grants benefit 679 Leyteňos
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
September 18, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – The
provision of opportunities and fresh hopes to workers in the Eastern
Visayas region continues as a total of P3,479,875.00 fund assistance
under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating
Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program of the Department of
Labor and Employment benefited some 679 informal sector workers in
Alangalang and Julita, Leyte.
In partnership with Cong.
Lolita Karen T. Javier of the 2nd District of Leyte, TUPAD funds
amounting to P2,982,750.00 were released to the local government
unit of Julita, benefiting 582 workers affected by the pandemic.
Each worker received P4,725.00 as payment for their services
rendered. Disinfecting solutions and cleaning materials were
likewise provided during the period of employment.
During the payout, Atty.
Jo Ann B. Zacarias, representing Cong. Javier, thanked the DOLE for
assisting them in extending assistance to the beneficiaries. She
likewise said that the office of the good congresswoman sees to it
that the needed help and services by the people will really reach
Meanwhile, some 97
displaced workers in the municipality of Alangalang also benefited
from the P497,125.00 TUPAD grants funded by the An Waray Partylist.
Each worker received P3,250.00 for the 10-day wage employment
Mr. Ian Mariano Noel
representing Cong. Florencio G. Noel encouraged all the
beneficiaries to use wisely the money received out of the
implementation of TUPAD program. He urged them to spend it for their
basic needs and priorities, especially this time of pandemic.
In the two separate
payouts conducted in Julita and Alangalang on September 10 and 11,
2020, respectively, Mr. Norman L. Uyvico, OIC-Chief of DOLE-North
Leyte Field Office (NLFO) were in attendance to represent Regional
Director Yahya A. Centi. He said that DOLE will continue to uphold
its mandate of looking into the wlefare of every FIlipino worker
especially during this time.
“Consistent with our given
mandate, we at DOLE are doing the best we can to extend help to
every worker in need, especially during this time of pandemic”, said
Mr. Uyvico likewise
recognized the importance of having great partners who always
support the DOLE programs and services.
“Of course we recognize
and appreciate the enormous support and commitment we get from our
partners like An Waray and the Office of the 2nd Distict of Leyte.
Without them these TUPAD implementations will not be realized”, Mr,
resolution on rights situation in PH a welcome step towards
reckoning and accountability
September 18, 2020
QUEZON CITY – The
resolution on the human rights situation in the Philippines recently
adopted by the European Parliament* is a “welcome step towards
reckoning and accountability over the Duterte administration’s
blatant disregard of its obligation to uphold human rights and civil
liberties in the country,” Philippine human rights alliance
Karapatan stated, as the group urged the international community to
“continue to stand with human rights defenders in the Philippines
and the Filipino people who suffer in this worsening crisis of
political repression and State violence under this increasingly
“The sham drug war has
continued to kill the poor with impunity while human rights
defenders face vilification, violence, and death for their work in
exposing these human rights violations even in the middle of a
pandemic. Domestic mechanisms have been ineffective and outright
failing in bringing the perpetrators of these gruesome crimes to
justice. These attacks cannot continue, and the European
Parliament’s resolution is a strong statement from the international
community that there would be consequences for these abuses,”
Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said.
The resolution – which was
reportedly adopted in toto with 626 votes in favor, 7 against, and
52 abstentions – recommended the European Union (EU) to temporarily
withdraw the Philippines' Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus
status, which provides tariff perks for Filipino goods, as the
European Parliament called on Philippine authorities to “immediately
carry out impartial, transparent, independent and meaningful
investigations into all extrajudicial killings,” particularly
killings related to the drug war as well as the recent killings of
human rights activists Jose Reynaldo “Jory” Porquia, Randall “Randy”
Echanis,” and Zara Alvarez.
The European Parliament
also expressed “serious concern” over the enactment of the
Anti-Terrorism Act as it recalled that “in no circumstance can
advocacy, protest, dissent, strikes and other similar exercise of
civil and political rights be considered terrorist acts” amid the
intensified vilification and terror-tagging of human rights
defenders, activists, and government critics in the Philippines. The
resolution further urged the EU and its member States to support the
adoption of a resolution at the ongoing 45th session of the United
Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) to “establish an independent
international investigation into human rights violations committed
in the Philippines since 2016.”
“We thank the six
political parties who initiated the European Parliament resolution
and the members of parliament who supported and adopted it, as we
hope this will enjoin other governments and the international
community at large to continue to take a strong stance in denouncing
the Duterte administration’s attacks on human and people’s rights in
the Philippines and in supporting an independent investigation by
the UN HRC on these attacks,” the Karapatan officer ended.
See copy of the adopted resolution here
road opening for the concreting project of Brgy. Mapuyo to
Palayan ng Bayan FMR, Phase II, Brgy. Mapuyo, Kawayan,
Biliran. This project is under contract with Roving Premiere
Contractors Inc. amounting to P24.2M.
P24.2M Mapuyo to
Palayan FMR, Phase 2 in Biliran kicks off construction
September 17, 2020
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways- Biliran District
Engineering Office (DPWH-BDEO) has started the construction of the
P24.2M Mapuyo to Palayan ng Bayan Farm to Market Road (FMR) project
in Mapuyo village in Kawayan town.
David P. Adongay Jr.,
District Engineer said that this is already the second phase of the
project which includes the road opening and concreting of a
1-kilometer two lane road including drainage and slope protection.
From its start date on
August 17, 2020, this project is target to be completed on March 04,
According to Adongay, BDEO
has already completed phase 1 of the project in 2016 which includes
the road opening and concreting of 783-meter two lane road in Mapuyo
village amounting to P9.8M.
“This road project aims to
connect Mapuyo Village in Kawayan town to Palayan ng Bayan in Caucab
village in Almeria town.” said Adongay.
Engr. Rosario B. Rosete,
Chief of Planning and Design Section revealed that more or less
4-kilometer road is still needed to concrete to connect the two
towns. The said project is implemented under its local
infrastructure program in convergence with the Department of
Sitio Palayan in Caucab
village in Almeria town is found at the foot of Mount Panamao and is
abundant with abaca and “palay” thus, derived the name “Palayan ng
Bayan,” as rice terraces were carved in the mountains.
The completion of this
project will provide a safe, convenience and faster mobility of
agricultural products to the nearby towns.
first batch of LGU volunteerism focal persons’ coordination meeting
September 16, 2020
QUEZON CITY – Aimed
at increasing the awareness and appreciation on the importance of
volunteerism as a cross-cutting strategy and as a tool to achieve
local and national development goals, the Philippine National
Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) convened more than
110 Volunteerism Focal Persons (VFPs) and technical staff from 76
LGUs across the country in a virtual meeting on 28 August 2020.
In his welcome statement,
PNVSCA Executive Director Donald James D. Gawe expressed gratitude
to the participants and emphasized the importance of the gathering
specifically at this time of the COVID 19 pandemic which needs the
cooperation and participation of everyone to address the various
problems brought about by the pandemic. ED Gawe also mentioned the
common observation that in the Philippines, volunteerism is seen
more as a crisis management and not as a development strategy. Thus,
he hopes that all agencies and institutions will realize the need to
harness the potential role of volunteerism as an alternative
approach to achieve local and national development goals and include
it in their development plans.
To increase the
appreciation of the participants’ appreciation on volunteerism as a
strategy in local development, the following topics were presented
and discussed by PNVSCA volunteer service officers: (1) Volunteerism
101 which provided basic volunteerism concepts, and the related
legislations and policy framework by Mr. Kenneth Siruelo; (2) the
role of PNVSCA in the voluntary sector and its thrusts and
priorities including the current initiatives in response to the
COVID 19 pandemic by Ms. Ela Sarmago; and (3) PNVSCA’s initial
efforts on strengthening sub-national mechanism to mainstream
volunteerism as a development strategy by Ms. Fely Baday.
Professors Alfred Sureta
and Eric de Torres of DILG also discussed IATF’S Recovery Task Force
efforts to engage volunteers in its strategies and priority
activities. DILG also highlighted the significant role of the LGUs
in taking the lead in addressing the pandemic in their respective
localities, and the importance of a coordinated and collaborative
effort between the LGU, CSOs and the public in general to overcome
the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A number of questions and
concerns were raised during the open forum which were responded to
by the PNVSCA and DILG resource speakers; these include the
following: (1) how to establish a volunteer program, (2) what are
the necessary steps and policies that will sustain the
implementation of their existing volunteer programs including the
provision of incentive for the volunteers; (3) what to do when youth
are actively involved as volunteers but their age bracket is not
allowed to go out under the IATF guidelines; among others. As
rejoinder, several LGUs shared their best practices and experiences
on how they institutionalized volunteerism in their regular
For the participants’
added information and opportunity for learning and networking, they
were invited to attend PNVSCA’s webinar on 3 September 2020 on
Engaging Volunteers during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Some Good
Practices of Local Government Units (LGUs).
ED Gawe ended the meeting
by expressing his appreciation to all the participants and requested
the Volunteerism Focal Persons to suggest agenda items/topics for
the subsequent meetings.
Also present during the
meeting were the Regional Volunteerism Focal Points from 11 NEDA
Regional Offices and BPDA-BARMM.
Inflation rate in
EV increases further to 2.3% in August 2020
September 16, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY –
Inflation Rate (IR) in Eastern Visayas increased further to 2.3
percent in August 2020. This IR is 0.6 percentage point higher
compared with the 1.7 percent IR in July 2020. This is also 1.8
percentage points higher than the recorded 0.5 percent IR in the
same period last year.
The regional IR is 0.1
percentage point lower than the 2.4 percent national average
inflation rate in August 2020.
Northern Samar, Samar,
Eastern Samar, and Leyte registered higher inflation rates in August
2020 compared with their figures in July 2020. Samar recorded the
highest growth of 1.4 percentage points, from 2.9 percent IR in July
2020 to 4.3 percent IR in August 2020. The rest of the provinces
registered increases ranging from 0.2 percentage point to 0.6
percentage point. Meanwhile, Southern Leyte and Biliran, retained
their previous month’s inflation rates of 3.0 percent and 0.8
percent, respectively. Northern Samar posted the highest IR at 5.1
percent, while Biliran recorded the lowest IR during the month in
review at 0.8 percent.
Majority of the 11
commodity groups in the region exhibited higher IRs in August 2020
compared with their rates in July 2020. Transport commodity group
registered the biggest increase of 1.5 percentage points, from 1.0
percent deflation in July 2020 to 0.5 percent IR in August 2020. The
1.4 percent IR in the index for transport services offset the 2.5
percent deflation in the index for operation of personal transport
IRs for restaurant and
miscellaneous goods and services commodity group and furnishings,
household equipment and routine maintenance of the house commodity
group both recorded 0.7 percentage point increase, posting 4.4
percent and 3.2 percent, respectively, in August 2020.
Compared with the July
2020 level, the IRs for the commodity groups of housing, water,
electricity, gas and other fuels (1.5 percent); health (1.2 percent)
were both higher by 0.5 percentage point in August 2020.
The commodity group of
clothing and footwear went up by 0.3 percentage point, from 3.0
percent in July 2020 to 3.3 percent in August 2020. This can be
traced back to higher IRs recorded in both indices for clothing (3.7
percent) and footwear (2.2 percent).
The IR of food and
non-alcoholic beverages commodity group inched up by 0.4 percentage
point to 2.2 percent in August 2020 from 1.8 percent in July 2020.
Higher IRs were noted in majority of the items under this commodity
group. Vegetables index registered the highest increase of 1.9
percentage points, posting 8.3 percent IR in August 2020 from 6.4
percent IR in July 2020. Double digit IR was still noted in fruits
index during the month in review at a higher rate of 15.9 percent.
Rice and bread and cereals indices continued to register deflations
but at slower rates of 1.7 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively.
Meat index, meanwhile, retained its 0.2 percent deflation recorded
in July 2020.
On the other hand,
recreation and culture commodity group declined by 3.1 percentage
points to 2.0 percent deflation in August 2020 from 1.1 percent IR
in July 2020. This can be attributed to the significant decrease in
the index for recreational and cultural services to a double-digit
deflation rate of 11.1 percent in August 2020, from 0.9 percent IR
in July 2020.
IR for alcoholic beverages
and tobacco commodity group eased down by 0.1 percentage point,
settling at 7.6 percent during the month in review.
group retained its previous month’s deflation at 1.7 percent.
Education, meanwhile, sustained its zero IR in August 2020.
The Purchasing Power of
Peso (PPP) of the region remained at P0.79 in August 2020. This PPP
implies that the goods and services worth P79.00 in 2012 is worth
P100.00 in August 2020.
PPP in Eastern Samar and
Samar weakened by P0.01, while the rest of the provinces sustained
their PPP last month. Biliran recorded the strongest PPP at P0.83.
Leyte ranked second at P0.81, followed by Southern Leyte at P0.80,
and Eastern Samar at P0.77. Northern Samar and Samar posted the
weakest PPP at P0.73.
rescue two minors, cry rape versus NPA
DPAO, 8ID PA
September 15, 2020
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City, Samar – Two 14-year-old girls were rescued while two
terrorists were arrested in a clash between the government troops
and members of the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in Barangay Rizal,
Kananga, Leyte at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 2020.
The rescue operation was
conducted by the troops of 93rd Infantry Battalion after local
residents complained about the presence of armed men who were
conducting illegal activities together with some minors who were
evidently forced to join the terrorist group.
A ten-minute firefight
broke out when government troops encountered about 10 CNTs, a
soldier named PFC Nicxon Tomenio paid the ultimate sacrifice while
an undetermined wounded CNTs were able to withdrew.
The clash also resulted in
the arrest of two CNT members while two minors were rescued and were
turned over to the Municipal Social Welfare Development Office (MSWDO).
Seized during the clash
were one cal.45 pistol and ammunition reportedly owned by terrorist
leader Juanito Selleza alias ‘Tibor/Larry/Jay’, cellphone,
electronic gadgets, oral contraceptives, Anakpawis ID cards, ID of
certain Tabang as Sinirangang Bisayas member and various subversive
documents. An AK-47 assault rifle and ammunition were later
recovered at 6:30 a.m. of Monday during the pursuit operation.
Women as sex slaves,
The minors revealed that
some of the women including minors were sexually abused and were
forced to take oral contraceptives by the NPAs.
During the past
operations, anti-pregnancy pills were also recovered in an encounter
by the 20th Infantry Battalion a few months ago in Northern Samar.
Brigadier General Zosimo
A. Oliveros, Commander of 802nd Infantry Brigade, condemns the NPA
for their abuse and utter disregard of the rights of women and
"This act by the NPA of
abusing women including minors is monstrosity at its worst! We hold
the NPA and their coddlers accountable against such crimes against
the people. Our soldiers will continue to conduct security measures
to protect communities from such criminals and we thank the local
residents for making sure their own locality is safe from such
threats to peace,” Oliveros said.
NPA used human shield
In the middle of the
clash, the NPA terrorists took children and used them as human
shield. Soldiers were not able to fire their weapons specifically
when the terrorist leader named Tibor took a child in his bid to
Lieutenant Colonel Roberto
Q. Beatisula, Commanding Officer of 93rd Infantry Battalion,
condemned the cowardly act of the terrorists in using civilians
especially children as human shield.
"These NPA terrorists are
cowards! To use civilians especially children as human shield is
inhumane! And is a clear violation of Human Rights. Our troops will
do everything necessary to make these NPA terrorists face the bar of
justice and pay for their crimes against humanity,” Beatisula said.
Same NPA group perpetrated
The group of NPA
terrorists encountered by the security forces were reportedly the
remnants of the same notorious NPA group responsible in the
‘Inopacan Massacre’ who killed many civilians including their own
members during their ‘Oplan Ahos’, ‘Missing Link’, ‘Zombie’ and
numerous other moves by the communist terrorists in killing
civilians and purging their own ranks.
Use and manipulation of
The recovery of numerous
IDs of Anakpawis, a partylist group with active representative in
congress and Sinirangan Bisayas, a human rights Non-Government
Organization (NGO), brings to the fore the schemes of the CNTs in
using legal organizations to pursue their armed struggle.
Brigadier General Oliveros
called on the legitimate People’s Organization (PO) to conduct
appropriate actions to protect their own members to avoid being
manipulated by armed terrorists.
"We call on the officials
of NGOs, POs and other civil society organizations to protect their
people. Do not let armed elements recruit your members. We also call
on the members of every organization to carefully examine if they
are being exploited and manipulated by groups wanting to destroy our
country. Let us help each other in protecting our communities,”
Last year, the Philippine
government contingent was sent abroad to talk with various
international organizations in exposing the schemes of the CNT in
manipulating civil society organizations and using legitimate issues
to secretly support the armed terroristic activities of the NPA.
Philippines inside a box with Hijos Tours
September 15, 2020
SAN PABLO CITY –
One of the most gravely affected industries by the COVID-19 pandemic
is Tourism. Due to limited mobility and implementation of health
measures to contain the spread of the virus, many tourism-related
businesses have temporarily put their operations on hold. But one
tour company thought outside of the box through packaging a
different travel experience, inside a box.
CARD MRI Hijos Tours, a
Laguna-based tour company established in 2017, offers “Travel Goals
in a Box” that allows travelers to explore and experience local
tourist destination in the comforts of their homes. The travel box
comes with VR glasses which can be used to experience a virtual tour
of selected cities in the Philippines. To make the experience even
more holistic, local food delicacies, souvenir items and fun
educational games are also included in the travel box.
“At the onset of the
COVID-19 pandemic, we certainly knew that tourism will be hit
greatly. We have to be proactive and think of innovative ways to
continue our mandate of providing a meaningful travel experience to
our travelers while still assisting the local community engaged in
our company,” said CARD MRI Hijos Tours President Marilyn M. Manila.
Keeping in mind its purpose, Hijos Tours curated a travel box that
contains the products of the local communities complemented with
their local virtual reality tours.
Hijos Tours continues to
celebrate local culture, food, people, and their stories. Every
product inside the box is locally made by the communities Hijos
Tours is working with. The physical tour guides now serve as virtual
“If you miss many of your
2020 travel goals because of the crisis, we offer our tour boxes and
virtual tours in San Pablo City and Iloilo City. We are currently
crafting our tour boxes for Samar and Leyte, Davao, and Baguio which
will be soon offered to the public,” said Manila.
“Clients can spend quality
time with their family as they find beautiful scenery to these
places, and learn their history, culture, and tradition through our
360° videos and our customized games in a more cost-efficient way,”
Become part of a greater
Manila also shared that
for every box subscribers, part of it will go to Hijos Tours
community tour guides and suppliers. “Aside from the company, our
thoughts are with our local communities who rely on our tour
programs. No one should be left behind. As we adapt to this new
landscape, we remain true to our purpose. We always ensure to
empower the communities we are serving through our innovative
products and services.”
Subscribers of the travel
box will also be able to support cultural growth and encourage
development to these local communities.
CARD MRI Hijos Tours
started as a tour program of CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions
(CARD MRI) in 2013. It was then officially registered as a Tour
Company in 2017. To date, Hijos Tours has more than 56 families
being assisted by its five tour programs. To learn more about Hijos
Tours and its products and services, its official Facebook page is
of livelihood kits to PSC with DTI Marinduque provincial
director Roniel Macatol, Gasan Mayor Victoria Lao Lim, and
through poultry farming in the new normal
September 14, 2020
MAKATI CITY – The
COVID-19 disease outbreak created global crises that brought deep
impact to different aspects of the society. Posing enormous health,
bringing economic, environmental, and societal challenges.
This may not always be the
case, on the other hand, for the Pangi Sectoral Cooperative from
Pangi, Gasan, Marinduque. For them, the way people perceive the
world may change, looking merely on negative effects of the
situation, but there are always silver linings in every adversity.
Pangi Sectoral Cooperative
(PSC) was organized on June 19, 2020, composed of 22 active members
from mostly affected sectors such as farmers, fisherfolks, women and
youth from the municipality.
On July 08,2020, the
cooperative benefited from the first-ever launching of the Negosyo
Serbisyo sa Barangay-Livelihood Seeding Program facilitated by the
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Negosyo Center
With the aim of extending
aid to qualified affected individuals in restoring and improving
their businesses, DTI Marinduque conducted skills training on
Chicken Broiler Production. The presence of sustainable water
supply, strategic farm location, and wide array of market for
chicken products made the project more suitable for the cooperative.
They received a total of P30,000.00 worth of starter kits including
100 30-day chicks, 6 sacks of feeds, drinker/waterer vitamins,
dextrose, net, screen, bulb, and extension wires and laminated sacs.
Aside from the skills training, they also received training on
sanitary measures for poultry, pricing and costing, and how to start
Likewise, a follow-up
training on dressed chicken preparation was conducted on September 1
,2020 to assist the group in making and offering quality dressed
chicken in the market. They were also taught about poultry diseases
prevention and control to avoid unnecessary losses. The cooperative
was able to receive their business permit through the LGU.
Furthermore, a write shop
training on cooperative documentary requirements such as by-laws and
articles of cooperation were provided. As of this writing, Pangi
Sectoral Cooperation is in the finalization and approval of the
documents which will be used in their registration to the
Cooperative Development Authority.
The cooperative was able
to build a poultry house in just a week in a farm land owned by one
of the member’s colleague. They conduct weekly meeting and ensure
that each member contribute to the maintenance of the facility. PSC
President Nestor P. Isoli testified the required hard work in the
poultry industry, that is why they make sure that they closely
monitor the ins and outs in the production and operations.
Despite encountering a 7%
mortality rate in their first cycle, the cooperative didn’t give up.
They are now growing 200 chicks and have generated a total of
P35,000.00 sales from their first and second cycle broiler. In the
following month, they are planning to add another hundred chicks to
be grown. They are also constructing another semi-concrete building
as an area for processing their product and another building to
house the newly bought chicks. They are also planning to acquire a
chicken dresser machine to further improve their operations.
Cooperative’s continuous journey is an inspiration that there is
hope behind every crisis. Through passion, eagerness, and teamwork,
they hope to pursue their goals to help the members financially,
supply the demand of dressed chicken in the municipality, treasure
and grow the grant given to them, and help in the recovery of the
province’s economy in the new normal.
bomb plot, seize NPA IED factory in Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
September 13, 2020
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A communist plan to plant bombs in numerous roads in
Samar was foiled by joint Army and Police operatives after a
manufacturing site of Improvised Explosive Devices of the New
People’s Army (NPA) terrorists was uncovered in the boundary of
Sitio Burabud and Sitio Biga, Brgy Mabini, Basey, Samar at 1:00 PM
Saturday, September 12, 2020.
The inter-agency task
group composed of elements from the 63rd Infantry Battalion and
PNP’s 12th Special Action Battalion seized five IEDs, 18 IED shells,
wires, steel cutters, IED making components and subversive
The discovery of the
hideout and recovery of the bombs and other paraphernalia was
successful due to the information given by local residents who were
wary of the danger of roadside bombings done by the NPA in the past.
The latest is the Borongan bombing incident perpetrated by the
Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) last December 2019 that killed
Lieutenant Colonel Edgar
Alan Orbito, Commanding Officer of the 63rd Infantry Battalion,
condemned the NPA for their evil plan to put everyone in danger.
"The plan of the NPA to
plant roadside bombs in Samar is not different to the IEDs exploded
recently in Sulu. They all meant to harm even civilians. This kind
of evil men are the reason why our people in Samar and the whole
country are suffering. They will do every possible way to pursue
their evil intent even if it harms the innocent.”
On the other hand,
Brigadier General Camilo Z. Ligayo, Commander of 801st Infantry
Brigade, commended the concerned residents who took the initiative
to inform the authorities. He also thanked the Philippine National
Police for their active participation in the operation.
"I salute the brave people
of Mabini, Basey, Samar for their bravery and concern for the
wellbeing of everyone who might fall victim of the barbaric plan of
the NPA. The outstanding work of the Army and PNP in thwarting
another terroristic act of the NPA is a testament of the trust,
confidence and excellent teamwork of our soldiers and policemen here
in Samar that is worth emulating,” Ligayo said.
The NPA is listed as a
terrorist organization by the European Union, the United States and