gov receives recognition from hospital association
City (November 21) -- Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla
will receive an award during the 57th Convention of the
Philippine Hospital Association at the Manila Hotel on Wednesday,
November 22, 2006, 6:00 o’clock in the evening.
Petilla who is on his first term as the governor of the
province of Leyte has done so much in terms of innovative
health programs and services.
among his innovations is turning the district hospital in
Baybay, Leyte into a self-sustaining district hospital which
is a far cry for it has always been subsidized by the provincial
government in the past. Today’s realities make it
doubly difficult for hospitals to survive especially with
the increasing cost of inputs and resources required to
maintain quality services. Nonetheless, by collaborating
with the relevant private sector group, Governor Petilla
has been able to mobilize people, improve the facilities
and services through networking activities.
Petilla used participatory governance in this endeavor by
enlisting the help of Sister Eloisa David, the administrator
of the Divine Word Hospital in order to help look into the
problems of the district hospitals so that their services
will be improved.
of returning the district hospital to the Department of
Health as other weaker governors do, Governor Petilla turned
a non performing asset of government into a money-making
venture. He did this not only by improving the facilities
but also by patiently looking into the value formation of
the hospital staff.
Baybay District Hospital, Governor Petilla also improved
the services of the Leyte Provincial Hospital, the Abuyog
District Hospital and the Ormoc City Hospital.
with his handiwork, Governor Petilla turned his eyes on
the mentally deranged who are loitering in the City for
the absence of any facility which will accommodate them.
Petilla, in partnership with the private sector again, turned
the Babatngon District Hospital into the Asilo de San Benito
where the mentally deranged are housed and treated until
they are able to return to the normal society.
Petilla personally joins the taskforce which goes around
the City looking for the mentally ill. Priority is given
to the female mentally deranged because “they are
more exposed to danger.”
Petilla does not allow the lack of needed funds to deter
him from doing what he feels is urgent like that of the
Asilo de San Benito. In order to source for fund, Governor
Petilla himself sang in a fund-raising concert together
with musically gifted priests. Luckily, Governor Petilla
is indeed a consummate singer.
another fund-raising concert is in the offing at the LAC
Center on November 30, with no less than Sarah Geronimo,
who sang the National Anthemn in the just concluded Pacquiao-Morales
bout in Las Vegas and Mark Bautista who together with Ms.
Geronimo had a successful concert in the United States.
primary organization that confers recognition and continuous
support to public and private hospitals in the country,
the Philippine Hospital Association (PHA), led by its president,
Dr. Tiburcio Macias, has played an important role in ensuring
access to tertiary health care among the public. The PHA
has collaborated closely with the concerned public sector
agencies, from the Department of Health to the Social Security
System and the Government Service Insurance System, and
Philhealth, so that ordinary Filipinos are not deprived
of their right to inexpensive and quality health care. (PIA
legacy of Mayor Carina Veloso Flores
By Nelson C. Robles
Mayor Carina Veloso Flores is the first lady mayor in the
history of Oton.
Carina, who hails from Samar, is a lawyer by profession.
She garnered only a little less of thirty votes against
her rival Franie Escanlar, a physician by profession, in
her first attempt in 1998. It was a close fight between
a tumandok (native) and a pangayaw (outsider), an issue
the Ogtonganons would raise to promote their kind.
Surprisingly, Escanlar failed to file a protest to contest
the result of the elections which he could appropriately
do so, to think the difference was just barely a hairline.
Perhaps it was providential that the town of Oton was given
a lady executive after long, long years of being dominated
by machismo-kind of political leadership.
Carina then, had undergone her "baptism of fire"
so to speak, as some municipal employees tend to resist
her style of management. Others who tend to resist likewise
momentarily experienced a culture shock as they were not
used to follow orders from a woman. But the lady mayor stood
her ground, put her best foot forward to prove to her detractors
and critics alike, she seriously means business and no monkeying
She implemented strictly but with compassion, rules and
policies expected from government employees in serving their
clients: the public.
Gradually, Carina's efforts to improve the attitude and
working habits of the employees resulted to a healthy relationship;
in the process efficiency has tremendously increased.
No wonder, the town of Oton was recognized and awarded by
the Iloilo Provincial Government Treasurer's Office as one
of the towns having highest tax collections last year.
Constructions of different structures such as the public
market, public toilets, a gazebo in the town's plaza and
the rehabilitation of the town hall's façade are
obviously a manifestation of active and efficient management.
The coastal road along Brgy. Alegre going down to town proper
which started a month ago with an initial budget of P10
million was realized through the efforts of former Senate
President Franklin Drilon. It could also be one of Carina's
biggest legacy for her constituents, being the implementer
of the said project.
For trivial information, the coastal road project was initially
suggested by Miag-ao Mayor Gerardo "Gerry" Flores
to Sen. Franklin Drilon when the latter paid a visit to
Gov. Niel D. Tupas Sr. while still at the old capitol office.
Gerry's suggestion was due to his concern for rerouting
the provincial buses to ease out traffic along the old highways
and for the benefit of the passengers in appreciating the
beauty of our coastlines with fresh air, free from pollution
at the duration of the trip. Somehow, all these developments
in our town could still be attributed to the legacy of Mayor
Carina Veloso Flores to her adopted town which she already
learns to love more than her own.
7th National Empowerment Conference
and Fourth Global Filipino Networking Convention
September 28 to October 1, 2006
National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)
will be convening its 7th National Empowerment Conference
and Fourth Global Filipino Networking Convention at the
Hawaiian Hilton Village in Honolulu, Hawaii on September
28 to October 1, 2006. This is the same group that convened
the Third Global Filipino Networking Convention in Cebu
City last January 20-22, 2005 with co-convenor Cebu Visitors
and Convention Bureau.
Please e-mail me if you are interested in attending this
networking convention. US-based Veloso Clan members can
use this convention as a reunion venue also. We are celebrating
100 Years of Filipinos in Hawaii and The Diaspora. Our radio
talk show, "Filipina First & Foremost" is
planning to host a cruise of the Hawaiian Islands immediately
after the convention (a separate project from the 7th NaFFAA
Conference & 4th Global).
Please e-mail me for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com. See www.naffaa.org for upcoming
4th Global information. For the schedule of Hawaii's 2006
Filipino Centennial Commission's calendar, click on www.filipinosinhawaii100.org.
jailed for mistreating a female Moro Lawyer
Posted by wyzemoro under Bangsamoro
A reports from Mindanews that an American was jailed for
3days for maligning Atty. Mariam Veloso Mastura-Mamukid
- a female Moro lawyer working in the City Prosecution Office,
Davao Hall of Justice. Ate Mariam is the daughter of prominent
Moro intellectual Datu Michael Mastura of Maguindanao and
Lourdes Veloso of the prominent Veloso clan in Cebu. Bad
luck for that American guy he messed up with the wrong person.
He's thinking that because Ate Mariam is wearing a Veil
(head scarf) and Abaya (long black dress) he can just pushover
her. 3days tourist vacation in jail is well-off lesson.
haha! fear the likes of Ate Mariam. Fear Moro! we are not
pushover, we are gallant freedom figher!
After reading the news i then texted (SMS) Ate Mariam to
verify if it's true and if she is really the one in the
news. She reply it's true and after few minutes she call,
it lasted 3mins 31seconds. Nakichicka ako! tsismis! haha!
Ate Mariam said that maybe because she is a Muslim in Veil
he mistreated her without knowing she is a lawyer/prosecutor.
He ask forgiveness after learning the true identify but
Ate Mariam feels it's not sincere. The american guy after
he post bail, he flies off to Thailand (daw) and i think
he well curse his stay here and he well never set foot again
in Mindanao particularly in Davao.
Lourdes Veloso Mastura was born on the Pacific side of Leyte
and comes from a large Visayan clan. She attended St Theresas
in Cebu (high school and college) and Ateneo de Manila (graduate
studies), and taught at her alma matter in Cebu. How did
she end up in Magindanao? She was going to the US along
with some girlfriends when her aunt, who was the college
dean at Notre Dame, Cotobato, convinced her to come to Cotobato.
While teaching at Notre Dame, Lourdes met her husband: Michael
Mastura, a law professor at the same institution. Michael,
academician, historian, statesman, and lawyer, comes from
Magindanao royalty-he is the great-great grandson of Sultan
Muhamad Dipatwan Kudarat-one of the most charismatic figures
in Mindanao history.
In 1987 Lourdes established a weaving center in Cotobato.
There has really never been lasting peace in Cotobato, and
'87 was a year of many skirmishes-evacuees from farms fled
to the cities. Most refugees were not skilled. When asked
what they did the common responses were farmers and weavers.
WEAVERS - this gave Lourdes the idea to start a livelihood
project to help the women (most couldn't afford milk and
fed their babies tea and sugar). At first, Lourdes provided
the thread and looms-the looms were in weavers' houses and
this posed a few problems as houses were small and fabrics
were prone to damage. With donated funds a building was
erected where most of the looms could be housed, and the
materials and fabrics were secured at night.
Starting with 20 weavers, the center now has around 80.
The women have been able to make money to build better homes
and to send their children to school! But, what Lourdes
pointed out as most important is that the women have gained
confidence in themselves.
Leyte solon says billions to be saved
Courtesy of Leyte Samar Daily Express Vol. XVIII Friday
May 5, 2006
By Joey Gabieta (Staff Writer)
TACLOBAN CITY - Leyte Rep. Eduardo Veloso said the cancellation
of next year's elections could help save the country billions
of pesos that can be used to deliver services and projects
to the people.
Thus, Veloso, who represents the third congressional district
of the province, said the plan to amend the country's Constitution,
which could pave the way for the cancellation of next year's
election, should be pushed through.
"We are the only country in the world where practically
conducts an election every year ...the expenses of which
could be used for debt servicing and other infrastructure
projects," the solon told Leyte Samar Daily Express."We
are living in a democratic world right now because we keep
on looking for democracy, we keep on looking for freedom
because we want elections left and right," Veloso,
who is serving his last term, added.
He said the government was able to save almost P10 billion
when the scheduled 2005 barangay election was canceled.
And this year, Veloso said, the country would save almost
same amount with the cancellation of the elections for the
presidency of the Association of the Barangay Chairmen and
the Sangguniang Kabataan, respectively. Veloso said that
the cancellation of the barangay elections, originally scheduled
on 2005, was a factor why the country's peso gained strength
in the market.
"We have lots of money because of the postponement
of these elections," he added. During the 2004 elections,
the country spent P11 billion with the same amount to be
incurred by the government for the 2007 elections. But Veloso
told Express that with the plan to amend the Constitution,
the country could save billions of pesos as the 2007 elections
will be canceled.
All incumbent elective officials are to continue to serve
beyond 2007, the year that they are supposed to end their
current terms of office. The plan to amend the Constitution
is being supported by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
But this plan to amend the Charter is strongly opposed by
Veloso, however, said that Charter change must be given
a priority now if only to help stabilize the country's volatile
political situation and on the practical side, help save
the cash-strapped government of much-needed funds. He told
Express that amending the Constitution could either be through
a people's initiative or by converting Houses of Congress,
the House of Representatives and the Senate, into a constituent
Asked if the people's initiative would still push amid allegations
that the gathering of signatures, a prerequisite for the
said mode to materialize, Veloso said its up to the courts
to decide."It will be up to the Supreme Court how will
it judge," he said. He also said that the possibility
of both Houses of Congress be converted into a constituent
assembly in amending the Charter is another possibility
that is strongly gaining ground among members of both houses.
"There is really a plan to convert (both houses of
Congress) into a constituent assembly because we are getting
so tired of so many elections," Veloso said.