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Kwan to alleviate poverty in E.Samar, if elected

BORONGAN CITY Lone district congressional candidate of Eastern Samar Annaliz Gonzales-Kwan in the candidates forum held at the Nativity of Our Lady College Seminary in Borongan City shared her plans once given a chance to be elected as the district representative of the province. The candidates forum was spearheaded by the Diocese of Borongan through the Social Action Center and was attended by the two candidates for gubernatorial position, vice gubernatorial position, congressional position and all candidates for provincial board members. Each candidate was given a chance to talk in front of the audience composed of church people, members of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and Commission on Election; three minutes for provincial board members and five min-

Comelec urges candidates to post campaign materials at designated areas

Mayor Annaliza Kwan of Guiuan E. Samar

utes each for gubernatorial, vice gubernatorial and congressional candidates. Kwan, talking in front of the audience, stressed the issues which she would like to focus once given a chance to become the district representative, by using the result of a survey she commissioned before deciding to run for the congressional seat. These issues are poverty, education, good governance which, according to her, would be addressed to page 5

Philippines celebrates Earth Day on April 22

TACLOBAN CITY -Mother Nature provides all creatures, including us humans, with all the necessary materials we need in order to survive. How do you repay her? Every April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day. It is the single biggest environmental celebration in the world participated in by more than 150 countries and over a billion people worldwide. (Earth day Network Philippines).

Local PNP reports 11 Gun Ban violations in Eastern Samar

By Alicia E. Nicart The Philippine National Police (PNP) here has arrested 11 arrested persons for illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions under the Omnibus Election Code. Major Edwin Barbosa, Deputy Provincial Director for Operations said the successful operations are attributed to the vigilance of the policemen in their respective municipal police office(MPOs) from January 13 to April 15. He also said there are so far no report of untoward incident in PNP/ COMELEC/AFP Checkpoints being manned by the composite team in strategic areas of the province. He further reported the following cases in certain municipalities which were already filed against the Gun Ban violators including an Army soldier: Oras(3), Borongan city(3), Maydolong(1), Sulat(1), Giporlos(1), Guiuan(1) Can-avid(1). However, Barbosa cited of two municipal police stations which are now under study due to some reports of illegal gambling, allegedly committed by the assigned PNP personnel in the subject MPO, but he said that the MPOs are currently under investigations, if the report is true or not.
The investigation resulted from the stern order of DILG Secretary Mar Roxas to intensify the campaign against illegal gambling even among PNP members and officials.(PIA-Eastern Samar/aen)

In the Philippines, the celebration focuses on the different environmental issues that we face as a country. The organizations, local government units, businesses, churches and schools that actively celebrate Earth Day form parts of the Earth Day Network, Philippines. Proclamation No. 553 on April 16, 1990 was made by then President Corazon C. Aquino, in support of Earth Day. Earth Day was launched

Borongan City - OIC COMELEC Provincial Supervisor, Atty. Ma. Corazon Montallana urges local candidates to post their campaign paraphernalias only in common poster area designated in every municipality and barangays to avoid sanctions. In short interview, she said that these candidates were givenample time to make themselves known to the public since the time they filed their certificates of candidacies (COCs) last year. we Permitted them to post their names in whatever place the wanted it because the campaign period for them has not started. But since the campaign period hasalready started last March 30, we urge them to post their campaign posters only on designated common posters area, she added. She also said that it is likewise prohibited for candidates to post their campaign materials on PUJs, PUBs, tricycles or any public conveyances as COMELEC Resolution No. 9615, stated.
-PIO CALVO, Staff Writer

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2 NEWS Borongan Diocese to lead provincial candidates forum


APRIL 16-22, 2013

By Alicia E. Nicart

Most Reverend Crispin B. Varquez, Bishop of Borongan is set to lead a candidates forum on April 19, Friday, at the Nativity of Our Lady College Seminary, Baybay Boulevard, this city. The forum which expects the presence of the provincial candidates would be an avenue where the provincial seats aspirants can present their platforms of governance and address a wide range of issues that affect the province. Likewise, it is said that the Provincial Candidates Forum will also help the people of Eastern Samar

in choosing the right leaders for the province come May 13. Information said that after the program preliminaries on Friday, Bishop Varquez will give the overview and rationale of the Forum, while COMELEC Provincial Election Supervisor, Atty. Maria Corazon S. Montallana will give the closing remarks.

Candidates of congress, governor, vice-governor, board members for the first and second districts will be given the opportunity to present their platforms. (PIA-Eastern Samar/aen)

Wild birds stop planes take off at the DZR Airport

TACLOBAN CITY Cebu Pacific flight 5J651 suffered a bird strike before taking off at the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZAR) Airport yesterday morning.
However, none of the passengers was hurt. The Cebu Pacific aircraft was set for takeoff at the DZR Airport runway at 6:25 am when wild ducks surged into its path. Bits and pieces of the birds were seen scattered all over the runway after being sucked in by the two engines. The pilot managed to stop the A320 aircraft safely. The technical crew inspected the
engine for possible damage. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said Cebu Pacific flight was rescheduled at 5:00 pm yesterday for its flight to Manila. Bird strike incidents is not rare at the DZR Airport. August of last year, engines of a Philippine Airlines commercial plane carrying 94 passengers sucked wild ducks temporarily paralyzing said aircraft. Migratory birds have been giving headaches to airline operators and pilots because of their presence near the runway. The birds are worrisome because of the possibility of a bird strike, when any one of them or part of the flock collides with airplanes flying in and out of the runway. No fatalities have so far been reported in local bird strikes, except for costly maintenance and repairs and cancelled flights, according to PAL. All the other local airplanes have experienced bird strikes over the years, but the damage is often negligible because local birds are smaller and lighter. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says 15% of bird strikes worldwide caused actual damage, which could mean $5 million if an engine is smashed up. In 2008, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) recorded bird hits involving three international air carriers. The first of these accidents was in May 12, 2008 when a Cathay Pacific plane from Hong Kong collided with a bird while landing. All over the country, the record jumped from 42 bird strikes in 2009 to 120 in 2010. Airlines and pilots said

Migratory birds are often seen flying near the airport runway, hunting for their daily intake of insects, lizard and tiny fish at the artificial pond formed at the spot where the runway drainage system disgorges excess water on the way out to nearby canals outside the airport perimeter.

Philippines celebrates....
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on April 22, 1990 to mark a long term global commitment to building a safe, just and sustainable planet through the involvement of all the people. This is under the idea that the global environmental crises can still be given solution with all the people dedicated and working together towards a healthier and wholesome planet Earth. Our theme for this years celebration which is Earth Day, Every day, Everywhere, for Everyone call for every citizen to pay tribute to Mother Earth as well as to renew our dedication to current efforts to enhance awareness and concern of the world wide environmental crises, stressed Regional Executive Director Manolito D. Ragub of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, let us be reminded that everything we do, every day in our lives, affects our Mother Earth. Let us repay our Mother Nature by doing sustainable, earth friendly activities wherever we may be, RED Ragub said. To drumbeat the celebration, the DENRs Environment Management Bureau headed by Regional Director Leticia R. Maceda has organized an Earth Day Program at the MacArthur Memorial Park Grounds and Clean up of the MacArthur Park and Binog Creek in Palo, Leyte. A press conference was also held last Saturday (April 20) to tap the support of partners from the media in drumbeating the celebration.




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Is the Church in crisis?

TO give a quick, blunt reply, the Church has always been in crisis. Thats its character, it goes with the territory, since it has to deal with all kinds of people, some brilliant and faithful, others not so, etc. That it appears in crisis today is no breaking news. I suspect that the question is raised today because of that survey that reportedly showed dwindling numbers of churchgoers. But I consider that question moot and academic, with hardly any practical use other than to provoke or embarrass some people. Ok, there is some supposedly serious reason why such decline is happening. But thats precisely the reason why the Church continues to be in some trouble. Even with Christ, there already was severe crisis. He had Judas and some Jews pestering him. He was crucified, remember, for carrying out his mission. After him with the Church established, the crisis has not stopped but continues to fester under different forms and ways and in different circumstances. The problem the Church has to contend up to the end of time will be lack of faith and everything that follows it. Try imagining persuading people about a supernaturally mysterious God, about spiritual and supernatural realities like faith, hope and charity, God becomes man who is Christ, the role of the Holy Spirit, the nature and mission of the Church, etc. To top it all, try imagining making people understand about our weakened human condition, the reality of the devil, sin and temptations, and the need for abiding ascetical struggle, the development of virtues, the recourse to the sacraments, etc. But remember Christ and his apostles. Many times, Christ had to scold his apostles for their lack of faith even in the face of the obvious. Such will be our predicament. We just have to learn to live with it, and continue to do something about it, always with the help of grace. Its an exciting life, what we have. The survey, I suspect, was clearly politically motivated. It came out all of a sudden. Ill see if I have enough motive to bother to check who were behind it. It was meant to be like the North Korean threat, to pressure the Church to bend to the preferences of some politicians. Remember that we are in an election campaign season, and the RH issue is kind of hot. Even some clerics put themselves at odds with the official Church stand on it and are twitting and facebooking their questionable views among which is precisely the claim that with the Church position on RH, many people are deserting the churches. Critics of the Church will always exhume past scandals, slamming it with the current ones and even inventing some, to support their claim. Well, we are in this imperfect world. Nothing is new. We just have to try our best to be hopeful and do whatever we can to spread the truth in charity and goodness. As to the survey result that many are deserting the Church, many of my friends echo the same observation that I have. The churches here in the country are filled with people. More Masses are scheduled. The churches have to be expanded. And during big feasts, one has to be blind not to see the tremendous popular piety flooding even the streets. That there are many imperfections in this public display of piety should not surprise us. We just have to look at our individual selves and see how even with our best efforts we are still short of what we ourselves consider to be the ideal Christian life. And try to extrapolate this situation to the whole of society, and, thus, we should not be surprised

plunge in the pool and frolic by the seashore are among the hobbies these days to beat the summer heat. Soaking oneself in cool water or simply gazing at the horizon and the clear blue sky while the skin is kissed by the gentle breeze along the beaches make up the fun stuff while students are on a vacation and adults find time to bond with relatives and friends. The beaches are swarmed by people during summertime, but are they safe for rest and relaxation, particularly those along the shoreline of urbanized localities? Few years back, health authorities warned the public against a high level of coliform bacteria present along the beaches of Tacloban City and nearby environs, and cautioned them from swimming in these contaminated shores to avoid contracting diseases.Residents and tourists persist in their leisure pursuit, oblivious of the ill effect of such impurity. The most ephemeral impact is skin infection followed by gastro-intestinal diseases. This contamination was noted following an observation that waterways in the City, which flow constantly down the seas, are turned into dumpsites while residents along creeks and riverbanks construct makeshift toilets directly on top of these bodies of water. Apparently establishing immunity from whatever diseases that coliform and other similar destructive micro-organisms could cause, residents, particto see the many gaping difficult, depending on imperfections around. how we look at it. Its easy But it would be wrong to because God is behind it. stop there. What we have Difficult, because there are to do is to continue with truly tremendous challengthe effort to improve in all es involved plus our weakaspects and in all levels of nesses and temptations and the complications we ourChristian life. Christian life is a mat- selves make. At the moment, we ter of faith, hope and have to figure out how charity put into action. to go about untangling Its not just something to those under the spell of be desired and professed. atheism, agnosticism, And we are given all the means so we can truly relativism, etc. These are the ones deserting the live it. It can be both easy and Church.

Safe beaches this summer

ularly the minors, incessantly wade and jump into the waters to drench their parching skin and scalp fearless and cheery. At the Manila Bay, for instance, people are seen dipping their warm bodies not in clear turquoise beaches but in a pool of garbage floating on sea waters. No news of disease outbreak among them was heardof though. This make people surmise that indeed these individuals who plunged into filthy waters and live like other healthy ones, could have developed immunity or that the waters are bacteria-free. This is the same supposition posited by local health authorities in the region. Brian Labastida, information officer of Dept. of Health Regional Office VIII, although quick to clarify that declaring fitness of beaches for societal activities, like swimming, diving and frolicking, is not anymore within the province of DOH, said that the beaches in Eastern Visayas, particularly Tacloban City, could be safe. He based his inference on the absence of reported incidents in respect to diseases caused by coliform and other similar bacteria. The Tacloban City Health Office, in an interview with Leyte Samar Daily Express, declared that beaches in the city are safe for summer recreation. Thus, vacationers have nothing to worry about catching any of the diseases attributed to coliform, e-coli and other similar bacteria while freshening up at the nearby beaches nearby.


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EVRMCs eye care ser vices get a boost

TACLOBAN CITYThe Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) was chosen as the latest beneficiary of the LDS Charities Vision and the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation Project for its eye surgical charity works in the Philippines. We learned we have something in common, to help others see well. There is nothing like the gift of sight, and we can imagine how would it be blindWe are privileged to have the opportunity to donate medical instruments and supplies, microscope for eye surgical operations and provide trainings for the medical team, said Dr. N. Branson Call, in-charged of the Eye department of the Mormon-church charitable organization, during the turn-over ceremony on Monday in the hospital. Elder and Sister Hadlock of Utah,USA, the LDS Charities country directors, also thanked the desire of the EVRMC to improve its services and skills for the benefit of the people by supporting one of their humanitarian projects in the country. We are overwhelmed of your kindness, in your works to help and to give hope to others , said Sister Hadlock. We are grateful of those so involved of the vision project. This is one of the few countries in the world in which we can participate in all of our


APRIL 16-22, 2013

JV Ejercito Estrada to help LGUs increase their revenues

TACLOBAN CITY The education sector and the improvement of the local government units (LGUs) revenue generating program are the priorities to be taken consideration by United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial bet Joseph Victor JV Ejercito Estrada.
going San Juan representative said that it is his dream that all Filipino families must have at least one graduate member. The student loan could help us in attaining this target. This is our way of helping the potential students, who cannot finance their studies. Moreover, Estrada said that as a former mayor, he would help all the LGUs nationwide to increase its revenue generation program. As a former local chief executive, we would like to look into revenue generating measure that would increase the revenues of theLGU in the entire country, especially the smaller municipalities, he added. We wanted the LGU provide an efficient and effective public service delivery by way of increasing their local income, Estrada said. On the other hand, Estrada said he is optimistic that he would be voted as Senator, since people in all parts of the country welcomed him warm during his visits. So far, so good. Nakakatabang puso that wherever we go, people welcome us warmly. I visited about six to eight provinces a week. Dinadaan nalang natin sa sipag at double kayod, Estrada further said. (REY

BOOSTING EVRMCS EYE CARE SERVICES: Dr. N. Branson Call of LDS Charities (center) with EVRMC chief of hospital Dr. Alberto De Leon and Tacloban-LDS Stake president Bro. Ricardo A. Aban (partly hidden) during the ribbon-cutting for the turn-over ceremony of high-tech eye surgical equipment and medical supplies to the hospital also in partnership with Deseret Foundation Vision project.(Photo:Totex Arcueno)

projects, added Elder Hadlock, citing also the various humanitarian efforts they have in the Philippines and to more than 100 countries in the world such as donation of wheelchairs, polio vaccines, immunization, water projects, neonatal resuscitation training, livelihood support program for the poor, disaster-support projects and many more. Dr. Alberto De Leon, chief of hospital, welcomed the donations of the two organizations, saying: The medical equipment and the training support will help EVRMC for its quality health care in the region. Because of the limited funds of the govern-

ment, we cannot procure certain equipment. We are grateful of your efforts, Dr. de Leon said, admitting the necessity for more private-initiated supports to government-ran hospitals like EVRMC being a teaching and training hospital in the region. Atty. Tecson John Lim, city administrator representing Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez, thanked the two humanitarian organizations for their help, assuring also that the city is working seriously on public-private partnership projects like that of the present initiative happening in EVRMC. Also present during the program were Ricar-

do Aban, LDS-Tacloban Stake president, who gave an overview of their churchs humanitarian wing; Dr. May Singzon, who is training for Dr. Call; Manny Villanueva of Mabuhay Deseret Foundation Project; other hospital officials and LDS church local leaders. EVRMC-EENT department chairman Dr. Lemuel Gatchalian disclosed the eye surgical facilities and training extended to the hospital will complement to the present services they have had for the patients. We are happy being the recipient of the donation. Despite having also this kind of equipment,

Estrada, in an interview, during his recent visit in several towns of the region, said he would fight for higher subsidies for state, universities and colleges (SUC), create a loan program for students; and improve the revenue generating program of the LGUs if he would be voted as one of the senators to in the upcoming May 13, 2013 mid-term election.

We need to support the SUCs nationwide by providing higher subsidies so that all the programs that they intend to implement would be realized. We believe on the capacity of the SUCs here in molding the mind of our students and make them become competitive, he added.

Estrada pointed out that he is also going to file a bill allowing students to take a loan, to help the poor acquire their college education.
Furthermore, the out-

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APRIL 16-22, 2013

Republic of the Philippines Province of Eastern Samar OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL REGISTRAR

birth certificate registered with the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Borongan, Eastern Samar on November 17, 1995 as cancelled, and ordering said office to cancel such certificate of live birth. Finding the petition to be in due form and substance, set this case for hearing on June 14, 2013 at 8:30 in the morning. Any person having or claiming any interest under the entry in the certificate of live birth the correction of which is being sought may, within fifteen (15) days from notice of the petition or from the last date of publication of this Order, file his opposition thereto. Let copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper accredited to publish judicial or legal notices in the province of Eastern Samar at the expense of petitioners. Send a copy of his Order, together with a copy of the Petition, to the Office of the Solicitor General, 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City and to the City Civil Registrar of Borongan, Eastern Samar, and to petitioner as well as her counsel. SO ORDERED. February 7, 2013, In Chambers, Borongan City, Eastern Samar.


Kwan to alleviate...
through program on poverty alleviation by increasing agriculture productivity, tourism and good governance. Kwan added that graft and corruption has to be stopped as it is one of the identified concerns by Estehanon reason why the province remains to be on one of the poorest provinces in the country. Kwan added that just like what she did in Guiaun, her hometown, which turned out to be one of the most awarded towns in Eastern Samar, she will encourage higher participation rate of people and the private sector using the regional development plan to AMAZONA) identify critical areas in the province that need to


In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that LORNA T. CORRE has been filed with this
(Complete name of petitioner)

Office a Petition for Change of her First Name from MARIA EILEEN to EILEEN in the Birth
(First name to be changed) (New first name to be adopted)

Certificate of MARIA EILEEN JARADAL TRABOCU who was born on 04 December 1968 at San Julian, Eastern Samar and whose parents are Marcelino Orgasan Trabuco and Josefina Jatulan Jaradal. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 6th day of May 2013. (Sgd.) LEAH S. VERANA Municipal Civil Registrar ESB: April 16-22, 23-29, 2013

Republic of the Philippines City Civil Registrar Province of Eastern Samar City of Borongan

On record is an Amended Verified petition for the cancellation of the certificate of birth of minor Sayaka Catudio represented by her mother Maria Corazon Catudio through counsel, praying that after due notice, publication and hearing, judgment be rendered declaring her

ESB: April 16-22, 23-29, 30-May 6, 2013

(Sgd.) ELVIE P. LIM Acting Presiding Judge

..from page 1 be given solution. We will work handin-hand with our local government officials regardless of what their political affiliation is, she stressed. Meanwhile, her opponent, incumbent lone district representative Ben Evardone, cited that he would focus on providing solution to water system problem of most LGUs in Eastern Samar, provide fund for the redevelopment of Borongan Airport and re-file his bill declaring Eastern Samar as a mining free province and the entire Samar Island as a natural park. (ROEL


In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that ROSALIA A. COLICO has been filed with this Office a Petition for Change of her First Name from MARIA NIDA to NILDA in the Birth Certificate of MARIA NIDA DADIA APURA who was born on November 10, 1958 at Borongan Eastern Samar and whose parents are Donato C. Apura and Cornelia C. Dadia. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 30 April 2013. (Sgd.)MA. LUISA M. AZUL III City Civil Registrar ESB: April 16-22, 23-29, 2013


CCE-0043-2013 In compliance with the publication requirements and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby serve to the public that CHRISTINE C. BOBILA has filed with this Office a petition for correction of entry in sex from MALE to FEMALE in the Birth Certificate of CHRISTINE CATUBAY BOBILA who was born on 12 May 1991 at Cabalagnan, Borongan, Eastern Samar and whose parents are TOMAS M. BOBILA and FLORA CATUBAY Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 07 May 2013. (Sgd.)MA. LUISA M. AZUL III City Civil Registrar ESB: April 16-22, 23-29, 2013

EVRMCs eye care...

there is also a need for change, improvement on our side since some of our equipments are with us since the 90s.


CCE-0044-2013 In compliance with the publication requirements and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby serve to the public that LEODEL PINGUEL DESOLOC has filed with this Office a petition for correction of entry in sex from FEMALE to MALE and correction of entry in the date of birth from Sept. 15, 1987 to September 17, 1987 in the Birth Certificate of LEODEL P. DESOLOC who was born on 17 September 1987 at IPHO, Borongan, Eastern Samar and whose parents are LEO DESOLOC and DELIA PINGUEL. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 07 May 2013. (Sgd.)MA. LUISA M. AZUL III City Civil Registrar ESB: April 16-22, 23-29, 2013

EVRMC, an apex hospital in Region 8 serving already for 97 years, has only six doctors all combined for patients who have problems for eyes, ears, nose and throat. At this point in time, our EENT is combined when it should have its own

..from page 4 separate departments like in other big hospitals. Lack of government funds hinder us to hire for more doctors and procure more new medical equipments. Yet we remained committed to our works, Dr. Gatchalian added. Also authorized to operate 275-bed capacity, EVRMC now operates with 300 beds due to budgetary problem.

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SPES gives benefit to students

A total of 792 students are benefited from the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) in the province of Eastern Samar. Most students are deployed in the community for employed as street cleaners through the Clean and Green Program of the government, according to Mylene C. Paganos, Labor and Employment Officer of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Under the SPES, any qualified student aging 15-25 can apply in any government office or agency in the province that offer job opportunities this summer, Paganos said. She added that to qualify, the applicant needs to submit the following requirements : birth certificate from the National Statistics Office (NSO); grades for the second semester or any document as proof of enrollment; certification from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) that one comes from an indigent family and school identification card. DOLE will shoulder

APRIL 16-22, 2013 NEWS Go! Borongan launches photography contest

MANILA (April 18, 2013) - Go! Borongan invites photographers to enter the 1st Digital Photography Competition, which aims to promote Borongan City as an ecotourism destination. The grand-prize winner will receive Php20,000 cash, and three runners-up, Php5,000 each. The contest, which is open now, ends Saturday, May 25, 10:00 P.M. Contestants can visit www.goborongan.com to submit photographs in any or two of three categories: Category A - islands, beaches, rivers; Category B - waterfalls, caves, forests, and other landform natural attractions; and Category C - boating, fishing, surfing, hiking, mountain climbing, cave exploring, swimming, and other ecotourism activities. Each contestant can submit a maximumm of two photos in each of the selected categories.For details and official contest rules, visit http://www. goborongan.com/#!photocontest-guidelines/c1ixg. Judging consists of three rounds of evaluation. The first round is selecting the top 20 entries per category based on relevance and artistic value. The next round is judging for technicaland creative value. The top 10 entries per category will be posted on Facebook to measure popularity or audience impact basedon the number of likes. The scores in the

40 percent of the total allowance to be received by the student and the remaining 60 percent will be shouldered by the employing LGU, she added. She revealed that as of now, the following local government units in the province of E. Samar have offered jobs under the SPES: provincial government of E. Samar- 152 slots; Borongan City-190; Gen. Mac-Arthur- 54; Mercedes- 30; Balangiga-88; Giporlos-40; Llorente-60; Maydolong-40; Quinapondan-33; San-Julian-55; and Salcedo-50. For Eastern Samar, the DOLE allotted some P965,000 for this program. SPES is a special program of the government under the labor department to help continuing students pay their school fees and for the Out of School Youth (OSY) to continue school. This is also a component of the President Kabataan 2000 Program along with the Work Appreciation Program (WAP) of DOLE. (SDC/ PIA-E. Samar)

2nd and 3rd rouds will determine the winners. The contest is co-presented by HDI Adventures, Inc., a leading outdoor advertising firm in the country, and has Leyte Samar Daily Express and Radyo Natin FM 104.1 Borongan as media partners. Go! Borongan is a pri-

vate sector initiative that is geared towards promoting Borongan City as a top ecotourism destination. It also advocates responsible ecotourism by providing information on how to prevent or mitigate any negative impact on the environment and local community.
along Gomez St. and Rosales Boulevard, where the vehicle was park at around 10 p.m.to arrest the two suspects. But instead of yielding to the law agents, the suspects boarded the vehicle and sped off which resulted to a brief chase, Nacar said.

Comelec exec expects peaceful balloting in EV

TACLOBAN CITYThe Commission on Elections has declared that the peace and order situation here in the region remain manageable relative to the conduct of the midterm elections.
under an election year, Petalcorin said during the Kapihan ha PIA media forum held at the regional office of the Philippine Information Agency. He remains positive that the conduct of balloting in the region, especially in Samar province, would not be marred by any violence. Petalcorin made the assessment in the wake of an incident that took place in Calbayog City, among the areas in Samar under the watch list areas identified by the Philippine National Police (PNP)-8. Police Inspector Romuel Nacar, regional police information officer, said that based on the report they received from their provincial headquarters in Catbalogan City, police authorities flagged down a vehicle with two wanted persons believed to be on board. Based on the report by their provincial headquarters, members of the Samar Special Operations Task Group and that of the Calbayog city police made a brief chase with the vehicle, a white Mitsubishi van with plate number XKL 432. Nacar said that the law enforcers received information that two men, who separately have outstanding warrants for murder, were on board on the said vehicle. The suspects were identified as Jesus Galit and Jimmy Manogaray. The law enforcers went to the Jollibee-Calbayog located

After the brief chase, the law enforcers cornered the vehicle with the suspects, however, managed to elude arrest. Nacar said that an almost two-hour standoff ensued before the driver of the vehicle, Jessie Jackson and his companion, Jeffrey Radomes, yielded to the police authorities and after a city official appeared to negotiate for their surrender.
They were brought to the Calbayog police station but were later released after questioning, Nacar said. Nacar said that based on the report they have received, the incident did not involved any particular politician as earlier mentioned by some media reports. He also said that they have yet to verify if the vehicle where the alleged suspects were on board were fired upon. Petalcorin said that he would ask his elections official in Calbayog to conduct a probe on this incident. Meantime, Nacar said that they are still confident that the conduct of the elections in Samar would still be peaceful as they continue to undertake their security measures like arrest of persons with warrants. These men with outstanding warrant of arrests could be used by some unscrupulous candidates to advance their personal interests, Nacar said.

Veronico Petalcorin, assistant Comelec regional director, made this assessment in the wake of an incident in Calbayog City, one of the identified areas in Samar under its watch list, last Wednesday night. The peace and order situation in the region remains manageable which means it is still a normal situation