RTF-8 ELCAC vows
stronger coordination to attain peace by 2022
October 12, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC)
on Friday, October 9, 2020 in a hybrid physical and virtual meeting
presided by Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario, the Cabinet Officer for
Regional Development and Security (CORDS) resolved to heighten
This was in view of the
Regional Peace and Development Roadmap to attain a just and lasting
peace by the year 2022. It was learned that the budget for the
target barangays in 2020 was diverted to address the COVID-19
pandemic, but that the priority projects have been included in the
proposed 2021 ELCAC budget.
CORDS Del Rosario informed
that the National Task Force has been lobbying for the approval of
the 2021 ELCAC funds which is being opposed by the Makabayan Bloc.
The ELCAC funds is intended for PPAs of the barangays, and will not
be released to the national agencies.
Eastern Samar Governor Ben
Evardone shared that the Governors’ League has passed a resolution
to adopt the ELCAC Budget and has forwarded the same to the Senate
and House of Representative copy furnished Makabayan Bloc.
Meanwhile the DILG and the
Office of Civil Defense presented the accomplishments of the
Regional Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (RIATF-EID) as
well as the Regional Task Force on COVID-19 (RTF-COVID 19) to
provide the context to the peace challenges posed by the pandemic.
Meanwhile Leyte Governor
Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla, chair of the Regional Development
Council, said that poverty is the greatest recruiter of insurgency.
He stressed that the road to peace must always pass through economic
development. To this, Governor Evardone who chairs the EV Regional
Peace and Order Council, said that his province has formed an
Anti-Poverty Team to focus its efforts in implementing projects
intended to address insurgency.
CORD8 Del Rosario praised
RTF8 ELCAC for its accomplishments. He said that the targets remain
the same that’s why the Task Force needs to implement its catch up
plan. Various organizations should be invited so that there will be
coordination and optimization of the resources. Meanwhile National
Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon commended RTF8 for being the
first region to deploy the RCSP teams, which has resulted to several
cleared barangays for 2020.
Meanwhile the Task Force
passed a resolution endorsing the inclusion of the 93 barangays
cleared in 2020 for possible funding in the 2021 budget Samar 2nd
District Cong. Sharee Ann T Tan will be the “spokesperson or voice
of Region 8” in Congress for the approval of funds. She requested
from the NSC that she be given a copy of documents as proof to the
approval of ELCAC funds. NSC will coordinate with Cong. Tan on this
Under this proposal each
target barangay will be given P20M. The menu of PPAs are the
• Farm to Market Roads (FMR)
for P12M each (DA & DPWH)
• Schools for P3M each
• Waterworks and
irrigation projects worth P2M each (DILG)
• Health stations at P1.5M
worth each (DOH)
• Reforestation/ National
Greening Project worth P1.5M each (DENR)
• A total of P1.86B for 93
barangays is being eyed for allocation to Region 8.
Gov. Petilla for his part
expressed his gratitude to President Rodrigo R. Duterte and Senator
Bong Go for approving the Kaulisihan funds in Baybay City, Inopan
and Hilongos, all in the Province of Leyte. The approval of P640M
worth of FMR projects was already endorsed by RDC8 for approval in
the 2021 budget. DILG together with the NEDA Regional Office serve
as the secretariat to the RTF8 ELCAC.
P400-K livelihood for Biliran fisherfolks
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
October 9, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY –
Some twenty (20) fishermen from different municipalities of Biliran
will be the beneficiaries of the livelihood funds turned-over by the
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII to the
Provincial Government of Biliran on 08 October 2020.
Engr. Emmanuel Y. dela
Cruz, Supervising Labor and Employment Officer and OIC-Chief of the
DOLE-Biliran Field Office, successfully released to Ms. Gretchen
Stephanie Espina, Executive Assistant of Governor Rogelio J. Espina
the livelihood check amounting to P400,000.00 will be utilized for
the procurement of wooden fishing boats with motor engine.
Ms. Gretchen Espina
expressed her heartfelt gratitude to DOLE in behalf of Gov. Espina
for the assistance received. She said that the support will be very
helpful to the beneficiaries whose income rely solely on fishing.
“Big thanks to DOLE for
granting our request for our fisherfolks here in the province.
Thanks also to our active DOLE field officers for helping us
facilitate the project. This will really bring joy and hope to our
beneficiaries especially this time of COVID-19 pandemic”, said Ms.
Engr. De la Cruz in
response expressed commitment for continued delivery of labor and
employment programs and services in the province. He likewise
highlighted that DOLE will always and in all ways work for the
provision of opportunities and hope to the Filipino workforce.
“Like what we always say
to our program partners, DOLE will never cease delivering the needed
services particularly in the field of labor and employment. We are
all facing this pandemic with a strong commitment to bring
opportunities closer to our workers and we are thankful as well to
the help of the Province of Biliran”, said Engr. De la Cruz.
The said grant was charged
against the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) funds of the
for PHIL ID starts October 12 in Leyte
October 9, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – The
pre-registration for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys)
in selected 32 provinces in the country will start on 12 October
2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic by the Philippine Statistics
Authority (PSA). In Eastern Visayas, Leyte is included in the 32
priority provinces with 30 cities/municipalities involved for 2020
There are identified
household heads of 313,147 from low-income households in Leyte
provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Additional of 313,147 adult members from the same households will
also be interviewed during the pre-registration. A total of 626,294
individuals including household heads of low income are targeted to
be pre-registered in Leyte before end of the year.
The first step in the
registration process is pre-registration that involves going from
house-to-house of pre-identified household heads to get their
demographic information and to schedule a date for them to visit the
registration center. The demographic information that will be
gathered by PSA interviewers using tablet includes full name, sex,
date of birth, place of birth, address whether Filipino or resident
alien, marital status, mobile number and email address.
Meanwhile, the second step
in the registration process is the biometric capturing of the
pre-registered individuals in the registration center, which will
start on 25 November 2020.
PSA takes the lead in the
conduct of the PhilSys registration, with the assistance and support
of various government agencies and all local government units (LGUs).
President Rodrigo Roa
Duterte signed the Philippine Identification System Act or Republic
Act No. 11055 into law on 6 August 2018, which establishes a single
national identification system.
The PSA Regional
Statistical Services Office VIII (PSA RSSO 8) humbly requests the
public for their full support and cooperation to the PhilSys
registration. The office assures the public that personnel who will
be conducting the interviews are healthy and will observe the
Department of Health (DOH) and Local Government Units (LGUs)
protocols against COVID-19, such as wearing of face mask and face
shield, physical distancing, proper hygiene and sanitation, and
wearing of PSA ID.
PSA reassures the public
that all information furnished by the registrants will be held
strictly confidential and shall not be used as evidence in court for
purposes of taxation, regulation or investigation as provided for in
Republic Act No. 10625 or the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013.
Further, PSA strictly complies with legal safeguards provided for by
Republic Act No. 11073 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012.
Leyte OIC Prov'l. Director Araceli Larraga and staff,
DTI Regional Coordinator for PPG Suzette Pablo, the
93IB, representative from LGU San Isidro, and former
rebels who were provided with livelihood kits from DTI.
Former rebels in
Leyte receives livelihood kits from DTI
October 9, 2020
MAKATI CITY – In
2019, more than 200 rebels surrendered in San Isidro, Leyte and were
commended by President Duterte for cooperating with the government
in ending local communist armed conflict through E.O. 70.
Through this whole of
nation approach, the Department of Trade and Industry Region plays
part in providing livelihood opportunities for these former rebels (FRs).
DTI provides entrepreneurial training through the Negosyo Serbisyo
sa Barangay and livelihood start up kits under the Pangkabuhayan sa
Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) Program.
A total of forty five (45)
FRs from the municipalities of San Isidro, Calubian and Tabango
Leyte received Livelihood Kit (Sari-sari Store). This is the first
batch of the 262 rebels that will be given livelihood starter kits
by DTI Leyte.
The activity was grace by
DTI Leyte OIC Provincial Director Araceli D. Larraga, Hon. Remedio
B. Veloso, mayor of San Isidro, Leyte and the 93 Infantry Battalion.
Health Day: New Red Cross survey shows COVID-19 affecting mental
health of one in two people
October 8, 2020
GENEVA – Half of
all respondents (51 percent) in a seven-country survey said that the
COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected their mental health, an
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) survey found.
In a new report – “The
greatest need was to be listened to: The importance of mental health
and psychosocial support during COVID-19,” – the International Red
Cross and Red Crescent Movement demonstrates how the pandemic is
adding an extraordinary level of stress and suffering on communities
around the world. The outbreak is worsening existing mental health
conditions, triggering new ones, and making access to mental health
services even more scarce. It calls for urgent and increased funding
for mental health and psychosocial support within humanitarian
“The COVID-19 health
crisis has exacerbated the psychological distress of millions of
people already living through conflicts and disasters. Lockdown
restrictions, a loss of social interaction, and economic pressures
are all impacting people’s mental health and access to care,” said
Robert Mardini, the ICRC’s director-general. “Mental health is just
as important as physical health, especially in crisis situations,
when mental health needs are especially critical.”
The report also highlights
the urgent mental health needs of those who have been on the
frontline of the pandemic, from medical staff, to volunteers,
community workers, social workers, dead body collectors, community
leaders and many others. Nearly three in four respondents to the
ICRC survey – 73 percent – said that frontline health workers and
first responders have more need for mental health support than the
average person. They are often directly exposed to COVID-19, work
long hours, and are invariably subject to stressful events and
stigma when supporting disaster-affected communities. They need
access to support and care to ensure they can continue to care
appropriately for others.
“Mental health programmes
are some of the least expensive interventions in humanitarian
response, but they have a lifesaving and priceless impact on the
lives of people who need them” said Jagan Chapagain, Secretary
General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies (IFRC). “Now more than ever we must invest in
mental health and psychosocial support for everyone – communities
and carers alike – to help people cope, rebuild their lives and
thrive through this crisis.”
recommendations for states, policy makers, mental health and
psychosocial support advocates and practitioners include:
-Ensuring early and
sustained access to mental health and psychosocial support services
for people affected by the pandemic;
-Integrating mental health
and psychosocial support in all responses addressing the needs
arising because of the pandemic;
of the mental health and well-being of staff and volunteers
responding to the humanitarian needs in the pandemic.
“COVID-19 is creating an
historic opportunity to turn commitments into action. Failure to do
so will prolong the crisis – in economic, social, and health terms,”
said Mr. Mardini.
MHPSS Covid19 Report
Samar 1 completes
phase 2 of Barangays Macatingog-Dawo FMR
GISSELLE G. PARUNGAO
October 8, 2020
CALBAYOG CITY –
Samar First District Engineering Office completed Phase II of the
Farm-to-Market Road (FMR) in Barangay Macatingog to Barangay Dawo.
The concrete road built at
Barangay Macatingog spans 440 linear meters and a width of five (5)
meters. The project continues at a junction in Barangay Dawo wherein
another 170 linear meters of another concrete road was made with a
This road will connect
Barangay Macatingog to the rest of the Barangays that will allow
them passage to Pilar Road and to the main highway going to the
local markets. This connectivity of roads allows farmers and
residents to travel faster thus, decreasing the income losses and
safely transport their goods or produce to the markets.
This convergence project
with the Department of Agriculture (DA) is allotted with more than
P9.9 million. A continuous partnership with DA and DPWH will allow
our farmers access to the local markets in a timely manner and
increase agricultural productivity.
DPWH-Leyte 2nd DEO
DPWH 2nd LED
October 8, 2020
CARIGARA, Leyte –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte Second
District Engineering Office is now headed by Engr. Leo Edward L.
Oppura in lieu of Engr. Gerald A. Pacanan, now assigned as Assistant
Regional Director of DPWH-Regional Office V.
Oppura started his career
in DPWH-Leyte 4th DEO as laborer. In 1997 he moved to Leyte 3rd DEO,
Villaba, Leyte where he got his permanent position as Engineer II.
He then was promoted as OIC-Assistant District Engineer in December
Later in January 10, 2019,
Oppura was appointed as the OIC-District Engineer of Capiz 1st DEO,
Regional Office VI.
With his utmost dedication
and hard work towards his job, he is now assigned to maneuver the
Leyte 2nd DEO in Carigara, Leyte by virtue of Special Order no.65
series of 2020 dated September 7, 2020 signed by Secretary Mark A.
“I am grateful to work
with you and I ask for your full-support, trust and dedication so
that we will have a harmonious goal in achieving our targets,” said
He assumed office on
September 28 after completing the 14-day quarantine health protocol
set by the Department of Health due to covid-19 pandemic.
Robin, Jr. will be his OIC-Assistant District Engineer.
registers 8.1% unemployment rate in July 2020
October 6, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY – The
unemployment rate in Eastern Visayas declined to 8.1 percent in July
2020 from a record-high of 14.3 percent in April 2020 but 3.9
percentage points higher compared with the 4.2 percent in July 2019.
Eastern Visayas ranked 9th among 17 regions in the country (Table 1)
with low employment rate. Unemployment rate is the proportion of
unemployed persons to total labor force. Unemployed persons are
persons in the labor force who are reported as without work; and
currently available for work; and seeking work or not seeking work.
Out of the estimated 3.1
million population 15 years old and over in July 2020, about 1.9
million were economically active or in the labor force. This number
translates to a Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) of 60.9
percent. This figure is 1.1 percentage point lower compared with the
62.0 percent LFPR in the same period a year ago. Among the regions,
Eastern Visayas registered the seventh lowest LFPR.
Meanwhile, about 1.7
million persons in the labor force were employed. This translates to
an employment rate of 91.9 percent or 3.9 percentage points lower
than the 95.8 percent employment rate recorded in 2019 but 6.2
percentage points higher than the 85.7% in April 2020. Employment
rate is the proportion of employed persons to total labor force.
Among the employed persons
in July 2020, 0.8 percent worked for more than 48 hours per week due
to ECQ/Lockdown/COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, 13.4 percent of the
employed persons worked less than 40 hours per week, for the same
The underemployed persons
or those employed persons who express the desire to have additional
hours of work in their present job or to have additional job, or to
have a new job with longer working hours was estimated at 360
thousand. This is equal to an underemployment rate of 21.2 percent,
slightly lower than the 21.5 percent recorded a year ago. The region
had the seventh highest underemployment rate in the country.
road opening and concreting of access road leading to
Germohenes Falls in Pinangomhan Village in Biliran.
P92M access road
leading to Germohenes falls in Biliran completed
October 6, 2020
NAVAL, Biliran –
The road opening and concreting of access road leading to Germohenes
Falls in Pinangomhan Village in Biliran town is now completed,
District Engineer David P. Adongay Jr., reported.
The Germohenes falls is
one of the undeveloped tourist destinations in the province because
of inaccessibility to the site. Estimated walking time to reach the
said waterfalls takes about 4-5 hours.
According to Adongay, the
P92M project covers a total length of 2.90 kilometer road opening
and concreting including the construction of 100-meter length
spillway and a rehabilitation of 60-meter existing local road that
was washed out by tropical storm Urduja in 2017.
The completed road project
leading to Germohenes Falls will encourage more local and foreign
tourists to visit the place. From 4-5 hours of hike, travel time
will be reduced to just 5-10 minutes of vehicle ride and another 30
minutes of walk to reach the said waterfalls.
“This project also
provides a safe and faster transport of farm products to the market
centers such as coconut, rice, and corn and a convenient travel for
the residents and farmers in going to Naval, the capital town and to
other neighboring municipalities,” Adongay said.
Seeding Kits released to pandemic-affected micro-entrepreneurs in
DTI-Regional Operations Group
October 2, 2020
MAKATI CITY –
Several micro entrepreneurs were affected by this pandemic; this
includes small sari-sari store owners, small-time pastry shops, and
In mitigating the effects
of this economic crisis, the Department of Trade and Industry pushed
for a Livelihood Seeding Program-Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (LSP-NSB)
and Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PPG) Program. Through
this, DTI provides training and business restarter/recovery kits to
existing qualified micro entrepreneurs affected by disasters,
unfortunate events and those located in less developed areas.
“Ang Negosyo Centers ay
nag-conduct ng NSB-LSP at PPG sa mga bara-barangay para mahanap ang
mga nangangailangan ng livelihood package kits para tulungan
makatayo muli through provision ng mga gamit,” said DTI Biliran OIC
Provincial Director Jorge Modesto.
On September 25, 2020, DTI
Biliran Provincial Office started the distribution of recovery kits
to 40 beneficiaries in the municipality of Naval and 20 in the
municipality of Biliran. These kits were in the form of sari-sari
store packages, pastries and native delicacies cooking implements
and fish vending materials.
These programs were
supported by the Local Provincial and District Government of Biliran
and the respective LGUs of Naval and Biliran.
During the event,
Congressman Espina sent his warm support to the MSMEs in Biliran
through a video message, “This special program entitled Livelihood
Seeding-Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay and Pangkabuhayan sa Pagbangon
at Ginhawa is an epitome of relief and proof that Biliranons are
never left behind and will never be. To all qualified 525
beneficiaries in the Province of Biliran, congratulations po!”
DTI Biliran is now on its
last leg of distribution in Maripipi, Biliran with a total of 525
“Sa pamaraan na ito na
bigay ng gobyerno, malaking tulong sa amin kasi sa aming mga
pamilyang mahihirap, makakaahon kami ng konti sa araw-araw na
pangangailangan,” said Maria Cañete, PPG beneficiary in the
Municipality of Naval.
Bagong Pag-asa beneficiaries receive livelihood grants from DOLE-RO8
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
October 2, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY –
Some thirty-three (33) locally stranded individuals and
beneficiaries of the Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa Program receive
livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment
Regional Office VIII during the virtual awarding held on 29
Each beneficiary received
eight (8) sacks of rice and one (1) unit of weighing scale for their
rice vending business amounting to P19,900.00. The total amount of
livelihood assistance released by DOLE-RO8 amounted to P656,700.00.
The turnover ceremony was
graced by no less than Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go,
DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, DOLE-Undersecretary Benjo
Santos M. Benavidez, Director Myles Rivera representing Director
Eduardo D. del Rosario of the Department of Human Settlement and
Urban Development and Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla.
Also in attendance were
the Senior Officials of DOLE-RO8 led by Director Yahya A. Centi and
Assistant Regional Director Amable Ildefonso C. Roa.
Director Centi informed
that the awarding of assistance to 33 beneficiaries of North Leyte
will only be the first and will be followed by another livelihood
release for the LSIs who went home to Western part of Leyte.
Senator Bong Go in his
speech underscored the intention of the BPBP program which is to
provide hope and relief to LSIs struggling in Manila and other urban
areas during this pandemic.
“By bringing them back to
their respective hometowns, the program intends to give hope to our
beneficiaries. This can only be successfully done with the
coordination of our different agencies and the local government
units,” said Senator Go.
Meanwhile, Secretary Bello
expressed his gratitude to Governor Petilla for opening the doors of
Leyte for the LSIs to be home and reunited with their families. He
likewise assured the beneficiaries that the labor department is
doing its best to help the affected workers of the region.
“To our beneficiaries who
will be receiving the assistance, continue to have the faith and
courage. Even in this time of great uncertainties, please know that
your labor department is doing its best to bring opportunities that
will provide you hope of a better tomorrow”, said Sec. Bello.
The good secretary also
recognized the efforts of the men and women of DOLE-RO8 for their
untiring efforts in providing assistance to the people of Eastern
“Congratulations and thank
you Director Centi, and to the men and women of DOLE Region 8, for
your zeal and commitment in serving the people of Eastern Visayas.
Continue to work with heads held high, burning with passion for true
public service”, Sec, Bello ended.
Edwin A. Balogbog, one of
the beneficiaries from Barugo, Leyte expressed his heartfelt
gratitude for the assistance received.
“I am really thankful for
being one of the beneficiaries of the Balik Probinsya Bagong Pag-asa
because I was able to go home safely to my family. Thank you also
DOLE for the livelihood assistance we received, thank you so much”,
said Mr. Balogbog.
The beneficiaries who were
part of the first batch of LSIs who went home to Leyte are from the
following municipalities: Alang-alang, Babatngon, Palo, Tanauan,
Tolosa, Barugo, Burauen, Capoocan, Dulag, Mayorga, Tunga, Julita,
Dagami and Jaro.
Samar cops nab 5
wanted persons and 2 other offenders in a 7-day police operations
September 30, 2020
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Samar Police Provincial Office (SPPO) under the
leadership of PCol Glenn Oliver Comision Cinco, Officer In-Charge,
arrested 1 Most Wanted Person listed as Rank Nr. 3 of Municipal
Level and 4 other wanted persons; and 2 illegal fishers during a
7-day province-wide police operations from September 21-28, 2020.
Personnel of Catbalogan
City Police Station under the leadership of PLtCol Edwin F Barbosa,
Chief of Police, nabbed 2 other wanted persons for violations of
Sec. 22 (a) of R.A. 8282 (SSS Law) and R.A.9262 (Anti-Violence
Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004), respectively.
Personnel of Basey
Municipal Police Station under the leadership of PMaj Michael N
Oraller, Officer In-Charge, nabbed 1 other wanted person for
violation of P.D. 1602 (Illegal Gambling Law), who was then released
after posting corresponding bail.
Personnel of Daram
Municipal Police Station under the leadership of PMaj Zaldy A
Cagampang, Officer In-Charge, nabbed 2 fishermen for violation of
Sec. 64 (Use of Active Gear) of Municipal Fishery Ordinance No. 19
series of 2017, who were then released after paying the
Personnel of Gandara
Municipal Police Station under the leadership of PCpt Joselito T
Tabada, Acting Chief of Police, nabbed 1 MWP listed as Rank No. 3 of
Municipal Level for the crime of Murder.
Personnel of San Jorge
Municipal Police Station under the leadership of PCpt Michael Ray G
Cañete, Acting Chief of Police, nabbed 1 other wanted person for the
crime of Frustrated Homicide.
Through the intensified
campaign of anti-criminality and illegalities under the helm of the
present administration, PD CINCO firmly supports these advocacies
and further encourages everyone to strengthen and reinforce the
existing laws and policies to prevent and control crimes and
maintain peace and order in the Province of Samar.
“Optimism is the faith
that leads to achievement. I am very optimistic that we will
continue to achieve our goals as we continue to perform our duties
as snappy police officers and law enforcers,” PD Cinco stated.