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2nd April 2014
PhilHealth to help make government hospitals self-sustaining - Ona
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 2, 2014, 8:30 pm

By Jani Arnaiz

Inquirer Visayas

MAASIN CITY, Philippines—Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona has expressed optimism that government hospitals would become self-sustaining as the Aquino administration was pushing for more PhilHealth enrollment, particularly among the poorest of the poor.

Ona, who was here to speak at the “soft opening” of the newly constructed Southern Leyte Provincial Hospital, told journalists  he saw  no problem in the operation of the new facility, or any other government hospital, as the government was increasing the number of PhilHealth beneficiaries. The hospital is not completely finished yet.

“By July of this year the DSWD will be evaluating the new list of indigents, targeting at least half of the population in the country through the Pangkalahatang Kalusugan program of the Aquino administration,” he said.

Ona said that under the program the government would pay for the yearly PhilHealth premium of poor families, many of whose members die  without seeing doctors or going to hospitals.

“With this, the PhilHealth will now be paying hospitals for the hospitalization of sick members of poor families. They will leave the hospital without paying a single centavo.”

By this alone, he said, hospital operations could be sustained.

Ona said close coordination between LGUs and the Department of Health was essential for the success of the Pangkahalatan Kalusugan program.

“The DOH could not… (provide) health service for the people without the help of the LGUs, which will be in charge of identifying the PhilHealth beneficiaries whose premiums will be funded by sin taxes,” Ona said.

Noting its modern structure, Ona predicted the new hospital, touted to be the biggest in Eastern Visayas, would become a premier hospital in the region, serving not only Southern Leyte’s 500,000 population but also residents of towns in Leyte province.

He said the hospital will have CT scan and state-of-the- art laboratory facilities so that patients will not need to go to Ormoc or Tacloban for these tests.

The new hospital, which cost around P300 million, has about one hectare of floor area with 87 private rooms sitting on 3.17 hectares of land  in the village of Dongon, five kilometers from the center of Maasin.

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31st January 2014
'Basyang' landfalls So. Leyte, hit hard Maasin city
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on January 31, 2014, 6:23 pm

By Jani Arnaiz

February 1, 2014

MAASIN CITY – The entire province of Southern Leyte has been declared in a state of calamity after several flashflood and landslides due to Typhoon Basyang have been reported in different parts of the province including Maasin city which experienced flashflood in more than two decades, said Southern Leyte Gov. Roger Mercado said

No casualty was reported. Power outage remains as of this writing.

At least 20 houses along a creek in Basak village in the city were totally damaged when flood water overflowed from its bank washing away the houses along the creek including a parked volkwagen Jwhich found in the sea near the Maasin port.

According Alan Eway, assistant engineer SLEDO, several national and provincial roads were rendered impassable due to landslide in Panaon island, the pacific and along Padre Burgos towns.

Eway said at least eight landslides caused the closure of the roads to traffic. These were Sudmon village in San Francisco, Amaga in Liloan, Punta, Mayuga and Maglasag villages in Libagon, Pancho villa in Sogod and Lungsod Daan in Padre Burgos and Sua village in San Juan town in the pacific area.

He said equipment from the DPWH’s Southern Leyte Engineering District office (SLEDO) and the provincial engineer’s office has been dispatched to clear the roads.

According to Pag-asa, the rainful that poured in the province for several hours wsaas equivalent to one-week of rain.

According to Basak village Kagawad Nick Lanugon, it was the first time in more 20 years that the Basak creek overflowed with such intensity in just three hours of rain.

No estimate yet on the extent of the damage brought about by typhoon Basyang.

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15th January 2014
Two ships run aground in Cebu and Bato, Leyte
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on January 15, 2014, 11:05 pm

By Jani Arnaiz

January 16, 2014

MAASIN CITY – Two passenger vessels which left the port of Maasin and Bato, Leyte ran aground almost at the same at 1:00 early dawn on Thursday, Maasin Coast guard said.

Maasin Coast Guard station commander P01 Mario Madrigal said the MV Joyful with 237 passengers ran aground off Bantolinao point in Cebu at 1:00 a.m. I left Maasin at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Another vessel, MV Our Lady of all nations with 90 passengers ran aground at past 12:00 a.m. Thursday off Dawahon island in Bato Leyte. It left Bato port at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The vessels were owned by Roble Medallion shipping lines respectively.

The passengers of Our Lady of All Nations are safe and are given food, Madrigal told the Inquirer.

He said they awaiting Coast Guard search rescue vessel to rescue the passengers. “We could not conduct rescue from Bato because of strong winds and big waves brought by Amihan or North monsoon winds.

Two vessels of Gabisan shipping lines, Gloria 1 and Gloria 2, which are Hilongos based passenger vessels are docked at Maasin port to take shelter from the strong waves in Bato sea.

Madrigal said around 50 passengers and 12 rolling cargoes bound mostly to Bohol are stranded at the Bato port.

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11th December 2013
Province's number 4 drug pusher arrested
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on December 11, 2013, 9:07 pm

By Jani Arnaiz

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Philippines—A 30-year-old house painter, who was tagged by the police as the province’ number four drug pusher, was arrested Thursday dawn in a buy bust operation in Barangay Tagnipa, Maasin City.

PSupt. Avelino Doncillo, Jr, newly installed Maasin City police chief, said they seized suspected shabu and “marijuana” from Renan Fernandez of Abgao village with an estimated market value of over P50,000.

Doncillo said the suspect was under surveillance for over a month until his arrest in a buy-bust operation led by PChief Inspector Reynaldo Turlao of the PNP provincial anti drugs operations group and elements from Maasin police station.


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7th December 2013
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on December 7, 2013, 6:39 pm

(By Rappler.com | 7 Dec 2013 6:39 PM)

MANILA, Philippines - At least 15 whistleblowers with links to alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles gave sworn statements to the National Bureau of Investigation.  These affidavits were submitted both to the Ombudsman and the Senate blue ribbon committee.

On September 16, the justice department filed plunder complaints with the Office of the Ombudsman against 3 senators – Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.  The cases against them have been described as "airtight." Besides the 3 senators, 35 others were included in the first batch of complaints filed by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.  The complaints range from plunder to malversation, bribery and graft.

The affidavits are a riveting read because of the detailed knowledge that the witnesses had about transactions that allegedly involved lawmakers, their staff, other government officials and private individuals.  The documents were released by the Senate blue ribbon committee and Rappler is uploading them for readers to appreciate for themselves.


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