Maglaya, with DTI Asst. Secretary Blesila Lantayona (extreme
left), DTI-9 Regl Dir. Sitti Amina M. Jain, and Zamboanga
City Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and KMME
Mentor Mr. Cholo Soliven answer questions from the media
during the Barangay Negosyo Summit.
(Photos by DTI-9)
officials should look at entrepreneurship with developmental mindset
– Usec. Maglaya
October 11, 2018
ZAMBOANGA CITY –
Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Zenaida
Cuison-Maglaya urged the barangay chiefs present during the
Zamboanga Peninsula Barangay Negosyo Summit to look at
entrepreneurship with developmental mindset to help their
constituents in a long-term basis.
Gracing the said event
held last Monday in this city, Usec. Maglaya said, “Entrepreneurship
can bring revenue to their barangay. They should look at this as a
help to their constituents and the barangay as a whole. The jobs it
will create and capacitating their constituents. Imagine our
barangay officials who will not be pestered late at night by their
constituents asking for emergency financial assistance because they
already have money. They are now capable”.
Maglaya said barangay
officials should treat this initiative as a help in empowering the
people, creating economic activity in the barangays, with them being
partners of DTI and their constituents.
“What we want is for our
officials to look for those who are interested in entrepreneurship
and who needs our help. They know better the people in their area.
We, on the other hand, will come and talk to them and help them with
their needs”, she said.
Maglaya also pointed that
with the surging prices of commodities, capacitating the public is
“There are things that are
beyond our control, like the increase in prices. We need to
capacitate our people; give them livelihood, or business with market
for them to earn and help in the community. That’s what we want
here. That’s what this partnership with our barangay officials is
for”, Maglaya stressed.
The Barangay Negosyo
Summit is the first in the country, and was conceptualized and
initiated by DTI-9.
The summit’s aim is to
invite all barangay chairmen in the region together with at least
one micro and small entrepreneur in their area. Over 1,500 barangay
officials and MSMEs attended the activity and was also graced by
DTI, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department
of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and other local governments and
national line agency officials.
Also present is Zamboanga
City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, who has vowed full support
to DTI and DOLE in all its endeavors for the people of the city and
the peninsula in general.
DPWH opens access
road leading to Mapaso Hot Spring
ELENOR A. ANOLLADO
October 10, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Samar First District
Engineering Office (SFDEO) completes the construction of the access
road leading to Mapaso Hot Spring in Brgy. Rizal II, Oquendo
District, Calbayog City.
The project has an
appropriation of P30 million under the DPWH FY 2018 General
Appropriation Act and is under contract with Victoria Development &
Construction Supply Corporation.
The scope of works
involves concreting of 3-kilometre road, construction of 770 linear
meters of drainage structure with concrete stiffener every 5 meters
and slope protection of 1,379.94 square meters.
This project aims to
promote Mapaso Hot Spring as one of the frontier tourist
destinations in the City of Calbayog, boosting economic activity
beneficial to Calbayognons and to create a safer and more convenient
road leading to the hot spring. With the realization of this
project, convenience is elevated and travel time is cut in half from
a 20-minute to a 10-minute ride boosting the expected tourist
fabrication of reinforced concrete piles at Looc Bridge
Almeria, Biliran for bridge widening project.
Widening of Looc
bridge in Almeria, Biliran starts construction
October 10, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The very first bridge widening project implemented by the Department
of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District Engineering
Office (DEO) has started its construction at Brgy. Looc, Almeria,
Biliran along Biliran Circumferential Road (BCR).
Clearing of construction
site is now on-going after mobilizing the equipments and materials
for the said project.
The widening of the P21.9M
Looc Bridge involves the construction of two additional lanes of the
bridge with a width of 3.66-meter, one lane on each side of the
24-meter length existing bridge.
It was prioritized because
the approach road of the bridge going to Kawayan, Biliran side was
The said network
development project is designed to accommodate more traffic volume
and provide a wider and safer roads for the increasing vehicular
users along BCR.
When completed, at least
5,000 vehicular road users is expected to benefit on this project.
According to District
Engineer David P. Adongay Jr., this will be fast-tracked for
completion before its expiry date on January 29, 2019.
This is the second bridge
widening project implemented in this province. The first bridge
widening is Anas Bridge in Naval, Biliran which is presently
implemented by the DPWH Regional Office under FY 2017 budget.
the photo are (from L to R): SB Corporation’s Head for
Treasury Juliet Calimlim and Executive Vice President Melvin
Abanto, Sec. Lopez, CARD MRI Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip, and CARD Inc’s President
Flordeliza Sarmiento and Executive Director Jocelyn Dequito.
DTI, CARD renew
P3 partnership with another P100-M MSME loan fund
October 10, 2018
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) widens the reach of Pondo sa
Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) program with another P100 million loan
fund for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) following its
renewed partnership with Center for Agriculture and Rural
Development (CARD), Inc. (a microfinance NGO).
The partnership between
DTI and CARD signed through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 5
October 2018 will have an additional P100 million to the first P100
million allocated by CARD to augment P3 funds, for a total of P200
million-worth of loan funds now available for MSMEs nationwide.
According to DTI Secretary
Ramon Lopez, CARD – being the biggest microfinance institution – can
be a credit delivery partner (CDP) that can reach areas not usually
covered by other P3 CDPs. Sec. Lopez also expressed his appreciation
to the group in supporting government initiatives to empower micro
entrepreneurs, especially in the countryside.
The loan fund is expected
to benefit over 20,000 MSMEs, in addition to the current 41,800
MSMEs under the P3 program of CARD. The MOU also covered conduct of
orientation, validations, microenterprise development trainings,
livelihood, and financial literacy to clients.
Currently DTI, through SB
Corporation, has assisted 50,500 unique micro enterprise borrowers.
The P2 billion loan fund will be fully downloaded to the MSME
borrowers through CDPs by February 2019 and will benefit a total of
In total, the partnership
will be able to provide microfinancing assistance to over 140,000
instrument of political repression - Karapatan
October 9, 2018
QUEZON CITY –
“Before the ‘Red October’ scheme was concocted by the military, the
military and the police already had much time to practice their
script-writing and story-telling stint through the filing of
trumped-up charges against activists and critics. The formation of
the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action (IACLA) is an extension
of these imagined and supposed “crimes,” used to legitimize the
criminalization of dissent. Ultimately, IACLA is an instrument of
political repression,” said Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo
Clamor at a protest rally in front of Camp Crame in Quezon City on
October 9, 2018.
IACLA is a joint committee
formed by the AFP and the PNP on October 9, 2017, exactly a year
ago. According to Karapatan, at least 221 individuals have already
been filed with trumped-up charges since the start of Duterte’s
term, and this has merely been aggravated by IACLA’s creation. Under
IACLA, 178 individuals have already been arrested from October 9,
2017 to September 30, 2018.
Clamor explained that
IACLA is a revival of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Inter-Agency Legal
Action Group (IALAG), the agency responsible for fabricated charges
against activists during Arroyo’s term. The IALAG was eventually
abolished in 2009, after recommendations from UN Special Rapporteur
on extrajudicial killings Prof. Philip Alston, but government policy
and practice of filing trumped-up charges against activists
continued under the Aquino regime and exponentially worsened under
“Truly, Duterte draws
inspiration from fellow fascists whom he has shown utmost favor,” he
added, citing cases of trumped-up criminal charges filed against
development workers and trade unions organizers after the creation
Benito Quilloy and Rita
Espinoza, two development workers of the Assert Socio-Economic
Initiatives Network (ASCENT) were forcibly taken by elements of the
Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) on October 19,
2017. The two were alleged as ranking members of the Communist Party
of the Philippines (CPP) and were charged with illegal possession of
firearms and ammunition, as well as other criminal offenses; the two
have strongly denied the allegations. Quilloy and Espinoza are
currently detained at the Butuan City Jail.
Peace consultant Rafael
Baylosis, trade union organizer Marklen Maojo Maga and public sector
union organizers Juan Alexander Reyes and spouses Oliver and Rowena
Rosales were illegally arrested this year. Baylosis and Maga were
charged with trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms
and explosives, with additional murder charges for Maga, while Reyes
and the Rosales couple were also charged with illegal possession of
firearms and explosives.
Karapatan also reported
that at least 128 peasants and indigenous peoples have been
victimised by these trumped up charges, which the military and
police use in an attempt to impede their defense of their right to
land and ancestral domains.
Clamor asserted that these
cases are linked, and are by-products of IACLA, the regime’s
counterinsurgency drive and its campaign against human rights
defenders and political dissenters.
“This is a systematic
maneuver by the government to legitimize repression. It is the
blatant subversion of laws, compounded by the collusion with the
Justice Department, courts and other government agencies, to jail
individuals and members of progressive organizations falsely labeled
as “enemies of the State.” It is, put simply, the mobilization of
State forces and resources to sow injustice,” he said.
“We call for the immediate
abolition of the IACLA and the withdrawal of all trumped-up charges
against activists and progressives. We likewise demand the immediate
release of all political prisoners.
The Duterte regime keeps
on adding to its list of repressive policies, and thus adds to the
worsening rights situation in the country. This government is merely
proving how hostile it is to resistance and dissent, even going to
incredible lengths to discredit, silence, and persecute
individuals,” concluded Clamor.
Mass surrender of
NPA fighters and supporters in Eastern Samar
Battalion, 8ID PA
October 5, 2018
BRGY. DAO, Oras,
Eastern Samar – Eight (8) regular members of NPA, Nine (9)
Milisya ng Bayan (MB), Twelve (12) members of Communist NPA
Terrorist Mass base Organization or Underground Mass Organization of
Brgy Boco, Can-avid, Eastern Samar voluntarily surrendered to the
14th Infantry (Avenger) Battalion, Philippine Army last October 01,
These NPA fighters and the
members of Mass base organization and Milisya ng Bayan of Brgy Boco,
Can-avid, Eastern Samar surrenders due to hopelessness and
frustrations over unfulfilled promises of their leaders and upon
learning of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program and
other livelihood programs of the government.
Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy
V. Jimenez INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer, 14th Infantry
Battalion, said that the surrender is a result of the on-going
Community Support Program (CSP), enhanced civil military operations
and intelligence operations being implemented by the unit in
Barangay Boco – a known hotbed of communists insurgency in Samar
Island. The mass surrender will surely destroy the chain of
communists insurgents mass base support in the far-flung and
isolated villages of the province.
“Barangay Boco is
categorized as influenced village since the year 2013 and form part
of the Guerilla Base of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) roaming
in the area of Can-avid and its nearby municipalities in Eastern
Samar. The clearing of Barangay Boco is one of the focus and has
been the priority of the 14IB as part of its operational campaign to
achieve its mission in degrading the armed components of the NPA in
our area of operation” Lt. Col. Jimenez added.
CSP elements of Bravo
Company of 14IB led by 2Lt. Dennis S. Carig (INF) PA were able to
identify the members of the CNT mass organization and convinced them
to end their support and break their ties with the NPAs.
“The collaborative efforts
of the CSP team with the LGU, NGAs and NGOs in addressing issues on
poverty and land ownership further gained the support and trust of
the villagers and encouraged them to pursue lasting peace to ensure
development in their barangay” said 2nd Lt. Carig.
In the conduct of peace
rally, the people of Boco expressed their stand against the CNTs,
condemned the abuses and deceitful activity of the NPA and call-out
to stop using their Barangay as lair of insurgents.
Lt. Col. Jimenez also
added that “The 14th Infantry ‘Avenger’ Battalion will continue to
be relentless in the conduct of military operation to degrade the
capability of the NPA rebels that continuously pestering and
terrorizing the people of the towns of Can-Avid, Oras, Dolores,
Arteche, Jipapad, Maslog and San Policarpio. However, we are always
ready to receive those NPA members and their supporters who are
willing to go back to the folds of the law and live normal lives
with their families”.
P. Adongay Jr., (wearing jacket) District Engineer inspects
on-going construction of Caraycaray flood control structure
project in Naval, Biliran.
Adongay addressed slow implementation of projects of DPWH-Biliran
October 4, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) is urging contractors to fast-track the
implementation of projects to meet the district’s physical target
David P. Adongay Jr.
District Engineer expressed his disappointment on the low
performance of the district office for the month of September, 2018.
According to Adongay,
Biliran DEO placed number 12 out of the 13 performing districts in
Region VIII for the said month.
As of September 31, 2018,
the district has reported a negative slippage of .70% and has an
overall accomplishment of 59.69%.
Adongay emphasized that
the physical accomplishment of the district from August to
September, 2018 just increased to only .06% when it is supposed to
increase at least 15% each month.
The district engineer is
strongly asking for cooperation from the contractors to help Biliran
DEO accelerate its project implementation.
“Hindi ibig sabihin
pinabibilisan ang projects, macocompromise na ang quality,” Adongay
Adongay also orders
project engineers to closely monitor their projects from time to
In order to patch up the
negative slippage and low accomplishment of the district, Adongay
strictly orders project engineers not to approve any time extension
or suspension requested by the contractor.
Under 2018 project
implementation, Biliran DEO has a total of 60 projects. As of
September 31, 2018, 31 projects are already completed, 26 are
on-going and three are not yet started. Some of the big ticket
projects are still on-going or just started, hence the low
The district has completed
four rehabilitation of bridges, two asphalt overlay projects, two
access road projects leading to trades and industries and economic
zones and 17 flood control projects under its 2018 regular
infrastructure project implementation. While under 2018 local
infrastructure project implementation, Biliran DEO has completed
three multi-purpose buildings, one flood control project, one
Farm-to-market road project, and one road widening project.
Student union to
PNP: We owe our education to the people, will fight with them and
National Union of
Students of the Philippines
October 4, 2018
QUEZON CITY – The
Duterte administration resorts to troll-like comments in trying to
invalidate the student movement. Philippine National Police (PNP)
Chief Albayalde had the audacity to call out free education
beneficiaries who are vocal and protest on Oplan Tokhang, Oplan
Kapayapaan, Martial Law in Mindanao, sky-rocketing prices of basic
commodities caused by the detested TRAIN Law, and policies that
caused suffering on the Filipino people.
State scholars owe their
free education to the Filipino people and not to this arrogant
government. Hence they are expected to stand with the oppressed
majority who suffer from the policies of the state. We believe that
real education should remove our blindness to the social realities
around us. Education is meaningful only if we use it to advance the
interest of the exploited and promote genuine social change.
Albayalde boasts of free
education as if it was given out of Duterte's generosity, stealing
the credit from the decades-long struggle of the youth for their
right to education. It must be noted that the Duterte regime tries
to take back free education from the youth through maneuvers like
impending budget cuts, stricter admission and retention policies,
and the continued privatization of the country’s education system.
To cripple activism among
the youth, the regime exacerbates the attacks on students'
democratic rights. No wonder Duterte, the military and police are
trying to attack the freedom to express and organize in schools. The
state advocates against critical thinking among students and
teachers while it actively spreads fake news, fictitious plots, and
other forms of disinformation.
no-fee-collection policy to its advantage, the Duterte regime
blocked student councils and publications from collecting funds from
their fellow students, disabling their operations that ought to
promote student interests. Also, the right to organize will be
trampled upon by exaggerated monitoring and intelligence networks
planted by the state within schools.
Duterte, AFP and PNP must
be reminded that the allegiance of the Filipino youth is to the
Filipino people, not to this mad tyrant Duterte. He should have
learned from history that Filipinos do not tolerate dictators. We
are honored to be tagged as enemies of the Duterte regime at the
forefront of this struggle, no matter the gravity of the reactionary
state’s efforts to put out the blazing resistance of the youth.
anti-personnel mines seized during operations of 87th
Infantry Hinirang Battalion.
seizes newly made anti-personnel mines
87th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
October 4, 2018
POLANGI, Calbiga, Samar
– The 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion seized five anti-personnel
mines in Brgy. San Mauricio, Calbiga, Samar yesterday. The 87IB
conducted strike operation on one identified Communist Terrorist
safe house that resulted in the discovery of the newly made
The safe house is under
Sergio Rodante Ortiz Command, South Samar Committee Sesame, EVRPC.
The explosives are contained in a cylindrical type can, four of
which are estimated to be five kilograms each and the other is
estimated to be two kilograms.
The discovery of
anti-personnel mines saved the lives of the innocent civilians and
their properties. It has been noted that the use of personnel mines
has been banned by the international community. The Communist
Terrorist has proven again that they will do anything to achieve
their selfish desire even if it means endangering innocent civilians
“We will not allow any
terroristic acts in sowing fear among the local populace of Calbiga,
Samar, I encourage the remaining members of the Communist Terrorist
to lay down their arms and avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local
Integration Program of the Government,” says Lt. Colonel Rommel R
Cabanayan, Commanding Officer of 87IB.
L-R: Clement, Marine vet, AmLgn; DCG Israel, PCG; ConGen
Jamoralin, PCG; Rose, FAVI; Cmdr Garcera, FAVI; Raymond, SAL
(Photo by Tam Nguygen)
An annual tribute
of remembrance to those fallen, in the battle for the Town of
Balangiga during the Philippine American War
ROSEMARIE SAN DIEGO
October 2, 2018
CHICAGO – The
Filipino American Veterans of Illinois (FAVI), with its membership
recently receiving the award of the US Congressional Gold Medal for
their assistance during WWII that led through the horrific Bataan
Death March, sponsored an Annual Tribute of Remembrance just days
ahead of Philippine American History month in the US.
In collaboration with
representatives from various groups of the Filipino community and
from local veteran organizations, family and supporters gathered in
a local restaurant, on Saturday, September 29, 2018 to once again
pay tribute in a solemn ceremony to FALLEN US Army Soldiers and
local Balangiganons who fought in the conflict on September 28, 1901
during the Philippine American War.
The ceremonial program
included the Roll Call of the Fallen forty-eight Soldiers of Company
“C” US Army 9th Infantry Regiment, a reading of names from a list
personally supplied by Ms. Jean Wall, daughter of survivor Army
Private Adolph Gamlin. Then the twenty-eight names of local
townspeople (Balangiganons) supplied by current Mayor of Balangiga
Randy Graza were sounded off. Following after each of the names were
read a ringing from the striking of a bell in the distance, a total
of 76 soft chimes in all could be heard.
The annual event held in
Chicago since 1999 is the only program of its kind in the US which
properly pays tribute to the fallen. We emphasize that this is not a
celebratory event that pays honor for their acts of service that led
to this encounter. We have done this in Chicago without church
bells, commemorating all those that had fallen from both sides,
since the conflict for the Town of Balangiga, during the
Philippine-American War. While in other areas the memories of the
fallen have remained idle by those who have claimed property of
these church bells.
Malacañang Palace in a
letter called upon the Philippine Consulate Chicago to represent the
President of the Philippines. In attendance was Consul General Gina
A. Jamoralin shared her remarks highlighting the brave Filipinos who
gave of self for freedom, not being able to rewrite history but to
learn from it, continued close alliance with the US noting the
support of its people during WWII. ConGen Jamoralin also mentioned
the daily contributions of Filipino Americans across the US as they
begin to celebrate the upcoming month of Fil-Am history. Most
importantly she wished to thank, and pass along the well wishes of
President Duterte and DFA Secretary Cayetano to US-DOD Secretary
James Mattis, for his recent intervention and tiresome support to
secure from the US Congress, approval to repatriate the safe return
of the bells from which they came, the church of San Lorenzo de
Martir in Eastern Samar.
The FAVI group has been a
staunch member of the Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) of Cook
County, a coalition of veteran organizations for nearly two decades
and supporter of most veteran related issues. Our gratitude is owed
to the Lions Club, Chicago Nightingales, Vietnamese Community of IL,
the American Legion, and Chicago MARINES for their continued support
in preparing this annual tribute to all who gave the ultimate
sacrifice that early September morning. A special note of
appreciation is extended to Malacañang Palace, the Dept of Foreign
Affairs and the Philippine Consulate Chicago.