livelihood grants to benefit 314 Leyteños
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
August 27, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII has released
a total of P5,135,882.00 livelihood funds to the local government
units of Barugo and Jaro last August 16, 2019 during its
collaborative meeting with the local chief executives of the 2nd
Congressional District of Leyte at Haiyan Hotel and Resort, Tanauan,
Aiming to strengthen the
existing collaboration with the LGUs in the implementation of DOLE
programs in the region, Regional Director Yahya A. Centi, along with
the management committee of DOLE RO VIII and heads of DOLE-Regional
Coordinating Council (RCC), discussed with the new representative,
Congresswoman Lolita Karen T. Javier and the LCEs of the said
district the various programs and services of the department.
“It is with great pleasure
that we are able to meet all of you for a significant purpose. We
believe this meeting will produce positive results which will put us
in a win-win situation – us being able to deliver our programs and
services successfully and you being able to address the needs of
your constituents especially in the reduction of poverty”, said
expressed her gratitude for all the essential information shared by
the DOLE-RCC relative to programs and services which can be availed
by her constituents.
“It inspires me a lot to
know that we have people like you in the government to partner with
in terms of helping our people. Personally, I’d like to thank
Director Centi and his entire team for giving us, especially our new
LCEs, the opportunity to know what DOLE is all about,” said Cong.
During the said meeting,
DOLE RO VIII grabbed the chance to award livelihood grants for the
beneficiaries of LGU-Barugo and LGU-Jaro.
Ma. Rosario Avestruz and
Rigo Arbas, mayors of Barugo and Jaro, respectively, were both happy
to receive the livelihood checks.
Charged under the DOLE
Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) funds of the region, LGU-Barugo
received a total of P3,323,487 for the implementation of three (3)
projects for the 187 beneficiaries Pedicab Drivers of Barugo and
Barugo Integrated Carpenters & Fisherfolks Association.
On the other hand,
LGU-Jaro availed livelihood funds for its three projects amounting
to P1,812,395 with 127 beneficiaries from the informal sector,
Macanip Integrated Farmers Association and BARRACO Agricultural
Mayor Avestruz, who
delivered the closing remarks, challenged her co-LCEs to maximize
the programs and services offered by the national government
agencies such as the labor department.
“I’d like to encourage my
fellow chief executives to be more active in accessing the various
programs of our partner organizations. We should be happy that we
have DOLE and other agencies to assist us in catering to the
different issues and concerns of our clients”, said Mayor Avestruz.
Mayors of the following
municipalities were present during the collaborative meeting: Barugo,
Burauen, Capoocan, Dagami, Dulag, Jaro, Julita, Pastrana and Tunga.
Also in attendance during
the half-day meeting were the following DOLE-RCC Heads: Executive
Director Joel B. Maglunsod of NMP; Atty. Amelia B. Docena of NLRC;
Director Gemma R. Poloyapoy of NCMB; Mr. Reynaldo Soliveres of RTWPB;
Ms. Juliet Z. Tan of OWWA; Ms. Catherine D. Dasigan of NRCO; and Ms.
Michelle C. Basal of ECC.
Save the Children
Philippines ambassador Katarina Rodriguez run for children at
August 25, 2019
MAKATI CITY - Save
the Children Philippines is proud to be the beneficiary of Manila
Marriott Hotel in today's #RunWithMe2019. Run With Me is Resorts
World Manila’s annual celebrity-led fun run for charity that brings
people from all walks of life together in a race for charity. Save
the Children Philippines is the beneficiary of Manila Marriott
The funds raised by Manila
Marriott Hotel during the #RunWithMe2019 will support the programs
of Save the Children Philippines.
Katarina Rodriguez, Save
the Children Philippines ambassador lead more than a thousand
runners who believe every child deserves to celebrate birthdays and
grow healthy, educated and safe from violence.
August 25 is a special day
for the organization also as it marks the birthday of Save the
Children’s founder Eglantyne Jebb, a remarkable woman who drafted
the Declaration of the Rights of Children that became the basis for
the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
“Birthdays are special
events for children, we should make sure every child, especially
those in the deprived and marginalized situations have a healthy
start in life,” said Rodriguez.
Save the Children
Philippines is a lead child-rights organization in the Philippines
in development and humanitarian work.
completed widening of Looc Bridge in Almeria town amounting
Widening of Looc
bridge in Almeria town completed
August 23, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
The first bridge widening project implemented by the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH)- Biliran District Engineering
Office (DEO) is now complete.
The widening of Looc
Bridge in Almeria town worth P21.898M is now serving the travelling
public with at least an average of 500 vehicular users per day in
this part of Biliran Circumferential Road (BCR).
According to David P.
Adongay Jr., District Engineer, the said project is designed to
accommodate more traffic volume and provide a wider and safer road
for the increasing vehicular users along BCR.
“The completed project
will increase the capacity of the existing roads and improves the
safety aspect of said sections,” he said.
The said road section also
leads to the only Provincial Hospital and to the Port of Naval.
The widening of Looc
Bridge involves the construction of two additional lanes of the
bridge with a width of 3.66-meter, one lane on each side of the
24-meter length existing This is funded under the FY 2018 DPWH
Major scope of work of the
project includes sealing, application of tack coat, asphalt overlay
and thermoplastic stripping materials.
The project was
prioritized because the approach road of the bridge going to Kawayan,
Biliran side was already widened.
This is the second bridge
widening project implemented in this province. The first bridge
widening is Anas Bridge in Naval, Biliran which is presently
implemented by the DPWH Regional Office under FY 2017 budget.
completes flood control structures along Panlayahan Creek
CHENZI MAY D. UY
August 23, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY –
Torrential rains cause surface water to overtop the channels of
Panlayahan Creek, which spill onto the adjacent road and nearby
Needless to say, the
flooding is a perpetual problem for some of the residents of
Barangay Panlayahan in Calbayog City, Samar.
To address the plight of
Calbayognons in this part of the city, DPWH-Samar First District
Engineering Office (SFDEO) has constructed reinforced concrete flood
control structures along said creek, totalling 213 linear meters.
The project, amounting to
P20 million, was completed way ahead of schedule. It is one of the
first projects awarded under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of
2019 completed by the DEO.
4 perish in
Calbayog City encounter
DPAO, 8ID PA
August 23, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A total of four (4) combatants consisting of two (2)
soldiers from 43IB and two (2) terrorist New People’s Army died in
an encounter at the vicinity of Brgy Olera, Calbayog City, Samar,
today, 7:15 A.M.
Seven (7) members of the
terrorist NPA led by Salvador Nordan aka Badok/Gahi under
Sub-Regional Committee Emporium while collecting extortion money and
food stuff from the populace, armed with high powered firearms were
caught in the act by troops of 43IB which resulted to the encounter
that lasted for almost two (2) hours.
Government troops held
their ground thereby prompting NPA terrorists to run away in
different directions leaving behind their two (2) dead comrades. The
troops recovered in the scene, two (2) dead NPA terrorists and two
(2) M14 Rifles, while the 43IB troops initially sustained three (3)
Wounded-in-Action (WIA) who were immediately evacuated for proper
treatment. Two of the WIAs were later declared dead on arrival at
the nearest hospital. With the consent of their next of kin, their
remains will later be interred after being accorded due honors for
their heroism. There were also other NPA terrorists who were wounded
from the encounter.
coordinated with local officials and PNP-SOCO for the identification
and proper disposition of dead bodies of NPA terrorists. The
Tactical Operations Wing Central (TOWCEN), Philippine Air Force
provided air support and casualty evacuation to the entire
Maj. Gen. Pio Q. Diṅoso
III AFP, Commander, 8ID, Philippine Army in his statement said, “It
is very sad to note that with the sacrifice of two soldiers, two
more NPA terrorists who are victims of deception also died for a
senseless cause, wasting their lives in their failed armed
revolution. I encourage the remaining New People’s Army to abandon
their armed struggle, lay down their arms and return to the
mainstream of society in the comfort of their families and friends.
The Stormtroopers Division is willing to help NPA terrorists who
wish to surrender and avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local
Integration Program (E-CLIP) being offered by the government.”
“In the pursuit of
Executive Order 70, the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist
Armed Conflict in Eastern Visayas focuses on its effort to address
the root causes of insurgency through the Whole of Nation Approach”
protects coastal community in San Joaquin, Calbayog City
CHENZI MAY D. UY
August 23, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY – The
coastal community of Barangay San Joaquin in Calbayog City, Samar
are now better protected against strong waves and floods with the
completion of an 872-linear-meter revetment. The structure was
erected at a height of about three (3) meters to arrest the strong
waves that hit the shore.
The newly constructed
revetment, which amounts to P92 million, provides coastal erosion
defense and protection of lives and properties along the coast,
according to the Department of Public Works and Highways Samar First
District Engineering Office.
San Joaquin is home to
over 6,100 people or around 1,200 households, many of whom are
situated near the sea.
One of the coastal
residents, Willie Alvarez Francisco, 67, says the high tide brings
seawater inside their home and their situation becomes more
precarious whenever there’s a weather disturbance.
Engineer Gerald Pacanan, Construction Chief Norberto Boco
and Quality Assurance Section OIC-Chief Cielo Barcelo
discuss with the representative of the contractor about the
road networks to link Leyte villages
DPWH 2nd LED
August 23, 2019
BARUGO, Leyte – A
total of P39.2 million has been allocated for the construction of
Minuhang (Baluarte)-Balud and Balud-Duka road in Barugo, Leyte, the
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte Second district
engineering office reported.
With the 154.8 meters
bridge with a width of 7.32 meters, residents of Minuhang, Balud,
and Duka could easily transport their agricultural and marine
According to District
Engineer Gerald Pacanan, the construction of this project aims to
support the Barugo Eco Zone and improve trade, investment,
employment, education and overall progress in the said town.
“Once completed, this road
network would provide access to all kinds of vehicles, thus,
transportation of commodities will be easier and cheaper. Moreover,
this would also grant safer and shorter travels for students in
going to and from their schools,” he added.
This road network is
located along the Bagahupi-Babatngon-Sta. Cruz-Barugo-Carigara
Moreover, the project will
also serve as an alternate route in the event that Palo-Carigara-Ormoc
road is not passable.
The access road is
targeted to be completed before the year ends.
Key Officials lead the launching of the NMP Lactation
NMP launches new
August 22, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Pursuant to Republic Act No. 10028, also known as the Expanded
Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009, mandating the establishment of
breast feeding facility in public places and facilities, as well as
in government and private workplaces, the National Maritime
Polytechnic (NMP) launched its lactation station located at the 2nd
Floor of the NMP Administration Building, Cabalawan, Tacloban City
on 19 August 2019.
A perfect gift for NMP’s
working mothers and female clients, just in time for the observance
of the National Breastfeeding Awareness Month this August, the
launching of the NMP’s lactation station intends to highlight the
importance of breastfeeding which has proven to have a lot of
beneficial effects not only to babies but also to mothers.
The institution of the
lactation station is in support of the State’s policy to protect
working women by providing safe and healthful working conditions,
taking into account their maternal functions, and such facilities
and opportunities that will enhance their welfare and enable them to
realize their full potential in the service of the nation.
It is also part of the
localization of the Magna Carta of Women (MCW) which aims to address
the practical gender needs of working mothers. NMP lactation station
is adequately provided with the necessary equipment and facilities,
such as comfortable seat; refrigerator for storing expressed
breastmilk; lavatory for hand-washing; purified water for drinking;
and electric fan for ventilation and is open during weekdays from
8AM to 5PM.
Moreover, in order to
raise public awareness on the importance of and to further promote
breastfeeding, a Seminar-Lecture on Breastfeeding was facilitated by
the NMP Gender and Development (GAD) Committee. Resource Speakers
were Ms. Felecita R. Borata and Ms. Kristel Agote from the
Department of Health (DOH) Eastern Visayas.
Ms. Borata expressed her
appreciation on NMP’s effort of establishing a mother-baby friendly
workplace and for promoting, protecting, and supporting
The lecture highlighted
the many benefits of breastfeeding to women and children and the
proper positioning and attachment for effective breastfeeding. It
was also emphasized that one of the factors that contribute to the
success of breastfeeding is the existence of mother’s support group
(husbands, relatives, and friends).
The activity was attended
by NMP personnel and some residents and barangay officials of Brgy.
Cabalawan, Tacloban City.
and facilities inside the NMP Lactation Station.
improvement of access road leading to trades, industries and
economic zones CarayCaray-Cabungaan-Libtong Road in Support
of the Agribusiness: Food and Resource-Based Processing in
Brgy. Libtong, Naval, Biliran is on-going with 60%
accomplishment as of June 30, 2019. The project was started
on July 31, 2019 [sic] under contract with MB Ang
Construction and Supply. Its completion date is on January
for industry and trade in Biliran underway
August 21, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
“More road projects leading to trades, industries, and economic
zones in Biliran are underway”, David P. Adongay Jr., District
Engineer of Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO) reported.
The Department of Public
Works and Highways (DPWH) in convergence with the Department of
Trade and Industry (DTI) has identified and prioritized six road
connectivity for industry and trade in the province.
According to Adongay,
three projects under 2019 Regular Infrastructure Program are now
The head of Biliran DEO
said that among the prioritized projects for road improvements are
the access roads in Villa Caneja connecting to Sitio Kahukaw in
support of its cassava, kamote, and ginger food and resource-based
processing (P19.29M), the road from the National Road Junction (NRJ)
in Villa Consuelo connecting to Libtong Road in support of its coco
sugar, turmeric, banana chips, cacao, and ginger-based processing
products (P17.35M) and the improvement of access road from
Caraycaray-Cabungaan-Libtong Road in support of its cassava, kamote
and curioso-based processing (P18.29M), all in Naval town.
“These projects will be
implemented under multi-year funding from 2018-2022, except for the
improvement of access road in Villa Caneja connecting to Sitio
Kahukaw which will be implemented from year 2018-2019,” Adongay
Moreover, three projects
in lined under 2019 Local Infrastructure Projects (LIP) are soon to
be implemented. These projects are the P9.6M Road Concreting from
Brgy. Masagaosao Core Road connecting to Masagaosao Community Based
Forest Management (CBFM) Farmers Association in Kawayan town in
support of its food and resource-based processing (coconut, cacao
and coffee), the P9.6M Rehabilitation/ Improvement from Sitio Buri
to Brgy. Ungali Core in Kawayan town in support to its banana and
coconut food and resource-based and the P30M Road Concreting of P.S.
Eamiguel to Brgy. Imelda Road in Naval town in support of their
native delicacies such as puto cheese, sampilo, moron, and empanada.
Adongay said that these
projects will be monitored for fast completion in accordance with
DPWH quality and standards.
“With better roads leading
to trades and industries, more locals will be encouraged to do
business that in return will create an additional livelihood and
income,” said Adongay.
construction of Multi-Purpose Building in Brgy. Saljag,
multi-purpose buildings to rise in Calbayog
JASON DELOS T. ANGELES
August 21, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY –
Thirteen multi-purpose buildings are set to rise in Calbayog City,
with a combined allocation of P31 million under the 2019 DPWH
infrastructure program of DPWH Samar First District Engineering
These MPBs are located in
the following barangays: Rawis, Bagacay, Hamorawon, Cagboborac, San
Joaquin, San Rufino, San Policarpo National High School, Saljag
(Phase I), Matobato (Phase I), Caglanipao Sur (Phase II), Basud
(Phase II), Capoocan (Phase II), Jose Roño (Phase II).
MPB projects in Calbayog
will provide a decent venue for all community-based, socio-cultural
and economic activities within the aforementioned barangays. On the
other hand, it will serve as temporary shelter to the families
affective during times of man-made and natural calamities.
As of August 2019, the
Multi-Purpose building projects in Calbayog are near completion
based on data gathered. All projects are estimated to be
accomplished within the year.
Intensified police presence in campuses, an attack on academic
freedom & prelude to military take-over of schools
August 21, 2019
QUEZON CITY –
Rights alliance Karapatan rejects former Philippine National Police
(PNP) chief and Senator Roland “Bato” dela Rosa’s proposal to enact
a law that will allow intensified police visibility in campuses, as
well as the PNP’s calls to review the Soto-Enrile Accord which, if
invalidated, pose grave threats to academic freedom and democratic
“Bato does not want
critical students. He wants robots like leaders of the Duterte Youth
who follow orders without questions, and he proposes to do this by
terrorizing schools,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina
Palabay, in response to Bato’s proposal to allow police elements
“After miserably failing
to turn public opinion in relentlessly attacking and demonizing
activists for encouraging the youth to join the struggle for human
rights and social justice, the state forces now want to infiltrate
schools in order to suppress dissent. We at Karapatan strongly
oppose Bato’s proposal to allow intensified presence and visibility
of the state forces in schools. A law of such kind will provide the
groundwork for the wholesale violation of academic freedom and the
constitutionally-granted rights to organize and free expression, and
the placement of campuses in the country under a de facto martial
law. It seems that the only thing that this government knows is to
perpetrate fear mongering and relentless militarization, rather than
addressing the legitimate grievances of the people which lie at the
root of dissent,” added Palabay.
Dela Rosa expressed his
intentions to push for the heightening of police presence in
campuses to supposedly protect minors and the youth from the
“communist indoctrination” and recruitment of “left-leaning”
organizations in schools. Furthermore, according to PNP spokesperson
Brigadier General Bernard Banac, the PNP’s call for heightened
presence in campuses is part of the counterinsurgency operations of
the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.
According to Palabay, by
using the very pretext of counterinsurgency, the PNP is explicitly
stating its intentions to violate international humanitarian law
which prohibits armed elements from operating in schools and using
them as bases for armed conflict while they are being used for
educational purposes – thereby exposing the state’s willingness to
endanger the lives of the youth and commit human rights violations
to just achieve its fascist ends.
“It doesn’t come as a
surprise, however, that Bato proposes a measure which violates human
rights and international humanitarian law. Let us remind him that
his hands are bloodied with countless human rights violations, with
the blood of students and young Filipinos such as Kian Loyd Delos
Santos, Myka Ulpina, Skyler Abatayo, and thousands more who have
been killed under this regime’s drug war. Bato cannot pretend to
care for the lives of the youth when he has perpetrated the
arbitrary killing of our Filipinos. He and this government have
caused irreparable damage to the lives of Filipino families,”
The Karapatan official
expressed that “the fascist state doesn’t even distinguish unarmed
activists and armed combatants in its communist witch-hunt. By
red-tagging activists and legal mass organizations, the state is
maliciously designating unarmed activists and human rights defenders
as terrorists and parties to armed conflict, therefore legitimizing
state violence against activists. This is dangerous as we all have
seen this regime’s bloodlust and readiness to kill, violate rights,
and arbitrarily dismiss the dignity of Filipinos,” Palabay stated
Along with calls to revive
the Anti-Subversion Law, the Karapatan official also warned that the
proposal to allow the police to freely enter campuses sends a
chilling effect to schools, students, faculty, and administrators
who are critical of the regime’s anti-people policies.
“Allowing the police to
freely enter and infiltrate campuses places the lives of student
activists and organizations, faculty members, and administrations at
risk of being placed under massive surveillance, intimidation, and
harassment from state forces – even if state forces have been known
to conduct such even without the approval of school administrations.
Coupled with an Anti-Subversion Law, it is the perfect recipe for a
de facto martial law situation in schools. It really is meant to
silence dissent. A student criticizing the fascist regime or a
professor teaching Marx and critical texts in a class can be tagged
as a subversive and be expelled, or worse, abducted, arbitrarily
arrested, even killed, by state forces,” Palabay said.
Karapatan instead urged
the government to uphold academic freedom and democratic rights
rather than resorting to campus repression by addressing the
concerns of activists, as well as the root causes of armed conflict.
“Activism and social
unrest thrive because the government refuses to listen to the
demands of the people; activism thrives because the government
answers the people’s legitimate demands with guns and bullets.
Duterte, Bato, and their lapdogs in the AFP and PNP should not
wonder, then, why more and more youth are joining the ranks of
activist groups. Repression begets resistance, and Duterte’s fascist
policies are only giving the people more reasons to fight back,” the
Karapatan official ended.
New wage hike for
Eastern Visayas workers takes effect
August 20, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – As
Wage Order No. RB VIII-21, “Prescribing New Minimum Wage Rates for
Eastern Visayas”, takes effect on August 18, 2019, the Department of
Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII urges employers to
Director Yahya A. Centi,
DOLE RO VIII Director and Chairman of the Regional Tripartite Wages
and Productivity Board (RTWPB), happily announced in an interview
with media practitioner the effectivity of the new wage order.
“After all the region-wide
consultations with different sectors, I am happy to announce that
the wait is finally over. Our new wage order is now effective”, said
Director Centi informed
that the regional wage board has done its best effort for the
welfare of the workers while still considering the employers’ side.
“As chairman of the board,
I can say that we have done what’s best for both our labor and
management sector in so far as wage-fixing is concerned. Having
considered the current socio-economic indicators in our region, we
are able to derive the new minimum wage”, Centi added.
With the effectivity of
Wage Order No. RB VIII-21, workers in the private sector in Region
VIII shall receive a basic wage increase of P20.00 per day to be
given in two tranches as follows: P10.00 per day for the first six
months from effectivity and additional P10.00 per day starting on
the seventh month from effectivity.
Effective August 18, new
minimum wage rates for Region VIII for the first six (6) months will
be as follows: P315.00 for workers under Non-Agriculture and
Retail/Service establishments employing 11 workers and above;
P285.00 for workers in Cottage/Handicraft, Agriculture and
Retail/Service establishments employing 10 workers and below.
After successfully issuing
the new wage order, Director Centi urged all private employers to
“We in the labor
department are now calling all our employers in the private sector
to adhere to the new order. This is our gift for our minimum wage
earners who significantly contribute to your respective businesses
here in Eastern Visayas, so please comply immediately”, Centi said.
The wage order was
approved on July 22, 2019 by the RTWPB VIII, composed of Director
Centi (Chairman), NEDA VIII OIC-Regional Director Meylene C. Rosales
(Vice-Chairperson), DTI VIII OIC-Regional Director Celerina T. Bato
(Vice-Chairperson), Mr. Orlando C. Uy (Employers’ Representative),
Atty. Miguel T. Tezon and Mr. Efren M. Gabriola (Workers’
Representative). It was published at Leyte Samar Daily Express last
August 3, 2019.
Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr. delivers an inspirational
message to the frontline workers of nutrition during a
Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS) Day on July 30, 2019.
BNS Day caps 2019
Nutrition Month celebration
JACK C. GADAINGAN
August 19, 2019
Palo, Leyte – About 200 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) from
around Eastern Visayas’ six provinces gathered here at the
Department of Education (DepEd) Leyte Division Gymnasium to mark
their being front-liners in the battle against malnutrition in
Region 8 on July 30, 2019.
The half-day activity
capped the Nutrition Month celebration of July carrying the theme:
“Kumain ng Wasto at Maging Aktibo…Push Nation ‘to!” And as the theme
directed the serious discussions of the gathering was mixed with
more fun activities – all involving physical activity.
Ullasini J. Pangan,
Nutrition Officer II of National Nutrition Council Region VIII
(NNC-8), tackled a brief discussion on the Nutrition Month Key
Messages, wherein she emphasized for everyone to have ONE hour or
more of physical activity every day, to reduce screen time (use of
gadgets, TV and computers) to TWO hours or less each day, and to eat
the THREE food groups every day for variety;
Niño Archie S. Labordo,
NNC-8 Nutrition Officer III, the Outstanding Barangay Nutrition
Scholar Journey where he revealed that this year Region 8 has a
contender to the national level for the Outstanding BNS, as he urged
the congregation to strive to become as well; and
Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo
Jr., NNC-8 Regional Nutrition Program coordinator, the inspirational
message – during which he congratulated each one for a successful
event and for their efforts in uplifting the regional nutrition
Lydia O. Nuñez, Eastern
Visayas Association of Barangay Nutrition Scholars (EVA-BNS)
president, welcomed the BNSs and thanked them for their attendance
and continued support of the BNSs Body as well in the fight against
malnutrition in the region; Patrocenia De Cadiz, EVA-BNS treasurer
provided the closing message.
The fun games of the BNS
Day – highly entailing physical activities were divided into Solo
Game, Group Game, and 3N1 Dance Contest: the Solo Game were Sipa,
Limbo Rock, Hula-Hoop Defying Gravity, Piko, Tsato and Sangkayaw; the
Group Game were Patintero, Sack Race, Dodgeball and Tug of War; and
the 3N1 Dance Contest were Cha-cha, Boogie and Tango.
fishery production in Eastern Visayas grows by 15.7%
August 19, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
fishing industry in Eastern Visayas’ expanded as the region’s total
fish production went up to 30,907 metric tons (MT) during the first
quarter in 2019 from 26,704 MT in the same quarter in 2018, posting
an increase of 15.7 percent.
In the first quarter of
2019, Eastern Visayas ranked sixth among the regions with low
fishery production in the country with 3.0 percent contribution to
the country’s total fishery production.
Among provinces, Samar
recorded the highest volume of fish production at 13,675 MT,
comprising 44.2 percent of the total fishery production in the
region. Leyte ranked second at 7,520 MT, accounting for 24.3 percent
of the region’s total fish production. Southern Leyte, meanwhile,
had the lowest volume of production at 1,219 MT which shared only
Volume of production in
commercial fishing went up by 44.8 percent, from 3,684 MT in the
first quarter of 2018 to 5,336 MT in the same quarter of 2019. Samar
and Biliran contributed to the increase in the production in
commercial fishing with growths posted at 102.1 percent and 24.8
The rest of the provinces
registered decreases with Southern Leyte posting the biggest decline
of 52.8 percent. Northern Samar, meanwhile, retained its volume of
production in the first quarter of 2018 at 477 MT.
Similarly, the region’s
total volume of production in municipal fishing (marine and inland)
registered an increase of 31.4 percent, from 14,776 MT in the first
quarter of 2018 to 19,416 MT in the same quarter of 2019. All
provinces registered increases in municipal fishing, except Northern
Samar, which recorded a slight decline of 0.5 percent. Leyte
recorded the highest increase of 156.5 percent, from 2,272 MT in the
first quarter of 2018 to 5,829 MT during the first quarter of 2019.
Among provinces, Leyte
posted the highest contribution to the total municipal fishery
(marine and inland) production in the region with 30.0 percent share
or 5,829 MT. Samar ranked second with 5,463 MT accounting for 28.1
percent. Southern Leyte, meanwhile, registered the lowest
contribution with 5.8 percent share or 1,127 MT during the first
quarter of 2019.
Meanwhile, volume of
production in aquaculture recorded a decline of 25.3 percent, from
8,244 MT in the first quarter of 2018 to 6,155 MT in the same period
of 2019. Eastern Samar and Northern Samar exhibited growths in
production with Eastern Samar registering the highest increase of
28.6 percent. The rest of the provinces registered decreases with
Leyte recording the highest decline of 49.2 percent.
More than three fifths or
62.8 percent (19,416 MT) of the total fishery production in the
region were from municipal fishing. Aquaculture contributed 19.9
percent (6,155 MT), while commercial fishing accounted for 17.3
percent (5,336 MT).
Inflation rate in
Eastern Visayas remains at 1.5% in July 2019
August 18, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Inflation Rate (IR) in Eastern Visayas remained at 1.5 percent in
July 2019. This figure is 4.4 percentage points lower compared with
the 5.9 percent IR recorded in the same period last year. The
regional inflation rate is 0.9 percentage point lower than the 2.4
percent national average in July 2019.
The provinces of Biliran,
Southern Leyte and Samar registered lower IRs in July 2019 compared
with their figures in the previous month. Biliran recorded the
biggest drop of 2.1 percentage points, from 0.2 percent in June 2019
to -1.9 percent in July 2019.
On the other hand, Leyte
registered a 0.5 percentage point increase in IR, from 3.2 percent
in June 2019 to 3.7 percent during the reference month. Eastern
Samar inched up by 0.1 percentage point, from 1.0 percent a month
ago to 1.1 percent in July 2019.
Northern Samar, meanwhile
registered zero inflation rate during the month in review. Among the
provinces, Biliran posted the lowest with negative IR at 1.9
percent. Leyte, meanwhile, recorded the highest IR during the month
in review at 3.7 percent (Table 1).
Majority of the commodity
groups in the region exhibited higher IR in July 2019 compared with
their rates in June 2019. These were however offset by the decreases
recorded in housing, water, gas, electricity and other fuels; food
and non-alcoholic beverages; and transport commodity groups.
Housing, water, gas,
electricity and other fuels commodity group registered the biggest
drop of 2.4 percentage points, from 1.1 percent in June 2019 to -1.3
percent during the month in review. This can be attributed to the
huge decrease in the index for electricity, gas and other fuels.
The heavily weighted food
and non-alcoholic beverages declined to 0.7 percent in July 2019
from its previous month’s rate of 1.5 percent, a drop of 0.8
percentage point. Lower IRs were noted in majority of the items.
Fish and vegetables registered the highest decrease of 2.1
percentage points pushing their IRs to 0.6 percent and 6.5 percent,
respectively. Fruits and rice indices continued to register negative
IRs at 5.0 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively.
Transport commodity group
eased down to 3.3 percent during the reference month from 3.7
percent in June 2019.
On the other hand,
education commodity group increased to 5.3 percent during the month
in review, 21.7 percentage points higher compared with the -16.4
percent IR in June 2019. This can be traced to higher IRs in the
indices in all levels of education: pre-primary and primary
education; secondary education; and tertiary education.
IR for alcoholic beverages
and tobacco commodity group went up to 5.0 percent in July 2019 from
4.1 percent in June 2019.
IR for restaurants and
miscellaneous good and services commodity group also increased by
0.8 percentage point, pushing its IR to 4.0 percent during the month
Increased IRs were also
noted in the commodity groups of furnishings, household equipment
and routine maintenance of the house; recreation and culture;
clothing and footwear; and communication, with IRs posted at 6.7
percent, 4.5 percent, 3.4 percent, and 1.3 percent, respectively.
The Purchasing Power of
Peso (PPP) of the region remained at P0.80 in July 2019. This PPP
implies that P100.00 in 2012 (base year) is worth P80.00 only in
Biliran posted a P0.03
increase in PPP compared with its figure in June 2019, while
Northern Samar and Samar’s PPP strengthened by P0.01. The rest of
the provinces sustained their PPP last month. Biliran recorded the
strongest PPP at P0.84. Southern Leyte ranked second at P0.82,
followed by Leyte at P0.81 and Eastern Samar at P0.79. Northern
Samar and Samar posted the weakest PPP at P0.77.
killing of barangay captain in Hilongos, Leyte
DPAO, 8ID PA
August 18, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A certain Virigilio Loquias, of legal age and married,
Barangay Captain of Brgy Sto Niño, Hilingos, Leyte, was killed by
three (3) Communist NPA Terrorist (CNTs) while fishing at locally
known as “Pahubas” together with his wife and father-in-law on
August 15, 2019 1:30 p.m.
The said barangay captain
suffered multiple gunshots that caused his instantaneous death.
According to the witnesses, the group of CNTs ordered him to lie on
his stomach and declared judgement to the said victim saying “Dako
kayo ni sala kay mao ni nagpa-raid sa among Kampo” (This person has
a grave offense to our organization as he is the cause that our camp
has been raided).
The killing of barangay
captain Loquias is another proof of desperation of Communist NPA
Terrorists that they resorted in this barbaric act to terrorize the
communities that are no longer supportive to their dying movement.
Maj. Gen. Pio Q Diñoso III
AFP, Commander 8ID, Philippine Army in his statement said that, “The
8ID strongly condemns the murder of Barangay Captain Virgilio
Loquias perpetrated by the members of CPP-NPA Terrorists and a clear
manifestation of gross violation in Human Rights.”
“Your Philippine Army
together with the Philippine National Police will be objective in
its investigation to ensure that justice is served. We extend our
condolences and prayers to the bereaved family in this difficult
time,” Diñoso added.
Expectators shrill in excitement watching the BNS Solo-Game
Sankayaw, a contest won by Lylanie Pamapor of Samar
contests and winners
JACK C. GADAINGAN
August 17, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Marking of the 45th Nutrition Month with the theme: “Kumain nang
Wasto at Maging Aktibo…Push Natin ‘to!” encouraging to eat healthy
diets and espousing active lifestyle by disengaging sedentary
behavior, inspired the frontline nutrition managers in Eastern
Visayas headed by the National Nutrition Council Region VIII (NNC-8)
to list a number of contests – all entailing physical activity as
among the highlights of the month-long July celebration.
The recognition and
awarding of the contest winners was conducted during the “45th
Nutrition Month Culmination and Awarding Ceremonies” on July 30,
3019 held at the Department of Education (DepEd) Leyte Division
Gymnasium, Government Center, Palo, Leyte.
NUTRIMAZING RACE, a team
contest of eight stations conducted during the Nutrition Month
launching on July 5 result: First Place - Leyte Metropolitan Water
District, team members John Paul Go, Ranulfo Gamba and Joanne
Pacunla, bagging a plaque and P3,000 cash; 2nd Place - Department of
Budget and Management 8, team members Neuman Gallardo, Arnel C. Yboa
and Carl Patrick Bernardo, bagging a plaque and P2,500 cash; and 3rd
Place - Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center, team members
Weinona M. Ligason, Maria Dyna Rose Abrenio and Rolan Jose M. Fua,
NUTRIVIDEO CONTEST, a
month-long video contest posted on social media: Most Liked and
Shared (1077) - Commission on Audit, bagging a plaque and P1,000
cash; Best in Choreography - Land Transportation Office 8, bagging a
plaque and P1,000.
likewise a month-long contest posted on social media: First Place -
NUTRISONG by Ginataan Medley, bagging P2,000; 2nd Place - Gulay
Sensation by Burauen National High School, bagging P1,500; 3rd Place
- PUSH NATIN TO! By Promiseland Educational Academy, bagging P1,000;
and Most Liked and Shared - Guly Sensation by Burauen National High
BNS LARO NG LAHI,
conducted as among the activities during the Barangay Nutrition
Scholar (BNS) Day on July 30, 2019.
Individual Games each game
bagging P300: SIPA - Southern Leyte Province by Fedelina Mendiola,
winner; LIMBO ROCK - Leyte Province by Wilma Sumaste, winner;
HULA-HOOP DEFYING GRAVITY - Southern Leyte by Shirley Candelaria,
winner; PIKO - Samar Province by Analiza Salamida, winner; TSATO -
Eastern Samar by Val Cabus, winner; and SANKAYAW - Samar Province by
Lylanie Pamapor, winner.
Group Games with each game
bagging P1,200: SACK RACE - Leyte Province, winner; DODGEBALL -
Eastern Samar, winner; and TUG OF WAR - Leyte Province, winner.
BNS DANCE CONTEST: First
Place - Leyte Province, bagging P4,000; 2nd Place - Catbalogan City,
bagging P3,000; and 3rd Place - Baybay City bagging P2,000;
non-winning contestants bagged P500 each pair as consolation prize.
Judges for the NUTRIVEDIO, NUTRIJINGLE and BNS DANCE contests were:
Mr. Eulogio A. Plameran Jr., PLTCOL Anabel Roche and Ms. Winderose
of the Department of Agrarian Reform orient members of
various agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs)
and Pantawid Pamilya recipients throughout Eastern Visayas
about the Convergence on Livelihood Assistance for ARBs
DAR seeks funding
for 102 livelihood proposals of ARBs in EV
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
August 16, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Eastern Visayas in now
waiting for the downloading of funds after it has submitted more
than a hundred livelihood proposals from agrarian reform
beneficiaries (ARBs) throughout the region for funding under the
Convergence on Livelihood Assistance for ARBs Project (CLAAP).
DAR Regional Director
Sheila Enciso disclosed that a total of ₱55.450-M is needed to
finance the 102 various livelihood or micro enterprise proposals to
be benefited by no less than 2,218 ARBs, smallholder farmers and
farmworkers from the six provinces of Region 8.
Once the requested fund is
downloaded from the Central Project Monitoring Unit, the DAR
provincial offices can start with the procurement process and at the
same time conduct the identified appropriate capacity development
trainings specified in the respective project proposals, she added.
Enciso explained that the
fund will be taken from the Department of Social Welfare and
Development’s (DSWD’s) Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) wherein
₱1-B has been allocated for the successful implementation of the
Early in 2018, the two
government agencies entered a partnership agreement to provide
livelihood assistance to ARBs through ARB organizations (ARBOs) by
clustering them with members of the Pantawid Pamilya recipients of
the DSWD who have not availed yet of any assistance under the SLP.
Each cluster member,
Enciso clarified, will be provided with a seed capital of P15,000 to
start a micro enterprise based on the submitted livelihood proposal
by his/her cluster. A separate P10,000 will be provided for the
capacity development trainings to prepare the recipients in their
This project is expected
to improve household income of the farmers particularly the agrarian
reform beneficiaries by expanding and increasing their access to
Regional Director for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development and
Sustainability Program, Ismael Aya-ay, further disclosed that among
the micro-enterprises the 102 clusters would like to engage in are:
hog raising, swine production, broiler and layer poultry production,
fertilizers and pesticides trading, and rice trading.
He also shared that of the
2,218 who signified interest to avail of the said government
assistance, 1,371 ARBO members and pantawid pamilya recipients
divided into 63 clusters are from Leyte.
While 248 ARBO members and
pantawid pamilya recipients divided into eight clusters are from
Biliran; 135 ARBO members and pantawid pamilya recipients divided
into eight clusters are from Southern Leyte; 139 ARBO members and
pantawid pamilya recipients divided into seven clusters are from
Eastern Samar; 195 ARBO members and pantawid pamilya recipients
divided into 10 clusters are from Northern Samar; and 130 ARBO
members and pantawid pamilya recipients divided into six clusters
are from Western Samar, Aya-ay further shared.
SUMMIT. Felecita R. Borata, DoH-8 Regional Nutrition Program
Manager, tackles the “Iodine Prevention and Control
Program,” during the Asin Summit on July 26, 2019.
conducted in Eastern Visayas region
JACK C. GADAINGAN
August 16, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Iodine deficiency remains the single greatest cause of preventable
brain damage and mental retardation. Insufficient intakes of iodine
during pregnancy and early childhood result in impaired mental
development of young children. So that iodization of table salt is
mandated by law as it is one of the best and least expensive methods
of preventing micronutrient malnutrition in the country,
particularly Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD).
Felecita R. Borata,
Department of Health Region VIII (DoH-8) Regional Nutrition Program
Manager, revealed this during the “Asin Summit” conducted on July
26, 2019 at the Department of Education (DepEd) Leyte Division
Gymnasium, Palo, Leyte.
The one-day event, a part
of July 2019 Nutrition Month celebration activities, was attended by
municipal health officers (MHOs), provincial, city and municipal
nutrition action officers (P/C/MNAOs), nutritionists/dieticians and
rural sanitary inspectors (RSI) from around Eastern Visayas region.
Also in attendance were a group of salt-traders from Tacloban City,
representatives from government nutrition-partner agencies,
nongovernment nutrition organizations, and the media.
Borata tackled the subject
“Iodine Prevention and Control Program,” where she scrutinized and
explained to the audience the intentions of Republic Act No. 8172
or: “An Act Promoting Salt Iodization Nationwide and for Related
Purposes (Asin Law).” Saying that Salt Iodization strategy has been
implemented in most countries where iodine deficiency is a public
The law (RA 8172) intends
to ensure that only iodized salt shall be available in the market
for human and animal consumption, thereby it requires salt
producers/manufacturers, importers, to iodize from 30 to 70 (mg/kg)
or parts-per-million (ppm) the salt they manufacture, produce,
distribute, trade and/or import, as well as the law further requires
salt re-packers to repack and sell only iodized salt.
In Eastern Visayas, the
Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) is the body mandated to
ensure the sustainability of the ASIN Law implementation – as well
as to guarantee the iodization of all salt being produced, sold or
traded, and utilized in the region. The body is composed of the DOH,
NNC, DOST, DTI, PNP, DENR, FDA, PPA, PIA and LGUs among others.
The RBATF for the summit,
reported that during a Post Marketing Surveillance on Iodized Salt
from seven establishments conducted on November 6, 2018, result of
the analysis of salt-samples taken from seven salt establishments in
the region failed; and again from another Post Marketing
Surveillance on Iodized Salt conducted on November 7, 2018 on
salt-samples taken from six establishments, only two passed while
the rest failed again.
Considering the volatile
characteristics of iodine, the RBTAF engrained some reminders to the
congregation, particularly the asin traders, distributors and
sellers – that in order to minimize avoidable losses of iodine,
iodized salt should not be exposed to any of the following
conditions during storage, transport and display: 1. direct sunlight
or near source of strong light, 2. high temperature and humidity, 3.
contamination with moisture (e.g. rain, flood, etc.), and 4.
contamination with dust or filth from the environment.
Social ills, not
teachers, to blame for student activism - ACT
August 16, 2019
QUEZON CITY – The
Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) slammed Senator Bato dela Rosa
and police chief Oscar Albayalde for “blaming teachers” for the
“anti-government” sentiments of students and the youth, citing that
“it is not the teachers’ fault that poverty, corruption and human
rights violations intensifies under the current administration.”
News reports quoted Dela
Rosa and Albayalde chiding teachers to ‘just do their jobs and not
make students turn against the government.”
Dela Rosa in a senate
hearing went as far as ask for the termination of employment of
teachers who encourage students to join rallies. “The two officials
are not in the position to lecture us on our jobs. Their stances
show that they have very little appreciation of the objectives of
education,” said Joselyn Martinez, ACT National Chairperson.
Martinez explained that
the constitution mandates schools to “teach patriotism, love of
humanity, human rights, role of national heroes and history, rights
and duties of citizens, ethical and spiritual values, moral
character and personal discipline, critical and creative thinking,
scientific and technological knowledge and vocational efficiency.”
“It is not the teachers’
fault if the government leadership acts in contrast to the values
upheld by education. They should not blame us if the youth calls out
the government for the ills that they see in the society. We are
only doing our job,” expressed Martinez.
Martinez hit dela Rosa and
Albayalde for “demonizing activism and rallies which are basic
constitutional rights of the people, including students and
“In the guise of
attempting to curb armed rebellion, dela Rosa and Albayalde are in
effect discrediting the fundamental rights of the people to free
expression, self-organization and to protest. It is them who are not
doing their jobs as being government officials, their constitutional
duty is to respect and uphold such rights,” said Joselyn Martinez,
Martinez said that the
government should not “find fault in teachers encouraging students
to attend rallies” as rallies are “real-life events that hold many
learnings for the students.”
“It exposes our students
to people from different walks of life who have grievances that are
worth hearing. It helps broaden the youth’s view of our society and
offers education that cannot be learnt inside the classroom and from
textbooks,” said Martinez.
Martinez concluded by
saying that “Rallying is not a crime. It appears that dela Rosa’s
and Albayalde’s rants all boil down to this administration’s
intolerance of dissent. They should stop in their desperate bid to
silence critics. We’re in a democracy after all.”
SAMELCO II workers on OSH
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
August 15, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. VIII through
its Samar Field Office conducted a capacity-building activity for
one hundred seventy-nine employees of Samar Electric Cooperative II
(SAMELCO II) last July 25-26, 2019 at SAMELCO II, Paranas, Samar.
Under the Workers’
Organization Development Program (WODP) of the agency, the
participants availed of an 8-hour mandatory training on Safety and
Health. Engr. Aleksei Ceasar D. Abellar, Senior Labor and Employment
Officer and Officer-in-Charge of DOLE-SFO, discussed about the
Introduction to Occupational Safety & Health and Department Order
198 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No.
11058 entitled “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational
Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties Thereof”.
Other important topics
such as General Concept on OSH, Basic Safety Rules and Measurements
for Workplace Hazards, Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and
Control and Defensive Driving were presented by Mr. Dominador B.
Balagon, Jr., OSH Practitioner.
participative during the training and shared their real experiences
on electrical works-related accidents. Ms. Olivia D. Cabaliza,
Finance Manager and Officer-in-Charge of SAMELCO II, expressed her
gratitude to DOLE for initiating and funding the activity.
“In behalf of SAMELCO II,
I would like to thank DOLE for this training. I am so glad to share
to you that we are the first to have undergone this kind of training
among the power distribution cooperatives in Region VIII”, said Ms.
Ms. Cabaliza likewise
committed that SAMELCO II will comply with all the safety rules and
regulations. She said “We will do our best to implement and adhere
to all the mandated safety and health standards”.
On the second day, Ms.
Maria Chulla B. Corpuz, Labor and Employment Officer I of DOLE-SFO,
gave the SAMELCO II workers an orientation on Strengthening the
Family Welfare Program in the Workplace. Participants were pleased
to note that they can benefit from the said program.
Ms. Marilou C. Agbon,
Human Resource Officer, happily informed that the Multi-Purpose
Clinic of SAMELCO II is already being constructed and is intended to
cater to the emergency medical needs of its workers and other
concerns of women. She likewise mentioned that they plan to
negotiate with the management for incentives to be awarded to
workers who will practice family planning.
(with reports from Engr. Aleksei D. Abellar)
anti-subversion law, anti-terror law amendments add to Duterte gov’t
arsenal of repressive laws
August 14, 2019
QUEZON CITY – “The
restoration of the Anti-Subversion law will merely add to this
government’s arsenal of repressive laws. It will add another moniker
to the Duterte government’s many labels against critics and
activists. From destabilizers, demons, enemies of the State,
terrorists, here now comes the newest recycled label: subversives.
All these serve the same goal – to legitimize repression and box
critics into dangerous labels that lays down the pretext for state
forces to persecute them,” said Karapatan vice-chairperson Reylan
Vergara on the proposal of Department of Interior and Local
Government (DILG) Sec. Eduardo Año to restore the Anti-Subversion
DILG’s Año has cited the
said measure as among the three most dangerous laws and policies
that pose extreme risk to the democratic rights and freedoms of the
Filipino people, with the amendments to the Human Security Act and
Duterte’s Executive Order No. 70. “Will these alleviate poverty and
the worsening job crisis in the country? Will these resolve the
cases of human rights violations committed by state forces in rural
and urban areas? Will these lead to respect and defense of our
national patrimony? No. These policies are all meant to silence
critics who raise the aforementioned issues and demand
accountability,” said Vergara, adding that such measures do nothing
to solve the causes of dissent and unrest in the country.
The Karapatan vice
chairperson also slammed Año for continuing to push for the
amendments to the Human Security Act, or Republic Act 9372. The DILG
head said the HSA has not been used because “honest mistakes of law
enforcers” are met with stiff fines and imprisonment. “Well, this
so-called “honest mistakes” have severe repercussions to the lives
of those wrongly accused. This law has been used to wrongly accuse
farmers and activists, and in our documentation, previous cases
using the HSA were all dismissed. More often than not, human rights
and civil liberties are violated, and they expect law enforcers to
simply walk away without any consequence? This adds to the
arbitrariness and impunity that is the hallmark of state forces and
their conduct. We will definitely continue to resist this dangerous
law that gives more power to state forces – power to corrupt,”
Vergara also shrugged off
Año’s claims that there are no “subversive organizations” in the
United States because it has not repealed its Communist Control Act
of 1954, using this as a justification to support the restoration of
the Anti-Subversive Law in the country: “There is widespread
resistance by people in the United States, and it is mired by
several bouts of terroristic acts perpetrated by white supremacists
and vindictive rhetoric peddled by no less than their President. We
do not know what Año means by subversive organizations, but if he
means organizations that challenge government to abide by their
obligations, then there are such groups led by civil rights
activists and social movements. If he meant there are no acts of
terrorism in the United States because of its current laws, then he
should start reading the news,” explained Vergara.
Vergara called on
Filipinos to be critical: “Let us be reminded that all-powerful
governments, especially those that is manned by militarists, are
abusive, arbitrary and corrupt to the core. Giving the Duterte
government these additional powers will lead to further political
persecution and repression. The Duterte government and his cohorts
will try to slyly legitimize this, but when all else fails, Duterte
is waiting to formalize a nationwide martial law.”
“These efforts will
nonetheless be instrumental to the establishment of a tyrannical
regime. They can call those who defiantly resist as subversives or
what-not, but the reality of rights violations, poverty, and the
shameless affront to our sovereignty will remain a resounding truth.
These are the very same issues that the so-called “subversives” are
fighting for,” said Vergara.
Vergara concluded with a
quote from ‘El Filibusterismo’ by Dr. Jose Rizal, which roughly
translates to ‘The Subversive’: “The just and the worthy have to
suffer in order to spread their ideas and let them be known. One has
to shake and break the glass in order to scatter the perfume. One
has to scratch the surface of the rock to release the light. There
is something providential in the persecution of tyrants...”
NMP partners with
LGUs in EV in the conduct of Basic Safety Training for Motorboat
Handlers / Operators and Fisherfolks
August 8, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
With the noted occurrence of many maritime incidents and loss of
lives of the local motorboat operators and fisherfolks in the course
of carrying out their livelihoods and with the Agency’s aim of
promoting safety of life at sea, the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP)
partners with the interested local government units (LGUs) of the
Eastern Visayas in the conduct of Basic Safety Training for
Motorboat Handlers/Operators and Fisherfolks (BSTMHOF).
The 3-day training
includes topics on Personal Survival Techniques (PST), Fire
Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF), Elementary First Aid (EFA),
Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR), Rules of the Road,
Marine Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection,
STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Maritime Sector (SHAPIMS), Prevention
of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Maritime Sector (PADAMS), Marine
Safety Regulations and Typhoon Preparedness. However, the modules /
topics may be modified dependent on the knowledge, skill, and
attitude needed by the participants.
NMP Head of the
Information and Marketing Section, Mr. Andrew D. Soledad together
with NMP Instructor, Mr. Telesforo M. Sambalilo presented NMP’s
proposal on the conduct of the said training to the local government
of Ormoc City during the Public Safety and Disaster Management and
Laws and Ordinances Joint Committee Meeting held last 31 July 2019.
The proposal underwent the
committees’ extensive review and after all concerns were answered by
the team, it gained the committee’s endorsement to the Sangguniang
Panglungsod (SP) with minor amendments. It will further be discussed
during the SP session slated on 13 August 2019 and a resolution will
be issued granting authority to the Ormoc City Mayor to enter into a
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the NMP, Maritime Industry
Authority (MARINA) Region 8, and the Philippine Coast Guard - Coast
Guard District Eastern Visayas (PCG-CGDEV).
Also present during the
meeting were Mr. Santiago M. Acera of MARINA RO 8, Lt. Christopher
Michael Angelo Dulnuan of PCG Coast Guard Station (CGS) Western
Leyte, PO2 Jaime M. Los Baños of PCG CGS Ormoc City, and the
chairpersons of the different fisherfolk associations of Ormoc City.
Under the MOA, the LGU
will be responsible for identifying and inviting participants,
providing the training venue, meals and snacks, and submitting the
necessary qualifying documents such as medical certificate and 1.5 x
1.5 ID pictures of the participants.
NMP, as the training
provider, designs the training course tailored to the training needs
of the participants in consultation with external entities. It also
provides support staff to assist in the duration of the activity, as
well as the necessary handouts, supplies and materials, and issue a
Certificate of Completion to the complying participants.
The certificate issued by
NMP is a requirement of MARINA prior to the issuance of Certificate
of Marine Profession (CMP) such as boat captain license, motorman
license, and marine diesel mechanic license. These licenses are in
turn requirements before a seafarer can go on board passenger or
cargo motor bancas / motorboats and even commercial fishing vessels.
The project began in the
1990s when the NMP developed the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
Course for fishermen as an extension service. It was initially
designed for deep-sea fishermen in Albuera, Leyte, as more and more
fisherfolks were becoming involved in the deep-sea fishing thus
exposing them to hazards at sea. The training was then extended to
representatives from the Barangay Coastal Resource Management
LGUs that are interested
on the said training may email us at email@example.com or call or send
a message to Mr. Jay Arr Bryan U. Margallo, Administrative Officer
IV at mobile no. 0926-135-8823 for more details.
Meanwhile, NMP continues
to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required
pursuant to the STCW Convention as amended in 2010 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
Palay production in Eastern Visayas increases by 5.2% during the first quarter of 2019
August 8, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Palay production in Eastern Visayas exhibited a 5.2 percent growth,
from 279,728 metric tons (MT) in the 1st quarter of 2018 to 294,402
MT in 2019.
The province of Leyte
posted the highest palay production in Eastern Visayas at 148,212 MT
in the 1st quarter of 2019. It comprised more than half (50.3
percent) of the total palay production in the region. Samar ranked
second with 51,813 MT, accounting for 17.6 percent of the region’s
total palay production. Northern Samar followed with 49,097 MT
production contributing 16.7 percent share to the total production.
Eastern Samar and Southern Leyte shared 8.2 percent (24,076 MT) and
4.4 percent (12,862 MT), respectively. Meanwhile, Biliran had the
least contribution with only 2.8 percent and only 8,342 MT of palay
Area harvested for
irrigated palay in the region went up by 5.0 percent, from 30,713
hectares in the 1st quarter of 2018 to 32,249 hectares in the 1st
quarter of 2019. All provinces, except for Northern Samar, exhibited
increases in area harvested of irrigated palay. Northern Samar
posted a decline of 0.6 percent.
The province of Leyte,
being the biggest contributor of irrigated palay, has also
registered the highest area harvested for irrigated palay with 77.4
percent share to the total area harvested. Meanwhile, Eastern Samar
posted the least area harvested for irrigated palay with 0.01
Among the provinces,
Southern Leyte recorded the highest yield per hectare at 4.49 MT per
hectare during the 1st quarter of 2019. However, this figure was
lower by 0.3 percent compared with the 4.50 MT per hectare in the
1st quarter of 2018.
Biliran closely followed
at 4.41 MT per hectare. This figure was lower by 2.4 percent, from
4.52 MT per hectare of the same quarter in 2018. Leyte ranked third
with 4.28 MT per hectare, which was slightly higher by 0.3 percent
from its figure in same quarter of 2018.
postponement of the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan
August 7, 2019
MANDALUYONG CITY –
The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL)
encourages Congress to allow the conduct of the May 2020 BSKE as
scheduled. To do otherwise contravenes the principle of regularity
in the conduct of an election and deprives the electorate of seeking
accountability from elected officials by submitting themselves to a
Moving the date of
elections set by law can only be justified when any of the
conditions mentioned in Section 5 of the Philippine Omnibus Election
Code exist: any serious cause such as violence, terrorism, loss or
destruction of election paraphernalia or records, force majeure, and
other analogous causes of such a nature that the holding of a free,
orderly and honest election should become impossible in any
political subdivision. It is the task of the Commission on Elections
(Comelec) to make such determination, which in turn should be
through public hearings.
The planned deferment of
the May 2020 BSKE to May 2022 (Sen. Go version) / May 2023 (Sen.
Marcos version), unwittingly or not, extends the term of incumbent
barangay and SK officials without a clear mandate from their
Periodic elections are an
institutionalized governance feature in countries that have chosen
democracy as their form of government. Upholding the conduct of
periodic and genuine elections becomes an obligation under
international law. These are articulated in both Article 21 of the
1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and Article 25 of
the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Both can be described as foundational legal commitments that require
free and fair elections to be held on a regular basis.
Regular and periodic
elections are part of universal principles and guidelines to promote
genuine democratic election processes. These international election
standards can be traced back to the cardinal principle that citizens
have a right to take part in the governance and public affairs of
their countries. Article 21, Section 3 of the United Nations (UN)
UDHR enshrines this cornerstone precept: “The will of the people
shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall
be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by
universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by
equivalent free voting procedures.”
Further, the ICCPR
stipulates that every citizen must be provided the right and
opportunity, without discrimination, based on distinctions of “race,
color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national
or social origin, property, birth or other status” and without
unreasonable restrictions, to “vote and to be elected at genuine
Thus, the regularity of
elections is important to establish the mandate, legitimacy and
moral authority of elected leaders. Not holding elections regularly
could undermine the democratic process of ensuring the citizens’
right to choose their leaders and make them accountable.
commends the Comelec for pushing through with the continuing
registration of voters and for actively promoting citizens'
participation in the electoral process. NAMFREL urges the public,
especially the youth, to heed the calls to register or to have their
registration records updated or transferred before the deadline. As
of today, the Barangay and SK Elections are still scheduled to take
place on May 11, 2020: ensure that your registration records are in
order to avoid disenfranchisement.
DPWH opens new
classrooms in Jaro, Leyte
August 7, 2019
JARO, Leyte –
Eighteen (18) new classrooms was recently completed by the
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte Second district
engineering office in Granja-Kalinawan National High School (GKNHS),
The classrooms amounting
to P34.4 million funded under the DepEd Basic Educational Facilities
Fund are divided into three two-storey units each with six
These will be utilized by
the senior high school students taking up Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Information and Communication
Technology (ICT), Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) and other
strands offered by GKNHS.
“This is part of the
government’s efforts to provide a conducive learning environment for
students, as each year, enrollees continue to rise with the
implementation of K-12 program,” District Engineer Gerald Pacanan
He added that the
engineering office is conducting regular ocular inspections on the
projects to ensure that the program of works, plans and
specifications are strictly followed by contractors.
Nicerato Gonzaga Jr., the
school principal said that with the construction of these school
buildings, students and teachers will have a better interaction
“I am grateful that we are
one of the recipients of the school building projects and for the
fast implementation of DPWH,” he added.
For 2019, the school has a
total of 128 teaching and non-teaching staff and accommodates 3, 271
students from grades 7 to 12.
Save the Children
Philippines to mothers: Breastfeed infants exclusively on first 6
August 6, 2019
MAKATI CITY – Save
the Children Philippines is urging mothers to breastfeed infants
exclusively during the first six months to protect them from
diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia – the world’s leading causes
of child death.
The group raised concern
on the steady decline of exclusive breastfeeding in the Philippines
with 65 to 68.6 per cent of mothers breastfeeding exclusively for
the first two months but declining to 29 percent as babies turn 5
months. The figure was reflected in the 2018 Expanded National
Nutrition Survey of the Department of Science and Technology - Food
and Nutrition Research Institute.
The call was made in time
for the World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated from August 1 to 7 with
the theme: “Empower Parents. Enable Breastfeeding” to raise
awareness on the many benefits of breastfeeding.
Despite known benefits of
breastmilk, 60 per cent of the world’s total infants including those
in the Philippines are not getting the recommended six months of
Lawyer Albert Muyot, Chief
Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines said existing
laws including the Milk Code and First 1,000 Days mandate local
governments and hospitals to facilitate exclusive breastfeeding for
newborn babies up to six months.
He said local health and
nutrition workers have a critical role to allow the infant to be
breastfed in the first hour after birth and assist mothers to
breastfeed exclusively in the first six months and to continue up to
two years with complementary feeding.
“Local leaders should
invest in health and nutrition of children by hiring adequate number
of skilled health and nutrition workers to ensure mothers breastfeed
immediately after birth and exclusively up to six months,” said
In a research study of
Save the Children Philippines, it cited the decline in breastfeeding
practice due to the lack of skilled health workers in maternity
clinics in the communities.
The study also noted
rampant violations of the Philippine Milk Code or Executive Order
51, National Code of Marketing Breast Milk Supplements and Other
Products that prohibits the promotion of milk products as breastmilk
It also blamed aggressive
promotions of giant manufacturers of breastmilk substitutes or milk
formula targeting mothers and putting health claims in the packaging
that misinform the public that the benefits of breastmilk can be
gained from infant formula.
The study noted that there
are still milk companies that sponsor trips and conventions of
doctors and health workers to encourage them to promote milk
products to mothers of infants and young children.
Save the Children
Philippines implements a Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and
Nutrition program in the most deprived communities in Caloocan,
Navotas and Malabon in Metro Manila as well as in the provinces of
Sarangani and North Cotabato conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.
Dr. Amado Parawan, Health
and Nutrition Advisor of Save the Children Philippines said besides
exclusive breastfeeding for six months, mothers should ensure
continuous breastfeeding up to two years to guarantee optimum health
of their babies.
Save the Children
Philippines advocated the passage of the Republic Act No. 11148 or
Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act that ensures optimum care of
a child from conception up to two years or the first 1,000 days of
life to reduce malnutrition and child deaths due to preventable
The law, now passed as
ordinance in the cities of Malabon, Caloocan and Navotas, and the
municipalities of Magpet and Arakan in North Cotabato and Alabel in
Sarangani mandates exclusive breastfeeding for babies during the
first six months.
More than 30 studies
worldwide have shown that breastfeeding provides optimum benefits to
both mothers and babies that include:
• Reduces the risk of
dying for infants and young children. At least 840,000 neonatal
deaths can be prevented annually if breastfeeding is initiated
within an hour after birth.
• Boost immune system for
infants and young children living in areas with poor sanitation and
unsafe drinking water.
• Reduce cases of
respiratory tract infections, gastrointestinal infections, urinary
tract infections and otitis media among babies and children.
• Reduce rates of Sudden
Infant Death Syndrome within the first year of life.
• Decrease incidence of
both insulin-dependent and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
• Reduce possibility of
lymphoma, leukemia, and Hodgkin’s disease, obesity, and allergic
conditions in children.
• Reduce risks of mothers
getting breast cancer, ovarian cancer and type 2 diabetes.
Underutilized funds prove CHED, gov’t insincere to make college free
August 2, 2019
QUEZON CITY – CHED
was unable to utilize P20.3 billion or half of the P39.9 billion
budget for RA 10931 in 2018.
CHED cannot argue that
this is a natural outcome of newly implemented laws. Right from the
start, we can observe that the Duterte administration has been
insincere in providing free education to the Filipino youth.
For instance, President
Duterte signed the law on August 3, 2017, but the final version of
the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) was released only on
March 26, 2018. This seven-month delay was caused by the insistence
of the government to “make best use of funds” and “target the most
needy students” by inserting layers of restrictions as to who can
avail of free education.
CHED has even gone so low
that it ordered SUCs and LUCs to tighten their admission and
retention policies, thereby limiting the number of students who can
benefit from free education. As the report of the Commission on
Audit (COA) reveals, there is more than enough funds to cover all
students in SUCs and LUCs. On top of that, all students of public
higher education institutions essentially deserve the right to free
and quality education.
Also, the law already has
funding for January to December 2018. Yet the Duterte administration
stubbornly pushed that funds be used starting June 2018. This has
deprived students enrolled in SUCs and LUCs of one semester of
waived fees: not just tuition, but also other school fees.
While CHED has not fully
utilized the funds for free education, it permits continued charging
of fees in SUCs and LUCs. It was quick to release a list of around
140 other school fees that may be collected from students, contrary
to the spirit of the free education law.
Even associations of
private higher education institutions decried the very late
implementation of the Student Loan Program and the Tertiary
Education Subsidy, which are two other components of RA 10931. These
programs could have provided immediate relief to students in private
schools who suffer from annual school fee increases approved by the
government itself through CHED.
The COA report confirms
the cry of many students nationwide: that CHED has been making it
very difficult for the youth to gain access to scholarship funds and
subsidies of the government. In the case of the Student Financial
Assistance Programs (StuFAP), only P18 million out of P342 million,
or a tiny 5.27 percent, was utilized for fiscal year 2018.
CHED and the Duterte
government implemented RA 10931 only because of strong pressure from
students, youth and advocates of accessible education for all.
Unfortunately, after President Duterte has taken credit for the law,
his administration is now dozing off in its task to make sure that
collection of school fees stops.
The various excuses of
CHED for underutilization of funds cannot hide the reality that it
has been functioning as Duterte’s agency for inaccessible and
players in Tacloban promote the keychains.
Toby’s Sports join forces to empower girls through access to
football and education!
August 1, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
FundLife are excited to announce a new partnership with Toby’s
Sports – the Philippines’ largest multi-sports retailer. The effort
will aim to protect, educate and empower marginalised girls through
the retailing of special keychains to support FundLife’s work in
communities. The limited-edition designs will sell across 10 Toby’s
Sports branches, including its Flagship store in BGC. All proceeds
from the sales will go directly to help more girls access safe
spaces to play sports and further their education through FundLife’s
sports-based educational programs.
The announcement comes
after FundLife launched its Girls Community League (GCL) movement at
the World Football Summit in Kuala Lumpur on 29th April. The
regional movement, which started in Tacloban in 2018, aims to give
equitable access to 23,000 marginalised girls and boys across the
Philippines by 2023, through the creation of community-led football
The partnership with
Toby’s Sports will allow consumers to stand with girls and support
them through equitable access to play, education and opportunity.
Under the banner of ‘Rock the chain, let them play,’
socially-conscious consumers will be given a chance to purchase the
stainless steel, engraved keychain for only P129, which is the cost
to keep one girl in the GCL program for two weeks.
“We want to show people
that a small contribution goes a long way – by giving up just one
Starbucks coffee every month, it can keep one girl enrolled in the
GCL program – buying a keychain is a great way to start a
conversation with friends and family about supporting girls to have
access to sports and education,” said Kimberly Lopez, FundLife
“We are extremely happy to
partner with Toby’s Sports in this campaign. Toby’s Sports has long
been a champion of helping children through sports and this
collaboration is very exciting for FundLife,” added FundLife Program
Director, Marko Kasic.
GCL is supported through
global partners, which includes Common-Goal, a global movement of
professional football who have chosen to donate 1% of their wages to
supporting football for good programs.
“We’re excited to partner
with FundLife in this amazing initiative. At Toby’s Sports, we
believe in harnessing the power of sports to change lives, and we
applaud FundLife for doing what they can to make sports accessible
to these girls,” said Toby Claudio, President of Quorum
International Inc., the parent company of Toby’s Sports.
The proceeds of sales from
the GCL keychains will be used to support FundLife’s football for
good projects that currently reach over 5,000 children in Tacloban,
Cebu and Northern Mindanao and to bring the Girls Community League
to even more aspiring football players.
Cebu has over 300 players playing in U15 and U17 age
groups. (A table showing league standings of GCL - Cebu.)
Mayor Myra Georgina L. Arevalo (right) interacts with media
personalities from RONDA 1 headed by Pres. Bernie Errasquin
(center) and HIMSoG-8 headed by Antonio C. Pueblos (left)
during a visit to Palompon on July 15, 2019.
RONDA 1 media
group visits Eastern Visayas, exchanges notes with counterpart
JACK C. GADAINGAN
July 30, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – A
contingent of 13 practitioners of the quad-media from Ilocos Region
(Region 1) visited Eastern Visayas for a technical rendezvous with
National Nutrition Council Region VIII (NNC-8) media-group partner
Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition in
Region 8 (HIMSoG-8) on July 15-17, 2019.
The media personalities
are members of the Regional Organization of Nutrition Development
Advocates of Region 1 (RONDA 1), the media-group partner of
NNC-Ilocos Region. Like HIMSoG-8, RONDA 1 is also into the fight
against hunger and malnutrition in Region 1, through the persuasive
use of media power.
RONDA 1 contingent was
headed by its President Bernie Errasquin, with him were gentlemen
Romeo Umipig, Harry Peralta, and Cesar Obar; with ladies Celestina
Paz, Maricel Fonda, Charity Frianeza, Milagros Abuan, Gina Mae
Villanueva, and Gloria Tuazon; and escorts from NNC-1 headed by
Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator (RNPC) Ma. Eileen B. Blanco
together with Kendall Pilgrim A. Gatan and No Wyli.
A contingent from HIMSoG-8
headed by President Antonio C. Pueblos welcomed the media-visitors
on their arrival at the Tacloban City Airport, and after a
whistle-stop breakfast in Palo town, in a two-van convoy the two
media groups proceeded on a three-hour journey to Palompon town,
west coast of Leyte Island where the serious activities were
scheduled to transpire.
In Palompon, NNC-8 RNPC
Doc. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr., joined the congregation for the
courtesy call and interaction with newly installed Palompon Mayor
Myra Georgina L. Arevalo. Then the nutrition advocates from Region 1
and Region 8 proceeded to the Polompon Institute of Technology (PIT)
for the scheduled nutrition promotion activities, and to observe the
operations of NNC stablished FM station Radyo Kausbawan, a
Nutriskela Radyo run by the academe.
After lunch, RONDA 1 and
HIMSoG-8 tackled the main agenda of exchanging accomplishments –
with each group making presentation of each’s achievements, that was
followed with questions and answers, and finding common grounds to
share and adopt strategies to combat the common enemy, malnutrition!
After which the media groups examined the broadcast booth of Radyo
Kausbawan, which provided some the opportunity to air to local
listeners their visit intentions to Region 8.
The following day, July
16, RONDA 1 with some members of HIMSoG-8 together with NNC-8 media
conduit Novida Rico, proceeded to the town’s Tabuk Marine Park Fish
and Bird Sanctuary, a five-minute boat ride distance from the town
center, where RONDA 1 conducted a scheduled Program Implementation
On the third day, July 17,
RONDA 1 contingent with Novida Rico for a guide, got the chance to
tour Tacloban City tourist and historical sites, and observe the
local nutrition situation first hand – prior their flight back home
the flowing day to Ilocos Region.
VISIT. HIMSoG-8 Pres. Antonio C. Pueblos welcomes the RONDA
1 contingent to Eastern Visayas on their arrival at the
Tacloban City Airport on July 15, 2019.
bakers, dressmakers in Tacloban City
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
July 29, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Some fifty (50) bakers, dressmakers and entrepreneurs receive a
total of P724,400.00 worth of livelihood assistance from the
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII last July
25, 2019 at Tacloban Training Center, USAID Building, this city.
Charged against the
agency’s DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) funds, DOLE RO
VIII downloaded the said amount to LGU-Tacloban for the
implementation of three (3) approved individual and group projects
namely: “Dressmaking”, “Bread & Pastry” and “Souvenirs & Giftshop”.
From the total of
P724,400.00, P150,000.00 were utilized for the procurement of ten
(10) units of sewing machines and P176,400.00 were spent for ten
Meanwhile, the Tacloban
Entrepreneurs Association Marketing Cooperative received a total of
P398,000.00 worth of assistance for their proposed Souvenirs &
DOLE RO VIII Regional
Director Yahya A. Centi was present to personally turn over the
livelihood tools and equipment to the beneficiaries. In his message,
Director Centi congratulated all the beneficiaries for their
resiliency and expressed continued commitment to delivering public
service in the region.
“I am now facing
Taclobanons whom I know are resilient people. Let me congratulate
all of you for being our beneficiaries. Today is a classical proof
that we are doing our very best for you, our dear clients. As long
as we are complying with the rules, we will continue our engagement
with you”, said Centi.
Director Centi likewise
challenged the beneficiaries to grow their respective businesses and
not settle for what they have at present.
You know, it is my dream
to see you in the future having your respective businesses reaching
even the foreign market. And that will start by you being so
dedicated to your crafts”, Centi added.
Also present to grace the
simple turnover ceremony were Tacloban City Councilors Jom Bagulaya
and Leo Bahin and PESO Manager, Ms. Emilia Cruz.
Honorable Leo Bahin
thanked DOLE for the usual support and even recalled how the agency
assisted them when he was still a barangay chairperson few years
back when super typhoon Yolanda devastated the city in 2013.
“I can really testify how
we are able to avail emergency employment program from the DOLE
during the Yolanda. As a barangay chairman that time, I was so
thankful for all those help for our constituents who were trying to
cope with the challenging situation. Sincerely, I am grateful to
DOLE for all the help”, Hon. Bahin said.
The program ended with a
photo opportunity wherein the genuine smiles of the beneficiaries
were captured, a manifestation of their joy and excitement for the
get 500k worth of poultry business from DOLE
Norma Rae S. Costimiano,
July 29, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – A
total of P500,000.00 worth of poultry business had been turned-over
by the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII
through its North Leyte Field Office to the local government unit of
Tanauan last July 22, 2019 at Brgy. Cabuynan, Tanauan, Leyte.
Direct beneficiaries of
the project entitled “Layer Poultry Farming” are some thirty-five
members of the Cabuynan Small Coconut Farmers Organization of
Honorable Pelagio R.
Tecson, Jr., Mayor of the municipality, graced the turnover ceremony
together with Ms. Gemma D. Dela Cruz, Senior Labor and Employment
Officer of DOLE-North Leyte Field Office representing Director Yahya
A. Centi. He sincerely thanked DOLE for the assistance it extended
to the municipality.
“I am so grateful to our
labor department here in Region VIII for assisting us in terms of
augmenting the income of our constituents here in Tanauan. It is
indeed a big help not just for the LGU but most importantly to the
beneficiaries and their families”, said Mayor Tecson.
Ms. De la Cruz urged the
LGU and the association to really look into the business so that it
will become sustainable.
“We hope that through the
coordinated efforts of the Cabuynan Small Coconut Farmers
Association and the supervision of the LGU, this project will be a
successful one. We are happy that you now have this business but we
will be much happier if this will become sustainable”, de la Cruz
The beneficiaries were so
happy that finally they now have their own business. Per approved
livelihood proposal, the association was granted ten (10) egg laying
units equivalent to 480 chickens.
Considering there is no
existing layer farmer in the locality, the association saw it as an
opportunity for them to venture in. With the help of the DOLE and
LGU, their plan is now a reality.
to protect residents in Leyte town
DPWH 2nd LED
July 26, 2019
DULAG, Leyte –
Intending to protect the residents along coastal villages, the
Department of Public Works and Highways Leyte Second District
Engineering Office geared up a total of P17 million worth of flood
mitigation project in Dulag, Leyte.
District Engineer Gerald
Pacanan said that the embankment project involves the installation
of 120 meters prefabricated concrete pile sheet that would absorb
and lessen the force of waves and redirect the water towards the
The project will alleviate
the problems of erosion along the coastline and reduce the hazards
of storm surge to the residents of Brgy. Luan during the occurrence
“It is always the top
priority of our office to protect and ensure safety of the people
and of the community, especially those that are greatly susceptible
to the dangers of flooding during inclement weather conditions,”
The project started on
June 07, 2019 and will be completed on or before November 21, 2019.
For 2019, the district has
carried out a total of twelve flood mitigation projects amounting to
rehabilitates Daang Maharlika to Magsaysay Blvd. exit
MAE ANGELICA R. COMOTA
July 25, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways Samar First District
Engineering Office completes the P80 million road improvement
project from Daang Maharlika (Toyota Calbayog) to Magsaysay
The project covers the
rehabilitation of 2.64 lane kilometers of road including the
construction of drainage structures. The previously 2-lane road is
widened into four lanes to accommodate a continuous, smooth flow of
The travelling public can
now enjoy a safer travel environment as some elevated parts of the
road were also downgraded.
The road serves as an
alternate route, allowing motorists to by-pass the traffic
congestion along Daang Maharlika and providing them with direct
access in and out of the city proper for motorists.