Located in Robinsons Place Tacloban, the store features Lenovo’s ever-growing product portfolio of notebooks, laptops, and desktops, designed and customized to cater to the different lifestyles and tech needs of various market segments.
“Lenovo position as a global leader is not just because of our innovative products, but because of our efforts in making them more visible and accessible to the public, especially in key cities with a bustling local economy such as Tacloban. Through our concept stores, which we plan to expand all over the country, customers can have a unique first-hand experience of our products and at the same time discover what suits their lifestyle and needs through the advice of our professional staff,” said Lenovo Philippines Country General Manager Michael Ngan.
With the unique,
face-to-face experience that customers can get from visiting the
concept store, Lenovo gains crucial insight about its customers,
which enables it to develop the best customized solutions to meet
market requirements. This process is part of the company’s thrust to
focus more on customers in its overall strategy on achieving growth
by delivering excellent service solutions.
This strategy has helped
position Lenovo as a worldwide leader in terms of PC and smart
devices sales. Between the fourth quarter of the fiscal year
2017-2018 and the first quarter of fiscal year 2018-2019, the
company experienced double-digit growth and improved profitability
as its revenue reached $11.91 billion, a 19-percent year-on-year
growth. These figures earned Lenovo the number one spot in PC
shipments by Gartner.
Further growth is expected
with Lenovo’s new and upcoming offerings. Customers in Tacloban can
expect some of the recent additions like the IdeaPad 330, 330S, and
530S, the three powerful yet budget-friendly PC devices that run on
Windows 10. Avid gamers can also expect to get their hands on the
new Legion Y530.
”We’ll continue to develop
more innovative products in the years to come. Hopefully with the
help of our concept stores, we can introduce them to our customers
in a simple, flexible approach. We know that in the Philippines,
actual hands-on experience with devices is an important part of the
buying decision. Through our concept stores, customers are given a
unique and personalized experience that puts their needs first,”
There are currently 19
Lenovo Concept Stores serving clients in key cities across the
nation. Lenovo Concept Store Tacloban is located at the second level
of Robinsons Place Tacloban. It is open daily during mall hours from
10:00AM to 9:00PM.
propaganda by CPP-NPA terrorists
DPAO, 8ID PA
October 19, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in Eastern Visayas
belonging to the Efren Martires Command and Arnulfo Ortiz Command
are misleading the public again with their misinformation regarding
the murder of the former Mayor of San Jose de Buan Ananias S.
Ex-Mayor Rebato, together
with his bodyguard Mr. Severino Tesoro, was attending a vesper party
at Brgy. Babaclayon, San Jose De Buan, Samar when shots were fired
leading to the instantaneous death of his bodyguard and one of the
assailants. The former mayor was wounded but later succumbed to his
injuries last October 13, 2018.
The CNTs have owned up to
the killing of Ex-Mayor Rebato in a press statement that is tainted
with lies and propaganda against the military. They are deceitfully
covering up their atrocity by saying that they had only punished the
former mayor who they claimed was an intelligence officer belonging
to the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP).
The communist terrorists are also falsely calling out the illegal
arrest of one of the suspects by the military.
To set the records
straight, Ex-Mayor Rebato was not a member nor an officer of the
Armed Forces of Philippines. Likewise, the arrest of the suspect
identified as Arnel Babatio, 18 years old and a resident of Brgy.
San Nicolas, San Jose De Buan, was made by the joint elements of San
Jose De Buan Municipal Police Station and the personnel of 2nd Samar
Provincial Mobile Force Company (SPMFC) thru a hot pursuit
operation. Said suspect is in custody of the Samar Police Provincial
Office awaiting trial for murder. The non-factual assertions of the
CNTs are nothing but mere lies that they have created in order to
disguise the crime they had committed against a citizen.
The 8ID strongly condemns
the brutal killing of ex-Mayor Rebato and his bodyguard perpetrated
by the CNTs and extends its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved
families, relatives, friends, and loved ones of the victims.
“The Filipino people no
longer believe in the lies of the CPP-NPA Terrorists. The killing of
former Mayor Rebato is another proof that the only ideology they
believe in is that of violence and terrorism,” Maj. Gen. Raul M.
Farnacio, Commander, 8ID said.
NPA-Efren Martires Command statement on the death of Mayor Ananias
against new version of proposed Charter:
RBH No. 15 is the
evil spawn of the Duterte-GMA alliance
October 19, 2018
QUEZON CITY –
Protests in several key cities and urban areas were held today to
condemn the Resolution of Both Houses No. 15 (RBH No. 15), a new
version of proposed changes in the Constitution sponsored by House
Speaker Gloria Arroyo, along with 21 other lawmakers.
“Duterte has long since
harped on Cha-cha and federalism as the solution to the misery and
poverty of the Filipino people. But with RBH No. 15, his ulterior
motives are brought to the fore. Their version of Cha-cha is
self-serving to say the least. It would not address the urgent
concerns of the workers and the poor – skyrocketing inflation,
starvation wages, contractualization, the continued defunding of
social services in the national budget,” Partido Lakas ng Masa
Coalition (PLM Coalition) spokesperson, Leody de Guzman said.
He added, “RBH No. 15
paves the way for a more liberalized plunder of the national economy
and the nation’s coffers, by foreign monopolies and political
dynasties. It is an evil spawn – a Cha-cha, ‘nak – between Gloria
Arroyo - a rabid pro-capitalist economist before she became
president - and Rodrigo Duterte - the warlord from Davao and current
resident of Malacanang”.
Deleted: Prohibition on
political dynasties and term limits of public officials
The labor leader explained
that RBH No. 15 removed the prohibition on political dynasties after
failing to enact an enabling law to implement the ban on dynasties
for more than three decades.
“Without this, voters will
be forced to choose the lesser evil among political clans, or
between rival siblings of a ruling dynasty, in the upcoming May 2019
elections,” he expounded.
The RBH No. 15 also junked
the prevailing term limits for public officials. “The term limit
brought discomfort to political dynasties as they were forced to
transfer position to their spouse or their children in order to
maintain in power. The Duterte-GMA Cha-cha sought a Gordian Knot
solution to this overriding concern of political dynasties”.
Deleted: Entire articles
on “National Economy and Patrimony” and “Social Justice and Human
The RBH No. 15 also junked
the entire section of the Constitution on “National Economy and
Patrimony”. De Guzman said, “The spirit of the prevailing highest
law of the land is ‘the Philippines for Filipinos’, hence the 40%
limit on foreign corporations in select industries including their
ownership on our resources – natural and man-made. This view is
obsolete for neoliberal economists like Gloria Arroyo. Now, as if
the liberalization of the local economy is not enough, they want a
more liberalized set-up to entice more foreign investors to own our
country. This proposal is very dangerous, if not treacherous,
especially with the expansionist drive of Chinese capital,
particularly in Southeast Asia”.
The labor leader, who is
also running for the senate, elucidated, “Even though the 1987
Constitution has defects, it has an entire article on ‘social
justice and human rights’ it gave recognition to structural
injustices in Philippine society. Hence, the creation of an entire
article containing the rights of labor, agrarian reform and natural
resources, urban land reform and housing, health, women, and the
role of people’s organization, in order to protect the majority poor
from abuses by the rich and the powerful”.
“Yet, the existing Charter
merely granted a nominal recognition to these rights because
political power remained concentrated in the hands of the elite. The
civilian population is virtually taken out of the political sphere
in between elections. In RBH No. 15, some of these rights are
scattered throughout the proposed constitution. But without
recognition to the principle of social justice and the existence of
structural injustices, these rights become ineffectual and
Member organizations of
PLM Coalition held protests in several cities Friday against RBH No.
15. The mass actions, held in Manila, Laguna, Negros Occidental,
Leyte and Cebu, also highlighted the urgent demands on gut issues
such as the call for price control on all basic commodities, the
scrapping of the TRAIN Law, abolition of contractualization, the
enactment of a P750 national minimum wage and the repeal of the Oil
homecoming boosts the anti-terrorism campaign in Eastern Visayas
DPAO, 8ID PA
October 18, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 46th Infantry (Peacemakers) Battalion has returned to
join the fight against the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in Eastern
Visayas after a decade of successful anti-insurgency campaign in
The formal welcome
ceremony was held at 8ID Battalion Retraining Facilities, Camp
Eugenio Daza, Barangay Fatima, Hinabangan, Samar last October 16,
2018. In his welcome statement, Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio
recognized the men and women of 46IB for a job well-done in their
contribution to the government’s campaign against the CNTs in
“46IB’s homecoming will be
of great help in strengthening the government’s effort towards
conflict prevention, peace and development in conflict-affected
areas in partnership with our stakeholders. The challenge,
therefore, is for the Peacemakers to display their utmost commitment
in addressing internal threats such as terrorism, criminality, and
drug trafficking as these will result peace stability in the
Region,” he added.
The return of 46IB as part
of the Army in Eastern Visayas is also expected to strengthen the
AFP-PNP’s effort in ensuring a peaceful and successful 2019 mid-term
elections in Region 8.
records $53.5M trade deficit in July 2018
October 18, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
region reflected a deficit in the total balance of trade in goods (BoT-G)
amounting to $53.5 million in July 2018 in contrast to the $120.8
million surplus in the same period a year ago.
The region’s total trade
in goods in July 2018 amounted to $85.2 million, a drastic drop of
67.2 percent from the $259.8 million level in the same period last
year. Total exports amounted to $69.3 million, which was 0.2 percent
lower compared with the $69.5 million in July 2017. Total value of
imports, meanwhile, was recorded at $15.8 million, a severe drop by
91.7% compared with the $190.3 imports posted in the same period
The region’s total volume
of exports in July 2018 was posted at 85.3 million kilograms. The
commodity group of ores, slag and ash was the major exports during
the month in review with total revenue of 33.0 million, accounting
for 47.6% of the region’s total exports revenue in July 2018. Canada
was the top export market destination with a total exports revenue
of $33.0 million, which shared 47.6% of the region’s total exports.
Meanwhile, the region’s
total imports amounted to $15.8 million in July 2018 with total
gross weight of 52.2 million kilograms. Mineral fuels, mineral oils
and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral
waxes commodity group was the major import during the month with
total revenue of $9.2 million, which accounted for more than half or
57.9% of the region’s total imports in July 2018. The top import
supplier of the region was Singapore with a total imports bill of
$6.7 million, which comprised 42.3% of the region’s total imports.
construction of P4.4M, 1 Storey 3 Classroom at Salangi
Elementary School in Almeria town is one of the schools that
will benefit of the newly completed building that can
accommodate more or less 120 students.
DEO’s newly completed school building projects to benefit schools in
October 17, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) has recently completed nine school building
projects that would benefit the students in four towns of Biliran
The Province of Biliran is
composed of eight towns namely Almeria, Kawayan, Culaba, Caibiran,
Cabucgayan, Biliran, Maripipi and Naval, the capital town.
In Culaba town, Biliran
DEO has completed the construction of P3.1M school building, a
1-storey 2-classroom structure, and construction of P4.5M school
building, 1-storey, 3-classroom both in Acaban Elementary School
that would accommodate more or less 200 students of the said school.
The construction of
P13.6M, 3 Units 1 Storey 3-Classroom at Bool Elementary School also
in Culaba town was also recently completed that will benefit more or
less 360 students.
In the town of Caibiran,
the district office has also completed the construction of 1 Storey
4 Classroom in Caibiran Elementary School that will benefit at least
160 pupils. More or less 120 pupils will also benefit the newly
completed construction of 1-storey 3-classroom in Katipunan
Elementary School of the same town.
The construction of P4.4M,
1-storey 3-classroom school building at Salangi Elementary School in
Almeria town is also one of the schools that will benefit the newly
completed building that can accommodate more or less 120 students.
More or less 80 students
will also benefit on the newly completed P3M, 1-storey 2-classroom
in Bato Elementary School in the town of Biliran.
Biliran DEO under the helm
of District Engineer David P. Adongay Jr. has already conducted
final inspections on these school building projects that are funded
under Basic Educational Facilities Fund (BEFF) of FY 2017.
As per inspection, minor
defects and deficiencies were noted by the inspectorate team.
Adongay orders contractors
to immediately rectify the said defects and deficiencies of the
building in order to turn over the projects in time so that it can
be utilized by the end users.
Biliran DEO has a total of
71 school buildings implemented under 2017 BEFF. Out of this number,
the district office has completed 53 with 17 on-going projects and
one Not-Yet-Started (NYS) with an overall accomplishment of 89.18%
as of September 30, 2018.
233 new privates
strengthen the army in Eastern Visayas
DPAO, 8ID PA
October 17, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Philippine Army Candidate Soldier Course Classes
552-2018 (Mandilaab) and 553-2018 (Matalahib) were formally closed
today, October 17, 2018 at 10 A.M. at the 8ID Grandstand, Camp
Lukban, Brgy. Maulong, Catbalogan City, Samar.
The closing ceremony was
graced by a former Philippine Marine Officer himself, Dir. Henry
Anthony M. Torres, Regional Director, Office of Civil Defense
Regional Office VIII, Tacloban City as the Guest of Honor and
Speaker who further led the ceremonial entrustment of firearms,
distribution of certificates and awards of individual achievements.
The entrustment of firearms to the 233 newly enlisted Privates
symbolizes their responsibilities and commitment to the people and
Dir. Torres reminded the
newly soldiers of 8ID to value their chosen career, and to put more
emphasis in the execution of their duties with self-respect and
decency in order to uphold the core values of the Philippine Army
and the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a whole.
Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Raul
M. Farnacio AFP, Commander, 8ID in his inspirational message
emphasized the importance of sacrifice in the military service.
“Sa mga nagsipagtapos
ngayon, mahalin at alagaan ninyo ang propesyon na pinasok niyo. Sana
naliwanagan kayo na ang trabaho natin ay higit pa sa ating mga
sarili. Bilang mga bagong sundalo ng Republika ng Pilipinas, mas
malalim na sakripisyo ang kinakailangan. Sakripisyo na mawalay sa
inyong pamilya para sa mas maginhawang kinabukasan at ang mas higit
pa ay ang sakripisyo para sa ating bayan. Lagi ninyong tatandaan,
Bayan muna bago ang sarili,” he added.
Likewise, the 8ID
commander lauded the Division Training School personnel who were
responsible for the training of these new privates and thanked the
families, relatives and friends for their support and trust to 8ID.
Inflation rate in
Eastern Visayas increases further to 6.5% in September 2018
October 16, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Inflation Rate (IR) of Eastern Visayas continued to increase at 6.5%
in September 2018. This IR was 0.4 percentage point higher compared
with the 6.1% IR a month ago, and 3.0 percentage points higher than
the recorded 3.5% IR in the same period last year. The regional
inflation rate was 0.2 percentage point lower than the 6.7% national
average in September 2018.
Southern Leyte, recorded
the highest increase of 1.4 percentage points, from 1.8% in August
2018 to 3.2% in September 2018. It is still, however, the lowest IR
among the provinces during the reference period. Eastern Samar, on
the other hand, posted the highest IR at 8.9% (Table 1).
Among commodity groups,
housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels registered the
highest increase of 0.8 percentage points. It was posted at 6.1% in
September 2018 from 5.3% in August 2018. This can be attributed to
the huge increase in the index of water supply and miscellaneous
services relating to the dwelling.
The heavily weighted food
and non-alcoholic beverages went up to 9.2% in September 2018 from
its previous month’s rate of 8.6%, an increase of 0.6 percentage
point. This can be traced to faster price increases of corn, rice,
non-alcoholic beverages, meat, and sugar, jam, honey, chocolate and
confectionery products (Table 2).
Inflation rate for
furnishings, household equipment and routine maintenance of the
house slowed down to 2.6% during the reference month, 1.2 percentage
point lower compared with the 3.8% IR in August 2018. Similarly,
alcoholic beverages and tobacco went down by 0.6 percentage point
but still recorded a double digit IR at 21.2%, the highest among all
communication, meanwhile, retained their previous month’s rate of
-16.2% and 0.3%, respectively.
The Purchasing Power of
Peso (PPP) of the region was recorded at P0.80 in September 2018.
This PPP implies that goods and services worth 100 pesos in
September 2018 only costs 80 pesos in 2012.
Southern Leyte registered
a minimal decrease of 0.02 centavo in its PPP in September 2018
compared with its P0.83 PPP a month ago. Eastern Samar, Leyte and
Samar each recorded a 0.01 centavo decrease in PPP from August 2018
to September 2018, while the rest of the provinces sustained their
PPP from last month. Leyte recorded the strongest PPP at P0.83 while
Northern Samar and Samar posted the weakest PPP at P0.75.
P100-M island road
JASON T. DELOS ANGELES
October 12, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY –
Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) completes the
construction of two road projects in the municipality of Almagro,
Samar with a combined appropriation of P100 million.
Almagro is an island
municipality accessed only by motorboat from the port of Calbayog
City, taking usually up to 2 hours of travel. It is composed of 23
barangays and has a land area is 51.36 square kilometers. It is
well-known as the center of the goat-raising industry in the
province, native ipil-ipil and coconut trees.
The only means of
travelling from one barangay to another is through motorboats due to
the lack of a road network within the island town. This hinders the
trading of agricultural goods.
The first road project
connects Brgy. Panjobjoban to Brgy. Poblacion, covering the
construction of 1,919.92 meters of Portland cement concrete pavement
(PCCP). The second road project links Brgy. Imelda to Brgy.
Poblacion, covering the construction of 1,938.65 meters of PCCP with
a thickness of 230 millimeters. Both projects are 3-meter wide
With the completion of
these road projects, local fishermen and farmers can now easily
exchange produce without the need for motorboats. This makes travel
and transport easier, safer and more convenient.
In 2019, SFDEO will
propose the construction of a circumferential road project that will
connect more barangays to the poblacion of Almagro.