Concreting of Brgy. Caucab-Sitio Palayan Phase II. The project
is under contract with BNL Construction with a contract cost of
P4.925M which involves the concrete paving of 0.384 lane Km.,
construction of RCBC, installation of Pipe Culverts and stone
masonry. The completed project will lessen the walking distance
of the residents in Sitio Palayan in transporting their
agricultural product to the market centers thus, providing them
a safer and faster transport of abaca and “palay” which are
abundant on the said mountain serving more or less 1,800
of Palayan FMR project in Almeria, Biliran completed
December 9, 2016
NAVAL, Biliran – The
newly completed Road Opening and Construction of Farm to Market Road (FMR)
project from Brgy. Caucab to Sitio Palayan, Almeria, Biliran, will
slowly pave way to new opportunities and development for the local
Sitio Palayan, Caucab,
Almeria, Biliran is found at the foot of Mount Panamao and is abundant
with abaca and “palay” thus, derived the name “Palayan ng Bayan,” as
rice terraces were carved in the mountains.
The people in Palayan lived
in a small village and survive mainly with their agricultural crops.
Back then, they would travel their products to the municipality of
Almeria by foot and it would take them long hours just to deliver
“Kung daghan ang among da’,
hinay ang among lakaw, mga duha ka-oras ang lakaw igbaw sa Caucab (If
we carry a bulk of abaca, our walk is slow and it would take us 2
hours walk in transporting our product to Upper Caucab.),” said JR
Kalinawan, 32, a manubo settler and one of the abaca farmers who would
greatly benefit from the project.
Previously, earth road from
Caucab-Sitio Palayan was rutted and sometimes become un-passable and
bringing their hard-earned products to the urban community was a
me labi na ingon ana pa karon ang dan, labi na ug mag-uwan-uwan lisud
gyud! Kasagaran namo dili gyud me magsakay dire ug sakyanan, magbaktas
gyud me kutob dinha sa may maayong dan (We often stumble on the rutted
sections of the road especially during rainy days when the road is
slippery. Most of us here don’t take a ride because of the rutted
road, instead we walk until we reach to the concrete paved road)”,
The Department of Public
Works and Highways (DPWH), Biliran District Engineering Office
completed two FMR projects in Brgy. Caucab-Sitio Palayan (Phase I and
Phase II), which involves concrete paving of 0.447 lane km. for phase
I and concrete paving of 0.384 lane km. for phase II with a contract
cost of P9.85M funded under the Department of Agriculture (DA).
“Sa karon, nakabati-bati man
pud ko sa gobyerno nga kini nga ilang giproject karon, gikan daw kuno
ni sa DPWH, ang among kuan ani, dako ning among pasalamat labi na kung
kining kalsada, maderetso kini ngari kay aron ang among ginagmay nga
baligya, gaan na jud ang among pagda. (I heard that the road project
was implemented by DPWH and I am really thankful to them but if they
can stretch the road all the way up here to Sitio Palayan, we would be
really happy because we can already transport our products to market
centers without the burden of carrying it)”, said Kalinawan.
Nieves Dacunes, 52, who owns
a small sari-sari store in Sitio Palayan also shared her difficulties
in transporting her grocery items for her store although she owned a
“Ako mulakaw man kay di man
ko musalig anang dan, siya (husband) musakay (motor), kay mahadlok man
ko ana, kasunog-sunog na gani ni among mga batiis sa tumba-tumba, mao
nang mulakaw ko kutob atong buyod-buyod usa ko musakay, maayo gane run
kay gamay nalang baktason. (I am afraid to ride in our motorcycle
because we had experienced so many accidents in that road that’s why
I’d rather walk than ride in our motorcycle. My husband drives the
motorcycle up to a portion of the road with a flat surface, that’s the
time that I will ride the motorcycle. That is the reason why I am
thankful for the road project because the walking distance was
lessened)”, Dacunes said.
The completion of the road
project up to Sitio Palayan will greatly lessen the burden of farmers
in transporting their farm products to market centers and residents in
travelling to the neighboring towns. This project will serve more or
less 1,800 residence.
portion of the Construction of Slope Protection Structure along
Biliran Circumferential Road (Brgy. Sabang Section). Other than
the slope protection structure, concrete paving of widened
shoulders and construction of concrete canal are included in the
project. As of November 30, 2016, it has an accomplishment of
58% under contract with MAC Builders with a contract cost of
P41,782,330.92. Completion of the project will provide a
structure that will prevent further landslide along this road
section and contain run-off water during rainy days to prevent
future damage to existing paved National Road.
accomplished 90.41% of 2016 infra projects
By CHELSEA C. QUIJANO
December 9, 2016
BILIRAN – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) is fast-tracking the implementation of its
2016 infrastructure projects before the year ends.
Engr. Luisito Filemon A.
Abad, Head of Procurement and Monitoring Unit during their guesting at
Kapihan: Pulong-pulong ng Bayan on Radio Natin Fm reported that the
district has already posted 90.41% accomplishment as of November 30,
Out of 66 projects
implemented by Biliran DEO, 60 were already completed while remaining
six projects under Regular Infrastructure Program are on-going.
These on-going projects
includes P45M Construction of Access Road Leading to Declared Tourist
Destination at Higatangan Island, Naval, Biliran, P43M Construction of
Slope protection along Biliran Circumferential Road and P43M Slope
Protection along Naval-Caibiran Cross Country Road, P43M Road Opening/
Concreting of Biliran Diversion Road, P8M Replacement of Banlas Bridge
along Maripipi Circumferential Road and P5M Repair of Biliran bridge
along Leyte-Biliran Road.
Abad revealed that the
contactor have already started full operation in the Repair of Biliran
bridge to complete the project the soonest time.
“It is only repair works on
the rusted steel components under the bridge that is undertaken on
Biliran Bridge hence there is no need to use barge in transporting the
traveling public from Biliran Island to mainland Leyte,” explained
Abad when asked if people will be transported through barge during the
repair of the said bridge which happened few years back.
Biliran Bridge is the only
structure that connects the province of Biliran to mainland Leyte,
thus, Biliran DEO is fast-tracking the implementation of this project
along with other remaining projects.
“Hopefully we can complete
two or three projects by December, parang tatlo lang ata ang may mga
problema especially sa Diversion road na may problema sa road right of
way,” Abad said.
Abad also revealed that the
district has been allocated with P911.4M worth of Project for 2017
Infrastructure Projects with a total final list of 44 infra projects
composed of National Roads and Bridges (MFO1) amounting to P741.8M,
Flood Controls (MFO2) costing 60M; Access Road and Airport to sea port
(MFO3) amounting to P54.6M and additional 19 Local Infrastructure
Projects (LIP) costing P55M projects excluding school buildings and
Department of Agriculture projects.
and Bombardier finalize order for up to 12 Q400 aircraft
- Order confirms airline as
launch customer of two-class, 86-seat Q400 aircraft
December 9, 2016
TORONTO, Ontario –
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it has finalized a
firm purchase agreement with Philippine Airlines, Inc., flag carrier
of the Philippines, consistent with the Letter of Intent announced on
October 14, 2016. The purchase agreement includes a firm order for
five Q400 aircraft and purchase rights for an additional seven Q400
Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued
at approximately US $165 million and could increase to US $401
million, should Philippine Airlines exercise all its purchase rights.
"With the lowest seat-mile costs in the regional aircraft market, the
extra-capacity, two-class Q400 aircraft will offer Philippine Airlines
significant opportunities to differentiate itself competitively," said
Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "The Q400
aircraft is the ideal solution for the airline as it develops its
domestic operations network from secondary hubs and increases
"As we strive to become a top-rated airline, the Q Series family of
aircraft has enabled us to develop our business model into one which
efficiently meets our domestic route requirements while providing our
passengers with a full service onboard experience", said Jaime J
Bautista, President and Chief Operating Officer, Philippine Airlines.
"We are proud of our collaboration with Bombardier and welcome the
first modern and innovatively configured two-class, 86-seat Q400
aircraft to our growing fleet."
The five firm-ordered Q400 aircraft are expected to be delivered
Bombardier's customer support network for commercial aircraft in the
Asia-Pacific region includes Regional Support Offices in Singapore,
Narita (Tokyo), Sydney, Beijing, Shanghai and Mumbai, as well as Parts
Depots in Sydney, Beijing and Singapore. Operating from the company's
regional office located in Singapore, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft's
sales and marketing team is well positioned to provide
industry-leading solutions to its current and prospective customers.
About the Q400 Aircraft
Designed as a modern, 21st-century turboprop, the Q400 aircraft is the
most recent development in the Q Series family of aircraft. It
provides unmatched performance, operational flexibility and passenger
comfort. In addition to the standard single-class configuration, Q400
aircraft are available with a two-class interior for enhanced
passenger comfort; in an extra-capacity configuration offering up to
90 seats for higher-density markets; and in a cargo-passenger combi
Thanks to its combination of turboprop attributes, jet-like features,
industry-leading passenger experience and environmental footprint, the
Q400 aircraft is exceptionally versatile and can be adapted to a
variety of business models. By offering a 30 per cent reduction in
fuel burn over the jets it often replaces, the Q400 aircraft radically
reduces carbon emissions and increases cost efficiency. Its high-speed
cruise – 160 km/h faster than conventional turboprops – places the
aircraft's flight time within minutes of jet schedules, at the same
seat cost as larger single-aisle jets. Its large propellers operate at
a lower RPM, generating more power with less noise and making it a
friendly option for city centres.
The Q400 aircraft family includes over 60 owners and operators in
almost 40 countries. The worldwide fleet has logged more than 6.9
million flight hours and has transported more than 429 million
passengers. Long recognized as a high-value asset by operators, the
Q400 aircraft is now also attracting growing interest from the leasing
Bombardier has recorded firm orders for a total of 571 Q400 aircraft.
About Philippine Airlines
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is the flag carrier of the Philippines.
Headquartered in Manila, PAL celebrates its 75th anniversary this year
as the first commercial airline in Asia. Operating out of its hubs at
Ninoy Aquino International Airport of Manila and Mactan-Cebu
International Airport of Cebu, Philippine Airlines serves 30
destinations in the Philippines and over 43 destinations in Southeast
Asia, East Asia, Middle East, Oceania, North America and Europe.
Technical Vocational and Livelihood (TVL) Workshop Building in
Information Communication Technology (ICT) High School of
Eastern Biliran in Caibiran, Biliran. The project has a contract
cost of P8M under CY 2016 Basic Educational Facilities Fund. The
completed project will give proper educational training to
senior high school students of the school for the courses:
cookery, carpentry, and electrical isolation and maintenance.
Biliran DEO’s CY
2016 school building projects accomplished 33.20%
By CHELSEA C. QUIJANO
December 8, 2016
BILIRAN – Department
of Public Works and Highways Biliran District Engineering Office (DPWH-Biliran)
is on-going on the construction of school building projects with an
accomplishment of 33.20% as of November 30, 2016.
This was informed by Engr.
Luisito Filemon A. Abad, Head of Procurement and Monitoring Unit
through Kapihan: Pulong-pulong ng Bayan on Radyo Nation FM together
with Engr. Alfredo L. Bollido, OIC-Assistant District Engineer and
Engr. Reynaldo P. Peñaflor, Chief of Quality Assurance Section (QAS).
DPWH-Biliran is tasked to
implement 16 school building projects with a program amount of P130.7M
under CY 2016 Basic Educational Facilities Fund (BEFF) of the
Department of Education (DepEd).
Out of 16 school building
projects, 4 were already completed, 10 are on-going, and 2 are Not Yet
“These two not yet started
projects are located in ICT, Caibiran because there was a failure in
soil exploration, so we have to redesign the foundation, and it needs
additional funding,” explained Abad.
Engr. Abad added that they
have already requested for an additional fund to the DepEd but until
now there was still no release of fund.
“We have already bid out
this project, the project will not be awarded unless this funding will
be received, so hopefully we can award this project on the later part
of December, and by January, we can proceed with its implementation,”
When asked if school
building projects will be spilled over until first quarter of 2017,
Engr. Bollido explained that they are pressuring the contractor to
complete the school building projects funded under the FY 2015 BEFF
before end of the year.
“Ang contractor, nagpasalig
man pud sila na on or before this year ma-kompleto gayud nila ang ten
school buildings before end of the year,” Bollido said.
However, Bollido emphasized
that he is still unsure when the two NYS Projects will start because
he cannot tell when the Department of Budget Management (DBM) will
release the budget. He added that the budget was requested last
October 3 of this year.
On the other hand, the four
completed projects which are the P5.3M construction of 2 units
Technical Vocational Bldg. at Biliran National High School and
Construction of three Senior High School Unique Workshop at Cabucgayan
NSAT (P2.5M), ICT High School of Eastern Biliran (P2.5M) and Naval
School of Fisheries (P2.4M) are now ready for occupancy which will
cater the needs of the students for a better learning.
Furthermore, Abad also
informed that 20 units of rain water collector project of Biliran DEO
amounting to P3.2M were also completed. These rainwater were installed
to accumulate rainwater from the roof of school buildings and is used
to flush on toilets and in watering plants, rather than allowing it to
Regular use of
ibuprofen may lower lung cancer risk among high-risk subgroups of
December 7, 2016
VIENNA, Austria –
Regular use of ibuprofen may lower the risk of lung cancer among those
with a history of cigarette smoking, according to research presented
at the IASLC 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Vienna,
It has been established that
chronic inflammation appears to increase the risk of lung cancer, and
medicines that reduce inflammation have been shown to reduce this
risk. However, few prospective studies have examined associations
between lung cancer and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
To test whether a common
NSAID can reduce the risk of lung cancer, Dr. Marisa Bittoni and her
colleagues from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, examined
data from 10,735 participants in the Third National Health and
Nutrition Examination Survey, or NHANES III.
Baseline data on smoking,
NSAIDs and other lifestyle variables were collected for 10,735
participants starting in 1988-1994, and cause-specific mortality
status was ascertained through probabilistic record matching using the
National Death Index through 2006. Cox proportional hazards regression
models were used to estimate hazard ratios (HRs) to quantify
associations between NSAID use and lung cancer death, with adjustment
for current smoking and other variables.
Over 18 years of follow-up,
269 individuals died from lung cancer, of which 252 (93.6 percent)
reported a history of cigarette smoking. Since all but 17 of the 269
fatal lung cancer cases occurred among current or former smokers,
estimates of NSAID effects were ascertained from a sub-cohort of 5,882
individuals who reported a history of past or current cigarette
Bittoni found that
prospective data from NHANES III showed that among adults with a
history of past or current smoking, ibuprofen intake was associated
with a substantial (48 percent) reduction in the risk of dying from
lung cancer. Effects of aspirin and acetaminophen were not
"These results suggest that
regular use of certain NSAIDs may be beneficial for high-risk
subgroups of smokers as a lung cancer prevention strategy," Bittoni
The IASLC 17th WCLC is the
world's largest meeting dedicated to lung cancer and other thoracic
malignancies, attracting more than 6,000 researchers, physicians, and
specialists from more than 100 countries. For more information on the
IASLC 17th WCLC, visit: http://wclc2016.iaslc.org/.
Negosyo Centers now
403; DTI to add more
December 6, 2016
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have already surpassed its
target of 150 Negosyo Centers for 2016 after continuously launching
centers nationwide - with the centers now totaling at 403.
For 2016, there have been
203 Negosyo Centers launched after the Department set a supposed
target of 150.
DTI Regional Operations
Group Supervising Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said that the
launching of these Negosyo Centers is in line with the Republic Act
No. 10644 or the Go Negosyo Act.
Maglaya said MSMEs or
entrepreneurs can visit these centers for access to information,
business name registration, access to finance, access to market and
access to training.
“We are proud that we have
established more Negosyo Centers more than what we have expected to
establish. We did not expect to surpass our target of 150 centers for
2016 but we did to support the growth of MSMEs in the country,”
Maglaya said, adding that NCs will help in achieving job generation
and inclusive growth.
The Republic Act No. 10644
or the Go Negosyo Act aims to help micro, small and medium enterprises
(MSMEs), promote ease of doing business, facilitate access to grants
and other forms of financial assistance, Shared Service Facilities (SSF)
and other equipment, and other support for MSMEs through national
government agencies (NGAs), ensure management guidance, assistance and
improvement of the working conditions of MSMEs; and facilitate market
access and linkaging services for entrepreneurs.
Meanwhile, the DTI National
Capital Regional Office will launch its eight (8th) Negosyo Center in
the metropolis, and first Negosyo Center in the City of Malabon on
December 6, 2016. Thus, hiking the number of Negosyo Centers to 403.
The center is located at
Malabon City Hall Annex Building F. Sevilla Boulevard, San Agustin in
The presence of the Negosyo
Center in cities, municipalities and provinces aims to provide better
access and more efficient services to MSMEs.
As of December 2, 2016,
there are 403 Negosyo Centers nationwide since its inception in 2014.
Of the total number of centers, 225 are located in Luzon, while
Visayas and Mindanao have 90 and 88 Negosyo Centers, respectively.
With the Negosyo Centers,
the Department has assisted a total of 483,711 clients and conducted a
total 6,002 seminars for MSMEs and potential entrepreneurs nationwide.
Meanwhile, a special lane is
open to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Negosyo Centers to help
OFWs who want to stay in the country for good and start a business,
with DTI noting the current situation of OFWs, especially those who
were repatriated from Saudi Arabia.
Maglaya said these special
desks will help OFWs and their families start a business and have the
option to either pursue it and remain in the country for good or
continue working abroad and leaving the business to their families or
health advocates open new fronts in war on tobacco
December 6, 2016
VIENNA, Austria –
Efforts to control tobacco as a public health threat have escalated as
clinicians and public health advocates have coalesced to beat back
threats from tobacco companies through public advocacy, public health,
and pension reform. Today, public health advocates from Brazil,
Malaysia, Ireland, Australia, and Uruguay presented different
strategies that have effectively reigned in the global threat of
tobacco companies at a press briefing held at IASLC 17th World
Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC).
As a young doctor treating
lung cancer patients at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in
Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Bronwyn King was dismayed to see the impact
of cigarette smoking on her patients – many of whom had started
smoking as children. However, her surprise grew when she discovered
that her hospital's pension fund had invested her money in the very
tobacco products that were killing her patients.
"Once I discovered that
through my compulsory pension fund, I was invested in and actually
owned a part of several tobacco companies, I couldn't just do nothing
– I had to take action," she said.
To accomplish this, Dr. King
Tobacco Free Portfolios to
collaboratively engage with leaders of the finance sector to encourage
tobacco-free investment. She soon found that finance executives were
also alarmed at the scale of the tobacco problem and have deeply
re-considered the role they can play in addressing this pressing
"Because of this, there are
now 35 tobacco-free pension funds in Australia – just over 40 percent
of all funds. Many more will soon follow and each tobacco-free
announcement is met with resounding public support," she said.
In Ireland, the tobacco
industry claimed that environmental tobacco smoke was not harmful to
public health, but the Irish government rejected this claim and
instituted a comprehensive workplace smoking ban that included bars,
restaurants, bingo halls, and casinos, according to Dr. Luke Clancy of
the TobaccoFree Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland. Ireland was the
first country to enact a country-wide ban.
"The 2004 smoking ban in
Ireland has shown a positive impact on public health and has served as
a model for other European countries to follow," said Dr. Clancy of
the TobaccoFree Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland.
Clancy reported that the
planning and investment paid off, as the national Irish smoking ban
was associated with reductions in early mortality. Studies on the
effects of the smoking ban demonstrated a 13 percent decrease in
all-cause mortality, a 26 percent reduction in ischemic heart disease,
a 32 percent reduction in stroke, and a 38 percent reduction in
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
While King and Clancy battle
tobacco interests in their countries, Dr. Zarihah Zain of Lincoln
University College Malaysia is carefully examining global trade
agreements to make sure tobacco products are treated like the
dangerous, addictive products they are.
"The main objective of any
global trade agreement is to encourage the free movement of goods and
service between countries by removal of any forms of tariff and
non-tariff barriers. However, when this principle is applied to
tobacco products, public health may suffer in the countries governed
by these very agreements," Dr. Zain said.
"Tobacco is not like any
legal commodity, it is highly addictive, causes deaths, precipitates
serious debilitating morbidity, and accounts for about 30 percent of
all cancer incidence. An industry such as the tobacco industry should
not be given any privileges and should not be allowed to benefit from
trade agreements to gain hefty profits at the expense of public
health," Dr. Zain said.
The control of tobacco is
one of the most cost effective public health strategies, and tobacco
is the only legal consumer product that has an international law to
curb its supply and demand via the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco
Control (FCTC). However, Zain pointed out that there are clauses in
many free trade agreements that can override the WHO Framework.
Vera da Costa e Silva from
the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control began the press
briefing by providing a global perspective on tobacco control and
initiatives to counter tobacco company efforts to create trade
treaties that are bad for public health.
"I hope everyone in the
world is soon free of tobacco smoke and that people encounter bars,
restaurants, and public facilities that are smoke-free," she said.
Tobacco control plays an
important role in the IASLC 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer. The
IASLC is proud to have a committee comprised of world-renowned tobacco
control experts from so many countries.