CATBALOGAN CITY – The Army’s 8th Infantry ‘stormtroopers’ Division revived and inducted into office the second batch of 8ID Press Corps officers shortly after a brief election last June 15 at the Camp Vicente Lukban here.
The activity, according to Capt. Amado Gutierrez, chief of the Division’s Public Affairs Office (DPAO), was widely attended by tri-media personalities from Eastern Visayas provinces.
Of the 44 newsmen that have responded to the army’s invitation, 11 were elected and inducted by no less than the commanding general of the 8ID, Major General Gerardo T. Layug.
Elected president of the newly organized 8ID Press Corps was Rommel Rutor, who is also the president of the Samar Island Press Club (SIPC) the only biggest and active media organization in Samar Island and also officer of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Samar Provincial Chapter based in Catbalogan City.
Unlike in the first batch which has only vice-presidents (only for Samar and Leyte), this year’s officers elected vice-presidents for all the provinces in the region.
Elected vice president from Northern Samar was Amhir Ortego of Power FM Catarman N. Samar; Vice President for Leyte – Fred Padernos of DYBR and Leyte Samar Daily Express, Tacloban City; Vice President for Southern Leyte – Josie Sersena of Ormoc Cable TV, Ormoc City; Vice President for Samar- Gene Navilon of DYOG Calbayog City; Secretaries were – Rachel Arnaiz of Inquirer and Leyte Samar Daily Express and Melanie Pasia of Radyo Bombo, Tacloban City; Treasurer – Archie Globio of DYBR Tacloban City; Auditor – Ray Gaspay of Samar News. Com; elected Business Managers were Jeanne Dalmacion of NSTV-8 Local TV and Elmer Siervo of SRFM, San Roque Northern Samar.
In his message, General Layug said the army have always experienced good relationship with the media, but with the reinvigorated Stormtroopers Press Corps, the partnership will even strengthen and help achieve both goals of a fair and balanced reporting.
“I am also aware of the level of professionalism of the members of the press in their desire to keep the people informed and I sincerely appreciate your efforts. As the Commander of 8ID, I commit to fully support you in this endeavour of pursuing a common objective of keeping the public informed though a fair, balanced, timely and accurate news” Major General Layug added.