palay production in Eastern Visayas increases by 7.9%
August 17, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY –
Palay production in Eastern Visayas increased by 7.9 percent, from
239,600 metric tons (MT) in the second quarter of 2017 to 258,486 MT
in the second quarter of 2018. Increases were observed among all
provinces, except in Northern Samar, which posted a decrease of
9.3%. Southern Leyte recorded the highest increase in production of
50.3%, from 24,817 in the second quarter of 2017 to 37,306% in the
second quarter of 2018.
Among the provinces, Leyte
produced the highest volume of palay at 147,221 MT, which comprised
more than half (57.0%) of the total palay production in the region.
Eastern Samar, meanwhile, had the lowest volume of production
(12,215 MT) accounting for only 4.7%.
The total harvest area for
palay in the region decreased slightly by 0.2%, from 69,453 hectares
in the second quarter of 2017 to 69,289 hectares in the second
quarter of 2018. Increases recorded in Biliran (7.0%) and Samar
(1.0%) were offset by the decreases registered in Northern Samar
(6.8%) and Southern Leyte (2.0%).
Leyte recorded a little
over half or 53.6% (37,144 hectares) of the total palay area
harvested during the quarter in review, while Biliran contributed
the least (4,763 hectares) accounting for only 6.9%.
Yield per hectare for
palay in the region went up by 8.8%, from 3.4 MT per hectare in the
second quarter of 2017 to 3.7 MT per hectare in the same quarter of
Among the provinces,
Biliran posted the highest yield per hectare during the quarter in
review at 4.6 MT per hectare. Eastern Samar registered the lowest
yield per hectare at 2.3 MT per hectare.
Inspectorate Team of DPWH Samar I conducts a final
inspection of the flood control structures along Bantian
creek, Brgy. Bantian, Calbayog City.
control along Bantian Creek completed
JASON DELOS ANGELES
August 17, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – As
part of the Build Build Build Program of the present
administration, the Department of Public Works and Highways Samar
First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) completes the
rehabilitation and improvement of the flood control project along
Bantian Creek, Brgy. Bantian, Calbayog City.
The project covers the
construction of 96 meters of flood mitigating structures in addition
to the already existing flood control project along the creek. It is
under contract with JFR Construction with an appreciation of P10
million sourced out from the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA)
The flooding in Brgy.
Bantian brought about by the monsoon rain affects so much of their
residents’ properties. During the last flood, their barangay hall
got flooded and even elevated houses were not spared.
The existing flood control
project can no longer accommodate the volume of water overflow
caused by heavy rainfall, especially during typhoon season. It also
worsened during high tides because the creek is connected to Samar
The rehabilitation and
improvement of this flood control project has a widened catchment
that can now accommodate an even higher volume of water capacity.
With this, flooding is not
only mitigated but prevented.
production in Eastern Visayas drops by 20.7%
August 17, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY –
Fishery production in Eastern Visayas dropped by 20.7% from 34,200
metric tons (MT) in the second quarter of 2017 to 27,124 MT in the
second quarter of 2018.
All provinces registered
decreases in fishery production, except Biliran and Southern Leyte,
which recorded increases of 1.6% and 7.6%, respectively from their
levels of production in the same quarter in 2018. Leyte recorded the
highest decrease of 37.5%, from 8,292MT in the second quarter of
2017 to 5,185 MT during the quarter in review.
Among provinces, Samar
produced the highest volume of fishery production at 8,636 MT, which
comprised 31.8% of the total fishery production in the region.
Eastern Samar ranked second with 6,003 MT, which accounted for 22.1%
of the region’s total fishery production. Biliran, meanwhile
registered the lowest volume of production with 5.7% share or 1,538
By subsector, volume of
production in Commercial Fishing went down by 28.0%, from 3,934 MT
in the second quarter of 2017 to 2,833 MT in the same period in
2018. All provinces registered decreases, except Biliran, the only
province that recorded a slight increase of 2.2%. Southern Leyte
recorded the highest decrease of 73.9%, from 367 MT in the second
quarter of 2017 to 96 MT during the quarter in review.
Similarly, volume of
production in Municipal Fishing (marine and inland) registered a
decrease of 20.5%, from 22,939 MT in the second quarter of 2017 to
18,238 MT in the same quarter in 2018. All provinces registered
decreases, except Biliran and Southern Leyte, which posted increases
of 1.4% and 38.3%, respectively. Leyte registered the highest
decrease in volume of production at 55.1%.
Volume of production in
Aquaculture also declined by 17.4%, from 7,328 MT in the second
quarter of 2017 to 6,052 MT in the same period in 2018. Among
provinces, only Biliran and Northern Samar registered growths in
production of 20.4% and 21.9%, respectively. However, the increases
were negated by the decreases recorded by Eastern Samar (41.9%),
Leyte (21.1%), Southern Leyte (47.4%) and Samar (15.1%).
About two-thirds or 67.2%
(18,238 MT) of the total fishery production in the region were from
Municipal Fishing. Aquaculture contributed 22.3% (6,052 MT), while
Commercial Fishing accounted for 10.4% (2,833 MT).
construction/extension of flood control structure along
Mapula river protecting Mapula bridge and Biliran circum
road, Biliran, Biliran Province is 100% completed as of July
31, 2018. This project is in contract with YOYEN
Enterprises. The completed project will prevent flooding on
the said area protecting not only the bridge but the
surrounding agricultural lands.
completes 13 flood control projects in Biliran
August 15, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
Following the department’s new approved plans and specifications for
flood mitigation structures, District Engineer David P. Adongay Jr.
assures quality implementation for completed flood control projects
The Department of Public
Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District Engineering Office (BDEO)
has a total of 18 flood control projects this year amounting to
P371.5M under the Flood Management Program.
Out of the 18 flood
control projects, the district office has completed 13 and eyeing
for the completion of 5 more for the next two months.
According to Adongay, the
previous design of flood control is no longer the same as the design
of the district office at present.
“We have already an
additional reinforcing bars on the revetment side designed to
protect from flooding,” said Adongay.
Recalling tropical storm
Urduja last year that badly hit almost the entire province, Adongay
said that district’s new design of flood control projects have
withstand against major flooding.
“Based on our experience,
yung mga bagong design hindi nasira nung Urdjua, pero depende rin sa
river at lugar kasi merong lugar na binaha pero walang kasamang
debris,” Adongay explained.
Adongay further added that
the goal of these flood control projects is to ensure safe
environment through these facilities, leading economic growth
towards poverty reduction.
“As regards the completed
flood control projects in the province, these are important
infrastructure projects to the populace and community as their lives
and properties are protected against major floods,” said Adongay.
The completed flood
control projects are located along the rivers of Bagongbong in
Almeria, Busali and Santol in the Municipality of Biliran, Esperanza
in Cabucgayan, Mainit, Mapula and Kaulangohan in Caibiran, Bool in
Culaba, Madao, Tucdao and Ungali in Kawayan, Banlas in Maripipi, and
Anas in Naval, the capital town.
drastic cuts in proposed Duterte 2019 education budget
Alliance of Concerned
August 15, 2018
QUEZON CITY – The
Alliance of Concerned Teachers lambasted the hefty cuts in the
proposed education budget of the Department of Budget and Management
for 2019, saying that the Duterte regime’s purported prioritization
of human resource development is a “big farce,” as far as education
budget is concerned.
“The drastic cuts in the
proposed education budget for 2019 more accurately mean ‘human
resource destruction’ than development to teachers, students, and
the whole nation,” said Raymond Basilio, ACT Philippines
The DBM-proposed education
budget is 6.4% or P44.87 billion lower than the approved 2018 budget
for education. The Department of Education is about to suffer an
8.9% budget slash which is equivalent to P51.8 billion. It is in
fact 28% short of what the agency requested. Despite the enactment
of the Universal Access to tertiary Education Law, budget for State
Colleges and Universities will still be decreased by .07% or P45.95
Basilio expressed dismay
over DepEd Secretary Briones’ quick retraction of the criticism on
the looming budget cuts on the agency, saying that “DepEd exposes
itself as spineless in standing up for the interest of teachers and
the rest of the education sector.”
“The cuts spell further
hardships to education workers on pay and workload, worsening
shortages on facilities and materials, and greater inaccessibility
of education to Filipinos,” Basilio stated. Aside from President
Duterte’s salary increase promise being amiss in the budget,
personnel services allocation in the education sector will effect
cuts of P6.4B in personnel benefits and P19.8B decrease in
allocation for the creation of new teaching and non-teaching items.
The long overdue increase
in the allotted special hardship allowance proposed by the
Department of Education was totally disregarded. Funds for the
implementation of medical treatment and annual health examination of
teachers guaranteed in the 1966 Magna Carta, as well as budget for
benefits under the collective negotiations agreements were
practically non-existent in the draft budget.
“It seems this government
is condemning education workers to slow death. While it wrings us of
indirect taxes under the TRAIN Law which will fund 39% of the 2019
budget, it deprives us of our legitimate and legal pay. It denies us
further of additional teaching and non-teaching personnel
much-needed to alleviate overwork which has caused the death of our
colleagues recently,” complained Basilio.
The proposed budget for
DepEd and SUCs reflect big slashes in the allocation for facilities
repair and replacement, procurement and computers, laboratory
equipment, textbooks and manuals, and construction of new buildings.
“The cuts are tantamount
to the further decline of quality and access to education. This is
destructive to the nation’s human resource, especially the next
generation. Mr. President, you always say that you cannot just watch
our youth being wasted on drugs, but by abandoning education, you
let them go to the dogs!” called out Basilio.
However, it is remarkable
how payment of vouchers to private schools remains to be included in
the top 10 items with the biggest allocation in the budget for
education, with a P5B increase for DepEd’s SHS Voucher Program to
private secondary schools.
“Instead of investing in
public schools which can accommodate large numbers of pupils for
years, it would rather hand out public funds to private businesses,”
The proposed budget will
effect as well an 84% decrease in budget for all state colleges and
“The Duterte government
now carries out the paralyzation and the eventual death of SUCs. It
only goes to show how insincere this regime is in implementing free
tertiary education,” Basilio concluded.
Engineer David P. Adongay Jr., (center-right) presiding over
the staff meeting with Assistant District Engineer Alfredo
L. Bollido (center-left), Section Chiefs, Unit Heads,
Project Engineers and Staff on August 9, 2018 at DPWH
Conference Room. One of the highlights of the meeting is
regarding on the implementation of 2019 Cash-based budgeting
Biliran DEO gets
P1.2B budget for next year based on NEP
August 13, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office (BDEO) has a total allotment budget of P1.2B
including region wide projects for year 2019 project implementation
based on National Expenditure Program (NEP).
David P. Adongay Jr.,
District Engineer disclosed that out of the allotted amount, the
district office will only implement P813.9M while P397.9M will be
implemented by the DPWH Regional Office VIII. This is 30% lower than
the 2018 General Appropriation Act (GAA) budget amounting to P1.6B.
Engr. Rosario B. Rosete,
Chief of Planning and Design Section said that BDEO has 61 total
proposed projects for 2019 with 56 projects to be implemented by the
Rosete added that out of
the 56 projects, 12 are already surveyed and three Plans and Program
of Works (POWs) are already completed. Preliminary and Detailed
Engineering (PDE) activities are on-going for the remaining
“We can already advertise
all projects by August this year,” Rosete said.
According to Adongay, the
department is rushing all Regional and District Offices to complete
the detailed engineering activities on projects based on NEP to
easily implement the same by next year under the cash-based program.
In 2019, the government
will be shifting from obligation-based budgeting system to
cash-based budgeting system which means that implementing offices
has given only one year to finish all projects based on the
respective budget allotted.
“Our aim is 100%
completion in 2019, although not practical but that is reality,”
“If we want to move ahead,
we should shift our paradigm,” he added.
Adongay said that proposed
projects in NEP are just minimum proposed projects and should expect
changes for additional projects upon approval of the General
Appropriations Acts (GAA).
Go assures AFP of
PRRD’s full support
August 11, 2018
CATBALOGAN CITY –
Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Secretary Christopher
Lawrence “Bong” Go today assured the Armed Forces of the Philippines
(AFP) of President Rodrigo Duterte’s full support.
Visiting this city for the
celebration of Samar Day, Go went to the Camp Lukban Station
Hospital to personally check on the condition of three soldiers who
had been wounded in action.
“Nagpapagaling na so medyo
OK na sila (They are recovering already),” Go said. “Hopefully they
can leave the hospital and go back on duty.”
He said he will extend
help if the three soldiers need to continue treatment in Manila.
“Anything that they need in Manila, the government is willing to
help them,” he said.
When Go asked hospital
doctor Captain Nikaelle Guevara what the Camp Lukban Station
Hospital needs, the latter replied that they need an x-ray machine
as well as new hospital mattresses. “You write us a letter, then I
will immediately follow it up,” Go said.
He said this is in line
with President Duterte’s commitment to support the AFP fully. “‘Do
not worry, full support ko kayo,’” Go quoted Duterte as saying.
pre-dawn raid in Lapinig, N. Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
August 10, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Municipal Police Station (MPS) of Lapinig, Northern
Samar manned by six PNP personnel under PCI Noly Montibon, Chief of
Police was raided by undetermined number CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs)
onboard two dump trucks and one jeep at around 2:00 A.M. on August
The firefight lasted for
about 15 minutes that resulted in the wounding of PO1 Edison Aguerre
and PO2 Jerry Quilicol. The CNTs carted away the following items: 10
assorted high powered firearms, three handguns, undetermined numbers
of ammunition/magazine, undetermined numbers of MPS desktop/laptops,
and the MPS hotline cellular phone.
It can be recalled that on
July 13, 2018, Marieta “Tayang” Bartolo, 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 and Ruth Martirez Figueroa, Bayan Muna
President-Northern Samar, an incumbent Barangay Chairwoman of UEP,
Zone 3, Catarman, N.Samar and three others were apprehended at a
checkpoint. The Lapinig raid coincided with today’s scheduled
arraignment of “Tayang” who has two warrants of arrest issued by the
Gamay Regional Trial Court.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander 8ID condemns the pre-dawn attack conducted by these CNTs
as a terrorist act against the people of Lapinig, N. Samar.
In his statement, Maj.
Gen. Farnacio said that, “It only shows how desperate they are in
their armed struggle, I urged the community to report to the
authorities the presence of any armed group in your area. Security
is a shared responsibility of everyone; it is not just for us, the
security forces and government institutions but also in
collaboration with civil society and the communities.”
inflation rate eases to 5.9% in July 2018
August 10, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
annual Inflation Rate (IR) of Eastern Visayas declined to 5.9% in
July after posting the record-high 6.3% in June. This IR was 0.4
percentage point lower compared with the 6.3% IR a month ago, but
2.7 percentage points higher than the recorded 3.2% IR in the same
period last year. The regional inflation rate was 0.2 percentage
point higher than the 5.7% national average in July.
Four provinces in the
region – Biliran, Leyte, Northern Samar, and Samar, posted lower
inflation rates in July with 0.5 percentage point, 0.4 percentage
point, 1.0 percentage point, and 0.1 percentage point decreases,
respectively, compared with their figures in the previous month. On
the other hand, increases were noted in Eastern Samar (0.3
percentage point) and Southern Leyte (0.1 percentage point). Eastern
Samar registered the highest IR at 7.8%, while Southern Leyte posted
the lowest IR at 1.5% (Table 1).
By major commodity groups,
Education recorded the highest decrease of a hefty 19.7 percentage
points, from 3.5% in June to -16.2 percent in July. It posted the
lowest and the only commodity with negative inflation among all
commodity groups. This may be attributed to the implementation of
the free tuition law among State Universities and Colleges.
Annual price changes in
Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco slowed down by 0.4 percentage point
from its previous month’s rate, but still recorded a double digit
inflation rate of 21.6%, the highest among all commodities.
The heavily weighted Food
and Non-Alcoholic Beverages went up by 0.3 percentage point, from
7.9% in June to 8.2% during the reference month. This can be
attributed to faster price increases in rice, corn, fish,
vegetables, and sugar, jam, honey, chocolate and confectionery
products. Fish remained to have a double digit inflation at 18.5%,
the highest among all food items. Communication, meanwhile, recorded
zero inflation rate in July.
The Purchasing Power of
Peso (PPP) of the region remained at P 0.81 in July 2018. This PPP
implies that goods and services worth 100 pesos in July 2018 only
costs 81 pesos in 2012.
All provinces sustained
their PPP from last month, except Northern Samar, the only province
that registered a 0.01 centavo increase in the PPP with its figure a
month ago. Leyte recorded the strongest PPP at P0.84. Southern Leyte
ranked second at P0.83, followed by Biliran at P0.82, Eastern Samar
at P0.79, and Northern Samar at P0.77. Samar, meanwhile, posted the
weakest PPP at P0.76 (Table 1).
decry planned cut on IRA share
August 10, 2018
QUEZON CITY – Local
government employees opposed the proposal of President Rodrigo
Duterte’s economic managers of lowering the local government units
Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) share in favor of the national
government in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling that the
IRA must be sourced from “all national taxes and not only internal
The IRA amounted to
P575.52 billion under the proposed 2019 national budget, a far cry
from the P732 billion IRA if the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of
the “just share” of LGUs would be implemented next fiscal year.
The League of Local
Government Units Employees (LEAGUE-COURAGE), a federation of LGU
employees associations and unions, said that social services to the
people and the security of tenure of rank-and-file employees will be
the first casualties if the national government decides to reduce
“The jobs of LGUs
project-based employees who have been performing the regular mandate
of the government would be affected by the cut on the IRA as their
salaries are sourced from the revenue allotment. Mass lay-off of
government employees nationwide is imminent if the US-Duterte regime
decides on the cut on the IRA”, said LEAGUE president Erwin Lanuza.
“The current LGU and
national government share of 40%-60% to a possible reduction of
30%-70% can only be altered if there is an “unmanageable public
service deficit according to the Local Government Code. If this will
happen, it will be greatly disadvantageous to LGUs, local
communities and employees especially in the delivery of much needed
local social services such as education, health, housing,
agriculture, water and others, COURAGE National President Ferdinand
He surmised that the
unmanageable public service debt is actually due to Duterte’s
adherence to the neo-liberal economic program pushed by US, China
and other foreign monopoly capital increasing the debt and debt
service, increasing the AFP and PNP budget, the drive for more
infrastructure spending under the Build, Build, Build which only
favor the few. Another impact is that once allotments are reduced
and funding for local hospitals, schools, housing, water and other
social services, the privatization of such services (another
neo-liberal program) will not be far behind leading to more
expensive services and lay-off of employees.
Lanuza said that
government workers, are actually clamoring for the regularization of
contractuals and have lost faith in Duterte’s promise. Instead, they
are pushing for the passage of House Bill 7415 file by Bayan Muna
Representative Carlos Zarate and the Makabayan Bloc which will end
contractualization and entitle non-regular workers in government
security of tenure and civil service eligibility. They are also
pushing for a national minimum wage of P16,000 a month for all
government employees whether national or local.