building turned over to San Policarpo National High School
CHENZI MAY D. UY
October 3, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY –
September 11 marked the official turn-over of the recently completed
two-storey, six-classroom school building to San Policarpo National
After a short blessing
ceremony, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Samar First
District Engineer Alvin Ignacio presented the ceremonial key which
was accepted by School Principal Milaner Oyo-a.
Following the minimum
performance standards and specifications (MPSS) prescribed by the
Department of Education, DPWH equipped the school building with a
fire alarm system, automatic water sprinklers, fire escape, PWD ramp
access, and sanitary restrooms. A roof-mount twin water storage tank
was also installed.
San Policarpo NHS has a
total of 2,395 students, 86 teaching staff and 8 non-teaching staff,
all of whom will directly benefit from the addition of six ergonomic
and comfortable classrooms.
DPWH believes the
provision of a well-designed school building helps to enhance
teaching effectiveness and student performance, hence its unwavering
commitment to delivering quality educational facilities on behalf of
2 MPBs in San
Jorge, Samar nears completion
CHENZI MAY D. UY
October 3, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY – Two
multi-purpose buildings (MPBs) in San Jorge, Samar are nearing
completion as of writing, according to the Department of Public
Works and Highways Samar First District Engineering Office.
One of the buildings is
located in barangay Aurora, amounting to 2 million pesos. The other
MPB intended for Blanca Aurora Elementary School, amounts to 5
million pesos. Both projects are expected to be completed within the
In normal circumstances,
these buildings serve as a venue for recreational, economic, social
and medical mission activities. In times of calamity, they serve as
a temporary evacuation center.
Traditionally, schools are
used as evacuation centers. However, this practice disrupts the
education of school children and places evacuees in dire conditions
due to congestion.
This practice can be
minimized, if not fully eradicated, with the construction of
structurally sound buildings that can be used as temporary shelter
in times of disaster as well as venue for local community events.
Given that typhoons are
becoming a normal fixture in the lives of Filipinos, the provision
of calamity-resilient MPBs addresses vulnerabilities to disaster and
strengthens the resilience of local communities.
photo) MOA signing with RSI; (Right photo) MOA signing with
Gothong Southern Shipping Lines Inc.
NMP ties up with
Roble Shipping, Inc. and Gothong Southern Shipping Lines Inc.
October 1, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) forged a Memorandum of Agreement
(MOA) with the Roble Shipping, Inc. (RSI) and Gothong Southern
Shipping Lines Inc. last 18 September 2019.
The MOA signing with RSI
conducted at the Conference Room of the Roble Shipping Office in
Cebu City, aimed to address the critical issues specifically the
widely reported accidents on mooring operations during
docking/undocking maneuver resulting to severe injuries and even
loss of lives of the vessels’ crew members.
With the help of
strengthening ties of cooperation and promoting exchange of
information on maritime development particularly on training and
research, the agreement signified a start of battling with the lack
of knowledge, familiarization, experience, and poor on-board
practices of crew members relative to high risk mooring operations
as the common cause of the said accidents.
After the successful
collaboration of RSI with NMP, last 28 March 2018 a Pilot Class on
Safe Mooring Practices was conducted with twenty-four (24)
Further, determining its
positive impact to the staff and crew of RSI, the latter requested
that the conduct of the course be continuously done for the benefit
of the rest of their employees following a calendar of activities to
be prepared by the RSI.
Accordingly, in its desire
to increase awareness on safe and effective operation of a vessel
crane, the Gothong Southern Shipping Lines Inc. collaborated with
NMP to develop a company-specific course on Vessel Crane Operation.
In view of reports showing
the majority of crane-related accidents caused by human error which
may have resulted in safety risks and uncontrollable lost time, a
proper training and familiarization with the operating instructions
of the equipment is needed to obtain the knowledge and understanding
on the principles and safety practices concerning vessel operation.
The MOA signing was
conducted at the Gothong Southern Shipping Lines Inc. office in Cebu
City with the agreement to have the course pilot tested at the
Gothong Southern Office in Cebu City.
Meanwhile, the course is
open to other companies and general public who may take interest in
forging a MOA with NMP.
Likewise, to further
strengthen cooperation toward developing and improving the quality
of training programs offered for seafarers in the domestic trade,
the NMP continues to develop STCW and value-adding courses as it is
mandated to train and update the country’s maritime manpower through
the conduct of upgrading, specialized, and safety training courses.
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
disseminate NMP completed researches, present the Research Agenda
and engage the industry stakeholders to collaborate in the research
NPA Terrorist anew, captures high powered firearms
802nd Infantry Brigade,
September 30, 2019
ORMOC CITY, Leyte –
Operating troops from 93IB based in Brgy, Aguiting, Kananga, Leyte
had a 10-minute fire fight with remnants of the Communist Terrorist
Group of FRONT 41, SRC LEVOX, EVRPC in Brgy, Caghalo, Carigara,
Leyte early this morning September 30, 2019.
Lieutenant Colonel Roberto
Q Beatisula stated that they have been receiving reports from the
communities in Carigara, Leyte for the previous weeks thus, they
initiated focused military operations in the area.
Beatisula states that “we have monitored the NPA presence in the
area with the help of the populace. This indicates that our people
have enough of the terrorism of the NPA and wanted to have peace in
their communities. Their disgust led them to report NPA terrorist
presence in their barangay”.
The encounter resulted to
the capture of War Materiel including: 1-M16 Rifle, 2-M1 Garand
Rifles, 2- M1 Carbine Rifles, 1- Improvised Shot Gun, 1-Hand Grenade
an improvise explosives, Bandolier with Magazines for M16 Rifles and
Carbine Rifle and some personal effects of the fleeing enemy.
He added that while there
was no casualty on the government troops, the operating troops are
still pursuing the NPA members who fled from the site whom he
believes, are wounded based on the bloodstains in the encounter
General Lope C Dagoy, Brigade Commander 802nd Infantry Brigade,
Philippine Army said “ This encounter speaks of the Army's
commitment to end the insurgency here in Leyte. These communists
have no place in the peace-loving people of Carigara.
I encourage you to heed
the call of the communities, lay down your arms and avail of the
enhanced comprehensive local integration program (E-CLIP) of the
government before you will get killed in combat.
For those who are wounded
due to this encounter, you have a choice, surrender, or die alone. I
am sure your comrades have left you as they fled the area, the
government is extending its hand for you to return to the folds of
law, it is not too late for you to go back and be with your family"
"We will actively support the program of the government to
peacefully resolve all armed conflicts against peace loving people
of Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran Let us condemn those who
advocate violence and use arms," Dagoy added.
KBP, DILG lead
Eastern Visayas Oplan Broadcastreeing 2019
MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
September 28, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
About 1,300 seedlings were planted by an estimated 600 volunteers
led by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and the
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the 2019
Oplan BroadcasTreeing Project held on September 28, 2019 in Barangay
98, Camansihay, Tacloban City.
The level and quality of
involvement of participants was an improvement from the previous
years, remarked Forester Jennifer Lamoste of the Community
Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Palo, Leyte.
“The activity this year was participated by more sectors and many
closely followed the instructions on how to plant the seedlings
properly,” she said.
The seedlings consisted of
1,000 Yakal, Bayok and Bunglas varieties from DENR Regional Office,
200 similar hardwood seedlings from CENRO Palo and 100 Pili
seedlings from Department of Agriculture Regional Office.
A short program preceded
the tree planting to ensure that participants understood and
appreciated the importance of ensuring that the seedlings would
survive. Punong Barangay Alejandro Reataza Jr. in his welcome
remarks thanked participants for helping populate the hilly forest
in their barangay.
On the other hand, the
messages from DILG-8 Regional Director Artemio Cañeja, KBP Eastern
Visayas Chairman Danilo Requiez, DMO III Alexander Casco
(representing DENR Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo) and
Camansihay Upland Developers Association (CUDA) President Adam
Esmerez centered on the need for sustained aftercare as part of the
shift toward tree growing.
KBP Member stations that
were represented include DYDR/PRTV 12 Tacloban; DYVL Aksyon Radyo;
RMN Tacloban; Bombo Radyo Tacloban; DYTM Love Radio; DYCJ One FM;
Magik FM; IBC-6/DYMP; DYFE FM; ABS-CBN Channel 2 Tacloban and MOR
Groups which joined this
year’s Oplan Broadcastreeing included the Philippine National Police
Regional Office; Tacloban City Police Office; DENR Regional and
CENRO-Palo offices; DILG Region 8; Department of Agriculture; 93rd
Infantry Battalion and Army 546th Engineering Construction Battalion
both under the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army; Police
officers undergoing the Officers Basic Course of the Philippine
Public Safety College; Philippine Information Agency; Bureau of Fire
Protection; Junior Jaycees; Tau Gamma Phi; University of the
Philippines Runggiyan; Alpha Phi Omega; Philippine Red Cross;
barangay officials and residents of Barangay 98 Camansihay, Tacloban;
Leyte Province; CUDA; TACRU; Leo Club; Kilusang Pagbabago Tacloban;
RADNET 5; Tacloban City Government and Alpha Mu Omega.
Oplan Broadcastreeing owes
its start to a 2011 Memorandum of Agreement between KBP and DILG to
support the National Greening Program. Since then, over 36,000 trees
have been planted in Eastern Visayas through the activity. Oplan
Broadcastreeing has been held annually in the region except in 2014,
the year after Typhoon Yolanda struck.
encounter terrorist NPA in Mahaplag, Leyte; One high powered firearm
DPAO, 8ID PA
September 27, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Government troops under 78th Infantry (Warrior)
Battalion, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army
encountered more or less 15 Communist New People's Army terrorists
at Sitio Tay- ong , Brgy. Pinamunoan, Mahaplag, Leyte on September
27, 2019 at 7:40AM.
Initial report reaching
this Headquarters, stated that the troops were responding to the
veracity of information provided by the populace on the presence of
an armed group rummaging for food and conducting extortion in the
outskirts of the aforesaid barangay. Through a deliberately planned
operation, the 78IB Warriors caught up on the NPA group. Thus, the
firefight lasted for about 20 minutes that resulted in the recovery
of following: one (1) M16A1 Rifle, 130 rounds of live ammunitions
(5.56), three (3) long magazines for M16, four (4) Short Magazines
for M16, one (1) Improvised Explosive Device (IED), one (1) Cellular
Phone, one (1) Handheld Radio (Baofeng), medical paraphernalia and
subversive documents with high intelligence value while NPA
terrorists scampered to different direction. There was no reported
casualty on the government side while undetermined on the NPA side.
Pursuit operations are
currently ongoing for the purpose of locating and putting an end to
the violent activities of the pocket NPA group in Southern Leyte.
Major General Pio Q Diñoso
III AFP, Commander, 8ID, Philippine Army lauded the troops for the
job well-done and also commended the populace for the success of the
operation. "The internal security operations against these
terrorists will be relentless and steadfast. The information shared
by the populace shows they are already fed-up with the atrocities,
deception and oppression committed by the terrorist NPA” Maj. Gen.
Campus-led events mark end of
Manila, Bacolod, Dumaguete lead the charge against fossil fuels
Power for People
September 27, 2019
CITY of MANILA – UST
students held symbolic tribute to Ondoy victims and heroes of the
environment and pledged commitments to respond to the worsening
“Based on the latest
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, we have
less than 11 years to avert catastrophic climate change. We already
know the consequences of this worsening climate crisis, and we can
no longer put off ending the age of coal, one of the leading sources
of our country’s GHG emissions," said Atty. Avril de Torres of the
Ecological Justice League of Youth Leaders (EJL), who organized the
BACOLOD CITY – Murang
Kuryente -Negros, along with Youth for Climate Hope, Sanlakas,
Social Action Center -Bacolod, and the Diocese of San Carlos
organized a multi-sectoral people’s conference on renewable energy
at the Fountain of Justice, aptly entitled “KuREyente”.
“Our victory against coal
in Negros should be replicated across the country,” Miggy Yulo of
Y4CH stated. “We dare Cusi, as well as other coal proponents in the
country to respond with urgency to the call of the environment, the
consumers, and the future generations: end coal now.”
This event was organized
as part of the growing movement in the country against coal and
fossil fuels, following the Diocese of Bacolod’s climate emergency
declaration last Wednesday.
“Discussions on energy and
consumer-related issues shouldn’t be done behind closed doors,”
stated Krishna Ariola of MK-Negros. “Electricity costs and energy
sources are concerns that the public should have a say in.”
Griderick Alila of EB
Magalona Fisherfolk Alliance urged the local and national government
to follow through with their commitment to support RE development, a
cleaner and cheaper alternative to traditional energy sources such
This follows President
Rodrigo Duterte’s statement in his 4th State of the Nation Address
to end coal and fast-track renewable energy development in the
“We are the ones directly
impacted by climate change. Our livelihoods suffer because of
drastic changes in weather patterns caused by exploitative
industries that pollute our air and water,” added Alila.
DUMAGUETE CITY – With the
theme, Bangon: Parada Para Sa Klima, the climate strike in Dumaguete
City was marked by a protest parade where organizations stated their
commitments on their end to tackle the climate crisis.
“We are mobilizing in
Dumaguete City because people here need to be more conscious about
the climate crisis. As a University town, Dumaguete should be at the
forefront of climate action in Negros Oriental, and this climate
strike serves as a platform for us to speak out about the climate
and environmental demands, both in the local and national level, and
to call for immediate and long-term solutions for the climate
crisis,” said Jaya Ariola of the Silliman University Student
“It is not enough to just
wake up. We need to rise up and actually do something. Like the sun,
the wind, and the waves, we are a source of limitless energy. Let us
not let the big polluters destroy the planet, along with our dreams
and our futures. There is strength in numbers, and we will be
unstoppable if we all resist together” she continued.
QUEZON – The youth from
Atimonan, Quezon, where a 1,200 MW coal-fired power plant, also
expressed their opposition to the dirty energy project.
“Ang pangako sa aming
trabaho ng kumpanya ay hindi totoo. Nawalan pa nga ng kabuhayan ang
marami sa aming mga kababayan dahil sa pagkasira ng kalikasan
alang-alang sa coal-fired power plant. Ang balak na pagtatayo ng
coal plant sa Atimonan ay magdudulot ng pagkasira di lang ng
kapaligiran kung di ng aming kinabukasan. Bilang susunod na
henerasyon kami ang tiyak na maapektuhan ng planong pagtatayo ng
coal plant sa aming bayan.”said Bianca Opalda of KAPAKANAN -
“Quezon is teeming with
biodiversity and natural resources which exist in harmony with the
lives and livelihood of its residents. The 1,200 MW Atimonan coal
project has led to massive displacement, loss of livelihood, and
poses threats to the environment, health, and safety of the people.
We hope that our leaders take this opportunity to show that they are
sincere in caring for the environment and the people,” said Fr.
Warren Puno, director of Ministry of Ecology at the Diocese of
End-to-end Business Name registration
launched for “Apply. Pay. Download.”
DTI inks MOA
with ePayment platforms for business name registration
Business Name Registrants can now pay online. The Department
of Trade and Industry (DTI) partners with GCash, Paymaya,
and Landbank to provide online payment options for business
September 27, 2019
– The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced today that
sole proprietors who wish to apply or renew their Business Names
need not go to DTI offices to register but can instead transact
online by following three steps: “Apply. Pay. Download.” DTI
Secretary Ramon Lopez signed three Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs)
with ePayment platforms Gcash, PayMaya, and LinkBiz providing a
suite of online payment options for the convenience of the
Together with the Bureau
of Treasury (BTr), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), G-Xchange,
Inc. (GXI), and PayMaya Philippines, Inc., the DTI organized a
ceremonial signing at the Ayuntamiento Building in Intramuros,
Manila providing the public a variety of online payment options for
DTI’s Business Name Registration System Next Generation (BNRS Next
“Long queues and
inefficient and slow services will soon be a thing of the past in
government. At DTI, we are constantly improving our frontline
services to become at par with international standards. Our
agreement with ePayment platforms completes our Business Name
Registration system as we are now able to provide our citizens the
convenience of having to transact with DTI through their mobile
phones in the comfort of their homes, or wherever they are, 24/7,”
said Sec. Lopez. The trade chief also said this is part of DTI’s
advocacy to promote Ease of Doing Business and the agency is
committed to provide responsive and client-friendly services to the
According to Sec. Lopez,
this initiative is in compliance with Republic Act (RA) No. 11032 or
the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery
Act of 2018. Section 9(e) of RA 11032 provides “That all government
agencies shall develop electronic versions of licenses, clearances,
permits, certifications or authorizations with the same level of
authority as that of the signed hard copy, which may be printed by
the applicants or requesting parties in the convenience of their
“We are proud to be
pioneering e-government by being one of the first to provide the
public the experience of an end-to-end registration and making
available various online payment options such as e-wallet, online
banking or credit/debit cards. Automation is key to good governance.
Through automation, we will provide easier, faster, and better
service,” said the DTI Secretary.
The MOA signing with the
various ePayment providers signal the scaling up of DTI’s online
Business Name Registration service designed to deliver a more
pleasant user experience, which is more convenient, transparent, and
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Career Advocacy Congress conducted in EV
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
September 27, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
With the theme, “Developing Human Capital: Building A Better
Future”, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII
has successfully conducted the 4th Regional Career Advocacy Congress
on September 19-20, 2019 at The Summit Hotel, this city.
The two-day congress was
attended by around 175 delegates representing career advocates,
educators, academicians and government leaders all over Region VIII.
DOLE RO VIII Regional
Director Yahya A. Centi welcomed the participants and guests to the
“The theme for this
congress is about how we can use technology together with people,
how we develop people for technological future,” said Director Centi.
He made emphasis on the
idea that the main basis of competition will always be the human
capital. He also challenged the participants to focus on the three
components of human capital, namely: education, healthcare and world
of work. He added that how well the educators do in their education
system would be the leading indicator of where they will be in 20
years’ time. Thus, they cannot do anything about their past but
still hold power of their future.
“This Congress lays
pathways for change that all of us dream,” he added. He also asked
the participants to focus their attention on the Congress for when
they leave the sessions, they will surely bring honour to their own
The Career Congress was
also attended by important individuals and representatives from
different agencies, departments and bureaus tasked to share their
knowledge and experiences to the selected participants.
Ms. Eden A. Dadap,
Regional Focal Person for Career Guidance and President – EVNGCA of
the Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office VIII, discussed
the “Roles of Guidance Counsellors and Career Advocates” while Ms.
Evangeline G. Aviñante of the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE)
tackled the “Government Perspective on the Development of Future
Engr. Socorro Q. Ramos,
City Education Supervisor II of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
Regional Office VIII, shared her knowledge on the Development of
Future Workforce: the Academe Perspective followed by a topic on
Diploma Curriculum Level 5 Qualifications from Ms. Emy Fe P.
Palmares, TESD Specialist II of the Technical Education and Skills
Development Authority (TESDA) Regional Office VIII.
Engr. Ramil T. Uy, Senior
Science Specialist of the Department of Science and Technology
(DOST) Regional Office VIII, and Atty. Noemi C. Tan, Attorney III of
the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Office VIII,
both shared the programs and services initiated by their own
departments in reaching out to the students and the educators
themselves who are in need of scholarships and mentoring on selected
On Day 2 of the congress,
another series of interesting and important topics were given to the
Director Victoria F. Esber
of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office VIII discussed
about “Developing the Future Workplace: the Human Resource
Perspective” while Ms. Luzviminda S. Guzman, Chairman of the Board
of Guidance and Counselling of the Professional Regulation
Commission (PRC) Manila, gave her message to all the delegates.
Ms. Guzman emphasized that
guidance counsellors and advocates should always have a heart to
help because that is what they should do. “Beautiful things happen
to beautiful hearts,” she stated.
The Congress ended with a
message of thanks from the Over-all Event Coordinator, Ms. Salvacion
A. Yepez. She also extended her congratulations to everyone involved
in the success of the said event. (with reports from Mary Jane B. Abenoja)