Friday, March 17, 2006

The Southern Tagalog Herald Cavite -- Mar. 5 - 11, 2006

The wonder of Amadeo’s 5th Pahimis Coffee Festival

As tension mounted at the Marine headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City last Sunday, the residents of Amadeo, Cavite, tourists, and photographers were agog over the town’s money-making coffee industry festival called “Pahimis.”
Making like the recent Mardi Gras merry-making in hurricane Katrina-devastated New Orleans, the Amadeans of Cavite whopped it up with the blessings of Gov. Ireneo “Ayong” Maliksi and Mayor Albert “O.J.” Ambagan, who welcomed local and foreign tourists to the 5th Pahimis Coffee Festival focusing on the theme “Kapeng Pinoy... Kapeng Global” to help promote the country’s growing coffee industry. “Pahimis” means “pasasalamat” or thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.
Maliksi and Ambagan said traditionally, a farmer has to give his last can of harvest called “ambag”, to the poor so that the next harvest will be more bountiful and blessed.
The festival had three major activities. First was the “Pahimis through the Lens”, a photo contest open to both professional and amateur photographers with thousands of pesos at stake. The second was “Sayaw sa Kape . . . Indak ng Amadeo,” the popular street dancing extravaganza, depicting the rich and colorful traditions of Amadeans. All the barangay residents wore colorful costumes and headgear decorated with coffee leaves and beans. Third was saving the best for last – the “Kapeng Amadeo...Konsepto at Disenyo,” a fashion show featuring the artistry of Amadean fashion designers who used only coffee materials drawing the young and old, who prefer coffee (Arabica or barako) to tea.
Amadeo surely can give a giant European firm, a Southern Luzon province, and the known American and Italian co-ffee brands (cappuccino perhaps?) a run for their money. Meanwhile, excuse the workers and tourists, it’s coffee break.

Vice Pres. Noli de Castro, Gov. Ayong Maliksi and Mayor Albert “OJ” Ambagan
lead the ceremonial toast that formally opens Amadeo’s 5th Pahimis Coffee Festival .

Mayor Albert “OJ” Ambagan and Gov. Ayong S. Maliksi are all smiles as they join
the streetdancing which is one of the highlights of Amadeo’s 5th Pahimis Coffee Festival.
“Sayaw sa Kape...Indak ng Amadeo”: Amadeans’ rich and colorful tradition personified
through streetdancing that was televised live at Channel 7’s Unang Hirit.

Kabayan vows to help
revive coffee industry

by Lolitz L. Estrellado

AMADEO, CAVITE--Vice President Noli “Kabayan” De Castro vowed to help revive and improve the coffee industry in the province of Cavite as he led the ceremonial coffee toast for the opening of the Fifth Pahimis Coffee Festival at the municipal hall grounds of Amadeo town last Friday.
De Castro said that the country used to be a big exporter of coffee until local farmers lost interest in planting the crops because of declining market prices. They instead diverted their attention to other non-traditional crops.
“The Philippines has an estimated annual consumption of 60 metric tons of coffee which is far higher than our actual pro-duction of only 300 metric tons,” the Vice President noted as he urged the local farmers to concentrate on coffee farming to meet the growing demand for coffee both in the local and international markets.
In the same occasion, Amadeo Mayor Albert “OJ” Ambagan, Jr. and Gov. Ayong S. Maliksi thanked the vice president and appealed for the support of all sectors, particularly the private sector, in uplifting the farmer’s status in the industry.
Maliksi said he and Ambagan have come up with an economic recovery program to rescue the dying coffee farming.
The governor added he has recently spearheaded the passing of a resolution creating a coffee development board in the province. The coffee board will handle all the plans in taking the steps for the development of the coffee industry.
Mayor Ambagan pointed out that Amadeo, with its vast 4,508 hectares, has devoted its entire upland to coffee farming, making the town the biggest coffee producer in Cavite.
He explained that the 3-day Pahimis Coffee Festival is an annual celebration coupled with a coffee Trade Fair. Pahimis is the Amadeo word for pasasalamat or thanksgiving.
“As a tradition, the coffee farmer has to give away his last can of harvest as a pasasalamat for the bountiful harvest and by doing so, expects luck and abundance in the next harvest season,” Ambagan stressed, giving an introduction to this unique celebration.
This year’s festival was dubbed as “Kapeng Pinoy… Kapeng Global” which included various activities like street dancing, fashion show, cultural presentation, coffee forum, seminar or coffee farming, coffee trade expo, photo contests and a tour to various coffee farms in Amadeo.

Cavite landfill project moved to either March or May

by Lolitz L. Estrellado

TRECE MARTIRES CITY--The Cavite Landfill project which should have started in the middle of February has been moved to either the last week of March or early part of May this year.
Engineer Rolly Pozas, head of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) apologized for the short delay of the multi-million peso sanitary landfill in Brgy. Sapang, Ternate town.
In an exclusive interview, Pozas explained “The ground-breaking rites was not held as scheduled. The contractor-operator of the proposed landfill project has yet to comply with the requirements for the issuance of an environments compliance certificate (ECC).”
He added that the contractor still needs to conduct consultation with the affected residents and other stake-holders, but after this, all systems go for the project.
With regards to the deadline for the use of open or controlled garbage dumps that expired last February 16 as provided for under Republic Act 9003 also known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, Pozas pointed out that the mayors of the various towns in Cavite may still be allowed to utilize their present trash dumps even after the deadline and until the sanitary landfill becomes operational.
“Provided, however, that they initiate efforts in order to rehabilitate the dumps under the supervision of their respec-tive environment officials,” Pozas stressed.
In a separate interview with Gov. Ayong S. Maliksi, he reiterated that the provincial government will not spend a single centavo for the cons-truction of the state-of-the-art sanitary landfill.
He said the contractor-operator, Environ Safe, Inc., which is a subsidiary of the Cavite Ideal Construction Corporation, will solely finance the project and operate it once it is completed.
Maliksi also said that the contractor would be allowed to charge tipping fee in accordance with the terms and conditions to be set by the provincial government.
In as much as the sanitary landfill will be a little bit delayed, the governor has called on the local executives to device measure for the systematic disposal of their garbage and urged the people to cooperate, do their share in the proper waste management to avoid a possible garbage crisis.

Wanted na parak, todas sa hired killer

ni Lyka Manalo

General Trias, Cavite--Patay ang isang dating pulis at no. 5 sa listahan ng most wanted sa lalawigan ng Cavite matapos pagbabarilin ng hinihinalang mga hired killer sa Brgy. Pasong Camachile Dos sa bayang ito kamakailan.
Nagtamo ng mga tama ng bala ng cal. 5.56 sa katawan ang biktimang si Anacleto Vergara, 59, ex-PNP member at residente ng naturang lugar.
Tinamaan naman ng ligaw na bala si Elmer Amistas, 23, isang factory worker. Ito ay nilalapatan pa ng lunas sa General Trias Maternity Hospital.
Ayon sa ulat ng pulisya rito, bandang 8:25 ng umaga habang nasa kusina ng kanyang kubo si Vergara nang dumating ang mga hindi nakilalang suspek at kaagad itong pinagbabaril.
Nabatid sa rekord na ang biktima ay wanted dahil sa kasong murder na nakasampa sa korte rito.
Siya ay panglima sa most wanted person sa lalawigan ng Cavite at may patong sa ulo na P325,000.

PARTNERS IN HEALTH. Gov. Ayong S. Maliksi expresses his gratefulness to Dr. Ho-Soon Kim and Dr. Joung-Su Park of the Korean Medical Service Team, for giving quality oriental medical service among Caviteños.

71st Korean Oriental Medical Service held in RP

Maliksi cites Korean medical service team

by Cavite PIO

Trece Martires City--Gov. Ayong S. Maliksi cited Dr. Ho-Soon Kim, president of Korean Medicine Service Team Abroad (Komsta), and Dr. Joung-Su Park, leader of the Medical Service Team in RP, for rendering quality oriental medical service during the flag-raising ceremonies held at the Provincial Capitol here on Feb. 27.
Komsta which include some medical doctors from Korea conducted oriental medical service from Feb. 27 to March 1 for underprivileged Caviteños. Their major concern is to enhance the health of the people of Cavite to ensure productive citizens.
The oriental medical service included acupuncture, acupressure, and moxibustion procedures. Korean doctors recommend tropical and herbal medicines as an alternate drug for the patients.
The scheduled medical service benefited senior citizens, barangay health workers, government employees, and other less fortu-nate Caviteños.
On the other hand, Gov. Maliksi emphasized the essence of friendship between the Koreans and Caviteños.
He added that the Koreans have helped the Caviteños in terms of donating medicines and equipment used in the different operations done in Korea-Philippines Friendship Hospital and the building of the said hospital as well.
As an addition to their charitable works, they will again donate P25 million for the expansion of the Korea-Philippines Friendship Project hospital.
Police conducts manhunt
for Calabarzon thrill killers

by Nimfa Lodronio

Police authorities in this region are conducting a massive hunt to track down a group of thrill killers believed to be behind a number of gun-slaying since October last year in the provinces of Cavite, Rizal, Batangas, Quezon and other parts of the country.
PNP chief Director General Arturo C. Lomibao has ordered the creation of a task force to solve the killings and put behind bars the perpetrators.
Said task force is composed of agents from the PNP Crime Laboratory, the CIDG and the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Divisions of the Police Regional Offices 3 and 4-A (CALABARZON) and the National Capital Region.
Calabarzon police has been ordered to give priority to the solution of these heinous crimes.
According to records, at least 20 inicidents took place since Oct. 2005. The attacks happened in different parts of the Metropolis, Cavite, Rizal, Batangas, Quezon, Pampanga and Angeles City.
The suspects first struck at 11 p.m. on October 26 in Floraville Subd. in Bacoor, Cavite while the latest attack was made on Feb. 27 in Lucena City in Quezon.
At least, 30 lives now have been claimed by these thrill killers on the loose.

SM Bacoor Dress-a-Heart contest winners
Chrise Siat, 1st place

Cherry Burgos, 2nd place

Leo Dayumat, 3rd place

Wanted na parak, arestado

ni Lyka Manalo

TAGAYTAY CITY--Naaresto ng mga elemento ng Regional Mobile Group-4A (RMG4A) sa pangunguna ni PO3 Paquito Chan ang isang pulis na matagal ng wanted dahil sa kasong pagpa-tay dakong 9:30 sa Brgy. Maitim 2nd West dito.
Kinilala ni PRO Calabarzon Director Chief Supt. Prospero Noble ang suspek na si SPO2 Benefredo Angcaya na naka-talaga sa Amadeo PNP.
Ayon kay Noble, inaresto si Angcaya sa bisa ng warrant of arrest na ipinalabas ni Judge Edwin C. Derida Jr. ng Branch 18 Tagaytay City RTC sa ilalim ng Criminal Case TG-4900-05 dahil sa kasong murder.
Sa isinagawang follow-up operation sa nasabing lugar, sinalakay din ng pulisya ang pinagtataguan ng dalawa pang kasa-mahan ni Angcaya na sina Sergio Angcaya at Carlos Angcaya subalit nabigo ang mga ito na mahuli ang dalawa.
Ang tatlo ang pangunahing suspek sa pagpatay kay Chairman Leonidez Bayot ng Barangay Maitim 2nd West noong Hulyo 30, 2004.

A Provincial Health Office staff takes blood from a donor during the mass blood letting coined “Give Love, Give Blood, Save Lives” during the 6th anniversary celebration of the Provincial Blood Bank.

Provincial Blood Bank marks 6th year; holds mass blood-letting

Trece Martires City--It was a heartening experience to look back when the Cavite-ños launched the “Give Love, Give Blood, Save Lives” prog-ram during the 6th year Anni-versary of the Provincial Blood Bank held at the lobby of the Provincial Capitol recently.
The event was patronized by Caviteños who believed that donating blood to the poor will somehow help save the less fortunate individuals who can’t afford to buy blood for their sick relatives.
According to the Provincial Health Office (PHO), a total of 50 bags of blood, containing 450 cc each were gathered during the mass blood letting.
Blood letting was initiated five years ago to promote camaraderie, unity, and generosity among other members of the province, specially the young generations of Caviteños who wanted to give free blood to our fellowmen.
Meanwhile, different agencies were asked to participate in the solo singing contest and dress a heart contest was judged according to their originality, creativity, impact and relevance of the message they created on the styro heart given.
The Budget office and the Maragondon Cavite Municipal Hospital bagged the 3rd and 2nd place respectively while the General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital (Technical) got the 1st place in the dress a heart category.
Jinky Jane Baytan, a repre-sentative of Liga ng mga Barangay in GMA, Cavite was declared the overall champion in the singing contest while Ma. Celine Pacardo and Jello Delos Santos were named as the 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Rev. Eros Astillero, Mrs. Adelina Torralba, and Mrs. Rosemary A. Castillo lead the panel of judges.
On the other hand, Gov. Ayong S. Maliksi was one of the eight governors of the country who received the National Sandugo Outstanding Local Chief Executive award which was given by the Department of Health.


Ibalik na sa normal ang lahat

Hindi kailanman namatay ang dating diktador na si Ferdinand Edralin Marcos. Bagaman at ang kanyang katawang-lupa ay naging alabok na lamang ngayon, ang kanyang kaisipan ay buhay na buhay pa rin at sumanib sa ibang katauhan. Ang kan-yang anino ay nananatiling nakasunod sa bawat Pilipinong nagdanas ng mga bangungot noong kanyang kapanahunan.
Noong Biyernes, Peb. 24 ay nagdeklara ng State of National Emergency ang Pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo dahil umano sa isang malinaw at pangkasalukuyang banta ng panganib sa seguridad ng bansa.
Nilagdaan niya ang Proclamation No. 1017 upang durugin ang mga puwersahang nagtatangkang pabagsakin ang gobyerno at agawin sa kanya ang kapangyarihan.
Ang mga sumunod na kaganapan ay alam na ng lahat, sapagkat nasasaksihan ang mga ito ng buong sambayanang Pilipino.
“At ang sinumang tao ay marinig ang aking mga salita at hindi manampalataya, ay hindi ko siya hinahatulan sapagkat ako ay dumating hindi upang hatulan ang sanlibutan kundi iligtas ito.” (Juan 12:47, 48)
Ang mga mamamayang nakarinig sa proklamasyon ng pangulo sa isang pambansang telebisyon at mga himpilan ng radio ay hati ang mga pananaw. May sumang-ayon, may kumontra, may naniwala, may-roong hindi.
Ang mga kumontra at hindi naniwala ay agad hinatulan – warrantless arrest, sapagkat sila umano ang mga mang-aagaw ng kapangyarihan. Pati ang kalayaan sa pamamahayag ay binusalan at sinagkaan. Bawal ang lahat ng uri ng pagtitipon-tipon.
“I am the best president to lead the country out of the crisis,” pahayag ng pangulo ilang araw bago ang deklarasyon. Kontrolado daw niya ang sitwasyon bilang commander-in-chief.
Tough lady, indeed. Base na rin sa mga binitiwang pahayag ng pangulo, marami ang naniniwala na hindi naman talaga kailangan ang State of National Emergency, kaya dapat na itong alisin. At mabuti naman ay kanya nga itong inalis noong Biyernes.
Ibalik na sa normal ang lahat. At sana’y matupad ang isang “wild dream” o panaginip ng isang kaibigan kung saan ang administrasyon sa pangunguna ng pangulo at ng ang lahat ng grupo ng oposisyon ay pumasok sa isang kasunduan. Wala nang rally, protes-ta, batikos at awayan; pabayaan nang matapos ng pangulo ang kanyang termino hanggang 2010 at bahala na siyang dumiskarte, pero HINDI NA NITO DAPAT PAKIKIALAMAN ANG KONSTITUSYON. WALA NANG CHA-CHA; WALA NA RING PALIT PORMA NG GOBYERNO. Pagkatapos ng 2010, saka na lang maghalal ng bagong presidente.
Ibalik na sa normal ang lahat. Panatilihin ang demokrasya. Ibalik sa normal ang lahat bago pa may maka isip na ipaaresto na rin pati iyong mga taong “nananaginip ng gising”.


Kapeng amadeo

Kon. Tino Villanueva

1. Dito po sa aming bayan, AMADEO ang pangalan,
isang bayan na malapit, sa SILANG at sa TAGAYTAY
sariwa ang mga hanging, dumarampi sa katawan,
amihan man o habagat, na likha ng kalikasan.

2. At ang lamig nitong hangin, kapag kayo’y narito na,
sa maghapon na pagtigil, ito’y inyong madarama,
hindi kayo malulungkot, sa tanawing makikita,
mga puno nitong kape, sadyang nakaka-halina.

3. Ang isa pang kasiyahan, na dito ay madarama,
sa pag-inom nitong KAPE, lalo na at sa umaga,
katawan mo ay lalakas, madarama ang pagsigla,
sasaya ang kalooban, malilimot ang problema.

4. Itong KAPENG AMADEO, ay kaiba po sa lahat,
pagkat itoy malinamnam, at sadyang napakasarap,
ang isa pang katangian, na dito ay nagbubuhat
kahit sinong makainom, bumabata po ng ganap.

5. Halina, halina, mga kaibigan,
ang bayan ng KAPE, ay ating puntahan,
KAPENG AMADEO, ay tikmang lubusan,
Hahanap hanapin, kapag nalasahan.

KAPENG AMADEO, babalik balikan !!!

Sumakay ka pa

Sheryl Mallari-Asprec

Wala kasi tayong kadala-dala

Bagama’t bahagyang nakahinga ng maluwag ang lahat sa pagbawi ng pangulo sa Presidential Proclamation 1017 noong Biyernes, marami pa rin diskum-pyado at nagsasabing pakitang tao lamang umano ito ng administrasyon at ang esensya ng State of National Emergency ay nanatili pa rin.
Ating himayin kung ano nga ba ang implikasyon ng pagdedeklara ng nasabing proklamas-yon at kung ito nga ba ay makatarungan o pagkitil sa karapatan ng mamamayan.
Sa pagdedeklara ng state of national emergency ng administrasyong Arroyo, marami ang na-ngangambang maaari daw itong maging isang uri ng martial law. Sariwa pa kasi sa alaala ng mga Pilipino kung paano nakitil ang demokrasya sa panahon ni dating pangulong Marcos. Gamit ang ka-may ng batas, nanatili ito sa puwesto sa loob ng 20 taon.
Ngunit madaming maling pagtingin sa state of national emergency. Una, hindi ito martial law. Hindi ito nagbibigay ng ka-ragdagang kapangyarihan sa pangulo. Isa lamang itong pagpapatupad ng kaniyang kapangyarihan sa mas masidhing paraan. Ikalawa, isa lamang itong pagsasabi na pinaniniwalaan ng pangulo na mayroong law-less violence at rebelyon. Pero kung ang pag-uusapan ay ang pag-alis sa ilan sa mga karapatang pantao, malinaw na wala ito sa nasabing proklamasyon.
Ganoon pa man, hindi dapat ipagwalang-bahala ng mga mamamayan ang nangyayari sa kasalukuyang administrasyon. Kung susuriing mabuti, tunay ngang madami ang hindi nasisiyahan sa pagpapatakbo ng gobyerno. May mga elemento ng Armed Forces of the Philippines na hindi kuntento sa pamamalakad nito at may mga bantang maaaring magkaroon ng kudeta. Hindi rin mangilan-ngilan ang mga protesta sa lan-sangan ganoon na din ang pagtiwalag ng suporta ng ilan sa mga kaalyado ni GMA.
Dahil dito, dapat maging mapagmatyag ang mga mama-mayan sa kung ano pa ang mga maaaring mangyari sa mga susunod na araw. Dapat tayong maging mapanuri at huwag tayong basta-basta padadala sa ilang mga pulitiko at sa init ng panahon. Hindi din natin kasi masasabing ang mga taong nais magpabagsak sa gobyerno ay may mga malinis na hangarin.
Ngunit ang mga nabanggit lang ba ang dapat nating ting-nang mabuti? Dapat din nating tingnan kung may ginagawang pang-aabuso ang gobyerno upang kitilin ang karapatang pantao. Nariyan ang freedom of expression and of speech, ang karapatan sa due process at laban sa warrantless arrest. Bagaman inaamin natin na may mga elementong hindi matantya ang tunay na layunin, hindi pa din dapat mawala ang ating karapatang pantao.
Ang pagdedeklara ng state of national emergency ay karapatan ng pangulo na naaayon sa Saligang Batas. Ang da-pat lamang linawin dito ay kung hanggang kailan at hanggang saan ang nasabing deklarasyon. Habang nakaambang ito sa ating bansa, nararapat lamang na ito ay tanggapin ng mahinahon ngunit dapat din na tayong maging mapagbantay at mapanuri. Sa pag-ihip kasi ng hangin ng pulitika, tayo ang direktang naaapektuhan nito.
At ngayong binawi na nga ang PP 1017, ipagdasal natin na huwag na itong ibalik pang muli. At least, habang wala ang lasak na kasabihan at hindi maintindi-hang “clear and present danger” na sinasabi ng pamahalaan.

Tagalog Brodkast

Ruel Francisco, PIA

Malisyosong hangarin

Sa dami ng mga sundalong nakipagpalaban para sa ating bayan. Sa dami ng tropang na-matay sa pagtatanggol ng ating karapatan, kapayapaan at saligang-batas, marami sa kanila mga anak ang natigil sa pag-aaral dahil sa kanilang sinapit para sa bansa. Lahat sila ay naghihintay ng tulong hindi lamang mula sa pamahalaan kundi maging sa ilang mga indibidwal na may pagmamalasakit para sa kanilang kadakilaang inialay para sa sambayanan.
Sa hindi maipaliwanag na pagkakataon ay mas inuna pa ni dating pangulong Erap Estrada na bigyan ng tulong ang mga kaanak ng mga Magdalo soldiers sa pamamagitan ng kanyang foundation na saludo sa kawal. Ayon sa report na nakuha ni Sec. Mike Defensor aabot sa walong milyong piso ang ibinigay ni Erap sa pamilya ng Magdalo noong nakaraang pasko bilang aginaldo kasama ang ilan sa mga tauhan ng isa sa mga nahuling rebeldeng sundalo na si B./Gen. Danny Lim ng scout ranger regimen.
Nagkataon lang ba o tala-gang prayoridad ni Erap ang mga sundalong nasa likod ng planong destabilisasyon laban sa pamahalaang Arroyo? Kahit saang anggulong tingnan ay hindi maiaalis ang katotohanan na ang nasabing salapi ay parang suhol kundi man direktang matatawag na lagay para sa isang mutual understanding sa magkabilang panig na may parehong layunin, ang mapaalis sa pwesto si Pangulong Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Ang grupo ng Magdalo at ilang tauhan ni Gen. Lim sa scout ranger regimen ang sinasabing ilan sa mga grupong binantayan ng mga tropa ng pamahalaan noong Biyernes dahil sa pakikipag-ugnayan nila sa ilang mga personalidad na ang ilan ay ma-lalapit sa pinatalsik na pangulo at ang ilan naman ay sa komunistang grupo.
Kahit anong katwiran ang gawing sangkalan ng dating pangulo ay malinaw na isang malisyosong hakbang ang kanyang ginawang pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga Magdalo soldiers. Kahit na sabihing dokumentado ang nasabing pagbibigay ng pera para sa Christmas party ano naman ang kasiguruhan na hindi nagamit ang bahagi nito sa kanilang nabigong tangka kontra sa pamahalaan?
Sadyang walang sikreto ang hindi nabubulgar. Malinaw na may sabwatan kaya’t marapat lamang na isailalim sa mas malalim sa imbestigasyon ang nasabing mga bagay.
Tell it the marines, Mr. Estrada! Hindi bobo ang samba-yanan para hindi maunawaan ang simpleng palusot na inyong ginagawa upang bigyang katwiran ang pakikipag-alyansa sa mga grupong nasa likod ng mga bigong tangka laban sa pama-halaan.
Ang common denominator ni Erap, B./Gen. Danny Lim at Magdalo, lahat sila gustong malaglag sa pwesto si Pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.


Lolitz Estrellado

We deserve a major dividend

“If a slave or opposition chose to revolt against the established order, that was his misfortune. His only recourse is to leave his “ship” to exchange it for virtual oblivion or be arrested.”
Some knew their station in life and kept to it. Official histories tend to gloss over the state of affairs or more commonly, ignore it all together which is an understand MYOPIA.
She has learned a lot from her experiences during the Marcos era. She has even surpassed the doings of the late strong man. She declared a State of National Emergency, not Martial Law but what she and her men enforced is more than Martial Law.
A society in which the majority of the people are poor is, as we have been experiencing, in constant danger of having its political authority corrupted and dominated by the rich minority and constant power grab efforts by those plotting against the government.
The rich are getting richer and powerful while the poor gets poorer. The rich maintain themselves against the poverty of the poor.
Subalit ang patuloy na pagre-rebelde ng ilang grupo ay nakaka-apekto nang lubos sa kanila, sa kanilang mga negosyo at sa ekono-miya ng bansa sa kabuuan.
The economy is very uncertain caught in a struggle of formidable problems and forces.
There is an unwieldy political system which constrained coordinated government action.
There are civil disorder and social unrest.
There is economic and social inequality. The majority poor don’t stand equal with the minority rich before the law and this is the genuine truth no matter how we look at it.
Sa katotohanan, marahil ay hindi mismong ang pagkatao ng pangulo ang inaayawan kundi ang kanyang mga pamamaraan at ang kawalan ng solidong re-sulta ng kanyang mga ginagawa.
Despite the strain of external pressures on the economy and the national development program, the government should have maintained the present level of taxes on the citizenry and should have not impose new taxes nor increased existing ones.
The Filipinos will survive. We have the competence and endurance of spirit.
The declaration of a State of National Emergency received various reactions; some favored it, some disagreed. She said she is on top of the top situation.
But her decision and the recent political events triggered by the proclamation should give the country a MAJOR DIVIDEND – AN UNPRECEDENTED GAIN TO THE NATIONAL ECONOMY. THE PEOPLE, THE POOR DESERVE IT.

Ni Eden Jane Dimaano

Mga resibo ng gamot na binili sa labas

ng ospital, maaring mabayaran ng PhilHealth

Sa ilalim ng polisiya ng Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, ang mga nabiling gamot sa labas ng ospital ay maaaring mabayaran kung sakaling ito ay nasa listahan ng Philippine National Drug Formulary o PNDF. Kasama din ang mga sumusu-nod upang matukoy kung ang mga ipinasang resibo ay maaaring mabayaran ng PhilHealth:
• Ang mga resibo ay kinakailangang may pangalan ng may-ari ng botika kung saan nakala-gay ang TIN No. at BIR No. ka-sama ang printing press na nag-imprenta ng resibo sapagkat ito ay nangangahulugan na ang botika ay naka-rehistro sa Bu-reau of Internal Revenue.
• Ang mga petsa ng araw na nakalagay sa resibo ay kinakailangang napapaloob sa mga araw na ang pasyente ay namalagi sa ospital.
• Kung may mga pagkakamali o bura sa mga nakatalang impormasyon sa resibo ay hindi na ito maaaring mabayaran pa ng PhilHealth.
• Kung sakaling ang benepis-yo ay sagad na base sa kategorya ng ospital at uri ng pagkakasakit ay hindi na rin mababayaran ang mga resibong isinama sa claims.
• Ang lahat ng mga resibong ipinasa kasama ng claims ay dumadaan sa mga medical evaluator ng Claims and Processing Di-vision ng PhilHealth upang masuri kung ang mga nabiling gamot ay maaaring mabayaran ng PhilHealth base na rin sa Philippine National Drug Formulary o PNDF kung saan ang mga gamot lamang na nakatala dito ang maaaring maba-yaran.
Kaugnay nito, sakaling may hindi pa naipapasang resibo ng mga gamut, maaari pa din itong ipasa kasama ang Benefit pay-ment Notice na ipinadala ng PhilHealth sa miyembro para sa kanyang Adjustment kasama ang mga resibo ng gamot na nabili sa labas ng ospital. Dito maaari ng maiproseso ng PhilHealth ang mga resibo ng gamot kung ito ay maaari pang mabayaran o hindi na. Patuloy ang PhilHealth sa pagbibigay ng de-kalidad na serbisyo at pangkaseguruhang pangkalusugan para sa lahat.


Ni Dr. Ligaya “Guy” Guevarra


Ang bilin ng Diyos tayo’y magmahalan,
At alagaan din lahat ng nilalang,
Yaon tubig, hangin, hayop, at halaman,
Iyan ay biyaya sa sangkatauhan.

Ang mga biyaya ganap na sagana,
Na pangkabuhayan na laan sa madla,
May nakikinabang ng sobra sa nasa,
Ang taong nalinlang ay naging kawawa.

Dating kulay ginto ang linang at parang,
Ang bundok at bukid at dating luntian,
Ang dagat at ilog tubig ay malinaw,
Na laan sa madla na pangkalusugan.

Ngayon masdan natin ang kapaligiran,
Naging kulay lupa ang ginto’t luntian,
Salat sa pagkain, ang tubig ay kulang,
Marami ang gutom at nauuhaw.

Basura, nagkalat, sampu ng katawan,
Kung kaya nakalbo pati kabundukan,
Ibon lumilipad kulang ang dapuan,
Ang buhay na isda kapos ang languyan.

Kalbong lalawigan lubhang nasalanta,
Di kayang hadlangan ang putik at baha,
Tao, hayop, bahay nalibing, nawala
Sa mariing haplit na naging sakuna.


Taumbayan, biktima ng gusot sa pulitika

Kailan ba titigil ang mga kritiko ng Pangulong Arroyo? Kailan ba nila lulubayan ang kanilang mga kampanya upang mapatalsik ang Pangulo? Dahil sa kanilang makasariling mga layunin, wala silang pakialam kung masaktan man o mahirapan ang taumbayan.
Dahil sa kanilang walang sawang paghahasik ng kaguluhan, ang taumbayan ang kanilang pinaparusahan. Bagyong political at pang-ekonomiya ang gustong mangyari ng mga ito para mas mapabilis ang katuparan ng kanilang maitim na balakin. Gusto nilang wasakin ang ekonomiya ng bansa para lalong mas humina ang gobyerno.
Ang taumbayan ang biktima kung dahil sa gusot sa pulitika ay mawala ang tiwala ng mga lokal at mga dayuhang investors, bumaba ang investments at magtanggalan ng mga manggagawa.
Sawa na at pagod na ang taumbayan sa mga taktika ng mga kritiko ng Pangulong Arroyo. Umay na umay na sila sa mga kampanyang magpatalsik ng pangulo dahil dumidiskaril ito sa oportunidad ng pag-ahon ng bansa.
Sa halip na tumulong sila sa pagpapalago at pagpapaganda sa kabuhayan ng bawat Pilipino, sila pa mismo ang na-giging sagabal para makapag-hanapbuhay ang mga ito dahil sa kanilang patuloy na pag-iingay at paghahasik ng gulo at pagkabahala.
Kung totoong nagmamahal ang mga kritikong ito sa kapakanan ng taumbayan, sana ay magbigay sila ng mga panukala para sa ikabubuti ng taumbayan at para sa kapayapaan at pagkakaisa sa ating bayan. Ipakita nila na sila ay dapat igalang at may angking kakayahan na maging pangulo ng ating bayan.
Tigilan na sana nila ang pagpapahirap sa taumbayan. Ihinto na nila ang pambubugbog at pang-aabuso sa ating demokrasya.

Nagpahayag ng madamdaming pananalita si P/CSupt. Prospero C. Noble, Jr., PRO Calabarzon director, sa pagdiriwang ng ika-118 kaarawan ng yumaong B/Gen. Vicente Lim noong Peb. 27 na ginanap sa harap ng Administration Building ng Camp Vicente Lim sa Calamba City. Pinuri at inaalaala ni RD Noble ang katapatan ng yumaong heneral at ang paglilingkod nito sa Philippine National Police. Isang floral offering din ang isinagawa sa bantayog ni Gen. Lim na pinangunahan nina RD Noble, Prof. Roberto Lim, Vicente Lim Jr., mga opisyal ng PNP at panauhin pangdangal.

Vice Mayor Malvar, nananawagan

para sa pangangalaga ng kapaligiran

ni Lolitz L. Estrellado

BACOOR, CAVITE--Nanawagan si Vice Mayor Edwin Malvar sa kanyang mga kasamahan sa pamahalaang bayan na mahigpit na ipatupad ang mga karampa-tang batas at ordinansang pangkapaligiran upang mapangalagaan ang likas na yaman dito.
Aniya, bilang isang mabilis na umuunlad at first class coastal community, dapat na pag-ukulan ng husto ang kapaligiran lalong lalo na ang water resources dito.
“The significance of making inland and coastal waters of Bacoor safe from both air and water pollutants is tantamount to the progress and development of the municipality and its townspeople,” paliwanag ng butihing vice mayor na kilala bilang isang masugid na tagapagtaguyod ng mga programang pangkalikasan at pangkapaligiran.
Sinabi ni Malvar na karami-han sa kanyang mga kababayan ay kumikita ng mga ikinabubuhay sa pamamagitan ng shellfish cultivation partikular ng mussel at oyster farming.
“We could just imagine the nightmare that would be forth-coming if the succulent oysters and mussels we sell outside of our ‘oyster town’ would cause diseases and even food poisoning,” dagdag pa ni Malvar.
Binigyang-diin niya na ang implementasyon ng mga lokal at pambansang mga batas o kautusan ay maaaring isagawa sa pa-mamagitan ng pakikipag-ugna-yan sa mga tauhan ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources National Office, sa Special Task Force ng Philippine National Police at Department of Health (DoH).

KONTRA DAYA, KONTRA GHOST EMPLOYEE. Ipinapakita ni Dasmariñas Mayor Pidi Barzaga ang bagong digital clock finger scanning machine na kanyang ipinagawa para sa mga empleyado ng munisipyo upang maiwasan ang pandaraya sa oras ng pagpasok at paglabas sa opisina sa pamamagitan ng thumb mark. sa pamamgitan nito ay maiiwasan din ang mga tinatawag na ghost employees.

Holdaper timbog sa sekyu

Roy Tomandao

Bacoor, Cavite--Nadakip ng isang security guard ang isang kilalang holdaper matapos na biktimahin nito ang isang Indian national sa Green Valley Subd., San Nicolas 3 sa bayang ito kamakailan.
Nakilala ang biktima na si Lakhbir Singh, 25 at residente ng Panapaan sa bayan ding ito.
Agad namang naaresto ang suspek na si Giovanni Mendoza, 26, habang nakatakas ang kasamahan nitong si Chris Almares. Ayon sa ulat, dakong alas 9:00 ng umaga ng harangin ng mga suspek ang bumbay na nangongolekta ng kanyang mga pautang.
Tinutukan ng mga ito ng baril at balisong ang biktima, kinuha ang cellphone at pera na humigit-kumulang P5,000 at tumakas. Nakapagsumbong kay Alvin Pangan Duyon, chairman ng Homeland Security Network, ang biktima at agad itong rumesponde kasama sina SPO4 Rogelio Bello.
Naaresto si Mendoza at nabawi sa pag-iingat nito ang isang 12 gauge shotgun, home-made sumpak at balisong ganoon din ang cellphone na nasa asawa ni Almares na si Raquel Andaya Almares na kasama na ring inireklamo ng biktima.

ARESTADO! Iprinisenta sa mga mamamahayag ni P/Supt. Mario A. Reyes, hepe ng Dasamriñas PNP, sina Florencio Dimayaw, Angelito Real at Reynaldo Campued na pawang mga robbery/holdup/snatching suspect matapos silang madakip sa isinagawang follow up operation sa Brgy. San Francisco sa nabanggit na bayan. Nabawi mula sa mga suspek ang mga cellphone na tinangay ng mga ito mula sa kanilang mga biktima.

Kahit ‘di nakasunod sa deadline
Mga mayor ng Cavite, kikilos
laban sa posibleng krisis sa basura

ni Lolitz L. Estrellado
TSTH Cavite News Team

TANZA, CAVITE—Nagpahayag ng kanilang pagkabahala ang mga punong bayan sa lalawigan ng Cavite kaugnay ng pagpapa-tupad ng ban sa operasyon ng mga open at controlled garbage dumps na nagsimula noong Peb. 16 alinsunod sa itinatakda ng Republic 9003.
Sa panayam ng The Southern Tagalog Herald Cavite kay Tanza Mayor Munding A. del Rosario na siya ring pangulo ng Cavite Mayors League (CML), sinabi nito na hindi niya mailarawan kung anong uri ng kalituhan o suliranin ang maaaring suungin ng mga punong ehekutibo hindi lamang sa Cavite kundi maging sa iba pang bahagi ng bansa kung ang nasabing batas ay ipatutupad na nang mahigpitan.
Sa abot umano ng kanyang kaalaman, mayroon lamang tatlong sanitary landfills sa bansa na ang disenyo at pagkakayari ay sumusunod sa mga ispesipikasyon na itinakda ng batas; at ang mga ito ay nasa Puerto Prinsesa City (Palawan), Cebu City at Metro Clark, Pampanga.
“Ang mga mayor ay nahirapang makaabot sa deadline, subalit nauunawaan namin na ang batas ay batas at bilang mga pinuno ng pamahalaan, dapat naming itong ipatupad. Maghaharap kami ng aplikasyon para sa pagpapasara ng mga open at controlled garbage dumps at magsisimula na rin kaming magplano at magdisenyo ng aming dumpsites na naaayon sa mga probisyon ng RA 9003,” paliwanag ni del Rosario.
Nangako siya na sila sa CML ay puspusang kikilos upang maiwasan o mapigilan ang posibleng krisis sa basura sa isang paraang hindi lalabag sa batas.
Halos lahat ng munisipalidad sa Cavite ay nagmamantine ng open o controlled garbage dumps. Simula sa pagtatapos ng deadline noong Huwebes, nabahala na ang mga punong bayan at nag-alala na baka magdulot ito ng malawakang krisis sa basura.
Gayunpaman, nangako ang mga ito na agarang kikilos upang maiwasan ang bagay na ito, ayon pa kay del Rosario.

PhilHealth service desk
sa Cavite City, bukas na

ni Eden Jane Dimaano

Maaari nang makipag-ugnayan sa PhilHealth ang mga naninirahan sa Cavite City at mga karatig nitong lugar. Ito ay pagkaraang makapagtalaga ng service desk sa lalawigang ito ang PhilHealth Regional Office IV-A sa tulong at suporta na rin na ibinigay ni Mayor Bernardo Paredes.
Ang naturang service desk ay matatagpuan sa Administration Office Cavite City Public Market. Ito ay bukas tuwing una at ikatlong Lunes (1st and 3rd Mondays ) ng bawat buwan sa ganap na ikawalo ng umaga hanggang ikaapat ng hapon (8am to 4pm).
Sa pamamagitan nito ay higit na mapapalapit ang serbisyo ng PhilHealth hindi lamang sa mga miyembro nito kundi pati na rin sa mga nais pang umanib sa alinmang programa ng National Health Insurance Program (NHIP).
Isang daan din ito upang mas lalo pang maipamahagi ang impormasyon ukol sa iba’t ibang programa at polisya ng PhilHealth gayundin upang mas maunawaan ng miyembro at mga kwalipikadong makikinabang nito ang kanilang benepisyong Medicare at ang tamang paraan ng paggamit nito.
Ang pagtatalaga ng service desk sa iba’t ibang lugar ay isa sa mga stratehiya ng PhilHealth upang mas nakararami pang Filipino ang magkaroon ng pangkasegurong pangkalusugan at mabigyan ng kaalaman ukol sa PhilHealth.

Cavite City TMG confiscates hot bikes

by Nimfa Lodronio

CAVITE CITY--Elements of the Cavite City Traffic Management Group (TMG) confiscated 14 undocumented motorcycle along Aguinaldo Highway during an intensified operation against illegal vehicles conducted on Monday.
P/Chief Inspector Cajipe, in an ambush interview here, said the motorcycles were intercepted and confiscated after the riders or the drivers were not able to produce and show documents proving their ownership of the vehicles.
Police authorities suspect illegal motorcycles are being used by syndicates in robbery/hold up operations and in sowing havoc in the community.
Cajipe said they will conduct an investigation on the confiscated motorcycles to identify its owners and determine whether their suspicion proves correct.
As to the peace and order situation in his area of responsibility, the police chief said everything is normal.
The crime rate in Cavite City remains at a very manageable level.
There are of course, some incidence of crime, as in other municipalities in Cavite Province and other parts of the country, but the local police here are always on top of the situation.
There are no serious crimes like murder, and only isolated cases. The city is generally peaceful as the police force implements measures to maintain order.
Police visibility, constant police patrolling immediate response to emergency calls and the full support and cooperation of both the local officials and success of their peace and order campaign, Cajipe explained.

Cavite Police Beat

Ni Manny Aguila

Ginang, patay sa hit & run
IMUS--Isang ginang ang nasawi matapos ma-hit and run habang papatawid sa kahabaan ng Emilio Aguinaldo Highway sakop ng Pasong Santol, Brgy. Anabu I sa bayang ito kamakailan.
Dead on the spot ang biktima na nakilalang si Marivic Rejano, 34 anyos, may asawa at residente ng Brgy. Anabu Hills dito.
Ayon sa report ni PO2 Noriel de Jesus, ang insidente ay naganap dakong ala-1:10 ng madaling araw kung saan nabangga ang biktima ng hindi nabatid na sasakyan na kumaripas ng takbo matapos ang insidente.
Ang biktima ay nagtamo ng mga grabeng sugat na siya nitong ikinasawi.
Bangkay ng lalaki, natagpuan
AMADEO--Isang bangkay ng hindi pa nakikilalang lalaki ang natagpuan sa Sitio Sudsud, Brgy. May Mangga sa bayang ito dakong alas-8:20 ng umaga noong Marso 2.
Ayon sa ulat ng pulisya rito, ang biktima ay may mga tama ng bala sa iba’t ibang parte ng katawan. Ito ay nasa edad 35-40 anyos, may taas na 5’5, katamtamang panga-ngatawan, may mahabang buhok, may tattoo na “comman-do” sa dibdib at nakasuot ng gray na t-shirt, maong pants at puting tsinelas.
Ang bangkay ay dinala sa Funeraria Amadeo para sa kaukulang otopsiya.
Magnanakaw ng kuryente, huli
IMUS--Nahaharap sa kasong Violation of RA 7832 (Anti-Electricity Pilferage Act of 1994) ang dalawang lalaki matapos mahuli silang nagta-tap ng kuryente sa main line ng Meralco sa Brgy. Medicion I-C sa bayang ito kamakailan.
Kasalukuyang nakadetine sa himpilan ng pulisya rito ang isa sa mga suspek na si Ferdinand Toledo, 35 ng Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite habang nakatakas naman ang kasamahan nitong si Eric Loyola ng Brgy. Medicion I-C.
Ayon sa ulat ng pulisya rito, dakong alas-4:30 ng hapon noong Peb. 28 ay nahuli sa akto ang dalawa habang ilegal na nagta-tap ng kuryente ang dalawa patungo sa bahay ni Loyola.
Mister, patay sa saksak
TAGAYTAY CITY--Binawian ng buhay sa ospital ang isang mister matapos saksakin sa tagiliran ng kanyang kaaway habang naghihintay ng sasakyan sa Calamba Tagaytay Road sa lungsod na ito kamakailan.
Ang biktima ay nakilalang si Nomeriano Maguinao, residente ng Brgy. Sungay East dito habang boluntaryong isinuko ng kanyang ama at abogado ang suspek na si Ruben Concepcion, 20, ng Brgy. San Jose ng lungsod ding ito.
Ayon sa report, dakong alas-10 ng gabi habang naghihintay sa waiting shed ang biktima kasama ang kanyang nakakatandang kapatid na si Alexander ng dikitan ito ng suspek at inindayan ng saksak.
Nagawa pang maisugod sa ospital ang biktima ngunit kinabukasan ay namatay din ito.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Southern Tagalog Herald -- Feb. 26 - Mar. 4, 2006

Gen. Noble, bagong RD ng Calabarzon PNP
by Roselle R. Aquino
CAMP VICENTE LIM, CANLUBANG LAGUNA--Pormal ng isinalin ni outgoing PRO 4-A Regional Director Chief Supt. Jesus Versoza ang pamumuno ng Calabarzon PNP kay Chief Supt. Prospero Noble, Jr. matapos ang isang simpleng seremonya na ginanap sa Multi-Purpose Hall dito dakong 2:00 ng hapon kamakailan.
Si Versoza ay nagsilbing regional director ng Calabarzon PNP sa loob ng labing-isang buwan. Siya ay natalaga bilang bagong pinuno ng Criminal In-vestigation & Detection Group sa Kampo Crame sa bisa pa rin ng pinakahuling balasahan sa Philippine National Police. Si Noble naman ay galing sa Region 9 bilang Regional Director.
Sa kanyang talumpati, pinasalamatan ni Versoza ang lahat ng opisyal at tauhan ng pulisya sa buong rehiyon, kabilang na ang media dahil sa suportang ibinigay ng mga ito sa ilalim ng kanyang panunungkulan. Sinabi naman ni Noble na magkahalong “excitement” at “apprehension” ang kanyang nadama matapos niyang malaman na sa rehiyong ito siya itatalaga.
“I consider this designation as something beyond my dreams and expectations for this is one of the best assignments any police officer could have,” anang opisyal. Idinagdag pa ng heneral na nakakaramdam din siya ng pagkabahala dahil isa aniyang malaking responsibilidad ang nakaatang sa kanya at bawat kilos niya ay may inaasahang kaakibat na magandang resulta. “Indeed, this Herculian task that I must now undertake, and I embrace this with with so much profound optimism and great anticipation with only the promise that I will do my job and do it to the best of my ability,” dagdag pa niya.
Pinasalamatan din ni Noble si Verzosa dahil sa matagumpay nitong pamumuno at pagtataguyod ng mga hangarin ng PNP. Inaasahan niya na mai-pagpapatuloy niya ang mga magagandang programa na sinimulang ipatupad ni Verzosa sa buong rehiyon. Hindi rin nakalimutan ni Noble na pasalamatan si Pangulong Glora Macapagal Arroyo dahil sa pagbibigay nito ng oportunidad sa kanya na makapagsilbi sa mga mamamayan ng rehiyon.
Pinasalamatan din nito sina DILG Secretary Ronaldo Puno at Chief PNP Director General Arturo Lomibao sa tiwala at suporta na ipinagkaloob ng mga ito sa kanya. Pinahayag din ni Noble ang kanyang hangaring isulong ang programang “Capable, Motivated and Performing Police Force Working in Close Partnership with the Communities of Calabarzon”.
Nakatakda din niyang ilunsad ang programang “My Brother’s Keeper” na naglalayong iattas ang morale, disiplina at kapakanan ng bawat pulis sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng kapangyarihan ang mga senior police non-commissioned officers (PNCO) na pamunuan ang kanilang mga tauhan.
BEST LGU. Gov. Teresita "Ningning" Lazaro receives from PNP Chief Arturo Lomibao the best LGU Special Award during the 15th PNP anniversary held at PRO Calabrazon in Camp Vicente Lim. The award was given for the provincial government for its "BARKADAHAN sa Laguna" or "Barangay Kontra Droga Handog namin sa Laguna" that is a community mobilization program created to instill awareness among all members of the society. (PIO-Laguna)
Hepe ng Cavinti PNP, tanggal;
Provincial director, sinibak din
nina Roy Tomandao
at Ladylou Manuel
Camp Vicente Lim, Laguna-Kaagad na sinibak ni Sr. Supt Federico Terte, Laguna PNP Provincial Director, ang hepe ng Cavinti PNP na si Sr. Insp. Walter Esguerra matapos mapag-alaman na wala ito sa istasyon ng maganap ang pagsalakay ng NPA sa kabila ng ipinatupad na red alert.
Ipinalit kay Esguerra bilang OIC si Sr. Insp. Melencio Deleganar habang pinalitan din ang lahat ng pulis na nakatalaga sa nasabing istasyon. Matapos nito ay sinibak din ni Chief Supt. Prospero Noble, Jr., ang bagong talagang Calabarzon PNP Director, si Col. Terte at itinalaga bilang OIC si Sr. Supt. Luisito de Leon, ground director ng Regional Mobile Group.
Matatandaang ipinagmalaki ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas ang Nilo Hatol Command na nakabase sa Laguna dahil sa kanilang matagumpay na pagsalakay sa Cavinti Police Station noong Sabado ng hapon.
Ayon kay Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, tagapagsalita ng NPA, ipinakita umano ng operasyong ito na kayang-kaya nilang malusutan ang PNP at AFP kahit naka-red alert pa ang mga ito.
Dagdag pa ni ka Roger na patunay din ito na ang sunod-sunod na matatagumpay nilang raid sa buong bansa ay taliwas sa mga pahayag ng AFP at PNP na humihina na ang kanilang pwersa. Nagbanta pa si Ka Roger na magsasagawa pa sila ng mga pagsalakay sa mga susunod na panahon.
Matatandaang sinalakay ng mga rebelde ang mismong himpilan ng Cavinti PNP sa Laguna dakong 1:45 ng hapon kamakalawa.
Ayon sa ulat, nagulat ang mga pulis ng biglang sumulpot ang may 20 rebelde na naka-suot ng camouflage uniform at kaagad na tinutukan sila ng baril ng mga ito. Ikinulong pa ng mga rebelde ang anim na pulis sa selda at saka hinakot ang mahigit sa 14 na M-16 Armalite rifle, apat na kalibre 38 revolver, isang personal computer at mga personal na gamit ng mga pulis bago mabilis na tumakas.
Pinaiimbestigahan na ni Noble kung paano nalusutan ng mga rebelde ang check-point ng military papasok sa nasabing bayan gayundin ang pagkapabaya ng Cavinti Police sa kabila ng ipinatutupad na red alert at ang pagpapabaya ng mga pulis gayong may mga intelligence report na sila ay sasalakayin ng mga rebelde.

MORE CLASSROOMS IN LAGUNA. Gov. Teresita "Ningning" S. Lazaro leads the ceremonial ribbon-cutting in the recent inauguration of the 3-storey building at Malaban Elementary School in Binan, Laguna with Brgy. Capt. Andres Marfil, Vice Gov. Edwin Olivarez, and principal Nora Bambo. Several building, stages and covered courts are being inaugurated almost every week throughout Laguna as part of the provincial government's Sulong Edukasyon at Isports under the flagship Sulong Laguna 7-point agenda.

Langis ng niyog, pamalit sa diesel itinutulak ng PCA

Iniulat ni Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Administrator Jesus Emmanuel Paras na ang pangasiwaan ay naglunsad ng mga makabuluhang palatuntunan upang magawang ang purong langis ng niyog ay magamit na ganap na pamalit sa petroleum diesel o langis na mula sa ilalim ng lupa.

Aniya, ang pag-aaral o pananaliksik ukol dito ay hindi na bagong bagay sa bansa sa dahilang noong panahon ng pananakop ng mga Hapon at suliranin ang pagpapasok ng petroleum diesel sa kapuluan ay nagagawa ng mga mekanikong Pilipino na magpatakbo ng mga sasakyang ang gatong ang langis ng niyog.

Maging si Dr. Rudolf Diesel na siyang nagpaunlad sa langis mula sa ilalim ng lupa bilang gatong sa pagpapakilos ng makina ay nagsimula sa pananaliksik na ang ginagamit na gatong ay langis na mula sa gulay o nakakatulad ng katangian ng langis ng niyog.

Lamang, nasumpungan niya noong 1900 na higit na matipid na ang gamitin ay ang petroleum oil sa halip na vegetable oil. Nang nakaranas ang bansa ng lubhang mataas na pagkapagtaas sa halaga ng petroleum oil noong 1980, sa tagubilin ni dating Pangulong Ferdinand E. Marcos ay nagkaroon ng pagsisikap na pag-aralan ang posibilidad na ang purong langis ng niyog ang maging ganap na pamalit sa petroleum diesel.

Sinubok noon ang paggamit ng estrerification process upang ang vegetable oil ay mapaunlad bilang panggatong sa sasakyan, Sa kasalukuyan, napatunayan ng ang Coconut Methyl Esther (CME) ay halos nakakatulad sa katangian ng petroleum diesel kaya naniniwala ang mga mananaliksik na Pinoy na hindi na lubhang matagal at ang purong langis ng niyog ay magagamit na pamalit sa petroleum diesel bagama’t sa kasalukuyan ay halos 1% pa lamang ang nagagawa.

Makikita sa larawan sina Vice Governor Edwin L. Olivarez, chairman ng ANGAT Laguna (ALFI), habang pinipirmahan ang Memorandum of Understanding kaugnay ng pagbibigay ng International Rice Research Institute ng sasakyan sa naturang foundation. Makikita din sina Gng. Janet Olivarez, pangulo ng ALFI at Bb. Chat Ocampo ng IRRI.

State of national emergency Proclamation
1017 will never be abused--Palace


President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will never abuse her powers under Proclamation No. 1017 and will limit these to those that are vital to the preservation of the Constitution and containing the threats to national security, Malacañang said today. “The declaration of a state of emergency is borne out of necessity.

The objective is to preserve the Constitution, defend the rule of law, prevent violence and disorder,” Press Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye said in a statement. “Proclamation 1017 will never be abused and utilized against innocent persons. The proclamation does not authorize warrantless arrests except as provided for in the rules of court,” he added.

Bunye, who is also the Presidential Spokesman, said the President has vowed to limit the exercise of her powers to those that are necessary to contain the threats to national security. “Those who feel aggrieved have recourse to the courts which are open and continue to operate,” he said.

Bunye also dismissed rumors that Malacanang would impose martial law. “The situation is under control and we expect to get over this in no time,” he stressed. At the same time, Bunye thanked the show of loyalty to the President by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) as well as the members of the House of Representatives, local government executives, businessmen, and other sectors.

“We thank the various sectors, the AFP, the PNP, local government executives, the House of Representatives, the business sector, and other well wishers for their expression of support and for rallying around the Constitution, the rule of law, and the preservation of calm and sobriety,” Bunye said.

Among the earliest groups that expressed their support for the President’s issuance of the proclamation was the 987-strong Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines (PBMLP). The provincial officials issued their statement of support on Friday morning while holding their 14th National Convention in Butuan City.

Ang ilan sa mga bata at magulang na naging bahagi ng Food Supplementation Program ni Vice Governor Edwin L. Olivarez sa Brgy. San Buenaventura sa Luisiana, Laguna.

Ofelia F. Domingo, Marie M. Manabat,
Alexandra Z. Cabrera, Arlene R. Obmerga
S&T Media Service

This year’s La Niña, weak but unusual

A weak La Niña has set in, bringing higher rainfall than average conditions in most parts of Northern Luzon, the Visayas, as well as central and eastern Mindanao until April this year.
This was announced by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in a meeting at the Department of Science and Technology headquarters on Tuesday.
According to Ms. Edna Juanillo of PAGASA, this year’s La Niña is weak but unusual with its abrupt decrease in sea surface temperatures (SSTs) compared with the previous episodes wherein the SSTs did not behave this way.
La Niña occurs when the SSTs in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean become cooler than normal. It recurs, on the average, every three to seven years and can persist for as long as two years.
According to PAGASA, Cagayan, Aurora, Quezon, Camarines Sur and Norte, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Samar, Leyte, Agusan Sur and Norte, Surigao del Norte, and Davao Oriental will likely have more than average rainfall.
All government agencies and the public are being advised to prepare for possible floods, flash floods, and rain-triggered landslides in hazard-prone areas.

Council gears up info drive for La Niña
La Niña is back and PCARRD is gearing up its information drive.
One of its information sources is the book ENSO Mitigating Measures, a compendium of technologies applicable to both El Niño and La Niña events.
Previous La Niña episodes damaged the country’s agriculture and natural resources. Standing crops were washed out and fertile agricultural soils were eroded. It also caused postharvest problems to the grain sector, particularly in its storage and drying operations.
PCARRD is therefore encouraging farmers to adopt soil conservation technologies such as constructing bench terraces to reduce the risks along high slopes, planting vetiver grass, practicing alley cropping with the use of hedgerows, covercropping, mulching, and planting on waterways.
Vetiver grass is an effective barrier to soil erosion because of its massive root system while hedgerows can be effective biophysical barriers, trapping sediments and slowing down surface runoff.
PCARRD is also promoting the adoption of floating gardens in flood-prone or swampy areas as well as the use of flood-resistant crops and other cropping systems.
For low-lying rice fields and farms affected by saltwater, the Sorjan system of managing salt intrusion is applicable. The Sorjan system involves alternate cropping, spaced at one meter, of upland and lowland crops such as coconuts, grains, and vegetables.
The Council also sees the need to make grain dryers and storage facilities available as prolonged wet conditions may impede the drying and storage of grains and other crops. Proper monitoring of grain stock conditions and quality will be needed throughout the stages of postproduction operations.

RDA, PCARRD sign new work plan of cooperation
The experts’ exchange mission between PCARRD and the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of Korea continues this year with the signing of the 2005–2006 work plan of scientific and technical cooperation between the two organizations.
In the recently signed work plan, the exchange mission covers eleven areas, as follows: 1) production system for high-quality and functional vegetables; 2) food safety measurement of fresh vegetables; 3) cultivation, processing, and marketing of hot pepper; 4) new garlic production system; 5) applied communication/quality documentation; 6) study of heat resistance for dairy cattle in the tropical climate; 7) establishment of a livestock improvement system; 8) decision support and expert system in rural development and extension; 9) research for the enhancement of farm household income; 10) photo documentation of Philippine farms; and 11) English language training course.
Agencies of the Philippine national agricultural research system involved in this year’s work plan are the Mariano Marcos State University, Benguet State University, and Los Baños National Crops R&D Center-Bureau of Plant Industry.
Also in the work plan are the Postdoctorate Fellowship Program (PDF) and the consultative meeting and PDF program assessment. Five Filipino scientists will go to Korea in 2006 for postdoctoral programs in crops, livestock, and agricultural resource management.

Council targets ISO 9001:2000 certification renewal
PCARRD gears up for its third yearly ISO 9001:2000 surveillance audit on its quality management system (QMS) on March 8.
The ISO certification is part of the Council’s continual effort to enhance agency performance and service delivery to its clients and the general public.
The certification is renewed every three years and passing the yearly surveillance audit is a requirement for renewal.
PCARRD was the first council of the Department of Science and Technology to attain ISO 9001:2000 certification for its QMS.
The certificate was issued in early 2004 by SGS Philippines, an accredited certifying body under the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.

PCARRD to hit the airwaves in March
With the onset of summer comes PCARRD’s radio program to be aired over DZJV based in Calamba, Laguna.
On March 4, this one-hour radio program, with a tentative title “Kabisig ng Magsasaka,” will be heard in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon, where DZJV’s transmitter can reach.
The Council’s Applied Communication Division (ACD) met with media practitioners from DZJV, RN 95.9 FM, RS 91.9, RN 106.3, Lovely 94.3, and the Philippine Information Institute in conceptualizing the program format. The Kanayunan Techno Transfer Group Inc., a nongovernmental organization involved in animal health care, expressed its interest in sponsoring a segment in the program.

VP Noli supports declaration
of State of National Emergency

Vice President Noli de Castro expressed full support today to President Arroyo’s decision to declare a state of national emergency. “I respect the right of the President to declare a state of emergency in order to preserve the peace, maintain law and order, and ensure the protection of human rights and civil liberties of the people for as long as there is imminent threat to public safety,” the Vice President said. “I reaffirm my support to the people, the Constitution, and the duly constituted authorities,” he added. De Castro urged the Filipinos to rally behind the Constitution and by doing so “be assured of the continued enjoyment of our freedom and our democratic way of life.” The President declared this morning a state of national emergency under Proclamation No. 1017 after the military foiled a coup attempt against the duly-constituted government. In declaring a state of national emergency, the President said that the series of destabilization attempts by her critics is “hurting the Philippine state—by obstructing governance, including hindering the growth of the economy and sabotaging the people’s confidence in government and their faith in the future of this country.”

Kon. Adriano, kinasuhan sa Ombudsman

San Pablo City--Nasa hot water ngayon si Kon. Angelo Adriano dahil sa kinakaharap na kasong kriminal at administratibo na isinampa ni dating Kon. Joel Tulop sa Tanggapan ng Ombudsman.
Sa usaping Falsification of Public Official Document na may Blg. OMB-L-C-06-0111-A at Grave Misconduct and Dishonesty Blg.L-A-06-0073-A, pinagpapaliwanag ng Ombudsman si Adriano upang makuha ang kanyang panig.
Ang mga kasong nabanggit ay nag-ugat sa di-umano’y pakikipagsabwatang ginawa ni Adriano sa kanyang dating empleyado na si Arnold Acebron na kung saan sa maraming pagkakataon ay buo ang tinatanggap na suweldo sa kabila ng ginagawa nitong mga pagliban sa trabaho ng walang official leave o permiso buhat sa pamahalaang panlungsod.
Kabilang sa mga ebidensyang isinumite ni Tulop sa Ombudsman ay ang mga tala sa log book ng Sandigang Bayan na kung saan madalas na dumadalo si Acebron sa ginawang pagdinig sa kaso ng dating konsehal ng walang pahintulot sa kanyang mga nakatataas subalit sa daily time record (DTR) ay pinalalabas na walang nagagawang mga pagliban sa pamamagitan ng paglagda at pagpapatunay ni Adriano sa nasabing DTR.
Kung may makikitang probable cause sa kaso, may posibilidad na masuspende sa tungkulin si Adriano sakaling pagbigyan ang kahilingang idinulog ni Tulop ukol dito.
Ilang ulit na sinikap kunin ng pahayagang ito ang panig ni Adriano ngunit wala ito sa kanyang tanggapan maging sa pinakahuling sesyon ng Sangguniang Panglungsod.

Informer, pinatay sa harap ng pamilya

ni Flor David

Kalayaan, Laguna--Isang diumano’y informer ng PNP at militar ang harapang ti-nambangan at pinagbabaril sa harap ng sarili nitong pamilya sa Sitio Pulot, Brgy. San Antonio sa bayang ito kamakailan .
Kinilala ng pulisya rito ang biktimang si Buenaventura Abuhat, 47 anyos ng Brgy. West, Talaongan, Cavinti, Laguna.
Ayon sa ulat. ang biktima kasama ng kanyang pamilya patungo sa bayang ito nang biglang lumabas ang 3 armadong kabataang babae na nasa edad 19 hanggang 28 anyos.
Makaraang ihiwalay sa pamilya ang biktima ay tatlong ulit umano itong pinagbabaril pan na naging sanhi ng agaran niyang kamatayan.
Hinihinalang pawang mga miyembro ng NPA liquidation squad ang mga hindi nakilalang suspek bunga ng sinabi nilang mga katagang: “Ang mga informer ay pinapatay at ‘di dapat buhayin” na narinig mismo ng asawa ng biktima.

Declaration of State of National
Emergency authorized by Charter

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez and a constitutional expert said today that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s declaration of a state of national emergency is authorized by the Constitution.
Both Secretary Gonzalez and Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas agreed that the Constitution allows the Chief Executive to declare a state of emergency in times of calamities and chaos.
Bernas, dean of the Ateneo Law School and member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, said the President could declare a state of emergency as commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
But he said it is expected that the President’s critics would challenge Proclamation 1017 before the Supreme Court.
He called on the Filipino people to remain calm and not to worry about warrantless arrests as long as they avoid any participation in any covert opera-tions against the government.
At the same time, he cautioned the government to respect the constitutional rights of individuals.
Under Proclamation 1017, the government could take over privately owned public utilities, but Gonzalez said that at present that point has not yet been reached.
In declaring a state of national emergency this morning, the President cited Article 7 Section 18 of the Constitution which states that: “The President…whenever necessary… may call out the armed forces to prevent or suppress… rebellion …” and Article 12 Section 17 of the Constitution which states that: “In times of national emergency, when the public interest so requires, the State may, during the emergency and under reasonable terms prescribed by it, temporarily take over or direct the operations of privately owned public utilities or business affected with public interest.”

Chronology of conspiracy

Proclamation No. 1017 was issued to thwart a conspiracy to overthrow the government among the communist rebel movement, certain military officers, and some members of the opposition. The following is a chronology of events leading to the proclamation of a state of national emergency:

Anti-Arroyo Groups Planned Massive Protests
• The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) directed front organizations to stage mass protests on 24 February, with 5,000 participants from Metro Manila and 25,000 from nearby provinces.
• CPP-linked groups mount lightning rallies from 17 to 22 February. In recent weeks, CPP’s New People’s Army intensify attacks on government troops.
• Bayan Muna leader Cong. Satur Ocampo said the aims of the protests is to coalesce with other anti-Arroyo groups, including the pro-Estrada and Hyatt 10 camps; and establish a renewed relationship with former president Cory Aquino.
• On 20 February in Alex Grill, Matalino St., Quezon City, the Black and White Movement, Akbayan, and other anti-Arroyo groups announced plans to march 20,000 protesters on 22 February around Metro Manila, converge at the People Power Monument on 23 February, and possibly move to Mendiola on 24 February.
• Pro-FPJ groups under Susan Roces declared that they would join anti-Arroyo protests on 24 February, at the People Power Monument and Mendiola.
• Pro-Estrada/FPJ supporters hold daily vigils and masses at the People Power Monument since 12 February. Emerging Alliance Between Rebel Soldiers and Communist Insurgents
• On 17 January, four officers among the Magdalo group on trial for the 2003 Oakwood mutiny, escaped military custody.
• New People’s Army spokesman Ka Roger Rosal offered sanctuary to the four escaped Magdalo rebel soldiers.
• A captured document titled “Oplan Hackle” detailed plans for bombings and attacks starting on the Philippine Military Academy alumni homecoming on 18 February.
• The Hackle document also included a plan to spring more Magdalo soldiers.
• On 21 February, one of the escaped soldiers, Lt. Lawrence San Juan, was arrested while plotting with two NPA figures in a communist safehouse in Batangas province.
• Documents of the Magdalo-NPA meeting were captured and would be declassified.

Plot to Oust President Arroyo
• In an evening meeting at the home of former congressman Peping Cojuangco, Cory Aquino’s brother, businessmen and mid-level officials plotted moves to bring down the Arroyo government.
• As reported by Time Magazine, longtime Arroyo critic Pastor “Boy” Saycon called someone whom he identified as a U.S. official about his group’s plans if President Arroyo is ousted.
• Saycon also phoned a man code-named Delta, whom Saycon identified as B/Gen. Danilo Lim, commander of the Army’s elite Scout Rangers. Lim said it was “all systems go” for the planned movement against President Arroyo.
• According to Saycon, Time reported, a military component was to march on Friday morning to the EDSA Shrine, near the People Power Monument where protests were to converge.
• At the Shrine, Time said, the troops would be met by Catholic bishops and a Marine general. The general would read a statement withdrawing support from the Arroyo government. Threat to the Military Chain of Command
• Late that afternoon, meanwhile, B/Gen. Lim and Marine brigade commander Col. Ariel Querubin told AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Generoso Senga that restive young officers and soldiers planned to join rallies on 24 February, so as to provide critical mass and the armed component to the protests.
• Lim and Querubin said they might not be able to dissuade these troops from their plan, and there were indications that the two may also join them.
• After Lim and Querubin left, Gen. Senga discussed the problem with the Army, Navy and Air Force commanding generals.
• Lim and Querubin were called to join the top-brass meeting and advised to stop troops from joining the protests, but they did not seem willing to do so.
• After Lim and Querubin left, Gen. Senga and the major service commanders took steps to secure the AFP chain of command and its loyalty to the duly constituted government.
• They called all major military commanders in the country.
• Navy chief Adm. Mateo Mayuga spoke with the Marines.
• At Gen. Senga’s advice, Lim submitted to the AFP Chief of Staff’s custody. Suspicious Actions at PNP Special Forces
• On 23 February, residents near Camp Sto. Domingo, base of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (SAF) were told to take precautions because some SAF elements were planning to defect .
• PNP Chief Gen. Arturo Lomibao asked SAF commander Gen. Franco about SAF situation and told him to disavow any SAF defection. •
Franco issued statement. He was later relieved without incident, along with two other SAF officials.

• By early morning on Friday, 24 February, all military commanders and forces were accounted for and solidly behind the chain of command.
• While the situation was under control, in Gen. Senga’s assessment, it was still fluid and could change.
• The AFP leadership meets daily to assess the situation and take necessary action.
• The military has also embarked on a campaign to enhance the troops’ allegiance to constitutional government, and their under-standing of the national situation. Advised of the foregoing military and civilian developments, the President and the Cabinet decided on the morning of Friday, 24 February, to issue Proclamation 1017.

Laguna News Bits
ni Flor David

P/Supt. Luisito de Leon, bagong
prov’l director ng Laguna PNP

Sta. Cruz--Itinalaga noong Peb. 20 bilang provicial director ng Laguna PNP si P/Supt. Luisito de Leon. Pinalitan niya si P/Supt. Federico terte sa ginanap na turnover of command sa main headquarters ng Laguna PNP sa Brgy. Bagumbayan dito.
Si De Leon ay humawak na ng maraming posisyon sa regional at provincial level at kinakitaan ito ng sipag, disiplina at magandang halimbawa sa kanyang nasasakupan.
Siya ay pormal na binati nina Gov. Teresita Lazaro, Vice Gov. Edwin Olivarez at ng pamunuan ng Laguna PNP.
Inaasahan na si Supt. De Leon ay magpapamalas ng ibayong pamumuno sa hanay ng kapulisan sa lalawigan.
Tirador ng cellphone, todas sa sekyu
San Pedro
--Isang hindi pa nakikilalang lalaki ang nasawi makaraang makipagpalitan ng putok sa humabol sa kanyang security guard sa bayang ito kamakailan.
Bago nito, ninakawan umano nito ng 2 yunit ng cellphone ang Stamyx Telecom and Gen. Mdse. sa Pacita Complex, Brgy. San Vicente na pag-aari ni Maria Liza Francia.
Sa salaysay ng security guard na si Maldrin Aurien, nagpanggap na buyer ang lalaki at nang malingat ang sales lady ay itinakbo nito ang dalawang cellphone.
Mabilis itong tumakas lulan ng motorsiklo at nang makorner ay bigla na lamang umanong namaril kaya ginantihan siya ng putok ng sekyu na siyang ikinasawi nito.
Nahulog sa poste, patay
Rizal, Laguna--Binawian ng buhay si Domingo Opiana, 48 anyos nang ito ay mahulog mula sa konkretong poste kung saan nilalagare nito ang bakal nito.
Naganap ang insidente sa Sitio Bato-bato, Brgy. Taytay sa bayang ito dakong alas-8 ng umaga.
Sa isinagawang imbestigayon ni SPO2 Eddie Bitong, nauna umano ang ulo ng biktima sa pagbagsak na naging daan ng kamatayan nito.
2 kawatan ng stainless, huli
Sta. Cruz
--Dalawang kabataan ang inaresto ng mga otoridad makaraang masakote ang isang pedicab na puno ng mga stainless parts ng sasakyan at nakatakdang ibenta sa Flores Junkshop sa nasabing bayan.
Kinilala ng pulisya ang mga suspek na sina Edwin Bautista, 16 ng Brgy. Bagumbayan at Alexander Guillermo ng Brgy. Pagsawitan dito.
Napag-alaman din na isang stainless hood ng isang nakaparadang owner type jeep ang ninakaw ng mga suspek sa mismong Provincial PNP Compound kamakailan.
Nissan pick-up, na-carjack
Los Baños--Isang Nissan pick-up, may plakang WSW-490 at pag-aari ng Vitarich Corp. sa Marilao, Bulacan ang hinihinalang na-carnap habang ito ay nakaparada at iniwan ng isang Sherwin Oliveros sa kahabaan ng National Highway sakop ng Brgy. Anos sa bayang ito kamakailan.
Batay sa imbestigasyon ng pulisya rito sa ilalim ni Insp. Marvin Saro, ang sasakyan ay nakahimpil umano sa nasabing lugar dakong alas-4 ng umaga nang mapansin itong nawawala sa kinalalagyan.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

The Quezon Journal

Priest exposes continous

logging in Sierra Madre

Gemi Formaran

Lucena City- Continous and massive illegal logging in the Sierra Madre Montain particularly in the Real, Infanta and Gen. Nakar (REINA) towns in Quezon province was exposed here last Monday, February 21 by an environment watchdog headed by a catholic priest in Infanta, 1 year and 3 months after the killer floshfloods in the area. Fr. Pete Montallana, President of Task Force Sierra Madre, condemmed the continous fresh cutting of lauan and apitong dipterocap trees being done in the guise of retrieval of drifted logs particularly in Sitio Bagkuran, Barangay Pagsanghan in Gen. Nakar. Grim and graphic video footages and new feiled trees were shown by the task force to local newsmen at the Office of the Tanggol Kalikasan, a non-government advocacy group based here. “Retrieval ng kahoy ang ginagawang sangkalan sa pamumutol ng kahoy sa pusod ng Sierra Madre at ito’y pagpapabulaan sa Deparment of Environment and Natural resources (DENR) na wala nang fresh cutting sa Sierra Madre”, said Montallana after a video showing. The priest who is in charge of the of the social action center in Infanta categorally mentioned the names of Bulacan logger Wilson Ng. And self styled governor of the Dumagat tribal folks in the REINA areas Thelma Aumentadon who are behind the cutting of trees in the areas which are transported in barangay Magsaysay, Infanta and barangay Daraican in Gen. Nakar and would end up in Tanay, Rizal. The priest who is in charge of the of the social action center in Infanta categorally mentioned the names of Bulacan logger Wilson Ng. And self styled governor of the Dumagat tribal folks in the REINA areas Thelma Aumentadon who are behind the cutting of trees in the areas which are transported in barangay Magsaysay, Infanta and barangay Daraican in Gen. Nakar and would end up in Tanay, Rizal. About 600,000 board feet of cut trees from Feb. 9 to 11 alone were allegedly sighted by the task force ready for shipment to Tanay. Even though not invited by the task force, Quezon Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Emrich Borja and 3 of his personnel attended the video showing and gamely listened to the accusations of the task force. Borja admitted that illegal logging activities persist in the areas due to poverty of the local residents in the areas but he stressed that retrieval of drifted logs should not be allowed to be transported outside REINA. He disclosed that since the tragic in November 2004 which killed hundreds of people and destroyed crops and properties in the REINA areas no rehabilitation plan has been in place to the degraded areas.

Speaker Jose de Venecia, assisted by senior House leaders, present a P100,000.00 donation to Ms. Gina Lopez for the fund drive of the ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya to assist typhoon victims in Quezon province. De Venecia said the amount is part of the House savings after de Venecia cancelled the traditional Christmas party last December. The House will also contribute to four other fund campaigns organized by top media organizations. With de Venecia during the turnover ceremonies Wednesday at the Speaker’s office were (from left) Rep. Eduardo Gullas, Deputy Speakers Raul del Mar, Benigno Aquino III, Emilio Espinosa, Minority Leader Francis Escudero and Rep. Teodoro Locsin, Jr.

Camp Nakar Station Hospital personnel shown Captain Annieve S. Adversario, Nurse corps survises the DUmagat Natives on their practical exercises as part of the primary health care training recently at CNSH, Lucena City.

Search for Lucena’s
finest cops starts

Nimfa Lodronio

LUCENA CITY – The Search for 5 Outstanding Policemen of Lucena City is on. It is an annual project of the Lucena Community Council of Elders (LCCE) in recognition of the great contributors of the men in uniform in the maintenance of peace and order in the city.
In an interview with LCCE Vice President Asuncion Flores, she stressed that the search also aims to assist the Philippine National Police (PNP) here in its effort to maintain a good image, to inspire the local policemen and reward them for their honest and exemplary performance of their duties and responsibilities.
Flores reiterated the belief of the LCCE that the role of the PNP is tough and dangerous and all members of this organization are united in their mission to serve and protect the people.
The city of Lucena if lucky indeed for having policemen who are sincere, honest and dedicated to their duties. They work day and night patrolling, responding to emergency calls, conducting operations, or just being there in their assigned post, being visible all the time to give the people a feeling of security.
The LCCE is calling on the public to make their nomination for this year’s search for the five outstanding policemen of Lucena and help them pick the rightful and worthy cops who should be honored and awarded.
Nominations can be forwarded to any member of the LCCE or coordinate with Flores at her office located at the Flores Compound, Duhat Street, Marketview Subdivision, Lucena City.
Lucena City Mayor Ramon Y. Talaga, Jr., supports the LCCE in conducting the search, saying it will boost the morale of the city police-men and inspire them more in the performance of their duties and assigned tasks.

Babaguhin ko ang bukas ng Quezon- Cong. Nantes

Bagong 2 storey BSP Building, pinasinayaan

Ves Villanueva

TAYABAS, QUEZON - Babaguhin ko ang bukas ng Quezon”. Ito ang determinas-yong pahayag ni Quezon Rep. Raffy Nantes sa isinagawang council meeting kaalinsabay ng pagtatalaga at pagbabasbas ng bagong 2 storey BSP (Boy Scout of the Philippines) building sa bayan ng Tayabas na ipinagkaloob ng solon kamakailan.
Naging inspirasyon ni Nantes sa pangarapin ay ang naging pahayag ng dating Emperor ng Japan. Matatandaan na sumuko si Emperor Hirohitu, Agosto 14, 1945 makaraang bombahin ang Horishima. Sinabi ng Emperor na ayaw na nito ng giyera at pananakop.
Tinuran ng mga kabataang hapones na gumawa ng telebisyon at radyo. Dahil dito, umunlad ang bansang hapon at kinikilalang isa sa mga nangungunang bansa kung ang pag-uusapan ay ekonomiya. Aniya, ito ay nakita ng iba’t-ibang dako ng mundo kabilang ang bansang Pilipinas na minsang sinakop din ng nabanggit na bansa.
Naniniwala si Nantes na ang pagtuturo ng teknolohiya sa mga kabataan ang magsisilbing stepping stone sa magandang bukas ng lalawigan.Naniniwala si Nantes na kung ang pagpapahalaga sa apat na M ay maituturo sa panahon ng mga training sa scouting, may magaganap na pagbabago sa lalawigan ng Quezon.
Ang apat na “M” ay tumutukoy sa pagiging MAKADIOS, MAKAKALIKASAN, MAKABAYAN AT MAKABANSA.
Samantala, nananawagan din si Nantes sa lahat ng opisyales at miyembro ng BSP Quezon Council na kinabibilangan ng ng area ng Mt. Banahaw view, San Cristobal, Tayabas bay, Peninsula, Lamon bay, Maharlika, coastal coco-palm at pacific coast na gamitin ang bagong BSP building ayon sa kaukulan.
Inihayag din ni Nantes na ang new BSP building sa Tayabas ay nakadesensyo bilang sentro sa paglinang na kaalaman sa panig ng mga kabataang mag-aaral, out of school youth at mga guro sa lalawigan.
Sa bagong BSP building, isasagawa ang mga livelihood training at ibang pang mga pagsasanay sa sektor ng kabataan at mga guro sa Quezon.

Free consultation
ukol sa SSS, ginanap

Elmer Sio

Pagbilao, Quezon - Pormal na ginanap sa barangay Tambak sa bayang ito ang free consultation hinggil sa Social Security System (SSS) benefits.
Agad namang pinaunlakan ni barangay captain Rizalina Catalla ng barangay Tambak ang magandang layunin ni G. Nelson Ibarra at mga kasama nito kung saan ay ipinaliwanag nila dito ang mga benepisyo maaring makuha ng isang miyembro ng SSS gayundin kung paaano maging miyembro ang isang indibidwal na nagnanais maging miyembro ng SSS.
Ang pagkakaroon ng free consultation ay ginawa bunsod na rin ng kahilingan ng mga mamamayan dito at maging ni Mayor Dingdong Llamas ng Mauban na maipaliwanag ng mga taga SSS ang mga kaalaman tungkol sa Social Security System. Bukod sa barangay Tambak, nagsadya rin ang mga taga SSS sa barangay Tukalan sa bayang ito at nagpaliwanag rin ng mga benepisyong maaaring matamo ng mga taong miyembro at magiging miyembro ng SSS.
Lubos naman ang ginawang pasasalamat ni Kapitana Porta ng barangay Tukalan sa pagdating ng mga taga SSS sa kanilang barangay. Aniya, matagal na ring problema ng kanyang mga kabarangay kung paano maging miyembro ng SSS at ano ang mga benepisyong maaaring matamo ng isang miyembro lalong lalo na sa panahon ng pagtanda.
Ayon naman kay Mayor Llamas, marami na aniyang mga tao ang lumapit sa kanya at nagtatanong kung paaano maitutuloy ang umanoy nahintong paghu-hulog sa SSS na sa ngayon ay napabayaan na.

Shabu queen
at 2 pa, timbog

Menan Almario

Atimonan, Quezon - Number three most wanted person at tinaguriang shabu queen sa drug watchlist ng ng pulisya at dalawa pa ang nasakote ng mga awtoridad kamakailan sa bayang ito.
Sa bisa ng warrant na ipinalabas ni Hon. Judge Aurora Mosquida Roman at sa pangunguna ni P/Chief Insp. Ronnie Miralles ng Atimonan PNP, nasakote habang nagre-repack ng ipinagbabawal na gamot (shabu) ang mga suspect na nakilalang sina Maricel Suguan del Fiero alyas Iska, 33 anyos, separated, jobless (no.3 most wanted), Thelma Pasigan, 24, may asawa, housekeeper at kapwa resi-dente ng Riverside barangay Zone IV, Atimonan, Quezon at isang Renante alyas Barok, 35 anyos, may asawa.
Ayon sa ulat, dakong alas 9:00 ng umaga, isang tawag sa telepono ang natanggap ng pulisya na ang matagal nang wanted na mga suspek ay kasalukuyang nagre-repack ng shabu sa kanilang hide out. Agad namang bumubo ng team si miralles at sa pakikipagtulungan ng mga tauhan ng PDEA office, armado ng warrant of arrest na sumugod sa naturang lugar at nahuli sa akto ang mga suspek.
Nakakuha ang mga awtoridad sa pinagyarihan ng 12 piraso ng small heatseated transparent plastic packet containing suspected shabu, 1 disposable lighter, isang gunting, 1 dispossable syringe, 55 pcs. empty plastic sachet, 1 improvised foil tooter at cas na nagkakahalaga ng P 1,700 na hinihinalang pinagbilhan ng naturang ipinagbabawal na gamot. Habang sinusulat ang balitang ito ay hindi pa naman nakukunan ng pahayag ang mga akusado.

City treasurer airs optimism
on 2006 collection target

Lolitz Estrellado

LUCENA CITY – OIC City Treasurer Amelia Pasumbol said in an interview the other day that she is optimistic the local government here will be able to achieve its 2006 collection target.
Pasumbal said her office is bent on collecting the necessary taxes needed to boost the city’s treasury. She added she has drawn some measures and will implement a massive tax collection campaign.
According to her, Lucena posted an income worth some P 469,563,631.45 from tax revenue and non-tax revenue collection, shares from the national collection or the internal revenue allotment (IRA), extra-ordinary receipts, grants or aids and loans for the year 2005.
In that same year, the city registered a total disbursement amounting to P409,407,058.88 year’s collection because of the massive tax collection campaign she has started at the start of 2006.
She added that although there were a few companies which closed like La Tondeña, it won’t affect to a large extent the tax collection campaign because there are also new businesses which came and started operation in the city.
With regards to delinquent taxpayers, Pasumbal said they are coordinating with barangay officials to know if they are complying with the law.
At present, her office staff is posting the list of delinquent taxpayers in the barangays and other strategic places so they will be reminded of their standing obligations and volunteer personally to come to the city treasurer to settle the same.
Pasumbal warned that if the delinquent taxpayer particularly those with obligation of real property tax, will not respond positively to their campaign, they will be forced to exhaust the legal means to sell their properties through a public auction.

Sama-samang pagtatapos ng RIC sa
“Baking Class at Slipper Making”, ginanap

Cristy Lucila -OPA

Padre Burgos, Quezon – Matapos ang may limang (5) buwan, matagumpay na ginanap ang pagtatapos ng may 27 kasapi ng Rural Improvement Club (RIC) na naging bahagi ng Baking Class, samantala may 54 naman ang nagsanay sa Slipper Making. Ang nasabing programa ay kinabibilangan ng may anim (6) na barangay – San Vicente, Marquez, Poblacion, Kinagunan Ilaya, Kinagunan Ibaba at Hinguiwin, ng nasabing bayan.
Lubos ang naging pasasalamat ng mga nagsipagtapos sa masusing pagsubaybay ng Tanggapan ng Panlalawigang Agrikultor sa pamumuno ni G. Domingo J. Mamasig (Panlalawigang Agrikultor), at kay Gng. Gloria Samson (Agricultural Technologist) na siyang ittinalaga ng tanggapan upang maging kaagapay ng mga miyembro ng RIC. Ipinarating ni Mayor Dominador T. Villenas ang kanyang pasasalamat sa pamamagitan ni G. Omeng Manalo (Secretary to the Mayor).
Samantala ipinahayag ni Kgd. Pablito S. Flores (Committee on Agriculture) ang patuloy na pagsuporta ng local na pamahalaan sa pagsulong ng mga proyekto para sa kababaihan. Ayon naman kay Gng. Senen Tamesis (Pambayang Agrikultor), may itinalagang pondo ang local na pamahalaan ng Padre Burgos na may kabuuang P270,000.00 upang makatulong sa mga programang pangkabuhayan.
Naging panauhin sa nasabing okasyon sina G. Domingo J. Mamasig, Engr. Joselito M. Bunyi (Supervising Agriculturist – Extension Division) at Gng. Melinda M. Amandy (Provincial FHRM Coordinator). Ipinahayon ni Engr. Bunyi ang taos-pusong pasasalamat sa patuloy na suporta ng RIC at ng LGU sa mga programa ng lalawigan. Ipinahayag niya ang pagpapanumbalik o recall ng mga detailed na technicians ng OPA upang higit na mapalawak ang serbisyo sa lalawigan.
Samantala, mainit ang naging pagbati ni G. Mamasig sa mga nagsipagtapos. Aniya isa itong magandang pagkakataon upang maipakita ang mga produkto ng isang bayan at magkaroon ng pagkakakilanlan.
Kaugnay nito, binigyang-pansin niya ang mga disenyo ng produkto na ayon sa kanya ay kailangan ng patuloy na pagtuklas upang makasabay sa mer-kado. Idinagdag pa niya na malaki ang maitutulong ng mga research programs upang higit na mapataas ang kalidad ng produkto at mas maging malawak ang pag-tanggap sa produkto. Malaki rin umano ang magiging bahagi ng pagkakaisa sa landas ng pag-unlad.

Quezon Builds Sister-City Ties with Butte County California

G.L. Ecarma – PGO

Gov. Wilfrido L. Enverga, in his return from his visit to the US, announces good news - Quezon Province and Butte County, California are set to establish international relations.
According to Enverga, said plan was proposed through Rolando Villarama, former head of the Butte County District Attorney’s Family Support Division and presently acting as his special assistant for foreign affairs, in a meeting with the Butte County Board headed by District Attorney Mike Ramsey and Chief Administrator Paul McIntosh.
The sister-city relation-ship hopes to pave the way for beneficial exchanges, particularly on the bases of trade investments, socio-cultural enhancement and professional/technical know-how focused on health, agriculture, tourism, education, housing, labor, along other vital aspects necessary for the promotion and expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation.
The Governor personally acknowledged interesting feature of the visit, particularly on the county’s usage of solar power, which he found very useful for the province. He was truly impressed with the prospect of an alternative power source adaptable in the Philippines.
Enverga also added that the proposal will materialize after its presentation before the Board Supervisors, who are to pass a formal resolution due on their coming meeting.
McIntosh, on the other hand, reported that areas in California have positive outlook on this matter. The Solano County expressed that there was no federal requirements needed to facilitate such agreement while the Tuolumne County believed that the plan would have a fruitful outcome since students and professionals alike would benefit from it.
Meanwhile, Sacramento County viewed such agreement to be less complicated since overseas travels and visitations to the sister county or city are easier facilitated for foreign entities than for the local counties or cities. Authorities in Yuba County also pointed out that a community-based citizens committee is needed to handle the whole process in order to successfully push the entire program.

Information Caravan on BBTV

Cristy Lucila-OPA

Matagumpay na naisagawa noong ika-9, 10 at 14 ng Pebrero 2006 ang Information Caravan on the Eradication of Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) sa mga bayan ng Catanauan, Mulanay at Macalelon, layunin nitong mabigyan ng kamalayan ang mga magsasaka ukol sa BBTV at kung paano ito mabibigyan ng solusyon. Bahagi rin ng programa ang pagbibigay ng dagdag kaalaman ukol sa pagpoproseso ng saging upang mapataas ang halaga nito at maging mas malawak ang merkado. Kaugnay nito, isinakatuparan rin ang paglagda sa Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) ukol sa programang nabanggit, kung saan may itinalagang P100,000.00 pondo mula sa Department of Agriculture (DA) para mabigyang solusyon ang BBTV. Ang kasunduan ay naganap sa pagitan ng kinatawan ng DA sa katauhan ni Dr. Aida P. Cariño, RTD – Policy, Planning, Research & Development (DA-RFU IV) at ng Punong-bayan ng bawat bayan: Mayor Sebastian Serrano ng Catanauan; Mayor Prudencio Maxino ng Mulanay; at Mayor Liwayway Tan ng Macalelon, kung saan naging saksi sa paglagda sa kasunduan sa bawat bayan si Mr. Domingo J. Mamasig, Provincial Agriculturist at siya ring kinatawan ni Gov. Wilfrido L. Enverga, gayundin ang ilang kinatawan ng lokal na pamahalaan.
Naging panauhin sa mga nasabing bayan sina Dir. Aida P. Cariño, Mr. Antonio G. Gerundio, Regional HVCC Coordinator, Ms. Patricia Bulanhagui, Information Division Officer at iba pang mga kinatawan ng DA-RFU IV. Naging tagapagsalita sina Mr. Karl Vernon G. Tamban, Agricultural Technologist, ng DA-RFU IV – Eradication ng BBTV, Mr. Gerundio – Opera-tions/Production ng Saging, Ms. Cynthia Leytano ng Lipa Experimental Station (LAES) – Sourcing of Plan-ting Materials, Ms. Rose Olfato ng Southern Tagalog Integrated Agricultural Research Center (STIARC) – Product Development, Ms. Dominga Dagarag ng Agricultural and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) – Marketing Strategies, at Ms. Anna Pamela de Ocampo, Agricultural Technologist ng OPA – Pagpoproseso ng Saging. Samantala naging mainit ang pagtanggap ng mga magsasaka at naging bukas sila sa mga makabuluhang impormasyon para sa pagpapataas ng kalidad at produksyon ng saging sa kanilang lugar. Ang saging ang isa sa mga pangunahing produkto ng lalawigan kasunod sa niyog.

Share your extra

SM once again invites its shoppers to clean their closets and sort their extras- clothes, shoes, housewares, even appliances- and share these with the less fortunate in SM foundation’s Share Your Extras charity campaign.
A joint project of SM Foundation and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, share your extras donation books will be set up at the SM Supermalls from February 16 to March 17, 2006. Media partners include STV-6, Philippine Information Agency, Campus Radio, Monday Times, Eyewatch, Ang Diaryo Natin, Radyo ng Bayan Lucena, Quezon Patrol, The Quezon Post, Southern Tagalog Bulletin, Quezon Journal and Quezon Mail.
This is the seventh year of SM foundation’s Share Your Extras campaign, one that has seen an outpouring of extras from generous shoppers. Last Year, 13,385 families or some 53,540 individuals from 85 DSWD barangays twenty-two provinces benefited from the campaign.
Families lined up during the distribution and recipients excitedly tried on the items they received. Kids were visibly excited as they opened their bags full of toys. Even members of the communities helped distributing the goods to less fortunate.
This year’s recipients will include indigenous people of Region IV, V, VII, X and X1 as well as the NCR and the CAR areas. DSWD institutions will also be earmarked for the distribution. Among these are the Abierta House of Friendship, Unang Hakbang Foundation, Nayon ng Kabatan, Saklolo at Gabay ng Ina at Pamilya (SAGIP). Many children charitable institutions will be beneficiaries-those in a Light House Center for Children Foundation Inc., Association de Damas Filipinas, Inc., Haven for Children, Bahay Tuluyan and the National Training School for Boys.
Girl Crisis in Lucena, Person with disability and abused children will receive donations.
You can make a difference! Share your extras at Lucena donation booth located at the 2nd floor between Mendrez and Broadway Gems at SM city Lucena from February 16 to March 17, 2006. Share Your Extras now! (SM City Lucena/PIA-Quezon)