Monday, November 30, 2009

Images from the COC filing

As reported earlier, Congressman Reynaldo Uy and Mayor Mel Sarmiento led the city officials in filing their certificates of candidacy (please check this link).

Here are some pictures taken during the event.

The officials as they attended mass at the Poor Clare Monastery Chapel.

Congressman Reynaldo Uy with COMELEC Calbayog head Salvador Cruz, Vice Mayor Ronald Aquino, Councilor Sonny Salurio and Councilor Ver Porlares.

Congressman Reynaldo Uy showing his COC.

Vice Mayor Ronald Aquino with COMELEC Calbayog Head Salvador Cruz.

Councilor Sonny Salurio, Councilor Jonas Montealto, Mark Aquino and Councilor Virgil Clemens.

At the COMELEC Samar Provincial Office where Mayor Mel Sarmiento filed his COC. In photo are (l-r) Congressman Reynaldo Uy, Samar 2nd District Board Member Casilda Lim, Mayor Sarmiento and Gandara Councilor Prudencio Dy, Jr. (Photos by Henry Puyat)

Sarmiento runs for Congress; Uy for Calbayog City mayor

(This news item appears in today's edition of the Leyte-Samar Daily Express)

TACLOBAN CITY — Samar outgoing Representative Reynaldo Uy and Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento of Calbayog are to swap positions as both have filed their respective certificates of candidacy for mayor and congressman, respectively, before the local Commission on Elections.

Sarmiento’s bid to become the next congressional representative of Samar’s first district came at a time when the Comelec en banc has dismissed the electoral protest filed against him by a former political adversary, Rodolfo Tuazon, who contested the results of the 2007 mayoralty race.

Uy, who is serving his third and last term as a congressman, filed his certificate of candidacy for mayor of Calbayog City on Saturday around 10 a.m. together with his complete line up headed by his running mate, incumbent Vice Mayor Ronaldo Aquino.

Uy, who already served as mayor of the lone city of Samar province, is running under the ticket of the Liberal Party-Lakas-Kampi- CMD.

Sarmiento, meantime, filed his own certificate of candidacy before the provincial Comelec office based in Catbalogan, the provincial capital, together with his gubernatorial candidate, Casilda Lim, an incumbent board member.

But while Sarmiento is running under the ticket of Liberal Party, the gubernatorial candidate belongs to the Nationalist People’s Coalition.

The outgoing Calbayog City mayor filed his certificate of candidacy Saturday around 2 p.m. before elections provincial supervisor Ma. Corazon Montallana. His close political ally, Rep. Uy, also witnessed the filing of his CoC, Ronald Ricafort, a close aide of Mayor Sarmiento, said over the phone.

“They were in jovial mood all throughout,” Ricafort said.

Among those who will be running for provincial board members under the lineup of Sarmiento and who filed their CoCs were Renato Uy, Jasper Sumagang, Prudencio Dy, Jr., Noel Sermense and Charlie Conejos.

Meantime, those who will be running for council seats of Calbayog, which is divided into two districts, under the ticket of Uy were Susano Salurio, Arturo Pasacas, Virgil Clemens, Jonas Montealto, Regina Rabuya, Julius Mancol, Danilo Bernate, Ver Porlares and Roger Casurao, an incumbent board member.

Also part of the line up were Rey James and Raymund Uy, son and nephew of Rep. Uy, respectively, and Mark Aquino, nephew of the vice mayor.

It was learned from Ricafort that before Uy filed his certificate of candidacy, he and his team attended first a Holy Mass at the Poor Claire Monastery with Father Bloyd Guiuan as the presiding priest.

Meantime, Sarmiento, who is on his third and final term as mayor of Calbayog, won the electoral protest filed against him.

In an en banc decision issued by the Comelec earlier this month, the commissioners, voting seven against two, junked the petition of rival Rodolfo Tuazon.

Based on the 2,977-page Comelec decision, Sarmiento garnered a total vote cast of 32, 259 against Tuazon’s 28,530 votes or a difference of 3,729 votes.

“Though the decision came rather late, the mayor was very happy that he won on this electoral protest against him,” Ricafort said. (By JOEY A. GABIETA, Staff writer)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Images from the BEST Summit

As reported, the Barangay Education Strategic Team (BEST) Summit was held last Tuesday, November 24, 20209 at the Calbayog City Sports Center. Among the aims of the one-day event was to come up with mechanisms to ensure school attendance among the public school students in the various barangays of Calbayog. The event was participated in by the Barangay officials and SK officials from the three districts of Calbayog. The summit was spearheaded by the City Government of Calbayog in coordination with DepEd Calbayog and DILG Calbayog.

Mayor Mel Sarmiento (right) with Mrs. Iluminda Gonzales, Councilor Regina Rabuya, Vice Mayor Ronald Aquino and Calbayog SDS Editha Paculan.

Calbayog SDS Edita Paculan

Mayor Mel Sarmiento

DepEd Mathematics ES-1 Ramon Miano

DILG-Calbayog City Director Valente Bajet

LIGA President, Councilor Florencio Enriquez.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Pulong-pulong sa Gasdo

Mayor Mel Sarmieno visited Barangay Gasdo last week. He was on hand for a medical and dental mission conducted by the City Health Office; and the Grand Pulong-Pulong with the residents of Gasdo. With the City Mayor was Col Francis Cabugon, CO of the 20th IB of the Philippine Army.

Mayor Mel Sarmiento delivering his message

Col Francis Cabugon of the 20th IB

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Medical mission in Gasdo

The LGU through the City Health Office, in coordination with the 20 IB of the Philippine Army recently conducted a Medical and Dental Mission in Barangay Gasdo, an interior barangay in the northern part of Calbayog District.

On hand with the personnel from the City Health office were Mayor Mel Sarmiento and Col Francis Cabugon, Commanding Officer of the 20th IB based in Tinambacan.

140 patients availed of the medical services while 15 patients availed of the dental services.

Barangay Gasdo is located on the northern part of Calbayog. Estimated to be 52 kilometers from the city proper, it can be reached via a 12-hour hike. It has a land area of 188.9429 hectares, 99.22% of which is classified as agricultural with Abaca and Coconut as its main products. The main source of drinking water is the Pamomonan spring. As of 2008, Gasdo has a population of 459, distributed in 34 households and a voting population of 203.

Here are some pictures taken during the recent mission:

Mayor Mel Sarmiento with Col Francis Cabugon.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

BEST Summit held today.

The Barangay Education Strategic Team (BEST) Summit will be held today at the Calbayog City Sports Center.

Among the aims of this one-day activity is to come up with mechanisms to ensure school attendance among the public school students in the various barangays of Calbayog. Invited to participate in the event are the Barangay officials and SK officials from the three districts of Calbayog. The summit is being spearheaded by the City Government of Calbayog, DepEd Calbayog and DILG Calbayog.

Opening preliminaries will commence at 8:00 am. Mayor Mel Sarmiento has been invited to deliver a message. Calbayog SDS Edita Pacula will deliver the welcome remarks.

The summit proper is set at 9:30 am and will close at 5:00 pm. Statement of Purpose / Orientation will be given by Mr. Ramon Miano, ES-1 Mathematics. DILG City Director Valente Bajet will present "Support on BEST Project". Pledges of support will be made by Councilors Florencio Enriquez and Charlie Boy Coñejos.

Program hosts will be Naome Castante and Blesildo Orquin.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cokaliong Shipping Lines formally launches Cebu-Calbayog-Cebu service

Cokaliong Shipping Lines formally launched its Calbayog-Cebu service today. Vice Mayor Ronald Aquino led the officials and other guests who were invited to the affair. The simple launching program was held at the I's Plant Hotel function room a few hours after the maiden Cebu-Calbayog voyage of M/V Filipinas Dinagat arrived at the Manguino-o port.

The shipping company will offer thrice weekly Cebu-Calbayog service on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday; and Calbayog-Cebu service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Vice Mayor Ronald Aquino (right) with Councilors Ina Rabuya and Julius Mancol.

The CACO Iskolars leading the invocation.

Vice Mayor Ronald Aquino as he delivered his message.

Cokaliong Shipping's Freight-in-Charge, Zenith Mendoza

Cokaliong Shipping Marketing Representative Ronald Gonzales.

Councilor Ver Porlares delivering the closing remarks.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

LGU cites Calbayog cops

Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento hands over a Certificate of Commendation to PO1 Bernadine Valenzuela, a member of PNP Calbayog's TRACKER Team. Looking on are Vice Mayor Ronald Aquino and DILG Director Valente Bajet.
The team members were cited for their exemplary performance which contributed to the immediate apprehension of the suspects and the immediate solution of a robbery incident which transpired on November 1, 2009 in Brgy. Balud in Calbayog City.
The other awardees were Calbayog PNP Chief PSupt Lito Bigoy; and TRACKER members SPO4 Edgardo Advincula, PO3 Charles Coprada, PO1 Maximo Repol, PO1 Kim Santiago, PO1 Marvin Rosco, and PO1 Ricson Paghunasan. The awarding was one of the highlights of Alay-Lakad 2009. (Henry Puyat)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

RDC Chair suggests tapping of showbiz personalities in promo of EV's tourist sites

(This news item appears in today's edition of the Leyte-Samar Daily Express)

TACLOBAN CITY — A top official of the Regional Development Council (RDC) urged tourism stakeholders to tap popular television and showbiz personalities from Eastern Visayas in the promotion of local tourism sites.

However, there’s a need to develop the destinations first before it will be prepared for better marketing opportunities, said RDC chair and Calbayog City Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento.

“We have friends from showbiz industry that we haven’t probably took advantage of. Samar Island, for example, has three very powerful Samareños in the industry,” he explained in a recent media briefing.

Among the famous personalities who hail from Samar Island are Ricky Lo from Las Navas, Northern Samar; Chito Roño from Calbayog City, Samar; and Boy Abunda from Borongan, Eastern Samar.

“We have many natural wonders but we have to think of how are we going to package it and list down priorities. There should be a marketing person with full trust and confidence of all local government officials to help package the whole region,” he said.

Lo is one of the most highly respected and prolific entertainment writers, showbiz commentators and hosts in the Philippines today. He finished his grade school in his hometown of Las Navas.

Abunda is a journalist, talent manager and television personality. After the death of his father, he dropped out of school and later worked as assistant stage manager. After two years, he put up his own PR company. While doing PR consulting jobs for GMA Network, he tried television.

Soon, he became one of the hosts of Startalk, an entertainment talk show. In 1999, he subsequently moved to ABS-CBN where he currently hosts shows such as The Buzz, Private Conversations and SNN.

Movie director Chito Roño is a native of Calbayog City. Among the popular films he directed since 1986 were Patayin Sa Sindak Si Barbara, Bata, bata...Paano Ka Ginawa?, Dekada ‘70, Feng Shui, Sukob, Caregiver, and T2.

“They are there but what will be their role if we cannot offer something,” Sarmiento pointed out. The challenge, according to him is to upgrade existing tourism sites and set up facilities so that it will be ready for intensive promotion.

He stressed that the region has more advantage than other areas in the Visayas in terms of tour considering that all of the six provinces in the region could be reached by land from Tacloban City. (Sarwell Q. Meniano)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

still with House Bll 24

Mayor Mel Sarmiento who is the Secretary-General of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) was in Manila last Monday to be with the other officials of the LCP to explain to the media the Leagues' stand of House Bill 24. Here are some links which contained reports of the LCP stand on HB 24:

Mockery of high court ruling hit (by Gigi Muñoz David)

A group of city mayors is up in arms against the allegedly underhanded tactics being employed by the leaders of 16 towns who are pressing for cityhood that the Supreme Court has already ruled as unconstitutional.

. . . League of Cities president Benhur Abalos, the mayor of Mandaluyong, said some of these town leaders have cast dishonor to the Supreme Court and its members. “They have been writing private letters to the individual justices of the Supreme Court in order to persuade them to change their votes in the case,” Abalos said.

. . . The league said the 16 towns did not meet at least two of three requirements: minimum land area of 100,000 square meters and/or population of 150,000; and an annual locally-generated income of P100,000.

. . . Calbayog City Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento, league secretary, said the Supreme Court decision of November 2008 prohibited the mayors from filing further pleadings.

. . . In December 2006, the 16 towns filed their cityhood bills in the 13th Congress. The cityhood bills contained a provision exempting them from the income requirement. It is also at this time that the cityhood bills were approved by the House and transmitted to Senate.

. . . The Supreme Court on Nov. 18, 2008 en banc said the various laws creating these new cities indeed violated the Constitution and the local government code. The 16 towns filed a motion for reconsideration in January.

Read the entire article

You may also check these related links:

League of Cities denounces tack of 16 municipalities (The Philippine Star)
16 LGUs scored for ‘sneaky tactics’ to regain cityhood
"Sneaky tactics" to regain cityhood of 16 LGUs deplored
LCP warns of massive retrenchment of city hall employees if number of cities continues to rise
Mockery of high court ruling hit (Manila Standard)
LCP decries revival of ‘dead’ cities