ORMOC CITY – Banks here have automatically deactivated hundreds of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards of their clients, who have made withdrawals or balance inquiries during the Holy Week holidays. This, after “skimmings” were reported the week after.
Mark Paul Escollante, manager of Bank of Commerce here and president of the Ormoc Bankers Club, said the deactivations were to protect their client’s accounts. He is also asking ATM cardholders and depositors to visit their respective banks, so that their cards could be replaced immediately. Those who have contact numbers were advised over the phone.
Joey Diez, administrative manager of HISUMCO, the only existing sugar mill here, who was at the Bank of Commerce to pick up his new card at the time of the interview, said he received a call from his bank about the matter. He said he was contented on how the Ormoc bankers handled the situation, and did not mind having to pick up a new card. “What is important is they (the banks) are protecting the depositors’ money,” he said in the vernacular. [click to continue…]
ORMOC CITY – Atty. Francis Pepito, city administrator, said it was the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office that made the botched Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) masterlist, contrary to previous announcements by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSDWO) here that they prepared the list and did not even want it made public.
“Ang naghimo anang masterlist ang DSWD region”, he said.
Pepito’s statement, however, contradicts that of DSWD regional director Nestor Ramos, who said the reason why Ormoc has yet to get the ESA is that the CSWDO has not yet submitted to them the proposal, the masterlist and other documentary requirements to avail of the P 680-million funds earmarked for the city.
Ramos said this in front of a city council session last March, where CSWD officer Marietta Legaspi was present, with barangay chairmen in attendance.
To recall, Ramos’ invitation to the council even irked Mayor Edward Codilla, who called councilor Vincent Rama “way respeto” for inviting the regional director without his permission or forehand knowledge. Rama, committee chairman on social welfare and development, on the other hand, said he only wanted everything about the ESA to be transparent. [click to continue…]
Photo on top shows (L-R) RCO president Troy Bumagat, Rotary International directors Per Hoyen and Guiller Tumangan, Mayor Ramon dela Cerna and past district governor Danny Fausto before the cutting of the ribbon.
ALBUERA, LEYTE – Residents hereabouts no longer have to go to Calbayog City in Samar, some 5 hours away, to get hold of smoked fish, as it is now being produced at the newly-inaugurated Fish and Tinapa Processing Business Center in this coastal town.
The center was formally inaugurated on Tuesday, April 14 and is operated by the Rotary Community Corps – Association of Empowered Women in Albuera or RCC-AEWA.
The Fish and Tinapa Processing Business Center here, situated at Brgy. Calingatnan, is a Rotary-assisted project. It is the offshoot of the aspirations of Rotary Club of Ormoc (RCO) members, led by their president Troy Bumagat, to organize a sustainable, livelihood program in Yolanda-affected areas.
With the help of a grant from Rotary District 3860, RC Ormoc was able to build the center, properly train the woman manning it on the art of smoking fish, packaging and selling their products. The center is fully equipped with the needed implements like pots and stoves, oven for smoking, freezers and vacuum sealers. [click to continue…]
ORMOC CITY – The name of the mayor’s brother. A practicing lawyer with a Toyota Fortuner. High-income earners living in subdivisions like Camella Homes. The sibling of a barangay councilor who is allegedly not a resident of the barangay. Names of victims with totally damaged houses delisted, or now listed under “partially damaged”; and those who’ve signed up for relocations included.
These are drawing complaints from residents here, after the “masterlist” of the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) was released to the barangays on Wednesday, April 8. This, after the Department of Social Welfare and Development asked their city counterpart to make public the list, as provided for in the guidelines.
Social media comes into play
The masterlist of Brgy. Cogon, Ormoc’s most populous barangay, immediately made its way to Facebook. On Page 4, No. 168, is the name of Eufrocino Capahi Codilla, presumably the eldest brother of Mayor Edward Codilla, whose middle name is also Capahi.
On Page 6 is the name of Atty. Adelito Solibaga, anchorman of the radio talk show “Krusada”, who has been harping that the list should be made public. [click to continue…]