Undersecretary, Bernie Cruz; OIC-Project Director of the
DPWH, Rodrigo Delos Reyes; Javier Mayor, Michael Dragon
Javier; and Leyte 5th District Representative, Carl Nicolas
Cari (4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th from left, respectively) cut
the ceremonial ribbon during the inauguration of the “Tulay
ng Pangulo para sa Kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo” project. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)
DAR turns over
“Tulay ng Pangulo” in Javier
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
December 9, 2019
JAVIER, Leyte –
Residents of Barangay Magsaysay and nearby villages in this
fourth-class municipality applauded with joy as they witnessed the
inauguration and turnover last week of the bridge that would
eventually change their lives.
In his welcome message,
Magsaysay Barangay Chairman Raul Abueva said school children would
now be able to attend their classes regularly even during rainy
For Carmelita Mamalias,
transporting of farm products would be a lot easier now.
Mamalias shared that prior
to the construction of this bridge, residents in the area cross the
stream thru a spillway which is flooded during heavy rains making it
Undersecretary Bernie Cruz
of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) led the inauguration and
turnover of the first “Tulay ng Pangulo para sa Kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo”
project implemented in Eastern Visayas.
Cruz disclosed that the
P9.7-million project was funded under the French Government thru
Compagnie Francaise d’Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur (COFACE).
He further disclosed that
the 28-linear meter bridge, implemented in coordination with the
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), used pre-fabricated
materials imported from France.
Thus, Cruz reminded the
recipients to take care of the project and maintain it to be in good
condition always so it could still be used by the next generation.
According to him, the
materials used in this project are the same materials used in the
construction of the Eifel Tower. “Paghinawakan nyo ang tulay, parang
nakarating na rin kayo sa France at tinitingnan yung torre,” Cruz
jokingly said during the occasion.
Director Rodrigo Delos Reyes of the DPWH advised the residents in
the area to report to the local government unit any damage seen in
the project so it could immediately be repaired.
In acceptance, Mayor
Michael Dragon Javier repeatedly thanked DAR and DPWH officials that
finally the bridge, which according to him, was requested in 2013 by
his father, the former mayor, Leonardo Javier Jr., is now being
Javier stressed the
benefit this bridge would bring to his town. ”This is a sign of
progress, a sign of success for this town,” he added.
About 10,000 residents
from this barangay and five other nearby villages are expected to be
benefited by this project, wherein 293 are agrarian reform
With this bridge, this
area becomes an alternate route in going to adjacent municipality,
Joining Javier in
accepting the project was Leyte’s fifth district representative,
Carl Nicolas Cari, who also committed to help in the maintenance of
acknowledged, during the said occasion, previous projects DAR poured
in this municipality, which included six farm-to-market roads with a
combined amount reaching P96.8-million.
DEO’s repair/maintenance of Quality Assurance Section (QAS)
laboratory testing building is on-going with 80%
accomplishment as of November 30, 2019 under contract with
W.B. Alagao Construction. The completion of this building
will provide additional space for Materials Engineers to
conduct more material laboratory testing and space for
storage of additional equipments.
gears for two-star materials testing laboratory
December 9, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) is gearing for a two-star materials testing
laboratory to further enhance its quality testing services.
David P. Adongay Jr.,
District Engineer said that they are slowly complying with all the
requirements needed to qualify for a two-star rating, starting with
the renovation of its laboratory testing building.
“At present, the Quality
Assurance Section (QAS) laboratory testing is being renovated in
order to expand its total floor area which is one of the
requirements needed to be complied to qualify for a two-star
materials testing laboratory,” said Adongay.
The said project was
allocated with a budget of P470,901.18 under contract with W.B.
“The renovation will also
enable the district to procure additional testing equipment because
of the additional area where the procured equipments can be stored.
The increase in number of equipments will result to the increase of
test being offered within the district,” he added.
Engr. Ronald Sebios,
Project Engineer reported that the project is on-going with 80%
accomplishment as of November 30, 2019. It has a target completion
date of December 22, 2019.
The system classifies
testing laboratories into One-Star, Two-Star or Three-Star
categories based on the following criteria: Availability of testing
equipment and apparatus, Competence/Accreditation of Personnel,
Observance of health and safety standards, Working area of the
laboratory, Calibration of apparatus/equipment and Third-party
On May 29, 2018, the DPWH
QAS-Biliran DEO was given a Star Rating Certification for having
satisfactorily complied with the provisions of Department Order No.
126, Series of 2016 Amendment to D.O. No. 11 Series of 2013 “Star
Rating of DPWH Regional and District Materials Testing Laboratories”
thereby classifying and categorizing it as a one-star materials
The QAS of DPWH Biliran
DEO is responsible for conducting various test of construction
materials to ascertain that all materials incorporated into the work
meet the minimum requirement by the DPWH.
to 400 political prisoners arrested under the Duterte regime
December 6, 2019
QUEZON CITY –
Today, December 6, human rights group Karapatan and Kapatid, along
with other people’s organizations, trooped to the Boy Scout Circle
in Quezon City to call for the release of all political prisoners.
The said mass action highlighted the plight of political prisoners
and the ongoing injustices in jail, the issue of criminalization of
activists and human rights defenders, and the weaponization of the
law and legal processes to silence dissent.
According to data released
by Karapatan as of November 2019, there are now 629 political
prisoners in the country; more than half, or 382, were arrested
under the Duterte government. Of this figure, there are 50 elderly,
93 women, 113 sickly, 11 peace consultants, and 5 were minors during
the time of arrest.
Karapatan Deputy Secretary
General Roneo Clamor said that these figures are staggering. "The
numbers reflect the vindictive, militarist and repressive position
of the Duterte government. Duterte has already arrested more
activists in a span of three years than his predecessor's entire six
years. This is also indicative that the situation has progressively
worsened, and that our laws have been increasingly weaponized to
Clamor linked the high
number of trumped-up charges and arbitrary arrests to the
government’s repressive policies, foremost Executive Order No. 70
(s2018), which created the National Task Force to End Local
Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). The structures and
partnerships orchestrated by the NTF, particularly its Legal
Cooperation Cluster, is tasked to draw up and file legal offensives
against activists and human rights defenders.
“We continue to call for
the immediate and unconditional release of individuals who were
arbitrarily incarcerated as a form of harassment and persecution for
their relentless fight for social justice. We deplore the Duterte
administration for maintaining its militarist policy of
criminalizing defenders and social activists. On the other hand,
amid these attacks against critics, the regime and its corrupt
bureaucratic machinery have been freeing convicted plunderers and
perpetrators of human rights violations, killings, torture,
disappearances, and harassment,” he said.
“The double standard in
our justice system is infuriatingly ironic. While political
prisoners are painstakingly suffering inside filthy and cramped
jails, the likes of Imelda Marcos, the wife of the former dictator,
is now roaming free despite her conviction. Others like Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo, along with her corrupt officials in Philippine
Charity Sweepstakes Office and Commission on Audit, are now absolved
from graft cases in the Ombudsman. Other corrupt and vile, but rich
individuals such as infamous Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez, find
loopholes by trying to buy their way out of justice. This happens
because jail management is focused on profiteering and further
perpetrating injustices even behind bars,” added Clamor.
The Karapatan official
said that this reeks of the gruesome state of the justice system
under the Duterte regime, in which criminals are being absolved one
after the other from the crimes they committed against the Filipino
people, while peace consultants, social activists, human rights
defenders, and administration critics continuously face the wrath of
Clamor also noted how this
same fate is being experienced in other countries, including Hong
Kong, Venezuela, and Palestine, where tyrants continue to circumvent
laws and use state machinery to suppress dissent and pacify the
legitimate calls of victims and various sectors. Issues raised
include unjust laws and neoliberal policies which continue to
disenfranchise the poor and marginalized – concerns that are similar
to those being experienced and criticized in the Philippines.
“Karapatan expresses its
solidarity with the brave political prisoners around the world who
suffer the unjust and inhumane consequences of standing in the line
of fire. We reiterate that political prisoners are not criminals.
They are courageous and exemplary individuals who did not waiver in
advancing their political beliefs, regardless of the powerful forces
that they are confronting. They are farmers, peasant advocates,
workers, trade unionists, teachers, agriculturists, health workers,
pastors, peace consultants, freedom fighters, community leaders,
human rights defenders, and citizens who struggle for a better and
humane society,” he explained.
“The rising number of
political prisoners indicates the worsening tyranny and repression
in the country. Free all political prisoners! Resist tyranny! We
likewise enjoin everyone to join us in the December 10 protest, in
commemoration of International Human Rights Day,” ended Clamor.
P70.48M asphalt overlay project at Brgy. Lucsoon, Naval,
Biliran along Naval-Caibiran Cross Country Road (NCCCR). The
project was completed on November 09, 2019 under contract
with B.M Marketing. It covers a total length of 5.276 lane
km/ 2.6-kilometer. It also includes rehabilitation of
damaged concrete road with a width of 3.05 meters, thickness
of 0.28 m. and a total length of 0.117-kilometer.
overlay project completed in Biliran
December 6, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) completes two asphalt overlay projects
amounting to P132.7M.
David P. Adongay Jr.,
District Engineer said that asphalt overlays were implemented along
the 2.2-kilometer road at Brgy. San Isidro in Biliran town along
Biliran Circumferential Road (BCR) and at 2.6-kilometer road at Brgy.
Lucsoon in Naval town along Naval-Caibiran Cross Country Road (NCCCR).
According to Adongay, the
project entails the application of asphalt overlay on an existing
concrete pavement with a width of 12.20 meters and a thickness of 50
mm. Rehabilitation of damaged concrete pavement was also included in
Along BCR, Brgy. San
Isidro, a damaged concrete pavement was improved with a length of
0.121-kilometer and 0.117-kilometer length along NCCCR, Brgy.
Lucsoon, both with a width of 3.05 meters and a thickness of 0.28 m.
“The existing concrete
roads paved many years ago already show signs of minor defects and
when left unattended might deteriorate further,” Adongay said.
The preventive maintenance
project is designed to prevent further deterioration of the existing
concrete pavement subjected to wear and tear of heavy equipment and
“This project will earn
the government savings in rehabilitating damaged pavement in the
future,” he added.
The completed project will
provide a smooth riding surface for the traveling public as well as
provide convenience in transporting agricultural and aquatic
products to market.
showcases top PH exporters, export enablers
December 6, 2019
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Export Marketing
Bureau (EMB), together with Export Development Council (EDC) and
Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport), recognized
the top Philippine companies for their noteworthy export performance
in 2018 during the National Export Congress (NEC) held at the
Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on
December 06, 2019.
Also, DTI-EMB and Center
for International Trade Expositions & Missions (CITEM) collaborated
for the Export Enablers Exhibit which showcased trade regulatory
government agencies, financial institutions, and private
The top exporters were
acknowledged based on their track record, excellence, and innovation
in the delivery of services. Their grit to achieve success and
persistence to make Filipino products be globally competitive has
contributed to the country’s export revenue.
DTI Secretary Ramon M.
Lopez, DTI-Trade Promotions Group (TPG) and Special Concerns
Undersecretary Abdulgani M. Macatoman, DTI-EMB Director Senen M.
Perlada, Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport)
President Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis Jr., Philippine Chamber of Commerce &
Industry (PCCI) Chairman George T. Barcelon, and DTI Assistant
Secretary Angelo B. Taningco presented the awards to 21 exemplary
exporters of the country.
This year’s Hall of Fame
Awardee is Nestle Philippines, Inc. for Processed Food and
Beverages. The Hall of Fame Award is given to exporters who were
awarded consistently as Top Export Performers in the last three
The Top Sectoral Exporters
Award were given to Amkor Technology Philippines Inc. for
Electronics; B/E Aerospace B.V. (Philippine Branch) for Machinery
and Transport Equipment; Lear Automotive Services (Netherlands) B.V.
(Philippine branch) for Motor Vehicle Parts (Ignition Wiring Sets);
Petron Corporation for Chemicals; Sumifru (Philippines) Corporation
for Fresh Fruits; Platinum Group Metals Corporation for Minerals;
and Cargill Oil Mills Philippines, Inc. for Coconut Oil.
Other awardees were L&T
International Group Philippines, Inc. for Apparel and Clothing
Accessories; Nestle Philippines, Inc. for Processed Food and
Beverages; SCAD Services PTE. Ltd. for Woodcrafts (Builder’s
Woodworks); FPF Corporation for Travel Goods and Handbags; and
Millenium Ocean Star Corporation for Fish Shrimps and Prawns/Fresh
Moreover, the Excellence
Award for Services Sectors were awarded to Synergy88 Group of
Companies for Animation Services; Suyen Corporation (Bench) for
Franchising Services; GameOps, Inc. for Game Development Services;
ADEC innovations, Inc. for IT-BPM Services (Knowledge Process
Outsourcing); and Alliance Software, Inc. for IT Services (Software
The Excellence Award for
Services Sectors is given to exporters who were excellent in their
respective fields and have shown a praiseworthy contribution to the
Furthermore, the Most
Outstanding Ripples Plus Awards were conferred to Primex Coco
Products for Luzon; Profood International Corporation for Visayas;
and PHILBEST Canning Corporation for Mindanao.
The Most Outstanding
Ripples Plus Award was based on Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA)
ranking for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). This is
also a recognition of these exporters’ remarkable success in
penetrating global markets.
The exporters’ recognition
aims to inspire the country’s exporting community to continuously
innovate and improve. It is also to acknowledge their hard work and
a testimony of the robust partnership of the government and the
private sector in pursuing inclusive growth and improving the
exports’ development through innovation.
Meanwhile, in line with
the NEC’s theme “Driving Exports through Digital Transformation,”
the organizers featured the services of the following organizations
during the Export Enablers Exhibition held simultaneously with the
NEC at the Mezzanine of the Plenary Hall PICC: Bangko Sentral ng
Pilipinas (BSP), Board of Investments (BOI), Bureau of Fisheries and
Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Bureau of Import Services (BIS), Bureau of
Internal Revenue (BIR), CITEM, Cobena, and DTI-EMB / 1Export Trade
and Services Inc.
Also featured were FedEx
Express, Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Highly Succeed, Inc.
Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL), Keepr
Storage PH, Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), Optical Media Board
(OMB), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), PHILEXPORT, Philippine
Fiber Industry Development Authority (PHILFIDA), Philippine
International Trading Corporation (PITC), Philippine Trade Training
Center (PTTC), Small Business Corporation (SBCorp), Strategic Trade
Management Office (STMO), UnionBank | UBX, Vesl, and World Trade
The NEC is the highlight
event of the National Exporters' Week (NEW). Every first week of
December is the annual celebration of the NEW per presidential
proclamation 931, Series 0f 1996 and House Resolution 33. It
highlights the government and the private sector’s commitment to
continuously work together to sustain export promotion and
capitalistic views have no place in public service – ACT
December 6, 2019
QUEZON CITY –
Appalled by Senator Cynthia Villar’s statement yesterday about
closing down small and ‘underperforming’ schools, the Alliance of
Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines questioned the senator’s
‘integrity in holding a public post.’
“It is unbelievable for
such irresponsible and anti-student comment to come from one of the
top officials in the land who is expected to uphold the
Constitution, which outrightly mandates the State’s responsibility
to provide free, quality education to all Filipinos,” lamented
Joselyn Martinez, ACT Chairperson.
Media reported that Sen.
Villar gave the comment in reaction to the country’s poor
performance in the 2018 Programme for International Student
Assessment (PISA). Martinez chided the senator, saying that such
‘capitalistic view that reward is the ultimate driving force of man
has no place in public service.’
“It is a big insult to our
teachers who sacrifice daily to teach despite wanting state support,
not because of what they will get in exchange, but out of their real
love for Filipino children and genuine sense of public service,”
Martinez asserted that
schools should be erected wherever Filipino children are as their
right to education needs to be fulfilled by the state. In stark
comparison to Villar’s proposal, which Martinez said is ‘tantamount
to depriving Filipino children of their right to education,
especially those in the far-flung areas.’
“Sen Villar’s comment
shows of her sheer ignorance of the problems that beset the public
education system and her unfortunate refusal to be part of the
solution. As a Senator, she could have pushed for higher budget to
education, substantial pay hike for teachers, review of the
education curriculum, and other reforms that would improve the
quality of education,” Martinez said.
Martinez stressed that the
declining quality of education is not due to teachers’ and students’
lacking drive to excel but due to problems on government subsidy,
efficient implementation of programs, creation of enabling
environment, and the curriculum’s orientation, content, and
“We challenge Sen. Villar
to spend a month teaching in a far-flung barrio for her to see the
sacrifices of teachers and how eager our students are to learn.
While at it, she can also join the communities in planting crops so
that she may correct her many misconceptions on farmers,” dared
The comment referred to
the remark Villar made at the heat of the protests over her authored
Rice Tarrification Law about how farmers are asking too high a price
for palay when a five-peso-per-kilo income should be enough for
New paved road
connects 3 barangays in Almagro, Samar
CHENZI MAY D. UY
December 5, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY – The
road construction project linking barangays Lunang I, Lunang II, and
Talahid in Almagro, Samar, is now complete. The finished pavement
extends over a total length of 2,469 meters, approaching the
barangay of Costa Rica.
According to the
Department of Public Works and Highways, the road is part of a
bigger circumferential road construction project in the island
As it is built on the
inner mountainous side of the island, riprap slope protection was
built into the road for stability. Drainage canals were also built
to keep the pavement flood free and safe to use even in heavy
At six (6) meters wide,
the new road offers greater mobility and ease of traffic for
motorists. Although there aren’t too many vehicles in Almagro at
present, the provision of a wide road ensures the thoroughfare will
accommodate future growth in vehicle population.
The road will also help
local tourism. Some of the island’s budding tourist attractions
include an exotic diving resort in Keriketi, a museum of endangered
species, caves, rock formation, and an iconic lighthouse.
The P50-million project
benefits not only the barangays it covers but also the island
municipality as a whole.
20IB and LGU
Gamay, Northern Samar showcases resiliency against calamities
DPAO, 8ID PA
December 5, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan,
Samar – The 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion of the 8th
Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division once again demonstrated its being
the protector of the people in its area of operations that include
Northern Samar as the unit conducted Disaster Rescue and Relief
Operations (DRRO) during the onslaught of Tropical Storm “Tisoy” on
December 2, 2019.
“We Lead” troopers
responded to the call of duty by augmenting the Municipal Disaster
Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) and Peace, Law
Enforcement and Development Support (PLEDS) Cluster both of Gamay
Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC)
in Northern Samar and rescued 216 families who were trapped by the
flash floods caused by intermittent rains, thereby preventing any
casualty in the area.
Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations of 20IB and Local
Government Unit (LGU) Gamay, Northern Samar dubbed as “Operation
Tisoy” includes rescue and relief operations as well as immediate
road clearing operations which is still ongoing as of this report.
“The lessons taught by
Super Typhoon “Yolanda” six years ago, made us more resilient,
empowered and proactive to withstand disasters that might befall
upon us anytime. The mitigation measures being implemented by the
LGU through its Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office
and the military with the cooperation of the local residents
prevented the loss of lives, limbs and properties” Major General Pio
Q. Diñoso III, Commander of 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division
DOLE gives early
Christmas gifts to 100 child laborers
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
November 29, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Christmas came early for one hundred child laborers as they received
gifts from the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office
VIII through the Project Angel Tree conducted on November 28, 2019
in Hilongos, Leyte.
With the theme, “Children
should not work in fields, but on dreams”, DOLE RO VIII in
coordination with the local government unit of Hilongos, gave away
different school supplies as early Christmas gifts.
Mr. Virgilio A. Doroja,
Jr., DOLE Senior Labor and Employment Officer and regional focal for
Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) gladly shared
during the occasion that Project Angel Tree, one of the components
of CLPEP, aims to improve the economic and social conditions of
child laborers and their families.
“Through this Project
Angel Tree, we at DOLE are hoping to assist our child laborers and
help them leave the bondage of child labor. Aside from these school
supplies, we are also providing assistance to their parents in the
form of livelihood”, said Mr. Doroja.
Mr. Doroja likewise
informed that the parents of the identified child laborers were
organized as a group for them to avail livelihood grants from DOLE.
“The assistance doesn’t
end with the gift-giving. We have organized their parents into a
group and provided them orientation on our livelihood program. With
the provision of livelihood we hope to augment the income of their
families, so that this children will no longer work but concentrate
on their studies”, Mr. Doroja added.
Project Angel Tree is a
component of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program
which provides an array of social services that range from food,
clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work
and training opportunities made available by sponsors or benefactors
(‘angels’) to child laborers and their families.
RNPC Carina Z. Santiago opens the technical rendezvous
between CNN-4A and HIMSoG-8 by welcoming her team to
Tacloban City and voicing out her expectations of the
activity. Santiago once headed NNC-8.
MELLPI functions as HIMSoG-8
JACK C. GADAINGAN
November 27, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – To
become members of their own Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET)
doing Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Implementation
Protocol (MELLPI Pro) was one of the Communicators Network for
Nutrition of Region-4A members concerns to relate themselves as the
members of the Harmonized Initiative for the Spread of Good
Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8), who are already active conducting
MELLPI Pro region-wide as members of Region-8 RNET.
This developed during the
Technical Exchange between the NNC-Calabarzon media-group partner
CNN-4A and NNC-8 media-group partner HIMSoG-8 conducted on October
24, 2019 at the Leyte Park Hotel, here.
Ten CNN-4A members, guided
by their Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC) Carina Z.
Santiago, visited Eastern Visayas Region, for an exchange of
accomplishments and Sharing of Best Practices between the two
nutrition advocate media-groups. Such technical rendezvous is second
for HIMSoG-8 already, as on July 15-17 a contingent of 13
practitioners of quad-media from Region 1 who called themselves the
Regional Organization of Nutrition Development Advocates of Region 1
(RONDA 1) of Ilocos Region also visited Region 8 for similar
purpose, to widen the media-partner’s horizon of accomplishments
through exchanges of notes with the other regions’ counterparts.
It was gathered that
NNC-4A leadership and CNN-4A members were astounded to learn that
all members of HIMSoG-8 are actually members of the Eastern Visayas
RNET and/or members of nutrition evaluation teams in their
respective localities. This is aside from the HIMSoG-8 leadership
who is likewise sitting as member in Regional Technical Working
Group (RTWG) and other nutrition bodies.
The only apprehension
raised by the visiting group in regards the setup, was of “bias”
coming into play should the media-group be doing evaluation of their
own localities, which practically negated by the fact that MELLPI
Pro is – a purely document-based evaluation, that leaves no chances
It was learned, that Mach
6-7, 2019 36 Nutrition Stakeholders from Eastern Visayas including
HIMSoG-8 members who were actively involved in the yearly conduct of
Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI)
on nutrition programs and services gathered for a two-day roll-out
training on the updated monitoring and evaluation protocol on
nutrition dubbed “MELLPI Pro” at the Commission on Audit (COA)
Training Center, Palo, Leyte.
The MELLPI Pro replaces
the traditional MELLPI, the nutrition programs implementation
assessment tool for localities adopted in the 80s. The new upgraded
system emphasis: a) assessment of LGUs’ progress toward compliance
to quality standards, b) evidence-based validation, and c) mentoring
through joint discussion for learning and action discussion with LGU
or nutrition worker assessed. An added feature (of MELLPI Pro) is
the Performance Assessment of Nutrition Workers namely: Nutrition
Action Officers, District/City Nutrition Program Coordinators and
Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs).
Said new protocol
connoting professional, progressive, promotional, process, and
profitable is for full implementation by year 2020 – with this year
(2019) as the transition period. By then under MELLPI Pro all local
government units (LGUs) and their corresponding lead nutrition
workers nationwide shall undergo assessment and evaluation:
At the regional level, the
Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) shall visit all provinces
and highly-urbanized and independent cities; at the provincial
level, the Provincial Evaluation Team (PET) shall visit all
municipalities and component cities; at the city and municipal
level, the City/Municipal Evaluation Teams (C/MET) shall visit all
barangays. Meanwhile the National Nutrition Evaluation Team (NNET)
shall evaluate the National Honor Award (NHA), and the 1st and 2nd
Year CROWN Maintenance Contenders.
incoming OIC-DED Ligutom
November 27, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – Labor Attaché Ponciano M. Ligutom officially assumed his post as the new OIC - Deputy Executive Director (DED) of the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP).
Pursuant to Administrative Order No. 498, series of 2019 issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Labatt Ligutom will temporarily replace NMP’s incumbent DED, Ms. Mayla N. Macadawan, who is on approved study leave in Malta.
“Meet-and-Greet” conducted this morning, NMP Executive Director Joel
B. Maglunsod expressed his confidence that Labatt Ligutom would be
of great help in steering the Agency in pursuit to the delivery of
its mandates and functions. Likewise, Labatt Ligutom in his message
expressed his warm acceptance as the newly designated OIC DED of NMP.
“I am happy to be assigned
here. Training is not very new to me because teaching in academic
institutions is part of my advocacies. I believe that the learnings,
insights, experiences and practices of people should be shared to
others because theory that has no practice is dead, and practice
without theory has no direction. I am already old at the Department
but I have not lost my interest and idealism because I always
believe that we can always contribute something to any organization.
I believe in portability of the person, because when you are a
leader or a manager you can be assigned to any organization. You
don’t need to be a doctor in order to be a good hospital
administrator” said OIC DED Ligutom.
With his experience from
his previous assignments, OIC-DED Ligutom is confident that he will
be able to share ideas towards NMP’s commitment.
“I am looking forward to a
very good experience for the days or months that I will be with you.
I will always support the direction of the Department and I will
share all my learnings, insights, and experiences with you. To me, a
life that is not shared is a life that is not worth living”, he
OIC-DED Ligutom was
formerly assigned in the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in
Oman and Rome where he took care of the concerns of the Overseas
Filipino Workers (OFWs), looked for their work opportunities, and
prepared them for their reintegration to the country.
He is a Career Executive
Service Officer (CESO III) and preceding to his assignment as Labor
Attaché, he had been the Regional Director of DOLE Regional Office X
(Northern Mindanao), Regional Office XI (Davao City), Regional
Office IX (Zamboanga Peninsula), Regional Office Caraga Region, and
Regional Office VI (Western Visayas). He was also the Director of
the Bureau of Local Employment in 2008.
Save the Children
Philippines calls for humane, dignified treatment of children
November 26, 2019
MANILA – Every five
minutes, a child dies of violence across the world, according to
Save the Children’s Ending Violence in Childhood Report in 2017. The
report revealed a staggering 1.7 billion children who experience
violence in many forms and 80 per cent of the incidents happen at
Save the Children, a
global movement that advocates for children’s rights in 120
countries called for an end to all forms of violence against
In the Philippines, three
out of five children suffer one or two forms of violence at home and
often, parents, siblings and relatives are the perpetrators
according to the 2015 National Baseline Study on Violence against
Children (NBS-VAC) conducted by the Council for the Welfare of
Lawyer Alberto Muyot,
Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines said
violence takes place at home, in school, online platforms, in
communities and in armed conflict and in disasters.
“All children have a right
to a childhood without violence,” said Muyot. “Physical and
humiliating punishment violates a child’s physical integrity, human
dignity and equal protection of the law.”
Save the Children
Philippines reiterated the call for humane and dignified treatment
of children in time for the World Children’s Day celebration in
November and the 30th year of ratification of the Convention on the
Rights of the Child.
Muyot also lamented the
prevailing culture of violence in schools. He said the NBS-VAC of
CWC reveals that 3 out of 5 children experienced bullying. Of this
figure, 14.3 percent of children experienced physical violence in
school; 23 percent of children experienced psychological violence in
school; and 5.3 percent of children experienced sexual violence in
Carolina Francisco, Child
Protection Manager of Save the Children Philippines, said Positive
Discipline establishes open communication and nurturing relationship
between parents, carers and teachers and children.
“Corporal punishment have
devastating impact on children,” said Francisco, adding that “young
children who experience corporal punishment are left with feelings
of fear, shame, rage, revenge and hostility.”
Francisco was guest at the
weekly Tapatan in Aristocrat media forum on Monday where she
emphasized the importance of practice of Positive Discipline at
home, in schools and communities.
She also stressed that
children who identified themselves as members of LGBTQI and children
with disabilities are the most vulnerable to suffer from physical
and humiliating punishment.
Save the Children
Philippines partners with the Department of Education (DepEd), the
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and local
communities to promote Positive Discipline to teachers and parents
to end violence against children.
The Philippines is the
31st country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights
of the Child (UNCRC), a landmark legal document that highlights the
rights of every child to:
• life, survival and
• protection from
violence, abuse and neglect;
• education that enables
children to fulfil their potential;
• be raised by, or have a
relationship with, their parents; and
• express their opinions
and be listened to.
The convention, now on its
30th year of ratification tasks governments to adopt legislative,
social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms
of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or
negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual
abuse, while in the care of parents, legal guardians and person who
has the care of the child.
So far, there are 58
countries that have stepped up legislation to ban corporal
punishment on children in schools, at home and in communities.
Save the Children founder
Eglantyne Jebb wrote the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in
1923 and was adopted by the League of Nations, the forerunner of
United Nations. The document became the basis of the UN Convention
of the Rights of the Child.
DPWH completes 2
new school buildings
BON JOSEPH N. ASTILLA
November 25, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY – New
school buildings at Sta. Margarita National High School and Calbayog
National High School (CCNHS) are completed through the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH) under 2018 Basic Education
Facilities Fund (Batch 3).
four-classroom school building at Sta. Margarita is being occupied
at the present by the grades 11 and 12. Before the realization of
the project, the school made use of their stage and TLE room as
makeshift classrooms for senior high students. As such, their
principal Gloria Begonte Tamidles is very thankful for the new
building because as she further added both previous venues are not
conducive for learning.
On the other hand, the
two-storey four-classroom school building at CCNHS is also being
commended by their principal, Dr. Calick Arrieta, for its very fast
implementation. It took about less than 3 months to complete. Dr.
Arrieta stated it’s a big help to the institution considering the
influx of students every year.
The DPWH, in partnership
with the Department of Education, is always on the look-out on how
to improve the educational facilities of every school. Towards this
end, the community can very much expect more projects to come.
NTF is a dangerous superbody that imposes de facto martial rule in PH – Karapatan
November 21, 2019
QUEZON CITY – Human
rights alliance Karapatan said, after President Rodrigo Duterte’s
recent joint command conference with the National Task Force to End
Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), that the “NTF’s
militarist whole-of-nation approach to the armed conflict in the
country is nothing but a path that brings the nation into a black
hole of authoritarian rule.”
“The government is
well-aware that armed conflicts are rooted on the decades-long
injustices perpetrated by the State against Filipinos, including
those who seek for genuine societal reforms that address poverty and
countless forms of exploitation, yet it refuses to back down on
programs and policies such as the Rice Tariffication Law, its
Build-Build-Build program and TRAIN law that impact on the welfare
of the people. Through the NTF, the Duterte government uses a
counterinsurgency program that employs brutal forms of attacks
against communities and human rights defenders to pacify their
opposition to these anti-people programs. It continues to weaponize
the courts and the whole judiciary to go after critics. It continues
to militarize the civilian bureaucracy, including line agencies that
should deliver social services and local governments,” said Cristina
Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General.
The NTF, Karapatan said,
is a dangerous superbody that imposes de facto military rule in the
country. “Its logframes and indicators of success are measured
through a yardstick that disregards political rights and civil
liberties while ensuring the smooth implementation of government
programs and projects that benefit big business and corrupt actors
in power,” Palabay said.
Karapatan cited the smear
campaigns and legal offensives against government critics,
activists, development and humanitarian workers, the raids and
arrests of human rights defenders in Negros and Manila, and the
killings of farmers as among the by-products of the NTF’s campaigns.
Even local government
executives who champion the rights of their poor constituents are
not spared, Palabay said. This week, Interior and Local Government
Secretary Eduardo Año has called out Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto for
backing the arrested workers of Regent Foods Corporation and for
bailing them out from jail. The arrested workers are part of those
who went on strike last October 16, 2019 on the alleged physical and
verbal abuses, non-implementation of the collective bargaining
agreement, non-recognition of the new leadership within the union;
and alleged contractualization schemes by the Regent Foods
“The cries of the arrested
workers are valid and can be considered as a concrete example of how
ordinary Filipinos suffer from the injustices committed by the
powerful. However, Año and the NTF discourage the likes of the young
chief local executive Sotto from promoting a just and humane form of
political leadership and governance,” she said.
Karapatan also cited the
killings of two barangay chairpersons in Samar, barangay captains
Apolonio Lebico and Wilmar Calutan, by suspected military agents
this year, when they aided their constituents in filing complaints
against elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines before the
Commission on Human Rights on alleged violations in their
“The actions of the NTF
and Año only prove that this government has engendered rights
violations. We reiterate our call to rescind Executive Order #70,
which has resulted to the creation of the NTF, and for the Duterte
administration to stop its attacks against the Filipino people,”
leading to Kawayan port in Biliran improved
November 18, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
The construction/ improvement of access road leading to seaport in
Kawayan town, Biliran Province has been completed by the Department
of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)- Biliran District Engineering
David P. Adongay Jr.,
District Engineer said that the damaged substandard local road was
replaced with a new concrete pavement to provide a smooth surface
and safe riding condition for the travelling public.
The project involves the
rehabilitation of damaged substandard local road in Kawayan town
proper with a width of 6.10 meters, a thickness of 0.23 m. and a
length of 0.70 lane km with construction of 742.0 meters covered
The P12.35M project under
contract with MB Ang Construction was completed on October 24, 2019.
According to Adongay, the
newly completed road project leading to seaport complements the
improvements done to Kawayan’s port.
The Biliran Provincial
Government and the Local Government Unit of Kawayan is already
making its move in expanding the Kawayan port for future roll-on
roll-off (Ro-Ro) port in the town.
Presently, the Naval port
is the only seaport that is in service of transporting goods,
commodities and passengers to and from Cebu.
The improvement of access
road leading to Kawayan port will be a big help in economic
development not only just in Kawayan town but also in the entire
headed by President Antonio Pueblos welcomed the officers of
NNC-Calabarzon headed by RNPC Carina Z. Santiago (center)
and contingent media-partner CNN-4A headed by its president
media-group partner CNN-4A visits Eastern Visayas for technical
exchange with HIMSoG-8
JACK C. GADAINGAN
November 17, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Carina Z. Santiago, Regional Program Coordinator of National
Nutrition Council (NNC) Region-4A (Calabarzon) together with Lourdes
B. Orongon and Ezra Minette B. Lasin, Nutrition Officer III and
Nutrition Officer II respectively from the same region, headed a
contingent of 10 practicing media from Calabarzon calling their
group as the “Communicators’ Network for Nutrition in Region 4-A”
(CNN-4A) to a visit of Eastern Visayas Region for a Technical
Exchange with NNC-8 media-group partner Harmonized Initiatives of
Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8) on
October 24-26, 2019.
The CNN-4A was headed by
its President Red C. Alano, Vice President (VP) for Print Antonio R.
Antazo Jr., VP for Broadcast Emil Jun B. Delos Santos, VP for Social
Media Kier Gideon Paolo Gapayao, Auditor Genielyn M. Tobias,
Chairman of the Board of Directors Janet G. Buelo, and members
Nanacy G. Quizon-Vidal, Maria Victoria A. Carino, Maricel Manza and
Mayrenel C. Manalo.
A contingent from HIMSoG-8
likewise headed by its President Antonio C. Pueblos, VP Jacob C.
Gadaingan, Broadcaster Cecelia P. Tibo, cable-TV broadcast providers
Evelyn Bacol, Nelson Braga, and Mathew Manuel, and News Editor
Albert Lesiguez, and two personnel from NNC-8 Novida B. Rico and
Clytie Sta. Cruz welcomed the visiting party during their arrival
5AM at Tacloban City Airport.
Of common goal, as both
media organizations are involved in the fight against hunger and
malnutrition and in promotion of good nutrition – with CNN-4A the
media-group partner of NNC-4A within its jurisdiction Calabarzon
area. Meanwhile HIMSOG-8 in partner with NNC-8 for the Eastern
Visayas Region. The two advocacy groups conducted their technical
rendezvous after a brief breakfast at the Leyte Park Hotel, here.
The Technical Exchange
consisted with presentations of each media-group’s accomplishments
and Sharing of Best Practices with both presidents doing the
power-point presentation reporting, Pueblos for HIMSoG-8 and Alano
HIMSoG-8 Treasurer Ray
Gaspay, publisher of Samar News.com and HIMSoG-8 member Sarwel M.
Meniano, chief of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Region 8 joined the
group for the technical exchange, and other activities.
In the afternoon, the
Calabarzon group was escorted by the Eastern Visayas group to an
Environmental Scanning to the Super Typhoon Yolanda Marker (Anibong
Shipwreck), the Mat Weavers and Products in Basey town, the newly
constructed Town Hall of Basey and Basey’s Oldest Church, the 2.16
kilometers long “San Juanico Bridge” connecting Samar and Leyte
Islands, and the newly upgraded MacArthur Park. The evening of the
first day (Oct. 24, 2019) featured a fellowship, loaded with more
bonding initiatives, exchanges of tokens, with good food and live
The following day NNC-4A
and CNN-4A continued with their more serious tasks like
“Communication Planning for CY 2020”: consisting of Workshop
Overview, Review of Print and Radio Placements and various IEC
Material, the Philippine Plan of Action 2017-2022, Review of
Calabarzon Communication Plan 2013-2015, and Actual Communication
For its last salvo, the
CNN-4A gave way to its 3rd Quarter Meeting, consisting of
review/approval of the highlight of the Previous Meeting, and other
President Antonio Pueblos makes the first presentation
on the Technical Exchange with CNN-4A by presenting
first the accomplishments of HIMSoG-8.
six soldiers who died at Borongan encounter
DPAO, 8ID PA
November 13, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City, Samar – The 8th Infantry Division identified the six (6)
soldiers who paid ultimate sacrifice during an encounter with the
New People’s Army (NPA) Terrorists at Sitio Bangon, Brgy. Pinanag-an,
Borongan City, Eastern Samar in the late afternoon of November 11,
The troops were conducting
a military operation in response for the persistent reports from the
civilians about the presence of CNTs in the area. While the troops
were on their way to their rebels' lair which is also being used as
a bomb-making facility, they encountered the NPA terrorists who
employed several improvised anti-personnel mines.
The valiant soldiers who
sacrificed their lives against the NPA who used landmines as an
attack are: Sergeant Rex C Jadulco; Corporal Ronaldo O Go; Corporal
Limar L Banug; Private First Class Kent Loyd M Agullo; Private First
Class Junmar D Buranday; and Private Charlie P Del Rosario.
The National Democratic
Front (NDF) including the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)
and the NPA are signatories, bans the use of landmines which they
have neglected, the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human
Rights and International Humanitarian Law. In connection with the
“Ottawa Convention” or “Mine Ban Treaty” that seeks to end the use
of Anti-personnel Landmines (APLs) worldwide to end suffering and
Remains of the soldiers
together with the deceased NPA rebel were immediately airlifted to
Camp Vicente Lukban, Catbalogan City and were transported to a
funeral home in Catbalogan for post mortem and proper funeral
services while 20 wounded soldiers are still in the hospital at
stable condition and undergoing treatment.
After the funeral
services, the remains will be transferred to the 8ID headquarters.
The 8ID gave the assurance
that immediate assistance be accorded to the bereaved families.
Save the Children
Philippines steps up assistance to displaced children in
earthquake-hit areas in Mindanao
November 13, 2019
MANILA – Save the
Children Philippines has delivered family hygiene kits and plastic
tarpaulins to ease the suffering of children and their families
affected by the series of strong earthquakes in Mindanao.
A total of 1,051 family
hygiene kits and 130 plastic tarpaulins have been distributed to
children and their families in the most affected towns of Makilala
and Magpet in North Cotabato to protect them from contagious
diseases while in cramped evacuation centers and while temporary
taking shelter in makeshift tents outside their damaged houses.
The humanitarian team of
Save the Children Philippines will set up temporary learning spaces
and distribute teaching kits starting this week to ensure displaced
learners can resume classes.
Lawyer Alberto Muyot,
chief executive officer of Save the Children Philippines said the
resumption of classes is critical to address psychosocial stress of
affected children because it re-establishes their routines.
“Keeping children safe
inside learning spaces is critical in times of emergencies. Children
know that education gives them power to build a better future,” said
Muyot in a statement.
Initial figures from the
Department of Education (DepEd) showed that some 3.2 million
school-age children have been affected by the series of earthquakes
that hit four regions in Mindanao including the war-torn Bangsamoro
Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) as well as Davao and
SOCCSKSARGEN regions. Out of the 3.2 million children, at least 1.6
million of them are in Davao, SOCCSKSARGEN, and BARMM, regions that
were affected by the earthquake.
humanitarian manager of Save the Children Philippines, said the
three temblors have caused massive destruction and damage to houses,
schools, roads and infrastructure and it may take years to complete
rehabilitation of the damaged infrastructure. Latest report from
DepEd as of Nov. 11 also show that 1,046 classrooms were totally
damaged, while some 1,274 classrooms sustained major damage.
“But children cannot wait.
The need for psychosocial support, shelter, water, hygiene and
sanitation and the resumption of classes in safe learning
environments is immediate and crucial to the recovery of children
and their families,” said Balinton.
At the moment, more than
11,000 families remain in evacuation centers, with limited access to
water and sanitation facilities. And with many schools being used as
evacuation centers, children’s learning is also affected. DepEd
report also shows that there are 41 schools used as evacuation
A total of 260,492 people
were affected by the three strong earthquakes across Mindanao, with
24 dead. Of the affected population, over 103,000 individuals are in
“The numbers are expected
to escalate as most of the affected families live in hard to reach
areas,” said Balinton.
break the cycle of poor health outcomes in prisons, we need
to go beyond curative care and examine the inmates’ living
conditions. We must look at prison health care from all
angles. We must consider prison health as a public health
issue if we are to break that cycle,” said ICRC Head of
Delegation Boris Michel in his opening remarks. In photo are
(from left) Philippine Interior and Local Government
Undersecretary Nestor Quinsay, Philippine Justice
Undersecretary Deo Marco, and Thomas Hiatt, technical
officer of the World Health Organization.
bars: Asia-Pacific region tackles state of prison health
November 13, 2019
MANILA – With the
Asia and Pacific region having over four million prisoners – the
highest in the world according to the latest World Prison Population
List – tackling the need for quality healthcare among detainees is
as complex as it is critical.
“Prisoners deserve the
same standards of healthcare as are available to the community, as
well as access to health services without discrimination. But often,
the inmates’ health needs cannot be fully met due to challenges in
the coordination among authorities concerned, lack of coherence in
policies and procedures, inadequate health staff and facilities,
among other reasons,” said Dr. Ziad Tohme, who works with the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a regional
specialist looking into the health-care needs in detention
facilities in Asia and the Pacific.
Poor living conditions in
many prisons across the world adversely impacts the health of
inmates, worsening their pre-existing ailments or leading to new
health concerns in prisons.
“Tuberculosis and other
communicable diseases are significantly prevalent in prisons, and
may spread to the community through staff, visitors and released
prisoners who received inadequate treatment. Curative care must be
supported by improving food and nutrition, water, sanitation and
having activities for better health. It’s also critical to recognize
that prison managers and other staff are just as responsible for
prisoners’ health,” Dr. Tohme said.
To support authorities in
the region strengthen their prison health systems for the benefit of
inmates, jail staff and communities at large, the ICRC organized the
third Asian and Pacific Conference on Prison Health (APCPH) from 13
to 15 November 2019 in Manila, Philippines.
Titled “Health Despite
Bars”, the conference provides a platform to health and detention
authorities, academics and public health experts, to share research
and best practices, as well as challenges. The conference also aims
- promote a
whole-of-government approach to prison health;
- increase awareness of
- encourage participants
to be active members of the worldwide prison health research and
Around 150 participants
involved in prison health from 21 countries will discuss topics such
as health needs of women and other vulnerable groups, mental health
and drug addiction, international standards for prison health.
As a result of the
conference, it is hoped that the participants will help improve the
health outcomes of detainees through effective management and
coordination, promote respect for fundamental rights protecting all
detainees, and implement related standards and principles (including
“equivalence of care”), contributing to a healthier society.
“We’re all involved in
providing care to people in custody. Coming to a conference allows
us to find out what’s working in some places, what’s not working so
well… share our experiences. The reason why we’re all here is to
improve care for people who are in detention. We are all passionate
about that and so if we can learn from each other that can improve
the care of people in custody, that’s a great thing,” said
participant Fiona Montroy, clinical nurse consultant of Justice
Health and Forensic Mental Health Network in New South Wales,
Ramon M. Lopez led the Philippine delegation to the second
edition of the China International Import Expo. In the Photo
DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez (center) from right of center,
DTI-Trade Promotions Group Undersecretary Abdulgani
Macatoman, Assistant Director Angelo Salvador Benedictos of
the Bureau of International Trade Relations, Assistant
Director Agnes Perpetua Legaspi of the DTI-Export Marketing
Bureau, Commercial Vice Consul Mario Tani of PTIC-Shanghai,
Commercial Vice Consul John Paul Inigo of PTIC-Guangzhou, Ms
Rowena Mendoza of CITEM, from left of center, Executive
Director Paulina Suaco-Juan of CITEM, Mr Jimmy Tang of Team
Asia Corporation, Commercial Counsellor Glenn Penaranda of
PTIC-Beijing, Tropicana Food Corporation Representative, Ms
Michelle Pontilas of Bureau of International Trade Relations
and Mr Rudolph Velasco of DTI-Export Marketing Bureau.
PH sales at
Chinese expo more than double at US$300 million
November 13, 2019
SHANGHAI, China –
Philippine (PH) exhibitors booked around US$300 million in sales at
the 2nd China International Import Exposition (CIIE), more than
twice the US$124 million recorded sales last year. Top sellers were
fresh bananas, pineapples, mangoes and durian; not to be outdone
were processed fruits and nuts, and other coconut-based products.
“The big jump in sales
since the last CIIE proves that the China sees the Philippines as a
significant source of agricultural and other products. This
motivates us to continue our efforts in getting more exhibitors to
the CIIE, as well as improving trade relations and market access
through the conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic
Partnership (RCEP). Suppliers, on their part, should increase their
production to answer the demand of the Chinese market,” said
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez.
Sec. Lopez led a
139-strong Philippine delegation, with 32 food exhibitors
participating this year. With the huge opportunity in the Chinese
food market, Sec. Lopez has advocated for continued, stronger and
effective presence in the CIIE through strategic positioning of
Philippine products to serve the upgraded requirements of Chinese
Since it began last year,
the CIIE 2019 is a trade fair held in autumn in Shanghai and is the
world’s first import-themed national-level expo. The total
exhibition area of the CIIE exceeds 240,000 square meters and
attracts an average of 150,000 professional buyers, with more than
100 participating countries. Amidst these immense numbers,
Philippine products – known to be of quality to foreign buyers –
received overwhelming approval at the CIIE.
Many Chinese buyers and
consumers lined up to try the various food products offered at the
Philippine Food Pavilion consisting of 32 exhibitors, including
premium tuna products recently launched in the Chinese market by
Century Pacific and other products by Philippine global brands such
as San Miguel, Monde Nissin, and Fisher Farms.
Chef Bea Nitard of Via
Mare used Philippine ingredients to prepare dishes suitable to the
Chinese palate. The chef observed that the Chinese are not afraid to
try new things and the Philippines should introduce more premium
food products to the Chinese consumers. The popularity of the dishes
was apparent in the long lines seen at the Food Philippines Pavilion
The Philippine pavilion
was formally opened by the DTI Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman,
with China's Ministry of Commerce Director General Peng Gang. In his
opening remarks, Undersecretary Macatoman highlighted the role of
the 32 Philippine exhibitors in contributing to the growth of
Philippine exports in China's food sector, especially in the fresh
fruits category. The Philippines currently exports mangoes, bananas,
papayas, pineapples, and young coconuts. But Undersecretary
Macatamon observed that with the stronger Philippine-China relations
and through China’s liberalization program and the CIIE, there will
be more Philippine food products sold in China soon.
participation was organized by DTI through the Center for
International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM). It was
supported by the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) and the Foreign Trade
Service Corp (FTSC) through the Philippine Trade and Investment
Centers (PTICs) in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou in partnership
with the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Agribusiness and
Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS), and the Office of the
Agricultural Counsellor in Beijing.
With the positive feedback
and results generated from the Philippine participating companies
and keen interest shown by Chinese buyers, DTI and DA expect a much
bigger participation in the next edition of the CIIE in 2020.
of the 25th PSQ Regional Finals (L-R): Mr. Ben Julian M.
Merales, Mr. Adonis Rancie G. Handog and Mr. Filbert M.
UPVTC’s Comp Sci
student is the 25th PSQ regional champ!
November 13, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – Mr.
Ben Julian M. Merales, BS Computer Science student of the University
of the Philippines -Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC), won the 25th
Philippine Statistics Quiz (PSQ) Regional Finals conducted on 12
November 2019 at Leyte Park Hotel, Tacloban City.
Mr. Merales emerged as
regional champion, besting 18 other contestants, after scoring 24
points in the three (3) rounds of questions and answers on
statistical theories and problems. Completing the top three (3) were
Mr. Adonis Rancie G. Handog of the Visayas State University Main
Campus - second place, and Mr. Filbert M. Abalon of the University
of Eastern Philippines - third place. Winners were given cash prize
of P15,000, P12,000 and P10,000, respectively, and certificate of
recognition. Likewise, respective winning coaches received cash
prize equivalent to half of their contestant’s prize aside from the
certificate of recognition from the PSQ organizers.
The PSQ is a nationwide
annual contest conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)
in partnership with the Philippine Statistical Association Inc. (PSAI),
in line with the National Statistics Month (NSM) Celebration. It is
designed to test the knowledge in statistics of freshmen students
enrolled in colleges and universities and to identify and nurture
talents especially in the field of statistics. It also aims to
contribute to the advocacy in the use of statistics for
evidence-based decision making. The results of the contest can also
provide indications of the effectiveness of the statistics component
of mathematics as a subject in the secondary curriculum.
The 25th PSQ Regional
Finals was conducted simultaneously with the 16 regions in the
country. Mr. Merales will represent Eastern Visayas to the 25th PSQ
National Finals which will be conducted on 29 November 2019 in Metro
DOLE’s SPES program
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
November 7, 2019
MAASIN CITY – The
students of Tomas Oppus, Southern Leyte lauded the DOLE’s Special
Program for Employment of Students (SPES) during the Culmination
Activity conducted by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of
the said local government unit on October 22, 2019.
Department of the Interior
and Local Government Undersecretary Epimaco V. Densing III graced
the program and delivered his inspirational message.
“With the DOLE’s SPES
program, I encourage you to value the opportunities being given by
government and gain from it ,” said Usec. Densing.
He likewise mentioned that
SPES is indeed a very good program which provides students
experiences before they actually immerse themselves in the world of
One SPES beneficiary cited
her appreciation to the DOLE and the LGU led by Hon. Mayor Jessica
Marie Excaño Pano. She was thankful for the experiences she gained
as a SPES beneficiary which exposed her to the realities in the work
setting, enabling her to learn office procedures and meet people of
DOLE Southern Leyte Field
Office (SLFO) Chief Marites Z. Viñas congratulated the student who
have successfully completed their term and inspired them by
providing valuable labor market information which can assist them in
finding the right jobs.
“Aside from having the
education, you need to possess soft skills which are nowadays being
considered such as perseverance and time management. These are the
current demands of the management in terms of hiring employees, so
you must be a smart jobseeker,” Ms. Viñas said.
Mr. Peter Edmar Tambis,
PESO Manager of Tomas Oppus and an awardee himself during the Search
for the 2019 Best PESO, expressed his warmest thanks to DOLE. He
requested more funds for SPES implementation to cater for more
A total of P156,377.00 has
been released by DOLE-SLFO to thirty-nine (39) beneficiaries. Each
SPES beneficiary received P4,012.91 as DOLE’s counterpart together
with their certificates of completion.
SPES is DOLE’s employment
bridging program during summer or Christmas vacation that aims to
augment the family’s income of poor but deserving student,
our-of-school youth (OSY) or dependents of displaced or would be
displaced workers who intend to finish their education.
(with reports from Marites Z. Viñas)
P1.94M construction /concreting of barangay road, Sitio
Ansay, Brgy. Union, Caibiran, Biliran under contract with
LJPM Builders and Construction Supply.
DEO’s 2019 infra projects 61.14% done
November 7, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) achieved 61.14% accomplishment of its 2019
infrastructure projects as of October 31, 2019.
With only few months left
before the year ends, David P. Adongay Jr., District Engineer said
that they are rushing the completion of its on-going projects to
meet the district’s target accomplishment.
Out of the 92 projects for
2019 implementation, Biliran DEO has completed 39 while 43 are
on-going and 10 are Not-Yet-Started (NYS).
Adongay revealed that the
district office posts a negative slippage of 6.07% as of October 31,
“We have already discussed
this with the section chiefs and technical staffs and we are doing
immediate actions. Hindi pwede pabayaan lang natin na magdecrease
ang performance ng district kasi maaapektuhan ang future development
ng Biliran,” he said.
For 2019, DPWH-Biliran DEO
has a total allotment budget of P1.28B.
According to Adongay,
budget funding for next year will depend on the performance of the
district office in terms of its physical and financial
“Less budget also means we
will be forced to terminate few of our job orders which plays a
vital role in our day to day operation,” he said.
Despite of the haste in
the implementation, Adongay ensures that quality of projects will
not be compromised.
Adongay reported that 15
infrastructure projects have already been completed this October.
These projects include the construction of P3.9M gymnasium at Brgy.
P.S. Eamiguel, P1.95M completion of Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP)
building (Phase II) at Brgy. Larrazabal and P981,381.00 construction
(completion) of multi-purpose building at Higatangan, all in Naval
DPWH-Biliran DEO has also
completed the improvement of plaza at Brgy. Bariis in Caibiran town
worth P969,350.00, renovation of fencing/ flooring plaza at Brgy.
Bacolod in Culaba town worth P969,920.00, completion of senior
citizen building at Brgy. Looc in Almeria town worth P945,400.00 and
improvement of access road leading to Kawayan port in Kawayan town
Moreover, eight flood
mitigation projects have also been completed. These projects are
located along Bagongbong river in Almeria town (P18.99M), Santol
river in Biliran town (P24.850M) and Kaulangohan river (P14.43M) and
Binohangan river (P1.94M) both in Caibiran town.
Two flood control projects
are also completed along Mainit river (Phase 2) worth P14.2M under
Regular Infrastructure Program and P4.87M flood control at Sitio
Mainit, Brgy. Villa Vicenta under 2019 local infrastructure program,
both in Caibiran town.
Meanwhile, two flood
control structures have also been completed at Sitio Anas, Brgy.
Atipolo in Naval town worth P14.65M funded under regular
infrastructure program and P4.88M funded under local infrastructure
Elementary School gets new 4-classroom building
CHENZI MAY D. UY
November 6, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY –
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Samar First District
Engineering Office (SFDEO) has completed the construction of a
two-storey, four-classroom school building in Bugtong Elementary
School, Calbayog City. The project drew a total of P12.2 million
from the Basic Educational Facilities Fund (BEFF) 2018.
For all 2018 school
building projects, DPWH adopted the updated standards and
specifications set by the Department of Education. This means the
new building now two roof-mounted water tanks and a fire
extinguisher in each room, in addition to the standard PWD ramp
access, sanitary comfort rooms, and fire alarms. One of the water
tanks will serve as a reservoir in case of fire, while the other is
for normal water usage within the building.
As per request by the
school head, DPWH introduced a volleyball court and a paved walkway
into the original design. It can be recalled that the school’s
volleyball team won Gold in the Calbayog City Wide Meet 2019 and
represented the city to the EVRAA Meet.
The provision of new
learning spaces primarily aims to decongest existing classrooms so
the ideal teacher-to-learner ratio can be achieved. This, in turn,
helps to improve the safety, comfort, and learning success of
acquires new equipment to accelerate road marking application
October 31, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran – A
thermoplastic paint pre-heater and paint applicator has been
acquired by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Biliran
District Engineering Office (DEO) to accelerate work on road marking
application along Biliran’s national road network.
David P. Adongay Jr.,
District Engineer said that the procurement of these machines will
fast-track the work of maintenance personnel compared to the manual
road marking application.
“Using the machine, we can
really expect a more quality result with less manpower needed,” said
Road markings are applied
on paved roadways to provide guidance and information to drivers and
pedestrians to avoid road accidents. Road surface marking can also
indicate regulation for parking and stopping.
The newly acquired
equipment has a total cost of P2.18M funded through Engineering
Administrative Overhead (EAO).
DPWH-Biliran DEO regularly
conducts routine maintenance activities to provide quality service
to the public by implementing activities that maintains the quality,
safety and integrity of the roads, bridges and other structures
under their jurisdiction for the safety convenience of the traveling
Pinyapel earns D&AD pencil
October 31, 2019
PASAY CITY – The
Philippine-made Pinyapel, a specialty paper made from discarded
pineapple leaves, bagged a Wood Pencil at the D&AD Future Impact
Awards 2019 in recognition of its potential to create a huge impact
on environment and sustainability as it is proposed to be a food
packaging alternative to single-plastic. The award will be presented
in New York City, USA on November 6. Industry professionals consider
the D&AD pencil as equivalent to “career knighthood”.
With this recognition of
Pinyapel, it will receive a D&AD Wood Pencil, a place on the D&AD
Future Impact Accelerator programme, especially designed to
accelerate Pinyapel’s development in order to deliver tangible
impact in their category area within 12 months. The D&AD Future
Impact Programme supports great ideas that have the potential to
change the world.
Winning a Wood Pencil also
provides an opportunity for the Philippine team behind Pinyapel to
pitch at the D&AD Festival 2020 to gain support from venture
capitalists (VCs) and creatives, a pass to the D&AD Festival 2020, a
dedicated space at the Impact exhibition in London, 12-month
membership and a year of exposure to a global audience through D&AD
and third-party press.
Design and Art Direction
(D&AD) is a British non-profit that exists to celebrate, inspire,
and nurture excellence in design and advertising in the United
Kingdom and worldwide. More than just awards, D&AD has world-class
training programmes, accelerator platform, and festival to support
the industry towards creative excellence.
“Pinyapel’s recognition in
the international scene is a big leap in our move to promote
Philippine design and innovation excellence. It highlights the
Filipino brand of design point of view that is anchored in
‘malasakit’ which brings an authentic Filipino design perspective on
developing impact-driven solutions that address the problems of
today and of tomorrow, while protecting the future generations and
ensuring a better future for them,” said Department of Trade and
Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.
Pinyapel was the result of
a research and development initiative led by the Design Center of
the Philippines on pineapple leaves. After its breakthrough research
on developing the material, it collaborated with Nature’s Fresh
Pineapples for the supply of raw materials; CDO Handmade Paper, for
paper sheet processing; and Ideatechs Packaging, Inc., for paper
sheet conversion to food packaging applications.
The Pinyapel project was
led by the Design Center’s materials research and development
program, which aims to produce sustainable, cost-effective and
commercially viable materials and contribute to strengthening local
Pinyapel is reflective of
Design Center’s quadruple bottomline approach to circular design.
The project began with the intent of maximizing the use of
agricultural waste to improve the livelihood of farmers
(prosperity), address concerns on dwindling natural resources and
offer alternatives to plastic (planet); collaborate with local
enterprises (people); and consequently, show the world what the
creative and design mind of Philippines can do (purpose),” said
Design Center of the Philippines Executive Director Rhea O. Matute.
“With the country’s desire for a more value creating economy, Design
Center hopes to develop and unlock more commercialization
opportunities for impactful ideas like Pinyapel,” Matute further
Pinyapel production and
Pinyapel is a specialty
paper that is reinforced and print-viable for secondary packaging
applications. It may also be used for gift bags, paper cup sleeves,
and corrugated paper.
harvesting the discarded leaves from pineapple plantation, drying
the leaves under direct sunlight, pulping and rinsing the cut
leaves, and pounding the rinsed pulp. Reinforcing solutions are used
to improve the mechanical properties of the material. Once dry, the
paper sheets are either run in corrugating machines for corrugated
paper and cup sleeves or cut out for paper bag production.
Pinyapel leaves during
production and after consumer use can be used as raw materials to
produce brown bags and cardboards.
With the challenges faced
by the pulp and paper industry in sourcing pulp locally, Design
Center’s move to develop Pinyapel and partner with local businesses
provided an alternative and sustainable source for paper. It is also
seen as an additional income source for farmers in the country’s
large pineapple production area, with a total hectarage of 63,904
according to the Philippine Statistics Authority’s April -June 2019
Quarterly Bulletin on Major Fruit Crops; thus, providing new purpose
and value to what was previously considered agricultural waste.
The Design Center’s
materials research and development program has explored the
potential of agricultural waste and otherwise overlooked resources
as raw materials for various product applications, impacting the
design and value of Philippine products.
maritime research personnel conducting data gathering
industry needs through relevant researches
October 29, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Pursuing its second mandate as a research institution of the
government on maritime matters, the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP)
undertakes researches and studies that generate data and information
integral in a dynamic maritime industry.
With its radar focused on
maritime manpower development consistent with the workforce
framework of its mother agency, the Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE), the NMP embarks on research initiatives and
advocacy that relate to the Philippines as the world’s largest
provider of competent seafarers.
This year, NMP is
undertaking four (4) researches as provided under the 2019 General
Appropriations Act (GAA) and targeted to be completed by 31 December
2019, to wit:
Effects of Autonomous Shipping in the Philippine Maritime Industry
The study aims to identify
and discuss how manning and shipping companies respond to this new
development in shipping, the autonomous ship technology, and what
interventions they will take to address the challenge to produce
qualified seafarers for vessels of the future.
More specifically, the
study aims to: (a) determine the possible effects of autonomous ship
technology to the Philippines as a major crew provider to oceangoing
vessels; (b) identify career options or alternative profession where
displaced seafarers could possibly apply when full autonomous
shipping is implemented; (c) document required competencies and
skills and the interventions or measures being done by manning and
shipping companies, as employer of the seafarers, in the light of
the impending full implementation of autonomous ship technology; and
(d) recommend strategies and approaches to address identified skills
gaps / training needs in response to the full implementation of
The Capacity of the Philippine Maritime Industry to Produce
Officers-In-Charge (OIC) per Requirements of the 1978 STCW as
Amended: Focus on cadet Onboard Training
The research undertaking
aims to determine the capacity of the Philippine maritime industry
to produce Officers-In-Charge in accordance with the requirements of
the 1978 STCW, as amended, with focus on the Onboard Training
Program as a mandatory requirement to obtain a degree in Bachelor of
Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) and Bachelor of Science in
Marine Engineering (BSMarE) and a Certificate of Competency (COC)
The specific objectives of
the study are: (a) to determine the outputs of individual Maritime
Higher Education Institutions (MHEIs) in terms of graduates versus
enrollees in BSMT and BSMarE, including the deployment rate of
cadets under the Onboard Training Program; (b) determine the number
of Philippine domestic ships, Philippine-flagged ships engaged in
international voyage available for training berths and Philippine
manning agencies that accommodate cadets on behalf of their
international shipowners, as well as their policies on accommodating
cadets; (c) identify issues and concerns in the implementation of
the Onboard Training Program from the viewpoints of the
stakeholders; and (d) recommend a plan of action to identified
issues and concerns.
Employment Acceptability of Women in Philippine Domestic Shipping
The study intends to
identify and analyze the gaps in the recruitment and selection
process of domestic shipping companies when it comes to female
seafarer employment. Primarily, the study aims to: (a) determine the
level of domestic shipping companies in employing women; (b) gather
information on the current policies and practices in the recruitment
and selection process of domestic shipping companies with regards to
the employment of seafarers; (c) identify the challenges faced by
women when applying for shipboard employment in domestic vessels;
and (d) recommend a plan of action for the improvement of female
recruitment into domestic shipboard jobs.
Profile of Philippine Maritime Employment Laws
The study is designed to
provide the Filipino seafarers with a supplemental tool in the
understanding of the employment laws, related cases or
jurisprudence, and the arbitration process related to their
The research is grounded
on the following objectives: (a) identify the Philippine employment
laws and decided cases in relation to the employment of Filipino
seafarers; (b) present the arbitration process in the Philippines
regarding seafarers’ labor cases; (c) identify the cases lodged in
the Philippine arbitration routes; and (d) provide guidelines on
actions to be taken by seafarers confronted with issues related to
NMP, being the only
government maritime research center in the country, responds to
dynamic characteristics of the maritime industry and the consequent
demand for timely, accurate, and relevant data as basis for program
and policy development.
Findings of these
researches will be disseminated next year to the industry
stakeholders from the government, maritime education and training
(MET) institutions, maritime associations, seafarers’ organizations,
shipping companies and manning agencies. Recommendations from the
researches may serve as valuable inputs to policy making and program
development that impact on the Filipino seafarers as a special
workforce of the country.
Those interested in NMP
research undertakings may visit the NMP website (www.nmp.gov.ph) and
access the e-Research Information System Portal which is designed to
disseminate NMP completed researches, present the Research Agenda
and engage the industry stakeholders to collaborate in the research
Aside from its research
function, the NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and provide
maritime trainings required pursuant to the Standards of Training,
Certification, and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention as
amended in 2010 including value-adding courses towards improving the
qualifications of Filipino seafarers for their employment
acceptability and enhanced competitiveness.
groundbreaking ceremony for future North Leyte Field Office
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
October 28, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – A
groundbreaking ceremony was held by the Department of Labor and
Employment Regional Office VIII for its future North Leyte Field
Office last October 22, 2019 at Government Center, Candahug, Palo,
The simple ceremony was
witnessed by the different partners and stakeholders of DOLE RO VIII
with Executive Director Noel C. Binag of Occupational Safety and
Health Center as the keynote speaker.
Regional Director Yahya A.
Centi in his opening remarks grabbed the opportunity to extend his
heartfelt gratitude to the Province of Leyte headed by Governor
Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla and committed as well to continue
providing labor and employment services as needed by the
constituents of the province.
“My sincerest gratitude to
our good governor Petilla for being so generous to the department.
Let it be known today that we are inspired all the more to continue
delivering public service in the field of labor and employment. This
will forever be etched in the history of DOLE RO VIII”, said
Director Binag congratulated DOLE RO VIII and hoped for a continued
strategic partnership with its stakeholders for the benefit of the
“Let this ground-breaking
ceremony spark a more harmonious partnership of DOLE and the
province in the future. I know a lot is still to be done for the
realization of the future DOLE-NLFO building, but we are now about
to do the first step. As the quote says, A journey of thousand miles
begins with a single step,” said ED Binag.
In response, Atty. Edgardo
Cordeño, Provincial Administrator, representing the good governor,
assured that the provincial government of Leyte will remain as a
supportive partner of DOLE in its pursuit to fulfill its mandate and
eventually serve the people of Leyte effectively.
“As your fellow servants
in the government, we have shared responsibility to help our people
in need. We are one with you in remaining steadfast to the mission
of uplifting the lives of the Leyteños”, Atty. Cordeño said.
Other stakeholders who
gave their messages during the turnover were Mr. Jaime Go
representing Congressman Ferdinand Martin Romualdez of 1st District
of Leyte and Mayor Michael Dragon Javier representing Congresswoman
Lolita Karen Javier of 2nd District of Leyte.
Also present to witness
the ceremony were heads of the DOLE-Regional Coordinating Council.
Last August 17, 2019, the
signing of the contract of usufruct was conducted which entitled the
DOLE RO VIII to a 1,000 square meter lot. Said lot is intended for
DOLE-North Leyte Field Office catering to the clients of first and
second districts of Leyte.
obliterates NPA’s Northern Samar lair with surgical airstrikes
DPAO, 8ID PA
October 27, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Joint Task Force STORM under the Central Command, Armed
Forces of the Philippines destroyed a confirmed New People’s Army (NPA)
encampment in the hinterland of Barangay Caputoan, Las Navas,
Northern Samar in the early morning of October 26, 2019.
Utilizing the Philippine
Air Force (PAF) supersonic FA-50 jets to conduct surgical airstrikes
to deliver 500-pound bombs, the JTF surprised the group of more or
less 50 NPA terrorists operating in Northern Samar led by Ceriaco
Jerusalem aka CADO.
JTF Storm and 8th Infantry
Division, Philippine Army Commander, Major General Pio Q. Diñoso III
orchestrated the joint operations to locate and annihilate the said
NPA group which had been monitored doing extortion from the
communities in the province. Thus, the AFP’s modernization efforts
had been put to effective use and will continue to be employed in
the neutralization of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in Eastern
Visayas in adherence with Executive Order 70, otherwise known as
Institutionalizing the Whole-of-Nation Approach in attaining
Inclusive and Sustainable Peace, Creating a National Task Force to
End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).”, said Diñoso.
Upon the conduct of bomb
damage assessment in the impact area by ground troops yesterday, the
surgical airstrike resulted to the obliteration of makeshift huts in
the rebel camp and initial recovery of evidences of NPA activities
and presence to include: 11 civilian backpacks, 3 military-type
backpacks, 7 hammocks, 2 sacks of rice, assorted food supplies, 1
box of dried fish, 2 sacks of land mine, 3 cellphones with chargers,
1 ICOM radio, 1 laptop, 1 landline tester, 11 flash drives, 4 SIM
cards, 2 external drives, assorted blasting caps, 1 roll of
detonating wire, 4 live ammo for shotgun, 13 live ammo for M16, 1
empty magazine for carbine, 2 improvised grenades, 2 anti-tank land
mines, assorted medical supplies, and subversive documents.
Ongoing search and pursuit
operations by troops under the 803rd Infantry Brigade are being
sustained to ensure that the CTGs are caught. Bloodstains along the
path of the fleeing rebels indicate the heavy casualties inflicted
on the communist terrorists.
JTF Storm conveys its
gratitude to the relentless support of the civilians who fearlessly
report the intimidation and extortion activities conducted by the
CTG. “The communist rebels, however, are urged to voluntarily
surrender by laying down their arms for them to enjoy the quality of
life they deserve to live with their loved ones.”, Dinoso added.
IMMAJ-PJMCC ink deal on IMO MC 6.10
October 25, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Recognizing the importance of advancing the instructional skills of
maritime faculty in upgrading the qualifications of Filipino
seafarers, the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) and the
International Mariners Management Association of Japan -
Philippine-Japan Manning Consultative Council, Inc. (IMMAJ-PJMCC)
inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the conduct of IMO Model
Course 6.10 (Training Course for Simulator Instructors and
Assessors) last 08 October 2019 at the 10th Floor, Ocean Breeze
Building, Coral Way Drive, Pasay City.
The agreement involves the
NMP’s opening of additional batches of IMO MC 6.10 to accommodate
IMMAJ-PJMCC scholars coming from their member-shipping / manning
companies and faculty members of member-institutions of the
Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI). It is
expected that the participants will be able to develop instructor
traits through adoption of effective maritime simulator-based
instructions in accordance with international standards.
recognizes our capability of providing a world class quality
training and this partnership affirms the multiplier effect the
training of instructors has on the overall skills education and
training endeavor in the maritime industry”, NMP Executive Director
Joel B. Maglunsod said.
The signing was led by NMP
Executive Director Maglunsod and IMMAJ-PJMCC Vice President, Capt.
Teodoro B. Quijano.
It was witnessed by Engr.
Ponciano V. Trinidad, Atty. Ruben Y. Maceda, Ms. Grace Marie T.
Ayaso, Ms. Evelyn T. Futol and Ms. Geraldine S. Paduano-Fabila of
NMP and Mr. Wenifredo G. Sola and Capt. Gerry T. Chan of IMMAJ-PJMCC.
The ultimate goal of the
collaboration is to ensure the constant availability of competent
Filipino seafarers in the world shipping market.
In CY 2018, NMP was able
to train twenty-five (25) scholars endorsed by the IMMAJ-PJMCC.
Meanwhile, NMP continues
to offer other Professional Development Courses, namely, Training
Course for Instructors (IMO Model Course 6.09) and Training Course
on the Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers (IMO
Model Course 3.12). Other offerings include Deck Courses, Engine
Courses, Specialized Courses and Basic Courses.
Likewise in its sound
efforts to fulfill and realize its mandate, NMP continues to upgrade
its facilities and provide maritime trainings required pursuant to
the STCW Convention 1978 as amended including value-adding courses
towards improving the qualifications of Filipino seafarers for their
employment acceptability and enhanced competitiveness. It also
regularly conducts maritime studies to come up with policies for the
improvement of the manpower sector of the industry.
DPWH Leyte 2nd
DEO reports 71.36% completion of 2019 projects
DPWH 2nd LED
October 25, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
Infrastructure projects of the Department of Public Works and
Highways (DPWH) -Leyte Second District Engineering Office under the
“Build, Build, Build” has reached 71.36% completion as of October
District Engineer Gerald
Pacanan said that out of the 88 projects under the General
Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2019, 47 are already completed, 38 are
ongoing while three have not yet started.
“We are now ahead on our
physical targets in preparation for the forthcoming FY 2020
Cash-Based Budgeting System,” he added.
On top of regular
projects, Leyte 2nd DEO also implements three school building worth
P10.8 million under the Department of Education Basic Education
Facilities Fund, and a total of nine projects amounting to P50
million worth of farm-to-market road under the Department of
collaborates with Biliran, 1.6M livelihood aid awarded
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
October 23, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – To
bring the programs and services of the Department of Labor and
Employment closer to its clients and stakeholders, a collaborative
meeting, this time with the congressional district of Biliran, was
conducted by DOLE Regional Office VIII last September 30, 2019 at
A.R. Hotel in Naval, Biliran.
Regional Director Yahya A.
Centi, whom the idea of the strategic meeting came from, was very
determined to have the local chief executives and stakeholders of
the lone district of Biliran as strong partners in the
implementation of DOLE programs and services.
In his message, Director
Centi highlighted the purpose of the activity and thanked Governor
Rogelio J. Espina the officials for their positive response.
“This activity is aimed at
establishing and maintaining a strong and reliable partnership with
our LCEs, all for the welfare of our dear constituents here in
Biliran. That’s why I am overwhelmed with the response from Governor
Espina and the different municipal mayors”, said Director Centi.
The meeting was attended
by twenty two (22) officials from the Province of Biliran and
seventeen (17) from the DOLE’s side including the head of the
different member agencies of the DOLE-Regional Coordinating Council.
One of the highlights of
the one-day meeting was the release of two (2) livelihood checks
amounting to P1,675,000 for the two livelihood projects of
LGU-Kawayan namely: (1) Provision of Motorboat Engines in support to
Fishermen’s livelihood, and (2) Provision of Sewing Machines in
support to Women and Senior Citizens' livelihood.
Governor Rogelio J. Espina,
M.D., was pleasantly surprised with the provision of livelihood
assistance and expressed his gratitude to DOLE.
“Let me express my
profound thanks to DOLE for being steady in helping our
constituents. This is the kind of partnership we want here in the
province of Biliran, one with solid evidence of words transformed
into actions”, said the good governor.
Presentation of the
different programs and services of the DOLE-RCC agencies followed
which was capped with an open forum.
Long overdue K-12
review must evaluate its attainment of education objectives
October 23, 2019
QUEZON CITY – The
Congress and the Department of Education’s (DepEd) recent push to
review the K to 12 program is five years late. The education agency
is directed by the Implementing Rules and Regulation of the Enhanced
Basic Education Act of 2013 to conduct a mandatory evaluation review
of the program by the end of school year 2014-2015. The Joint
Congressional Oversight Committee, on the other hand, is mandated to
oversee, monitor, and evaluate the implementation of the K-12
While long overdue, the
Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines expects that the
DepEd and Congress will conduct an honest-to-goodness review that
would expose the failures of the program in improving the access to
and the quality of basic education in the country. Teachers,
parents, and students suffer everyday the catastrophic experiment
that is the K to 12 program as it has only managed to worsen the
crises in the Philippine educational system.
The addition of two years
in basic education has only resulted to worse shortages in the
educational system given the government’s consistent tack to scrimp
on the education budget. Deficiency in classrooms now number to more
than 100,000, which is the main culprit to ballooning class size and
the adoption of class shifts in schools with big enrollments.
DepEd’s request for 40,000 new teaching items for 2020 reflects the
grave shortage in the number of teachers. Worse is the inadequacy in
the number of education support personnel in schools that force
teachers to take on non-teaching duties.
Six years after, K-12
textbooks for a number of subjects and grade levels remain absent.
Farther from reach is DepEd’s illusion of attaining 21st century
education through the extensive utilization of technology in
pedagogy and learning. These glaring shortages, coupled with DepEd’s
pressure on teachers to deliver on the demands of the K-12 program
have rendered the underpaid mentors more cash-strapped and
Privatization of basic
education worsened as the government depended primarily on private
schools to provide senior high school education. Instead of
investing on the construction of public senior high schools, the
government has expended heavily on the E-GASTPE program to send
senior high school students to private schools under vouchers. As
vouchers do not cover the whole cost of private school education,
more and more seek to transfer to the limited number of SHS, while
others are forced to become highschool dropouts.
The bid to produce
‘holistically developed Filipino learners with 21st century skills’
and ‘employment-ready high school graduates’ have caused the heavy
experimentation of the curriculum. The purported ‘integrated,
spiral, and outcomes-based’ design of the curriculum have actually
resulted in a basic education curriculum that is rather muddled and
fragmented. Teachers can attest to the growing number of non-readers
among learners who are promoted to highschool. The results of the
National Achievement Test or NAT can speak as well on the declining
quality of education. Teachers are always blamed for this problem
when it only reflects what and how the education agency has made
Misgivings on the
effectiveness of K-12 program center on its failure to produce
‘employment-ready’ graduates. While the program obviously fell short
of this avowed objective, it would be more meaningful to assess the
program vis-a-vis the attainment of education objectives as set by
the Constitution. The 1987 Philippine Constitution sets the ultimate
objectives of education as “fostering nationalism and patriotism,
accelerating social progress, and promoting total human liberation.”
K-12 program’s push to produce an army of employable cheap and
skilled labor that satisfies the demand of the global market
sidelines the important role of education in nation-building and
The study of Philippine
History and social science was the first casualty in the K-12
curriculum restructuring. Study hours for Araling Panlipunan were
shorter than those of other major subjects wile Philippine History
was stricken off the junior high school curriculum and was
downgraded to elementary level, split between Grades 5 and 6. The
study of Mathematics and Natural Science, which is crucial in the
development of analytical, scientific, and critical thinking, was
rearranged in a manner that has fragmented the study of knowledge
development. Outcomes-based approach translated to output-centric
student evaluation that rely-heavily on submitted works, as how
laborers are pressed to produce commodities.
Changes in the basic
education curriculum equally hit tertiary education. Filipino
language and Philippine Literature subjects were removed from the
list of required subjects in tertiary education. Study of humanities
and social sciences in college general education was weakened as the
drive towards specialization and development of technical skills
To be truly meaningful for
the Filipino people and our aspiration for national development, the
K to 12 review must question the program to its core. Has it served
to foster nationalism and patriotism, accelerate social progress,
and promote total human liberation?
classrooms for elementary schools in Leyte
October 22, 2019
CAPOOCAN, Leyte –
Three elementary schools will benefit school building projects in
Leyte towns, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
Leyte Second District Engineering Office reported.
District Engineer Gerald
Pacanan said that the Department of Education (DepEd) -Basic
Education Facilities Fund (BEFF) has alloted P10.8 million for the
construction of one-unit one-storey two-classroom school building
project each in Gen. Luna Elementary School in Mac Arthur, Leyte;
Calutan Elementary School in Dagami, Leyte and Manloy Elementary
School in Capoocan, Leyte.
Pacanan added that the
office is fast tracking the implementation of these projects to
accommodate the increasing number of pupils by school opening of
The engineering office
guarantees that contractors will adhere to the standard design of
the department for the safety of the pupils and teachers.
The school building
projects are funded under the Department of Education (DepEd) -Basic
Education Facilities Fund (BEFF), an annual budget for the school
building program that covers the construction, site inspection, and
the improvement and maintenance of school facilities.
Director Stephen Leonidas (seated, 2nd from left) of the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), and Regional Executive
Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo (seated, 2nd from right) of
the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
formally sign the agreement that would hasten approval of
survey returns to fast track processing of land valuation by
the Land Bank of the Philippines of lands covered under the
Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
agreement with DENR
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
October 21, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Barely a month in office, Regional Director Stephen Leonidas of the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) entered another agreement, this
time with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
for the smooth approval by the latter of survey returns to fast
track processing of land valuation by the Land Bank of the
Philippines -Agrarian Operation Center (LBP-AOC) of lands covered
under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
DAR Regional Director
Stephen Leonidas and DENR Regional Executive Director Atty. Crizaldy
Barcelo formally signed the agreement recently at Hotel Costa Brava,
in support to the agreement DAR previously entered with LBP-AOC.
Barcelo, during the said
occasion, expressed his office’s full support to the agreement
between DAR and LBP-AOC specifically in the issuance of the needed
Leonidas, on the other
hand, thanked Barcelo and the entire DENR workforce for the
cooperation and support of the said agency, which according to him
is for the benefit of the agrarian reform beneficiaries.
In the agreement between
the DAR and the LBP-AOC, the latter will accept only approved survey
plan in requests for the conduct of joint field inspection leading
to the issuance of Memorandum of Valuation (MOV) and/or Certificate
of Deposit (COD).
To comply this
requirement, DAR and DENR discussed on September 20 how to hasten
the approval of survey returns, and on the 30th of the same month,
the agreement was formally sealed by affixing the signatures of the
heads of the two offices as well as witnesses which include
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officers (PARPOs) Gilberto
Apilado of Eastern Samar, Renato Badilla of Leyte, Nida Abelido of
Northern Samar, Elisea Orapa of Southern Leyte, DENR’s Assistant
Regional Director for Technical Services, Dr. Eugenia Bautista;
Chief of the Surveys and Mapping Division, Engr. Ramon Unay; Head of
the Survey Verification Unit, Engr. Allan Vicentillo; Chief of the
Original and Other Survey Section, Engr. Evelyn Amago; and Chief of
the Land Records Section, Engr. Nila Castañares.
Among the agreements in
the said document states that requests for approval of survey
returns with complete attached documents should be acted upon by the
verifier within a period of 15 days from receipt and immediately be
submitted to the office of the Chief of Surveys and Mapping Division
for recommendation, and subsequently to the Office of the Assistant
Regional Director for Technical Services for the approval.
For those with pending
patent application, DAR should secure first withdrawal of the said
application at the Community and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).
Meanwhile, to ensure
correct classification of lands during the preliminary projection of
landholdings, DAR shall apply the Geo Referencing approach using the
digital copy of land classification map provided by DENR.
In case of discrepancies
of areas reflected in the land titles and the approved survey plans,
DAR shall secure first imprimatur from the Register of Deeds (ROD)
annotating the correct area based on record stipulated in RP
(Republic of the Philippines) titles.
Further, for survey
returns with “double survey”, DAR shall file first request for
cancellation of the approved survey plan before submitting the new
certification stating that no title has been issued yet, is no
longer mandatory for those with “double survey”. Instead, a
certified copy of the latest title and CENRO certification as to the
status of the landholding subject of second survey will be required.
It was also agreed that
CENRO certification shall be released within a period of 15 calendar
days from the receipt of the request.
agreements DAR entered recently with the two line agencies, Leonidas
is anticipating CARP’s land acquisition and distribution activities
in Eastern Visayas will accelerate and eventually meet the 2022
deadline set by the President, when the latter’s term of office