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EV needs more than P91 billion worth of investments to spur economic growth By: SARwELL Q.MENIANO

In a presentation during the recent Regional Development Council (RD C), t he Nat iona l Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)

said that regional programs are geared towards supporting the central government’s objective of inclusive growth that would even-

tually create quality jobs and reduce poverty. The second half of the six-year plan, which was approved by the RDC, will still focus three priority sectors – agribusiness, ecotourism and information and communications technology. Of the P91.22 billion required investment, P82.15 billion will be for infrastructure development, P3.46 billion for development of productive human resource, P2.08 billion for peace and security, P2.05 billion for environmental protection, P1.26 billion for agriculture and fisheries, P126.49 million for development of competitive industry and services, P68.91 for macro-economy development, P8.66 million for good governance. In agri-business, NFA warehouse supervisor Leonardo Raz showed the quality of NFA rice stored in a rented facility in Tacloban City. The warehouse currently stores 42,500 bags of staple food. (SARWELL Q. MENIANO) tagged as strategies are

TACLOBAN CITY – Eastern Visayas will need P91.22 billion government and private sector investment to attain economic growth under the Regional Development Plan (RDP) for 2014 to 2016.

Progressive groups in EV calls anew for pork abolition

TACLOBAN CITY— Groups calling for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or pork


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barrel, have mounted another local protest here in commemoration of the 41st year anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Jun Berino, secretarygeneral of Bayan in Eastern Visayas said despite the massive protests to abolish the pork barrel system all over the country, the call for truth, accountability and justice continues to intensify.

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empower the micro, small and medium enterprises, ensure a steady and adequate production of farm and fishery products, climate change adaptation; optimize the use of available land and water resources, farmer’s capacity building, application of farming technologies and provision of farming inputs. For ecotourism, identified strategies are public and private investments in tourism development areas, enticing tourists to choose Eastern Visayas as a destination and training of frontline workers, among others. For ICT, the RDP hig h lig hts t he ne e d to expand the existing Leyte ICT Park, upgrading of communication and telecomto page 6

Earthquake drill held at the City Hall

TACLOBAN CIT Y- offices. Friday. Employees of the City This after about a 100 The participants came Hall may now know how city government employfrom various offices lo“However, the level of ees participated an earthto react and behave in case cated inside the City Hall. response from concerned an earthquake hit their quake drill was held on to page 3 government agencies under President Noynoy Aquino›s watch appears to be mere ‘token gestures’ that is actually aimed at pacifying continuing protest actions. The Aquino government’s righteous path in ‘punishing the corrupts’ is thus tainted with tokenism, selectiveness, cover-ups and whitewashing,” Berino said. “Even if Aquino claims he had judiciously responded to the calls to House independent minority bloc leader and Leyte (1st dist) Rep.Ferdinand Martin “FM” abolish pork barrel, the Romualdez (center) poses with 52 3rd year BS Marketing students of Eastern Visayas State University -Tacloban City Campus during their study tour at the House of Represento page 2 tatives. PHOTO BY VER S. NOVENO



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Barangay residents of Jaro appeal for a better road JARO, Leyte- Residents of Barangay Robas, this town, reiterates their appeal to their municipal government to improve their access roads. With a better and improved road condition, their farm products could easily be transported to the public market on top of having a convenient travel, they said. Ab u n d i o P a l a c i o, chairman of said village, said that they have submitted several resolutions addressed to Mayor

Rolando Celebre without success. The local government for so long a time has neglected their road, Palacio said. Robas 15 kms away from the town proper has a population of more than 1,000 people. Should it be repair, according to him, it will be a major improvement for the barangay and its residents. The issue has been raised to the municipal local officials of Jaro thru barangay resolutions but seemingly,

none bothered to take an action on their concern, Palacio said. The public complain that traversing the withered roads is an ordeal. The crossroads going to Robas are in a dire state. `We have taken the issue to our councilor and to the Office of the Mayor.  However, no action has been taken so far.    It is very hard for us to negotiate the battered roads.  All was in vain,” Palacio said. Barangay residents said that the bad condition

BJMP, city gov’t launches program among women inmates

TACLOBAN CITYThe Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has launched last September 18 a program adopting the successful livelihood project of the city government for women inmates. City Councilors Cristina G. Romualdez and Raissa Villasin attended the launching of “Basura Mo, Pakabuhi hit Preso” – an offshoot of the “Basura Mo, Pakabuhi Ko” Program of the city government at the BJMP Female Dorm of the Tacloban City Jail. Ruena Mate, City Cooperatives Development and Livelihood Assistance Office (CCDLAO) head, said the BJMP has launched the program to augment efforts of the city government.

The program collects foil packs and recyclable items which are used by female inmates as raw material in the making of wallets, bags and other novelty items. Following the launching, the BJMP has started sending empty boxes to a number of non-government organizations and government agencies for the collection of recyclable trash. BJMP wardress Loreta Palada acknowledged the support of the City Government in livelihood opportunities for its female inmates Mate expressed her appreciation that the effort of the city government to provide livelihood opportunities for inmates has now become a community effort involving not only

government stakeholders but NGOs as well. The finished products are sold at a makeshift stall outside the BJMP Female Dorm and the Tacloban City Pasalubong Center situated at the Balyuan Executive Building. (HENRY JAMES ROCA)


from page 1 people are well aware that it leads not to the removal of the ‹SOP› system in the country and other forms of anomaly in disbursing public funds,” Berino added. “In such a ‘tokenist’ and slow-paced investigation and filing of plunder cases against perpetrators, we shall continue to do actions,” Berino said. A local complementary action to other protests nationwide was held Sat-

of their road is an added costs and burdens for them in delivering goods and services. Meanwhile, Mayor Celebre has vowed to carry out road repair in Robas before his term ends. “We have plans to improve the road condition there but lack of funds hamper us to do it,” Mayor Celebre said in an interview. He, however, said that he would what he can to address the problem of the people of Robas. (JAZMINE


Group to mark National Family Week

TACLOBAN CITY – In line with the city government’s effort in recognizing the importance of family, the City Social Welfare and Development Office, in coordination with the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints celebrates the National Family Week from September 23 until 27 2013.

urday along Rizal Avenue of this city. An Ecumenical Action for Accountability and Social Justice called for by the local UMAKSYON formation was also held at the RTR Plaza. “These activities serve to remind us of the plunder and repression under Martial Law and the people’s resolute resistance against it. This remains true and significant as the corrupt system in

This is in accordance with the national government’s declaration that every fourth week of September shall be obser ved as National Family Week Celebration. Aside from integrating the significance of family in community during the daily sessions in all day care centers in the city, some activities are lined up for this week-long celebration. One major activity lined up is the orientation on family laws on September 24 which will be conducted at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Brgy. Fatima to inform the parents of the government continues with the bloated presidential pork and the worsening poverty of the masses,” he said.


importance of the family laws provided by the Constitution. Another is the Family Drug Abuse Prevention Pro g r am s ch e du l e d to be conducted on September 27 “to inform its participants of the ill-effects of using the dangerous drugs and how could this be avoided,’ said Marilou Nacilla of the CSWDO. Nacilla said that they expects 30 participants for the orientation on family laws while about 20 are to participate for the drug abuse prevention program. (MA. META D. ABOGA/MARY SHARMAINE I.GABORNES LNU INTERN)


Sunday, 22 September 2013

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Leyte barangay officials hold conference

TACLOBAN CITY – Concerns regarding the upcoming barangay elections were among those discussed in the recently held two-day provincial convention of the Liga ng mga Barangay Leyte Chapter which was attended by around 2,000 barangay officials all over the province. Comelec on Elections (Comelec) Regional Director Jose Nick Mendros, main guest of the occasion, were asked on the fund augmentation of the barangays for the forthcoming village elections as well as the possible cancellation of the Sangguniang Kabataan polls. The Comelec had earlier issued Resolution No. 9739 mandating all local government units to set aside P10, 000 which shall be used to defray the expenses of the board of election tellers (BETs). As to the possible cancellation of the youth elections, the Comelec

regional director said that there is nothing definite yet although the Senate approved in final reading over the week the bill seeking to defer the elections of the SK scheduled on October 28. The House of Representatives had earlier approved on second reading a bill asking for the same postponement. Under the bill approved by the Lower House, the SK elections would be postponed and synchronized with the next barangay vote in October 2016. There will be no hold over for incumbent SK officers, whose term of office expires on Nov. 30, it was learned. Liga ng Barangay Leyte Federation president Board Member Margarita Cari and the provincial government of Leyte spearheaded the two-day event held at the Leyte Convention Center on September 19-20, 2013. The said convention, which carried the theme, “Kahandaan sa sakuna

dulot ng pagbabago ng klima, at iba pang programa, Barangay, Ikaw dapat ang nangunguna”, was aimed to enhance barangay effectiveness as it is considered as the largest local government organization which is performing tasks such as executive, legislative and quasi-judicial functions. It also served as a venue for the barangay leaders to exchange practices for better governance and to develop further camaraderie as the event included a Fellowship Night attended by Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominico “Mic” Petilla and Leyte fifth district Rep. Carlos Cari. Aside from the Comelec, other speakers during the event were DILGLeyte provincial director Artemio Caneja, Pio Dargantes from the Office of Ombudsman Visayas, Director Rey Gozon from the Office of the Civil Defense and Karina Rosa Tiopes, tourism director. (AHLETTE C. REYES/LITO BAGUNAS)

Matin proposes pork given to LGUs TACLOBAN CITY – Palo Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla says she favors the allocation of the much-pilloried Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to the local government units. “This would be a big

help to the LGUs as most local government units are not able to sustain their local projects and programs using on their respective IRA (internal revenue allotment) share,” Mayor Petilla said. In fact, she added, she has made a similar reso-

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lution with the League of Municipalities pushing for the allocation of PDAF to LGUs. “Should that happen, our proposal is to have the PDAF allocated to LGUs on top of the IRA and not part of it. It would be as an ‘add-on’ in the share of the municipality from the national budget,” Petilla said. However, Petilla, who also once served as a congressional representative of Leyte’s first district, said that here should be certain conditions and other measures to be imposed to ensure that the flow of funds from PDAF to local government units (LGUs) will work. She added that giving LGUs direct access to the PDAF would give the LGUs additional fund for the utilization of actual projects and programs such as infrastructure, social welfare, health services, classrooms and other priorities. “ The LGUs wou ld know better what their constituents need as we

INFORMATION. (from left)Representatives Tacloban City Social Welfare and Development Marilou Nacilla; the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center, Dolly Casio and of the Church of Jesus Christ, Bro. Joy Alisan speak concerns affecting their respective agencies and sector during the weekly media forum “Express it at the Park” held at the Leyte Park Resort, Tacloban City. (LITO A. BAGUNAS)

Students urge to do their part to fight global warming TACLOBAN CITYIn order to reduce the effect of global warming in our mother nature, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources encourages different schools in all levels to have more time in conducting various environmental activities. D E N R- 8 R e g i on a l Executive Director Manolito R agub said that they have visited different schools in order to conduct information dissemination campaign which will educate students about the cause and e f fe c t of g l ob a l warming. By conducting i n f o r m a t i o n dissemination campaign, R ag ub s ai d t h at t he students would have a full

knowledge about global warming in which they may have their own way of involvement to reduce the effect of global warming s u c h a s e ar t h qu a ke , typhoon, landslide and other calamities. “ The schools must fo c u s more not ju st on academics but also in conducting various environmental activities because it’s a way of reducing the effect of global warming,” Ragub said interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express. Ragub also said that they are planning to coordinate with the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education for the purpose of including our environmental laws and activities in the

curriculum of different schools that will help us a lot in preserving our natural resources. “As of now, we are on the stage of planning on how we will implement this kind of program more specifically on what will be the part of the DepEd, CHED, and other government agencies,” Ragub said. “With the calamities that we have experienced previously because of g lob a l war ming , t he DENR will need the help of the different government agencies, non-government organizations, peoples’ organizations, and specially the academe to prevent the effect of global warming,” Ragub added. (RYAN GABRIEL L.


signed to ensure that they would remain unscathed once a tremor hit them while they are at work. “We will know how to react during an earthquake. And based on the drill, we can respond accordingly,” Brosas said. During the morning drill which lasted for more than an hour, a tremor was supposed to hit the City Hall while employees are doing their work and entertaining their respective clients. As the supposed tremor, employees slowly walked out from their offices and out of the City Hall building, covering their heads to seek safe place. Among those who

joined the simulation was city administrator Tecson John Lim with the city information office Bernardita “Bering” Valenzuela seriously watching the unfolding “chaos.” Rescue teams coming from the Bureau of Fire and fire volunteer groups and a medic rescue groups participated the drill marked with a “rescue effort” of a men trapped inside the “burning” executive lounge of the City Hall. (JOEY A.

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Teofila Brosas, city personnel officer, said that the earthquake drill was deare on the frontlines of the government. At the moment, we may know what they need but we cannot immediately address all these with limited budgets,” Petilla disclosed. The only automatic appropriation for LGUs is their share in the IRA and they have lobbied to have this share increased to 60-70%. Other special funds for LGUs are coursed through national agencies which is said to benefit only few LGUs. (AHLETTE C. REYES)





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he Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Eastern Visayas underscored the significance of promoting health and safety in the workplace as it continues to advocate for the program. It is about time DOLE put the workers back into the spotlight especially with particular emphasis on health and safety at the workplace instead of the usual focus on economic growth percentages and inflation figures. Since economic growth is a product of labor, it is only fair that workers are recognised as the goose that lays the golden egg and hence work in safe environments where they are motivated to drive economic growth. Occupational safety and health standards aims to provide at least the minimum accept-

able degree of protection that must be afforded to every worker in relation to the working conditions and dangers of injury, sickness or death that may arise by reason of the worker’s occupation. While there is no exact figure available, many workers die on the job every year, and may more injured, and many will die from illnesses and accidents at work. Every Filipino worker has the right to a safe and healthy workplace. There is a common statement that goes “accidents do not just happen, they are caused”. The provision of occupational health and safety standards by the government is an exercise of police power, with the intention of promoting the welfare and well-being of the workers.

Here’s more legal angle on pork barrel charges! Senator Chiz Escudero said Senate should continue with its investigation on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) rip off despite the filing of plunder charges against some senators, congressmen and individuals in the P10-billion pork barrel scam. “We did the same in the case of AFP General Carlos Garcia. His case was already before the Sandiganbayan and it was already in the plea bargaining stage. We went on with the Senate investigation.” Escudero, chairman of the Senate committee on finance said, in sustaining its own investigation, affords the public

the venue to be informed with the facts of the case through testimonies under oath. “The Senate remains to be the only venue where the citizens can very much acquaint themselves with the goings-on of this case from the witnesses and key players themselves. This has become equally important to the people be-

cause they now become more vigilant to demand to know where and how the government utilize the taxes they pay.” The senator added that there are still many facts to be had surrounding the siphoning of lawmakers funds to bogus organizations. “The uncovering of the Napoles-NGO ope-

randi does not close the issue, but of course this is where we take off. Rather, it opened a whole wide door about other NGOs, 82 as reported in the Commission on Audit report. There are only 8 Napoles-related NGOs; we’d like to find out how the remaining 74 operates. It follows the same operation and pattern as the Napoles Group and the amount involved is more staggering than what is being looked at now.” Escudero, the principal author who asked the Senate to probe the scandal had asked the committee to call for Janet Lim Napoles, tagged to page 5


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Happy are the merciful The merciful will inherit the earth. - Matthew 5:5 The meek will inherit the land. - Psalm 37:10

This recent week, I came across a problem, not mine, but of a couple who bought 31,007 square meters of land. They have already paid one million pesos out of the one and half million pesos price. The Canadian husband and the Filipina wife distressed over the unsettled matter requiring legal assistance consulted Tugonon & Tugonon Law Office. Unfortunately, that day, Atty. Demosthenes Fiel Tugonon was in a court hearing; hence, I entertained them. The wife Melissa Añasco Lofranco and husband John Lonson Demera explained the owner of the lot Spouses Rosita and Jaime Pimentel of Barangay Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas, executed a Special Power Attorney in favor of Bernardita Barte Fernandez of Albuera, Leyte. They entered into a Contract to Sell on May 30, 2011, with provisions of payment by installment for a three-year period. They were alarmed when they learned Atty. Ari Larrazabal bought a thousand square meters out of the piece of land they believed part of the parcel they agreed to buy. Moreover, when they contacted by phone Rosita told them she only received P330 Thousands from Bernardita, their attorney-in-fact. Worst when they contacted a child of Florencio Burca, the named owner in the Transfer Certificate of Title No. 696, the information given was the signature of her father is forged. With the information relayed to me by the couple, I surmised the case is swindling (estafa), falsification and perjury. When I told them my suspicion, John the Canadian, merely shrugged his shoulder saying: “I have to go back to work.” He retired with his savings that he invested on the three hectares of land. I felt sorry for a person whose seventy percent of his life used for

an honest earning only becoming a swindling victim. There is pained that crosses within my inner self. It is a pity and hate. However, when the wife Melissa told me Rosita scheduled to come the next day, Wednesday, I felt gladness. If Rosita is a party to the swindling will not be difficult to solve the problem once we could talk to her. Therefore, I advised John and Melissa not to say anything about our suspicion. They met Rosita at Romualdez Airport in the afternoon of Wednesday. Early morning of Thursday, the couple came and conferred with Atty. Tugonon and me. We discussed our plan. Albeit, before that day, Atty. Tugonon was able to contact Teofilo Granada, head of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office of Albuera. Atty. Tugonon solicited his assistance to contact Bernardita. The latter, according to Granada is partially paralyzed, but he will do all he can. When Rosita came with the Demera couple, we saw in her face the innocence. He came because the Demeras informed her they were able to give Bernardita one million pesos. Rosita said she only received the three hundred thirty thousand pesos. In addition, when the Demeras informed Rosita of the problem, she felt shame; hence, her immediate travel from Lian, Batangas. Rosita confided me that her husband told her whether she receives the payment, foremost she must maintain goodwill. Indeed, while telling her side of the story tears flow her eyes. Her uncontrolled emotion manifested her innocence. Atty. Tugonon and I wondered if the case is swindling, until we received the information from Granada the owner’s copy of the Transfer Certificate of Title was with Bernardita. The doubts in my mind suddenly perished. No swindling, but merely misunderstand-

ing I presumed. When Bernardita came, Rosita solemnly said: “Bern what happened to you?” We saw Bernardita with cane assisted by her husband. It is a mixed feeling of friendships that only Rosita could express. After the documents seen by Atty. Tugonon and confrontation with the participants have done, a deed of absolute sale with waiver I prepared for signature of Bernardita and Rosita. Bernardita owns the 5,007 square meters while the 26,000 belongs to Rosita. Two Contracts to Sell executed one for Bernardita for half million pesos, the other for Rosita for one million pesos. Inasmuch as Bernardita already receives one million pesos with P330 Thousands remitted to Rosita, Bernardita used P170 Thousands of the payment intended for Rosita. Can Bernardita pay the P170 Thousands with her health condition? At first Rosita wanted Bernardita to pay the capital gain tax and the lawyer’s fee. However, Rosita told me her husband cautioned her to be merciful. Hence, the P170 Thousands Bernardita ought to give Rosita written off, and the capital gain tax including the lawyer’s fee Rosita decided to pay from her share. I said to myself, “the world is not yet hopeless”, there are persons still having the heart of the Creator. (Feedback welcome, g_duna@

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as the mastermind of the scam. Other whistleblowers and key personalities already mentioned in Luy’s narration should also be called before the Senate, he said. “I have asked the committee to invite Napoles. I also spoke with Chairman TG Guingona about it. The court has the jurisdiction over her. Whether it grants our request or not is totally up to the court. But let it not be said that the senate did not pursue it.” During last week’s hearing, Escudero requested for the appearance of the manager of

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At the impulse of faith THIS is the ideal situation in our life. It’s when we manage to shape our life according to the behest of our faith that we attain this ideal. Faith is a gift from God that enables us to start living our life with God which is how our life should be. We actually have been made for a life of faith. If we look more closely at how we are, we will see that are made for believing, more than just for reasoning or, much less, for feeling. We are in need to make acts of faith, because no matter how much we reason out and feel, we will still realize that the reality goes beyond what reason and feelings can discern. Of course, faith always goes together with hope and charity, all of which assure us that while we still are journeying toward our final destination in this present life of ours, we somehow are already there in that destination. That’s the mysterious beauty of these three theological virtues. They make us be both here and there, in time and in eternity, on earth and in heaven. They make us realize we are never alone, since with them we will feel we are with God and also with everybody else. They connect us with God and others. How important therefore to take good care of these divine gifts! And among them, the first one to get our attention should be our faith, since our life with God and others begins with it. Faith somehow acts as the foundation for hope and

Metrobank’s Magdalena branch where Napoles was said to have made a onetime withdrawal worth P75-M. “A withdrawal this huge is a cause for red flag from the bank to the AMLAC. The withdrawal may have been reported to the AMLAC as an automatic procedure. But what we’d like to know is if this withdrawal was reported by the bank under the ‘know your client rule’ by the BSP. Under the rule, the bank manager must know Napoles personally and what she does for a living. The sources of the big amounts she withdraw must be known to to page 6

charity, although the three work together in mutual, vital relationship. While faith is a gift from God, it is also the response and the care we give to that gift. While it is a matter of grace, it is also a human act and responsibility. As the Catechism says, “believing is an authentically human act. Trusting in God and cleaving to the truths he has revealed is contrary neither to human freedom nor to human reason.” (CCC 154) We ought to feel the need to constantly sharpen and strengthen our life of faith, because many now are the elements and factors that can undermine it. It’s not so much the outright rejection of faith, like when one falls into formal atheism or agnosticism, as the subtle but continuing neglect of our faith that constitutes its gravest danger. We have to be wary therefore when we just allow ourselves to be led mainly by our feelings, moods and passions, by social trends, cultural and historical conditionings, or even by mere ideological factors, since these do not bring us to our ideal way of life. Yes, we have to use them—and, in fact, we cannot avoid them—but we have to make sure that they are always infused by faith. Otherwise, they can lead us to some exciting adventures or drift us aimlessly in life, but they, alone without faith, can never bring us to where we should be. Especially in the beginning, we have to make deliberate acts of faith, much

like a child learning how to eat and write properly. We should not make a big fuss about this awkwardness or even difficulty. It’s all worth it. The important thing to keep in mind is that these acts of faith will hopefully become second nature to us. We need to trust God, his wisdom and his ways. Especially when things look like impossible to do or accomplish, the more we should trust him. We have to be convinced that with God, nothing is impossible. How many episodes in the life of Christ as narrated in the gospel attest to this fact! It’s God, it’s Christ, it’s his Church and the many instrumentalities the Church has made available to us where we can have what is essential, what is ultimate in our life. Let’s go beyond but not discard our tendency to rely on some human and natural sciences and arts alone as means to achieve our ultimate goal in life. We need to use our faith! Look at the lives of saints. In spite of their human shortcomings, it’s their faith that made them do impossible things, even to accept martyrdom. Besides, as St. Paul said, “the foolish things of the world has God chosen, that he may confound the wise. And the weak things of the world has God chosen, that he may confound the strong.” (1 Cor 1,27) Let’s make our faith burn, making many acts of faith, studying the doctrine, and doing things with magnanimity.



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DA spearheads community planning for farmers TACLOBAN CITY The Department of Agriculture Regional Rice Program, in partnership with the National Irrigation Administration, Department of Trade and Industry and local government units, spearheads the on-field activity on community planning specially designed for the farmers of Katusaka Association in Kananga, Leyte and the Association of Mantangdakul in Taft, Eastern Samar. The program on irrigation system-based development performs a focus group discussion (FGD) for farmer participants by administering open-ended questions on farming needs and concerns relative to community planning and involvement.

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the manager. The fund from the treasury goes to an NGO account and then moved to Napoles’. There is an illegal and dubious pattern already that should have raised the red lights.” *** In connection with the ongoing war beRepublic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0514 (Ref. No. VIII-2003-1042 Application for Sale and Transfer of a CPC to operate a FILCAB service with Extension of validity with prayer to adopt trade/business name. ROBERTO GABRIEL-VENDOR APRIL ROSE M. AMARADO-VENDEE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT/S REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE APPROVAL OF SALE MADE BY ROBERTO GABRIEL IN FAVOR OF APRIL ROSE M. AMARADO OF A CPC TO OPERATE A FILCAB SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: TACLOBAN CITY-MARASBARAS & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE WILL EXPIRE ON AUGUST 8, 2013. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLIANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE SALE AND TRANSFER OF ITS CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE USING THE SAME ROUTE AND SAME NO. OF UNIT/S, WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT ELISHA ANGEL TRANSPORT SERVICE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON OCTOBER 3, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 19th day of September 2013. (Sgd.) Atty. MANUEL R. P. MARTILLO Attorney IV

“Community planning helps us determine our farmers’ strengths and weaknesses, which would also give us the knowledge on what our farmers’ need and how their associations could be served best,” program coordinator Engr. Jecela Demegillo, said. With the Regional Rice Program’s attempt to determine the loophole and strength of the farmer participants during the irrigation system-based development, the assessment on training needs was conducted to identify the needed equipment and materials and provide immediate action. The irrigation system-based development program aims to develop pilot cites to become institutionalized so that all government projects

tween the moros (Moro National Liberation Front) led by Nur Misuari (who is strongly believed to be issuing orders from his hiding base in Sulu) and the government of the Republic of the Philippines, led by President Noynoy Aquino (who is personally directing the government’s efforts to rid the entire city of Zamboanga from the heavily armed moros, most of whom are believed to be snipers [experts in bullseye target shooting], and all of whom are now considered as terrorists [initiating terrorism, not rebellion as very few wanted it put, wrongly]), this columnist received early last Friday morning (September 20) a third-view text message, with the original text message composer believing, or making message receivers believe, that the latest Mindanao strife is “fake” and that the United States of America is partly to be blamed. The message says: “One image of POLITICS, GAME OF THE GENERALS! Poor zmboangueños, poor soldiers (being used) who risk der lives 4 dis nonsense war! poor victims who lost their homes and those hu lost their loved ones. So, GOVERNMENT of the PHILIPPINES, MNLF chairman NUR MISUARI, are you HAPPY

could be realized. “We are particularly looking at the impact and sustainability of our projects,” Engr. Demegillo added. (ELAINE FAYE M. ABUEVA, LNU INTERN)

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munication facilities and development of talent pool to meet the requirements ICT companies. “However, none of these will be possible if the required infrastructure and human resource requirements are not made available. Thus, accelerating infrastructure development that will produce roads, power and water supply, and other facilities and amenities, particularly in production areas, TDAs and ICT sites is a paramount concern,” the RDP framework said. The second half RDP claimed that for the region to achieve economic gains, planners have listed main support strategies - institutionalizing good governance and strengthening the rule of law, ensuring peace and order and security and addressing environmental concerns. In February 2011, Region 8 officials drafted the 2011-2016 RDP. Under the plan, the region targeted an annual economic growth of 5.4% from an average of 3.6% in 2004 to 2009. However, actual reports showed that the Gross Regional Domestic Product only recorded a positive 1.8% growth in 2011 and negative 6.2 growth in 2012. Eastern Visayas is the only region, among 17 areas in the country that posted economic shortfall in 2012.

now? are you SATISFIED w/ da 26.4 million dollars fund that was released by the U.S. for this DAMN FAKE WAR? Using n mking zmboangueños suffer. For mking CHRISTIANS & INNOCENT USLIMS hate and blame each other more. How could u control the lives of the poor Flipinos. Dn’t b surprised if u wil hear 2morow’s news dat d war in Zamboanga has ended” *** Another text message received by the QN owner and administrator, is a BanKO advisory, say-

Sunday, 22 September 2013

RESOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATION 3rd National Clergy Gathering of the Order of Franciscan Seculars (OFS) Saranggani Highlands and Resort Gen. Santos City

On the occasion of the 3rd OFS Clergy gathering held on Sept. 16-19, 2013 at Saranggani Highlands and Resort in General Santos City, South Cotabato with the theme: “Starting afresh from the perspective of Faith and Gospel towards a faithful Creativity: listening to the Call and living the gift of fraternity as OFS Clergy”, imbued by the gratuitous love of God, we came together to reflect on our lives, our mission and our accountability as OFS Clergy to the people we serve, in the context of our present Philippine and International realities, namely: flooding, mining, illegal logging, the pork barrel scam and the betrayal of public trust, war and conflict, particularly Basilan, Zamboanga, Syria and the rest of the world. Inspired by the Franciscan tradition, teachings and examples of St. Francis, we realize our connectedness with Creation, as brothers and sisters under the Fatherhood of God, we uphold the honest and upright service for the common interest of people, we recognize the challenge of being harbingers and bearers of peace through active non violence. Thus, motivated by St. Francis as a man of Peace and Patron of Ecology, we strongly resolve to: 1) Uphold the integrity of God’s Creation and desire its healthy balance, thus we beg all the agencies of the government responsible to truly care and respect God’s creation for this will provide us our material needs and the generations to come; 2) Put into practice the preferential option for the poor and live a consistent Franciscan lifestyle as OFS clergy, thus with pork barrel scam pestering our society, we appeal to those responsible for the investigation to bring this to its morally upright, immediate and just solutions; 3) Work, as OFS clergy, both personally and communally, for peace in the war torn Basilan, Zamboanga, Syria and the rest of the world, we pray for peace and harmony based on sincere and peaceful dialogue, we urge all parties involved to recognize and respect our cultural differences and uniqueness so as to create harmonious relations and live as one Filipino people. We recommend also, that local fraternities engage in the planning of concrete activities and projects relative to the resolutions above made by the same forum which shall be spearheaded by the prudent judgments of OFS clergy themselves. We formulate these resolutions in view of an individual and social transformation. Such envisioned change shall start from every OFS clergy together with the individual members of the local fraternities. Hence, they shall be the “leaven” of the society. They shall be true witnesses of the Franciscan spirituality- epitome of “the gospel to life” and “from life to the gospel”. Thereby, we shall be the face of Jesus for the world to see. SIGNED: OFS CLERGY and NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS September 19, 2013, Saranggani Highlands and Resort, Gen. Santos City

ing: “Mga Ka-BanKO, pwede ka nang kumuha ng PaniguroKO insurance na pasok sa budget mo! Maaari kang bumili ng insurance sa halagang P75, P50, P225, P300 o P365 lamang para sa isang taong coverage. Sa presyong abot-kaya, makakakuha ka ng cash assistance para sa bha, bagyo, lindol, sunog o kidlat, at cash benefits of up to P50,000 for disability or accidental death. See more details or visit www.” Well, if you are interested, and would want to be insured at this very affordable cost, then the advisory is the answer. Heed it.

Sunday, 22 September 2013


To ease congestion

Tomeco chief proposes night market in Tacloban TACLOBAN CITYTo free the city’s sidewalks from vendors, the Traffic Operations Management Enforcement and Control Office (Tomeco) is proposing for a night market. According to Tomeco chief Salvador “Buddy” Estudillo, sidewalk vendors regulation is not in their power but it is with the Philippine National Police but there is now a draft ordinance given to the chairman of the com-

mittee of peace and order at the city council authorizing their office to regulate sidewalk vendors. However, Estudillo informed that if Mayor Alfred Romualdez so desires and issue an executive order, then they would have a basis for their regulatory function. For the meantime to achieve a sidewalk where people can walk freely, the head of Tomeco suggested to the mayor to create a night market so that

sidewalk vendors can sell their goods during nighttime for the sidewalks to be utilized by the public during daytime. A task force is to determine when is the right time for the project to start, the location and the requirements, said Estudillo. Estudillo added that he included in his suggestion to utilize the half lane of the road leading to Rizal Avenue from the old Gaisano area until Wash-

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ington Trading area, so that half lane of the road will still be available for the motorists. With this suggestion, Estudillo is hoping for a sidewalk, free from obstruction including generators sets

of some establishment in the downtown area. “Since it is already the last quarter of the year, I am hoping that by next year this would be given focus by the leadership of Mayor Romualdez,”saidEstudillo. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)

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