terrorist-tagging of people’s orgs to EU, calls for international
April 1, 2019
QUEZON CITY – The
Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) called the Duterte government
‘anti-democracy’ after it again wrongly accused several
organizations as fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines
and the New People’s Army (NPA) before the European Union (EU). The
teachers’ federation called for support from the international
community amid state attacks against people’s democratic rights.
“This is part of the
militaristic Duterte regime’s bogus counterinsurgency program, which
in reality is a crackdown and vilification campaign against groups
critical of its anti-people and fascist policies. But the Filipino
people know best our record of genuine public service and unwavering
dedication to democracy, peace, and justice,” says ACT National
Chairperson Joselyn Martinez.
The teachers’ federation
says that this desperate and failed attempt by the administration to
discredit ACT and other organizations among its members, partners,
and the public at large. They further asserted that the state will
be held accountable for its irresponsible slandering and baseless
accusations of legal and legitimate organizations.
Martinez also pointed out
the irony in the government’s claim that there is no human rights
crisis in the Philippines but carries out a crusade to impede the
international community from assisting local peoples’ organizations
efforts to better the lives of the people. These efforts, added
Martinez, should be encouraged by a government known to fall short
on its duty to the people, such as the provision of free, quality,
and accessible social services, among others.
“The very move to brand us
as CPP-NPA fronts in their recent visit and correspondence with EU
is testament to the persecution suffered by people’s organizations
who forward just demands to the government, which adds to their
growing and intensifying attacks in the form of imprisonment and
downright killing of farmers, unionists, and ‘drug suspects’,” added
ACT, however, asserts that
the Filipino people continues to fight amid worsening political and
economic crisis in the country. The group urged the global community
to side with genuine representatives of the sovereign Philippines
and not with the repressive Duterte government.
“The Filipino people is
steadfast in its commitment to resist the increasingly fascist and
tyrannical Duterte regime, and we call on all democracy-loving
citizens of the world to join our struggle for the upholding of
human rights, peace, and democracy in the Philippines,” called
challenges gov’t anew: Do not block UN and ICC efforts to
March 30, 2019
QUEZON CITY – “Amid
the false and malicious accusations hurled against organizations
like Karapatan, we have been openly addressing these issues as we
ask for dialogues with the European Union and other governments to
directly talk to us.
We are confident that
these red-tagging schemes, taken to the international arena by a
government who wishes to discredit us, will be sufficiently refuted
by years of our human rights advocacy for marginalized communities.
We echo the same challenge to the Duterte government and its rabid
gang of militarists: If indeed human rights organizations are merely
spouting lies to defame the government, then do not block efforts by
the International Criminal Court (ICC) and United Nations
Independent Experts to investigate these human rights violations
that we have reported and exposed,” said Karapatan Secretary General
Karapatan made the
challenge to the Duterte government after a delegation called the
National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF) made
rounds in diplomatic missions in Europe, maliciously red-tagging
several organizations. On March 29, the government has made moves to
formally ask the European Union and the Belgian government to stop
funding organizations which they allege are fronts of the Communist
Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
“It is clear to us why
there are very persistent efforts to undermine our work and
discredit our organization. We are being singled-out, harassed, and
our work criminalized because of our advocacy to continuously expose
human rights violations and initiate efforts and campaigns to hold
the Philippine government accountable as the primary duty-bearer of
human rights promotion and defense.
Instead of directly
addressing the issue, the Duterte government and the NTF plan to
resolve the matter by simply maligning organizations who refuse to
be mouthpieces of this government. Their plan is to harass every
critic, call them terrorists, communists and enemies of the State,
incite violence against them, move to defund their organizations,
and ultimately silence those who challenge their narrative,” added
Palabay further assailed
the government for flagrant hypocrisy, telling critics that they
have nothing to fear if they have done nothing wrong, while also
withdrawing from the Rome Statute and blasting any attempts at
investigating allegations against the administration. “We echo the
bold statement of this government, and hurl it right back at them.
If you have done nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear. We repeat
our call for the Duterte government to welcome national and
international investigations on alleged human rights violations in
line with the war on drugs and the government’s counterinsurgency
program,” she emphasized.
The Karapatan official
said that “despite the threats and continuous red-tagging, human
rights defenders are here to stay and confront these desperate lies
against us, unlike this cowardly government.” She dared the Duterte
government to issue official invitations to UN independent experts
who have long-standing requests to visit the country, including UN
Special Rapporteurs Agnes Callamard, Michel Forst and Victoria
“The NTF and the Duterte
government are now seeking to defund us by promoting smear campaigns
and parading lies. We reiterate that the human rights violations we
have raised are based on actual reports from communities, leaders,
sectors, and human rights workers on the ground. We likewise call on
the EU and other governments to also review the funding that they
give to the PH government and its arms deals with the Armed Forces
of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, as these
maybe used to fund State terrorism and kill more Filipinos in line
with Duterte’s war on drugs and counter-insurgency program. We
enjoin the Filipino people to demand accountability with regard to
our taxes amid the corruption, ballooning debt, and human rights
atrocities being committed by this regime,” Palabay concluded.
DPWH adds new
classrooms in Burauen, Leyte school
DPWH 2nd LED
March 29, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
Eight new classrooms were recently completed in Burauen
Comprehensive National High School, Burauen, Leyte, the Department
of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte Second district
engineering office reported.
The district and the
Department of Education (DepEd) allocated P17.59 million for the
construction of this one unit eight-classroom two-storey school
According to Gerald A.
Pacanan, DPWH Leyte district engineer, school building projects are
one of the top priorities of the department as it aims to catch-up
the demand of more learning facilities with the implementation of
“This is part of the
government efforts to improve the quality of education in the
country by providing conducive learning environment for students,”
He highlighted the
increasing number of population in schools particularly in the
secondary level, prompting the government to allocate more funds for
Overall, the district is
tasked to implement a total of 25 school building projects amounting
to P368 million funded under the DepEd Basic Educational Facilities
Fund for 2018.
DPWH and COA tie
up to oversee infra projects
DPWH 2nd LED
March 29, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
Directing to a transparent implementation of infrastructure
projects, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte
Second District Engineering Office fortified relationship with the
Commission on Audit (COA).
According to District
Engineer Gerald Pacanan, auditors would now join the inspectorate
team in the regular inspection of the district’s infrastructure
“With the help of COA, we
would be able to expedite and enrich the quality of our projects
through their recommendations for more efficient and effective
operations,” Pacanan said.
It is the primary function
of COA to examine, audit and settle all accounts and expenditures of
the funds and properties of the Philippine government.
Pacanan added that the
department is closely monitoring the infrastructure programs of the
government as per mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte to expedite
the implementation of DPWH projects.
To quote Duterte’s
statement, “As an important part of the Build, Build, Build Program,
I expect you to fast track the implementation of all infrastructure
projects already in the pipeline”.
Since Pacanan’s post, key
officials of the district engineering office are conducting weekly
regular inspection in order to ensure that plans and specifications
are adhered in the implementation of projects.
The two agencies are
working closely together to come up with accurate and competent
standards of projects for a more efficient government service.
their 50th anniversary in Samar with a big loss
DPAO, 8ID PA
March 28, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Municipal Police Station (MPS) of Victoria in
Northern Samar successfully repelled an attack staged by more or
less 50 CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) on board two trucks at around 3:
50 a.m. today, March 28, 2019.
This resulted in three (3)
CNTs killed (body count), three (3) CNTs captured, and the recovery
of one (1) M60 machine gun, two (2) M16 rifles, and one (1) M14
rifle. Two (2) PNP personnel were reported slightly wounded during
the said incident.
Further, a passing
motorist on board a black Toyota Vios was also fired upon on the
road blockade set-up by the CNTs wounding a certain Mariquel
Sanchez, 52, Shai Sanchez, 17, Welta Tejero, 74, and Samuel Elustre,
52. They were immediately brought to the nearest hospital for
In his statement, Maj.
Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Commander, Joint Task Force “STORM” said that
“due to the close coordination between the Police Regional Office 8
and 8ID and with the help of civilian informants, the Victoria MPS
has prepared during the time of attack and on a heightened alert.”
“The 8ID strongly condemns
the attack on the innocent civilians perpetrated by the CNTs in
Victoria, Northern Samar. This only manifests that the CNTs are not
pro-people since they are not concerned about the people’s welfare
and safety,” Farnacio added.
He was thankful to the
local populace for giving timely and accurate information in helping
the government forces fight against the CNTs. Likewise, the
Commander, 8ID lauded the personnel of Victoria MPS for successfully
defending their station with reinforcements from the 43rd Infantry
(We Search) Battalion.
DPWH builds slope
protection along landslide prone highway in Leyte
DPWH Leyte 2nd LED
March 28, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
The Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) has completed the
P49 million slope protection project along a landslide prone road
section in Lemon village, Capoocan, Leyte.
The concrete wall
protecting the national highway from landslide covers a total length
of 350 meters and a height of 8 meters. The department also
rehabilitated the canal along this structure.
According to Gerald
Pacanan, DPWH Leyte 2 district engineer, this section along Palo-Carigara-Ormoc
road accommodates a huge number of motorists and travelling public
everyday as it connects to major cities in the province.
“This will prevent major
soil erosions that could endanger the properties and lives of the
people utilizing the highway,” he added.
The permanent concrete
structure will provide slope stability, thus avoiding abrupt
collapse of weakened slope brought upon by heavy downpour and
natural ground movement.
In December 2017, one lane
of this particular road section was left impassable to traffic due
to a landslide and after a portion of the road collapsed during the
onslaught of Tropical Storm Urduja.
“In the recent years, the
country has experienced series of strong typhoons and earthquakes
that have caused major damages and casualties. That is why the
department continuously implements quality infrastructure projects
that could safeguard the life of every Filipino,” said Pacanan.
In Leyte 2, Capoocan is
among the high-risk towns susceptible to landslides, along with some
inland villages in Burauen, La Paz, and Mac Arthur based on the
geohazard assessment conducted by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.
maintenance works in Leyte
DPWH Leyte 2nd LED
March 28, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte Second
district engineering office intensifies maintenance works as it aims
to improve overall road performance rating.
In a recent visit, DPWH
Region VIII director Nerie Bueno commended the district for the
clean road sides and carriageway along the national highway and
noticed a major improvement compared to her previous inspection.
According to district
engineer Gerald Pacanan, this is a manifestation of the
much-improved maintenance force, as seen in their works and
It can be noted that upon
his assignment as the new district engineer of Leyte 2, he initiated
a dialogue with the maintenance point persons and field workers,
seeking their full cooperation and commitment to improve the
Maintenance section chief
Francisco Robin, Jr. expressed his commitment to efficiently
supervise the maintenance works of the district and keep up with the
targets through strict and outright compliance to the standards and
requirements of DPWH.
During the coordination
meeting with public utility companies on March 6 this year, Robin
appealed to the utility providers to do their part in maintaining
their distribution lines as the district is the one being
He suggested to the
electric cooperatives to provide permanent support structure to
their sagging transmission lines in some road sections.
instructed all the employees of the district traversing the national
highway under its area of jurisdiction, to note observations on road
defects such as potholes, alligator cracks, major scaling, shoving
and corrugation, pumping and depression, faded road markings,
inverted shoulder, lush vegetation, clogged drains, and open
He added that this is
important for the maintenance workers so that they could immediately
take appropriate actions on restoring these defects.
“The works of our
maintenance people mark the impression of our office. Let us sustain
our momentum and work hand in hand to attain our goals,” he
Leyte second district
engineering office is tasked to maintain 206 kilometers of national
road and 55 bridges.
L-R: Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip, CARD
MRI Managing Director Flordeliza L. Sarmiento, Dungganon
Bank, Inc. President Corazon Henares, ASA Philippines Senior
Director Maria Regina Pacifico, and Taytay sa Kauswagan (TSKI)
Chairman Angel de Leon, Jr.
CARD MRI joins
the 2019 Social Business Youth Summit
March 26, 2019
SAN PABLO CITY –
CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI), led by its
founder Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip joined by its key leaders and
CARD-MRI Development Institute Students, participated in the 2019
Social Business Youth Summit on March 23, 2019 at the De La
Salle-College of St. Benilde, Manila.
Dr. Alip opened the
breakout session entitled Microfinance Forum. He shared the
contribution of MFIs in the fight against poverty in the
institutions, we are tasked to ensure that more Filipinos have
access to financial services. One Filipino family with access to
finance is one family moved out of the poverty line. This is our
duty to fulfill. This is our mandate as catalysts for social change
and our contribution to the eradication of poverty,” he said.
Nobel Peace Prize Awardee
– Professor Muhammad Yunus is the keynote speaker of the
Microfinance Forum. He said that in microfinance nobody should have
personal gain. As what he espouses in all his years of working in
micro credit and microfinance, the ultimate goal is zero poverty.
“Poverty should be in the museums,” he reiterated.
Speaking before Professor
Yunus are Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Managing Director Pia
Bernadette Roman Tayag and Microfinance Council of the Philippines
Chairperson Fr. Jose Victor Lobrigo both sharing the contribution of
MFIs in the country as it evolves.
Tayag said that BSP will
not stand in the way of MFIs to reach more poor Filipinos but
through proper governance and strict implementation of policies
adding that BSP will also enable technologies that will ensure its
Meanwhile, Fr. Lobrigo not
only highlighted the evolution of MFIs in the country but also
identified challenges it faces now and in the future especially the
smaller MFIs in the country.
One critical part of the
forum, with Dr. Alip as the discussion catalyst, is the panel
discussion on the integration of social business with MFI movement.
Panelists Professor Yunus,
CARD MRI Managing Director Flordeliza Sarmiento, Taytay sa Kauswagan
(TSKI) Chairman Angel de Leon, Jr., Dungganon Bank, Inc. President
Corazon Henares, and ASA Philippines Senior Director Maria Regina
Pacifico all shared that integration is possible since MFIs are
already doing social businesses within its institutions and through
the institutions it created.
Professor Yunus said that
the seven principles of social business must be implemented in the
way of doing business. He shared that in order to prevent one from
being greedy, a social business audit must be done regularly and
secure a social business certificate every year.
The 2019 SBYS, which is a
two-day event, is the leading youth forum where youth across borders
get the exclusive opportunity to learn from and interact with
experts in the field of social business.
About 400 delegates from
the Asia Pacific Region gathered for the said event. The said summit
also opened more doors for MFIs to be known as a tool for the
eradication of poverty in the country and how it integrates with
This is the 6th edition of
SBYS, which showed the continuous global commitment of the youth in
connecting with social business and in achieving the “Three Zeroes”
- Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions.
Perception of NMP
female trainees towards seafaring career evaluated
March 24, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – In
answer to the resounding call of the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) for empowering women in the maritime industry,
the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) being a gender and
development (GAD) advocate and a maritime training and research
institution, conducted in CY 2018 through its Maritime Research
Section (MRS) a research study entitled “Perception of NMP Female
Trainees towards the Seafaring Profession”.
The study aimed to
determine the attitudes and views of women, specifically NMP female
trainees who had already shipboard experience and those who are
planning to go on board, towards the seafaring career. Respondents
of the study were all NMP female trainees enrolled during the
data-gathering period, 16 July 2018 to 11 October 2018.
The research was conducted
to evaluate how NMP female trainees perceive the seafaring
profession. Specifically, it aims to: (a) determine the motivating
factors why women choose a seafaring career; (b) determine
problems/challenges encountered or most likely to be encountered
onboard; (c) determine the length of time women are willing to stay
on shipboard jobs; (d) determine the reasons why women tend to quit
their shipboard jobs; (e) determine other maritime-related
occupations which women are interested in; and (f) recommend
Findings of the said
research advocacy found venue through the conduct of Research Forum
on 14 March 2019 at Room 109, NMP Training Building, Cabalawan,
Tacloban City which was attended by forty-six (46)
“The international and
national maritime organizations had now recognized the potential and
balance that women can make in the maritime industry. In fact, the
International Maritime Organization (IMO) launched the World
Maritime Day Theme for the year 2019, putting great value to women
saying, “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.” Binibigyan
natin ng puwang sa maritime ang mga kababaihan dahilang pagsisilbi
ay talaga namang wala sa kasarian kundi nasa pusong handang
maglingkod para sa propesyong kanyang pinasukan”, said NMP Executive
Director, Joel B. Maglunsod in his Welcome Remarks.
Research proponent, Ms.
Karen C. Pailago presented the major findings of the study which
revealed that most of the respondents learned about seafaring from
their families (35.21%), school (25.35%) and friends (25.35%). Their
main motivation for pursuing a seafaring career were because of
their love for travel and/or adventure (39.44%) followed by the
prospect of a high salary/income (38.03%).
problems/challenges that they encountered or expect to encounter on
board would be accidents/accident risks (67.61%), sexual harassment
(63.38%) and discrimination (61.97%). Yet despite these
problems/challenges, more than half of them (53.52%) were willing to
stay in shipboard jobs for five (5) to ten (10) years. The top
reason why they would quit would be because of family (57.14%).
In addition, they were
aware of other maritime-related occupations and were mostly
interested in specifically two (2) of them, namely eco-tourism guide
and maritime professor/instructor.
In conclusion, NMP female
trainees view seafaring as a positively possible career where women
may be able to thrive in the future despite several challenges and
where certain gaps need to be addressed.
During the open forum some participants shared their thoughts about
“What male seafarers can
do, we can also do onboard. We have earned the acceptance of our
male co-workers that we are part of the crew. We wish that all male
seafarers will do the same for their co-workers who are women – to
embrace and accept us as part of your world”, OICNW Jascha Mae Roman
OICNW Serge Joseph
Navarroza also gave words of encouragement to all seafarers,
“Being a ratings is a
difficult job onboard the vessel. But we should not lose our guts
whenever we go onboard. We should aspire to become officers and not
be satisfied with just being ratings. If we become officers, the
work gets easier as it is mostly paperwork and the salary is higher.
We should not think negatively because negative minds will never
give us a positive life. So just work hard and let your success make
your noise” he disclosed.
NMP Deputy Executive
Director, Mayla N. Macadawan during her closing remarks emphasized
that men and women should complement one another.
“Women were created from
the rib of man to be beside him, not from his head to top him, nor
from his feet to be trampled by him, but from under his arm to be
protected by him, near to his heart to be loved by him”, she quoted.
Based on the evaluation
instrument gathered, 96% (44 out of 46) and 98% (45 out 46) rated
the research report and conduct of forum very satisfactory or
Seafaring profession was
well known as a male-dominated profession for centuries. The
acceptance of women onboard always being an issue, as they are
constantly being questioned whether the seafaring career fits women
However, there are still
women facing the wave of resistance. Women became more courageous,
determined and challenged to equal men in the seafaring profession
instead of being disappointed and discouraged to pursue the career.
In fact, from CY 2016-2018, NMP records showed that there were three
thousand four hundred fifty-two (3,452) female trainees who availed
of the different courses offered by NMP.
In its efforts to uphold
its mandate, 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 industry.
Those interested in NMP
research undertakings may visit the NMP website (www.nmp.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.
student with eye problem gets help from army dentists
DPAO, 8ID PA
March 23, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A total of 166 pupils coming from Palanog Resettlement
Elementary School, Brgy Palanog, Tacloban City availed free dental
services provided by the Pacific Partnership 2019 contingents last
March 13, 2019 at 09:00 A.M.
The 8ID Dental Team led by
Lt. Col. Ranulfo O. Espera, Commanding Officer of 1368th Dental
Detachment, Camp Lukban Station Hospital noticed that one of their
patients was wearing a broke pair of eyeglass. Without hesitation,
Lt. Col. Espera extended help to Micaella Silmar, 8 years old, a
grade 3 pupil from Palanog Resettlement Elementary School by
accompanying her to an ophthalmologist for check-up and after which
buy her new pair of eyeglasses.
Micaella had been using
her broken eyeglasses for more than a year, because her parents
can’t afford to buy her a new set of eyewear due to their meager
income. In spite of that predicament she has preserved in her
studies and is a consistent honor student at her school.
On her part, Micaella was
thankful to those who extend help to her “Daku an akon pasasalamat
nga nabalyu-an an akon daan nga salamin, ine in daku nga bulig ha
akon pag eskwela; An ira ginpakita nga pagbulig ha akon in magin usa
nga inspirasyon para ha amon nga mga kabataan.” (These new
eyeglasses will inspire me to study more in setting my sights in
life; their generous act in helping children like me will serve as
an inspiration to younger generation).
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander, Joint Task Force “STORM” lauded the compassionate act of
the said Officer. “The 8ID is pleased that we provided a little help
for Micaella for we know that this is a big comport on her part as
she continues her studies.”
“Truly, such generosity of
our soldier exemplifies our sacred oath to serve the people of
Eastern Visayas,” Farnacio added.