Nutrition Officer III Niño Archie S. Labordo briefs HIMSoG-8
members how they can help boost the nutrition office’s
webpage during the group’s 1st quarter meeting on February
22, 2019 at NNC-8 region office.
HIMSoG-8 to boost
NNC-8 social media page
JACK C. GADAINGAN
February 28, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Help the National Nutrition Council Region 8 (NNC-8) boost its
webpage by contributing more nutrition-related articles, feature
stories and pictures, net-engaging, liking, sharing and tagging, and
inviting researchers to hunt nutrition information on the webpage.
This was the consensus of
the Harmonized Initiatives of Media for the Spread of Good Nutrition
in Region 8 (HIMSoG-8), a NNC-8 media-group partner, after a brief
Social Media Enhancement Workshop conducted during its 1st quarter
meeting held at NNC-8 office on February 22, 2019.
Instead of launching its
own social-media engagement on “Winning the 2019 Election in
Nutrition through SocMed” as previously planned, workshop resource
speaker and HIMSoG-8 member Sarwell Meniano suggested to strengthen
in its place the already existing NNC-8 webpage.
Niño Archie S. Labordo,
NNC-8 Nutrition Officer III, said while in the past years the NNC-8
webpage was fifth from the bottom – as compared to similar webpages
of nutrition offices of other regions, last year (2018) Eastern
Visayas was already in the middle of the hierarchy based on internet
analytics, with Region 7 (Cebu) and Regions 1 and 2 on the lead.
“There is a big change to
catch up with them, to date if there is a most improved webpage it
is NNC Region 8,” Labordo said, as he invited everybody to actively
contribute accurate and relevant articles.
In this connection the
nutrition regional office here provided the HIMSoG-8 membership with
the latest Operation Timbang Plus 2018 results of 0-59 and 0-71
month old children per municipality, city, and province in Eastern
Visayas categorized weight for age, height for age, weight for
length/height and summary, and probable topics/subjects to write
which are national-focus of the month, for example for March –
Rabies Awareness Month, International Women’s Month, International
Women’s Day, and World TB Day that could be given slant related with
Maglunsod, DOLE Officials and Mayor Carmen L. Cari of Baybay
during the groundbreaking Ceremony.
graces the groundbreaking ceremony of the future DOLE West Leyte
By National Maritime Polytechnic
February 28, 2019
BAYBAY CITY – A
groundbreaking ceremony for the future office of the Department of
Labor and Employment in the Western part of Leyte was held last 22
February 2019 at the New Government Center, this city.
The ceremony was graced by
NMP Executive Director Joel B. Maglunsod, DOLE Region VIII Director
Yahya A. Centi and Baybay City Mayor, Honorable Carmen L. Cari.
The 500 square meter lot
was donated by the LGU Baybay through the efforts of the good city
mayor and with the active support of Congressman Jose Carlos L. Cari
of the 5th District of Leyte.
Mayor Cari, in her welcome
remarks, said that they really intend to donate parcels of lot to
government agencies not just for the good of the recipient agency
but ultimately for the benefit of the constituents of the Western
Leyte especially Baybay.
“I am very glad that
sooner or later, DOLE will be with us here in Baybay City. This lot
donation will be for the welfare not just of the people of Baybay
but for all the people of West Leyte. I know that DOLE will make
good use of this lot for all the people we serve that is why there
were no hesitations on our part at the onset,” said Mayor Cari.
NMP Executive Director
Joel B. Maglunsod, representing DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello
III, read the message of SecLab.
On a personal note, ED
Maglunsod also congratulated DOLE Region VIII for having been
awarded a lot where the future building of DOLE will rise.
“Let me congratulate DOLE
Region VIII under the leadership of Director Centi for this
milestone. As part of the DOLE Family, I am more than happy to be
witness to this significant activity for DOLE and LGU-Baybay.
He likewise expressed his
gratitude to LGU Baybay thru Mayor Cari for the act of generosity.
He said, “Of course let me also express my sincere appreciation to
the local government unit of Baybay headed by Mayor Cari for this
act of generosity. This lot is a symbol of the undying support and
commitment of Baybay to DOLE’s programs and services in pursuit of
realizing its mandate.”
Nothing but good words and
appreciation were uttered by Director Centi during his acceptance
“I am overwhelmed with
happiness today because another milestone event is about to happen.
Last year in October, no less than DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello
III inaugurated the newly-renovated DOLE building in Tacloban City.
And today, just a little later, we will be having the groundbreaking
of our future West Leyte Field Office,” said Director Centi.
The DOLE chief in Eastern
Visayas also grabbed the chance of expressing his sincerest thanks
to the good mayor of the city for the lot donation.
“Of course, this will not
be possible if not for the kindness of the ever active and
supportive mother of this beautiful city, Mayor Cari. Madame, thank
you for this great blessing for our organization. It is indeed good
to know that government institutions and LGUs can together achieve
success through great partnership,” Director Centi added.
Records reveal that as of
28 February 2019, NMP was able to train nine hundred ninety-four
(994) trainees coming from Baybay City.
In line with the NMP’s
effort of expanding the reach of its communication activities and to
strengthen its visibility within the region, the Agency will be
tapping DOLE West Leyte Field Office as delivery agent for its
Meanwhile, NMP encourages
seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare
Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) and Skills for
Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) which entitle the beneficiary
to receive financial assistance for training costs from the OWWA.
traversing 4 barangays completed
GISSELLE G. GOMEZ
February 28, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY –
Department of Public Works and Highways completed the construction
of road projects all in barangays Amampacang, Dinagan, Mabini and
Catabunan, Calbayog City, Samar amounting to P100M under the local
infra-program of the district. This road stretches 8.796 kilometers
with drainage structure of 1,415 linear meters.
This P100 million project
by DPWH Samar First District Engineering Office to construct the
roads traversing four barangays opened up a lot of opportunities for
about 4,520 farmers, businessmen, motorists and residents of not
only the said barangays but other areas near them for either trading
or bartering of crops. They can now transport their crops, copra and
other products to the marketplace much faster and easier because
travel time becomes shorter and the road is now better.
This project is essential
because transportation is a challenge to farmers and residents of
the barangays since the roads then are not yet developed and not
concrete. Farmers and residents trying to deliver their products to
the city have to go through the rivers using boats as their means of
transportation to get it in the city’s marketplace.
This is a conscious effort
of DPWH Samar First District Engineering Office to provide ways on
how to make life easier as well as to connect every area in the city
to ensure that basic services and necessities can be accessed by
people situated in far-flung areas. Interconnectivity is vital in a
Migara Road and Maybog Road underway
GISSELLE G. PARUNGAO
February 26, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY –
Department of Public Works and Highways has started the
implementation of Improvement of Migara Road and Maybog Road at Brgy.
Guin-on, wherein the road going to Brgy. Maybog is already finished
and is now working on finishing the Migara road.
The roads of both Migara
and Maybog are now all concrete and widened to 3 meters per lane
whereas before, the roads are damaged and intermittently concreted
with narrower width of 2 meters per lane.
The project is funded
under the Support for Infrastructure Projects and Social programs
with a total allocation of P38 million. This project is the
improvement of Maybog road which covers 1,068 meters going to Brgy.
Maybog and 540 meters of Migara road going to Brgy. Migara.
This project is of
considerable importance because the road will now be wider and
concrete which makes the residents, bypassers and motorist’s travel
easier and convenient. With the considerable number of motorists
passing and growth in population on both barangays, it is about time
that roads will be improved.
Road network is vital in
an area’s development by providing access to employment, education
and in fighting against poverty. Once this project is finished,
about 1,750 inhabitants of both barangays and residents in nearby
areas will benefit the said roads.
seawall project in Leyte town
DPWH 2nd LED
February 26, 2019
DULAG, Leyte – A
total of P48.5 million has been poured out by the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte Second District Engineering
Office for the construction of seawall along coastal villages in
The project will protect
and reduce coastal hazards to the residents of Brgy. San Jose and
Brgy. San Rafael critical to storm surge.
District Engineer Gerald
Pacanan said that the embankment project involves stone masonry with
a total length of 482.5 meters and height of 2.5 meters.
The seawall will serve as
protection from storm surge during occurrence of typhoon and
alleviate the problems of erosion along these coastlines.
For 2018, the district has
carried out a total of eight flood mitigation projects amounting to
P271.68 million, of which four are completed and the rest are still
TUCP: Chinese are
allowed but keep jobs for Filipinos
February 25, 2019
QUEZON CITY –
Chinese workers are welcome in the Philippines. However, the
country’s biggest workers group the Trade Union Congress of the
Philippines (TUCP) maintained that the jobs must be kept to
“Our laws and regulations
policies are clear: all jobs including skills and professions must
be given to Filipino workers and professionals. However, if there
are specialization and skills unavailable in the labor market, these
should be given to foreign workers who must apply for Alien
Employment Permit (AEP) from the Department of Labor and Employment
(DOLE) and work permits from the Bureau of Immigration (BI). We
clearly reiterate that TUCP is not against the entry of foreign
workers in the country, but of the adverse impact on our very own
workers who are being deprived of potential employment and
livelihood opportunities,” said TUCP President Raymond Mendoza.
Nonetheless, the TUCP said
the AEP and work permit issued by DOLE and BI must be enforced with
routine coordination, monitoring and implemented free from
“There is no coordination
between the DOLE and BI. And this is where the problem thrives. Each
agency issues permits allowing foreigners to stay and work here
using different criteria,” Mendoza said.
Mendoza said the labor
market test method that the DOLE uses before it issues work permit
is also flawed.
Upon submission of
required documents, the DOLE publishes the names, type of jobs that
foreign workers are seeking in newspapers. If no one files a protest
or complaint about the application for a few days, the applicant is
deemed accepted to work for a certain period.
“Nobody is contesting the
labor market test because nobody is aware that there is such a
publication. No one is filing a complaint against the applicant
because no one is even aware of such notice,” Mendoza said adding:
“there has to be an immediate serious reforms and improved
implementation of work permit policy applied to foreigners.”
On one hand, the TUCP
meanwhile welcomes all foreigners, even Chinese nationals for that
matter, to come and work in the country as long as they apply for
“We urge foreign workers
including Chinese nationals to legalize their stay, abide with our
laws and regulations and respect our culture and traditions. They
should legalize their stay so that they will be protected by our
laws from abusive and exploitative working conditions,” Mendoza
Foreign nationals must go
through the due process legally mandated by the laws. Under the
Department Order No. 12 (Series of 2001) known as the Omnibus
Guidelines for the Issuance of Employment Permits of the Department
of Labor and Employment, all foreign nationals seeking employment in
the Philippines are mandated to apply for an Alien Employment Permit
(AEP). DOLE Order No. 12 states that “an AEP shall be issued based
on the following: (i) Compliance by the applicant employer of the
foreign national with the substantive and documentary requirements;
(ii) Determination of the DOLE Secretary that there is no Filipino
national who is competent, able and willing to do the job for which
the services of the applicant is desired; and (iii) Assessment of
the DOLE Secretary that the employment of the foreign national will
redound to national benefit.”
It is also worth-noting
that going through the legal process will also benefit migrant
workers in terms of labor standards and working conditions. Illegal
migrant workers are vulnerable to violation and exploitation of
their basic rights as workers as they cannot be provided protection
by our laws. They are susceptible to being abused for reasons such
as their lack of capacity to speak and understand the Filipino
language and other exploitative working conditions such as unjust
compensation given to them. They should enjoy the freedom from this
worst form of modern-day slavery.
“We even encourage them to
allow TUCP to help and organize them into workers union or
associations while they work here,” Mendoza said.
The TUCP maintained that
the "Build, Build, Build", should foremost generate jobs for
"In the Philippines, 'ang
tunay na problema ay kahirapan (the true enemy is poverty).' What is
the point of a building boom if it means that it will be foreign
workers who will be employed and other countries will benefit?"
TUCP, therefore, supports
a two-pronged strategy to generate decent, sustainable jobs for all
Filipinos. First, increase budgetary allocations to Technical and
Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and target accelerated support
to the regional TESDA centers where most of the "Build, Build,
Build" infrastructure is scheduled to be built. Such support should
be targeted to be appropriate for the construction projects intended
in each region.
Second, the Energy
Regulatory Commission must bring down our power. Our electricity
rates are now the highest in Asia and hamper our economic
competitiveness. By bringing down power rates, investors would have
the incentive to now enter and put up factories with decent
employment even without the need to wait first the next 4 years for
the "Build, Build, Build" projects to be constructed.
"TUCP believes that the
Government should increase the budgetary allocation for the
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and
DOLE to ensure that the training and re-skilling of Filipino workers
can be fast-tracked. We recommend that priority be given to areas
and regions where the Administration construction projects are being
put up to cut down on time-and-motion manpower-lack problems and
fast track towards project completion," explained Mendoza.
"The problem of power
rates can be addressed even without obligating the Malampaya Funds
to answer for the stranded costs of the privatized National Power
Corporation. The ERC can move away from the 'sky-is-the-limit'
Performance-Based Rate-making tariff system that has made our power
rates unaffordable. The ERC can instead use the 12% Return-on-Rate
Base (RORB) tariff under the 1936 Public Service Law. Further, we
can push the ERC to insist that all of the Power Supply Agreements (PSAs)
of the Distribution utilities – including that of MERALCO – be
subjected to international public bidding. Lets put an end to
'sweetheart contracts' between power generators and distribution
utilities. These players have price-gouged our poor consumers and
suffering industries for the past 16 years. It is not the cost of
labor which has made our economy uncompetitive. For Small and
Medium-scale Enterprises (SMEs), electricity costs constitute 60% of
their operational costs," added Mendoza.
this site will rise a 3-storey, 6-classroom school building
for Calbayog Arts and Design School of Eastern Visayas (CADSEV).
DPWH to start
construction of P18-M school building in CADSEV
ELENOR A. ANOLLADO
February 24, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways Samar First District
Engineering Office will soon construct a three (3) storey, six (6)
classroom school building for Calbayog Arts and Design School of
Eastern Visayas (CADSEV) located at Brgy. Gadgaran, Calbayog City.
The project, amounting to
P18 million, is funded under the 2018 Basic Educational Facilities
Fund – Batch 3 for the construction of classrooms under the DepEd
Calbayog City Division.
CADSEV is the only
Regional Senior High School in the entire Eastern Visayas offering
arts and design track. The students come from all over the Samar and
Leyte, even from the capital city of Manila.
The school currently has
an existing 2-storey, 8-clasroom building holding about 100
students. The current school population and the expected influx of
enrollees in the incoming school year cannot be accommodated due to
the limited capacity of the existing classrooms.
With this new addition,
CADSEV will be able to take on more artistically-inclined students
who want to be exposed to various forms of arts such as visual arts,
media arts, performing arts and literary arts, to improve their
knowledge, innate skills in arts and design.
DPWH to build 13
school buildings in Calbayog
GISSELLE G. PARUNGAO
February 24, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY –
Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of
Education is in continued pursuit of making better and comfortable
facilities to cater to the school children within the jurisdiction
of the district.
Under the CY 2018 Basic
Educational Facilities Fund (BEFF) for the construction of
classrooms batch 3, schools under the Calbayog City Division are
recipients of the two-storey buildings for the betterment of the
students and their education.
The Secondary and
Elementary schools will have 2-storey 4-classroom school buildings
and 2-storey 6-classroom school buildings with a total allocation of
Calbayog East Central
Elementary School, Limarayon Elementary School, Panlayahan ES,
Sinidman Occidental ES, Tarabucan Central Elementary School, Danao I
ES, Bugtong ES, San Joaquin Central Elementary School, Malaga
National High School, R. Lentejas Mem. School of Fisheries, San
Policarpo National High School, Calbayog City NHS and Malaga NHS -
Peña I Annex School are Calbayog City Division’s schools that will
benefit the said fund.
These are DepEd managed,
partially urban public elementary and secondary schools located in
There is a profound impact
in having decent instructional spaces in both facilitators and
students in the sense that there is high retention of teachers and
student learning if there is good classroom size and space.
widening project at Biliran town underway
February 22, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
The road widening project along Biliran-Naval Section within Biliran
Circumferential Road is on-going.
Department of Public Works
and Highways (DPWH) - Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO)
reports 72.83% accomplishment of the project as of January 31,2019.
David P. Adongay Jr.,
District Engineer said that the project involves the construction of
additional lanes on both sides of the existing paved road with a
width of 3.35-meter, a thickness of 0.28-meter and a length of
“It includes the
construction of drainage and installation of road safety features
such as road signages and reflectorized thermoplastic pavement
markings,” said Adongay.
Adongay added that the
road widening project amounting to P139.566M will be completed on
June 27, 2019 under contract with BC Cuerpo Construction
Meanwhile, Adongay said
that the district office will implement another road widening
project this 2019 amounting to P80M.
“This project will be
implemented as a continuation of the 2018 widening project along
Biliran-Naval Section,” said Adongay.
Major scope of work
includes the construction and concreting of additional lanes from 2
lanes to four lanes with a length of 2.4-kilometer with a width of
3.35 meters, a thickness of 0.28 m. It also includes the
construction of drainage and road safety features.
The road widening projects
were prioritized because of its potential for development with the
vision to accommodate huge number of road users. The said network
development project is designed to provide a wider and safer roads
for the increasing vehicular users.
By early part of 2019,
DPWH-Biliran DEO has already widened a total of 12.973 kilometers of
existing road. It is the vision of the district to widen the entire
existing concrete roads within the Road Network of Biliran Province
in accordance with the DPWH National Standards by phases.
DPWH joins first
Nationwide Earthquake Drill for 2019
DPWH 2nd LED
February 22, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
Over 180 employees of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
Leyte Second district engineering office participated during the 1st
Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) for 2019 held on
February 21 at around 2 pm.
The Municipal Disaster
Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) of Carigara, Leyte
led the simultaneous drill, demonstrating evacuation procedures and
emergency protocols. Afterwards, a one-minute alarm signaled the
actual earthquake evacuation drill.
According to Gerald A.
Pacanan, DPWH Leyte 2 district engineer, this activity will boost
the awareness and preparedness of employees during disaster
especially that the province is at risk to earthquakes because of
the Central Leyte Fault line.
He also expressed his
support on this campaign by forming a permanent medical, evacuation,
and inspection response team and committing to equip the district
with the necessary tools and facilities to safeguard the lives of
“This is a serious matter,
so we must have the proper knowledge on dealing with situations like
this and set up a system for immediate response within our premise,”
As per order from DE
Pacanan, the district will tap the MDRRMC of Carigara for first-aid
and emergency response training as soon as possible to intensify the
disaster preparedness of the district.
“This would be beneficial
not only to us, but also to our friends and immediate relatives who
we can share our learnings to from this training. Afterall, DPWH is
also a key player and an immediate responder during earthquakes and
other natural calamities.” he ended.
As the infrastructure
agency of the country, the highways department is also committed in
building safe and disaster-resilient public facilities.
The NSED is a quarterly
activity spearheaded by the NDRRMC and its local counterparts that
aims to strengthen timely and appropriate responses during
earthquakes and other similar events.
Rogelio J. Espina (in blue with white polo), together with
Assistant District Engineer Alfredo L. Bollido (in white
longsleeve) Hon. Nelson Corpin (in gray polo shirt) and
Principal Bella Salentes (in pink ¾ sleeve) lead the Ribbon
Cutting for the newly completed 1-storey 2-classroom School
Building in Cabibihan Elementary School.
classrooms for Cabibihan Elementary School in Caibiran, Biliran
February 21, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran – A
newly completed 1-storey 2-classroom in Brgy. Cabibihan has been
turned-over to the teachers and administration of Cabibihan
Elementary School by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO) on February 11, 2019.
Present during the
turn-over ceremony was Congressman Rogelio J. Espina, Assistant
District Engineer Alfredo L. Bollido, Caibiran Mayor Eulalio
Maderazo, the contractor of MKB Builders, School Principal Bella
Salentes, teachers and parents of the pupils.
Ms. Marilyn Gervacio,
Public Schools District Supervisor (PSDS) who also graced the event
gave words of challenge for the school building users.
“I am posing a challenge
to the teachers and parents to maintain the usefulness of this
building for a number of years so that it can still be used by our
children in the coming years”.
Meanwhile, Ms. Salentes
expressed gratitude to Congressman Espina and to the DPWH for the
school building project and hopes for more school buildings to rise
in the school.
“We are hoping for more
buildings to come because it is projected that more school children
will flock to our school after today, next years and the years to
come because of the rapid population growth of Brgy. Cabibihan”.
Children of the recipients
of the on-going housing projects of the National Housing Authority (NHA)
in Brgy. Cabibihan is anticipated to flock because of the
geographical location of the school.
The new school building
with two classrooms and adjoining toilets are to be occupied by
Kindergarten and Grade 3 pupils. This building is designed to
provide the pupils a well ventilated, reliable and disaster
resilient school buildings.
erected in Caglanipao, Cagmanipis
CHENZI MAY D. UY
February 20, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways Samar First District
Engineering Office (SFDEO) has completed the construction of
concrete catchwalls along national road of Barangay Cagmanipis and
Barangay Caglanipao Sur in Tinambacan District.
The P100-M project was
initiated in June 1, 2018, spanning a net length of 463.7 meters.
Project Engineer Alfredo
C. Monsanto, Jr. explained that these areas are prone to landslide
due to their unstable mountainous profile. “There is always a
possibility for rockfalls and landslides to occur when there is a
weather disturbance,” he said.
In fact, in July 2017, the
Calbayog-Allen road lanes traversing Caglanipao were closed due to
landslide caused by incessant rains from Tropical Depression Gorio.
The event resulted in P10-M damages and major inconvenience to
hundreds of commuters. Approximately 138-meters of road area was
covered with 15,000 cubic meters of soil and debris. Yet another
landslide occurred in the area when tropical storm Salome hit Samar
in November 2017.
A rockslide in Cagmanipis
Sur was also recorded during the tropical storm Urduja in December
These national roads carry
heavy traffic on a daily basis, so slope protection is a must for
ensuring the safety of the travelling public.
Catchwalls are designed to
arrest errant boulders that have broken off from the rock outcrop as
well as prevent loose soil from spilling over onto the roads. These
structures are essential to successfully building a safe and
all-weather road not just for the travellers but for the local
community as well.