Widening along Manguinoo Seaport, Brgy. Manguinoo, Calbayog
P40 million road
JASON T. DE LOS ANGELES
December 12, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY –
Samar First District Engineering Office completes the construction
of widening/upgrading of access road project leading to Brgy.
Manguinoo Seaport to Calbayog Airport, which covers ten barangays
along national road.
The project covers the
construction of 15 kilometers widening/upgrading of access road in
Brgy. Trinidad, Brgy. Cagsalaosao, Brgy. Lonoy, Brgy.Amampacang,
Brgy. Tinambacan, Brgy. Malopalo, Brgy. Malajog, Brgy. Marcatubig,
Brgy.Bantian, and Brgy. Manguinoo.
This project will greatly
benefit the motorists by reducing their travel time. Tourists, who
are visiting the city for a short stop-over, can easily move from
seaport to airport.
Calbayog City has long
envisioned to be a center of commerce, trade, and industry in the
province of Samar thus this project’s completion will provide easy
transport of goods to nearby barangays.
According to Project
Engineer Rogelio O. Bonoan, the project is under contract with CDU
Construction with an appropriation of P40 million from the CY 2016
Regular Infra Fund.
widening along Calbayog Airport, Brgy. Trinidad, Calbayog
Local coal get
away tax-free in approved coal tax
Green groups slam DMCI for
using ‘sneaky tactics’ to avoid regulation
December 12, 2017
QUEZON CITY –
Advocates for consumers, accountability, and the environment
expressed dismay over the ‘midnight exemption’ accorded to local
coal mining companies from the new coal tax approved by both Houses
The coal tax hotly
contested by local coal mining proponents, particularly DMCI and
Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC)’s Isidro Consunji, was
recently approved through a bicameral session held last December 12.
The mechanism will levy a P50 tax on both local and foreign coal to
be used domestically as both a mechanism for revenue generation and
for helping drive the country’s shift to renewable energy.
“Like a thief in the
night, DMCI and SMPC have successfully influenced Congress to delete
the approved provision including local coal in the coal tax,” said
Atty. Aaron Pedrosa, Secretary-General of the multi-sectoral
coalition Sanlakas. “This goes against the spirit of the proposed
law, which would supposedly rein in the country’s continued reliance
on coal for energy,” he added.
Pedrosa pointed out that
the exclusion of local coal from the tax will only encourage the
expansion of coal mining in the country. “Exempting local coal
producers will incentivize indigenous coal production in the
Philippines, contrary to our commitment to curb our emissions and to
the detriment of the health, security, and livelihood of affected
communities,” he emphasized.
Mining in Semirara,
Antique is the oldest operating mine in the Philippines, and has
invited resistance from local residents due to the destruction of
environment and livelihood from the mining operations and expansion
in the island. SMPC currently is the largest coal producer in the
“It remains to be seen
whether the President will intervene in this blatant arm-twisting
done by this coal company,” said Pedrosa. “We challenge him yet
again to deliver on his supposed strong stance against oligarchs,”
he stated further.
Gerry Arances, Executive
Director for the Center for Energy, Ecology, and Development (CEED)
noted how DMCI mogul Isidro Consunji was very vocal about coal tax,
even threatening consumers with increased electricity prices if the
mechanism should push through.
“The deletion of the
provision proves the suspicion that Consunji, DMCI, and SMPC were
not opposing the coal tax for the sake of consumers, but for their
own business interests,” said Arances. “For forty years, Consunji
has enjoyed the lack of taxation on coal while his workers in
Semirara island suffered dismal, even fatal, working conditions,” he
added, referring to the incident last July 2015 where nine (9) of
the company’s workers and last February 2013 where another five (5)
miners were killed.
Arances discussed that
SMPC has profited billions from the 40 years of untaxed mining
activity through an unfair revenue-sharing scheme. At present, the
coal industry enjoys one of the most lopsided revenue-sharing
agreements in the country, with coal companies able to deduct as
much as 90 percent of gross proceeds from coal as expenses, the
highest recoverable cost among extractive industry,” he added.
SMPC has also gained the
ire of environmental groups due to its refusal to participate in the
Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) which aims to
encourage accountability from the mining sector in terms of its
operations and revenue.
“SMPC has never
participated in the EITI despite calls from the Philippine EITI
multi-stakeholder group, which includes the Department of Energy,
the office mandated to regulate the company,” said Tina Pimentel of
Bantay Kita. “This sneaky tactic further shows SMPC’s brazen
disregard for government regulatory functions and its power to
influence advocacy to serve their own interest,” she added.
Officers of the different National Government Agencies
together with Flordelis E. Jackson (middle, wearing
blue-green blouse) of the Philippine Information Agency take
time to pose at the end of their 4th Quarter Meeting held on
November 22, 2017 at the D`Adaone Bar and Restaurant, naval,
participate in the 4th quarter meeting of CDIO
CARL MARK D. PEDRERA
December 12, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) held its 4th Quarter Meeting
of Community Development Information Officer (CDIO) / Information
Officers (IOs) of National Government Agencies (NGAs) Re: Information
Campaign on Health Programs of the Department of Health (DOH) last
November 22, 2017 at the D’Adaone Bar and Restaurant, Naval, Biliran.
The said meeting was
attended by representatives of different government agencies in
Naval like the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Department of Education
(DepEd), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Organic Trading Post -
Naval, Naval State University (NSU), Bureau of Jail Management and
Penology (BJMP), National Food Authority (NFA), Department of Labor
and Employment - Biliran Field Office (DOLE-BFO), Philippine
National Police - Biliran Police Provincial Office (PNP-BPPO),
Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA), Department of Environment and
Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Science and Technology
(DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education
and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Public Works
and Highways - Biliran District Engineering Office (DPWH-BDEO),
Biliran Provincial Health Office (BPHO) and Local Government Units (LGUs)
of the different municipalities of the province of Biliran.
The meeting started with
the introduction of the participants and their affiliated agency
followed by their 4th Quarter Programs and Plans. Each were given
ample time to discuss what their respective agency has been doing
for the past months and their achievements.
Biliran DEO reported that
as of October 2017, the district office has completed substantial
number of projects for year 2016 and 2017. Furthermore, there are
already projects in line for FY2018.
Flordelis E. Jackson,
Information Center Manager, discussed about the evaluation of the
ASEAN Tarpaulins for distribution/hanging in every municipality to
commemorate the 2017 ASEAN Summit.
Afterwards, the DOH
Representatives in the person of Rachel Pangan and Eduardo Estroso
talked about the common diseases affecting the people in Biliran.
They also discussed on the ten (10) leading cases of morbidity (e.g.
Acute Respiratory Infection, Pneumonia, Hypertension, Urinary Tract
The meeting ended after
majority of the participants voted that the election for the new set
of officers of the Biliran Association of Government Information
Officers (BAGIO) will be held on a later date due to absence of the
Commanding General of the Philippine Army, Lt. Gen. Rolando
Joselito D. Bautista was accorded foyer honors upon his
arrival at the Openiano Field, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers)
Division on December 11, 2017.
Army Chief visits
DPAO, 8ID PA
December 11, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Commanding General of the Philippine Army, Lt. Gen.
Rolando Joselito D. Bautista AFP rendered his traditional
Pre-Christmas Visit to the home of the Stormtroopers on December 11,
Upon his arrival, the
Commanding General was warmly received by Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander, 8ID and was accorded with arrival honors by the
Stormtroopers at the Openiano Field.
The traditional Command
visit is an indication of a true leader’s commitment to lead. But
more importantly, this is the time to show his love and care to the
8ID family during this coming Yuletide season.
A gift-giving activity was
also conducted by Lt. Gen. Bautista to the battle and non-battle
casualties of this Command who are confined at Camp Lukban Station
Hospital to help boost their morale.
In his message, Lt. Gen.
Bautista expressed his appreciation to the men and women of the 8ID
and challenged everyone by saying, “I challenge everyone to sustain
the high acceptance rating of the Filipinos to the AFP after the
“Let us help each other,
let us help the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, let us help
the Army, and let us help the AFP in effectively accomplishing its
mission,” Bautista added.
Likewise, the Commanding
General thanked the 8ID leadership under Maj. Gen. Farnacio for
being one of the first units to send augmentation forces to liberate
CCNHS Senior High School building for Grade-12 students is
now totally completed.
million school building project completed
JASON T. DE LOS ANGELES
December 11, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY –
DPWH Samar First District Engineering Office completes the
construction of two-storey, 6 classrooms for Calbayog City National
High School (CCNHS) located at Brgy. Hamorawon near City Post Office
which is 2-3 minutes ride from the city proper.
The project is implemented
by Samar I and is under contract with CDU Construction with a total
appropriation of P8.2 million under the Basic Educational Facilities
Mr. Calick D. Arrieta, the
school principal, said that this school building is now occupied by
the Grade-12 senior high school students. Since the start of the
senior high school operation, the Calbayog City National High School
is faced with the lack of classrooms. He is very thankful that the
said building was completed just this year and the students are no
longer staying in different campuses.
This new school building
will directly benefit the Grade-12 Senior High students. This
project will answer the needs for more classrooms for the increased
number of high school students of Calbayog City National High School
numbering to 4,100 students.
200 LODIs vow to
shine light on truth, fight for free expression amid Duterte’s drive
December 11, 2017
MANILA – A broad
and brilliant array of nearly 200 artists, performers, filmmakers,
cultural and media workers, writers, journalists, photographers, and
bloggers have signed up to be LODI.
A LODI delegation also
attended the Movement Against Tyranny’s Human Rights Day rally at
Bonifacio Shrine in Manila.
LODI, which stands for
Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity, is a newly-formed arts
and media alliance devoted to defending free expression in the face
of thousands of extrajudicial killings and transparent moves to
install a Duterte dictatorship.
“Today, Human Rights Day,
we Filipinos in the arts and media rededicate ourselves to the cause
of defending our people’s right to freely think for ourselves and to
freely express and to freely depict what’s happening to the
country,” said stage and television artist Joel Saracho, one of LODI
Saracho said Duterte is
not unlike the American colonial forces which banned the display of
the flag, and the Marcos dictatorship that cracked down on free
“Duterte is not only lying
about drugs, so-called federalism and the elitist RevGov. He and his
court jesters are misrepresenting the Filipinos’ desire for
authentic change with his drive towards one-man rule. He and his
minions demonize and harass those who defy and expose the lies and
who present the truth,” explained Saracho, adding that “LODI won’t
allow this to go unchallenged.”
Blogger and newspaper
columnist Tonyo Cruz, also a LODI spokesperson, said the 200 artists
and media personalities who have signed the LODI statement “is just
“We expect more people
from the arts and media to sign this statement, join LODI and
participate in activities. Many view Duterte and his rising
dictatorship as clear and present dangers to their craft, industry
and audiences,” said Cruz.
“We are happy and excited
to see members of the arts and media communities come out openly and
bravely for free expression. The dictator and his minions are put on
notice,” Cruz added.
Ilagan currently heads the LODI steering committee, with members
including director Joel Lamangan, journalists Inday Varona Espina
and Raymund Villanueva, Walkie Mirana of the Concerned Artists of
the Philippines ( CAP), and spokespersons Saracho and Cruz.
raise alarm over 'deteriorating human rights situation' under
Movement Against Tyranny
December 9, 2017
QUEZON CITY – On
the eve of International Human Rights Day, concerned individuals
from a broad range of sectors joined voices in decrying the
worsening state of human rights in the country.
In a joint statement
issued yesterday, Dec. 8, incumbent and former legislators, lawyers
and doctors, artists and members of the media, academics and
religious leaders, representatives of NGOs and peoples
organizations, and prominent individuals warned of a “new and wider
wave of killings and human rights violations in the country” under
the Duterte government.
Among the signatories to
the “Joint Statement of Concern on the Deteriorating Human Rights
Situation” are: Sen. Francis Pangilinan and former senators Rene
Saguisag and Wigberto Tañada; congressmen Edcel Lagman, Jose
Christopher Belmonte, Sarah Elago, Carlos Zarate, Emi de Jesus,
Antonio Tinio, France Castro, Ariel Casilao and Tom Villarin.
The statement reads:
“As December 10,
International Human Rights Day nears, we decry the continuing
deterioration of human rights in our country.
“On top of the
premeditated killings by police officers of defenseless youth Kian
delos Santos, 17, Carlo Angelo Arnaiz, 19, and Reynaldo “Kulot” de
Guzman, 14, the recent killings of Catholic priest Fr. Marcelito
Paez in Nueva Ecija. Pastor Lovelito Quinoñes in Mindoro Oriental,
and human rights activist Elisa Badayos in Negros Oriental signal a
new and wider wave of killings and human rights violations in the
“Such killings come on the
heels of Pres. Duterte's closing the door on the peace talks with
the NDFP, and his admonition to state security forces to shoot and
kill suspected armed rebels. We are alarmed that just as Oplan
Tokhang saw thousands of alleged drug users or peddlers mowed down
based on mere suspicion and spurious claims of "nanlaban," the
President’s new order can also give state forces the license to kill
unarmed civilians conveniently labelled as “rebels.”
“The President's threat to
crack down on activists, critics and all those whom he imagines are
conspiring to topple his government has a chilling effect on the
public and impinges on our people's exercise of their political
rights and civil liberties.
“The continuing efforts to
undermine the system of checks and balances in government – the
impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno,
the threat to impeach Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, the
bullying of the Commission on Human Rights and the continued
detention of Sen. Leila de Lima – are equally worrisome. More so
efforts of the President and his supporters to threaten and
intimidate members of the media.
“And yet the greatest
threat to human rights today is Pres. Duterte’s moves toward
authoritarian rule whether through charter change ostensibly to
shift to a federal system of government, or an outright power grab
through a so-called “revolutionary government.”
“We call on our people to
be critical and ever vigilant. Let us resist the erosion of our
basic human and democratic rights. Let us unite in fighting tyranny
Also among the signatories
are: former cabinet members Judy Taguiwalo and Rafael Mariano,
lawyers Pacifico Agabin, Ada D. Abad, Antonio La Viña, Jose Manuel
Diokno, Pablito V. Sanidad, Arno V. Sanidad, Vicky Avena, Edre
Olalia; former congressmen Lorenzo Tañada, Neri Colmenares and Teddy
Catholic bishops Broderick
Pabillo, Deogracias Iñiguez, and Arturo Bastes; IFI Obispo Maximo
Rhee Timbang, UCCP General Secretary Bp. Reuel Norman O. Marigza,
NCCP General Secretary Rev. Fr. Rex Reyes, Benedictine nun Sr. Mary
John Mananzan, La Salle Brother Jose Mari Jimenez;
Artists Mae Paner a.k.a.
Juana Change, Monique Wilson and Audie Gemora; filmaker Joel
Lamangan, singer Chikoy Pura, UP Chancellor Mike Tan, activist RC
Constantino, Dr. Margarita Holmes, former National Museum curator
John Silva, anti-crime crusader Tessy Ang See, consumer advocate
Raul Segovia, economist Men Sta Ana, advertising guru Yoly Ong,
former CHR commissioner Mercedes Contreras Danenberg, and former
general Guillermo G. Cunanan.
against human rights violation under Duterte’s violent presidency
December 9, 2017
HONG KONG – The
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has been informed that
different human rights groups across the country will hold protests
and a series of other events tomorrow, December 10, to mark the
International Human Rights Day.
Today, the Alliance for
the Advancement of People’s Rights (Karapatan), an alliance of human
rights NGOs and people’s organizations, holds demonstrations they
dubbed as “What’s cooking up in Malacanang?” Their protest is an
attempt to satirized President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown, not only
of his political opponents, but constitutional bodies with powers to
check his abuse.
In their statement,
Karapatan said President Duterte’s actions are recipes for a “full
blown dictatorship”, if he succeeds. One of these is Duterte and his
political ally’s ongoing action to impeach Philippine Supreme Court
chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Also today, the Philippine
Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (Pahra), another alliance of
human rights groups, holds an "Alab ng Puso" concert, which aims to
encourage Filipinos to stand up and defend human rights. Pahra’s
partner organization, iDEFEND (In Defense of Human Rights and
Dignity Movement), said this event is meant to raise awareness on
the importance of human rights, freedom and justice, and to
Tomorrow, Pahra and its
partner organizations will hold protest actions in Metro Manila.
Protest actions will also be held in major cities in Luzon, the
Visayas and in Mindanao, including in Duterte’s hometown, Davao.
Pahra said these protests are meant to “counter the government’s
narratives of being pro-poor”. They are meant to amplify a public
outcry against human rights violations committed in the country.
Meanwhile, Karapatan’s satirized protest is a prelude to a much
bigger demonstration to mark the international human rights day,
inside and outside the country. Outside the capital, Karapatan is
expected to mobilize 7,000 demonstrators in Aklan, Capiz and Iloilo
cities, all in Panay Island, in the Visayas. In Bicol region, about
30,000 demonstrators are expected to join.
Outside the country, the
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP),
a coalition advocating for human rights and peace in the
Philippines, will hold protests. In Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea
and Australia in East Asia and the Pacific. In Italy, Belgium,
France, Germany and the Netherlands in Europe, and in Canada. ICHRP
is Karapatan’s network of international organizations.
Meanwhile, the AHRC
strongly supports these protests actions by local and international
groups to draw attention to the worsening state of human rights in
the country. The AHRC considers Duterte’s presidency as the most
violent and politically intolerant since Marcos. Duterte’s crackdown
on criminals and addicts, and the renewed killings of legal leftist
after peace talks collapse with the communists, is a dangerous
combination distinctive to his leadership.
“No president in
Philippine history has ever combined, and still gets away with it,
routine killings in national scale of supposed criminals and
addicts, under drug war; and human rights defenders and leftists
political activists, the supposed terrorists. Only Duterte has done
that and continue to do so, as we speak”, the AHRC said.
The Philippines attracted
the world’s attention in early 2016 with unprecedented level of
killings by law enforcement agencies since President Duterte came to
power. These killings are linked to his campaign to crackdown on
drugs, which led to a wave of unlawful killings across the country.
Many of these killings have amounted to extrajudicial executions, a
persistent pattern in the country’s long-standing problem of
impunity by abusive state security forces.
The International Human
Rights Day is an annual event to mark adoption of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
songwriters top DILG-8 Federalism jingle contest
MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
December 7, 2017
TACLOBAN CITY –
Three songwriters from Catbalogan City, Samar won the 1st Prize in
the Federalism Jingle Writing Contest of the Department of the
Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Region 8.
Louie Ebalde, Christopher
Fermilan and Francis Rico Gonzales will receive the P15,000 prize as
champions for their song, “Ito ang Pagbabago” as interpreted by
Louie B. Chico.
Placing 2nd with a prize
of P10,000 is the entry of Winston Jay C. Ladera of Brgy. Bito,
Abuyog Leyte and Kristina Heights Tacloban City, for his song “Ora
Mismo sa Federalismo”, as interpreted by Jan Marc Pedrita, Leyte
Idol Season 9 Grand Champion.
Rounding up the Prize
Winners at 3rd Place and to receive P5,000 is Rolly Tagan of Libagon
Southern Leyte, who himself sung his composition “Federalismo (Magkaisa)”.
Regional Director Marivel
Sacendoncillo lauded the winners and contestants for their active
involvement and quality of work, saying, “The jingle will help raise
awareness and discussion on federalism as a way to improve service
delivery through greater local autonomy.”
The members of the panel
of judges which counted Dr. Dominador Pagliawan,
composer/singer/social media expert Jerby Santo and Prof. Voltaire
Oyzon during the evaluation meeting on December 6, 2017 at the
DILG-8 Regional Office, likewise praised the maturity and
sophistication of many entries.
The contest, which ended
on December 1, 2017 was open to all amateur composers in Region 8
except for DILG employees and their immediate families. Contest
pieces were judged based on Musical content (30%), Lyrical content
(30%), Originality (30%) and Overall Impact (10%).
The winning song/s will be
aired over radio stations as part of the federalism information
campaign. DILG was mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the
information campaign on federalism.
of Famer awardees Texas Instruments (3rd from L) and
Pilipinas Kao (3rd from R) with (from LR): DTI Export
Marketing Bureau Director Senen M. Perlada, Former President
Joseph Estrada, DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado and
PHILEXPORT President Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr.
outstanding exporters at 2017 NEC
December 7, 2017
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry through its Export Marketing Bureau
(EMB) on 5 December awarded Philippine companies for their
outstanding export performance during the National Export Congress
(NEC) held at the Philippine International Convention Center in
Pilipinas Kao, and Metro Wear were conferred the Hall of Famer Award
for posting the highest export revenues for the past three years in
their respective sectors. Data from the Philippine Statistics
Authority (PSA) in 2016 served as the basis for giving the awards to
Also recognized were top
regional exporters from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, who stood out
for their remarkable international success in penetrating global
markets. Recipients were Peter Paul Philippines Corp. from Luzon,
Profood International Corp. from Visayas, and Philbest Canning Corp.
Honored for Top Sectoral
Award were Texas Instruments Philippines Inc. (Electronics),
Pilipinas Kao Inc. (Chemicals), Taganito HPAL Nickel Corp. (Other
Mineral Products), Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Group
(Machinery and Transport Equipment), Shin-Etsu Magnetics Philippines
Inc. (Electronic Equipment and Other Parts), House Technology
Industries PTE Ltd. (Woodcraft and Furniture), Nestle Philippines
Inc. (Processed Food and Beverages), Dole Philippines (Fresh
Bananas), Takata Philippines Corp. (Metal Components), Pilipinas
Kyohritsu Inc. (Ignition Wiring Sets), Cargill Oil Mills Philippines
Inc. (Coconut Oil), and Metro Wear Inc. (Articles of Apparel and
Excellence Awards for
Services Exports was also conferred on companies which have
contributed significantly to their respective industries and
exhibited excellence in their respective fields. Awardees were
Advanced World Solution Inc. (IT-BPM), Affinity Express Philippines
Inc. (Creative Services), Airworks Aviation Academy (Education
Services), ExlService Philippines Inc. (Health Information
Management), and Potato Corner (Franchising Services).
The awarding served as the
highlight of the week-long celebration of National Exporters’ Week
(NEW) with the theme “Innovate. Collaborate. Export!.” NEW is an
annual event held during the first week of December organized
jointly by the DTI’s Export Marketing Bureau (EMB), the Export
Development Council (EDC), and the Philippine Exporters
Confederation Inc. (PhilExport).
“With this year’s NEC, we
hope to inspire more exporters to continue to innovate and
collaborate with the government and private sector organizations in
expanding their markets and contributing to the country’s economy,”
DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado said.
Also part of the
celebration is the ongoing National Exporters’ Week Bazaar, a retail
selling event of Philippine products from the country’s direct and
indirect manufacturers, which started on December 4. About 20
exhibitors are participating by selling their products and services
ranging from fashion accessories to food products in the DTI
International Building along Gil J. Puyat Ave. in Makati City.
next steps to implement i³S
December 7, 2017
MAKATI – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) successfully conducted the
Manufacturing Summit 2017 on 29 November 2017 at Fairmont Makati,
bringing together more than 250 stakeholders from the private
sector, industry associations, business chambers and stakeholders
from the government and academic and research community.
Taking off from the 2016
Manufacturing Summit, which focused on “Trabaho at Negosyo” for
inclusive growth, this year’s Summit highlighted the remarkable
performance of the manufacturing industry, the accomplishment of
DTI’s Manufacturing Resurgence Program, and the country’s new
industrial policy dubbed as Inclusive Innovation Industrial Strategy
The i³S aims to grow and
develop globally competitive and innovative industries with
innovation at the front and center of industrial policies and
programs supported by pillars consisting of building new industries,
clusters, and agglomeration. These will also ensure Micro, Small,
and Medium Enterprise (MSME) growth and development, human resource
development, and improving ease of doing business and the business
“With intense competition
due to rising globalization, regional economic integration, and
disruptive technologies, innovation is crucial for the inclusive and
sustainable growth of the economy, particularly manufacturing,” said
Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.
“Our vision is for the
Philippines to have creative and connected communities of different
stakeholders like innovators, start-ups, SMEs, and large enterprises
that will collaborate to produce new products and services,” Sec.
Moving forward, the Trade
Chief indicated that DTI will focus on three major strategic
actions: establish i3 zones or parks without walls, where
universities and industrial hubs could work together and collaborate
on innovation initiatives; using fiscal and non-fiscal support to
promote local manufacturing of key products that are heavily
imported like pharmaceutical products or medical devices; and
continue the collaboration with industry, academe, other government
agencies and stakeholders in building the inclusive innovation
To encourage more
investments and change in mindset, i³S would provide incentives on
R&D and innovation, as well as tax deductions on trainings and
workers’ skills upgrading. There will also be business matching,
exhibits, and trade fairs.
Sec. Lopez shared that the
establishment of domestic ecozones is vital in building industry
clusters that can provide a fertile environment for innovation and
inter-firm cooperation leading to competitiveness improvements.
Incentives to be provided in domestic ecozones will be rationalized,
with applicable domestic taxes like value added and excise will be
paid by locators just like other companies located outside domestic
“DTI will continue to fine
tune the i³S, refine it to fully embed and integrate innovation, and
ensure that new technologies can be applied to reduce poverty and
promote shared prosperity for all,” Sec. Lopez declared.
Gov’t to set
aside another P1-B for Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso micro-loan
December 7, 2017
MAKATI CITY – Micro
entrepreneurs throughout the country will get more aid to fund their
businesses as the National Government, through the Small Business
Corporation (SB Corp.), the micro-financing arm of the Department of
Trade and Industry (DTI), will set aside P1 billion for year 2018 to
continue the flagship program that will provide micro enterprises an
alternative source of financing that is easy to access and made
available at a reasonable cost.
“The President has vowed
to provide affordable micro-loans for micro entrepreneurs and we are
here to deliver this promise through the Pondo sa Pagbabago at
Pag-asenso (P3),” DTI-Regional Operations Group Undersecretary
Zenaida Maglaya said.
The Pondo sa Pagbabago at
Pag-asenso (P3) program is a P1 billion financing program intended
to give MSMEs better access to finance and to reduce their cost of
borrowing and battle loan sharks preying on micro entrepreneurs. The
fund will also give priority to the country’s 30 poorest provinces.
Initially, the P3 Program
was launched in Tacloban in Leyte on January 25, San Jose,
Occidental Mindoro on January 27, and Alabel, Sarangani last January
30 and was launched nationwide in April, with an initial funding of
P850.0 million, making available lower cost loans to Filipino micro
entrepreneurs who are engaged in small business such as sari-sari
stores and are vulnerable to usurious lenders in the absence of an
Maglaya explained that
through the P3, micro entrepreneurs can find relief from overly
expensive borrowings and afford cost-efficient and affordable form
of loan to add and expand their businesses.
“Through the P3, sectors
can find relief from overly expensive borrowings as they pursue
their livelihood activities,” Maglaya said.
As of November 24, 2017, a
total of 16,210 micro entrepreneurs have been aided by P3 with four
national micro finance institutions (MFIs) and 90 local conduits
assisting in delivering the micro-loans in the countryside while 45
MFIs are in the pipeline. A total of P485.41 million has been
released to partner conduits and P307.80 million released to
Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to replace the “5-6” money lending
system, the P3 is also seen to help stabilize supply and cost of
commodities in public markets, encourage small entrepreneurs to grow
their businesses, and offer employment and generate income for
The P1 billion fund of the
P3 program from the Office of the President will be coursed through
the SB Corp., which will accredit partner institutions such as
non-bank MFIs, cooperatives and associations to serve as conduit for
the P3 funds. With borrowers identified through these, collection of
repayments will be efficient.
“We’re very grateful that
this program has come into fruition, so we can help micro
entrepreneurs who are at the bottom of the pyramid and create an
entrepreneurial environment in the countryside that will also
generate jobs for Filipinos,” Maglaya said.
The primary beneficiaries
of the P3 Program are microenterprises and entrepreneurs that do not
have easy access to credit. These include market vendors, agri-businessmen
and members of cooperatives, and industry associations.
P3 will also make it easy
for borrowers since it will only require minimal documentation
requirement; easy to access with only one (1) day processing of
application; low cost interest at 2.5% per month; and easy payment
with collection on a weekly or daily basis, as necessary.
Under the P3 Program, a
micro enterprise can borrow between P5,000 up to P100,000 depending
on its business need and repayment capacity with no collateral
requirement. Interest rate and service fees, all in, do not exceed
2.5% monthly, which is a huge relief from the 20% monthly rate under
the 5-6 loan system.
petrochemical company to expand in PH
December 6, 2017
MAKATI – The
Philippines (PH) continues to receive business intentions and
expansion projects from large companies based in China (CN).
In a recent meeting
between Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez
and Handi Group President Hanling Wu, they discussed possibility of
investments of the company in a petroleum refining and petrochemical
manufacturing facility in the country.
“We welcome business
intentions to strengthen our petrochemical industry, which the
government actively supports. They expressed strong confidence on
the business environment stability during the Duterte
administration,” said Sec. Lopez.
Handi Group is one of the
largest and advanced private specialty oil producers in China. The
conglomerate is based in Hainan Province and engages in multiple
industries, including oil refinery, chemical industry, trading,
investment, and financing.
The group, through its
subsidiaries Hainan Handi Sunshine Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (HDS),
Hainan Handi Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (HDP), Handi Lubricant
Technology (China) Co., Ltd., Handi Sunshine Trading Co., Ltd., and
Handi Investment, has established a full scale and long-term
strategic cooperation with large international energy companies such
as ExxonMobil, Total, Chevron, and BASF.
Sec. Lopez opened the
discussion of putting up a facility in Mindanao, which will be
suitable for the company’s power, land, and accessibility
Mr. Wu conveyed the need
of Handi Group for a pool of technical staff, specifically
engineers, from PH and the availability of talents in Mindanao.
“There are a lot of
universities in Mindanao that produce quality graduates and
professionals in the field of engineering. We have good universities
present in all parts of PH,” the Sec Lopez said.
Terrorism is the
massacre of eight Lumad in South Cotabato - SANDUGO
December 5, 2017
QUEZON CITY – “The
real terrorist is the one who sows terror in our communities, he who
orders to massacre Lumad, threatens to bomb Lumad schools, orders to
kill anyone who try to criticize him. For the national minorities,
Pres. Duterte is the terrorist,” Datu Jerome Succor Aba,
co-chairperson of Sandugo said today at a press conference. During
the press conference, the massacre of eight Tboli and Dulangan
Manobo was announced to the public.
“This is by far the worst
attack against the indigenous peoples,” The incident happened last
December 3, when, according to Karapatan-Socskasargen, 27th and 33rd
Infantry Battalion shot and killed T’boli and Dulangan Manobo
farmers at about 1pm in Sitio Datalbong, Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu South
“The residents were about
to harvest their crops in their farms that day. They have just
claimed back their land from David M. Consunji Inc. (DMCI) who
displaced the T’boli and Dulangan Manabo from their ancestral lands
to plant coffee for Nestle. Around 300 hectares have already been
replaced with corn and other sustenance food planted by the rightful
owners – Lumad communities,” Aba explained.
“DMCI attempted to again
take the land but the Lumad residents resisted. The Philippine Army,
a day before the massacre, told the media in Socsksargen that the
Lumad should now surrender especially a certain commander Victor,”
Aba said. “Come December 3, Datu Victor Danyan, not a member of New
People’s Army but a community leader, was among those massacred by
the soldiers,” Aba continued.
Datu Victor’s son, Victor
Danyan Jr, was also killed along with Artemio Danyan, Pato Celardo,
Samuel Angkoy, To Diamante, Bobot Lagase and Matend Bantal. Two
others were wounded.
This came after Pres.
Rodrigo Duterte announced the Pres. Proclamation 360, terminating
the peacetalks with the National Democratic Front of the
Philippines. “This was also after this tyrant President made
pronouncements of targeting the NPAs next. The AFP took this as a
cue to intensify counter-insurgency operations against civilians,”
“With the thousands of
unaccounted lives during the fighting in Marawi, the hundreds of
thousands of both Moro and indigenous peoples displaced from their
communities, all because of Duterte’s policy to wipe out his
‘enemies,’ this US puppet president has to be made accountable,” Aba
“Just recently, 2,162
Lumad of Lianga and San Agustin of Surigao del Sur forcedly
evacuated due to threats of bombing with the hovering of drones and
a helicopter with missiles believed to be from the 75th IB of the
AFP. The soldiers have imposed a food blockade to the evacuees,
accusing it will be fed to the NPAs,” Aba said.
“Tyrants and terrorists
are one and the same. They sow terror to the common people because
they are nothing but sell-outs to the big private corporations. They
will try to hold on to their power by sowing more terror,” Aba said.
“We all know what happened to tyrants like Marcos, Pinochet – they
were overthrown,” Aba ended.
meeting cum workshop wraps up 2017
BON JOSEPH N. ASTILLA
December 4, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – PIO
staff from DPWH Samar First District Engineering Office joins the
4th PIO Conference held at the Multi-purpose Hall in Baybay, Leyte
on November 23-24, 2017 hosted by the joint forces of Leyte 4th,
Leyte 5th, and Southern Leyte District Engineering Offices,
popularly called as OBaMa Group (Ormoc, Baybay, and Maasin).
In line with the
continuing capability-building effort for PIO designates and it’s
alternate, the quarter meeting cum workshop centers on updating
writing skills, improving press releases and tackling Audio Visual
The first speaker, Joey
Gabieta of Leyte Samar Daily Express, instructs the public
information officers that the latter’s articles should be well
organized and is written for the reader. This means it should be
understood by the average newspaper readers and should attribute
important statements and information.
Meanwhile, the basics of
AVP was tackled by Jed Asaph Cortes, an instructor from Visayas
State University. With the fast pace of the changing times, the PIOs
know the value of using AVP, most importantly in making
Communication Development Reports where presentation is a key
The meeting culminated
with updates from the Regional Public Assistance and Information
Officer, Ms. Antonieta R. Lim. She emphasized the implementation of
Communication Development Program as well as the formal designation
of hotline and focal persons.
DILG warns public
on fake OIC appointment scams under federalism and Revolutionary
December 4, 2017
QUEZON CITY – The
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued a
warning to all local government officials and the general public
against scammers going around the country falsely claiming that they
could have people appointed as OIC-barangay and local officials
under a federal system of government and a revolutionary government
(RevGov) and asking for money in return.
In a meeting with all DILG
Regional Directors on Wednesday, DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino S.
Cuy said that numerous reports have reached the central and field
offices regarding various groups masquerading to be affiliated or
permitted by the government or by the DILG to campaign for
federalism or RevGov and claiming that they could have people
appointed to local positions.
Cuy directed all DILG
field offices to issue a strong warning to all LGUs about this scam
that has been going on for some time.
According to aggregated
reports, scammers lure both incumbent and aspiring local government
officials into being included in a supposed priority list of people
to be appointed should the country shift to a federal form of
government or undergo a RevGov. In exchange, unwitting victims give
money to con groups for membership fees or donations.
Cuy says that President
Rodrigo Duterte himself already made it clear during a November 21
event in Taguig City that claims that a Revolutionary Government
will soon be established are all false.
"Sabi nga po ng Pangulo,
huwag po tayong maniwala sa RevGov dahil wala tayong makukuha diyan
and let us focus on building our country,” Cuy says.
Newly installed DILG
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Capacity Development
Jonathan E. Malaya encourages the public to get in touch with his
office or with the Local Government Academy (LGA) at telephone
numbers (02) 6389649 or 6341906 local 116 or via email to email@example.com
and firstname.lastname@example.org on concerns on the government’s federalism
On Wednesday, Malaya has
been assigned as the administrator of the DILG's federalism program
as per DILG Order No. 2017-1212.
"I urge all DILG field
officers to be vigilant and proactive and to immediately warn all
barangay captains and local government officials in their respective
jurisdictions of the scams being perpetrated by these unscrupulous
individuals," he says.
"This scam is all over the
country – from Cagayan Valley to Cotabato, from Metro Manila to
Samar. The groups go by many names," he points out.
“Nakakalungkot na may mga
kababayan tayong sumasakay sa pederalismo para makapanlinlang at
nagpapanggap na inatasan sila ng DILG o ng Pangulo na mangampanya
kaugnay sa pederalismo,” he laments.
“Wala pong katotohanang
magtatalaga ang DILG ng OICs sa kahit anumang local government
positions. Kapag hiningan kayo ng pera o anumang bagay o pabor,
magtaka na po kayo at agad ipaalam ang mga grupong ito sa
pinakamalapit na DILG field office sa inyong lugar,” he warns.
In September this year,
the DILG announced the campaign dubbed as “One Nation, One
Government: Transition to Federalism Project” which shall accredit
civil society organizations (CSOs) as well as resource speakers as
federalism advocacy partners.
Malaya says that only
accredited CSOs are authorized to use the DILG logo or the DILG name
in their respective activities.
He says that all
federalism-related information campaign initiatives of DILG
operating units, regional and field offices, as well as local
governance stakeholders, are implemented within the standards and
parameters set by the DILG in terms of content, activities, and
Activities include, among
others, orientation sessions, seminars, knowledge exchange sessions,
focus group discussions, forums, and symposia.
Further, the Local
Government Academy, as the training arm of the DILG, is responsible
for training resource persons on DILG's key messages and content
parameters for all federalism information campaign activities.
Resource persons who
successfully complete the training shall be issued certificates and
their names will be included in the national database of resource
speakers on federalism for the DILG's Transition to Federalism
Local government units (LGUs)
may also conduct their own federalism information campaign
activities in coordination with DILG field offices whose staff will
guide LGUs on the key messages and content to be delivered to ensure
that these are consistent with those set by the Department.
verification process at the municipal hall in Shariff
Saydona Mustapha, before the distribution.
thousands displaced by clashes in Maguindanao
December 4, 2017
MANILA – Thousands
of displaced families in central Mindanao’s Maguindanao province
have been deprived of basic everyday necessities as intense fighting
persists in the area. To help around 11,600 people in Shariff
Saydona Mustapha municipality, the International Committee of the
Red Cross (ICRC) has provided them with half-month food and other
supplies along with household items in cooperation with the
Philippine Red Cross.
“While the attention over
the recent months has been mostly focused on the Marawi conflict,
several communities in Maguindanao have also been seriously affected
by armed clashes. We remain concerned about their plight as they
have been displaced for more than three months,” said Tomoko
Matsuzawa, head of the ICRC’s office in Cotabato.
Since early August, the
Philippine military and various armed groups have been engaged in
armed fighting in the area known as the SPMS Box (Barangay Salbu,
Datu Saudi Ampatuan – Barangay Pagatin, Datu Salibo – Mamasapano –
Shariff Aguak) in Maguindanao.
Over the past couple of
months, though majority of the displaced families have returned home
to plant rice and other crops, they’re staying close to the main
roads, ready to evacuate in case the fighting resumes. The remaining
families, coming from areas more exposed to repeated armed
encounters, have opted to stay in host communities.
“These families have
reduced the number of meals to two per day, and also limited them in
variety. It is important that as people try and restore their lives,
they receive basic support to do so,” Ms Matsuzawa said.
During the three-day
distribution completed on December 2, each family from four
barangays (villages) – who include those who have returned and those
who remained – received 25 kg of rice, one litre of soy sauce, one
litre of oil, 12 tins of 425 g of sardine each, 1 kg of sugar, ½ kg
of salt, two jerry cans of 20 litre each and hygiene items for the
The ICRC is a neutral,
impartial and independent humanitarian organization whose
exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity
of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to
provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavours to prevent
suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and
universal humanitarian principles.
2,300 families displaced by the armed clashes in
Maguindanao received food, household and hygiene items
from the ICRC last week.
5 NPA rebels
surrender with firearms
DPAO, 8ID PA
December 2, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Five members of the New People’s Army surrendered to the
different army units in Eastern Visayas last November 23 and 24,
2017 at Barangay Guirang, Basey, Samar and Sitio Canonghan, Barangay
Osmeña, Palapag, Northern Samar, respectively.
The surrenderees were
Alona Bojocan who turned-over a cal. 38 revolver and fragmentation
grenade to Lt. Col. Arnel A. Floresca, Commanding Officer of 87th
Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion; Tinny Laoreno Gerbon, Richard
Albaseno, Mrs. Sheryl Rebay, and Arnel Aquino, all residents of
Sitio Canonghan, Barangay Osmeña, Palapag, Northern Samar who turned
over two .45 handguns, one .38 revolver and two 5.56 magazines to
the soldiers assigned with 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion and
83rd Civil Military Operations Company.
They are now undergoing
the process of enrollment under the Comprehensive Local Integration
Program (CLIP) in order to avail of the financial and livelihood
assistance from the government so that they can start a new and
In his statement, Maj.
Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Commander, 8ID said that “the surrender of
the NPA guerrillas only shows that the intensified strategy of your
Army to counter the insurgency problem in Eastern Visayas is
effective. It is also the result of the pro-active cooperation of
our stakeholders, above all the support given by the communities and
local government units within our areas of operation.”
He also encouraged the NPA
rebels in Region 8 to lay down their arms voluntarily and live a
normal life with their families thru reintegration programs of the
additional complaints on EJKs to UN experts
December 2, 2017
QUEZON CITY –
Karapatan submitted a letter of allegation concerning twenty-five
(25) cases of extrajudicial killings perpetrated by State security
forces in line with the Duterte government’s counter-insurgency
program to United Nations Special Rapporteur on
Extrajudicial/Summary or Arbitrary Executions Ms. Agnes Callamard
and UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Michel Forst
today, December 2, 2017.
counter-insurgency program to another, cases of extrajudicial
killings against peasants, indigenous peoples, Moro, workers, women
and youth continue to be committed with impunity under the murderous
Duterte regime. Also, most, if not all, of the perpetrators of human
rights violations under the administrations of former Presidents
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III have
not been brought to justice,” said Karapatan secretary general
Cristina Palabay in her letters of allegation to Callamard and Forst,
adding that the current heads of the military, including AFP Chief
Eduardo Año, are the same militarist brutes responsible for many
rights abuses during past regimes.
On April 10 2017,
Karapatan earlier submitted 47 cases of extrajudicial killings under
the Duterte government’s counter-insurgency program. Then
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said it was “not the policy
of the Duterte administration” to violate human rights, adding that
to attribute the killings to the government “is a serious
allegation” and runs contrary to Duterte’s stand of settling
disputes in a peaceful manner.
“Eight months after and
look where we are now. Any more claims from Duterte’s mouthpieces
regarding his so-called preference for resolving disputes through
peaceful means will merely come out as a laughable and preposterous
lie. Now that the masquerade is over, what we are left is a clearer
view of State fascism,” said Palabay, citing Proclamation 380 issued
by Duterte which sought to terminate the peace talks between the
government and the National Democratic Front, and his recent
pronouncement and direct orders to crackdown on progressive groups.
From July 2016 to October
2017, Karapatan documented 104 victims of extrajudicial killings
under Duterte’s counter-insurgency program. “We allege that state
security forces are primarily responsible for these killings that
are all in the context of a government program that makes no
distinction between armed and unarmed civilians, thus providing a
pretext for the arbitrary tagging of individuals, groups and
movements as “enemies of the state,” the rights group added.
Karapatan earlier assailed
Duterte for threatening to “slap” UN Special Rapporteur Agnes
Callamard, repeating his hostility towards any plans of Callamard to
officially visit the country to investigate the reported cases of
extrajudicial killings in the country. Palabay commented that “this
President acts like a spoiled child. The issue is that there is a
growing number of State-perpetrated violations in the country, and
thus he cannot begrudge Callamard for attempting to perform her
mandate to investigate said violations. His feelings or tantrums are
inconsequential to us because we are struggling for justice.”
“We reiterate our
challenge to the Duterte regime to introduce appropriate measures to
stop these attacks and carry out impartial investigations on the
cases submitted, to bring the perpetrators to justice. We will
exhaust all means and all available mechanisms to hold the
government to account for its fascist policies that have been the
basis for these continued, intensifying attacks,” Palabay ended.
engineers with traffic management techniques
APRIL FATIMA DIRA-VILLANUEVA
November 30, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – In
line with the DPWH efforts to build the technical capability of our
frontline units in Traffic Engineering and Management, the Bureau of
Quality and Safety conduct a workshop on the Fundamentals of Traffic
Engineering and Management. The workshop was held on November 06-10,
2017 at the Central Office training room of the Human Resource and
Administrative Service. SFDEO participants, Engr. Allan A. Lanuza
and Engr. Idelberto M. Leopardas and their team, are awarded as the
Best Performing Team for their case study presentation.
Traffic Engineering deals
with the planning, geometric design and traffic operations of roads,
streets and highways, their networks, terminals, abutting lands and
relationships with other modes of transportation for the achievement
of safe, efficient and convenient movement of persons and goods.
It is stated that the
greatest obstacles a professional traffic engineer faces in applying
sound principles of traffic engineering is the fact that “everyone
is a traffic expert”. The unfortunate result of this attitude of
expertise is the creation of traffic hazards when false theories of
individuals or groups are put into effect. “Without the training,
the cure may be worse than the disease” said speaker Engr. Marites
There are not enough roads
to accommodate the growing volume of motor vehicles. That’s why
greater reliance must therefore be placed on traffic management
techniques to increase the practical capacity of available space.
lending program for Marawi
November 29, 2017
MANILA – Department
of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) financing and guarantee attached
corporation, Small Business Corporation (SBCorp) attached
micro-finance will be offering zero percent interest loans to help
the constituents of Lanao del Sur, specifically Marawi micro
entrepreneurs displaced by the war, starting early December 2017 up
to April 2018 as part of government rehabilitation efforts of Marawi
“The recent events in
Marawi raised the need to generate several programs that will aide
in the rehabilitation of Marawi and the full assistance to affected
residents. In support of government-wide efforts to help the people
of Marawi, we will be working closely with our Maranao countrymen to
ensure they have access to the needed funds to get their businesses
back on their feet,” said Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez.
After the interest free
loan, we shall extend the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asesnso (P3)
Program which is also the Microfinance program implemented by the
SBCorp. This will be complemented by starter livelihood kits being
distributed by the DTI.
For Micro Finance
Institutions (MFIs) that want to start lending to the Lanao del Sur
area in solidarity with the people of Marawi and the entire
province, the P3 Program will provide credit risk support to MFIs in
exchange for their timely and quick response. A DTI-SBCorp team has
been assigned at DTI-Marawi to set up the P3 facility, which will
also be supported by DTI-Cagayan de Oro.
To date, SBCorp – with the
support of the DTI regional and provincial offices – has accredited
a total of 94 MFIs, plus another 45 MFIs in the pipeline. Moreover,
the P3 Program is now rolled out throughout the entire country from
north to south except for a handful of provinces, with close to
40,000 borrowers to date.
Most of the MFIs that have
signed up are cooperatives, i.e. self-help people’s organizations
that have a good grasp of the needs of their members to grow their
businesses. Likewise, several large MFIs – including the Center for
Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) – have aired their support
to the program for its timely scale up even in remote areas of the
“We laud SBCorp’s untiring
efforts to link up with finance institutions across the country to
ensure conduits are in place for the P3 Program. We have the funds,
and we now have the channels to help our MSMEs expand their
businesses,” said Sec. Lopez.
For 2018, the government
will add another P1.0 billion to the P3 fund to support more micro
enterprises in growing their small business.
The SBCorp will be
accrediting least five local MFIs per province in the coming years
to ensure that micro enterprises will have easy and reliable access
to reasonably-priced credit within their own locality, with a total
of 400 grassroots conduits targeted. The agency will also support
these MFIs by way of capacity-building training.
Through the P3 program,
the government hopes to encourage communities to organize themselves
into cooperatives or other self-help units engaged in
DTI also opened the
invitation to the rural banking sector to support the P3 Program,
given the more than 2,000 branches nationwide that are mostly
rural-based. These make the small banks a potent force for scaling
up the P3 Program and for improving the fund-channeling system so
that the fund reaches micro enterprises in a timely and judicious
Launched last April 2017,
the P3 Program supports micro entrepreneurs across the country with
an initial funding of Php850 million via lower cost loans. The
program is intended to help those people involved in micro
enterprises and who are vulnerable to usurious lenders in the
absence of an alternative source.
Under the program, a micro
enterprise can borrow between P5,000 up to P100,000 depending on its
business need and repayment capacity. Interest rate and service fees
do not exceed 2.5 percent monthly as compared to the 20 percent
monthly rate under the 5/6 system. Documentation is simplified and
processing time is also reasonable.
Among those helped by the
P3 Program were Rose Marie Obena of Tacloban City, Leyte and
Hercolano Villasin of Calubian, Leyte. Obena was the sole survivor
among her family after Typhoon Yolanda, and was among the first
batch of market vendors that accessed a P3 loan to expand her store.
The 78-year old Villasin, on the other hand, accessed the P3 Program
through the Fatima Multi-Purpose Cooperative (FATIMA MPC) to support
his dried fish business, which he had been doing since he was in his
“Through the P3, our poor
sectors can find relief from overly expensive borrowings as they
pursue their livelihood activities,” the trade chief said.
factfinding mission in Negros shot; 2 dead, one wounded
November 29, 2017
QUEZON CITY – Three
members of the factfinding mission team were shot by unnamed men at
around 2:40 this afternoon at Brgy. San Ramon, Bayawan, Negros
Elisa Badayos, coordinator
Karapatan Negros Oriental and Eleuterio Moises, a barangay tanod and
member of local peasant organization Mantapi Ebwan Farmers
Association, were pronounced dead-on-arrival after having been
brought to a hospital in Bayawan. Carmen Matarlo, a 23-year-old
member of Kabataan Partylist-Cebu was also reportedly wounded.
The 30-member FFM team
were in the area to investigate and verify reported human rights
violations in the area.
“The attack on human
rights defenders are becoming more rampant, more brutal, more
fearless. The perpetrators know they will be dealt with impunity, as
human rights have lost force and meaning especially under this
regime. Fact-finding missions are a mechanism for human rights
organizations to confirm reports of abuses, and this incident has
only proven how fascism works to outrightly kill those who dare to
question,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.
Palabay added that “the
space for human rights defenders is fast shrinking, as the Duterte
regime is finding more and more ways to cripple defenders on the
ground who voice out the real situation experienced by marginalized
communities victimized by militarization, landgrabbing, and other
forms of repression and oppression.”
She cited the Negros
Oriental Provincial Ordinance no.5, s.2008, or known as “An
Ordinance Regulating Outreach Activities Through Medical and
Fact-Finding Missions in the Countryside of Negros Oriental and for
Other Purposes,” wherein non-government organizations and other
cause-based organizations are prohibited to conduct any humanitarian
mission in Negros Oriental without seeking permission from the
governor, municipal government and municipal police. Violators are
sanctioned with six months of imprisonment and a fine of P5,000 on
participants on the said mission.
The 30-member FFM team
arrived in the mission area in San Ramon, Bayawan on 11am. They were
blocked and harassed by elements of the mayor’s private goons. Armed
men inquired as to their whereabouts and the purpose of the mission.
They were eventually allowed to pass.
At around 2:30pm, while
the rest of the FFM team conducted the case documentation, a team
composed of Elisa Badayos, Patrick Torres, executive director of
Farmers Development Center-Cebu (FARDEC-CEBU), Elioterio Moises,
Angel Trocio, staff of Women’s Resource Center in the Visayas, and
Carmen Matarlo readied to leave to go to Nangka Barangay Hall,
Bayawan City for a courtesy call, and subsequently to the police
station to file a blotter report regarding the harassment incident
earlier. They went on two separate motorcycles – Patrick and Angel
were on board the first motorcycle while CJ and Elisa were on the
second vehicle driven by Elioterio. The two vehicles were on a
convoy, with the motorcycle boarded by Patrick and Angel in the
While on their way, they
were shot at by unnamed gunmen, suspected to be the same armed men
who blocked their entrance to the mission site. The shooting led to
the death of Moises and Badayos. Matarlo was brought to the Bayawan
District Hospital before being transferred to Dumaguete. As of this
writing, she is now in a stable condition.
Elisa Badayos is the wife
of former labor leader and desaparecidos Jimmy Badayos.
“We condemn in the
strongest terms this recent attack on human rights workers. Even as
human rights workers conducting factfinding missions in Batangas,
Negros, Mindanao and elsewhere are being subjected to attacks by
state forces, we will never relent in struggling alongside with the
Filipino people in contending against this murderous Duterte
regime,” Palabay concluded.
Army troops clash
with NPAs in Albuera, Leyte
DPAO, 8ID PA
November 28, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Soldiers assigned with 78th Infantry (Warrior) Battalion
clashed against more or less 10 communist terrorists this morning at
Zone 5, Barangay Talisayan, Albuera, Leyte.
The troops conducted
security patrol and confirmed the residents’ reports about the
presence of communist terrorists who were extorting food and money.
The firefight lasted for
15 minutes and resulted to the recovery of two Cal .45 pistols; four
magazines of Cal .45 pistol; one hand grenade; more or less fifty
live ammunition; five cellular phones; subversive documents with
high intelligence value; and personal belongings. There are no
reported casualties on the government troops while undetermined on
the enemy side.
The successful operation
of the Army is the result of the shared cooperation of the villagers
in the said barangay about the presence of the NPA rebels that
continue to engage in acts of violence and hostilities endangering
the lives and properties of innocent people.
The 8ID under the
leadership of Maj. Gen. Raul M Farnacio will remain committed to
serve and protect the people in Eastern Visayas especially in the
far-flung conflict affected areas and a partner for peace and
development. He congratulated the troops of 78IB for a job
well-done. The 78IB is the newly pronounced “Best Infantry
Battalion” in Visayas for the year 2017 of the Central Command,
Armed Forces of the Philippines last November 14, 2017.
Five days earlier on
November 23, 2017, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared the
termination of peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front
- Communist Party of the Philippines - The New People’s Army and all
its adjuncts and organizational units through Proclamation No. 360
due to the latter’s continued attacks against government troops and
atrocities to civilians.
institution debunks clean coal myth, opposes global clean coal
November 27, 2017
QUEZON CITY – The
Center for Energy, Ecology, and Development (CEED), an independent,
think-do institution engaged in issues of energy, environment, and
development in the Philippines, expressed opposition to the
convening of a global clean coal alliance – a proposal made by the
US Delegation to the Conference of Parties (COP23).
According to CEED
Research, Policy and Advocacy Officer Arvin Buenaagua, “coal is the
dirtiest of all fossil fuels. Its consumption emits sulfur dioxide,
nitrogen oxide, mercury, and other particulate matters. It is a huge
contributor to smogs, air pollution, and acid rain, which in turn
causes respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Calling it clean is
The myth of “clean coal”
is premised on the development of technologies that would supposedly
reduce harmful emissions and their escape into the atmosphere. One
of these technologies is the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), which
aims to capture carbon dioxide emissions and subsequently store them
in underground saline aquifers or depleted oil and gas fields.
technologies come at exorbitant costs, and with a dismal track
record. “According to the Global CCS Institute, it is estimated that
$100 billion annually will be spent to develop CCS technologies.
Retrofitting these to older coal plants would most likely cost even
more,” claims CEED Legal Officer Avril De Torres.
“The recent suspension of
operations of the Kemper County plant in Mississipi shows that
“clean coal” technologies are decades far from being fully developed
and widely deployed. The Kemper County plant was envisioned to be a
flagship, cutting-edge project that would pioneer coal gasification
and CCS technologies. And yet, after years of delay and billions
spent over its projected budget, Kemper County plant’s operations
lasted for only 200 days. Operations were abruptly suspended due to
issues with its “clean coal” technologies,” added De Torres.
Additionally, a recent
research conducted by the Institute for Energy Economics and
Financial Analysis and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable
Cities predicts the imminent stranding of all existing and future
coal plants in the Philippines. The stranding of coal plants will
inevitably include “clean coal” technologies with it.
In the context of the
urgent global climate action ushered in by the Paris Agreement, and
the continuous drastic decrease in the cost of renewable energy, any
talks of forming a global clean coal alliance is misplaced and
A new research from Morgan
Stanley already states that numerous key markets have reached an
inflection point, where renewables will become the cheapest form of
energy in less than three years.
According to De Torres,
the Philippines is already experiencing a drastic drop in the cost
of renewables. “Just two months ago, a solar company entered into a
power supply agreement with Meralco, the biggest distribution
utility company in the country, at P2.99 kWh. This is a rate that is
much lower than the average coal electricity production price of
coal plants in the pipeline at P3.66 kWh,” she explained.
According to government
data, the Philippines has a vast untapped RE potential at 250,000
MW. If properly utilized, the country is set to be an RE leader in
Southeast Asia. Thus, the claim that the Philippines has no choice
but to generate electricity from coal cannot be farther from the
“Coal is coming to its
end. There is no need to further invest in and develop technologies
that would “clean” an obsolete and dirty energy. Any talks of
alliance should be focused on decarbonization and the advancement of
renewables” concludes Buenaagua.
million agri-business workers in Mindanao affected by land review
November 25, 2017
QUEZON CITY – The
entire 4.8 million workers in banana, pineapple, cacao, and palm oil
including those jobs in the agribusiness value chain in Mindanao are
jittery over their fate in the light of on-going congressional
investigation into the Agribusiness Ventures Arrangements (AVAs),
according to the country’s biggest labor group the Associated Labor
Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP).
“We respect the
congressional inquiry on the AVAs but we cannot prevent Mindanaoan
workers and their families whose lives have been anchored on and
around the agribusiness in Mindanao for decades to feel anxious and
uncertain over the fate of their livelihood in view of the
investigation,” said ALU-TUCP National President Michael Mendoza and
chairman of labor coalition Nagkaisa.
“We urged our lawmakers to
assure Mindanaoans and guarantee that the outcome of the query of
the arrangements shall not alter the existing playing field. It
should not result to job losses and displacements. The investigation
should not result in uncertainty among stakeholders. It should
rather send a message that government is reliable social and
economic partner,” Mendoza said.
The statement was made
amid the consultation on the on-going investigation in aid of
legislation by the Committee on Agrarian Reform of the House of
Representatives led by committee chairman Rep. Teddy Brawner
Baguilat, Jr. at a committee hearing held in CAP Grand Auditorium in
Andas, Davao City yesterday (Thursday, Nov. 23).
Mendoza said ALU-TUCP
supports measures that will strengthen the generation of quality
jobs for all workers in the agro-food value chain and enhances the
agri-entrepreneurship development and support mechanism for ARBs.
“It is our view that any
proposed laws on the matter should focus on developing a genuine
partnership between farmer beneficiaries and the agribusiness so as
to enhance the dignity of the farmers and farmworkers, and promote
their agricultural security of tenure. It must retain existing
investors and attract new investors as well to broaden the
development in Mindanao,” he said.
The Agribusiness Ventures
Arrangements (AVAs) and Joint Venture Agreements (JVA) are subjects
of both House Bills 5085 and 919. Authored by Baguilat, HB 5085 aims
to regulate AVAs while HB 919 was introduced by the Makabayan bloc
to look into the concerns raised by agrarian reform beneficiaries.
The millions of workers
depend on various agri-business ventures arrangements with Agrarian
Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) with agri-businesses engaged in
pineapple, banana, cacao, palm oil and other fruits products in
Mindanao including those workers involved in processing, packing,
distribution and those jobs in the entire agro-business production
The AVAs, as of March 2014
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) record reached a total of 161
nationwide. DAR noted that the most common AVA is contract growing/growership
which accounts for 72 or 45% of the total AVAs.
This was followed by lease
agreement at 42 or 26%, leaseback at 21 or 13%. Joint Venture
Agreements, meanwhile, is at 12 or 8%.
progress of discussions on social and economic reforms
JULIETA DE LIMA
November 23, 2017
– The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Reciprocal
Working Committee on Social and Economic Reforms (RWC-SER) views
with grave concern Pres. Rodrigo Duterte's sudden turn-about and
unilateral cancellation anew of peace negotiations with the NDFP. It
is the third time in six months that Pres. Duterte has obstructed
the progress of the talks.
His latest scuttling of
the talks comes at a time when unprecedented advances have already
been achieved in forging agreements on urgently needed
socio-economic reforms to alleviate mass poverty and resolve the
roots of the armed conflict.
Just four days before
Pres. Duterte cancelled the talks anew, the bilateral teams of the
NDFP and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP)
RWCs-SER initialed draft documents reflecting substantial agreements
on agrarian reform and rural development, and on national
industrialization and economic development. These were the result of
a series of bilateral technical meetings by the NDFP and GRP RWCs-SER
on October 26-27, November 9-11, and November 16-17.
The drafts include
potentially significant reforms to benefit millions of Filipinos.
These include the free distribution of land to tillers, farmers,
farmworkers, agricultural workers and fisherfolks. Agrarian reform
beneficiaries who have not yet been able to occupy the land awarded
to them will be installed immediately, including those in contested
lands and agricultural estates. The scope and coverage of agrarian
reform will be expanded to include plantations and large-scale
commercial farms covered by leasehold, joint venture, non-land
transfer schemes like stock distribution option, and other such
arrangements. There are also measures to prohibit and eliminate
exploitative lending and trading practices.
The NDFP and GRP also
agreed on the need for national industrialization and for planning
to develop Filipino industrial capacity. Measures will be taken to
ensure that foreign investments cease being one-sided and contribute
to developing the national economy. Domestic industrialists and
smaller enterprises will be protected and supported. The importance
of nationalizing public utilities was affirmed. Both sides also
agreed to identify key industries and priority industrial projects
to jump-start industrialization. The importance of unions and
workers' councils was also acknowledged.
Further measures of even
greater significance were set to be tackled. The GRP and NDFP RWCs-SER
were optimistic that they would be able to complete the
Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) for
signing by their respective negotiating panels and approval by their
principals by January 2018.
The NDFP RWC-SER regrets
the unilateral cancellation of talks on such vital social and
economic reforms which, if implemented, would have immediately
benefited tens of millions of oppressed and exploited Filipinos. The
NDFP at the same time recognizes that the people's continued daily
struggles on these issues are unabated and, if anything, are made
more urgent and will gain greater momentum. Pres. Duterte bears full
responsibility for the failure of the talks on social and economic
reforms because of his sudden turn-around and heightened hostility
to the revolutionary forces and the people.
“Harvest of Good Governance” in Eastern Visayas
Rena Fabilane & Myles Joseph E. Colasito
November 21, 2017
TACLOBAN CITY –
“Good governance is everybody’s business, not just that of local
government units (LGUs), DILG or of national government. Good
governance is equivalent to creating better life for the people,”
emphasized Regional Director Marivel C. Sacendoncillo of the
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) during a
press conference on Popularizing and Sustaining the Seal of Good
Local Governance (SGLG) Gains on November 20, 2017 at Ironwood
Hotel, Tacloban City.
DILG launched the SGLG as
an incentive program to encourage LGUs to embrace good governance.
Twenty-six (26) of the 448 SGLG awardees nationwide are from this
region, an increase from 12 in 2016 and seven (7) in 2015.
Three cities in the region
(Baybay, Maasin and Tacloban) passed the SGLG. The 23 SGLG
winner-municipalities are as follows: From Eastern Samar, Guiuan,
Oras, Salcedo and Sulat. From Samar: Basey, Calbiga, Daram, Gandara,
Motiong and Villareal. From Northern Samar the winners are Lapinig
and Lavezares. From Leyte: Alang-alang, Barugo, Leyte, San Isidro
and Tabango. From Southern Leyte: Liloan, Macrohon, Padre Burgos,
Saint Bernard, San Ricardo and Sogod. The town of Barugo is the
region’s sole three-time SGLG winner.
lauded the LGUs for this “harvest of good governance” due to greater
receptiveness among mayors of the SGLG. DILG-8 initiated a series of
dialogs with LGUs and partner agencies and focused on closer
mentoring to address the most challenging SGLG indicators. She
sought the help of media and the public in creating a climate of
good local governance by using SGLG indicators in demanding better
performance from local officials.
The press conference led
off with an overview of the SGLG by Pia Lovete, Chief of DILG-8
Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Division, followed by the
welcome remarks of DILG RD Sacendoncillo.
Present to share their
insights were Mayors Ma. Rosario C. Avestruz of Barugo, Leyte; Ma.
Luisa A. Menzon of Lapinig, Northern Samar; Atty. Melchor L. Melgar
of Salcedo, Eastern Samar; Arnold James Ysidoro of Leyte, Leyte;
Hermenigildo Culpa of Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte; as well as Atty.
Irene Chiu representing Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez of Tacloban
In attendance were
representatives of ABS-CBN, ATV24, Philippine Daily Inquirer/Leyte
Samar Daily Express, Tacloban City Information Office, Philippine
Star/Freeman, Business Mirror/EV Mail, Kaugop RTV, IBC 6, DYVL,
Magik FM, Bombo Radyo, RMN Tacloban, and San Juanico Balita.
The mayors, who will
receive the award in Manila on November 27, 2017, expressed
gratitude to their hardworking employees and community for the SGLG
award. They expressed resolve to sustain their efforts in complying
with the expected new indicators in next year’s SGLG evaluation.
The 2017 SGLG follows the
“4+1 principle” where LGUs must pass all four Core areas: 1)
Financial Administration, 2) Disaster Preparedness, 3) Social
Protection, and 4) Peace and Order, which was added this year as a
Core area. The areas considered Essential, which LGUs must pass at
least one are: Business Friendliness and Competitiveness; Tourism,
Culture and the Arts; and Environmental Protection.
SGLG winners can access
the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), which may be used for projects
such as disaster risk reduction and management, local economic
development, potable water and construction of local water
8ID opens another
batch of recruits
DPAO, 8ID PA
November 20, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Philippine Army Candidate Soldier Course Class
511-2017 composed of new aspirants from Visayas, Luzon and Mindanao
was officially opened on November 19, 2017 at the 8ID Jungle Base,
Camp Eugenio Daza, Barangay Fatima, Hinabangan, Samar.
Brig. Gen. Cesar M. Idio
AFP, 8ID Assistant Division Commander, graced the Opening Ceremony
as the Keynote Speaker. Also present to witness the oath-taking and
reception rites were 8ID Officers, Enlisted Personnel and parents of
the aspiring soldiers.
The majority of the newly
selected batch of Candidate Soldiers came from Eastern Visayas
region. On their educational profile, five (5) of them are board
passers; 41 are college graduates; 60 are college undergraduates;
and, 82 are high school graduates. They will be honed for the
duration of four months in basic military training and will serve as
additional soldiers that will beef-up the personnel strength of the
Brig. Gen. Idio in his
message encouraged the aspiring soldiers to learn as much as they
can during the training in order to become effective and efficient
“Sa bagay na ito, kaisa
ako ng inyong mga magulang na lubos na ipinagmamalaki ang bawat isa
sa inyo sa desisyon ninyong tahakin ang buhay at hamon ng
pagsusundalo. Sana ay huwag ninyong sayangin ang pagkakataon na
ibinigay sa inyo. Marami ang naghahangad na makapasok pero kayo
lamang ang iilan na pinalad na napili, ito ay pagkakataon na hindi
naibibigay sa lahat kayat nararapat lamang na ito ay inyong
pahalagahan,” he said to the Candidate Soldiers.
We are sick of
Duterte’s shenanigans - Sandugo
November 20, 2017
QUEZON CITY – “It
is us who are sick of your shenanigans, Pres. Duterte,” Datu Jerome
Succor Aba, co-chairperson of Sandugo - Movement of Moro and
Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination said today in response to
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s threats to crack down on progressive
organizations such as Bayan and declare the New People’s Army (NPA)
as a terror group.
“Such threats only expose
Pres. Duterte’s desperation to silence the growing discontent of the
Filipinos. If Pres. Duterte thinks that the national minorities and
the rest of the Filipino people will be intimidated to oppose his
fascist and puppet government, he is gravely mistaken.” Aba said.
“Declaring the NPA as a
terror group will only intensify the attacks on national minorities
in the Armed Forces of the Philippines counter-insurgency operations
especially in far-flung communities. The possible crack down on
progressive organizations will also target national minority
organizations that include Sandugo. We are one of the first to
declare the Duterte government a fascist regime and indicted the
President for his crimes against the national minorities,” Aba said.
“True enough, the fascist
Pres. Duterte responds to legitimate opposition against his
anti-people and pro-imperialist policies and programs by threat,
intimidation and more violence,” Aba said.
“We, the national
minorities, have been subjected to repression and pacification for
centuries. Our people in history survived massacres. We even
survived the brutal attacks of the Marcos’ martial law. Many of our
kin and leaders sacrificed their lives to protect our tribes and
ancestral lands and territories,” Aba said. “As we speak, Lumad
communities in Socsksargens are being bombed by the AFP while 10,000
have already evacuated in Maguindanao and North Cotabato due to
ongoing aerial bombings,” Aba said.
Sandugo calls the Duterte
regime to spare more lives and put a stop on the rabid attacks on
Moro and indigenous peoples’ communities. “Instead, Pres. Duterte
quit his shenanigans and start to address the roots of the armed
conflict and people’s discontent,” Aba concluded.
monthly coordination meeting
MAE ANGELICA R. COMOTA
November 18, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY –
District engineers from all over the region, including DPWH Samar
First District Engineer Alvin A. Ignacio, attend the Regional
Monthly Coordination Meeting hosted by DPWH Leyte Third on November
7, 2017 at 8:30AM in the DPWH Multi-Purpose Hall in Baras, Palo,
Regional Director Edgar B.
Tabacon and Assistant Regional Director Armando G. Estrella direct
the district engineers to make an action plan on the unobligated
allotment in anticipation of its expiration on December 31, 2017.
They further instruct them to bid out all CY 2018 Infra Projects and
remaining CY 2017 projects by the same date which should include
approved POWs and plans and that the last day of posting is on
November 29, 2017.
RD Tabacon and ARD
Estrella give out orders to procure surveying instruments that will
speed up the preliminary engineering activities and to improve the
quality of warning signs being installed on project locations. Both
also raise issues and concerns regarding the delays in the usage of
PCMA. The district engineers share the various issues and concerns
affecting their respective district offices.
The meeting concludes with
RD Tabacon’s challenge to everyone to go beyond the ordinary call of
duty in order to reach this year’s targets and to strive for more in
the pursuit of a higher standard of public service.
surges, boosting GDP contributions by 22.4% in Q3 2017 - Lopez
November 17, 2017
MAKATI – “The
Philippine economy smashed expectations to post a 6.9% growth as a
robust manufacturing industry expanded by 9.4% and increased its
share to GDP by 22.4% in the third quarter of 2017,” Secretary Ramon
M. Lopez of the Department of Trade Industry stated.
“This economic feat is
creating meaningful and well-paying jobs for our people and
providing a compelling environment for business to thrive. This is
what the Department’s Trabaho at Negosyo thrust is all about,” the
The growth was one of the
fastest in the region, outpacing other Asian countries, such as
China (6.8%), Malaysia (5.8%), and Singapore (4.6%).
The services sector
accounted for the highest share to GDP at 58.9%, followed by the
industry sector (33.3%), and agriculture sector (7.5%).
Manufacturing accounted for 69% of the total output of industry.
Among the three economic
sectors, industry accelerated the fastest at 7.5%, while the
services and agriculture sectors grew by 7.1% and 2.5%,
“We are closing in on our
minimum target of growing the manufacturing industry to 25% of the
country’s GDP. The Department remains relentless in our efforts to
revive our factories, expand production, generate employment, and
enable industry to provide the catalyst that will build the seamless
link between a productive agriculture and a strong services sector,”
Secretary Lopez added.
Food Manufactures, Top
Food manufactures remained
the main contributor with 23.6% of total gross value added (GVA) in
manufacturing, followed by the manufacture of radio, television and
communication equipment and apparatus with 18.6%, and chemical and
chemical products with 15.9%.
Manufactures of fabricated
metal products posted the fastest growth at 66.8%, followed by
furniture and fixture (32.3%), and office, accounting and computing
Retail Trade, Top Services
The GVA of retail trade
sector in trade and repair recorded a 6.9% increase in the third
quarter of 2017. This was followed by wholesale trade (6.3%), and
maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles, personal and
household goods (5.5%).
Secretary Lopez added that
to enable retail trade to realize its full potential as a main
contributor to the economy, the Department is supporting the
proposed relaxation of foreign equity restrictions, particularly
setting of a lower minimum paid-up capital for retail trade
enterprises (from US$2,500,000 to US$200,000). This will spur
investments into the country, stimulate economic growth, and create
more quality jobs for the Filipinos.
Electronic products, Top
Exports of goods have been
growing steadily in 2017, rising by 22.8% and allowing the sector to
contribute 54.0% to total GDP in Q3 2017. Electronic products, the
country’s top merchandise export, increased by 24.0%, accounted for
bulk of total PH export of goods at 63.4%, and contributed 34.2% to
the country’s GDP.
Resurgence through Innovation
“That efforts of the
Department to expand exports, increase investments are finally
bearing fruit is also due largely to the private sector’s support,”
Secretary Lopez noted. “It is through the concerted efforts of
Government and the Private Sector that an environment conducive to
manufacturing and industry development can be created,” he added.
Under the Manufacturing
Resurgence Program, the Department in collaboration with business
and industry champions have finalized 36 industry roadmaps that will
pave the way for the development of priority industries.
“We are moving towards the
next phase of MRP where strong linkages between large industries and
MSMEs will be fostered. The challenge is to sustain the growth and
trickle down the effect to smaller industries,” Secretary Lopez
Secretary Lopez also
emphasized the importance of innovation in sustaining manufacturing
resurgence. “We are constantly reviewing our industrial strategy, as
we enter the fourth industrial revolution. We are focusing our
efforts towards innovation through the inclusive innovation
industrial strategy or i3S.”
“This will entail training
and upgrading the capability of our people, developing our own or
adapting available technologies, and striving towards operational
efficiency, to enable us to meet global demands and opportunities
and enter a level of inclusive economic growth driven by
innovation,” he added.
P40M road project
connecting school to national road near completion
JASON T. DE LOS ANGELES
November 17, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY –
Samar First District Engineering Office substantially completes the
Construction of the Missing Gaps connecting to National Road,
including Road of Way (ROW), located at Rueda Extension near North
West Samar State University (NWSSU) campus. It is accessible by a
2-minute motor ride from the City Proper.
The construction of 1.01
kilometer road project is implemented by DPWH-Samar I and is under
contract with CDU Construction with a total appropriation of P40
million from the FY 2017 GAA Fund.
It is directly beneficial
to the residents and the students from far-flung barangays because
it serves as a shortcut when they go to work and school. Farmers and
motorists no longer have to endure a longer travel time as they can
expect better traffic condition from now on.
Mr. Renaldo Pactor, the
caretaker of the NWSSU agricultural farm, said that this concrete
road was a big benefit to them, because now their equipment and
vehicle can pass through to transport their agricultural products
and the students need not traverse through muddy land when going to
The newly paved roads
ensure the robust economic growth in the city as the transfer of
agricultural goods and other products is hastened.
BIR urged to
return P5 billion tax refund it owes to poor workers
November 17, 2017
QUEZON CITY –
Workers’ group Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the
Philippines (ALU-TUCP) is demanding the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
and Department of Finance (DOF) to return in cash an estimated P5
billion they unlawfully collected from minimum-waged workers
nationwide for seven months back in 2008.
The group insists a cash
refund including its legal interests the collected money earned from
2008 to 2017.
“We cannot understand why
the BIR and the DOF is quick to squeeze money from the workers but
it takes forever for them to return those. Mahiya naman kayo! Those
are workers’ blood money. Pinaghirapan na yan ng mga manggagawa,
ibalik na ninyo! said Alan Tanjusay, ALU-TUCP spokesperson.
In its 56-page January 24,
2017 ruling, the Supreme Court nullified several provisions of BIR
Internal Revenue Regulation 10-2008 that disqualify Minimum Waged
Earners (MWEs) from tax exemptions on their wage, bonus, and other
compensation benefits such overtime pay, hazard pay, holiday pay,
and night shift differential pay including fringe benefits in excess
of P30,000 including those who received their 13th month pay bonus.
In other words, the BIR
continued to collect taxes on the basic wage, bonuses and other
benefits from millions of minimum-waged workers nationwide from June
to December 2008 despite of a law exempting minimum-waged workers
from such taxes starting July 6, 2008.
The SC also directed the
BIR to grant a refund or allow a refund through withheld tax
adjustments or a claim for tax credits by those subjected by IRR
workers who were subjected to tax may have remained a minimum-wage
earner up to this day but they cannot claim for tax credit because
they are exempted from income tax.
Some may have been
promoted and some may have been unemployed. Some have become OFWs.
Some are already deceased,” Tanjusay said, adding: “In fairness to
the workers subjected by the regulation, the best option here is a
The SC ruling stemmed from
petitions filed by lawmakers, individuals and labor groups including
the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).
groups to Japan: “Say Sayonara to coal”
November 16, 2017
QUEZON CITY –
Environment advocates and members of people's movements marched to
the Japanese Embassy to demand a stop to Japan’s Asian push for
Led by Sanlakas, the
Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED) and other groups,
they denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's promotion of
fossil fuels and so-called “clean coal” to power ASEAN nations'
growing economies. According to the groups, profit-seeking Japanese
coal companies are riding on the ASEAN drive to further expand its
economy by peddling dirty coal-sourced power as fuel for economic
According to Center for
Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED) Legal Research Officer Atty.
Avril De Torres, Japan has been making strides in securing and
financing coal projects across Southeast Asian nations amidst the
ASEAN and East Asia Summits.
De Torres cited Japanese
company Marubeni Corporation’s recent concession contract with the
Vietnamese government to build the new 1,200MW Nghi Son 2 coal-fired
power plant in Vietnam. She also claimed that Japan is currently the
biggest public financier of the Asian coal power plan – leading
other major countries such as China, Korea, and Germany.
According to De Torres,
the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has been making
huge investments in the Asian coal expansion, financing, most
recently, Vietnam’s Nghi Son 2 coal-fired power plant and
Indonesia’s Cirebon 2 coal-fired power plant.
“Japan persists in its
push for more coal in the region amidst peoples and civil society
organizations’ plea to cease carbonization,” said Atty. De Torres.
“Vietnam and Indonesia –
two of the most climate-vulnerable countries in Southeast Asia – are
forced to host more Japan-backed coal. Indonesia’s Cirebon 2, for
instance, has recently received Japan’s coal finance despite court
revocation of its environmental permit,” added De Torres. Sanlakas
Secretary-General Atty. Aaron Pedrosa slammed Japan Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe’s aggressive campaign for coal, including the “clean
coal” push, claiming that it is mired with lies about the true
impacts of coal.
“‘Clean coal’ is an
oxymoron and a dirty lie. Coal simply cannot be scrubbed clean of
the long history of suffering it has caused on the people and
environment,” said Sanlakas Secretary-General Aaron Pedrosa.
Pedrosa cited 960 annual
premature deaths found to be due to coal emissions in the
Philippines alone, along with other economic and social issues
stemming from the coal industry. He claims that “clean coal” has
little difference with traditional coal.
“‘Clean coal’ technologies
still produce the same damaging amount of emissions and pollution.
Their only difference with traditional coal is that they are more
expensive for the countries that can’t afford them,” said Pedrosa.
“Far from being a tool of
development, any and all coal expansion within the region ensures
profit only for the few coal companies, and traps climate-vulnerable
regions like Southeast Asia into further poverty and climate
change-induced suffering,” he continued. According to Pedrosa, the
energy demand of Southeast Asia’s economic development must not be
met through the use of dirty fossil fuel energy, given the losses
that coal’s environmental impacts entail.
“Whatever semblance of
economic growth Southeast Asia currently enjoys will be undone by
the climate change effects of continuous fossil fuel burning,” said
De Torres stated that
severe global warming caused by the increase in coal burning
significantly affects the region whose large proportion of the
population and economic activity are concentrated along the
coastlines and whose livelihood depends heavily on agriculture.
“Projections of climate
change-caused economic losses in Southeast Asia include a decline of
up to 50 percent of rice yield potential by 2100 and a loss of 6.7
percent of combined gross domestic product (GDP) each year by 2100,”
said De Torres.
Pedrosa stressed that
Japan’s coal push is regressive instead of spurring genuine
development. “If a technologically advanced society like Japan truly
cared for the development of the Southeast Asian peoples, it must
divest from all support from coal and instead put its money and
expertise on sustainable and accessible sources of energy like
renewables,” stated Pedrosa.
De Torres highlighted
renewable energy’s steady trend of decline in costs, citing it as a
manifestation of renewables’ increasing viability as the next energy
source after an obsolete coal.
“Southeast Asia is ripe
with renewable energy sources, like solar and hydro, which the most
climate-vulnerable of its people have easier access to. Compared to
a coal-backed economy, development that is founded on clean and
sustainable energy is development that is sustainable and
resilient,” said De Torres.
Rev. Isabelo C. Abarquez, D.D., Bishop Diocese of Calbayog
hands over the certificates to the Class President of Class
New breed of
soldiers to serve in Eastern Visayas
DPAO, 8ID PA
November 15, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine
Army spearheaded the Closing Ceremony of the Candidate Soldier
Course Class 463-17 and the Ceremonial Entrustment of Firearms held
at 8ID Jungle Base, Camp Eugenio Daza, Barangay Fatima, Hinabangan,
Samar on November 15, 2017.
The closing ceremony was
graced by Most Rev. Isabelo C. Abarquez, D.D., Bishop Diocese of
Calbayog as the Guest of Honor and Speaker who further led the
ceremonial entrustment of firearms, distribution of certificates and
awarding of individual achievements. The entrustment of firearms to
the newly enlisted privates symbolizes their responsibilities and
commitment to the people and the country.
The majority of the new
privates came from Eastern Visayas and Mindanao. On their
educational profile, 19 of them are college graduates; 44 are
college undergraduates and; 91 are high school graduates with skills
training from TESDA.
The privates were declared
graduates by Lt. Col. Alexander N. Salgado, Commandant, 8DTS for
having completed the Basic Military Training (BMT) at the 8th
Division Training School.
Bishop Abarquez also
extended his profound congratulations to the proud parents who gave
their all-out support to their sons in order to hurdle the training
for enlistment to the regular force of the AFP.
In behalf of the
Commander, 8ID, Col. Clifford Cyril Y. Riveral, Assistant Division
Commander for Reservist and Retiree Affairs challenged the members
of Candidate Soldier Class 463-17 to take advantage on the gains of
their training and exert much effort, to achieve more towards
accomplishment of their respective unit’s mission thereby
contributing to the overall mission of the Army.
In his message, Bishop
Abarquez said that the progress and development of our country
depends on what our attitude towards our work. We should see our
work as a real service to our country, to be good citizens of our
country. You just have to do well what is expected of you. Be good
citizens, be good breed of soldiers. Use your profession for the
greater glory of God and be productive for our country and
community. He likewise reminded the new breed of soldiers that no
matter where they may be assigned, they should never forget to pray
and to ask guidance from the Almighty Father.
Gemma P. Zosa, Municipal Mayor of Sta. Margarita, Samar
signs the Municipal Resolution #43, declaring Sta.
Margarita, Samar as Stable Internal Peace and Security
Sta. Margarita, Samar declared as “Stable Internal Peace and
DPAO, 8ID PA
November 14, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 803rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade and the 43rd
Infantry (We Search) Battalion in partnership with the local
government of the Municipality of Sta. Margarita, Samar and Samar
Police Provincial Office (SPPO) jointly declared the Municipality of
Sta. Margarita, Samar as “Stable Internal Peace and Security
Condition” on November 13, 2017 at the Municipal Covered Court, Sta.
The highlight of the event
was the reading of the declaration as stated in the Municipal
Resolution #43, s2017, reading of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
and the signing of the Pledge of Commitment by Hon. Gemma P. Zosa,
Municipal Mayor of Sta. Margarita, Samar.
Other present during the
activity were: Brig. Gen. Mario G. Lacurom represented by Col.
Emmanuel B. Magpayo, Deputy Brigade Commander, 803rd Brigade; PSSupt.
Nicolas D. Torre III, Provincial Director, Samar Police Provincial
Office represented by PCI Zaldy A. Cagampang, OIC, Sta. Margarita
MPS and were witnessed by the following personalities: Hon.
Simplicio D. Galidbo, Jr., Municipal Vice-Mayor; Rev. Fr. Dionesio
M. Calderon, Parish Priest of St. James the Greater Parish; Maj. Jay
C. Pascua, OIC, 43IB; Ms. Rhea T. Obeseñares, NGO; Mrs. Germana B.
Mananguite, MLGOO; Hon. Ricardo C. Nerio, ABC President; and Mr.
Carlito T. Arambala.
In their message, both
invited guest speakers gave emphasis on winning the peace by strong
collaboration with different stakeholders and community.
In his message, Brig. Gen.
Lacurom called for unity and affirms their commitment to exert
effort, cooperation, preserve and sustain the municipality as free
from insurgents towards the attainment of peace and development.
District Engineer Alfredo L. Bollido (left) as he shows the
Registration Certificate and Registration Schedule to all
employees during the Flag Ceremony last October 30, 2017.
CARL MARK D. PEDRERA
November 13, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways - Biliran District
Engineering Office (DPWH-BDEO) has recently been certified with the
International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015.
Having been assessed by the AJA Registrar and found out to be
complying to the requirement of the standardization process.
ISO (the International
Organization for Standardization) is a worldwide federation of
national standard-setting bodies (ISO member bodies). The work of
preparing the International Standards is normally carried out
through ISO technical committees. Each member body interested in a
subject for which a technical committee has been established has the
right to be represented on that committee.
organizations, governmental and non-governmental, in liaison with
ISO, also take part in the work. ISO 9001 is the international
standard that focuses its requirements for a quality management
system (QMS) including a strong customer focus, the motivation and
implication of top management, the process approach and continual
improvement. Organizations uses these standards to establish
themselves as providers of quality products and services that meets
the customers satisfaction.
According to Assistant
District Engineer Alfredo L. Bollido, ISO 9001:2015 will be
delivering many benefits to the office. These benefits are enhancing
continuous improvement of the organization, leadership, managing
risks, performance measurement and integrated approach. He also
added the 6 Mandatory Documented Procedure (i.e. Control of
Documents, Control of Records, Internal Audit, Control of
Nonconforming Products, Corrective Action and Preventive Action) and
the 5S Method (i.e. Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and
Through the leadership of
our District Engineer, every Section Chiefs and its staff have
cooperated with each other efficiently. The process on implementing
projects has been improved and meets the deadline without
compromising its quality.
climate and energy working group urge ASEAN leaders to fight the
coal push, fight for sustainable and people-centered energy
November 13, 2017
QUEZON CITY – The
Southeast Asian Working Group on Climate and Energy, composed of
members of civil society organizations and people's movements across
Southeast Asia, denounced what they claimed to be an evident
collusion between leaders of ASEAN, East Asia, and the United States
of America, in their push for the coal agenda within the
climate-vulnerable region of Southeast Asia.
According to the Working
Group's head convenor Gerry Arances, huge corporations and developed
countries like the United States (US) and Japan, have zeroed in on
the region as an economy ripe enough for hosting a number of their
investments on the expansion of coal – an energy source long called
out by environmentalists and affected communities as the dirtiest,
most destructive energy source there is.
"The realities of
destructive coal have not stopped ASEAN, US and East Asian leaders’
ASEAN coal push," said Arances.
Arances said that ASEAN
leaders, sanctioning the increase of coal use in their local region
and welcoming more coal investments from across the globe, have
branded coal as the key to further ASEAN’s economic growth.
Meanwhile, according to
one of the Working Group's convenors, Glenn Ymata, the US and East
Asian countries, like Japan, ride on the ASEAN coal frenzy by
promoting more coal projects within the region, echoing claims made
by the region’s leaders that coal is the key to power development.
"Corporations in the
Donald Trump-led US have encouraged more coal mining on US lands.
Coal extracted from these lands are to be marketed as 'cheap and
reliable' energy for 'power-hungry' countries such as those in
Southeast Asia," explained one of the other Working Group's
convenors Atty. Aaron Pedrosa.
On the other hand,
corporations in a Shinzo Abe-led Japan have successfully pushed for
the Prime Minister to promote coal as the succeeding primary energy
source within and outside of the country, as explained by Center for
Energy, Ecology, and Development Legal Research Officer Atty. Avril
"Supporting the US’ Asian
coal push and building on its reputation as a
technologically-advanced society, Japan has recently peddled its
clean coal technology to ASEAN countries," said de Torres.
WALHI's (The Indonesian
Forum for Environment) Dwi Sawung stressed that the myth that coal
could be clean is threatening to further boost coal's status as the
region’s main energy source.
"We stress that clean coal
has time and again been debunked as a dirty lie. Clean coal is
currently too expensive, especially for the poorer countries in
ASEAN, and will take years before reaching a viable economic price,"
According to Dwi, even at
a competitive price, clean coal is inefficient with reducing the
emissions that traditional coal combustion releases.
"Clean coal’s air
pollution control technologies, while promising to capture hazardous
air pollutants released by coal, are merely stored in ash dumps or
unlined waste ponds that poison surface and groundwater," continued
Ymata states that these
setbacks of “clean coal” do not even begin to account for the
environmental degradation caused by all coal – whether “clean” or
not – during the rest of the coal life cycle.
"Even “clean” coal implies
environmental and social costs, taking into account the effects of
coal mining, preparation and transport," said Ymata.
"We denounce these coal
policies as an explicit and dangerous denial of the climate effects
of coal and the urgency of responding to the issue of climate
change," he continued.
"It is evident that the
aggressive coal push being fed to an already climate-vulnerable
Southeast Asia is nothing more than a crusade of corporate
interests," added Atty. Pedrosa.
According to Pedrosa, this
denial is poised to cost more lives from the people of a
climate-vulnerable ASEAN, in service of the few corporate interests
dominating the countries that insist on the proliferation of
destructive and outdated coal.
communities, environmental advocates, people’s movements and
organizations have repeatedly debunked the myth of coal as a
“cheap”, “reliable”, and “clean” energy source," said Atty. De
"The simple reality is
that coal as an energy source has long become a thing of the past.
It is irredeemable in the environmental degradation that it causes,"
According to Pedrosa, when
an increasingly warming world is on a race to reduce its emissions,
building new coal plants and developing technology to make coal more
palatable provide little environmental and economic sense –
especially in the face of abundant, more sustainable alternatives.
"There is already a
solution to meet the world’s energy needs without compromising the
environment," explained Atty. De Torres.
resonates with the people, especially the most climate-vulnerable,
is one that is powered by renewable energy sources," she continued.
"Unlike coal, renewable
energy is sustainable and clean of carbon emissions that doom us
into severe global warming. Renewable energy is also much more
accessible to the people – making it more inclusive and responsive
to the people’s developmental needs, instead of huge corporations’,"
said Dwi Sawung.
"It is only a matter of
whose interests our world leaders choose to serve," stressed Arances.
Arances said that the
Working Group denounced President Donald Trump, Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe, and other coal proponents for selling to
climate-vulnerable countries the dangerous myths that surround coal
which he claimed to have spelled and will continue to spell
countless deaths of climate-vulnerable people.
"We call for these coal
leaders to back off of Southeast Asia with their deadly coal
agenda," said Arances.
"We denounce ASEAN leaders
for colluding with rich coal proponents in promoting coal and
neglecting the climate-related suffering that has mired the nations
of their region throughout history," added Atty. Pedrosa.
The Working Group demanded
ASEAN leaders to stop using, investing in, and financing coal as a
means to power Southeast Asian economic development, to reject all
coal projects offered by the US, East Asia and other prominent coal
proponents, to use the Southeast Asian region’s moral and political
position as a climate-vulnerable region to call out and condemn
developed countries' coal push, and to demand from these countries
their equitable share in climate change mitigation.
Finally, the Working Group
also stressed on their demand to invest in renewable energy as a
path to a people-centric development, and to pursue a development
that, "resonates with the people from the ground instead of that
which only resonates with corporate and developed countries'
ASEAN rights body
not addressing killings and attacks vs. rights defenders in PH
November 11, 2017
QUEZON CITY – "Since its
establishment in 2009, the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on
Human Rights (AICHR) has addressed a grand total of zero pressing
concerns on human and people’s rights in the Philippines such as the
killings and attacks against human rights defenders and indigenous
peoples, killings in relation to the drug war, bombings and forcible
evacuation of communities especially with the martial law
declaration in Mindanao,” said Cristina Palabay, Secretary General
of Philippine-based human rights organization Karapatan, in the
sidelines of a parallel gathering of non-governmental organizations
to the 2017 Summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations
Palabay said that even
after the Philippine government’s signing of the ASEAN Human Rights
Declaration in 2012, the human rights situation in the country has
worsened. “It is foolhardy to expect concrete actions and strong
recommendations from the ASEAN regarding the human rights situation
in the Philippines, when, for a long time, its human rights body has
been rendered inutile and toothless in the protection and promotion
of international human rights principles in the region, especially
at a time of worsening attacks against people’s rights in South East
Asia,” she explained.
Numerous human rights and
people’s organizations have raised alarm and concern on the
extrajudicial killings in line with Philippine President Rodrigo
Duterte’s drug war. Under Duterte, Karapatan has recorded 98
killings of peasants, indigenous peoples, workers and human rights
defenders, in accordance with the counter-insurgency program of the
military. Nearly half a million Filipinos have forcibly evacuated
from their homes due to aerial bombings with the martial law
declaration in Mindanao and the government’s all-out war.
“Not a single critical
word was heard from other ASEAN member states during the Universal
Periodic Review of the Philippines at the UN Human Rights Council,”
Karapatan said Duterte’s
latest remarks on holding a global human rights summit is one big
joke. “All States, especially the Philippines and the US, are being
made accountable by peoples in various arenas and platforms.
Duterte’s proposed summit may just be another laughable and yet
sordid display of fascists and hypocrites spitting on people’s
rights,” Palabay said.
“The AICHR should act
decisively to address the urgent concerns of peoples in South East
Asia now, lest it fully exposes itself as another inter-governmental
body that deodorizes governments such the Philippines, which are
among the most notorious human rights violators in the world,” she
DPWH Samar I now
MAE ANGELICA R. COMOTA
November 10, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY –
Vice-President Paul B. Bagatsing of the Anglo-Japanese American (AJA)
Registrars Inc., which conducted an audit on the DPWH Quality
Management System, awards the ISO 9001:2015 certification to DPWH
Secretary Mark A. Villar and heads of the Regions, Services and
District Offices in a ceremony held last October 26, 2017 at the UP
Theater in Diliman, Quezon City.
ISO Certification is an
accreditation conducted by external certification bodies to ensure
that the performance of an organization’s inter-related processes
and activities are in line with international standards.
During the event, Mr.
Bagatsing delivers a congratulatory speech by quoting Thomas Isaac
Robin, “happiness does not come from doing the easy work but from
the afterglow of the satisfaction that comes after the achievement
of a difficult task that demanded your best”. He also gave a task to
the DPWH to better their best for the future.
Secretary Villar then
departs with a message encouraging the awardees to go further by
creating a new standard that is beyond the accomplishments of the
past in order to provide a higher level of service for the country.
District Engr. Alvin
Ignacio receives the award on behalf of DPWH Samar First and
presents it to the Section Chiefs during their regular staff meeting
last October 30. He informs them that the ISO certification is an
advantage since transactions and processes for customer and
contractor relations will become faster and more streamlined through
the improved system.
DE Ignacio reminds all to
put into practice the words of Mr. Bagatsing and Sec. Villar in the
aspiration to reach new heights in public service for the benefit
and betterment of the life of every Filipino.