scare, DOLE-RO VIII awards P490K livelihood assistance to Abuyog
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
March 18, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII (DOLE-RO
VIII) continues to deliver its programs and services to the people
of Eastern Visayas amidst the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19)
scare that haunts not only the region but the entire country.
DOLE-RO VIII through its
Western Leyte Field Office has successfully released on March 18,
2020 livelihood assistance to the barangay local government unit of
Malaguicay, Abuyog, Leyte amounting to P490,300.00.
Said livelihood aid was
charged against the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) funds
of the agency and will be utilized for the implementation of the
Swine Production Project of Malaguicay Integrated Farmers
Association with forty-one (41) members.
Present during the simple
awarding ceremony were Hon.Lemuel Gin K. Traya, LGU-Abuyog Mayor,
Mr. Francisco B. Archin, PESO Manager of LGU-Abuyog, Hon. Luciana L.
Lutiva, Barangay Captain and Mr. Rosilito T. Ygaña, Senior Labor and
Mayor Traya thanked the
DOLE for the effort shown in awarding the livelihood assistance
despite the COVID-19 scare presently affecting the transactions of
all organizations and establishments.
“From the bottom of our
hearts we would like to thank DOLE for being sincere in helping our
constituents, not letting the COVID stop you from delivering your
programs and services. Thank you for bringing this assistance in
such a time like this. We surely appreciate it”, said Mayor Traya.
In response, Mr. Ygaña
gave his message in behalf of DOLE Regional Director Yahya A. Centi.
“In behalf of DOLE-RO
VIII, I would like to say that we at DOLE will remain committed to
the continued delivery and implementation of our programs and
service for the benefit of Eastern Visayas. We really hope that we
will all do our part for these livelihood funds to go a long way so
that our efforts will not be in vain”, said Mr. Ygaña. (with reports
from Rosilito T. Ygaña)
completed at Brgy. Burabod, Sta. Margarita, Samar
GISSELLE G. PARUNGAO
March 17, 2020
CALBAYOG CITY – A
revetment is completed at Barangay Burabod in Sta. Margarita, Samar
with a total allocation of P99 million under the 2018 Local
Revetments are used for
coastal erosion defense in areas where crashing waves may otherwise
deplete the coastline and create infrastructure collapse. The
revetment spans 650 meters along the Daang Maharlika Highway in
Barangay Burabod that protects the road as well as passing motorists
from rolling waves.
This structure is built
with steel sheet pile and hand laid rock embankment with a height of
three meters and designed like a curved wall to imitate the crashing
waves because it will prevent the wave to overtop the wall and it
also provides additional protection of the wall.
The built revetment is 40
meters away from the national road due to a tide embankment in
director inspects big implemented projects in Biliran
March 17, 2020
NAVAL, Biliran –
Officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
Regional Office VIII headed by Regional Director (RD) Nerie Bueno
inspects on-going Regional Office (R.O.) implemented projects in
Biliran on March 12, 2020.
Among the projects
inspected are the on-going construction of Cabibihan Bridge in
Caibiran town, construction of Mother Mary Bridge at Brgy.
Larrazabal and widening of Anas Bridge at Brgy. Atipolo, both in
Also inspected are the
newly started constructions of Catmon (P86.5M) and Caraycaray
(P100M) Bridges which was damaged during the onslaught of typhoon
Urduja on December 16, 2017.
During project inspection,
Bueno meets with the project engineers (PEs) of the R.O. implemented
projects to discuss the problems they encountered during the
For projects sustaining
high negative slippages, Bueno instructed P.E.s to make a work plan
to fast-track the implementation of projects.
With the full operation of
cash-based budgeting, DPWH R.O.-8 is closely coordinating with its
contractors to speed up the implementation of various infrastructure
projects that is due for completion this year.
Meanwhile, the Biliran
Bridge which is subject for rehabilitation was also inspected by the
David Adongay Jr.,
District Engineer of DPWH-Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO)
said that funding for the rehabilitation of the said bridge was
already requested to the Regional Office amounting to P10M.
RD Bueno’s inspection was
conducted with District Engineer Adongay Jr. and Assistant District
Engineer Alfredo Bollido with section chiefs of DPWH Biliran DEO
together with Engr. Adelina P. Gomez, Engr. Angelita Obediencia, and
Ms. Agnes M. Baronda, all from DPWH Regional Office VIII.
Elementary School a recipient of the two-storey building
GISSELLE G. PARUNGAO
March 16, 2020
CALBAYOG CITY –
Tarabucan Central Elementary School is now the recipient of the new
two-storey, six-classroom school building built by the Department of
Public Works and Highways -Samar First District Engineering Office
in convergence with the Department of Education. This building has a
revised contract amount of P18.6 million from the Basic Educational
facilities Fund of 2018.
“The school is a
flood-prone area and most of the time, teachers are having a hard
time in vacating school documents or files every time there is a
heavy rainfall, to other areas of the school”, said school principal
This problem is now a
glimpse of the past because teachers and students alike are enjoying
the comforts of the new classrooms. It is now occupied by two
sections from Grades 2 and 6 as well as one class from Grade 3. The
sixth room on the second floor of the building is used as the ICT
room so that computers will be safe in case flooding occurs.
CARD MRI hosts
Media Study Tour in Laguna
JEFFREY C. TANDINGAN
March 13, 2020
SAN PABLO CITY –
The CARD MRI Publishing House hosted a study tour on the
microfinance and community development programs of CARD Mutually
Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI) on March 5-6, 2020 in Laguna.
This was participated by a total of 10 media practitioners from
Northern and Southern Luzon.
Said CARD MRI Publishing
House President Marilyn M. Manila, “The study tour is our innovative
way of presenting to our media partners our other social development
services apart from microfinance.” She also explained that media
practitioners have contributed a significant role in disseminating
accurate information about CARD MRI’s mission in pushing its charge
in eradicating poverty and uplifting the lives of its millions of
The Kaunlaran Caravan
The study tour is an
opportunity for media practitioners to experience firsthand CARD
MRI’s community development programs and to gather factual
newsworthy information on microfinance and beyond.
The schedule of the study
tour coincided with Kaunlaran Caravan, a quarterly activity wherein
CARD MRI community development programs and services are are
“Through this activity we
want our media partners to witness our actual efforts that benefit
our growing clients in rural communities in the country,” Manila
The study tour also
allowed the participants to attend a center meeting, a CARD
methodology that enables clients to meet on a weekly or monthly
basis for collection of loan payments and savings. The center
meetings are also the venue where Credit with Education (CwE) is
conducted. These are learning sessions wherein clients are provided
information and knowledge on various topics such as proper handling
of finances, disaster preparedness, health and wellness, among
The participants were also
able to interview CARD MRI’s successful microfinance clients
including Myrna Manalo, a taka maker from Sta. Maria.
A media briefing was also
facilitated were the invited media practitioners had the opportunity
to ask questions to the key management staff of selected
institutions. One of the executive officers present during the
briefing is Elma Valenzuela, CARD MRI Rizal Bank President.
“CARD MRI ensures that our
products and services are tailored-fit to the needs of our clients.
This is why we are investing on innovation and technology so that we
can offer services that are accessible and convenient for the people
we serve,” said Valenzuela in response to one of the regarding new
technologies that CARD is now offering.
Through the Media Study
Tour, CARD MRI Publishing House hopes to continue its fruitful
partnership with media practitioners in providing the public with
development-oriented information. Since 2013, CARD MRI has held 15
study tour for media practitioners.
2 CNTs killed, 1
high powered firearm seized in Pinabacdao, Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
March 12, 2020
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan,
Samar – The troops of 46th Infantry (Peacemakers) Battalion,
Philippine Army killed two members of the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs)
in a 25-minute firefight that transpired in Brgy. Canlobo,
Pinabacdao, Samar at around 8:15 in the morning of March 11, 2020.
The Focused Military
Operation (FMO) is in response to the report of the locals on the
presence of more or less 10 members of the terrorist group under
alias DALTON who were foraging and extorting in the area that
resulted to a more or less 25-minute firefight. The firefight
yielded to the killing of two members of the NPA and seizure of war
materiel including one M16A1 rifle, one bandolier with magazines,
one backpack, electrical wires, one battery, solar panels and two
cellular phones. However, one military personnel sustained a gunshot
wound that caused his death.
It is worth mentioning
that on March 6, 2020, Salvador Nordan alias Badok, a notorious
Communist NPA Terrorist Leader, was killed at Brgy. Guba, Catarman,
Northern Samar, while on March 5 and 7, 2020, the 78th Infantry
Battalion had a series of encounters with remnants of Front 42,
Sub-Regional Committee, under Communist NPA Terrorist Leader Roberto
Opo alias Resty/Migo/Lowie in Brgy. Pancho Villa, Sogod, Southern
Leyte. The series of encounters resulted the recovery of one M1
Garand rifle, ammunition and food stuff.
“We will continue to
conduct focused military pursuit operations through legitimate use
of force against these CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) that threaten the
safety and well-being of the populace. The residents of Pinabacdao
are already tired of the lies, abuse, deceptions, and extortions of
these terrorists. It is unfortunate that the CNTs continue to
endanger the lives of the locals causing injury to the utmost peace
and living conditions of the whole community.” Lt. Col. Rhomel R.
Langcauon, Commanding Officer of 46IB, remarked.
Maj. Gen. Pio Q. Diñoso
III AFP, Commander, 8ID stated that “Tuloy-tuloy na ang pasok ng mga
impormasyon galing sa ating mga kababayan na sawa na sa mga
pangingikil, pananakot at karahasan ng mga teroristang NPA. Ang dati
nilang tinuturing na ligtas na pinagtataguan ay pinagtuturo na ng
dati nilang mga kasamahan at mismong mamamayan.”
“Ipagpatuloy lang natin
ang pagtutulungan ng lokal na pamahalaan, mamamayan, pulis at
kasundalohan. Sa pamamagitan ng Executive Order 70, tuluyan na
nating mawawakasan ang Local Communist Armed Conflict dito sa
“Aming pinapaabot ang
taos-pusong pakikiramay sa pamilya at pagsaludo sa kabayanihan ng
ating magiting na Stormtrooper na nag-alay ng buhay sa ngalan ng
serbisyo para sa ating mga kababayang Samareño.” Diñoso added.
CARD MRI RBI
holds Community Health Day during Kaunlaran Caravan in Sta. Maria,
JEFFREY C. TANDINGAN
March 12, 2020
SAN PABLO CITY –
“We are in the business of poverty eradication,” highlighted Ms.
Elma Valenzuela, president and chief Executive Officer of CARD MRI
Rural Bank, Inc. during the Kaunlaran Caravan held on March 6, 2020
in Sta. Maria, Laguna.
Aside from financial
freedom, Ms. Valenzuela reiterated the importance of physical health
and wellness of CARD MRI’s clients during her speech.
Through the caravan’s
Community Health Day (CHD) initiative, optical, dental, and medical
check-ups were held in collaboration with CARD MRI’s Microfinance
and Health Protection (MaHP) Unit and other partner doctors and
The free optical service,
for example, was made possible through the help of Aguila-Mendoza
Visual Care Clinic who also provided quality frames and lenses, sold
at affordable prices during the program. On the farthest side of the
town’s covered court, children and adults availed the free dental
checkup. Some also availed free tooth extraction, in which only P35
has to be paid for anesthesia.
breast examination, and checkup on women’s reproductive health were
also conducted by partner doctors. Dr. Michelle Anne Dy-Menil of the
MaHP unit also led a timely awareness and prevention discussion
regarding the recent Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
“Ang Coronavirus ay isang
virus na maraming-maraming klase,” said Dr. Dy-Menil, who discussed
about the types of coronaviruses, among them MERS-Cov, that can be
contracted by both humans and animals through close contact. With
this, proper handwashing with soap and water, sanitation, and an
avoidance to physical contact like hugging or kissing, both humans
and their pets, must be observed. Alongside this, Dr. Dy-Menil
encouraged the attendees to avoid the discrimination against
nationalities that contracted COVID-19.
To experience the full
benefits from the health program, CARD MRI RBI members and
non-members also had the chance to purchase vitamins, antibiotics,
and other doctor prescribed medicines discounted at 20% through
BotiCARD, Inc., CARD MRI’s pharmacy that offers safe and affordable
Free massage, haircut,
manicure, and pedicure were also organized to further enrich the
total wellness of the community.
A total of 448 clients,
including members, their dependents, and non-members, were served
during the Community Health Day. Among these, 210 attendees
benefited from the medical checkup including four pregnant women.
freeze on basic necessities in effect amid COVID-19 emergency
March 12, 2020
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announces nationwide price
freeze on basic necessities pursuant to the Price Act or Republic
Act (RA) No. 7581.
Section 6 of the said law
states that prices of basic necessities shall be frozen at their
prevailing prices for sixty (60) days or until sooner lifted by the
President whenever there is a declaration of a state of emergency,
calamity, or other similar conditions.
Proclamation No. 922 which
puts the country under a State of Public Health Emergency due to the
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak triggered the
implementation of a nationwide price freeze.
“The DTI is closely
coordinating with other government agencies, manufacturers, and
retailers of basic goods to ensure availability and continuous
supply in the market. Retailers are reminded that there should be no
price movement on these goods while the price freeze is in effect,”
says DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.
Basic goods that are under
the jurisdiction of the DTI include canned fish and other marine
products, locally manufactured instant noodles, bottled water,
bread, processed milk, coffee, candles, and laundry soap, detergent,
The DA covers basic
agricultural goods such as rice, corn, cooking oil, fresh, dried and
other marine products, fresh eggs, fresh pork, beef and poultry
meat, fresh milk, fresh vegetables, root crops, sugar, and fresh
Essential drugs are under
the DOH while firewood and charcoal for the DENR. Household LPG and
kerosene, on the other hand, are under the DOE.
All these basic goods are
placed under price freeze for 60 days with the exception of
household LPG and kerosene whose prices shall be frozen for fifteen
(15) days only as provided in the Amended Price Act or RA 10623.
Meanwhile, on ensuring
price reasonableness, DTI-Consumer Protection Group (CPG)
Undersecretary Atty. Ruth B. Castelo assures the public that, “The
Department continues to intensify its monitoring and enforcement
activities on the prices of basic goods in the market, including
N-95, N-88, and other similar face masks.”
It can be recalled that
since the phreatic eruption of Taal Volcano, the DTI included face
masks in its monitoring which remains relevant to this day as the
country addresses the outbreak of COVID-19.
found to have violated the price freeze shall be imposed with a fine
amounting to P5,000.00 up to P1,000,000.00 and/or imprisonment for a
period of one (1) year up to ten (10) years.
Consumers are enjoined to
report business establishments that sell basic necessities beyond
the price freeze by calling the One-DTI (1-384) Hotline or sending
an email to, ConsumerCare@dti.gov.ph.
DPWH Samar I
build flood control structures along Sinidman River
CHENZI MAY D. UY
March 12, 2020
CALBAYOG CITY –
Samar First District Engineering Office (DPWH-SFDEO) has completed
the construction of 240-linear-meter flood control structures along
Sinidman River in barangay Sinidman Occidental, Calbayog City.
Sinidman Occidental is an
identified flood-prone barangay. According to Barangay Captain Romeo
P. Olojan, in 2018, super typhoon Usman caused floodwaters to rise
up to fifteen (15) feet. Ricefields and close to ninety (90)
households in Purok 1 and Purok 2 were severely affected at the
time. Moreover, an almost kilometer-long section of Daang Maharlika
was flooded, causing travelers on the Calbayog-Catarman route to be
“When it rains heavily,
our barangay is the first to get flooded because all the surface
water from the Sinidman Oriental (upland) comes down and overtops
our river,” Olojan explained.
The chieftain hopes more
such structures will be built along the entire stream so as to
eliminate the flooding risk completely.
The P35-million flood
control project is part of the GAA 2019 infrastructure program of
District Engineering Office allocated with P2.3B from GAA 2020
GISSELLE G. PARUNGAO
March 10, 2020
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways has received a total
appropriation amounting to P2,335,680,000.00 from the approved
General Appropriations Act of 2020.
There are about
seventy-five (75) projects to be implemented by the district which
will comprise the GAA for CY 2020.
To preserve the
infrastructure investment made along national road, the project
identified focus more on rehabilitation/construction/widening on
both national and secondary roads amounting to P1,232,902,000.00
while an allocation of P366,278,000.00 was granted to projects that
will prevent flooding in low-lying areas.
Local Program also
received P696,500,000.00 whereas, convergence and special support
program received P40,000,000.00 to build roads leading to tourism
destinations and infrastructure/s in support of national security
which is beneficial to the people of the 1st District of Samar.
Executive Staff, Section and Unit Heads during the Audit
Entry /Exit Meeting with the SOCOTEC Auditors.
NMP retains its
ISO 9001:2015 certification
March 10, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY –
Following a rigorous audit conducted by the SOCOTEC Certification
Philippines, the National Maritime Polytechnic Quality Management
System (NMP QMS) retains its ISO 9001:2015 Certification as it
passed the 2nd Surveillance Audit held on 05 March 2020 both at its
main office at Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City and liaison office
with address at 2nd Floor ECC Building, 355 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
NMP’s quality procedures,
manuals and other systems documentation were reviewed by Ms. Olivia
Eco and Mr. Ringo Pabua, SOCOTEC auditors, as against the
requirements set forth by the standard. The auditors looked into
NMP’s several processes which include registration and certification
procedures; course delivery; assessment / examination;
documentation; performance monitoring and assessment; provision of
resources; performance evaluation of suppliers and other
administrative support services during the audit.
During the exit meeting,
Ms. Eco, audit team leader, expressed her appreciation for the NMP’s
established QMS, as well as the strong support and demonstration of
leadership of the top management for the continual improvement of
She likewise relayed her
positive observations on the significant developments since her last
visit in May 2017. These include collaboration/ partnership with
different manning and shipping agencies, acquisition of additional
equipment, establishment of extension offices, remarkable set-up of
NMP’s training facilities coupled with excellent equipment
maintenance activities and auditees are very competent and
Finally, the audit report
disclosed that there were no non-conformances noted, but somehow
some observations were raised which NMP may look into as an
opportunity for continual improvement. With the said findings, the
NMP QMS was recommended for continued certification.
“We acknowledge the
concerted efforts of the entire workforce in passing the audit. Rest
assured that NMP will remain dedicated to further improve its
systems, processes and procedures”, said NMP Executive Director Joel
Likewise, NMP OIC Deputy
Executive Director shared “All the efforts and hard work of NMP
employees have paid off. Congratulations to all of us.”
As an Agency that commits
to continuous enhancement of seafarers, maintaining ISO
Certification of its QMS confirms the Agency's relevance in carrying
out its mandate of upgrading the qualifications of Filipino
seafarers and providing maritime industry researches.
Over the years, NMP
aggressively pursued for the establishment of its QMS in compliance
with the requirements of the Standards of Training, Certification
and Watchkeeping Convention (STCW) 1978. Its first ISO Registration
Certificate was obtained in April 2000. Since then, the NMP QMS has
undergone continuous certification and surveillance audits, passed
and was eventually re-certified over the years under ISO 9001: 1994,
ISO 9001: 2000, ISO 9001: 2008, and the latest in 2018 under ISO
It can be recalled that in
2009, NMP received a special recognition from the Office of the
President for being one of the forty (40) government offices across
the country to be ISO-certified. Also, in 2015, the Agency earned a
commendation from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for
continuously improving the efficiency and effectiveness of its
Meanwhile, in its effort
to sustain its mandate in providing quality service through
upgrading and specialized training programs, NMP continues to
maintain and upgrade its facilities and its pool of competent
instructors. Those Interested to take the training courses may visit
the NMP website @ www.nmp.gov.ph or visit the agency’s Facebook page
(www.facebook.com/ nmptrainingcenter) where all updates and relevant
information on NMP programs are available.
who wish to validate the authenticity of their seafarers-employed
with NMP issued certificates may visit www.verify.nmp.gov.ph or
download the NMP App at Google Play Store for android phone users.
Likewise, those interested in NMP research undertakings may visit
the NMP website 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 activities.
Further, NMP encourages
OWWA registered seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers
Welfare Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) and
Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) which entitles the
beneficiary to receive financial assistance for training costs from