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Village chief gunned down in Calbayog City
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Religion in Pacquaios loses

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DPWH officials, contractors to sign pledge of commitment


DepEd Christmas display features work of tech-voc students

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LGUs, govt should craft laws that would give benefits to barangay health workers - USAID
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2 ordinances by BM Tiu to strengthen barangay councils, health protection, environment approved

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TACLOBAN CITY- Public works officials, private contractors, and suppliers in Eastern Visayas will sign a pledge of commitment on anti-corruption drive as embodied in President Benigno Aquinos quest for Daang Matuwid. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Director Rolando Asis said the signing will be done this month or early January, boosting their efforts to change public perception of an agency perceived to be vulnerable to fraud. Key officials like district engineers and project engineers will join the signing. Private contractors will also take part in this integrity vow. If they wont indulge in giving bribes, there would be no corruption, Asis said. DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson Ormoc Mayor Eric Codilla and GIZ country director Wolfgang Moellers led the ceremonial dumping of trash earlier announced that if private at the engineered sanitary landfill. Beside him are (from left): General Services Officer Angelo Roman, contractors would not sign an integrity Engr. IV Roy Capala and City Engineer Ranulfo Oliveros. pledge, they would not be awarded a contract from the DPWH. Despite the loss, Forms for the pledge will be sent

Ormoc City acquires new sanitary landfill

ORMOC CITY-The operation of the sanitary landfill in this city is a strong indication that the leaders and the people of this city are environment conscious. Thus said Mayor Eric Codilla during the opening of the citys sanitary landfill- the countrys 45th such a facilitywhich was largely funded by the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit). According to the city mayor, the facility will indeed be a

Rep. FM commends Rep. Pacquiao

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great help for them in protecting the environment of the city as he promised that the people of Ormoc will forever be grateful to the GIZ for helping them come up with said facility. (We) recognized the need of (a) stable environment. There is no higher calling than protecting our environment...and the facility will surely be a great help to us (in protecting the environment), Codilla said during the turn over
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Now is the time that we, Filipinos, should give our unconditional support to Manny Pacquiao, Assistant Minority Floor Leader and Leyte 1st district Rep. Ferdinand Martin FM Romualdez said in a statement. Rep. Romualdez and his fellow lawmakers believe that Pacquiao should continue giving the country pride and honor by not giving up his gloves, as they expressed support to
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Aquino. Mayor Aquino is seeking his full term as mayor of this city under the banner of the Liberal Party. Mayor Aquino assumed his post when former Mayor Reynaldo Uy was gunned down by still unidentified suspect last May 1, 2011. Incumbent Vice Mayor Rey James Uy, the son of the late mayor, is running against Mayor Aquino as an independent candidate. Another candidate for mayor of this city is Angel Tan, the daughter of former Samar Governor and now incumbent Rep.Milagros Tan of the second district of Samar. The private armed groups (PAGs) otherwise known as partisan armed groups has been the issue in the first district of Samar (where this city belongs) in the past elections since in the 1980s according to police records. (RESTITUTO

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Village chief gunned down in Calbayog City

CALBAYOG CITY - A barangay chairman in this city was gunned down by still unidentified suspect, a police report said. Police report disclosed that Restituto Mag-ampo, 51 years old, widower and a barangay chairman of barangay Capacohan, this city, was shot to death at 11:45 in the evening, yesterday, (December 11, Tuesday) in Brgy. Oboob, also of this city, 18 kilometers from barangay Capacohan. Police report added that Mag-ampo was in the house of Maria Fe Polod having a drinking spree with one of his kagawad, Henry Cuizon, who was his companion, together with other residents in Brgy. Obo-ob when Magampo was shot. Polod, the owner of the house, was also hit at her thigh, the police report also added. A police officer, who refused to be identified, said that the crime could be politically motivated and another handiwork of a member of a private armed group considering that Mag-ampo was reportedly an active supporter of incumbent city M ay o r R o n a ld o

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On the DPRK Missile Launch

The Philippines strongly condemns the launch undertaken by the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 12 December 2012. The debris of the rocket fell in the sea 300 kilometers east of the Philippines. The DPRK is in clear violation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1695 (2006), 1874 (2009) and 1718 (2006), which explicitly demanded DPRK not to use or conduct any launch using ballistic missile technology and the suspension of its ballistic missile programme. The Philippines firmly urges the DPRK to desist from acts of provocation and to end its use or testing of ballistic missile technology. The Philippines joins other governments in urging the DPRK to undertake steps towards confidence-building and engagement with the international community in order to ensure peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and the entire Asia Pacific region.

the possible fifth rematch between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico. Marquez knockout Pacquiao in the sixth round of their 4th match in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. These after Pacquiao gallantly recovered from a knockdown in the 3rd round and knockdown Marquez in the fifth round and is totally dominating the Mexican warrior until that fateful moment where a single punch put the Pambansang Kamao sprawled in the canvass and unconcious for almost two minutes. Rep. Romualdez praised Pacquiao for giving inspiration to Filipinos, other aspiring boxers and athletes despite the loss. His loss is very painful but Pacquiao continues to give pride, dignity and self-respect to Filipinos and making all his countrymen all over the world proud of their heritage. He deserves the highest form of recognition, Romualdez said. However, Pacquiao assured his colleagues in the House of Representa-

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tives that he is fine and already accepted his defeat. He admitted, though, that he, too, was devastated of his loss. Pacquiao said that he cried because he failed to give the Filipinos the needed victory.

Thank you friends, dami umiyak.Napaiyak rin ako dahil nabigo akong mabigyan ng kasiyahan ang buong sambayanang Pilipino. Pacquiao said in a text to one
member of Congress. (MARVIN T. MODELO)

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Republic of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT National Wages and Productivity Commission Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Regional Board No. VIII Rules Implementing Wage Order No. RB VIII-17


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Pursuant to Section 6, Rule IV of the NWPC Revised Rules of Procedure on Minimum Wage Fixing and Section 21 of Wage Order No. RB VIII-17 the following rules are hereby issued for the guidance and compliance of all concerned. Rule 1 General Provisions Section 1. Title. This Rules shall be known as the Rules Implementing Wage Order No. RB VIII-17. Section 2. Definition of Terms. As used in this Rules. a) Order refers to Wage Order No. RB VIII-17; b) Regional Board refers to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board of Region VIII; c) Commission refers to the National Wages and Productivity Commission; d) Department refers to the Department of Labor and Employment; e) Region VIII covers the Provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Samar, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar and the Cities of Tacloban, Ormoc, Maasin, Catbalogan, Baybay, Borongan and Calbayog; f) DTI refers to the Department of Trade and Industry; g) CDA refers to the Cooperative Development Authority; h) SEC refers to the Securities and Exchange Commission; i) Minimum Wage Rates refers to the lowest wage rates that an employer can pay his workers, as fixed by the Regional Board; j) Wage Distortion refers to the situation where an increase in prescribed wage rates results in the elimination or severe contraction of intentional quantitative differences in wage or salary rates between and among employee groups in an establishment as to effectively obliterate the distinctions in such wage structure based on skills, length of service, or other bases of differentiation; k) CBA refers to the negotiated contract between a legitimate labor organization and the employer concerning wages, hours of work, and all otherterms and conditions of employment in a bargaining unit, including mandatory provisions for grievance and arbitration machineries; l) Agriculture refers to farming in all its branches and among others, includes the cultivation and tillage of the soil, production, cultivation, growing and harvesting of any agricultural or horticultural commodities, dairying, raising of livestock or poultry, the of fish and other aquatic products in farms or ponds, and any activities performed by a farmer or on a farm as an incident to or in conjunction with such farming operations, but does not include the manu facturing and/or processing of sugar, coconut, abaca, pineapple, aquatic or other farm products; m) Plantation Agricultural Enterprise refers to one engaged in agriculture with an area of more than 24 hectares in a locality or which employs at least 20 workers. Any other agricultural enterprise shall be considered as Non-Plantation Agricultural Enterprise; n) Retail Establishment refers to one principally engaged in the sale of goods to end-users for personal or household use. A retail establishment that regularly engages in wholesale activities loses its retail character; o) Service Establishment refers to one principally engaged in the sale of service to individuals for their own household and is generally recognized as such; p) Cottage/Handicraft Establishment refers to one engaged in an economic endeavor in which the products are primarily done in the home or such other places for profit which requires manual dexterity and craftsmanship and/or whose capitalization does not exceed PhP1,500,000.00 regardless of previous registration with the defunct NACIDA; q) Productivity Based Wages refers to additional income given to workers as incentives derived from successful implementation of productivity programs through any gain-sharing scheme designed by the employer or by virtue of an agreement with the workers; Rule II. New Minimum Wages Section 1. New Wage Structure for Eastern Visayas. Upon the effectivity of this Wage Order, all workers in the private sector in Eastern Visayas receiving the basic wage rates prescribed herein shall receive an additional SEVEN PESOS (PhP7.00) Cost of Living Allowance in addition to the FIFTEEN PESOS (PhP15.00) Cost of Living Allowance in Wage Order No. RB VIII-16. Further, the TEN PESOS (PhP10.00) Cost of Living Allowance prescribed under Wage Order No. RB VIII-15 shall be integrated into the Basic Pay. The new wage structure for Region VIII shall now be as follows: Minimum Wage Rates upon Effectivity 238.00 216.00 207.00 219.00 240.00 213.00 198.50 Cost of Living Allowance Under Wage Order No. RB VIII-16 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00 Under Wage Order No. RB VIII-17 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 7.00 New Daily Minimum Wage Rates 260.00 238.00 229.00 241.00 262.00 235.00 220.50

All qualified handicapped workers shall receive the full amount of the minimum wage rate prescribed herein pursuant to Republic Act No. 7277, otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons. Section 10. Suggested Formula in Determining the Equivalent Monthly Rates. Without prejudice to existing company practices, agreements or policies, the following formula may be used as guides in determining the equivalent monthly rates: a. For those who are required to work everyday including Sundays or rest days, special days and regular holidays: Equivalent Monthly Rate (EMR) = Applicable Daily Rate (ADR) X 393.50 days 12 months Where 393.50 days: 298 days - Ordinary working days 24 days - 12 regular holidays X 200% 67.60 days - 52 rest days X 130% 3.90 days - 3 special days X 130% 393.50 days - Total equivalent number of days b. For those who do not work but are considered paid on rest days, special days and regular holidays: EMR = ADR X 365 days 12 months Where 365 days: 298 days Ordinary working days 52 days Sundays/Rest days 12 days Regular holidays 3 days Special days 365 days Total equivalent number of days c. For those who do not work and are not considered paid on Sundays or rest days: EMR = ADR X 313 days 12 months Where 313 days: 298 days Ordinary working days 12 days Regular holidays 3 days Special days 313 days Total equivalent number of days d. For those who do not work and are not considered paid on Saturdays and Sundays or rest days: EMR = ADR X 261 days 12 months Where 261 days: 246 days Ordinary working days 12 days Regular holidays 3 days Special days 261 days Total equivalent number of days Section 11. Mobile and Branch Workers. The statutory minimum wage rates of workers who by nature of their work have to travel shall be those applicable in the domicile or head office of the employer. The minimum wage rates of workers working in branches or agencies of establishments within the Region shall be those applicable in the place where they are stationed. Section 12. Transfer of Personnel. The transfer of personnel to areas outside the Region shall not be a valid ground for the reduction of the wage rates being enjoyed by the workers prior to such transfer. The workers transferred to the other regions with higher wages shall be entitled to the minimum wage rates applicable therein. Section 13. Productivity Based Wages. To attain higher levels of productivity for competitiveness, to preserve and generate gainful employment and to augment the incomes of workers, business enterprises are encouraged to adopt productivity improvement and gain-sharing programs. Rule III Special Provisions Section 1. Effect on Existing Wage Structure. Should any dispute arise as a result of wage distortion, the employer and the union shall negotiate to correct the distortions through the grievance procedure under their collective bargaining agreement, and if it remains unresolved, through voluntary arbitration. Unless otherwise agreed by the parties in writing, such dispute shall be decided by the voluntary arbitrator or panel of voluntary arbitrators within ten (10) calendar days from the time such dispute was referred to voluntary arbitration. In cases where there are no collective bargaining agreements or recognized labor unions, the employers and workers shall endeavor to correct such distortions. Any dispute arising therefrom shall be settled through the National Conciliation and Mediation Board and if it remains unresolved after ten (10) calendar days of conciliation, the same shall be referred to the appropriate branch of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC). The NLRC shall conduct continuous hearings and decide the dispute within twenty (20) calendar days from the time said dispute is submitted for compulsory arbitration. The pendency of a dispute arising from wage distortion shall not in any way delay the applicability of any increase prescribed in the Order. Section 2. Complaints for Non-Compliance. Complaints for non-compliance with the Order shall be filed with the Regional Office of the Department having jurisdiction over the workplace and shall be the subject of enforcement proceedings under Article 128 and 129 of the Labor Code, as amended. Section 3. Conduct of Inspection by the Department. The Department shall conduct inspections of establishments, as often as necessary, to determine whether the workers are paid the prescribed new minimum wage rates and other benefits granted by law or any Wage Order. In the conduct of inspection in unionized companies. Department inspectors shall always be accompanied by the president or other responsible officer of the recognized bargaining unit or of any interested union. In the case of non-unionized establishments, a worker representing the workers in the said company will accompany the inspector. The workers representative shall have the right to submit his own findings to the Department and to testify on the same if he does not concur with the findings of the labor inspector. Section 4. Non-Diminution of Benefits. Nothing in the Order and in this Rules shall be construed to reduce any existing wage rates, allowances and other benefits of any form under existing laws, decrees, issuances, executive orders, and/or under any contract or agreement between the workers and employers. Section 5. Penal Provision. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 12 of RA 6727, as amended by RA 8188, any person, corporation, trust, firm, partnership, association or entity which refuses or fails to pay the prescribed increase in the Order shall be punished by a fine of not less than Twenty five thousand pesos (PhP25,000.00) nor more than One hundred thousand pesos (PhP100,000.00) or imprisonment of not less than two (2) years nor more than four (4) years or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the Court. Provided, that any person convicted under the Order shall not be entitled to the benefits provided for under the Probation Law. The employer concerned shall be ordered to pay an amount equivalent to double the unpaid benefits owing to employees. Provided, that payment of indemnity shall not absolve the employer from the criminal liability imposable under RA 8188. If the violation is committed by a corporation, trust or firm, partnership, association or any entity, the penalty of imprisonment shall be imposed upon the entitys responsible officers, including but not limited to the president, vice-president, chief executive officer, general manager, managing director or partner. Section 6. Prohibition Against Injunction. No preliminary or permanent injunction or temporary restraining order may be issued by any court, tribunal or other entity against any proceedings before the Commission or Boards. Section 7. Freedom To Bargain. The Order shall not be construed to prevent workers in particular firms or enterprises of industries from bargaining for higher wages and flexible working arrangements with their respective employers. Section 8. Reporting Requirement. Any company, corporation, partnership or any entity engaged in business shall submit a verified itemized listing of their labor component to the Board not later than January 31, 2013 and every year thereafter in accordance with the form prescribed by the Commission. Section 9. Repealing Clause. All orders, issuances, rules and regulation on wages, or parts thereof inconsistent with the provisions of the Order and this Rules are hereby repealed, amended or modified accordingly. Section 10. Separability Clause. If any provision or part of the Order and this Rules, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid or unconstitutional, the remainder of the Order and this Rules or the application of such provision or part thereof to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby. Section 11. Advisory on Performance Based Pay. In line with the two tiered wage system where the 1st tier is the mandatory wage adjustment prescribed in this Wage Order, within sixty (60) days from the issuance of NWPC Guidelines on the Implementation of the two tiered wage system, the Board shall issue an advisory on the 2nd tier or the performance based pay which shall serve as guidelines for private establishments on the range of productivity bonuses and incentives that an enterprise or industry may provide based on agreement between workers and management. Section 12. Effectivity of Rules. This Rules shall take effect upon effectivity of the Order. Done in Tacloban City this 8th day of October 2012



Section 2 Basis of the New Wage Structure and COLA. The Minimum Wage Rates under this Order shall be for the normal working hours, which shall not exceed eight (8) hours a day. Section 3. Coverage. The prescribed wage increase under this Order shall be applicable to all private sector minimum wage workers in the Eastern Visayas regardless of their position, designation or status of employment and irrespective of the method by which their wages are paid except: a) Household or domestic helpers, including family drivers and workers in the personal service of another pursuant to Article 143 of the Labor Code of the Philippines as amended by Republic Act 7655; b) Workers in duly registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises with Certificates of Authority pursuant to Republic Act 9178. Section 4. Exemption. No exemption from compliance under this Wage Order shall be allowed. Section 5. Creditable Wage Increase. Wage Increases granted by an employer in an organized establishment within three (3) months prior to the effectivity of the Order shall be credited as compliance with the prescribed increase set forth therein, provided that an agreement to this effect has been forged between the parties or a provision in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) allowing creditability exists. In the absence of such an agreement or provision in the CBA, any increase granted by the employer shall not be credited as compliance with the increase prescribed in this Order. In unorganised establishments, wage increases granted by the employer within three (3) months prior to the effectivity of the Order shall be credited as compliance. In case the increases given are less than the prescribed increase, the employer shall pay the difference. Such increases shall not include anniversary increases, merit wage increases and those resulting from the regularization of employees. Section 6. Application to Private Educational Institutions. In the case of private educational institutions, the share of covered workers and employees in the increase in tuition fees for School Year 2012-2013 shall be considered as compliance with the wage increase prescribed herein. However, payment of any shortfall in the wage increase set forth herein shall be covered starting School Year 2013-2014. Private educational institutions which have not increased their tuition fees for School Year 2012-2013 may defer compliance with the minimum wage prescribed herein until the beginning of School Year 2013-2014. In any case, all private educational institutions shall implement the minimum wage prescribed herein starting School Year 2013-2014. Section 7. Application to Contractors. In the case of contracts for construction projects and for security, janitorial and similar services, the prescribed minimum wage rates under this Order shall be borne by the principals or clients of the construction/service contractors and the contract shall be deemed amended accordingly. In the event, however, that the principal or client fails to pay the prescribed minimum wage rates, the construction/service contractor shall be jointly and severally liable with his principal or client. Section 8. Workers Paid by Results. All workers paid by results, including those who are paid on piecework, takay, pakyaw or task basis, shall be entitled to receive not less than the prescribed wage rates per eight (8) hours work a day, or a proportion thereof for working less than eight (8) hours a day. The adjusted rates for workers paid by results shall be computed in accordance with the following steps: a. New AMW-Previous AMW* 100 = % increase Previous AMW* b. Existing rate/piece X % increase = Increase in rate/piece; c. Existing rate/piece + Increase in rate/piece = Adjusted rate/piece * Where AMW is the applicable minimum wage rate. The wages of workers who are paid by results shall continue to be established in accordance with Article 101 of the Labor Code, as amended and its implementing regulations. Section 9. Wages of Special Groups of Workers. The daily minimum wages of apprentices and learners shall in no case be less than seventy-five percent (75%) of the applicable minimum wage rates prescribed herein. All recognized learnership and apprenticeship agreements entered into before the effectivity of this Order shall be considered automatically modified insofar as their wage clauses are concerned to reflect the minimum wage rates prescribed herein.

ORLANDO C. UY Employers Representative

EFREN M. GABRIOLA Workers Representative (on leave) MIGUEL T. TEZON Workers Representative

BONIFACIO G. UY Vice-Chairperson, NEDA EXEQUIEL R. SARCAUGA Chairperson APPROVED: This 6th day of December, 2012.

CYNTHIA R. NIERRAS Vice-Chairperson, DTI

ROSALINDA DIMAPILIS-BALDOZ Secretary Department of Labor and Employment

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Pleasure amid misery

t is sad that while deaths, destruction, devastation and misery were being experienced by the people in Surigao del Sur, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Cagayan de Oro and other parts of Mindanao brought about by typhoon Pablo, 26 members of the House of Representatives flew to Las Vegas to watch Pacquaio-Marquez 4th boxing showdown. As responsible government ocials and direct representatives of the people although they may not have been representing those places mentioned that bear the brunt of typhoon Pablo they should not have gone there out of sympathy to the typhoon victims. Even if they may have spent their own money in the fare and expenses going there still it was not appropriate to enjoy pleasure watching the boxing bout when devastation and death is widespread in Mindanao. They should have been contented to watch it at home and donate the money to the victims. If the money they spent came from the taxes of the government and from the people who suered

the tragedy that would have been very outrageous. While some oces, organizations, agencies and even school children have donated their money or plan to donate their money intended for Christmas party, it was callous or indierent of those congressmen to have done that. It would have been enough that other Filipinos were there to give moral support to Pacquaio in his boxing bout with Marquez although they are his colleagues in the House of Representatives. As for Manny Pacquiao, it should not be expected that he would always win in every fight. He would experienced defeat, too. Nothing and nobody who has reached the zenith would be there always because the natural tendency is to go down. It is time for him to hang up his gloves. In fact, if he has retired before he would have remained undefeated. Talks of a rematch is only for the promoters to try to regain lost money during the boxing bout.

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Hot water from faucets between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. may force one to try using it to mix coffee or even cook sinigang fish. Or it could boil an egg. Just try. No harm in trying, as they say. A neighbor in Tacloban highly urbanized city had observed for three days until yesterday afternoon (December 11, 2012) that smoke was coming out of the plastic container (emptied mineral water 6-liter gallon) that was being filled with the hot water from a faucet connected to a line which Leyte Metropolitan Water District installed a long time ago. After a few moments, the gallon

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shrinked from its original shape. It was really hot. Last Sunday, another neighbor noticed that black bugs that began invading her home a week ago suddenly disappeared. She wasnt sure though if the 300-milliliter Advanced

Aerosol Odorless multi-insect killer (anti-dengue oilbased formulation) that she bought a week earlier from a big downtown pharmacy had anything to do with that sudden disappearance. Just last week, unirrigated rice farmers waiting

for the continuous rains to come, after losing thousands of pesos from what they started to prepare for transplanting during the previous dry months, began deciding to risk again their few savings by readying rice seeds for planting within this week and next. A farmer in Villa Aurora, Basey, Samar, Philippines, concluded last Friday with his partner landowner-representative that he could already transplant by Dec. 14. Last Sunday, though, transto page 5

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fect of the dynamite fishing method contributed to the broken hard coral bottom of the abandoned fish sanctuaries in Barugo, Babatngon, and Palo towns, all facing the NE plank of Leyte Island. An area with no standing and healthy coral reef/ bottom is not likely to attract fish population. Coral fish feeds by nibbling small green, brown, and red marine algae growing on hard corals. Some species of algae grow in association with corals, showing symbiotic relationships. The importance of maintaining a healthy coral reef assures shallow water fisheries to subsist, i.e. parrot fish, wrasse fish species, and siganids are among the more common inhabitants of coral habitats. Of the afore-mentioned enemies of coral reefs, man-made once are easier to control, stop. An LGU headed by officials with strong political well can always maintain an active, sustained with basic necessities to implement the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998, Bantay-Dagat Unit to marshal their shorelines and offshore boundaries in collaboration with the PNP command. Controlling the natural population of crown-ofthorns will be by actual diving, manual collection, and destruction of the organisms before the females become fertile and start laying eggs. The LGU in collaboration with NGOs, academe could include shorelines clean up activities with clearing up activities of the destructive starfish population underwater. ooo000ooo NEXT TOPIC : Contd: Natural Calamities and Crown-of-Thorns Destroy Corals Part III - The Palawan Experience SHARE S & T THOUGHTS through EMail: and a vessel unto honor, he would be disallowed by God to be instrumental in the perpetuation of big-time, worldwide gambling that is feasted on by greedy, blood-thirsty criminals, gamblers, fornicators, drunkards, etc. He should live for God, not for the world. From this premise, one could tell that he will not succeed in boxing anymore, and his loses should he continue will just accumulate.

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Natural calamities and crownof-thorns destroy corals

Part II - The Philippine Experience

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While Australia has to contend with only natural calamities and biological factors contributing to the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines has yet to attribute certain man-made practices as contributory to causing the decline of the countrys coral cover. Filipino marine biologists continue to report the massive coral bleaching caused by Global Warming that hit the marine ecosystem of Luzon (e.g. Pangasinan), Visayas (e.g. Negros), and Min-Su-Pala

(e.g. Palawan). The biological factor includes the alarming increase in the population of the crown-of-thorns (Acanthaster planci) observed during the assessment and documentation of the marine algae of Northeastern Leyte Island (NRCP-DOST funded Project). This member of the starfish family, voracious eater of hard corals, has colonized the coastal towns of Leyte Province facing the Leyte Gulf from Tacloban (Diyo Island), Palo, Tanauan,

Tolosa (Puntod, an offshore coral formation), Dulag, Mayorga, Macarthur, and Abuyog! An abandoned fish sanctuary roughly a hundred meters off Palo Town, where this writer and his research team, doved into, showed how the crown-ofthorns have destroyed its relatively extensive coral substratum! At that time, the Bantay-Dagat units of Palo and Tanauan towns, who were represented during the exploration cum field data gathering trip, were surprised to see sample specimens of the destructive starfish brought and killed ashore. Adding to the woes in Leyte (and possibly elsewhere in the country), is the destructive fishing methods practiced by scrupulous fishermen using dynamite and muro-ami. The ef-

planting became a forced need. Manny Pacquiao, and his world of fans, never expected he would be defeated by Juan Manuel Marquez. Much unexpected was his easy knockout fall. At that Sundays (Philippine time) non-title (plainly whimsical and money-making) boxing bout, right in the ring, the concluding announcement wrongly referred to Round 6 as Round 5, and there was no notice about it, official or otherwise. The Filipino boxing king was knocked out just one second to the end of Round 6. The Catholic sector continues to demonstrated its very strong reliance on prayer, asking the Congress would kill the proposed RH Bill. Heres a piece of image print-screened by QN from http://fightrhbill.blogspot. com/ , the prayer (Prayer for the Philippines) therein having been composed by Most Reverend Jose S. Palma, D.D., STD, archbishop of Cebu, Philippines and

distributed by Human Life International, saying: Merciful God and Father, Source of all Physical and moral life, at this time of our nations history, direct our leaders with your wisdom not to pass the Reproductive Health, Divorce, Same Sex Marriage, and other bills that do not conform to your divine will. Protect your people from moral degeneration. Make the Philippines a light to Asia and to the world, that all creation may reflect your glory and recover its fullest perfection in the name of Your Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. May Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe pray for us. Amen. Notice the commanding tone of the prayer. It doesnt begin with a please. It commands instead of begs. I think, as in my Catechism days, children are told to be humble when asking for something. But here it seems we are taught to command God to direct our leadersnot to pass the Reproductive Health.,
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Religion in Pacquaios loses

The Sower
Thursday of the 2nd Week of Advent Is 41:13-20; Ps 145; Mt 11:11-15

Things To Mind
doms pagliawan Some people are blaming Manny Pacquaios recent loss to his new-found faith and eventual abandonment of his old religion. They look at it as a chastisement, or some sort of a curse because now, he no longer crosses himself and does not climb the ring with his crucifix worn around his neck like he used to have in his previous fights. Could this indeed be the reason for his humiliating defeat? Is it due to his failure to wear the rosary, or to keep crossing himself, or to stay faithful to his old religion? According to Bishop Oscar Cruz, it is a very shallow reason to say that Pacquaio was defeated because he changed his religion; he was just overwhelmed with his opponents unusually powerful punches that caught him by surprise, thats why. This is, so far, the most sensible insight regarding his loss from an authoritative religious figure. Why, if we will blame his defeat to his changing of religion, we are inviting a religious debate. Thats being superstitious to say that. Holding that view would be tantamount to saying that, in order for Pacquaio to continually reap victories, he must remain in his old religion, which is questionable, because if it indeed is the secret to his boxing triumphs, then why did he accumulate his first three loses when in fact, he was still faithful then to his old faith? Clearly, religion has nothing to do with his loss. It could be due to some factors, the greatest of which is Juan Manuel Marquezs burning desire and hunger for a big win. He had prepared a lot for the fight, with much focus and immense determination. He had bulked, exceedingly

improved his skill, and greatly enhanced his power-punching. He had studied and eventually mastered Pacquiaos movements, flaws, and weaknesses. One false move and Pacquaio would pay the prize. And thats what exactly happened. While Marquez was busying himself with all this, Pacquaio was preoccupied with commercial endorsements, his businesses, his political career, his showbiz commitments, his music projects, etc. His training for this fight then was obviously inadequate and, when fight night came, one could tell who was ready and who was not. But if people would still insist on linking his loss to his new-found faith, then perhaps the following angle would apply. Having been exposed to the Bible, Pacquaio must have learned that he is a hell-bound sinner, that through repentance and faith, he should accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior to be saved. If he did just that, then he must have been born spiritually into the family of God, redeemed, and heaven-bound. As a new creature in Christ, salt of the earth


Jesus said to the crowds, Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the lest in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force. All the prophets and the law prophesied up to the time of John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, the one who is to come. Whoever has ears ought to hear.

Jesus mentioned John the Baptist as one greater than any other man that has come into the world. The Jews even of that time had known many great men: Abraham, Moses, David, even Nebuchadnezzar who had enslaved them, then Cyrus and Darius who had set them free. But John was not a great man in that sense. The Patriarchs and even Darius had been agents of God, but John had a special assignment as Gods agent. He pointed out Jesus to the people. They did not know him but when Jesus came to John for Baptism, John spoke those famous words: This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. John identified Christ for the people. How do I show Christ to others? Do I show Christ-like examples in my behavior? Am I Christ-like in my thoughtfulness and kindness to others? What have I told others about Christ since the beginning of this Advent? (Daily Gospel Now, R. Sullivan, OMI, published by Paulines, visit us at or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City, Tel. 321-31-95) Sowers Seeds: Let what characterizes your silence be your wise and prudent speech and your practice of interior recollection. Blessed James Alberione, Founder of the Pauline Family

Prayer for the Nation and for Those who Serve in Public Office
God, our Father, you guide everything in wisdom and love. Accept the prayers we offer for our nation; by the wisdom of our leaders and integrity of our citizens, may harmony and justice be secured and may there be lasting prosperity and peace. Almighty and eternal God, You know the longings of our hearts and You protect our rights. In your goodness, watch over those in authority, so that people everywhere may enjoy freedom, security and peace. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. (Courtesy of Daughters of St. Paul)

Pray the Holy Rosary daily for world peace and conversion of sinners (The family that prays together stays together)

Leyte Samar Daily Express

Republic of the Philippines NATIONAL MARITIME POLYTECHNIC (NMP) Cabalawan, Tacloban City, Leyte Tel Nos. (053) 325-5160/321-3352/321-0761

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Sps. Francisco Gaas and Ursula Ecaldre Gaas extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated along San Lorenzo St., and San Jose St., Brgy. Taguite, Lawaan, E. Samar, covered by Tax Dec. ARP No. 05-1201600764, Cad. Lot No. 2368-Cad418-D, with market value of P1,100.00. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Disiree G. Ecaldre as vendee for the abovedescribed property together with all improvements found thereon; per Doc. No. 600, Page No. 116, Book No. XVIII, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Jose Nick A. Mendros. LSDE: Dec. 13, 20 & 27, 2012
Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2002-1436 Application for Extensionof Validity of a CPC operate a PUJ service. ROGELIO D. GUEVARRA, JR. Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT IS A GRANTEE OF A CPC TO OPERATE A PUJ SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: BORONGANDOLORES & VICE VERSA WITH THE USE OF ONE (1) UNIT WHICH CERTIFICATE WILL EXPIRE ON DECEMBER 16, 2012. IN THE PRESENT APPLICATION, APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY TO EXTEND THE VALIDITYOF A CPC USING THE SAME NO. OF UNIT AND ROUTE. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON JANUARY 07, 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 10th day of December, 2012. (Sgd.) Atty. MANUEL R.P. MARTILLO Attorney IV

Thursday, 13 December 2012

City. Bounded on the NE., points 2-3 by Lot 2134 Cad. 256; on the SE., points 3-4 by Lot 2135-E-2, Psd-08023027-D; on the SW., points 4-1 by Lot 2135-E-1-E of the subdivision plan; on the NW., points 1-2 by Lot 2135-E-1-D of the subdivision plan beginning at a point marked 1 on plan being N. 31 deg. 34W., 804.46 m. from BLLM No. 8 Ormoc Cadastre; thence N. 20 deg. 52E., 30.92 m. 20 deg. 52E, 30.92 m. to point 2; thence S. 72 deg. 32E., 85.75 m. to point 3; thence S. 24 deg. 34W., 37.34 m. to point 4; thence N. 68 deg. 16W., 83.18 m. to point of beginning, containing an area of TWO THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED SEVENTY FOUR (2,874) SQUARE METERS, more or less. Registered in the name of EVALYN NONA TAN. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on January 16, 2013 without further notice.


The National Maritime Polytechnic, through its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), invites contractors to bid for the NMP Infrastructure Project: Name of Project Repair and Improvement of WATCH TOWER (Re-bidding) Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) P 941,976.00 Amount of Bid Documents 1,000.00

Prospective bidders should possess a valid PCAB License applicable to the contract, complied with the requirements of eligible bidders, have completed a similar contract with a value of at least 50% of the ABC within ten (10) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, and have key personnel and equipment available for the execution of the contract The NMP-BAC will use non-discretionary pass/fail criteria in the screening of documents as well as the Preliminary Examination of Bids including the conduct of post-qualification of the lowest calculated bid. All particulars relative to screening, Bid Security, Performance Security, Pre-Bidding Conference, Evaluation of Bids, Post-Qualification and Award of Contract shall be governed by the pertinent provisions of R.A. 9184 and its Revised Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR). The schedule of activities is listed, as follows: Activities Issuance and Availability of Bid Documents Pre-bid Conference Deadline for Submission of Eligibility Requirements and Bids Opening of Bids Bid Evaluation Post-Qualification Notice of Award Schedule/Time/Venue December 13, 2012 to January 4, 2013 BAC Office, 2nd Flr., Admin Bldg., NMP Complex, Cabalawan, Tacloban City December 21, 2012, 1:30 P.M. NMP ALTS Time, Conference Room, 2nd Flr., Admin Bldg., NMP Complex, Cabalawan, Tacloban City January 4, 2013 9:00 A.M. NMP ALTS Time, BAC Office, 2nd Flr., Admin Bldg., NMP Complex, Cabalawan, Tacloban City January 4, 2013, 9:30 A.M. NMP ALTS Time, Conference Room, 2nd Flr., Admin Bldg., NMP Complex, Cabalawan, Tacloban City These shall be in accordance with the prescribed periods allowed in the Revised Implementing Rules & Regulations (IRR) of R.A. No. 9184 otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.

Bid documents may be obtained by bidders from NMP-BAC Secretariat at BAC Office, 2nd Flr., Admin Bldg., National Maritime Polytechnic, Cabalawan, Tacloban City upon payment of a non-refundable fee for the Bidding Documents. It may also be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS), provided that Bidders shall pay the nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents not later than the submission of their bids. The National Maritime Polytechnic reserves the right to reject any or all bids or parts hereof, to waive any information therein, or to accept such bids or to award any part thereof to any bidder/s whose bid/s is/are considered most advantageous to the government. (SGD) GRACE MARIE T. AYASO BAC Chairperson

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Sps. Nicolas Cordero and Conchita Murillo extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 8259-E-17, covered by TCT No. T-17835, containing an area of 200 square meters, more or less, situated at Brgy. Caridad, Baybay, Leyte; per Doc. No. 1946, Page No. 36, Book No. 52, Series of 2005 of Notary Public Atty. Jesus V. Palermo. LSDE: Dec. 13, 20 & 27, 2012


Upon Extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 filed by Rural Bank of Dulag (Leyte), Inc. rep. by Mario B. Kwong, Ormoc City against Sps. Gerard Y. Rivilla and Leilani T. Rivilla to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of June 25, 2012 amounts to Nine Hundred Three Thousand Seven Hundred Thirty Pesos only (P903,730.00), including interest, penalties, attorneys fees and other charges but excluding sheriffs fees and other expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned sheriff will sell at public auction on January 09, 2013 at 4:00 oclock in the afternoon at the Office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court, Ormoc City to the highest bidder, for cash or managers check and in Philippine Currency, the following property with all the improvements located therein, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 51663 Register of Deeds of Ormoc City A parcel of land Lot 2135-E1-A of the subdivision plan, Psd-08023999-D, being a portion of Lot 2135-E-1, Psd-08-023027-D, situated in Brgy. San Antonio, Ormoc

LSDE: Dec. 13, 20 & 27, 2012

(Sgd.) ZENEN B. PURAY, JR. Sheriff IV

NOTICE is hereby given that Rosalina E. Banate heir of late Milagrosa Balondo executed an affidavit of SelfAdjudication over a parcel of agricultural and residential land, located at Brgy. Masagongsong, Kawayan, Biliran, Cad. Lot No. 3999, Assessors Lot No. 30, bearing Tax Dec. No. 00458, with an area of 933 square meters and hereby adjudicate the 1/7th share of the above-described property; per Doc. No. 1, Book No. XI, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Meljohn B. Dela Pea LSDE: Dec. 13, 20 & 27, 2012


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Adela E. Zacarias extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a bank deposit with the Philippine National Bank, Tacloban Branch bearing Savings Account No. 232000600013, with a balance of P57,311.99 and heirs being the siblings and the surviving heirs of the late Adela E. Zacarias; per Doc. No. 418, Page No. 84, Book No. IX, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Belinda Cinco Alcober. LSDE: Dec. 6, 13 & 20, 2012


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Sps. Aurea Wenceslao and Baylon Wenceslao extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, known as Lot 6867-P situated at Poblacion, Albuera, Leyte under Tax Dec. No. 05-03-001-01283, containing an area of 150 square meters, more or less and was sold in favor of Marcelino A. Fian as vendee. That heirs hereby confirm, affirm and ratify the sale of above-mentioned portion of a parcel of land, per Doc. No. 245, Page No. 49, Book No. XX111, Seires of 2010 of Atty. Allan Gervoso. LSDE: Nov. 29, Dec. 6 & 13, 2012


NOTICE is hereby given that Romeo R. Del Pilar, heir of late Alfredo Del Pilar executed an affidavit of Adjudication over a parcel of residential land, located at Brgy. Tucdao, Kawayan, Biliran, containing an area of 63 square meters with Tax Dec. No. 00639. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Joenil P. Pazon as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 279, Page No. 29, Book No. 1, Series of 2012 of Atty. Lolita G. Casas-Nuevo. LSDE: Dec. 6, 13 & 20, 2012


Thursday, 13 December 2012

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Branch 35, Ormoc City -oOoDARLYN SUBINGSUBING DIASANTA ILAO Plaintiff, -versusRAUL PASIA ILAO Defendant CASE NO. R-ORM-12-00040-CV FOR: DECLARATION OF NULLITY OF MARRIAGE x- - - - - - - - - - -x SUMMONS
Rules of Court and by the following rules: (1) Where the respondent cannot be located at his given address or his whereabouts are unknown and cannot be ascertained by diligent inquiry, service of summons may, by leave of court, be effected upon him by publication once a week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines and in such places as the court may order. In addition, a copy of the summons shall be served on the respondent at his last known address by registered mail or any other means the court may deem sufficient. Accordingly, let summons together with the complaint of this case be served upon the defendant by publication once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Philippines qualified to publish judicial notices at the expense of the plaintiff. The Branch Clerk of Court is also directed to send by registered mail a copy of the summons together with a copy of the complaint and this Order to the defendant a his last known address. The defendant in turn is directed to file his answer to the petition within a period of thirty (30) days from the last issue of publication. SO ORDERED. In Chambers, Ormoc City, Philippines, 20 November 2012. 6. During their apparent state of marital union, they did not acquire any real or personal properites. 7. Prior to their marriage, the parties first met on December of 1996. Not long thereafter, the respondent their relationship developed into a romantic one. 8. Having gained the affection of the petitioner, respondent asked the former to elope with him to Manila. The petitioner, motivated by her desire to see her sister, Divina Diasanta who was then living in Pasig City, acquiesced to the proposal of the respondent and sometime on April 1997, they were bound for Manila. Much to her dismay, when they got to Manila, respondent refused to bring the petitioner to her sister. Not knowing her way around Manila, petitioner was compelled to stay and live with the respondent in the apartment rented by the latters family. On July 1997, petitioner realized that she was pregnant with the respondents child. 9. To add to her woes, respondent had no steady source of income, nor did the latter make any earnest efforts to provide for the petitioner and the child she was bearing. Respondents employment was few and far in between and in those rare instances where respondent was able to secure employment, petitioner was always left in the less than desirable state of having to beg the respondent for financial support. 10. When petitioners due date for her delivery was fast approaching, the spouses decided to live with the parents of the respondent in Batangas. 11. On February 13, 1998, petitioner was admitted to the Mahal na Virgen Maria Sto. Rosario District Hospital in Rosario Batangas. On the same day, petitioner was subjected to an emergency caesarian operation due to eclampsia. On the same procedure, petitioner also delivered her child with the respondent. Petitioner was discharged from the said hospital only on February 19, 1998. Attached hereto as Annex C is a machine copy of the Operation Record of the petitioner, and as Annex D, is a machine copy of the medical certification of the petitioner. 12. The next day, or on February 14, 1998, the parents of the respondent made her sign a document and informed her that she had to sign the same so that it would appear that the child was born during a valid marriage between the parties herein. Heavily drugged and still recuperating from her major surgical operation, petitioner thought nothing of what the respondents parents were asking her to do. She affixed her signature on the documents and it was only after she obtained a copy of the birth certificate of her child did petitioner realize that it was made to appear that she had gotten married to the respondent on February 14, 1998 and gave birth on the same day. This is completely contrary to the actual state events as in fact petitioner gave birth on February 13, 1998 and never declared categorically that she took him as her husband. 11. From the time that the petitioner gave birth to her child with the respondent and until the child reached the age of three (3), the parties herein were residing in Batangas with the respondents grandmother. Petitioner not only had to look after the grandmother who was sickly, but she likewise had to tend to her child and worry about their absolute lack of income since

the respondent showed an absolute lack of determination to provide for his family. Instead, the respondent showed an inclination to while his time away, drinking beer with his friends. 12. This dismal state of affairs went on for the parties herein and their child until sometime in 2005-2006 when the respondent was offered employment in Dubai. Thinking that their family would finally be able to enjoy a more comfortable life, respondent cruelly dashed the hopes of the petitioner by not sending to her any portion of his income. 13. Due to the respondents refusal to send any and their child any support, petitioner was forced to plant and tend to some vegetabes in the small yard at the back of the house of the respondents grandmother. She would then peddle the vegetables just so she and her child could have something to eat. Aside from this, petitioner laundered and ironed the clothes of other persons so that she could simply make ends meet. 14. By this time, respondents mother had become extremely antagonistic towards the petitioner, and made life for the latter so miserable, such that petitioner, was left no other choice but to leave the respondent sometime in 2006. CAUSE OF ACTION Petitioner repleads the foregoing allegations by reference and additionally states: 15. Petitioner anchors her claim for the nullity of her marriage with Respondent on Article 4 of the Family Code in correlation with Article 3 of the same code. 16. Articles 3 and 4 of the Family Code states, to wit: Art. 3. The formal requisites of marriage are: (1) Authority of the solemnizing officer; (2) A valid marriage license except in the cases provided for in Chapter 2 of this Title; and (3) A marriage ceremony which takes place with the appearance of the contracting parties before the solemnizing officer and their personal declaration that they take each other as husband and wife in the presence of not less than two witnesses of legal age. Art. 4. The absence of any of the essential or formal requisites shall render the marriage void ab initio, except as stated in Article 35 (2) 17. The facts as narrated by the Petitioner clearly show that there was an absolute lack of absence of a marriage ceremony wherein the parties herein appear personally before the solmenizing officer and declared in the presence of not less than two witnesses of legal age that they take each other as husband and wife. 18. In fact, it would not have been possible for the petitioner and the Respondent to appear before the Office of the Municipal Mayor in Ibaan, Batangas on February 14, 1998 as in fact the former had been admitted to the Mahal na Virgen Maria, Sto. Rosario District Hospital on February 13, 1998 and had undergone an extremely sensitive surgical operation on February 13, 1998, the same day that their marriage appears to have been solemnized. 19. Due to the major surgery that petitioner underwent on February 13, 1998, petitioner was still recuperating from the same on February 14, 1998. This allegation is buttressed by the records of the aforesaid hospital which state that the petitioner herself was discharge only on April 19, 1998. 20. Due to the medical condition that the petitioner was in on February 14, 1998, she was merely asked to sign several documents. This was motivated by the desire to make it appear that the child of the parties herein would appear to be legitimate. In fact, their daughter was actually born on February 13, 1998, but because they could only make it appear that they obtained the marriage license on said date, the parties were forecd to make it appear that their marriage was celebrated on February 14, 1998 and as such they likewise had to state that the child was born on February 14, 1998. 21. In sum, the parties never, at any point in time, categorically and publicly declared that they took each other as husband and wife, instead they opted for the easier route and simply affixed their signatures on their marriage contract. Honorable as the intention of the parties may seem, their declaration shall be contained in the marriage certificate that they did so in a complete and utter sham. 22. The law has always upheld the sanctity of marriage and as such, marriage was never intended to be a mere agreement to be entered into for the convenience of the parties. In obtaining and signing a marriage certificate is a contravention of the relevant provisions of the law and makes the marital union of the parties void from the beginning for lacking the formal requisite of marriage. PRAYER WHEREFORE, it is most respectfully prayed that judgment be rendered DECLARING the marriage between the Petitioner and Respondent NULL and VOID. Other equitable reliefs and remedies are likewise prayed for. RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED. April 17, 2012, Ormoc City, Philippines.

Leyte Samar Daily Express

1. I am the petitioner in the above-captioned Petition. 2. I have caused the preparation of the foregoing Petition and I have read the same, and that the allegations therein are true and correct based on my personal knowledge and/ or authentic records. 3. I have not commenced any other action or proceeding involving issues similar to the present action before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, or any other tribunal or agency of the government; and that to the best of my knowledge, no such action is pending before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the different divisions thereof, or any other tribunal or agency. I further undertake and certify that if I should hereafter learn that a similar action or proceeding has been filed or is pending before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals or any tribunal or agency, I shall report such fact within five (5) days therefrom. 4. Further, I sayeth naught. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto affixed my signature this April 17, 2012 at Ormoc City, Philippines.

Business Suite, Osmea St., Ormoc City. 2. On April 17, 2012, I filed/served a copy of the foregoing PETITION, by way of registered mail on: OFFICE OF THE SOLICITOR GENERAL 134 Amorsolo Street Legaspi Village Makati City by serving a copy of them at their address indicated above, as shown by Registry Receipt herein attached and/ or indicated above. 3. I further sayeth naught. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto affixed my signature this day April 17, 2012 at Ormoc City, Leyte.


RAUL PASIA ILAO Catandala, Iba-an Batangas G R E E T I N G S: You are hereby required within a period of not less than FIFTEEN (15) days after service of this Summons upon you, to file with the Court and serve on the plaintiff, your Answer to the Complaint, copy of which is hereto attached together with the Annexes. You are reminded of the provision in the IBP-OCA Memorandum on Policy Guidelines dated 12 March 2002 to observe restraint in filing a Motion to Dismiss and instead allege the ground thereof as defenses in the Answer. If you fail within the time fixed, the Plaintiff will take judgment by default and may be granted the relief applied for in the complaint. WITNESS my hand under the seal of the Court this 25th day of April, 2012.

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this 17th day of April 2012 at Ormoc City, Leyte, affiant exhibiting to me her Social Security System ID with Number 062801389-3.


For consideration is a Motion For Extraterritorial Service dated 8 November 2012 filed by plaintiff, through counsel, on even date, stating that defendant Raul Pasia Ilao is in Qatar and is currently outside the Philippines per 2nd Indorsement and Return of Service dated 10 October 2012 executed by Arnold C. Petallo, Process Server of the Municipal Trial Court of Ibaaan, Batangas, Plaintiff, thus, prays that an Order be issued directing that summons in the instant case be served upon the defendant by publication in consonance with Section 15, Rule 14 of the Rules of Court. The motion is meritorious. Sec. 6 of A.M. No. 02-1110-SC or the Rule on Declaration of Absolute Nullity of Void Marriages and Annulment of Voidable Marriages provides as follows: Sec. 6. Summons. - The service of summons shall be governed by Rule 14 of the

(Sgd.) MILREYSA SALINAS DAYANDAYAN Clerk of Court x- - - - - - - - - - - -x Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Branch 35, Ormoc City -oOoDARLYN SUBINGSUBING DIASANTA ILAO, Plaintiff, -versusRAUL PASIA ILAO, Defendant CASE NO. R-ORM-12-00040-CV FOR: DECLARATION OF NULLITY OF MARRIAGE x- - - - - - - - - -x AMENDED ORDER

Petitioner, by and through undersigned counsel, unto this Honorable Court, most respectfully states: THE PARTIES 1. Petitioner is a Filipino, of legal age and a resident of Barangay Macabug, Ormoc City, Philippines. 2. Respondent is likewise of legal age, a Filipino and with residence Catandala, Ibaan, Batangas, where he may be served with summons and other processes of the Honorable Court. 3. Both parties have the capacity to sue and be sued. THE RELEVANT ANTECEDENT FACTS 4. The copy of the marriage contract of the parties state that they entered into a marital union on February 14, 1998, their marriage appearing to have been celebrated by the Municipal Mayor of Ibaan, Batangas on said date. A copy of their Marriage Contract is attached hereto and marked as Annex A. 5. The marriage of the parties bore one child, namely Christine Necole Diasanta Ilao who was born on February 14, 1998. A copy of the Birth Certificate of said child is hereto attached as Annex B.

(Sgd.) ROGELIO R. JOBOCO Acting Presiding Judge x- - - - - - - - - - -x Republic of the Philippines Supreme Court REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Branch 35, Ormoc City DARLYN SUBINGSUBING DIASANTA ILAO, Petitioner, -versusRAUL PASIA ILAO, Respondent Civil Case No. R-ORM-12-00040CV For: Declaration of Nullity of Marriage x- - - - - - - - - -x PETITION

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this April 17, 2012 in Ormoc City, DARLYN SUBINGSUBING DIASANTA ILAO exhibiting to me competent evidence of identity, to wit: Bureau of Internal Revenue TIN 949075-425.


Doc. No. 81; Page No. 17; Book No. 4; Series of 2012


MEJIA-ROMERO & PEARANDA LAW OFFICES Counsel for Plaintiff Cristina Business Suites, Osmea St., Ormoc City BY: (Sgd.) JOSEPHINE A. MEJIA-ROMERO Roll No. 49021 PTR No. 3560561 01/04/12 Ormoc City IBP No. 843744 1/3/12 Leyte MCLE Certificate of Completion No. III0010642; 3/29 x- - - - - - - - - -x

Doc. No. 86; Page No. 46; Book No. 2; Series of 2012 x- - - - - - - - - - -x COPY FURNISHED BY REGISTERED MAIL OFFICE OF THE SOLICITOR GENERAL 134 Amorsolo Street Legaspi Village Makati City Registry Receipt No. 1369/17/12


A copy of this petition was not personally served on the Solicitor General and was not practiceable to do so considering the distance of the office of the undersigned counsel from that of the former.


Republic of the Philippines) City of Ormoc ) S.S. VERIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION I, DARLYN SUBINGSUBING DIASANTA ILAO, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Barangay Macabug, Ormoc City, Philippines, after having been sworn to oath in accordance with law, hereby depose and state THAT:

I, REZCHEL C. MAGALONA, of legal age, Filipino, single and a resident of Ormoc City, Leyte, after having been sworn to oath in accordance with law hereby depose and state that: 1. I am employed as a Clerk-Messenger at the MEJIA-ROMERO & PEARANDA LAW OFFICES, located at Cristina


1-09 SC-Rule on Guidelines to be observed by Trial Court Judges and Clerk of Court in the Conduct of Pre-Trial and Use of Deposition - Discovery Measures, the parties are hereby directed to avail of interrogatories to parties under Rule 25 and request for admission by adverse party under Rule 26 or at their discretion make use of depositions under Rule 23 or other measures under Rule 27 and 28 within five days from the filing of the answer. Serve copy of this Order to the defendant together with the SUMMONS and upon the plaintiff. SO ORDERED. Ormoc City, Philippines, April 25, 2012.

x- - - - - - - - - - - -x Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Branch 35, Ormoc City -oOoDARLYN SUBINGSUBING DIASANTA ILAO Plaintiff -versusRAUL PASIA ILAO, Defendant CASE NO. R-ORM-12-00040-CV FOR: DECLARATION OF NULLITY OF MARRIAGE x-- - - - - - - - - - - -x ORDER Pursuant to A.M. No. 03-

LSDE: December 6 & 13 2012

(Sgd.) APOLINARIO M. BUAYA Presiding Judge

NOTICE is hereby given that Wenefreda C. Berador and Avelino C. Benaldo are heirs of the late Jose Viscayno extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of residential land located at Brgy. Tucdao, Kawayan, Biliran, under Tax Dec. No. 00850, consisting of an area of 85 square meters. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Joenil P. Pazon as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 277, Page No. 29, Book No. 1, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Lolita G. Casas-Nuevo. LSDE: Dec. 6, 13 & 20, 2012


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of Jayme del Pilar extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of residential land, located at Brgy. Tucdao, Kawayan, Biliran, covered by Tax Dec. No. 00696, containing an area of 40 square meters. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Joenil P. Pazon, as vendee for the above-described property; per Doc. No. 278, Page No. 291, Book No. 1, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Lolita G. Casas-Nuevo. LSDE: Dec. 6, 13 & 20, 2012


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Thursday, 13 December 2012

DepEd Christmas display features work of tech-voc students

A Christmas display created by technical vocational students can now be viewed at the lobby of the Department of Education, highlighting the capability of high school students to create a professional work of art. Education Secretary Armin Luistro broached the idea to tech-voc school administrators in the National Capi-

tal Region including the tech-voc regional coordinators, who discussed the project with tech-voc teachers in carpentry, electrical and drafting to complete the design. The group agreed to send their best teachers and students at Rizal Experimental Station Pilot School for Cottage Industries (RESPSCI) where the Christmas display was crafted.

Search is on for the next batch of the countrys best teachers

The nomination is open for the countrys next ten outstanding teachers from public and private schools who made a difference inside the classroom and created a positive impact in the community. The Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT) invites nominations for teachers who consistently show exemplary teaching competence, remarkable dedication to work and effective educational leadership. Now on its 29th year, the search is a project of the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with the Department of Education. It is open to all licensed Filipino teachers who teach full time in elementary, secondary, alternative learning systems or at tertiary level. Nominees must have a permanent appointment and must be teaching full load at the time of nomination. However, a nominee must not be on leave for more than two years immediately prior to the nomination. Elementary school heads are entitled to nominate two teachers for each school, one for the primary (kindergarten to Grade 3) and another for intermediate (Grade 4 to 6) while high school heads can nominate only one teacher per school. Only the school head, principal or head teacher can nominate. Head teachers, assistant principal and teachers- incharge are also eligible to join provided they have at least 50% teaching load required by the nominating school head for full-time faculty at the time of the nomination. Winners of other searches for outstanding teachers conducted by other reputable institutions at the city, provincial, nation-

TACLOBAN CITY The Armys 8th Infantry Division based in Catbalogan City in Samar has joined all other major military camps nationwide in celebrating the 77th year anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines through bloodletting and greening programs. Capt. Gene Orense, 8th ID spokesperson, said the activity was held from December 1 to 11 in coordination with various government and non-government agencies in Samar. DepEd intends to About 70 units make the Christmas (equivalent to 31,500 cc) display a regional com- of blood from generous petition next year to be donors have been generparticipated in by the dif- ated during our Dugo ferent tech-voc schools Ko, Buhay Mo bloodletall over the country. ting activity last Dec. 3 at Dubbed as Pasko ng the 8th ID covered court, Pamayanang Pilipino, Orense in a statement the display can be viewed said. at the Rizal building lobOrense said the activby at the DepEd complex ity was held in coordinastarting today, December tion with the Philippine 10, until the end of the National Red Cross-Leyte month. (PR) chapter, city government of Catbalogan, Regional Community Defense Group, Army Reserve Command of the Philippine Army, Samar Provincial Police Office and al and international levels other civic organizations. are automatically considIn a statement Maj. ered as provincial finalists Gen. Gerardo Layug, provided they meet the commander of the 8th ID basic eligibility require- said the bloodletting acments. There will be four winners in the elementary level, four in secondary and 2 in the tertiary level. Already, the search has produced a total of 316 national winners both from public and private schools. A fully-filled up basic information sheet of the nominees must be submitted on or before February 8, 2013 to any Metrobank branch or to the Metrobank Foundation Inc. office at the 4th Floor of Metrobank Plaza Sen Gil Puyal Avenue Makati City. Interested parties may call (02) 898-8898 or 857-0618 or send a message through; ph; aareyes@metrobank. (PR)

Army marks 77th anniversary of AFP

tivity is their continuing commitment in serving the Filipino people. We are donating our own blood not just intended for our own personnel but rather to the civilians who is in need of blood for any medical purposes, Gen. Layug added. Meanwhile, the Army in the region reported it has planted a total of

1,500 mahogany and star apple trees, which was also part of the AFPs 77th year anniversary celebration. About 500 military personnel, Catbalogan city government employees, Kabalikat Civicom members, and Samar Police Provincial Office personnel joined the environmental activity.

Christmas Shopping at Robinsons

Shopping for our Christmas needs and gifts is always a fun and exciting activity most of us love to do. It is this time, when even the least of our patience and temperament is able to withstand the myriad of people rushing to the stores, the competition over a chosen item, and the long lines at the counters. Alone or with the whole family, this moment has always been rewarding as it brings joy to the heart, especially that part when you know you bought the right item at the best deal. At Robinsons Place Tacloban, shopping will be accompanied with more fun as we have prepared events that would warm the heart and amaze the eyes. Watch for the following activities at your favorite Mall, and save these dates: Dec. 12, 4pm at the Activity Area Christmas Star Parol Competition, in partnership with the Tacloban City Government; Dec. 15, 5pm at the Front Car park area ABS-CBN M.O.R. 94.3 Lokal Vokal Awards Dec. 14-16, 10am at the Annex Area PagIbig Home Development Mutual Fund Anniversary Celebration Dec. 20, 2pm and 4pm at the Annex Area SPONGEBOBs Krabby Patty Celebration Dec. 21, 6pm at the Activity Area Grace Baptist Church Christmas Cantata Dec. 22, 4pm at the Activity Area Espejo Magazine 7 Wonders of Region VIII issue Launching Dec. 23, 3pm at the Activity Area Sto. Nio Parish Choir Christmas Cantata Plus were rewarding every single-receipt purchase of P 1, 000.00 and above with a free eco bag in our HO-HO-HO-ECO Promo! Just visit the Customer Service Booth to redeem. Per DTI-NCR permit #7337, Series of 2012. Fun and exciting events just never stop at your favorite MallRobinsons Place Tacloban!

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Floro Camata extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of agricultural land, situated at Brgy. Carayman, Calbayog City, Lot No. 3696, Cad 422, Case-03, covered by O.C.T. No. 3094, containing an area of 30,485 square meters; per Doc. No. 108, Page No. 22, Book No. XV, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Alex R. Gelera. LSDE: Dec. 13, 20 & 27, 2012



Thursday, 13 December 2012


Leyte Samar Daily Express

Sin tax reform bill ratified, now awaiting Freddie Roach: Manny Pacquiaos President Aquino signature boxing career not over yet
MANILA -- The bicameral conference report on a bill seeking to increase taxes on alcohol and tobacco products was approved in the Senate and the House of Representatives Tuesday night. The ratification went smoothly in the House but it took time in the Senate after the chamber adopted nominal voting instead of by acclamation. Ten senators voted for the ratification of the sin tax reform bill, while nine went against it. Senator Franklin Drilon, who fought for the bill in the chamber, led the names of supporters. He was backed up by Senators Edgardo Angara, Pia Cayetano, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Panfilo Lacson, Lito Lapid, Sergio Osmea III, Francis Pangilinan, Aquilino Pimentel III and Antonio Trillanes IV. Opposed to the measure, meanwhile, are Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Francis Escudero, Ferdinand Marcos, Ralph Recto, Joker Arroyo, Gregorio Honasan II, Vicente Sotto III and Bong Revilla. Senators Loren Legarda, Manny Villar, Teofisto Guingona III and Alan Peter Cayetano were not present in the session hall during the voting. The bill will soon be sent to President Benigno Aquino III for its enactment before the end of the year. The Malacaang-backed measure aims to raise some P248 billion in five years beginning in 2013 that will be used to fund health insurance programs for the poor, construct and renovate hospitals and provide assistance to tobacco farmers, among others. Specifically, P33.96 billion in revenues will be raised on the first year of implementation in 2013. Of this amount, P23.4 billion or 69 percent will come from tobacco and P10.56 billion or 31 percent from alcohol products.

Cebu City Hall to enforce green ordinance in 2013

CEBU CITY - Employees of the citys 28,000 business establishments will have to plant trees and do other eco-friendly activities as part of their environmental sustainability program, which City Hall will require when they renew business permits next month. The submission of the Environmental Sustainability Action Plan upon the renewal of the business or mayors permit is mandated under City Ordinance 2243. Although it is an additional requirement, Engr. Randy Navarro, officer-incharge of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), said this will not delay the business permit renewal process. Business owners will only have to sign the sustainability plan prepared by the Cenro, which will indicate the program of activities an establishment pledges to undertake. I dont think this will delay the business permit renewal process because the checklist of activities will be prepared by our office beforehand But if there is any minor delay, its for the sake of our environment. We have to comply with the ordinance if we want to improve the quality of our air and water, and the environment as a whole, Navarro told Sun.Star Cebu. The ordinance seeks to protect, preserve, conserve and restore the quality of the Citys sources of life and to mitigate the adverse impact of global warming and climate change, while fostering smart growth and economic development. In an interview on Tuesday, Navarro said that companies may request for consideration on the action plan drafted by Cenro, but any protest will be addressed after the business permit is renewed, to avoid any delay. The activities in the action plan include tree planting, soil conservation, vegetation program, gray water treatment, establishment of rainwater catchment and coastal clean-up. Some companies may also be asked to implement waste segregation, composting, recycling, plastic regulation, or use compact fluorescent light or renewable sources of energy. The basic requirement is tree planting but some companies might be required to do more, depending on the size of the company and the nature of their business, said Navarro. Fast food chains, for example, may be asked to set up their own wastewa-

LOS ANGELES, California -- Manny Pacquiaos chief trainer Freddie Roach assured that the career of the Filipino boxing champ is not over yet despite his recent defeat to Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez. Roach even said that a rematch with Marquez, who scored a sixth-round knockout over his ward last Saturday (Sunday in Manila), should be held as soon as possible. The 52-year-old Hall of Famer also assured that what Pacquiao showed in his three-month preparations and his performance in his fourth fight with Marquez is proof that the eighth-division world champion still has gotten what it takes to continue fighting. I saw Manny at his best in our training camp in many years and I saw him at his best atop the ring last Saturday, Roach said. Manny should be back in saddle at once and fight as early as possible. If reports are true that he wants Marquez for the fifth time, so be it. The five-time Trainer of the Year honoree, incidentally, lost for the first time to Marquezs trainer Ignacio Nacho Beristain in their five meetings, including that of the Pacquiao-Oscar Dela Hoya won by the Filipino in his first fight as a ter treatment facility and segregate their wastes and leftover food. Business establishments will be given six months to implement their action plan.

welterweight. Pacquiao told Filipino sportswriters during a group interview while in transit back to Los Angeles that he would be ready to fight again, possibly in April, against his recent tormentor. You saw the fight, everybody saw the fight where Manny was dominating until that crucial moment when he became careless and caught Marquezs right head-on, said Roach. Manny got careless and Marquez got lucky. That was what Saturdays (Sunday in Manila) fight was about and thats what boxing fans saw. Roach said that he and Pacquiao talked about the rematch a day after the welterweight confrontation and they agreed that a rematch should be held, although promoter Bob Arum has somebody else in mind as the former poundfor-pound next assignment. That somebody whom Arum prefers can wait. If Marquez is agreeable to the idea, then lets have it anywhere, even in Mexico, which I think Marquez would be demanding, he said. We all know Manny. He will fight anybody and anywhere. Thats what he is. He never turned his back from a fight if only to give boxing fans the fight they want. He lost by knockout, so what? That happens in Failure to do so could mean suspension or revocation of their business permits. Ordinance 2243, which was approved on June 23, 2010 yet, compels micro, small and medium enter-

boxing where you can win as many as you can and lost some anytime in your career, Roach stressed. In sports, you cant win all the time. He said Pacquiao was rushed to the hospital after his fight with Marquez as a precautionary measure, precisely to determine the extent of damage. The doctors, in fact, released him immediately after it was assured that hes out of danger, he said. Roach, likewise, agreed with his ward that the punch that floored Pacquiao for the second time was not that hard as others believed it was. It just so happened that Manny was too far a distance to a running Marquez so that when he lounge forward with his right and when he missed, he got into Marquezs right swing, Roach said. It wasnt that hard really, but the force of his lounging and that of the right swing made it so. Asked if he will attend Pacquiaos birthday bash on December 17, Roach said he couldnt because of the many things he had neglected as he was concentrating on the poundfor-pound kings training at Wild Card. I might come to the Philippines a little later. I want to spend Christmas there, he said. (SUNNEX) prises to submit the sustainability plan. The Cenro has been tasked to keep a record of all sustainability action plans submitted and monitor their compliance and implementation. (Sunnex)

NEWS LGUs, govt should craft laws that would give benefits to barangay health workers - USAID
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TACLOBAN CITY Local government units and the government should craft ordinance and laws that will give full benefit to community health workers, barangay health workers and volunteers, nutrition health scholars to compensate their effort to help their constituents achieve better health conditions. Although there are local governments units that had crafted ordinances that gives incentives to health workers, there is still a need for a national law to be passed to ensure that all health workers would receive benefits and incentives. Most of you are receiving a certain amount of incentives from the local government units but some are still doing it for free which sometimes even makes them shell-out some money from their own pocket when the patient that are under their supervision came short of money, said Reynalda Perez from the Office of Health of the United States Agency for International Development during the Community Health Team convention held in this city. The community health team convention was part of the Strengthening Maternal and Child Health Services in Eastern Visayas (SMACHS-EV) project of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, Department of Health and also supported by USAID piloted in the province of Leyte and the city of Ormoc. Since the project was implemented three years ago, they were able to train 3,158 community health volunteers that had helped increasing awareness of women in giving birth at rural health facilities and birthing centers. That is why we need support from LGU and the government to create laws that will not only provide benefits not only for the community health workers but including their family, Perez added. Perez added that internationally, community
plus a still unestimated worth of damages to communications facilities) . the successful second longrange rocket launch of Northern Korea yesterday morning amidst NATOs ad United Nations objections What meanings have been attached to these events? At yesterday afternoons program for Manny (Pacman) Forever, live at the music hall of Mall of Asia, Pambansang Kamao Manny, proclaimed he will fight again when asked if he will already retire from boxing after being knocked out by the Mexican dynamite pug: I believe, Gods will, we will rise again What does he mean by that? Some, whose minds are elsewhere, are trying to link these, and other weird happenings, to the belief that the world will end on December21, 1012. One such adrift thoughts has been the overkill accusation to the evacuation and other precautionary preparations undertaken by Tacloban mayor Alfred Romualdezs administra-

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Project Inspection
The District Inspectorate Team with Asst. Dist. Engineer Alvin A. Ignacio heading the team conducts inspection of the ongoing rehabilitation of the flood control in Brgy. Oquendo, Calbayog City under contract with Octagon Concrete solution amounting to P13, 324,958.00

health workers are recognized as they are instrumental in achieving the thrust of the Millennium Development Goal. Eighteen rural health units and two hospitals in the province of Leyte and five district health centers in the city of Ormoc became the focus of the program. The RHU are located in the municipalities of Bato, Hindang, Inopacan, Mahaplag, Javier, MacArthur, Albuera, Merida, Isabel, Dulag, Tanauan, Tolosa, Tabon-tabon, Alangalang, Pastrana and San Miguel. Perez added that based on the commissioned survey by their agency and conducted by the National Statistics Office it shows that Leyte province had improved in the delivery of basic services for pregnant women and infant babies. It shows that more women had delivered their babies in rural health facilities and assisted by licensed health workers. The survey, according to Perez, shows that from
tion and his trusted man, the dynamic retired Office of Civil Defense Director Salvador Buddy Estudillo. It was not an overkill. Apart from being better much prepared that never, critics must learn to teach themselves: its now everyones obligation. See Alfreds and Budzs pre-Pablo efforts as a laudable exercise to measure how fast are Taclobanons preparing for a forthcoming (good if not always coming) natural disasters. Congrats, Alfred and Budz! Just as everybody else must have to prepare for the endworld scenario. Whether or not it happens, one has to prepare, utmost, spiritually. Woe unto those who damn spiritual preparations. Damn those who cant help prepare, spiritually, physically, and socially, but prefer to side with Satans lures of power of criticisms and power of inhumility *** Policy and tactics are the life of the Party; leading comrades at all levels must give them full attention and must never on any account be negligent.. Mao Tse Tung ***

2006 until 2011, there was an increase of 8% nationwide for mother giving birth in health facilities, but the most significant was in the provinces of Leyte and Biliran. Comparing national data from 64% in 2006 in delivery assisted by health workers, it increased to 72% in 2011, while delivery in facility health units increased from 42% in 2006 to 55% in 2011, the province of Leyte had 21% in delivery of pregnant women assisted by health workers (from 50% in 2006 to 71% in 2011) while there was significant big increase in facility based delivery from 35% in 2006 to 56% in 2011 or a 21% increase. But among the provinces in the region, Perez said that it was the province of Biliran which is also assisted by JICA that has the highest rate in health workers assisted delivery and facility based delivery with 92% each.


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to Protect your people and to Make the Philippines a light to Asia and to the world. . And this is prayer. This is an example of how Catholic leaders pray (command God). Then the unstoppable yearly oblation run the other day by UP Manila male studes, versus the Cybercrime Law the seemingly deplorable rise of death toll, devastations, and wreckages brought about by typhoon Pablo [international name: Bopha] (740 persons dead, 890 missing, plus P11.23 billion worth of damages to farm crops [P7.4 billion in banana alone! what with 155,000 metric tons damaged from an unrecoverable 25,720 hectares! , possibly a big drop from last years P106.5 billion worth of production that totalled 9.2 million metric tons; P766.822million worth of damages to more than 1 million coconut trees in15,087 hectares, among other crops] and P5 billion damages to infrastructures [19 bridges and roads still unpassable as of yesterday]

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by the DPWH main office to the regional office in preparation for the pledge signing. The DPWH Integrity Pledge reads that corruption undermines democratic processes, impedes social, political and economic growth, and erodes the moral fiber of our society. The responsibility to operate our affairs ethically and with utmost integrity rests on our shoulders as government workers, the pledge says. Our governments initiative to prevent corruption will only succeed with the support of all stakeholders by cultivating a culture o f t r a n s p a r e n c y, accountability and integrity essential for creating an enabling environment and sustainability in governance, it says. Meanwhile, DPWH officials joined the activities of the

International AntiCorruption Day on Sunday, as it moves to wipe out corruption in the department. The integrity parade dubbed Lakad Kontra Katiwalian was organized by the Office of the Ombudman, Civil Service Commission, Association of Resident Ombudsmen, and Region Eight Administrator s League. This initiative are in line with President Aquinos Proclamation No. 506 designating December 9 National Anti-Corruption Day, taking note of the signing of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on

Dec. 9, 2003, by 140 United Nations member countries, including the Philippines. Asis said that they are happy to note of the changing public perception on the department as less corrupt government office. This is a result of many anti-corruption measures initiated by Secretary Regelio Singson, he added. Among these strategies are transparency on all DPWH operations, maximize use of Information Technology, modernization of procurement, and more accountability for officials. (SARWELL Q.

Thursday, 13 December 2012


Leyte Samar Daily Express


DTI to revisit RuMEPP-assisted MSMEs in Region 8

TACLOBAN CITY International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)funded program for micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) will revisit the 5,000 beneficiaries in Region 8 in 2013 to ensure sustainability of assistance after the expiration of the program. D T I - R u r a l Microenterprises Promotion Programme (RuMEPP) program manager Jerry Clavesillas claimed they already s urp as s ed t h e t a rg et number of MSMEs to be aided by the program in its sixth year that will end on December 2013. Next year, we assess those that were assisted since 2006. We dont expect to add on the list of beneficiaries, but rather we will strengthen the existing and how to make their business sustainable, Clavesillas told Leyte Samar Daily Express. The program covers five of the six provinces with 1,786 beneficiaries in Leyte; 1,575 in Northern Samar; 612 in Eastern Samar; 498 in Samar; and 477 in Biliran. Out of 4,948 MSMEs assisted, about 5% of them were able to develop and create processed food and gifts, decors, and house ware products from indigenous raw materials in the region. Products showcased in this years Bahandi Regional Trade Fair have never been introduced in national marketing events. Out of naturally grown raw materials, now we can see that we can make many useful products, said Clavesillas. DTI Regional Director Cynthia Nierras said that out of the 86 trade fair exhibitors, 32 were assisted by RuMEPP. We exposed them to this event for them to apply the all those trainings we have provided. Launched in 2006, the project targets the poorest 19 provinces in five of the poorest regions in the country, focusing on areas with the highest potential for enterprise development. The programs objective is to see increasing numbers of new and existing rural microenterprises expanding and operating profitably and sustainably. N a t i o n w i d e , RuMEPPhas already benefitted 25,000 MSMEs. The program is being funded by IFAD through a $22.826-million loan.

Students of the ROTC unit of NORSU, Bais City Campus posed for a souvenir shot with members of the 302nd Brigade and CAFGUs from Alpha Company of the 12th IB headed by 1Lt. Roel L. Morales Jr, during the tree planting activity recently held at Sitio Nagsala, Barangay Sta Cruz Viejo, Tanjay City. Said activity was part of the lined-up activities in celebration of the 77th AFP Anniversary which will be celebrated on December 21, 2012. A total of 500 fruit bearing and non fruit bearing tree seedlings were planted and was sourced out from the 302nd Brigade seedling nursery and from the nursery of CENRO, Tanjay City. (CPT ANACITO C NAZ, Public Information Officer )

PDEA marches against corruption, supports human rights

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) affirmed its support to the advocacy against corruption as it joined other government agencies in the rally dubbed as A March to Righteousness held on December 09, 2012 in Quezon City in observance of the International Anti-Corruption Day. The event was a joint endeavor of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and of the Office of the Ombudsman, with the theme: Katiwalian ay Wakasan! Tuloy ang Laban! PDEA Director General Undersecretary Arturo G. Cacdac, Jr. personally led the PDEA delegation as they marched from the Office of the Ombudsman building at Agham Road, Quezon City to the Quezon Memorial Circle. The activity culminated with a program where the representative of UNCAC, Mr. Toshihiro Tanaka, and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales gave their inspirational speeches. Chairman Francisco T. Duque III of the Civil Service Commission, later led public servants to declare their oaths to fight corruption. Earlier, PDEA sent a delegate to a dialogue with key officials from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies on December 6, 2012 at La Breza Hotel, Quezon City. The dialogue was conducted during the celebration of the Human Rights Consciousness Week where programs on human rights and security sector reforms were discussed, particularly on alleged human rights violations committed by law enforcers. The agency (PDEA) will soon activate its Human Rights Desk at the National Headquarters and Regional Offices to show our full support in upholding the rights of the Filipino people, Cacdac said. Cacdac assured the public that the agency will carry its mandate with honor, commitment, respect for human dignity, excellence and competence in fighting the drug menace. (PR)

2 ordinances by BM Tiu to strengthen barangay councils, health protection, environment approved

TACLOBAN CITY Two ordinances that were authored by first district Leyte Board Member Ryan Lawrence Tiu were approved by members of the provincial board in their recent session that seeks for the strengthening of an existing council in barangays and the other one was for the protection of health and the environment. Submitted in the provincial board after he took the post vacated after the sudden demise of his father, the ordinances were titled An Ordinance Strengthening the Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children (BCPC) within the territorial jurisdiction of the province of Leyte and for other purposes. This ordinance, according to Tiu, seeks for the barangay council headed by its barangay chairman to become active in creating programs that would enrich and enhance children capability in their barangay. That would uplift their physical, mental and intellectual well-being and would make them productive citizens for their community and for the country. BCPC is an existing council, according to Tiu, however; its function is not fully used by barangay officials resulting for some problems in their area that were caused sometimes by children. Based on law, 21% of barangay internal revenue allotment should be used and dedicated by BCPC for the creation of programs for children. Ti u a d d e d t h a t h e proposed this ordinance because they found out the barangay councils in the province has no existing programs intended for children in the locality. With this ordinance, we hope that this would strengthen them and would result for them to create programs that are intended for children in their locality the system is already there, we only need to strengthen it thru this ordinance, Tiu explained. The ordinance entitled, An ordinance prohibiting the idling of motor vehicles within the territorial jurisdiction of the province of Leyte providing penalties for violations thereof and for other purposes, according to Tiu, is to mandate all vehicle operators and drivers to shut down their vehicles after three minutes of idling. The purpose of this, according to him, is to limit the emission of carbon monoxide which is hazardous not only for the health of human but also to the environment. Anti-idling ordinance is implemented in several progressive countries like the United States which several states have idling ordinance like the state of Hawaii, California, and Virginia and in the District of Columbia in line with their Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program that aims to increase public awareness about decreasing petroleum use through the methods of idle-reduction. In the region, the province of Leyte is the first province to implement said ordinance, which Tiu is hoping that it could be implemented properly and efficiently and must be followed by citizens as it aims to ensure safety of their health from the risk and hazard from smoke emission. It could also help vehicle owners and drivers economically because it helps them save their fuel if they turn-off their engine if they are not using it, Tiu added. For every violation of said ordinance, a fine or penalty of P300 will be imposed according to BM Tiu. (ROEL AMAZONA)


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rites of the facility held at the City Hall yesterday. He, however,admitted that the operation of the new facility will be a challenge considering that there will be a transition period for at least two months. The new landfill facility is located in Barangay Green

Valley, about 18 kms. away from the city proper whose construction was first started in January,2010. The 1.8 hectares facility could accommodate more than the citys 38 tons of daily wastes. The facility sits within the 32 has. of Green Valley, to include its material recovery facilities. The entire project cost

about P55.50 million. The Ormoc facility is the second of its kind in the region with the first opened in Calbayog City. All local government units in the country are mandated to come up with their own sanitary landfills and close their existing open dumps as mandated under Republic Act 9003(Solid

Waste Management Act). Prior to the opening of the new facility, the citys daily wastes are dumped in Barangay Maga-bong, about seven kms. away from the new dump site. Wolfgang Moller, country deputy representative of the GIZ, said that they are happy that they are with the city government of Ormoc in

Mayor Eric Codilla and GIZ country director Wolfgang Moellers (middle) led the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon of the new sanitary landfill of Ormoc City yesterday. Also present were National Solid Waste Management Commission Secretariat Executive Director Emelita Aguinaldo (extreme left)and DENR Director Manolito Ragub

protecting the already fragile environment brought about by climate change. Moller said that he hopes that the new facility will serve as an inspiration to the people of Ormoc in protecting the environment and sustain the goal of the solid waste system. For his part, Director Pedro Noval of the regional office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said that he hope that the people and the leaders of the city would take good care of the facility considering its value in protecting the environment. Mayor Codilla assured the representatives of the GIZ that indeed the facility would not go to waste, adding that they would forever be grateful to them for choosing Ormoc as one of its beneficiaries relating to environment protection.We will do everything to make the project a success, the mayor said. Also present during the turn over rites were other officials of the GIZ and the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.



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