Commander in Eastern Visayas takes post
DPAO, 8ID PA
October 21, 2022
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine
Army welcomed Major General Camilo Z. Ligayo as he officially
assumes as the new Commander of Eastern Visayas today, October 21,
In a Change of Command
Ceremony presided by the Commanding General of the Philippine Army,
Lieutenant General Romeo S. Brawner, Jr, outgoing 8ID Acting
Commander Brigadier General Zosimo A. Oliveros relinquished the
leadership to the former 34th Vice Commander of the Philippine Army.
Major General Ligayo
belongs to Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “MAKATAO” Class of
1989. Prior to his assumption, he held key positions such as the
Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retiree Affairs of the Armed
Forces of the Philippines (OJ9) and Brigade Commander of the 801st
Infantry Brigade, 8th Infantry Division.
In 2019, during his stint
as 801st Brigade Commander, Major General Ligayo was instrumental in
dismantling four Guerrilla Fronts. Under his leadership, the Brigade
achieved a significant victory against the local Communist Terrorist
Group in a single joint operation with 20 body counts and recovery
of 33 enemy firearms. As the 801st Brigade relentlessly pursued the
enemy through focused military operations, he also put equal effort
into the unit’s civil-military operations by organizing the Youth
Love Sports (YLS) as part of the Situational Awareness and Knowledge
Management Cluster (SAKM) and Sectoral Unification, Capacity
Building and Empowerment (SUCBEM) Cluster, for the youth sector, in
line with the National Task Force for Ending Local Communist Armed
In his assumption speech,
Major General Ligayo asserted his intent to sustain the command's
high gains in internal security operations. “We will continue to
fight against these so called peace spoilers. As we move forward, we
will continue to recognize that the insurgency campaign is a shared
responsibility of everyone in government.”
“I call upon all our peace
and development stakeholders, the different government local units
headed by their local chief executives, the regional chief
executives for your commitment and support to our ultimate goal in
attaining the total defeat of the communist terrorists. Surely, we
will be able to attain this strategic defeat of the CPP-NPA-NDF and
further prevent their resilience in the region. Together we can
succeed,” added Ligayo.
In addition, Major General
Ligayo is also an active sportsman with a Philippine Football
Federation Coaching Certificate. He manages and coaches the Daza
Football Club of the 801st Infantry Brigade wherein it emerged as
the overall champion during the Football for Peace Tournament on the
occasion of the 33rd Founding Anniversary of the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers)
Division. Six active teams from different clubs in Samar and Eastern
Samar competed against each other.
Daza Football Club girls
were the champion in the Girls Division, the Men’s Daza Football
Club won 1-0 against the talented Calbayog Football Club. The lone
goal was scored by Major General Ligayo performing his best thru a
diving header. He also lead the Army Soccer Team to Championships
and Athletics Relay for Generals against Navy, Air Force, PNP and
Reynaldo Anfone (left) is now the new Regional Director of the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Eastern Visayas.
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
October 21, 2022
TACLOBAN CITY –
Only three months and four days ago when lawyer Robert Anthony Yu,
then regional director of the Department of Agrarian Reform in
Eastern Visayas, turned over his post to Ismael Aya-ay. On Tuesday,
Aya-ay relinquished it again to Engr. Reynaldo Anfone.
By virtue of Department
Special Order No. 573, series of 2022 issued by Agrarian Secretary
Conrado Estrella III on October 6 this year, Anfone, Regional
Director of Central Visayas, was transferred to Eastern Visayas
On the same document, Aya-ay,
who was concurrent Assistant Regional Director for Administration (ARDA)
will now focus on his work as ARDA.
An agricultural engineer,
Anfone said in his acceptance message, “I am expecting so much with
regards to the tasking of the mandates of the Department.”
“I will assess
everything,” he stressed. The new regional director added “Titingnan
natin kung meron dapat baguhin o meron dapat i-improve.” (We will
see if there are things that need to be changed or improved.)
Anfone, the 22nd Regional
Director to serve this region since the agency was created on
September 10, 1971, is a native of Pikit, Cotabato.
He joined the DAR in 1985
as Agrarian Reform Technologist (ART) and rose from the ranks.
From ART, Anfone was
promoted to Engineer II. Then he became Municipal Agrarian Reform
Program Officer (MARPO) for 23 years. In 2018, he was appointed
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO) by then
president, Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
In March this year,
Duterte appointed him Director IV. His first assignment as regional
director was in Central Visayas.
As a regional director,
Anfone said during his installation that he reads and analyzes all
the documents before signing them, but emphasized he is not used to
He assured the PARPOs and
the MARPOs “I will not interfere on all your affairs. I will just be
directing the PARPOs and the MARPOs.”
Anfone hopes that his
assignment here will not be as short as his stay in Central Visayas.
According to him, he just stayed in Region-7 for only three months
and 21 days. “I hope to stay here for quite a long time, so we will
really know each other,” Anfone quipped.
structure underway in Barangay Macatingog
GISSELLE G. PARUNGAO
October 20, 2022
CALBAYOG CITY – A
flood control structure is being erected along Barangay Macatingog,
Calbayog City, Samar with a revised contract amount of P48.1 million
under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2022.
This structure will serve
as a protection wall for residents of said barangay that will span
108 linear meters (upstream) and another 100 linear meters
(downstream), built on both sides. Its height varies from 3-6
As of October 15, 2022 the
accomplishment is already at 45%. The structure runs along Hamonini
River that eventually goes to the city’s main river, Jibatang River
which is a major river basin. This will help to reduce the flood
impact on the community where it is located and a precautionary
measure to ensure that damages caused by flooding are kept at a bare
and DTI partners to capacitate PICE-Tacloban members on new
standards for black iron and galvanized iron
October 18, 2022
MAKATI CITY – The
Philippine Association of Black Iron and Galvanized Iron Pipes and
Tubes Manufacturing, Inc. (BI-GI Association) in partnership with
DTI, conducts an Information Campaign with members of the Philippine
Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) - Tacloban Chapter.
The DTI-Bureau of
Philippine Standards released a new Philippine National Standard (PNS)
26:2018 for BI-GI Steel Pipes and its related Department
Administrative Order (DAO) 19-16 Series of 2019, “The new technical
regulations concerning the mandatory products certification of steel
– black and hot-dipped zinc-coated (galvanized)
longitudinally-welded steel pipes (for ordinary uses) and was
published on January 17, 2020.
These regulations will be
the basis for identifying certified products conforming to the
standard. As a practice, the BI-GI Association partners with DTI in
helping disseminate updates to the public thru an information
campaign. Evident distinctions of uncertified and substandard steel
pipe were identified to educate the participants how they can
distinguish it from the standard. Proper handling of these products
was also discussed.
The Information Campaign
on New Technical Regulation on Mandatory Products forms part of the
activities conducted by DTI Regional Office 8 to celebrate the
Consumer Welfare Month.
It was necessary to
conduct it in time with the quarterly meeting of PICE-Tacloban,
composed of engineers and contractors, to ensure the quality of
steel pipes used in construction. The vent was conducted last
October 8, 2022 at the A Venue Hotel, Tacloban City.
Victim’s kin of
Jipapad attack slams CPP-NPA
DPAO, 8ID PA
October 10, 2022
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– The mother of the 10-year-old child who is one of the victims of
the gruesome attack of the Communist Party of the Philippines - New
People’s Army (CPP-NPA) at Barangay Dorillo, Jipapad, Eastern Samar
slams the CPP-NPA for the vicious attack that resulted in the
killing of two soldiers and wounding of three others including her
In an interview, Pia
Mengote, the mother of Princess Norcio, one of the victims, strongly
condemns and calls out the CPP NPA after she almost lost her
daughter in the said attack.
“Gusto ko sana na hindi na
maulit itong pag-atake nila (CPP-NPA) sa aming barangay, para wala
nang madamay na inosenting tao, gaya ng anak ko,” Mengote said.
She also appealed to the
CPP-NPA to stop the pointless killings of soldiers who were only
there to protect and ensure the delivery of government services in
“Kayo na mga NPA sana
hindi na maulit itong pagpatay sa sundalo kasi mayroon din silang
pamilya at mga anak na umaasa sa kanila,” Mengote added.
Mayor Benjamin Ver of
Jipapad, Eastern Samar has also conveyed his dismay and strongly
condemned the CPP-NPA.
“Kinokondena ko ito na
ginawa ng mga taong walang konsensya, walang puso, walang magandang
pag-iisip na makatulong sa ating mga tao, sa sosyodad at lalo na sa
mga residente na naghihirap sa ating barangay,” Ver said.
Meanwhile, the Department
of National Defense, Officer-in-Charge Senior Undersecretary Jose
Faustino Jr. paid tribute to the fallen heroes and visited the wake
of the slain soldiers' Staff Sergeant John Claire Flores, and
Private First Class Mark Edupancho Siscar, in Borongan, Eastern
Samar, Sunday, October 9, 2022.
Along with DND Senior
Undersecretary Faustino were Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief
of Staff Lieutenant General Bartolome Vicente Bacarro, Commanding
General Philippine Army Lieutenant General Romeo Brawner Jr. and 8th
Infantry Division Acting Commander Brigadier General Zosimo Oliveros
who extended their condolences and support to the families of the
The group of Faustino also
visited the soldiers wounded-in-action (WIA) Sergeant Allan Talania,
Private First Class Lou Mark Mengote, and the child victim Princess
Norcio who are still recovering in the hospital.
The Wounded Personnel
Medal was also awarded by Faustino to the two WIA soldiers. The SND
likewise gave financial assistance to the three victims of the
In an interview, Faustino
vows that the National Task Force Ending Local Communist Armed
Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) is doing its best to suppress terrorism and
achieve long-lasting peace in the country.
“Makakaasa po kayo na ang
ating defense establishment, particularly ang ating Armed Forces of
the Philippines na gagawin ang kanyang misyon na mapanatili o
maibalik ang normalcy dito sa lugar sa EV. Katuwang ninyo ang
defense establishment kasama ang lahat ng national agencies, local
agencies, local government units at all stakeholders ay
pagtutulong-tulungan namin na matapos na ito,” Faustino said.
September enforcement, wipes uncertified products in LuzViMin
steel bars sealed in Cebu without the requisite labels and
October 4, 2022
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through its Fair Trade
Enforcement Bureau (FTEB), inspected retail firms in Bulacan, Cebu,
and Davao in September 2022 to ensure that only safe and reliable
consumer products are in the market.
The DTI enforcement teams
led by Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary Atty. Ruth B.
Castelo kicked off the intensified two-day operations in Cebu, 1-2
September. The teams have clamped down on 81,649 pieces of
uncertified tires for automotive vehicles, G.I. steel pipes,
deformed steel bars, and low carbon steel wires worth
Such was immediately
followed by another successful enforcement operation in Davao del
Norte, 15-16 September, where DTI cracked down 1,765 pieces of
uncertified products worth P830,520.00. The sealed products include
self-ballasted LED lamps, PVC electrical tapes, plugs,
socket-outlets, snap switches, BI/GI steel pipes, low carbon steel
wires, pipes (uPVC) for potable water supply, uPVC rigid electrical
conduit, ceramic Plumbing fixtures (sanitary wares), lead-acid
storage batteries, inner tubes for tires, and tires for automotive
Ending the month strong,
the steadfast enforcement operations in Malolos and Meycauayan,
Bulacan last 22 September has led to the sealing of 1, 472 pieces of
uncertified low carbon steel wires, tires for automotive vehicles,
and lead acid storage batteries worth P1,626,430.00.
Out of the 37 firms
inspected, 23 non-compliant stores were issued Notices of Violation
(NOVs), mandating them to explain within 48 hours from the receipt
of the notice.
The nationwide campaign of
DTI against uncertified items in the market underscores the
enforcement of DTI technical regulations mandating compliance with
Philippine Standard Certification Mark Schemes, particularly
Department Administrative Order No. 02, Series of 2007.
“The DTI and its
provincial and regional offices are one in ensuring that only
certified products are being sold in the market; hence, as part of
our regular function all of our enforcement teams regularly go out
to check products under the mandatory certification,” said Usec.
Usec. Castelo reiterated
that aside from upholding consumer protection, intensified
enforcement operations are also a great way to educate businesses
about mandatory certification that they have to comply with for a
fair trading environment.
From January to August
2022, DTI has already sealed 113,825 pieces of non-conforming
products with an estimated retail value of P34,345,283.98.
To protect consumers or
potential buyers of electrical and electronic products; mechanical
or building and construction materials; and chemical and other
consumer products and systems, DTI-BPS regulates 111 products and
systems through implementing Mandatory Product Certification
Schemes: the Philippine Standard (PS) Quality and/or Safety
Certification Mark Licensing Scheme and the Import Commodity
Clearance (ICC) Certification Scheme.
The DTI enjoins consumers
to report retailers, distributors, and manufacturers that sell
necessities above their SRPs, through the Consumer Care Hotline at
DTI (1-384) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most innovative food products recognized
show revitalizes PH food exports, love for local flavors
left to right: H.E. Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad Kazi, Ambassador Embassy of
Pakistan, Mr. Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis of PHILEXPORT, CITEM Deputy
Executive Director Ma. Lourdes D. Mediran; Pangasinan 4th
District Representative Christopher de Venecia; Undersecretary
Ireneo V. Vizmonte, Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Department of Trade
and Industry (DTI).
September 30, 2022
PASAY CITY –
Government-run food trade show IFEX Philippines 2022 successfully
kicked off at the World Trade Center Metro Manila on Thursday,
September 22. IFEX Philippines welcomed nearly 6,000 local and
foreign buyers and visitors from all over the world during the
three-day event, initially generating approximately USD 100 million
in export sales and PHP 56 million in domestic sales. These figures
are still expected to increase. More than 300 Philippine exhibitors
showcased thousands of premium Philippine food products at the
Sen. Cynthia Villar,
Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food and
Agrarian Reform, and its Vice-Chairperson Sen. Maria Josefa Imelda "Imee"
Marcos, graced the event to support the Department of Trade and
Industry's (DTI) thrust to uplift the country's food micro, small
and medium food enterprises (MSMEs).
Among those who were also
present at the opening ceremony were top foreign and Philippine
government officials: Undersecretary Ireneo Vizmonte,
Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI);
CITEM Deputy Executive Director Ma. Lourdes Mediran; H.E. Dr. Imtiaz
Ahmad Kazi, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan;
Commercial Counsellor Serhan Ortaç of the Turkish Embassy; Assistant
Director Jhino Ilano of the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB); Executive
Director Maria Rita Matute of the Design Center of the Philippines;
Executive Director Nelly Nita Dillera of Philippine Trade Training
Center (PTTC); Mr. Sergio Ortiz-Luis, President and CEO of
PHILEXPORT; and Pangasinan 4th District Representative Christopher
Deputy Executive Director
Ma. Lourdes D. Mediran of CITEM, the promotions arm of DTI and event
organizer, said that IFEX Philippines 2022 is designed to be “a site
of reunion and rediscovery” where Philippine food companies and
international buyers can reaffirm their partnerships and make new
connections. Visitors came primarily from the Philippines, the
United States, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Japan, and Australia.
In her recorded keynote
speech, Sen. Cynthia Villar highlighted the role of agriculture in
uplifting the economy and the efforts being made to assist the
sector. According to Villar, supporting the agriculture sector is
necessary to ensure flexibility during crises like the COVID-19
“We should continue
supporting our local produce to ensure our food security and
self-sufficiency,” said Villar.
Meanwhile, Usec. Ireneo
Vizmonte reiterated DTI’s commitment to the food sector. Vizmonte
also acknowledged the global factors that affect the country’s
economy, saying these conditions require sustainable and inclusive
Vizmonte said that
science, technology, and innovation are essential in building a
competitive economy and will be central to the work of DTI under the
leadership of Secretary Alfredo Pascual.
“The goal is to grow and
develop globally competitive and innovative industries that support
inclusive growth and improve environmental sustainability and the
quality of life for Filipinos,” said Vizmonte.
According to Vizmonte, one
of DTI’s priorities is the digital transformation of MSMEs and the
growth and development of startups. Through innovation and
digitalization, DTI aims to double its efforts to upgrade and scale
MSMEs in order to improve their productivity growth, employment
creation, and participation in global value chains.
“The MSME sector is
instrumental to the growth of the Philippine economy, accounting for
99% of all businesses in the country. Needless to say, it is of
utmost importance that we ensure that entrepreneurs have access to
all the resources, platforms, and technologies that they need to
grow their businesses," said Vizmonte.
In addition to supporting
the MSMEs, he also said that to promote industrialization, DTI will
reconfigure the export industry into three clusters: Industrial,
Manufacturing, and Transport; Technology, Media, and
Telecommunication; and Health and Life Sciences. Through this
strategy, DTI seeks to further build up the country as an exporter
of high-value products.
Assistant Secretary Glenn
Peñaranda, OIC of DTI’s Trade Promotions Group (TPG), echoed this in
his recorded welcome message by highlighting programs that help
MSMEs boost their competitiveness in the global market. These
programs include capacity-building like the Philippine Trade
Training Center's (PTTC) Global MSME Academy; export assistance
programs like RIPPLES; and market access platforms like CITEM’s
signature programs and participation in overseas trade fairs.
“The Philippines is one of
the most exciting destinations for quality food exports, but with
stiff competition from our neighbors, and other drivers such as
climate change and health crises, we must continuously adapt and
reassert our place in the market,” said Peñaranda.
creativity and innovation in the food sector
Aside from providing an
avenue for food MSMEs to showcase their goods, IFEX Philippines also
recognized the most innovative products for each product category.
CITEM named the winners of the Katha Awards for Food on the opening
night of IFEX Philippines.
Katha Awards recognizes
exporters that explore new galleries of flavors, original brand
ideas, unique food fusions, and creative packaging methods. Through
this, Katha Awards aims to strengthen the reputation of the
Philippines as a go-to destination for globally competitive Asian
food and ingredients.
Sen. Imee Marcos,
Vice-Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food,
and Chairperson of the Committee on Cooperatives, delivered a
special message in which she discussed the current problems in the
food and agriculture sectors, including import reliance, food
shortages, and hunger. She emphasized the importance of supporting
the MSME sector to address these issues. Marcos also lauded efforts
such as the Katha Awards, which incentivizes businesses to develop
new and innovative products for export.
“The truth of the matter
is that I truly believe that in the end, all these depressing views
in the agricultural and food sector can only be righted by a much
more vigorous and vibrant MSME and retail population,” Marcos said.
Here are the winners of
the Katha Awards during IFEX Philippines 2022.
New Product Category
Sol's Italian Food
Rafael Cococnut Cream
New Product Category
for Fine food and specialties
Miguelito's International Corporation
Instant Puto Bumbong
New Product Category
Fisher Farms Inc.
Gourmet Fillet Sampler Box
New Product Category
for Meat & Poultry Products
Gulf Pacific Integrated Exports/Elarz
Corned Lechon Lagablab
New Product Category for
Snack Foods & Crisp Savoury Products
Innovative Packaging Industry
OSH Choco Dipped Mango Crisps
New Product Category
for Baked Goods & Confectioneries
Theo and Philo
Dark Chocolate Covered Cashew and Honey
New Product Category
for Processed Fruits and Vegetables
Century Pacific Food Inc
Unmeat Luncheon Meat
New Product Category
for Natural, Healthy & Organic Products
Special Citation for
Quirino Young Entrepreneur's Association
To learn more about IFEX
Philippines, visit IFEXConnect.com.
ICC’s rejection of Philippine government request to halt
investigation of Duterte government officials
September 30, 2022
MANILA – “The
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines [ICHRP]
applauds the recent decision of International Criminal Court [ICC]
Prosecutor Karim Khan to reject the request of the Philippine
government to halt the investigation of allegations of serious
crimes against humanity committed on its territory related to the
Duterte administration’s drug war,” said ICHRP Chairperson Peter
“The response of
Prosecutor Khan points out the weakness of the November 2021 request
of the Duterte government, which argued for suspension of the ICC
investigation on the basis of jurisdiction of the tribunal, gravity
of the crimes committed, and supposed domestic mechanisms which can
investigate and prosecute those involved in the killings,” said
demonstrates that no such domestic mechanisms exist on a wide scale,
and that no valid argument exists to dispute the jurisdiction of the
ICC in regard to these alleged crimes against humanity. This is in
line with the results of INVESTIGATE PH, which demonstrated a severe
lack of domestic remedies to the human rights crisis in the
Human rights organizations
like Amnesty International estimate that the number of killings
under Duterte’s drug war may be as many as 30,000. INVESTIGATE PH,
an independent international investigation into the human rights
situation in the Philippines carried out by civil society
organizations in 2021, presented and analyzed witness testimony and
forensic evidence to dispel the Philippine government claims that
the thousands of victims were killed by police in self-defence. It
also showed that genuine domestic mechanisms to investigate and
prosecute the perpetrators of the killings do not exist, despite the
claims of the government.
“ICHRP upholds the call of
the drug war victims and civil society at large for the cooperation
of the Philippine government in the carrying out of the ICC
investigation,” said Murphy. “We also reiterate the call of
INVESTIGATE PH for other intergovernmental bodies, such as the
United Nations Human Rights Council, to launch their own independent
investigation into the current human rights situation in the
community must stay vigilant and hold the current and past
administrations accountable until justice is achieved for all
victims of these crimes against humanity,” Murphy concluded.
as provincial adjudicator for DAR E. Samar
Bryan Lassiter now serves as Provincial Agrarian Reform
Adjudicator (PARAD) for Eastern Samar after PARAD Nellie
Canillas turned over last week her workloads to the former.
(Photo by Veah Pascasio)
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
September 28, 2022
TACLOBAN CITY –
Provincial Agrarian Reform Adjudicator (PARAD), lawyer Nellie
Canillas, formally turned over last week her workloads in Eastern
Samar to lawyer Bryan Lassiter.
Lassiter, who was
appointed early this year by then President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as
PARAD, will succeed Canillas as Department of Agrarian Reform’s
(DAR) adjudicator for Eastern Samar per Special Order No. 512,
Series of 2022, issued on September 1 this year by Agrarian Reform
Secretary Conrado Estrella III to attain maximum efficiency at the
DAR Adjudication Board (DARAB).
In the same document,
Lassiter will also serve as PARAD of Northern Samar.
The said turnover took
place at the office of the Regional Agrarian Reform Adjudicator,
lawyer Virgilio Rosacay, at the Department of Agrarian Reform
Regional office in Tacloban City.
With Rosacay, OIC-Regional
Director Ismael Aya-ay and lawyer Florence Hipe, PARAD of Northern
Samar and Southern Leyte, witnessed the event.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer II (PARPO II) in Eastern
Samar in an officer-in-charge capacity, Lassiter is awaiting
designation of his replacement as PARPO II by the Secretary.
Canillas on the other hand
will now focus as PARAD of Western Samar.
Meanwhile, Hipe disclosed
that turnover of his workloads in Northern Samar will be scheduled
in a later date.