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VOL. XXV NO. 047



DSWD-8 releases P1 billion in cash grant
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Resolution is enough to extend deadline of local taxes, fees

By REYAN L. ARINTO, Staff writer & LITO A. BAGUNAS, Correspondent


An Waray prepares for May polls

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Army seizes NPA camp anew

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Ombudsman orders Army ofcer, et al to le counter-a davit

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TAC L O BA N CITYThe Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) said a duly enacted resolution of the Sangguniang Panlungsod is sufficient to extend the deadline for the time of payment of local taxes, fees and charges without surcharges and penalties from Jan. 20 to Feb. 20, 2013.
LAKAS NEW LEADERSHIP ------- House Assistant Minority Leader and Leyte (1st Dist) Rep. Ferdinand Martin FM Romualdez (center) take his oath of ofce to Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla (left) as the new President of Lakas Christian Muslim Democrats Party during the oath taking ceremony at Manila Golf Club in Makati City. Sen.Revilla also take his oath as Chairman of Lakas,also in photo is Rep. Amelita Calimbas-Villarosa (right). PHOTO BY VER S. NOVENO

DENR sets greening program target for EV

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This is however, in contrary to the stand of the city government, through the Executive department, that
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Rep. FM Romualdez elected as Lakas-CMD prexy

House Assistant Minority Leader and Leyte 1st District Rep. Ferdinand Martin FM Romualdez was elected president of the LakasChristian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) during a party convention held at Manila Golf Club in Forbes Park Makati City yesterday. Romualdez took his oath of office in front of Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., who is likewise elected as chairman of the once-dominant political party. Romualdez, in his acceptance speech, thanks the members of the party for giving him the trust and confidence and vowed to make the party stronger. With Sen. Bong as party chairman, we will
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Leyte continues to grant ex-rebels assistance

TACLOBAN CITY Leyte Gov. Mimietta Bagulaya vowed that the provincial government of Leyte would continue to be the conduit party of the Social Integration Program of the Philippine Army and Office of the Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process (OPAPP) that provides livelihood and financial assistance to rebel returnees. This, the lady governor said during the recent Ceremonial Awarding of Financial Assistance to 28 Former Rebels held at Brgy. Cagnocot, Villaba, Leyte.
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NEWS DSWD-8 releases P1 billion in cash grant

TACLOBAN CITY The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Eastern Visayas has released more than P1 billion for its cash grant program in line with poverty and health alleviation program in 2012. DSWD-8 regional director Remia Tapispisan said a total of P1, 433,254,600 was released to the six provinces of the region. The biggest of which was given to the province of Leyte with more than P551, 914,600 covering 88,319 beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program. Total number of households paid was 83,703 or 95% of the total number of beneficiaries paid under the CCT grant, Tapispisan said. This was followed by Samar province with a released amount of P328, 019,300 covering 42,368 household paid with cash grant out of 45,906 registered beneficiaries. About P294, 933, 800 was released for the 40,847 out of 43, 324 beneficiaries in the province of Northern Samar; P121, 733, 500 for Eastern Samar for its 21, 633 household beneficiaries out of 22,696 registered beneficiaries; P97, 210, 300 for the province of Southern Leyte for its 16,133 household beneficiaries out of 17,318 registered beneficiaries; and P39, 443 for the province of Biliran for its 6,079 house-

Wednesday, 06 February 2013

An Waray prepares for May polls

TACLOBAN CITYWith its solid performance for the last nine years, the An Waray party-list group is now prepared to present itself to the electorate relative to the midterm elections. Thus said Rep. Neil Benedict Montejo, the first nominee of the party-list group, who added that with the groups good track record for the last nine years, they are confident that they could win in the elections. We are banking on our performance and services that we have rendered. We just hope that our electorate, particularly here from Eastern Visayas, will reciprocate by voting us back, Montejo said. The An Waray party-list has been giving medical asssistance to poor people as well as providing scholarship grants to deserving students and livelihood assistance as well. Various local government units and barangays across the region were provided assistance by said party-list group. Last Friday, Montejo led in the distribution of 140 units of nebulizers to all municipal health centers in the region as a way to help their respective constituents suffering from asthma. Montejo REP. NEIL MONTEJO said that if only the projected 2.5 during the 2010 elecmillion registered vottions, he said. This way, ers of the region would the voters would eassolidly support the An ily spot the An Waray Waray party-list group, among the contesting they could achieve their party-list groups writdream for a three conten at the official ballot. gressional seats. As the campaign peThat is our dream. riod starts on February Anyway, there is nothing 12, they have already wrong to dream, Mon- put up provincial headtejo said. quarters in the region, The campaign period Montejo said. for those seeking for conFor Leyte, they are gressional seats through to establish their prothe party-list system and vincial centers in Tacandidates seeking for cloban as well as in OrSenate seats are to start moc; Naval in Biliran; their campaign on FebCatarman in Northern ruary 12 until May 11 or Samar; Catbalogan City two days before the balin Samar; Borongan loting. City in Eastern Samar Montejo also said that and Sogod in Southern out of the 123 party-list Leyte. groups vying for congresMontejo said that sional seats, the An Wabefore they start their ray party-list group has campaign, they would been placed at number 23 attend a Holy Mass and at the election ballot. from there, start courtThe sequence of ing the voters. placing of the An Well have a houseWaray is relatively to-house or barangay better compare to its campaign, he said. (JOEY A. GABIETA) previous number 83

Department of Social Welfare and Development 8 regional director Remia Tapispisan (center) answers queries from the local media about their campaign on Bawal Ang Epal Dito, to eliminate the misconception of beneciaries about the control of some politicians over Pantawid Pamilya during the press conference in connection with its 62nd founding anniversary held at the DSWD regional ofce 8, Tacloban City, February 4. Others in photo are (l-r) assistant regional director for administration Virginia Idano and Policy and Plans Division chief Yvonne Abunales. (Raul S. Tiozon/PIA-8)

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Northern Samar which can accommodate around 50 NPAs. Last Jan. 26, troops of Alpha Company of 20th Infantry Battalion, 8ID headed by 1Lt Raul Delos Santos also discovered an abandoned NPA camp composed of one kitchen, one comfort room, 15 makeshift bunkers that can accommodate 15 NPAs at Sitio Catmaalad, Barangay McKinley, Catarman, Northern Samar. On Jan. 18, military troops from Alpha Company, 34th Infantry Battalion, 8ID under 2Lt. Glenn De Ramos discovered an NPA camp also at the vicinity of Sitio Cagutsan, Barangay Rombang, Laoang, Northern Samar which can accommodate around 15 NPAs. For 2012, a total of 131 NPA camps were seized and discovered by the military troops. Eight camps were recovered with enemy resistance and 123 of these camps were seized without enemy resistance.(REYAN L. ARINTO &

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Army seizes NPA camp anew

TACLOBAN CITYElements of the Armys 20th Infantry Battalion based in Northern Samar have seized another camp of the communists New Peoples Army (NPA) on Monday. Lt. Col. Noel Vestuir, 20th IB commander said the composite team from his battalion led by 1Lt. Florencio Tayo discovered an abandoned NPA camp which could accommodate about 15 persons in the hinterlands of Barangay Luisita, Victoria town in Northern Samar. The discovered NPA camp was believed to have been abandoned by the NPAs four days ago, Vestuir said. We would like to commend the populace of Barangay Victoria for always coordinating with us in ensuring peace in their area; the community strongly denounces the presence of the NPAs who conduct extortion activities not only to businessmen but to ordinary farmers and populace in the area, Vestuir added. Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Gerardo Layug, commander of the 8th ID in Catbalogan City said the discovery of several NPA camps is a clear manifestation that the NPA in Samar provinces is losing ground literally and losing their influence over the people which eventually will lead to their downfall and collapse. The 8ID is currently intensifying its efforts in securing our communities against all forms of armed threats through sustained security operations and constant coordination and linkages with the stakeholders through the spirit of Bayanihan in attaining peace throughout the region, Layug added. In a related event, last Jan. 30, military troops from Charlie Company, 34th Infantry Battalion led by 1Lt Harold Bryan Llandado discovered an NPA abandoned harbouring site at vicinity Sitio Cagutsan, Barangay Rombang, Laoang,

This NPA camp discovered by the elements of the Armys 20th IB in the hinterlands of Barangay Luisita in Victoria, Northern Samar can accommodate at least 15 persons. (DPAO Photo)

DILG trains LGUs on bottom-up planning, budgeting

TACLOBAN CITY- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), with the help of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) is gearing up with the Implementation of the Bottom-up Planning and Budgeting for Eastern Visayas. This, as series of Trainers Training for Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) is being conducted from January 28 until February this week at Sabin Resort Hotel in Ormoc City and Hotel Alejandro, this city. DILG-8 information officer Myles Joseph Colasito said the bottom-up planning and budgeting (BUB) aims to ensure the inclusion of the funding requirements for the development need of focus cities and municipalities in the budget proposals of participating agencies. In Eastern Visayas, 115 LGUs are covered by the BUB in which 18 of them were from Eastern Samar, 5 from Biliran, 39 from Leyte, 21 from Northern Samar, 22 from Samar, and 10 from Northern Leyte. The event was participated in by the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team and Municipal Local Government Operation Officers. Colasito said that to hear and give the marginalized groups of our society the chance to join and be involved in the development planning will give them a sense of inclusiveness. He also stressed that being more than transparent and accountable we should imbibe the culture of inclusiveness islation to set in motion one of the purposes provided therein which is extending the period for the payment of taxes, fees and charges without surcharges or penalties. Implementing the extension through an ordinance is not practical considering the time element needed to satisfy the requirements under Sections 187-188 of the Local Government Code in enacting a valid ordinance, Castillo said. He added such enactment is consist of the initial public hearing, the posting of the gist of the ordinance, final public hearing, postings of the dulyapproved ordinance plus the dissemination of the same and that is without even including the sending of notices to affected parties. The expediency and temporary nature of a resolution makes it more practical to implement the extension period, and identify with the poor. Bottom-up Planning and Budgeting beneficiaries for this year have increased from 55 LGUs last year to 115 LGU who will receive P15 million each intended for the implementation of various programs and project which must be in accordance with the Local Government Code, Colasito said. This will be by various agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Budget and Management, National Economic Development Authority, Department of Education, Department of Public Works and Highways, and Department of Agriculture. (RYAN GABRIEL L.

ORMOC CITY The Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military has ordered an officer and his men belonging to the Armys 802nd Brigade to submit their counter-affidavits in relation to a criminal case filed against them by a resident of Barangay Camp Jorge Downes, this city. Respondents Lt. Col. Edgardo Batenga, T/Sgt. Venancio Tagsip and a certain Francisco, all of 802nd Brigade were asked by the military ombudsman to file within 10 days from receipt of the order dated Dec. 10, 2012 to submit their respective counter-affidavits. The three are facing charges for violation of Republic Act No. 7279, or Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992); Section 3 (e) of Republic Act No. 3019, otherwise known as Anti-Graft and Cor-

Ombudsman orders Army officer, et al to file counter-affidavit

rupt Practices Act; Article 282 and 286 of the Revised Penal Code; and Ormoc City Ordinance No. 152. The case was filed by Nancy Perez, which stemmed from the threat and coercion allegedly committed by Lt.Col Batenga and his men. In her complaint, Perez alleged that on Sept. 28 last year, Batenga has asked to transfer her housed to a hilltop without a water source. Perez was allegedly accompanied by T/Sgt Tagsip and a soldier named Francisco when she was brought to the hilltop. Perez said she was asked to accept the old and rotten house but refused because her children were attending school and that water is a necessity. Because of that incident, a separate complaint was also filed against Lt. Col Batenga

before the Provost Marshal General under Major General Herbert on Oct. 22, 2012. The charge is for violation of Article 96 for Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman, and Article 97 for Conduct Prejudicial to Good Order and Military discipline. Separate complaints against Batenga were also filed before the Ombudsman Military and the Provost Marshal General by Barangay Camp Downes Chairman Samuel Baldezanso. Another complaint was also filed by Barangay kagawads Fermin Labra and Juanita Dicdican before the City Prosecution Office and the Provost Marshal General. Both cases are waiting disposition. As of writing, Lt. Col. Batenga has yet to issue his statement on the issue. (FIDEL

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an amendatory ordinance is needed to amend City Ordinance No. 99-58, otherwise known as the Revenue Code of Tacloban City, and extend the deadline of payment of local taxes, fees and charges. Salvador M. Castillo, OIC executive director of BLFG central office, said a resolution granting such an extension is legally binding and effective based on the provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991. The BLGFs opinion was personally asked by City councilor Jerry Yaokasin, author of the resolution. Castillo however, said that Section 167 of the Local Government Code used the word may which could mean that the sanggunian concerned based on their sound discretion, enact the necessary leg-

Castillo said. He added that the said provision of law is silent as to the mode of legislation, thus the local sanggunian can issue a resolution or an ordinance based on their sound discretion. Earlier, City administrator John Tecson Lim said it is a common practice among LGUs to pass an ordinance extending the renewal of licenses and business permits. According to him, the resolution authored by Councilor Uy cannot supersede a city ordinance, thus the city government has proposed for an ordinance. However, the proposed ordinance from the Executive department was not passed at the city council. Section 90 of Ordinance 99-58, or the 1999 Revenue Code of the City of Tacloban, orders businessmen to renew permits and licenses during the first 20 days of January.

TACLOBAN CITY The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is currently undertaking a P25.76 million rehabilitation of Calbayog Citys Rosales Bridge, one of the critical bridges in the region. In a press statement, DPWH regional director Rolando Asis said the Samar first engineering district is targeting to complete rehabilitation activities by the end of May 31. The bridge has been closed to traffic since Jan. 15. Prior to the start of the project, a traffic rerouting was planned

DPWH restores Calbayog bridge

to guide travelling along Calbayog-Allen and CalbayogTacloban road sections, Asis said. For orderly and effective implementation of the said rehabilitation project, the DPWH earlier held a consultative meeting with other concerned parties and agencies. One of the issues tackled during the consultation was the removal of a commercial property located within the vicinity of the73.62-meter Rosales Bridge to facilitate rehabilitation activities. Asis said the rehabilitation of old bridges along national highways is one of their priorities in the region this year under the Bridge Management System. Replacement is designed to withstand earthquakes. Under the Samar first district engineering office, the department will undertake P110.48 million replacement, rehabilitation, and strengthening of Bugtong Bridge, Malaga Bridge, Manok-Manok Bridge, Pea Bridge, and Rosales Bridge. (SARWELL Q. MENIANO)

There was no extension provided in the ordinance. It is mandated that business owners renew their permits and licenses on the last day and business owners who fail to comply with the deadline will be penalized with a 25% surcharge and a 2 % interest per month. But City vice-mayor Arvin Antoni said in the past years, the city council, upon the recommendation of business groups or on initiative of several members of the council

has passed resolutions granting such extension. It is clearly stipulated in the Local Government Code that the sanggunian concerned may, for a justifiable reason or cause, extend the time for payment of local taxes, fees and charges without surcharges or penalties, but only for a period not exceeding six months, Antoni said. Meanwhile, City councilor Uy said his intention of sponsoring a resolution was to help the local businessmen

cope with the recent crisis that struck the city. We were hit by typhoons. Some of our local businessmen could not immediately look for funds to pay, so I initiated the filing of a resolution in the city council that would grant an extension of payment on all local taxes and fees without surcharges, Uy said. Last year, Uy said he even sponsored a similar resolution granting for the extension of all local taxes and was honored by Executive department.

Leyte Samar Daily Express


Wednesday, 06 February 2013


Security details to incumbents needed

any of these circumstances, the Comelec approval should first be sought. Why is there a need to have these security details from the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines or accredited security agencies when they could easily have personnel within their respective government units function as such? What is extant in their governance that would make them target of violence, worst of which an ambush? What have they done withIn their tenure that would court the ire
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hey fear for their lives. They shiver and tremble. They must be in utter paranoia. These is how the public view the clamor of incumbent officials in the elective posts across the country for more security details as the mid-term elections draw near. As of now, per directive of the Commission on Elections, incumbent governors and congressmen are allowed only two security escorts coming either from the police of the military. Those holding lower elective posts can only have security escorts coming from Comelec-accredited security agencies. In

Lifetime Achievement Award

Last December 2012, Governor Ma. Mimietta S. Bagulaya was honoured by the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines with a Plaque of Appreciation for her exemplary performance in governance and meaningful autonomy nationwide signed by the National President of the LVGP Leonides Fausto, of Cagayan. Leyteos are not surprised though, knowing the exemplary competence of the former Vice Governor in running the affairs of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and as National Chairman of the said organization. As Governor, a post she assumed upon the designation of Governor Carlos Jericho Icot Petilof Leyte. Her Advocacies: As SP member she has lined up her concerns and priorities to include: Environment Concerns like the rehabilitation of corral reefs in the areas. Adequate potable water supply in the district is wanting and so she has allocated some P90,000 for water system in Villaba and other areas will follow, and with all probabilities after the May 2013 mid-term elections . Other advocacies she lined up are for education specially the provision of adequate

la, member of the cabinet of President Noynoy Aquino as Secretary of the Department of Energy, now the pride of Region 8, especially Leyte; Mimmiette as she is fondly called is showing a kind of leadership quality worthy of emulation. -oOoThe desire to be of service to Leyte rings clear in her heart and mind,

but being aware that the highest slot in the province is now going to be occupied by what I have always dubbed since, on Businessman Dominic Mic L. Petilla, as the Governor-in-waiting with NO ONE opposing him in the May elections, Governor Mimiette has humbly opted to run as Sangguniang Panlalawigan in the 3rd district

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Leyte Samar Daily Express misbranded as private armed groups. It should be remembered that the PNP and the Army are directed to dismantle PAGs in a bid to achieve peaceful and orderly elections in the country. Why is this so? Lest the people forget, three factors make up dirty election, that is gold, guns and goons. The PAGs fall within the category of goons, while the firearms they wield could most probably be unli-

Real growth for PHL

ties has not kept pace with the GDP growth. Many economic analysts have pointed out that our country cannot rely indefinitely on the earnings of overseas workers from GDP growth. Sustained growth must be based on domestic production, on job generating enterprises that harness local skills to produce goods. We are thankful to President Aquino for his resolute efforts to fight corruption but his campaign must be accompanied by other measures to persuade foreign investors that the Philippines is the better place for their investments which will create the jobs needed to make any JUAN DE LA CRUZ happy. Only then that we can say there is real growth in the Philippines.

The economic growth under the Aquino administration is good news for us, Filipinos. We posted a 6.6% growth in the countrys gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012 surpassing the 5-6 % target set by the government. We have the potential to achieve a higher growth rate with the continuation of the structural reforms and full blast government spending on infrastruc-

ture. But the problem is, the benefits of growth were not trickling down to the grassroots. Inequitable income distribution has long been existing in our society where wealth and political power have always been concentrated at the hands of so few. Making the masses enjoy the fruits of growth continues to be a challenge to any President. The growth in job opportuni-

Reaching God
builds his house on sand, without good foundation. The Book of Ecclesiastes sums up the whole thing when it says: Infinitus est numerus stultorum, (Infinite is the number of fools), referring not only to the number of fools but also to their ways, since our freedom, which launches us into infinity, can be used either for good or for evil, distinguishing the wise from the fool. In spite of all these, there is always hope for as long as we are still alive and capable of changing and converting. Where sin has abounded, grace has abounded even more, says St. Paul (Rom 5,20). So, theres no use simply branding people fools and then lamenting about the predicament. What we need to do is to understand why many people still are fools in the biblical sense, and try to do something about it. And the common reason for this is that they do not know how to relate themselves to God. They dont see him, they cannot touch him, they dont have any special feelings for him. There is obviously some ignorance and con-

THOUGH we dont hear it nor speak about it often, the reality of fools obviously continues to take place today and, in fact, in a more rampant albeit subtle ways. I suppose it is out of good manners that we refrain from using the word. We actually now employ a lot of euphemisms to refer to the same banana. In a sense, it is good that it be that way. Refraining from using the word in our daily conversations, I imagine, would make for a cleaner and calmer environment. But neither should we forget it, since the reality, sad to say, continues to be around. In fact, the Bible speaks about fools and its variants many, many times, thus, often jarring the sensibilities of the people of today. This is one more reason why the Bible has to be handled with deliberate care, since

its language belongs to a different age and to a different culture. But the Bible teaches truths for all times and defines things in their radical and ultimate dimensions. As to what a fool is and what things fools do, the Bible, especially in the books of Psalms and the Proverbs, has a lot to say. Many times, it defines a fool as anyone who does not believe in God. The fool says in his heart, there is no God, Psalm 14,1 says. And Proverbs 1,7 describes something about fools: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. And so a long series of descriptions about fools continues all the way to the New Testament. We have the famous parable of the wise and foolish virgins, for example, and passages about how a foolish man who only hears but does not act on the word of God is like a fool who

of others and wish bad about them? Conversely, what good gestures had they that were not enough to overcome any sinister plan to push them to the ground? Leyte Gov. Mimiette Bagulaya, who is running for boardmember in the provinces third district, clarified that the lives of the elected officials, particularly the governors, congressmen and vicegovernors could also be subject for threats. She added, Considering a possible occurrence of election-related violence, there is a need for mayors to have their own escorts. These security escorts from accredited security agencies or security details from the PNP or the Army should be armed with Comelec approval lest they be

censed and they without permit to carry them at all. As the PNP regional officials remark, election-related operations, especially in the detail of security escorts, are under the control of the Comelec. There is nothing more to explain but the fact of abuse that incumbents and their political rivals could likewise do to similarly cause any election-related violence.

The Sower
Wednesday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time Heb 12;4-7,11-15; Ps.103; Mk 6:1-6


[Jesus] departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished. They said, Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought be his hands! Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house. So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.


The Church should do more to promote belief in the Real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, Tom pronounced over dinner. He has a particular awareness of God dwelling within him, and he genuinely wanted to share the joy of this experience, and its power, with others. The only concrete experience of this reality he knew was the Eucharist, the outward sign of the inward mystery, and he felt more should be done to teach about it. But, Tom, his dinner companion objected, Listen to the Eucharistic Prayer. It says it all. Of course! How could Tom have missed something so obvious? We are so familiar with the prayer we hear every Sunday that we sometimes forget to listen to it. The words are there. So powerfully do they speak of the mystery we celebrate that they actually make the presence of Christ real for the assembly. We just need to pay attention. Lord, you constantly reveal yourself in all creation, and the world sings of your presence. Help me today to discover you in the ordinary and familiar of my life. May I see your face at every turn. (Between Sundays by Paul Boudreau, published by Paulines. Visit us at or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City. Tel. #321-3195) Sowers Seeds: Let us love the Lord dearly. Our love in this world will be a beginning of an eternal love in eternity: charity remains for ever. Blessed James Alberione, founder of the Pauline Family

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classrooms in several elementary and secondary schools in the district. She intends to pursue the ICOT-P program of former Governor Icot Petilla. The scheme is to make available re-structured curricular offerings in secondary schools designed for students who may not be able to pursue college education, for a lot of reasons like economic inadequacy. Good luck Governor. By the way, Governor Mimmiette Bagulaya is a doctor of Philosophy graduate and a former Professor of UP Tacloban.

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rized all the commandments of God into the new commandment of love: Love one another as I have loved you. Christ makes himself the standard of our love that necessarily has two inseparable objects: love of God and love of neighbor. Loving God and thereby reaching him and being with him is actually not difficult and much less, impossible to do, since loving God can simply be a matter of loving others the way Christ loves all of us. We need to be clear about this doctrine and do everything to live it. It is very doable. We obviously need the grace of God for this, but insofar as we are concerned, we can do it. We just have to stir ourselves everyday to feel that love, making use of some plans, devices or gimmicks to put us into the system. But we can truly reach God here and now!

TACLOBAN CITYThe Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Eastern Visayas will be conducting a Regional Child Labor Committee Meeting this coming February 14, 2013 at the DOLE Training Center. This meeting will be held every second month of the quarter. Florence Panao, DOLE-8 information officer said that Eastern Visayas has a commitment to eliminate child labor by 2016. Based on the 2011 survey of the National

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Child labor committee sets regl meeting

Statistics Office (NSO) it showed that there are 213,000 child laborers in the region. The data however, did not specify where these children are particularly working. This is a challenge for us to locate these child

fusion involved here. While its true that we dont see God, nor touch him, we cannot deny that God is everywhere, since he is the very author and the very supporter of everyones and everythings existence. By merely existing, everyone and everything unavoidably reflects Gods eternal existence. Besides, to start relating to him and developing certain feelings for him is a matter of loving. As long as we love, in any way we express our love, we are at least already on the way to reaching God who is love. We just have to make sure that our loving is the right kind of loving. And that ultimately means we need to conform our love to the love of God who revealed and lived it to the full in Christ. Thus, Christ summaRepublic of the Philippines Municipal Trial Court 8th Judicial Region Dulag, Leyte IN RE: APPLICATION FOR ORIGINAL REGISTRATION OF TITLE OF A PARCEL OF LAND SITUATED AT DULAG, LEYTE, SPS. MARCIAL M. GOTICO, JR. and MYLENE L. GOTICO, Applicant/Petitioner LAND REG. CASE NO. N-02 LRA RECORD NO. EORD-2011000211 x- - - - - - - - - x ORDER

engaged in child labor, Panao said. For the elimination of child labor project in the region, the national government has allotted 10% of the P9 billion-budget under the Aquino administration. (ZAIRYL JANE R.

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Filed before this Court is a Petition for Land Registration by petitioners Sps. Marcial M. Gotico, Jr. and Mylene L. Gotico, over a parcel of land situated at Kempis St., Brgy. Market Site, Dulag, Leyte, Philippines, with an assessed value of Sixty Nine Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty (P68,820.00) Pesos. Finding the petition sufficient in form and substance, the Clerk of Court is ordered to set this case for Initial Hearing on March 19, 2013

at 2:00 oclock in the afternoon. Let this Order and the Notice of Initial Hearing be published once (1) in the Official Gazette and in newspaper of General Circulation in the Philippines. Likewise a copy thereof be served by mails upon the persons named in the petition and also posted by the Court Process Server in a conspicuous places on the parcel of land subject of the petition and on the Bulletin Board of the Municipal Buildiong at least fourteen (14) days before this date of Initial Hearing, all pursuant to section 23 of P.D. 1529. Furnish a copy of this Order to the Hon. Solicitor General, The Commissioner Land Registration Authority, Asst. Provincial Prosecutor Adnres Yu, Jr., The Chief, Docket Section, Land Registration Authority, Land Registration Authority, Province of Leyte, Mayor Manuel Sia Que, Sangguniang Bayan, Dulag, Leyte (Vice Mayor Montalo Labadia) the CENRO Officer, Palo, Leyte, Atty. Asterio Villero and Sps. Marcial M. Gotico, Jr., SO ORDERED. Dulag, Leyte, September 14, 2012.

The provincial government of Leyte has become the conduit party of the Social Integration Program that provides livelihood and financial assistance to our rebel returnees. This program has already been done in other provinces in the country where there are rebel returnees and a growing number of rebels wanting to go back to the mainstream society, Gov. Bagulaya said. Each former rebel received P10,000.00 worth of pre-surfacing assistance while another P25,000.00 were also given to five of them who surrendered with firearms. It is one of our top priorities to continue to help accelerate the integration process of rebels into mainstream society and help them become produc-

tive and peace-loving members of our community, Gov. Bagulaya declared. She believes that the Social Integration Program has proven catalyst to help achieve peace and progress. The Philippine army assigned in the province lauded the provincial government for remaining responsive in as far as the SIP is concerned and is particularly supportive by means of providing financial assistance to former rebels voluntarily surrendering to start a new life. The Social Integration Program (SIP) which encourages rebels to give up their armed struggle. In addition to the immediate assistance and livelihood assistance the program also offers remuneration for surrendered firearms, explosive and ammunition. Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Joel Alejandro Nacnac, commanding

officer of the 19th Infantry Battalion based in Brgy. Aguiting, Kananga, Leyte confirmed that the recipients of the provincial assistance were former members of the Front-Committee Leyte (FC-L) which the military battled for several years. In his message, Col. Rafael Valencia, area commander of the military in Leyte urged the recipients to set as examples and enRepublic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0076 Ref. No. VIII-2003-1541 Application for Sale & Transfer of a CPC operate a PUJ service with Extension of Validity & with Prayer to Adopt Trade Name. AURORA FORMENTERA-VENDOR RIO ISIDRO DELA BAJAN-VENDEE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE APPROVAL OF SALE MADE BY AURORA FORMENTERA-VENDOR IN FAVOR OF RIO ISIDRO DELA BAJAN-VENDEE OF A CPC FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: BORONGAN-ORAS & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT A PUJ SERVICE WHICH CERTIFICATE IS

courage their former comrades to return to the folds of the law and avail the programs in store for them. The army in the province further stressed that the assistance received by the former rebels is just the start of the new life and brighter future that lies ahead of them and their respective families. (AHLETTE C.
STILL VALID AND SUBSISTING. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON FEBRUARY 19, 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 4th day of February 2013. (Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO Clerk of Board

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of late Francisca Ruiz extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, covered by O.C.T. No. P-36131, situated at Brgy. Tabunok, Bato, Leyte, designated as Lot No. 1494, Case 7, Cad 745-D, containing an area of 929 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Robert B. Vasquez as vendee for a portion of 697 square meters from the above-described property; per Doc. no. 237, Page No. 48, Book No. XXLIII, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Josenilo Marquez Reoma. LSDE: January 30, Feb. 6 & 13, 2013 NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of late Donato B. Abique extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land located at Brgy. Doos, del Sur, Hindang, Leyte, under Tax Dec. No. 08-15010-00071, designated as Cad Lot No. 1802, containing an area of 6,011 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Sps. Remegio V. Alorro and Violeta J. Alorro as vendee for the above-described property with all the improvements thereon; per Doc. No. 148, Page No. 31, Book No. XII, Series of 2010 of Notary Public Atty. Josenilo Marquez. LSDE: January 23, 30 & Feb. 6, 2013



Republic of the Philippines OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR Tacloban City


In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No.9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that CHRISTOPHER L. SABAREZ has been filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from
(First name to be changed) (New First name to be adopted)

LSDE: Feb. 6, 13 & 20, 2013

(Sgd.) MARIO P. NICOLASORA Judge Designate

(Complete name of petitioner)

NOTICE is hereby given that Felix Basibas, Jr. executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication over a parcel of land, situated at Brgy. San Roque, Tanauan, Leyte designated as Lot No. 1109, containing an area of 220 square meters; per Doc. No. 197, Page No. 41, Book No. IX, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Asterio A. Villero. LSDE: January 30, Feb. 6 & 13, 2013

Certificate of CHRISTOLES LOGRONIO SABAREZ who was born on December 25, 1959 at Tacloban City and whose parents are NORA P. LOGRONIO and FAUSTINO G. SABAREZ Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his writeen opposition with this Office not later than FEBRUARY 20, 2013. (Sgd.) MS. JUDY H. BORJA City Civil Registrar

The DSWD- Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) Pawing, Palo, Leyte would like to call the attention of the parents/relatives of a more than 1 week old baby girl who was found by a church goer in one of the benches of the Our Lady of Assumption Parish Cathedral, Maasin City on October 31, 2012 at 5:30 in the afternoon. Child was wearing a disposable diaper, wearing a tie-side baby cloth, white mittens. Beside her is a brown bag with a bib, white diaper, used empty feeding bottle, small bottle mineral water and packed of cooked rice. She was admitted at RSCC on November 1, 2012 by Ms. Febe Maria T. Sta. Cruz, City Social Welfare Ofcer of City Social Welfare and Development Ofce of Maasin City. The relatives or any interested party of this child are requested to see the Center Head or the Social Workers of DSWDRSCC, Pawing, Palo, Leyte or call Telephone Number (053) 323-2666 to discuss plans for the child. Failure to appear will serve as basis for ling a Petition to declare the child as legally available for adoption. (Sgd.) NIDA V. JUSAY Center Head LSDE: Jan. 23, 30 & Feb. 6, 2013

NOTICE is hereby given that Ponciana Amano-Palad heir of late Alejandra Nantin married to the late Esteban Amano executed an affidavit of Self-Adjudication over a parcel of land designated as Lot 3395, Pls 08000004, situated in Can-abay, Basey, Samar, Philippines, covered by O.C.T. No. 27623, with Tax Dec. No. ARP No. 6693, containing an area of 11,487 square meters, more or less; per Doc. No. 73, Page No. 14, Book No. III, Series of 2009 of Notary Public Atty. Rogelio P. Gula. LSDE: January 23, 30 & Feb. 6, 2013


LSDE: February 6 & 13, 2013

Wednesday 06 February 2013


Leyte Samar Daily Express

PDEA RD attends Baybay SP session

BAYBAY City-Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional director Atty. Gil T. Pabilona personally appeared before Michael L. Cari, Vice Mayor and the Sangguniang Panglungsod of this city on Feb. 4 to espouse the agencys request for satellite and/or liaison offices in the different cities and provinces of the Eastern Visayas region. Following a brief meeting with Deogracias Pernitez, City Administrator of Baybay City, Atty. Pabilona proceeded to the City Legislative Building where the SP was conducting its regular weekly session. Vice-Mayor Michael L. Cari reiterated the citys desire to accommodate PDEA within its territorial boundaries, as a protective and control measure against the proliferation of dangerous drugs in the city. We are aware that by its proximity to Ormoc, our fastdeveloping city could become a logical extension of the drug pushers that abound there, the vicemayor said. to prevent this, we are once again extending our invitation to PDEA to establish a satellite or liaison office here. Pabilona welcomed beneficiaries all over the region pending for verification prior for delisting by their field office and had already delisted 6,314 due to non-registration. She added that there were 73 beneficiaries that were delisted due to noncompliance with the provision of attending community assembly. Tapispisan said that they will not allow that the CCT program will be used for politicking and advancement for campaign of incumbent officials. It is only us win the the invitation, saying that it is his duty to ensure that PDEA presence will be felt all over the region, particularly in the cities where there is greater chances for exposure to illicit drug use and trafficking. I thank the city of Baybay for recognizing that the drug menace exists and for taking the initiative to pre-empt the situation. Pabilona indicated that he will be gracing the SP session in the near future to forward PDEAs proposed legislation for control and eradication of the drug menace in the city. (LIZA F. BAOY, IO-PDEA) agency who could delist names of beneficiaries. Local government officials cant do anything about it. They have no power or authority over CCT program much so if who will be included in the names of beneficiaries, Tapispisan said. She added that the delisting process it would take more than a month. Some would only take a month before their names are delisted, but that would vary on the extent of their evidence, she said. She then called for those who are now included in the list of CCT beneficiaries to comply with the provisions and regulations of the program so that they would continue to avail of the cash grant. (ROEL AMAZONA)

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hold beneficiaries out of 6,486 registered beneficiaries. Tapispisan added that as of November last year, there were 7,149

support all the candidates under Lakas-CMD in the various positions, like governors, vice-governors, mayors down to councilors, in the coming May 2013 election. Romualdez said. Maguindanao Rep. Simeon Datumanong, vice-chairman of the Lakas-CMD, said Romualdez, a lawyer and banker by profession, was the most logical choice for party president being one of the current leaders of the House opposition bloc. House Minority leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez said that Romualdez can help rebuild and restore the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats

(CMD) clout and influence in the political arena. We have an agreement to strengthen the party during the campaign and this is attainable by electing Cong. Romualdez as the party president, Suarez stressed as he added that Romualdezs sterling leadership is the main reason behind their move electing him as the next

president of Lakas-CMD. Suarez explained that Romualdez can join the campaign sorties of their candidates in various provinces because he is running unopposed. Congressman Romualdez is unopposed in the coming polls and he has the time to strengthen the party during the campaign, said the House minority leader. (MARVIN

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TACLOBAN CITYAn ambitious plan. Such is the National Greening Program of Philippine government launched in 2011 by virtue of Presidential Executive Order No. 26 by His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino, III. This massive reforestation program which seeks to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares throughout the country has a four-pronged agenda: food production, poverty reduction, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Despite its seemingly tall order, implementation of the NGP has gained significant headway, particularly in Eastern Visayas. Adopting social mobilization as a strategy, a cross section of society had participated in various tree planting activities both in lowland and upland planting sites identified by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Florentino Saludo, President of the Peoples Organization YISEDAI in Maasin, Southern Leyte, shares that the NGP has helped their members with livelihood opportunities offered through seedling production and plantation establishment. Elena Galo, Secretary of the PO-YISEDAI reveals that they encourage their children to be aware of environmental concerns. They teach them the importance and cost of each seedling, how long it takes to grow a tree and the importance of growing trees. Their peoples organization also patiently and sacrificially assisted students who conducted tree planting activities in their NGP site in the uplands of Maasin City, Southern Leyte. With the students hands on experience of planting trees in the upland, they are optimistic that these students will learn to value the importance of maintaining a healthy ecological balance. Social mobilization proved to be a successful strategy from nursery establishment to seedling production, actual tree planting activities and maintenance of tree plantations. Students from both public and private schools, employees of National Government Agencies as well as Local Government Units and from the private sector were joined by the church, private media, non-government organizations and socio-civic organizations and community residents in the effort to achieve the goals of the NGP in Region 8. For 2011, Eastern Visayas reported an accomplishment of over 5.6M seedlings planted out of its target of 4,816,500 seedlings. An aggregate of 10,869.41 hectares were planted surpassing its target of 9,840 hectares for the year. By mid-December 2012, a total of 9,247.98 hectares have been planted throughout the Eastern Visayas region. The concerted effort of the Eastern Visayans has resulted in the planting of 5,394,450 seedlings of various species. Likewise, a total of 5,665,950 seedlings have been produced by peoples organizations who have been engaged by the DENR for the National Greening Program. The figures from 2011 up to 2012 prove that the NGP though tagged as an ambitious plan, is definitely a mission possible. With the recorded success of the National Greening Program in the past two years of its implementation, there is indeed no other way but to press on towards realizing the goal of greening over 76,000 hectares of land in region 8 by 2016 which is its contribution to the national goal of 1.5 million hectares. In pursuit of this endeavor, the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar which comprise the Eastern Visayas region have their own individual targets to be achieved. For 2013, Region 8 is tasked



to cover at least 17,714 hectares with various trees. This includes forest & fruit trees, as well as mangrove and other non-timber forest products. The DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Eastern Samar takes the biggest share of the pie. Under supervision by the DENR-Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS), PENRO E. Samar shall plant 600 hectares with indigenous/premium tree species and 150 hectares of cacao. Another 3,650 hectares shall be planted with timber, fuel, mangrove, urban and rattan which shall be supervised by the DENR-Forest Management Service. This brings the total area targeted for planting by PENRO E. Samar alone to 4,400 hectares for 2013. The succeeding years from 2014-2016 shall see a slight decrease in the area targeted for planting each year until a total of 76,763 hectares shall have been reforested as Region 8s share in the National Greening Program. Under the NGP, Region 8 has committed to reforest 15,000 hectares in 2014,

another 14,000 hectares in 2015, and finally 13,810 hectares in 2016. DENR Regional Executive Director Manolito D. Ragub expresses his optimism that this, too, is a mission possible. According to him, the positive response and enthusiasm of the public which led to their active participation and involvement in the National Greening Program in Eastern Visayas is indeed commendable. We shall bank on the initial successes of the NGP in the past two years, as we move on towards achieving our goals by 2016, RED Ragub declares. Realistically, the seedlings we plant today will not grow overnight. It will take years of nurture and care before these become sturdy trees to serve the purpose for which the National Greening Program was conceived of. Someone once said that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time to plant is now our legacy for the next 20 years and onwards. (MG SUCGANG,

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