installs rainwater collection systems in Biliran province
September 10, 2020
NAVAL, Biliran – To
address the problem of the shortage of water supply in the province,
the Department of Public Works and Highways- Biliran District
Engineering Office (DPWH-BDEO) installs rainwater collection systems
intended for sanitation purposes.
DPWH-BDEO has allotted
P4.5M for the construction of these water collection systems
strategically located at 18 different sites where water is scarce.
According to District
Engineer David P. Adongay Jr., public schools and government
establishments are among the beneficiaries of the said projects.
The said rainwater
collections are installed at BIPSU, Biliran Campus, Biliran Science
High School, Busali Elementary School, Burabod Elementary School,
Pinangomhan Elementary School and DPWH Field Office all in the town
collections are also installed in Culaba town particularly at Acaban
Elementary School, Bool Elementary School and San Roque Elementary
school while one rain water collection is installed at Sabang
Elementary School in Naval town.
DPWH-BDEO also installed
five rainwater collections in the island town of Maripipi located at
Barangay Hall in Binongto-an village, Barangay Hall in Ermita
village, Canduhao Elementary School and Rural health Unit (RHU) and
Philippine National Police (PNP) office of the said town.
In Almeria town, Matanggo
Elementary School, Talahid Elementary School and Pili Elementary
School are among the beneficiaries of the rainwater collection.
These rainwater collector
systems are installed to accumulate rainwater from the roof of
buildings and is used to flush on toilets and in watering plants,
rather than let it run off to nowhere.
from DARBECO,DTI, and DOLE pose for a smile during the check
turnover on September 4, 2020.
group receives P960K livelihood grant
September 10, 2020
BUTUAN CITY – A
farmer beneficiary group assisted through the Department of Trade
and Industry’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program has received a
total of P960,650 worth of livelihood assistance from the Department
of Labor and Employment-Agusan del Norte (DOLE-ADN) in a turnover
ceremony held last September 4, 2020.
With the joint effort of
the DTI, Department of Agrarian Reform, and DOLE, De Oro Agrarian
Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (DARBECO) finally received the
grant from DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or Kabuhayan
Program which is intended to purchase the needed equipment and
initial materials for the group’s water refilling station.
“We join DARBECO in
celebrating its recent milestone. We are happy that through our CARP
Unit, we were able to help craft this business proposal for actual
implementation with the DOLE funding,” said DTI Agusan del Norte
Provincial Director Brenda Corvera.
“We believe that as with
the other income-generating projects which we engaged them with –
the most recent of which is the personal protective equipment, their
going into e-commerce, and participation in our online and virtual
trade fairs – this newest project will also be successful,” Corvera
DOLE-ADN Provincial Office
Head Keith Duran encouraged every member of the cooperative to
continue their unity.
“I am confident that the
grant will be successful with the help of the Barangay Local
Government Unit of De Oro,” he added.
Furthermore, he gladly
announced that if DOLE sees that the project is successful, the
Cooperative can request for an enhancement or expansion of the
enterprise or for another project grant after two years.
“Mapasalamaton ko sa
tanang government agencies nga nagpaluyo kanunay sa DARBECO. Ang DAR
nga nag mold namo, sa DOLE nga maoy ni bubu sa pondo ug sa DTI nga
naghago og dako sa project proposal para aning water refilling
station (I am grateful to all the government agencies that have
always assisted DARBECO. To DAR for molding us, DOLE for providing
us with the fund, and the DTI that has worked hard in completing the
project proposal for this water refilling station),” said Evangeline
Magtibay, DARBECO chairperson.
Barangay Chairperson Randy
Jagonos pointed out the strong management of DARBECO and its growing
support to the BLGU have made him greatly trust the Cooperative. He
then reminded the barangay LGU and the proponent group about the
process to be followed since they are accountable for the project.
absolute pardon: they killed Jennifer again and our sovereignty
NCCP Press Release
September 9, 2020
QUEZON CITY – “The
granting of absolute pardon to US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton has
shown how little the President values the life of a transgender and
a Filipino. The fact that the victim of Pemberton is a Filipino
shows how little regard is placed on our sovereignty,” said Bishop
Reuel Norman O. Marigza, General Secretary of the National Council
of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP). This came after President
Duterte granted an absolute pardon to Pemberton, who was found
guilty of killing the transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude in 2014.
The NCCP leader condemned
this untimely and unjust act. Bp. Marigza pointed out that Pemberton
was granted special treatment while serving his sentence, a
treatment not accorded to ordinary Filipino convicts. This should
have been enough basis for not to set him free during his supposed
incarceration. “It is like they killed Jennifer again and deeply
wounded her family and loved ones anew. It also belittles the rights
and dignity of our LGBT community that are pushing for justice and
equality and our sovereignty as a nation,” Bishop Marigza stated.
“The absolute pardon to Pemberton is an injustice not only to
Jennifer Laude and her family but to all Filipinos,” the General
Pemberton was convicted of
homicide in December 2015 by the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court
with a sentence of 10 years, 1 month and 10 days imprisonment. The
homicide conviction was considered by many as a light sentence given
the violent circumstance of Laude’s death. Thus, the order of
release by the same court for Pemberton allegedly due to Good
Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) was quite surprising to say the least.
The GCTA law earned a lot of flak recently when convicted rapist
murderer Antonio Sanchez was almost released because of it. But
while the lawyers of Laude were preparing for their appeal against
the release order, President Duterte granted an absolute pardon to
The Protestant Bishop also
underscored this decision as “an act of double-standard,” amid the
calls of rights groups to release low-risk, sick, and elderly
prisoners, including those who were wrongfully imprisoned because of
their political beliefs, as a humanitarian act to the pandemic.
“If the president can
grant absolute pardon to murderers like Pemberton who has not shown
any remorse for his deed, then surely he can also free prisoners of
conscience whose ‘crimes’, if they can be called that, are for
defending the rights of the poor and marginalized.”
NCCP General Secretary
continued that Pemberton’s controversial pardon is an issue of
sovereignty. He reiterated the NCCP’s opposition to the Visiting
Forces Agreement (VFA) and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA),
and the entire US military presence in the country.
“It is saddening how truth
and justice are sacrificed as the President submitted our national
sovereignty to the US. Jennifer’s death is a glaring image of how
the US military presence exacerbates the vulnerabilities of women,
children, and LGBT in their own communities. As long as they are
here, our country won’t be a safe space for the Filipinos,” Bishop
Marigza stated. “Let us continue to mourn for the injustice to
Jennifer but let us also work for justice, peace and the rule of
law,” Bishop Marigza concluded.
Bayani, Pinoy protagonist in new sci-fi novel on Amazon
September 7, 2020
MANILA – Looking
for something exciting to read on Kindle books from Amazon? Grab a
copy of “58 Minutes in Driftland,” the new sci-fi adventure novel
written by Filipino writer I.S.A. Crisostomo-Lopez.
The story revolves around
Alunsinag Bayani, a 17-year-old Filipino immigrant in the US who is
trying to find his place in the world. His mother Mercedes or
“Chedeng” Bayani is a nurse who works at a community hospital in Los
Angeles, while his father Artemio “Miyo” Bayani is a travel writer
who is mostly out of town on assignment to feature endangered plants
Alunsinag or “Al” as his
friends call him, faces many adventures with his two best friends,
Ming Ju-long, a Chinese immigrant from Hong Kong, and Tej Ondrej, an
Indian immigrant from Bangalore.
Driftland is an
alternative realm where childhood dreams and nightmares exist. The
adventure begins when Alunsinag accidentally steps into Driftland
and discovers he can switch places with his alternate, more
efficient self for 58 minutes. The switch opens doors to discovering
one's strengths and regaining confidence in one’s abilities.
An interesting allegory on
a person’s journey to self-realization and the battle between good
and evil, “58 Minutes in Driftland” is also a coming of age story
which explores current issues facing young people today like
belongingness and discrimination, standing up to bullies,
discovering one’s potential, and falling in love.
On an interesting note,
the author I.S.A. Crisostomo-Lopez is a stay-at-home mother who has
retired after 17 years of office work. She revealed that she
composes story ideas in her mind while doing the laundry, changing
diapers or mopping the floors. She is based in Binan City, Laguna,
Philippines with her husband, four children and two dogs.
“58 Minutes in Driftland”
is available in both digital and paperback editions. For more
information on the book, please visit amazon.com or this link:
store survives with the essentials
September 7, 2020
MAKATI CITY – “Gusto ko pong lumago ang aking sari-sari store na
naumpisahan dahil dito ngayon nakikita ang mga pangunahing bilihin
ng mga tao,” says Ida Hilvano from Jaro, Leyte.
together with her husband, Mario, once started a bakeshop in their
barangay in 2009. Both did not have the know-how in business. Her
husband was a construction worker who lost his job while she was a
plain house wife.
Their business started to flourish; they hired a baker and 3-5 more to
help in the operations. The bakeshop was then registered in DTI and
in the municipality Alvin’s Bakeshop. Their main target market are
the people in the public markets as they also recognized that they
sell more in the “tabo-tabo”. Tabo is a traditional way of trading
and barter of goods such as root crops, vegetables, meat, poultry,
kakanin, rice, clothes and other items.
Their top selling product
among others was the snack-bite miki bread, these are mini milky
bread sticks in small packs – a healthy substitute for chips. They
were known for this plus other cookies and hard bread such as roscas
They were identified by
DTI as an assisted MSME and various interventions through trainings
were received by Ms. Ida. She was also a graduate of the Kapatid
Mentor Me Program in 2017.
“Malaki po ang naitulong
sa akin gng mga training and seminar ng DTI kasi natuto po ako
magnegosyo ng tama at lalo na paano dumiskarte,” says Ida.
The business was growing,
it sustained their daily living, supported the studies of their
children. Not long, this business resulted to Ida’s sari-sari store.
Her sari-sari store became one of their sources as well for living.
Located at home with their bakeshop, the sari-sari store has almost
everything needed by the nearby households.
When this pandemic
happened, their bakeshop reduced their operations. Their employees
stopped from working, they were not allowed to sell in the market
since tabo-tabo is prohibited because it draws crowed in the market.
What was left of them was their sari-sari store.
She then realized that
this sari-sari store has every essential item that a person would
need. She thought, this could help them survive the pandemic.
True enough, the sari-sari
store was frequently visited by their kapitbahays. People run to
their store for every little cooking ingredient and personal
essentials. They got very engaged with the sari-sari store; however,
they needed help in sustaining its supplies and to recover from the
setback they have experienced. A much needed capital for the goods
She envisions it to expand
by being helped by government agencies that is why when she heard
that she is one of the beneficiaries of the Negosyo Serbisyo sa
Barangay- Livelihood Seeding Program to be granted with a Sari-sari
Store Restarter Kit, she cannot help but be thankful that DTI once
again is there to help her in the recovery of her business.
holds online promo; vows continuous insurance services to its
September 5, 2020
SAN PABLO CITY – To
provide additional assistance and “hope” amid the ongoing pandemic,
CARD Pioneer Microinsurance (CPMI) held an online promo for its
Hanep-Buhay”, the promo was participated by CARD clients nationwide,
who availed and/or renewed CPMI’s Sagip Plan policy from July 1,
2019 to December 31, 2019. Sagip Plan is one of the institution’s
non-life insurance products.
The grand raffle draw was
held live on CPMI’s Facebook page on August 20, 2020. Earlier this
March, the provincial winners were announced.
Officer-in-Charge Ms. Melinda Grace Labao during her opening
remarks, the online activity is their way to give hope and give back
to the millions of their patronizing clients, especially now that
the country is facing a pandemic. She also lauded the resiliency of
the Filipino people.
“We Filipinos are known
for our resiliency. We leave no one behind; we fight as one,” began
Ms. Labao. “As we face this battle together, we, at CARD Pioneer and
CAMIA, remain to be your partner. We will continue to provide our
clients the protection through our insurance products, and our
services in times of crisis.”
The four grand winners
emerged from Manila, Marinduque, Cebu, and Davao Oriental. Each has
won P125,000 worth of kabuhayan package or a tricycle. Meanwhile,
the prizes for the provincial draw include a kabuhayan package worth
of P50,000 as major prize and sari-sari store items worth P5,000 as
A story of healing
Not only was the event a
celebration for the lucky winners. It was a time to pause and
reflect amid the pandemic.
“The pandemic we are
experiencing is a story of hope,” shared Ms. Labao. “It is a story
of new beginnings, a story of the Filipinos’ enduring spirits. Above
all, this pandemic is a story of healing.”
Ms. Labao ensured that
CPMI, together with CAMIA, have been at service to keep its clients
insured and protected especially during the pandemic. As a matter of
fact, CPMI has recorded more than PhP13 million total claims paid
from March 2020 to April 2020.
“And so, we will strive to
continue providing our clients the insurance services especially
during these trying times,” said Ms. Labao.
A partnership for life
Microinsurance Inc. (CPMI) is the first microinsurance company in
the Philippines. Born out of partnership between the Center for
Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) and Pioneer, CPMI provides
microinsurance to socially-and-economically challenged families.
As part of its mission to
serve the underserved, CPMI offers affordable insurance products
that address calamity, agriculture, income loss, and other non-life
insurance needs of the underserved.
One of CPMI’s products is
the Sagip Plan. For only P34 per week, a member is entitled to a
year-round coverage for personal accident up to P150,000, and
funeral benefit up to P15,000. Members affected by natural
calamities such as fire, flood, typhoon, or earthquakes may also
receive up to P36,000.
chips: Produkto ng Pag-asenso at Pagbabago
September 3, 2020
MAKATI CITY – The
island of Samar is known for its rich forestry, natural resources,
with different variety of fruit-bearing trees and plants, root
crops, and coconuts. No matter how abundant, its three provinces
remain at the bottom half of the country’s less developed provinces.
People continue to strive for their livelihood.
There may be various
factors affecting this but one could be the high insurgence by armed
communist groups and communities held under their influence. This is
one prevailing national issue that is directly affecting communities
in the countryside.
Though its success may be
measured by the number of surrenderees and communist groups turned
down, it is also evident through stories of communities with
emerging entrepreneurial groups.
The Binato Banana Chips is
a fruit of the whole-of-nation approach in poverty reduction through
the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC).
Livelihood was established in one of the under-developed and
unreached barangays in Calibiga, Samar.
DTI Samar, being part of
the the Provincial Task Force ELCAC under the Poverty Reduction,
Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC), has intentionally
targeted communities in barangays that may be reached through the
Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (NSB) Program.
In August 2019, one of the
barangays reached was Barangay Guimbanga in Calbiga. It was also a
priority barangay for the 46th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine
Army as part of its commitment to deliver the basic services of the
government to far-flung communities.
During the Business
Community Identification of DTI, a Community Dialogue Participation
was conducted by the Samar Provincial Task Force ELCAC composed of
DTI, PLGU-Samar, Office of Cong. Ann Tan, LGU-Calbiga, TESDA, Office
of the Provincial Agriculture, 801st Brigade and 46th IB of the
Philippine Army with the group of binato banana producers.
Binato is a local variety
of banana abundantly growing in Guimbanga with a distinct sweet
aroma and rich taste. For it is abundant in the area, it was
identified by the task force to process and develop for the
community’s start up business.
A Community-based Skills
Training on Organic Banana Chips Processing was conducted by DTI on
September 30, 2019 to harness the skills of these locals in
producing binato banana chips. The training cost which includes raw
materials, tools and equipment, packaging and labeling materials,
and trainer’s honorarium were all covered by DTI. The materials used
were aslo turned over to the group.
The group’s first output
was sent to the BAHANDI Eastern Visayas Trade Fair in Manila last
October 2019 for market test and it sold well. From then on,
production of the binato banana chips continued and started to
receive orders from government agencies. The DTI Negosyo Center
Calbiga assisted them in their packaging and labeling, promotion and
market-matching, linking this group and their product to
consolidators, pasalubong centers and buyers.
Their product was branded
Binato Banana Chips promoting their naturally-grown bananas.
2019, their president reported a total net profit of P19,000.00 and
they were also able to distribute dividends among the members.
On the first quarter of
2020, DTI Samar replenished their packaging and labeling materials.
It is the same period that the group was formally recognized as an
association and was registered to the Department of Labor and
Employment as Guimbanga Farmer’s Association with 22 males and 15
females bringing a total of 37 members.
pandemic caused their production to temporarily stop but it was
eventually restored on May 1, 2020.
Since the Office of the
Provincial Government of Samar and Office of the Provincial
Agriculturist saw the potential of this group, the offices funded
Guimbanga’s Processing Center. It was inspected last June 24, 2020
is now operational.
This development of the
Binato Banana Chips and the formation of the Guimbanga Farmer’s
Association marks the beginning of enabling livelihood, facilitating
income and jobs generation in remote areas like that of Calbiga,
Guimbanga’s story proves
the positive change through whole-of nation approach to combat
insurgence and validates the efficacy DTI’s programs in the
countryside through the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay and Negosyo
Now, the community is
never the same.
638 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Northern Samar
are expected to receive garden tools and different varieties
of vegetable seeds from the Department of Agrarian Reform
(DAR) under its ARBold Move project.
DAR reaches out
ARBs in far-flung Northern Samar villages
September 3, 2020
Samar – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) continues in
reaching out to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in far-flung
villages in this province to provide farm production assistance as
the nation faces health emergency crisis caused by the coronavirus
disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
supplemental food, vitamins and hygiene kits to 535 ARBs throughout
the province, DAR is now distributing farm production inputs to 638
ARBs under the second component of the PaSSOver: ARBold Move for
Deliverance of ARBs from the COVID-19 Pandemic project.
DAR Northern Samar
Provincial Office started delivering farm production inputs
comprising of garden tools and different varieties of vegetable
seeds to the Municipal Agrarian Reform Offices (MAROs) in the
province’s 24 towns in mid-July this year.
However, staff of the
different MAROs tasked to distribute the said items to the intended
agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) are having hard time
penetrating many areas in the province.
According to Sheila Jean
Oronos, Agrarian Reform Program Technologist (ARPT) assigned in San
Jose town, there are areas which could not be accessed by any type
of vehicle that one needs to hike several kilometers or cross rivers
to reach these remote villages.
“But no matter how far
these areas are, we are determined to bring these items to our ARBs,”
She further said that by
merely seeing the recipients happy after receiving the garden tools
and seeds relieve them from exhaustion.
At the moment, 596 ARBs,
or 93.42 percent of the 638 targeted ARBs in the entire province
have already been provided with farm inputs, with each receiving a
rake, a shovel, a garden knife, and five varieties of vegetable
During the initial
distribution held in Catarman, Provincial Agrarian Reform Program
Officer II (PARPO II) Nida Abelido emphasized to the recipient-ARBs
the importance of farming during this time of pandemic.
She told them that one
should not look lowly at farming because it is not only a source of
food, but also a source of income. A business opportunity which may
help them ease the burden brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, Abelido
transactions act in senate to help Filipino online platforms,
DTI-Office of the Secretary
September 3, 2020
MAKATI CITY –
Citing the need to support Filipino platforms and businesses on the
Internet, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon
Lopez called for the immediate passage of Senate Bill 1591, or the
proposed “Internet Transactions Act,” authored by Senators Win
Gatchalian and Nancy Binay.
During the joint hearing
of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce, and Entrepreneurship
Chaired by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Co-Chaired by Sen.
Pia Cayetano, as well as the committees on Finance and Ways and
Means, Sec. Lopez noted the relevance of the proposed measure, given
the growing number of online merchants and the corresponding
increase in consumer complaints. He added that this will also
promote and enhance consumer protection.
Sen. Imee Marcos likewise
expressed support for the bill, noting how it will help define
employment standards for the ‘gig economy’.
“With the bill’s
regulatory framework for internet transactions, the bill will
promote and support Filipino platforms and businesses based on the
principle that domestic online platforms shall be treated under the
law equally as offshore non-resident online platforms,” Sec. Lopez
“This means domestic
online platforms shall be given opportunities to grow and be
competitive in the digital market. What’s more, the Senate bill
provides incentives to encourage newly registered online
enterprises, especially during this time of pandemic, to operate
above-ground,” he added.
The trade secretary also
noted that the bill will protect the interests of Filipino consumers
by providing them effective remedies for their complaints, even if
sellers are located abroad. The bill will ensure the Philippine
government’s regulatory authority over foreign platforms or sellers.
Under the proposed law,
DTI shall have regulatory powers to allow for pro-active protection
of Filipino consumers. This means DTI will have the authority to
take down websites or issue cease-and-desist orders, which would
give the government agency prompt and effective means to curtail
further harm to consumers caused by websites selling illegal or
dangerous products or services.
Further, DTI supports the
development of the eCommerce Philippine Trustmark to provide greater
public assurance of safety and security in internet transactions.
Sec. Lopez further said that, “This bill will balance the interests
of entrepreneurs, consumers, and the government by establishing a
forum for stakeholders to raise issues and concerns surrounding
“Under this measure,
regulation can occur under an environment of stakeholder
consultation. This regulatory approach and framework is based on
experience after years of observing actual developments on the
ground in the emergence of e-commerce, which can be promoted as a
regional model moving forward,” he explained.
The proposed Internet
Transactions Act was previously mentioned by President Rodrigo Roa
Duterte during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July.
During his address, the President directed DTI and other relevant
government agencies to work closely with Congress to ensure the
provisions of the proposed bill are responsive to the needs of the
consumers while promoting the growth of e-commerce in the country.