improved to effectively pursue the ideal situation for us as a people. The problem is that our politicians in general are distracted by their desire to remain in power or to get even more of it. So we have lawmakers who, instead of making laws, more busy going around practically campaigning. We need to have living laws, that dead ones.

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Daang matarik Perhaps my senses were betraying me when I heard that President Aquino was up to charge Janet Lim Napoles with the crime of plunder but couldn’t make any assurances of a similar inclination insofar as the few implicated solons. Either that or I wasn’t just hearing or reading the news right. A long way has indeed come since Luy’s baring of the scheme or scam that has rendered his former boss filthy rich and which has bared how some of our legislators have worked around getting commissions or kickbacks from their annual PDAF. There was of course the detaining of Luy by his former boss which, without it, there could have been no stopping the latter in amassing the people’s wealth. Napoles got detained because of the charges but not so much on the ingenuity of our police to arrest her as her having given herself in. The people decided to redress their anger on the streets which caused one former magistrate to realize it was bad to join a cause aimed at obliterating the very reason for his sacking. We have indeed come a long way but we can never really say that we have gotten very far. And yet you hear from the most powerful man in the land that he is only acquiescent to squashing the seeming brain of it all but is reticent as to her equally, if not even more, guilty cohorts. For those words to have come from one who was placed in office because of his patronage to the daang matuwid, it makes you think and be convinced that he said it with tongue in cheek. It makes you think that he is merely yanking our chain. But that is just yanking the chain too much. The time for jesting is over even as there is no point to jest in the first place. Nobody is laughing anymore, as nobody even should, especially that it is no joke from the start that we got to teasingly brand our Congress a pack of thieves, a counterpart of the Mafia of organized crimes. It is no joke that even a senator had the decency to admit that the time to abolish the Congress itself has come. It is no joke and no one, not least the most powerful man, should be laughing. We certainly have not gotten over the time when

Upping the Ante atty. frANZ RAYMOND P. ASPA he failed to see that, much like the notion that a rose by any other name smells just as sweet, pork by any other name kills just as much. That was slyly to be sure, thinking that by his sudden change of heart towards the abolition of the fund albeit not very sincerely the enraged masses will shun from taking their cause to the streets. Good for them that they know better. Good for them that they know not even the words of a king can be trusted.

President Aquino’s words, whether they actually came from him or from his so-called advisers, speak much of the daang matuwid he wishes us to tread. Given that he is what he is, as this country’s father and all, ought to be believed because he, after all, is our leader, he ought to speak with a little more caution, if not indeed with little more sincerity. And saying that he is

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September 13, 2013 - Friday of the 23rd Week 1 Tim 1:1-2, 12-14; Ps 16; Lk 6:39-42

NO STUDENT IS ABOVE HIS TEACHER He also used images in speaking to them: “Can a blind man act as guide to a blind man? Will they not both fall into a ditch? A student is not above his teacher; but every student when he has finished his studies will be on a par with his teacher. “Why look at the speck in your brother’s eye when you miss the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,” yet fail yourself to see the plank lodged in your own? Hypocrite, remove the plank from your own eye first; then you will see clearly enough to remove the plank from your brother’s eye.

A SPIRITUAL BATTLE Years ago, a neighbor near my study, persisted in practicing flute. He bored my ears as with an auger and rendered my mind almost an impossibility to think. Up and down his scale, he ran relentlessly, until even the calamity of my temporary deafness would almost be welcome to me. Yet, he taught me a lesson on how I must also practice my discipleship to Christ, as rigorously as he did. “Every athlete”, says St. Paul, “exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable” (1 Cor 9:25). How indefatigable did Paul labour, with what vehemence did he pray! Slander and contempt he bore with utmost patience. Scourging and stoning had no terror for him. Death itself, he defiled, all for the eternal reward. Every Christian is called to fight against evil in themselves and against an ensnaring world, a corrupt flesh and a busy devil. We know that the front lines in a battle are risky, but the battle prize is great. To some, the front line of the good fight may be drawn against an extra minute or two of an indecent TV program or when we battle a surge of self-pity, or of immoral thoughts or words that hurt others. We have to choose our own spiritual weapon, for our warfare is spiritual but real. (His Word for Today, published by Paulines Publishing House, visit us at or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City, Tel. No. 321-31-95) Sower’s Seeds: “Our life, even if it is short, is long enough if it wins us Paradise. But even if our life is long, it is too short if we fail to reach heaven!” –Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family


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DPWH Region VIII conducts Field Engineers Training The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office No. VIII located at Brgy. Baras, Palo, Leyte, recently held a 21-day Comprehensive Training for DPWH Field Engineers. The said training started on August 13, 2013 and it was concluded on September 6. The resource speakers of the training were the DPWH key officials and engineers with an expertise on project design, construction methods, materials quality control, construction supervision and management. The training was participated by licensed civil engineers and architects all throughout Region VIII. The said undertaking was in-


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boggling. While agencies are lacking funds for their programs and projects, huge sums are at the disposal of our representatives in congress and senators. Such funds could not be released without the consent of those legislators

design, and the rules and standards in designing flood control and drainage structures. Conversely, module 2 discussed extensively the road construction and maintenance methods, equipment requirements, proper supervision, and problems and safety measures. Likewise, bridge, buildings, flood control and drainage structures construction methods, site layout, earthworks/ foundation, form works, concrete and masonry works, steel works, carpentry and tinsmith works, plumbing works, and finishing works were also discussed along with the commonly encountered problems and proper measures applied thereof. Module 3, on the other hand, focused further on Materials Quality Conwhose pork barrel trol, and module 4 dealt funds were tapped by on construction superviJanet Lim Napoles. It sion and management intended for the Materials is unacceptable for Engineers (MEs), Project tended to educate all field engineers, Project Engineers and Resident Engineers, possessing limited knowledge in technical project management governing the standards and specifications set by the department. The pertinent matters which were discussed in the training were divided into four modules; module 1 focused on designs, module 2 emphasized on the construction methods, module 3 concentrated on Materials Quality Control, and module 4 dealt on construction supervision and management. Module 1 covered the surveys and investigations in the design of roads and buildings, the standard implementation and processes on bridge

the people to hear that the funds were not used for the benefit of the people. The explanation by those involved legislators which are aimed to avoid prosecution is a great insult upon those who are being treated as fools.


Notice is hereby given that the heirs of the late Edilberto Perez Marco extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over parcels of land and several deposit accounts described as; Parcel 1, residential land located at 30 Batino St., Project 3, Quezon City, covered by T.C.T. No. RT-61199 (333509), containing an area of 146.9 square meters; 2) Brgy. 044 Mercedes, Catbalogan City, covered by T.C.T. No. T-15380, situated in Brgy. Mercedes, Municipality of Catbalogan, Samar, containing an area of 65 square meters, more or less; Bank Deposit accounts to wit: Allied Bank Cubao Br. - SSS Pension Savings Accounts No. 0220-333503, under the name of Edilberto P. Marco; Allied Bank Cubao Branch, US$CTD No. 0072965, Account No. 0228-00605-2 in the name of Edilberto Perez Marco and Christopher Roberto Marco and Philippine Business Bank Cubao Branch - Savings Account No. 006-01-001287-0; per Doc. No. 371, Page No. 076, Book No. 180, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. LSDE: Sept. 6, 13 & 20, 2013 Medino L. Acuba.


Notice is hereby given that heirs of the late Epifania Campomanes extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated at Anajao, Locso-on, Borongan City, Eastern Samar under ARP No. 08-03300635, Cad. Case No. 5942, designated as Lot No. 051, Block No. 017, with an area of 2,277 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Noreen P. Huguenin-Elie married to Olivier Huguenin-Elie as vendee for the above-described property together with all improvements thereon, per Doc. No. 270, Page No. 55, Book No. V, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Pablito M. Go. LSDE: August 30 & Sept. 6 & 13, 2013


Notice is hereby given that heirs of the late Florentina C. Basiano extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, located at Manlurip, San Jose, Tacloban City as Lot No. 3545-E (LRA) Psd-364949 with the improvements thereon, covered by T.C.T. No. T-4153, containing an area of 678 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Myra Campo, as vendee a portion of 93 square meters, as Lot 3545-E-2; Regina Monte de Ramos-Ronda as vendee for a portion of 93 square meters, Lot 3545E-4; and Norvic Gaviola Campo as vendee for a portion of 100 square meters Lot No. 3545-E-3, from the above-described property; per Doc. No. 325, Page No. 65, Book No. XIX, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Neil M. Sia. LSDE: August 30 & Sept. 6 & 13, 2013

Inspectors (PIs) and Project Engineers (PEs). Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) Engineers, Joanna Calagos, Allan Lanuza and Donald Cagomoc, attended the training and took the examination thereafter. In a re-echo conference, the three participants stressed the statement of the Chief of the Planning Division, Ms. Pacita Gavan, during the closing program


Notice is hereby given that Alberto V. Chan married to Amelia Piamonte executed a Deed of Absolute Sale over a portions of a parcels of land, both situated at Brgy. Bunga, Abuyog, Leyte described as: Parcel 1, portion of a parcel of land covered with T.C.T. TP-18346 and Tax Dec. No. 08-01022-00526, area of a portion is 120 sqaure meters; 2) Another portion of land, covered with T.C.T. No. TP-18346 and Tax Dec. No. 08-01022-00526, area of portion is 100 square meters in favor of Magdalena Rebarbas-Riños married to Rodolfo T. Riños as vendees for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 2528, Page No. 81, Book No. 71, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Vicente G. Rudas LSDE: Sept. 13, 20 & 27, 2013


Notice is hereby given that heirs of the late Vivencio Alzarro extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel ofland with an area of 3.062429 hectares, covered by ARP No. 00078, situated in Brgy. Catan-agan, Tarangnan, Samar. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Emmelly D. Olaje as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. no. 1966, Page No. 394, Book No. XX, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Alfredo C. Delector. LSDE: August 30 & Sept. 6 & 13, 2013

that “The positive output in the supervision and management in project implementation of every district engineering office lies upon the communication, coordination and effective planning of PEs, PIs, and MEs.”

SFDEO engineers will be attending a Technical Conference called by DPWH Region Office on Sept. 19-20, 2013 which will be facilitated by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE).


curb, nay obliterate what has been plaguing the system for ages, even long before his hero father could see the light of this earthly plain. You cannot expect to get that during the term of one president alone. It takes more, way more. But having espoused it, he should embrace it, he should live by it. While what it seeks to attain isn’t at all attainable during his reign, he should nonetheless stand by it, make the people believe that he rules by it. Otherwise, it is only steep slope for his administration. Otherwise, it is not daang matuwid for him but only daang matarik.

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certain to get an ordinary thief sacked but could not make the same assurance as to the extraordinary ones isn’t speaking with caution at all. Heck, it isn’t speaking with sincerity at all. On the contrary, it is speaking with utmost carelessness; it is speaking with not a little bit of candor. It is speaking gibberish, the kind which gets to be heard by one ear but destined to be flushed out through the other. His daang matuwid is, most certainly, an ambitious feat. It is not one whose effects can be achieved within the term of office of one president alone. It seeks to

In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that Maria Flores Abarollo Lobrigo has filed with this (Complete name of the petitioner)

Office a petition for change of First Name from “Flores” to “MARIA FLORES” in the Birth (First name to be changed)

(New First name to be adopted)

Certificate of Flores Llego Abarollo who was born on (Complete name of document owner)

May 30, 1972 at SSGH, Guiuan, Eastern Samar and whose (Place of birth)

(Complete date of birth)

parents are Roberto Abarollo and Dolores Llego (Name of Father)

(Name of Mother)

Any person affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than Sept. 17, 2013. (Sgd.) LILIA L. MACHICA City/Municipal Civil Registrar LSDE: Sept. 6 & 13, 2013



Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Leyte Municipality: Alangalang

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Eastern Samar Municipality: Guiuan




In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that BENJAMIN E. PEÑEDA has filed with this Office (Complete name of the petitioner)

a petition for change of First Name from to BENJAMIN in the Birth


(First name to be changed)

(New First name to be adopted)

Certificate of BEN E. PEÑEDA who was born on (Complete name of document owner)

March 15, 1953 at Alangalang, Leyte and whose parents (Place of birth)

(Complete date of birth)


(Name of Mother)

Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than ten (10) days after the publication. (Sgd.) Engr. WADSWORTH P. EUSORES City/Municipal Civ il Reg i strar LSDE: Sept. 13 & 20, 2013


Friday, 13 September 2013

Leyte Samar Daily Express


2 fiestas art exhibit for the road in Gandara, Basey C A L B AYO G CITY – The Calbayog Art Association will mount two art exhibits in the towns of Gandara and Basey on the Feasts of Saint Michael Archangel on September 29, 2013. City Councilor Julius Mancol, chairman of arts and culture,Sangguniang Panlungsod informed media that ten visual artists of the Calbayog Art Association will exhibit some sixty paintings in the towns of Gandara and Basey titled “FIESTA ART EXHIBIT 2013.” Subjects of the exhibit in Basey are the Sohoton Caves, Samar Island National Park, the old Church of Saint Michael and the livelihood mat making

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and the golden river. The opening exhibits will be held simultaneously on September 26 and 27 in their Sangguniang Bayan session hall. Mancol said that the objectives of the exhibit aims to support the development of local visual artists and to give artists a new forum to display their God-given-talent. Mancol also said that 50% of the sell of paintings during the exhibit will be donated by the art association to the Parish Pastoral Council and to the Local Tourism Committee of both towns. Meanwhile, in the earlier interview with Bishop Isabelo Abarquez at FILPRODUCTS Community Channel, told visual artists to raise public awareness of their art work. The good bishop encourage the art association to expose their art work to other parts of the diocese. The exhibiting visual artists are: Val Villanueva, Milanio Olano, Jr., Danny Celum, Aris Ven-

tures, Jolly Ostulano, Bebot Rosalado, Caloy Malnegro, Rex Ecal, Melvin Roxas, Carlos Barandino and Manding Toleza. The fiesta art exhibit is being coordinated by Mr. Alejo Yu, Vice Mayor Jonathan Isanan and Armando’s Art Gallery. Curator of the exhibit is Dr. Val Villanueva. The show runs until September 30. (ARMANDO E.


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Velarmino said that solving the insurgency problem is not just a military problem as it needs the help of other sectors “The insurgency problem has several dimensions and the military dimension is just one of them,” he said. Layug, meanwhile, said that he was proud that he ended his 37 years in military in Eastern Visayas, saying that his 17 months stint in the region had somehow contributed in addressing its lingering problem on NPA. He also said that he was proud to say that under his command, the division has “zero” case on human right abuses against his soldiers. Layug said that it was under his watch

Tacloban 12th Sangguniang Panglungsod City Council Committee on Finance Chair Councilor Cristina G. Romualdez spearheaded a two-day PUBLIC HEARING on Socialized housing tax, Comprehensive Traffic Management Code, Ad Volarem Tax on Idle lands, permits & regulatory fees for the operation of cell sites or other Communication facilities and an ordinance adopting policies & guidelines in the implementation of pre-marriage counseling in the City of Tacloban held September 9-10, 2013 at Balyuan Convention Center in the presence of fellow Councilors such as Councilors Eden Pineda, Willy Domingo, Vangie Esperas, Fredirick Chua, Jom Bagulaya and Neil Glova, joined by City Treasurer Susan Cordaño, Exec. Asst. Mariya Lagman. (PHOTOS BY: TIMOTHY CANES / GAY B. GASPAY-TISAT)

that Eastern Samar was declared as “manageable-conflict area” which means the presence of the rebels in the province is no longer enough to cause much problem on its peace and order situation. The military in the region is focusing on its campaign on the three Samar provinces, Samar, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar.


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Friday, 13 September 2013

SFDEO’s P25.767 M Bridge Project Inaugurated The inauguration of Rosales Bridge was made successful through the collective effort of the employees of Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) under the helm of District Engineer Virgilio C. Eduarte. The Rehabilitation/Strengthening of Rosales Bridge along Daang Maharlika (SM), (San Isidro-San Juanico Bridge) Project with an appropriation of P25.767 M was undertaken by ACME Builders Corporation. It was funded under the DPWH Regular Infrastructure Program. The bridge has a length of 65.35 linear meters. The contract covers the construction of four piers, five spans bridge deck slab, four lines of Reinforced Concrete Deck Girders (RCDG), concrete railings, and grouted riprap. Rosales Bridge was temporarily closed to traffic on January 15, 2013 and it was of-

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ficially opened to the travelling public on August 20 after seven months of construction. “Rosales Bridge was built in the 1950’s. During inspection, it was found out by the Technical Inspectors that this bridge was in critical condition and so it was recommended for an immediate repair.” said DE Eduarte. “I would like to congratulate the DPWH Family for a job welldone. The repair of this bridge is very timely. As our city is now gearing towards becoming

a developed city, malls will be constructed and consequently, it will attract more people that will make this bridge even more busy.” a statement from Mayor Ronaldo P. Aquino during his short talk. Cong. Mel Senen S. Sarmiento of Samar First District acknowledged the accomplishment of DPWH Samar I. “For how many years, DPWH is one of the government agencies that has a lowest standing in terms of trust and satisfaction rating. But now, DPWH under the leadership of Sec. Singson, regained trust and confidence from the people.” said Cong. Sarmiento. “The completion of Rosales Bridge will now lessen the traffic to all Calbayognons. Due to the occurrence of calamities and disasters in our country and other

countries, it was suggested to construct long span bridges nowadays. A long span bridge can withstand flooding and strong current of waters during rainy season. The construction of piers on bridges creates a “damming effect” when the debris are stuck on its piers.” Sarmiento added. Samar First DEO has proposed seven bridge project for the FY 2014 DPWH Infrastructure; three (3) replacement of bridge projects including Cagmanipis Bridge, Malajog Bridge, and Tinambacan Bridge and four (4) rehabilitation of bridges which include Oquendo Bridge, Sinidman Bridge, Cabacungan Bridge and Tangao Bridge. (LEVIRESA GET-



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