encounter CPP-NPA terrorists in Northern Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
May 7, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) was killed during an encounter
between the troops of 803rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade and the
Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in the evening of May 6, 2019 at
Brgy. Tagan-ayan, Las Navas, Northern Samar.
The Army troops received
reports about the presence of the CNTs in the said barangay as a
show of force to their illegal imposition of Permit-to-Campaign (PTC)
and Permit-to-Win (PTW) fees to local politicians. The government
troops responded and that resulted to an armed encounter with the
The firefight lasted for
about ten (10) minutes that resulted in one (1) enemy killed (body
count) and the recovery of one (1) Ingram M10A1 with nine (9) rounds
of ammunition and one homemade shotgun. There was no reported
casualty on the government side.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander, 8th Infantry Division and Joint Task Force STORM
commended the troops for their steadfast action and likewise
acknowledge the assistance of the residents for reporting the
presence of the armed CNTs.
In his statement, Maj.
Gen. Farnacio said that “Nakakalungkot isipin na isang kababayan
natin ang namatay dahil sa pagsama sa teroristang CPP-NPA. Sana
sumuko na lahat ang mga NPA para makakuha ng mga benepisyo galing sa
Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program o ECLIP at
magbagong buhay na.”
“Nakikiusap tayo sa ating
mga kababayan na ipagbigay-alam agad sa pinakamalapit na himpilan ng
kasundaluhan o kapulisan ang presensiya ng mga armadong grupo na
nanamantala at nagpapagamit sa mga pulitiko para manlamang at manalo
“Magtulungan at magkaisa
tayo upang maidaos natin ang halalan na ligtas at payapa,” Farnacio
DE Adongay on
planning and management on DPWH infrastructure projects
May 6, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
District Engineer (DE) David P. Adongay Jr. of Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) delivers a significant input on the topic:
Project Planning and Administrative Management during a
seminar-workshop at the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) -
Graduate School, Northern Samar at the UEP Plenary Hall on April 27,
DE Adongay, who earned a
degree in Master of Arts in Public Administration and a Doctor in
Public Administration on the said school was invited as one of the
resource speakers to impart his knowledge on the said topic.
The seminar-workshop was
participated by graduate students from classes of the Master in
Public Administration and Master in Management Major in Public
Management, in partnership with the Local Governance, Training and
Research Institute, and in collaboration with the Public
Administration Society and Community Development Society of the
College of Arts and Communication and the College of Engineering.
With the theme: Trends and
Updates in Project Planning and Management, Adongay highlighted his
talk on the planning and administrative management on DPWH
In his presentation as a
resource speaker, Adongay delved on four main characteristics of a
project which is the objective, time duration, budget and resources.
He also explained the 4Ms of a construction resources which is
money, manpower, materials and machine.
During his discussion,
Adongay emphasized the importance of the stakeholders especially the
end users or the beneficiaries during the conceptual design and
initiation of the project.
“By participation, they
develop a sense of ownership that they are part of the project, if
they are part of the project, they don’t want that the project will
fail,” said Adongay. With this, the DE is encouraging its
stakeholders to participate during the project’s conceptual design
and initiation stage.
Adongay also added that
the department has created an Infrastructure Monitoring Advisory
Group (IMAG), a committee composed of several discipline.
“These people can help us
in monitoring and resolving issues that affects the implementation
of the projects particularly on RROW and other issues concerning
project implementation,” said Adongay.
Aside from the IMAG,
Adongay informed that all projects implemented by the department is
reported through Project Contract and Management Application (PCMA),
this was delved by the DE during his discussion on the topic to the
“With PCMA, you cannot
report on-going or completed projects unless the information or data
together with the geo-tagged pictures are present,” he said.
“As ISO 9001:2015
Certified, all processes in the office are under Quality Management
System,” he added.
On receiving complaint,
the DE emphasized that the office adopts a client-focused center
service culture in dealing with its clients.
According to Adongay,
every time the office receives a communication complaint, it must be
answered or acted upon immediately.
During the open forum,
there were questions raised regarding the implementation of the
projects particularly on the quality, the budget, and the time
Adongay explained that on
the part of the DPWH-Biliran DEO, the office is very much concern on
the quality of infrastructure projects as well as the completion of
the projects on time and in accordance with the budget allocated for
the particular project.
The speech that DE Adongay
delivered incorporates the years of his education in the field of
engineering and public administration. In return, the participants
are very much grateful to be imparted with such experience that will
fuel their motivation to improve and succeed in their respective
walk-the-line inspection along major roads in Leyte 2
DPWH 2nd LED
April 29, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
In anticipation to the upcoming regular field inspection of the
Bureau of Maintenance (BOM), the Department of Public Works and
Highways (DPWH) Leyte second district engineering district initiated
a walk-the-line inspection along the national roads.
According to Gerald
Pacanan, DPWH Leyte 2 district head, it is important to conduct this
type of inspection to make sure that the maintenance works of the
district are in strict compliance to the standards and requirements
of the department.
During inspection, the
office has noted several road sections particularly in Dagami town
area affected by the excavation works and pavement breakings of a
water utility company.
Immediately, the district
has sent a notification to the utility provider for the restoration
of the said road portions as it may cause accidents and
inconvenience to the motorists.
“As the government’s top
agency in the maintenance of the national roads and bridges the
safety of the travelling public is our utmost concern. Likewise, if
these defects are not properly restored, it could affect the overall
performance rating of the district,” Pacanan said.
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 district’s performance.
“I have seen a
much-improved maintenance force in this district and I hope this
would reflect in our standing with the inspection of BOM,” said
BOM is primarily tasked
with the maintenance of the nation's public works and highways
facilities. Relative to this, it is engaged in the continuous
conduct of field inspections to effectively monitor maintenance
activities of the district engineering offices.
Leyte second district
engineering office is tasked to maintain 206 kilometers of national
road and 55 bridges.
DENR 8 and 8ID
renewed commitments on Environmental Protection and Livelihood
By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 27, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The officers of 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division,
Philippine Army led by its Commander, Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio had
a dialogue with the officials of the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Office 8 led by Atty. Crizaldy M.
Barcelo, CESO III, Regional Executive Director on April 25, 2019 at
Headquarters, 8ID and renewed commitments on mutual support towards
Environmental Protection and Livelihood Enhancement of the
communities in the region.
During the discussion,
joint endeavors have been agreed upon, involving the local
communities in the National Greening Program and in the protection
and preservation of the environment to sustain ecological balance
and biodiversity. These could be conducted through the
Community-Based Forest Management scheme involving the residents of
the mountainous areas in the protection and preservation of natural
parks, reforestation of denuded areas and promotion of eco-tourism.
It can be recalled that
during the 30th Founding Anniversary of the Stormtroopers Division,
Secretary Roy A. Cimatu of DENR recognized the contribution of 8ID
in the Environmental Protection of the region being one of the
deputized agencies of the government.
Atty. Barcelo expressed
his gratitude to 8ID for hosting the dialogue as a manifestation
good working relationship between said government agencies as a
showcase whole of the government approach in the pursuit of peace
In his response, Maj. Gen.
Raul M. Farnacio, who is also the Commander of Joint Task Force
“STORM” said that “gusto lang naming tumulong na maipaabot ang
kaukulang mga programa at mga proyekto ng gobyerno sa mga malalayong
barangays na nangangailangan para ma-empower ang mga opisyales at
economy expands by 5.9% in 2018
April 25, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
economy of Eastern Visayas expanded by 5.9 percent in 2018 as
compared with the 1.8 percent growth in 2017. Top three (3)
industries that contributed to the growth were Construction, by 1.8
percentage points; Other Services, by 1.4 percentage points; and
Transportation, Storage and Communication by 1.0 percentage point.
Services accelerated to
10.5 percent in 2018 from 6.2 percent in 2017. All the
sub-industries grew faster: Transportation, Storage and
Communication grew by 9.6 percent from 2.3 percent; Trade and Repair
of Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, Personal and Household Goods grew by
7.4 percent from 4.8 percent; Financial Intermediation went up by
10.8 percent from 10.3 percent, and Real Estate, Renting and
Business Activities grew by 6.3 percent from 6.2 percent. Public
Administration and Defense; Compulsory Social Security expanded by
14.2 percent from 7.7 percent and Other Services accelerated to 13.0
percent from 8.4 percent.
Industry rebounded from
1.8 percent contraction in 2017 to 3.5 percent growth in 2018.
Industries that recovered from contractions were: Mining and
Quarrying, which grew by 84.7 percent; Construction, 17.4 percent;
and Electricity, Gas and Water Supply, 6.3 percent. Meanwhile,
Manufacturing declined by 5.7 percent from the 13.3 percent growth
Forestry and Fishing (AHFF) declined by 0.5 percent in 2018 from the
0.1 percent growth in 2017. Agriculture and Forestry slowed down to
1.1 percent from the 2.8 percent growth in 2017. Meanwhile, Fishing
continued to decline by 7.4 percent, although at a slower rate than
the 10.1 percent contraction in 2017.
Services and Industry
shared the bulk of the region’s economy at 44.4 percent and 41.6
percent, respectively. AHFF had a share of 14.0 percent.
Among the three (3) major
industries, Services contributed most to the region’s overall growth
rate at 4.5 percentage points, followed by Industry at 1.5
percentage points. AHFF pulled down the region’s growth by 0.1
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countryside growth with Negosyo Centers
April 24, 2019
MAKATI CITY – The
Negosyo Center Program continues to serve as the gateway to ease of
doing business and countryside development, as it conveys its
services to more local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)
through its over a thousand Centers in the country.
For the first quarter of
2019, 1,068 Negosyo Centers have already been established
nationwide, supplemented by the 16 Centers established in the
Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) since 2017.
These Centers are situated in locations convenient for MSMEs and
other clients, in which, 964 of these Centers are located at local
government units (LGUs), 81 are situated in Department of Trade and
Industry (DTI) Regional Offices, 12 in the academe, 7 in malls, and
4 at non-government organizations (NGOs). 821 or around 77% of the
Centers were established under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s term.
This supports the mandate of the President to sustain and develop
the MSME sector.
For the year 2019 onward,
the Department aims to focus more on the enhancement of services
provided by the Negosyo Centers. This shift in focus is to
complement the continuous establishment of more Centers in the
country and the increasing number of clients being served.
Services offered by the
The prime directive of the
Negosyo Centers is to provide and facilitate access to various
business development services for the MSMEs. Branched into three
core components, the services being offered by Negosyo Centers
entail Business Advisory, Business Registration Assistance, and
Business Information and Advocacy.
Negosyo Centers provide
potential and existing MSMEs with business advisory services that
will cater their different needs through one on one consultation,
focus group discussion and coaching and mentoring. Through the
Business Registration Assistance, the Business Counsellors
facilitate processing and documentation of necessary paper
requirements such as the Business Name Registration. Complementing
these, the Centers conduct trainings, seminars and dialogues to
increase the MSMEs productivity and efficiency.
Negosyo Centers Business
Counsellors, also serve as catalyst to other MSME-serving programs
of the Department such as the Kapatid Mentor ME Program or KMME,
Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3), Shared Services Facilities (SSF),
and OTOP Next Gen Project, among others.
Since the implementation
of the program in 2014, with five pioneering Centers in the country,
the number of MSMEs assisted ballooned over the years. In 2013,
70,647 MSME clients were assisted by the different existing programs
of DTI. Fast forward to 2018, and since the program started in 2014,
the figures multiplied several times, reaching a 1,141% percentage
increase in MSMEs assisted. Based on the accumulated data from the
Performance Governance System (PGS) and the Negosyo Center
Monitoring System (NCMS), MSMEs assisted from 2013 to 2018 grew to
1,694,875 or a 2,299% increase.
Impact of Negosyo Centers
Regional Operations Group Zenaida Cuison-Maglaya reiterated the
importance of Negosyo Centers in the development of the MSME sector
in the Philippines, saying that in the past, DTI has only reached 81
provinces, but the over a thousand Negosyo Centers to date, made it
possible to reach more people.
The establishment of more
Negosyo Centers serves as a way of empowering MSMEs, generating more
jobs and livelihood opportunities for every Filipino, which is vital
in the Administration’s fight against poverty. DTI moreover, has a
holistic list of programs aimed to assist the needs of the MSMEs, in
terms of marketing, product development, finance, etc. These
programs continuously sustain the development of the MSME sector and
to connect them to ASEAN countries and the world.
Sugar supply and
prices not covered by DTI
April 24, 2019
MAKATI CITY – Trade
Secretary Ramon M. Lopez clarifies that, “Much as we would want to
manage the supply and regulate the price of sugar to ensure its
availability and affordability to consumers, the law does not
authorize DTI to perform such function. Sugar is a basic commodity
under the responsibility and jurisdiction of the Department of
Under the Price Act
(Republic Act No. 7581), sugar is a basic good under the
jurisdiction of the DA. Monitoring and ensuring the affordability of
sugar, and issuance of warnings thereof, all fall within the
jurisdiction of said department.
a whole-of-government approach, DTI has made arrangement to help the
DA in the monitoring of the retail markets and refer to DA
violations and adverse findings.
This pronouncement comes
after a statement made by some Board Members of the Sugar Regulatory
Administration (SRA) to the media that the DTI is not doing its job
in monitoring sugar and ensuring that its price is not manipulated
by retailers and wholesalers.
“We would like to clear
once and for all that the DTI can regulate the retail price of sugar
in the market only if we are given authority to do so by the DA or
the SRA. Without this authority, DTI can only monitor its supply and
availability. The SRA, as an agency directly supervised by the
agriculture department, should know this very well. We thus strongly
advise them to take caution in making pronouncements and ensure its
accuracy. We assure the consumers that our agency remains faithful
to our true mandate. We have success in managing prices for
manufactured products that are in the list of basic necessities and
prime commodities, even during the inflationary months last year,
because these are under the mandate of DTI,” says Secretary Lopez.
Nevertheless, the DTI has
been assisting the DA in its price monitoring activities for sugar
and other basic agricultural products following the directive of
President Duterte in August of last year. As a matter of fact, DTI
had already made a recommendation to the DA and the SRA as early as
July 2018 to impose a suggested retail price on refined sugar at
Meanwhile, the DTI
initiated the Presyong Risonable Program (PRD) in August last year,
enabling retailers to directly import sugar and sell these to
consumers at prices not higher than P45.00 and P50.00 per kilo for
brown and white sugar, respectively.
reasonably-priced sugar variants are sold at Robinson’s Supermarket
and SM Supermarket branches nationwide. Puregold, meanwhile, is in
the process of sourcing sugar for its house brand that will be made
available to consumers at P50/kilo very soon.
To date, the SRA has not
yet issued a suggested retail price on sugar but despite this, DTI
continues to monitor this product and issues Letters of Inquiry to
retailers found to be selling sugar at an enormous price higher than
P50.00 to find out the trading layers and hope to minimize them.
“With offices and monitors
stationed in all regions and provinces of the country, the DTI is
highly capable and equipped in the area of price monitoring. Due to
the volatility of prices of agricultural goods, it is necessary for
the government to do a close watch on this. The DTI is most willing
to complement DA´s manpower to include monitoring of sugar among the
products under our mandate, as we have already included chicken and
other agricultural products, all for the protection of our
consumers,” says DTI-Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary
Atty. Ruth B. Castelo.
6 soldiers paid
the ultimate sacrifice for peace in Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
April 23, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Community Support Program (CSP) team from 46th
Infantry (Peacemaker) Battalion, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers)
Division, Philippine Army encountered CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) at
Brgy. Beri, Calbiga, Samar on April 23, 2019 at 2:45 a.m.
Based on the initial
report from Lt. Col. Noel A. Cagasan, Commanding Officer of 46IB, his
troops were conducting security patrol at the said vicinity to check
the presence of CNTs conducting extortion at the adjacent barangay
when they encountered undetermined numbers of CNTs.
Six government soldiers
showed heroism by paying ultimate sacrifice by offering their lives
in the name of service and welfare of the Samareños. Six (6)
soldiers are also wounded. There were undetermined number of wounded
on the enemy side as indicated by blood stains along the way of
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander, Joint Task Force “STORM” directed a pursuit operation
against the fleeing CNTs and acknowledge the civilians for providing
the information on the presence and activities of the CNTs.
In his statement, Maj.
Gen. Farnacio said that “I convey my deepest condolences to the
families, relatives, friends, and loved ones to our unsung heroes
who paid the ultimate supreme sacrifice for peace and development in
Eastern Visayas.” The command ensures that the necessary assistance
and benefits will be given to them.
“Itong pangyayaring ito ay
hindi makakahadlang at hindi magiging rason para ihinto ng inyong
kasundaluhan bagkus lalo pa nating paiigtingin at pag-iigihan ang
pagseserbisyo sa ating mga mahal na kababayang Samareño.”
“Hindi natin sila
tatantanan, hindi natin hahayaan na mabalewala ang mga sugat at mga
buhay na nasakripisyo ng ating mga magigiting na sundalo. Para sa
bayan at sa ating mga kababayan,” Farnacio added.
flight attendants’ union pushes for agreement with management
April 20, 2019
QUEZON CITY –
Millennial Cebu Pacific airline cabin crew and flight attendants are
now preparing for the terms and conditions that they are going to
negotiate with the management following a landslide ‘yes to union’
ballot turnout Tuesday, April 16th.
Promising Cebu Pacific Air
Inc. cabin crews and flight attendants union the Juan Wing Regular
Cabin Crews of the Philippines voted for the Associated Labor Unions
(ALU), the country’s biggest labor federation, as their sole and
exclusive bargaining agent at the turnout of ballot count Tuesday,
April 16, upon supervision by the Department of Labor and Employment
Final tally showed that
out of the 1,135 crews and attendants who cast their votes, 1,124
employees voted ‘yes to union’, 3 voted ‘no’ while 8 ballots were
declared by DOLE as spoiled. Overseen by DOLE regional officers, the
elections among the employees were held on April 1 to 5 at Manila,
Cebu, Clark and Iloilo airport terminals.
“With this certification,
the next procedure is for members of the union to discuss among
themselves what are the terms agreements of security of tenure,
wages and benefits etc. that they intend to offer and negotiate with
Cebu Pacific Air Inc. Management,” said Raymond Mendoza, President
of the country’s biggest workers’ group the Trade Union Congress of
the Philippines (TUCP).
“The union will negotiate
for better wages and benefits, better working conditions, and better
terms under the existing labor policies and regulations to improve
co-employees synergy and improve working climate that would benefit
the interest of both the union members and the management,” Mendoza
Aside from this, other
possible areas for negotiation between union and management are the
responsibilities of the parties, hours of work, leave benefits,
health and dental benefits, incentives, and other forms of benefits
such professional development benefits, and promotion of industrial
Mendoza said the
aspiration of the cabin crews and flight attendants to form a union
went through the legal step by step process mandated by the Labor
Code and other labor regulations.
"The TUCP family of labor
federations congratulates all members of the Juan Wing for
sustaining their united struggle to form a union and for recognizing
the TUCP's biggest affiliate ALU as their sole and exclusive
bargaining agent. These Juan Wing members possessed a unique brand
of principled young unionism and are professional, intelligent and
diligent workers eager to make a difference in their career and for
the company – a clear asset to the management of Cebu Pacific Air
Inc. and a very welcome addition to the labor movement," said
For his part, ALU National
executive Vice President Gerard Seno said they were overwhelmed by
the strong determination of the young workers to form a union in
this day and age when unionism is a hard sell.
“Congratulations to all
Juan Wing Regular Cabin Crews of the Philippines-ALU! With the
overwhelming 'yes to union' turnout today, each one of you have just
demonstrated to the world – with boldness – how determined all of
you to come together in achieving and creating genuine power for
Juan Wing,” Seno said.
“This unique brand of
unity that young workers from Juan Wing expressed together is a
timely infusion of a much needed young unionists to the larger
struggle of the Philippine labor movement to be relevant amid
globalization and the rampant incidence of modern-day abuse and
slavery among Filipino workers,” Seno said.
Meanwhile, ALU National
President Michael Mendoza said: “this resplendent 'yes to union'
victory that happened is also one of the beautiful gifts to happen
to Juan Wing mother labor federation, the country's biggest labor
unions the ALU as it renews its vows in being the forefront in
promoting and advancing the workers’ rights and welfare in
celebrating its 65 years founding anniversary on April 17th.”
Mendoza also said the ALU
hopes that the unionization of Cebu Pacific cabin crews and flight
attendants would embolden other young working people to organize and
protect themselves in the face of additional and emerging forms of
challenges in the world of work such as artificial intelligence,
work from home and telecommuting scheme and freelancing.
“This rare display of
young generation power coming together to create bigger power must
be sustained and nurtured by Juan Wing as they strive on to the
various challenges of achieving its full realization as a union. We
will do our part for Juan Wing to grow and impact other young
workers to organize as a union,” Mendoza said.
With the affiliation of
Juan Wing union into its fold, the ALU bolstered its position as the
biggest labor federation in the country by managing a diverse range
of local unions and collective bargaining agreements in air, land
and sea transport sector, banking, mining, garment, electronics,
hotel and restaurant, construction, media, logistics, food and
condiments, tobacco, banana, and pineapple.