In Palompon, Leyte: Senior citizens get P 4,500 each

by EVMail News on September 29, 2014

Leading the boat distribution are Palompon VM Georgina Arevalo, provincial legal officer Edgardo Cordeño, and Leyte vice-governor Carlo P. Loreto.

66 fisher folks in this town received a banca each from Zabalketa and the Philippine Center for Civic Education and Democracy (PCCED) on September 15. Leading the boat distribution are Palompon VM Georgina Arevalo, provincial legal officer Edgardo Cordeño, and Leyte vice-governor Carlo P. Loreto.

… they also already submitted the DAFACs of their constituents last January, yet

PALOMPON, LEYTE – 80 senior citizens aged 77 and above received P 4,500.00 each on Monday, September 15, as their “social payout” from the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

This is in line with DSWD’s program to provide a P 500.00 monthly cash pension to indigent senior citizens of that age range.

Vice Mayor Georgina Arevalo said that the recipients were selected by the DSWD national and regional offices. “Among those 80 years old and above senior citizens from the list we submitted [to regional], they verified who needed assistance the most”, she said. [click to continue…]

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Filipino surgeons in the US donate ambulance to OSPA-FMC

by EVMail News on September 29, 2014

Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez receives the tokens from the SPSA as Richard Gomez looks on.

SIGNING OF MOA. (Seated L-R) Dr. Mel Simon, Dr. Edward Quiros, president of SPSA, Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and hospital director Dr. Sandra F. Chiong. (Standing) Ormoc councilor Bennet Pongos, Mrs. Lydia Simon, Dr. Corazon Quiros, city councilors Vincent Rama and Dr. Mario Rodriguez, Ormoc Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo Locsin Jr., OSPA president Atty. Iñaki Larrazabal, Richard Gomez and Caren Torres-Rama as witnesses.

SIGNING OF MOA. (Seated L-R) Dr. Mel Simon, Dr. Edward Quiros, president of SPSA, Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez and hospital director Dr. Sandra F. Chiong. (Standing) Ormoc councilor Bennet Pongos, Mrs. Lydia Simon, Dr. Corazon Quiros, city councilors Vincent Rama and Dr. Mario Rodriguez, Ormoc Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo Locsin Jr., OSPA president Atty. Iñaki Larrazabal, Richard Gomez and Caren Torres-Rama as witnesses.

ORMOC CITY – The 42-year old Society of Philippine Surgeons in America (SPSA) donated an ambulance to the OSPA-Farmers’ Medical Center on September 15, in appreciation for its being the society’s major partner in two surgical missions they held here, through the auspices Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez.

The SPSA conducted two major surgical missions in the city for two straight years and helped around 2,000 people, most of who needed major surgical intervention and have been languishing with their conditions for years.

Dr. Edward Quiros, current president, said they decided to donate to OSPA-FMC, which is run by a foundation, because it was where their major operations were held.

He said it was in appreciation to the cooperation extended by the hospital management and its staff who extended hours and selflessly assisted them, as they did one operation after the other. [click to continue…]

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Cebu Pac, PAL now eyeing Ormoc airport

by EVMail News on September 29, 2014

ORMOC CITY – Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez is currently talking to the Philippine Airlines and the Cebu Pacific Air to look at the viability of the Ormoc Airport as an alternative to Tacloban City, which is now only accommodating turbo prop planes while repairing its runway.

In fact, Cebu Pacific is already looking into the matter seriously, said Richard Gomez, Lucy’s chief of staff.

In an email on the matter that he received from Rosario L. Alo, Sales Distribution Manager – Corporate and Government, she said that the Ormoc flight is already in the pipeline. “What is in the pipeline is the Cebu – Ormoc flight which can be launched when the renovation of the Ormoc terminal is done and permits are acquired. [click to continue…]

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Unsolved killings, salvagings continue

by EVMail News on September 21, 2014

ORMOC CITY – Unsolved murders and killings, suspected to be drug-related, by tandem-riding men on motorcycles continue in this city. The latest victim, this time, is a cook and “sidekick” of Police Station 1 COP Ch. Insp. Ibrahim Jambiran. The killing happened at around 12:55 noon today (Sunday, September 14) at Brgy. Punta.

The victim was identified as Ritchie Bactol, 20, a resident of Brgy. Bagong Buhay. He was shot at the corner of Apitong – Acle streets at Brgy. Punta while waiting for a ride home.

Witnesses told investigators that the victim was speaking to somebody on his cell phone when the tandem riders started shooting at him.

The victim suffered five gunshot wounds to his head, five at the back and one on the right arm. Police recovered 11 empty shells and one slug of a caliber .45 from the scene of the crime.

A source said that the victim once worked for a known drug personality hereabouts. He reportedly earned the ire of the “lord” and was already marked for death. To save himself, the victim became a sidekick of the police chief of PSI.  [click to continue…]

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Lucy inaugurates rubberized oval

by EVMail News on September 21, 2014

(L-R) Richard Gomez, councilor Gerry Penserga, Ernesto Barquio, Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez. councilor Vince Rama (at the back clapping), Mariza Magan, Ronelo Al K. Firmo, and Engr. Lino Gonzales pose before cutting the ribbon.

(L-R) Richard Gomez, councilor Gerry Penserga, Ernesto Barquio, Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez. councilor Vince Rama (at the back clapping), Mariza Magan, Ronelo Al K. Firmo, and Engr. Lino Gonzales pose before cutting the ribbon.

4th DISTRICT Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez, together with husband Richard Gomez, inaugurated this afternoon (Sunday, September 14) the rubberized oval at the Ormoc City Central School here.

The rubberized oval is the 26th of its kind in the country and was funded in phases by the congresswoman’s Priority Assistance Development Fund (PDAF) thought the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) during her first term.

Present during the inauguration were city councilors Vincent Rama and Gerardo Penserga, who is also the chairman of the youth and sports committee; DepEd Leyte Supt. Ronelo Al K. Firmo; Ormoc City division superintendent Mariza Magan and Engr. Lino Gonzales, head of the 4th Leyte Engineering Division.

Engr. Gonzales, in his speech before an audience of teachers, running enthusiasts and barangay chairmen allied to the Gomezes, detailed how Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez funded the improvement of the oval from her Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) during her first term. [click to continue…]

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Netizens slam inefficient DAFAC distribution and discrimination

September 21, 2014

THE ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTOR of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said he cannot understand why the Ormoc CSWDO was not able to distribute the Disaster Assistance and Family Access Card (DAFAC) earlier to all its intended recipients, when the city was given its share of “green cards” on December 2013 yet.  He […]

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Coke bottling plant re-opens

September 21, 2014

TACLOBAN CITY – “While everybody was leaving, you made the hard decision of staying behind and rebuild. This is something we Taclobanons will never forget … you were a part of our past, a part of our present and will stay forever a part of our future,” said vice-mayor Gerry “Sambo” Yaokasin, while thanking Coca-Cola […]

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Restituto Macuto, DSWD-8 Assistant Regional Director Interview about Green Card

September 18, 2014
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No jet flights for Tacloban airport yet, only turbo-prop planes

September 15, 2014

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has limited the use of the Tacloban DZR Airport to small turbo prop planes only after the airport reopened from a one-day closure on September 3 to September 4, this week. The CAAP said that it had to close down the airport for one day to make […]

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British firm gives shelter kits to sugarcane workers

September 12, 2014

ORMOC CITY –  A British agricultural commodity merchant, with presence in 60 countries and which has been operating in the Philippines for the past 40 years now, passed up celebrating their 230th anniversary last December, opting instead to help Yolanda victims here and in Cebu where they have business interests. Tark Bartlema, country manager of […]

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