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Nearly 73,000 school children in EV are malnourished - NNC

TACLOBAN CITY Nearly 73,000 preschool children are malnourished, representing 13.72% of the 0-5 years old population in Eastern Visayas, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) revealed citing the 2012 weighing activity result.
Segundina Devota Dilao, NNC regional nutrition program coordinator, said that of the 72,827 malnourished children, 56,958 were categorized as underweight and 15,869 were tagged as severely underweight. The province of Samar has the highest malnutrition prevalence at 17.88%, followed by Northern Samar (15.80%), Leyte (15.12), Biliran (12.38%), Eastern Samar (10.82%), and Southern Leyte (7.82%) The top two cities with highest malnutrition are both in Samar - Catbalogan (18.31%) and Calbayog (14.41%). Trailing them are Baybay in Leyte (13.56%), Ormoc in Leyte (11.99%), and Borongan in Eastern Samar (11.47), and Maasin City in Southern Leyte (4.69%). Leyte has the most number of malnourished children at 24,532, Northern Samar (13,581), Samar (9,642), Eastern Samar (5,369), Southern Leyte (3,224), Biliran (2,822). Among cities, Ormoc City has the highest number of underweight children at 3,524; Calbayog (2,604), Catbalogan (2,409), Tacloban City (2,203), Baybay City (1,666) and Maasin City (418). The 2012 figure is 1.26% lower than the 14.98% regional malnutrition preva-

Nearly 13,000 tourists visited Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte this summer, according to the Palompon Eco-Tourism Ofce. The powdery white beach and prestine water continue to lure tourists to Kalanggaman Island, which could be reached by one-hour motorboat ride from the poblacion of Palompon. Story on page 3. Photo by VICKY ARNAIZ.

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Judge Tormis files motion for reconsideration after dismissal

TACLOBAN CITYJudge Rosabella Mondragon Tormis of the Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 4 in Cebu City has filed a motion for reconsideration after the Supreme Court (SC) issued a decision to dismiss her from service on April 2, 2103. The undersigned [Judge Tormis] submits this motion not to plea for reinstatement or mitigation of the penalty for dismissal but simply to question the unlawful process of the investigation and proceedings in this case, Judge Tormis said in her five-page motion for reconsideration, a copy of which was obtained by Leyte Samar Daily Express. The SC en banc headed by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno dismissed Tormis, a native of Tacloban City, and three other Cebu MTCC judges for gross inefficiency, violation of SC rules, directives and circulars; and ignorance of the law. Five other court workers were also punished. The SC forfeited all the benefits of Tormis, except accrued leave credits, and barred her from working again in government. Her dismissal stemmed from an audit report of the Office of the Court Administrator on the MTCC from June 16 to 28, 2008. The audit team discovered that 11 criminal cases were not promulgated before Tormis sala, despite the lapse of the mandatory period. Two inherited cases also remained undecided for about 10 years. About 112 criminal and 83 civil cases that were submitted for decision also remained undecided beyond the prescribed period, the audit report said, among other

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TACLOBAN CITYA month after the elections, some teachers who served as Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) are complaining about the delay in the release of their honoraria. Some teachers in various parts of the region have complained about the process they have to undergo before they receive their allowance. A teacher from Tacloban City who requested not to be named said it is hard to process their claims for the release of their honoraria since they have to fill up forms. Now that were done with the filling up of forms, there is again delay in the release of our honoraria, the teacher said. We are still waiting for our honorarium despite the assurance of the Comelec that it will be released immediately, the teacher added. The honoraria were supposed to be distributed to the teachers a day or two after the elections. Some of our fellow teachers who served

Some teachers complain of delayed release of honoraria

during the elections worked beyond voting hours, some were even harassed and are facing charges and yet Comelec has not yet given what is due to us, the teacher said. But according to Atty. Veronico Petalcorin, officer-in-charge at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) regional office, cash cards issued by Land Bank of the Philippines and the United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) were distributed to most teachers who served during the elections. We are very sorry to those who have not yet received their honoraria. If it were coursed through the regional, provincial or municipal Comelec office, then there could have been no problem in releasing them to the BEIs, Petalcorin said referring to the delay in the release. The problem is with the (Comelec) central office. There were records that do not

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CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte - After the generally peaceful conduct of the May 13 synchronized national and local elections and with the election period over, the police in Eastern Visayas will now focus on the prosecution of offenders of election laws as the regions top police official has ordered his men to ensure the conviction of all arrested violators particularly the Commission on Electionsimposed gun ban. The Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) also announced that hours before the firearms ban ended, they arrested seven more persons for violating the gun control policy in Leyte and Eastern Samar. We will closely monitor the prosecution of all cases involving violation of election laws, including persons arrested for election-related violence and violation of the Comelec gun ban, PRO regional director Chief Supt. Elmer Ragadio Soria said. Soria assured that the police will continue its anticriminality efforts despite the lifting of the gun ban which took effect last January 13 and ended at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. We will still carry on our campaign against loose firearms and the Oplan Katok to remind gun owners with expired licenses to renew it to avoid being penalized under the law, he added. As of midnight of June 12, PRO8 have arrested 186 violators of Republic Act No. 8294 or Codifying the laws on illegal/unlawful possession, manufac-

PRO8 arrests 186 violators as gun ban ends

with 3 and joint Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) with 4 arrested persons. Meanwhile, of the 155 firearms confiscated, 58 were high-powered and 97 were low-powered. Authorities also seized during the six month gun ban a total of 16 hand grenades, 54 other explosives, 5 firearm replicas, 67 bladed weapons and 1200 rounds of different ammunitions. A total of 151 criminal charges were filed in different courts throughout the region. The Philippine National Police also lifted the suspension of the permit to carry firearm outside residence, meaning licensed gun holders with PTCFOR can now bring their firearms outside their homes. The Regional Election Monitoring Action Center (REMAC) also said 7 more violatros were arrested recently, including 4 criminal gang members and one public school teacher. In Leyte, four members of Espinosa criminal gang were arrested by joint elements of PRO8 Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG-8) and 8th Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) early Tuesday morning. The suspects Vincent Lonzaga, Aldin Mago, Norman Tojong and Ritchie Batol were arrested during the implementation of search warrant at their hide-out in Sitio Tinago,

ture, dealing in, acquisition or disposition of firearms, ammunition or explosives or instruments used in the manufacture of firearms, ammunition or explosives in relation to Comelec Resolution No. 9561-A or imposing a nationwide Ban on Bearing, Carrying or Transporting of Firearms of Other Deadly Weapons. Majority of the gun ban violators, 177 of them, were civilians while 3 were members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and 6 were security guards. Of the figure, 22 were arrested in checkpoint operations, 106 were arrested in police responses, 19 during the implementation of search warrants, 7 during the service of arrest warrants and 32 during the conduct of focus police operations. Leyte Police Provincial Office scored the most number of arrests with 40, followed by Samar PPO with 36, Tacloban CPO with 34, Eastern Samar PPO with 25, Southern Leyte and Northern Samar PPOs with 14 each, Ormoc CPO with 10, Biliran PPO with 6, Regional Public safety Battalion 8 (RPSB8)


Brgy. Benulho, Albuera town in Leyte. The raiding team recovered several firearms that includes an AK-47 assault rifle; one M14 rifle; two shotguns; one Colt M16 rifle; one Ingram sub-machine gun; one Llama 9mm pistol; 3 hand grenades; several rounds of ammunitions and 10 motorcycles without proper documents; believed to be used in their criminal activities. In Borongan City in Eastern Samar, public school teacher Rolly Bertos and his companion, Billy Encinas, were arrested while having a drinking spree and creating trouble at Brgy. Maypangdan on Tuesday night. The responding lawmen confiscated caliber .45 pistols with ammunitions from each suspect. In Jipapad also in Eastern Samar, a drunk Mansueto Pecenio alias Teka was nabbed by policemen Tuesday afternoon after receiving complaints from his neighbors in Brgy. 04 poblacion. A Parabellum 9mm pistol with serial number 64797 with one magazine assembly loaded with 8 ammunitions was confiscated from Pecenio. Soria further informed that his men will strictly implement Republic Act 10591 or the New Gun Control Law that provides stricter guidelines on securing a gun license and raising the penalty for illegal possession for firearms as soon as its Implementing Rules and Regulations is released.

T A C L O B A N CITYLeyte Gov. Mimiette Bagulaya will lead in the grand opening of the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Park on Friday afternoon at RTR Plaza to signal this years Festival of Festivals. Highlighting the event is the enthronement of the Beloved Senior Sto. Nio, Patron of Leyte, with the participation of the St. Michael Grand Choir and Ms. Charisse B. Daya, Grand Champion of Leyte Idol Season 6. To welcome the visitors is Alangalang Mayor Loreto Yu, also the Chairperson of the Pint ados-Kas adyaan Festival Park

Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Park opens today

Operations. A fiesta message and formal declaration of the opening of the P i nt a d o s - K a s a d y a a n Festival Park will be given by Palo Mayor and Chairperson of Pi nt a d o s Ka s a d y a an Remedios L. Petilla. A mob dance, fire dance and fireworks will cap the event. (PR)

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Burmese officials visit Kalahi-CIDSS project in Samar

TACLOBAN CITY Burmese officials visited Samar towns to see how the Kapitbisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) implementation scheme can be applied in their countrys poverty reduction programs. Myanmars Deputy Minister for Border Affair Major General Zaw Win said they have learned a lot from meetings with officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Kalahi-CIDSS, and local government units of Paranas, Samar and Hernani, Eastern Samar. In this trip, we had a chance to study role of local government units and their contributions to the National Community Driven Development Project (CDD) subprojects, community empowerment activities, finance management and procurement procedure of these sub-projects through two-days field visit, Zaw Win told reporters. The official who led the delegation were accompanied by Khin Saw OO, deputy director general, Myanmar Central Bank; Nyo Nyo Win, director, finance department of Ministry of Border Affairs, Dr. Tun Lwin, deputy director of International Relation Department of Ministry of Border Affairs, Theingi Min, operations analyst of World Bank, and Sgin New Aye, Charge d Affair of Myanmar Embassy. The group visited Barangays Tutobigan and Casandig II in Paranas, Samar; Garawon, Carmen, and Canciledes in Her-

nani, Eastern Samar. World Bank-funded projects in these areas were drainage, water system, day care center, sanitation facilities, flood control, and road. The Burmese officials held a dialogue with local government units, briefing on KALAHI-CIDSS implementation, dialogue with village officials on their role, and hear experiences in community managed implementation. Thank you for this big opportunity to visit Region 8. Your visit is our motivation to push to do excellence in the implementation of these projects being used and managed by the beneficiaries, said DSWD Regional Director Remia Tapispisan. Launched in 2003, the KALAHI-CIDSS is a community-driven development

project that aims to empower communities through their enhanced participation in community projects that reduce poverty. On the other hand, Myanmars CDD aims to increase access of poor rural communities to improved access to and use of basic infrastructure and services through a people-centered approach and to enhance the governments capacity to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency. The World Bank has provided a grant of US$80 million to Myanmars CDD. It is up for implementation from 2012 to 2019 in 15 townships. Myanmar, historically known as Burma, is a Southeast Asian country bordered by China, Thailand, India, Laos and Bangladesh. Burmas poverty incidence is 26%, and according to Zaw Win is slightly higher than the Philippines 22.3%.

Kalanggaman Island has 13,000 visitors this summer

TACLOBAN CITY Almost 13,000 domestic and foreign tourists have visited Kalanggaman islet, the jewel destination of Palompon, Leyte during the summer months of April and May. In an interview with Raoul Bacalla of the municipal eco-tourism office, he said that the arrivals last April for domestic tourists were 5,474 and 485 foreign. In the month of May, there were 7,143 recorded tourist arrivals from the eco-tourism office, composing 6,569 domestic and 574 foreign tourists, he said. The island beckons with its unspoiled setting with azure waters, fine white sand and sand bars at eastern and western side. Last month, the Cosmopolitan Philippines magazine had its pictorial in the island which will be published on its July or August issue. Famous couturier Dennis Andrade brought along his models to the island for a photo shoot. He said he has been to the island a couple of times relaxing with friends. You forget your worries away when you are in the island, Andrade said. Architect friends from Manila who visited the island for the first time were in awe. They chorused that Kalanggaman is a photographers haven and a must visit. Bacalla said. We are happy with this Last May 1, when MS development especially Bremen of Hapag Lloyd Mayor Ramon Onate for Shipping Liner anchored in our tourism industry, but as the island, it earned P64,000 much as we want to, we can entrance fees from 124 foronly accommodate 500 tour- eign tourists on board. Durists a day in the island for ing the visit of MS Europa, security and safety reasons, the first luxury cruise ship Bacalla said. that anchored offshore in The eco-tourism office has Kalanggaman, the local govalso augmented the number of ernment unit of Palompon personnel in-charge of main- got a whopping P164,000 taining cleanliness in the island. entrance fees from nearly We added five staff of the ex- 400 European tourists. isting personnel in the island. (VICKY C. ARNAIZ) We want to show to our tourists that we are serious in protect- Some ing the ecological aspect of Ka- from page 1 langgaman for them to enjoy match with those BEI who its beauty for years to come, served during the elections. Other teachers who do not have Land Bank ATM payroll pediments and could legally accounts also have problems marry. in getting their honoraria But in her motion for rethrough special cash cards, consideration, Tormis said Petalcorin added. the evidences mentioned According to Petalcorin, in the audit report and in there were teachers who were the decision of the case that in the list, but did not serve in were used against them were the elections and yet received not presented or disclosed to the amount that not intended them thus affording them no for them. chance or opportunity to reThis would take time fute the same. to settle, but we assure those On this fact alone, it is who served will receive their clear that their constitutional honoraria. Those who did not right to due process was vioserve but received the money lated as they were never given will have to refund it, the ofthe chance to confront witficial said. nesses much less being made Comelec paid public aware of their existence, Torschool teachers who served as mis said. chairmen or members of the Tormis however vehethe BEI for every clustered mently manifested that she is precinct P3,000 as honorarinot guilty of the cases for she um, P500 for the final testing was sanctioned and asked the and sealing of the precinct SC to rectify and declare its count optical scan (PCOS) April 2, 2013 decision as null machine and P500 as transand void being violative of portation allowance. due process. We would recommend Tormis joined the judito the central office that in the ciary in 1999 and has been next elections, the honoraria in government service for 41 should be released to the BEIs years and plans to retire in through payroll from our June 2014. (REYAN L. ARINelection officers, Petalcorin TO) added. (REYAN L. ARINTO)



lence a year ago. In 2011, 80,220 children were malnourished. Of the 741,662 estimated preschoolers, only 530,626 were included in the operation timbang (OPT) last year or 71.55% Although there was a decline between 2011 and 2012, the NNC said theres no reason to celebrate as OPT coverage was lower than the recommended 80% of the population that should be included in the weighing. We couldnt say that there is actual improvement since OPT coverage was lower than in 2011. The confusion whether to measure childrens height or not has delayed the weighing activities, thus excluding some children from the count, Dilao said. The World Health Organization Child Growth introduced in the region in 2009 is now the single international standard that represents the best description of physiological growth for all children

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findings. The SC also found Tormis and fellow judges guilty of performing marriages despite some irregularities like the lack of licenses or the absence of proof from some foreigners that they faced no imless than five years of age. The absence of height boards in many villages of the region has caused the delay in the conduct of OPT in 2012, according to Dilao. Of the six provinces, only Northern Samar reached 80% in OPT coverage. Samar the lowest percentage of children weighed at 62.76%. Other areas also registered a low population of children weighed Biliran (77.93%), Eastern Samar (75.94%) Leyte (69.25%), and Southern Leyte (69.21%). Among cities, only Ormoc posted a substantial OPT coverage at 93.70%. The rest of the seven cities reported an OPT coverage ranging from 57% to 74.84%.

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Why the delay?

a.m. to 7:00 p., and their work did not end there. The BEIs still have to ensure that votes are transmitted; some teachers had to stay overnight. Let us not pin the blame on teachers for whatever delays that occurred during the elections. Teachers could not do anything do anything if the PCOS machines broke down or were defective, if the compact ash cards were corrupted, if the modem for the transmission of votes were too few, if the modem could not get a signal or could not transmit the results. Those were not their fault. There were reports that some BEIs were sued by local politicians because of the delayed transmission of votes. Despite the assurance from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), still many teachers are still waiting for their honorarium. Until now, complaints from teachers about
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eachers who served during the elections worked beyond voting hours, some were even harassed and are facing charges and yet, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has not yet given what is due to them. It has been more than 30 days now since the elections. The winning candidates have already been proclaimed but the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs), the teachers who made the election possible, have not yet been compensated. While in some areas, the honoraria for BEIs have already been released, still some have not yet received the much-delayed honoraria. The teachers are supposed to receive P4,000 for serving as BEIs. This is much lower than the P4,300 teachers received during the 2010 national elections. Voting hours were extended from the 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in previous elections to 7:00

Kudos to policemen
Praise where praise is due. Cops keen observation catches criminals.

The story Police nabs drug pushers preying on students in Ormoc, Tacloban reminds me of the Police Training Course in Santa Cruz, Laguna way back in 1956. We were thought how to be keen observers on every move of the people within our eyesight. The training really pays. In the training we were required to stand in busy corners of the street. We watched every movement of persons and vehicles passing by. Plate numbers of the vehicle had to be printed in our minds. I was 19 years old at that time and my brain still had the capabil-

ity to remember several plate numbers. Faces and movement of persons had to be carefully watched to determine an indication of criminal behavior. I can still reminisce the nights passing by with my thoughts while asleep still in the numbers and faces of persons I xed in my mind. There

were times I thought I did not fell asleep, only to nd out from my wife that I was snoring loud and clear. SPO1 Isaias Parado of Police Station No. 1 of Ormoc City Police Ofce must have learned how to identify the movement of a criminal. His suspicion led to the arrest of Chris-

topher Nodalo in possession of nine heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu, one improvised tooter and two disposable lighters. He may have sensed the Honda Wave 110 motorcycle without plate number usually part of criminal activities. Parados seeking assistance from the Barangay tanods and bystanders are laudable. His real intent was to catch the drug peddler. He should be praised for following the rules when he brought the suspect to the police station where the conscated bag was to page 5

Friday, 14 June 2013

OPINION Poetic justice

omission. He had to leave not because he wanted to, not because his heart was dictating him too; he had to leave for the lack of a better choice, heck for the lack of any choice. Just when he needed his party the most, it abandoned him. Just when he needed someone whom he can turn to, his party looked away. Forget about tit for tat. His party never gave back what he provided it just so it could retain its current representation in Congress. His very own party betrayed him. Such betrayal will hopefully be brought to justice, and quickly. His cunning party will be stripped of one seat less from the previous declaration of its entitlement to two. The second seat to which he is rightfully entitled, the seat which is now no longer within his grasp to hold, will now be deprived from the party, and hopefully for good if the Supreme Court deems it sensible to declare that the Coalition of Associations of Senior Citizens in the Philippines, Inc. is qualied to run for the party-list election. Now here is a guy who never had to raise his qualms before a court but will nevertheless be given justice he should deserve. The universe has indeed its own twisted way of making the hammer fall of punishing the evil and rewarding the good. If they say that revenge is sweet, justice poetic justice is denitely sweeter.

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SMC Takes Over PAL

Diversied conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is set to take-over Philippine Airlines (PAL) since SMC rst invested in the airline in just a year. It will buy the remaining 51% stake of PAL currently owned by the Lucio Tan Group of Companies. SMC would acquire all remaining shares in PAL. Despite owning just 49% PAL, SMC gained management control of Asias oldest airline. Since the entry of SAC, PAL has embarked on a massive reeeting program aimed at acquiring 100 new aircrafts to replace its existing eet. It expects to save as much as $400 million from fuel and maintenance costs

Upping the Ante


I dont personally know the guy. His association with one of the more popular party lists among us Warays could be the closest to my claim that I know him. I have also heard stories of him from my mother. We had a chance encounter once but that was brief so I dont think my name will ring any bell to him. Him hailing from the same town where I was raised and born is a point of pride. It became more so when I learned he was the second among three nominees who could be given the chance to sit as legislator in the lower house in the fortunate happenstance that the party gets the required number of votes. My elation was sealed when I heard that the votes his party earned entitled it to two seats in the House of Representatives. I thought then, good for him. Then came the unexpected news: he quit his job. Just when he was about to be served the acclaimed position of legislator in a silver platter, he quit his job. Speculations teemed the air as to the real

reason for his resignation. Most claimed that he resigned because he was forced by his partymates to give way to the sister of the outgoing second representative of the party who lost to the incumbent chief executive of this city. Apparently, the sister was nominated only third. Many, especially those who claim to have voted for the party because he was among its nominees that ought to ll the seats granted it by the appropriate number of votes of our electorate, anguished over the twisted turn of events. Many wished him back. Many wished him well in his endeavours while his ties with the party were severed. Conjectures turned into facts when he nally broke his silence. He broke his silence by his revelation that he was not forced to leave. He revealed that it was the right thing to do, that it was the honorable thing to do, that it was the decent thing to do. As for me, I dont think that he was not forced to quit, at least not by anyone. He was forced not by his party-mates commission but by their tion the names of the companions of the apprehending ofcers, who, likewise are worthy of commendation. They are the kind of policemen we need in the present low morals of the Philippine National Police (PNP). The past week I met a member of the Philippine Army named Bucatcat assigned in the detachment at Brgy. Antipolo, Albuera, Leyte. I told him, when I was in the Army way back in the 1950s, we were highly respected by the civilians. The mere sight of us in uniform sent jitters to outlaws. The same when I was the police investigator in Los Baos, Laguna, we

yearly as part of its reeeting program. PAL is in the thick of a $1 Billion expansion program as its plan to further widen its global presence to include the Middle East, Europe and Australia. In the 9 months of its scal year ending March 2012, PAL trimmed its losses from P3.59 Billion to P2.7 Billion. SMC President, Ramon Ang said, PAL will return to prof-

itability in 2014. Meanwhile, the Lucio Tan Group of Companies will focus on being a consumer-related conglomerate through units Asias Brewery Inc., Tanduay Distillers Inc., Eton Properties Inc; Philippine National Bank (PNB); and Fortune Tobacco Inc. PAL will no longer be consolidated into the listed holding rm of the Lucio Tan Group of Companies.


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the delay persist. The Comelec ofce said they may have nothing to do with the delay, but they have to look into the matter. The declaration from the Comelec chairman himself that they have released the payment for all those who served in the elections contradicts the real scenario in the eld. Still, it is really hard to understand why the payment is always delayed.
est policemen become victim of their comradesin-arms. It will take a long way to clean the PNP of mists because of failure to recruit sincere and dedicated citizen to the police service. Applicants should be scrutinized at the onset of recruitment. Background investigation should be conducted to be double checked by other agencies other than the PNP. This may not eradicate bad recruits but it may help minimize having unscrupulous applicants in the law enforcers. (Feedback welcome, g_duna@ yahoo.com)

June 14, 2013 Friday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time 2 Cor 4:7 -15; Ps 116; Mt 5:27-32


(Jesus said to his disciples,) You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna. It was also said, Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce. But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.


The man was very angry and upset. His son had just come out to him, telling him that he was a gay, a homosexual. Now the man was outraged, pounding on the arm of the chair. How will he ever be saved from the res of hell? he cried. I felt bad for him. He seemed to think that God had already separated the sheep and the goats! Some say that homosexuals are the goats because they commit sexual sin. But according to Jesus, we all commit sexual sin. The Bible says precious little about homosexuality, but it says plenty about adultery. We know that we sin in thought, word, and deed. So were all committing adultery, one way or another, now who are the goats? It seems to me that, if were faithful to the teaching of Jesus, we ought to put the stones down because none of us is without sin. In reality, were all under the same condemnation. But weve all been offered the same gift of salvation. So, unless were condent that we can make it through life without sinning wed better opt for mercy. (Between Sundays by Fr. Paul Boudreau published by Paulines. Visit us @ www.paulines.ph or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City.) Sowers Thought: The Bible is the great sacrament of the Word of God. Behind its pages burns the divine re of the Holy spirit, just as under the sacramental species lives the divine person of Christ. (Blessed James Alberione, SSP, STD, Founder of the Pauline Family)


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opened in the presence of the representative of the City Prosecutor, media and Barangay ofcials. That step will keep away the case from being dismissed based on technicality. Likewise, commended is Police Chief Inspector Jesus Son for arresting Perpeto Margallo who, the latter, is not only a drug peddler of marijuana leaves, but also a thief. He may not be a plain thief, but having .38 caliber revolver means more than just a thief. The story did not men-

were highly respected. Now it is different. Instead of law enforcers being the protector of the citizens the unscrupulous few in uniform became criminals. Some new recruits have not yet nished their training is already facing administrative cases. Even applicants to enter the police service have been asking which ofces in the PNP are considered juicy. Meaning which makes money the dirty way. That may have been the reason few of the men in uniform who do not covet the juicy assignments resorted to use their rearms in committing criminality. Those faithful and hon-

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Govt eyes booming BPO in EV, launches internet marketing courses

TACLOBAN CITY Sensing the growing business process outsourcing in Region 8, the Eastern Visayas Federation for Information Technology (EVFIT) on Wednesday said it will conduct Short Course Training on Search Engine Optimazation (SEO) - Internet Marketing on June 17 to 21. An ICT arm of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) in the region, EVFIT is under the organization umbrella of Regional Development Council. Its members are from NGOs, LGUs, academe, private sectors and non-profit organizations. This is part of EVFIT ICT Talent Development Initiatives, which we intuitively feel this is a great opportunity for participants especially for nonemployed to bridge them to have skills needed by the IT-Business Process Management or BPM corporate entities, EVFIT Executive Director Ranjit Montablan told Leyte Samar Daily Express in an interview. The region already has its own Information and Communication Technology Park located in Palo, Leyte province, housing BPO companies like APAC ad Accudata. Another company expanding similar BPO business in the region is also located in Tacloban known as Go Abroad Philippines Inc, added Montablan. For new and unemployed graduates, the workshop is aimed to equip them with knowledge and skills in Internet marketing so that they can use it for their future employment or for making money online. For business owners, they can use the knowledge and skill they could acquire to promote their business online. For IT teachers, they can use it to enhance their knowledge and teach it to their students. For government representatives, they can use it to promote their cause or programs online, added Victorino Q. Abrugar, a business consultant and resource speaker during the training. A certified public accountant, Abrugar is also the owner and publisher of businesstips.ph , an online entrepreneurship, management and marketing guide for Filipinos, business owners, leaders and entrepreneurs around the world. Internet Marketing and the field of Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing and Social Media ay isa ngayon na pinaka in demand sa work online. Ang ating voice BPO ay number 1 na sa mundo, ang aim naman ngayon ng ating bansa na mag excel naman ang ating non-voice BPO at isa ito sa mga hakbangin to train

more people, said Bryan Cinco, a leading SEO specialist and reputation management consultant in the country. Incidentally, Cinco is from Region 8 and is also operating a start-up BPO company called Article Writes IT Based Services and online news site ManilaChannel.com. He will join during the event as one of its resource speakers together with another online entrepreneur and content writer Fae Cheska Marie Esperas. This is one of the government initiatives to increase the number of employed people in the region. I encourage those new graduates and walang work to join this event kasi makakatulong ito sa kanila para mag karoon ng trabaho ma home-based man o officebased work sa Internet marketing world, Cinco said. Training modules and certificates will be given to the participants during the five-day training at the conference hall of the DOST regional office. Registrations: P1,500 for students/newly graduates and P2,500 for employed professionals. Also lunch and snacks will be served during the event. For inquiries and reservations, contact 09278983023 /0533235252 or email chairman@evfit. org (RONALD O. REYES)


Wearing their elegantly designed gowns for the grand nale of the Banig, Hinabi, Sinamay: Foundation of Present-day Haute Couture, Gov. Ma. Mimietta S. Bagulaya posed with (from left) NNC Regional Director Segundina Devota Dilao, DBM Regional Director and Region Eight Administrators League (REAL) Imelda C. Laceras, DOT Regional Director Karina Rosa S. Tiopes, RTC Branch 43 Judge Evelyn Rios Lesigues, SSS Branch Head Lilibeth Cajucom and Media Practitioner Meldy Lagutan after the program of Banig, Hinabi, Sinamay: Pamana ng Kasuotang Pilipino, an activity sponsored by the Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Ofce 8, Region Eight Administrators League (REAL) and Robinsons Place Tacloban to commemorate the 115th Philippine Independence. DON

Group to Pres. Aquino: Mitigate the impact of returning OFWs

TACLOBAN CITY-A worst case scenario on Philippine unemployment is on the horizon following the looming large-scale return of Filipino workers affected by strict employment policies abroad like in Saudi Arabia, said a sectoral party for overseas Filipino workers on Wednesday. John Leonard Monterona, vice-chairperson of Migrante, said that the Aquino government should prepare for OFWs reverse migration phenomenon to cushion its impact to their dependents and to the countrys economy in the coming months. Whats happening in Saudi Arabia and other mid-east countries is actually the shrinking of labor markets, which immediate impact is jobs displacementAt least around 120,000 OFWs were directly affected by Saudization, including the estimated 28,000 undocumented OFWs, said Monterona. Monterona claimed that as Saudis grace period for OFWs to fix their working papers will come to end on July 3, around 10,000 to 12,000 have already sought governments assistance for repatriation with Philippine embassy, consular and labor officials. According to Monterona, more than 200 stranded OFWs were already repatriated from Saudi since April, while nearly 5,000 OFWs came home from Syria and there could be more in the coming days. Unfortunately, OFWs reverse migration phenomenon has been interpreted wrongly by the current Aquino administration and its labor honchos to bolster their claim of economic growth, which we expect Pres. Aquino to cite this during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) next month. But, its a cheap shot and a mere spin, said Monterona. Its hard to reconcile OFWs reverse migration for good with the countrys high unemployment amid 7.8 percent GDP growth during the 1st quarter of this year. Citing government data, Monterona said the countrys unemployed stood at 7.5 percent of the labor force, which means around 3 million, in April 2013 compared to 6.9 percent of the same month last year. Who didnt want reverse migration for good? Yes, we still hope for it. But this will never happen if the country has only superficial GDP growth that only a few rich the local big businessmen and multinational corporations -gain from it, Monterona added in a statement to Leyte Samar Daily Express. Monterona noted that returning OFWs will only add up to the numbers of unemployed Filipinos if the government is not serious in mitigating the impact of OFWs coming home. There are an estimated 2.3 million OFWs working in the Middle East, of which 1.5-M are in Saudi Arabia, being the OFWs top destination. (RONALD


TACLOBAN CITY Many parents in Eastern Visayas are urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to reconsider their issued moratorium for the local government units (LGUs)hired teachers to address the lack of teachers in the region. DepEd officials in the region admitted in interviews that another reason that triggered for the lack of teachers in the region is the moratorium issued by DepEd on teachers hired by the LGUs. The officials claim that DepEd issued such a memorandum because the LGUhired teachers are not board passers. The parents, however, refute such claim saying that there are also LGUhired teachers who are board passers, and on the other hand, there are many teachers who are board passers but are not hired or accommodated by the DepEd due to lack of funds or new items for teachers but the LGUs are willing to hire them. The parents averred that the LGUs should be allowed to hire the board passer teachers that cannot be accommodated by the DepEd due to lack of funds or availability of items. DepEd should reconsider its position and the moratorium issued and allow LGUs to hire board passer teachers to solve the problem, commented

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one parent, Imelda Abude, whose daughter is enrolled in one of the elementary schools here. Earlier DepEd officials in the region admitted that Eastern Visayas is in need of 4,943 more teachers for school opening. However, their central office has given the region an allocation of only 3,760 or still a gap of

1,183 teachers. The parents pointed out that since the lacking 1,183 teachers cannot be hired anymore by the DepEd even though they are board passers due to unavailability of items, the LGUs should be allowed for them to minimize if not solve the problem for the lack of teachers.


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of late Mansueto V. Lagutan extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, Lot No. 759, Cad. Case No. 822-D, covered by FPA No. 083749-345 located at Brgy. Malbog, Tolosa, Leyte containing an area of 2,999 square meters and covered by Katibayan Ng Original na Titulo No. P-63069 and a parcel of residential land, Lot 27, located at Brgy. Imelda, Tolosa, Leyte, containing an area of 486.7 square meters, covered by Tax Dec. No. 00072, PIN 044-39-002-02-051 and residential building erected on Lot No. 27, covered by Tax Dec. No. 00073, PIN 044-39002-02-051-1001; per Doc. No. 228, Page No. 46, Book No. 19, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Samuel C. Lagunzad. LSDE: June 7, 14 & 21, 2013


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Store closes, helper left sleeping inside

TACLOBAN CITY Wednesday evening in the middle of a heavy downpour, a 23-year-old helper in a grocery store along Rizal Avenue woke up and found out his co- workers already closed the store unknowingly leaving him sleeping at the second floor. Robert Gantu-an, a native of Zamboanga Del Sur and a helper for three years, secretly slept during working hours in a secluded corner of the store that left him unnoticed. I slept at around 5:00 oclock in the afternoon. I wasnt able to fight it because of the cold weather, said Gantu-an. Around 6:30 in the evening when he woke up, the store was dark and he could not turn the lights on because the power supply has also been shut down. Wanting to ask for help, he tried his best to go downstairs so he could reach the store entrance amidst zero visibility. Eventually, a woman walking along the sidewalk panicked when she saw a mans arm reaching out through a small opening in the stores metal gate. She thought that it was a ghost or a bad element and so she shouted and ran that made other passers wonder what it was all about. Suddenly, a man came over to see if it was a ghost or something and told others that it was a store helper and the woman has nothing to fear of. The crowd began to flock the area, asking Gantu-an why he was left locked up inside. However, the public found it hard to talk to Gantu-an because the latter couldnt understand Waray. Ten minutes later the traffic enforcers from TOMECO came. They tried to ask Gantu-an if he knows the mobile number of any of his co-workers so they could call them and ask for


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TACLOBAN CITYThe First Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez Sepak Takraw Tournament 2013, has officially started June 13, 2013 at the City Engineers Gym (CEO). The tournament was participated in by many Sepak Takraw players coming from different parts of Leyte and Samar, and other parts of the country. In an interview with Francisco Albesa, one of the organizers of The 1st Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez Sepak Takraw Tournament 2013, he said that this tournament is open to everyone. Actually this is an open tournament whether youre from Tacloban or not, he said. This was organized by Tacloban Amateur Sepak Takraw Association together with the Leyte Amateur Sports Association. These are organizations of Sepak Takraw players are not only from Tacloban City but also outside from outside like the town of Palo, Lapaz, Mayorga and the City of Maasin. They will come here to join, Albesa said. He added that there will be Sepak Takraw players from Cebu City and they hope that players from Ormoc City and Sogod, Southern Leyte can also join. There are also teams that have signified to join the games.

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Sepak Takraw categories include the Elementary, Secondary and Tertiary. The organizers plan to merge the players from Secondary (High School) and Tertiary (College) Level but feedbacks are coming out proposing to separate the two. For the exposure of the children, we propose to merge the high school and college but because we received a feedback if its possible to separate the two categories, we will be working it out. It only depends to the teams that will participate.Albesa added. With regards to this tournament, Ramon Franco, City Sports Consultant, in an interview also with the Leyte Samar Daily Express (LSDE) he said that the tournament is for the development of the players and he motivates the Sepak Takraw players to go on another level. This Sepak Takraw is for their development. This game doesnt involve in height so we have chances as a local Tacloban. I want them not to limit their selves only here in Tacloban. Thats why Im encouraging them to go for national level, Franco said. He also assured that the tournament organizers are always prepared for any emergencies. (JUSTINE MAY

Mobile training program on computer hardware servicing to go around the region

T A C L O B A N CITYAn educational mobile training program on computer hardware servicing will drift around for the first time in the region anytime this year. The training will be facilitated by St. Therese Educational Foundation Inc. (STEFTI), Vocational School Administrator Engr. Ferdinand Alcazaren said enrollees started signing up already though they just received their certificate of program registration only last Tuesday. In an interview, Engr. Alcazaren said that the mobile computer hardware training aims to grant out-of-school youths who cannot afford to pursue a college degree an opportunity to be skillful and literate in troubleshooting and on its operations as well as to yield employment. The program aims for literacy and skills development for out-ofschool youths. The community will organize the schedule as to when our mobile facility will conduct the training, Alcazaren said. Meanwhile, 25 students will be given the pilot training for free which will be initially assessed in their school campus. The training will last for 230 hours excluding Saturdays and Sundays. Moreover, Alcazaren clarified that the free training is a first come, first serve basis. As the first registered mobile computer hardware training in the region, Alcazaren said they are now considering the aftermaths of the program in succeeding months. We are also deliberating on the problems and the challenges we might encounter on the condition of our trainers, the venue of our program as well as the receptions of the local government units, Alcazaren said. In the lighter note, Alcazaren vivaciously said that they will cruise the outmost vicinity their van could access.