inspection of DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar (wearing white
polo shirt) together with Regional Director Edgar B. Tabacon
(wearing blue polo shirt), District Engineer David P.
Adongay Jr., Assistant District Engineer Alfredo L. Bollido
and Congressman Rogelio J. Espina (wearing red polo shirt).
new Caraycaray bridge to start this year
March 21, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran – A
higher, longer and stronger bridge that can withstand typhoons is
planned for the construction of new Caraycaray Bridge according to
Secretary Mark A. Villar of the Department of Public Works and
Villar visited the
province on Wednesday, March 14 as one of the keynote speaker during
the 23rd Biliran Women’s Congress in behalf of his mother Senator
Cynthia A Villar.
The DPWH Secretary also
inspected the Caraycaray Bridge together with DPWH-8 Regional
Director Edgar B. Tabacon, District Engineer David P. Adongay Jr.,
Assistant District Engineer Alfredo L. Bollido and Congressman
Rogelio J. Espina to personally assess the structural damages of the
CarayCaray Bridge is one
of the severely damaged infrastructures during the onslaught of
Tropical Storm Urduja on December 15, 2017, thus total replacement
of the bridge was recommended.
”Ginagawa na po yung plano,
this year sisimulan na yung bagong bridge. On-going na yung planning
stage, malapit nang matapos, 2 months nalang matatapos na yung final
planning for replacement,” said Villar.
The said bridge was opened
to light vehicles on January 11, 2018, four days before the deadline
set by the President. Heavy vehicles were advised to take the
alternate long route Naval-Almeria-Kawayan-Culaba-Caibiran-Cabucgayan
road and vice versa.
Villar said that DPWH is
also going to construct a detour across the Caraycaray River for
heavy vehicles. This means that it would reduce their travel time
from two and a half hour to just 30 minutes from Biliran to Naval,
the capital town of the province.
“Asahan niyo po gagawin
naming ang lahat naming makakaya para mapabilis po ang construction
ditto sa Biliran kaya nandito po ako ngayon para siguraduhin na
tuloy-tuloy ang construction at kailangan mabilis po ang
construction dito,” he said.
The Caray-Caray Bridge is
an essential bridge because it is the only shorter access in going
in and out to mainland of Leyte.
P50M MPBs soon to
rise in the 1st District of Samar
JASON DELOS ANGELES
March 20, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY –
DPWH Samar First Engineering District Office will soon implement
seventeen (17) Multi-Purpose Buildings, with a total appropriation
of P50 Million from the FY 2018 DPWH infrastructure program.
MPB projects aim to
provide a decent venue for their community-based, socio-cultural and
economic activities. On the other hand, it will serve as temporary
shelter to the families affective during times of man-made and
MPBs are set to rise in 1
city and 4 municipalities with in the First District of Samar.
These projects are:
Construction of Multi-Purpose Building (Legislative Building), Brgy.
Poblacion C, Tarangnan; (Completion) of Multi-Purpose Building, Brgy.
Binaliw; Multi-Purpose Building (Legislative Building), Brgy.
Poblacion C, Tarangnan; Multi-Purpose Building (Phase I), Brgy.
Basud; Multi-Purpose Building (Phase I), Brgy. Capoocan;
Multi-Purpose Building (Phase I), Brgy. Carmen; Multi-Purpose
Building, Brgy. Mabini II; Multi-Purpose Building, Brgy. Payahan;
Multi-Purpose Building, Brgy. Villahermosa, Sto. Niño, Samar;
Caglanipao Sur; Multi-Purpose Building, City Arts & Culture Office,
Brgy. Central; Multi-Purpose Building, Jose Roño; Multi-Purpose
Building, Libucan Daku, Tarangnan. Samar; Multi-Purpose Building,
San Agustin, Gandara. Samar; Rehabilitation of Multi-Purpose
Buidling, Manguino-o; Rehabilitation of Multi-Purpose Building, Brgy.
East Awang; and Rehabilitation of Multi-Purpose Building, Napuro I,
Sta. Margarita, Samar.
As of February 23, 2018
plans and program of works for these projects have been approved,
contracts have been bid out and awarded, Notices to Proceeds have
been issued to contractors. All projects are estimated to be
accomplished within the year.
Wind Farm in Bangui, Ilocos Norte.
DTI leads PH
energy sector drive for investments in Germany
March 20, 2018
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry through its Center for
International Trade Expositions and Missions (DTI-CITEM) is keen on
attracting more investments for the country’s booming energy sector
through export promotion activities in the upcoming Hannover Messe
to be held in Hannover, Germany, on April 23 to 27, 2018.
“We are elevating trade
and investment promotion to a whole new level as we tap our partners
for inclusive growth from the energy sector in a collective
participation in this world’s most important industrial tradeshow
and the largest capital goods exhibition in Germany,” said DTI
Undersecretary for Trade and Investments Promotion Group (TIPG) Nora
With the theme “Solutions
for the New Era of Energy,” the energy sector of Hannover Messe 2018
will focus on innovative technologies for electric power systems to
become more flexible, to intelligently connect sectors, and to
engage new market participants amid an increasingly decentralized
global energy chain.
Hannover Messe covers the
world’s five industrial value-adding chain under one roof, namely
(1) energy; (2) integrated automation, motion and drivers (IAMD);
(3) industrial supply; (4) research and technology; and (5) digital
“As a global gathering of
key industry players, Hannover Messe is the prime platform to
drumbeat and build up investor confidence on the Philippines as a
global powerhouse of renewable energy and other relevant
technologies,” said Terrado.
In 2017, the Germany‐based
event gathered 6,500 companies from over 70 nations and was attended
by 225,000 visitors and trade buyers across the world, generating
around 5.6 million partnerships, business models and other contacts.
Aside from renewable
energy, the Philippines through DTI will also seek to secure
investments for local stakeholders in energy efficiency,
conservation, and transmission in the Philippines.
In preparation for
Hannover Messe, Undersecretary Terrado said they are gathering a
pool of 15 Philippine companies that represent the nation’s best
foot forward in terms of energy systems, technology, services and
other industrial goods.
“Through this synergy
among stakeholders, we will be able to seal partnerships with
foreign investors and mobilize much‐needed funding and
infrastructure to our energy players,” explained Terrado.
“It will also give
motivation to our local energy stakeholders to fast‐track efforts
towards the mainstream use of renewable energy sources in the
Philippines as more and more countries have started their industrial
shift towards more sustainable power sources,” she added.
between Philippine renewable energy companies to potential
investors, technology adapters, developers, suppliers and other
local energy stakeholders are also expected to take place in the
PH shifts to renewable energy
Renewable energy is
defined as energy generated from natural processes that are
continuously replenished which includes biomass, geothermal, hydro,
wind, solar and ocean energy under the PEP 2012-2030.
It has been identified in
the country’s Investment Priority Plan 2017-2019 as an emerging
sector that needs government intervention particularly in export
Based on a DOE’s
Philippine Power Situation Report, the country’s total power
capacity in 2016 is at 53.16 million tons of oil equivalent (MTOE)
with renewable energy occupying the second largest share at 32.5%,
only next to coal at 34.6%. The top renewable energy sources in the
Philippines are hydropower (16.9%) and geothermal (8.9%), followed
by biomass, wind, and solar (6.6%).
companies/exhibitor may contact Ms. Alex Lucas at 831-2137, or send
an inquiry at email@example.com.
Bamboo Extreme Design Team. Bamboo Extreme was handled by
designers and product specialists from Design Center of the
Philippines. (L-R, bottom row) Lemuel Abron, Chris Lacson,
(L-R, top row) Kate Añoso, Milo Naval, Bryan McClelland,
Lotti Galicia, and Ivan Limjoco.
recognized in WGSN’s Design Futures Report under Engineering Nature
March 16, 2018
PASAY CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry’s Design Center of the Philippines
sees Philippine design steadily rising into the international design
scene as locally-made eco-friendly motorcycle Green Falcon lands in
WGSN’s Design Futures Report.
“With Green Falcon and
Bamboo Extreme getting featured in WGSN, it pushes the Philippines’
status a notch when it comes to material and design innovation. It
celebrates the Philippine design industry’s capability to develop
products that are forward thinking, and potential in influencing
global design,” said Rhea O. Matute, Executive Director of
DTI-Design Center of the Philippines.
WGSN is an
internationally-renowned online trends forecasting portal, where
excellent research, data and insights are provided to help
businesses stay relevant, keep abreast of future trends, and tap
into their potential growth opportunities.
In WGSN’s report entitled
Engineering Nature, the Green Falcon was listed among other product
and material innovations that combined technology and engineering
with natural elements.
“Moreover, it recognizes
Design Center’s efforts, and in partnership with the Department of
Trade and Industry, in growing its vision for the Philippine design
industry,” added Matute.
The Bamboo Extreme is a
collaborative project between Design Center of the Philippines and
DTI-Industry Cluster Enhancement aimed at modernizing bamboo to
capture the millennials’ way of life, filled with adventure,
exploration, and experimentation.
Inspired by café racers in
the 1960s, the Green Falcon is notable for using bamboo for the
motorbike’s upper body, a first in the production of motorcycles. It
remarkably emphasized how bamboo as a material can be pushed beyond
the usual, normal, and traditional product applications such as
furniture, home accessories and lamps and lighting.
“What is highlighted in
the Green Falcon is a natural or organic ergonomic component in the
use of bamboo for the motorbike’s body shell,” designer Christopher
Paris Lacson says about the bamboo body shell. “It allows the rider
to feel comfortable sitting as he would on a wooden chair.”
Lacson especially designed
the Green Falcon for adventurous millennials, who highly regard
design, performance, and sustainability while supporting the
Philippine design industry as well. Mimicking the speed of a falcon,
the eco-friendly motorbike can put its gear to a speed of 100-110
kph. It also uses electricity for power, its contribution to zero
pollution on the road.
“What we are doing, with
bamboo and other raw material composites with technology, we are
breathing a new paradigm in materials. It is a paradigm breaker,”
Lacson explained about the combination of natural material and
technology. “I would like to think that this is something that is
hopefully at the edge of a new trend.”
While he believes
Filipinos are very creative people, he noticed how most Filipino
consumers would still look to other countries’ products, and not the
“It’s about time we shift
their perspectives on products – from Ducati to Banatti
[manufacturer of the Green Falcon], from foreign to local,” Lacson
remarked, wanting to inspire local industries and leaders to create
and develop more tools that can transport the country and its people
to inclusive growth. “I hope that other countries will begin looking
at us, and would want to try something from the Philippines.”
The Design Center of the
Philippines, and attached agency of the DTI, is the only national
agency for design, and the leading agency committed to cultivating a
culture that thrives in creativity, value creation, and innovation.
Green Falcon with designer Christopher Lacson. The prototype
was built by a small team composed of Prototype Engineer
Jess “Sparky” Alimbo, Body Sculptor Eddie “Bondo” Canete,
and Evolve/OMO Factory’s bamboo craftsmen.
General Paul Talay Atal, Commander, Central Command, AFP
warmly welcomed by Maj. Gen Raul M Farnacio, Commander, 8ID
at the home of the Stormtroopers Camp Gen. Vicente Lukban,
Catbalogan City, Samar on March 15, 2018.
commander visits 8ID
DPAO, 8ID PA
March 16, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Commander, Central Command of the Armed Forces of the
Philippines, Lieutenant General Paul T. Atal and Party visited the
men and women of the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division,
Philippine Army on March 15, 2018 at 10 o’ clock in the morning.
Lieut. Gen. Atal was
warmly welcomed by the Stormtroopers through a traditional military
honors hosted by Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Commander, 8ID. He was
later briefed on the current security situation in Region 8.
During his traditional
talk-to-men, Lieut. Gen. Atal re-echoed to the troops that their
Commander-in-Chief, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is satisfied with
the performance and accomplishments of the AFP. He encouraged the
soldiers of 8ID to be proactive and to remain vigilant in terms of
security to counter the act of violence of the enemies. He also
lauded the troops for their sacrifices and hard work in the
performance of their duty in serving the people and securing the
Likewise, the awarding of
cash incentive to 78th Infantry (Warrior) Battalion and 20th
Infantry (We Lead) Battalion by Lieut. Gen. Atal was done in
recognition of the unit’s admirable accomplishment against the
Communist-NPA Terrorists in Samar and Leyte Island, respectively.
The visit of the highest
AFP official in the Visayas provided a boost in the morale of the
men and women of the 8th Infantry Division to continue their mission
to protect the communities in the region from the atrocities of the
In his statement, Lieut.
Gen. Atal said, “Let us continue the momentum gentlemen, I know that
Stormtroopers are always on your toes to accomplish your mission,
major accomplishments is part of morale.”
Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari (2nd from R) and Northern
Samar Vice Governor Gary Lavin (2nd from L) cut the
ceremonial ribbon during the inauguration of the three road
projects in Gamay implemented under the second phase of the
Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II). Assisting
them are mayor Timoteo Capoquian (L) and Regional Director
Sheila Enciso (R).
DAR turns over 3
roads, bridge in Gamay
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
March 14, 2018
GAMAY, Northern Samar
– As highlight of the 71st founding anniversary celebration of this
town Undersecretary for Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Sylvia
Mallari of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) turned over three
farm-to-market road projects, one constructed with a 30-linear meter
bridge, over the weekend.
All projects implemented
under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II)
are contiguous passing through the barangays of Cagamutan,
Bato, Bangon and GM Osias with an aggregate length of 8.3 kilometers.
Mallari, who was the guest
speaker during this year’s celebration emphasized the need to
establish rural growth centers to combat poverty in the countryside.
According to her, these
are development projects such as rural infrastructures that would
open opportunities particularly to the farmers and help solve
insurgency in some areas as well.
This is what DAR is doing
in partnership with the local government units (LGUs), Mallari said.
She added that this
compliments the core mandate of DAR, the Land Tenure Improvement.
Mallari explained that the
establishment of rural growth centers is in accordance with one of
the objectives under the Philippine Development Plan that is to
achieve a better life and a brighter future by year 2040.
Mayor Timoteo Capoquian
acknowledged DAR’s contribution to his town’s development. According
to him, DAR is the town’s biggest donor in terms of rural
infrastructures referring to these turned over projects with a
combined amount reaching P66.4-M.
Though the total project
cost was shared by the local government unit (LGU) and the national
government thru a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB),
Capoquian thanked DAR for assisting them build road networks.
Director Sheila Enciso reminded the LGU and the recipient barangays
to maintain the projects in good condition within a period of 10
years, otherwise the grant portion will be converted into a loan.
Aside from the four
barangays where the projects are situated, Provincial Agrarian
Reform Program Officer (PARPO) Nida Abelido disclosed that residents
from seven more remote villages are likewise benefited.
An estimate of nearly
9,000 residents from the 11 barangays pass this route on their way
to the national highway, she added.
According to one resident,
with the construction of the bridge, it is easy for them now to
transport their products for they don’t have to wade through the
river anymore in crossing Barangay Bangon.
PSA conducts 2018
comprehensive Updating of the List of Establishments (ULE)
March 14, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will conduct the 2018
Comprehensive Updating of the List of Establishments (ULE) starting
16 April 2018. This will be the first ULE operation that will use
tablets as substitute for the usual pen-and-paper.
establishments in Region 8 will be visited for enumeration. They
will be interviewed by hired field interviewers using the ULE App,
an android tablet-based application developed by PSA. This is part
of the agency’s strategic thrust goal to use innovative procedures
and technology to speed up data collection and data processing.
The ULE is the First Phase
of the 2018 Census of Philippine Business and Industry. It is a
nationwide survey conducted by the PSA to provide an updated and
reliable sampling frame for various business surveys and censuses.
The data that will be collected also serve as (1) guide to
government planning, policy making and monitoring; (2) basis of
marketing plans, opportunities and prospects; and (3) input to
evaluation, market research and comparative studies.
The PSA appeals to the
public, especially the business sector, to cooperate and support the
conduct of this survey. The office also assures that all information
gathered will be held strictly confidential and shall not be used as
evidence in court for purposes of taxation, regulation or
investigation as provided for in RA 10625.
The Regional Statistics
Committee VIII, through Resolution No. 2 Series of 2018, enjoins all
Local Government Units and the Business Sector to support the
conduct of the 2018 Comprehensive Updating of the List of
Establishments in Region VIII.
photo L-R: DTI One Town, One Product (OTOP) Consultant Leon
Flores receiving the award for Lipi Shoes, DTI Trade and
Investments Promotion Group Assistant Secretary Rosvi C.
Gaetos, Gifts and Graces Executive Director Victoria
Jalandoni, Vicky’s Pili and Food Products Managing Owner
Myra Zandra Gestiada, DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez,
Greenlife Coconut Products Sales and Marketing Director Ma.
Frances Rubio and Pamela Rubio, and DTI’s Bureau of Domestic
Trade Promotion Director Rhodora Leano.
DTI awards top Go
Lokal! brand discoveries for 2017
March 12, 2018
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry through its Go Lokal! program
recognized four (4) top MSME suppliers as Top Brand Discoveries for
2017 during its Go Lokal! Buyers’ Day celebration on 8 March 2018 at
the DTI Go Lokal! Showroom in Makati City.
Lipi Enterprises, Vicky’s
Pili and Food Products, Green Life Coconut Philippines Inc., and
Gifts and Graces Fairtrade Foundation Inc., were awarded Top Brand
Discoveries for 2017 after careful screening of all established Go
Lokal! MSME suppliers with the following criteria: sales
performance, number of retail partners carrying the brand, social
impact and professionalism.
“As you know, this
initiative of the Department is really meant to elevate and upgrade
the kind of Micro SMEs that we have here in the country. We want
them to be discovered. We want them to be empowered. We want to give
them the mainstream place that they deserve – retail malls and
outlets which are our partners. It’s different when they are given
the chance to succeed,” said DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez during the
The awarded brands were
among the micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)
registered in Go Lokal! that availed the product development
provided by DTI and the free marketing platform through DTI’s retail
Mr. Joseph Lucero of Lipi
Enterprises, admitted that access to selling areas was their primary
obstacle before being a Go Lokal! supplier. “With Go Lokal!
initiative, the DTI helped in bringing us into the malls. They were
the conduit between the malls and us, small businesses,” added
Lucero. In 2017, Lipi sales increased to 100% after joining Go Lokal!.
Meanwhile, Gifts and
Graces, a foundation that was created to connect Filipino artisans
and underprivileged communities with consumers, was able to showcase
their products at the Go Lokal! retail store in Robinson’s Place
For Green Life Coconut
Products, their presence in various Go Lokal! store locations such
as Rustan’s, Robinson’s Ermita, and in 25 City Malls nationwide
contributed to their big sales in 2017 amounting to over seven
hundred thousand pesos. Vicky’s Pili and Food Products was also
recognized for their high-quality pili nut products which recorded a
13% increase in their total sales in 2017 through Go Lokal!
Go Lokal! is a retail
concept store and an innovative marketing tool developed by the DTI
to showcase quality, cool, modern and 100% Filipino products and
help MSMEs in accessing mainstream market.
At present, DTI Go Lokal!
has established partnerships with Enchanted Kingdom, SM, Robinsons,
Ayala Malls, Rustan’s, Duty Free Philippines, Shopwise, Marketa and
City Mall. These partnerships paved the way for over 30 Go Lokal!
retail stores in the country.