fishery production in Eastern Visayas up by 12.1%
September 27, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
fishing industry in Eastern Visayas expanded as the region’s total
fishery production went up to 30,408 metric tons (MT) during the
second quarter in 2019 from 27,124 MT in the same quarter in 2018,
posting an increase by 12.1 percent.
In the second quarter of
2019, Eastern Visayas ranked fifth among the regions with low
fishery production in the country with 2.7 percent contribution to
the country’s total fishery production.
Among provinces, Samar
recorded the highest volume of fishery production at 9,376 MT,
comprising 30.8 percent of the total fishery production in the
region. Leyte ranked second at 6,442 MT, accounting for 21.2 percent
of the region’s total fish production. Southern Leyte, meanwhile,
had the lowest volume of production at 1,659 MT, which only
comprised 5.5 percent of the total fishery production.
Volume of production in
commercial fishing went up by 49.2 percent, from 2,833 MT in the
second quarter of 2018 to 4,227 MT in the same quarter of 2019. All
provinces registered increases in commercial fishing, except
Southern Leyte and Leyte posting a decline of 52.0 percent and 15.4
percent, respectively. Samar, meanwhile, registered the highest
volume of production in the second quarter of 2019 at 1,941 MT,
accounting for 45.9 percent of the total commercial fishery
production in the region.
Samar island dominated
(Eastern Samar, Samar and Northern Samar) the municipal fishery
(both marine and inland fishing) production in Eastern Visayas with
76.4 percent combined share to the total municipal fishery (both
marine and inland fishing) production in Eastern Visayas during the
second quarter of 2019. Biliran, meanwhile, registered the lowest
contribution with 6.3 percent share or 1,214 MT during the second
quarter of 2019.
The region’s total volume
of production in municipal fishing (both marine and inland fishing)
registered an increase by 6.2 percent, from 18,238 MT in the second
quarter of 2018 to 19,373 MT in the same quarter of 2019. All
provinces registered increases in municipal fishing, except Samar,
which recorded a slight decline of 1.2 percent. Northern Samar
recorded the highest increase by 16.4 percent, from 3,397 MT in the
second quarter of 2018 to 3,954 MT during the second quarter of
Volume of production in
aquaculture recorded an increase by 12.5 percent, from 6,052 MT in
the second quarter of 2018 to 6,808 MT in the same period of 2019.
All provinces registered increases in aquaculture, except Samar and
Northern Samar which recorded a decline in production by 19.4
percent and 5.7 percent, respectively.
Among provinces, Leyte
topped the production of aquaculture at 4,358 MT, comprising 64.0
percent of the total aquaculture production in the region. Samar
ranked second at 2,038 MT, accounting to 29.9 percent share of the
region’s total aquaculture production. Biliran, meanwhile,
registered the lowest contribution with 0.2 percent share or 11 MT
during the second quarter of 2019.
More than three fifths or
63.7 percent (19,373 MT) of the total fishery production in the
region constituted municipal fishing. Aquaculture contributed 22.4
percent (6,808 MT), while commercial fishing accounted for 13.9
percent (4,227 MT).
Quality Assurance Team from the DPWH Central Office
accompanied by Leyte II DEO engineers inspects ongoing
projects of Leyte second district.
Leyte infra works
DPWH 2nd LED
September 27, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
Ensuring progress in compliance and work quality, the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Quality Assurance Unit (QAU)
conducted a three-day assessment of projects in the second district
The QAU Team Engineers
Julius Gonzales, Krister Bill Umoso and Angela Kyra Porciuncula
spearheaded the inspection on September 23-25, 2019, as they were
assisted by the Leyte 2 project engineers.
District Engineer Gerald
Pacanan said that among the projects inspected were construction and
off-carriageway improvements along Jaro-Dagami-Burauen-La Paz road,
construction of flood mitigation structures along Binahaan river in
Pastrana, Leyte and along Daguitan Marabong river in Brgy. Batug,
Dulag, Leyte, construction of bridge in Brgy. Uyawan, Carigara,
Leyte, strengthening of Hibuga bridge along Mayorga-La Paz road, and
construction of multi-purpose building in Brgy. Sto. Niño, Capoocan,
“It is necessary that the
QAU is here with us to continuously monitor and assess the quality
of our projects implemented, as it shows the transparency of doing
our works in compliance with the design and standard specifications
of the department,” added Pacanan.
The QAU is a quarterly
assessment or quality audit of on-going and completed projects
undertaken by different district offices in order to check whether
all infrastructure projects are implemented in compliance to plans
and standard specifications.
12 new inspectors
to augment DOLE RO-8 workforce
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
September 26, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – As
addition to the workforce of DOLE Regional Office VIII, twelve (12)
new labor inspectors took their oath before Regional Director Yahya
A. Centi last September 18, 2019 at Costa Brava Hotel, San Jose,
Director Centi warmly
welcomed all the new inspectors and introduced them to the members
of the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council as the oath-taking
ceremony took place during the 1st TIPC Summit.
“As your Regional
Director, I’d like to welcome you to DOLE RO VIII. Your functions as
inspectors will be very crucial to this organization and I am hoping
that you will all do your best to assist us in meeting our targets
and objectives”, said Director Centi.
The new inspectors were
hired as contractual employees of the agency and are tasked to
conduct inspection on establishments in Eastern Visayas employing
foreign nationals as one of the President’s marching order to DOLE.
Among the new inspectors,
nine (9) were appointed as Labor and Employment Officer III (LEO
III) while the remaining three (3) as Labor and Employment Officer
II (LEO II).
In order to capacitate the
newly-hired inspectors to perform their assigned tasks and
responsibilities effectively, they all attended the “Two-Day Basic
Course for Labor Inspectors Assigned to Inspect Workplaces Employing
Foreign Nationals” held at Palm Grass, The Heritage Hotel, Cebu City
last 23-24 September 2019.
Labor Inspection is one of
DOLE’s flagship program which aims to further strengthen the
implementation of the visitorial and enforcement powers under the
Labor Code, as renumbered, towards securing a higher level of
compliance with labor laws and standards, and ensuring continuity
and sustainability of compliance at workplaces.
DAR-8 Regional Director Stephen Leonidas and Land Bank of
the Philippines-Agrarian Operation Center (LBP-AOC) Manager
Fiel Pedrosa sign a Memorandum of Agreement that would
hasten the processing of claim folders and eventually fast
track the distribution of lands under the Comprehensive
Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in Eastern Visayas. Others in
photo are, former DAR-8 Regional Director Sheila Enciso (2nd
from left) and LBP-AOC Agrarian Affairs Officer Elmo
Mangrobang (extreme left) also sign the documents as
witnesses. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)
DAR, LBP sign
agreement to fast track land distribution in EV
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
September 24, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Just few minutes after his installation as the new Regional Director
of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Eastern Visayas,
Stephen Leonidas entered an agreement with the Land Bank of the
Philippines (LBP) to hasten processing of claim folders leading to
the speedy distribution of landholdings throughout the region
covered under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
Leonidas, representing DAR
in Region-8, and Fiel Pedrosa, manager of the Land Bank of the
Philippines -Agrarian Operation Center (LBP-AOC), formally signed
the said agreement on September 3 this year at the Oriental Hotel
shortly after Leonida’s installation.
In the said document, it
is emphasized that in order not to delay the conduct of joint field
investigation by the two agencies, advance survey plan (AdSP) shall
no longer be accepted as basis in the request for the conduct of the
said activity but a duly approved survey plan (ASP).
Municipal Agrarian Reform
Program Officers (MARPOs) are directed to attach only approved
survey plan in submitting claim folders with request for joint field
Further, MARPOs are
likewise directed to finalize the identification of farmer
beneficiaries prior to the conduct of the joint field investigation,
while ARBs (agrarian reform beneficiaries) Oath, using CARPER LAD
Form No. 37, should be available during the conduct of said
It is also emphasized in
the agreement that LBP representatives will no longer interfere in
the determination of whether or not the landholding/s subject of
joint field investigation is/are covered by CARP, as well as in the
identification of farmer beneficiaries, for these fall under DAR’s
jurisdiction. LBP-AOC is confined only to land valuation.
In the event where the
land is eroded, affected by waterlogged, or traversed by a road, but
were not reflected in the approved survey plan, correction or
amendment of the survey plan will no longer be required, instead,
DAR’s geodetic engineers will ipso facto compute the affected area
and have them stipulated in the joint field inspection report to be
executed by the joint inspection team.
Furthermore, lands with 18
percent slope that are already developed and with history of
cultivation shall still be covered and documented.
Moreover, the two agencies
likewise agreed to consider for acquisition lands with 18 percent
slope though underdeveloped but with interested farmers who are
willing to make the land productive.
Meanwhile, survey teams of
the different DAR Provincial Offices are directed to submit
immediately the survey returns of landholdings scheduled for joint
field investigation from September 2019 to March 2020 to the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Land Management
Service (DENR-LMS) so these could be approved prior to the scheduled
Leonidas, disclosed that
these agreements were reached during the levelling off session with
the MARPOs in Region-8 on August 20 and 22 this year at the Hotel
Costa Brava in this city to thresh out issues that cause delay in
the issuance of Memo of Valuation (MOV) and/or Certificate of
Deposit (COD) by the LBP-AOC, and eventually fast track CARP
The signing of the
agreement was witnessed by the Assistant Regional Directors and
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officers (PARPOs) from DAR, Elmo
Mangrobang from the LBP-AOC, and Notary Public Atty. Christopher
Ryan Rosal who notarized the document.
DOLE RO-8 holds
first TIPC Summit
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
September 21, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. VIII held the
very first Tripartite Industrial Peace Council Summit on September
17-18, 2019 at Hotel Costa Brava, San Jose, this city.
The activity was aimed at
revitalizing and strengthening the Tripartite Industrial Peace
Councils in the region as a solid path for furtherance of tripartism
and social dialogue.
The tripartism summit was
attended by around one hundred fifty (150) participants who are
members of the RTIPC and Provincial TIPCs coming from the seven
field offices of the region, namely: North Leyte PTIPC, West Leyte
PTIPC, Southern Leyte PTIPC, Biliran PTIPC, Samar PTIPC, Eastern
Samar PTIPC and Northern Samar PTIPC.
DOLE RO-8 Director Yahya
A. Centi formally welcomed all the guests, speakers and participants
to the two-day summit with the theme, “Strengthening the Building
Blocks of Tripartism and Social Dialogue: A Key to Sustainable
"The DOLE Regional Office
No. 8 takes pride in being the host to the First TIPC Summit ever
held in Eastern Visayas. I really am so eager to have this gathering
come to reality considering the great role and contribution of TIPC
as an avenue in advancing tripartism and social dialogue in this
region. This is our commitment to put forward the progress of decent
work in a rapidly changing world”, said Director Centi.
Director Centi also
emphasized the significance of tripartite social dialogue in
providing crafting solutions to different labor and management
“TIPC underscores the
importance of tripartite social dialogue in forging solutions to
various labour and management issues and in fostering harmony in
workplaces. In our own experience and even in many other countries,
tripartite dialogues are proven to result to equitable
decision-making resulting to benefit of stakeholders”, Director
Present to grace the
occasion were Mr. Richard Ang, from the Office of the Presidential
Assistant for the Visayas and Honorable Leo Bahin from the City
Government of Tacloban who gave their messages of support to the
Different relevant topics
were presented by the invited resource persons coming from the
region and DOLE bureaus. During the first day, Atty. Miguel T. Tezon
discussed about “Tripartism and Social Dialogue: Workers’
Perspective” while Atty. Ryan D. Mancera tackled the same topic
focusing on the perspective of employers.
Atty. Tezon, who is also a
member of the RTIPC-Eastern Visayas gave the basics of tripartism
and social dialogue. He encouraged the TIPC members to be active in
the cause of putting labor and management in equality.
On the other hand, Atty.
Mancera as employer himself shared his personal experiences in
managing people well leading to good labor relations. He likewise
gave empowering pieces of advice and challenges.
“We would not have been
able to achieve these if we had not come together with the same
vision. That is the power of synergy. The theory of synergy is that
1+1=3. And that is the same synergy, the same power that I hope we
will gain from the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council”, said Atty.
Two other topics were
discussed during Day 1 – “Salient Features of Amended OSH Law”
delivered by Dr. Felix F. Labanda Jr. from the Bureau of Working
Conditions and “Social Dialogue: Labor Market Performance in Region
VIII” presented by Ms. Geselle Frances P, Zeta of the National
Economic Development Authority Regional Office VIII.
Highlights during the
first day of the summit were the presentation and ratification of
the Constitution and By-Laws of the RTIPC-EV and the unveiling of
the official RTIPC Seal. The seal consists of a symbolic icon to
institutionalize tripartism that represents
labor-management-government partnership in promoting higher value
levels of productivity and competitiveness, enabling healthy and
peaceful labor-management relations and ensuring compliance with
core labor standards.
On Day 2 of the summit,
two equally significant topics were likewise discussed. Atty. Maria
Consuelo S. Bacay, OIC-Director of Bureau of Labor Relations gave
the participants updates on BLR programs and services as well as the
Security of Tenure Bill. It was followed by a discussion on the
Republic Act No. 11210 or the Expanded Maternity Leave Act given by
Atty. Gerard Peter C. Mariano, Attorney III of the Bureau of Workers
with Special Concerns.
During the open forum, Ms.
Judith Buhay from the National Anti-Poverty Commission expressed
delight on the conduct of the summit and requested that it will be a
The first TIPC Summit was
concluded by a closing remarks delivered by Atty. Cecilio I. Baleña,
OIC-Assistant Regional Director. Atty. Baleña said that DOLE is
hoping for a stronger cooperation from both the labor and management
“With this summit we hope
that all of us, especially our partners in the labor and management
sectors will altogether work and do their part in the promotion of
tripartism and social dialogue”, said Atty. Baleña.
Dr. Catalino P. Dotollo Jr. and DoH Dr. Lelibeth Andrade
award a plaque and token to Felma Omalay of Salinas Foods
Inc., distributor of WYD Iodine Checker, for her
participation in the Asin Summit.
Need for WYD
Iodine Checker highlighted in Asin Summit
JACK C. GADAINGAN
September 21, 2019
PALO, Leyte – The
one-day “Asin Summit” on July 26, 2019 attended by primary health
/nutrition players in the region among them: municipal health
officers (MHOs), provincial, city and municipal nutrition action
officers (P/C/MNAOs), nutritionists/dieticians and rural sanitary
inspectors (RSI), and salt-traders and representatives from
government nutrition-partner agencies – particularly those
representing the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF),
highlighted the lack of a most important and needed apparatus in
successfully implementing the Asin Law – the WYD Iodine Checker!
Republic Act No. 8172 or
ASIN Law among others mandates: to the elimination of micronutrient
malnutrition, particularly iodine deficiency disorders; to ensure
that only iodized salt is available in the market for human and
animal consumption; to require salt producers/manufacturers,
importers, to iodize the salt they manufacture, produce, distribute,
trade and/or import; and require salt re-packers to repack and sell
only iodized salt.
It was gathered in the
region, that samples of Table Salt shipments gathered from the ports
of entry around Eastern Visayas – and those from the salt traders
are transported for checking of iodine content at the Department of
Science and Technology (DOST) Region 8, here and at the Food and
Drugs Administration (FDA) in Cebu City.
It was learned that prior
to Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2013, a WYD Iodine Checker
was provided to the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Port of
Tacloban, an RBATF member, for the instant checking of iodine
content of Table Salt shipments arriving on-the-spot.
Further that despite the
consistent discrepancy of 8-point on the analysis between the two
government laboratories on tests of samples from Tacloban Port with
the FDA Cebu results higher, still both results show that Table Salt
arriving in Eastern Visayas, is still very far shy of iodine
content, as required by law that is 30-70 ppm (parts per million).
A participant salt-trader
to the summit named Felma Omalay representing the Salinas Foods Inc., made a
power-point presentation on the “Importance of Iodized Salt.” She
claimed that Salinas launched the FIDEL program as a corporate
social responsibility with the Department of Health (DOH) in 1993
that calls for iodization of all salt in the market. Likewise, she
claims that their company is the sole distributor in the Philippines
of WYD Iodine Checker and its reagents, available at P50,000 only.
As it became apparent
there is need to organize or to reactivate the Provincial/City and
Municipality Bantay Asin Task Forces (P/C/MBATFs) as well, in order
that all points of importation or shipment-entry shall be
effectively and routinely monitored for the quality of salt
iodization – and to immediately take the suitable corrective action
when necessary, health and nutrition managers and local government
units (LGUs) in the region have to invest on a WYD Checker, for the
successful implementation of RA 8172 or Asin Law.
Foreign Minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson with Filipino
defenders and reps of Europe-based groups.
defenders, Europe-based rights groups meet Iceland foreign minister
September 21, 2019
QUEZON CITY –
Filipino human rights defenders and Europe-based groups supporting
rights issues in the Philippines met yesterday, September 20, 2019,
with Iceland Foreign Minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson in the capital
city of Reykjavik to discuss updates on the human rights situation
in the Philippines and to thank the Icelandic government for their
initiative to lead the adoption of the July 2019 UN Human Rights
Marissa Lazaro, mother of
a victim of extra-judicial killing and member of Rise Up for Life
and Rights, Karapatan Western Mindanao Chairperson Bishop Antonio
Ablon, Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, Fr. June Mark
Yanez of the European Network for Justice and Peace in the
Philippines (ENJPP), Fr. Herbert Fadriquela, Chaplain to the
Filipino Community Diocese of Leicester, Church of England, Bro. Jun
Santiago of Rise Up for Life and Rights, Dara Bascara of Campaign
for Human Rights in the Philippines, Fr. Salvador Telen, Vicar of St
Saviour Walthamstow, Seyra Rico of Nagkakaisang Pilipino sa Pransya
were among those who attended the meeting.
"It was effective to meet
this good group of human rights activists from the Philippines.
Particularly, I found it shocking to listen to Marissu Lazaro who
lost her son in 2017 in what the government has called a war on
drugs. Since then, Marissa has dedicated herself to the fight for
human rights and justice in the Philippines. I have long been
concerned with human rights and Iceland's participation in the
United Nations Human Rights Council has been particularly rewarding.
The meeting today convinced me even more that our work there is very
important,” said Iceland Foreign Minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson,
in a post on Facebook after the meeting (as translated).
Marissa Lazaro tearfully
narrated the details of the killing of her 20-year-old son and how
the authorities and Philippine legal institutions continue to fail
her in her quest for justice and closure.
Bishop Ablon and Palabay
gave testimonies on the worsening attacks against human rights
defenders in the Philippines, with the martial law declaration in
Mindanao and the de facto martial law situation in Negros, Southern
Tagalog and the whole country. Ablon stressed the need for
governments like Iceland to continue supporting human rights
concerns in the Philippines.
The said meeting came
after reports on Malacañang’s denial of a government memorandum
suspending negotiations, signing of loans & grants from countries
that backed the UNHRC resolution.
“Through these actions,
the Philippine government clearly do not intend to cooperate with
the UN HRC resolution. They refuse to take all necessary measures to
prevent EJKs and enforced disapearances, to carry out impartial
investigations and to hold perpetrators accountable. They refuse to
cooperate with human rights mechanisms of the UN. They refuse to
acknowledge the comprehensive report that will be undertaken by the
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Yet in full regalia of their
hypocrisy and opportunism, their representatives have recently
spoken before the HRC and used the platform to deflect
accountability and to heap reprisals on victims and human rights
defenders,” Palabay said.
“Such actions also reflect
the impact of such resolution on the Philippine government, however
way they want to spin it. Panelo’s denial on the existence of such
memo is merely another example of the kind of governance that has
translated to the Duterte government’s foreign policy - lie to death
and wriggle your way out if you get caught to evade scrutiny on
their commitments to international human rights norms and use the
empty excuse of sovereignty,” Palabay concluded.
contract of usufruct with Province of Leyte
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
September 20, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. VIII has
entered into contract of usufruct for a parcel of land owned by the
Provincial Government of Leyte on September 17, 2019 at the DOLE RO
VIII Training Center, this city.
Regional Director Yahya A.
Centi and Vice-Governor Carlo P. Loreto representing DOLE and the
Province of Leyte, respectively, signed the contract which
officially grants the former the right to use the land measuring
approximately 1,000 square meters located at Government Center,
Candahug, Palo, Leyte.
Director Centi in his
message expressed sincerest gratitude to the province for the
“In behalf of the entire
DOLE family, we would like to thank the Province of Leyte for this
act of generosity. This contract is a living testimony of how your
office has considered the cause of our department in providing labor
and employment services in Eastern Visayas”, said Director Centi.
In response, Vice-Governor
Loreto said that the Province is very supportive of the programs and
services of the department. He added that having a DOLE office in
Palo where most of the government agencies are located will benefit
“We in the Province of
Leyte are always looking after the good of our clients and
stakeholders. We recognize the contribution of DOLE in helping our
people in Leyte and this agreement will pave the way for our
constituents to benefit more from your programs and services”, said
The usufruct was granted
per request of DOLE RO VIII to use and occupy the property for the
operations of its North Leyte Field Office.
Based on the contract, the
term of usufruct will be for twenty-five (25) years commencing from
the signing of usufruct and renewable for another twenty-five (25)
The signing of the
contract was witnessed by the officials and employees of DOLE RO
Inflation rate in
Eastern Visayas slows down further to 0.6% in August 2019
September 19, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Inflation Rate (IR) in Eastern Visayas slowed down further to 0.6
percent in August 2019. This figure is 0.9 percentage point lower
compared with the 1.5 percent IR a month ago, and 5.5 percentage
points lower compared with the 6.1 percent IR recorded in the same
period last year.
The regional inflation
rate is 1.1 percentage points lower than the 1.7 percent national
average in August 2019.
The provinces of Eastern
Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar and Southern Leyte registered lower IRs
in August 2019 compared with their figures in the previous month.
Northern Samar recorded the biggest drop, from zero inflation rate
in July 2019 to 1.8 percent deflation in August 2019. On the other
hand, Biliran registered a 0.2 percentage point increase in IR, from
1.9 percent deflation in July 2019 to 1.7 percent deflation during
the reference month. Samar inched up by 0.1 percentage point, from
0.3 percent deflation a month ago to 0.2 percent deflation in August
2019. Among the provinces, Northern Samar posted the lowest 1.8
percent deflation. Leyte, meanwhile, recorded the highest IR during
the month in review at 2.3 percent (Table 1).
All commodity groups in
the region exhibited lower IR in August 2019 compared with their
rates in July 2019, except education, which had retained its
previous month’s rate of 5.3 percent. Recreation and culture
commodity group registered the biggest drop of 3.2 percentage
points, from 4.5 percent in July 2019 to 1.3 percent during the
month in review. This can be attributed to the huge decrease in the
index for recreational and cultural services.
Transport commodity group
eased down to 2.2 percent during the reference month from 3.3
percent in July 2019.
The heavily weighted food
and non-alcoholic beverages registered a deflation in August 2019 at
0.3 percent, a drop from its previous month’s rate of 0.7 percent.
Lower IRs were noted in all of the food items, except food products
not elsewhere classified, which registered a 0.2 percentage point
increase. Vegetables registered the highest decrease of 3.5
percentage points pushing its IR to 3.0 percent. Fruits and rice
indices continued to register deflations at 5.3 percent and 4.8
percent, respectively. Deflation was likewise noted in fish at 0.4
electricity, gas and other fuels commodity group slowed down
further, from 1.3 percent deflation in July 2019 to 2.0 percent
deflation in August 2019.
IR for furnishings,
household equipment and routine maintenance of the house commodity
group went down by 0.8 percentage point, pushing its IR to 5.9
percent during the month in review.
The rest of the commodity
groups registered decreases ranging from 0.1 percentage point to 0.5
The Purchasing Power of
Peso (PPP) of the region remained at P0.80 in August 2019. This PPP
implies that P100.00 in 2012 (base year) is worth P80.00 only in
Leyte posted a P0.01
increase in PPP compared with its figure in July 2019, while Eastern
Samar and Samar’s PPP weakened by P0.01. The rest of the provinces
sustained their PPP last month. Biliran recorded the strongest PPP
at P0.84. Southern Leyte and Leyte ranked second at P0.82, followed
by Eastern Samar at P0.78 and Northern Samar at P0.77. Samar posted
the weakest PPP at P0.76.