Lorenzana lead inauguration of two units 2-storey building for army
brigade in region 8
Signing of Acceptance of Facility by ADE Rebecca Yuse and LTC
Joel Almendral CE (GSC) PA witnessed by Sec. Villar and Sec.
TACLOBAN CITY DEO
August 4, 2021
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Tacloban City
District Engineering Office (TCDEO) celebrates another milestone
achievement with the completion and official turnover of two units
2-storey building for the 546th Engineer Construction Battalion,
53rd Engineer Brigade, Philippine Army.
DPWH Secretary Mark A.
Villar together with Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary
Delfin N. Lorenzana led the ceremonial inauguration and blessing of
the 2-storey building Battalion Office and Officers’ Quarters
Building and 2-storey building Senior NCO Baracks held on August 3,
2021 at the 546th Engineer Construction Battalion Multipurpose Hall.
Both projects are under
the DPWH-DND “Tatag ng Imprastraktura para sa Kapayapaan at
Seguridad (TIKAS)” Convergence Program which was conceptualized
primarily for the purpose of revitalizing the mutual interest of the
two agencies, that is for the DPWH to help address various facility
requirements of the different armed forces units and for DND to
protect and safeguard implemented projects especially in conflict
The 2-storey Battalion
Office and Officers’ Quarters Building consists of conference rooms
and office spaces for the battalion officers situated at the
first-floor area and 12 air-conditioned bedrooms with individual
toilet and bath at the second-floor area. Furthermore, the second
2-storey building serves as living quarters for the Senior
Non-Commissioned Officers consisting of 24 air-conditioned bedrooms
with individual toilets and bath. Both buildings are secured with
CCTV cameras, fire escape and fire protection facilities.
In total, the project
costs about P45.2-million funded under the General Appropriations
Act of 2021.
In behalf of the whole
546th Engineer Construction Battalion, 53rd Engineer Brigade of the
Philippine Army, Brigadier General Gerardo Catindoy, Commander of
the Philippine Army 53rd Engineer Brigade, expressed his heartfelt
gratitude to all who have contributed in the realization of the
projects which supports the administrative and operational functions
of the unit.
Sec. Lorenzana also
commended the successful DPWH-DND TIKAS Program for it has reached
great achievements in providing the armed forces with facilities
that support their peacekeeping and security roles.
In return, Sec. Villar
thanked Sec. Lorenzana for showing commitment towards protecting
DPWH infrastructure projects in support of national security
especially in Region 8.
With the continued
collaboration and commitment of DPWH and DND to the TIKAS Program,
the country’s armed forces units are envisioned to have complete and
modernized facilities that would help them reinforce their military
missions and enhance their capabilities in maintaining peace and
security all throughout the country and also for the country’s
infrastructure facilities in conflict areas to be safeguarded to
continuously support the government’s national development programs.
Also present during the
event were DPWH-TCDEO Assistant District Engineer Rebecca G. Yuse in
lieu of District Engineer Lino Francisco Gonzalez, DPWH RO8 Regional
Director Nerie D. Bueno, Commander of the Philippine Army 8th
Infantry Division Major General Pio Q. Diñoso III, Commanding
Officer of 546ECB, 53 EBDE, Philippine Army LTC Joel M. Almendral,
Regional Director of the Office of Civil Defense ROVIII Lord Byron
P. Torrecarion and MAJ Shidie B. Bitanga CHS (PA) Chaplain of 8th
Infantry Division of the Philippine Army who lead the blessing of
picture are Sec. Villar, Sec. Lorenzana, MGen. Diñoso, ADE Yuse,
OCD ROVIII RD Torrecarion, DPWH ROVIII RD Bueno, LTC Almendral
and BGen. Catindoy.
slain in Eastern Samar clash
By 78th Infantry
Battalion, 8ID PA
August 2, 2021
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – The operating troops of the 78th Infantry Battalion, 8th
Infantry Division, Philippine Army engaged in a firefight against
the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) which resulted to the death of one of
their members in Brgy. San Andres, this city, at around 8:00 in the
morning of August 01, 2021.
The troops were conducting
combat operations in response to the reported complaints of the
farmers on the extortion activities by the CNTs involving threat and
intimidation if they refuse to apportion their farm produce.
A 35-minute firefight
ensued between the army and more or less 7 CNTs that recorded one
slain NPA member while there is no casualty on the said operating
Among the seized materiel
after the gun battle were one M16 rifle with one long magazine and
ammunition, hand grenades (IEDs) and detonators, rifle grenades, one
magazine and ammunition of AK47, subversive documents, backpacks and
CNTs' personal belongings. There were also series of NPA camps
seized before the encounter transpired this morning.
Lieutenant Colonel Oliver
C. Alvior, Commanding Officer of 78th Infantry Battalion expressed
his grief for the loss of life because of a fraudulent and worthless
ideology peddled by the CPP-NPA terrorists.
“I extend my most profound
sympathy to the family of the slain rebel. Rest assured that he will
be given a decent burial through the help of the City Government of
Borongan”, said Alvior.
“We call the rebels still
fighting for their futile ideologies to overthrow the government. We
strongly urge you to lay down your arms and submit yourselves to the
government before a needless bloodshed happens. Your families are
waiting for you to live a peaceful life with them”, Alvior added.
The 78IB will continue to
perform its mandate through the cooperation of the community so as
to end insurgency in Eastern Visayas.
supply benefit four barangays
July 30, 2021
CALBAYOG CITY –
Four (4) barangays benefitted the water system supply designed and
built by Samar First District Engineering Office. This project is
drawn from the General Appropriations Act of 2020 with a contract
amount of P68.68 million.
A water supply system is
installed in Barangay Malayog wherein a total of 3,335-meters pipe
was laid out from the water source and six (6) reservoirs were
dispersed all over the area. Whilst, in Barangay Peña, a total of
12,717 meters of pipe was placed and eight (8) reservoirs are spread
out in strategic areas of the barangay.
Another water system is
mounted in Barangay Cag-olango with a total of 1,595-meter pipe with
five (5) reservoirs inside the area. Moreover, in Barangay Cagnipa,
another 4,658 meters of pipe was aligned with eleven (11)
The water source comes
from Lamorin falls (Barangays Malayog and Peña) or a downfall river
(Barangays Cag-olango and Cagnipa) wherein a catch basin was made to
collect water. High density poly ethylene pipes of different sizes
were tapped for transmission of water to all barangays: 6-inch
diameter are used from the source to the barangays, 4-inch diameter
are used within the barangay and 2-inch diameter to the reservoir.
All of the reservoirs are structural concrete with two (2) faucets.
Violeta Delabajan, a
resident of Barangay Peña said “the water source here in Barangay
Peña before would come from the mountain and most of the time the
water is murky during rainy season. A hose would be tapped from a
creek in the mountain and into a public area where people can fetch
water for the resident’s consumption. For those with box wagons, it
is easier for them but for those who does not have any, they would
carry it with their bare hands. Also, a water pump was dug out
through the barangay officials’ efforts but it has a foul smell due
to the manganese present in the water that cannot be used for
cooking or washing clothes. Now that these reservoirs are in place,
the difficulty in getting water is now resolved. Water is
overflowing and not a problem for Barangay Peña.”
P3.2M worth of
Kabuhayan packages released in Northern Samar
JEROLD C. AMAGO, DOLE
July 30, 2021
Samar – The Department of Labor and Employment Northern Samar
Field Office (DOLE-NSFO) here recently released over P3.2 million
pesos worth of livelihood projects benefitting some 96 unemployed
and disadvantaged workers from the municipalities of Bobon and
ceremonies followed with the actual distribution of project
equipment and raw materials were each held on 22 and 23 July 2021 in
Brgy. Cervantes, Catarman, and in Bobon, Northern Samar,
respectively. DOLE-NSFO Chief and Provincial Head Patria A. Bigcas,
Bobon Municipal Administrator Rene Celespara, and Cervantes Punong
Barangay graced the events.
The projects consisted of
various Kabuhayan packages amounting to a maximum of P30,000 pesos
worth of tools, jigs, raw materials, and other equipment for the
approved Kabuhayan Starter kits. They include Sari-Sari Store
Kabuhayan Package, Food-processing Business, Rice-Retailing, Bakery
Production Project, Barbecue Making, Fish Vending, Tailoring,
Welding, Piggery and Poultry Raising, among others.
The 96 beneficiaries which
were composed mostly of parents of child laborers, were identified
and prioritized based on the Child Labor Profiling Program held in
2019 by the DOLE-NSFO in the two municipalities. Ms. Bigcas said the
Kabuhayan projects were primarily aimed at helping the beneficiaries
create sources of livelihood and thereby enable them to adequately
earn incomes needed for their families.
“The immediate and long
term objectives of this is to significantly reduce, if not
eliminate, the incidence of child labor in the areas,” she added.
In his message, Bobon
Municipal Administrator Mr. Rene Celespara thanked DOLE for its
“continued support to their poverty-alleviation initiatives.”
He also emphasized that,
while the packages are provided as a grant, he reminded the
beneficiaries that the project is part of the efforts between the
DOLE and LGU to eliminate child labor, and that by providing parents
a sustainable means of livelihood, their children can focus on their
welfare, health and education, instead of engaging in hazardous
Susan Polinas, 64, farmer
and mother of thirteen children from Barangay Cervantes, Catarman,
Northern Samar, said that she didn't have a choice but to allow one
of her children to work as a paid laborer in a nearby construction.
“Life is difficult especially now that we barely have coconuts due
to constant typhoons,” sighed Polinas.
With the DOLE kabuhayan,
however, she hopes that it will help her earn more and provide for
the needs of her household.
The DOLE likewise provided
the beneficiaries with a crash course on records-keeping to help
them sustain their business through proper financial management.
In surveys conducted
between 2018 to 2019, more than 80 child laborers were profiled,
mostly out-of-school male aged 14 to 17, working in construction,
farming and other hazardous occupations. Reasons often cited as to
why they sacrifice school and health to earn a living is to support
their families by giving money to their parents and buying things
for their households.
With the restrictions due
to COVID-19 starting to ease, CLP surveys have resumed and are
rehabilitation project delivers smooth road to motorists
DPWH 2nd LED
July 30, 2021
MAYORGA, Leyte –
With the aim to provide a better road network to the motorists and
travelers, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Leyte
Second District Engineering Office rehabilitates and upgrades
Mayorga-La Paz road section.
The project is located
along Barangay Mabini road section in Mayorga, Leyte and has a total
length of .592 linear kilometer of asphalt overlay.
“This project will provide
convenience to the travelling public and faster movement of vehicles
utilizing this road section,” said OIC-District Engineer Leo Edward
“Aside from improving the
ride quality of the commuters, the pavement structure will be
strengthened and can withstand occasional overloads without serious
damage,” Oppura added.
Mayorga-La Paz road
section is classified as a secondary road connecting Daang Maharlika
in the Southern part of Leyte.
With a capital outlay of
P14.55-million under DPWH-General Appropriations Act FY-2021, this
project is now completed and utilized by the travelling public.
of 2021 Productivity Olympics awarded
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
July 30, 2021
TACLOBAN CITY –
With the theme “Bounce Back Better”, seven (7) regional winners of
this year’s Productivity Olympics were awarded by the Regional
Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board VIII (RTWPB) on 26 July 2021
at Hotel Costa Brava, San Jose, this city.
Screened and evaluated by
the members of the RTWPB on the criteria of business continuity,
employee engagement and employee preservation, the following emerged
as victorious winners of the region: Leyte Compact Farming
Agriculture Cooperative, Stephanie Smoke Haus, Don Orestes Romualdez
Electric Cooperative Inc. (DORELCO), Hotel Costa Brava, Eva Marie
Arts and Craft, Cantongtong United Youth Association (CUYA) and
Northern Samar Multipurpose Cooperative.
Each awardee received a
plaque of recognition and a cash prize amounting to P10,000.00.
Director Henry John S.
Jalbuena, DOLE-RO8 Regional Director and Chairman of RTWPB, led the
conduct of said activity together with DTI Director Celerina T. Bato
(Vice-Chair), Atty. Miguel T. Tezon (Labor Sector Representative),
Mr. Efren M. Gabriola (Labor Sector Representative), Mr. Orlando C.
Uy (Employer Sector Representative) and Mr. Reynaldo Soliveres
In his welcome message,
Director Jalbuena thanked and recognized the efforts of the regional
winners in demonstrating resilience and overcoming difficulties just
to preserve employment and contribute to economic recovery.
"I’d like to express my
sincere thanks and appreciation to all our winners for striving to
overcome all difficulties brought by this pandemic to your
respective businesses. With your decision to keep your employees,
you are contributing to employment preservation and economic
recovery of the region”, said Jalbuena.
Ms. Eva Marie Adona-Yu,
owner of Eva Marie Arts & Craft, shared her deepest gratitude for
the recognition received and regarded it as a blessing and source of
“Thanks to this
Productivity Olympics for recognizing our hardwork. This is a
blessing for us and inspires us more. You are our cheerleader during
this pandemic”, said Ms. Yu.
Meanwhile, Mr. Allan
Laniba, General Manager of DORELCO underscored in his response
speech the need to be productive especially during this pandemic.
“This pandemic affected
all businesses and we are really doing the best possible way to keep
our workers. That’s why our mantra now is, If you want to be
compensated, be productive”, Laniba said.
In closing, Atty. Tezon
wished all the best for the regional winners who will be advancing
to the national screening.
“You are all winners for
us and we wish you all the success in the national productivity
olympics”, said Tezon.
National winners will be
receiving a cash prize of P150,000.00 aside from a trophy and
priority to trainings and programs of the National Wages &
Productivity Commission (NWPC).
Productivity Olympics is a
national competition of best productivity practices of micro, small
and medium enterprise (MSME) nationwide.
terrorists burn construction equipment in Northern Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
July 29, 2021
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan,
Samar – In a desperate move to derail the efforts of the
Northern Samar Provincial Task Force - Ending Local Communist Armed
Conflict, the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) burned several
construction equipment at around 4:00 a.m. today, July 29, 2021, in
Brgy. San Francisco, Las Navas, Northern Samar.
Burned equipment includes
a ten-wheeler dump truck, two backhoes, crane, one self-loading
vehicle (prime mover), soil compactor, grader, two loaders, and
The said construction
equipment are owned by MDU Construction with more than a hundred
employed construction workers in the completion of the road
construction project in barangays Quirino and San Francisco, both of
Las Navas. The project which is targeted to be completed by end of
December this year shall connect the Northern and Eastern Samar
provinces in Eastern Visayas.
The information received
disclosed that more or less 20 fully-armed CNTs arrived in the area
and simultaneously burned the above-mentioned equipment.
Accordingly, the CNTs
burned the equipment due to the refusal of the construction
company’s owner to their extortion demand.
Major General Pio Q Diñoso
III, Commander, 8th Infantry Division in his statement said that the
recent burning of construction equipment used for road projects in
Las Navas clearly shows that the NPA is anti-development,
anti-people, and anti-Samarnons.
“This terroristic action
has derailed the completion of this vital road project that will
connect the Eastern towns of Samar to the rest of the island and
make the lives of the people in the area much easier. There could
only be one reason for this arson, their demand for money or more
money has not been met as contractors have had enough of these
terrorists' extortion. Nonetheless, the contractors will not be
cowed and have pledged to not give in to terrorists' demands,” Major
General Diñoso said.
Major General Diñoso also
assured the people of Eastern Visayas that the Philippine Army will
work closely with these project proponents to ensure that projects
of the government will be finished and be delivered to the people at
“While this setback has
been costly, projects will continue and no terrorist will be able to
stop us if we will act together against them,” MGen. Diñoso added.
flood control structure to reduce the effects of flood waters
DPWH 2nd LED
July 28, 2021
MAYORGA, Leyte –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Leyte Second
District Engineering Office is currently implementing flood control
project in Barangay General Luna, Mayorga, Leyte as part of its
mitigating measures against the damaging effects of flood waters as
well as to protect the Hibuga bridge structure.
“This project will not
only protect the local residents’ lives and properties but also the
Hibuga bridge structure which is a vital bridge located along
Maharlika highway.” said OIC-District Engineer Leo Edward Oppura.
The completion of the
flood control structure will prevent water influx to the residential
areas and mitigate the impact of flooding since the water level in
these areas tend to rise up during rainy season which poses threat
to low lying barangays.
The project started last
March 2021 has a target completion is on or before September 21,
Funded under General
Appropriation Act FY-2021, this P39.86-million flood control project
involves the installation structural steel sheet piles with stone
masonry works and concrete facing.
Along with this project,
the district office is also constructing flood control projects
located in Balire River Basin, Barangay Liwayway, MacArthur, Leyte;
Binahaan River Basin, Barangay Abre, Dagami, Leyte; Binahaan River
Basin, Barangay Balilit, Dagami, Leyte; Binahaan River Basin,
K002+847 - K003+622 (Left Side River Bank) & Barangay District 1,
Pastrana, Leyte; Daguitan River Basin, Burauen, Leyte.
improves Nijaga Park in Calbayog City
July 27, 2021
CALBAYOG CITY – The
city’s largest park where town shows are held, was recently
improved, said Samar First District Engineering Office.
Nijaga Park was enhanced
by installing a steel gate and fence, new concrete bleachers and
mounted polycarbonate roofing from the stage to the entire area
where benches are built. Drainage and flooring were also enhanced to
help water flow around the area.
Adjoining the stage is the
City Arts and Culture Office (CACO) building. Improvements are also
done inside the CACO building which includes new tiles, the whole
building is repainted, and ceiling is replaced.
This project is drawn from
the General Appropriations Act of 2020 with a total contract amount
of P29.49 million.
The enhancements made in
Nijaga Park where talents from CACO showcase their talents will
ensure that Calbayog’s legacy in the arts will continue on and
benefit more generations to come.
Calbayog City is known as
the “talent bank capital’ of Eastern Visayas – talent development is
strengthened through the city’s Arts and Culture Office which
produces talented individuals through its scholarship programs and
extols aspirant soldiers to fight for peace
DPAO, 8ID PA
July 27, 2021
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan,
Samar – A total of 148 applicants composed of 135 from the
regular quota, two special enlisted privates of the Division, and 11
from 53rd Engineering Brigade took their oath as candidate soldiers
during the opening ceremony of the Candidate Soldier Course Class
677-2021at 8ID Parade Ground today.
The opening ceremony was
graced by the Regional Director of Office of Civil Defense, Regional
Office 8, Lord Byron P. Torrecarion, who expressed his appreciation
to the 148 candidate soldiers for accepting the challenge of
“Before you go through the
months of hard training, some of you will work harder than you ever
did in your life, some of you will shed more sweat than what is
humanly possible, some may even question what they have gotten
themselves into. In those times of doubt, dig deep; remember that if
you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather the courage to
believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it
a reality. Because it does not matter how many times you got knocked
down, all that matters is you get up each time you fall,”
The class educational
profile consists of 95 college graduates, 38 college undergraduates,
one vocational graduate, and 14 senior high school graduates.
Most of the applicants
came from the Eastern Visayas region, 101 from Samar Island, 28 from
Leyte, 13 from Cebu, three from Biliran, one from Negros Occidental,
one from Bohol, and one from Taytay, Rizal.
annual target in seafarers trained
issues Certificate of Completion to seafarer-trainee who
completed all training requirements.
July 24, 2021
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), the only government maritime
training and research agency of the country already trained a total
of six thousand three hundred (6,300) seafarer-trainees as of 30
June 2021 comprising of aspiring and active seafarers, maritime
instructors, assessors and supervisors and other maritime allied
personnel. This exceeds the Agency's annual target of six thousand
(6,000) trainees trained.
This is a notable
accomplishment considering the pandemic-related restrictions being
followed by NMP wherein its class intake was reduced to 50% from the
previous maximum capacity to effectively observe physical
distancing. Likewise, since the start of the pandemic, enrollees at
NMP main office located in Tacloban City were limited to residents
of Region VIII only and are required to stay at the NMP dormitories
within the entire duration of their training.
Trainees availed of the
various NMP training course offerings, namely: Deck Courses, Engine
Courses, Specialized Courses, Basic Courses and Professional
to the output performance was the NMP's conduct of online trainings
which produced 1,598 certificated trainees equivalent to 25.37% of
the NMP's annual target.
transitioning and offering of NMP courses through blended and online
mode of learning will not just enable us in keeping pace with the
private sector, but would scale-up the availability and
accessibility of online and blended maritime programs from the
government" said NMP Executive Director Joel B. Maglunsod during the
Agency's 2021 Mid-Year Performance Assessment (MYPA) and Re-planning
Exercise conducted on 08-09 July 2021.
Said accomplishment is the
result of the implementation of 47 training courses during the year
and as well as the establishment of linkages and partnership with
the Philippine Coast Guard, Agro-Industrial College Foundation
College of the Philippines, DMMA College of Southern Philippines,
Apostleship of the Sea - Stella Maris Seafarers' Center and
different local government units (LGUs) in Region VIII.
Further, NMP started
offering blended courses in July 2021 wherein the e-Learning
component is conducted online using digital platform while practical
exercises and assessment is being held at the NMP practical site.
enrollees to NMP trainings may visit the Online Registration System
via reserve.nmp.gov.ph or the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter)
where all updates and relevant information on NMP programs are
available. Likewise, for information on NMP research undertakings
please visit the NMP website and access the e-Research Information
System Portal (www.research.nmp.gov.ph) which is designed to
disseminate NMP completed researches, present the Research Agenda,
and engage the industry stakeholders to collaborate in the research