congratulates EDC for historic virtual CBA signing
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
June 4, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII
congratulates the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) for the
successful conduct of its 2020 Unified Rank and File (RF) and
Professional Technical (PT) Online Conclusion/Signing Ceremony last
02 June 2020 via the zoom online application, a first in the region
and in the country.
The EDC, having three
labor unions namely, Leyte Geothermal Professional Technical
Employees Union (LEGPTEU), Tonongan Workers Union - Rank and File (TWU)
and Leyte “A” Geothermal Project Employees Union – Rank and File (LAGPEU),
has started their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiations
last April 30, 2020. After four (4) separate sessions conducted
virtually, the negotiations were concluded on May 12, 2020.
Regional Director Yahya A.
Centi gave his inspirational message to the management and union
panel members of EDC during the significant occasion. He also
congratulated EDC for the initiative in pursuing the CBA
negotiations using online platform during this global health crisis
and even cited it as one historic event.
“In this time of pandemic,
and the means by which you concluded your CBA negotiation, is a
first for the entire country, since it was done through virtual
platform. I must congratulate EDC and its unions for this
initiative. Indeed, you are one of the big brothers that
continuously maintains peaceful industrial relations within the
region,” Centi said.
During the online
conclusion ceremony, Director Centi also briefly shared about the
importance of collective bargaining.
“The right to bargain
collectively with an employer enhances the human dignity, liberty
and autonomy of workers by giving them the opportunity to influence
the establishment of workplace rules and thereby gain some control
over a major aspect of their lives. Collective bargaining is not
simply an instrument for pursuing external ends, rather it is
intrinsically valuable as an experience in self-government”, Centi
Finally, Director Centi
gave the panel members some useful reminders and words of
encouragement to inspire them as they ink their renewed CBA.
Relations is like marriage. There are times that parties do not
agree on certain issues but still maintains to live and work with
each other for the common good of the family. Today is like your
renewal of vows/commitments to each other. As you ink your CBA and
even amidst this pandemic, allow me to convey my heartfelt
congratulations to all of you for this historic and memorable
event,” Centi ended.
Ms. Lisa Teresita F.
Daigan, Head of HR Operations for VisMin Cluster of EDC, expressed
her sincerest gratitude and respect to Director Centi for being a
supportive leader. She likewise committed to continue partnership
with the DOLE team.
“On behalf of EDC, I would
like to thank You, Director. You are such an amazing leader. You
added life to the ceremony. The experience was different with you
around. We can not thank you enough sir for the support! We are here
to continue the healthy partnership with you and the rest of the
DOLE team. More Power!”, said Ms. Daigan.
Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO), Hilaria Callera
together with her staff, Caroline Sumayod and Marc Johann
Omega, and driver Manolito Estil, distribute relief packs of
supplemental food, vitamins and hygiene kits to the 70
agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Barangay Wague, a
remote village in Leyte, Leyte. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)
Leyte’s remote village thank DAR over relief packs
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
June 3, 2020
LEYTE, Leyte – Some
70 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from a far-flung farming
village in this town were so thankful to receive relief packs of
supplemental food, vitamins and hygiene kits from the Department of
Agrarian Reform (DAR).
“Ako, nagpasalamat ko nga
dunay tabang sa gobyerno. Pasalamaton ko kay gipangga pa diay mi’ng
mag-uuma.” (Thank you that there is assistance from the government.
I am grateful because the government still love us, the farmer.)
These were the words of
Rondino Villamor, a 66 years old ARB from Barangay Wague, after
receiving his relief pack.
Villamor and the 69 other
farmers were among the 448 ARB-recipients of the relief packs in the
On Thursday afternoon last
week, ignoring the risk posed by the coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19) though observing the minimum health protocols, Municipal
Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Hilaria Callera assisted by
her staff, Senior Agrarian Reform Program Technologist Caroline
Sumayod and Agrarian Reform Program Technologist Marc Johann Omega,
delivered the 70 relief packs and distributed to the awaiting ARBs
outside of the barangay’s multi-purpose center.
Many of them came straight
from their farms.
Some packs we’re delivered
to the house of the vulnerable ones.
Each pack contains four
kilos of milled-rice, canned goods, noodles, vitamins, bath soaps
and face masks.
According to Callera, she
didn’t want these less-privilege members of the community to spend
P200 for fare alone just to claim the relief packs in the office.
Callera took advantage of
the DAR Provincial Office service vehicle driven by Manolito Estil,
which was among the vehicles used to transport the relief packs from
Tacloban City to the different DAR Municipal Offices throughout the
She requested to bring the
70 packs, intended for the ARBs in Barangay Wague, directly to the
area, a remote village 14 kilometers away from the town proper.
Another recipient of the
relief pack, Estrella Septimo, 62, said “Pasalamat ko nga nakadawat
mi, nga nahatagan mi ug hinabang sa DAR. Nga ang among gikinahanglan,
naa.” (We are thankful that we are able to receive assistance from
DAR. These are what we need.)
Ismael Aya-ay explained that the said distribution is just one of
the four components of the PaSSOver: ARBold Move for Deliverance of
our Farmers from COVID-19 Pandemic project. This is DAR’s response
to Republic Act No. 11469, or the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, he
According to him, the
distribution rolled out on May 14 this year at the national level.
In Region-8, we started the distribution on May 21 in the
Municipality of Palo, he added.
Aya-ay also disclosed that
9,532 ARBs all over Eastern Visayas are expected to receive the said
relief assistance to help ease their burden brought by the current
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II Renato Badilla shared
that 4,941 ARBs in the Province of Leyte, and 140 ARBs in the
Province of Biliran will be benefited.
DOLE RO8 provides
sewing machines to women, senior citizens in Kawayan, Biliran
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
June 3, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY –
Some fifty (50) women and senior citizens from Kawayan, Biliran
received one (1) sewing machine each from the Department of Labor
and Employment and the local government unit of Kawayan during the
turnover ceremony held last May 27, 2020 at the municipal grounds of
Present to grace the
simple turnover ceremony were Kawayan Mayor Rogelio Espina, DOLE
Biliran Field Office Chief Fe Norma Valuis and Senior Labor and
Employment Officer, Ms. Imelda Codilan.
Mayor Espina just gave his
brief message to the beneficiaries during the event. He reminded
them to be grateful of the assistance and exercise proper care in
using the equipment. He likewise thanked DOLE for the usual
assistance and support to his constituents.
Chief Valuis, representing
Director Yahya A. Centi, extends her greetings to the good mayor and
the excited beneficiaries. She assured them that DOLE will continue
to be of service to the people of Region 8 even in the midst of the
global health crisis.
“We would like to assure
you that DOLE will continue to deliver our programs and services
amid this COVID crisis. Let us help one another and do our part for
all of us to survive. I know the equipment you have now will help
you cope with the difficult situation we are in now”, said Ms.
The said livelihood
assistance was granted by DOLE RO VIII and charged against its 2019
DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) funds. The grants,
amounting to P600,000.00 were awarded by Director Centi to Mayor
Espina during the collaborative meeting of DOLE and the Province of
Biliran held last September 2019 in Naval.
It was ensured that social
distancing and other COVID-19 health protocols were strictly
observed during the release of livelihood aid.
(with reports from Imelda M. Codilan)
Anti-Terror Bill "a dangerous ingredient to Duterte's recipe for
June 2, 2020
QUEZON CITY – The
Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Arresto (SELDA), a
group of ex-political detainees mostly during the Martial Law
regime, strongly denounces the railroading of the administration's
so-called "Anti-Terror Bill", calling it "a dangerous ingredient to
Duterte's recipe for fascism and dictatorship."
"Obviously, this is
becoming a cooking show and the president is hungry for more power.
Now that he has certified the Anti-Terror Bill as urgent, his allies
in the legislature are now brewing this law as an add-on to his
already tyrannical rule. But this is nothing new. We had seen this
before with the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Clearly, the
president is desperate to fulfill his Marcosian fantasy. But this
has to stop," said Danilo Dela Fuente, the group's spokesperson.
Under the Anti-Terror
Bill, law enforcement agents will be given the power to arrest
anyone without warrant based only on suspicion as authorized by the
Anti-Terror Council - a panel made up of top cabinet officials which
will be given functions otherwise reserved for courts. Furthermore,
the bill exempts law enforcement agents from liability. It even
allows prolonged detention without charges of "suspected terrorists"
for up to 24 days.
"It's extremely callous
and inhumane of this administration to prioritize the enactment of
this bill amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and its negative
socioeconomic effects, but it is not surprising. While everyone is
trying to keep themselves safe from the virus, the spate of
political killings and harassment continued. Even ordinary citizens
who expressed their dissatisfaction towards the administration's
anti-people schemes have been served subpoenas or were put under
surveillance, harassed, and arrested. This bill will serve as the
stamp of approval from this administration to continue its witch
hunt against activists and its quest to tone down the public's
growing unrest," said Dela Fuente.
"Similar to how Marcos
suspended the writ of habeas corpus at the dawn of his bloody
regime, this law is cleverly designed to arrest this
administration's critics and silence the growing dissent and
discontent of the masses. It further emboldens state security to
amplify the culture of impunity and bastardizes our inherent rights
to freely express ourselves, including our discontentment and
grievances. More importantly, it formalizes Duterte's dictatorship
and allows him to concoct more ways on how to maintain his control
and power over the land through fascist and militarist means,
exposing ordinary citizens to heightened state terrorism, abuse of
power, and intensified human rights violations. This is outrageous,"
he further stressed.
"Expressing dissent and
calling the government's attention to address the root causes of
poverty, inequality, and injustice should never be considered as a
crime. Enacting this bill will jeopardize the lives of many
activists, human rights workers, and even ordinary citizens who are
thirsty for genuine social change. We in SELDA are one with the
nation in opposing Duterte's draconian measures and desperate
attempts to cling to power. Junk Duterte's Terror Bill!", the SELDA
DPWH Biliran DEO
identifies priority projects for calendar year 2021
June 2, 2020
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) has started prioritizing projects for
implementation in CY 2021.
District Engineer David
Adongay Jr. in an interview with a local reporter here said that
more or less P2.4B has been proposed to the Department of Budget and
Management (DBM) for implementation of various infrastructure
projects next year.
Adongay revealed that they
have prioritized the continuation of Farm-Market Road (FMR)
projects, road concreting in convergence with the Department of
Tourism (DOT) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), flood
control projects to protect lives and properties and some road
widening projects to complement the fast growing economy in Biliran.
“Kailangan malapad yung’
ating mga roads para ma-accommodate yung’ volume of traffic na
papasok dito sa atin na ina-anticipate natin in five to ten years
from now,” said Adongay.
Adongay added that they
have also included in their priority the rehabilitation of the
entire Maripipi Circumferential Road (MCR), an island town of this
buildings, FMRs and multi-purpose pavement roads have also been
prioritized under Local Infrastructure Program (LIP).
According to Adongay, said
priority projects for 2021 has already been submitted to the DBM in
coordination with the Local Government Units (LGUs), Biliran
Congressman and the Governor in this province.
“By October, mag-iissue
sila (DBM) under National Expenditure Program (NEP) na pwede na kami
magstart ng Preliminary Detailed Engineering (PDE) activities, para
pagdating ng pera, madali na tayong maka-implement agad,” said
transportation service provider launches PUVs for Cavite commuters
June 2, 2020
MAKATI CITY –
Addressing the dilemma caused by the community quarantine in the
public transportation in Cavite, the Department of Trade and
Industry-assisted transportation service provider launched their
eco-friendly public utility vehicles (PUVs) for the commuters in the
The Silang Transport
Service and Development Cooperative, a beneficiary of the DTI’s
Shared Servcie Facility (SSF) program, introduced their 23 new and
modernized units of PUV to provide service in Imus City and Silang,
Through the financial
assistance of the Department of Budget and Management and the effort
of Silang Transport’s Manager, Mr. Sulpicio Arellano, the
Cooperative has successfully paved the way to offer and run the
first ecological and conducive PUV in the province. They
demonstrated their readiness to serve the public by observing social
distancing and other health protocols with their passengers.
According to Arellano,
this is their answer to the government’s call for a nature-friendly
transportation system and the LGUs’ call to service commuters plying
from Silang to Imus and Silang to Tagaytay and vice-versa. Routes
will be stretched once the new normal is in place in the province.
Established in 1991,
fifteen individuals from different transport associations in Silang
joined and worked for the registration of the Silang Transport. They
started their business and services to members by applying passenger
utilities jeepney franchise from the Land Transportation Franchising
and Regulatory Board.
In 2013, the DTI 4-A
through its SSF program awarded the Silang Transport Service and
Development Cooperative with equipment such as a hydraulic pipe
bender, universal sheet bender, sheet metal cutter, acetylene torch,
and welding machine for body fabrication and repair. Thus,
Cooperative was able to increase its services to the members on
repairs up to 15%, assemble additional cooperative owned unit, and
increase motor shop income to 10%, greatly improving their
production and capacity to address the needs of its members.
Through the SSF, members
and member-drivers continue to use the equipment to their modernized
PUVs in terms of maintenance and repair. Presently, the Cooperative
has 174 member operators.
“We would like to
congratulate the Silang Transport Service and Development
Cooperative for this achievement! You have proven that there are,
indeed, many ways to thrive amidst this pandemic through a sheer
amount of perseverance, optimism, and determination. We really
believe that through the relentless effort and convergence of the
government and the private sector, we will be able to survive in
this crisis,” said DTI CALABARZON Director Marilou Q. Toledo.
The Department’s SSF is a
national program that aims to improve the competitiveness of the
micro, small, and medium (MSMEs) by providing them with machinery,
equipment, tools, systems, skills and knowledge under a shared
The SSF program is being
implemented nationwide by the DTI-Regional Operations Group headed
by Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona.
abduct 3 peacebuilders in Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
May 29, 2020
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City, Samar – Three peacebuilders were abducted by Communist NPA
Terrorists (CNTs) in Brgy. Canvais, Motiong, Samar about 4:30AM, May
The CNTs abducted Cosme
Cabangunay and his two sons Jevie and Jason; all former rebels who
surrendered to the authorities and were embracing and working for
peace as members of Motiong Peacebuilders, an organization of former
rebels who are working for peace and development.
According to barangay
officials headed by Brgy Chairperson Vilma Gabane who reported the
incident to the authorities, about five bonnet-clad suspects armed
with long firearms barged inside the victims’ house and forcibly
took them at gunpoint.
The victims' family and
the whole community are appealing for the safe release of the trio.
“They have been living in
peace and just wanted to have normal lives away from violence. We
will hold them (NPA) responsible if our relatives will be harmed”,
one of the kins said in vernacular.
Reynaldo B. Balido Jr., Battalion Commander of 87th Infantry
Battalion, Philippine Army, condemned the abduction as it is a
heinous crime and is against the International Humanitarian Law. "We
vehemently condemn this barbaric act of the NPA terrorists. They
have victimized non-combatants. They abducted people who are working
for peace in the locality", Balido said.
Colonel Camilo Z. Ligayo,
Commander of the 801st Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army demanded
the unconditional and safe release of the victims.
"It is with deep regret
that the NPA terrorists have once again showed their evil ways by
oppressing the ordinary people who want to live in peace. We assure
the relatives that our soldiers will do everything necessary to
pursue the perpetrators and bring them to justice”, Ligayo remarked.
"To the CNTs, the people
of Motiong demand that you release the victims unharmed. You can
embrace peace with us or face the fury and condemnation of the
community as the government forces will relentlessly pursue you",
It is high time to
challenge the self-declared human rights groups Karapatan, Katungod
Sinirangan Bisayas and other left leaning organizations to strongly
condemn the abduction of the three peacebuilders being human rights
advocates, a concluding statement by Ligayo.
construction of Kaulangohan Flood Control along Biliran
Circumferential Road, Caibiran, Biliran. This project is
under contract with Roving Premier Contractors Inc. worth
DPWH infra projects in Biliran resumes
May 28, 2020
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office resumes construction works of DPWH infrastructure
projects under strict safety guidelines, this after the province is
placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
In an interview with David
Adongay Jr., District Engineer by a local reporter here, he said
that they are strictly following the May 19, 2020 Department Order
No. 39 signed by Sec. Mark Villar, “Revised Construction Safety
Guidelines for the Implementation of DPWH Infrastructure Projects
during the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis” to avoid contagion.
“Nagresume na tayo pero
meron tayong patnubay na sinusunod prior to deployment of workers on
the field based on the aforesaid DO on Construction Safety
Guidelines as well as the minimum health standards ng DOH like
social distancing, proper hygiene, wearing of facemasks at kailangan
yung’ mga workers physically fit,” said Adongay.
He also added that DPWH
engineers assigned at the site are strictly guided by DOLE D.O.13,
series of 1998 and implementation of wearing Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) required such as but not limited to facemasks, face
shields and long sleeve T-shirts and physical distancing at least
According to Adongay, all
of their 2020 projects are now on-going.
For 2020, Biliran DEO is
implementing a total of 35 projects. Out of this number, 33 are
already on-going while two are completed posting 28.89%
accomplishment as of April 30, 2020.
Adongay said that there
are still 40 projects whose funding is “For Later Release” (FLR) by
the Department under 2020 implementation.
“In case funds for FLR
projects are released, we will immediately start the projects,” said
However, Adongay added
that if reduction of funds for FLR projects is needed because of
COVID-19 crisis, the district office will coordinate with the Local
Government Unit (LGU), Biliran Congressman, and the Governor to
identify priorities that are most in need by the Biliranons.
Moreover, Adongay said
that they will also consider the technical aspect of projects to be
prioritized like Road-Right-Of-Way (RROW) problem to make sure that
all projects will be completed by the end of 2020.
With just only months away
before the year ends, the district office is committed to fast-track
all infrastructures without compromising the quality of its projects
and without compromising the health and safety of the workers during
FLETC focus with
Astor Lim, Jr.: Spotlighting Asian-American Pacific Islander
Heritage Month and FLETC’s 50th Year
May 26, 2020
[The Federal Law
Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) salutes Asian-American and
Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM) through a series of
articles recognizing FLETC staff of Asian and Pacific Island
descent. The AAPIHM national campaign theme "Unite Our Nation by
Empowering Equality" reminds us that we are stronger together;
united by our common ties and better collectively because of our
GA. – For eight years, Astor Lim, Jr. has proudly served in the
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Directorate at the Federal Law
Enforcement Training Centers. Lim works with accounts receivable in
the Billing and Central Accounting Reporting System (CARS) Branch in Glynco, Georgia.