flood-protected areas in Calbayog
By ELENOR A. ANOLLADO
July 23, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) of the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is eyeing on the ongoing construction
of the flood control structure along Jibatang River at Brgy. Lonoy,
Calbayog City which is appropriated P100m under the DPWH 2017 regular
Jibatang River is a stream
and is located in Calbayog City, province of Samar. The estimate
terrain elevation above sea level is 45 meters knowing that excessive
heavy rains cause flooding, Jibatang River is described as one of the
low-lying areas of the Calbayog District where in nearby Barangays
particularly Brgy. Lonoy is greatly affected when water level rises.
With this, safety and health conditions in here are jeopardized that
is the reason behind the construction of flood control structure along
Jibatang River (upstream) is highly recommended.
The construction covers the
drainage and slope protection structure with a project duration of 180
calendar days. The project is under GAA 2017 with 701.25 linear meters
reinforced concrete river protection works on steel sheet piles
foundation. It is under contract with B. Vicencio construction.
This project is beneficial
to the residents of Brgy. Lonoy and the other occupants who live near
Jibatang River. It prevent flooding caused by heavy rains and changes
of weather and it provides a safe living for the residents.
One of local even said,
”Malaki ang maitutulong ng proyektong ito para sa amin, kundi dahil
dito palagi kaming inaabot ng mataas na baha tuwing may mga kalamidad
The project intends to
prevent flooding along the river side of the area especially during
rainy seasons and high tide. This will surely provide safety towards
the residents of Brgy. Lonoy.
the first dual-class, 86-seat Q400 aircraft to Philippine Airlines
July 21, 2017
TORONTO, Ontario –
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft delivered the world's first dual-class,
86 seat turboprop aircraft to Philippine Airlines at its facility in
Toronto, Canada, where the aircraft is manufactured.
"We congratulate Philippine
Airlines for taking delivery of the world's first dual-class, 86-seat
Q400 aircraft, and are confident that the airline will continue to
benefit from the outstanding performance of Bombardier turboprops,"
said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "This
delivery is an example of how Bombardier's Q400 is an ideal solution
for airlines that require higher-performance and larger turboprops as
they develop regional routes to meet increasing passenger demand.
Bombardier is proud to have the only commercial turboprop available
today to offer up to 90 seats."
"With its superior
performance capabilities, unmatched profitability advantages and
exceptional passenger experience, the new Q400 aircraft will enable
Philippine Airlines to increase its competitiveness and set a new
standard for turboprops in the region," said Jaime J. Bautista,
President and Chief Operating Officer, Philippine Airlines. "We are
excited to bring this new aircraft back to the Philippines, and are
confident that the Q400 aircraft will continue to play a significant
role in positioning Philippine Airlines as a five-star airline and in
regaining its dominance in the domestic market."
Philippine Airlines' new
Q400 aircraft is configured with 86 seats in economy and premium
economy classes with a 29-inch and 33-inch seat pitch respectively.
The aircraft delivered today is scheduled to enter into service in two
This milestone aircraft is
part of Philippine Airlines' purchase agreement announced on December
8, 2016 - which included a firm order for five Q400 aircraft and
purchase rights for an additional seven. Following the exercise of the
purchase rights announced at the 2017 International Paris Air Show,
Philippine Airlines now has firm orders for 12 Q400 aircraft.
About Philippine Airlines
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airline in Asia. Operating out of its hubs at Ninoy Aquino
International Airport of Manila and Mactan-Cebu International Airport
of Cebu with a fleet of 81 aircraft, PAL serves 30 destinations in the
Philippines and over 45 destinations internationally.
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officials from the central, regional, provincial and municipal
offices pose near the billboard of the newly-inaugurated
12-kilometer farm-to-market road implemented under the second
phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project in the
island-municipality of Almagro, Samar. In the photo are (right
to left) Engr. Cresencio Misagal, Rosario Regalado,
Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari, Regional Director Sheila Enciso,
Assistant Regional Directors Ma. Fe Malinao and Ismael Aya-ay,
and Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Pedrito Dejarlo.
DAR-8 turns over
most expensive project
By JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
July 20, 2017
ALMAGRO, Samar – At
P72-million, the 12.7-kilometer farm-to-market road turned over here
recently by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) makes it the most
expensive single infrastructure project this agency has ever
implemented in Eastern Visayas.
DAR Undersecretary Sylvia
Mallari led the inauguration and turnover of the said project in this
island-municipality to the local government unit (LGU), a day after
she turned over a similar project in another island-municipality in
Mayor Kathleen Prudenciado
in her acceptance of the project implemented under the second phase of
the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II) said “I believe
development and progress (in this island paradise municipality) is so
near for us to achieve”.
According to her, the
Almagrohanon had long been dreaming for a road that would cross this
Further, Association of Barangay Captains President Jenesa Tomamak
said “mararating na natin mula puno hanggang dulo na hindi dumadaan sa
karagatan”, as villagers used to travel around the island through the
sea that surrounds it using a motorboat.
With this more than
12-kilometer road passing through the barangays of Poblacion, Malobago,
Roño, Tonga-Tonga, Lunang, Talahid, Costa Rica-I and Costa Rica-II,
Tomamak disclosed that not only farmers and fishermen’s products could
be easily transported now, but these once remote areas could already
be penetrated in the delivery of other government services as well.
About 8,000 residents in
these areas with 450 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) are expected
to benefit from this project.
To the unending thanks from
the Almagrohanon, Mallari’s response was “Salamat sa pagbibigay sa
amin ng pagkakataon na kayo ay aming mapaglingkuran. Sa amin ang
karangalan na makapaglingkod sa inyong lahat.”
With this road, no place is
isolated anymore, Mallari added, and hoped quality of life in this
town, identified as a special agrarian reform community, would
continue to improve.
Meanwhile, Regional Director
Sheila Enciso explained the reason why the cost of the project was so
high was because of the excavations that took place in the opening of
The cost was shared by the
LGU and the national government thru a loan from the Asian Development
Thus, Enciso reminded the
recipients to maintain it in good condition for 10 years. Otherwise,
the loan portion comprising 40 percent of the total cost will likewise
be shouldered by the LGU.
Charles Jose delivers his remarks during the masquerade tea
party, attended by Filipino community organization leaders and
Filipino community hold fundraising, letter writing for Marawi
July 20, 2017
KUALA LUMPUR – The
Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and the Federation of Filipino
Associations in Malaysia (FFAM) mounted a fundraising and a
letter-writing effort for those displaced and the soldiers in Marawi
during the FFAM’s Masquerade Tea Party held on July 16 at the Impiana
Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Philippine Ambassador to
Malaysia Charles C. Jose lauded the FFAM’s initiative in helping out
those affected by the conflict. “I commend FFAM for initiating this
event to raise funds to help out our brothers and sisters in Marawi,
as well as for your letters of support to boost the morale of our
soldiers there,” he said.
The tea party featured
performances by Filipino-Malaysian singer Aloysius Cornelius Sisek and
Malaysia-based Filipino band Harmony and Rhythm, raffle draws, a
fashion show and auction featuring creations by Filipino accessories
designer Gina Frias and a Best Dressed contest to award those who came
to the party in their best attire.
During the event, the
community raised RM5,500 (around PhP65,000) in raffle ticket sales
alone, with the proceeds going to those displaced by the conflict. The
Embassy will send the letters and postcards from the community to the
Department of Foreign Affairs for onward transmittal to the
Present during the event
were FFAM officers led by its president Vergie Alvaro, members of the
Filipino community and Embassy officers and staff.
The event is the first of a
series of fundraising efforts to be undertaken by the Filipino
community in Malaysia for those affected by the Marawi conflict.
Explosive Devices (IEDs) recovered in Basey, Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
July 19, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Combined efforts from 801st Infantry (Bantay at Gabay)
Brigade and 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion with other intelligence
units recovered 19 anti-personnel Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
technically known as CDX-2016 and other IED paraphernalia during a
strike operation on Monday afternoon July 10, 2017, between km. 14 and
km. 15 at Barangay Guirang, Basey, Samar.
revealed that these IEDs will be used by the communist terrorists in
launching their tactical offensives before and after the State of the
Nation Address (SONA) of the President on July 24, 2017 to cause alarm
and catch attention against the administration and use against
military and PNP troops operating in area of Basey, Samar.
The successful recovery was
the result of the community effort against these terrorists who were
already tired from threats and extortions in their barangays.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander 8ID said in his message: “We condemn the communist
terrorists in their continuous manufacture and use of IEDs against
humanities which is a clear violation on the provisions of the
Comprehensive Agreement on Respect of Human Rights, International
Humanitarian Law and rule of law. We commend the community of Basey
for helping us recover these IEDs and we are looking forward for
continuous partnership that could help us in preventing the evil
activities of these terrorists towards the attainment of peace and
development in whole Eastern Visayas,” Farnacio added.
assess Samar I’s ISO compliance
By ELENOR A. ANOLLADO
July 18, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – In
line with the department’s thrust to standardized processes in the
District Engineering Offices, the District Offices nationwide are
directed to prepare for the ISO certification complying to the
requirements of ISO 9001:2015.
After a series of ISO
Awareness Activities starting with the benchmarking in the pilot
district of the region, the launching of Samar I’s ISO journey and
various orientation and readings, the Samar First District Engineering
is subjected to an Internal Quality Audit (IQA) by Auditors from DPWH-Central
Office together with other district offices nationwide this July to
The IQA will determine
conformance to the DPWH documented quality management system and to
the requirements of ISO 9001:2015; verify legal compliance, and
determine area for improvements in all processes.
IQ Auditors do an extensive
auditing of all processes and requirements in all sections and units
of the district trying to point out conformities and present areas for
improvement. The audit wind up with the discussion of the auditors and
key officials of the recommendations made to fully conform to 2017-19
ISO 9001:2015 which will be conducted by the third party second
semester of this year.
of Biliran District Engineering Office (BDEO) together with Engr.
David P. Adongay Jr. (3rd from L), District Engineer pose with
BDEO Muse Representative, Ms. Malou A. Bernadas (4th from L)
before the start of the sportsfest activities.
119th DPWH anniversary and sportsfest celebration
July 17, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – The
employees of the Department of Public of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
– Biliran District Engineering Office (BDEO) actively participated on
the DPWH Sportsfest activities in commemoration of the 119th DPWH
Anniversary Celebration with this year’s theme: “Kapayapaan ay Bigyan
Daan, Upang Kaunlaran ay Makamtan”.
Various activities were
lined-up on a two-day event from June 22-23, 2017. It was kicked off
with a grand parade from 13 District Engineering Offices including the
Regional Office en route from DPWH RO passing through DepEd-DOH-Leyte
Provincial Hospital – Pawing Elementary School and to DPWH Equipment
Management Division (EMD) where a thanksgiving mass followed.
Director Edgar B. Tabacon,
CESO IV formally opened the celebration as he warmly welcomes the
delegates of the sportsfest activity.
Offices were clustered into four categories. Cluster 1 were composed
of Regional Office, Tacloban DEO, and Leyte 1st DEO; Cluster 2 were
Biliran DEO, Leyte 2nd and 3rd DEO; Cluster 3 were composed of
Southern Leyte, Leyte 4th and Leyte 5th DEO; while Cluster 4 were
composed of the Northern Samar 1st and 2nd DEO, Eastern Samar, Samar
1st and Samar 2nd DEO.
The Presentation of
Participants and Muses by each clusters sets the fun and excitements
from all the participants followed by the Raising of Colors by cluster
head and their muses which was won from Cluster II. The Oath of
Sportsmanship followed led by Mr. Chito Nelson O. Eusores, President
of Leyte 1st RFEA.
By Regional Directors
Choice, Ms. Maria Efrason Pereña from Leyte 4th DEO bested other
district contestants for the Best Muse.
The awarding of the Best
Muse was done by the Regional Director followed with the ceremonial
toss of the basketball at the covered court of Leyte 1st DEO by
Director Tabacon together with Assistant Director Armando G. Estrella,
CESO IV which signals the start of the sportsfest activities.
Among the games played on
the opening day were basketball, volleyball (men and women),
badminton, table tennis, dart and chess which were held from different
On the same day, Photo
Exhibit Booth Contest and Food Trade Fair open at the Multi-purpose
hall of the Regional Office and a Laro ng Lahi Game Competition was
The second day of the
celebration starts with the 4th Unity Run at 4:00 AM which directly
followed with the awarding of prizes for the Fun Run activity.
Championship games also
continue on the second day for the basketball, volleyball (men and
women), badminton, table tennis, dart and chess until afternoon.
The Search for Ms. DPWH 2017
competition which is one of the highlight of the celebration started
at 3:00 PM which holds until evening. Winners in the different
competitions such as the photo exhibit contest and the overall
sportsfest champion were also announced during the said pageant.
Before the night ends, the muse from Southern Leyte District
Engineering Office was hailed Ms. DPWH 2017.
The 119th Anniversary and
Sportsfest Celebration ended with a fellow ship night and a Curatcha
gauge the effectiveness of the training, a comprehensive exam
was conducted to the participants on the last day of the
District Engineer Candidate training Course on June 9, 2017 at
the DPWH Central Office Training Room, Manila. Engr. Alfredo L.
Bollido, (sitting front most right) OIC-Assistant District
Engineer of Biliran District Engineering Office is one of the
examinees of the training.
ADE Bollido attends
district engineer candidates training course
July 14, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – Engr.
Alfredo L. Bollido, OIC-Assistant District Engineer of Biliran
District Engineering Office (DEO) attended a 24-day District Engineer
Candidates Training Course from May 9- June 9, 2017 at the Department
of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Central Office, Manila.
The seminar workshop was
participated by 38 incumbent OIC-District Engineer, Assistant District
Engineer and OIC- Assistant District Engineer of the DPWH from
different Regions of the country.
Considering the very
delicate and vital task of the department, Engr. Bollido said that the
24-day course for District Engineers is designed to equip them with
all the knowledge and skills that would make them competent and
effective in their roles and responsibilities in various stages of
Due to the nature of the
course, a variety of specialist resource personnel were invited within
and outside DPWH with expertise in the design, construction,
maintenance, materials quality control, project management, legal,
financial and administrative discipline.
Engr. Bollido said that the
training courses were divided into seven modules which cover the whole
24-day of training from 8:00AM - 5:00PM inclusive of one Saturday for
Project Evaluation an Assessment (Field).
Discussed under Module I are
the Principles of Management which mainly focuses on the Overview:
Management and Functions Planning, Organizing, Leading and
Controlling; Module II - Planning and Design which focuses on the
Environmental Impact Assessment and Detailed Feasibility Study; Module
III Contract and Resource Management which focuses on Communication
Management: The Importance of Stakeholders Relations and
Communications in Infrastructure Projects; Resources Management-
Equipment Utilization/ Allocation and Financial Management and
Control; Module IV- Construction Methods; Module V-Materials Quality
Control; Module VI – Project Monitoring and Control and Module VII –
Administrative and Legal Discipline which highlights the
Accountability of Public Officials.
Bollido revealed that the
methodologies employed during the training include lecture-discussion,
audio-visual presentation, workshop, case studies and project
evaluation and assessment.
“After every discussion, an
intellectual exercise were given at the end of every module and before
graduation, a comprehensive exam was given to us on the last day of
the training to gauge its effectiveness,” said Bollido.
At the end of the course,
participants were expected to enhance their managerial skills in
project implementation through following procedures for various
project categories, design data, criteria and standards; undertake and
evaluate the planning, design, construction, and schedules of
projects; undertake project evaluation and supervision of maintenance
of such local roads, and other infra projects; apply quality control
measures in project implementation; acquire the necessary know-how on
effective and efficient utilization and management of manpower,
materials and equipment; acquire effective communications in project
management; apply the latest and innovative approaches/ techniques in
project management; and be aware of the values that a District
Engineer should possess and internalize in their roles and
The 24-day training ended
with the giving of certificates to all participants who successfully
completed the requirement of the course for the District Engineer
clarifies AHA’s advisory on coconut oil
July 12, 2017
MAKATI CITY – United
Coconut Association of the Philippines (UCAP) recently issued a
statement clarifying the American Heart Association’s (AHA) advisory
against the consumption of coconut oil.
In the statement, UCAP
mentioned that the advisory has gone viral with adverse effect on the
coconut oil since it is considered a saturated fat. UCAP called on
readers and users of coconut oil to be discerning of the said advisory
and news articles drawing conclusion that coconut oil is unhealthy.
According to Dr. Fabian M.
Dayrit of the Ateneo De Manila University, the AHA adopted a position
that ignores the distinction between medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA)
and long-chain fatty acid (LCFA) despite the numerous advances in this
certain field of science. Coconut oil is mostly medium-chain saturated
fats, the healthy type of fat. Detailed comparison of the fatty acid
composition shows that coconut oil is very different from animal fat.
Hence, studies that assume they are similar are consequently in error.
Furthermore, Asian and
Pacific Coconut Community also highlighted in their recent statement
the words of Dr. Bruce Fife, a USA Certified Nutritionist and Doctor
of Naturopathy Medicine, “You cannot say LDL is bad and HDL is good.”
He explained the two types of LDL: one small and dense, while the
other is large and soft. The large LDL is the type that is used in
making bile, hormones, and Vitamin D, which are all good for one’s
health. Dr. Fife further concluded that, “Eating coconut oil (and
other saturated fats) increases both HDL and the “good” LDL, thus,
lowering the risk of heart disease. This is one of the reasons why
populations that eat a lot of coconut oil have the lowest heart
disease rates in the world.”
Department of Trade and
Industry’s Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) concurs with the stand of
industry associations such as United Coconut Associations of the
Philippines, Inc. and the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community that the
advisory is misleading as AHA based its findings on limited studies on
"This is not the first time
this kind of negative publicity against coconut oil has happened. If
we will look closer to historical accounts, this has happened before.
It was magnified this time due to social media and technology," said
DTI Export Marketing Bureau Director Senen M. Perlada.
By and large, DTI will
continue to support the industry in sharing the good news about
coconut and its economic contribution to millions of Filipino farmers
Backed by recent studies and
firsthand experiences of its consumers around the globe, DTI will help
sustain the impressive health and economic contribution of coconut
products such as coconut oil, virgin coconut oil, coconut water,
coconut sugar, among others, by continued promotion through roadshows
in various markets which will eventually bring additional jobs and
income opportunities for Filipinos especially in the countryside.
American Heart Association
(AHA) issued a Presidential Advisory on Dietary Fats and
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) on 15 June 2017 which recommended a
decrease in consumption of products high in saturated fat such as
dairy fat (butter), lard (pork), beef tallow, palm oil, palm kernel
oil, and coconut oil.
Lumad forced to
evacuate anew for fear of aerial strikes
July 7, 2017
SURIGAO DEL SUR –
“Hindi naman kami terorista pero kami ang inooperasyon ng militar” (We
are not terrorists yet we are targeted by military operations),
Josephine Pagalan, a Lumad council member of Sandugo – Movement of
Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self Determination said a day after
2,047 Lumad residents of Lianga, Surigao del Sur left their homes for
fear of airstrikes. This came after the Supreme Court upheld Pres.
Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao due to the terrorist threat of ISIS
in Marawi City.
On July 5, 2017 at around
1am, a bomber plane of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
hovered around the mountains in the nine communities of Lianga,
including Han ayan, where two years ago Lumad leaders Datu Juvello
Sinzo, Dionel Campos and school administrator Emerito Samarca were
massacred by Magahat-Bagani paramilitary group with the 36th Infantry
Battalion. The 75th IBPA, 36th IBPA and 6th Special Forces Battalion
have been conducting military operations in these areas since July 3,
Pagalan also represents
Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU), a Lumad
organization based in the Caraga region.
“Hindi pa nga kami
nakakabangon sa pagbabakwit namin, nagbabakwit na naman kami” (We have
yet to recover from being dislocated, and now we are again forced to
evacuate), Pagalan said. The Lumad from Lianga spent more than a year
in an evacuation center in Tandag City after the massacre on September
1, 2015. They returned in 2016 to find their homes and fields
ransacked and wrecked.
“Ang mga Lumad at Moro ang
binibigwasan ng batas militar. Nasisira ang buhay at kinabukasan ng
aming mga anak dahil hindi makapag-aral,” (The Lumad and Moro bear the
brunt of martial law. Our lives and our children’s future our
destroyed with their schooling interrupted) Pagalan said. “Military
approach has never been an effective solution to the country’s
problems. Martial law and All-Out war only impacts their way of life
and culture, thus driving them to fight back,” Pagalan said.
“Kung gusto talaga ni Pres.
Duterte na matigil ang rebelyon o maging ang terorismo , kailangang
malutas niya muna ang mga dahilan ng armadong tunggalian. Sa aming mga
pambansang minorya, ito ay kahirapan, pang-aagaw sa lupang ninuno at
teritoryo at daang taong karahasan,” (If Pres. Duterte truly wants to
end rebellion or even terrorism, he first needs to resolve the roots
of the armed conflict. For us national minorities, this is poverty,
land grabbing of ancestral lands and territories and hundred years of
violence) Pagalan said.
A total of 633 Lumad
students including 43 volunteer teachers from the Alternative Learning
Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), Inc. and
five community schools run by the Tribal Filipino Program of Surigao
del Sur are affected with the suspension of classes due to the
evacuation. The evacuees, are curently staying at the Simowao Tribal
16 PH firms bag
US$23.4 export sales in major Taiwan food show
July 5, 2017
MANILA – Sixteen (16)
Philippine food companies generated US$23.4 million worth of export
sales in the recently held Taipei International Food Show (TIFS) at
the Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1 in Taiwan last June 21-24.
Led by the Center for
International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the Philippine
delegation in TIFS 2017 surpassed the target sales of US$22 million
and exceeded the previous US$21.58 sales generated in 2016 by 8.4
“The Philippines had a
successful participation in Taiwan. We surpassed our sales goal and
actually brought 16 companies under the Philippine banner from an
initial target of 12 companies,” said CITEM Executive Director Clayton
Tugonon. “We were also able to share necessary information to these
companies so that they can capitalize on the promising market
opportunities in Taiwan.”
Part of the Philippine
delegation are Celebes Canning Corporation, CJ Uniworld Corporation,
DMI Medical Supply Company, Inc., Fitrite Inc., Greenlife Coco
Products Philippines, Inc., JNRM Corporation, Malagos Agri-Ventures
Corp., Mama Tina Pasta Company, Inc., Pasciolco Agri-Venture,
Prosource International Inc., Raw Brown Sugar Milling Company, Inc.,
Team Asia Corporation, Tropicana Food Products, Inc., Weambard
International Traders, Inc., and Yearluck Food and Industrial Food
Corporation. Also included is the Department of Science and
Technology-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI).
Among the Philippines’
best-sellers in the event were ready-to-drink tropical fruit juices
and preserves; canned tuna; coconut products, such as virgin coconut
oil, coconut cream, sugar and medium chain triglycerides (MCT);
muscovado sugar in powder form and rock form; banana chips;
soft-served ice cream mix, cones and waffles; and herbal tea, MX3
coffee and food supplements.
Other products showcased in
the Philippine pavilion included unsweetened chocolate powder, roasted
cacao nibs and dark chocolates; bagoong; noodle pasta; canned meats;
vacuum-fried vegetables and fruits; and premixed rice cakes and other
"Through our benchmarking
and market visits, we observed that the Taiwanese market has a huge
demand for health and organic food and beverages. There is also a big
market potential for exporting high value fresh/frozen high-value
fish, shrimps and prawns, abalone, scallops, and other seafood
products,” said Tugonon.
“We also surveyed that the
major international competitors for the Philippines’ best-selling
products were China, Vietnam, and Thailand because of their price and
packaging. Sri Lanka was also found as one of the toughest competitor
for coconut products, while European countries, such as Switzerland,
are also seen as a major competitor for chocolate products,” he
The TIFS, or popularly known
as FOOD TAIPEI, is an annual food fair that links the entire food
industry supply chain in Taiwan and other countries – from agriculture
and aquaculture, refrigeration, processed food, food machinery,
packaging and packaging equipment.
The four-day event was held
in conjunction with Taipei Pack, Foodtech & Pharmatech Taipei, Taiwan
Horeca and Halal Taiwan. It was participated by 1,717 exhibitors with
a total of 4,011 booths, including participating representatives from
36 countries, to cover every link of the supply chain in Taiwan.
“CITEM looks forward to its
next participation in FOOD Taipei next year. Hopefully, our
participation this year has helped Philippine companies benchmark
themselves in the international market to better improve their
packaging, product labeling, and secure the necessary food standards
and certifications to expand their reach on the Taiwanese export
market,” said Tugonon.
According to the show
organizer, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the
local revenue of the Taiwan food industry has already reached NT$ 618
billion (US$ 20 billion), and it is expected to increase to NT$ 620
billion (US$ 21 billion) by the end of 2017.
of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Internal Audit Service (IAS)
conducts exit conference for ISO 9001:2015 Certification with
Biliran District Engineering Office (BDEO) key officials headed
by District Engineer, David P. Adongay Jr. on June 28, 2017 at
BDEO’s Conference Room.
management audit at Biliran DEO for ISO 9001:2015
June 30, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - Internal Audit
Service (IAS) conducts its first management audit at Biliran District
Engineering Office (BDEO) for the ISO 9001: 2015 Certification.
According to Engr. David P.
Adongay, Jr., District Engineer, the main objective of the auditing
process is to ensure that all the processes in the office are in
accordance with the standard of the department.
“The auditing process makes
sure that what we are doing here in the Department of Public Works and
Highways district office follows the principles of quality management
system”, said Adongay.
The auditing process took
two days from June 27-29, 2017 which started with a conference with
key officials of BDEO and from the auditing team.
DPWH-IAS from the Central
Office represented by Ms. Ma. Cristina Suyom and Ms. Erlyn Caguiroa
scrutinized BDEO of its different processes in the office.
According to Adongay the
audit process for the ISO 9001:2015 was focused on leadership,
engagement of people, evidence-based decision making, relationship
management and improvement.
The auditing process ended
with an exit conference where the audit team discusses their findings
and assessment of BDEO and the areas that need improvement.
Adongay said that the result
of the audit process is satisfiable.
“If I would round it in the
scale of 1-10, I think we scored nine because based from our exit
meeting with IAS, most of the findings can be immediately corrected,”
Adongay also revealed that
the next auditing process for BDEO’s journey to ISO 9001:2015
Certification will be in the month of August.
According to Adongay, the
office is preparing audit by the third party, Anglo Japanese American
“We just had our meeting and
we discussed about the inputs of the management review and we are
expecting that our section chiefs, unit heads as well as other
employees will follow the Quality Management System as far as the
operation of our office is concerned. So everything that we had
discussed, needs their immediate action and we are going to follow it
up in a weeks time,” Adongay disclosed.
A New Book -
Torture: as an entrenched part of Cruel, Inhuman & Degrading Legal Systems
By Asian Human Rights
June 30, 2017
Study on the use of torture as a routine part of criminal
investigations in developing countries; lessons from the situation in
– The Asian Human Rights Commission is happy to present its latest
publication which is now available in print and as an e-book. The book
is based on over 20 years of work attempting to expose glaring flaws
of criminal justice systems in particular and the overall legal
systems in general of the developing countries which prevents people
living in these countries from actual achievement and enjoyment of
basic human rights. This is done by way of selected study on the
widespread use of torture and ill-treatment in these countries, which
is a direct result of the defects that exists in the systems of
justice. The flaws in the policing systems, prosecution systems and
judicial systems which instead of protecting the rights of people, in
fact becomes an obstacle to their achievement – is being analyzed in
detail in this book.
Detailed studies on the defects of Sri Lanka’s justice systems are
used in this book as illustrations of common problems that exist in
almost all developing countries.
The book uses details of actual stories documented over a long period
to illustrate various questions and issues highlighted in the book.
Then a detailed analysis is made of these narratives to explain the
root causes for the prevalence of such extremely defective systems and
the unwillingness of the Governments to improve or to reform these
In one instance, the story of a young man who made a complaint against
a few police officers of a particular police station, regarding
illegal arrest and torture is used as an illustration. The result of
the complaint was that he, his mother and his father were made to
disappear as a way to erase all evidence against the police officers
who allegedly violated his rights. Nearly 30 years have passed since
this incident which is well-known, but the state has made no attempt
at all to investigate this heinous crime. This illustrates that
despite of widespread knowledge about very serious crimes, the
Governments can ignore them as matters of no consequence. When serious
crimes become matters of no consequence, it is an indication that no
amount of legislation would be of ant use if the state neglects the
enforcement of such laws. When law itself becomes irrelevant, can
human rights be regarded as relevant and important in these societies
- is the question that the book poses, quite poignantly.
The Book consists of four parts; first part deals with the impact of a
bad system of justice on judges, lawyers, law enforcement officers,
civil servants and all citizens in the country, who all suffer by way
of a deterioration of their intellect and capacity for rational
living; second part deals with the consequence of introducing what was
called “constitutional autochthony”, which in Sri Lanka meant
displacement of separation of powers and other basic tenants of
liberal democracy; the third part deals with the manner in which the
deterioration of the Legal System affected the entire political
system; the last part gives graphic details of how the crisis of
justice system is manifesting itself in contemporary Sri Lanka.
The aim that the book is pursuing is well summarized is its
dedication. This book is dedicated to the hope that a better
understanding may emerge of the wrongs that people who live in
countries with broken justice systems suffer, giving rise to a
heightened level of concern and a drive to undo such wrongs through
local and international strategies and actions, all to create
environments where the life and liberties of people are protected.
The foreword to the book has been written by Dr. Sunil Coorey, Senior
Counsel and author of the monumental work, Principles of
Administrative Law in Sri Lanka, who writes that the “biggest obstacle
to the eradication of the practice of torture by the Police is the
apathy with which the State machinery as a whole and those in the
higher strata of society (including judges, lawyers and the
comparatively well to do), look upon it”.
Copies of the book can be obtained from the Asian Human Rights
Commission based in Hong Kong and will soon be available in book shops
as well as an e-book.
Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari (2nd from L) and Mayor Philip
Martin Astorga (2nd from R) cut the ceremonial ribbon during the
inauguration and turnover of the 12.4-kilometer farm-to-market
road implemented under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform
Communities Project (ARCP-II) in the island-municipality of
Daram, Samar. Assisting them are DAR Regional Director Sheila
Enciso (L) and Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer
Enrique Granados III (R).
DAR turns over
third FMR in Daram
By JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
June 28, 2017
DARAM, Samar – As the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) commemorates this month the 29th
year of implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program
(CARP), said agency turned over on Monday to the local government unit
its third and longest farm-to-market road project constructed in this
Mallari led the turnover rite of the 12.4-kilometer all-weather road
held in Barangay Birawan, some seven kilometers away from the town
“This is in line with the
President’s pronouncement, Build! Build! Build!” Mallari said
referring to the road project. “Upang patuloy ang pag-unlad ng
kabuhayan, at magkaroon ng kapayapaan sa kapaligiran” she added.
In his acceptance message,
Mayor Philip Martin Astorga stressed the benefits this project would
bring to his town. According to him, this would serve a faster way to
travel across the island, and further spur development through
Residents of this
municipality used to travel around the island by motorboat in the
absence of a road.
Implemented under the second
phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II), this road,
according to Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Alfonso Jalalon,
passes through seven barangays; Mabini, Ubo, Birawan, Astorga,
Marupangdan, San Vicente and Bono-anon that would be benefited by the
more than 5,600 residents in the area wherein about 500 are agrarian
Regional Director Sheila
Enciso disclosed that the total cost of this project, where critical
portions of five kilometers are concreted, reached P48.9-million being
shared by the LGU and a loan from the Asian Development Bank by the
Thus, Enciso reminded the
recipients to maintain it in good condition for 10 years. Otherwise
the loan portion comprising 40 percent of the total cost will likewise
be shouldered by the LGU.
Vice Mayor Lucia Astorga,
who was the mayor during the planning stage, never forgot to mention
in her welcome message former ARCP-II National Project Director Homer
Tobias for considering this municipality and became a recipient of
three farm-to-market roads making almost all barangays not only
accessible, but opening livelihood opportunities as well.
According to her, the 40
percent share of the national government is of big help in the
realization of this town’s dream of building road networks.
Meanwhile, aside from the
convenience they now experience in hauling farm products for trading,
Birawan Kagawad Leonardo Papawran enumerated other benefits they are
now enjoying with the existence of this road.
He disclosed that the road
provided many residents another source of livelihood as motorcycle
It also serves as an
alternate route during bad weather when not safe to travel on waters.
emphasized, the youth from other barangays would now be encouraged to
enroll at the Birawan National High School.
1 NPA captured
during a brief fire fight
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 27, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A platoon from Samar Provincial Public Safety Company (SPPSC)
and a team from Alpha Company, 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion
while conducting Focus Military Operation (FMO) at Sitio Opong,
Barangay Veloso, Marabut Samar encountered about 15 fully armed
communist terrorists on June 26, 2017 at 5:00 o’ clock in the morning.
A five-minute fire fight
ensued which resulted to the capture of a certain Jojo Gerilla and the
recovery of one (1) .45 pistol with one (1) magazine; assorted
cartridge of M-16 5.56mm and M-14 7.62 mm empty shell; IED power
source and triggering device with 200 meters of firing wire and five
(5) kilograms of rice.
The forewarning on the
presence of an armed group from concerned villagers in the area shows
a good rapport between the military and civilian populace which is a
shared responsibility in preventing the communist terrorists to
conduct atrocities that could impede the peace and development in the
This NPA terrorist group
shows how desperate and inconsiderate they are despite of the on-going
tension in Marawi City. Henceforth, they cannot stop our military
troops in pursuing security operations until their presence is still
in Eastern Visayas. We encourage everyone to follow the path of peace
and condemn those terrorist whose advocate is to bring violence and
threat in the whole region.
Likewise, Maj. Gen. Raul M.
Farnacio, 8ID Commander commended the combined team from the Army and
PNP for their efforts and dedication in the performance of their
mandated duty. The 8ID is providing support to the Philippine National
Police and other concerned government agencies in creating a concept
and understanding that security is a shared responsibility not just
among security forces and government institutions but also of
civil-society and the community.
First of its kind: Fashion show atop
Jessica Minh Anh
added Hoover Dam into the world’s most iconic runway venues
June 27, 2017
NEVADA – Earlier
today, producer of the world’s most innovative runways transformed
American engineering masterpiece, Hoover Dam, into a sky-high catwalk.
Matching the unstoppable strength of a new daring generation with the
hydroelectric power, Jessica Minh Anh’s Summer Fashion Show 2017
premiered design excellence while redefining a series of modern
standards. The extraordinary production, which stopped traffic atop
the iconic megastructure, showcased 9 exquisite haute couture,
ready-to-wear, and jewelry collections from 4 continents.
A perfect portrait of modern
beauty with endless sensuality, Jessica Minh Anh opened the
highly-anticipated catwalk in a mesmerizing mermaid red dress by
Brazilian haute couturier Patricia Nascimento. Her striking royal look
was complimented by an artistic crown-shaped architectural hairpiece
by Mirror Mirror Vegas and uniquely designed crystal and gold
jewelries from artist Cristina Sabatini. Against the cinematic
backdrop of the Black Canyon and the dreamy Lake Mead, the exotic
beauty was followed by a gorgeous model lineup in nude, white, pink,
gold, and ocean blue gowns made of fluid fabrics. A master at
stand-out waistline and elongated silhouette, Patricia and her new
collection ‘Realize’ successfully inserted mystery and seduction onto
the epic catwalk.
Returning to Jessica Minh
Anh’s grand production for the fifth time, Pakistani award-winning
designer Syeda Amera celebrated femininity and elegance with a
colorful floral collection inspired by the beautiful nature. Featuring
over-sized shoulders, extravagant maxi dresses, and uniquely-cut
jumpsuits, the radiant designs brightened up the catwalk while
demonstrating special print technique on luxurious fabrics. Poppy,
daisy, lily, and rose print were certainly part of the summer charm.
On the contrary, newcomer
Kine Dione chose beige and white color pallet for her creatively
embroidered collection. Focusing on refinement and craftsmanship, each
piece was distinctively cut and handcrafted with gold flowers and
pearl details on tulle, lace, silk, and organza. The gold regal
designs played a significant role in adding the sun-kiss glow on the
Gulnur Gunes rejoined Jessica Minh Anh’s exclusive runway with a
powerful collection influenced by the beauty and intelligence of the
Greek goddess Métis. Using special crystal embellishments on lilac,
gold, and silver fabric mixed with daring cuts, the talented designer
created ultimate glamour while effectively reflecting a woman’s
Next, South American
designer Christian Zerrá gave audience a sense of solemnity and
modernity through his exciting new collection which used baroque art
on red, black, and white velvet and fine cotton. Perfectly blending
traditional elements of the great Cuzco heritage with contemporary
cuts and original embroideries, Cristian’s designs cleverly revealed
the alluring side of practical but by no means simplistic garments.
The ultra-charismatic and
bold collection by Hong Kong-based brand Kaprice was a harmonious
fusion of the East and the West. Bringing together ambience of texture
and designs influenced from across the world, each piece infused
freshness with vibrant colors and lightness from soft fabrics such as
silk, satin, and chiffon. Imaginative and lavish, the “Kouture”
collection, which included exclusive prints and Swarovski and sequins
embellishments, gave out a dramatic appeal.
Adding class and
sophistication to Jessica Minh Anh’s summer catwalk, Malaysian
powerhouse Emmanuel Haute Couture premiered a romantic bridal
collection using luxurious fabrics, hand-beaded embellishments, and
couture craftsmanship. With deep necklines and polished silhouettes,
each design conveyed effortless elegance and edge.
An expert at fabric
manipulation, three-dimensional embellishments, and technological
cuts, Peruvian designer Ani Alvarez Calderon put the traditional
crafts into a new context in the finale collection of the grand show.
Inspired by famous architectural shapes of the pyramids, huacas and
royal tombs, Ani’s wearable arts were made of gold, turquoise, green,
and black colour pallet. Saving the best for last, Jessica Minh Anh
appeared as a goddess in a brilliantly crafted royal red dress and an
impressive golden feather crown. Symbolizing the ancient beauty with
both fragility and power, the supermodel closed the show with
unattainable desire and supremacy.
The iconic J Summer Fashion
Show 2017 was supported by industry best Joy Mangano, AVP Nationwide
Productions, Saks Fifth Avenue Las Vegas, Arrow Stage Lines, Fred's
Bakery, Alexis Park All Suite Resort, Hoover Dam Lodge Hotel & Casino,
Body in Mind Pilates Studio, JB Pro Graphics, Icelandic Glacial, and
Haas-Jordan. The show marked Jessica Minh Anh’s 20th highly successful
productions since her history-making catwalk on England’s famous
London’s Tower Bridge. The catwalk queen is now ready for her next
step: producing original series to share her inspiring journey of
conquering the most challenging venues.
commander MGen. Raul Farnacio AFP delivering his message during
the Opening Ceremony of the 38th National Reservist Week at 8ID
Grandstand on June 24, 2017.
the 38th National Reservists Week
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 24, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Regional Community Defense Group (RCDG) celebrates
the 38th National Reservist Week with the theme, “Laang Kawal: Laging
Handa sa Pagtugon sa Pangangailangan at Kusang Loob na Naglilingkod
Para sa Kaunlaran ng Bayan,” on June 23-25, 2017 at Camp Lukban,
Maulong Catbalogan City.
The three-day activity held
at Headquarters 8th Infantry Division, PA is a Provincial Assembly
Test to the 1st Western Samar Ready Reserve Battalion in order to
determine the completeness of the Reserve Force fill-up; to account
the actual number of AFP reservists in the area; disseminate awareness
of the AFP Policies; improve their Humanitarian Assistance and
Disaster Response (HADR) capabilities; and to disseminate the
direction of ROTC to the school administrators and cadets.
The activity focuses on the
significant contributions and roles of the trained and equipped
reserve force of the country and its people through maintaining
internal security and stability, participation in disaster/emergency
response, community development activities and humanitarian
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio
AFP in his message said: “I am pleased with your presence because the
spirit of volunteerism is still in our youth today. Volunteerism is
one of the many ways to show our patriotism to our country. You’ve
chosen the right path to be among the selected few who served our
country without expecting anything for return.”
“Our constitution recognizes
the role of the Citizen Armed Force as protector of the country and
its people. In particular, the reserve force, in tandem with the
regular counterparts, has played a significant role in maintaining
internal security and stability by actively participating in
humanitarian assistance, disaster response and community development
activities. Let us all continue to work together for peace and
progress in our country. Congratulations to all of us and Mabuhay
Tayong Lahat!” Farnacio added.
electronics industry development
Calls for closer
industry-academe ties towards innovation
June 22, 2017
PASAY – Relevant
industry players should continue partnering with the Philippine
government in developing further the electronics industry, being one
of the primary sources of economic growth today, the country’s trade
Stressing the robust
Philippine economy and a booming global market, Department of Trade
and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez outlined government
initiatives to strengthen the electronics industry, as well as DTI’s
partnership with industry stakeholders.
Said initiatives include
projects that will move the industry’s capabilities to higher value
activities, as well as help identify products and technologies in the
developing sectors of electronics in the next five years. DTI and the
Board of Investments (BOI) also have active partnerships with other
institutions to forward capacity-building programs and exchange of
best industry practices.
In his keynote speech at the
14th Philippine Semiconductor and Electronics Convention and
Exhibition (PSECE) on 21 June, Sec. Lopez said that closer
industry-academe linkages can lead to a stronger electronics industry
that will later on “generate inclusive economic growth, reaching those
at the bottom of the pyramid.”
As one of the pillars of the
country’s industrial growth and one of the top 12 industry priorities
of the current administration, the electronics industry is a top
export performer with a 51.3% share of total exports in 2016 (worth
USD 28.8 billion). The industry has also generated about 2.6 million
direct and indirect employments as of 2015.
He also mentioned that as
the Philippines chairs ASEAN 2017, the government’s priority is to
lead an inclusive, innovation-led growth, which means working to
create an enabling environment to develop micro, small, and medium
enterprises (MSMEs), and prepare them to become globally competitive,
innovative, inclusive and resilient.
“There is a very strong role
that innovation plays in helping and enabling a lot of our countrymen
to develop an innovation mindset, culture and capability, for them to
also have equal chances to success and move up in life,” Sec. Lopez
The trade chief noted the
need to focus on key areas affecting MSME growth, including the
promotion of productivity, technology, and innovation, as well as
making these available and accessible to MSMEs.
“If we are able to broaden
the capacity and innovation culture to a larger percentage of our
population, then we also increase peoples’ chances of becoming
successful,” he added.
Sec. Lopez reiterated that
Pres. Duterte’s Dutertenomics aims to narrow development gap and widen
the gains of economic growth through creation of jobs and income
opportunities for all.
Led by the Semiconductor &
Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI),
the 14th PSECE provides an avenue, wherein public and private
stakeholders gather to strategically identify possible areas of
cooperation and to learn best industry practices.
“As we gain insight and
appreciation on the issues affecting the electronics industry, we are
confident that whatever we learn will help us in our efforts to create
broad-based growth that generates jobs, fosters entrepreneurship, and
gives Filipinos more opportunities,” Sec. Lopez said.
‘Now, a perfect
time to expand’ – Lopez to IT-BMP players
June 20, 2017
TAGUIG – The
government intensifies its support for the continuous development of
the information technology-business process management (IT-BPM)
industry, following the industry’s generated revenue of around US$23
billion and direct employment of 1.3 million last year.
Speaking at the office
opening of financial institution ING Business Shared Services BV on 20
June, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez
said that ING’s expansion comes at a perfect time when the Philippines
is considered the global leader in IT-BPM, having an annual growth
rate of 30% over a decade.
Sec. Lopez also mentioned
that IT-BMP’s economic contributions surpass remittances of overseas
Filipino workers, making the industry more competitive and
“The industry benefits from
an enabling policy environment under the administration of President
Rodrigo Duterte. I encourage the IT-BMP industry players to continue
expanding and specifically take advantage of this moment, when the
Philippines is experiencing an economic breakout, as further
intensified by efforts to improve ease of doing business,” he said.
The trade chief also
highlighted that the country has a qualified, highly-trainable,
hardworking work force, with notable English proficiency and fast
“Filipinos’ adaptability to
universal cultures and their high level of commitment and loyalty
prove that the country’s greatest asset has always been its people,
who will bring inclusive growth to the rest of the country,” he said.
Globally, the Philippines is
competitively positioned in terms of talent, costs, and risks relative
to established and emerging offshore destinations. Cities from Metro
Manila to Clark, to the cities of Cebu, Davao, Santa Rosa, Bacolod,
Iloilo, Dumaguete, and Baguio are listed in the 2016 Top 100
Outsourcing Destinations as reported by Tholons.
While the Philippines is the
number one global provider of voice BPM services, it is also rapidly
expanding in the value-driven non-voice, complex services segments of
Non-voice services included
range from engineering, health care, legal, financial, creative, and
software services for the energy, banking, investment, insurance,
shipping, media, and other industries.
DTI has set up Training for
Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) for IT-BPM, wherein the government
invests on training for students to work in the industry.
DTI also has a partnership
with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the IT & Business
Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) to run the Service
Management Program (SMP), a specialized track for business and IT
schools to develop skills in students needed to work in the IT-BPM
The first foreign bank that
transitioned into a universal bank in the country, ING offers banking
insurance, retirement and investments services with global presence in
NPA harass troops
while conducting community service
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 20, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A squad of Task Group Alpha of 78th Infantry (Warrior)
Battalion while conducting Community Service at Barangay Paglaum,
Carigara, Leyte was harassed by undetermined number of NPA terrorist
group on June 19, 2017 at around 9:10 o’clock in the evening.
This activity is intended to
deliver basic services to interior barangays that will promote
economic development and will address the problems affecting peace and
Initial result of the
harassment disclosed that PFC Reynaldo C. Llemos, suffered a gunshot
wound on the left side of his stomach. He was immediately brought to
Saint Paul’s Hospital, Tacloban City for immediate medical treatment
while undetermined casualties on the enemy side.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
8ID Commander ensures that no matter what conflict may arise that
needs to be addressed, the soldiers are ready to dedicate their lives.
Your Army in Eastern Visayas will still pursue and continue its
mandated duty to protect the welfare of the populace in the far flung
areas. The 8ID is calling the massive support of the communities to
report any presence of armed group in their barangays to help stop
violence that hinders the fast development of the region.
orders seven more Bombardier Q400 aircraft
June 19, 2017
TORONTO, Ontario –
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today, from the International
Paris Air Show, that it has signed an agreement with Philippine
Airlines, Inc. for the exercise of its seven Q400 aircraft purchase
rights. This latest rights exercise brings Philippine Airlines' total
firm order to twelve Q400 aircraft. The original firm order for five
Q400 with purchase rights for an additional seven was previously
announced on December 8, 2016.
Based on the list price of
the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$235
"The Q400 aircraft have
helped airlines around the world expand their networks, and capture
new opportunities" said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial
Aircraft. "We are delighted that Philippine Airlines is growing its
fleet with more Q400 aircraft, and are confident that the airline will
benefit from the aircraft's outstanding economics and performance."
"As we position ourselves
for growth, we are pleased to be adding more Q400 to our fleet," said
Jaime J. Bautista, President & Chief Operating Officer, Philippine
Airlines. "We are thrilled about the opportunities that lie ahead, and
we look forward to offering more capacity and improving connectivity
in the region with comfortable, fast and efficient regional aircraft
like Bombardier's 86-seat turboprops."
The flag carrier of the
Philippines is expected to take delivery of the world's first
dual-class, 86-seat Q400 aircraft in July 2017.
Including this latest order,
Bombardier has now recorded a total of 585 Q400 aircraft on firm
Big labor group ALU
lauded Lorenzana and Año for sophisticated and careful generalship of
Maute and Martial Law in Mindanao
By Associated Labor Unions
June 15, 2017
QUEZON CITY – The
country’s biggest labor group the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union
Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) today calls for recognition for
the nuanced sophisticated leadership of both Defense Secretary Delfin
Lorenzana and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff
General Eduardo Año in this difficult hour of our nation’s history.
The ALU-TUCP lauds Lorenzana
and Año for their adherence to the highest standards of
professionalism and patriotism in the fight against the Maute
terrorist group and in the deliberate and measured tenor of their
administration of martial law in Mindanao.
“We warrant full confidence
that Secretary Lorenzana and General Año will make the courageous,
careful and deliberate moves to counter the seriousness of the Maute
threat. The Maute group is the new generation of Muslim youth
disgruntled with the failed strategies and tactics of their MILF and
MNLF elders and who are now adopting the new social media as the new
political fashion for organizing their struggle,” ALU vice president
Louie Corral said.
While the Maute’s are
seeking to legitimize by identifying themselves as ISIS, Secretary
Lorenzana and General Año are systematically reducing their military
capacity and annihilating their political potential.
“Let us take our cues from
these officers and gentlemen rather than listening to the siren calls
of opportunists trying to make political hay of the conflict. We know
that both Lorenzana and Año are running an intelligent and
intelligence-based interdiction to minimize both troop losses and
civilian casualties. We also feel that that their leadership of the
military effort is taking proper heed that both the MILF and MNLF
secessions can be taken advantage of to evolve into something more
sinister and evil. Thanks to their appreciation of the facts on the
ground and political sophistication, they are drawing the bounds and
scope of both military and political intervention,” Corral said.
We encourage support for
both Lorenzana and Año in their difficult task. They have avoided
reckless warmongering and irresponsible scaremongering of those
wrapping the Philippine flag around themselves while engaging in
self-promotion and aggrandizement.
This war against the Maute
will not be solved by political adventurism or politicos. Let us fight
the fire in one room intelligently now, lest by incautious calculation
we destroy the whole house. Let us support our troops in this
struggle. Let us support the political and military maturity of
Lorenzana and Año to seeing us through this crisis soonest, he added.
Lopez to sari-sari
store owners: gov’t is your expansion partner
June 15, 2017
MANILA – Filipino
sari-sari store owners can count on the government to finance their
dream expansion through the Pondo para sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso
(P3), the country’s trade chief said.
Department of Trade and
Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez encouraged sari-sari store
owners, who belong to the sector of micro, small and medium
enterprises (MSMEs), to consider expansion plans through the P3
program, a direct alternative to the “5-6” lending scheme.
“Sari-sari stores form part
the economic backbone of the country. Providing them more
opportunities can only mean greater economic development,” said Sec.
Lopez during the appreciation and awarding ceremonies of supermarket
chain Puregold on 14 June.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s
P1 billion financing program offers an affordable, MSME-friendly
micro-financing system, whose priority beneficiaries include
microenterprises and entrepreneurs that do not have easy access to
credit, or are accessing credit at very high cost, such as,
micro-entrepreneurs, market vendors, agri-businessmen and members of
cooperatives, industry associations and co-operators.
“Loanable amount has
interest rate ranging from 20 to 25% per annum with no collateral
requirement. This rate is substantially lower than what is being
charged by 5-6 loan sharks,” he said, adding that the government hopes
that through the P3 Program, it will be able to reach and help even
the smallest of entrepreneurs in the countryside.
The trade chief expressed
hoped that Puregold continue its advocacy of assisting sari-sari store
owners increase their potential earnings through the Tindahan ni Aling
Puring program, as it complements DTI’s grand objective of helping
MSMEs level-up and contribute to national development.
Meanwhile, reading Pres.
Duterte’s message for the event, Philippine National Police Chief Gen.
Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa urged stakeholders to make MSMEs “globally
competitive through sustainable and innovative business practices.”
Puregold’s Lucio Co
highlighted the significance of sari-sari stores as the immediate
go-to pantry of the common Filipino household, adding that
establishing one has likewise become “the business of choice” of
returning overseas Filipino workers.
“The shared vision to
address inequality and reduce income gaps is the thrust of the
Durtertenomics. The current growth story of the Philippines can only
matter more to our countrymen if it reaches the bottom of the
pyramid,” said Sec. Lopez.
“As we strengthen the
industries to create more jobs, DTI’s programs are available to
encourage and to inspire Filipinos to give entrepreneurship a good
try,” he added.
Puregold, which currently
caters to about 10 million Filipino households and employs 52,000 and
growing, recognized its top 20 gold members, as well as those with
highest sales, highest growth and best merchandise.
Coconut Oil from ProSource International Inc. is one of the
products to be featured in Taipei International Food Show this
16 top PH firm
joins major Taiwan food show
DTI-CITEM targets US$22M
export deals in Taiwan food market
June 15, 2017
PASAY CITY – Sixteen
Philippine companies are set to exhibit at Taipei International Food
Show or popularly known as Food Taipei this June 21-24 June 2017, held
at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center. Organized by the Taiwan External
Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and considered as one of Asia’s
leading food shows, the show will coincide with five events and over
1,500 exhibiting companies.
exhibition is part of the efforts of the Department of Trade and
Industry, through the Center for International Trade Expositions and
Missions (DTI-CITEM), to strengthen the position of Philippines as a
leading source of premium, natural, healthy, and ready-to-eat
processed food and beverages in the Taiwan food market. Exhibitors
will be representing the Philippines’ Premium Products such as
Coconut, Banana, Cacao, and Tuna and other healthy products.
Tagged as one of Asia’s
“Four Tigers,” Taiwan has a vibrant economy and is considered as one
of the richest in Asia.
“Our aim is to increase
market share of Philippine food exports to Taiwan by achieving at
least USD 22 million worth of export sales. For the longest time,
Taiwan has been increasingly reliant on food and agricultural imports
due to the country’s limited arable land and agricultural production.
This factor enhances the market opportunities for the Philippines, to
penetrate the Taiwan food market,” says Clayton Tugonon, Executive
Director of CITEM, or the Center for International Trade Expositions
The exhibitor team is
composed of manufacturers and exporters of products from the southern
regions, focusing on a mix of fresh and processed healthy/natural
products, Halal, ready-to-eat food, and industrial ingredients.
Exhibitors includes: Raw
Brown Sugar Milling Co., Inc. for organic muscovado sugar, Prosource
International Inc. for virgin coconut oil, nectar, amino; Pasciolco
Agri-Ventures for virgin coconut oil, coco sugar, coco jam, and coco
sap vinegar; Malagos Agri-Ventures Corporation for unsweetened
chocolate, roasted cacao nibs, and dark chocolate; Fitrite Inc. for
fruit juices, noodles, mixes, bagoong; Year Luck Food And Industrial
Corporation for soft-serve ice cream powder, as well as ice cream
cones- waffles and wafers.
Also participating are
Tropicana Food Products Inc. with their virgin coconut oil; CJ
Uniworld Corp. for banana chips, Celebes Canning Corporation for
canned tuna, pouched tuna, and frozen tuna; DMI Medical Supply-Food
Div. for the MX3 Food Supplement, MX3 coffee and MX3 tea which uses
xanthone from mangosteen; JNRM Corporation with native pre-mixed
delicacies and flavor syrups.
DTI-CITEM also partnered
with DTI-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) to feature in the Taiwan
the export-ready products of companies under the Regional Interactive
Platform for Philippine Exporters (RIPPLES) Plus Program. Under the
RIPPLES Plus Program, participating are Mama Tina Pasta with their
Noodles, Pasta, Canned Meat; Green Life Coconut Products Philippines,
Inc. with their coconut butter, organic coconut cider vinegar, organic
coconut spirit; Team Asia Corporation with their coconut oil, VCO, and
other coconut related products, coconut products, vegan coconut
powder; and Weambard International Traders, Inc. with their canned
fruit products in light syrup, mango slice, mango bits with nata de
coco bits, banana (whole saba) mango puree with sago, young coconut
The Department Of Science
And Technology - Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI)
will also exhibit the products made using the Philippines'
state-of-the-art food technologies and equipment.
The food and drinks sector
is the fifth largest industry in Taiwan and one of the market’s
fastest growing sectors. Attendees are expected to range from local
supermarkets, hypermarkets, and convenience stores as these increase
range of imported foods to meet demand.
The Food Taipei 2017 visitor
profile includes importers/wholesalers, distributors, hotel
owners/representatives, restaurant and bakery owner, online retailers
coming from China, Japan, and Hong Kong as well as Malaysia, USA and
Philippine products to be
exported to Taiwan must adhere to the requirements specified by
Taiwan’s Food Safety and Sanitation Act (FSSA), a new and improved
food safety system. As such, products have complied with their
requirements for quality and package labeling.
The retail sector and
consumer foodservice industry in Taiwan continue to emerge as
lucrative markets for Philippine products, due to Taiwan’s busy
lifestyle. Substantiating this is the rapidly expanding foodservice
industry, which is forecast to reach sales of US$21.6 billion by 2017
(AAFC, 2014). The Taiwan food industry thus poses an attractive
destination for the high-quality products of Philippine manufacturers,
suppliers, and exporters.
Construction of Biliran Diversion Road, Biliran, Biliran with an
accomplishment of 60% as of May 31, 2017.
road project to resume construction work
June 15, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – The
P43M Construction of Biliran Diversion Road project will resume its
construction activities after problem on Road-Right of-Way (RROW) has
been settled. This is revealed by Engr. David P. Adongay Jr., District
Engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-
Biliran District Engineering Office (BDEO).
“We can now issue resume
work order to the contractor because the permit to enter was signed by
the affected landowner,” said Adongay.
According to Adongay, the
construction of Biliran Diversion road was hindered to proceed with
the implementation because one of the landowners affected in the road
opening refused to sign the “Permit to Enter”.
Ms. Edwina N. Tan, RROW
agent revealed that the problem on diversion road was settled by
paying the affected landowner the exact amount as computed based on
the assessed value of his lot.
Engr. Albert Cañete, project
engineer said that once the resume work order will be issued,
contractor will be advised to render over time work 24/7.
“The construction of Biliran
Diversion Road at Biliran, Biliran has accomplished 60% as of May 30,
2017 and if weather condition is good, hopefully we can finish it by
August or September this year,” Cañete said.
The completion of the
project will provide the traveling public coming from Tacloban City,
Ormoc City, Baybay City and from other neighboring municipalities
going to the northern and eastern part of Biliran Province and vice
versa in a much safer and faster transport of goods and services and
at a reduced travel time by 20 minutes. The population to be served by
the road ranges from 120,000 to 135,000, 7 Municipalities and 50
MSME receives 5th
International award in chocolate competition
June 9, 2017
MANILA – It’s another
Silver for the cacao farmers from Davao City! Malagos Unsweetened
Chocolate won its 5th International award in a Chocolate Competition
recently held at the Academy of Chocolate in London, United Kingdom –
a group of industry professionals promoting excellence in fine
chocolate-making. The announcement was made on June 5, 2017 on the
Academy’s website (http://acadofchoc.com).
Malagos Chocolates has been
an active participant and supporter of all trade fairs/events
organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Malagos
Chocolates is also one of the MSMEs participating as Partner-Supplier
of DTI in the Go Lokal! Stores Project. For interested chocolate
lovers, product samples will be available at the Go Lokal! Concept
Store@DTI slated to open for June 30, 2017.
Malagos’ Dark Collection is
100% pure cocoa liquor – chocolate in its purest form – and a five
time winner of international awards: Silver in the Drinking Chocolate
Category and Two Stars (out of Three Stars) at the 2016 Academy of
Chocolate and Great Taste Awards in London, United Kingdom
respectively; won the Silver in the 2015 World Drinking Chocolate
Competition organized by the International Chocolate Awards in
Hannover, Germany and in April of the same year, Malagos 65% Dark
Chocolate won Bronze for Best Unflavored Drinking Chocolate at the
2015 Academy of Chocolate Awards in London, UK.
risks feared among people displaced by Marawi fighting
June 8, 2017
MANILA – The start of
the rainy season in the Philippines may add burden to the thousands of
people displaced by the fighting in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur,
The International Committee
of the Red Cross (ICRC) has observed an increase in the number of
reported cases of diarrhea, upper respiratory infection, hypertension
and fever in different health facilities providing medical assistance
to the displaced residents, particularly those who are staying in
“We may have survived the
fighting in Marawi, but I’m still concerned for the children and old
people like me. Now that we’re here at the evacuation center,
everything seems so uncertain. The rains are so strong and many are
getting sick,” said Alimpay Macaagir, a 64-year-old evacuee at a
covered court in Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur.
More than 200,000 people
have been displaced by the fighting in Marawi City. Majority of the
evacuees are temporarily seeking shelter with their relatives. On the
other hand, thousands of them who have nowhere to go are cramped in
evacuation centers, within and outside the city, for more than two
According to Jose Amigo,
Health Coordinator of the ICRC in the Philippines, the increase in the
number of cases is due to the displaced population’s current living
condition. “They – particularly children and the elderlies – become at
risk to water-borne diseases because of their limited access to basic
water and sanitation facilities. They also become prone to
communicable diseases because of the limited space in evacuation
Amigo added, “The health
situation is not yet critical at this point, but we fear that this may
worsen in the coming days with prolonged displacement.”
In support of the local
health units’ efforts to address this concern, the ICRC has been
working closely with hospitals and other health facilities within and
around Marawi City to augment their existing capacity.
To date, the ICRC has
provided additional medicines and medical supplies to 11 hospitals and
health facilities in Iligan and Balo-i in Lanao del Norte, and
Tamparan, Balindong, Piagapo, Saguiaran and Marawi in Lanao del Sur.
The ICRC has also supported
the mini-hospital setup by the rural health unit of Saguiaran by
providing 10 folding beds for patients, and a supplementary kit of
essential medicines and medical supplies that can serve 10,000
individuals for three months.
“We have been working
closely with the Department of Health (DOH) since the fighting in
Marawi broke out, and we commend the good job that they have been
doing on the ground despite all the challenges that they face. The
ICRC will continue to be one of the active partners of DOH, supporting
its efforts in providing the much needed medical assistance to the
people affected by the conflict,” said Amigo.
The ICRC is a neutral,
impartial and independent humanitarian organization that protects and
assists victims of armed conflict. It has a mandate to promote
knowledge on and respect for international humanitarian law.
as Stable Internal Peace and Security Condition Municipality in
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 7, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion together with the
Northern Samar Police Provincial Office declared the Municipality of
Mondragon, Northern Samar as Stable Internal Peace Security Condition
on June 6, 2017 at the Mondragon Municipal Hall, Northern Samar.
The highlight of the event
was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the AFP
represented by Brig. Gen. Mario G. Lacurom, Commander 803rd Infantry
Brigade, PSupt. Cezar Zafiro Tannagan, Provincial Director of Northern
Samar Police Provincial Office and Hon. Mario M. Madera after which
the Oath of the Pledge of Commitment followed.
Mayor Madera was thankful to
the AFP as well as to the NSPPO for the unending support given to
them. He likewise emphasized that the solution to the countless
problems can never be achieved through the barrel of guns but through
the oneness of the community of Mondragon.
Meanwhile, Lt. Col Noly F.
Lapizar, Commander 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion encouraged the
participants to do their role to preserve the security gains and
development of their community.
Further, Brig. Gen. Lacurom,
lauded that this declaration is one-step toward the continuous growth
and development of Mondragon. “Let us affirm our commitment to adhere
to our common goal of achieving a peaceful and sustainable development
in the whole province of Northern Samar,” Brig. Gen. Lacurom added.
ABAC Philippines to
focus on MSMEs in pursuing inclusive growth agenda
June 7, 2017
MAKATI CITY – MSME
Development. This is the main thrust of the APEC Business Advisory
Council (ABAC) Philippines as it presented the priority work areas in
the meeting with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary
Ramon Lopez following the second ABAC meeting for 2017 last 25-29
April in Seoul, Korea.
“This is a very welcome
development and a boost to the MSMEs that comprise 99.5% of the
establishments in the country,” said Sec. Lopez. “The DTI has already
been laying the ground work for strengthening MSMEs, especially with
the participation of the youth and women. Now as we chair ASEAN this
2017, we likewise put the spotlight on MSMEs and entrepreneurship, as
well as the sector’s integration in the global value chains.”
APEC Philippines, through
DTI, is working on the development of an APEC SME Marketplace as a
one-stop shop for SMEs in the region. This online portal is envisioned
to provide useful information such as the MSME policies and regimes in
different economies. Ultimately, the project aims to serve as a
platform for SMEs to access and tap into global markets and transact
with other players in the region.
According to ABAC
Philippines Chair Tomas Alcantara, it is important to take advantage
of this opportunity and ensure that SMEs in the country will optimize
use and benefit from the system. “ABAC PH’s first project will help
advance MSMEs interests by developing a pilot Philippine SME
Marketplace. We are trying to make concrete outcomes by facilitating
linkages between SMEs and domestic market first, then to two or more
international markets. After that to ASEAN, eventually to APEC, and
then finally, the global market.”
With the very broad and
varying interests of the 21 APEC economies, the Philippine team will
be keen in realizing its key priority areas. Aside from MSMEs, the
group has also expressed interest in Infrastructure Investment. A
specific initiative being discussed in ABAC is related to the Islamic
Infrastructure Investment Platform (I3P). ABAC Philippines will look
into how the Philippines can tap into the available funds from the
Islamic banks in the region. Mr. Alcantara added, “With guidance and
support from the DOF, ABAC Philippines will help develop a viable
Islamic financial regime to benefit Islamic banks and investments in
the country, ultimately to contribute to the development of Mindanao.”
“ABAC Philippines will work
on identifying and enhancing the country’s comparative advantage and
unique proposition so we can optimize and at the same time add value
to our participation in APEC – now and on a continuing basis for the
long term,” the chair concluded.
of Candidate Soldier Course Class 462-2017 take their oath
during the opening ceremony at Camp Eugenio Daza, Barangay
Fatima, Hinabangan, Samar on June 1, 2017.
Soldiers take oath
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 1, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Candidate Soldiers Course Class 462-2017 composed of
135 new aspirants was formally opened on June 1, 2017 at Stormtroopers
Jungle Base, Camp Eugenio Daza, Barangay Fatima, Hinabangan, Samar
with Brig. Gen. Francisco F. Mendoza,Jr, Commander, 802nd Infantry
(Peerless) Brigade, Philippine Army as the Keynote Speaker.
The majority of the newly
selected batch of Candidate Soldiers came from the island of Samar 76;
32 from Leyte and Southern Leyte; four from Bohol; eight from Luzon;
and 15 from the island of Mindanao. Three of them are licensed
professionals; 18 are college graduates and mostly reached in high
school level with TESDA schoolings.
They will be honed for the
duration of six months in basic military training and tactics and will
serve as additional soldiers that will beef-up the personnel strength
of the whole 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division to include the
Infantry Battalions deployed in Mindanao.
Brig. Gen. Francisco F
Mendoza, Jr. in his message said, “Inaasahan ko na kayong lahat,
pagkalipas ng anim na buwan ay kumpleto kayong magtatapos at taas
noong ninyong haharapin ang inyong graduation at ang inyong panunumpa
bilang mga newly enlisted privates ng Hukbong Katihan ng Pilipinas.
“At inaasahan ko rin, kapag
kayo ay naging ganap na sundalong Philippine Army, ay matatapos ninyo
ang inyong serbisyo ng buong husay at nang buong katapatan. Yan ang
hamon na iiwan ko sa inyo bilang mga susunod na magigiting naming
sundalo,” Brig Gen Mendoza added.
Thousands of lives
at stake in Marawi City fighting
June 1, 2017
MANILA – Ten days
into the hostilities in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur, southern
Philippines, civilian lives are at stake as the number of casualties
continue to grow and nearly 2,000 residents remain trapped in the
“We are extremely concerned
about the residents who could not leave their homes because of the
fighting, and also those who are reportedly being held against their
will. We are also deeply worried about reports of civilians being
killed,” said Pascal Porchet, Head of Delegation of the International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Philippines.
“Targeting civilians is
prohibited by international humanitarian law (IHL), and all feasible
precautions must be taken to protect them in military operations. We
urge all those involved in the fighting to protect civilian lives, and
are hopeful that those held against their will are being treated
humanely and will be released. We stand ready to serve as a neutral
intermediary to evacuate civilians caught between the fighting,” he
The ICRC has been actively
supporting authorities in the management of dead bodies. It has
donated 160 body bags, as well as gloves and masks, to help the
authorities with the proper retrieval of the bodies.
The ICRC has also been
negotiating for safe access to trapped civilians in Marawi by engaging
in a constant dialogue with all parties to the conflict. However, the
current security situation does not yet allow the ICRC to bring them
all to safety. It has however transported nearly 600 people from
Marawi City to the Saguiaran evacuation center or even as far as
law (IHL) limits the means and methods of warfare and protects people
who do not take part in the fighting (i.e. civilians, medics, aid
workers) and those who can no longer fight (i.e. wounded, sick,
captured or detained fighters). These limits are particularly
meaningful when military operations are conducted in populated areas
where the risk of harm to civilians and civilian objects, including
essential infrastructure, increases.
Since the onset of the
fighting, the ICRC has been on the ground assisting the population
affected by it. It has also been reminding parties to the conflict to
spare the lives of those who are not participating in the hostilities.
Together with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the ICRC has distributed
relief items to more than 10,000 displaced people, provided an equal
number of people with access to clean water, and enhanced the capacity
of six local health facilities to provide basic health care to
thousands of people through the donation of medical supplies.
“We have started conducting
full assessment of the conditions of displaced people in hard-to-reach
evacuation centers, to give us a better picture of the humanitarian
needs. We hope to also assess the western and eastern parts of Lanao
Lake once the security situation allows us to do so,” said Porchet.
The ICRC is a neutral,
impartial and independent humanitarian organization that protects and
assists victims of armed conflict. It has an international mandate to
promote knowledge for and respect of IHL.