Filemon A. Abad,(in orange polo shirt in front) delivers a
re-echo on their three days seminar on Document Tracking
System (DoTS) for Civil Works Project on July 4-6, 2018. The
re-echo was conducted at BDEO Conference hall on July 19,
2018 participated by some 50 BDEO Personnel.
set to implement DoTS for fast tracking of documents
July 27, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran – To
better understand the electronic routing slip system of the
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Biliran District
Engineering Office (BDEO) takes initiative to hold a re-echo on the
seminar on Document Tracking System (DoTS) for Civil Works Project
on July 19, 2018 at BDEO Conference hall.
The DoTS for Civil Works
was carried out in a three days seminar at the DPWH Regional Office,
Baras, Palo, Leyte on July 4-6, 2018 and was compressed into a
three-hour discussion at Biliran DEO to give insights to some 50
Biliran DEO employees who are directly or indirectly involved in
DoTS is an electronic and
dynamic routing slip develop to monitor the status of documents in
the department. It tracks down slow moving documents and pinpoints
those responsible for the delay in the processing. This is in line
with Department’s thrust to fast track the completion of projects
and to be transparent in its operations.
Under the leadership of
District Engineer David P. Adongay Jr., BDEO will soon be using this
system as per DPWH Department Order (D.O.) 142 series of 2017 as it
is now being implemented in the DPWH Regional Office VIII as well as
in the Central Office.
According to Luisito
Filemon A. Abad, BDEO Procurement Unit Head who gave the talk on the
DoTS re-echo, the said system has already started in 2012 in the
Regional Office but was discontinued after the onslaught of Super
Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) in 2013. Presently
this is now in operation.
To properly implement the
said system in the district, BDEO appointed DoTS officers who has
took the recent training on DoTS to smoothly manage incoming and
outgoing communications through the said tracking system.
DO 142 series of 2017 re:
Implementation of the Document Tracking System (DoTS) for Civil
Works Projects covers documents on As-Built Plans, Detailed
Engineering Design Plans, Program of Work (POW), Approved Budget
Contract (ABC), Award and Signing of Contract, IROW payment and
other civil works related documents.
Leyte municipal mayor Reynaldo B. Capon Sr. cites his
experiences and lessons learned being a former soldier as
the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the closing ceremony
of the Philippine Army Candidate Soldier Course Class 538-18
on July 24 in Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City.
248 new soldiers
bolster Army in E. Visayas
DPAO, 8ID PA
July 26, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Philippine Army Candidate Soldier Course Class 538-18
composed of two hundred forty eight (248) able-bodied Filipinos was
formally closed today, July 24, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at the 8ID
Grandstand, Camp Lukban, Barangay Maulong, Catbalogan City, Samar.
The closing ceremony was
graced by a former soldier himself, Hon. Reynaldo B. Capon, Sr.,
Municipal Mayor, Alang-Alang, Leyte, as the Guest of Honor and
Speaker who further led the ceremonial entrustment of firearms,
distribution of certificates, and individual achievements. The
entrustment of firearms to the 248 newly enlisted privates
symbolizes their acceptance of responsibilities and commitment to
the people and country.
Hon. Capon during his
inspirational message reminded the soldiers to love their job with
utmost dedication, nurture a harmonious relationship with comrades
and the people in the community wherever they may be assigned. He
also reminded them to avoid getting involved in any misconduct that
will tarnish their image.
On the other hand, Maj.
Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Commander, 8ID said, “On this occasion, let
me congratulate these 248 strong young men who in their youthful
days arrived at one of the most difficult decisions in their lives
and that is to join the noble profession of arms.”
Morever, Maj. Gen.
Farnacio congratulated and thanked the families, relatives, and
friends of the newly enlisted privates for their support and trust
ARTA sets its
sights on streamlining government process on Starting a Business:
End-to-end registration and unified form underway
July 26, 2018
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry, as the temporary secretariat of
Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is now focusing on streamlining
government procedures for business registration by developing an
end-to-end business registration and unified application form,
heeding the President’s directive to implement Republic Act 11032,
also known as the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government
Service Delivery Act of 2018.
The President, during his
SONA directed all local government units and national government
agencies to faithfully implement this law and simplify government
process. “I particularly call the attention of the agencies with the
[most] number of red tape-related reports from the public, make your
services truly customer-friendly. Our people deserve efficient,
effective, and responsive government services. They deserve nothing
less.” said the President.
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez,
who concurrently chairs the Ease of Doing Business and Anti-Red Tape
Advisory Council (EODB-ARTAC) pointed to burdensome business
registration process, which is a subject of frequent complaints by
the public. “It takes 16 steps and 28 days to start a business in
the country, compared to three steps and 2.5 days in Singapore
according to the World Bank Doing Business Report. In Singapore,
because of online procedure, an applicant will be able to register,
do a company search, incorporate and register with the inland
revenue authority, in less than one day. We need to improve and be
the number one”, the DTI Secretary said.
According to Secretary
Lopez, this is the reason Anti Red Tape Authority (ARTA) is now
implementing Project One: One Form, One Number, One Portal. This
aims to develop innovative systems that will drastically streamline
business registration process and will provide a pleasant business
customer experience that is easy, not confusing nor cumbersome.
Project One promotes bureaucratic singularity through whole of
government approach and addresses governance concern on data
sharing, data accuracy, access to data, and privacy issues.
Secretary Lopez also
mentioned that one of the three outputs of Project One is an
application for an end-to-end business registration that allows
business owners to complete their registration using a unified form
using mobile application.
“We will see in the near
future that one can register their business online – using mobile
phone. All the entrepreneur need to do is fill up one form upload
the requirements and let technology do the rest. We want to do away
with the several forms an applicant need to accomplish. You need to
concentrate more on your business than get stressed by your business
permit” told Secretary Lopez.
The DTI reported that this
initiative is in line with the Strategic Action Plan for SME
Development (SAPSMED) 2025, particularly the Work Programme on
“Starting a Business in ASEAN” (2016-2025) with following
- Enhance transparency and
improve orientation on administrative procedures.
- Develop effective
coordination among government agencies in the business start-up
process including one-stop-shop agencies/ single agency.
- Promote simplification,
rationalization of business registration and upgrading of national
The DTI Secretary stated
that the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) will greatly
benefit from end-to-end business registration. “The President
reiterated the crucial role of the MSMEs in economic development. We
understand MSMEs bear the negative impact of bureaucratic red tape.
The end-to-end business registration is geared towards supporting
our MSMEs, making it convenient for them to start a business,” told
The end-to-end business
registration will be developed using Design Sprint to be facilitated
by Creative HQ of New Zealand. Design Sprint is a 5-day
highly-innovative problem solving process, developed by Google
Ventures, that engage experts from the government, business, and
information and communication technology (ICT) to come up with
P. Adongay Jr.(center), District Engineer of Biliran
District Engineering Office receives last July 4,2018 the
plaque of recognition for being 2nd place in the active
implementation of the DPWH Development Communication Program
in Eastern Visayas for the year 2017.
ranks 2nd in the DPWH development communication program in 2017
July 25, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)- Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) was awarded Second (2nd) Place in the
active implementation of the DPWH Development Communication Program
in Eastern Visayas for the year 2017.
Under the leadership of
David P. Adongay Jr., District Engineer, Biliran DEO has been
consistently one of the top five achieving districts in Region VIII
since 2012 when it comes to Development Communication Program of the
The award thru the plaque
of recognition was bestowed to District Engineer Adongay Jr. on July
4, 2018 by DPWH-8 Regional Director Edgar B. Tabacon and Assistant
Regional Director Eric A. Ayapana during the regional coordination
meeting held at Summit Hotel Tacloban, Marasbaras, Tacloban City.
On July 5, 2018, Adongay
presented the award to Biliran DEO Information Officers Engr.
Rosario B. Rosete, PIO Designate together with her P.I.O.-Alternates
Engr. Gene F. Delfin, Mrs. Chelsea Quijano-Salloman, Engr. Frechbee
L. Sabili, Mr. Penny Lloyd Batoto and Mr. Carl Mark D. Pedrera at
the Office of the District Engineer, Naval, Biliran.
Adongay said that the
award was the result of hardwork and cooperation of everyone and
that he is only an instrument in achieving this.
Among the 13 District
Engineering Offices in Eastern Visayas,, the award was given to the
top 5 performers. Included in the top five are Samar 1st DEO (1st
place), Biliran DEO (2nd place), Southern Leyte DEO (3rd place),
Leyte 4th DEO (4th place) and Leyte 2nd DEO and Northern Samar 2nd
DEO both in 5th places.
Development Program of the Department involves information
dissemination to the public about the agency’s jobs, programs,
activities and its projects which aims to deliver transparency to
demise of labor rights and Cha-cha with GMA as Speaker
July 25, 2018
QUEZON CITY – The
socialist labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)
expressed trepidation as former president Gloria Arroyo wrested
control over the leadership of the House of Representatives.
Workers fear that all
pending pro-labor bills will not move an inch with Arroyo as
speaker. They also foresee the wholesale assault on the remaining
protectionist provisions of the constitution as they view her as
President Duterte’s co-navigator of the Cha-Cha ship.
“Arroyo’s past attempts to
change the charter are still fresh in the memory of many. As she
admitted herself, she would push for the legislative agenda of the
president – to steer Congress into convening as a constituent
assembly. With Arroyo at the helm, our rights are in constant
peril,” said Luke Espiritu, president of BMP.
“A Duterte-Arroyo combo is
the sum of all the fears of organized labor,” he added.
BMP noted that Arroyo’s
track record for being anti-labor is long and plentiful. It was
during her term, the DOLE failed to issue a department order to
interpret and implement Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code on
contracting and subcontracting arrangements.
It was also during her
watch when the army and the police open fired at striking workers of
Hacienda Luisita in 2004, prompting the BMP to siege the DOLE
offices in Intramuros.
Duterte’s hand in power
The group also claimed
that the president played Pontius Pilate in the power grab in the
House of Representatives, causing a delay in his annual address, as
he reportedly berated her daughter Inday Sara for orchestrating the
ouster of Pantaleon Alvarez.
“Even if Duterte allowed
Alvarez to sit beside him at his third SONA, the sullen face of the
former speaker throughout his speech reveals that the proverbial axe
had fallen even before the joint session was convened,” Espiritu
“Duterte did not lift a
finger to save Alvarez because, with the assumption of Gloria Arroyo
–much-hated by the people but trusted by the elite for her
reputation to take charge – he gained a reliable first mate that
could steer the ship to towards Charter Change”, the labor lawyer
He noted that during her
nine year term as president, Arroyo attempted to change the charter.
In her 2005 SONA, she declared to “start the great debate on Charter
Change” although her plans were waylaid by the infamous ‘Hello Garci’
scandal and again 2008.
During her term, Arroyo
and legislative allies utilized various legal means to change the
Constitution – People’s Initiative in 2006, Constituent Assembly in
2008 and a Constitutional Convention in 2009.
“As a rabid bourgeois
economist, who toes the line of the neoliberal capitalist doctrine
of liberalization, deregulation, privatization and labor
flexibility, Arroyo as House Speaker will not hesitate to demolish
all protectionist measures of the national economy to favor the
Chinese and American monopolies in order to attract foreign
investments,” he added.
An Arroyo-led Batasan will
not end endo
The group likewise sees no
end to the scourge of contractualization despite Duterte’s
reiteration in his SONA speech to enact a law to prohibit
“We expect nothing but
further circumvention of our rights through the institutionalization
of trilateral contracting work arrangements. More misery awaits
working class families,” he said.
“Duterte’s call on
Congress to enact a law on contractualization is just as bogus as
his Executive Order 51. He merely copy-pasted what was already the
law, preserving the status quo of poverty inducing contractual
employment,” he concluded.
one high powered firearm from the CNTs
DPAO, 8ID PA
July 24, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A team from Bravo Company of 87th Infantry (Hinirang)
Battalion while conducting security patrol in the hinterlands of
Eastern Samar encountered more or less ten CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs)
along Brgy. Pinanag-an, Borongan, Eastern Samar at around 11:23 A.M.
July 23, 2018.
Troops were checking on
information relayed by the populace on the extortion activities of
the armed group when the encounter ensued lasted for about 15
minutes that resulted in the recovery of one M16 Elisco rifle SN:
RP101724. Also recovered were five civilian backpacks containing
documents used for CNTs Ideological Political Organizational (IPO)
works, and one detonating cord.
Wounded was PFC Eric L.
Alegria who was hit on his right shoulder while there were
undetermined casualties on the enemy side.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander 8ID commended the troops for their utmost dedication in
performing their mandated duty and urged them to be aggressive
against the CNTs who continue to harass civilian communities.
In his statement, Maj.
Gen. Farnacio said that, “While our troops intensify Internal
Security Operations and Community Support Programs to deliver the
basic services of the government and to protect the people, the
local terrorists CNTs continue their extortion activities and other
criminal acts that instill fear and anxiety in the hearts and minds
of peace-loving Filipinos.”
“I urged you to lay down
your arms and avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration
Program (E-CLIP) of the government. You are fighting a bloody and
senseless war only for your Bosses abroad who are in safe areas and
living in a very comfortable lifestyle.”
of this writing, 14,660 positions are available through the
BBB website (www.build.gov.ph)
DPWH launches job
portal under Duterte’s Build Build Build program
MAE ANGELICA R. COMOTA
July 20, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways Samar First District
Engineering Office launches an online job matching service for those
job seekers and skilled workers who want to work in the
infrastructure projects under Pres. Duterte’s Build Build Build
The current administration
puts great emphasis in infrastructure development projects which are
aimed to increase the productive capacity of the economy and
strengthen the investment climate towards inclusive growth. Through
the launching of this jobs portal, potential employees are
introduced to countless job opportunities.
Construction firms with
projects under DPWH can post job positions available with
corresponding qualifications for a specific project in the
Recruitday, an online job matching service. The same goes for DPWH
regional and district offices nationwide who are in need of
technical and support personnel.
The job matching option
will provide a more streamlined process of recruitment, making it
easier and more convenient to both job seekers and job providers.
Assistant Regional Director Ismael Aya-ay (2nd from L) and
Sta. Margarita Mayor Gemma Zosa (2nd from R) cut the
ceremonial ribbon during the inauguration of the
3.1-kilometer Ilo-Balud farm-to-market road implemented
under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities
DAR turns over
alternate road for farmers
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
July 20, 2018
STA. MARGARITA, Samar
– A 3.1-kilometer road constructed here as an alternate route for
farmers in an upland area was turned over last week by the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
Instead of passing by the
national highway, farmers can already pass through the mountain in
going to Barangay Ilo from Barangay Balud or vice-versa. The area is
also accessible now to all types of vehicles.
DAR Assistant Regional
Director Ismael Aya-ay who led the turnover and inauguration rites
disclosed that the P18.4-million project was supposedly a road
opening and spot concreting only. However, thru the efforts of the
local government unit (LGU) under the administration of Mayor Gemma
Zosa, the farm-to-market road project traversing from Barangay Ilo
to Barangay Balud passing thru the mountain area is almost
The cost of the project
implemented under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform
Communities Project (ARCP-II) was shared by the national government
thru a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the LGU of
Under the agreement
between the ARCP-II and the said LGU, the recipients should allocate
funds for the maintenance of the project within 10 years. Otherwise,
the recipients will be shouldering the loan portion of the national
government turning grant into a liability.
But in this case where the
LGU had already improved the road by concreting throughout,
according to Samar Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer-I
Segundino Pagliawan, the recipient villages will no longer find it
hard in the maintenance of it.
Meanwhile, Mayor Zosa
expressed her gratitude to the DAR for opening this road which led
to the LGU’s construction of road networks that would link villages
in her municipality as well as to the villages of the adjacent town
Zosa added that this also
opened opportunities for the farmers, thus she encouraged them to
produce more and have higher income.
Further, she encouraged
the farmers to produce more of the “kalinayan rice” or the “red
rice” which according to her, a well-known department store in Metro
Manila is willing to tie-up with their municipality in the marketing
of this product.
More than 1,600 residents
in this area, wherein 180 are agrarian reform beneficiaries, are
expected to be benefited by the project implemented under the
Program Beneficiaries Development component of the Comprehensive
Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
Secretary Ramon M. Lopez encourages the attendees of the
Marawi Entrepreneurship and Job Fair to take advantage of
the microfinancing programs of the government and private
soldiers to benefit from P3 program's P100M loan allocation
July 20, 2018
MARAWI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) offered microfinance
solutions amounting to P100M to Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
during the Marawi Entrepreneurship and Job Fair held last July 16 at
the Mindanao State University main campus in Marawi City.
DTI invited Marawi
entrepreneurs to take advantage of the Pondo sa Pagbabago at
Pag-asenso Program (P3), a microfinance program for
micro-entrepreneurs with loans as low as P5,000. P3 was established
by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to combat the prevalence of 5-6
lenders who offer interest as high as 20% per month.
Under the P3 Program, DTI
allotted P50 million for IDPs and another P50 million for wounded
soldiers and families of soldiers killed during the Marawi siege. Of
these amounts, P5.28 million has been loaned to 364 IDPs and P11.96
million has been released to 167 soldiers and/or their families.
P3 loans are released a
day after applications are approved and borrowers only need to
submit to their nearest Negosyo Center a certification of their
business. The said certification need not be a business permit as
Small Business Corporation (SBCorp), DTI’s microfinance arm, accepts
certificates from market associations for market vendors.
DTI and SBCorp are working
on further simplifying the requirements to address these concerns as
some Marawi entrepreneurs can’t provide a certification since they
could only set up stalls along the main roads after the siege.
vision for P3 is for it to replace 5-6 as the primary source of
working capital for micro entrepreneurs. To do this, we are working
to rival their wide reach and accessibility,” said DTI Secretary
Ramon M. Lopez.
Entrepreneurship and Job Fair was organized by DTI in partnership
with Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), the Department of Social
Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE), Radio Television Malacanang (RTVM), the Training
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA),
Mindanao State University (MSU), United States Agency for
International Development (USAID), Philippine Disaster Resilience
Foundation (PDRF), Coca-Cola, ASA Philippines Foundation and Al-Amanah
Region 8 Inspectors Ma. Luisa Pedrosa and Terencio Regala
with Mech. Engr. Edward Arma, the head of the Equipment
Services Unit of SFDEO.
vehicles’ and equipments’ inspection undertaken
JASON DELOS ANGELES
July 19, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY –
DPWH Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) undergoes 2nd
quarter inspection of service vehicles and equipment on July 18,
Inspectors from the
Regional Office, Mr. Terencio L. Regala and Ms. Ma. Luisa V. Pedrosa
inspect 25 service vehicles assessing their cleanliness,
accessories’ functions and updated Land Transportation Office (LTO)
registrations as well as the driver’s license of the operators of
“This inspection ensures
that the service vehicles used by this office are safe for the roads
and that their drivers have a good understanding of their roles and
responsibilities in compliance with not only DPWH standards but also
to the standards of other government agencies such as the LTO and
Highway Patrol Group,” said Inspector Pedrosa.
On the last vehicle
inspection conducted last April 24, 2018, SFDEO ranked 2nd place
among the 13 District Engineering Offices in Region VIII because it
satisfactorily complied with all of the standards required in the
use and maintenance of its service vehicles. The final findings and
assessment for this quarter will be communicated back as soon as it
is evaluated in the Regional Office.