right, DPWH-Biliran District Engineering Office
represented by Chief of Administrative Section Mr. Bern
L. Calomadre and Assistant District Engineer Alfredo L.
Bollido on behalf of District Engineer David P. Adongay
Jr. turn-over donated tablet, bond papers and printers
with ink to Naval National High School (NNHS)
represented by Ms. Rachelle C. Dado, Principal I, Ms.
Elaine Joy Mejia, Head Teacher I, and Mr. Patricio P.
Laurito Jr., Head Teacher III on December 16, 2020 at
NNHS, Brgy. Larrazabal, Naval, Biliran.
turns-over donated printers, tablets and other supplies
December 18, 2020
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)- Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) turns-over printers, tablets and other
supplies donated by the Road Engineering Association of the
Philippines (REAP) Inc. thru “Lingap ng REAP” project to selected
schools and deserving students in the Municipality of Naval on
December 16, 2020 at Naval National High School, Brgy. Larrazabal,
Engineer (ADE) Alfredo L. Bollido together with Mr. Bern L.
Calomadre, Chief of Administrative Section led the turn-over on
behalf of District Engineer David P. Adongay Jr.
According to ADE Bollido,
DPWH in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd)
identified six schools and 10 deserving students to be the recipient
of the tablets, printers with ink and reams of bond papers for use
in the new normal set-up of learning under the threat of COVID-19
Recipient schools are
Naval National High School with two units of printers having plenty
of enrollees and one unit each for Naval Central School SPED Center,
Lucsoon National High School, Larrazabal Elementary School, Cornelio
P. Limpiado Elementary School and Fidel M. Limpiado National High
School, Higatangan Island, all in the town of Naval.
Meanwhile, 10 poor but
deserving students of Naval National High School (NNHS) received one
tablet each that they can use for the blended learning.
Ms. Rachelle C. Dado,
Principal I of NNHS expressed her gratitude in behalf of the school
to the DPWH and REAP for donating the said equipment and supplies.
“This is really helpful
for the learners in researching topics in their Learning Activity
Sheets (LAS) especially that we are in this pandemic and of course a
great help for the teachers for printing the LAS and other reports,”
said Ms. Dado.
The “Lingap ng REAP”
project – Sharing tablets for on-line learning in coordination with
the Department of Education aims to help the students in adapting to
the new blended educational system under COVID-19 and live to reap
their efforts to success beyond the pandemic.
REAP Inc. 2019-2021 REAP
National Director is headed by President and DPWH Undersecretary
Maria Catalina E. Cabral with REAP Region VIII Chapter President,
OIC-ARD Gerald A. Pacanan, now assigned in DPWH Region V.
assembled to investigate Duterte’s crimes against humanity
All eyes on the
Philippines now as independent global probe happens
December 17, 2020
MANILA – After the
recent pronouncement of the International Criminal Court (ICC),
prominent members of the international community declared on
Thursday that there is an independent investigation ongoing in the
Philippines called Investigate PH.
The ICC Prosecutor Fatou
Bensouda said last Tuesday that there is "reasonable basis" to
believe that crimes against humanity were committed by President
Rodrigo Duterte, specifically the thousands killed in his war on
In a virtual press
conference, the Independent International Commission of
Investigation into Human Rights Violations in the Philippines or
INVESTIGATE PH was publicly announced.
“We are here to announce
that an independent people-led probe is happening in the
Philippines. This is most definitely a global issue. The world
community has a responsibility to speak up and seek the truth” says
Former Australian Senator Lee Rhiannon also a member of the
INVESTIGATE PH High Level Commission.
The former Australian
senator further emphasized that: “We must not allow the call for
human rights be hijacked. Accountability must be a part of the
justice and democratic system.”
Also speaking live in the
media event were its leading High Level Commissioners namely: Rev.
Michael Blair, General Secretary of the United Church of Canada;
Atty. Jeanne Mirer, President of the International Association of
Democratic Lawyers; Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe - General Secretary,
General Board of Church & Society, the United Methodist Church; and
Rev. Dr. Chris Ferguson, General Secretary of the World Communion of
According to INVESTIGATE
PH, this global endeavor is an independent international
investigation of the human rights situation in the Philippines. It
is an initiative of global organisations, religious, legal, trade
union and political leaders, and civil society.
“We will submit the final
report of the findings to the International Criminal Court and other
relevant UN bodies such as the UN Human Rights Council, UN Security
Council, the UN General Assembly Special Session,” says Atty. Jeanne
Mirer, Investigate Ph High Level Commissioner.
investigations are scheduled to happen through a hybrid of virtual
and physical fact findings. This aims to further substantiate the
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights June 2020 report.
A final report of the
findings will be submitted to the Enhanced Interactive Dialogues and
General Debates of the UN Human Rights Council 48th Session in
September 2021, when the High Commissioner will update on the
implementation of the Human Rights Council Resolution 45/L.38 that
shall provide technical assistance and capacity-building to the
Government of the Philippines for the promotion and protection of
human rights in the country.
INVESTIGATE PH also
intends to join in preceding UNHRC sessions, including the 46th
Session in February to March 2021 and the 47th Session in June-July
2021 to share about the on-going investigation and the preliminary
“That is what brings us
together today. What is happening in the Philippines amounts to
crimes against humanity. These crimes must be investigated. The
human rights cases must be investigated and the perpetrators be made
accountable,” Former Senator Lee Rhiannon ends.
CARD SME Bank
inaugurates 36th branch in General Santos City
December 17, 2020
SAN PABLO CITY –
CARD SME Bank opens its 36th branch on December 7, 2020, to cater to
the financial needs of more MSMEs in Brgy. Lagao, General Santos
City. The Lagao Branch, located at Sestina Building, Lucio Velayo
Sr. Road, Brgy. Lagao, General Santos City, is officially the 6th
CARD SME Bank branch in Mindanao and one of the two (2) branches in
CARD SME Bank President
and CEO Aristeo A. Dequito is positive that the products and
services of the bank will ignite hope despite the challenges of
2020. “We want to end 2020 reaching more entrepreneurs and helping
them recover from the adverse impact of the pandemic,” says Dequito.
While the first branch in
General Santos City already caters to more than 25,000 clients,
Lagao Branch “will be the home of thousands of MSMEs in the area,”
says Dequito. He continues, “We assure that this expansion will
provide easier transactions for our clients with us.”
As the quarantine
protocols ease, Dequito also shares how the bank braves the pandemic
to constantly provide financial access to the unbanked and
“The branch strictly
follows the safety guidelines and protocols to ensure the safety of
our clients and staff,” he adds. Like all its branches nationwide,
CARD SME Bank Lagao Branch is equipped with plexiglass dividers and
hand sanitizer dispensers, while strictly following government
mandated health protocols like social distancing and wearing of face
Dequito also shares how
the pandemic led the institution to accelerate its digitalization to
advance its banking system. “Throughout the decade, we have been
investing in our digital transformation, but with the current
situation, our banking technological solutions need more urgency to
provide our clients the safety and convenience they need amid the
With digital banking,
clients can now experience hassle-free banking transactions anytime
and anywhere using their mobile phones through konek2CARD, a mobile
banking application, offered free to all account holders of CARD SME
Bank. “With our continuous journey to digital transformation, we
will advance more of its capabilities.”
Dequito continues, “We at
CARD SME Bank, together with the other institutions under CARD MRI,
are in full swing to continue our mission in improving the lives of
the socioeconomically challenged families in the country.”
CARD SME Bank is expecting
to initially serve more than 7,000 clients from five (5) branch lite
The grand opening of CARD
SME Bank Lagao branch was personally attended by several CARD MRI
clients and staff, representatives from local government units, and
other members of the community. Virtually present via Zoom
conference were CARD MRI Executive Committee Members, including CARD
MRI Founder and Chairman Emeritus Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip and
Managing Director Flordeliza Sarmiento.
As of October 2020, CARD
SME Bank has already served more than 1 million clients, has
disbursed more than P7 billion loans, and has a total asset of P8
P1.9M footbridge project in Caibiran town
December 16, 2020
NAVAL, Biliran –
Accessing basic essential services is now easier for the residents
in Sitio Guindulangan, Victory village in Caibiran town with the
completion of the P1.9M footbridge project from the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Biliran District Engineering Office
District Engineer David P.
Adongay Jr., said that the footbridge project links Sitio
Guindulangan to Sitio Katipunan, Victory village to the town proper
of Caibiran and to other neighboring villages.
The said project covers
the construction of a 14-meter length footbridge with a height of
4-meter from the river bed and a concreting of an 8-meter footbridge
approaches on both sides.
Prior to the
implementation of the project, residents of Sitio Guindulangan are
crossing the river through a log bridge from an unused electrical
post supported only by bamboo poles for its foundation.
Adongay revealed that the
situation of the old bridge limits the residents’ capacity to access
the very basic services they need especially during high tide.
“Because of the poor
condition of the old bridge, crossing the bridge also poses danger
to the passers especially to the children, pregnant women and senior
citizens,” Adongay said.
“With the completion of
the footbridge project, residents of Sitio Guindulangan can now
enjoy a safer and faster access to the basic essential
establishments of the town such as schools, health facilities, and
other government and non-government services,” Adongay said.
Moreover, transport of
goods and farm products will now be much easier since the footbridge
is now accessible by motorcycles.
From its start date on
October 15, 2020, the said project was completed on November 25,
2020, ahead of its target completion date which is on January 02,
National Trade Fair Digital Mall
Domestic Trade Promotion
December 15, 2020
MAKATI CITY – In
lieu of the usual National Trade Fair (NTF) organized annually, the
Department of Trade and Industry - Bureau of Domestic Trade
Promotion (DTI-BDTP) is launching the NTF Digital Mall. This is in
response to the unprecedented challenges faced by micro, small, and
medium enterprises (MSMEs) during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has
adversely impacted their operations.
To help MSMEs future-proof
their businesses as they pivot to online selling, the NTF Digital
Mall is a platform that offers continuous promotion of the food and
non-food products from the different regions, amid the physical
restrictions of the pandemic. A project of the DTI-BDTP in
collaboration with the DTI-Regional and Provincial Offices, the NTF
Digital Mall is an e-commerce platform inside the UB GlobalLinker
Formally opened on
December 15, the NTF Digital Mall, like all national trade fairs,
showcases the best products of 223 MSMEs from all parts of the
country. Featured products include processed food and beverages,
gifts and souvenirs, houseware and decor, fashion accessories,
wearables, as well as health and fitness products.
For a more convenient
online shopping experience, the NTF Digital Mall features a product
catalog with a facility to search for a specific product or product
category. For easier transactions, buyers can connect with the MSMEs
via the Viber app for secure instant messaging. Visitors will also
have access to DTI webinars, and can read about the participating
exhibitors' inspirational success stories.
Digital Mall Features for MSMEs
The NTF Digital Mall is
hosted on UnionBank GlobalLinker, a free and innovative platform
that helps MSMEs grow online with tools for efficient business
management and network expansion. It is distinct from other
e-commerce platforms as it is an all-in-one accessible platform that
enables MSMEs to connect to both local and global B2B and B2C
partners, suppliers, and customers. It has networking capabilities
to help MSMEs grow and manage their business. It offers immediate
access to financial service providers, point of sale, accounting,
inventory, human resources, tax and payroll services, supply chain
management, and B2B and B2C marketplaces.
Some of the business
features offered on the NTF Digital Mall that MSMEs can readily use
• Linker.Store - Connect
the MSME’s business to the world by launching their do-it-yourself
E-commerce store for free with its inventory management and data
• Network – Search for and
manage a global network of potential suppliers, partners, and
customers, not just in the Philippines, but also in other parts of
• Biz offers - Have access
to business tools that will help MSMEs manage their business, share
files, and track important events more efficiently.
• Secure multi-device
access via desktop, mobile or tablet.
• Apply online for business
loans, deposit products, and credit cards without the hassle.
• Biz Forum - Get tips and
inspiration from successful entrepreneurs. A place for discussing
new business ideas, topics and useful articles within a vibrant
To visit the site, simply
log in to https://ntfdigimall.linker.store/
For more information about
the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion, please follow their
social media accounts @BDTP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You
may also email email@example.com.
DELIVER-e will be
“game-changing” for farmers and consumers - DTI chief
December 13, 2020
MANILA – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – together with the
Department of Agriculture (DA), private sector partners, farmer
cooperatives, and the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) – is officially launching DELIVER-e on December
14, 2020 alongside a multi-stakeholder commitment pledge signing to
upscale agriculture value chain and improve overall food security in
the country even beyond the COVID-19 crisis.
“This initiative is all
about bringing farm produce closer to consumers and cutting layers
of traders. Through technology and innovation, it will be
game-changing not only for our farmers but also for our consumers,”
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said.
He added: “This is part of
our strong partnership with Agriculture Secretary William Dar as we
jointly work on solutions to increasing farmers’ income, providing
better supply chain in agriculture and its link to industry
processors or direct to marketplace, and delivering fresher products
DELIVER-e is a digital
platform that connects farmers to buyers through an efficient and
transparent end-to-end market-based system. It operates through a
sophisticated blockchain technology developed by a Filipino tech
startup, Insight Supply Chain Solutions (InsightSCS), that
integrates related e-commerce and logistics application services
from consolidation point to central warehousing facility, and then
to last-mile delivery services to reach end-clients.
As the lead agency for the
Inter-agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID)
sub-taskforce on food value chain and logistics, DTI brought
together public and private partners, as well as development
partners like the USAID, to design and implement strategies
addressing the looming threat on food security and widened gap in
agriculture value chain.
“Our main goal is to
increase production and ensure supply stability for basic
necessities and prime commodities through new business models,” Sec.
collaborative planning, consultation, and benchmarking activities of
the DTI, DA, private sector partner Supply Chain Management
Association of the Philippines (SCMAP), logistics technology
experts, farmer groups, and the USAID DELIVER-Project paved the way
for the development and initial launch of DELIVER-e in early April
Since April, this
innovative platform has mobilized over 260 tons of fresh fruits and
vegetables and recorded more than P7.15 million worth of
transactions. Additionally, it has helped around 600 farmers in
Luzon and some provinces in Mindanao by doubling their income from
their harvests and reducing wastage from 50 percent down to only 5
Even beyond the pandemic
situation, DELIVER-e’s technology is deemed as one of the key
sustainable solutions to improve the Philippines’ agriculture value
chain, making the country more food-secure while improving the lives
of every Filipino farmer.
With the intent of further
developing DELIVER-e and its database modules, DTI – together with
its collaborators from the National Government, private sector,
farmer groups, and the USAID – will undertake a ceremonial
commitment pledge signing during the “DELIVER-e Goes Live” official
launch event on 14 December 2020 to solidify greater collaboration
and cooperation efforts.
As the platform onboards
more players in the agriculture value chain, DELIVER-e will soon be
able to build an elaborate supply-and-demand dashboard system that
will be useful in providing insightful data for the Philippine
Government’s evidence-based decision-making process in relevant
sectors and issues as the country moves towards building back
“Instead of adjusting to
the New Normal, let us try to create a Better Normal where all
Filipinos can enjoy the fruits of our country’s inclusive growth and
shared prosperity for all,” DTI Sec. Lopez underscored.
In October 2019, DTI and
DA also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) reinforcing
strong collaboration and implementation of the Agribusiness Support
for Promotion and Investment in Regional Expositions (ASPIRE)
between the government and the private sector.
Through DELIVER-e, the
public and private sectors will be able to realize ASPIRE’s ultimate
vision of creating businesses and jobs to the rural community by
linking farmers directly to the market.
sweet success story of a mother turned entrepreneur from Occidental
DTI-Regional Operations Group
December 11, 2020
MAKATI CITY – While
motherhood and running a business might be a ‘tight-rope walk’,
Jerlie Daseco, owner of Triple P Food Products from the Municipality
of Paluan in Occidental Mindoro, embraces both her vital roles.
Triple P Food Products’
flagship product is pastillas. A sweet milk-based confection made
with carabao’s milk, pastillas is a popular pasalubong in the
municipality of Paluan, as it is in any part of the country. The
enterprise offers a variety of pastillas flavors, from purple yam (ube),
jackfruit (langka), cheese, pandan, coconut, and chili, showing the
diverse taste palette of Filipinos.
Occidental Mindoro is also
home to cashew, expanding her product line to roasted and fried
cashew nuts. More of Triple P’s products include, sampaloc candies,
papaya relish (atsara), and honey.
With an initial capital of
P1,500.00 just enough to produce and sell pastillas in their small
community, backed by the owner’s passion to help her family, and the
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) MIMAROPA’s support, the
enterprise grew remarkably. From a monthly gross sale of P12,000.00,
Triple P Food Products hit P200,000.00 to P300,000.00 gross sale per
month. Furthermore, the enterprise was able to employ two full-time
employees and 6 part-time employees.
Since DTI MIMAROPA’s
interventions, Triple P Food Products has attended several free
business development trainings and seminars, product packaging and
label designs assistance through the Regional Integrated Product
Development Assistance Project (RIPDA) under the One Town One
Product (OTOP) Program, laboratory analysis support, and
participation to numerous municipal, regional, and national trade
fairs. Ms. Daseco is also a member of the Paluan Food Processors
Association (PAFPA), cooperator of Milk Processing Shared Service
Facility, and a beneficiary of the Livelihood Seeding Program –
Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay (LSP-NSB), among others.
Triple P Food Products
takes pride in helping their community, especially the indigenous
peoples (IPs) and farmers, by buying their produce at fair prices.
DTI’s interventions helped
Jerlie Daseco to reach out to more aspiring and existing Mompreneurs,
having hired as one of the trainers of the Department on pastillas
and cashew nut processing in the province. This stay-at-home mom
turned entrepreneur is a perfect example of how one can ripple
change to the community through entrepreneurship.
Triple P Food Products has
also tapped the online market, enrolling their products to several
digital platforms, as assisted by DTI. They supply their products to
different stores in Occidental Mindoro and nearby provinces in the
region. Likewise, their product distribution has extended to Manila,
Batangas, and Tarlac, through retailers and distributors.
Interested buyers and
distributors may reach them via their official Facebook page: Triple
P Food Products -Apong. For more information on local products and
produce proudly made from MIMAROPA, visit the nearest DTI Provincial
Office or Negosyo Center.
signs AO giving land to agriculture graduates
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
December 10, 2020
TACLOBAN CITY –
Agriculture graduates can now avail of farmland under the
Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) where they can apply
their knowledge on farming as Agrarian Reform Secretary Brother John
Castriciones signed Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
Administrative Order No. 03, series of 2020.
During the Radyo Agraryo
program aired on Monday (December 7) over Radyo Veritas,
Castriciones announced that he had already signed the said law that
would allow agriculture graduates to become agrarian reform
beneficiaries (ARBs) of CARP’s Land Transfer Program.
The new law will take
effect 10 days after it has been published in the newspaper of
To qualify, DAR
Undersecretary for Legal Affairs, Luis Meinrado Pañgulayan,
explained that aside from being a graduate of a four-year
agriculture-related course, the applicant must be landless; living
within the municipality where the land to be awarded is situated;
has the aptitude to make the land productive; and not an applicant
of any other DAR’s land transfer programs.
He emphasized that an
applicant need not be a fresh graduate.
Once this new law takes
effect, Pañgulayan said, interested applicants can file letter of
intent at the Municipal Agrarian Reform Office (MARO) in their area,
and fill out the forms that will be provided to them.
A certification from the
school registrar, where they completed their studies, attesting that
the applicant is truly a graduate of an agriculture-related course
must also be submitted, Pañgulayan added.
Two weeks ago,
Castriciones shared when he distributed Certificates of Land
Ownership Award (CLOAs) in Alangalang, Leyte, that his agency is
preparing an administrative order that would grant graduates of
agriculture-related courses a maximum of three-hectare farm lot
under CARP for their laboratory.
With the signing of the
new administrative order, Castriciones calls on parents to encourage
their children to take agriculture-related courses to boost the
country’s agriculture sector.
He reported that per
inventory, there are approximately 230,000 hectares of
government-owned lands (GOL) that may be involved all over the
NCCP on Human
Rights Day: Stand for Justice, Stand for Human Rights
December 10, 2020
QUEZON CITY – On
the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the National Council
of Churches in the Philippines joined the multisectoral actions
commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights. “This year’s commemoration of International Human
Rights Day is a reminder that as Christians we must actively take
part in defending human dignity especially at a time when wanton
disregard for human rights and the rule of law seems to be a state
policy,” said Bishop Reuel Norman O. Marigza, the General Secretary
of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP).
“To remain silent runs
counter to what our faith and conscience demand – to do justice, to
love kindness and to walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8)” Bishop
The NCCP has always been
vocal in its defense of human rights especially in the midst of the
pandemic where spiraling deeper crises plague the country, and have
pushed many of the vulnerable sectors to the fringes of society as
toxic lockdowns were implemented. NCCP avers that the government’s
militaristic response to the pandemic only brought devastating
effects to the lives of the Filipino people.
The Council and its member
churches also experienced intensifying vilification and red-tagging.
Aside from NCCP, repeatedly mentioned in the recent presentations
made by NTF-ELCAC Executive Director Allen Apuyan were Iglesia
Filipina Independiente, United Church of Christ in the Philippines,
United Methodist Church and Convention of Philippine Baptist
Churches. Last December 8, the image of IFI Obispo Maximo Rhee
Timbang was also included in malicious flyers distributed around
Cagayan De Oro tagging him as a “communist terrorist”.
“Red tagging is real, but
despite these attacks, we will continue to defend human rights.
Denouncing evils in our society and proclaiming and asserting Jesus’
promise of abundant life for all remains to be our fundamental
task.” Bishop Marigza averred.
“The defense of human
rights is at the very core of our faith because of our belief in the
sanctity of life and the need to protect human dignity that God
bestowed on each of us. Just as Jesus triumphed over death in order
to proclaim God’s love, the churches will surely win against the
attempts to malign our ministry and prophetic stance. We will
continue to stand for human rights!” Bishop Marigza concluded.