Undersecretary, Bernie Cruz; OIC-Project Director of the
DPWH, Rodrigo Delos Reyes; Javier Mayor, Michael Dragon
Javier; and Leyte 5th District Representative, Carl Nicolas
Cari (4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th from left, respectively) cut
the ceremonial ribbon during the inauguration of the “Tulay
ng Pangulo para sa Kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo” project. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)
DAR turns over
“Tulay ng Pangulo” in Javier
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
December 9, 2019
JAVIER, Leyte –
Residents of Barangay Magsaysay and nearby villages in this
fourth-class municipality applauded with joy as they witnessed the
inauguration and turnover last week of the bridge that would
eventually change their lives.
In his welcome message,
Magsaysay Barangay Chairman Raul Abueva said school children would
now be able to attend their classes regularly even during rainy
For Carmelita Mamalias,
transporting of farm products would be a lot easier now.
Mamalias shared that prior
to the construction of this bridge, residents in the area cross the
stream thru a spillway which is flooded during heavy rains making it
Undersecretary Bernie Cruz
of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) led the inauguration and
turnover of the first “Tulay ng Pangulo para sa Kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo”
project implemented in Eastern Visayas.
Cruz disclosed that the
P9.7-million project was funded under the French Government thru
Compagnie Francaise d’Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur (COFACE).
He further disclosed that
the 28-linear meter bridge, implemented in coordination with the
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), used pre-fabricated
materials imported from France.
Thus, Cruz reminded the
recipients to take care of the project and maintain it to be in good
condition always so it could still be used by the next generation.
According to him, the
materials used in this project are the same materials used in the
construction of the Eifel Tower. “Paghinawakan nyo ang tulay, parang
nakarating na rin kayo sa France at tinitingnan yung torre,” Cruz
jokingly said during the occasion.
Director Rodrigo Delos Reyes of the DPWH advised the residents in
the area to report to the local government unit any damage seen in
the project so it could immediately be repaired.
In acceptance, Mayor
Michael Dragon Javier repeatedly thanked DAR and DPWH officials that
finally the bridge, which according to him, was requested in 2013 by
his father, the former mayor, Leonardo Javier Jr., is now being
Javier stressed the
benefit this bridge would bring to his town. ”This is a sign of
progress, a sign of success for this town,” he added.
About 10,000 residents
from this barangay and five other nearby villages are expected to be
benefited by this project, wherein 293 are agrarian reform
With this bridge, this
area becomes an alternate route in going to adjacent municipality,
Joining Javier in
accepting the project was Leyte’s fifth district representative,
Carl Nicolas Cari, who also committed to help in the maintenance of
acknowledged, during the said occasion, previous projects DAR poured
in this municipality, which included six farm-to-market roads with a
combined amount reaching P96.8-million.
DEO’s repair/maintenance of Quality Assurance Section (QAS)
laboratory testing building is on-going with 80%
accomplishment as of November 30, 2019 under contract with
W.B. Alagao Construction. The completion of this building
will provide additional space for Materials Engineers to
conduct more material laboratory testing and space for
storage of additional equipments.
gears for two-star materials testing laboratory
December 9, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) is gearing for a two-star materials testing
laboratory to further enhance its quality testing services.
David P. Adongay Jr.,
District Engineer said that they are slowly complying with all the
requirements needed to qualify for a two-star rating, starting with
the renovation of its laboratory testing building.
“At present, the Quality
Assurance Section (QAS) laboratory testing is being renovated in
order to expand its total floor area which is one of the
requirements needed to be complied to qualify for a two-star
materials testing laboratory,” said Adongay.
The said project was
allocated with a budget of P470,901.18 under contract with W.B.
“The renovation will also
enable the district to procure additional testing equipment because
of the additional area where the procured equipments can be stored.
The increase in number of equipments will result to the increase of
test being offered within the district,” he added.
Engr. Ronald Sebios,
Project Engineer reported that the project is on-going with 80%
accomplishment as of November 30, 2019. It has a target completion
date of December 22, 2019.
The system classifies
testing laboratories into One-Star, Two-Star or Three-Star
categories based on the following criteria: Availability of testing
equipment and apparatus, Competence/Accreditation of Personnel,
Observance of health and safety standards, Working area of the
laboratory, Calibration of apparatus/equipment and Third-party
On May 29, 2018, the DPWH
QAS-Biliran DEO was given a Star Rating Certification for having
satisfactorily complied with the provisions of Department Order No.
126, Series of 2016 Amendment to D.O. No. 11 Series of 2013 “Star
Rating of DPWH Regional and District Materials Testing Laboratories”
thereby classifying and categorizing it as a one-star materials
The QAS of DPWH Biliran
DEO is responsible for conducting various test of construction
materials to ascertain that all materials incorporated into the work
meet the minimum requirement by the DPWH.
to 400 political prisoners arrested under the Duterte regime
December 6, 2019
QUEZON CITY –
Today, December 6, human rights group Karapatan and Kapatid, along
with other people’s organizations, trooped to the Boy Scout Circle
in Quezon City to call for the release of all political prisoners.
The said mass action highlighted the plight of political prisoners
and the ongoing injustices in jail, the issue of criminalization of
activists and human rights defenders, and the weaponization of the
law and legal processes to silence dissent.
According to data released
by Karapatan as of November 2019, there are now 629 political
prisoners in the country; more than half, or 382, were arrested
under the Duterte government. Of this figure, there are 50 elderly,
93 women, 113 sickly, 11 peace consultants, and 5 were minors during
the time of arrest.
Karapatan Deputy Secretary
General Roneo Clamor said that these figures are staggering. "The
numbers reflect the vindictive, militarist and repressive position
of the Duterte government. Duterte has already arrested more
activists in a span of three years than his predecessor's entire six
years. This is also indicative that the situation has progressively
worsened, and that our laws have been increasingly weaponized to
Clamor linked the high
number of trumped-up charges and arbitrary arrests to the
government’s repressive policies, foremost Executive Order No. 70
(s2018), which created the National Task Force to End Local
Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). The structures and
partnerships orchestrated by the NTF, particularly its Legal
Cooperation Cluster, is tasked to draw up and file legal offensives
against activists and human rights defenders.
“We continue to call for
the immediate and unconditional release of individuals who were
arbitrarily incarcerated as a form of harassment and persecution for
their relentless fight for social justice. We deplore the Duterte
administration for maintaining its militarist policy of
criminalizing defenders and social activists. On the other hand,
amid these attacks against critics, the regime and its corrupt
bureaucratic machinery have been freeing convicted plunderers and
perpetrators of human rights violations, killings, torture,
disappearances, and harassment,” he said.
“The double standard in
our justice system is infuriatingly ironic. While political
prisoners are painstakingly suffering inside filthy and cramped
jails, the likes of Imelda Marcos, the wife of the former dictator,
is now roaming free despite her conviction. Others like Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo, along with her corrupt officials in Philippine
Charity Sweepstakes Office and Commission on Audit, are now absolved
from graft cases in the Ombudsman. Other corrupt and vile, but rich
individuals such as infamous Calauan mayor Antonio Sanchez, find
loopholes by trying to buy their way out of justice. This happens
because jail management is focused on profiteering and further
perpetrating injustices even behind bars,” added Clamor.
The Karapatan official
said that this reeks of the gruesome state of the justice system
under the Duterte regime, in which criminals are being absolved one
after the other from the crimes they committed against the Filipino
people, while peace consultants, social activists, human rights
defenders, and administration critics continuously face the wrath of
Clamor also noted how this
same fate is being experienced in other countries, including Hong
Kong, Venezuela, and Palestine, where tyrants continue to circumvent
laws and use state machinery to suppress dissent and pacify the
legitimate calls of victims and various sectors. Issues raised
include unjust laws and neoliberal policies which continue to
disenfranchise the poor and marginalized – concerns that are similar
to those being experienced and criticized in the Philippines.
“Karapatan expresses its
solidarity with the brave political prisoners around the world who
suffer the unjust and inhumane consequences of standing in the line
of fire. We reiterate that political prisoners are not criminals.
They are courageous and exemplary individuals who did not waiver in
advancing their political beliefs, regardless of the powerful forces
that they are confronting. They are farmers, peasant advocates,
workers, trade unionists, teachers, agriculturists, health workers,
pastors, peace consultants, freedom fighters, community leaders,
human rights defenders, and citizens who struggle for a better and
humane society,” he explained.
“The rising number of
political prisoners indicates the worsening tyranny and repression
in the country. Free all political prisoners! Resist tyranny! We
likewise enjoin everyone to join us in the December 10 protest, in
commemoration of International Human Rights Day,” ended Clamor.
P70.48M asphalt overlay project at Brgy. Lucsoon, Naval,
Biliran along Naval-Caibiran Cross Country Road (NCCCR). The
project was completed on November 09, 2019 under contract
with B.M Marketing. It covers a total length of 5.276 lane
km/ 2.6-kilometer. It also includes rehabilitation of
damaged concrete road with a width of 3.05 meters, thickness
of 0.28 m. and a total length of 0.117-kilometer.
overlay project completed in Biliran
December 6, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) completes two asphalt overlay projects
amounting to P132.7M.
David P. Adongay Jr.,
District Engineer said that asphalt overlays were implemented along
the 2.2-kilometer road at Brgy. San Isidro in Biliran town along
Biliran Circumferential Road (BCR) and at 2.6-kilometer road at Brgy.
Lucsoon in Naval town along Naval-Caibiran Cross Country Road (NCCCR).
According to Adongay, the
project entails the application of asphalt overlay on an existing
concrete pavement with a width of 12.20 meters and a thickness of 50
mm. Rehabilitation of damaged concrete pavement was also included in
Along BCR, Brgy. San
Isidro, a damaged concrete pavement was improved with a length of
0.121-kilometer and 0.117-kilometer length along NCCCR, Brgy.
Lucsoon, both with a width of 3.05 meters and a thickness of 0.28 m.
“The existing concrete
roads paved many years ago already show signs of minor defects and
when left unattended might deteriorate further,” Adongay said.
The preventive maintenance
project is designed to prevent further deterioration of the existing
concrete pavement subjected to wear and tear of heavy equipment and
“This project will earn
the government savings in rehabilitating damaged pavement in the
future,” he added.
The completed project will
provide a smooth riding surface for the traveling public as well as
provide convenience in transporting agricultural and aquatic
products to market.
showcases top PH exporters, export enablers
December 6, 2019
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Export Marketing
Bureau (EMB), together with Export Development Council (EDC) and
Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport), recognized
the top Philippine companies for their noteworthy export performance
in 2018 during the National Export Congress (NEC) held at the
Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on
December 06, 2019.
Also, DTI-EMB and Center
for International Trade Expositions & Missions (CITEM) collaborated
for the Export Enablers Exhibit which showcased trade regulatory
government agencies, financial institutions, and private
The top exporters were
acknowledged based on their track record, excellence, and innovation
in the delivery of services. Their grit to achieve success and
persistence to make Filipino products be globally competitive has
contributed to the country’s export revenue.
DTI Secretary Ramon M.
Lopez, DTI-Trade Promotions Group (TPG) and Special Concerns
Undersecretary Abdulgani M. Macatoman, DTI-EMB Director Senen M.
Perlada, Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport)
President Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis Jr., Philippine Chamber of Commerce &
Industry (PCCI) Chairman George T. Barcelon, and DTI Assistant
Secretary Angelo B. Taningco presented the awards to 21 exemplary
exporters of the country.
This year’s Hall of Fame
Awardee is Nestle Philippines, Inc. for Processed Food and
Beverages. The Hall of Fame Award is given to exporters who were
awarded consistently as Top Export Performers in the last three
The Top Sectoral Exporters
Award were given to Amkor Technology Philippines Inc. for
Electronics; B/E Aerospace B.V. (Philippine Branch) for Machinery
and Transport Equipment; Lear Automotive Services (Netherlands) B.V.
(Philippine branch) for Motor Vehicle Parts (Ignition Wiring Sets);
Petron Corporation for Chemicals; Sumifru (Philippines) Corporation
for Fresh Fruits; Platinum Group Metals Corporation for Minerals;
and Cargill Oil Mills Philippines, Inc. for Coconut Oil.
Other awardees were L&T
International Group Philippines, Inc. for Apparel and Clothing
Accessories; Nestle Philippines, Inc. for Processed Food and
Beverages; SCAD Services PTE. Ltd. for Woodcrafts (Builder’s
Woodworks); FPF Corporation for Travel Goods and Handbags; and
Millenium Ocean Star Corporation for Fish Shrimps and Prawns/Fresh
Moreover, the Excellence
Award for Services Sectors were awarded to Synergy88 Group of
Companies for Animation Services; Suyen Corporation (Bench) for
Franchising Services; GameOps, Inc. for Game Development Services;
ADEC innovations, Inc. for IT-BPM Services (Knowledge Process
Outsourcing); and Alliance Software, Inc. for IT Services (Software
The Excellence Award for
Services Sectors is given to exporters who were excellent in their
respective fields and have shown a praiseworthy contribution to the
Furthermore, the Most
Outstanding Ripples Plus Awards were conferred to Primex Coco
Products for Luzon; Profood International Corporation for Visayas;
and PHILBEST Canning Corporation for Mindanao.
The Most Outstanding
Ripples Plus Award was based on Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA)
ranking for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). This is
also a recognition of these exporters’ remarkable success in
penetrating global markets.
The exporters’ recognition
aims to inspire the country’s exporting community to continuously
innovate and improve. It is also to acknowledge their hard work and
a testimony of the robust partnership of the government and the
private sector in pursuing inclusive growth and improving the
exports’ development through innovation.
Meanwhile, in line with
the NEC’s theme “Driving Exports through Digital Transformation,”
the organizers featured the services of the following organizations
during the Export Enablers Exhibition held simultaneously with the
NEC at the Mezzanine of the Plenary Hall PICC: Bangko Sentral ng
Pilipinas (BSP), Board of Investments (BOI), Bureau of Fisheries and
Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Bureau of Import Services (BIS), Bureau of
Internal Revenue (BIR), CITEM, Cobena, and DTI-EMB / 1Export Trade
and Services Inc.
Also featured were FedEx
Express, Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Highly Succeed, Inc.
Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL), Keepr
Storage PH, Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), Optical Media Board
(OMB), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), PHILEXPORT, Philippine
Fiber Industry Development Authority (PHILFIDA), Philippine
International Trading Corporation (PITC), Philippine Trade Training
Center (PTTC), Small Business Corporation (SBCorp), Strategic Trade
Management Office (STMO), UnionBank | UBX, Vesl, and World Trade
The NEC is the highlight
event of the National Exporters' Week (NEW). Every first week of
December is the annual celebration of the NEW per presidential
proclamation 931, Series 0f 1996 and House Resolution 33. It
highlights the government and the private sector’s commitment to
continuously work together to sustain export promotion and
capitalistic views have no place in public service – ACT
December 6, 2019
QUEZON CITY –
Appalled by Senator Cynthia Villar’s statement yesterday about
closing down small and ‘underperforming’ schools, the Alliance of
Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines questioned the senator’s
‘integrity in holding a public post.’
“It is unbelievable for
such irresponsible and anti-student comment to come from one of the
top officials in the land who is expected to uphold the
Constitution, which outrightly mandates the State’s responsibility
to provide free, quality education to all Filipinos,” lamented
Joselyn Martinez, ACT Chairperson.
Media reported that Sen.
Villar gave the comment in reaction to the country’s poor
performance in the 2018 Programme for International Student
Assessment (PISA). Martinez chided the senator, saying that such
‘capitalistic view that reward is the ultimate driving force of man
has no place in public service.’
“It is a big insult to our
teachers who sacrifice daily to teach despite wanting state support,
not because of what they will get in exchange, but out of their real
love for Filipino children and genuine sense of public service,”
Martinez asserted that
schools should be erected wherever Filipino children are as their
right to education needs to be fulfilled by the state. In stark
comparison to Villar’s proposal, which Martinez said is ‘tantamount
to depriving Filipino children of their right to education,
especially those in the far-flung areas.’
“Sen Villar’s comment
shows of her sheer ignorance of the problems that beset the public
education system and her unfortunate refusal to be part of the
solution. As a Senator, she could have pushed for higher budget to
education, substantial pay hike for teachers, review of the
education curriculum, and other reforms that would improve the
quality of education,” Martinez said.
Martinez stressed that the
declining quality of education is not due to teachers’ and students’
lacking drive to excel but due to problems on government subsidy,
efficient implementation of programs, creation of enabling
environment, and the curriculum’s orientation, content, and
“We challenge Sen. Villar
to spend a month teaching in a far-flung barrio for her to see the
sacrifices of teachers and how eager our students are to learn.
While at it, she can also join the communities in planting crops so
that she may correct her many misconceptions on farmers,” dared
The comment referred to
the remark Villar made at the heat of the protests over her authored
Rice Tarrification Law about how farmers are asking too high a price
for palay when a five-peso-per-kilo income should be enough for
New paved road
connects 3 barangays in Almagro, Samar
CHENZI MAY D. UY
December 5, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY – The
road construction project linking barangays Lunang I, Lunang II, and
Talahid in Almagro, Samar, is now complete. The finished pavement
extends over a total length of 2,469 meters, approaching the
barangay of Costa Rica.
According to the
Department of Public Works and Highways, the road is part of a
bigger circumferential road construction project in the island
As it is built on the
inner mountainous side of the island, riprap slope protection was
built into the road for stability. Drainage canals were also built
to keep the pavement flood free and safe to use even in heavy
At six (6) meters wide,
the new road offers greater mobility and ease of traffic for
motorists. Although there aren’t too many vehicles in Almagro at
present, the provision of a wide road ensures the thoroughfare will
accommodate future growth in vehicle population.
The road will also help
local tourism. Some of the island’s budding tourist attractions
include an exotic diving resort in Keriketi, a museum of endangered
species, caves, rock formation, and an iconic lighthouse.
The P50-million project
benefits not only the barangays it covers but also the island
municipality as a whole.
20IB and LGU
Gamay, Northern Samar showcases resiliency against calamities
DPAO, 8ID PA
December 5, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan,
Samar – The 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion of the 8th
Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division once again demonstrated its being
the protector of the people in its area of operations that include
Northern Samar as the unit conducted Disaster Rescue and Relief
Operations (DRRO) during the onslaught of Tropical Storm “Tisoy” on
December 2, 2019.
“We Lead” troopers
responded to the call of duty by augmenting the Municipal Disaster
Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) and Peace, Law
Enforcement and Development Support (PLEDS) Cluster both of Gamay
Municipal Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (MTF-ELCAC)
in Northern Samar and rescued 216 families who were trapped by the
flash floods caused by intermittent rains, thereby preventing any
casualty in the area.
Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations of 20IB and Local
Government Unit (LGU) Gamay, Northern Samar dubbed as “Operation
Tisoy” includes rescue and relief operations as well as immediate
road clearing operations which is still ongoing as of this report.
“The lessons taught by
Super Typhoon “Yolanda” six years ago, made us more resilient,
empowered and proactive to withstand disasters that might befall
upon us anytime. The mitigation measures being implemented by the
LGU through its Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office
and the military with the cooperation of the local residents
prevented the loss of lives, limbs and properties” Major General Pio
Q. Diñoso III, Commander of 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division
DOLE gives early
Christmas gifts to 100 child laborers
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
November 29, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Christmas came early for one hundred child laborers as they received
gifts from the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office
VIII through the Project Angel Tree conducted on November 28, 2019
in Hilongos, Leyte.
With the theme, “Children
should not work in fields, but on dreams”, DOLE RO VIII in
coordination with the local government unit of Hilongos, gave away
different school supplies as early Christmas gifts.
Mr. Virgilio A. Doroja,
Jr., DOLE Senior Labor and Employment Officer and regional focal for
Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) gladly shared
during the occasion that Project Angel Tree, one of the components
of CLPEP, aims to improve the economic and social conditions of
child laborers and their families.
“Through this Project
Angel Tree, we at DOLE are hoping to assist our child laborers and
help them leave the bondage of child labor. Aside from these school
supplies, we are also providing assistance to their parents in the
form of livelihood”, said Mr. Doroja.
Mr. Doroja likewise
informed that the parents of the identified child laborers were
organized as a group for them to avail livelihood grants from DOLE.
“The assistance doesn’t
end with the gift-giving. We have organized their parents into a
group and provided them orientation on our livelihood program. With
the provision of livelihood we hope to augment the income of their
families, so that this children will no longer work but concentrate
on their studies”, Mr. Doroja added.
Project Angel Tree is a
component of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program
which provides an array of social services that range from food,
clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work
and training opportunities made available by sponsors or benefactors
(‘angels’) to child laborers and their families.