records 0.1% deflation in September 2019
October 18, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Eastern Visayas recorded a 0.1 percent deflation in September 2019,
the slowest pace since March 2016. This figure is 0.7 percentage
point lower compared with the 0.6 percent IR a month ago, and 6.6
percentage points lower compared with the 6.5 percent IR recorded in
the same period last year.
The regional inflation
rate is 1.0 percentage point lower than the 0.9 percent national
average in September 2019.
The provinces of Eastern
Samar, Leyte, Samar and Southern Leyte registered lower IRs in
September 2019 compared with their figures in the previous month.
Southern Leyte recorded the biggest drop, from 0.3 percent IR in
August 2019 to 1.9 percent deflation in September 2019. On the other
hand, Biliran registered a 2.2 percentage points increase, from 1.7
percent deflation in August 2019 to 0.5 percent IR during the
reference month. Northern Samar inched up by 0.2 percentage point,
from 1.8 percent deflation a month ago to 1.6 percent deflation in
September 2019. Samar and Southern Leyte posted the lowest with 1.9
percent deflation. Leyte, meanwhile, recorded the highest IR during
the month in review at 0.6 percent (Table 1).
Majority of the commodity
groups in the region exhibited lower IR in September 2019 compared
with their rates in August 2019, or had retained their previous
The heavily weighted food
and non-alcoholic beverages commodity group registered the biggest
drop of 1.9 percentage points, from 0.3 percent deflation in August
2019 to 2.2 percent deflation during the month in review. Lower IRs
were noted in majority of the food items, with rice registering the
highest decrease of 3.7 percentage points pushing its deflation to
8.5 percent in September 2019 from 4.8 percent deflation a month
ago. Bread and cereals, fruits, and fish indices continued to
register deflations at 6.4 percent, 5.2 percent, and 0.4 percent,
Transport commodity group
slowed down to 1.1 percent during the reference month from 2.2
percent in August 2019. This can be attributed to the deflation
recorded in the index for the operation of personal transport
Health and Clothing and
Footwear commodity groups eased down by 0.1 percentage point each,
settling at 3.2 percent and 3.0 percent, respectively. On the other
hand, housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels picked up by
1.1 percentage points, from 2.0 percent deflation in August 2019 to
0.9 percent deflation in September 2019.
IR for recreation and
culture was recorded at 2.2 percent during the month in review, an
increase of 0.9 percentage point from its 1.3 percent IR in August
IR for furnishings,
household equipment and routine maintenance of the house commodity
group likewise went up by 0.4 percentage point, pushing its IR to
6.3 percent in September 2019.
The rest of the commodity
groups retained their previous month’s inflation rate.
The Purchasing Power of
Peso (PPP) of the region remained at P0.80 in September 2019. This
PPP implies that P100.00 in 2012 (base year) is worth P80.00 only in
Samar posted a P0.01
increase in PPP compared with its figure in August 2019, while
Biliran’s PPP weakened by P0.03. The rest of the provinces sustained
their PPP last month. Leyte and Southern Leyte recorded the
strongest PPP at P0.82. Biliran ranked second at P0.81, followed by
Eastern Samar at P0.78. Northern Samar and Samar posted the weakest
PPP at P0.77.
projects to improve road links in Leyte
DPWH 2nd LED
October 18, 2019
PASTRANA, Leyte –
To promote a fast progressing agricultural field in the province,
the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte Second
District Engineering Office (L2DEO) ties up with Department of
Agriculture (DA) to build worth P15 million of Farm-to-Market
Road (FMR) project in Pastrana.
According to District
Engineer Gerald Pacanan, the concreting project will be in the
Barangays of Sapsap to Manaybanay; Socsocon to Lima; and Cancaraja
“This project will have a
great impact in the economy of the municipality as this would
enhance and develop their agricultural ground,” added Pacanan.
The completion of the said
project will benefit the residents of these barangays since farmers
can transport their products easily to any points of Pastrana, Leyte
or even in their neighboring towns.
This development will also
be advantageous to the people commuting in the area as this would
provide them smooth and convenient travels.
FMR projects is funded
under the convergence program of the DPWH and the Department of
Agriculture that aims to promote inclusive growth and poverty
reduction in the country’s hard to reach areas through better road
For CY-2019 L2DEO is task
to implement nine (9) DA projects amounting to P50 million.
lauds potential of newly enlisted Stormtroopers
DPAO, 8ID PA
October 15, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan,
Samar – His Excellency, Dr. Bienvenido V. Tejano, Philippine
Ambassador to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea lauded the
potential of newly enlisted soldiers where the said diplomat served
as the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the graduation ceremony of
the Philippine Army Candidate Soldier Course Classes 583 and 604.
A total of 283 new
soldiers of the Philippine Army took their oath of duty to serve the
Filipino people and the country as regular members of the Armed
Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in a closing ceremony held at the
parade grounds of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division Headquarters in
Catbalogan City, Samar on Monday morning October 14, 2019 at 9:00
The emotional and teary
eyed Ambassador Tejano who hails from Mapanas, Northern Samar said
"Your combat skills demonstrations impressed me and I feel so
confident that you young people could protect us and our homeland.
But deep inside of me, I realized what is happening in some areas of
the region and in some parts of the country wherein some of our own
countrymen are trying your combat prowess and such situation also
exposes your lives to risks. I have been praying and crying for
peace. We in the civilian side are very thankful to you for
dedicating yourselves in this noble profession. Mga kababayan kong
nandito ngayon at sa lahat, panahon na para tayo ay maghawak kamay
at magtulungan. Let’s support our soldiers who are protecting us and
The activity culminated
with a ceremonial entrustment of firearms that represents
responsibility, duty and authority bestowed upon the soldiers in
protecting the Filipino people and the country. The graduates
completed the Basic Military Training (BMT) conducted by the 8th
Division Training School (8DTS).
The 8DTS molded the
physical, mental and psychological aspects of the candidate soldiers
to become professional and combat ready soldiers. The parents of the
new privates were also cited for their support to their sons and for
entrusting them and their future to the Philippine Army. Aside from
their physical, mental and psychological development, the new
soldiers have become closer to God and their families. Part of our
training is strengthening the Filipino family unlike the Communist
New Peoples’ Army Terrorists who are deceiving the youth and forcing
them away from their families and loved ones.
P. Adongay Jr., District Engineer (wearing black jacket)
inspects the on-going asphalt overlay project along Biliran
inspects major infrastructure projects in Biliran
October 11, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
David P. Adongay Jr., District Engineer (DE) of the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District Engineering Office
(DEO) inspects on-going infrastructure projects in Biliran on
October 10, 2019.
Major projects inspected
are the on-going P75.96M road widening project at Brgy. Busali-Brgy.
Bato in Biliran town, P70.48M asphalt overlay at Brgy. Lucsoon in
Naval town along Naval-Caibiran Cross Country Road (NCCCR), P62.23M
asphalt overlay at Brgy. Canila in Biliran town along Biliran
Circumferential Road (BCR), rehabilitation of national roads with
slips, slope collapse and landslide at Brgy. Looc, in Cabucgayan
town worth P42.4M and at Brgy. Julita in Biliran town worth P18.8M.
Also inspected is the
on-going construction of socio civic center at Brgy. Salawad in
Cabucgayan town worth P3.42M. This is part of the P17.12M
construction of socio civic center in the different barangays in the
Municipality of Cabucgayan funded under 2019 Local Infrastructure
During inspection, Adongay
instructed the contractors ’personnel not to conduct concrete
pouring activities unless there is an approved pouring permit from
the DE following the Quality Assurance Section Quality Control
testing requirements both in the laboratory and field particularly
in the Field Density Test (FDT).
According to Adongay, his
inspection within the district is always unannounced to the
contractor to make sure that plans and specification were strictly
followed during the implementation.
“Compliant naman sila
(contractors),” Adongay said, referring to his assessment after the
DPWH-Biliran DEO has a
total of 92 projects for 2019 implementation with a total amount of
P1.28B. Adongay said these projects are being fast-tracked for
completion in order to meet the district’s target accomplishment.
DTI trade fair returns to the mainstream market showcasing Bicol’s
October 11, 2019
MAKATI CITY –
Flaunting their preeminent crafts and delicacies made by the
participating 297 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) successfully launched the
comeback of the longest-running DTI-initiated Orgullo Kan Bikol (OKB)
2019 Trade & Travel Fair at the Megatrade Halls 1 and 2, SM Megamall,
Mandaluyong City last October 9 and will run until October 13, 2019.
On its 23rd year, the
five-day grandest edition of OKB Trade Fair features a wide array of
products carefully selected from the six provinces across Bicol
Region ranging from processed food, ceramics, furniture, jewelry,
wearables and homestyle, holiday decors among others.
Gracing the launch, Trade
Secretary Ramon Lopez mentioned the importance of market access in
the DTI’s accelerated 7Ms strategy for MSME development, like
setting up various Trade Fairs and establishing Go Lokal stores and
OTOP Hubs for the MSMEs.
“We give them market
exposure, so this is only one, ito pong Trade Fair. Isa po ito sa
mga paraan namin ng pagtulak sa kanilang mga produkto na mabigyan
sila ng exposure. Ang DTI po, kasama ng mga partner agencies natin,
ay 360 degrees ang suporta sa mga micro enterprises – para ‘yong mga
MSMEs natin ay hindi lang parating micro and small forever, sila po
ay lumalago. Ito po ang susi tungo sa tagumpay – ang panlaban sa
kahirapan,” said Secretary Lopez.
Partnered with the OKB
Association, Inc. and the Department of Tourism (DOT) – Region 5,
DTI endeavors to provide MSMEs better avenues to exceptionally
promote their products and encourage them to explore the global
“We encourage everyone to
support our local MSMEs by buying their products as they provide
jobs in their respective communities. We also invite foreign buyers
to take a closer look and become more aware of what these 297
entrepreneurs produce,” said DTI – Region 5 Regional Director
Present also in the event
were Committee on Trade, Commerce & Entrepreneurship Chairman
Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, DTI Regional Operations Group
Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona, Special Concerns Assistant
Secretary Ameenah Fajardo and other DTI - Region 5 officials.
construction of footbridge at Sitio Tigbao, Brgy. Binohangan,
construction at Sitio Tigbao, Caibiran, Biliran underway
October 10, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
The footbridge construction at Sitio Tigbao, Brgy. Binohangan,
Caibiran in this province is now underway to serve more or less 500
residents of the place.
The Department of Public
Works and Highways (DPWH)- Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO)
is currently implementing this project under 2019 Local
Infrastructure Program so that the residents within the area will
have a safe access in crossing the river.
As of September 30, 2019,
this project has already an accomplishment of 70.02%.
According to David Adongay
Jr., District Engineer, the project was prioritized because the
previous footbridge at Sitio Tigbao was damaged during tropical
storm Urduja on December 16 & 17, 2017.
The project entails the
construction of a 45-meter length footbridge, a height of 4.5-meter
and a width of 1.3-meter.
“The design has been
elevated and is much higher compared to the previous one,” Adongay
Aside from the
construction of footbridge, the project also includes the
installation of four pieces solar lights and railings and a
construction of flood control structure at Sitio Tigbao side. The
flood control structure has a length of 5 meters and a height of 3.5
The project has a total
budget cost of P1.94M and has a target completion date on October
The completion of the
footbridge project will connect Sitio Tigbao to Barangay Binohangan
where elementary school, barangay health center, public market and
other important facilities are located.
“With this structure,
people of Sitio Tigbao especially the children will no longer be
bothered for their safety in crossing the river specially during
rainy days,” said Adongay.
receive tractors from DOLE RO-8
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
October 9, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Some fifty-one (51) sugar workers from the Block Farm-Quezon Jr.
Farmers Association of Ormoc City receive farm equipment from the
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII during the
turnover ceremony last September 25, 2019 in Brgy. Quezon, Ormoc
Through the efforts of the
DOLE Western Leyte Field Office (WLFO), the livelihood project
entitled “Farm Mechanization: Kubota Tractor with Rotavator and
Sugarcane Cultivator” amounted to P747,402.00 was approved and is
intended to assist the association in maximizing their output and
eventually augment their income. Said tractors and cultivators were
awarded to the beneficiaries complete with 1,448 liters of diesel
oil, 20 liters of hydraulic oil and 40 liters of engine oil.
DOLE RO VIII Regional
Director Yahya A. Centi, who graced the simple turnover, was beyond
happy to finally award the farm equipments. He encouraged all the
sugar workers present to use the machineries responsibly to achieve
“Let me congratulate you
all for having your own farm machineries. With these, we at DOLE are
expecting improvement on your output to an optimum level. Of course
we all want to see you progress as an organization through our
livelihood program”, said Director Centi.
The project was made
possible through coordination with the Sugar Regulatory
Administration led by Ms. Rena Juntila, SRA Central Visayas-Junior
Agriculturist and the District Tripartite Council-Ormoc-Kananga
Chapter in the Sugar Industry chaired by Director Centi.
(25) of the beneficiaries were parents of child laborers identified
in Ormoc City. With the provision of livelihood assistance to the
parents, DOLE intends to assist the family and eventually withdraw
the children from doing child labor. (with
report from Darwinda Labastida)
Undersecretary and Chief-of-Staff of the Office of the
Secretary, Rowel S. Barba in his keynote message on behalf
of DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, reiterated DTI’s support
for the MSMEs.
Eastern Visayas at “Bahandi” Regional Trade Fair 2019
September 8, 2019
MAKATI CITY –
Around 150 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from Eastern
Visayas converged to bring the treasures of the island to Metro
The Megatrade Hall of SM
Megamall in Mandaluyong City turned into a festivity area as the
22nd “Bahandi” Eastern Visayas Trade Fair formally launched last
During the opening
ceremony, DTI Undersecretary and Chief-of-Staff of the Office of the
Secretary, Rowel S. Barba delivered the keynote message on behalf of
DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.
In his message, Secretary
Lopez, through Undersecretary Barba, reassured that DTI firmly
supports trade fairs like the annual Bahandi Trade Fair because it
serves as a marketing platform where big buyers do business with
regional producers. Undersecretary Barba also associated “Bahandi”
to MSMEs as they serve as treasures of the Philippines. The opening
ceremony was also graced by key officials from the local government
units in Eastern Visayas and other key officials of DTI Region 8
lead by OIC-Regional Director Celerina T. Bato.
“Bahandi” Trade Fair
features the treasures of the provinces of Northern Samar, Eastern
Samar, Samar, Leyte, Biliran, and Southern Leyte in the form of
fashion accessories, housewares, decors, furniture, and artisan
food. The 150 participating MSMEs came from the Wearables and
Homestyle and Processed Food sectors assisted by the different
programs and projects of the Department.
This annual trade fair
aims to provide a trade venue for producers from the region, link
the producers with institutional and walk-in byers, and showcase the
programs and projects designed for the MSMEs such as Shared Service
Facilities (SSF), OTOP Next Generation and CARP. The five-day trade
fair aims to generate at least P35M total sales for
Undersecretary and Chief-of-Staff of the Office of the
Secretary, Rowel S. Barba, DTI Region 8 OIC Regional
Director Celerina T. Bato, and key officials from the local
government units in Eastern Visayas during the official
launching of Bahandi Eastern Visayas Trade Fair.
compaction for the rehabilitation of national roads with
slips, slope collapse, and landslide project
(K1036+520-K1037+178 )at Brgy. Pili-Talahid, Almeria,
Biliran is on-going with 49.55% as of September 30, 2019.
The project entails the construction of 2,066.0 square
meters reinforced concrete retaining wall with drainage
canal on two sections located at Brgy. Sabang, Naval,
Biliran and Brgy. Pili-Brgy. Talahid, Almeria, Biliran along
Biliran Circumferential Road with inclusion of concreting of
one lane pavement and road shoulders with a length of 681.00
DEO’s 2019 infra projects posts 41.50% on 3rd quarter
October 8, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) has shown substantial progress on its 2019
project implementation on the 3rd quarter of the year.
David P. Adongay Jr.,
District Engineer said that from 25.29% accomplishment in the month
of August, Biliran DEO has now accomplished 41.50% as of September
“This is an increase of
16.21% from the previous month,” he said.
Adongay reported that out
of the 92 projects for this year’s implementation, 60 are now
on-going, 22 are completed while 10 are soon to be started.
For the month of
September, DPWH-Biliran DEO has completed 10 projects as scheduled.
projects include the construction of seawalls at Brgy. Acaban in
Culaba town worth P1.9M and at Brgy. Inasuyan in Kawayan town worth
Three barangay road
concreting projects were also completed at Sitio Patag, Brgy.
Salangi and at Brgy. Caucab, both in Almeria town and one at Brgy.
Capińahan in Naval town with an amount of P1.9M each.
The district office has
also completed one senior citizen building (completion) at Brgy.
Salangi in Almeria town amounting to P970,000.00.
Relative to flood
mitigation projects, one flood control under local infrastructure
program was completed at Brgy. Julita in Biliran town worth P1.95M
and one drainage construction at Pob. Almeria, Biliran worth
Moreover, two barangay
halls were also completed. These are located at Brgy. Looc in Culaba
town worth P1.4M and at Brgy. Lico in Naval town worth P2.9M.
According to Adongay the
improvement on the monthly accomplishment are the result of close
monitoring of projects and their regular conduct of coordination
meeting with the contractors.
73 percent of
millennials in 15 countries say mental health is as important as
water, food, shelter
October 7, 2019
GENEVA – Nearly
three in four millennials (73 percent) surveyed across 15 countries
said that mental health needs are as important as water, food and
shelter for victims of wars and armed violence.
The data, taken from an
Ipsos survey commissioned by the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) of more than 15,000 people aged 20 to 35, shows growing
awareness of the importance of mental health in conflict situations.
Of the 15 countries
surveyed, the highest support for mental health among millennials
came from Syria, where 87 percent of roughly 1,000 respondents said
mental health needs are as important as water, food and shelter for
victims of armed conflicts. The next highest countries were
Indonesia (82 percent), Ukraine (81 percent) and Switzerland (80
“Mental health services
have for too long been an after-thought in conflict settings. When
traumas are invisible, they can be easily overlooked or
deprioritized. Yet war has a devastating impact on the mental health
and psychosocial wellbeing of millions. New mental health problems
can appear, and pre-existing conditions may resurface. For some the
effects will be life-threatening,” said ICRC President Peter Maurer.
More than one out of five
people in in conflict-affected areas live with some form of mental
health condition, from mild depression and anxiety to post-traumatic
stress disorder. That is three times more than the general
population worldwide suffering from these conditions. The mental
health and psychosocial needs of people caught up in conflict must
be a part of the growing attention given to mental health around the
mental health can be lifesaving in times of war and violence, just
as much as stemming a bleeding wound or having clean water. Hidden
wounds are no less dangerous,” said Mr. Maurer.
This week, coinciding with
World Mental Health Day, the ICRC is calling on all States to
prioritize mental health and psychosocial support in situations of
violence and armed conflict, as critical to the first wave of
humanitarian assistance, and as an integral component in domestic
and international emergency response systems.
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NMP accepts IMO
MC 3.12 & 6.10 OWWA scholars
October 4, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – As
a premier provider of the training courses for maritime instructors
and assessors, the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) accepts and
encourages enrollees to avail the NMP-Overseas Workers Welfare
Association (OWWA) Skills-for-Employment-Scholarship Program (SESP)
for the Training Course for Simulator Instructors and Assessors (IMO
Model Course 6.10) and Assessment, Examination, and Certification of
Seafarers (IMO Model Course 3.12) courses.
With the aim to support
the capability-building of the would-be maritime instructors and
assessors, NMP Executive Director, Joel B. Maglunsod, wrote to the
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary, Silvestre H.
Bello through its Undersecretary, Renato L. Ebarle who was then the
NMP’s cluster head under the Employment, Migrant Workers Welfare,
and Administrative Services Cluster, a request for inclusion of the
IMO MC 6.10 and 3.12 in the OWWA Scholarship Programs for seafarers.
The said request was raised during the DOLE’s Cluster Mid-Year
Performance Assessment (MYPA) and as an offshoot, the inclusion was
approved during the conduct of the OWWA’s Board of Trustees (BOT)
Subsequently, in a
Memorandum of Instruction (MOI) issued by the OWWA dated 29 August
2019, the guidelines governing the implementation of SESP were
amended to include the two (2) additional courses in the list of
applicable maritime courses covered by the SESP in addition to the
existing sponsored course, the Training Course for Instructors (IMO
MC 6.09) which is also offered by NMP.
The SESP is a scholarship
program offered by OWWA that promotes the welfare of the Overseas
Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents. OWWA assumes the
training cost amounting to Fourteen Thousand Five Hundred Pesos
(P14,500) in any vocational or technical courses accredited by TESDA
and other government institutions. This shall be paid directly by
OWWA to the concerned school or institution once Confirmation Slip
of enrolment has been received by the office. Important documentary
requirements for the claim include proof of OWWA membership for
member, and proof of relationship to OFW-member, if
Since 2016 to April 2019,
there were One Thousand Four Hundred Fifty-One (1, 451) trainees who
took the IMO Model Course 6.09 under the said program.
Moreover, the NMP also
accepts scholars from the Seafarers Upgrading Program (SUP) of OWWA.
The program intends to upgrade the skills and expertise of the
Filipino seafarers with the use of the advanced technology and
maritime standards. The applicant is provided with Seven Thousand
Five Hundred Pesos (P7,500) training assistance. Seafarers with
valid OWWA membership contribution at the time of application shall
be entitled to avail of the SUP.
Per NMP’s record, Two
Hundred Fifty-Four (254) NMP trainees took various upgrading courses
covered by the SUP from 2016 to April 2019.
Accordingly, the trainee
who opts to avail the scholarships must first visit the NMP for the
issuance of Proof of Registration as one of OWWA’s requirements in
availing the programs. NMP on the other hand, will only consider the
trainee to be officially enrolled once a Notice of Award (NOA) from
OWWA will be presented.
The IMO MC 6.09 is a
pre-requisite of IMO MC 3.12 which will enable the trainees to plan
and prepare effective teaching and instruction, select appropriate
methods of instruction and teaching materials, and evaluate the
teaching and learning processes.
Meanwhile, IMO MCs 6.09 &
3.12 are pre-requisites of IMO MC 6.10. IMO MC 3.12 helps maritime
instructors, faculty members of maritime schools and merchant marine
officers holding 6.09 certificate to be adept in administering and
supervising assessment of seafarer competence in accordance with the
provisions of Section A-I-6 of STCW Code. Subsequently, future
maritime instructors who undergo the IMO MC 6.10 should be able to
contribute in formulating a training policy both the macro and micro
level and develop individual simulator instructor traits.
Further, in its sound
efforts to fulfill and realize its mandate, NMP continues to upgrade
its facilities and provide maritime trainings required pursuant to
the STCW Convention as amended in 2010 including value-addition
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
and procedures for the improvement of the industry’s manpower