COUNCILOR TOMMY Serafica may be your typical mestizo and you would expect him to be an “Inglesero”, but he has a way with Bisaya that can put barbs in the right places. 

In a joint committee meeting on Tuesday, August 5, to consider the city’s request for funding to repair the city hospital and jeepney terminals, Serafica chided the panel who came to defend the budget request for coming unprepared.

“Ato na lang ni tinambanon. Kun magpa-mercado ta og dos syentos pesos, mangayo man gani ta og sumada, kini pa nga minilyon, wa man gani sumada bisan gamay? … Mura man ta og manlabay lang ani og kwarta,” he said, referring to some P 21-million that the city mayor’s office is asking to repair the New City Hospital that was not yet finished when super-typhoon Yolanda hit Ormoc last November 8.

The members of the joint committees noted that the representatives sent did not even know what the city executive or engineering planned to do with the money, nor could they show the program of works.

They could only repeat that the funds needed is just to bring back the hospital to “pre-Yolanda” level.  [click to continue…]

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VSU President is EV’s Gawad Saka awardee

by EVMail News on August 17, 2014

Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo (middle), VSU President, posing with the key officials of DA-RF0 8 (L-R) Regional Executive Director Bernadette F. San Juan, Gawad Saka Search Chair and RAFC Chairman Edgardo Codilla, OIC Regional Technical Directors Wilson A. Cerbito and Jenny Lyn R. Almeria, and Ms. Eva Christian T. Adora after receiving the Gawad Saka Award as Outstanding Agricultural Scientist of Region 8. Photo courtesy of RAFIS/DA-RFO 8.

Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo (middle), VSU President, posing with the key officials of DA-RF0 8 (L-R) Regional Executive Director Bernadette F. San Juan, Gawad Saka Search Chair and RAFC Chairman Edgardo Codilla, OIC Regional Technical Directors Wilson A. Cerbito and Jenny Lyn R. Almeria, and Ms. Eva Christian T. Adora after receiving the Gawad Saka Award as Outstanding Agricultural Scientist of Region 8. Photo courtesy of RAFIS/DA-RFO 8.

BAYBAY CITY – Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo, VSU President, is the recipient of the 2013 Regional “Gawad Saka” Award (Outstanding Agricultural Scientist) for Eastern Visayas.  Dr. Bacusmo received a trophy and a cash award of PhP30,000 from Regional Executive Director Bernadette F. San Juan during the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Office No. 8’s (DA-RFO 8) culmination of the Farmers and Fisherfolks’ Month on May 30, 2014 at the DA-8 Multipurpose Hall in Tacloban City. 

As regional winner, Dr. Bacusmo will be competing with other winners from the different regions throughout the country in the 2014 National Gawad Saka Search (Outstanding Agricultural Scientist), the most prestigious award conferred by DA to an individual who has done outstanding research work in the field directly related to agriculture and fisheries.  [click to continue…]

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Bench owner distributes 100 boats thru Lucy

by EVMail News on August 17, 2014

Ben Chan poses with Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and husband Richard Gomez, Vice-Mayor Toto Locsin Jr. and other LP city councilors after meeting each of the 100 boat recipients at the Ipil port.

Ben Chan poses with Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and husband Richard Gomez, Vice-Mayor Toto Locsin Jr. and other LP city councilors after meeting each of the 100 boat recipients at the Ipil port.

ORMOC CITY – Ben Chan of the Bench chain of stores, together with Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and husband Richard Gomez, led in the turnover of 100 motorized boats to fishermen from various coastal barangays here on August 7, held at the abandoned port at the former sugar mill compound in Brgy. Ipil, this city. 

Joining Chan and Gomezes were partymates vice-mayor Leo Carmelo Locsin Jr., councilors Roland Villasenio, Tommy Serafica, Mario Rodriguez, Bennet Pongos Jr., and Vince Rama.

The motorized boats were donated by Mr. Ben Chan to Lucy’s “6200:Mission Possible”, a campaign of the congresswoman to raise 6,200 motorboats to meet the needs of affected fishermen in the Leyte 4th district.  [click to continue…]

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Rama, council scrutinize Birthday Gift ordinance

by EVMail News on August 11, 2014

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Councilors Mayong Rodriguez and Bennet Pongos Jr. are seen here distributing school supplies to elementary pupils. The school supplies are being distributed by the office of Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr. through the auspices of his cousin Iñigo Larrazabal who got the donations from Barebones Inc. and Goal Zero, two American companies which provided temporary shelters for Yolanda victims in Brgy. Donghol, aside from donating solar lamps and gadgets.

ORMOC CITY – The city council here is poised to approve by Thursday (August 7), a P 6.6-million supplemental budget intended for the “birthday gifts” of senior citizens in the city. 

However, they have also set in motion an inquiry on how the P 4.5-million allotted in the city’s 2014 annual regular budget was used up, receiving complaints that there are senior citizens who had their birthdays on the first half of the year, but did not get it. 

Starting January 2014, senior citizens in the city are supposed to receive a P 1,500.00 birthday gift.

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) requested for the allocation of P 4.5-million for 2014, but now claims it was not enough. Hence, they are asking for an additional appropriation of P 6.6-million.

Councilor Mario Rodriguez, councilor Vincent Rama related, pointed out that when the P4.5-million was asked for during the budget deliberations, they were made to understand it was enough for the whole year. Now, they are asking for a supplemental budget, and bigger than the original budget.  [click to continue…]

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cpa topnotcherRommel Edusma, 25, who topped the licensure exams for Certified Public Accountants (CPA) is a Yolanda survivor. But Yolanda is just one of the many storms he encountered through life, as he detailed the story of a poor kid who worked his way through school, dependent on the generosity of relatives and other people. 

Rommel scored an impressive 94.57 average grade in the recent exams, bringing pride and honor to the Asian Development Foundation College (ADFC) in Tacloban City that was badly battered by super-typhoon Yolanda.

A daunting journey

The 6th of 10 siblings, Rommel said he graduated from college late because they would have to wait for an elder sibling to graduate, find work, before the younger siblings can enroll or continue schooling.  There were years when he had to stop schooling totally.

His father, Rustico, 58, is a retired soldier while his mother, Flores Cacubio, is a housewife. His father retired from service early, and since then, it was a hard life for them. The family’s current official address is in Pinabacdao, E. Samar, where the couple tends to a small farm.  [click to continue…]

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Accredited overseas recruitment agencies donate modern, state-of-the-art Practical Arts building to Albuera ES

August 11, 2014

ALBUERA, LEYTE – “Ever since we arrived here this afternoon, everybody has been thanking us. You should not thank us. We should thank you. We should thank you because you are giving us the chance to complete our soul, to give meaning to our existence,” said Nestor “Jun” Macas, president of the Australian and New […]

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Palafox says resettlement site will be a world “model”

August 4, 2014

ARCHITECT FELINO “Jun” Palafox, a multi-awarded architect and urban planner, said that the resettlement site that the Tzu Chi Foundation has committed to build in Ormoc “will be a model to the country, even the world.” Palafox was in the city this week and met with the city council during its session on Thursday, July […]

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Book Review: From Fire to Freedom

August 4, 2014

By Jenibeth Loro MOST STORIES about World War 2 have been kept in the fading memories of our grandparents. These days, history books and movies portraying realistic, and at times, gruesome suffering of Filipinos in the war years such as the case of the Nora Aunor classic Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos (a personal favorite) are […]

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5.3-magnitude quake rocks Southern Leyte towns

August 4, 2014

ORMOC CITY – A 5.3 magnitude quake rocked coastal areas of Southern Leyte at 7:57 this morning (July 25).  Data obtained from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of St. Bernard town, one of the affected towns, said Philvolcs located the quake as originating from Hinundayan, Southern Leyte, at a depth of 6-kilometers. In […]

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