releases Paglangyaw, a Cebuano song for those who left (migrants)
February 20, 2019
CEBU CITY – Palm
Grass, Cebu’s only heritage hotel, brings the public another
testament of its love for Cebu arts, releasing an original Cebuano
love song, ’Paglangyaw’, a “maoy” song that grieves for the absence
of a beloved, but is also hopeful of love’s fulfillment.
‘Paglangyaw’, Cebuano for
“leaving”, was written with the countless Cebuanos, Filipinos in
mind – those who have to leave or are forced to leave for foreign
shores in search of a better future.
Words of the song are
written by Palm Grass incorporator and Cebu heritage advocate A.
Guivelondo, who is also the lyricist of Palm Grass songs, “Kinasing”,
“Kuyogiko” and other songs inspired by Cebu history that have yet to
Multi-awarded poet Adonis
Durado translated the “Paglangyaw” song lyrics into English for its
The “Paglangyaw” music was
composed by the song interpreter herself, GMA-7 The Clash finalist
Joannah Sy, with co-music composer and arranger, singer-songwriter
Jeff Escarda. Kalye Musika recorded and mixed the song.
The Paglangyaw music video
by Hong Kong-based video production boutique Visualize That
Event/Asia-Pacific Focus Features’ Prospero Laput shows the social
cost of migration.
“The video is a homage to
those left behind by Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s),” Video
Creator Prospero Laput said.
Laput added, “The song
itself longs for someone who goes abroad to work. But when I
listened to it, it made me think of those left behind. In a story,
it sounds cliche that eventually someone will cheat, but that’s the
only way to show the strength of the person, a woman in this case –
her will to overcome the pain of betrayal, to refocus her love and
energy to her son, and along with her supportive family, really
moved on. That’s the story I wanted to tell.”
Music video script was
written by award-winning scriptwriter, Decelle Marie Suarez, a
University of the Philippines-Cebu Mass Communications student.
For her part, song
interpreter Joannah Sy said, “Paglangyaw is a hugot song for those
who are in an LDR (long distance relationship) and are really trying
their best to hold on to each other. As the singer of the song, I
found it very emotional because I, too, have experienced being away
from my loved one. And it's true that it's really hard to be away
from the person you love the most so that it seems like half of your
life is taken away from you.”
The song and music video
were officially launched last February 14, 2019 at Palm Grass
Hotel’s GugMaoy Valentine’s Day, an event for those who are in love
and those who grieve for love.
‘Paglangyaw’ will soon be
heard in FM stations in Cebu City. The song’s music video is
available at Palm Grass facebook page: Palm Grass The Cebu Heritage
Hotel and YouTube Account https://bit.ly/2IjsNik
Palm Grass will be
releasing more Cebuano original songs that raise awareness on the
story of Cebu and Cebuano heroes.
are joyful over the new classrooms turned-over to Katipunan
Elementary School in Caibiran, Biliran. The P4M new
1-storey, 3-classroom school building will be occupied by
kindergarten, grade 5 and grade 6 pupils.
turns-over 1-storey, 3-classroom school building to Katipunan
Elementary School in Caibiran, Biliran
February 20, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Katipunan Elementary School has now sufficient classrooms to
accommodate pupils from kindergarten to Grade VI with the Department
of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District Engineering
Office turning over new school building facility.
The completed 1-storey,
3-classroom school building worth P4M was turned-over on February
11, 2019. The event was graced by Congressman Rogelio J. Espina and
Caibiran Mayor Eulalio G. Maderazo.
DPWH-Biliran DEO was
represented by Engr. Supremo Victor Sabitsana on behalf of District
Engineer David P. Adongay Jr.
The turn-over ceremony
started with the ribbon cutting ceremony followed by the turn-over
of the key of responsibility.
Mr. Vivencio B. Dela Peña,
School principal said that the new building would be occupied by
kindergarten, grade 5 and grade 6 pupils.
“Ngayun na occupied na
yung bagong building, silang lahat andun na, so lahat ng kakulangan
ng classrooms, complete na,” said Mr. Dela Peña.
“Yung problema naming sa
classrooms, answered na po,” Dela Peña added.
According to Dela Peña,
they are expecting more enrolees for the next school year with the
addition of the new building in their school.
Elementary School has a total population of 186 students from 204
population in the previous year.
“Hopefully with bagong
building namin, siguro by next school year babalik na yung dati
naming estudyante na nag transfer from other school kasi maganda na
yung building namin,” said Dela Peña.
“Salamat kay Congressman
dahil ang kakulangan ng building sa aming school ay napunan na and
also to DPWH for including Katipunan Elementary School as their
recipient sa mga school na nangangailangan ng building,” Dela Peña
Zonia C. Salazar, Supervising Statistical Specialist of
PSA-RSSO 8; Ms. Mae R. Almonte, Chief Statistical Specialist
of PSA-RSSO 8 SOCD; First Placer JB Hariz B. Alido; Second
Placer Narciso Aljun S. Cemanes; Third Placer Fritz A.
Dapdap; Ms. Thea C. Galos, Director of EVSU-UQAAC; and Ms.
Hanna Rachel A. Gohil, Instructor I of EVSU.
the first ever data cartooning contest in Eastern Visayas
February 18, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Three males bagged the highest awards in the first ever Data
Cartooning Contest in Eastern Visayas organized by the Philippine
Statistics Authority - Regional Statistical Services Office VIII
(PSA-RSSO8), in collaboration with the Eastern Visayas State
University (EVSU) and the Philippine Statistical Association, Inc. -
Region VIII Chapter (PSAI-Region 8) last Friday, 15 February 2019,
at the Eastern Visayas State University Engineering Building.
Among the 13 BS Statistics
and BS Math students from EVSU, JB Hariz B. Alido was awarded first
place. Completing the top three winners were Narciso Aljun S.
Cemanes - second place, and Fritz A. Dapdap - third place. Winners
were awarded with cash prize, certificate, and USB flash drive.
Data cartooning is
illustrating data concisely into a visually appealing and
informative picture. It is one of the most exciting ways to express
insights and knowledge in interpreting data by sketching or drawing
comical images. The objective of this activity is to encourage the
youth to express their views on the importance of statistics, to
appreciate the vital statistics generated by the PSA from the civil
registry documents, and likewise to promote the importance of civil
registration in the lives of every Filipino.
The first ever Data
Cartooning Contest is one of the activities of PSA-RSSO 8 in
celebration of the 2019 Civil Registration Month with the theme,
“Inclusive and Responsive Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS):
Working Smarter Through Innovation”, and also in support to the
112th Founding Anniversary of the EVSU. This contest was conducted
as a dry run in preparation for the First Regional Data Festival in
Ms. Mae R. Almonte, Chief
Statistical Specialist of PSA-RSSO 8 Statistical Operations and
Coordination Division (SOCD); Ms. Thea C. Galos, Director of EVSU -
University Quality Assurance and Accreditation Center (UQAAC); IDr
Alejo G. Surpia, Instructor I of EVSU; and IDr Aaron M. Rebato,
Instructor I of EVSU, sat as board of judges. Criteria of the
competition included, originality/uniqueness (20 points), relevance
and implications (30 points), visual quality and creativity (30
points), and accuracy of data presented (20 points).
17 former rebels
get 65K financial assistance in N. Cotabato
Battalion, 8ID PA
February 15, 2019
AMAS, Kidapawan City
– Seventeen former rebels who surrendered to the Army here received
P65,000 each from the government through the Enhanced Comprehensive
Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).
The distribution of checks
was done during the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC)
meeting at Cotabato Provincial Capitol with 901st Infantry Brigade
commander Brigadier General Larry Mojica and other Army field
commanders, DILG Provincial Director Ali Abdula and Governor Emmylou
Colonel Ehrlich Noel
Paraso, Commanding Officer of 19th Infantry Battalion (19IB) based
in Arakan, Cotabato said that 13 of the 17 were formerly regular
members of the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) who surrendered to 19IB
“These are the first batch
of Indigenous Peoples (IP) rebels who surrendered amidst our
intensified combat operations in Arakan Valley Complex last year.
The former rebels were compelled to return to the folds of law due
to infighting and corruption within the NPA organization”, Paraso
“I did not expect that all
of this financial assistance will be given to me. This is truly a
big help to my family”, said Alias Omar, one of the beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries received
P65,000 each or P15,000 as immediate assistance and P50,000 as
Paraso also confirmed that
the financial assistance for “Alias Jimboy”, one of the
beneficiaries, who was killed by the NPA, was already received by
Alias Jimboy was
treacherously slain by his former comrades while visiting his family
in Magpet town on August last year.
TUCP says low
pay, poor benefits, low regard, work abroad causing shortage of
Associated Labor Unions
February 15, 2019
QUEZON CITY –
Treated poorly with low pay, meager benefits, unsafe and unhealthy
working conditions, poor access to certification are some of the
reasons why the country is having shortage of Filipino construction
workers amid a great number of potential construction manpower, said
the labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).
President Duterte the
other day said there is delay in government’s P8 Trillion
government’s Build, Build, Build infrastructure program from 2017 to
2022 due to shortage of construction workers.
“We are currently
experiencing “skill and brain drain” phenomenon because of this bad
treatment of our construction workers. The nation is losing fast its
vast and excellent reserves of construction manpower to higher pay
and attractive benefits offered by companies abroad,” said TUCP
President Raymond Mendoza.
Based on different government statistics, the TUCP estimates there
are 3 million construction workers nationwide and only around 1
million of them are certified.
“It’s true that we have
shortage of construction workers. Though we have plenty of
certified, skilled and world class construction workers but due to
meager salary, poor benefits, unsafe and unhealthy working
conditions and lowly regarded workers they prefer to work abroad
after a few months of training and actual field experience here
because they are dignified there, they are given higher salary and
benefits there, and are given free decent housing and paid
vacation,” said TUCP President Raymond Mendoza.
Mendoza said the
government’s expensive, inadequate training facilities and access to
certification programs for construction jobs also contributes to
shortage of workers in the industry.
“We have a vast pool of
highly, multi-skilled and fine craftsmen but also because of lack of
training facilities and poor access to certification programs we do
not tap them to become potentials for the country’s build, build,
build programs. Many of them even have to pay, fall in long line and
travel far just to access national certification,” Mendoza.
The TUCP is also proposing
to raise the minimum wage for construction workers from the current
minimum of P500 a day to a minimum P800 a day, improve their
benefits, and raise their working and resting living standards.
“Construction workers even
purchase their own personal protective equipment used in working,
buy their own drinking water, pay for their food intake during work
break to replenish strength, and given a dirty and bad sleeping
quarters during the whole duration of the construction project,”
Project owners and
contractors also try to improve their profits by cutting costs on
safety equipment devices and protocols causing workplace accident
deaths, diseases and injuries.
“There seems to be no
pride and no dignity being a construction worker nowadays. But
President Duterte’s Build, Build, build program is an opportunity to
address that and raise the dignity of our construction working
people through a functioning and sustained government policy,”
inspection of infra projects
DPWH 2nd LED
February 15, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - Central Office,
Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) conducted a two-day project inspection
of the infrastructure projects implemented by the Leyte Second
District Engineering Office last February 13-14, 2019.
Among the projects
inspected and assessed were the reconstruction of flood control
project of Himanglos River in Poblacion I & II, Barugo, Leyte, and
the flood control and flood mitigation structure projects in
Binahaan River in Brgy. Tingib, Pastrana, Leyte.
Also included are the
3-unit 2-storey 6-classroom school building at Granja Kalinawan NHS,
Jaro, Leyte, and the 1-unit 3-storey 9-classroom school building at
Atty. Roque A. Marcos Memorial School in La Paz, Leyte.
The team also inspected
road projects such as the preventive maintenance of road asphalt
overlay along Maharlika Highway, Dulag, Leyte, and the
rehabilitation of paved roads along Kiling-Tanauan-Tabontabon-Julita
road and Jaro-Dagami-Burauen-La Paz road.
Representatives from the
QAU were Dominic Lacson and Divino Nabe, both Engineer III, and
Myracelo Valle, Engineer II.
The QAU is a quality audit
that conducts regular assessment to continuously monitor and assess
the on-going and completed projects undertaken by the district. The
auditors aim to check whether all infrastructure projects are
implemented in compliance to plans and standard specifications.
Corrective measures are recommended for corrections and compliance
on QAU findings.
conducts quality testing on construction materials
February 14, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) Quality Assurance Section (QAS) conducted
various test on construction materials. Proper method of sampling
and testing of construction materials were observed as it contribute
greatly to the accuracy of test result.
Sampling is equally as
important as the testing and the sampler used every precaution to
obtain samples that will show the nature and the condition of the
materials which they actually represent. Sampling of construction
materials for quality tests were conducted on various projects by
the contractor and DPWH-Biliran DEO materials in-charge to ascertain
that all materials incorporated into the work meet the minimum
requirement by the DPWH.
Test are made in the field
or at the laboratory to determine the quality or suitability of the
materials proposed to be incorporated in DPWH projects. All samples
submitted were tested in accordance with American Association of
State Highways Transport Officials/ American Standard Testing
Materials (AASHTO/ASTM) test methods and procedures and were
governed by AASHTO/ASTM Standard Specifications as adopted by DPWH.
Quality tests on soil,
fine and coarse aggregates were performed at the district
laboratory. Sieve analysis was conducted on aggregates samples to
determine the grading of materials proposed for use as aggregates.
Result from the test was used to determine compliance of the
particle size distribution with applicable specification
requirements & to provide necessary data for control of the
production. Specific gravity and absorption test were also performed
by the laboratory technicians on the fine and coarse aggregates,
both are important properties that are required for the design mix
of concrete. Other test such as soundness, abrasion, organic
impurities and mortar strength test, all of which are significant
test needed to warrant good quality of materials used were all
Concrete cylinder and beam
samples were also tested for its compressive and flexural strength
with the use of the compression testing machine. The result of this
test may be used as basis for evaluating the integrity of the
structures constructed on site; determination of compliance with
specification, control of evaluating effectiveness of admixtures and
Reports related to quality
control implementation were submitted to monitor the status of each
project together with problems encountered in the field and
corrective measures to correct any noted deficiencies or defects due
to malpractice and noncompliance to the DPWH policies and standard
partnership with contractors
DPWH 2nd LED
February 14, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
The Department of Public Works and Highways Leyte Second District
Engineering Office strengthens partnership with contractors through
a recent pre-construction conference.
According to District
Engineer Gerald Pacanan, the start of the regular coordination
meeting is an initial step to a closer partnership between DPWH and
“The DPWH and contractors
are partners. Without you, we cannot execute our projects, and
without us, you will have no projects. So, we are here to help each
other,” expressed Pacanan.
With the new
administration, he stated that it is high time to evaluate,
supervise inventory and expedite project implementation.
“Let us do away with time
suspension. However, if we cannot avoid that, let us prepare the
necessary documentation at the earliest possible time,” he added.
He mandated the Project
Engineers to settle concerns and have close coordination with the
contractors. At the same, the district office must also conduct
strict monitoring on projects. Pacanan further instructed to
prioritize public safety by providing early warning signs on the
on-going projects to avoid any untoward incidents.
He then emphasized that
the office must adhere with the quality policy of the department
which is “to implement the right projects at the right cost with the
right quality delivered right on time by the right people”.
President Wilson Uy with DILG-8 ARD Valente Bajet awards
plaque to Usec. Marivel Sacendoncillo.
outstanding Sanggunians at regional awards ceremony
February 13, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
“The Sanggunian is the brain of the local government and the
Sanggunians who are present today are doing a great job at providing
the brains of the local government; that is, being the source of
ideas and innovations translated into policies and programs.”
This was the pronouncement
of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
Undersecretary Marivel C. Sacendoncillo, as she recognized the
accomplishments of the best performing Local Government Units (LGUs)
in Eastern Visayas during the Regional Awards Ceremony of the 2018
Local Legislative Award at Robinsons Summit Hotel, Tacloban City on
“The LGUs should not only
look at the needs of the people but also search for opportunities
that they can maximize to pursue development in their respective
communities,” Sacendoncillo added.
She told the Sanggunian
members to be serious in the jobs that they entered into because the
people will not remember them by just being honorable but by the
things that they were able to do to contribute to the betterment of
In the categories of
Highly Urbanized Cities and Independent Component Cities, the Cities
of Tacloban and Ormoc emerged as the regional winners, respectively.
Both cities were lone entries in their respective categories.
Baybay City made it as the
regional champion in the Component Cities Category followed by the
Cities of Catbalogan and Borongan which were both regional
In the 1st-3rd Class
Municipalities Category, Basey, Samar notched the top spot while
Sogod, Southern Leyte and Naval, Biliran were recognized as
Eastern Samar took the lead in the 4th-6th Class Municipalities
Category. Following the winner were the municipalities of San
Isidro, Leyte; San Juan, Southern Leyte; Cabucgayan, Biliran; and
Motiong, Samar (regional finalists).
The LGUs were assessed by
the Regional Award Committee (RAC) which is headed by the DILG
Regional Director with the Philippine Councilors League (PCL)
Regional Council Chairman as the Vice-Chairman. Members of the
committee also include the Regional Directors of the Department of
Agriculture (DA), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),
the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and a Philippine Chamber
of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) representative.
The RAC evaluated the
finalists through the Awards Criteria totalling 100 points: (a)
Responsiveness of the Legislative Agenda (30 points); (b)
Availability of Legislative Documents (18 points); (c) Effectiveness
of Performance of the Sanggunian (30 points); (d) Efficiency of the
Performance of the Sanggunian (13 points); (e) Legislative Citations
and Awards (5 points); and (f) Capacity Development for Legislators
and Staff (4 points).
“The regional winners will
now vie for the national legislative award. The National Award
Committee (NAC) will be coming in the region and reevaluate the
nomination,” PCL Regional Council Chairman Wilson Uy said in his
Usec Sacendoncillo, OIC-Assistant
Regional Director Valente P. Bajet and PCL Regional Council Chairman
Uy awarded a plaque of commendation and a cash award worth P10,000
to the regional champions in every category.
participants from different LGUs, government agencies, and the DILG
regional and field offices attended the said event.
welcomes 2019 with 4.0% inflation rate
February 11, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Eastern Visayas welcomed 2019 with a 4.0% Inflation Rate (IR). This
IR is 0.4 percentage point lower compared with the 4.4% IR a month
ago, and equal to the IR recorded in the same period last year. The
regional inflation rate was 0.4 percentage point lower than the 4.4%
national average in January 2019. Among other regions, Eastern
Visayas ranked fourth from the bottom.
Four provinces in the
region registered lower inflation rates in January 2019 compared
with their figures in the previous month. Eastern Samar and Northern
Samar posted the highest decrease of 2.2 percentage points each.
Southern Leyte recorded a 0.7 percentage point decrease, while
Biliran registered a decrease of 0.3 percentage point from their
figures a month ago. On the other hand, increases in IR were noted
in Samar (0.7 percentage point) and Leyte (0.4 percentage point).
Samar recorded the highest IR at 6.3%, while Biliran posted the
lowest at 1.4% (Table 1).
Among the commodity
groups, alcoholic beverages and tobacco registered the highest
decrease of 3.0 percentage points. It still, however, posted a
double digit inflation rate and the highest among all items at 17.4%
in January 2019 from 20.4% in December 2018. The decrease in IR can
be attributed to the huge decrease in the index of alcoholic
The heavily weighted food
and non-alcoholic beverages eased down to 5.3% in January 2019 from
its previous month’s rate of 6.0%, a decrease of 0.7 percentage
point. This can be traced to slower price increases of majority of
the food items. Fruits index registered a negative inflation rate at
1.3%, from 2.1 percent in December 2018.
Inflation rate for
transport also went down by 0.5 percentage point, from 3.0% in
December 2018 to 2.5% in January 2019. This can be traced to the
slower IR seen in the index for operation of personal transport
household equipment and routine maintenance of the house increased
to 4.5% during the reference month, 0.5 percentage point higher
compared with the 4.0% IR in December 2018. Increases were observed
in the indices for goods and services for routine household
maintenance; and furniture and furnishings, carpets and other floor
Health index also recorded
a slight increase at 3.9% in January 2019 from 3.7% a month ago. IRs
for housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels; clothing and
footwear; and restaurant and miscellaneous goods and services inched
up by 0.1 percentage point each settling at 3.9%, 2.2% and 1.6%,
respectively during the month in review.
The Purchasing Power of
Peso (PPP) of the region was recorded at P0.80 in January 2019,
slightly weaker than the P0.81 PPP a month ago. This PPP implies
that goods and services worth 100 pesos in January 2019 costs 80
pesos only in 2012.
Biliran and Eastern Samar
registered a 0.01 centavo decrease each in PPP compared with their
figures in December 2018, while Southern Leyte recorded a 0.01
centavo increase from its PPP a month ago. The rest of the provinces
sustained their PPP last month. Leyte recorded the strongest PPP at
P0.83. Biliran and Southern Leyte ranked second at P0.82, followed
by Eastern Samar at P0.77. Northern Samar and Samar posted the
weakest PPP at P0.76.
business, contractors faces up to daily P100K fine for workplace
February 10, 2019
QUEZON CITY – A
more stringent workplace safety and health rules were issued last
week by the Department of Labor and Employment to avoid a recurrence
of serious workplace accidents that caused deaths and serious
injuries to workers.
For example, contractors
and business-owners whose offices, construction work sites and other
workplaces devoid of comfort rooms and whose employees are without
safety gear are facing up to P100,000 per day fine.
This is part of the new
Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Law issued by the Department of
Labor and Employment that have taken effect this month, placing
stiffer penalties on erring employers and non-compliant business
owners to workplace safety and health standards.
According to workers’
group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), Republic Act
11058 otherwise known as An Act Strengthening Compliance With
Occupational Safety and Health Standards which President Duterte
enacted into law in November last year is an offshoot of tripartite
collaboration between government, employers and labor sectors in
improving compliance to workplace safety and health standards in the
light of preventable workplace fires and construction mishaps a few
years ago which killed and injured workers while at work.
“It’s painful to think
that scores of workers had to die and so many working people had to
be maimed to raise the level of compliance to workplace safety and
health standards. Let us not forget this law is built on workers
untimely deaths and injuries. We strongly hope there would be higher
compliance to safety standards and reduce workplace accidents and
mishaps with this new improvised workplace safety and health
standard and regulations,” said TUCP President Raymond Mendoza.
Mendoza said around 170
workers have died over the period of three years beginning May 2015
to May 2018 due to businesses and employers non-compliance to
workplace safety and health regulations and building fire safety
“Employers and businesses
basically wants to improve their profits by ignoring workplace
safety and health standards thereby risking and compromising the
health and safety of their employees. It’s always the workers who
were made to sacrifice due to non-compliance and poor enforcement of
regulations,” Mendoza said.
The Kentex rubber factory
fire incident in May 2015 which killed 74 workers and seriously
wounded several others, the HTI fire in Cavite economic zone, the
Holiday Inn fire, Resorts World fire and the series of construction
mishaps which killed many construction workers.
On February 2017, five
workers perished at HTI fire factory in Cavite, 38 fatalities,
mostly casino employees, were recovered after a gunman set Resorts
World Hotel rooms in Pasay City afire on June 2017. On December 23
the same year, 38 more workers were trapped to their deaths
following a fire the destroyed NCCC Mall in Davao City.
Five construction workers
were pinned to death after a substandard bunkhouse which they
sleeping in collapsed shortly after midnight on March 6, 2018. Two
weeks later, five casino employees were burned inside Manila
Pavillion Hotel fire.
Under DOLE Department
Order 198 otherwise known as the Implementing Rules and Regulations
of Republic Act 11058 entitled An Act Strengthening Compliance with
Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for
Violations Thereof, the daily administrative fines are as follows:
The DO also states that
when the violation exposes the worker to death, serious injury or
serious illness, the imposable penalty shall be one hundred thousand
pesos (P100,000) a day, Should there two or more non-compliances,
all penalties shall be imposed provided that the total daily penalty
shall not exceed P100,000.
Director Maglunsod assumes NMP leadership
February 8, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a premier government-owned
maritime training and research institution, moves into transition of
leadership as Executive Director Joel B. Maglunsod takes the helm of
the Agency’s directorship effective 01 February 2019 with the
issuance of Certification of Assumption of Duty on the same date.
The turn-over of NMP flag
and the Symbolic Key took place in the morning of 04 February 2019,
right after the flag raising ceremony inside the NMP Administration
Building, Cabalawan, Tacloban City. The NMP flag symbolizes the
assumption of leadership while the Symbolic Key stands for the
authority and accountability that comes with the holding of office
as Executive Director of the NMP.
During the ceremony,
Deputy Executive Director III, Mayla N. Macadawan who assumed the
functions and responsibilities as the NMP Officer-In-Charge by
virtue of DOLE Administrative Order No. 35, s. 2019 dated 04
February 2019, expressed her confidence that the new NMP ED would be
able to steer the Agency in pursuit to the delivery of its mandate
“During my very short
stint as NMP Officer-In-Charge, I am very happy to help and assist
NMP in the way that I can. Though I had very limited powers during
those times but somehow we were able to surpass whatever challenges
that we have encountered” said DED Macadawan.
She also expressed her
gratitude to former NMP ED, Dr. Romulo V. Bernardes, who resigned on
23 November 2018, for mentoring her and for all his contributions to
“I always say that family
is not always about the bloodline, it is about someone who hold your
hands in times of need. In NMP, we are always treating each other as
a family. I am really lucky that I was able to work here in a short
span of time as the NMP Officer-In-Charge” she added.
In his acceptance speech,
Executive Director Maglunsod said, “Ako sa totoo lang hindi naman
ako umaayaw sa trabaho. Kasi sa kanta pa ni Rico J. Puno, “Ang
umaayaw, hindi nagwawagi, ANG NAGWAWAGI ay yung HINDI UMAAYAW. Ang
importante na makatulong parin tayo sa mahal na Pangulo at sa mga
tinatanggap ang trabaho natin at magtatagumpay tayo sa collective
efforts natin. Kailangan kung ano man ang mga nakikita nating
problema ipaabot agad sa senior officials ninyo at kung hindi kayo
inintindi ideretso sa DOLE Hotline 1349, pag hindi sinagot dun sa
Hotline 8888,” ED Maglunsod disclosed.
He also shared some issues
and challenges confronting NMP as well as the maritime industry in
general, including among others: Development and packaging of new
courses (Training for Harbour Pilots and Crane / Winch Operators);
Acquisition of training ship and towing tank; Attraction of massive
trainees; and Maximizing the Use of NMP resources.
ED Maglunsod also
emphasized the need to sustain cooperation and collaboration between
and among maritime stakeholders to be able to respond to the ever
growing needs of the Filipino seafarers.
Attended by the NMP
employees, the activity was also graced by the members of the DOLE
Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) RO-8 namely, Atty. Cecilio I.
Baleña, OIC Assistant Regional Director of DOLE RO-8, Ms. Pamela
Babalcon of National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Ms.
Mary Catherine O. Pastor of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
(OWWA), Ms. Meriam R. Balmocena of Philippine Overseas Employment
Administration (POEA), Ms. Catherine O. Doblon of National
Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Ms. Michelle C. Basal of
Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), Engr. Ma. Elena Limen-Diez
of Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC). Also present were
former NMP ED, Dr. Romulo V. Bernardes and Ms. Arlene Maglunsod,
wife of ED Maglunsod.
Meanwhile, NMP continues
to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required
pursuant to the STCW Convention as amended in 2010 including
value-adding courses towards improving the qualifications of
Filipino seafarers for their employment acceptability and enhanced
competitiveness. It also regularly conducts maritime studies to come
up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the
Those interested in NMP
research undertakings may visit the NMP website (www.nm.gov.ph) and
access the e-Research Information System Portal which is designed to
gather inputs for NMP’s research, dissemination of NMP completed
researches and other articles pertaining to maritime research.
For more information about
NMP trainings viewers may visit the agency’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter)
where all related information on NMP trainings are available.
Further, NMP encourages
seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare
Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) which entitles
the beneficiary to receive financial assistance for training costs
from the OWWA.
Woe to the state
that considers teachers its enemies - ACT
February 8, 2019
QUEZON CITY – The
Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) expressed alarm over Philippine
National Police's (PNP) announcement that intelligence operations on
their organization will continue following the Court of Appeals (CA)
dismissal of ACT's petition to declare PNP's profiling of its
"This is precisely what we
were worried about – PNP is now taking CA's decision as a nod to
their illegal operations. It has emboldened state forces to continue
and intensify their attacks against our organization," stated
Raymond Basilio, ACT Secretary General.
Earlier today, PNP and the
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) welcomed the
ruling of CA, adding that they will continue surveilling on 'enemies
of the state.'
"They used to have a hard
time getting their stories straight when asked about the profiling,
but now the truth's out. They consider teachers, as well as anyone
else who dare fight for their rights and welfare, as enemies of the
state. What they fail to realize, however, is they've also exposed
themselves to be the real enemy of the people," said Basilio.
ACT said that such a
stance taken on by state forces has "no place in a democratic
country like ours."
"Democracy puts primacy on
civilians and their rights, which the state has an obligation to
uphold and protect. Police forces, on the other hand, has a duty to
'serve and protect' the people, not to suspect and make enemies out
of them," concluded Basilio.