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BORONGAN CITY The new Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Eastern Samar under the leadership of Vice Governor Marcelo Ferdinand Dindo Picardal is set to embark new visions and policies aimed at enhancing its image in its legislative and administrative framework. In a news conference briefing last July 19, 2013 with the local media, Picardal said that the new policies and procedures will follow their political campaign agenda in bringing changes in the legislative functions of the SP of Eastern Samar

responsiveness to the new environment of governance. During their first regular session, Picardal stated that the first agenda they had was to revisit the 26 standing committees and they trimmed it down to only 18 standing committees and each of the SP member (13) chairs a committee. The remaining 5 standing committees were raffled among its members and the selected chairman was given free hand to select his members equally distributing its membership from the first and second districts. With this system, he added, the districts are given equal representations. to page 2

NEWS:
Waray-English dictionary launched
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COMMENTARY
We all need to communicate
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NEWS:
PRO8 wishes meaningful observance of Ramadan

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Vice Governor Dindo Picardal states his concerns and bringing new policies for the SP of Eastern Samar

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) provincial office here said that construction of some 13 farm-to-market roads and bridges are now on-going in Eastern Samar. Mr. Renato Badillo, DAR Assistant Provincial Director, said these construction projects with a total cost of P187,548,392.37, aim to increase farmers income through reduced production and marketing cost, considering that hundreds of farmers live in farm flung barangays and need to travel to the town markets to trade their products. This way he said, the farmers travel time to the market will be shortened thereby giving more time for their planting and other activities in their farm or in their homes. In addition, once completed, these FMRs will also give improved accessibility to education as well as the delivery of health care services. As Mrs. Tessie Dala put it, delayed referral of pregnant mothers from hard-to-reach barangays is one major cause of mater-

DAR-ESamar implements P187M worth of FMRs

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Bring govt agency training PWD week 6 automated rain gauge kicks-off at to be installed in E. Samar for the disabled to Borongan Borongan city
Jeren Bagares was working a site engineer in a construction firm in Maldives in 2001--in pursuit of a dream to improve the lot of his family--when he contracted the H1N1 disease. He told his tale to media yesterday during the kick off activity for the observance of the National Awareness for the Rehabilitation and Prevention of Disability. Engineer Bagares said, his colleagues were the first ones who got the Bird Flu disease but later he got the fever, too. The fever did not subside despite the medications given him. Seven days later, he was going blind. He needed to go back home to his family. However, he said, he received little help in preparing papers for his return to the Philippines. Today, Bagares continues to dream his young children and wife, a high school teacher. He said is trying to learn to read through the Brail system and become computer literate to help his wife earn a living for the family. He said he can no longer A number of personswith-disabilities (PWD) with their mothers and caregivers joined the parade Wednesday, July 17 to mark the week-long annual celebration of the National Awareness for Rehabilitation of People with Disability. Led by city councilor Jennifer Anacio who was in her wheelchair, the parade intended to increase the public and leaders of societys awareness that there is such a sector that should not be left alone, but instead, should be given equal rights and opportunities like other normal beings. The provincial director of the Department of Science and Technology, Arnaldo T. Amosco Jr., is expecting two more units of Automated Rain Gauge to be installed in Eastern Samar before the year ends. I dont know the exact figure for the additional units but I think at least 6 units will be given to Eastern Samar before the year ends, Amosco said. So far there are only four units given so we scattered the units to cover all areas. The plan is to have a unit for every 20 kms. We were told that there are still units coming so we will assign them to other municipalities if they arrive, he said. He mentioned Arteche, San Policarpo, Oras,Lawaan,

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Balangagiga and Giporlos as among the top prioritized municipalities for another installation. An installation also depends on the LGUs, to shoulder security fences, Amosco said. On July 5 2013, The DOST in coordination with the Local Government Units completed the installation of four Automated Weather Monitoring Stations in Sulat, Borongan City, Llorente and Guiuan, all in Eastern Samar. These stations are part of the 1,000 weather stations deployed all over the country. The solar powered Automated Rain Gauge is backed up with batteries that can last up to 8-10 days without sunlight .This de-

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LEGAL NOTICES
Republic of the Philippines City Civil Registry Province of Eastern Samar City of Borongan

JULY 16-22, 2013

Republic of the Philippines Province of Eastern Samar City of Borongan OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC


CCE-0075-2013 RA 10172 Date: July 19, 2013

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION


In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that EMILITA MAY SANTOS BALANO has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from EMILITA MAY EMELITA to in the Birth Certificate of EMELITA

Waray-English dictionary launched


Leyte Normal University (LNU) has launched a book entitled First One Thousand Commonly Used Words in Waray, held at the LNU House Function Hall last July 16. This was realized through the Department Order 74 series of 2009 of the Department of Education that compelled the use of the mother tongue in teaching the pupils from Kindergarten to Grade 3. First One Thousand Commonly Used Words in Waray is a Waray English Dictionary for Mother Tongue Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE). The Leyte Normal University President, Dr. Jude Duarte, and Dr. Evelyn Cruzada, the Director of Special Projects and Program of LNU, spearheaded the said book launching. It was also attended by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Dr. Nenaly Defensor, Dr. Rebecca Ragrag of the Department of Education, Bernardita Valenzuela of the city of Tacloban, Imelda Nartia from the province of Leyte, some colleges and universities in the region and the faculty and students of LNU. This book aims to help the schools in Leyte, Samar, Biliran and other places who use Waray as their language in teaching. This book is researchvalidated, the terms are really appropriate to use in writing a poems, dramas stories and among others, said Voltaire Oyzon, one of the authors of the book. The book was created by Voltaire Oyzon, a Literature and Social Science teacher in LNU, Evelyn Cruzada, the former president of LNU from 20052013 and is currently the Director of Special Projects and Program of the said university, and John Mark Fullmer, a member of a faculty of Technical Communication at Austin Community College. The book is a project of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) with the National Network of Schools (3Ns) and the Leyte Normal University, which is the lead shepherd for MTBMLE. (Janice V. Tapil, LNU Intern)

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 served to the public that TERESITA SARINAS GERNA has filed with this Office, a petition for correction of entry in the date of birth from Dec. 10, 1964 to DECEMBER 04, 1964 in the Birth Certificate of TERESITA SARINAS GERNA at San Saturnino, Borongan, Eastern Samar and whose parents are JUSTO A. GERNA and ADELA S. SARINAS. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 30 July 2013. (Sgd.) MA. LUISA M. AZUL III City Civil Registrar ESB: July 16-22, 23-29 2013

AMOYAN SANTOS who was born on May 29, 1975 at Borongan, Eastern Samar and whose parents are AIDA BADANERO AMOYAN SANTOS. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this office not later than 24 July 2013. (Sgd.) MA. LUISA M. AZUL III City Civil Registrar ESB: July 9-15, 16-22, 2013 and EDGAR OPERARIO

Republic of the Philippines Province of Eastern Samar City of Borongan OFFICE OF THE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Eastern Samar Municipality of Gen. MacArthur

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC


Date: June 19, 2013 CCE-0065-2013 RA 10172 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 served to the public that ELMA TRISTE PEDERSEN has filed with this Office, a petition for correction of entry in sex from MALE to FEMALE in the Birth Certificate of ELMA MOSCARE TRISTE who was born on Sept. 24, 1970 at Bato, Borongan, Eastern Samar and whose parents are FIDEL NOGAR TRISTE and EMMA CHICANO MOSCARE. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 26 July 2013. (Sgd.) MA. LUISA M. AZUL III City Civil Registrar ESB: July 9-15, 16-22, 2013

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC


CCE-0004-2013 R.A. 10172

Date: June 27, 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 served to the public that SELDE CORRE EDLES has filed with this Office, a petition for correction of entry in sex from FEMALE to MALE in the Certificate of Live Birth of SELDE CORRE EDLES at General MacArthur, Eastern Samar and whose parents are DOLORES AUTOR CORRE and DANIEL ASPA EDLES. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than July 18, 2013. (Sgd.) LUCIA E. ALTAR Municipal Civil Registrar ESB: July 9-15, 16-22, 2013

New visions.... Bring govt...


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Peace Council creates Community Safety Plan


The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) has crafted the Integrated Provincial Public Safety Plan (IPPSP) in its meeting recently at the Governors Conference Hall, provincial capitol, in this city. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director Jesus Naquila said President Aquinos vision for the Eastern Samareos local government units (LGUs) to address poverty, create employment and achieve inclusive growth would not be realized unless peace is achieved. Thus the need for the IPPSP that will serve as the bible of every implementing agency. As PPOC chairman and presiding officer, Governor Conrado Nicart Jr. pointed out to all members that the local plan should be synchronized with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016 of the Aquino administration. Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Napoleon de Veyra, commander of the 14th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, said as vanguards of peace in the area, they will continue their activities such as civil-military operations, medical missions, disaster preparedness programs and peace fora. He added that all municipalities and provincial LGUs have already been declared as developmentready-areas from being conflict-affected ones. The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist also vowed to achieve an increased rice sufficiency which, at present, is pegged at 70 percent. Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Jody Paano said the office will have to strengthen its Farm Mechanization Program, construct additional canals and expand irrigation areas to 86 percent so as to increase rice pro-

duction. The other agencies who provided inputs in the IPPSP are the Philippine National Police, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agrarian Reform, Land Transportation Office, Provincial Health Office and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office. The meeting was the first PPOC held for the second term of the new set of provincial LGU officials which was also attended by Vice Governor Ferdinand Dindo Picardal. (PIA)

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He further said, a Thirty Thousand Pesos (Php 30,000.00) annual budget will allocated for its operational functions. The Vice Governor is looking forward to having harmonious working relationships with the executive department under Governor Conrado B. Nicart Jr. as well as the SP members regardless of their political colors in a bid to get and stay out of the Club 20, where Eastern Samar ranked as number four as the poorest provinces of the country and number two in Eastern Visayas. Tourism of the province shall be given a big boost especially in Guiuan and that every local government unit (LGU) will be encouraged to develop their tourism potentials, he said. This is to enhance their local economy. He added. Meanwhile, that during the convention of Vice Governors league of the Philippines, Picardal was selected as the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Visayas.

recover his sight, a painful plight for someone who used to be keen on exact measurements for constructing buldings. Now he is requesting the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for assistance. Although he was a documented overseas Filipino worker (OFW), he said he did not receive benefits. The construction firm he worked alleged that his blindness was not workrelated. The Borongan city government provides assistance to people like him, he says. But he looks forward to attending a food processing training by DTI. His group of persons with disability are also interested in undergoing a massage training from the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Cebu.

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He said it would be a big help for people like him if training conducted by government agencies will also be done in Borongan so they would not have to travel all the way to Cebu. (PIA-Eastern Samar/aen)

JULY 16-22, 2013

OPINION
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THATS part of our nature. As individuals and persons, we are all meant to communicate to be able to attain communion among ourselves, with the world, and most especially with God, our Creator. Our individuality by definition refers us to a genus and a species, that is, our humanity, to which we belong and to which we need to knowingly and willingly keep on maintaining and building up. Our humanity is a dynamic affair, not static. In short, our being individuals means we belong to a certain grouping since in spite of our unique existence we all share the same human nature. We would not be individuals if we are not placed in the context of a certain group, known as the species homo sapiens. In other words, we may be individuals, but we are not meant to be alone. No man is an island, as they say. We are meant to enter into a web of relations. And so we need to make the necessary adjustments in our attitudes and understanding of ourselves, and acquire the relevant skills. We need to be more aware of this distinction about ourselves, since even in our supposedly advanced age of the sciences and knowledge, we still are ignorant, confused and often wrong about the relation between our individuality and our being members of a species, and the consequent responsibilities arising from that relation. Besides, aside from being individuals that need to be related to the species, we are persons that also need to be related to the source and engine of our personhood. And that can only be a Creator who, like us, must be spiritual in the sense of being able to know and love. These powers of knowing and loving precisely enable us to enter into relations. In fact, being Creator, he must be the fullness of knowing and loving. In

We all need to communicate

fact, he knows and loves us first, before we get to know and love him. We simply are sharers of that dynamism, and in the objective reality of things, we actually cannot be separated from that dynamism. God as our Creator will always be with us, and we somehow are always with him, even if we are not aware of this reality and may even go against this reality. To actuate and keep this relation between ourselves and the rest of the species of men, and between ourselves and God and the world in general, we need to communicate. Communicating can take many forms. It may be verbal, and thats just one form. There are many other forms we can communicate with God, others and the world. In our mind and heart, in our feelings and passions, in our memory and imagination, etc., we can already communicate. But obviously, we should strive to communicate in the best way possible. Thats why, with respect to our relation with God, our usual and abiding way of communicating is by praying which can take also many forms and is done within a network of thingsdoctrine, sacraments, development of virtues, ascetical struggle, etc. This is how prayer thrives. With respect to the others, the usual way is to talk, to enter into some conversation, and hopefully into some agreement, some consensus, especially when we have to deal with our unavoidable differences and conflicts of interests, legitimate and otherwise. We should avoid being indifferent and unconcerned of the others.

EDITORIAL
edicab-driving, child trafficking, child prostitution, househelp, farm labor, quarrying, garbage collection, deep sea fishing, passenger vehicle and motorboat crew service, and market vending. These are the forms of child labor cited in the Leyte Samar Daily Express banner story yesterday so far named by the Department of Labor and Employment as those engaged in by the young-aged labor force in the region. These are only the most prominent among the myriad of labors that children are into here in the Philippines. This statistics provided by the DOLE does not, however, include domestic help. Apparently this is for the reason alone that this servile employment among children is not tolerated by law, but which nevertheless are more followed though discreetly in the breach than in the compliance. Though deplorable, there are children get into menial works like househelp and disguise as being in the adult age in order to help their respective families tide over their daily needs, including the education of siblings. According to the LSDE news report, DOLE is targeting twenty-two barangays, earlier identified as pilot areas in the relentless drive against child-labor to be of zero-incidence by year 2014. These villages are spread over the towns of Mondragon, Catarman, Laoang and Las Navas in Northern Samar, and the Cities of Tacloban and Ormoc in Leyte province. 213,000 child workers in the whole of Eastern Visayas are reported covered by the anti-child labor program of the national government. As defined by law, a child is one who has not yet reached that age of macompassion and understanding, the art of always thinking of the others, of knowing and anticipating their needs. In fact, we have to learn how to enter into their mind and heart, not as an act of nosiness, but rather of friendship, concern and the will to help.

Save the children from work abuse

jority which is 18 years or even if he is in such age of majority but could not defend himself from harm or provide for his own basic needs for being physically or psychologically incapable. For over twenty years now, the national government has been into this program against child-labor. Assuming without admitting that the national government is winning the program against this societal malady, it still has a lot to explain how come child labor remains a leading blight that affects the health of the community. According to the Labor agency, the anti-child labor initiative consists of providing livelihood assistance to parents so that they could provide the familys needs. It is a given factor that the familys economic condition compels children to submit to employment that is not suited to their age, especially the hazardous ones such as small-scale mining and deep-sea fishing. The persistence of child-labor incidents in Philippine society is reflective of the countrys sad economic state. With the Kasambahay Law now for strict implementation, more and more families will be enticed to absorb child laborers for domestic help. This is one aspect that is hardest to monitor but most undeniably existing as borne out by police reports when petty crimes happen. The national government arms involved in this campaign could not do all the tasks by themselves without the publics cooperation. The public will help save the children from this abusive industry if only every citizen involved will give his full support. #

to go out of themselves, to
reach out to the others?

DAR- ESamar...

This is where we have to learn the art of dialogue that should be pursued in the context of friendship. This is very important to all of us, and everything should be done to foster the development and inculturation of this skill.
We need to develop

Since we cannot help but have differences and even conflicts, we should try our best that we pursue our dialogues with utmost respect for one another. We need to stick to the essentials that actuThats the reason we ally bind us together, and often have to examine the these essentials include way we think. What is the humility, mercy, magnausual activity of our mind nimity, etc. and our heart? Are they The most important just hovering around our- thing is that we keep our selves, or are they trying dialogues going.

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nal deaths in the province. Thus, the construction of these FMRS is very much a welcome community development program, Maternal and Child Care Coordinator Dala said. The following are the ongoing DAR projects in the province: In Lawaan, two FMRs are being constructed, in Balanggiga (2); Salcedo(1), Balangkayan (2), San Julian (2), Taft(1), San Policarpo(1), Quinapondan (1), Llorente (1). (PIA-Eastern Samar/aen)

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Breastfeeding moms should feel proud, dignified


replace that of the mothers, said Grande, which is why we have the Expanded Milk Code to support lactating mothers, she added. The Expanded Milk Code specifies that private enterprises as well as government agencies, including governmentowned and controlled corporations, should put up lactation stations in nearby rooms of their offices and expenses incurred by private health and non-health facilities, in complying with the law, will be deductible expenses in filing their income tax. These breastfeeding rooms, with a chair, table and faucet, provide mothers with a private place where they could breastfeed their babies without feeling humiliated as she would in an open public area. The law likewise re-

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Breastfeeding mothers, professionals or not, should feel dignified instead of feeling dishonored or demeaned when breastfeeding their babies. Emily Operario Grande, Department of Health (DOH), regional office 8 dietician and nutritionist said in a forum that a mothers thoughts and feelings affect the production of her breastmilk. Grande said she asked 10 mothers why they were breastfeeding. All nine answers were almost the same, only one hit the right answer. Some said they were embarrassed to breastfeed outside while some had no money to buy an infant formula. Only one said she heard breastmilk is the best milk for her baby. Sure enough, no other brand of milk can

quires lactation periods for breastfeeding employees, in addition to time-off for meals, to allow employed mothers to express their breast milk. This period should be no less than a total of 40 minutes for every eight-hour working period, Grande said. Meanwhile, Grande appealed to media to help them monitor milk companies who discreetly hold fora and other advocacy campaign sorties in the guise of supporting mothers classes and childrens parties. Activities such as these are violations of the Expanded Milk Code, which should not go unchecked, she added. July is the 39th Nutrition Month with the theme Gutom at Malnutrisyon, Sama-Sama nating Wakasan. (PIAEastern Samar/aen)

paredness during typhoons, heavy rainfall and floods ..from page 1 expected to lesser numbers vice primarily measures the of affected families. Local experts from amount of rain in the area and transmit data to DOST DOST Advanced Science and servers using Short Mes- Technology Institute assisted by DOST PAGASA develsages Service (SMS). The device play an im- oped the technology used in portant role in disaster pre- the project. (Kim C. Armendarez, LNU intern)

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PRO8 wishes meaningful observance of Ramadan


CAMP KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte - PNP PRO 8 ensures the safe celebration of RAMADAN up to the end of the feast or the EIDL FITR or the feast of breaking the fast. PRO8 joins the Filipino Muslims in the observance of RAMADAN which started on July 10, 2013 and will end on August 9, 2013. It is the month of obligatory daily fasting from dawn to sunset during special nightly prayers called, taraweeh. During the entire celebration, various threat groups and criminal gangs may take advantage and carry out their illegal activities. Along with this, the Regional Police Community Relations Division (RPCRD) in its commitment to ensure the solemnity and safety of the occasion has extended a COUNTER RADICALIZATION and DERADICALIZATION Seminar to our Muslim brothers on July 12, 2013 at the Tacloban Muslim Community Center, Barangay Naga-naga, Tacloban City. The said seminar is intended for a common goal - to support the efforts of the government through the PNP for an effective community partnership in addressing terrorist threats and violence and eradicating intentions of the radicals to commit crime and terrorism, said PSSUPT ROEL BALINTONG ACIDRE, Chief, RPCRD. A mandatory security checks in airports, seaports and bus terminals will be conducted. More uniformed policemen, in coordination with leaders of the Muslim community will be deployed in the streets, mosques, vital installations and other public places to counter any plan of terrorists and criminals, added ACIDRE. With these preparations, we assure the public of a safe environment during the month-long celebration of the FEAST of RAMADAN and PRO8 wishes that prayers offered during the fasting month would not only lead to spiritual vigor, but also help usher in societal harmony and justice, ACIDRE averred.
Then again, the public is urged to be vigilant and encouraged to help the police by reporting relevant information through the following hotlines: 323-8683; Dial 117 or Text 2920 and Isumbong Mo Kay TSIP 0917 847 5757. (PR)

PWD week....

In the short program that followed, city administrator Dayan Ivan Agda urged the parents who are keeping their PWD children from public eye, to register them with the City Social Welfare Office (CWO). This is important he said, so that corresponding interventions could be given them if only the data base is available. He urged the parents and the PWDs not to be ashamed of their infirmities because every person has his own disability, although it varies in certain degrees. He added that being a PWD should not be a hindrance to becoming a useful citizen nor should they stop dreaming and striving to achieve their dreams, for as long as they dont stop calling for the Divine intervention because He always answers prayers that are coming from the heart. There are at present 112 registered PWDs in the city, but City Social Welfare Officer Elsie Ador believes there are still more, noting that not all of the 61 barangays of the city have reported yet on their special children who need special care and attention. The PWDs who showed up in the program included a number of hearing impaired who performed a dance number, autistics, down syndromes and physically challenged individuals.

..from page 1 In her inspirational message, Councilor Anacio cited the city governments intervention for the PWDs, to include the financial support that Mayor Abunda shelled out for the operation of a canteen that is operated by the PWDs. The LGU likewise has created an office with a corresponding personnel who focuses on PWD concerns. Moreover, the lady councilor informed that she has likewise allotted most of her disbursements to PWD programs upon request of concerned groups and PWDs for livelihood programs and other activities. She also reminded the PWDs to secure their Identification Cards so that they can claim their special privileges of 20% in transportation, food establishments, groceries and drugstores. According to Anacio PWDs should not allow others to distract their dreams, like her, who had been in her wheelchair since childhood. She said, her physical condition did not hamper her to finish her Bachelor of Laws degree, and now a two-timer city councilor. The Magna Carta for Disabled Persons grants the rights and privileges for disabled as part of Philippine society, thus the State gives full support to the improvement of their total well-being for their integration into the mainstream of society. (PIA-Eastern Samar/aen)

ALS opens doors to BJMP inmates Education is everybodys 2013. surrendered to God everyright, including jail inmates. Mayor Ma. Fe Abunda said this referring to the 18 inmates of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) who are now undergoing modular lessons under the Alternative Learning Program(ALS). Abunda said people behind bars should not be left unattended by officials. Instead, they should be given the opportunity to acquire education in preparation for their eventual reintegration to society. ALS Program Coordinator, Junilou Dulfo said some of the inmates, some of whom are in early adulthood, began their modular lessons in January and will be ready to take the Accreditation and Evaluation (A&E) Test this October Aside from their academic lessons, the inmates also undergo therapeutic and spiritual sessions. In their program today, PIA Borongan staff witnessed the way the inmates freely expressed their reflections, insights, views and opinions. Said in mixed vernacular and Pilipino languages, some of them also showed confidently their talents in singing and mock news reporting behind a humbly crafted open television screen, which truly amused and surprised their guests. Allan Sande, a young adult who is serving his sentence for peddling Marijuana, read a Bible verse and later shared his thoughts and reflections why they are behind bars. He has

thing, he said, having realized his wrong doing. But Sande who has a policeman sibling, said he is still full of hope that someday he can join his parents, being fully aware that God loves him and all the other sinners in the world. With the financial assistance of the city LGU, the building which houses about 39 inmates is now renovated, each cell brightly painted and lighted with ceiling fans. There is also a Jetmatic pump in front of the building which provides the inmates the much needed water. The inmates are not only getting ready for the A&E Test, with the assistance of the city LGU, they are also indulge in Slippers and Sanika-making. Ac-

cording to Officer Catudio, their finished products are stock up in the jail until Borongan fiesta, because Mayor Abunda is sending for it, for sale in the Baratillo Sale. When they get out of jail, these inmates will not only gain basic knowledge in Science, Mathematics, English, Filipino, Social studies and current events, but also livelihood skills, Catudio concluded. ALS is a ladderized, modular non-formal education program in the Philippines for dropouts in elementary and secondary schools, out-of-school youths, non-readers, working Filipinos and even senior citizens. It is part of the countrys educational system as an alternate to the regular classroom teaching-learning process.(PIAEastern Samar/aen).