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5 top officials in Northern Samar join Liberal Party

by (Leyte samar Daily Express)

CATARMAN, Northern Samar -- As the elections near, local politicians start to change fences.

Former Nacionalista Party member, Northern Samar Vice Governor Ramp Neilsen Uy, along with four other top local officials in the province who belong to the former ruling party Partido Lakas-CMD, moved to the now ruling Liberal Party (LP) and took their oath of party affiliation before LP president Mar Roxas.

Northern Samar Governor Paul Daza himself broke the news to local media.

The officials who formally moved to LP with Uy are second district Board Member Dexter Galit, Rosario town Mayor Basilio Miranda, Catarman Vice Mayor Christian Wan Uy and San Roque town Vice Mayor Jocelyn Curso.

Vice Governor Uy was the official candidate of Senator Manny Villar’s Nacionalista Party when he ran as a neophyte politician in 2010, in coalition then with second district Representative Emil Ong’s camp in Partido Lakas.

According to Daza, the formal oath-taking was held at Roxas’s office at the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) in Manila last Tuesday.

Also present to witness the event were Catubig Mayor Fredicanda Dy, Palapag Mayor Florencio Batula, and second district Board Members Ricardo Daiz, Jack Lagrimas and Remus Dulay.

Daza said after the oath-taking, Speaker Sonny Belmonte had a “short talk” with the said officials regarding good governance and other national issues.

DOH allots 40 midwives for N. Samar


CATARMAN, Northern Samar – The Department of Health (DOH) has allotted 40 midwives slots for this province, the governor reported.

Governor Paul Daza told reporters in an interview that the 40 registered midwives slots from the DOH will be deployed to his province to augment its current number.

Gov. Daza disclosed that the midwives assigned to his province is under the DOH program dubbed as Rural Health Midwife Placement Program (RHMPP). He added that out of the 40 slots, only 18 of them have been actually deployed to the rural health units across the province while the others are to be assigned soon.

Daza said that the midwives are part of the community health team that assist the implementation of the program for health enhancement of the province.

Daza added that the midwives will serve or perform their duties on the Basic Emergency and Obstetric Neonatal Care or BEmONC facilities in the province. They are also expected to perform, among other duties, home visits and conduct mothers’ classes and monitor health records of the patients.

Recently, Daza announced that his province has availed 201 nurses from the DOH program dubbed as the Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service (Rn Heals) with their one-year employment terms and they were deployed to the province last March 5, 2012. The nurses will assist the RHUs in the implementation of the health education and training, monitor the health conditions of the people and perform other health related services needed by the people in the localities, he added.

Eastern Samar to get Oz aid for climate change adaptation

by Alicia F. Nicart

BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar, May 10 (PIA) -- Eastern Samar province is set to receive an aid from the government of Australia as mentioned in a consultative conference held recently at the Provincial Governor’s Conference(PGO) Hall with key stakeholders and representatives of the Australian government.

The conference aimed to come up with project proposals on child-centered community-based adaptation programs which could help children and their communities in increasing their resiliency to the changing world climate.

A report said that Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, and Southern Leyte had been selected by the donor country because of the vulnerability of these provinces to disaster as a result of climate change.

It added, that Philippines ranks third in the World Index as one that is extremely vulnerable to Climate Change. Thus, the concern of this aid is to provide assistance to children who are most affected by disasters, be it natural or man-made, in their respective homes and families or in the community.

Slated to begin in July and end in December this year, the entire project aims, among others, to 1) give access to information of vulnerable boys and girls and broaden their knowledge on the impact of Climate Change, 2) localize Climate Change Action Plans, and 3) empower children and communities in advocating Climate Change mitigation.(AEN-PIA 8, Eastern Samar)

DPWH engineering office ventures on its 2nd mangrove reforestation

by Ailene N. Diaz

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, May 9 (PIA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Northern Samar, First Engineering District recently conducted another venture in pursuit of environmental protection through coastal reforestation.

This is covered under the inter-agency agreement signed by DPWH and Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Northern Samar in line with mangrove development in the province.

Mangroves are nesting grounds for juvenile fish, crabs, shrimps, and other young marine life. Apart from this, one of its major functions is stabilizing shorelines and preventing shore erosion.

Recently, the DPWH-Northern Samar First Engineering District employees led by District Engineer (DE) Sandy Pua conducted its second re-planting activity along the coastal area in Brgy. Dao, San Jose, Northern Samar.

DE Pua said they were able to plant more or less 200 mangrove seedlings, and are confident this will somehow restore and conserve mangrove forests.

He also hopes this will promote sustainable livelihood to those fishermen along coastal communities. (ldl/AND/PIA8-Northern Samar)

Ship with 155 passengers runs aground off Sorsogon

by (SDR/Sunnex)

MANILA (Updated 2 p.m.) – A ship with 155 passengers and 13 vehicles on board ran aground at the shallow part of Sorsogon Port, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Tuesday.

Coast Guard Detachment (CGDet) Matnog personnel monitored that MV Grand Star RORO 3 was not moving and positioned away from the usual navigational sea lane.

"Said vessel has 155 passengers and 13 vehicles onboard from Allen, Northern Samar en route to Matnog Port, Matnog, Sorsogon," PCG said.

Initial investigation revealed that the ship, while entering at Matnog Port, ran aground at shallow part of Matnog Bay at vicinity 1,600 yards off Matnog Port due to strong current.

CGDet Matnog coordinated with the grounded vessel and decided to side tow it until it arrived safely at Matnog Port.

"All passengers onboard were safely disembarked," the PCG said.

Coast Guard Station Sorsogon conducted marine casualty investigation and advised the master to submit Marine Protest regarding the incident.

House panel sets series of wage forums

by Maricel Cruz

A PANEL in the House of Representatives on Sunday announced it will begin a series of consultations in Luzon on a proposal seeking a 125-peso across-the-board wage increase for all Filipino workers despite President Benigno Aquino III’s rejection of it and to have it certified as urgent.

Northern Samar Rep. Emil Ong, the head of the House’s labor committee, said his panel will act on the pending House Bill 345 authored by Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano.

“We will hold a series of consultations in Luzon, specifically in Baguio City. This is part of our mandate,” Ong told reporters.

He said Mariano’s wage bill was among his committee’s priority measures when Congress resumed its sessions today.

Mariano said his bill’s passage was long overdue.

“The committee should have prioritized the proposals seeking a 125-peso wage hike for all Filipino workers because the interest of the workers is at stake here.”

Ong said his panel had already conducted consultations in the Visayas and Mindanao on the ability of employers in different parts of the country to grant a 125-peso wage increase.

President Aquino had earlier rejected the proposal to increase the minimum wage by P125 through legislation, saying it would cost the jobs of some 527,000 workers.

North Samar SP sets public hearing on child labor

by Ailene N. Diaz

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, May 3 (PIA) -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources sets to conduct a public hearing on May 16 on the proposed ordinance defining and penalizing the use of child labor, and providing for a program for the prevention and progressive elimination of child labor in Northern Samar.

The proposed ordinance is aimed at progressively eliminating child labor in the province by preventing children, especially children at risk, from going or being led into child labor, and rescuing those in labor, and rehabilitate and reintegrate them into their families and their community.

It also aims to ensure that children get and complete the mandatory elementary and secondary education, among others.

An assessment of child labor situation in the province, based on baseline survey, showed that there are cases of child labor in certain sub-sectors of the agriculture industry and in various micro- and small-scale enterprise, sea and land transport, vending, garbage collection, deep sea fishing, stone quarrying, domestic work, and entertainment.

Thus, during the Strategic Planning Workshop conducted by the International Labour Organization-International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour in coordination with DOLE, representatives from government agencies, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, media, business, academe and workers saw a compelling need to intensify, sustain, and unify all efforts in the anti-child labor campaign in the province.

Considering this issue, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan will converge its efforts in coming up with this ordinance in order to institutionalize and sustain the multi-sectoral commitment and efforts in ensuring the attainment of a child-free province of Northern Samar, and thus contribute to the achievement of child labor-free Philippines.

Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members Hon. Dionisio Dexter D. Galit, Chairman, Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources and Hon. Alberto C. Mendador, the proponent of this Ordinance, enjoin stakeholders to attend the public hearing and be an advocate against child labor. (AND-PIA8-Northern Samar)

White beach draws visitors, tourists

by Marcelo M. Pedalino

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, May 2 (PIA) -- The white beach that used to be taken for granted has been transformed and developed by the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) into a tourist attraction in less than two years time.

“It has become the biggest resort in Northern Samar in terms of customers and land area,” said Atty. Mar De Asis, UEP President, in a press conference held at the school’s Eco-Park on Sunday.

The news conference was a sideline event to the three-day risk awareness and media safety training for journalists and media workers organized by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) April 27 – 29.

De Asis at first demurred when queried on talks that the EUP has become a tourist’s come-on owing to a functional and well-managed white beach near its campus, saying it was not for him to judge such a status.

Later, he admitted that tourism has been part of EUP’s continuing advocacy, projecting the image of the school as a tourist destination, adding that this was done in light of declining state subsidy for education.

“It (white beach) used to be the site of horrific crimes since it’s not visible from the highway; it had also been a dumpsite once,” De Asis, who assumed as UEP President in 2007, disclosed.

The result was that they were not able to anticipate the high volume of visitors and beach goers going to the white beach especially on weekends and on special occasions, so they made use of the heavy demand by pressing for more development in the area, De Asis said.

He pledged to look into complaints of unruly behavior of lifeguards, stressing that hired lifeguards understand they will be fired when such accusations can be proven even if it was just a first-time offense.

Another priority in the pipeline for tourism-oriented enterprise will be the development of a forested portion of the campus into an Eco-Park, De Asis also said. (PIA 8, Southern Leyte)

N Samar prov'l gov't and Korean company inks accord to put up biomass power plant project in the province

by Ailene N. Diaz

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, May 1 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Northern Samar (PGNS) and the Korean Environment Corporation (KECO) with DASS Solutions recently agreed to put up a 10 megawatt biomass power plant project in the province of the Northern Samar.

This was learned from Ms. Sylma Lutao, the provincial information officer who said that Provincial Governor Paul Daza led the signing of the agreement with Dr. Kwan Jeong, president and chief executive officer of DASS Solutions, and Oh-Heon Kwon, general manager of KECO.

Dr. Kwan Jeong of DASS Solutions presented to the body the concept of biomass power plant project, initial preparations which started in year 2009, and the operations of the power plant which they targeted to complete in 2015.

It was learned that the feedstock that will be utilized in the operation of the power plant will come from coconut husk and coconut fronds which requires 280 tons of this material for a day to day operations.

Also, the biomass power plant once become operational will be capable of generating electricity expected to supply the province through the Northern Samar Electric Cooperative (NORSAMELCO).

Issues discussed during the signing, covers the permanent and long term supply of feedstock, its price, the location of the power plant and the rate of electricity once it will be sold thru NORSAMELCO.

Present as witnesses in the signing from the side of the provincial government were Board Member Albert Lucero and Beda Bogtong, Lope de Vega Mayor and President of Mayor’s League, Northern Samar Chapter Erlinda Cinco and other representatives from private sector and non-government organization. (AND/PIA8-Northern Samar)

Journalists undergo risk awareness, media safety trainings

by (LDL/MMP-PIA8 Southern Leyte)

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, April 30 (PIA) -- Working print and broadcast media practitioners in the private sector from various areas in Region 8 converged for three days to learn advanced lessons on risk detection and security concerns in relation to the practice of their trade.

“Risk Awareness and Media Safety Training for Journalists and Media Workers,” held April 27 to 29 at the Eco-Park in this sprawling educational institution, was organized and backstopped by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) attended by over 30 participants from different NUJP chapters in Eastern Visayas.

Among the speakers were veteran correspondents from the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) based in Mindanao, JB De Vesa and Richel Umel, who shared their actual experiences in field coverage that involved critical negotiations with authorities especially in covering conflict situations.

The two were trained Media Safety speakers of the NUJP, and this was the ninth training they had done all over Visayas and Mindanao, including one at Bicol region, said Rowena Paraan, NUJP Secretary-General.

This was the second training conducted by NUJP for media practitioners in Region 8, Pataan added.

The first day, Friday, April 27, the discussion handled by JB Mesa dealt more on the overall picture of journalism as a dangerous profession, with statistics of practicing media men killed, mostly in radio broadcast that kept hugging front page headlines and prime newscasts almost on a regular basis.

Mesa dismissed the common alibi that the cause of violent death in some cases of those fallen colleagues was not work-related, saying that any killing must be considered in line of duty and backtracked from that point in the course of the investigation.

Ethics and rights of the profession were also thoroughly discussed in relation to the basic rule on safety in all the aspects of covering events in conflict conditions.

On Saturday, the second day handled by Omel, was more on practical application in dealing with a hostile crowd in a rally during coverage, or to be away from danger in the line of fire in armed combat.

Omel also took up pointed tips on those receiving death threats and obviously being under surveillance, saying this must be taken seriously by informing others who are concerned, like authorities, friends, and peers and that routine patterns must be changed to avoid being hit.

On the third and last day, Sunday, the activity centered on learning basic first aid techniques like giving cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to revive victims in armed conflict or in any other situation where the help of a journalist as a plain citizen and human being will be badly needed.

Elements of the Philippine Army’s 20th Infantry Batallion rendered back-up support especially in simulation drills on abduction and armed conflict complete with live firing of M-16 rifles, giving a realistic twist to the course.

NUJP members from Southern Leyte who actively participated in the three-day training were Jani Arnaiz, Inquirer Correspondent, Jade Nombrado of dyDM-AM, Edgar Vilbar of Freeman based in Hilongos, Leyte, and this writer.

Northern Samar Gets 201 Nurses


CATARMAN, Philippines — The Department of Health (DoH) has deployed nurses to this province to enhance the health services rendered to the people especially in the rural areas, the governor reported.

Northern Samar Governor Paul Daza told reporters in an interview at his office here that at present there is an additional of 201 nurses assigned to his province under the program of the DoH dubbed as Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Services (RN-HEALS).

The additional nurses will have a one-year stay in the province.

The deployment is to augment the number of nurses in the province, he said.

Governor Daza said that these 201 nurses belong to the third batch under the program. Their duty started on March 5, 2012.

The first batch was 207 nurses deployed last February 2011 and their term of employment ended last February 2012.

The second batch only had three nurses who began their assignment in October of 2011.

Daza informed reporters that these nurses are assigned to the hospitals in the province for the first six months and to the Rural Health Units (RHUs) in the 24 municipalities of Northern Samar during the next six months.

He also informed reporters that under this program, each nurse receives P10,000 per month. The DoH shoulders P8,000 of each nurses salary, while the local government units shoulders P2,000.

At present, Northern Samar has eight district hospitals with 15 doctors and 75 nurses. The province also has one provincial hospital located in this capital town of Catarman, with 37 doctors and 137 nurses, he said.

NPA rebels kill 4-year-old boy in Northern Samar attack

by (PNA)


MANILA — A four-year-old boy was killed when a group of New People's Army (NPA) rebels attacked and fired indiscriminately in Barangay Taylor, Las Navas, Northern Samar, on Friday morning, the military reported. Lt. Col. Niceforo M. Diaz, the Philippine Army's 8th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the victim, identified as John Lloyd Elizalde, died instantly during the incident that took place at around 8:30 a.m. Diaz added that troopers of the 63rd Infantry Battalion immediately deployed to the scene after hearing reports of the attack. He said the soldiers also secured the area for investigation by the Philippine National Police's scene of the crime operatives before conducting pursuit operations against the communist rebels. Officials of Barangay Taylor headed by Chairwoman Marie Claire Tuling are now helping the Elizalde family file a complaint against the local communist terrorists, Diaz added.

P1.06B in taxes generated from January to March

by (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

PALO, Leyte – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Eastern Visayas has generated P1.06-billion taxes from January to March 2012, slightly exceeding its P1.02-billion target for the first quarter of the year and reversing the 2011 performance.

The collection is also higher by P194.67 million than the performance during the same period in 2011 mainly due to implementation of new Salary Standardization Law translating to more withholding taxes, said Arsenia Gente, chief of the BIR regional office collection division.

Through salary adjustment for government workers, the BIR was able to yield an additional P129.77-million taxes for the first three months.

Almost half of the total revenue or P480.17 million was collected by the Tacloban City office; P190.87 million by Ormoc City; P137.09 million by Catbalogan City; P87.70 million by Borongan City; P83.17 million by Catarman in Northern Samar; and P81.75 million by Maasin City.

The Borongan office posted the highest percentage excess at 10.39 percent.

All revenue district offices earned tax inflows more than its goal except the field office of Maasin City with a shortfall of eight percent than the target.

“With the good collection data in the first quarter, we are more optimistic to hit the P4.4-billion target set for Eastern Visayas,” Gente said.

Also contributing to the higher revenues were increase in remittance from government infrastructure projects, more volume of sand and gravel extractions, and the additional collection from expanded withholding taxes.

“Almost P37 million was generated by BIR from Government Money Payments since more budget was poured out for infrastructure projects unlike last year,” she said.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the region got an allocation of P3.78 billion this year on top of huge amounts to finance delayed projects. This year’s regular budget is more than double compared to the P1.8-billion funding in 2011.

BIR Regional Director Diosdado Mendoza earlier said higher DPWH budget has a big impact to their performance considering that Eastern Visayas is a remittance advice dependent region.

During the recent 2012 tax campaign launching, Mendoza announced the P4.4-billion regional collection.

DSWD pushes for profiling ex-rebel, militia beneficiaries

by Ailene N. Diaz

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, April 25 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provincial office is pushing for the social preparation and profiling of former rebels (FRs) and former militia (FMs) beneficiaries of the Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) under Executive Order Number 2011-10-28-06 series of 2011.

A recollection for the said FRs and FMs facilitated by Social Action Director of the Diocese set off the three-day set of activities, followed by a round table discussion (Huruhimangraw) with LSIP-implementing agencies, discussing each agency’s programs, services and support it could offer to the former rebels and militiamen.

The local DSWD, as the implementor of socioeconomic component of the program, identifies available interventions from local service providers and explains the socioeconomic and psycho-social to include psycho-educational interventions, processes of cash assistance program as well as other available services and opportunities that may be offered to the beneficiaries.

Ms. Ecel Bantilo, a representative from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), discussed and explained the extent of the services the OPAPP also could assist in the said program.

The social preparation and profiling activity, according to DSWD, is in preparation for the eventual integration of the said FRs and FMs to the community they want to belong to, based on their needs and preferences and available program resources.

Alongside the program, a psycho-emotional healing shall also be facilitated in order to ensure the successful transition of FRs and FMs to normal and productive civilian life.

The Integration Program of Northern Samar is aiming for a responsive and genuine social integration program in line with the peace and security policy of the national government.

This also seeks to contribute toward achieving the goal of a just, comprehensive, and enduring peace in Northern Samar, expressing its desire to reintegrate local rebels into the mainstream of society and encouraging them to return to the folds of the law. (ldl/AND-PIA 8, Northern Samar)

1,456 examinees expected to take Career Service Exams in Catarman

by (ldl/AND/PIA8-Northern Samar)

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, April 20 (PIA) -- At least 1,456 examinees, 1,300 of whom are slated for professional and 156 for sub-professional levels will take the Career Service Examinations on May 27, 2012, 7:00 AM at University of Eastern Philippines, Catarman, Northern Samar.

According to CSC Director Emmanuel Fuentes, the 1,300 examinees for the professional level will hurdle a 170 item questions in three hours while there will be 156 items for sub-professional examinees who have to finish the exams in two and a half hours.

Scope of examination for professional level include vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph examination, reading comprehension, analogy, logic and numerical reasoning.

For sub-professional level, examination covers vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension clerical operations and numerical reasoning, Fuentes added.

Both levels, according to Fuentes, will have general information questions on Philippine Constitution; Code of Conduct and Ethical Standard for Public Officials and Employees (R.A. 6713); peace and human rights issues and concepts; and environmental management and protection.

Previous examination result brought about 468 passers out of 1,345 examinees for professional level and 33 out of 195 for sub-professional level.

Fuentes said that recent exam result data show only three to eight percent passed the CSC examinations regionwide, and the reason could be the wide coverage of the exams not to mention that some examinees just take this exam for granted as it is “only” a career service examination and not board exams. He further noted that the examinees do not find time to review when in fact CSC exams are basic learnings from basic subjects, including current issues and general information.

As early as this time, Director Fuentes calls on all May 27 examinees to be at the University of Eastern Philippines, the examination area before 7 am. They should bring with them application receipt, admission slip, pencil and ballpen, and valid identification card.

“It is better for the examinees to be at the exam area early so that they would still have time to locate or look for their assigned examination room,” Fuentes said.

The passing rate for both examination levels is 80, Fuentes concluded.

Group constructs millions worth of school buildings

by (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

AN INTERNATIONAL non-government organization (NGO) has constructed school buildings in Samar Island.

Rodel Bontuyan, area manager of the Plan International Visayas program area, said their group has constructed six school buildings consisting of 11 classrooms in Samar Island worth P6.68 million from 2011 up to the first quarter of this year.

Bontuyan said a two-classroom school building was constructed in Barangay Dapdap National High School, Las Navas, Northern Samar worth P950,000.

Bontuyan said another two-classroom school building was constructed in Barangay Burabod Elementary School, Sta. Margarita Samar, worth P960,000.

A three-classroom school building was constructed in Barangay Sta. Cruz Elementary School in Tarangnan, Samar, worth P2.4 million; while a one-room school building was constructed in Barangay Palencia Elementary School of the same town worth P630,000.

Instructional materials and textbooks were also given to these schools, Bontuyan said.

He said the two-classroom building in Barangay Tawagan Elementary School in Oras, Eastern Samar, worth P1.2 million with instructional materials was provided with P100,000 counterpart funding from former Representative Teodulo Coquilla of the same province.

The buildings are complete with furniture, fixtures, toilet for boys and girls and wash areas.

North Samar DPWH and DENR inks agreement on mangrove reforestation, other environmental protection projects

by Ailene N. Diaz

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, April 17 (PIA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Northern Samar First District Engineering Office is carrying out its share in line with the Department’s thrust to promote, restore and protect the environment in support of the National Greening Program of the government.

A Memorandum of Agreement sets to formalize the agreement stating the role of DPWH – NS 1st DEO in managing and protecting the area identified, and by doing so, the agency shall put up a project management office.

Recently, the DPWH Northern Samar 1st District Engineering Office conducted a mangrove reforestation seminar with Mr. Ranulfo Arbiol, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Provincial Director discussing on the protected area and wildlife coastal zone management service. He emphasized the importance of mangrove trees especially when disaster occurs and its worth as a good source of oxygen soil.

Arbiol also informed the employees on the mangrove identified areas, criteria on the selection of areas, species appropriate for planting and plantation modalities.

The said seminar was an instructional discussion as well, in line with the plan of the office to conduct mangrove planting as part of the monthly activities of the office. (ldl/AND/PIA8-Northern Samar)

WB approves $3.6-M grant for maternal health services in E. Visayas

by Riza T. Olchondra

Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The World Bank has approved, on behalf of a global trust fund, a grant of $3.6 million to increase access to affordable maternal health services for low-income families living in the Eastern Visayas region. In a statement, the World Bank said the grant will benefit a total of 700,000 Filipinos in the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Samar, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar. The World Bank acts as administrator for the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid. The project will be implemented over a 4-year period by Population Services Pilipinas Inc. Marie Stopes International Australia, established providers of maternal and child health care in the Philippines since 1990, will help PSPI with the implementation. About 145,000 poor families are expected to benefit through subsidized access to services including birth delivery and pre- and post-natal care. The scheme supports the new government’s reform agenda to achieve universal access to health care, said Motoo Konishi, World Bank Country Director for the Philippines. “The project also makes access to quality health services affordable through the subsidized voucher component and more inclusive by explicitly targeting the poor.”

Fire sale monopoly

by Juan Mercado

Cebu Daily News

The Marcos’ coconut levy robbed farmers blind for years. Are these victims again being set up for an P84.3 billion “fire sale monopoly”? President Benigno Aquino III froze tapping into sequestered P700 million San Miguel Corp. until the Supreme Court hands down a final decision on claims. Quarterly dividends, over the last two years, crested at P8.8 billion. Men have killed for less. Marcos’ presidential decree 276 used martial law to clamp a levy on farmers who till coconuts in 68 provinces. Their taxes bankrolled a hydra of coco mills, a bank, even a producers federation that never mustered names of supposed one million members. Eduardo Cojuangco was coconut overseer, until People Power 1 drove him into exile with the dictator. In the post Edsa revolt era, ex-Marcos commissars signed up the best legal minds who looted levies. Cojuangco cashed in as main beneficiary. In a less than compelling Supreme Court decision, Arroyo justices ruled: Cojuangco could legally pocket P16.2 million in San Miguel Corp. shares. “The joke of the century,” snapped then Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales. Cojuangco “used for his personal benefit the very same funds entrusted to him,” Morales dissent states. (These) were released to him through illegal and improper machination of loan transactions. (His) contravention of corporation laws . . . indicates a clear violation of fiduciary duty. Go through the fine print of an earlier court decision on conversion of SMC shares, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad suggested in an Inquirer interview. It has a curiously “stitched in qualification” should government sell its shares. San Miguel Corp. “shall have (a) exclusive option to buy said shares and (b) at P75 per share. Wait! Isn’t that a court-sanctioned fire sale for a cozy monopoly? A share now commands P114 at the stock exchanges, Coconut Industry Investment Fund chairman Wigberto Tañada said that in a free market, government would probably earn P87 billion for the small farmers. A January 2012 evaluation priced government’s SMC shares cresting at almost P85 billion. But this bobby-trapped provision would shackle government into settling for only P57 billion. Who’d pocket the “diff” this time around? The loss would be a staggering P30 billion. Small coconut farmers would be suckered all over again. That would be “joke of the century 2.” “Why the Supreme Court attached that condition is something that has to be seriously looked into,” Abad adds. That, sir, is an understatement. Since Inquirer published Abad’s question, reactions cascaded in. “We cannot even begin to imagine the US Supreme Court ordering the Budsweiser Co., which is a major brewery here since 1876, to sell its shares below market prices,” notes Manuel de Torre, now a Milwaukee resident. “That’s price-rigging. Onli in da Pilipins? “Who cobbled these legal shackles?” Carmen Montemayor of Danao City inquired. They create an economic monopoly by judicial fiat. Publish the names of the justices who crafted, then voted for an aberration that makes this Supreme Court purchasing agent for San Miguel. Justices flip-flopped in cases like 16 towns-turned-cities-back to-towns and PAL flight attendants, recalls engineer Leonor Lagasca from Iloilo. “Has anybody been writing sub-rosa “Dear Mr. Justice” letters? What legal dodges will the justices come up with now? Only transparency guarantees accountability.” Various options are being raised how best the Aquino administration could prevent further theft of the levy and how to use it best for the future. It is mulling a trust fund and considering various pending bills in Congress. The track record is shabby, Sen. Joker Arroyo cautions. Proceeds from the P52 billion sale of military camps were to benefit soldiers. While others made a killing, the soldiers were left out. Arroyo called for the immediate cash distribution to coconut farmers of assets. Impoverished coconut farmers cannot wait forever for the Supreme Court, says Secretary Joel Rocamora of the National Anti-Poverty Commission. The administration could borrow against the sequestered assets to undewrite a five-year P10-billion “road map” to revitalize the coconut industry, The commission identified 609 poorest municipalities in the country. Of these, 493 cultivate coconut. In the first year of this road map, the funds will go to 153 municipalities in Camarines Sur, Leyte, Albay, Quezon, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Lanao del Norte, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar , Davao Oriental and Sarangani. “Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile last December urged Congress: “Approve urgently trust fund for coco farmers. Otherwise, these assets would be dissipated.” UCPB has been criticized for issuing questionable loans to San Miguel. The bank is now under a P30-billion government rehabilitation program. Coconut farmers groups, along with Bishop-Ulama-Pastors conferences, back creation of a trust fund, from sales of SMC shares, for the coconut industry rehabilitation. They also urge an updated census of coconut planters. No wang wang group takes over the farmers’ voice. President Aquino has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to curb the avaricious who’ve battened off on the small coconut farmers. This demands grit. “For greed, all nature is too little,” Seneca once said.

N. Samar Eyes Water System

by Restituto A. Cayubit

CATARMAN, Northern Samar – The provincial government here is planning to put up water systems in selected towns of Northern Samar, the governor said Friday.

Northern Samar Gov. Paul Daza told reporters in an interview at his office here that the local government unit of Northern Samar is currently conducting a feasibility study for the water installation and distribution systems in five towns of this province.

Daza disclosed that once the technical and viability study for the P100- million water system installation and distribution is finished and proved to be feasible, it will be offered to interested parties in the form of public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

CSC reminds employees to file SALNs on or before April 30

by Ailene N. Diaz

CATARMAN, Northern, Samar, April 12 (PIA) -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Northern Samar Field Office Director Emmanuel Fuentes once again reminded government workers to prepare and file the sworn Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) on or before the deadline set on April 30.

Stated under Section 8 of Republic Act 6713, “all public officials and employees, except those who serve in an honorary capacity, laborers and casual or temporary workers, shall file under oath their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth and a Disclosure of Business Interests and Financial Connections, and those of their spouses and unmarried children under 18 years of age living in their households.

Fuentes informed that public officials and employee are required to declare their assets; real, personal, and other properties, liabilities such as loans, mortgages and the like, all business interests and financial connections, including identification of relatives in the government service.

The said document must be filed within 30 days after assumption of office for the new employee, and before April 30 of every year thereafter, and within 30 days after separation from the service.

"Failure to file SALN or non compliance of this order is punishable by law which is a suspension for 1 month, 1 day to six months for first offense and for second offense, dismissal from the service," Fuentes said.

The CSC recently issued CSC Memorandum Circular No. 5 series of 2012 to all heads of department, bureaus, offices and agencies of the national and local governments to include state universities and colleges and government-owned and controlled corporation regarding the deferment of the use of revised form of SALN and advise to use the 1994 SALN Form rather, for the year 2011.

However, according to the CSC, those who have already filed their SALN using the new form, are deemed to have complied with the requirement to disclose their assets and liabilities. (ldl/AND/PIA8-Northern Samar)

Budget chief hit over tighter rules of 'pork' release

by Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex

SEVERAL members of Congress criticized the administration’s move to tighten the release of "pork barrel" especially after Budget Secretary Florencio Abad Jr. dragged the upcoming 2013 elections to the use of funds.

A report earlier quoted the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) official as saying that the agency is foreseeing a lot of requests of realignment as the 2013 midterm polls nears.

Abad said only one realignment will be allowed to prevent abuses in the use of the pork barrel, or the priority development assistance fund (PDAF).

"He is the one manipulating the PDAF for election purposes," Navotas City Representative Tobias Tiangco said in a text message, without elaborating.

Zambales Representative Mitos Magsaysay, a critic of the administration who failed to receive her PDAF since last year, said Abad seems to doubt his own allies in Congress to make such statements.

"Doesn't he trust their own allies that they will use it wisely and above board? He apparently distrusts his own allies," she added.

Davao del Sur Marc Douglas Cagas IV, also a member of the House opposition bloc, said that while he understands the concerns of the Budget chief, it would be illogical to tighten the release of funds especially if the projects proposed are in accordance with the PDAF menu set by the DBM.

"Generally speaking, the PDAF of senators and congressmen are properly used for the benefit of the constituents. If the submitted proposal jives with the new DBM guidelines, then it would be logical to release the PDAF. Pork barrel is not evil per se. It is our source of funds for services and projects that have long benefited our people," he said.

Members of the House of Representatives are allocated P70 million of PDAF a year, while senators get P200 million each. The PDAF is allocated for hard projects (infrastructure) and soft projects (scholarships, medical assistance, and livelihood assistance programs, among others).

Northern Samar Representative Emil Ong also opposed DBM’s move, saying it is a violation of the Constitution.

"It is Congress who has the power of the purse. That would make the Budget Secretary more powerful than Congress. Any additional requirement imposed by DBM is tantamount to amending the law which only Congress can amend," Ong said.

For his part, San Juan City Representative Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito criticized the administration for focusing on the PDAF of legislators while it pours billions of taxpayers' money to its conditional cash transfer (CCT) budget.

"The administration has tightened the release of PDAF of Congressmen and Senators. But the CCT budget of P39 Billion which obviously will be used by the administration for political purposes too will be allowed. Pag sila pwede! The administration seems to be using the CCT, which are government funds for dole-outs," he said in a press statement.

With the strict process of approving and actualizing projects in PDAF proposals, Ejercito said lawmakers have even less room for corruption compared to the massive and unaccounted distribution of wealth in the CCT budget.

Fire hits residential house in Catarman

by (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

CATARMAN, Northern Samar -- An old residential house in this town was gutted down by fire at dawn Wednesday.

The house, owned by Pascualita Saludario, is located along Annunciation Street in Barangay Lapu-Lapu.

Initial investigation conducted by Fire Officer 2 Edgardo Matudan of the Catarman Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) showed that the fire originated from a lamp locally known as “paagahan.”

The fire started around 1:37 a.m. and was reported to the BFP around 1:57 a.m.

The fire was declared under control after 10 minutes but was declared fire-out around 2:30 a.m.

It was learned that the house was manned only by a caretaker identified as Mario together with his wife, as the owner was staying in another house when the incident occurred.

The caretaker was injured when tried to put off the fire.

As of this posting, the BFP is conducting investigation as the cost of damage.

N.Samar grants more assistance to 100 Agrikulturang 4Ps recipients

  • Source: N.Samar grants more assistance to 100 Agrikulturang 4Ps recipients
  • Monday 9th of April 2012
by Ailene N. Diaz

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, April 9 (PIA) -- More than a hundred recipients of Agrikulturang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program from the town of Las Navas were given additional assistance by the provincial government as its counterpart initiated in the convergence program of the Department of Agriculture, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Las Navas.

The farmers-recipient are also beneficiaries of 4Ps program of DSWD whose farm lands, within the five barangays of Las Navas, are covered by the irrigation project under the Help for Catubig Agricultural Advancement Project (HCAAP).

Provincial Agriculturist Damian Acero said assistance given to the farmers include 100 bags of certified seeds and 100 liters of fertilizers. Also, they were able to avail of farm mechanization program of the province. Under the program, farmer-recipients availed of an easy and non-interest bearing loan of two tractors, as an initiative of the provincial government of Northern Samar.

Governor Paul Daza also instructed to give insurance coverage on the seeds planted by the farmers so that the capital they invested will be insured and thus get an indemnity when calamity occurs and destroys their crops. The provincial government paid 50 percent of the insurance premiums of the farmers, while the other 50 percent was shouldered by the Department of Agriculture through the Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation, Acero added.

Through the assistance of the provincial government and other agencies, Acero expects an increase in rice production. He estimated a production of 120 cavans per hectare as compared to the previous usual production of 30-40 cavans per hectare.

Aside from those assistance mentioned, the provincial government continue to conduct trainings for the farmers on the new technology and adopt strategies such as Farmer’s Field School, technology transfer and organizing irrigator’s association. (lmd/AND-PIA8, Northern Samar)

CSC Borongan announces holding of prof, sub-prof examinations

by Alicia F. Nicart

BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar, April 8 (PIA) -- The Civil Service Commission provincial field office here reminds again qualified examinees that April 12 is the last day for filing of applications.

Rey Albert B. Uy, director II of the Civil Service Commission said on May 27, 2012, three examination centers will simultaneously hold the said examination. These are in Tacloban city, Catarman Northern Samar, and Borongan.

In previous years, examinees had to take the four-hour travel to Tacloban, apart from the board and lodging and other incidental expenses. This time, examinees would have lesser expenses because there is now a CSC Testing Center in Borongan.

Another Paper and Pencil Test is also scheduled for May 27, 2012, this is the Philippine Placement Test (PPT). Here, an applicant, must have been born on or before April 12, 1994 to qualify for the said PPT. Another PPT is set for October 21 and the applicant must have been born on before September 6, 1994.

PPTs are given to overage elementary and high school students and out-of-school youths who wish to be accelerated to the next higher level of their course study, as may be indicated in the PPT result.(ldl/aen/PIA-8 Eastern Samar)

Northern Samar Affected By Rodents


CATARMAN, Northern Samar – Rat infestation in rice fields has been reported by farmers in various towns in this province.

Northern Samar assistant provincial agriculturist Neciforo Rubenecia, Jr., said many Northern Samar towns have been severely affected by rat infestation this cropping season and as much as over 30 percent of rice harvests have been hit by the pests. He added that many farmers have incurred farm losses because of said rat infestation.

Rubenecia disclosed that the traditional farming called payatak system has contributed a lot to the rat infestation.

He explained that the crude land preparation practiced by said system does not destroy and eliminate rat sanctuaries, nests or shelters in rice fields wherein the rodents can easily breed and multiply.

The provincial agriculturist further explained that traditional rice farming does not practice farm maintenance and weeding or the removing of unwanted or wild plants in rice fields. As a result, the rat population in rice fields is not checked, he said.

Rubenecia disclosed that the rat infestation was lesser in areas covered by the Help for Catubig Agricultural Advancement Project (HCAAP), and in some areas no rat infestation has been observed because many farmers have abandoned the payatak practice, having resorted to modern methods of rice growing. He added that the thorough land preparation of rice fields, farm maintenance and the removing of unwanted plants in rice fields have effectively checked the rat population and have, in fact, driven away the pests.

Engr. Amadeo Montejo, Northern Samar provincial irrigation officer and HCAAP project manager told reporters in an interview that more or less 25 percent of the 4,550 hectares covered by HCAAP has been developed already and nearly one-fourth of the 1,303 farmer-beneficiaries of the project have already practiced modern rice growing and have increased their farm harvests by 300 to 400 percent.

Montejo disclosed that his men in the field, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture and other concerned government agencies, have been organizing HCAAP farmer-beneficiaries and conducting farmers’ field schools to teach farmers about the modern way of rice farming.

He also informed that the HCAAP is one of the biggest irrigation projects in Eastern Visayas, covering the Northern Samar towns, Catubig and Las Navas.

Farmers School

by Restituto A. Cayubit

CATARMAN, N. Samar – A Farmers’ Field School (FFS) was conducted in Las Navas town, this province, by the Help for Catubig Agricultural Advancement Project (HCAAP) in coordination with concerned government agencies.

Engr. Amadeo Montejo, Northern Samar provincial irrigation officer and HCAAP project manager told reporters in an interview at his office here that nearly 100 participants attended the FFS held in Barangay San Jorge Las Navas, this province.

Montejo added that the participants were the farmers in the area, representatives from the Department of Agriculture, National Irrigation Administration and from the local government units from barangay San Jorge and nearby villages, Las Navas town and this province.

Northern Samar builds 69 classrooms and 6 typhoon-resistant school buildings

by Ailene N. Diaz

CATARMAN, Northern Samar, April 2 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Northern Samar was able to build 69 classrooms and six more typhoon-resistant school buildings for the school year 2011-2012. This was learned from the office of the governor.

The said school buildings cost P 75 million: P45 million came from the fund of the provincial government and P 30 million from School Building Program of the Department of Education (DepEd).

The 69 school buildings were erected in different towns of the province, while the six typhoon-resistant school buildings were for the Capul Elementary School, Catarman 1 Central Elementary School, Laoang 1 Central Elementary School, Las Navas Central Elementary School, Lope de Vega Central Elementary School, and Salhag Elementary School town of San Roque.

According to Sylma Lutao, the provincial information officer, these typhoon-resistant school buildings can be used as evacuation centers in times of calamity, as this was constructed complete with kitchen and toilets for such contingencies.

This initiative by the provincial government was in response to the shortage of classrooms and school buildings in the entire province, considering the opening of classes on June 2012 will already implement the K+12 program of DepEd.

Aside from school buildings, the provincial government through Governor Paul Daza maintains its scholarship program to poor but deserving students of the province.

Lutao said the governor is very much supportive on its education program as he believes that education is an effective tool in uplifting the lives of the poor. (EOPT/AND - PIA 8, Northern Samar)

Medical Mission Organized For Indigents


April 1, 2012, 3:18am LAOANG, Northern Samar - Hundreds of poor residents in this town and in San Roque in Northern Samar province are set to benefit from a two-day medical and dental mission organized by the Rotary Club of Old Sta. Mesa in Quezon City and Rep. Emil L. Ong of the second district of Northern Samar.

Ong said the beneficiaries will be given free medicines and those with eyesight problems will be given free eyeglasses.

He also said 23 doctors from said civic club arrived yesterday in Northern Samar for the two-day medical services which will also be conducted in coordination with the Local Government Units of Laoang and San Roque led by Mayor Madeleine M. Ong, and Mayor Andre Avalon respectively.

He said the medical and dental mission will be held in his residence at Brgy.Rawis in Laoang and in San Roque town.

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