Ceremony. Rogelio J. Espina, Biliran Lone District
Representative (Wearing white camisa de chino) leads the cutting
of ribbon together with Engr. David P. Adongay Jr., District
Engineer (wearing blue stripe polo shirt), Mrs. Naricres Go,
Acting Mayor of the Municipality of Caibiran (wearing green polo
shirt) with some councilors of the Municipality and with the
School Heads during the blessing and turn-over ceremony of
Information Communication Technology (ICT) High School of
Eastern Biliran in Caibiran, Biliranon October 7, 2016.
turnover Techvoc building in ICT
By CHELSEA C. QUIJANO
October 11, 2016
NAVAL, Biliran –
Information Communication Technology (ICT) High School of Eastern
Biliran in Caibiran, Biliran finally receives its first Technical
Vocational and Livelihood (TVL) Workshop Building.
The TVL Building was turned
over on October 7, 2016 led by Rogelio J. Espina, Biliran Lone
District Representative and Engr. David P. Adongay Jr., District
Engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran
District Engineering Office (BDEO).
The occasion was also graced
by the presence of Engr. Alfredo L. Bollido, BDEO Chief of Maintenance
Section (now OIC Assistant District Engineer), Engr. Salvador G.
Regis, Chief of Construction Section and Mrs. Naricres Go, Acting
Mayor of the Municipality of Caibiran with some counselors of the said
Mrs. Liezl M. Avila, HT III/
School Head of ICT High School expressed her pleasure on the
completion of one-storey (TVL) Workshop Building during her acceptance
“During the opening of
classes’ kay waray man kami room, the TVL classes stayed in the old
building of the Central School, so when this (TVL Buiding) was
finished, excited sila (students) pagbalhin kay haluag,” said Avila.
(Because we lack of classrooms, the TVL classes stayed in the building
of Central School during the opening of classes, so when this was
finished, they [students] were all excited to move in because this is
However, Avila said that
that the newly turned-over TVL Building will be temporarily occupied
and divided into three TVL classes for courses: cookery, carpentry,
and electrical isolation and maintenance (EIC) due to the lack of
“I hope that more classrooms
will be constructed, I believe that the failure of soil test hinders
the construction of the building yet we are still hopeful that the
request for additional budget maybe released soon,” she appealed.
ICT High school is reported
to have less enrollees this school year with 250 more or less students
for the K-12 program. Hence, an appeal for additional classrooms were
requested to attract more students to enroll in the school. Espina, on
the other hand promised to act on the clamor of the school’s request
for additional school buildings.
The TVL Workshop Building is
a project of DPWH-BDEO in coordination with the Department of
Education (DepEd) with a contract amount of P8M under CY 2016 Basic
Educational Facilities Fund. The completed project will give proper
educational training to senior high school students that will hone
their skills in the various types of job.
drug traders who were captured in a search warrant operations by
joint elements of the PNP and military at Brgy. Timbangan,
Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao on October 6, 2016.
(Photo by JPC)
Cops, soldiers nab
suspected drug dealers in Maguindanao
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
October 7, 2016
Maguindanao – Authorities arrested five (5) suspected drug dealers
during a law enforcement operations in this town on Thursday, October
Police Chief Inspector
Armando Liwan, Chief of Shariff Aguak Municipal Police Station
identified the suspects as Macky Balubugan Dumpao, 48; Mensing Sumalay
Daligdig, 18; Abo Subpian Dumpao, 20; Montero Baluno Dumpao, 18; and
Tato Ali Ezong a.k.a. Cobra, 30.
The suspects were captured
after a five-minute firefight during the attempted serving of the
search warrant around 6:45 a.m. at So. Dumpao, Timbangan, Shariff
The items seized during the
operation were one small sachet containing alleged methamphetamine
hydrochloride (shabu), 11 empty sachets, six pieces of disposable
lighter, two digital weighing scales, one roll aluminum foil, one M16
rifle with scope and attached M203 grenade launcher, one improvised
M79 grenade launcher, one magazine loaded with seven live ammunitions,
one M203 grenade launcher ammunition, one M16 magazine pouch, and one
grenade launcher pouch.
Liwan said that joint
personnel of Shariff Aguak Municipal Police Station, Provincial Public
Safety Company and 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion launched the
operation by virtue of search warrants number 2016-146, 2016-143,
2016-144-and 2016-145 issued by Judge Banzawan Ibrahim, Al-Haj of
Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch13.
The other subjects of the
search warrant who were said to be Macky Dumpao’s cohorts in illegal
drug trade were able to escape during the ensuing firefight and fled
the from the scene.
Meanwhile, the arrested
suspects are now detained at Shariff Aguak Municipal Police Station
pending the filing of charges for violation of Republic Act 9165
(Illegal Selling and Illegal Possession of Dangerous Drugs) and
Republic Act 8294 (Illegal Possession of Firearms).
After 18 years,
GRP-NDFP peace talks to discuss land reform, national
By NDFP Media Group
October 5, 2016
MANILA – On the eve
of the resumption of the second round of peace negotiations, the
National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) expressed hopes
that after 18 years, land reform and national industrialization will
finally be discussed by both parties.
The NDFP said that social
and economic reforms, described as the “meat of the peace process,”
will be the focus of the second round of peace negotiations set to
take place in Oslo, Norway from October 6-10, 2016.
Last month, the NDFP
exchanged with the GRP a proposed “framework and outline” for the
Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER), the
second substantive item in the agenda of the peace negotiations
according to the framework agreement set by The Hague Joint
Declaration of 1992.
“After almost two decades
and two major economic crises, the 1997 Asian regional crisis and the
2008 world financial crisis, the two panels have yet to discuss a key
crisis-protection agreement,” says NDFP consultant and Reciprocal
Working Committee on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER)
vice-chairperson Alan Jazmines.
Jazmines said that the NDFP
draft on social and economic reforms, which includes land reform and
national industrialization as the “center of gravity” of the talks,
has been prepared for discussion since 1998.
“Now, we have updated our
CASER draft especially in light of the worsening economic crisis
brought about by neoliberal policies. However, land reform and
national industrialization is still the main content of our proposal
because of these twin economic development strategies’ proven
resilience to the crisis of globalization,” Jazmines said.
“Land reform and national
industrialization are inseparable from one another,” Jazmines said
adding, “the agriculture sector advances national industrialization,
and national industrialization develops the agriculture and
consequently uplifts the crisis-ridden economy of the country.”
NDFP consultant and RWC-SER
member Randall Echanis reiterated that “the NDFP proposal on social
and economic reforms is a product of consultations with revolutionary
forces, grassroots organizations of the toiling masses of farmers and
workers, professionals, and patriotic businessmen.”
“While we expect lively and
contentious discussions on CASER, we also hope that both parties are
strong-willed enough to overcome differences in order to solve the
armed conflict at its roots,” Echanis said.
According to the NDFP
proposal, the main CASER objectives are: a) carry out agrarian reform
and national industrialization; b) advance the rights of exploited,
oppressed, discriminated and disadvantaged sectors of society; c)
uphold, protect, defend and promote economic sovereignty; and d)
conserve the national patrimony and protect the environment.
DTI: Improving PH
competitiveness a must
UK helps PH cut red tapes
through a P1.1M-worth program
October 5, 2016
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez
emphasized the relevance of improving the country’s competitiveness,
during the ceremonial contract signing on 4 October between the
Philippines and the United Kingdom (UK) on a project that aims to
provide technical assistance to reduce red tape in the business
Timely and relevant, the UK
through the Asia Pacific Bilateral Programme Fund granted technical
assistance to the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines
(NCC) to support the Project Repeal, an initiative inspired by the
UK’s Red Tape Challenge, which addresses growing need to cut red tape
across the bureaucracy.
“Project Repeal, an
initiative geared towards eliminating red tape by systematically
removing redundant, antiquated and burdensome policies in government
agencies shall facilitate us in achieving this end,” Sec. Lopez said.
The trade chief also said
that the UK’s assistance, which amounts to £17,969 (approximately P1.1
million) that will run until January 2017, shall capacitate Project
Repeal in terms of development, pilot-testing and initial roll-out of
the Standard Cost Model.
The Standard Cost Model will
provide a statistically valid and reliable method in estimating the
regulatory burden imposed by existing regulations on businesses.
The assistance will also be
used to conduct a series of activities, including supplementary focus
group discussions that will be held in several regions in the country
to have a wider stakeholder engagement and ensure the project’s
greater impact, according to NCC.
Based on the Global
Competitiveness Survey done before the May 9 election, the Philippines
slipped 10 notches to 57th place, from 47th place. The trade chief
reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte’s marching orders to improve
competitiveness and the ease of doing business by reducing the
processing time for business licensing and permit system.
Joining Sec. Lopez in the
ceremonial signing were UK Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad,
DTI Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato and Private Sector Chairman of
the NCC Guillermo Luz.
of access roads leading to declared tourists destinations along
Higatangan Circumferential Road, Higatangan Island, Naval,
Biliran. As of September 30, 2016, it has an accomplishment of
90% under Chu Construction with an appropriation of P45M.
tourist destination road project is on the verge of completion
By CHELSEA C. QUIJANO
October 4, 2016
NAVAL, Biliran –
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - Biliran DEO reports
90% accomplishment of its P45M Construction / Improvement of
Higatangan Circumferential Road, Phase III.
District Engineer, David P.
Adongay Jr. said that the project is almost completed, however, the
contractor has encountered a slight problem on the project that’s why
it cannot be reported as 100% completed.
Circumferential Road concreting is already completed but ang problema
doon, meron kasing sobra na pera, yung sobra na pera ay di na pwede
ipa-semento kasi wala nang sesementohin kasi naka semento na lahat,”
Adongay explained. (The concrete paving of Higatanagn Circumferential
road is already completed but the only problem is that there is an
excess of fund. The excess fund cannot be allocated for concrete
paving because paving of the road is already finished.)
Adongay revealed that the
fund will be used for programming of road signs, loading and unloading
bay or thermoplastic pavement marker as a requirement for road
“I already directed BDEO
Chief of Construction and Project Engineers to submit a plan as per
instruction by the Construction Division Chief,” said Adongay.
Improvement of Higatangan Circumferential Road (PHASE 3) is the final
Phase of the project to complete the improvement of the entire
Circumferential Road. This includes the rehabilitation of existing
damaged and substandard concrete pavement, construction of concrete
ditch, construction of rest rooms and installation of guardrails.
Biliran DEO previously
reported that Phase II of the Construction of Higatangan
Circumferential Road under the CY 2015 GAA (General Appropriation Act)
was already completed on December 17, 2015 with an appropriation of
P40M. It includes concrete paving length of 2.20 Km (Sta.4+256.60 -
Sta.6+500) under contract with B. Vicencio Construction.
Construction/Improvement of 3.780 Km in Higatangan Circumferential
Road (HCR) implemented by the Regional Office 8 under CY 2014 GAA was
at long last already completed on May, 2016.
The completion of the
Improvement of Higatangan Circumferential Road will provide an access
road not only for local and foreign tourists but also for the
residents of the place in going to and from to the island’s tourist
destinations such as the Higatangan’s popular 200-m shifting sand bar,
rock formations, Marcos Hill/ Lighthouse, crystal clear waters and its
fine white sands which has been declared as Tourism Development Area
through Republic Act Number 10409. The said island is only a few
minutes ride by small boat from Naval which is the capital town of
Burning our future:
Philippine Filipino rich families and corporations putting the
country’s health, environment and energy security at risk
By Philippine Movement for
October 4, 2016
QUEZON CITY – While
it has been a common fact that globally, investments in coal are
already a downturn and energy development that is clean and renewable
are now getting priority stakes in most developed countries. Companies
are getting more responsible with their investments taking much
precedence to the impetus of climate change, the health and
environment impacts that these investments may accrue plus the
increasing public transparency and reporting these investments are
However investments in
energy development in the Philippines defy this global trend. In a
country where energy market is very dynamic due to relative expansion
of the economy, all streets seem to be going to energy development.
But these Filipino Rich families and corporations may have lacking
compared to their foreign counterparts who have earlier divested their
investment from coal and other dirty and harmful energy. These
families and corporations are unmindful of the global trend and are
still pouring in their investments that spell death and destruction
for peoples and communities. Many of these oftentimes defy Philippine
laws and see environmental regulations as anathema to their profit
ventures. They are unperturbed of the deaths and destruction these
projects have created.
Most of the Philippine Banks
are into investments in coal projects. The Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) unequivocally states that burning of coal is the
number one greenhouse gas that causes global warming. There are many
countries now, which prematurely closed down coal fired power plants
in order to address the climate crisis. Besides these coal plants also
face stiff resistance from host communities, environmentalist and the
health sector due to its impacts on health and environment.
A recent 2015 study lead by
the Harvard University looking at the possible health impacts of the
existing and expansion of coal plants across the Philippines, if the
new coal fired power plants are allowed to operate, premature deaths
may increase up to 2,410, or more than double the current number of
people dying from coal-related pollution in the Philippines. To
whatever degree these Philippine banks and Families invest in coal
projects, the topmost banks and families are the following: Yuchengco
of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporations, Henry Sy of Banco de Oro,
the Ayala’s of Bank of Philippine Islands and the Gokongwei’s of JG
Prior of being controversial
for their involvement of an anomalous transaction and being slapped
with a 1 billion-peso ($21.3 million) penalty for violations of
banking rules in connection with the $81 million theft of Bangladesh
Bank reserves, Rizal Commercial Banking Corp has silently etched its
way in coal plant financing. The Yuchengco’s has been involved in the
expansion of coal projects in the Philippines with no less than 21
coal projects they are involved with. The bank is believed to have
invested not less than US $ 2.2 B in coal plant expansion.
Henry Sy and its Banco de
Oro many might think that diversification of its investments has made
wonders for the family. But before we come to know how this family
amass there nasty millions, just look how large is their investment
portfolios in coal plants. To date, the Family and bank has invested
around US $1.456 Trillion in coal expansion.
The Ayalas are fast catching
up with other rich Filipino families into “dirty” investments. Its
bank, the Bank of Philippine Island based from its owned released
report claimed P365.8 Billion and $425 US Million Dollar in coal plant
investments. The Family also has set-up their energy company called AC
Energy and is now involved in the US $1Billion drawdown of
construction of the first of two identical units of 668-megawatt (MW)
supercritical coal-fired power plant in Mariveles, Bataan. The Family
is now a major energy conglomerate with major projects dotting the
country. It own most of the plants in Bataan right now including the
135 MW in Batangas and another 135 MW in Iloilo Province.
The Aboitiz family has
evaded the stiff competition in Luzon and for some quite time builds
its energy empire in the Southern Philippines. Its biggest project so
far is the 600 MW Therma South coal plant in Toril Davao. Aboitiz also
owns the Therma Luzon in Pagbilao, Quezon Province, has a 34% equity
ownership of STEAG State Power, Inc. in PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate in
Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao and owns 26.40% effective interest
of the circulating fluidize-bed coal-fired power plant in Toledo, Cebu.
The Gokongwei’s has also
entered the arena into power development with its current thrust
focused in Batangas. It is expanding its 300 MW in coal plant to 600
MW in Brgy. Pinamucan Ibaba.
Completing the initial six
Filipino Families investing into dirty and harmful energy is the
Consunji with its company DMCI. The Family is the first to venture
into coal mining and coal plant development. It owned the Calaca Coal
Plant in Batangas and the notorious Semirara mines where mining
accidents involving deaths of workers made it very controversial.
The combined energy supply
of all these coal plants accounts for 55% of the electricity needs of
the country today. It is a big shift prior to the 1990’s where
renewable energy was dominant. With more coal plants now in the
pipeline, a total of 36 coal plants will become operational between
2016 and 2022. By 2022, coal will be occupying not less than 70% in
the power mix.
The fear of the country
locking into coal is very certain. How will the Philippine government
deal with these coal plants whose contracts will still be existing
beyond 2030 and 2050, but will be forced to be shutdown due to the
narrowing global emissions budget? Where will the Philippine
Government get for the payment of compensation of these soon to be
stranded assets? Clearly by now, the future of the Filipinos is being
burned by these Filipino companies into dirty and harmful energy.
Island Barangay in
Samar receives new school building project
By DRIXEL ORTEGA
September 28, 2016
TARANGNAN, Samar –
Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) completes the
construction of a two storey - six classroom school building in Oeste
National High School.
Brgy. Oeste is an island
barangay of the municipality of Tarangnan, Samar which is only
accessible by a one hour motorboat ride from Calbayog City.
The project is implemented
by SFDEO and costs some Eight million pesos from the 2015 Basic
Educational Facilities Fund (BEFF). It is under contract with B.
Assistant District Engineer
Loreto Cedro, head of the District’s Inspectorate Team, leads the
recently held inspection of the project. School Principal Francisco
Peñaranda accompanies the team during the inspection.
Peñaranda said that this new
building will directly benefit around 530 students who are currently
enrolled in the school. He expects an influx of enrollees for the next
school year from adjacent barangays.
Trade chief: Bank
on Pinoy’s ingenuity, craftsmanship
Meets industry players of
handicrafts and furniture
September 28, 2016
PASAY CITY –
Filipinos’ artisanship and craftsmanship in modern designs remain the
strength of handicraft and furniture industries, according to
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez, in his
remarks during the 2nd Philippine Homestyle Congress on 23 September.
During his engagement with
the Philippine Chamber of Handicraft Exporters and Artisans, Inc. (PCHEAI),
the Association of Handicraft Exporters (AHE) and the Chamber of
Furniture Industry of the Philippines (CFIP), Sec. Lopez urged
industry players to bank on the “highly-skilled, highly-trainable
workforce that showcases Filipinos’ ingenuity” amidst stiffer market
He also assured stakeholders
of handicraft and furniture industries that the government continues
to spearhead initiatives to help them excel at local and international
The trade chief noted that
both industries are dominated by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs),
a sector, which is a priority of President Rodrigo Duterte’s inclusive
growth agenda, as well as of DTI’s Trabaho at Negosyo thrust.
“We are committed to infuse
an entrepreneurial mindset among MSMEs that will trigger the kind of
entrepreneurship that is idea-based, demand-driven and
innovation-led,” Sec. Lopez said.
He outlined government
initiatives, through the Philippine Trade and Investment Centers (PTICs),
the Design Center of the Philippines (DCP) and the Center for
International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), on the
handicraft industry including strengthening trade activities,
technology sharing and networking with local and foreign businessmen
and other design-related institutions.
He also said that e-commerce
through online shops is the new platform to promote MSME products.
Countries with high e-commerce penetration among consumers include the
UK, Germany, Korea, USA, France, UAE, Australia and Canada, where
another PTIC will be opened in October.
“Some of our home grown
brands are even recognized as trendsetters, alongside big names in the
world’s design capitals,” declared Sec. Lopez, adding that Filipinos’
innovative ideas blended well with companies’ confidence to experiment
and offer something new in the market.
The Design for Exports
Program and the Product Specialist Programs are also initiatives that
promote innovation, enhance collaboration among stakeholders, and
develop new perspectives, including through coaching, knowledge
sharing sessions and other activities that aim at honing skills to
create products for the global market.
On the furniture industry,
DTI, through the Board of Investments, has assisted in
capacity-building and development projects, such as the Homestyle
Forward: International Trends Workshop for SMEs and Design Students,
which prepares SMEs in the industry to be technically-capable in
creating products attuned to international trends.
Sec. Lopez also mentioned
that the implementation of the roadmap for the furniture industry
since 2014 has resulted to more technical assistance projects,
including granting of shared service facility to specific areas,
launching of information material on the industry, and initiatives on
product development and design education.
“We should bank on our
naturally gifted workforce, composed of great talents, who are capable
of staging Filipino products to the world,” Sec. Lopez concluded.