New leader takes
helm at DAR Eastern Visayas
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
August 23, 2021
TACLOBAN CITY – A
Basilan-born lawyer-accountant now heads the Department of Agrarian
Reform (DAR) in Eastern Visayas following his installation on
Wednesday last week.
Regional Director Robert
Anthony Yu replaced Ismael Aya-ay by virtue of Department Special
Order No. 283 issued by Agrarian Reform Secretary Brother John
Castriciones on August 2, this year.
Prior to his new
assignment, Yu was the Director of the Planning Service at the DAR
Central Office. He joined DAR in 2001 as a contract of service (COS)
employee and rose from the ranks.
Upon passing the bar, Yu
was appointed Attorney-V of the Legal Service. Since then, he was
assigned to the different units in central office exposing him to
problems encountered in the field including Agri-business Venture
Agreement (AVA) and land conversion, as well as procurement and
other administrative matters.
His first field assignment
was as Provincial Agrarian Reform Adjudicator (PARAD) having been
assigned to the provinces of Bataan, Zambales and Zamboanga del
Norte on separate occasions.
He also served as Regional
Agrarian Reform Adjudicator (RARAD) in MIMAROPA Region, radiating in
the island provinces of Palawan, Marinduque and Mindoro as PARAD.
Yu disclosed that Region 8
is his first assignment as Regional Director.
In his message during his
installation as the 21st DAR Regional Director to serve this region
since the agency was created on September 10 1971, he encouraged
transparency, team work and immediate resolution to every concerns
and issues. “I don’t want problems to persist, I want solutions to
resolve the concerns and issues,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Aya-ay, who
served as OIC-Regional Director for the past 15 months, concurrent
Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries
Development and Sustainability Program (ARBDSP) and Agrarian Legal
Service, will focus as ARD for Administration.
Under the same special
order, OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Administration and Land
Tenure Service, Ma. Fe Malinao, is designated Provincial Agrarian
Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) for Southern Leyte.
OIC-PARPO II for Leyte and
Biliran, Renato Badilla, is designated ARD for Operations, while
OIC-PARPO I for Leyte and Biliran, Josefina Corazon Turla, is
designated PARPO II replacing Badilla.
off-carriageway improvement project in Jaro town
DPWH 2nd LED
August 23, 2021
JARO, Leyte –
Another off-carriageway improvement project has been completed by
the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Leyte Second
District Engineering Office along Jaro-Dagami-Burauen-La Paz road
section to provide a better and wider road access to the travelling
According to OIC-District
Engineer Leo Edward Oppura, this project enables local traders to
transport their agricultural products to nearby public market with
minimal transportation costs.
“The P9.7-million road
project involves concrete paving of 2-meter width on both sides of
the existing road with inclusion of stone masonry works and top with
concrete barrier have a total length of .591-kilometer located in
Barangay Malobago to Pange in Jaro linking to the town of Pastrana
in Leyte,” he added.
For the current year, the
district office is task to implement three (3) off-carriageway
improvement of tertiary roads of which La Paz-Javier-Bito Rd –
(K0952 + 710 - K0953 + 186), P9.6-M is on its final phase of
construction while Burauen-Mahagnao Rd – K0979 + (-667) - K0979 +
(-167), P9.5M; and Jaro-Dagami-Burauen-La Paz Rd
K0944+290-K0944+881, P9.7-M were already completed.
Program kicks off in Tacloban City
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
August 19, 2021
TACLOBAN CITY – In
partnership with the Tacloban City Public Employment Service Office
(PESO), the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 8
through its North Leyte Field Office kicked off the implementation
of JobStart Philippines Program for this year with an Employer’s
Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing on August 16, 2021 at the City
Five (5) private
establishments attended the event and signed the agreement, namely,
McCarol Ventures/McDonalds Tacloban, Mang Inasal, Pinutos and Chix
Delight, Jollibee and Greenwich, and Hotel de Fides.
One hundred (100) youth
beneficiaries from Tacloban City will be benefitting from the said
employment facilitation program.
Present during the event
were Mr. Norman L. Uyvico, NLFO Head, Ms. Marites H. Dy, NLFO
JobStart Focal, Ms. Emilia A. Cruz, PESO Manager and Ms. Katherine
P. Singzon, PESO JobStart Focal.
In behalf of Regional
Director Henry John S. Jalbuena, Mr. Uyvico acknowledged all the
employers for choosing to help the youths of Tacloban through the
“We would like to
acknowledge and thank our employers who responded to our call of
assisting our youth beneficiaries through the Jobstart program
especially now that we are in a pandemic”, said Uyvico.
Uyvico likewise lauded the
PESO Tacloban for being an active Jobstart implementer ever since
its first implementation in 2018.
“DOLE is indeed grateful
for the strong support we get from our ever active PESO Tacloban led
by Ma’am Mely Cruz”, added Uyvico.
Dranix Distributors Inc.
missed the formal MOA Signing but committed to become one of the
employers for the 2021 Jobstart implementation in the city.
The JobStart Program,
funded by the Government of Canada (GOC) with technical support from
the Asian Development Bank (ADB ), aims to enhance employability of
youth by reducing their job-search period and increasing their
employability through life skills and technical skills training,
paid internship and full-cycle employment facilitation services.
The program is also
designed to increase the capacity of Public Employment Service
Office (PESOs) in providing full cycle employment facilitation
services. (with report from NLFO)
P1.6-M worth of
Kabuhayan starter kits awarded to 116 Sogod folks
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
August 18, 2018
MAASIN CITY – Some 116
beneficiaries from Brgy. Kahupian in Sogod, Southern Leyte received
various kabuhayan starter kits amounting to a total of P1,645,270.00
from the Department of Labor and Employment through its Southern
Leyte Field Office last August 13, 2021.
Present during the simple
turnover activity were Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena,
SLFO Head Marites Viñas, Sogod Mayor Imelda Tan, SB Member &
Livelihood Committee Chair Rufo Olo and Staff Sgt. Advincula of the
The said assistance was
DOLE’s commitment to Brgy. Kahupian, an identified barangay of the
provincial Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC)
under the government’s Task Force to End Local Communist Armed
Regional Director Jalbuena
in his message expressed continued commitment and support to the
convergence programs of the government particularly the ELCAC.
“DOLE is one with the
government in its fight to end local communist armed conflict and we
are doing our part through provision of livelihood opportunities to
our vulnerable sector”, said Jalbuena.
Among the projects awarded
to the beneficiaries were the following: carpentry, welding,
vulcanizing, barbecue vending, homemade delicacies, mini carinderia,
dressmaking, fruit and vegetable vending, bread-making, barber shop,
charcoal vending, poultry farming and dried fish vending.
Said livelihood projects
were charged under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP)
funds of the region.
Also in attendance to
facilitate the event were Ms. Velma Duguil, PESO Manager and Ms, Ma.
Dahlia A. Gabriana, SLFO Livelihood focal. (with
a report from SLFO)
Which car brands
will be fully electric and when?
The world is gradually
moving towards electric cars. This is due to the policies of many
countries aimed at reducing the harmful impact on the environment
and, as a result, banning the use of fossil fuel vehicles. Most car
companies are investing in an industrial transition planned for the
next 10 to 20 years. Below is a list of brands that are heading
towards converting production to electric vehicles. And already
today, the supply of new and
used electric cars on the market is
growing day by day, at an incredible pace.
Italian Alfa Romeo, which
is owned by automaker Stellantis, has announced that it will sell
electric vehicles from 2027 in North America, Europe and China.
Stellantis will invest $ 47 billion in battery-powered vehicles by
The development of the
internal combustion engine will gradually be completed by 2033.
Hybrid, gasoline and diesel vehicles produced until 2026 will be on
sale until the early 2030s. From 2026, all new models of Audi, which
belongs to the Volkswagen Group, will be electric.
Another company, which is
part of the Volkswagen Group, plans to phase out internal combustion
engines by 2026, leaving plug-in hybrids and battery cars. The
release of the first electric vehicle was announced for 2025. Two
hybrids are already on sale and the third will become available in
2023. Full transition to electric is planned for 2030.
Fiat CEO Olivier François
said the final switch to electric would take place between 2025 and
2030. The company, which is owned by Stellantis, will produce
exclusively electric vehicles for the rest of this decade.
The American company Ford
Motor, together with its Korean partner SK Innovation, will build
and open three battery and one electrical assembly plant in the
United States by 2025. Passenger cars for the European market will
become fully electric by 2030.
The company, which owns
Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, will finally switch to electric by
2035. Carbon neutrality is planned for 2040.
The Japanese company
expects 40% of electric and hydrogen car sales by 2030 and 80% by
2035. All-electric models will be sold in North America, Japan and
China until 2040.
The Hyundai Group, which
includes Kia, is focusing on hydrogen cars - fuel cell electric
vehicles. All commercial vehicle models will be hydrogen-powered by
2028. The selection of accumulator cars will gradually expand in the
USA, Europe and China. The full transition to the electric motor
will take place before 2040.
UK-based Jaguar will go
all-electric from 2025. Jaguar Land Rover promises zero carbon
emissions by 2039. The Land Rover electric vehicle is slated to
launch in 2024.
The German company, which
is owned by Daimler, will switch to electric before the end of the
decade. The plan is to increase the production of battery cars and
plug-in hybrids to account for 50% of global sales by 2025.
The brand from BMW will
launch the last car with an internal combustion engine in 2025.
Until 2030, only electric vehicles will be produced.
The Japanese company,
which is part of the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance, will
produce exclusively electric cars for Japan, China, the United
States and Europe until the early 2030s. By 2050, the manufacturer
will be carbon neutral.
The French company has
dropped the ban on hybrid sales from 2035. However, Renault has said
that 90% of its models will be battery-powered EVs by 2030.
The luxury Rolls-Royce,
which is owned by BMW, will produce exclusively electric vehicles by
2030. The first all-electric vehicle will be unveiled at the end of
The Japanese company is
working to reduce air emissions by 2050. Basically, the manufacturer
is focused on the development of hydrogen cars.
The German company will
exclusively sell electric vehicles in Europe until 2035. Following
the European market, the sale of cars with internal combustion
engines will be discontinued in the United States and China. Carbon
neutrality is planned to be achieved by 2050.
The company aims to ensure that by 2025 approximately 50% of Volvo's
global car sales will be battery-powered and the other 50% hybrid.
Only electric vehicles will remain in production until 2030.
posts 3.2% inflation rate in July 2021
August 17, 2021
TACLOBAN CITY –
Eastern Visayas posted to 3.2 percent Inflation Rate (IR) in July
2021. This IR is 0.1 percentage point lower compared with the 3.3
percent IR in June 2021. This July IR of the region is 1.5
percentage points higher than the recorded 1.7 percent IR in the
same period last year.
In comparison with the
national average IR, the regional IR is 0.8 percentage point lower
than the 4.0 percent national IR in July 2021.
Among the provinces, Samar
posted the highest IR at 6.9 percent in July 2021. Eastern Samar’s
IR came next at 6.1 percent, then Biliran at 4.5 percent. The lowest
IR was noted in Northern Samar at 1.5 percent. Northern Samar, Samar,
Eastern Samar, and Southern Leyte registered lower IRs in July 2021
compared with their figures in June 2021. Northern Samar recorded
the highest decrease in IR at 1.6 percentage points, bringing its IR
down to 1.5 percent in July 2021 from 3.1 percent in June 2021.
Samar’s IR declined to 6.9
percent in July 2021, while Eastern Samar and Southern Leyte managed
to lower their IRs to 6.1 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively in
July 2021. On the other hand, the provinces of Leyte and Biliran
recorded increases in their IRs in July 2021 by 0.4 percentage point
and 0.1 percentage point, respectively. Leyte grew to 1.7 percent,
while Biliran inched up to 4.5 percent in July 2021.
Transport commodity group
continued to post the highest IR at 10.3 percent. This was followed
by alcoholic beverages and tobacco commodity group, and housing,
water, electricity, gas and other fuels commodity group with IRs at
7.3 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively. All the other commodity
groups have IR lower than the IR for all items recorded at 3.2
Five (5) of the 11
commodity groups in the region exhibited lower IRs in July 2021
compared with their rates in June 2021. The transport commodity
group registered the biggest decrease in IR by 1.2 percentage points
from its 11.5 percent IR in June 2021. It still, however, registered
a double-digit IR of 10.3 percent in July 2021.
The IR for furnishings,
household equipment, and routine maintenance of the house commodity
group managed to shed off 0.5 percentage point, from 2.9 percent in
June 2021 to 2.4 percent in July 2021.
miscellaneous goods and services commodity group recorded 0.4
percentage point decrease in its IR settling at 2.5 percent in July
Food and non-alcoholic
beverages commodity group registered a slight decrease in IR by 0.2
percentage point, from 2.8 percent in June 2021 to 2.6 percent in
July 2021. Lower IRs were noted in majority of the items under this
commodity group. Fish index registered the highest decrease of 1.6
percentage points, from 9.1 percent IR in June 2021 to 7.5 percent
IR in July 2021. The IR for food products not elsewhere classified
declined by 1.1 percentage point from its 4.1 percent IR in June
2021, posting 3.0 percent IR in July 2021. Slower price increases
were also noted in the indices for sugar, jam, honey, chocolate, and
confectionery (1.8%); vegetables (1.6%); and milk, cheese, and eggs
Meanwhile, fruits index
registered the highest increase of 3.4 percentage points, from 0.8
percent deflation in June 2021 to 2.6 percent IR in July 2021.
Prices of meat picked up at a faster rate registering a double-digit
IR of 10.3 percent in July 2021 from 9.6 percent in June 2021.
Faster price increase was also noted in index for oils and fats at
2.2 percent during the month in review. Rice and corn further
deflated to 1.4 percent. Bread and cereals likewise continued to
register price drop-offs at 0.9 percent. Non-alcoholic beverages
retained its previous month’s IR at 0.6 percent.
Recreation and culture
commodity group further deflated to 1.6 percent in July 2021 from
1.5 percent deflation in June 2021.
On the other hand,
alcoholic beverages and tobacco commodity group recorded 7.3 percent
IR in July 2021, higher by 0.5 percentage point from the 6.8 percent
IR in June 2021. This growth can be attributed to higher IR in the
indices for both alcoholic beverages (5.6%) and tobacco (8.3%).
The IR for housing, water,
electricity, gas, and other fuels commodity group and health
commodity group picked up by 0.3 percentage point, pushing its IR to
3.6 percent in July 2021.
Compared with their June
2021 levels, IRs for clothing and footwear commodity group (2.2%)
and health commodity group (2.0%) were higher by 0.2 percentage
point and 0.1 percentage point, respectively in July 2021.
The commodity groups of
communication and education, meanwhile, retained their previous
month’s IRs at 1.0 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively.
The Purchasing Power of
Peso (PPP) of the region remained at P0.76 in July 2021. This PPP
implies that the goods and services worth P76.00 in 2012 is now
worth P100.00 in July 2021.
Compared with their levels
in June 2021, PPP in Biliran and Northern Samar strengthened by
P0.01, while PPP in Leyte weakened by P0.01. The rest of the
provinces retained their previous month’s PPP. Biliran recorded the
strongest PPP among provinces in July 2021 at P0.80. Leyte ranked
second at P0.79, followed by Southern Leyte at P0.78, Eastern Samar
at P0.73, and Northern Samar at P0.72. Samar posted the weakest PPP
during the reference month at P0.69.
Chiz tells DTI,
PPA: Spike in arrastre fees to hurt economic recovery
August 13, 2021
SORSOGON CITY –
Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero has called on concerned government
agencies to look into the current fees and charges imposed on
various cargo shipments which sharp increases amid a global health
crisis could hurt efforts to help the country rebound from the
pandemic-induced economic downturn.
The veteran legislator has
learned that arrastre fees in most major ports under the Philippine
Ports Authority (PPA) went up by as much as 200 percent, an increase
that may ultimately impact the growth of the Philippines which
recently has gone out of recession as the economy grew by 11.8
percent in second quarter this year.
“Arrastre fees in most
major ports went up by 200 percent. For example, for every bag of
cement, arrastre fees went up from P5 to P21 per bag,” the former
senator posted on his Twitter account @saychiz.
“I hope the DTI
(Department of Trade and Industry), the PPA and the DOTR (Department
of Transportation) will look into this as it inordinately raises the
cost of construction and doing business and DURING A PANDEMIC at
that!” he added.
Arrastre is defined by the
PPA as a person or entity that performs portside cargo handling
operations, such as the receiving, handling, custody, security and
delivery of cargo passing over piers, quays or wharves, transit
sheds/warehouses and open storages within the jurisdictional area of
responsibility of the authorized contractor or operator.
The PPA has continuously
implemented, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several
memorandum circulars adjusting cargo tariff rates and handling fees
in various ports nationwide under its jurisdiction such as the
Manila North Harbor Port, Inc., Manila South Harbor, Inc. and the
Manila International Container Terminal, despite industry-wide
opposition of international shipping lines who are likewise battling
the effects of the economic slowdown due to the pandemic.
In a position paper
submitted by the Association of International Shipping Lines to PPA
last year, industry leaders had warned that any increase in handling
fees would not only hurt cargo handlers and operators, but more
importantly small enterprises and consumers.
At the North Harbor alone,
the PPA, through its Memorandum Circular 04-2017, has been
implementing the 24-percent cargo handling rate increase since July
And this year, the ports
authority, through two separate administrative orders, has started
imposing empty container handling fees for foreign empty containers
and storage fees for out-of-gauge containers, or cargoes that exceed
the standard dimension of containers.
benefits over 1K workers in Tolosa, Alangalang
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
August 10, 2021
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office VIII through its
North Leyte Field Office successfully paid a total of P2,048,000.00
TUPAD wages to some 1,024 informal sector workers of Tolosa and
Alangalang in Leyte last August 9, 2021.
Each beneficiary received
P3,250.00 as remuneration for the services rendered during the
10-day TUPAD implementation.
Present to lead the event
was DOLE Assistant Secretary Victor Del Rosario, representing
Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III. He was assisted by DOLE-RO8
Regional Director Henry John Jalbuena and DOLE-NLFO Head Norman
Asec. Del Rosario in his
message said that DOLE will never cease to deliver the needed
assistance to the Filipino workers. He encouraged everyone to have
faith and not lose hope despite the pandemic.
“I just want to encourage
you to have faith and not lose hope. DOLE and the government is here
to help you”, said del Rosario.
Tolosa Mayor Ma. Ofelia
Alcantara expressed heartfelt gratitude for the assistance received
from DOLE and the different government agencies.
"We at LGU-Tolosa are
thankful that we are able to avail of the programs and services of
the government for the benefit of our displaced and needy workers”,
Meanwhile, Mayor Yu
acknowledged the fruitful partnerships of LGUs and national
government agencies in helping the Alangalanganons.
“We really appreciate the
convergence of different government agencies just to bring relief to
our constituents greatly affected by this pandemic”, said Yu.
Livelihood assistance were
likewise turned over to eight (8) parents of child laborers in
Alangalang amounting to P160,000.00.
Director Jalbuena, like he
always did in every payout, reminded all the beneficiaries to use
their hard-earned money for the needs of their families.
Also in attendance to
grace the event were Mr. Allan Tanuakio from the Office of the
President, DTI Assistant Secretary Niño Contreras and Ms. Irene
Permejo of DSWD Regional Office VIII. Beneficiaries were grateful
because aside from the TUPAD wages, they also received P2,000.00
each as financial aid from the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis
Situation (AICS) program of the DSWD.
Some ten (10) lucky
beneficiaries also took home raffle prizes such as rubber shoes,
android tablets and bicycles courtesy of the Office of Senator
Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. (with
report from DOLE-NLFO)
leads awarding of over P11-M DOLE aid in Leyte
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
August 6, 2021
TACLOBAN CITY –
Leyteños were grateful as livelihood and employment assistance
poured when DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III visited the towns
of Tanauan and Burauen, Leyte on August 5, 2021.
A total of P11,080,372.00
livelihood and TUPAD grants were awarded to some 2,261 beneficiaries
of the municipalities of Tanauan and Burauen.
P7,260,900.00 worth of
TUPAD and livelihood grants were received by 1,801 underemployed and
disadvantaged workers in Tanauan while P3,179,472.00 were benefited
by 460 informal sector workers from Burauen.
Meanwhile, there were 25
displaced and returning OFWs who have received the sum of
P640,000.00 livelihood and financial assistance under the OWWA’s
Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) and Tabang OFW programs.
Aside from Secretary Bello,
also in attendance to grace the event were Undersecretary Renato
Ebarle, DOLE-BWSC Director Atty. Ma. Karina Trayvilla, OWWA
Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, DOLE-RO8 Director Henry John Jalbuena,
An Waray Partylist Representative Florencio “Bem” Noel, Leyte
Governor Leopoldo Dominico “Mic” Petilla, Alangalang Mayor Lovely Yu
and Atty. Jo Ann Zacarias representing 2nd District Congresswoman
Lolita Karen Javier.
Mayor Pelagio Tecson of
Tanauan and Mayor Juanito Renomeron of Burauen warmly welcomed the
team into their respective areas and expressed their sincerest
gratitude for all the assistance received from the labor department.
“We are really grateful to
Secretary Bello for being responsive to the needs of our
constituents”, said Mayor Tecson.
Governor Mic Petilla
likewise recognized the efforts of DOLE and the administration in
helping the province. He said that it will be a great help for the
province to recover from the effects of the on-going pandemic.
“We don’t know when this
pandemic will end, but I can assure you that our province can
recover especially that the government through DOLE is here to help
us”, Petilla said.
In his messages, Secretary
Bello never failed to underscore that DOLE exists for the
fulfillment of its mandate which is to look after the welfare of
every Filipino worker.
“DOLE will continue to
live up to its mandate and we will do all that we can for the
benefit of our Filipino workers”, said the labor secretary.
Just like a father to his
children, Sec. Bello reminded all the beneficiaries to spend the
money they received for their basic needs.
“These are government
funds, so please use the money you received for the basic needs of
your families”, Bello added.
Bello committed to bring
more assistance to the region for the benefit of the workers
struggling due to the pandemic.
The team of DOLE-North
Leyte Field Office headed by Mr. Norman Uyvico were also in full
support of the successful undertaking.