completion of Dispo Bridge widening
August 24, 2022
NAVAL, Biliran – As
part of the road widening initiatives of the Department of Public
Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District Engineering Office (BDEO)
in Naval-Caibiran Cross Country Road (NCCCR) network, the Office
fast tracks the completion of the Dispo Bridge widening at Brgy.
Calumpang, Naval, Biliran.
Dispo bridge is a 20-meter
structure that is a vital gateway into Naval town proper for
motorist taking the NCCCR network and the Calumpang-Caraycaray
Diversion Road. These two road systems that are directly connected
to the bridge are important access routes bearing substantial
traffic in a daily basis.
The P10.3-M bridge
widening project funded under the General Appropriations Act (GAA)
of 2022 is now at 55% physical accomplishment and expected to be
completed within the year.
The completion of this
bridge widening will complement the adjacent road widening projects
of Sitio Bliss and Brgy. Calumpang and help ease access in going to
the proper town of Naval.
Naval town is the
Province’s socioeconomic and local government hub bustling with
business activities, making the bridge one of the most traversed and
essential bridges in the province.
researchers visit NMP
August 23, 2022
TACLOBAN CITY –
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) welcomed the Institute of
Developing Economies (IDE) Tokyo researchers in their study visit at
the NMP Tacloban office on 22 August 2022. Said visit endeavors to
know more about the significant role, history, experience and the
plans of NMP especially in relation to the education, training and
competency upgrading of seafarers in the Visayas Region.
A briefing was conducted
by NMP focusing on the current situation of the Philippine global
seafarers in the Visayas and NMP’s contributions in maritime
manpower development in terms of quality, accessible, and relevant
trainings and researches. The discussion also centered around the
future directions of NMP having been subsumed by the newly-created
Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), under the Office of Seabased
NMP’s road to recovery
from Super typhoon Yolanda was also presented. It was highlighted
that with the generosity of different institutions, like the Japan
International Cooperation Agency (JICA), NMP was rehabilitated and
was able recover from the devastation. It can be recalled that NMP
received a US$3 million worth of grant aid from the “Programme for
Rehabilitation and Recovery from Typhoon Yolanda” of the JICA. The
donation included the delivery, installation and commissioning of
training equipment or simulators that consist of a tanker-type
totally enclosed lifeboat and davit, fast rescue boat and davit,
full mission global maritime distress safety system simulator, full
mission engine room simulator, and various safety equipment.
During the briefing, OIC
ED Mayla N. Macadawan emphasized that NMP continues to work in
collaboration and in synergy with the different maritime
stakeholders especially on undertakings that give priority to
seafarers and maritime-allied professional including the maritime
After which, a tour around
the NMP Complex took place. The group proceeded to the NMP Boat
Davit area where some of JICA’s waterborne equipment were installed
and being utilized in the conduct of practical exercises. Donated
simulators housed at the NMP Training Building were also visited
including the NMP’s Learning Resource Center where maritime
technical books/references and other library resources are
IDE researchers present
were Mr. Shinya IMAIZUMI, Director, Global Studies Group,
Inter-disciplinary Studies Center, and Ms. Izumi CHIBANA,
Researcher, Bangkok Research Center, accompanied by Professor
Maragtas. S.V. Amante from the University of the Philippines, School
of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP SoLAIR).
The IDE is a research
institution which acts as a research exchange hub conducting
collaborative research projects with researchers/experts and partner
DSWD set Marcos'
livelihood and shelter agenda for former rebels
August 23, 2022
QUEZON CITY – The
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has approved an
initial amount of P287.95 million as part of President Marcos
administration's commitment to honor the government continuing
effort to support former rebels and their families’ re-integration
into society and nation-building.
DSWD's Inclusive and
Sustainable Peace Undersecretary Alan Tanjusay said the department
last week has earmarked for the remaining six months of the year a
total of P287.95 million for sustainable livelihood, modified
shelter assistance, and cash-for-work programs for former rebels and
The allocation includes
the construction of 150 shelters in identified barangays in thirteen
regions including those in the Zamboanga Peninsula, provision for
livelihood grants and assistance for the former rebels and their
"This is President Marcos'
initial commitment to former rebels and former extremists and their
families across various spectrums and persuasions including those in
hard-to-reach communities in various regions who returned to the
fold of the law and who wanted to live a normal, peaceful lives and
help in nation-building," said Tanjusay.
He said this is the first
of the many commitments under the moving forward directives of Pres.
Marcos' “no one is left behind” leadership instructions and
Secretary Erwin Tulfo's “bawa't buhay ay mahalaga” public service
Meanwhile, in a courtesy
meeting Monday with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace,
Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) Secretary Carlito Galvez, Tulfo
affirmed DSWD’s continuing support to government peace programs and
vows to continue to provide financial, material and psycho-social
programs to former rebels and former violent extremists and their
The DSWD assists
government peace efforts in providing a diverse range of cash
assistance, livelihood grants and housing assistance to former
rebels vetted which was by the OPAPRU.
10 rice farmers
in Ormoc receive CLOA from DAR
landless farmers in Ormoc City receive their Certificates of
Land Ownership Award (CLOA) from the Department of Agrarian
Reform (DAR) on August 9 this year making them now owners of the
land they till.
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
August 19, 2022
ORMOC CITY –
“Pasalamat ko nga nakadawat kog titulo. Pasalamat ko sa Ginoo nga
naa na ko kaugalingon nga titulo.” (I am grateful I received a
title. Thank you, Lord, I now have my own title.)
These were the words of
Ernesto Bolakinia, who was obviously happy to receive his
Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) from Municipal Agrarian
Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Ruben Rebato on Tuesday, August 9
this year, in a simple distribution rite held in Barangay San Jose,
where most of the recipients reside.
Bolakinia, 63, was among
the 10 rice farmers in this city who recently received CLOA from the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), making them now the owners of
the land they are tilling.
According to Bolakinia,
who has six children and a recipient of a .6489 hectare ricefield,
the land awarded to him will be of big help in sending his children
Another recipient, Ramil
Catado, 42, said “Salamat kaayo nagkaroon kami ng sariling lupa na
matataniman para sa aming hanapbuhay.” (Thank you very much we now
own a land where we can plant for our livelihood.”)
Catado, a recipient of
1.0255 hectares of land further said he is happy because they will
now be relieved from giving shares to the landowner. “All the
harvests will now be ours,” he stressed.
Elenita Godin, a recipient
of 1.8 hectares of land could not also hide her emotions. According
to her, she is very much grateful because she never owned a land.
Rebato disclosed that the
10 individual CLOAs covered an aggregate area of 6.8660 hectares
previously owned by the Concepcion Espina Agricultural Corporation
and Anito Ygot. The landholdings are situated in adjacent Barangay
Guintigui-an in this city.
As the 10 recipients are
now considered landowners, Rebato and MARPO Aouda Colibao emphasized
their obligations as agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) including
the payment of land amortizations and the real property taxes.
They were likewise
encouraged to join agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs)
to avail of the various support services extended by DAR.
conducts outreach program for public schools
Team of DPWH- Biliran District Engineering Office distributed
school supplies and food packs to a total of 64 enrollees of
Palayan Elementary School at So. Palayan, Brgy. Caucab, Almeria,
Biliran on August 11, 2022.
August 19, 2022
NAVAL, Biliran – In
relation to the Department of Education’s (DepEd’s) Oplan Balik
Eskwela for SY 2022-2023, the Department of Public Works and
Highways (DPWH) Biliran District Engineering Office conducted an
outreach program to two public schools located in remote areas of
this Province on August 9-11, 2022.
Identified schools are the
Palayan Elementary School located at Sitio Palayan in Brgy. Caucab
in the town of Almeria and Libtong Gamay Elementary School at Brgy.
Libtong in the town of Naval.
Team from the Maintenance
Section headed by Engr. Glenda G. Dagalea, Chief of the Maintenance
Section initiated the said activity as part of the Oplan Balik
According to Engr. Dagalea,
school grounds improvement and repainting works has been conducted
by BDEO for the beautification of the said schools.
Meanwhile, DPWH-BDEO also
distributed food packs and school supplies to a total of 64
enrollees at Palayan Elementary School which composed of crayons,
notebook, ball pen, pencil, eraser, sharpener and plastic folder.
Last year, BDEO also
conducted painting of pedestrian lanes and other painting works,
cutting of grass and donated empty pails of cold mix asphalt and
unused tires for the selected school beneficiaries.
DPWH-BDEO has been an
active partner of the DepED in the conduct of Oplan Balik Eskwela
Program. This is an annual event of the DepEd which aims to ensure a
smooth and orderly opening of classes.
Telco, InfiniVAN Inc., takes part in commencement of cable laying
phase of Philippines’ longest submarine fiber optic cable network
August 15, 2022
MANILA – InfiniVAN,
Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed IPS, Inc. (TSE: .
4390) and bulk bandwidth supplier to the largest Philippine internet
service providers (ISPs), along with Eastern Communications and
Globe, took center stage in the commencement ceremony of the cable
laying phase of Philippine Domestic Submarine Cable Network (PDSCN)
held on July 14, 2022, in Subic, Zambales.
With 20+ Tbps of lit capacity in multiple international submarine
cable systems, InfiniVAN would now be in a position to distribute
internet connectivity to its wholesale, enterprise and residential
customers throughout the Philippine archipelago by spearheading the
laying of 2,500+ kilometers of fiber optic cables connecting Luzon,
Visayas and Mindanao. The joint-build partners have decided to
utilize cables manufactured by global fiber optic cable manufacturer
- Nexans. It will be the Philippines’ longest submarine cable
network so far.
This project goes hand-in-hand with Infinivan's backbone Fiber Optic
Network Infrastructure push beyond the National Capital Region,
where it started its network buildout after obtaining its
congressional telco franchise in July 2016.
Having been granted authority by the National Telecommunications
Commission (NTC) to provide broadband services nationwide, Infinivan
is now mainly focused on delivering bulk bandwidth for retail
distribution by the largest cable TV operators in the country, whose
main business has now shifted from being content distributors to
that of being internet service providers (ISPs). InfiniVAN’s parent,
IPS, Inc., holds a Type I telecommunications carrier license in
This $150-million joint-build project of the three telcos targets to
enhance the coverage and reliability of broadband connections, both
fixed and mobile, throughout the country.
InfiniVAN’s Chief Technology Officer Alberto “Abet” Espedido
conveyed his gratitude and appreciation to the partners during the
said ceremony. “I’d like to thank everyone for their perseverance,
professionalism, experience, and patience throughout the whole
process of getting us to this milestone, notwithstanding all the
challenges that we had to face. It is indeed gratifying to see
“coopetition” making these endeavors possible”. A portion of the
project called the “Express Route” is set to be ready for service by
the end of this year. The rest of the segments are set to be
completed and usable by April 2023.
terrorists killed in San Jose de Buan, Samar
801st Infantry Brigade,
August 5, 2022
Samar – Members of the New People’s Army terrorist were killed
during a skirmish with the troops of 87th Infantry (Hinirang)
Battalion on Monday August 1, 2022 at the vicinity of Brgy. Hilumot,
San Jose de Buan, Samar.
The military acted upon
receiving a report from a tipster regarding the presence of armed
terrorist in the farm lands of Brgy. Hilumot, San Jose de Buan,
Samar. Lt. Colonel Luzelito Q. Betinol Inf (GSC) PA immediately
organized a combat group together with the 1st and 2nd Samar
Provincial Mobile Force Company to scour the area, and while on
route, the troops were fired upon by more or less six (6) members of
the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) to which they immediately
The skirmish lasted for
about 10 minutes that resulted to the neutralization of two (2) CTG
members and the capture of one (1) M16 A1 ELISCO, one (1) calibre 45
pistol, one (1) laptop bag containing subversive documents with high
intelligence value one (1) back pack containing personal belongings,
one (1) bandolier and three (3) long steel magazines.
The CTGs fled towards
southwest direction leaving their fallen comrade behind. There is no
reported casualty in the government troops while other casualties
were inflicted on the side of the enemy as indicated by the traces
of blood stain in their routes of withdrawal.
The fatalities were later
identified to be Rodrigo Mejica Lorezo alias Akag, 60 years old, CO,
ROC, EVRPC and Delia Rosco Rotalano alias Mema, 58 years old, Staff,
ROC, EVRPC who are high-ranking members of the Communist Terrorist
After the incident Lt.
Col. Betinol coordinated with San Jose de Buan MPS and requested for
the assistance from the personnel of Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO)
to process the cadavers. He also organized a special meeting with
Hon. Joaquin R. Elizalde, Municipal Mayor of San Jose de Buan to
facilitate the proper burial of the deceased CTG members.
The cadavers then
underwent a post-mortem examination carried out by Dr. Pheobe D.
Dela Cruz, Municipal Health Officer of San Jose de Buan. The
cadavers were then given a solemn mass in the Parish Church of San
Jose de Buan and were given a proper burial in a Public Cemetery in
the said municipality.
Despite the incident,
LtCol. Betinol encouraged NPA members who might be wounded to
surrender, in order for them to be treated appropriately. While the
NPA continue to harass and abuse people, the troops of 87th Infantry
(Hinirang) Battalion will continue to perform its mandate in
protecting the people in its area of operations.
Col Lenart R Lelina,
Brigade Commander of 801st Infantry (Bantay at Gabay) Brigade, 8ID,
PA, congratulated the 87IB on their dedication to duty and
sacrifices for the attainment of a peaceful community.
“Your accomplishment is
also an accomplishment of the peace-loving people of Samar. As the
AFP calls on the Communist Terrorist Group to stop further
bloodshed, we ask those who are still in the mountain to go back
into the folds of the law and let the government help them to become
productive members of the society. Through this, we can achieve
genuine peace and development for our country,” Col. Lelina said.
Moreover, the 801st (Bantay
at Gabay) Brigade and the 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion will
continue to collaborate with our partner LGUs for Ending the Local
Communist Armed Conflict.
ex-rebels in Leyte with P400-k livelihood grant
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
August 5, 2022
TACLOBAN CITY – 35
former rebels and underemployed members of the Mahaplag Integrated
Peace and Development Workers Association (MIPWDA) have received
P400,000.00 worth of livelihood grants from the Department of Labor
and Employment Regional Office VIII through its Western Leyte Field
Office last August 4, 2022.
During the turnover
ceremony held at Brgy. Poblacion Gymnasium in Mahaplag, Leyte, 30 of
the beneficiaries received rice retailing projects amounting
P250,000.00 while the remaining 5 received their sari-sari store
projects that cost P150,000.00.
Present to grace the
activity were DOLE-WLFO Head Mr. Edgar Tabuyan, Vice-Mayor Myrna
Solis and 1st Lt. Jayson Ray Jaramillo of the 14 IB, 8ID of the
In his message, Mr.
Tabuyan underscored the government’s efforts to assist former rebels
as they strive to go back to the folds of the law.
“We are here to support
your new journey as law-abiding citizens. And with these livelihood
projects, we hope to see you become successful”, said Mr. Tabuyan.
The said livelihood
undertaking of DOLE with the municipality of Mahaplag is in support
of the National Task Force-End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC)
which ultimately aims to put an end to rebellion.
(with report from DOLE-WLFO)
Parents of child
laborers in Catbalogan avail P4.8M DOLE aid
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
August 4, 2022
TACLOBAN CITY –
Some 84 parents and guardians of child laborers in Catbalogan City
received on August 2, 2022 livelihood assistance amounting to 4.8
million pesos from the Department of Labor and Employment Regional
Office 8 through its Samar Field Office.
In a simple turnover
ceremony held in Brgy. Payao, Catbalogan City, beneficiaries happily
received various tools, equipment and materials for their respective
projects such as food vending, fishing, small transport and motor
The activity was graced
with the presence of City Mayor Dexter Uy, Labor and Employment
Officer Ma. Chulla Corpuz representing DOLE-SFO Head Engr. Aleksei
Ceasar Abellar and PESO Manager Maila De Guia.
The livelihood assistance
of DOLE aims to provide the parents/guardians of child laborers
access to decent livelihood opportunities to help augment the
families’ income for the sustainability of the children’s basic
needs and education, keeping them away from dangerous workplaces.
Mayor Uy expressed his
profound gratitude to DOLE headed by Regional Director Henry John S.
Jalbuena and the DOLE-SFO team for all the support and assistance
extended to the City of Catbalogan then and now. He likewise
reminded all the beneficiaries to do their best for their businesses
to become successful.
“Ginlalauman namon na
tagan liwat niyo hin importansya an mga gnhahatag na oportunidad han
gobyerno, masustenar unta niyo an iyo kada tagsa nga livelihood
undertaking para makabulig haiyo pamilya labi na ngadto han kabataan
nga makabalik na hira pangiskwela”, Mayor Uy added.
(We hope that you will
give importance to these livelihood opportunities from the
government, so that it will be sustained for the benefit of your
families, especially for your children’s education.)
The livelihood assistance
was released under the component of DOLE Integrated Livelihood
Program (DILP) or KABUHAYAN Program, a flagship program of DOLE that
provides great assistance for capacity building in livelihood and
entrepreneurial ventures for vulnerable and marginalized workers.
(with report from DOLE SFO)
ICHRP calls for
continued ICC investigation of Duterte’s crimes against humanity in
the wake of Marcos government’s attempts to shield perpetrators by
refusing to rejoin
August 3, 2022
MANILA – Refusal of
the Marcos Administration to rejoin the ICC shields Duterte and his
policies of impunity and state terror, further victimizing the
30,000 that were summarily executed in the Duterte Regimes wars on
drugs; on dissent; and on the Moro people.
Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines [ICHRP] is extremely
disappointed but not surprised by the new Marcos administration’s
decision to keep the Philippines outside the jurisdiction of the
International Criminal Court [ICC],” said ICHRP Chairperson Peter
Murphy today. “This is part of the continued and ongoing state
cover-up of crimes against humanity.”
ICHRP believes the
confirmation that the Philippines is out of the ICC is an ominous
sign for human rights as the only rationale for not being under its
jurisdiction is to shelter perpetrators from prosecution and the
intention to continue committing such crimes.
Despite this deplorable
decision by the Marcos government, there remain grounds for the
continued investigation of Duterte presidency’s alleged crimes
In June 2021, ICC
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda reported that there were sufficient
grounds for a full investigation into the crime against humanity of
murder committed in connection with the country’s ‘war on drugs’
between 1 July 2016 and 16 March 2019. ICHRP urges that this full
investigation be vigorously pursued and not be stalled by continued
false claims that the Philippine judicial system is functioning and
can address any concerns about these alleged gross violations of
“The findings of the First
and Second Reports of the Independent International Commission of
Investigation into Human Rights Violations in the Philippines
(Investigate PH) clearly showed the flaws and failure of the
domestic remedies,” said Murphy.
The Philippine courts had
managed to convict only two police officers for the 2017 murder of
17 year-old Kian Delos Santos. This was one case of the 6,011
officially recorded up to the end of 2020. This case only succeeded
because the Barangay Captain had failed to switch off the CCTV which
recorded the police abduction of Kian.
Investigate PH also
dispelled the Philippine government claims that the thousands of
victims of the ‘war on drugs’ were killed by police in self-defence.
It presented forensic evidence to the ICC of victims with defensive
wounds, of victims who had been bound before being killed. But there
are probably over 30,000 cases of these police killings in anti-drug
operations, based on statistics of “Deaths Under Investigation”. And
now the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency no longer reports deaths
in anti-drug operations, on their Real Numbers PH webpage.
“A review – of 5,655 cases
– was first promised by Justice Secretary Guevarra to the UN Human
Rights Council in June 2020,” said Murphy. In February 2021
Secretary Guevarra reported that just 328 cases had been reviewed,
revealing no proper crime scene investigation in more than half the
“ICHRP has full confidence
in the impartiality of the ICC. We reiterate that the ICC should
vigorously pursue the full investigation of the previous Duterte
administration for these alleged crimes against humanity so that,
finally, justice may be served and impunity ended,” Murphy said.
ICHRP initiated the
Investigate PH project, under which an independent international
commission conducted its three-part investigation on the
extrajudicial killings, illegal arrests, abductions and
disappearances, and breaches of collective human rights in the
Philippines since 2016 when President Duterte came into power.
CARD SME bank
opened its 37th branch at Valencia City, Bukidnon
SME Bank Senior Adviser Mary Jane Perreras, CARD SME Bank
President and CEO Cynthia Baldeo, and Board of Director Chona
Felisidario led the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of
the 37th branch of CARD SME Bank in Valencia City, Bukidnon.
JEFFREY C. TANDINGAN
August 3, 2022
SAN PABLO CITY –
CARD SME Bank opened its doors in Valencia City, Bukidnon on July
18, 2022, totaling the number of branches of the thrift bank to 37.
This milestone was
attended by CARD SME Bank President and CEO Cynthia B. Baldeo,
Senior Management Adviser Mary Jane Perreras, Board of Director
Chona Felisidario, and Vice President for Operations Cherry Boncajes,
and CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI) officers,
staff, and clients.
"The success of CARD SME
Bank can be attributed to the people who work tirelessly and
persistently to uphold CARD's culture and values. At the core of
what we do is bringing service to Filipino communities,” said Baldeo.
She also added that the expansion is another step towards CARD MRI’s
goal of eradicating poverty in the Philippines.
As part of its commitment
to poverty eradication, CARD SME Bank will continue to empower women
and their families through the provision of financial,
non-financial, and community development programs. Clients in
Valencia, Bukidnon can now have access to the bank’s products and
services, which include SME loans, microfinance loans, savings, and
Baldeo added "You, our
clients, are the ones who motivate us to fulfill our purpose as an
institution; to end poverty in the country by providing products and
services that leads us to development. You can count on CARD SME
Bank to be your partner in achieving your goals."
With 1,143,401 total
clients served as of June 2022, CARD SME Bank pledges to continue to
expand its scope by showcasing unparalleled commitment and
dedication towards nation building.