ORMOC CITY – Hon. Antonio “Bebot” Villar Jr., (not Bobbit as reported in the hard copy) chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board, in his opinion column at the Journal Online on April 13, 2015 says he has received a report that this city could be the “drug capital” of Eastern Visayas.
Titled “Is Ormoc City Now The Drug Capital of Eastern Visayas”, the DDB chairman said that “In a report submitted to my office by Asec. Amador Pabustan … Ormoc City is now allegedly the illegal drugs’ capital of Region 8. So excessive is the supply that it now supplies the needs of the entire Region 8.”
Hon. Villar adds that “So audacious are the drug distributors that illegal drugs are now allegedly available in every Barangay and peddled in the open. Informatively, from time to time, raids are conducted by law enforcement authorities. However, nothing allegedly comes out of these raids. These raids have not made a dent in the flourishing illegal drugs’ trade. What gives?” [click to continue…]
OCCIDENTAL LEYTE Bar Association (OLBA) president Atty. Joy Mejia-Romero said that around 10 members of their group have already signified their intention to help Yolanda victims in the city, who are seeking the services of lawyers to notarize their affidavits of undertaking in relation to the release of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA).
This was her response to the appeal of Councilor Vincent Rama, chairman of the committee on social welfare, and Atty. Bennet Pongos Jr., to help the beneficiaries by notarizing their affidavits for free.
Romero, who appeared before the city council during their caucus on Thursday afternoon, April 30, said while they were amenable to the proposal, she said the city should make a formal request on the matter so that it can be calendared for emergency board meeting. [click to continue…]
TACLOBAN CITY – The regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here has released to date, more than P 2-billion for Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) funds to eight Leyte municipalities, one city and three other municipalities in Samar.
The ESA in Tacloban City has been partially released to the LGU on November 24, 2014 yet, and payouts to Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries were done on the 25th to 28th of November, of the same year.
Leyte towns that have received their ESA in 2014 were Tanauan and Tolosa, while Palompon, Javier, Palo, Mahaplag, Kananga and Tunga received theirs early 2015. Guiuan, Talalora and Mercedes in Eastern Samar also got their share just this year.
The Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) is defined as the provision of emergency “self-build” shelter assistance through limited materials or financial assistance to augment resources of affected families who opted not to be transferred to a resettlement site to enable them to purchase materials for their damaged houses. [click to continue…]
BAYBAY CITY – Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, former governor of Leyte, who is said to be joining the administration for the senatorial fray on 2016, did not categorically confirm nor deny it.
“I am still thinking about it,” adding that there was “more to it than just running.”
In a press conference, he said that to run for senate, “you have to have a goal. You just don’t run because you want to run,” he said, adding that “being an LGU official is more fun” because one gets things done as an executive.
“Maraming gusto tumakbo, but the whole point is, is there is a need to? Do we need to represent Visayas? Is my forte doing things or debating?” He also said, “Maybe it is just looking at the numbers and the possibility (of winning). If lahat tutulong, bakit hindi?” [click to continue…]
ORMOC CITY – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) recently recognized hospitals and top performing local government units for their successful contribution in the implementation of the National Health Program.
Cited as “Best Private Hospital” is Ormoc’s own OSPA-Farmers Medical Center. Gatchalian Hospital, on the other hand, was also named as among those with high benefit payments.
The top three best performing LGUs in the region are Hilongos, Leyte; the City Government of Catbalogan and Lavezares, Northern Samar. Other LGUs who were runners-up are Laoang, Northern Samar; Sta. Rita, Samar; Gamay, Northern Samar; Pastrana, Leyte; Basey, Samar; Javier, Leyte and Alang-Alang, Leyte. [click to continue…]