High ranking NPA
leader and 4 others, apprehended
803rd Infantry Brigade,
July 14, 2018
Samar – Inter-agency operation conducted by elements of 803rd
Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade and Northern Samar Provincial Police
Office led to the apprehension of Marieta Bartolo aka Tayang and
four (4) others on July 13, 2018, 4:30 afternoon at Brgy.
Bangkerohan, Catarman, Northern Samar.
Marieta Bartolo is the
Front Secretary of Metro 1, SRC Emporium, an NPA unit operating in
the municipalities of Pambujan, San Roque, Silvino Lobos, Las Navas,
Mondragon and Catarman, all of Northern Samar. They are responsible
on the atrocities against the military/police personnel and
civilians in the said area.
The four (4) other
captured suspects were identified as Ruth Martirez Figueroa, Bayan
Muna President-Northern Samar and the incumbent Barangay Chairwoman
of UEP Zone 3, Catarman, Northern Samar; Emboy Loberiano aka Bagyo;
Danny Basiloy y Pinuton; and Gil Martirez y Espelimbergo.
The inter-agency operation
is by virtue of two (2) Warrant of Arrests issued by the Gamay
Regional Trial Court Branch Nr 38 for the crime of Murder under case
Nr 12-148 and Frustrated Murder under criminal case Nr 12-149
against Marieta Bartolo aka Tayang.
Three (3) Cal 45 pistol,
one (1) Cal .38 pistol, one (1) Cal 40 Glock Pistol, and one (1)
KG9mm pistol were recovered from the vehicle used by the suspects.
Other items recovered were twelve (12) envelops with P30,000.00 each
and other subversive documents.
Col Ramil M Bitong,
Commander of 803Bde, believes the cash are grease money to support
the candidacy of Ruth Martirez Figueroa for ABC President of
Catarman, Northern Samar and alarming to this incident is the
collaboration of Bartolo and Figueroa, who were identified leader of
NPA and Bayan Muna. Bartolo is believed to have raised the funds to
ensure the election of Figueroa as ABC President.
“The suspects are now
under custody of the Northern Samar Provincial Police Office and
criminal charges will be filed against the suspects. Cohorts and
other companions who escaped were subject to the man-hunt
operation.” Col Bitong added.
Defining Filipino in Development:
leaders in the Philippine Intercultural Youth Convention 2018
Sigaw ng Kabataan
July 14, 2018
MANDALUYONG – In
addressing the country’s most pressing issues – peace and conflict,
indigenous rights, quality education, federalism, among others –
comes a crossroad for building the Philippines’ path towards
achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It is in this crucial
time that youth leaders should play a key role in defining what it
means to be a ‘Filipino,’ and more importantly, how the youth could
contribute in this definition.
Sigaw ng Kabataan
Coalition together with the Rotary Satellite Club of Fort BGC
Titans, and many other Rotary Clubs and partner agencies, will
provide an active venue for the youth’s exchanges on these issues
through the Philippine Intercultural Youth Convention (PIYC) 2018,
with the theme “Breaking Cultural Barriers, Empowering Young
Leaders,” on 22-23 September 2018 in Quezon City.
PIYC 2018 aims to provide
the Philippine Cultural experience through segments such as the
Cultural Festival, an exhibition of cultures, a cultural networking
night, and many other cultural presentations. At the same time, PIYC
2018 also creates a platform for exchanges between the youth and the
Philippine government leaders on developmental issues that not only
concern the country, but also the generation’s future through the
Sustainable Development Goals.
Gathering youth leaders
from different parts of the Philippines, the conduct of PIYC 2018
will provide young people to personally learn and appreciate the
different tribes and ethnolinguistic groups in the Philippines,
while providing a dynamic platform for Filipino youth leaders to
engage and discuss valuable solutions to the country’s issues. The
themes of breakout sessions for this discussion are divided in line
with the SDGs – Peace in Diversity: Youth as catalyst for peace;
Health and Social Welfare: Healthy youth for a healthy tomorrow;
Quality and Accessible Education for all: Education as a powerful
tool for the youth’s future; Climate & Environmental Action: Greener
Pasture in the Philippines; Poverty Reduction & Access to Adequate
Food: Hungry for change; Decent Jobs and Sustainable Livelihood:
What awaits for young people in the world of work?
With culture and
sustainable development at the center of discussion, PIYC 2018
unifies the Filipino youth to define its role in building a better
future while being rooted in Philippine heritage. #PIYC2018
2,500 people in Pagayawan who remain displaced by the recent
fighting received food and essential household
items from the ICRC, with the support of the Philippine Red
Aid for 2,500
people displaced by fighting in Lanao del Sur
July 13, 2018
MANILA – Close to
500 families that found themselves displaced by the recent outbreak
of fighting in the southern part of Lanao del Sur province, in
Mindanao, received food and other essential supplies provided by the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with the support of
the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).
“These families have been
unable to return home due to security concerns,” said Meher
Khatcherian, who heads the ICRC office covering this area. “Though
various government agencies have distributed food among the
displaced population, there is a need to extend more help. Our aim
is to augment the initial support,” he added.
The two-week ration was
distributed yesterday among the displaced families in Pagayawan
municipality comprising around 2,500 people. Each family received 25
kg of rice, one litre of cooking oil, one kg of sugar, ½ kg of salt,
one litre of soy sauce, 12 tins of sardines, as well as two sleeping
mats, two blankets, two mosquito nets, kitchen utensils and hygiene
More than 14,000 people
were initially displaced by the fighting between the Philippine
armed forces and alleged members of Islamic State-Ranao that started
on June 17 and affected 16 “barangays” (villages) in Pagayawan and
After the clashes ended,
an ICRC team assessed the humanitarian situation, including the need
to strengthen the protection accorded to civilians by international
humanitarian law. While families displaced from Tubaran returned
home days after the assessment, those from Pagayawan continue to
stay with relatives or in evacuation centres.
“In accordance with our
mandate, the ICRC reminds all parties to the conflict to protect
civilians, sick and wounded people, and detainees, and to fulfill
their obligation to respect international humanitarian law,” said
Keeping in mind the influx
of displaced families, the ICRC also donated emergency medical
supplies to the Pagayawan rural health unit, which serves 14,500
residents. These items will benefit 1,000 people over the next three
months. Just two weeks ago, medicines and medical materials were
donated to the Unayan District Hospital in Binidayan town, which
provides services to five Lanao del Sur towns, including Pagayawan.
Ever since clashes broke
out in Marawi City, also in Lanao del Sur, in May 2017, the ICRC,
along with its operational partner, the PRC, has helped hundreds of
thousands of people affected by the conflict. The ICRC is a neutral,
impartial and independent humanitarian organization whose
exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity
of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to
provide them with assistance.
proposes P100M worth of flood control projects
July 12, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) request an additional P100M worth flood
control projects for funding.
According to David P.
Adongay Jr., District Engineer, the request is based on the
catastrophic results of excessive flood during the occurrence of
heavy rains brought about by tropical storm Urduja on December
15-16, 2017 on other rivers of Biliran Province.
“This has caused major
damaged to Flood Control structures along our National Roads and
Bridges,” said Adongay.
Engr. Rosario B. Rosete,
Chief of the Planning and Design Section identified five location in
the province for the proposed construction of flood control
The proposed projects are
the Construction of Mainit Flood Control along Biliran
Circumferential Road (BCR), Villa Vicenta, Caibiran, Biliran with
proposed budget amount of P20M; Construction of Kaulangohan Bridge
along BCR (Phase 3), Kaulangohan, Caibiran, Biliran (P20M);
Construction of Cabibihan Flood Control along BCR, Cabibihan,
Caibiran, Biliran (P25,000); Construction of Mapula along BCR (Phase
5), Union, Caibiran, Biliran (P15M); and Construction of Ungali
Flood Control along BCR (Phase 2), Ungali, Kawayan, Biliran (P20M).
“Advance copy of the said
request is already forwarded to DPWH Central Office while the
original copy is for submittal to the DPWH Regional Office VIII,”
According to Rosete, the
realization of these vital infrastructure projects will definitely
be of great help for the protection of the National Roads and
Bridges along Biliran Circumferential Road as well as the lives and
properties of Biliranons.
mid-year performance assessment and re-planning exercise CY 2018
July 12, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a premier government-owned
maritime training and research institution, conducted its Agency
Mid-year Performance Assessment (MYPA) and Re-planning Exercise on
09-10 July 2018 at the Rosvenil Hotel, P Burgos St., Tacloban City.
accomplishments for the first semester of CY 2018 were assessed and
reviewed vis-à-vis the Agency’s Thrusts and Priorities, performance
commitments as contained in the 2018 Office Performance Commitment
Review (OPCR), Annual Action Plan, and NMP Strategic Plan.
For the past six (6)
months, NMP was able to train a total of four thousand four hundred
nine (4,409) trainees, comprised of aspiring and active seafarers,
maritime instructors, assessors and supervisors and allied workers
in the maritime industry. All (100%) trainees were issued with
certification within seventy-two (72) hours from successful
completion of all course requirements.
The achievement was made
possible through the implementation of the twenty-six (26) training
courses as well as the establishments of linkages and partnership
with different local government units (LGUs), Maritime Industry
Authority (MARINA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Masters and Mates
Association of the Philippines, Inc. (MMAP), and Seabase Training
Center for Watchkeeping, Inc. (STCW INC).
In addition, one thousand
four hundred thirty-eight (1,438) trainees-assessed who requested
for Training Completion and Record Assessment (TCROA) were issued
with TCROA after completion of the assessment.
As part of NMP’s
commitment to provide timely and relevant researches, there are two
(2) on-going studies which are due for completion within the year.
NMP’s completed researches
in CY 2017, namely: Skills Gaps Analysis of Maritime Faculty in
Philippine Maritime Higher Education Institutions (MHEIs); Gender
Sensitivity Training for Seafarers (GSTS) Course: A Program
Evaluation; and Responding to the Filipino Seafarers’ Training
Requirements in the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments: Challenges and
Opportunities were presented to the maritime stakeholders on 22
March 2018 at The Bayleaf Intramuros, Manila.
Also, the Agency passed
the re-certification audit of NMP Quality Management System (QMS)
under ISO 9001:2015 Standard held on March 5-6, 2018 conducted by
the Anglo Japanese American (AJA) Registrars Inc.
In terms of
infrastructures projects, repair and upgrading of the NMP Gymnasium
and repair and rehabilitation of Maritime Training Annex Building
were completed in March 2018.
“We are a family, driven
with one purpose and one passion. We have one common denominator
which is commitment to our work, commitment to public service for
the betterment of NMP and our clientele – the Filipino seafarers. We
are half way of the year and towards the end whatever lapses we
have, we will try to talk about it and derive a certain phase where
we can achieve it towards the end” said Deputy Executive Director
Mayla N. Macadawan during her opening message.
Apart from the reported
accomplishments, issues and concerns were discussed and the proposed
strategies were identified to effectively improve performance and
achieve targets and commitments for the second semester of CY 2018.
“I knew that NMP will be
facing a lot of challenges ahead, a challenge to each and everyone
of us, a challenge as to whether we are already stepping at the
right track. Henceforth, we shall continue to strive, working for
the maritime industry” Executive Director Romulo V. Bernardes
disclosed in his closing message.
Outputs of the two-day
session are the validated NMP MYPA Report CY 2018, Second Semester
Action Plan CY 2018 and the Report on Actions Taken on Issues and
Concerns Affecting Performance which will be reported during the
Cluster and DOLE-Wide MYPA and Re-planning Exercises scheduled on
20-21 July 2018 and 26 July 2018, respectively.
interested in NMP research undertakings may visit the NMP website (www.nm.gov.ph)
and access the e-Research Information System Portal which is
designed for gathering inputs for NMP’s research, dissemination of
NMP completed researches and other articles pertaining to maritime
Assistant Regional Director Ismael Aya-ay and Mayor Eric
Pajulio (4th and 3rd from left) cut the ceremonial ribbon
during the turnover and inauguration rites of two
rehabilitated roads in Matalom, Leyte’s remote villages.
2 roads in Matalom’s remote villages
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
July 11, 2018
MATALOM, Leyte –
Farmers here see economic opportunities as two remote villages in
this third-class municipality can already be penetrated by all types
of vehicles after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
rehabilitated the roads in going to Barangays San Vicente and
DAR thru the second phase
of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II) rehabilitated
the 3.70-kilometer Esperanza-San Vicente road and the 2.69-kilometer
Elevado-President Garcia road.
A double barrel reinforced
concrete box culvert and a single barrel, three units reinforced
concrete pipe culvert were also constructed along the Esperanza-San
Vicente farm-to-market road that would serve as bridge in crossing
streams; while in the Elevado-President Garcia farm-to-market road,
a single barrel, three units reinforced concrete pipe culvert and
slope protection were likewise constructed.
Making sure that travel on
both roads will be safe, critical portions were concreted.
Chairman Avelino Acasio of
Barangay Esperanza was thankful their road was improved from what
used to be a trail where only single motorcycles could pass in going
to adjacent Barangay San Vicente. Now, he disclosed that all types
of vehicles can already penetrate the area making hauling of farm
products for trading fast and easier.
Chairwoman Elda Gato of
Barangay President Garcia on the other hand said that with the
improvement of the Elevado-President Garcia road, they are now
envied by other villages.
Elevado Chairman Roselito Palen shared that they find it easy now to
travel whether in going to the mountains or in going to the town
About five thousand
residents in these areas, wherein more than 900 are agrarian reform
beneficiaries (ARBs), are benefited by these projects with a
combined cost of P18.6-million shared by the national government
thru a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the local
government unit (LGU).
Thus, Provincial Agrarian
Reform Program Officer-I Paulina Canales reminded the recipient
barangays during the simultaneous turnover of the said projects
recently to maintain the roads in good condition for a period of 10
years, otherwise the loan portion will be shouldered also by the
Director for Program Beneficiaries Development Ismael Aya-ay led the
turnover rite and announced on the same occasion other support
services DAR is providing particularly to ARB organizations (ARBOs).
In acceptance, Mayor Eric
Pajulio thanked DAR for all the assistance it has extended to his
town. He likewise encouraged the recipient barangays to allocate
funds from their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for the
maintenance of the roads.
Further, Vice Mayor Ma.
Nicolina Caube suggested not to allow heavy equipment vehicles to
pass these routes during rainy days to preserve the good condition
of the roads.
Cagomoc presides over the coordination meeting with
contractors at the DPWH Conference Room.
urges contractors to finish all projects by December 31, 2018
MAE ANGELICA R. COMOTA
July 11, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways -Samar First District
Engineering Office holds a coordination meeting with contractors on
July 6, 2018 to discuss the implications of the present
administration’s Budget Reform Program of 2019 to the implementation
of the District’s infrastructure projects.
In the absence of District
Engineer Alvin Ignacio, Assistant District Engineer (ADE) Denis
Cagomoc meets with the contractors informing them that the District
has received instructions from Sec. Villar, ordering contractors to
finish all infrastructure projects on or before December 31, 2018.
This is in light of the
government’s push to shift the budget from an obligation-based
system to a cash-based one. With this transition, all remaining
funds for the year will expire; giving the District until December
31, 2018 to settle all payables.
There will be a 3-month
payment extension period on January to March 2019 but only for
projects with 100% accomplishment as of December 31, 2018. Failure
to complete the project before year-end will result to rescission of
contract and blacklisting of the contractors’ license.
“We only have less than 6
months to finish all of our infrastructure projects. If we do not
meet this target, all of us will be affected. Our funding may be
reduced, hindering the development of the District as a whole. If
you have to work day and night, if you have to hire more men, do it.
Do whatever is necessary to speed up project implementation,” said
ADE Cagomoc to the contractors.
PSA enjoins the
public to cooperate in the National Migration Survey
July 9, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) enjoins the public to
cooperate in the National Migration Survey (NMS) which will be
conducted starting 9 July 2018.
A total of 2,703
systematically and randomly selected sample households in Region
VIII were identified as respondents. These households will be
visited by hired statistical researchers and will be interviewed
using tablets guided by Computer-Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI)
The National Migration
Survey (NMS) is the first nationwide survey on migration in the
Philippines. The survey will be undertaken by the PSA in
collaboration with the University of the Philippines System (UP
System) through the University of Philippines Population Institute (UPPI).
The NMS aims to provide
information on the mobility of Philippine population in order to
assist policymakers and program managers in evaluating and designing
strategies for improving services and assistance to people going
abroad or moving within the country.
Apart from the household
questionnaire (NMS Form 1) which gathers information on household
members and housing characteristics, the survey will also involve
interviewing all household members aged 15 years and over who have
ever experienced international or internal migration using the
individual questionnaire (NMS Form 2). In addition, one randomly
selected member aged 15 years and over without experience of
migration will be selected using the Kish Method and will be
interviewed using the same form.
The PSA appeals to the
public 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. Data generated from this survey will be disseminated in
statistical summaries without reference to any individual person or
3 CNTs dead in a
clash in North Cotabato
Battalion, 8ID PA
July 6, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Three CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) died in a clash against
government troops under 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion earlier
today, July 6, 2018 at 6:45 A.M. in Brgy. Panaca, Magpet, North
The encounter between 19IB
and 50 CNTs of Pulang Bagani Command 2 (PBC2) of Southern Mindanao
Regional Committee lasted for an hour that resulted in the recovery
of one M16 rifle and three dead bodies of CNTs.
According to Lt. Col.
Ehrlich Noel Paraso, Commanding Officer of 19IB said, “Civilians
relayed information to our Community Support Program Team on the
presence of armed CNTs in the area that prompted us to launch
In his statement, Maj.
Gen. Ronald Villanueva, Commander, 4ID said, “I congratulate the
dedication shown by the troops of 19th Infantry Battalion. They came
in 4ID’s area of responsibility just early this year, yet they
manage to contribute to the over-all campaign of the Division.
Further, 4th Infantry Division is really serious in going after the
NPA terrorists but, we are not closing doors for them. In fact, the
government has E-CLIP that NPA surrenderees can avail if they decide
to surrender and be a productive member of the society.”
“The local government of
North Cotabato under Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza have been very
supportive to surrenderees, both 4ID and the Provincial Government
of North Cotabato are willing to assist the surrenderees in their
reintegration process,” Villanueva added.