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Leyte LGUs get weather


stations from WPF, DOT

Mayors and/or representatives from various recipient LGUs pose with DOT director Karina Rosa Tiopes and Amor Maclang. At the far left is Celso C.
Caballero III of WPF. On the foreground are the parts of the automated weather stations.

By Lalaine M. Jimenea
THE WEATHER Philippines
Foundation (WPF), in cooperation with the regional Department of Tourism, gave out automated weather stations to the
various cities and municipalities
here on Thursday, May 8, at the
Ormoc Villa Hotel.
In attendance were various
mayors and/or their representatives, and key personnel who
would be installing the automated
weather stations. They were
trained on how to install it, handle
it, and understand it.
Also present were WPF general manager Celso C. Caballero
III and Amor Maclang of GeiserMaclang, a brand consultant.
In her welcome address, DOT
regional director Karina Rosa
Tiopes said that the audience
might be wondering what tourism is doing with weather prediction. She said that for them
in tourism, it was good to have
access to weather information
because planning tourism activities revolves around it. Leyte and
Eastern Visayas region is along the
tourism corridor of the country.
Celso C. Caballero III, on
the other hand, explained why
they were giving out automated
weather stations and how to fully
utilize its potential. He said that
the project was a pro-active and
pre-emptive measure conceptualized by the Aboitiz Foundation,
Inc. together with its partners
see

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Junior Aki says


he might be the
only one paying
ACEF loan

ATTY. INAKI Larrazabal Jr. or


Junior Aki to friends could
only wryly laugh at being branded as a member of a political
clan in Ormoc City who availed
of the now-controversial Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund or ACEF.
Reacting to a report published
in the Philippine Daily Inquirer
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DepEd, Save the Children work hand-in-hand


to help pupils of low performing schools
ORMOC CITY 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
20, a group of young pupils at
Brgy. Mahayahay count, as a
young schoolmate volunteers
to demonstrate how to wash his
hands properly.
The hand washing segment
is one of the HY5 series of activities that Save the Children, an
international non-government organization, is espousing under its
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
(WASH) cluster. The HY5 is a
simple activity that teaches proper
hygiene through five simple steps.
In cooperation with the Department of Education, Save
the Children has adopted four
elementary schools and one high
school in the city that posted low
performance ratings and are currently undergoing a bridging
program called Summer Fun
in Schools.
These are the elementary
schools of Mahayahay, Quezon
Jr., Biliboy, Gaas and the night
school of the New Ormoc City
National High School. Artemia Lloveras, DepEd division focal person of the Summer Fun in Schools
program, said that because of
Yolanda, there was no National
Achievement Test given but just
a division achievement test. The
five schools ranked low hence the
bridging program to prepare the

The WASH team of Save the Children gets a volunteer to demonstrate how to properly wash his hands.
students for the higher year.
Under the program, schoolchildren in the five schools undergo additional classes, three
hours a day for 15 days. To make
learning fun for them, Save the
Children workers pitch in on
some days for some activity-filled
lectures that are participatory.
Russ Pascual, information
management project coordinator of Save the Children, said
Learning is much quicker when

its done through play. He said


this while observing the pupils interact with the WASH volunteers
and mimic them as they went
through the motions of washing
their hands. They giggled and
laughed while interacting with
their teachers.
The children were also visibly
awed with Save the Childrens
portable hand-washing demo kit
consisting of one lavatory with
faucet, a jug of water and a pedal

pump which makes the water


flow.
After the hand-washing lesson, the children proceeded to a
fun game of life-sized Snakes
and Ladders. Other educational
activities are being done through
fun mediums like arts and crafts,
music and performances.
Tom Howells, Save the Children project manager, said they
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NEWS

Vince Rama is police advisory


council chairman

City councilor Vincent Rama was elected chairman of the Ormoc


City Police Advisory Council which was organized this week.
The advisory council is a multi-sectoral group that is expected to
bridge the gap between the police and civilians and recommend
policies. Members include Regional Trial Court Judge Clinton
C. Nuevo, OIC DILG Officer Lucy Ong, Jean Justimbaste of
Pagtinabangay, Engr. Juliana Flores of the ENRO and Lalaine
M. Jimenea of the EV Mail.

Ormoc Garden Club to restore


garden, fountains at old city hall

The Ormoc Garden Club which is led by their president, former


Ormoc mayor and congresswoman Vicky Locsin, met this week
to discuss the restoration of the garden and fountains at the
old city hall. Mrs. Locsin reported to her members that the city
adminsitration welcomed their proposal and wanted it finished
before the fiesta on June 28-29. To raise funds for the project, the
Ormoc Garden Club is holding a fun run dubbed One Ormoc:
Help Restore the Citys Landmarks. Details of the run will be
released later but Mrs. Locsin promises it will be inexpensive
and inclusive to all. Since this is for our city, we should include
everybody, from the kids to the seniors, she said.

San Juan town to receive Hall of


Fame award for anti-smoking
SOUTHERN LEYTE - The local government of San Juan
will soon be awarded a Hall of Fame award this year in its efforts to consistently campaign against smoking in their town.
Department of Health Provincial Officer Letecia Tan said that
for consistently and strongly
campaigning against smoking,
the LGU of San Juan will soon
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receive its 3rd round of Red
Orchid award hence the hall
up to May 17
of fame award by the end of
this month.
She further reported that
the local governments of
Hinunangan, Pintuyan and
Libagon, all of Southern
Leyte, are all recipients of
the 2nd round of Red Orchid
awards this year in their feats
against smoking also
Tan said the awarding of
the winning LGUs will be
conducted in time as the national government observes
the World No Tobacco Day on
May 31 in Manila.
Next starting May 18
She also said that the SoCOLD LIGHT OF DAY
god Interlocal Health Zone
*Showings could change without
wants to include all the local
prior notice.
government units within the
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May 5-11, 2014

Red Alert in Brgy. Tambulilid snags two suspects


ORMOC CITY Barangay
Tambulilid, one of the citys
most populous barangays
which has also recently been
unmasked as one of Ormocs
hotspots in the illegal drug
trade, is now being watched
closely by the city policemen.
Sr. Supt. Jose Macanas, in
a phone interview, said the deployment that they did on the
afternoon of Thursday, May 8,
has already had some success.
That very evening, he said,
one armed man was arrested
on a motorcycle with no plate
number.
Then, on May 10, Saturday
in the evening at around 10:15,
a man using shabu was apprehended by the police after
a family member reported his
illegal activity.
Reports reached the Ormoc
City Police Office that the drug
trade in the said barangay has
remained unabated despite
the incident about a month
ago, when three people were
killed in a buy bust that went
sour, and a series of raids that
happened against known drug
personalities.
Despite this, the situation
has reportedly gone from bad
to worse, with shady characters
harassing barangay officials
and residents vocally opposing
the presence of illegal activities in their barangay.
The reports that reached
Macanas state that trading was
already being done in the open,
even at a house just at the back
of the barangay hall, and that
armed men on motorcycles
with no plates frequented the
village almost everyday.
Councilor Vincent Rama,
chairman of the peace and
order council, said that barangay governance has practically
collapsed in Tambulilid, with
officials in fear against known
lords in their midst.
The deployment of troops
to the village, Macanas said,
was sanctioned by the PNP
regional director who said all
efforts must be made to stop
the illegal drug trade from
proliferating in Tambulilid,
and all the villages in Ormoc
City at that.
Arrested for illegal possession of firearms, drugs
The first apprehension that
the police made after the deployment was that of Alvin
Oscar Jaro Jr. alias Abay,
married and a resident of sitio
Riverside in Brgy. Alegria. He
was driving on a motorcycle
with no plate number.
When police flagged him
down, he could not present his
Certificate of Registration. The
suspect reportedly searched for
something inside his belt bag
and police saw the handle of
what seemed to be a gun.
The cops asked to inspect
the belt bag and saw that inside was a caliber 45 and two
loaded magazines for the gun.
One had 8 live bullets and the
other 7.
The police has since filed
a complaint of violation of
Republic Act 10591 or the
Comprehensive Firearms and
Ammunitions Law against

International NGOs and Humanitarian Actors operating in Ormoc City and nearby
towns had a press conference on May 7 to report the status of their relief and recovery
work. (L-R) Romina Sta. Clara of International Organization for Migration (IOM); Chito
Katangkatang, team leader of the Community and Family Services Intl. (CFSI), Ashley
Jonathan Clements, head of the UN-OCHA sub-office; Hezekiah Abuya, field office head of
the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Reggie Aquino of Save the Children and
city councilor Pedro Godiardo Ebcas representing Mayor Edward Codilla. The activity is
part of the commemoration activities of six months after Yolanda which included a Streamer
Campaign and poster making. The day was capped with a concert at the plaza in the evening
featuring local bands and those from Manila.

Witness claims 7 cops were drinking; OCPO


director to file raps vs. gambling cop
ORMOC CITY- A witness
who suffered a gunshot
wound last April 8, 2014
from an alleged buy bust
that went wrong at an illegal
cockfight happening at Brgy.
Tambulilid, this city, says
seven of the police operatives of police station 3 were
drinking at the vicinity of
the illegal cockpit when the
shootings happened.
Abay.
Two nights later, a team
lead by SPO4 Charito Daaco
arrested one Fidel Cuizon, a
local of Brgy. Tambulilid, after
family reported him for sniffing shabu. As of press time, he
is detained at the Police Station
3 at Brgy. Linao for procedural investigation.
Red Alert
Macanas noted that putting
the village under Red Alert
status has somewhat restored
the trust of locals to the police.
He said the fact that a family has reported a member for
using shabu shows the locals
now believe that the police
is serious in curbing the drug
trade in their village. We are
serious, Macanas said, and
urged for peoples cooperation.
He said fear will bring people
nowhere. Takot kayo. Kami,
tao rin lang. Takot rin kami.
Pero kung lahat na lang tayo
matatakot, eh, wala tayong
patutunguhan diyan. Dapat,
magsama-sama tayo at ipakita
natin sa kanilang nagkakaisa
tayo, he said. (Youre afraid.
We are not exactly fearless also
but if we let fear reign in us, we
will never defeat them. Lets
show them we are together in
this fight and united against
them.)
Meanwhile, the alleged
drug lord residing in the barangay is said to have relocated,
whether temporarily or permanently, it is not known. By
Lalaine M. Jimenea

10 policemen, including
the police station chief and his
deputy, are now in the freezer
for the incident.
Based on the affidavit of
the witness, whose name is
being concealed to safeguard
him, a policeman went up the
illegal cockpit pointing his gun
at another person, shouting at
him not to run.
He said that after that, the
cop started shooting inside the
cockpit, causing a stampede.
He was among those who were
hit. He also mentions that the
first gunshot fired was still on
the ground, at the exit portion of the cockpit where the
policeman went up, but he did
not see what happened then as
his back was turned to them.
The witness later identified
the man that the cop was pursuing as the dead person found
at the foot of the stairs, one
Sim Serrano, the subject of the
alleged buy bust operations.
It was also learned that
the illegal cockpit has since
been dismantled, and that reenactment might be tricky.
For his part, Sr. Supt. Jose
Macanas said that the investigation on the incident was now
in the hands of the Northern
Leyte Criminal Investigation
and Detection Group. While
he is involved in the task
force formed to probe the in-

cident, he would rather keep


his distance to make way to an
impartial probe.
The new city director is
barely three months on the job
and the Tambulilid incident is
his baptism of fire.
Macanas, however, said
that one thing for sure that
he would do is to file administrative charges against a
policeman who was reportedly
betting at the cockfight going
on that day, even as he was
logged as on duty. What is
ironic is the same policeman
is assigned at the Ormoc City
Police Office.
He was supposed to be on
duty but he was there, betting,
Macanas said in Pilipino, and
sources said he did not do anything to help his co-policemen
when the commotion started.
He withheld the name of the
gambling cop until the appropriate complaint is filed
against him.
Macanas said he would
also be probing policemen living in the area why they were
not volunteering information
on the many illegal activities
happening nearby. You dont
stop being a policeman when
you are off duty, he said, adding that they should help in the
intelligence gathering and not
leave it to the locals.

Isabel police chief shot in Allen


ORMOC CITY The chief of police of Isabel, Leyte was
shot by another policeman early morning of May 10,
Saturday, at the town of Allen in Northern Samar, some
600 kilometers away from here.
Said to be in critical condition at the Allen District
Hospital is Ch. Insp. Randy Nicart Jongco who was reportedly shot by PO1 Greco Campanero Albetria. The victim
suffered two gun shot wounds on his left chest from Albetrias caliber 45.
The police chiefs attacker is reportedly assigned at
the San Isidro municipal police station, also here in Leyte.
Initial accounts indicate that Albetria has a grudge against
Jongco as he is reportedly facing summary dismissal of
which Jongco was hearing officer. By Paul Libres

May 5-11, 2014

People, Places & Happenings

By Jessica Agnes Yap

One of the bridesmaids and Idas


bestfriends

hen Ida Mae Larrazabal, one my best


friends in the world
asked me to be part
of her wedding entourage as a
bridesmaid, I was thrilled. I get front
row seats to what was sure to be an
amazing wedding.
I have met Garth a couple of
times and liked him, but I actually
got to know Garth over countless
conversations with Ida over Skype,
Viber and WhatsApp. I had even
taken his side on numerous occasions, when Ida would tell me about
their disagreements or tampuhan,
much to Idas disdain.
The preparation for the wedding
was a year in the making. Ida would
constantly send the bridesmaids
photos of wedding dresses, made
us listen to different songs for the
bridal march and reception entrance,
decide on the wedding colors and
finally with what hashtag to append to the photos for social media
purposes. Some of these decisions
she made on her own, or with input
from family, some with Garths help
and others she left solely up to us.
The right dress was by Cecilio Abad,
she walked down the aisle to Love
thy will be done and she and Garth
entered the reception to the tune of
The Monkees Whole Wide World.
The wedding colors were cool hues
of mint green and blush pink and the official wedding hashtag which,
unfortunately, had been left up to the bridesmaids was #idagarth4evah.
These were just among my bridesmaid duties, but I believed my biggest role was to be there and to provide moral support. This is not that
much different from being one of her best friends, a role that I really enjoy.
Having known her since we were skinny (Yes, I was skinny once) 13-year
olds, we have always been there for each other in all the significant young
adult milestones.
In the middle of these preparations, the tragedy that was Typhoon
Yolanda happened and I met Ida in Cebu who was home to coordinate relief
efforts. We shared some quiet moments and she worried for her hometown,
for her family and for the loss they had gone through. I hesitated to ask her
about her wedding, would it still be in Ormoc? And she shook her head. I
cant even think about that right now, she told me.
But a few months later, after solid rebuilding efforts that spread throughout the city, spurred by the positive spirit that her own family exuded, it was
an easy decision for Ida and Garth. The wedding was going to happen and
it would happen in Ormoc City.
More planning ensued, more decisions were finalized until eventually,
the day finally neared: May 2, 2014, Friday.
From the moment I arrived at the pier up to the days after the wedding,
I realized that so many people, especially Idas family pitched in to give
her the wedding of her dream. Food and accommodation, coordination
and planning, floral arrangements, dcor, make-up scheduling, car pickups and tons of other tiny details were thoughtfully and lovingly provided
by the Larrazabals.
Garths family was also in complete attendance. His parents Don and
Cheryl, brother Matthew and sister Erica, flew in to be part of the wedding.

My Best Friends Wedding

It was truly a touching sight to see two beautiful families becoming one
through this wedding.
The morning of the wedding, we were all giddy and excited. We
beamed as people fussed over our hair and make-up as we got ready.
We laughed and joked to put Ida at ease and made sure she didnt stress
about anything and when she finally put on the dress we exclaimed: the
bride had finally arrived.
As Ida walked down the aisle (crying, as I knew she would), my heart
swelled with joy. This is it! I thought. And like a silly girl, I mentally ran through
our moments together: bonding over 90s and 2000s alternative music, Friday afternoon movies in Ayala Center
Cebu, driving the streets of Manila,
talking about our first kisses and crying
over heart breaks, travelling together
and millions of Skype chats and calls.
And then I panicked. What was next for
us now that she was married?
Everyone knows about the father
or mother giving away the bride, but
is it possible for a best friend to give
away the bride?
I was worried, of course, and protective. They would live so far away,
and I began to wonder when I would
get to see them both. I wished, as most
of her family and friends do, that Ida
would still live in Singapore, so that
she was only a three-hour flight away.
Dubai was farther and in a different
time zone. I suddenly felt that I wasnt
ready for this wedding to happen. I
felt the need to sit Ida down and talk
logistics. But I glanced back and saw
Garths excited smile and Idas unwavering walk down the aisle (although a
teary one), I realized it doesnt matter if
Im not ready, because they are.
After the ceremony at the St. Peter
and Paul Church, we proceeded to a
lovely garden reception at Ormoc Villa
Hotel, and under colorful lanterns and
twinkly lights, we reveled in the joy and
happiness of the occasion with good
food and drinks.
It was a short and sweet program.
There were heart-warming toasts by
the brides sister and maid of honor
Madeline and the grooms brother and
best man, Matthew as well as words of
advice and wisdom from their fathers
Don Ferrier and Atty. Inaki Larrazabal
Jr. We all recounted the happy days
events through the eyes of photographer Christopher Colinares and
videographer Jeff Camay and finally,
it was time to party.
There were many memorable moments that evening, from the brides
cousins wrestling for the microphone
up on stage to Ida and Garth ending
up in the pool along with a number of
the guests. I recall thinking that this is
exactly the wedding that Ida and Garth

wanted, where they would get to celebrate with all their friends and family
the beginning of their married life, a day I know they will remember as the
happiest day of their lives.
I realize now how lucky I am to not only have front row seats to this
wedding, but to have had front row seats to Idas life. I got to see my best
friend fall in love, get married, and find not only a husband who loves and
respects her but a partner for life and I am not staying right here in these
seats, because I know the fun chapter in their lives is just about to start.

May 5-11, 2014

Lord and master of


the internet

Whitewash?
IT WAS a very hectic week. I had to hop from
one function to another, most of which were
related to post-Yolanda recovery efforts.
Time stealthily and silently crept, and by
the time we knew it, it was the sixth monthsary after Yolanda.
Six months have passed from that fateful day
when Yolanda slammed back Eastern Visayas
civilization to the 1980s scenario. Just like in
the 80s, electricity is still a much sought after
commodity now.
For two weeks now, I had been bombarded
with texts from a source in Cabingtan complaining that their sitio has been skipped by
the maintenance crew. The crew assigned to
Cabingtan led by a certain Francing claims
to have run out of meters. While the office has
confirmed the information, the texter asks when
is the next schedule? Or, he adds, is it because
they did not cough up P 200.00 per household
that their sitio was discriminated?
He said that it is not that they cannot afford
P 200.00 as grease money but P 200.00 is a
big amount in their barangay. In the city, this
could just be snack money for many, but to the
homes there, it could mean a weeks sustenance.
I have forwarded his texts to Engr. Jorda,
Leyeco V manager, whove been gracious
enough to answer it, saying he would look into
it. I hope Leyeco V will look into the matter.
Electricity is as important to people in the
barrios as it is in the city proper. As for the allegations of grease money, these claims persist
even if people have been warned not to dole
out. It is a give and take situation really: There
will always be takers when there will be givers.
rrr

In one of this weeks sorties, I came across


the information that a mountain barangay is
again controlled by dissidents. Di na lang
magsaba ang mga tawo, Maam, said my
source, pero kusog didto. Their presence is
also felt in other mountain barangays, I learned.
I would not be surprised. Some people in
the higher ups hereabouts are known to be
friendly to these elements. Maybe they find
refuge in these barrios. To these higher ups,
it also helps to have friends in the ranks of the
rebels. They can help during the elections.
Sometimes I wonder if these people are really
rebels with a cause or just plain goons.
rrr

Build Back Better are also three words


that have been abused after Yolanda. I read
an interesting article from the governments
official gazette about Ping Lacson mentioning
that even despite being hit by the typhoon, he
has learned of LGUs who are still trying to get
a cut from the Rehabilitation After Yolanda
(RAY) funds.
An engineer also informed me that this
Build Back Better would remain a myth
until national government makes sure that the
specifications on the rehabilitation of government buildings are followed strictly.
He said that sometimes, the specs on the
paper and on the as built are so vastly different. On the plans, he said, the building specs
see

VIEW FROM ORMOC


p. 6

The other craft


COMMENT TO our column No Round
Two cascaded in. This reported razing of
trees in Cebu City and Bohols protected
timberland by construction firms which,
when exposed, washed their hands.
The issue is nationwide. In Los Baos, scientists flayed razing of kapok and other trees
due to a road widening that traverses Mount
Makiling. Pangasinan officials balked at cutting
of 1,829 trees along MacArthur highway. Cutting of 30-year-old narra, mahogany, ilang-ilang
at Mindanao State University at Naawan lit a
controversy that sizzles to this day.
Unlike previous hand wringing, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
this time, sued. It lodged charges of fracturing
PD No. 953, which penalizes unauthorized
damaging of trees. Sued were WT Construction
officers in Cebu, along with Dagohoy Mayor
Sofronio Apat and Shine Ford Construction
in Bohol.
Religious and civic leaders urged President
Benigno Aquino to step in with a comprehensive
probe. Petitioners included Bishop Broderick
Pabillo of the Catholic Bishops Conference
of the Philippines; Fr. Joel Tabora, Ateneo de
Davao University president to Antonio Claparols, president of the Ecological Society of the
Philippines.
There is Round Two for environmental
destruction, Mang Teban emailed. Nature hits
back. Expect natural calamities to strike soon at
those places where trees have been sawed off....
due to graft in agencies...Thereve been people
who resisted but often at danger to their lives.
Remember environmentalist lawyer Gerry
Ortega? He was slain by assassins advocating a stop to illegal logging in Palawan. The
mastermind(s) still havent been tracked down.
Prompt justice is essential for society to survive,
including environmental crises.
This saga of unending corruption seemed
tedious, until I discovered, in the Australian
press, that theres heaps of corruption there
too, emailed Walter Paul Komarnicki . In New
South Wales, premier Barry OFarrell had to
resign when he couldnt remember getting a
$3,000 bottle of wine. He was followed by the
police minister, and three others. There is no
end in sight. Who knows how many other will
be forced out of office by the biggest case of
conflict-of-interest corruption in all of Australian history?

There is a vast difference between Australia


and the Philippines in pervasiveness of corruption, and the cultural attitudes to it, Edgar
Lores emailed. The NSW premier immediately
stepped down when he was accused of not being able to recall being gifted with a $3,000
bottle of wine.
What about our senators? They are accused,
not of being gifted with bottles of wine, mind
you, but stealing hundreds of millions. The
equivalent is 1,591.666 bottles of wine for
Senator Jinggoy Estrada, 2,766.666 bottles
for Juan Ponce Enrile, and 3,441.666 bottles
for Bong Revilla. Have they stepped down?
No. Have they even offered to step aside while
being investigated? No.
Kapayapaan agreed that fear is being instilled in crooks today by women Ombudsman Morales, COAs Pulido-Tan, Justice Secretary De Lima, to Bureau of Internal Revenues
Kim Henaresand before them, by Presidential
Commission on Good Governments Haydee
Yorac and Corazon Aquino. Tienen cojones is
the irreverent josh. They have balls.
What a better way of saying our elected
leaders have no more balls at all to condemn
those who are unashamedly stealing the public
funds! They have become eunuchs of morality
in the public service. What are left are their
boladas and borlas so demeaning to be
called honorable.
Ah, the power of women, Tadsalo emailed.
. We have been waiting for them for so long to
finally slay the corrupt men in our midst. By the
way, it is also women who are made to commit
the sins of men by using them as tools. It is
also the same women who bring the downfall
of these crooks.
If you cant lick em, join em is the
principle observed by our solons since time
immemorial, wrote Buninay. Senator Sonny
Trillanes is vociferous against corruption but
soft-hearted when his colleagues in the senate
are the ones involved. He proposed hospital
arrest for Enrile.
The old boys club mentality is deeply rooted
everywhere...and overshadows all codes to curb
sleaze. We ought to be thankful to the ladies

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LALAINE MARCOS-JIMENEA
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

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THIS IS what we ought to be. As much as


possible we should avoid becoming slaves
of the Internet, helplessly dependent on it,
totally at its mercy, already losing effective
dominion over our instincts, passions and our
other weaknesses that this new technology
can mindlessly if sweetly stimulate all the
way to our destruction.
This is now a major concern, since even a
cursory look around can yield abundant pieces
of evidence of men and women, boys and girls,
young and old, healthy and sick, completely
blown away by the dizzying freefall of its deceptive beauty and usefulness.
One can see a sharp rise of couch potatoes,
tied to laziness, idleness and complacency,
swallowed up in a sinkhole of inanities and
trivialities, willing victims of the urges of pride
and vanity, self-seeking and self-assertion, lust
and greed.
There is some kind of addiction afflicting
many of the people. Many are practically defenceless and clueless to the tricks and traps of
the Internet. In its wake are left the debris of
disorder, anguish, frustrations, conflicts, etc.
To be sure, this new technology gives us
a lot of advantages. For these, we have to be
very thankful. But we should not forget that
these good things always come with a price,
and in fact, a high price, because if misused
and abused, they can spoil us into a rotten pulp
much more than what illicit drugs can cause. It
can be a Trojan horse.
The harm inflicted by its misuse is of the
spiritual type, not just of the body. And if we
believe that the spirit is the one that in the end
gives life to the body, so once it is impaired if
not rendered practically dead, then the body
actually suffers tremendously, irrespective of
how good and healthy it may look based on the
appearance alone.
We have to ring the alarm and warn everyone of this present and clear danger. More than
this, we have to set about teaching and helping
everyone on how to use the Internet properly.
I believe this is an issue that cannot be
handled by giving out platitudes alone or occasional reminders, etc. It has to be taken like
the bull by the horns. We should not take it for
granted, or lightly. This is a very serious issue
that affects all of us irrespective of our political
colors or socio-cultural conditions.
The aim is to equip everyone adequately by
clarifying the true nature of freedom and how
it can be lived properly with respect to the use
of the Internet. All things are lawful for me,
but not all things are helpful, St. Paul warns.
(1 Cor 6,12) All things are lawful for me, but
I will not be enslaved by anything.
Alas, not many realize the wisdom of this
truth of faith. For many, freedom is, as they
say, what comes naturally, that is, what their
passions, feelings, curiosities, etc., urge them.
We need to disabuse ourselves of this false
and dangerous understanding of freedom. More
than that, we need to acquire the appropriate
attitude and skills to live the true nature of
freedom and its consequences.

JOSE SANRO C. JIMENEA


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Administrative Assistants
ELVIRA MARTINITO
& ROSENDA CELIZ (Ormoc Office)
Authorized Representatives:
ARSENIA BENDO (Calbayog City)
EMILY ABAD/AIREEN ARONDAIN
(Biliran) KAREN ANN H. SABIO
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NILO BORDIOS (Borongan City)

May 5-11, 2014

The much
ballyhooed elastic
list
THE MUCH publicized pork barrel fund
has been hogging the headlines of newspapers ever since Chief Justice Coronas
premature impeachment.
This corner dates back this pork barrel fund
(labelled PDAF or Presidential Development
Assistance Fund by then Pres. Erap) to the time
when the President was then Elpidio Quirino.
It became more pronounced because Pres. PNoy was giving out to the Senators additional
pork barrel worth P50 million to each of them
(perhaps as an incentive?). Maybe, this was
because the Senate compose the Impeachment
Court. If we go over the whole trial, the only
fault that Corona made was his non-disclosure
of his dollar accounts in his SALN (Statement
of Assets, Liabilities & Net Worth). This particular oversight may have been the reason why
the Senate became blinded and subsequently
removed poor Corona from the SC bench. There
is even a plan to have him disbarred.
Why was Pres. P-Noy so keen to have
Corona removed? There was a comment that it
may have been because Corona signed the SC
decision to approve the report to have Hacienda
Luisita distributed to the tenants. By removing
him from office, there will be a vacancy in the
Supreme Court which was eyed by Pres. P-Noy
for his candidate. We all know that this led to the
appointment of the first-ever woman Chief Justice (Sereno). This position will be held by her
for a long time because she is still quite young.
When the scam came out about the misuse
of the pork barrel fund which led to the arrest of
Ms Janet Lim-Napoles as the main author, there
came a loud outcry which can be heard up to
this writing. How come there was talk that she
insisted to give up personally to the President?
And how come the President accommodated
her and agreed to pick her up? When the daily
papers came out howling about Napoles having
a 5-hour session with Sec. Leila de Lima and
submitted her affidavit, this raised the quizzical
eyebrows of a lot of people. How come Justice
Secretary de Lima will first have the paper
verified? An affidavit is a public document.
What is there for it to be verified? Could it be
because it includes some government people?
And if so, can the Justice Secretary make some
necessary changes?
If Napoles signed her affidavit, the said
document can stand on its own. There was talk
that some administration Senators are in the list
and some Cabinet members also. Some of the

The Gospel on Sunday


MAY 18, 2014
5th SUNDAY OF EASTER
John 14: 1 - 12
Let not your hearts be troubled; believe
in God, believe also in me. In my Fathers
house are many rooms; if it were not so,
would I have told you that I go to prepare a
place for you? And when I go and prepare
a place for you, I will come again and will
take you to myself, that where I am you
may be also. And you know the way where
I am going.
Thomas said to him, Lord, we do not
know where you are going; how can we
know the way?

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8:00 am to 6:00 pm for all unredeemed articles pawned in
this establishment for the month of NOVEMBER, 2013,.
Patrons are requested to verify their receipts.

MANAGEMENT
PAHIBALO
Kining maong ahensiya magahimo ug subasta sa
alas 8:00 am hangtud 6:00 pm sa ABRIL 18, 2014 sa mga
pinerenda nga wala malukat sa buwan sa NOBYEMBRE,
2013. Gihangyo ang mga suki sa pagsusi sa ilang mga resibo.

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For beautys sake

names can be more startling. It is this list that


this corner would love to get hold of. It is also
note-worthy that there is a loud silence of those
administration friendsinvolved. Can it be that
the list is very volatile? If there is a tendency
to make some changes, there is an element
of complicity that will definitely make plenty
of noise. What is then the stand of the administration on the avowed policy of matuwid na
daan? Is it then a matter of who is in power?
This corner remebers the then famous words of
then Sen. Jose Avelino on what are we in power
for; we are no angels?
The list in the affidavit of Napoles should
be revealed to all and sundry. Let the buck
stop where it must stop. This is also the stand
of Sen. Serge Osmea. Moreover, Sen. Ping
Lacson, the Rehab Czar, has also the same
list furnished by the husband of Janet Napoles.
This reality could be food for thought for Sec.
De Lima
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This corner is happy with the latest development of the cadet who was dismissed before
graduating from the PMA. Cadet Cudia, who
was class Salutaturian, must have been stunned
when the Commission on Human Rights under
Ms Etta Rosales, came out with the strong recommendation to have the whole committee of
9 peers that tried him to be removed from office
for human rights violation.
No doubt their sentence to dismiss Cudia
was too harsh. Imagine: he was made to go
back to fourth year high school and start all over
again. This is ruthless! This is inhuman! We
are going back to the 18th Century! There was
even another view to have him reimburse the
government for what was spent for his military
schooling. Something is wrong somewhere. If
the parents filed an appeal with the SC, their appeal may have been granted. It must have been
quite a reprieve for him to be able to graduate
after all. It does not matter that he was not included in the graduation proper; that is just like
an icing in the cake. Kudos to you Lt. Cudia!
The voting by secret ballot came out
with one dissenting vote. The rule calls for a
unanimous decision. Therefore, the Committee violated their own rule. The administration
may have had a hand to change the verdict of 8
to 1 to 9 to 0. This was a clear violation of the
secret balloting.
Jesus said to him, I am the way, and
the truth, and the life; no one comes to the
Father, but by me. If you had known me, you
would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him.
Philip said to him, Lord, show us the
Father, and we shall be satisfied.
Jesus said to him, Have I been with
you so long, and yet you do not know me,
Philip? He who has seen me has seen the
Father; how can you say, `Show us the
Father? Do you not believe that I am in the
Father and the Father in me? The words
that I say to you I do not speak on my own
authority; but the Father who dwells in me
does his works. Believe me that I am in the
Father and the Father in me; or else believe
me for the sake of the works themselves.
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes
in me will also do the works that I do; and
greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.

If people destroy something


replaceable made by mankind,
they are called vandals; if they
destroy something irreplaceable made by God, they are
called developers.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

IN MANY BEAUTY pageants, it does not


constitute a disqualification if a contestant
has undergone beauty enhancement through
a medical procedure of some sort. Besides,
who will the organizers call to testify about
it? But it is not only aspiring beauty queens
who are into it.
In Asia, millions go under the knife each
year to become beautiful. Countries like South
Korea, Taiwan and Japan put a social and
workplace premium on appearance, causing
citizens to seek medical help in order to achieve
the slim jawline, double eyelids, and straight
nose desired by them. These three Asian nations all made it into the latest study of the top
10 most plastic-surgery dependent countries in
the world.
In Seoul (South Korea) alone, one in five
women underwent cosmetic surgery in 2012.
And two years earlier, it was estimated that more
than 5.8 million procedures were performed
across Asia. Research showing improved economic opportunities for those deemed attractive
has triggered this rise. Even pre-teen children
are undergoing these procedures.
The desire to have a specific look is not
just an issue for South Korean and Japanese
women. Many Asian-Americans cite pressure to
conform to Western beauty standards as a reason
to alter their natural appearance. Between 2005
and 2010, the number of Asian-Americans who
had cosmetic procedures nearly doubled.
But these procedures are both costly and
invasive. As an alternative to plastic surgery,
some people, primarily teens, are now turning to
a low-tech solution: torturous-looking products
that claim to mold the users features into the
ideal standard of beauty.
There have been reports that teenagers have

inflicted damage on themselves by using the


face-shaping gadgets, and interviews with users found they experienced bruising and pain.
These kinds of devices usually make claims
that have no basis in studies or scientific fact. At
the very best, you end up completely wasting
your money. At the very worst, you can injure
yourself resulting in infections, permanent
scars, or other irreversible facial deformities.
A few of the more bizarre products, and the
results they claim to achieve, include face slimmer, scalp stretcher, nose slimmer, anti-aging
mask, and smile trainer.
For those adverse to surgery, for example,
the scalp stretcher is just a ribbon clip that
pulls your face taut from above the ears in
what it claims is an instant facelift. Hook it
on every day, pull your hair over it, and the
wrinkles around your cheeks and eyes are said
to disappear.
In some parts of Asia, a rounded nose is
considered less ideal than a straight, pointed
one, and surgery-free products are flooding the
market. One of these clips inside your nostrils to
push up the bones and contours of your nose,
slimming it. Some are meant to be worn as you
sleep, like this seemingly suffocating clip and
this metallic clamp.
And for a nose lift, a buzzing maroon gadget
is inserted into your nostrils and plastic legs
press into the bottom, sides, and bridge of your
nose. Three-minute-per-day vibrations claim to
shape the nose into a straighter, higher version
of the nose you currently have.
Business on those gadgets is reportedly
booming. You know what they say: Theres a
sucker born every minute.

Bitter harvest from a noble cause


By ROBERT S. ZEIGLER
NORM BORLAUG had no illusions that the
Green Revolution was anything other than a
means to buy the world time.
Time to get our house in order to stabilize
our populations, generate the knowledge that
would allow us to support ourselves without
destroying the environment, and enable most
people to live in dignity.
The expectation, he told me in several
conversations in the early 2000s, was that we
as societies would take up the new knowledge
and use it wisely.
As an intellectual direct descendant of the
architects of the Green Revolution, it is heartbreaking to see their noble endeavors attacked
by people claiming to defend the environment
and the interests of the poor. I know that, if
we continue to listen to the shrill cries of antitechnology zealots, we will be distracted from
taking on and solving the most serious problems
that face us and our grandchildren.
Like many of my colleagues, I came to agriculture via the environmental movement. My
university readings included Rachel Carson,
Aldo Leopold, Muir, Thoreau, the Whole Earth
Catalog and, perhaps most importantly, Paul
Ehrlich and the Paddock brothers, whose bestselling books predicted mass starvation in Asia.
Being part of the organization of the first
Earth Day (April 22, 1970) at the university
was key, as was a sense of social justice. My
mothers side of the family dug themselves to
their deaths mining the coal seams of western
Pennsylvania. That, together with the war in
Vietnam and the global social upheaval of the
1960s, instilled a healthy distrust for authority and big business, and a knee-jerk response
whenever possible to stick it to the man.
As a Peace Corps volunteer in Zare (now
known as Democratic Republic of the Congo),
I saw close-up the havoc unleashed by an
epidemic in the cassava crop. I witnessed the
ecological destruction as villagers desperately
slashed and burned swaths of tropical forest
to meet immediate food needs. I was prepar-

ing myself for a career in plant ecology, but


the misery caused by crop diseases was clear.
They could be triggered by human mistakes and
ecological disruptions, but they could also be
tackled through human ingenuity and science.
I made contact with the only person in
the U.S. I could locate with an interest in cassava diseases, Professor H. David Thurston at
Cornell University. He was a contemporary
and close colleague of both Borlaug and Peter
Jennings who developed the first semi-dwarf
rice varieties that launched the other half of the
Green Revolution. Dave opened the door for me
to international agricultural research. He also regaled me with endless tales of the personalities
who, trudging their way through small farmers
fields in the 1950s and 1960s with funding from
the Rockefeller Foundation, strove to transform
the lives of desperately poor farmers.
All these greats had something in common
a fire in the belly to try to make a mockery
of the doomsday predictions of Ehrlich (The
Population Bomb) and the Paddock brothers
(Famine 1975). The flaw in these predictions
was obvious to me, even as a student. They
assumed that the future would be like the past.
The role of science was precisely to make
the future different from the past.
By the late 1970s and early 1980s, the
shortcomings of the early phase of the Green
Revolution were becoming clear.
The most serious were the overuse of pesticides and fertilizer, and the inevitable transformations of the rural sector, where many, many
gained but some, especially those in marginal
environments, lost out.
A backlash began among leftist academics
who viewed the Green Revolution as a way
for capitalist governments and multinational
corporations to subjugate small farmers. This
view was helped by the fact that some oppressive West-leaning governments were avid
champions of the Green Revolution.
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DR. ZEIGLER

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NEWS

VIEW FROM ORMOC ... from P. 4

INAKI ... from P. 1

are so written that one could be building a fortress. Since the


specs need more steel, more cement, these are scrimped on the
actual construction that is why the steel bars used are thin and
not standard. This is where the dough is cut. He said the cost
cutting is done on areas which cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Which reminds me of the Ormoc City Plaza. A bulk of the
9-million went to works that could not be seen by the eye.
Engineers said the plaza had a concrete lining that was not in
the original plan, etcetera.
Anyway, I believe the engineer. Right in front our house is a
spanking, new government building. Its design is supposed to be
typhoon proof with a parapet to protect the roof from getting
blown off. Unfortunately, not only the roof was blown off but
the parapet crumbled. Why? Because the steel bars I see sticking
out are just thicker than my little finger. Weh?

that he was one of those


who availed of a loan from
the corruption-tainted fund,
he said records will bear
him out that maybe I am
the only one who has been
paying off my loan.
In a letter to the editor
to the PDI which has yet to
be published as of presstime, Junior Aki said,
At the onset, I admit that I
availed of an ACEF loan for
one of my poultry projects
in Ormoc City. However,
I wish to emphasize that
I do not appreciate how I
was portrayed in the article. My concern is that I

May 5-11, 2014

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Still related to Build Back Better, another friend who has


stocked up on hardwood lumber fallen after the typhoon said
some NGOs who have financed the reconstruction of schools
should see to it that the wood used as trusses to these buildings
are the good kind.
He said that contractors, to make more profit, are buying
low-grade or soft lumber which will easily give way to the
wind in another typhoon even less stronger than Yolanda. Maybe
these NGOs should get a forester to verify what kind of wood
their contractors are using, eh?
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In still another function, I heard of one UN-OCHA meeting


held at the Sabin Resort Hotel just a month or two after Yolanda.
Accordingly, a tall, slim, dark man with a mustache rendered the
report for Ormoc.
My informant, who comes from another town, and who
said he had to come to Ormoc almost daily to get supplies, said
Ormocs report was shot down by an NGO representative as
being full of butbot.
The report, accordingly, was glowing. It bespoke of Ormocs immediate rising up from Yolanda, about its streets being
cleared in just a few days and more. The NGO representative
could not take it anymore and said his piece. Hmmmm.
I remember the day or two before P-Noy visited the city.
I remembered trucks and heavy equipment helping clear the
streets. They sported Bangon Ormoc on their windshields.
That would have been around 8 days after the typhoon. Other
LGUs like Albuera and Palompon had already cleared up their
streets in three days, but our streets were still debris filled then.
P-Noy, who saw these trucks with the Bangon Ormoc
plastered on their windshields, gave glowing praises about how
a united people could make a difference. The next day or two,
those trucks and heavy equipment vanished. The Presidents
visit was over anyway. After that, there were still streets that
badly needed clearing.
I grew up in Tacloban during the Marcos years. I remember
the time when Imelda ordered all the old and decrepit houses
along Real Street painted with white or green, courtesy of the
Philippine government. This would have been in 1974, when Ms
Universe contestants were paraded around. It was martial law
and to say no had its price. Luckily for those who did not want
their house painted, the white and green paints were carburo
or paint powder mixed in water. It easily washed off. That was
my first brush with whitewash, the real thing.
What P-Noy saw during his visit was another kind of whitewash, he-he.
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Now, it still irritates me to see spaghetti hanging from electric posts. I met Engr. Domardoni Cayanong on the stairs of the
city hall this week, and I asked him about it. He said they are just
cleaning up what they could but cannot enforce the resolution
espoused by Atty. Mariano Corro during the full council meeting of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council
held on February 15, yet. The reason? He still has not copy of
it. Who is tasked to prepare it, he said he does not know. Uh-uh.

Deed of Sale
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that CARMELITA T. ARRADAZA, JOERGEN T. ARRADAZA,
JR., GAY ARRADAZA BALLAIS, DARYL T. ARRADAZA and JAVIER T. ARRADAZA are the
lawful co-owners of that certain motor vehicle, more particularly described as follows, to wit:
Make- Nissan Vanette; Type of Body- Van; Engine No. Z20-900296X; Chassis No. 59ZWRL22865756; Plate No.- GGP475; CR No. 2833912-4 was sold in favor of ROMEO J. CATINGUB, JR.
per Doc. No. 341; Page No. 69; Book No. III; Series of 2014 of Notary Public Jorge L. Dagandan.
EV Mail May 5-11, 12-18, & 19-25, 2014
LEGAL NOTICE
Notice of Extrajudicial Settlement of the Estate of Deceased SPOUSES ALBERTO CADELIA, SR., and EDURNE AGUIRRE, Among Heirs With Deed of Absolute Sale, covering a
parcel of land known as Lot No. 1- C containing an area of TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND TWO
HUNDRED (28,200) square meters, under TCT No. T-28517 located at Tugbong Kananga, Leyte,
before Notary Public Melanio G. Fernandez per Doc. NO. 1066, Page No. 9, Book No. III, Series
of 2014, Dated May 8, 2014. EV Mail May 5-11, 12- 18, & 19-25, 2014
Extrajudicial Settlement and Partition with Sale
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the properties of the late SPS. GALICANO OTOME and
EMETERIA CABACOY re parcels of land Lot 2734-A, Psd-69251, containing an area of 11,211 sq.m.
covered by TCT No. 6673 situated in Barrios Patag and Boroc ; Lot 2734-E, Psd-69251, containing
an area of 72,116 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 6673; Cad Lot 1482-L, situated in Concepcion St.
Brgy. Can-adieng, Ormoc city, containing an area of 96 sq. m. covered by TD No. 00016-000263;
and one(1) unit residential house erected on Cad Lot 1482-L were settled and partitioned among
their heirs and 32 sq.m. of parcel III- Lot Cad Lot 1482-L sold in favor of JOSE EMMANUEL O.
APARECE, EXEQUIEL O. APARECE and SOFIA SALOME O. APARECE per Doc. No. 477; Page
NO. 96; Book No. XXX; Series of 2013 of Notary Public Aleah Rafel G. Bataan Tolibao. EV Mail
May 5-11, 12 18, & 19- 25, 2014
Extra Judicial Settlement with Sale
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the properties of the late SPS. MARCOS PILAPIL and
ANACORITA ARCELO re parcels of land Lot 95, situated Brgy. Benolho, Albuera, Leyte, containing an area of 23,142 sq. m. covered by TCT No. T-2520; and Lot 97-E, Psd-08-002009, situated in
barrio Sherwood, Albuera, Leyte , containing area of 35,812 sq.m. covered under TCT No. T-7788
were settled among their heirs and sold in favor of ADAM JOHN MITCHELL and JUSTIN BELL
MITCHELL per Doc. No. 07; Page No. 02; Book No. XIV; Series of 2011 of Notary Public Ari G.
Larrazabal. EV Mail April 28- May 4, 5-11& 12-18, 2014

was lumped together with


politicians who got ACEF
loans. It is noteworthy that
my name was the only one
there without any government title/position prefixed
to it. The flimsy description
that I belonged to a political
clan was enough for me to
be included in this dubious
company.
Furthermore, he said,
he had been religiously
paying his loan per amortization schedule. Larrazabal
got a P 14.68-million, more
than 50 percent which he
has already repaid. The
loan was collateral and in-

WEATHER ... from P. 1


UnionBank and mminternational (formerly MeteoMedia), Europes largest
weather service provider.
He said the automated
weather stations aims to
deliver critical and accurate
localized weather information which could readily be
available from their website
www.weather.com.ph.
He said they recognize
how expensive typhoons
are to the Philippine economy and aims that with a
pro-active and pre-emptive
solution, the costs are cut.
He said annually, typhoons
cost the country P 9-billion in damages and Super
Typhoon Yolanda, said to
be the worlds strongest,
crippled the country with
a staggering P 30.8-billion
loss.
We are not here to
compete with PAG-ASA or
Project Noah, he said, but
rather to complement their
systems. The automated
weather stations, he said,
are capable of determining temperature, pressure,
humidity, wind speed and
direction, solar radiation
and rain locally. Localized
weather data is then processed to provide the localized weather forecasts.
In Tacloban, he said,
their automated weather
station weathered Yolanda
until the time the post it was
attached to was toppled. Its
last reading for wind speed

was 340 kph.


The weather stations
are easy to maintain and
solar powered, it was further learned. It transmits its
readings every ten minutes
to a central server via SMS
or GPRS. Globe Telecom, it
was learned, donated 400
SIM cards for the weather
stations with unlimited
SMS.
By the end of 2014, Caballero added, they aim to
rollout 1,000 of the weather
stations in various locations.
Ms Amor Maclang, on
the other hand, said she
was in the rollout to help
the mayors of the various
LGUs in Leyte recover
from Yolandas devastation.
A crisis management
expert, Maclang said there
were vast investment opportunities with WPFs
partners that were ready to
be tapped, albeit the LGUs
have to package themselves
as ready for it. She said the
bad news have to stop, and
the good news highlighted.
Maclang heaped praises on Mayor Ramon Oate
of Palompon for portraying
his towns fast recovery
and regaining the worlds
attention to Kalanggaman
Island.
She also urged the mayors to tap their youth to
engage in the global reach
of social media.

MERCADO ... from P. 4


Carpio Morales, De Lima, Kim Henares et al - who waged
war against corrupt practices. Tadsalao chimes in: Yeah, finally.
Makes me wonder if Gloria really is a guy in drag.
Hes a 90-year-old man; in an ordinary jail, Enriles medical
needs may not be met, Jane Tan quotes Trillanes. Why does
Trillanes not fret over innocent people who havent done anything (and are likely to be victims of pork thieves) whose medical
needs are not being met.
If Trillianes is so worried about Enriles health, then why not
offer to swap places with him while awaiting for the trial?, Joe
Blogs counter-proposed. And when Enrile is found guilty,. if
Trillianes is still worried... then maybe he could persuade Enriles
son Jack to serve the sentence. Sins of the fathers are visited
on their sons, the Bible says, if I remember right.
We accord moral failures mercy before justice is done,
Anong said. No wonder the multiplier effect on the would-be
plunderers is enormous that, we, as a nation, cannot extricate
ourselves from the abyss of poverty and corruption. Trillianes
-- so young...so clueless!
That is the reason why I strong believe that the system
of government and justice has to be changed, Frank de Leon
adds. The current system and political and social culture help
perpetuate corruption. Something drastic has to be done. Risks
have to be taken.

terest-free, albeit there was


a required corresponding
equity from them, he said.
Yes, he said, he has
problems how to repay the
loan after Yolanda struck,
but the records would show
that his last payment was
made on September, 2013.
In fact, he added, he
even recently got a letter
from former Department
of Agriculture regional director Leo Caeda, who is
now head of the ACEF National Technical Secretariat,
commending him for his
repayment record.
The letter was dated
just last February 18, 2014,
in response to a query from

him on what relief the DA


could give him since Yolanda struck. Junior Aki
said he used the loan to
construct and operate his
poultry and Yolanda has
totally destroyed it.
In his letter, former DA
regional director Caeda
noted that his project is
one of the most successfully implemented (from
ACEF), as indicated by
your excellent and truly
commendable repayment
record among others. This,
all the more, reinforces the
urgency of providing relief
measures to situations such
as what you are currently
facing.

DEPED ... from P. 1


are supporting programs
for educating the children
in Yolanda-affected areas
where they are operating
because a survey that they
did showed it was the biggest concern for the young
people.
The children we consulted are telling us that
education is their highest
priority. They are concerned
that, due to effects of the
typhoon, education is being
de-prioritized and they may
not be able to continue to
go to school. We are working closely with DepEd to
support the rebuilding of
schools, replace damaged
equipment, and train teachers to ensure children are

able to access the education


they deserve, Howells
added.
Save the Children has
been working in the Philippines since 1982 and was
one of the first international
humanitarian agencies on
the ground when Typhoon
Yolanda hit. It is now the
largest aid agency in some
of the worst hit areas. Save
the Childrens response
reached over 350,000 people
with essential aid including
food, shelter, medicines,
and hygiene items. They
are also working to keep
children safe and to make
sure they can continue their
education.

FR. ROY ... from P. 4


A basic requirement for this is faith in God that is nourished
through prayer, sacrifice or self-discipline, study of the doctrine
of our faith, especially with respect to morality, recourse to the
sacraments which are the ordinary channels of Gods grace,
lifelong development of virtues, and the art of spiritual or interior
struggle and warfare.
Theres always a great and indispensable need for us to grow
and mature spiritually. Now is the time to realize more deeply
that this particular need has to be attended to first of all and always, and never to be sacrificed in exchange of some immediate,
practical but very perishable benefits that the Internet and other
worldly things can give us.
We need to develop our spiritual or interior life, nourishing
it always with the truths of our faith and the many and endless
acts of hope and charity. Only in this way can we have dominion
and mastery over our earthly affairs.
For some practical guidelines, it might be helpful to determine
and limit our time of going to the Internet. Lets avoid going to
it at the instance of our whims. Definitely, it should be made to
compete with our time for meals, family gatherings, work, and
especially our prayers and other spiritual activities.
We need to practice temperance, restraint and moderation
always. We have to keep close guarding of our senses, both the
external and internal. Email: roycimagala@gmail.com

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Republic of the Philippines


REGIONAL TRIAL COURT
8th Judicial Region
BRANCH 15
Hall of Justice, Burauen, Leyte
SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS CASE NO. 14-04-192
FOR:
ADOPTION WITH PRAYER FOR CHANGE OF
NAME OF CHILD TO BE ADOPTED
IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION FOR ADOPTION OF MINOR MA. PAOLA A. ANTOYA WITH
PRAYER FOR CHANGE OF NAME FROM MA.
PAOLA MAE A ANTOYA TO MA. PAOLA MAE
ANTOYA NOETH,
SPOUSES MYRLA A. ANTOYA-NOETH and
LEONARD NOETH
Petitioner,
x--------------------x
ORDER
Before this court is a verified petition filed by
herein petitioners prayer that after due notice, publication and hearing, judgment be rendered declaring
the minor MA. PAOLA MAE A. ANTOYA as adopted
child of petitioners, that she be freed from all legal
obligation of obedience and loyalty with respect to
her natural parents; that she be allowed to carry the
surname of petitioners, and that she be declared for
all legal intents and purposes, the child of herein
petitioners.
Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and
substance let the initial hearing of this case be set on
MAY 29, 2014 at 8:30 oclock in the morning at the
Regional Trial Court, Branch 15, Burauen, Leyte at
which date, time and place all interested persons may
appear and show cause why this petition should not
be granted.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development through the Adoption Resource and Referral
Unit, Field Office VIII, Tacloban City is hereby directed

UN ... from P. 10
launched cash-for-work and
emergency employment since
November. More than 115,000
persons have benefitted shortterm jobs and livelihood projects
Currently, the major livelihood recovery project is the
alternative income-generating
activities for coconut farmers
and replacement of destroyed
fishing gears and boats.

NEWS

May 5-11, 2014

to prepare and submit the Child Study Report on the


Adoptee as well as her biological parents and the
Home Study Report on the prospective adopting parents to be submitted within thirty (30) days counted
from receipt of this Order.
Let this Order be published at the expense of the
petitioner once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks
before the hearing in a court- accredited newspaper of
general circulation in the Province of Leyte.
Let a copy of this Order and the petition be furnished the petitioners, their counsel, the Local Civil
Registrar of Burauen, Leyte, the Solicitor General of
the Philippines, the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, and the Chief, Department of Social Welfare and
Development, Adoption Resources and Referral Unit,
Field Office No. VIII, Tacloban City.
SO ORDERED.
Hall of Justice, Burauen, Leyte, April 24, 2014.
(Sgd.) YOLANDA U. DAGANDAN
Executive Judge
EV Mail April 28- May 4, 5- 11, & 12-18, 2014
Republic of the Philippines
Local/Civil Registry Office
Province: Leyte
City/Municipality: Palompon
Republic of the Philippines)
Province of Leyte )SS
Petition NO. CCE-0025-2014
RA 10172
PETITION FOR CORRECTION
OF CLERICAL ERROR
IN THE CERTIFICATE OF LIVE
BIRTH
I, RIZZA CONSUS PILAPIL, of legal age, Filipino and
a resident of Brgy. Guiwan II,
Palompon, Leyte. After having
been duly sworn to in accordance
with law, hereby declare that:
1)
I am the petitioner
seeking correction of the clerical
error in:
The certificate of live birth
of Edgardo V. Delgado Who is

my uncle
2)
He was born on
January 5, 1958 at Palompon,
Leyte, Philippines,
3)
The birth was recorded under registry number 799
4)
The clerical error (s)
to be corrected is (are):
Item No.
Description
From
To
Date of Birth
Date of Birth
January 5, 1958 September 25, 1958
5)
The facts/ reasons
for filling this petition are the
following:
For error No. 1: To correct
my uncles date of birth which
was erroneously recorded in
his birth certificate so as to conform with all his other pertinent
records.

6)
I submit the following documents to support this
petition.
a)
LCR Form No. 1A
(SECPA) LCR Form No. 1A (Office File)
b)
Special Power of
Attorney / Certificate of Baptism
c)
Elementary School
permanent Record/ NBI Clearance / Police Clearance
d)
Employer s Certification/ Medical Certificate/
Passport/ ID Cards
e)
PhilHealth Member
Date Record/Marriage Contract/
Birth & Baptismal Certificate of
my uncles & wife
7)
I have/ He/ She
has filled any similar petition and
that, to the best of my knowledge,
no other similar petition pending
with any LCRO, Court or Philippine Consulate.
8)
I am filing this petition at the LCRO of Palompon,
Leyte in accordance with R.A.
9048/R.A. 10172 and its Implementing rules and regulation.
(Sgd.) RIZZA C. PILAPIL
Petitioner
VERIFICATION
I, RIZZA C. PILAPIL, the
petitioner, Hereby certify that
the allegations herein are true
and correct to the best of my
knowledge and belief.
(Sgd.) RIZZA C. PILAPIL
Petitioner
SUBSCRIBED AND
SWORN to before me this 2nd
day of May, 2014 in the City/
municipality of Palompon, Leyte,
petitioner exhibits in Community
Tax Certificate No. 09814802 issued at Palompon, Leyte on
April 25, 2014
(Sgd.) CARMELITA G.
LODOVICA
Municipal Civil Registrar
Administering Officer
EV Mail May 5-11, & 12 18, 2014

NBI ... from P. 10


Aside from shelter and
livelihood, UN and affiliated
organizations have been carrying out post-Yolanda projects
to support camp coordination
and camp management, coordination, education, food and
agriculture, health, logistics,
nutrition, protection, telecommunication, and water and
sanitation. LAM/PGL/SQM/
egr

DR. ZEIGLER ... from P. 4


As the worst examples of the Green Revolutions side effects
became manifest, environmental concerns became part of the
mainstream consciousness, culminating ultimately in the United
Nations Rio conference of 1992. But that conference framed a
false dichotomy that continues to this day, between a healthy
environment and idyllic, contented farmers on one side and a
high-yielding agriculture on the other.
I began to experience cognitive dissonance. My firsthand
experience with impoverished small farmers in the developing
world was placing me at odds with my ideological brethren.
Our understanding of genetics and the ability to proactively
manipulate how plants behaved and responded to the environment was becoming a reality. Many of us saw this as a way to
reverse the negatives of the Green Revolution and open the
way for, in the words of Sir Gordon Conway, a doubly green
revolution.
It was easy to see that we could engineer into crops resistance
to insect pests and pathogens that would eliminate the need for
spraying toxic chemicals that sickened every organism they
touched. Even better, we could now help the people left behind
because they lived on lands plagued by droughts or floods that
wouldnt support modern crop varieties.
I have seen this dream validated. Indias untouchable communities (the lowest class) often farm on marginal flood-prone
land. The International Rice Research Institutes flood-tolerant
rice is most useful to these farmers and promises to transform
the lives of millions.
In short, we saw modern biology as a driver for transforming
agriculture into a tool for protecting the environment, meeting
food needs, and reversing millennia of injustices that condemned
certain segments of the population to the worst land.
Sadly, while we were working to make our dreams reality,
the strange brew of anti-corporate sentiment, extreme environmentalism, romanticized traditional organic but land-hungry
agriculture, and fear of new technologies boiled over to create a
powerful anti-technology backlash. he extreme regulations
T
for genetically modified crops demanded by self-proclaimed
protectors of the environment had the perverse result that only
the largest multinationals could afford to develop such crops.
Predictably, this resulted in the same camp denouncing the
growing domination of agriculture by multinationals. As costs for
developing crop varieties escalated, the few seed companies that
could afford the work focused only on areas with large markets.
Marginal farmers were once again excluded.
This time, though, who is to blame? SciPhil
(Dr. Robert S. Zeigler is the Director General of the International Rice Research Institute. The article first appeared
in the February 2014 issue of Cosmos magazine.)

position and it was possible to


identify them from the clothes
and jewelries they wore. Those
who were found later, however, were already decomposed.
The teams chemist, Mary
Ann Aranas, on the other hand,
said that only close kin of the

dead can be collected DNA


samples. They also have to be
blood relations. Ideally, she
said, it should be the mother
and father or siblings. The
DNA samples will come from
mucosal swabs from the mouth
and a few drops of blood.

Aranas said that DNA tests


are 99.9 percent accurate.
However, she cannot say that
all 2,255 bodies will be identified during the ante-mortem
phase of the DVI, adding that
there are some relations who
might forego the activity and

just leave the dead in repose.


If they change their mind
later, they can always come to
the NBI. The tissues we collected will be preserved and
the documentation will be in
our database, she said. By
Lalaine M. Jimenea

SAMBAWAN ... from P. 10


Since it is an isolated island, fresh water for bath is
limited; nipa hut accommodations have water usage fees,
and a gallon for sale for Php 25.00. Electricity in the island
starts 6:00pm to 6:00am, so I suggest have all your gadgets
juiced up before sailing.

Entrance Fee
: Php 50.00/ person

Open Cottage: Php 1,000.00 for 24 hours

Nipa Hut
: Php 2,500.00

Water
: Php 25.00/ gallon
What to bring:
1. ENOUGH FOOD and WATER there are zero stores

in the island where you can just buy, so be sure to pack.


2. Camera everything in the island is a picturesque
experience, be sure you are ready to capture it.
3. Camping equipment
4. Booze! You will surely love to party
Contact Persons:
Motorized Bangca Reservation [From Kawayan]
Contact Person: Lee Mobile No. 0916-8761898
Cottage Reservation in Sambawan Island Contact
Person: JC or Manuel Mobile No. 0928-904-3673

8
Republic of the Philippines
REGIONAL TRIAL COURT
8th Judicial Region
Branch 35, Ormoc City
-o0oCASE NO. R-ORM-14-00018 SP
IN THE MATTER FOR CHANGE/ CORRECTION
OF NAME OF REBECCA VEYRA, ALSO KNOWN
AS REBECCA ARIO-SAGABAEN, OR REBECCA
VEYRA-SAGABAEN, OR REBECCA ARIO OR
BECCA OR BECCA ARIO SAGABAEN,
REBECCA VEYRA,
Petitioner,
-versusTHE CIVIL REGISTRAR GENERAL NATIONAL
STATISTICS OFFICE (NSO) and THE LOCAL CIVIL
REGISTRAR OF MERIDA, LEYTE, Respondent.
x-----------------------x
ORDER
A verified petition having been filed by herein
petitioner thru counsel Atty. Adelito Solibaga, Jr., to
render judgment after due notice, publication and
hearing in accordance with the Rules of Court that
the family name of petitioner in her Certificate of
Live Birth in the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of
Merida, Leyte and in the National Statistics Office be
changed from VEYRA to ARIO so that it would conform to what is factual and true. Petitioner alleged that
her family name was erroneously entered as VEYRA
instead of ARIO when it should have been the latter considering that petitioners father Hilario Ario
was duly married to petitioners mother, Iluminada
Veyra, Being the legitimate child, the petitioner is
rightfully and legally entitled to use the surname of
her father which is ARIO but the clerk of the Local
Civil Registrar of Merida, Leyte made a clerical error
in the entry of the surname of the petitioner. In view
of these circumstances, she asks that her family name
as reflected in her Certificate of Live Birth be changed/
corrected from VEYRA to ARIO.
WHEREAS, this petition is hereby set for hearing on JULY 03, 2014 at 8:30 oclock in the morning, at
which date, time and place all persons interested may
appear and show cause if any, why the prayer in the
petition should not be granted.
WHEREAS, a copy of this Order shall be published in three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper
of general circulation at the expense of the petitioner
and shall be posted in three (3) conspicuous places in
the bulletin boards of the Ormoc City Hall, the Public
Market and of this Court .
SO ORDERED.
In chambers, Hall of Justice, Ormoc City, Philippines, 16 April 2014
(Sgd.) GIRLIE M. BORREL-YU
Presiding Judge
cc:
Atty. Adelito Solibaga, Jr.
Rebecca Veyra
The Solicitor General
Office of the Asst. Provincial Pros.
Local Civil Registrar, Merida, Leyte
National Statistics Office
GMBY/esva
Fn.: correction.entry.order
EV Mail April 21- 27, 28- May 4, & 5- 11, 2014
Republic of the Philippines
REGIONAL TRIAL COURT
8th Judicial Region
Ormoc City
-o0oOFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT
EJF CASE NO. R-ORM-14-00004-FC
FOR:
EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OF REAL
ESTATE MORTGAGE UNDER ACT 3135 AS
AMENDED
FIRST STANDARD FINANCE CORP.,
Mortgagee,
-versusGINA O. SIABOC,
Mortgagor,
x----------------x
NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE
Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act
3135 as amended filed by EDGAR M. TAMBIS, mortgagee, against GINA O. SIABOC, mortgagor, of Sitio
Mangga, Brgy. San Juan, Ormoc City, alleging violation on the REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE registered on
December 02, 2010 and REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE
registered on February 01, 2012 both at the Registry
of Deeds of Ormoc City. To satisfy the mortgage of
indebtedness which as of March 05, 2014 amounts to
SIX HUNDRED NINETY FOUR THOUSAND NINE
PESOS AND SEVENTEEN CENTAVOS (P694,009.17)
excluding attorneys fees, taxes and expenses incurred
in this proceedings. The undersigned Sheriff under the
direct supervision of the Clerk of Court and Ex-Officio
Sheriff of the Office of the Clerk of Court, Regional
Trial Court, Ormoc City will sell at PUBLIC AUCTION
on May 21, 2014 at 09:00 oclock in the morning until
4:00 oclock in the afternoon or soon thereafter at the
Regional Trial Court, Branch 12, Hall of Justice, Ormoc
City to the highest bidder, for CASH or MANAGERS
CHECK AND IN PHILIPPINE CURRENCY, the following real estate property, to wit:
TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE No. 37634
Registry of Deeds of Ormoc City
A parcel of land (Lot 6130-E-10-B of the subdivision plan Psd-08-014763, being a portion of Lot
6130-E-10 (LRA) Psd-366352, LRC Cad. Rec. No. 1788),
situated in the Brgy. San Juan, City of Ormoc, Island
of Leyte. Bounded on the S., along line 1 to 2 by Lot
6130-E-10-E of the subdivision plan; on the W., along
line 2 to 3 by Lot 6128, Ormoc Cad.; on the N., along
line 3 to 4 by Lot 6130-E-10-C of the subdivision plan;
and on the E., along line 4 to 1 by Lot 6130-E-11 (LRA)
psd-266352, alley (5.00) m. wide). Beginning at a point

NOTICES
Republic of the Philippines
OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF
Regional Trial Court
8th Judicial Region
Hall of Justice, Ormoc City
-o0oEJF NO. R-ORM-14-00005-FC
FOR: EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OF
REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE UNDER ACT 3135 AS
AMENDED
FIRST STANDARD FINANCE CORP.,
Petitioner-Mortgagee,
-versusMARIVEL Q. BERNAL,
Respondent- Mortgagor.
NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE
Upon extra judicial petition for sale under Act
3135, as amended, filed by MARIVEL Q. BERNAL
of No. 17 San Pablo St., Ormoc City, against FIRST
STANDARD FINANCE CORP. of Ormoc City, to
satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of March
5, 2014 amounts to THREE HUNDRED NINETY
THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED TWELVE & 10/100
(P390,712.10), charges, attorneys fees, etc. but excluding expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned Sheriff
will sell at public auction on MAY 19, 2014, from 10:00
A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Regional Trial Court, Branch
35, Hall of Justice, Ormoc City, to the highest bidder,
for CASH or Managers check and in the Philippine
Currency, the following property/s with all its improvements, to wit:
TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 53580
A parcel of land certain Lot 6, Block 3 of the
subdivision plan, Psd-08-014734-D, being a portion
of Lot 5126, Ormoc Cadastre Cad. 256 LRC Rec. 1750,
situated in the Brgy. of Linao, City of Ormoc, Island
of Leyte. Bounded on the N along line 2-3 by Road
Lot of the subdiv. Plan (Road 8.00 m. wide); on the E.
along line 3-4 by Lot 7, Block 3 of the subdv. Plan xxx
containing an area of THREE HUNDRED SIXTY TWO
(362) square meters, more or less.
All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. In the event
the public auction should not take place on the said
date, it shall be held on MAY 20, 2014.
Hall of Justice, Ormoc City, MARCH 26, 2014.
(Sgd.) VIRGILIO D. LENTEJAS, JR.
SHERIFF IV
EV Mail April 21-27, 28- May 4 & 5-11, 2014
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE
Province: LEYTE
City/Municipality: ALBUERA
Republic of the Philippines)
Petition No. CFN-0003-2014
PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME
I, ANTONIO, JR. VICENTE
TUDIO, of legal age, married, Filipino
and a resident Cambalading, Albuera,
Leyte after having been duly sworn to in
accordance with law, hereby declare that:
1)
I am the petitioner seeking the change of the first name in:
a)
My Certificate of Live
Birth
2)
I was born on July 27,
1969 at Albuera, Leyte
3)
The birth was recorded
under registry number 349
4)
The first name to be
change is from AURELLO to ANTONIO, JR.
5)
The grounds for filing
this petition are the following:
b)
I have habitually and
continuously used ANTONIO, JR. and
I used publicly known in the community
with that first name;
6)
I submit the following
documents to support this petition:
a)
O.R. & comm.. tax cert.
b)
Police & NBI clearances
c)
Voters reg. record
d)
Employers cert.
e)
Birth cert. (NSO &
LCRO)

tioner)
dren)
LTO)

f)

Marriage cert. (peti-

g)
h)

Baptismal certificate
Birth certificates (chil-

i)

IDs (SSS , Philhealth &

7)
I have not filed any
similar petition and that, to the best of
my knowledge, no other similar petition
is pending with any LCRO, Court or
Philippine Consulate.
8)
Have no pending criminal, civil or administrative case in any
court or any quasi-judicial body.
9)
I am filing this petition
at the LCRO of Albuera, Leyte in Accordance with R.A. No. 9048 and its
implementing rules and regulations.
(Sgd.) ANTONIO, JR. VICENTE TUDIO
Petitioner
VERIFICATION
I, ANTONIO, JR. V. TUDIO, the
petitioner, hereby certify that the allegations herein are true correct to the best
of my knowledge and belief.
(Sgd.) ANTONIO, JR. VICENTE TUDIO
Petitioner
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to
before me this 23rd day of April 2014 in
the City/Municipality of Albuera, Leyte,
petitioner exhibiting his Community,
Tax Certificate No. 25492055 issued at
Ormoc city on 4-11-14.
(Sgd.) MARIA LUISA V. GRANADA
Administering Officer
EV Mail April 28- May 4, & 5-11, 2014

marked 1 on plan, being S.81 deg. 56E., 713.02 m.


from MBM No. 2, Ormoc Cad.; thence S. 66 deg. 32W.,
11.83 m. to point 2; thence N. 28 deg. 23W., 23.40 m.
to point 3; thence N. 65 deg. 46E., 13.76 m. to point
4; thence S. 23 deg. 38E., 23.50 m. to point beginning;
containing an area of THREE HUNDRED (300) SQ.
METERS more or less. Registered in the name of GINA
ORSAL SIABOC.
All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date.
In the event the public auction should not take
place on the said date, it shall be held on MAY 28, 2014
without further notice.
Prospective bidders or buyers are hereby enjoined to investigate for themselves the title and other
pertinent documents of the herein above described
property and encumbrances thereon, if any there be,
at the Registry of Deeds of Ormoc City.
Ormoc City, Philippines, APRIL 21, 2014.
For the Ex-Officio Sheriff:
(Sgd.) JOSE G. SUFICIENCIA, JR.
Sheriff IV
Copy furnished:
FIRST STANDARD FINANCE CORP.
415 Carlos Tan cor. Rizal Sts.
Ormoc City
GINA O. SIABOC
Sitio Mangga, Brgy. San Juan
Ormoc City
EDGAR M. TAMBIS
415 Carlos Tan cor. Rizal Sts.
Ormoc City
LUCKY NEWSPAPER TO PUBLISH: EV Mail
DATE OF RAFFLE: 4/24/14
WARNING
It is absolutely prohibited to remove, deface or destroy
this Notice of Sale on or before the date of sale under
penalty of law.
EV Mail April 21-27, 28- May 4, &5-11, 2014

Republic of the Philippines


Department of Transportation and
Communications
Regional Office No. VIII
Ormoc City
CASE NO. VIII-2014-0591
REF. CASE NO. VIII- 2009-0576
Application for Reconstitution of
Records of a Certificate of Public
Convenience to operate a UV EXPRESS service With prayer to adopt
trade name.
ABUNDIO N. CANASTA
Applicant/s
x----------------x
2ND NOTICE OF HEARING
Applicant is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate UV
EXPRESS service for the transportation
of passengers and freight on the route:
TACLOBAN CITY - CARIGARA, with the
use of ONE (1) unit/s which Certificate is
still valid and subsisting up to JANUARY
28, 2015.
In the present application, applicant request authority for reconstitution of
records of the said certificate on the same
route, with the use of the same number of
unit/s. NOTICE is hereby given that this
application will be heard by this Board on
MAY 21, 2014, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at the
above address.
At least Ten (10) days prior to the
above date, applicant/s shall publish this
Notice once in one (1) daily newspaper of
general circulation in Visayas.
This application will be acted
upon by this Board on the basis of its
records and documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board
deems it necessary to receive additional
documentary and/or oral evidence.
WITNESS the Honorable ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, Regional Director,
this 23RD day of APRIL , 2014.
(Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO
Clerk of Board
Copy furnished:
Applicant/s : A.N. CANASTA, BRGY.
TAGAK, CARIGARA LEYTE
Counsel for applicant/S: ATTY.: E. JOMADIAO, COR. ZAMORA & SALAZAR
STS., TACLOBAN CITY
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Department of Transportation and
Communications
Regional Office No. VIII
Ormoc City
CASE NO. VIII-2014-0670
Application for Reconstitution of
Records of a Certificate of Public
Convenience to operate a FILCAB
service With prayer to adopt trade
name.
MA. NIA CAHAYAG
Applicant/s
x----------------x
2ND NOTICE OF HEARING
Applicant is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate
FILCAB service for the transportation
of passengers and freight on the route:
TACLOBAN ST. PAULS CAMPETIC
& VICE VERSA, with the use of ONE
(1) unit/s which Certificate is still valid
and subsisting.
In the present application, applicant request authority for reconstitution of
records of the said certificate on the same
route, with the use of the same number of
unit/s. NOTICE is hereby given that this
application will be heard by this Board on
MAY 19, 2014, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at the
above address.
At least Ten (10) days prior to the
above date, applicant/s shall publish this
Notice once in one (1) daily newspaper of
general circulation in Visayas.
This application will be acted

May 5-11, 2014


upon by this Board on the basis of its
records and documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board
deems it necessary to receive additional
documentary and/or oral evidence.
WITNESS the Honorable ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, Regional Director,
this 7th day of May , 2014.
(Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO
Clerk of Board
Copy furnished:
Applicant/s : MA. NIA CAHAYAG; # 234
REAL ST. EL REPOSO BRGY. 55 & 55A
TACLOBAN CITY
Counsel for applicant/S: ATTY.: E. JOMADIAO, COR. ZAMORA & SALAZAR
STS., TACLOBAN CITY
EV Mail May 5-11, 2014

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Department of Transportation and
Communications
Regional Office No. VIII
Ormoc City
CASE NO. VIII-2014-0696
REF. NO. 2001-0110
Application for Reconstitution of
Records of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a FILCAB service
With prayer to adopt trade name.
MARGARITA LABADO
Applicant/s
x----------------x
2ND NOTICE OF HEARING
Applicant is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate
FILCAB service for the transportation
of passengers and freight on the route:
MAASIN PADRE BURGOS & VICE
VERSA, with the use of ONE (1) unit/s
which Certificate is still valid and subsisting UP TO JULY 27, 2016
In the present application, applicant request authority for reconstitution
of records of the said certificate on the
same route, with the use of the same
number of unit/s. NOTICE is hereby given
that this application will be heard by this
Board on MAY 19, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at
the above address.
At least Ten (10) days prior to the
above date, applicant/s shall publish this
Notice once in one (1) daily newspaper of
general circulation in Visayas.
This application will be acted
upon by this Board on the basis of its
records and documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board
deems it necessary to receive additional
documentary and/or oral evidence.
WITNESS the Honorable ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, Regional Director,
this 7th day of May , 2014.
(Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO
Clerk of Board
Copy furnished:
Applicant/s : M. LABADO, BRGY. RIZAL
MACROHON SO. LEYTE
Counsel for applicant/S: ATTY.: E. JOMADIAO, COR. ZAMORA & SALAZAR
STS., TACLOBAN CITY
EV Mail May 5-11, 2014
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Department of Transportation and
Communications
Regional Office No. VIII
Ormoc City
CASE NO. VIII-2014-0700
REF. NO. 2012-0550
Application for Reconstitution of
Records of a Certificate of Public
Convenience to operate a FILCAB
service With prayer to adopt trade
name.
MILLARD MAXINO
Applicant/s
x----------------x
2ND NOTICE OF HEARING
Applicant is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate

Republic of the Philippines


SUPREME COURT
8th Judicial Region
REGIONAL TRIAL COURT
Branch 13
Carigara, Leyte
CASE NO. RTC- 2014-042- SP
CEPRIANO LIANZA PILANDE
Petitioner
-versusMUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF CAPOOCAN, LEYTE AND THE
NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE,
Respondents.
x--------------x
ORDER
Filed with the Court on March 17, 2014 by Cepriano Lianza Pilande, of legal age, Filipino citizen,
married and resident of Brgy Culasian, Capoocan,
Leyte, thru Atty. Antonni C. Cera, is a Verified Petition
to use Surname of Father and Correct Middle Name
in his record of birth kept by the Local Civil Registrar
of Capoocan, Leyte. Herein petitioner prays that he
be allowed to use the surname of his father, which is
PILANDE and his middle name be corrected from
Llansa to LIANZA.
Finding the Petition to be sufficient inform and
substance, it is hereby ordered that said Petition be
set for hearing on May 21, 2014 at 8:30 oclock in the
morning at the session hall of Regional Trial Court,
Branch 13, Carigara, Leyte where all interested parties
may appear in Court and show cause why the Petition
should not be granted. Let this Order be published
at the expense of petitioner in a local newspaper of
general circulation in the Provinces of Leyte, Samar
and Biliran, once a week for three (3) consecutive
weeks. Moreover, let this Order, together with copies
of the Petition, be posted at the Bulletin Boards of this
Court, the Municipal Hall of Capoocan, Leyte and the
Barangay hall of Brgy. Culasian, Capoocan, Leyte at
least ten (10) days before the initial hearing.
Furnish copy of this Order to the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Capoocan, Leyte, the
Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office, Manila, the Petitioner and his counsel and the Assistant
Provincial Prosecutor, Carigara, Leyte.
SO ORDERED.
DONE IN CHAMBERS this 28th day of March
2014 at the Bulwagan nga Katarungan, Carigara,
Leyte.
(Sgd.) EMELINDA R. MAQUILAN
Presiding Judge
EV Mail April 28- May 4, 5-11, & 12- 18, 2014

a FILCAB service for the transportation


of passengers and freight on the route:
MAASIN MACROHON BRGY. SAN
ROQUE & VICE VERSA, with the use of
ONE (1) unit/s which Certificate is still
valid and subsisting.
In the present application, applicant request authority for reconstitution
of records of the said certificate on the
same route, with the use of the same
number of unit/s. NOTICE is hereby given
that this application will be heard by this
Board on MAY 19, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at
the above address.
At least Ten (10) days prior to the
above date, applicant/s shall publish this
Notice once in one (1) daily newspaper of
general circulation in Visayas.
This application will be acted
upon by this Board on the basis of its
records and documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board
deems it necessary to receive additional
documentary and/or oral evidence.
WITNESS the Honorable ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, Regional Director,
this 7th day of May , 2014.
(Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO
Clerk of Board
Copy furnished:
Applicant/s : N. MAXINO, BRGY, RIZAL,
MACROHON, SO. LEYTE
Counsel for applicant/S: ATTY.: E. JOMADIAO, COR. ZAMORA & SALAZAR
STS., TACLOBAN CITY
EV Mail May 5-11, 2014

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Department of Transportation and
Communications
Regional Office No. VIII
Ormoc City
CASE NO. VIII-2014-1843
Application for Issuance of a
Certificate of Public Convenience to
operate a PUB service With prayer to
adopt trade name.
JOSE T.SANICO JR.
Applicant/s
x----------------x
NOTICE OF HEARING
Applicant request authority for
the issuance of a Certificate of Public
Convenience to operate a PUB for the
transportation of passengers and freight
on the line: GUIUAN CATARMAN
VIA BASEY CATBALOGAN- ALLEN
& VICE VERSA, with the use of ONE
(1) unit.
NOTICE is hereby given that this
application will be heard by this Board
on MAY 20, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at the
above address.
At least Ten (10) days prior to the
above date, applicant/s shall publish this
Notice once in one (1) daily newspaper of
general circulation in Visayas.
This application will be acted
upon by this Board on the basis of its
records and documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board
deems it necessary to receive additional

documentary and/or oral evidence.


WITNESS the Honorable ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, Regional Director,
this 29th day of April , 2014.
(Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO
Clerk of Board
Copy furnished:
Applicant/s : J. T. SANICO, PUROK 5,
(POB.). CATBALOGAN SAMAR
Counsel for applicant/S: ATTY.: E. JOMADIAO, COR. ZAMORA & SALAZAR
STS., TACLOBAN CITY
EV Mail May 5-11, 2014

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Department of Transportation and
Communications
Regional Office No. VIII
Ormoc City
CASE NO. VIII-2014-1828
REF. CASE NO. VIII-2011-0270
Application for Reconstitution of
Records of a Certificate of Public
Convenience to operate a PUJ W/
DUAL service With prayer to adopt
trade name.
ROMULO R. METRAN
Applicant/s
x----------------x
2ND NOTICE OF HEARING
Applicant is a grantee of a
Certificate of Public Convenience to
operate a PUJ W/ DUAL service for the
transportation of passengers and freight
on the route: BORONGAN GUIUAN &
VICE VERSA & USED TO TRANSPORT
CARGOES TO ANY POINT IN REGION
VIII & VICE VERSA, with the use of ONE
(1) unit/s which Certificate is still valid and
subsisting up to JUNE 3, 2016.
In the present application, applicant request authority for reconstitution of
records of the said certificate on the same
route, with the use of the same number of
unit/s. NOTICE is hereby given that this
application will be heard by this Board
on AUGUST 20, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. at
the above address.
At least Ten (10) days prior to the
above date, applicant/s shall publish this
Notice once in one (1) daily newspaper of
general circulation in Visayas.
This application will be acted
upon by this Board on the basis of its
records and documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board
deems it necessary to receive additional
documentary and/or oral evidence.
WITNESS the Honorable ARTHUR L. SAIPUDIN, Regional Director,
this 28th day of April , 2014.
(Sgd.) GUALBERTO N. GUALBERTO
Clerk of Board
Copy furnished:
Applicant/s : R. R.METRAN, BRGY.
BUENAVISTA, QUINAPONDAN E.
SAMAR
Counsel for applicant/S: ATTY.: E. JOMADIAO, COR. ZAMORA & SALAZAR
STS., TACLOBAN CITY
EV Mail May 5-11, 2014

NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE


ON REMATADOS OF
M. LHUILLIER PAWNSHOPS
ALL BRANCHES AT LEYTE REGION, ORMOC
1,2 & 3, NAVAL, PALOMPON, CARIGARA, ISABEL, KANANGA, VILLABA, SAN ISIDRO, TABANGO, ALBUERA, LEYTE, BILIRAN, MATAGOB, CALUBIAN, TACLOBAN BRANCHES
1,2,3,4, & 5, PALO, CALANIPAWAN (V&G)
TANAUAN, ALANG-ALANG, JARO, DAGAMI,
DULAG, BURAUEN, MARASBARAS, ROBINSON, BAYBAY, 1, & 3, INOPACAN, HILONGOS,
ABUYOG, MAASIN 1 & 2, BATO, SOGOD 1 &
2; MACARTHUR, SAN JUAN (CABALIAN),
LILOAN, HINDANG, HINUNANGAN, PINTUYAN, MALITBOG, & ST. BERNARD.
Commencing MAY 15, 2014 at 9:00 am the
above mentioned pawnshop will sell on Public
Auction Sale all overdue pledges left in the same
up to DECEMBER 31, 2012, Patrons are enjoined
to verify their receipts.
MANAGEMENT
Sa MAYO 15, 2014, sa alas 9:00 and takna sa
buntag isubasta sa publiko ang tanang butang
naremati diri sa tag-sa-tagsa ka buhatan sa gihinganlan sa itaas. Tanang butang pinerenda nga
wala makukat hangtud sa DISYEMBRE, 2012
maapil sa subasta. Gi-awhag ang tanang suki sa
pagsusi sa ilang mga resibo.
TAGDUMALA
EV Mail May 5-11, 2014

Republic of the Philippines


REGIONAL TRIAL
COURT
8th Judicial Region
Branches
6,7,8,9,34,43,,44
Bulwagan ng Katarungan
Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City
NC-2014-04-67-88
PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT AS
NOTARY PUBLIC FOR
AND WITHIN THE
TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION OF THE
REGIONAL TRIAL
COURTS OF TACLOBAN CITY
NOTICE OF HEARING
NOTICE is hereby
given that a Summary
Hearing on the Petition
for Commission as NOTARIES PUBLIC OF:
1. Atty. Michael
Lopega 2014-04-67
2. Atty. Rachel R.
Abadiano 2014-04-68
3. A t t y. K a r e n
Siangco 2014 -05-69
4. Atty. Neil Cor-

dero 2014-05-70
5. Atty. FELMA
FREDA LEONIDA LOPEZ 2014-05-71
Shall be heard on
May 20, 2014 at the RTC
Branch 6, Session Hall, at
2:30 Oclock in the afternoon. Any person who
has any cause or reason
to object to the grant of
the petition may file a
verified written opposition thereto, received by
the undersigned before
the date of the Summary
Hearing. Let this Notice
of Hearing for Commission as Notary Public be
published in a newspaper of general circulation within the territorial
jurisdiction where the
same shall be heard by
the Executive Judge on
the aforementioned date,
time and place.
April 30, 2014, Bulwagan ng Katarungan,
Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City.
(Sgd.) HON. ALPHINOR C. SERRANO
Executive Judge
EV Mail May 5-11, 2014

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NEWS

Shelter, livelihood top priority


in EV for next 6 months - UN
TACLOBAN CITY (PNA) Shelter and livelihood were
tagged by the United Nations
and humanitarian partners
as top priority in the next
six months implementation
of strategic response plan
for areas pounded by super
typhoon Yolanda last year.
In a press briefing Wednesday, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Klaus Beck
emphasized shelter and livelihood as the immediate needs
of typhoon survivors.
The vast majority of survivors whose homes were
destroyed or damaged have
begun to rebuild. Most, however, need support to complete
construction, Beck said.
In a recent monitoring
report released by the shelter
cluster, 10 percent of the more
than one million families with
damaged homes have not yet
started the process of reconstruction.
The greatest proportion
of households 54 percent report that the construction or
repair of their home is ongoing
and that they feel they require
additional support to complete
it, the report said.
Only a small fraction (15
percent) of house owners are
self-reliant in rebuilding ef-

forts, according to the shelter


cluster, a team composed of
various United Nations-affiliated international humanitarian organizations and government agencies chaired by the
Department of Social Welfare
and Development (DSWD).
Of all reconstructed shelters, 55 percent are permanent,
40 percent are just temporary,
and five percent are still using
tents and tarpaulins as dwelling places .
Likewise, Beck identified
rebuilding shattered livelihood
as an enormous challenge.
Citing official data, he
said of the almost six million
displaced workers, 2.6 million
were already living at or near
poverty line even before the
storm.
Over 44 million coconut
trees were damaged in the
Philippines. This affected one
million farmers in the Eastern
Visayas region alone. Once
planted, coconut seedlings
take 6 to 8 years to become
fully productive. Nearly two
thirds of fishing communities
lost their productive assets,
Beck said.
In response to livelihood
needs, various organizations
see

UN

p.

May 5-11, 2014

NBI calls on Yolanda survivors with missing relatives


to help identify 2,255 bodies through DNA matching
TACLOBAN CITY The
National Bureau of Investigation here is calling on
families with relatives who
went missing after Yolanda
struck the city last November
8, to help them identify the
2,255 bodies which they have
documented and processed
over the last few months.
Atty. Romulo G. Manapsal,
NBI regional director, said that
the Disaster Victim Identification forensics team had already
finished the post-mortem
phase which entails documenting, photographing and
collecting tissue samples of the
bodies which are now buried in
mass graves in this city.
What follows would be the
DNA matching with surviving
kin and a scheduled collection
of DNA samples will be held
from May 19 to June 12, 2014
at the Balyuan Center here.
Manapsal said that disaster
victim identification is an
extraordinary thing to give
grieving families the chance
to reunite with their loved ones
even for just a short time.
The NBI made this announcement in a press conference held Tuesday, May 6, at
the mayors conference room.
The NBI regional director appealed to media to help them
announce the activity so families with missing relatives will
get a closure.

NBI director Atty. Romulo G. Manapsal and the forensics team (L-R) headed by Dr. Charina
Labrador, Chemist Mary Ann Aranas and Fingerprint Examiner Eriberto Gomez, Jr.
Atty. Jenny Lyn PolisticoManibay, acting city administrator of Tacloban, said that the
victim identification team was
requested by Mayor Alfred
Romualdez. This is the least
we can do to the families of
the victims, to give them the
comfort of closure, she said.
It was learned that no other
LGU in Eastern Visayas, except for Tacloban City, has
requested the NBI-DVIs expertise and that the 2,255 bodies were those recovered from
the territorial jurisdiction of
the city only.
Meanwhile, Dr. Charina
Labrador, team leader of the
NBI-DVI said that to put a system in their DNA sample collection, they are adopting alphabetical order of surnames.

Survivors with surnames starting with letter A to E will be


entertained on May 19-24; F-J
on May 26 to 31; K-O on June
2- 7; P-T on June 9-14; U-Z on
June 16 to 21. Those who cannot make it to these dates can
come anytime from June 23 to
July 12, on office hours during
Mondays to Fridays.
She also clarified that relatives who are staying in other
places need not come over to
Tacloban City but just visit
their NBI offices in Luzon,
Visayas and Mindanao. In
Mindanao, however, only their
office in Cagayan de Oro can
entertain them because they
have a chemist.
It was also learned that
before DNA samples are taken
from surviving kin, they would

Summer Destinations 2014

be interviewed thoroughly.
She said this would make the
process of matching easier. If
the survivors can still remember what the victims wore that
day, or the jewelries they wore,
we can match it with the documentation and photographs of
the bodies that were retrieved.
She said that of the 2,255,
8 were temporarily released
to survivors who recognized
their dead from the clothes or
jewelries they wore. Another
12 bodies, which were only
recovered on April, have yet
to be buried.
Dr. Labrador said the bodies retrieved a few days after
Yolanda struck were not yet
in advanced stage of decomsee

NBI

p.

Story and Photos by


DENNI DOMINIC LEPON

Sambawan Island, Biliran


from Naval, and half the travel time.

The author on top of a rock overlooking the clear, blue waters and wide stretch of sand
of Sambawan. Across is the island of Biliran.
PRISTINE WATERS, exquisite rock formations, picturesque sceneries . . . I guess I cant get enough with
the Elysian Fields of the Province of Biliran.
To reiterate, the province (Biliran), composed of captivating islands, has multiple scenic wonders and offers myriads
of tropical escapades which all eco-adventurers would surely
be dazzled.
In my previous post, I shared to you the Island of Higatangans pulchritude, and how it enthralled us despite the
gloomy heavens. In this weeks issue, Id like to introduce
and share to you the Shangri-La of Biliran, the Island of
Sambawan, the must-visit destination of all must-visit destinations in the Province of Biliran.
Known for its picture-perfect panorama, clear blue seas,
and relaxing summer breeze, you have never actually gone
to Biliran if you havent set foot on this tropical paradise.
How to get there:
The islet is located in the northwest part of the Island of
Biliran. It is approximately 50 minutes to an hour ride from
the wharf of the Town of Kawayan, or an hour and 45 to 2
hours ride from the smoke-free and capital municipality of
the province, Naval, via motorized lantsa.
There are no pumpboats that sail in a daily route to the
tropical paradise. So if youre in a budget pack, up for a more
adventure, and have much time to spare I suggest you take
the Maripipi course from Naval. There are ferry boats sailing
every Mondays to Saturdays at 10:00am from Naval port
to Maripipi and sail back the next day at 5:00am. From the
port of Maripipi, a 10 minutes habal-habal ride to Barangay
Ol-og where you can hire a motorized bangca to the tropical
paradise, approximately 15-20 minutes sail.
The much convenient and a not-so-expensive way to the
island is via Kawayan half the cost of the motorized lantsa

Fares and schedules:


Vans (Ormoc Naval, Biliran
v.v.)
: Php 130.00
Buses (Ormoc Naval,Biliran
v.v.)
: Php 130.00
[First trip: 5am; Last trip: 4:30pm]
Roble Shipping Lines (Cebu Naval. Biliran v.v.)

: Php 500.00 for
Economy Class
[Cebu to Biliran is Saturdays and Mondays only; Biliran to Cebu is Sundays
and Tuesday only. Please confirm with
Roble Shipping Lines, Inc.]
Multi-Cab (Naval Kawayan v.v.)
: Php 50.00 70.00
:
Php

800.00 (Pakyaw)
Ferry Boats (Naval Maripipi v.v.) : Php 75.00
[Mondays to Saturdays; Naval to Maripipi Trip: 10:00am;
Maripipi to Naval Trip: 5:00am]
Habal-habal
: Php 50.00 - 100.00
[Maripipi Port to Brgy. Ol-0g]
Motorized Bangca
: Php 300.00 500.00
[Brgy. Ol-og, Maripipi Sambawan Island]
Pakyaw of Motorized Lantsa/
Boat (Round Trip)
From Naval Port to Sambawan
Island: Php 4,500 8,000.00

Coup de foudre It was a love at first glance to its pictureperfect landscape as for me, a second timer, it was like
falling all over again.
My colleagues were unable to hold the fascination: forget
lunch, forget rest immediately everyone changed and suddenly got busy capturing the picturesque, indeed an idyllic
piece of heaven.
(While I was trying to encapsulate the beauty in photograph, I met a family on top. They joined me in my
fascination, and then invited me in one of their upcoming
adventures.)
Accommodation:
The island has open cottages and nipa huts which you
can rent for 24 hours. The open cottages cost at a thousand,
and the huts, which can accommodate 10 to 15 people, at
Php 2,500.00 with three beds and mattresses, bath, and
electric fans. To cut the expenses and feel the real outdoor
adventure you can pitch a tent, a sleeping bag or a hammock. An island fee of Php 50.00 per person; however, kids
below 10 are free.

see

SAMBAWAN

p.

From Kawayan Port to Sambawan Island: Php 2,800.00


(11-14 pax)

The experience:
Clear blue skies, light cool
breeze... All bags are packed,
and off we go It was a perfect day to escape the weary
of the city, a great day to
relax and have fun.
Despite the hectic schedule, we were glad that our
boss was able to come and
join us in our adventure to
the Shangri-La of Biliran. We
left Ormoc at 6:30am and it
was almost half past ten AM
when we had our touchdown.

Ormoc Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr. (2nd from left) often brings his SP staff on outdoor adventures.
This is one of them.