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VOL. XXV NO. 053

131 NPA camps in EV already seized by soldiers
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Palo archdiocese to conduct probe on crying Sto. Nio

BY JOEY A. GABIETA, Staff Writer



Suspected drug peddler apprehended in Jaro

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CARIGARA, Leyte - The archdiocese of Palo is set to conduct a probe on a report of an image of Santo Nio shedding tears of blood.

This was revealed by Father Amadeo Alvero, spokesperson of the archdiocese, who was quick in saying that despite the planned probe, they would not stop the faithful to venerate the image that was said to have cried with blood on three separate occasions early this month. There is no enough evidence yet whether it is true or not. There will be a further investigation to be made, Alvero said. First, there will be continuing observance of the events by the family themselves who will report to the parish priest. Then the priest will study it, Alvero added. And once the parish priest, Father Ivan Petilos, finds a cause for its veracity, he will then report it to Archbishop John Du who will form a committee that will further conduct an investigation and study on the matter for its truthful-

DENR-8 tasked to reforest at least 17,714 hectares in EV

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ESSU Board of Regents formally installs Dr. Edmundo Campoto as 2nd president
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DA-8 to drumbeat campaign to minimize rice wastage

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Thirty six family members representing sitios Abalos,Zone 2 and 4 of Bgy Opong,Tolosa Leyte celebrates after House Assistant Minority Leader and Leyte (1st district) Rep. Ferdinand Martin FM Romualdez (2nd right) switched the light on symbolizing the start of his more than P1 million electrication project in partnership with Don Orestes Romualdez Electrict Cooperative (Dorelco) for the powerless residence of the said village.Looking on is Tolosa Vice Mayor Virgie Palaa (right). PHOTO BY VER S. NOVENO

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RDC approves its 2013 budget

TACLOBAN CITY The Regional Development Council here in the region has approved during its recent council meeting its 2013 budget amounting to P5.14 million. As presented during the meeting presided by RDC-8 acting chair NEDA-8 OIC Bonifacio Uy, the budget represents the financial requirement for the implementation of programmed activities contained in the RDC-8 Work and Financial Program. Of the total budget, P3.58 million will be sourced from the General Appropriations Act (GAA) or RA 10352 while P1.56 million will be from the members contribution. The budget is distributed as follows: council proper, P1.27 million; economic development committee, P200, 000; development administration committee, P170, 000; social development committee, P 180,000; infrastructure development committee, P190, 000; and, administrative support, P120,000. The proposed budget is necessary to support the regular coordinative technical assistance and monitoring activities of the RDC-8 and the implementation of special concerns to page 2

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

C AT B A L O G A N CITY The armed group of the communist organization, New Peoples Army, committed 374 violent incidents which have caused the death of 53 civilians in the country or one civilian in a week, the military reported yesterday. The Public Affairs Office of the AFP reported that 10 of these incidents were committed this January, the latest of which occurred in a mountain village in La Castellana town, Negros Occidental killing ten innocent civilians and wounding nine others. In total, the NPA killed 81 members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, eight from the Philippine National Police and 22 CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA). For its part, the AFP reported to have successfully neutralized 555 NPA personalities in 2012 of which 367 voluntarily surrendered to the government and seizure of hundred of its revolutionary hideouts. In January 2013, 21 NPAs were neutralized, 19 of which voluntarily surrendered. AFP chief of staff Gen. Emmanuel Bau-

131 NPA camps in EV already seized by soldiers

tista said the AFP would never waiver in its commitment to thwart NPA atrocities and armed violence until just and lasting peace and stability for our country is achieved. Despite this incident, the AFP will remain supportive of the peace efforts and peace-building undertakings of the government. We will continue to intensify our focused security operations against armed rebels who continue to wage armed violence causing loss of innocent lives, destruction of properties, and damage to vital economic facilities and infrastructures, Bautista said. In Eastern Visayas alone, a total of 131 NPA camps were already seized and discovered by the military troops. Eight camps were recovered with enemy resistance and 123 of the camps were seized without enemy resistance. The latest of which happened last February 9 where elements of the 20th Infantry Battalion have seized another NPA hideaway in Barangay Happy Valley, San Isidro, Northern, Samar. The NPA camp has one big function hall outposts, said Lieutenant Colonel Noel Vestuir, commanding officer of the 20IB, in a press statement. Also recovered from the scene were a jungle pack, jungle hammock, leftist book entitled Pag Aradman han mga Aktibista (Activists Journal), a poncho, two magazines for cal .45 pistol with eight live ammunitions and two empty shells, among others. We would like to commend the populace for always coordinating with us and denounces the presence of the NPAs who conduct extortion activities not only to businessmen but to ordinary farmers and populace in the area, Vestuir added.

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for the year 2013. The council also provided update on the RDC-8 members contributions and dues. In its report, the RDC secretariat informed that the beginning balance of the contributions of RDC members on January 1, 2013 was P487, 744.31. From January 1-31, 2013, the council received P127, 500 from Catbalogan City LGU made of Nipa hut, covering the period of some fifteen (15) 2009-2012 RDC dues. Meanwhile, as of Janumakeshift bunkers that can accommo- ary 31, 2013, total contridate more or less 20 butions due from memcommunist terror- bers reached P1, 480, 5 ists, two (2) advance 00. Of this amount P780,

Meanwhile, Major Gen. Gerardo Layug, commander of the 8th Infantry Division in Catbalogan City, said the discovery of several NPA camps is a clear manifestation that the NPA in Samar provinces is losing ground and influence over the people which will eventually lead to their downfall and collapse. The 8ID is currently intensifying its efforts in securing our communities against all forms of armed threats through sustained security operations and constant coordination and linkages with the stakeholders through the spirit of Bayanihan in attaining TACLOBAN CITYpeace throughout the The Philippine Drug region, Layug added. (RICKY J. BAUTISTA) Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have apprehended a suspected drug ped500 cover prior years dler in Jaro, Leyte. PDEA-8 information dues while P700, 000 applies to current years ocer Liza Baoy said dues. that on February 8, 2013 Of the regional line around 10:00 p.m they agency members of the have conducted a buycouncil, Commission on bust operation at BaranHigher Education posted gay Mag-aso of said town the highest unpaid contribution of P100, 000 which resulted to the arfollowed by Department rest of Pio Peaflor of of Finance in the amount legal age, married, retired police ocer and incumof P95, 000. Among the LGU bent barangay kagawad, members, the city of Cal- after he sold suspected bayog still has a due of methamphetamine hyP180,000 from 2010 up drochloride (shabu) to to the present; province an undercover agent who of Samar, P163,000 from posed as a buyer. 2005 up to the present; Baoy also said that and, province of Biliran, P150,000 from 2009 up they have also confiscated to the present Fiscal Year. from PeaflorMOL 2.2 (AHLETTE C. REYES) grams of shabu contained

Suspected drug peddler apprehended in Jaro

in 6 pieces of heatsealed plastic sachets, with an estimated market value of P 17,600. Case/s for violation of Section 6, 11 and 12, Article 2 of Republic Act No. 9165 otherwise known as Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are now being prepared for filing before the court, PDEA-8 Baoy said. As of now, Peaflor is in the custody of PDEA but he might be transferred to the Jaro PNP lock-up cell as early as possible, she said. She emphasized that the arrest was by virtue of a search warrant issued by the court. (RYAN GABRIEL L.

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LET THERE BE LIGHT . Thirty eight family members representing Sitios Taytay,Salva dor,Mangipangi,Balud,and Primary Ext.Tanauan Leyte celebrates after House Assistant Minority Leader and Leyte (1st district) Rep. Ferdinand Martin FM Romualdez (right) switched thelight on symbolizing the start of his more than P3 million electrification project in partnership with Don Orestes Romualdez Electric Cooperative (Dorelco) for the powerless residence of Barangay Malaguicay Tanauan Leyte Photo by VER S. NOVENO

ESSU Board of Regents formally installs Dr. Edmundo Campoto as 2nd president
BORONGAN CITY The board of regents of the Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) here has formally installed as its second president Dr. Edmundo Aserit Campoto at the ESSU main campus in Brgy. Maypangdan, this city on February 8, 2013. The solemn investitute of Campoto stated with a solemn Mass by His Excellency Bishop Crispin Varquez, D.D. Bishop of Borongan, followed by the formal ceremony of installation of Campoto. Guests, SUCs presidents, faculty and staffs from the four ESSU campuses: Can-Avid, Maydolong, Salcedo and Guiuan as well as the members of the academic and administrative council and the family of Campoto attended the ceremony. In his briefing with the local media, Dr. Campoto bared the thrusts and programs of ESSU under his administration under a 10-Point Agenda Program. He said that researches shall be improved that will have an impact on the economic conditions of localities in the province and improved living conditions of the people. Campoto also explained the academic council endorsement of ESSUs 5-year development plan to the board of regents approval. The 5-year development plan will serve as roadmap of the Universitys vision of a synergetic multi-campus university providing values-laden graduates who are proactive graduates providing the economic prosperity and global competitiveness of the citizens of the country. A testimonial dinner capped the installation of Campoto in the evening at the ESSU main campus.

DENR-8 tasked to reforest at least 17,714 hectares in EV

TACLOBAN CITY The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Eastern Visayas is tasked to reforest at least 17,714 hectares with various trees by the end of 2013. DENR-8 Regional Executive Director Manolito Ragub said with the recorded success of the National Greening Program (NGP) in the past two years of its implementation, the agency is optimistic it can realize its goal of greening over 76,000 hectares of land in the entire region by 2016. The succeeding years from 2014 up to 2016 shall see a slight decrease in the area targeted for planting each year until a total of 76,763 hectares shall have been reforested as the regions share in the NGP, Ragub said. Under the NGP, Eastern Visayas has committed to reforest 15,000 hectares in 2014, another 14,000 hectares in 2015, and 13,810 hectares in 2016. We are banking on the initial success of the NGP in the past two years as we move on towards achieving our goals by 2016, Ragub added. In 2011, Eastern Visayas has planted over 5.6 million seedlings compared to its target of 4,816,500 seedlings. An aggregate of 10,869.41 hectares were planted surpassing its target of 9,840 hectares for the year. By mid-December of 2012, a total of 9,247.98 hectares have been planted with 5,394,450 seedlings of various species throughout the six provinces of the region. This years target is possible to achieve. We have various groups interested in joining the NGP. Peoples organizations have also started to produce seedlings, Ragub said. Last year, Eastern Visayas has been selected as pilot site for the implementation of the NGP. We seek the cooperation of the general public in attaining our target. If we have made it in the past two years, we hope to plant more open and denuded forestlands in the region, Ragub said. The NGP aims to post a minimum survival rate of 80% for the seedlings by tapping science and sound upland practices and confining identified NGP planting sites in areas where there are communities who will be tapped to maintain and ensure growth of planted seedlings into mature trees. The NGP seeks to harmonize all greening efforts in the country and aims to plant 1.5 billion tree seedlings on 1.5 million hectares of land nationwide from 2011 to 2016.

DOTC announces bidding of P7.6 M Catarman airport devt project

TACLOBAN CITY - The Department of Transportation and Communication(DOTC) yesterday announced the bidding of P7.6 million Catarman Airport Development project despite dwindling number of passengers using the facility. In a notice published yesterday, the DOTC said the budget will cover asphalt overlay of runway and construction of perimeter fence, which is part of the P78.1 million nationwide airport development initiative. The winning contractor is expected to upgrade 128 meters of the airports runway and build 264-meter fence. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) area manager Antonio Alfonso said that they have to push through improvement of the Northern Samar facility to ensure safety of passengers. We really need perimeter fence considering that encroachment is a very common problem in that airport, Alfonso said. People and vehicles crossing the runway is decade-old problem in Catarman Airport. Resident strongly resisted the full enforcement of aviation rule but CAAP made some regulations on the use of facility for other purposes. Number of passengers using the airport has been declining, prompting some airlines to cease its Manila-Catarman flights. CAAP records show that in 2009, Catarman Airport has 127,079 passengers, it went down to 69,519 in 2010, and 74,922 in 2011. (SARWELL

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Artists month

ot many of us are aware that the month of February is celebrated as the National Arts Month (NAM) since we only know of it as the month of love. This annual nationwide celebration began in 1991 when Presidential Proclamation 683 was signed, with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) spearheading the month-long activities. Initial activities rst centered on the National Capital Region, but this time, NAM activities have already spread throughout the archipelago, to include Eastern Visayas Region. This is the result of the consolidation of NAM activities by the NCCA, which made use of a certain format since 2007, and came up with the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF), a agship project of NCCAs committees on the artsarchitecture, dance, cinema,

theater, music, literature, and the visual arts. It can be recalled that the Philippine Arts Festival, the countrys biggest and longest annual arts event, opened on January 29, 2012 via free workshops, kite ying and performances highlighting those seven arts at the Concert at the Park in Rizal Park, Manila where known, emergent, and innovative artists took the center stage to showcase samples of their works. PAF aims to further Philippine art and the Filipinos regard for local arts and culture. Workshops, exhibitions, forums, performances and many more, are taking place in various parts of the country to enhance awareness that art forms part of our culture and mirrors our collective soul, consciousness, and emotions.
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A love-month story
Every time I see a foreigner walking along sidewalks a native Filipina, I am reminded about the story of a similar couple whose supposed relationship blossomed long ago. This was long before the computer and internet and cellphone came along. Communication then was still through long distance telephone calls and letters. It was the tale of a farm girl who was exchanging letters with an American guy, as the name suggested, for a likely serious relationship. In a letter months later, the guy proposed marriage to the girl, saying that he would come to the Philippines just for the purpose. The girl nervously agreed in her letter response and told her parents about it. The parents, thinking of it as their chance to rise economically, readily agreed. he broke the news to his daughter, terrified, almost in a state of shock. That man, he said, is not white but black. So black that he looks like a kettle that had not been washed for years. Not only that, he is so big that he looks like an unglo (kapre), a giant indeed. Then he paused. Iday, dont ever marry that man, he begged, not explaining why but suggesting in his face an intense pity for his daughter as if she is in great danger. His daughter turned pale, equally shocked, terribly worried. They both went home after taking so long, and then explained to the excited visitor that the supposed marriage wont push through. The guy, who

True to his word, the American guy came. Arriving in the town, he went to the police station to ask for help as the girls address was located in a rural area somewhere. The guy, using his money, got his needed assistance so he could locate the place. It was a sunny day so they did not find it difficult to find the girls place although they still had to hike all the way to that area. When they arrived in the girls nipa house, only

the parents were home. Their daughter, they said, was doing the laundry in a nearby river. The guy without much ado introduced himself as the girls lover, showing in his hand, as his evidence, the girls letter in which she agreed to his marriage proposal, even instructing him how to find her house. The visitors then were made to wait as the father fetched his daughter from where she was. The father rushed to the river. Catching his breath,

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Be Proactive, Relax!
Honestly, I exist because I am, C & K deadlines, editing requests, reading New York Times, classroom moderation, domestic chores, yet I still find the compelling power of replenishment. I pamper myself with cheap, good food, bottomless sleep, delightful reading stuff, little gossip, and of course, so much day dreaming. Lately, I take delight in entertaining Mom for hours. I challenged to take her to Russia, if her BP is managed. My premise - the energy that we put in to our job should be managed adeptly, so that we get more things done in less time. Our formula is simple when we reconstruct, we are truly renewing, so when we are working, we can really work. Remember that restoration is derived from our physiology. We are so designed to use energy between spending and recovering. So, relax and feel upbeat.
Pity the president as he is put to compromise his popularity that run on his Daang Matuwid advocacy. The illustration of a smooth and straight road contrasted to the rough and crooked path that his predecessor journeyed proved as an effective message for the hopeless Filipinos to choose what is right after being submissive to the corrupt ways of a woman despot who stretched too much near yield point the patience of the people. The options were clear that voters would identify with the choice that brings hope to the hopeless after living in a hapless state. With the needed support and trust by the people, the president peaked in approval rating as he pursued to correct the iniquitous and anomalous catapulting of one Renato C. Corona to the top magistrates seat. The appointment made by her predecessor was a mockery of our constitutional tenets and principles. The fight to rid the judiciary of such an anomalous appointee who got the backing of the collegial tribunal, the president had to harness the support of the legislature to give impetus to initiatives to impeach the chief magistrate. After the removal of the chief justice, people keep their hope that institutional reforms will soon follow, beginning with the prosecution of the then doubtful president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The campaign was strengthened with the

Straight line?

Do you wake up tired? Drag your feet to report for work? Race to the terminal in time for the first trip? Is this your typical workday? Most of us operate at unsustainable pace. We juggle, attend hours and hours of meetings, skip lunch, open and close emails, hardly knowing that the best way to get things done is to spend more time doing less. Can you do that? Relax, snooze, pep talks with bosses, long brisk walks, visits to old folks, all these among others show that relaxation and rejuvenation heightens productivity, confidence, job performance, and above all, health.

It is performance rating season, and in most public sector workplaces, rewards still accrue to those who push the hardest and most. But that does not mean they are the most productive. I have this bias for revolution. While offices are laboratories and teach us principles, yet we endure to ignore. Gyms and sports facilities we never get to use, lounging areas converted into stock rooms, prayer rooms morphing into coffee corners, micro-managing supervisors, but employees are not allowed to relax and dedicate some space for renewal, of course except for the mandatory leaves.

tapping of one incorruptible and tough woman to head the ombudsman. Suddenly, the inept and corrupted image of that office was reversed into one that enjoys the trust of the people. The prosecution of graft cases

started moving after years of stagnation in the selective dustbin of voluminous piles clogging the nook of cases for investigation. Before the P-Noy administration could start

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The Sower
Tuesday of the Fifth Week in OT Gn 1:20-2:4a; Ps 8; Mk 7:1-13


When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around [Jesus], they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. (For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews, do not eat without carefully washing their hands, keeping the tradition of the elders. And on coming from the marketplace they do not eat without purifying themselves. And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed, the purification of cups and jugs and kettles [and beds].) So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him, Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands? He responded, Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written: This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts. You disregard Gods commandment but cling to human tradition. He went on to say, How well you have set aside the commandment of God in order to uphold your tradition! For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother, and Whoever curses father or mother shall die, Yet you say, If a person says to father or mother, Any support you might have had from me is qorban (meaning, dedicated to God), you allow him to do nothing more for his father or mother. You nullify the word of God in favor of your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many such things.

Love, hate and in between

posed divorce, resorting to the latter without yet exerting efforts to reconcile the couple. Their being in both worlds sends a confusing signal especially among those who know these advocates to be stalwart in both the religious (which is for the preservation of family and marriage as the Bible mandates) and civil (which is for the protection and promotion of ones rights and liberties to the extent of severing relationship or being estranged with the spouse). People say love is opposite of hate, but the learned in human relations maintain that love is not at all the absence of hate. In fact, they advance the principle that the presence of hate, or in the minimal jealousy, makes love more engulfing. It is bolstered by the truism Love is sweeter to page 6

God Himself gave rules of ritual cleanness to Moses for the people to follow. As centuries passed on, some Jews specialized on extending these rules, until they became so many that no one could hope to know them all. The Pharisees were pre-occupied with following these rules of mere external observance and Christ accused them of it. A man who has to spend too much time getting ready to pray, has less time to pray. His mind is on Things to do. A man who has to observe the cleanliness of his neighbor in order to know if his neighbor is fit to associate with, does not love his neighbor as himself. Christ pointed out this falsity to the Jews and they did not like it. Have we learned to pray always and not to grow weak about it? Wherever we are, whatever we do, do we pray? Do our external actions become prayers? (The Daily Gospel Now by Robert E. Sullivan, O.M.I., published by Paulines. Visit us at or at Paulines Media Center, Real St., Tacloban City. Tel. #321-3195) Sowers thought: What leads the faithful to a practicing Christian life is precisely the virtue of those who teach it. What is needed is the flame of good example, not just words. Blessed James Alberione, founder of the Pauline Family

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Where draws the line between loving and keeping the relationship for all it is worth? If love culminates in marriage and marriage heightens further into building supposedly a family, with children whose future is largely reliant on the nurturing that their parents provide them from conception henceforth, why would there be instances of broken family? Is it because the church, regardless of sect or denomination, is remiss in inculcating the values of martyrdom or is it because the advocates of laws that results to sepa-

ration of warring spouses are more aggressive in their crusade? Easier said than done, martyrdom for the sake of love is now losing meaning with the advent of advocacies and pursuits both in the government and private sectors. This is beside the fact that there are individuals who flaunt themselves as religious fanatics yet are at the same time advocates pushing for recognition of civil liberties, such as law on anti-violence against women and their children, annulment of marriages, nullity of marriage and now the pro-

Over the years, then, the NCCA as well as private and government agencies, organize events and activities to highlight the artistic brilliance of the Filipinos. This should make us happy and proud since here in our region, we do have artists who deserve rightful recognition as their contributions to the countrys art and culture are equally superb; so these activities for this month are for them. Long live our artists!

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journey with them in joy and in sorrow. However, he added, if the marital problem is already irreparable and their relations are irreconcilable already, then the last resort will be undertaken that is, legal separation would be the better option. Again, the best option is to forgive and to reconcile. But it is already not possible, then legal separation is the better option. To reiterate Rev. Fr. Alveros point, court cases should be the last recourse if all means of mediation and reconciliation fails, with emphasis on the need for the couple to forgive. Is it not what the Bible speaks of, that men should forgive each others fault many times over? It is of great importance that love should be allowed to grow because with it peace, graces and blessings follow. The Bibles speaks, Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. It added, These three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13: 58; 13)


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the second time around. Is it not so? There are countless attestation of more active sex life between couples who would usually get entangled in petty quarrel, largely simple misunderstanding. There are also court cases filed for violation of RA 9262 (Anti-VAWC law) that end up being dismissed by virtue of either the desistance of the petitioner or the private offended party or her failure to prosecute the case for quite a time because she and the respondent or the accused have reconciled. This reconciliation may not on the basis of a rekindled passion and affection for each other but mostly for the welfare of the children. It should be noted that by and large streetchildren are products of either a dysfunctional or, if not, a broken family. Rev. Fr. Amadeo Alvero, a parochial vicar of Sto. Nio Parish and the Social Communications director of the Archdiocese of Palo, is underscored, however, a need for couples whose relationship are on the rocks to take their respective task in preserving the family. In a text message he stated, For those couples who are experiencing such marital problem, (they) should decide to under Marriage Encounter in order to save their marriage. Marriage Encounter is a program designed to help couples to sustain and persevere in their married life. It is a spiritual assistance to couples in order for them to be faithful to one another till end of their lives. It is also a kind of support group/community that will

NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of Flaviano S. Baronda executed an affidavit of Claim over a Bank Deposit with Philippine Veterans Bank,Tacloban City Branch, Tacloban City; per Doc. No. 73, Page No. 15, Book No. III, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Atty. Jovito Abarquez. LSDE: Feb. 12, 19 & 26, 2013

TACLOBAN CITY- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) thru the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) encourages schools and colleges here in the region to participate in the 2013 National Search for Sustainable and EcoFriendly Schools. EMB-8 environmental education and information chief Maribel Munsayac said that they have already started accepting entries for the nationwide contest whichwas dubbed as 2013 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools a direct response to Republic Act No. 9512 otherwise known as the Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008. Munsayac also said that the National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools is an initiative in support to the declaration of 2012 as the ASEAN Environment Year with the theme Environmental Awareness thru EcoSchools and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. The nationwide search was also organized to highlight achievement of schools that are committed in implementing various environmental programs which is open to all elementary, high school and tertiary school levels, both public and private, the activity aims to encourage schools and academic institutions to become more actively involved in environmental
Department of Transportation & Communications Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board Regional Office No. 8 Tacloban City

EV schools, colleges urged to join natl search for sustainable, eco-friendly schools
issues at a practical and local level. This nationwide search also aims to develop skills and understanding among students, faculty and school administrators to initiate active responses and increase community awareness and involvement on environmental concerns, Munsayac said. She added that the ecofriendly schools program was launched last 2009 and 2011 in which they have generated positive responses from the schools and this paved the way for the next wave of the competition in 2013. We intended to have the awarding of the search next year instead of this year to allow schools more time to prepare and to enhance their existing eco-friendly programs. We are hoping to encourage more schools to participate and take part in heightening environmental awareness among our youth,Munsayac said. Munsayac emphasized that the national search is a joint activity of the DENR through the EMB, the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in cooperation with the Smart Communications, Nestle Philippines, One Meralco Foundation, Petron Foundation and Unilever Philippines. With this, participating schools must submit entries in three hard copies to respective DepEd Division Oces for elementary and high school categories, and to EMB regional oces for the higher education category. The minimum requirement for judging will be the hard copies. Likewise, entries can be submitted online in JPEG format with a resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi), a minimum size of 1536 x 2048 pixels, and a maximum file size of 1MB. Entries should be emailed to The top entry per category for every region will be forwarded to the EMB central oce for national judging. For elementary and high school categories, entries should be submitted directly to their respective DepEd division oces. On the other hand, for the college category, entries should be submitted to the nearest EMB Regional Office. The deadline for the submission of entries is on March 15, 2013. Entries should revolve around the theme Sustainable and Eco-friendly Initiatives of the Respective Schools. Participating schools should include a brief description of the project.Entries will be rated according to the following: environment-related aspects of the schools policy (20 pts); environmentfriendly school operations and presence of environmental programs (30 pts); environment-related features of the school curriculum (30 pts); presence of vibrant eco organizations in campus (10 pts); and presence of partners and linkages in environment programs/projects (10 pts). Only one entry per school will be accepted. For the national level, prizes include, college, high school and elemen-

tary: P50,000 - 1st prize; P40,000 - 2nd prize; P30,000 - 3rd prize and plaques of recognition. For the regional level, a certificate of recognition and a prize of P20,000 will be given to regional winners for each category. All winning entries for each of the three categories, together with selected entries, will be displayed during the national awarding ceremonies in November 2013, coinciding with the National Environmental Awareness Month celebration. Aside from the national prizes, there is also a special category entitled Nestle Leadership for Water aimed at recognizing and promoting the water management solutions and practices of schools. A prize of P20,000 will be given to each of the winners at the national level for college, high school and elementary school categories. A prize of P 10,000 and certificate of recognition will be awarded to each of the regional winners of all categories. For further details, please contact the Evironmental Education and Information Division of the Environmental Management Bureau-DENR. Telefax: (02) 9284674; Email ecofriendlyschools@; Website: www. www. (RYAN

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NOTICE is hereby given that Miguel Sumagdon Yu, heir of late Patrocinia Sumagdon extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land under O.C.T. No. 16679, Free Patent No. 583052, located at Municipality of Gandara, Samar, described as Lot No. 2383, Cad. 4444-D, containing an area of 89,174 square meters, more or less; per Doc. No. 326, Page No. 67, Book No. 32, Series of 2013 of Notary Public Carlos C. Pormento. LSDE: Feb. 5, 12 & 19, 2013


LTFRB CASE NO. VIII-2013-0089 Application for Issuance of a CPC operate a VEHICLE FOR HIRE service with Prayer to Adopt Trade Name IDELBRANDO NAPARATE Applicant/s/Petitioner x.............................x NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT REQUEST AUTHORITY FOR THE ISSUANCE OF A CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE TO OPERATE A VEHICLE FOR HIRE SERVICE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF PASSENGERS AND FREIGHT ALONG THE LINE: FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE OF CONTRACTING PASSENGERS FROM VILLABA, LEYTE TO/ FROM ANY HOTELS, RESORTS & PORTS W/IN REGION VIII & VICE VERSA AND WITH PRAYER TO ADOPT TRADE/BUSINESS NAME. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THIS APPLICATION WILL BE HEARD BY THIS BOARD ON FEBRUARY 25, 2013 AT 9:00 AM AT ITS OFFICE AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED ADDRESS. At least TEN (10) days prior to the date, applicant/s shall publish this Notice once in one (1) Daily newspaper of general circulation in Eastern Visayas. Parties opposed to the approval of the application must file verified written opposition supported by documentary evidences on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the applicant, and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time. This application shall be acted upon by the Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidences submitted by parties under the board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary or testimonial evidences. WITNESS THE HONORABLE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, this 11th day of February 2013. (Sgd.) Atty. MANUEL R. P. MARTILLO Attorney IV

the straight path campaign upon erring public officials in the various corners of government, the challenge to find allies that will help propel the reforms he had been advocating. The promise of a straight path is somehow being carried to the excitement of the gigantic foreigner. It was a hasty wedding in a church. After their wedding, before living happily ever after, the guy carried the girl with one arm in front of the crowd, as though he was carrying a small child given his towering figure. Well, the moments that followed are now part of history. We dare not trace what else had taken place. You, girls who are seeking for foreigners nowadays, be sure to see the guy first in the Internet. Dont just depend on e-mails, or cellphone text messages. Above all, make sure you know the guys identity based on your preferences since you might end up marrying a giant, or someone you might be terrified to be with.

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NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Guillermo Torino Langres extrajudicialy settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, located at Brgy. Libjo, Merida, Leyte, Lot No. 1910, C-17, with Katibayan ng Original na Titulo Blg. P-58141, with a total area of 12,208 square meters, more or less. A Deed of Sale was executed in favor of Sps. Pablito Rojas Basarte & Evangeline Wenceslao Basarte as vendees for the abovedescribed property; per Doc. No. 252, Page No. 52, Book No. XVI, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Melinda c. Domael. LSDE: Feb. 5, 12 & 19, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Maximo Torres extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a portion of land, Lot 775-B-7, situated at Poblacion, Baybay City, Leyte, covered by T.C.T. No. T-18760, with a total area of 136 square meters, more or less; per Doc. No. 2132, Page No. 101, Book No. 94, Series of 2011 of Notary Public Jesus V. Palermo. LSDE: Feb. 5, 12 & 19, 2013


NOTICE is hereby given that heirs of the late Composa Bobares extrajudicially settled, partitioned and adjudicated over a parcel of land, situated at Babatngon, Leyte under Tax Dec. No. 96-04002-00077, containing an area of 144 square meters, more or less; per Doc. No. 328, Page No. 69, Book No. LV, Series of 2012 of Notary Public Atty. Edwin Y. Chua. LSDE: Feb. 5, 12 & 19, 2013


happened to be a member of an American football team, reacted angrily, asking the family for a refund of all the money he spent in coming to the country or else he will sue the family in court for the moral and financial damages he incurred. This forced the family to convene in the corner to count how much their assets are worth: a nipa house, a carabao, and a small piece of land. But all these, though sold out, will not reach the amount the stranger was demanding from them. Frustrated and scared, the family finally agreed for the marriage to push through, against their will,

to satisfy or even just get close to an acceptable approximation of the ideal that was envisioned at the outset of the presidential campaign in 2010. People have witnessed the reforms which to the mind of many could have caused positive desirable changes that could bring about the realization of their hopes and aspirations. Many of those who were included in the administration slate in this midterm elections are people who are far from straight if not downright crooked. The accommodation of senatorial bets that fall short of the advocacys exacting standards would certainly compromise the campaign against graft and corruption. People are fully aware that some of the big names in the administration lineup are up in line for investigation and prosecution. The link between those who live the advocacy of the straight path with those that are identified wallowing in the crooked path will eventually cause crookedness in what once was an ideal straight line. Comments to alellema@

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

430,734 tourists visited Eastern Visayas last year

TACLOBAN CITY Eastern Visayas has received 430,734 tourists in 2012, posting a record high 17.86% growth than the previous years arrival, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said citing preliminary reports released yesterday. Last years data has surpassed the annual target of 393,072 by 9.58%, boosting DOTs confidence that the region is on track of hitting the goal of more than half a million tourist arrivals by 2016 under the new tourism sectoral plan. In 2011, the region has welcomed 365,467 visitors. We attribute this to real convergence now between the national government, local government units, and the private sector. There are also new initiatives to develop tourist destinations, DOT Regional Director Karina Rosa Tiopes told Leyte Samar Daily Express. Income derived from tourist arrivals has reached P3.34 billion, 7% up than the P3.13 billion target and 50% higher than the P2.33 billion tourist receipt in 2011. Among provinces, Northern recorded the highest number of visitors with 41,928; followed by Southern Leyte with 30,495; Leyte with 15,616; Eastern Samar with 5,435; Biliran with 2,078; and Samar with 570 tourists. Of all cities, Tacloban in Leyte had the most number of guests in 2012 with 190,674; Ormoc in Leyte with 75,464; Baybay in Leyte with 31,604; Maasin in Southern Leyte with 2,073; and Calbayog in Samar with 5,166. Borongan City in Eastern Samar and Catbalogan City in Samar have yet to submit their statistics. Of the 430,734 tourists, 404,699 were domestic visitors and 26,035 were foreigners. At an average, a tourist stayed in the region for two nights, spending P3,855. Under the plan, we only expect 6% to 10% annual growth rate but we achieved more. People from the region also help us promote Eastern Visayas desti-

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Marpa said. At first, I did not believe him when he told me that the Santo Nio was crying with blood. But on the two occasions, it was then that I believed what my apo told me, she added. The apo she was referring to was Onick Florence Marpa, an eight-year old boy who witnessed the Holy Child crying with tears of blood. Based on the account of Marpa, Onick first saw the image crying with tears of blood on February 3, 5 and on the 6th, the last such occurrences. Marpa said that the image was taken by Onick from an abandoned house last January 27, in time for a procession of the images of Santo Nio in Carigara, 55 kms away from Tacloban and once the seat of Catholicism in Eastern Visayas. He cleaned the image because it was already dirty, she said. For the last three years, the image was placed in a box and stored in an abandoned house after its real owner, Cynthia Negado, left it to them when she left for Cebu. Her apo, Marpa said, placed the image in an altar and put some flowers. And the reported miracle began on the evening of Feb.3 with Onick witnessing it. At around six p.m. after he arrived from his school, Cassidy Elementary School, he saw the image shedding tears of blood from its eyes. I told my Nanay that the Santo Nio was crying with blood. I was frightened but I tasted the blood myself. Its kind of malansa (fishy smell), he said. Similar occurrences were reported on same

nations through social networking sites and we hope to strengthen and sustain these efforts, Tiopes added. Under the new tourism sectoral plan, Eastern Visayas is eyeing more than half million tourists by 2016, targeting domestic visitors from three regions and foreign tourist from Europe and other five countries. Of the 523,842 target number of tourists, 485,385 are domestic and 38,460 are foreigners. The sectoral plan eyes tourist from within the region, Central Visayas, and National Capital Region. Target foreign tourists are from United States, Australia, Japan, Europe, Korea, and China. (SARWELL Q.

ness and worthiness of veneration, Alvero said. Thus, it will take time indeed before the Church can declare its veracity because we need time to study and investigate it, he added. (But) as of now, we are not prohibiting them(faithful) from continuing their devotion to it as there is still no certain declaration of its truthfulness or falsity, Alvero added. Meantime, the crying image of the Holy Child Jesus in their house in Real Street, Barangay Pongon, this town, has created so much curiosity that they have lost some privacy but they are not complaining, said Matilda Marpa,78. The 12-feet image and made of wood was seen by her grandson crying three times on separate days,

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hour on February 5 and 6, Onick said. And on these occasions, he no longer felt frightened, he said. He is my friend now, he said. Marpa said that she did not believe the account of her grandson, saying that he could just have put some water colors to the eyes of the image reason why it was seen with stain of blood. I scrutinized the image myself to see if it was just some water color. But it was not. The blood has fishy smell, she said. Unfortunately, the piece of cloth she used in wiping off the blood from the image was thrown by her, Marpa said. The last time the image was seen crying has attracted the people of the neighborhood and the rest of the town. Throng of people visited their house even at a time that they were about to sleep, Marpa said. We have lost some privacy. We could not have our meal at a regular time due to the visits of these people. But we are not complaining. If they believe the miracle, so be it. If not, just say nothing, she said. And one of them was Jay-R Benis, 25 and a resident of Brgy. Ponong. I saw some blood from the eyes of the Santo Nio. I dont know, but it was kind of scary seeing an image shedding some tears of blood, Benis, who believed that the blood were real,said. And since the image made the miracle, the joint pains she was experiencing has been gone, Marpa said. And it was Onick who asked for it to the Santo Nio, she said.

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TACLOBAN CITY The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Eastern Visayas will drumbeat its campaign in all provinces to minimize wastage of rice. DA-8 regional technical director Arsenio Fortin said the provincial campaigns of the department is aimed at informing as many sectors as possible to achieve the goals of the National Year of Rice (NYR) program. We must invite as many participants as possible and determine the most effective and relevant advocacy campaign activities during the launch. Let us make sure that it would create an impact and mobilize people to participate in our campaign to achieve the NYR goals, Fortin said. Fortin said the NYR advocacy campaign strategies should focus on the three segments of the society the common public, the producers and the policymakers, more popularly known as the three Ps. With the theme, Sapat na Bigas, Kaya ng Pinas (The Philippines can be rice sufficient), year 2013 has been declared as the countrys National Year of Rice through Presidential Proclamation No. 494. It seeks to increase public awareness on responsible rice consumption, encourage farmers to adopt modern technologies and enjoin policymakers to set ordinances that would help the country achieve rice self-suciency in 2013. Fortin added other agencies must be involved in the conduct of NYR advocacy campaign activities. We have to involve them as partners in order to cover a wider scope of audience, create a greater impact and ensure an orderly conduct of these undertakings, Fortin said. The NYR Regional Task Force is composed of the DA and its attached agencies namely, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) and the National Food Authority (NFA). The Task Force has set a schedule of the NYR launching in other provinces but remains unannounced until finally set. Fortin has urged the public to be responsible rice consumers by eating just the right amount of rice, not wasting rice, and eating other sources of carbohydrates such as sweet potato, banana and white corn. Rice is the primary staple food of Filipinos, yet we are not self-sucient as a country because we are eating way too much rice, he said. (REYAN L. ARINTO)



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CATARMAN, Northern SamarA five-day Valentine road show presentation is expected to draw thousands of music, comedy, and dance enthusiasts wanting to experience quality and wholesome entertainment this coming February 13 to 17. To be featured as guest artists are: Sunshine Garcia, a member of Sex Bomb and Banana Split; Pretty Pepay; and Tammy Brown of Punchline and Laughline. Said group of artists has earned some degree of popularity since their appearances in various live entertainment not only in the metropolis but also in other parts of the Philippines. According to the oce of Governor Paul Daza, who organize of said show, the following are the scheduled hour of their gig: On Feb 13 at 6:30 p.m. the group will be in Palapag covered court, then after 2 hours they will proceed to Laoang covered court and the show will start at 8:30 p.m. On the following day, Feb 14, Valentines Day, they will have their show at San Roque covered court starting at 6;30 p.m. then at 8;30, at the Bobon covered court. On February 15, they will be in Catubig for their live performances at 6: 30 p.m., then on the same day at 8:30 p.m. they will be at the Rawis covered court in Laoang town. On Feb 16, they will again be seen at the Victoria town covered court at 6:30 p.m., while on same date, after an hour of their gig, they will proceed to entertain the people of Allen at the Balicuatro College of Arts and Trades covered court. Meanwhile, on Feb 17, the last day of their show they will proceed to Lope de Vega town. They will perform at the towns covered court at 6:30 p.m. Then at 8:30 p.m. on same date they will be seen at the UEP gymnatorium, of which thousands of college and high school students

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