file raps vs. Duterte at international tribunal
September 17, 2018
MANILA – Various
people's organizations led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)
and Karapatan announced at a press conference today that victims of
rights violations will testify before the International Peoples'
Tribunal (IPT2018) on September 18-19 in Brussels, Belgium to indict
Presidents Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump "for crimes against the
Upon the victims' plea,
the Tribunal is being convened by the International Association of
Democratic Lawyers (IADL), European Association of Lawyers for
Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH), Haldane Society of
Socialist Lawyers, IBON International, and the International
Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP).
Its findings and verdict
will be submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the
European Parliament and the United Nations Human Rights Council on
September 21, 2018, anniversary of martial law in the Philippines.
"The continuing impunity
of killings, state violence and other crimes against the Filipino
people compel us to file these cases against the regime. The
judicial system itself is under attack in the Philippines. Hence, an
impartial tribunal recognized internationally can serve as moral
suasion to stop the attacks and make the regime accountable for its
crimes," Teddy Casiño of Bayan said.
workers, peasants and women's groups joined Lumad leaders and
victims of Duterte's "war on drugs" at the press conference. Rise Up
for Life and Rights, a network of victims of the drug-killings,
human rights advocates and church workers, filed a separate case
against Duterte early this month before the International Criminal
Pres. Duterte announced
last March the unilateral withdrawal of the Republic of the
Philippines from its ratification of the Rome Statute of the ICC, in
reaction to the decision of the court’s prosecutor to launch a
preliminary examination on the on-going killings in the country.
attacks on the people
Jigs Clamor of Karapatan
explained that the cases filed before the IPT2018 illustrate the
full-scale attacks of the Duterte government on the Filipino people.
He cited three broad
categories on rights violations for the cases filed: 1) civil and
political rights; 2) economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR);
and 3) national sovereignty, development, and international
Under the civil and
political rights violations are the mass murder of more than 23,000
poor Filipinos through the brutal war on drugs, and more than 160
extra-judicial killings mostly of peasant and indigenous leaders.
In just one year of
martial law in Mindanao, at least 49 victims of extrajudicial
killings have been documented by Karapatan. There were also 22
documented cases of torture, 89 victims of illegal arrest and
detention, and 336,124 victims of indiscriminate gunfire and aerial
Trumped-up charges against
leaders, activists and critics, including that of Senator and former
justice secretary Leila de Lima, media repression, the deportation
of Sr. Pat Fox and other foreign missionaries, and the detention of
more than 500 political prisoners are also included in the charges.
Among the ESCR violations
are issues of labor-only contractualization and union busting;
landlessness and harassment of poor peasants, misogyny and abuse of
women; negligence of overseas workers in distress; imposition of
anti-poor economic policies like the Tax Reform for Acceleration and
Inclusion (TRAIN) Law; and the absence of decent housing for the
international humanitarian law and the peoples’ rights to national
self-determination and development include the attacks on 226
indigenous peoples’ schools in Mindanao by the AFP, PNP and the
Department of Education; bombings and airstrikes of indigenous
communities in Malibcong, Abra in March 2017; the massacre of seven
personnel of the National Democratic Front (NDF) in August 2018; and
the intervention of the US military and government in the
Casiño said that the
jurors of the IPT2018 form an international panel composed of
eminent individuals from different disciplines with proven
competence, integrity, probity and objectivity.
“The jurors are all
experienced on issues on human rights, rights of peoples, and
international humanitarian law,” he said.
Composing the jurors’
panel are: Mamdouh Habashi, head of the International Office of the
Socialist Popular Alliance Party in Egypt and Vice-President of the
World Forum for Alternatives (WFA) in Dakar; Monica Moorehead,
co-coordinator of the International Working Women’s Day Coalition in
New York City and an executive board member of the International
Women’s Alliance; Ties Prakken, professor of criminal law at
Maastricht University and practices criminal law and human rights;
Sarojeni Rengam, Executive Director of Pesticide Action Network Asia
Pacific (PANAP); Atty. Azadeh N. Shahshahani, prominent human rights
lawyer, former President of the National Lawyers Guild; Dr. Gianni
Tognoni, Secretary General of the Permanent People's Tribunal (PPT);
Roland Weyl, founder and first Vice-President of the International
Association of Democratic Lawyers, Dean of the Paris Bar; and Rev.
Michael Yoshii, pastor of the Buena Vista United Methodist Church (UMC)
in California and Chairman of the Advocacy & Justice Committee for
the California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist
moves to reach target this month
September 17, 2018
CARIGARA, Leyte – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte Second District
Engineering Office steps out to reach 66% target on Physical
accomplishment for the month of September.
In the recent meeting, DPWH explains new terms on the Project
Contract Management Application (PCMA) to the contractors.
According to Engr. Ma. Rosario P. Margallo, Monitoring Evaluation
Section of the Regional Office 8, the PCMA has now an
enterprise-wide application that allows updating throughout the
month. She added that the application calculates the percentage
completion and slippage based on the reported accomplished Work
The system would recognize contractors with negative slippages and
are subject for termination.
District Engineer Carlos G. Veloso requested for the cooperation of
the contractors to go beyond the target.
“Our target for this month is 66%. Though, it is better if we go
beyond this, so that if we fall short, we would still be able to
reach the mark. We must aim high,” Veloso said.
He added that once the Notice of Award is given, contractors must
immediately start with the implementation. Moreover, as soon as they
see possibility of negative slippage, contractors must file for time
suspension and time extension to avoid termination and blacklisting.
The PCMA was made to supply the department’s objective to
effectively manage and monitor all infrastructure projects of the
founder and chairman emeritus of CARD MRI, Dr. Jaime
Aristotle B. Alip, together with field staff were welcomed
in the growing and glowing businesses of their CARD, Inc.
clients in Tagum City and Koronadal City on September 3,
2018. These clients are among the beneficiaries of CARD,
Inc. in its initiative to support the P3 of DTI.
39K MSMEs get
support from CARD’s P3 program
September 17, 2018
MAKATI CITY – More
than 39,000 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of the
country are now receiving financial services from the Center for
Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD), Inc. (A Microfinance NGO)
in support to the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) program of
the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
In 2017, CARD, Inc. signed
a memorandum of understanding with DTI to become the government’s
partner in strengthening the access of community members to the P3
“This collaboration is
part of CARD’s commitment of ensuring the growth of MSMEs to
eventually build a poverty-free country. Poverty is a complex issue,
hence, working with like-minded organizations and the government is
a significant factor in the process,” said Flordeliza L. Sarmiento,
managing director of CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD
MRI) where CARD, Inc. is a member institution.
CARD’s P3 initiative
For this program,
Sarmiento emphasized that CARD is not receiving any financial
support from the government. “We will be using our own funds for
this program. In terms of policies, it will be aligned with the
guidelines of the program accordingly,” she added.
The program prioritizes to
reach the market vendors and agri-businessmen in the 20 provinces
under the government’s P3 program namely, Sorsogon, Zamboanga
Sibugay, Negros Oriental, Leyte, Catanduanes, North Cotabato,
Western, Eastern, and Northern Samar, Mountain Province, Lanao del
Norte and Lanao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Siquijor, Zamboanga del
Norte, Sultan Kudarat, Bukidnon, Maguindanao, Sarangani, and Sulu.
can avail a loan up to P100,000 maximum with an affordable interest
rate,” said Jocelyn D. Dequito, executive director of CARD, Inc.
The loan is payable in 12
months maximum on either a daily or weekly basis. “The program is
consistent with our regular microfinance services. The terms are
also flexible,” added Dequito.
Potential clients may
avail the loan and can be processed within 24 hours, following the
guidelines of CARD. This, according to Dequito, is their way of
fighting against usurious lenders who are very quick in providing
loans to people. “We have streamlined our processes to be become
relevant and respond immediately to the changing needs of our
clients,” added Dequito.
On September 3-4, 2018,
Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip, the founder and chairman emeritus of
CARD MRI, visited the P3 beneficiaries of CARD in Tagum City and
Koronadal City, respectively.
CARD MRI, according to Dr.
Alip, is in the business of poverty eradication. “Providing families
with financial access is the first step towards poverty eradication.
And we are happy to see our clients who are doing well in their
respective businesses,” added Dr. Alip.
Edlyn Soronez, P3
beneficiary from Tagum City, said the program helped her grow her
flower shop business. “I am thankful to become one of the
beneficiaries of the program. I can now buy enough stocks for my
growing clients,” shared Soronez.
Moreover, Nelly Pabillon
said that she is thankful to CARD for granting her P28,000 loan for
her vegetable trading in Koronadal City public market.
Dr. Alip also emphasized
that these microentrepreneurs will be able to dictate the own course
of their lives when and only given the access to asset ownership.
“It is our hope that through our microfinance programs and this P3
initiative of the government, more families will have the capacity
to own assets, invests in businesses, and saves for the future,”
said Dr. Alip.
CARD also guaranteed that
this P3 initiative will continue to be reinforced. “Even if the
agreement is only with CARD, Inc., we have also encouraged our three
banking institutions to entertain potential clients for the P3
program,” assured Dr. Alip.
As of July 2018, CARD,
Inc. has already disbursed a total of P450.9 million loans to 39,384
CARD MRI is a group of 21
institutions that aims to eradicate poverty in the country. It has
three banking institutions, the CARD Bank, CARD SME Bank, and Rizal
Bank, Inc., which are operational in some of the concentrated areas
covered by CARD, Inc.
“We are one with the
government in fighting poverty in the country. Moving out from the
claws of poverty can only be made when all the private and public
sectors and the community itself work together as one,” concluded
CPP-NPA terrorists, incurs one casualty
DPAO, 8ID PA
September 16, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Troops from the 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion, 8th
Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army encountered CNT
members at Barangay Mahayag, Matuguinao, Samar on September 14,
Sgt Daniel B. Silagan was
reported to be killed in action during the said encounter, while it
is undetermined on the terrorist group.
The troops led by two
officers were on clearing operations when they encountered the
terrorists as previously reported seen at said barangay when a
20-minute firefight ensued. The enemy immediately withdraws sensing
the superiority of our forces.
actions will be undertaken to attend to survivors of Sgt Silagan
including facilitation of due assistance and benefits. Meanwhile,
pursuit operation is being conducted by our forces under the
direction of the 803rd Infantry Brigade.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio
AFP, Commander, 8ID in his message said, “I would like to express my
condolences to the bereaved family of our gallant soldier who
offered the supreme sacrifice while performing his duty. This
setback will not deter our resolve to continue our mandated task to
safeguard the people of Eastern Visayas.”
DPWH Region 8 Regional Director (RD), Nerie D. Bueno (in
yellow dress) meets district engineers of Region VIII during
the turn-over ceremony of outgoing Regional Director Edgar
B. Tabacon (left side of RD Bueno) on August 30, 2018 at
DPWH Regional Office, Baras, Palo, Leyte.
DPWH Region 8 has
new regional director
September 6, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region VIII
warmly welcomes new regional director in the person of Engr. Nerie
D. Bueno in a simple turn-over held on August 30, 2018 at DPWH
Regional Office, Baras, Palo, Leyte.
Bueno replaced outgoing
Regional Director Edgar B. Tabacon who now assumed post as new
regional director of Region VII.
The lady regional director
was the former regional director of DPWH-Cordillera Autonomous
Region (CAR) prior to her assignment in Region VIII.
Bueno is one of the
dynamic women executives in the Department who consistently attest
that female engineers can rise as leaders in a male-dominated
profession. With thirty-five (35) years of government service, she
broke new grounds for Filipino women engineers pursuing leadership
in widely known male-dominated technical organizations, through her
appointment in key positions in the regional level.
She was officially
appointed as Regional Director on November 23, 2015 in DPWH-CAR,
shortly after assuming the post of OIC- Regional Director of DPWH
Region II on September 18, 2016.
On September 19, 2016, she
was reassigned to DPWH Region I, but after barely two months, she
was transferred to DPWH-CAR on November 11, 2016.
In DPWH-CAR, she was the
first woman to assume the positions, Assistant District Engineer
(March 22, 2003), District Engineer (December 10, 2003), Assistant
Regional Director (April 8, 2009) and Regional Director. Through the
years, she remained steadfast to the values of discipline and
diligence in her work, with a firm conviction that having high
integrity and commitment to public service is always rewarding.
People regarded her as the
“catalyst of change” and “game changer” when Region II achieved
Second Rank nationwide in physical accomplishment in October 2016
when she was reassigned as Regional Director.
In 2017, Director Bueno
turned the fate of CAR from being the worst to the most improved
region, by bringing its regional ranking from 16th place in August
2018 to 3rd place by the end of the year, the highest rating that
the DPWH-CAR has achieved since its creation in 1988.
Regional Director Bueno
believes that life has no short-cuts through doing things right the
first time. As a public servant, she conducts herself with
simplicity, schedules meeting with the regional and district
officers, provides venues for conflict resolution and promotes
In her first day of
office, Bueno holds a special meeting with district engineers of the
13 district engineering offices of the region tackling issues and
various concerns especially in the implementation of infrastructure
projects. On the second day, she meets the Assistant District
Engineers from 8:00AM to 10:00AM and the Monitoring Engineers until
89% of Filipinos
demand a way out of dirty coal energy, slam DENR for continued
permit issuance and approval
September 6, 2018
QUEZON CITY –
Members of coal-affected communities, electric consumers, climate
justice and environmental groups stormed the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), conducted simultaneous
actions in different areas in the country, to press Secretary Roy
Cimatu and other local officials to put a halt on the country’s
‘coal obsession’ and listen to the demand of the 89% of the
Filipinos who do not want energy to be sourced from dirty coal.
This is based on the
recently released Pulse Asia survey that says almost 9 out of 10
Filipinos want to shift to renewable energy source.
Currently, the Philippines
houses twenty-eight (28) operational coal plants and twenty-eight
(28) more coal projects in the pipeline. Said environment agency is
expected to play a major intervention in the issuance of
environmental compliance certificate (ECC) especially those projects
waiting for approval for construction.
Groups participated in
national day of action against coal said that the DENR’s current
position on the said issue does not only worsen the current state of
our environment but also enables a rise in electricity prices all
over the country.
“Nariyan na nga ang
pagpapabaya ng Department of Energy sa patuloy na pagtangkilik sa
mga korporasyon na nagpapahirap sa mamamayan. Dumagdag pa ang DENR
sa pagpayag nang pagpayag sa pagpapatayo ng maraming planta ng coal
sa ating bansa,” said Mercy Donor of PIGLAS Kababaihan. “Patay na
nga ang mga mamamayan sa polusyon, patuloy na pagtaas ng mga bilihin,
patay pa sa mataas na presyo ng kuryente na hindi namin malaman kung
saan namin kukunin ang pambayad,” added Donor.
“The negative impacts of
coal are being felt by every consumer and much more by the
communities living in the coal sites,” said Teody Navea of Cebu
City. “The resistance against coal is growing in many parts of the
country. Aside from killing us with every breath we take, these coal
plants are stealing money from our pockets in the disguise of our
electricity bills,” added Navea.
Meanwhile in Mindanao,
electricity prices soared up as new five (5) coal plants were
recently inaugurated. Said rise in electricity prices convinced
majority of the residents of the island to shift to renewable
cost in some parts in Mindanao is 1 to 3 pesos higher than the price
in Metro Manila amounting to almost P13/kWh in Ozamiz City and
around P11/kWh in South Cotabato.
“If people in Mindanao are
paying electricity prices as expensive as those who are Manila,
whose minimum wages are way higher than ours, what kind of lives do
they expect to experience by the workers and their families here,”
said Roldan Gonzales of GITIB Inc. “These workers have families –
children in particular who have special needs. This reliance on coal
does not only damage our health and our pockets, it also kills the
future of our children,” added Gonzales.
Gerry Arances, Executive
Director of the Center for Energy, Ecology and Development urges the
government to execute what is being told by the numbers and by the
communities affected by the said impacts.
“All stars are aligned.
The rate of disapproval of using coal as our source of energy is
clearly equal to the intensity of the impacts and sufferings of the
people. It is about time that we shift to clean, affordable and
renewable energy that can aid people to live their lives better free
of high prices and worsening health conditions,” concluded Arances.
Aside from the main action
in front of DENR Main Office, sites from Sual, Pangasinan, Sariaya,
Quezon, Atimonan, Quezon, La Union, Cebu City, Tacloban, and Ozamis
also joined the said nationally coordinated protest.
Alfred Bartolome, an experienced graphic artist and
photographer shows sample of his work as a graphic artist
and photographer during the workshop on Enhancing Newsletter
Lay-out and Photography Skills of DPWH Public Information
Officers held at Business Prime Events Center at Calbayog
City on August 30-31, 2018.
information officers enhance newsletter lay-out and photography
September 5, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Public Information Officers (IOs) of the Department of Public
Works and Highways (DPWH) Region VIII continue to improve their
knowledge and skills on their job under the Development
Communication Program of DPWH.
Topics on Enhancing
Newsletter Lay-out and Photography Skills were the focus of
discussion during their workshop held at Business Prime Events
Center at Calbayog City on August 30-31, 2018.
Hosted by Samar 1st
District Engineering Office (DEO), Ms. Ma. Nenita Y. Gomez, PIO
Designate of Samar 1st DEO said that the topics are very helpful
considering that it is applicable on the day to day job of Public
“DPWH Public IOs have to
admit that until today, we still lack the necessary skills and or
expertise in lay-outing that is why we have this workshop,” Gomez
Mr. Alfred Bartolome, an
experienced graphic artist and photographer was invited during the
workshop to impart his knowledge on the said topics.
According to Bartolome,
newsletter lay-out are considered as a part of graphic design
because it is a combination of image and letters. Bartolome briefly
discussed on the history of design and its elements and imparts the
basic techniques and principles of graphic design such as keeping it
simple, embracing restrictions, avoiding trends, and focusing on
The speaker emphasized
that a good designer follows the rules but a great designer breaks
the rules. However, Ms. Gomez suggested that as an amateur in
lay-outing newsletter she emphasized that it would be best to follow
first or subscribe to the basic technique or principles of
lay-outing and design.
“There is no hard and fast
rule, because these rules will limit our movement but remember that
we are not yet expert, we are still learning, so why not subscribe
to the basic principles,” said Ms. Gomez to co-Public IOs.
Newsletters is one of the
requirements to Public IOs under the Development Communication
Program to be submitted monthly to the DPWH Regional Office as part
of the information dissemination campaign of the department.
Aside from the topic on
enhancing newsletter lay-out, Mr. Bartolome also shared tips on how
to be a good photographer. He shared that in taking photos three
important things must be considered: the shutter, aperture and ISO
of the camera. According to him, everyone can be a photographer
rated either good, better, best or great if one invests time and
resources to it.
Alvin A. Ignacio, District
Engineer of DPWH Samar 1st DEO in his closing remarks said that the
purpose of every seminar is enhancing one’s capabilities including
the knowledge, skills and everything.
“To enhance our
capabilities, we need to give more, to serve more, and to think more
quality into our work,” the district engineer said.
Carayman-Naga-Cogon road rehab nears completion
MAE ANGELICA R. COMOTA
September 4, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – The
construction, rehabilitation, and improvement works, along the Carayman to Naga and Naga to Cogon road in Calbayog City, are at
87.67% and 65% actual physical accomplishment, respectively, as of
Naga and Cogon are
agricultural barangays mainly producing root crops such as cassava
and sweet potato. These products are then transported to Carayman
which lies adjacent to the National Highway and allows farmers
access to Calbayog City’s public market.
The two projects have a
combined cost of P80 million sourced out from the General
Appropriations Fund of 2018, both under contract with Victoria
Development and Construction Supply.
The first project, costing
P50 million, covers the rehabilitation and improvement of 4.5
kilometers of road connecting Brgy. Carayman and Brgy. Naga. The
second project connecting, with an allocation of P30 million;
includes the construction, rehabilitation, and improvement of 2.5
kilometers of concrete road between Brgy. Naga and Cogon.
These projects directly
benefit the root crop farmers of the aforementioned barangays as it
hastens travel time and allows for a speedier transport of
reform secretary John Castriciones (back row, 5th from
right) poses with recipients of certificates of land
ownership award (CLOAs) from Catbalogan City.
farmers receive CLOAs from DAR Secretary
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
September 4, 2018
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– Barely two weeks after his visit to Eastern Visayas, Agrarian
Reform Secretary John Castriciones was back to distribute again
certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs) this time in the
province of Samar.
On Thursday, Castriciones
distributed 1,439 CLOAs under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform
Program (CARP) at the Samar State University gymnasium in this city.
The CLOAs covered 2,658.8 hectares of farmlands situated in 17 Samar
municipalities and its two cities.
During the said occasion,
Castriciones emphasized to the agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs)
not to sell their awarded lands. According to him, “pag-ibinenta nyo
ang lupa ay para nyo na ring ibinenta ang kinabukasan ng inyong mga
Agrarian reform program
provides land to the landless where they can get livelihood. This
program of the government likewise liberates tenants from tyranny.
Castriciones also advised
the ARBs to join ARB organizations (ARBOs) to be able to avail of
the various support services extended by the Department of Agrarian
Reform (DAR) and other government agencies under the Program
Beneficiaries Development component (PBD) of CARP.
Former tenants from
Paranas town Antonio Acosta Sr., 83, and his son, Antonio Jr., 38,
were among the 1,233 ARBs who received CLOAs from Castriciones.
Antonio Sr. who worked as
tenant for almost 60 years was awarded with 1.2 hectares of
farmland, while his son was awarded with 0.8 hectare.
Both were thrilled to get
hold of their respective CLOAs that would prove they are now the
owners of the lands they till.
Antonio Jr. shared that
they used to give two sacks of rice, 2 sacks of corn and P2,500
worth of copra to the previous landowner as rental.
Now, the earnings from the
lands covered by the CLOAs will all be theirs.
recently completed one (1) storey two (2) classroom school
building in Cagbilwang Primary School, Oquendo District,
DPWH delivers 15
school buildings for DepEd Calbayog
JASON DELOS ANGELES
September 4, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways Samar First District
Engineering Office completes 15 school building projects for the
Department of Education, Division of Calbayog.
These one storey buildings
range from 2 to 3 classrooms per building which are intended for
primary schools all over Calbayog Division. Workshops are also
included especially for sites welcoming senior high school students.
The 15 school building
projects are as follows: construction of one (1) storey two (2)
classroom school building for Calbayog City National High School -
Carayman Campus, Calbayog Pilot Central School, Lonoy Elementary
School, Amampacang Elementary School, Acedillo Elementary School,
Oquendo Central Elementary School, Anislag Elementary School,
Cagbilwang Primary School, Macatingog Integrated School, and Bagacay
Elementary School; and construction of one (1) storey three (3)
classroom for Carmen Elementary School, Sinidman Oriental Primary
School, Nijaga Elementary School, and Malopalo Elementary School.
These projects have a
combined appropriation of P45.4 million sourced out from the 2017
Basic Educational Facilities Fund from DepEd and is implemented by
DPWH under its convergence program.
The construction of these
school building projects come at an opportune time as it will allow
schools to accommodate more students, providing them better and more
conducive learning environment.