firearm seized in Gandara, Samar clash
DPAO, 8ID PA
May 19, 2023
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The troops of the 87th Infantry Battalion was engaged in
an armed encounter with members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG)
at Barangay Mabuhay, Gandara, Samar early morning of May 17, 2023.
The government troops were
conducting a Focused Military Operations (FMO) when a firefight
ensued between the troops of 87IB and more or less ten CNTs
operating in the area.
Seized during the
encounter were one Bushmaster rifle, two M16 rifle magazines and a
backpack with personal belongings.
The Commanding Officer of
the 87th Infantry Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Luzelito Betinol
renewed his call to the remaining CPP-NPA to abandon their armed
struggle, lay down their arms, and return to the folds of the law.
“The government already
prepared programs that will help the former rebels as they will
reintegrate back into the community. The government is sincere in
helping them start their life anew,” Lt.Col. Betinol expressed.
Meanwhile, the 8th
Infantry Division Commander, Major General Camilo Z Ligayo lauded
the accomplishment of 87IB and vowed to continue the Army's
intensive operations against the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs).
“I congratulate the troops
of 87IB for their contribution to our fight in ending the local
communist armed conflict. To our constituents in Eastern Visayas,
rest assured that we will continue our relentless efforts of
ensuring peace and security and putting an end to the decades-long
problem of insurgency,” Maj. Gen. Ligayo emphasized.
DTI seizes almost
P300K prohibited vape products in Valenzuela City ops
Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary Atty. Ruth B. Castelo,
DTI- Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (FTEB) Director Atty. Fhillip
D. Sawali, and Mayor Weslie T. Gatchalian inspecting vape
products in Valenzuela, on 04 May 2023.
DTI-Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau
May 11, 2023
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry - Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau
(DTI-FTEB) seized 923 units of vaporized nicotine and non-nicotine
products, and novel tobacco products worth P255,940.00 during its
focused enforcement operation in Valenzuela City, on 04 May 2023.
Consumer Protection Group
(CPG) Undersecretary Atty. Ruth B. Castelo and DTI-FTEB Director
Atty. Fhillip D. Sawali led the inspection of vape products being
sold by seven (7) vape stores in Valenzuela City.
Valenzuela City Mayor
Weslie T. Gatchalian is also present in the said activity,
expressing his full support for DTI’s enforcement efforts.
Three (3) non-conforming
shops were issued a Notice of Violation (NOV), and they were
required to submit a written explanation within 48 hours from
receipt of the NOV.
The common violations of
non-compliant vape establishments are the failure to post the
minimum age requirement, the absence of point-of-sale signage, and
the sale of vapor products that are appealing to minors, such as
those with fruit, candy, and dessert flavors; and/or packaging that
features cartoon characters, and the sale and promotion of the said
products within one hundred(100) meters from any point of perimeter
of a school, playground, or other facility frequented by minors.
During the course of the
DTI’s operations, the City Government of Valenzuela conducted an
inspection, and two (2) the monitored vape stores were issued with a
closure order for operating without a business permit.
USec. Atty. Castelo
emphasized that the significant result of the enforcement operation
in Valenzuela and the accomplishment of the campaign against
violators of R.A. No. 11900 and its IRR in the National Capital
Region (NCR), reflect the dedication and commitment of the DTI to
protecting consumers and ensuring that products prohibited in
RA11900 are not sold in blatant contravention of the law.
“The DTI enforcement teams
regularly conduct steadfast surveillance monitoring and enforcement
operations in all cities of the National Capital Region (NCR) to
ensure that appropriate actions are being taken against violators of
R.A. No. 11900 and its IRR, and that prohibited vape products being
sold are seized to safeguard consumers, especially minors,” said
USec. Atty. Castelo.
Meanwhile, Valenzuela City
Mayor Gatchalian, the former Deputy Speaker of the 18th Congress and
co-sponsor of the vape law commits to the City Government’s
obligation of regulating vape shops.
“Valenzuela City stands
with the DTI in protecting consumer rights and welfare. We
appreciate their efforts in implementing RA 11900, and rest assured
that this local government unit is also doing its best to ensure
that vape shops are operating with business permits and other
documentary requirements,” Mayor Gatchalian underscored.
With DTI-FTEB as the CPG’s
implementing arm, Director Atty. Sawali welcomes and commends the
support of other government agencies such as the City Government of
Valenzuela in enforcing RA 11900 and its IRR, and upholding consumer
protection and welfare.
As of 02 May 2023, the
enforcement teams have already monitored and visited 427 physical
vape stores. Consequent to surveillance, the enforcement teams
conducted physical validation where 139 firms were found to be
compliant, while 171 firms were issued with Show Cause Orders (SCO)
and Notices of Violation (NOV), mandating non-compliant firms to
submit a written explanation within 48 hours from their receipt of
SCOs and NOVs. The 117 monitored stores, however, were either closed
or no longer selling vape products.
Alongside its enforcement
operations among physical stores, the DTI-FTEB Online Monitoring
Unit (OMU) has also intensified its monitoring initiatives,
resulting in 17,828 monitored online vape stores. Of these, 93
online stores were found to be compliant, while 17,735 were
Out of the non-compliant
online stores, only 98 have valid addresses and have been subjected
to validation and physical inspection. During the physical
inspection, 32 NOVs were issued while the rest were either closed or
cannot be located.
Recognizing the challenge
of regulating vape products in online platforms, 30 SCOs were issued
to different online platforms notifying that there are online
merchants selling or offering for sale vape products that do not
conform with RA 11900 and its IRR. They were given 48 hours from
receipt thereof to submit a written explanation.
The OMU is monitoring
seven (7) major online platforms and 14 company websites daily.
Through the combined
efforts of the on-the-ground and online enforcement teams, there are
already 57 formal charges filed against violators of R.A. No. 11900
and its IRR. A case has also been filed against one of the largest
e-commerce platforms in the country.
RA 11900 lapsed into law
on July 25, 2022. The IRR was issued on 05 December 2022, published
in Philippine Star and Pilipino Star Ngayon on 13 December 2022, and
took effect on 28 December 2022, 15 days after publication. The law
vests the regulatory jurisdiction over vapes and other novel tobacco
products to the DTI, while providing complementary roles to other
government agencies particularly, the Department of Health (DOH),
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR),
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of
Education (DepEd), and Local Government Units (LGUs).
On top of confiscated vape
products, the nationwide campaign of DTI against uncertified items
in the market is highlighted by the intensified enforcement of
products under technical regulations mandating compliance with
Philippine Standard Certification Mark Schemes, particularly
Department Administrative Order No. 02, Series of 2007.
The DTI-FTEB has already
monitored 1,078 firms, from January to April 2023, resulting in the
sealing of 22,286 units of uncertified consumer products worth
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 – Bureau of Philippine Standards
(DTI-BPS) covered 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 urges consumers to
report violators of retailers, distributors, and manufacturers that
sell uncertified items, through the Consumer Care Hotline at DTI
(1-384) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
another major blow, 15 firearms seized in Mapanas, Northern Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
May 10, 2023
Samar – Fifteen assorted firearms were recovered in an armed
encounter between the 74th Infantry Battalion (74IB) under the
operational control of the 803rd Infantry Brigade of the 8th
Infantry Division and members of Platoon 1, Front Committee 15
(FC15) of the Sub-Regional Committee (SRC) Arctic, of the Eastern
Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC) in the hinterlands of
Barangay Magsaysay, Mapanas Northern Samar, earlier today, May 10,
Following the information
from a recently surrendered Former Rebel (FR) about the location of
their hideouts, the troops were able to clash with 30
Communist-Terrorist Groups (CTGs).
The 20-minute firefight
resulted in the seizure of two M14 rifles, two AK47 rifles, two M16
Rifles, two M4 rifles, one ingram, one uzi submachine gun, one
homemade shotgun, three cal.45 pistol, one 38 revolver, one
bandolier, 12 backpacks and subversive documents.
The 803rd Infantry Brigade
Commander Colonel Efren Morados lauded the collaboration of the 74IB
and the former rebels that resulted in the major setback of the CTGs
in Northern Samar.
"We will relentlessly
pursue them, for we are determined to put an end to their atrocities
here in Northern Samar. Despite this, we are still offering you
peace to start a new life with your loved ones. Lay down your arms
and return to the folds of the law,” said Col. Morados.
Meanwhile, the Commander
of the 8th Infantry Division Major General Camilo Z. Ligayo
commended the troops for their unwavering effort and commitment to
sustain the operations in addressing the CTGs in the region and
ensuring safety and security in Eastern Visayas.
Barangay Magsaysay of
Mapanas Northern Samar was immersed by the Community Support Program
(CSP) of the 803rd bde and was declared cleared last November 10,
2022, where an underground mass organization was unearthed, and
politico-military structures were dismantled.
Ministers push for sustainability agenda
L-R: Deputy Secretary General Hairil Yahri Yaacob of
Malaysia, H.E. Alfredo E. Pascual of the Philippines, H.E.
Gan Kim Yong of Singapore, H.E. Ekachat Seetavorarat of
Thailand, H.E. Nguyen Sinh Nhat Tan of Viet Nam, H.E.
Airlangga Hartarto, AECC Chair of Indonesia, H.E. Jerry
Sabuaga of Indonesia, Alternate AECC Lead of Indonesia, H.E.
Manonthong Vongsay of Lao PDR, H.E. Dato Dr. Amin Liew
Abdullah of Brunei Darussalam, H.E. Pan Sorasak of Cambodia,
H.E. Joaquim Amaral of Timor-Leste, and Secretary-General
Dr. Kao Kim Hourn of the ASEAN Secretariat.
DTI-Bureau of International Trade
May 9, 2023
– DTI Secretary Fred Pascual joined fellow ASEAN Economic Ministers
(AEM) in advancing ASEAN’s sustainability agenda during the 22nd
Meeting of the ASEAN Economic Community Council (AECC) on 07 May
2023 at Jakarta, Indonesia.
Under Indonesia’s ASEAN
2023 Chairmanship theme of “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth”,
the AEM recognized the need to harness the region’s sustainability
initiatives, such as pursuing transition to clean energy and
development of relevant frameworks for carbon neutrality and
electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem at the regional level, among others.
In line with the EV
initiative, the AEM finalized and endorsed for adoption of Leaders
at the 42nd ASEAN Summit the Declaration on Developing Regional
Electric Vehicle Ecosystem. The Declaration institutionalizes
regional cooperation and collaboration as well as discussions on
standards on e-vehicle in the region. Under this initiative, it is
envisioned that the Southeast Asian region can serve as a global
production hub for EV industry.
According to Secretary
Pascual, the initiative is timely as the Philippines positions
itself as a manufacturing hub in the region.
“We are happy to inform
Member States that the Philippines has signed the Republic Act 11697
also known as the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act or EVIDA,
which was promulgated on 15 April 2022. This legislation reflects
our strong commitment toward a greener mobility and fossil fuel-free
environment. We are also currently working on our EV Incentive
Strategy to encourage more EV investments in the country,” said the
He also stressed that an
initiative like this places ASEAN in a stronger position to further
attract hi-tech investments and create high-value jobs, especially
on the ongoing global shift to EVs.
Secretary Pascual also
reaffirmed the country’s commitment toward ASEAN’s sustainability
agenda, which can boost economic competitiveness and complements
PH's existing domestic reforms.
Likewise, he stressed the
need, however, to take into account different levels of development
among ASEAN Members State (AMS) in advancing other sustainability
initiatives in the region, especially in the reduction of greenhouse
gas emissions, accelerating the energy transition, decarbonizing the
land transport sector in the region.
The AEM then welcomed the
implementation of the initial phase of the Circular Economy
Implementation Plan, which focuses on agriculture, energy, and
transportation as high-value sectors relevant in reducing carbon
On carbon neutrality,
Secretary Pascual expressed support for the initial development of a
regional strategy. He emphasized, however, that “The deliberation on
the definition, objectives, scope of action plan, monitoring and
evaluation mechanism, and timeline for the implementation plan must,
however, take into consideration the different levels of development
among AMS as well as prioritize adaptation given high vulnerability
of the region to the impacts of climate change.”
Other regional integration
initiatives supported by the AEM include the monitoring of progress
in the implementation of the AEC Blueprint 2025, development of the
Post-2025 Vision, and implementation of Indonesia’s Priority
Economic Deliverables under its ASEAN 2023 Chairmanship.
At this Meeting, Timor-Leste’s
inaugural participation in the 22nd AECC was welcomed by the AEM.
The 22nd AECC Meeting was held in preparation for the 42nd ASEAN
Leaders’ Summit and Related Summit on 10-11 May 2023 in Labuan Bajo,
against press freedom and free expression
May 3, 2023
QUEZON CITY – On
the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, Karapatan renews
its call for a stop to continuing threats and attacks against the
right to press freedom and free expression.
The right to free
expression is enshrined in the Philippine Bill of Rights as well as
in Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
And yet, threats and
attacks against these rights continue, with 60 reported press
freedom violations documented by the National Union of Journalists
in the Philippines since Ferdinand Marcos Jr. took over as
president. This includes two media killings, the most notorious of
which were the brutal slayings of hard-hitting broadcaster and
vlogger Percy Lapid on October 3, 2022 and of editorial cartoonist
and satirist Benharl Kahil on November 5, 2022.
The weaponization of laws
against critical media practitioners as well as activists, which
intensified under the Duterte regime, is a continuing trend under
the current administration. On December 14, 2022, Baguio-based
Rappler correspondent Frank Cimatu was convicted of cyberlibel for a
case filed by former Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol. Earlier,
Cordillera Peoples Alliance secretary general Sarah Dekdeken was
likewise convicted of cyberlibel on December 1, 2022 after she
denounced then Cordillera Police Regional Office Director Brig. Gen.
Rwin Pagkalinawan in a press conference of ordering the demolition
of the Anti-Chico Dams Struggle Monument in Tinglayan, Kalinga
following complaints by local residents. Meanwhile, the conviction
of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and journalist Reynaldo Santos Jr. for a
retroactive case of cyberlibel has been upheld by the Court of
The most notorious case so
far involved Quezon-based broadcast journalists Darcie de Galicia
and Noel Alamar of ABS-CBN Teleradyo who face up to 941 counts of
cyberlibel filed by Quezon Governor Helen Tan and her husband, DPWH
Region IV-A director Ronel Tan over an interview the journalists
made during their online broadcast.
The antiquated laws in the
Revised Penal Code that criminalize libel and oral defamation
constitute prior restraint and censorship of free speech and
expression. Instead of heeding widespread calls to decriminalize
libel, State authorities have even strengthened these measures
through a “cybercrime” law prescribing harsher punishments for
criminal libel and granting authorities massive powers to shut down
websites and monitor online information. Worse, Section 9 of the
Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 has invented the new crime of “inciting
to terrorism,” which prohibits speech, proclamations, writings,
emblems and banners without providing a clear definition of what
constitutes terrorist acts. This renders not only media
practitioners but all activists and ordinary citizens vulnerable to
bogus charges and wrongful arrests and creates a chilling effect on
the media and on political activism as a whole.
progressive media outfits, or those associated with the opposition
have been red-tagged, judicially harassed, and in some cases, have
had their websites taken down or the renewal of their franchises
denied, as in the case of ABS-CBN, and Rappler whose certificate of
incorporation has been revoked. Barely a month before Marcos Jr.'s
inauguration as president, the National Telecommunications
Commission (NTC), at the instigation of then National Security
Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., blocked the websites of Bulatlat and
25 others for alleged links to terrorist organizations. While a
Quezon City court has granted online media outlet Bulatlat's plea
for a preliminary injunction, the websites of Pinoy Weekly and other
progressive organizations remain blocked due to the NTC order.
NUJP Secretary General and
Bulatlat editor-in-chief Ronalyn Olea has been likewise red-tagged
by NTF-ELCAC enabler, TV and online network SMNI. Also among the
journalists and media groups who have been red-tagged in 2022 are
Bulatlat’s Associate Editor Danilo Arao, ABS-CBN’s Mike Navallo,
Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Dexter Cabalzo, GMA-7’s Atom Araullo,
Vergel Santos of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility,
and Inday Espina Varona of Rappler. The NUJP, Foreign Correspondents
Association of the Philippines and Movement Against Disinformation
have also been labeled as communist propagandists for advocating
To date, two Tacloban-based
activists are in jail for championing the cause of freedom of
expression – Frenchie Mae Cumpio who edited the progressive online
media outlet Eastern Vista, and Alexander Philip "Chakoy" Abinguna,
who, as national council member of Karapatan, fearlessly documented
and exposed human rights violations in Eastern Visayas, especially
during the onslaught of military operations in the region under the
Duterte region. They were arrested with three others on February 7,
2020 in a police raid on a staff house in Tacloban City, and slapped
with trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms and
Amid ever growing
indications that the Marcos Jr. government is perpetuating its
predecessor's fascist tradition of red-tagging media practitioners,
activists and other human rights defenders while fostering the
weaponization of laws to stifle dissent, Karapatan renews its demand
for the decriminalization of oral defamation, libel and cyberlibel
laws and the repeal of all other laws that are being weaponized
against journalists as well as human rights defenders and other
activists. The weaponization of laws to attack the hard-won rights
to press freedom and free expression must stop.
Karapatan likewise calls
for the unblocking of the websites affected by the NTC's order, the
dropping of all trumped-up charges against Frenchie Mae Cumpio and
Chakoy Abinguna and their immediate release, and justice for all
journalists slain in the line of duty.
Biden vows to strengthen economic cooperation with PH; to send 'one
of its kind' trade and investment mission
DTI-OSEC-Public Relations Unit
May 3, 2023
WASHINGTON, D.C. –
During the extended bilateral meeting between United States
President Joe Biden and President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. together
with Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Fred Pascual
and other PH Cabinet officials on Monday, President Biden expressed
his eagerness to strengthen economic cooperation with the
The US is one of the
Philippines' most important political, economic, and military allies
and both countries are bound by common values and aspirations. In
2022, the US was PH's 3rd largest trading partner, top export
market, and 5th major import source. In addition, the US was also
the country's 5th largest source of foreign investments in 2021,
especially in IT-BPM, electronics, real estate, construction, and
transportation and storage sectors.
As part of the continuing
efforts of the US to maintain a stronger and more stable trade and
investment partnership with the Philippines, President Biden
mentioned during the meeting that he will send a "first of its kind"
presidential trade and investment mission to the Philippines.
With this, DTI Secretary
Pascual said that, "We welcome, with great optimism, this initiative
from the President of the United States. We wish to convey that the
Philippines aims to maintain mutually-beneficial relations with the
US and establish deeper economic cooperation, including through the
Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which the Philippines is a founding
He also added that, "It is
critical for us to further improve trade relations and achieve
economic security amid the constantly-changing nature of
Aside from economic
cooperation, President Biden also committed to supporting the
Philippines in various areas, such as climate change mitigation and
worker's rights, which are part of the shared democratic ideals
between the Philippines and the US.
The extended bilateral
meeting was also attended by Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary
Enrique Manalo, Department of National Defense Secretary Carlito
Galvez, Jr., Department of Information and Communications Technology
Secretary Ivan John Uy, Department of Migrant Workers Secretary
Susan Ople, Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla,
and Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary
welcome the agreement that will jumpstart the manufacturing of
e-motorcycles in PH
DTI-OSEC-Public Relations Unit
May 2, 2023
WASHINGTON, D.C. –
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Trade and Industry Secretary Fred
Pascual, together with other members of the Philippine delegation,
welcomed on Monday, 1 May 2023, the cooperation agreement signed
between Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. (IMI) and Zero
Motorcycles, a global leader in electric motorcycles and powertrains.
As one of the proponents
of the country's transition to electric vehicles and the use of
green technology, Secretary Pascual said that, "We thank Zero
Motorcycles for their trust. This is considered a historic agreement
because it is a pioneering activity involving high-end electric
batteries, motors and motorcycle assembly. With this investment, we
will be better positioned as an export manufacturing hub for
electric batteries and vehicles in the region. This partnership
between IMI and Zero Motors is a testament to the expertise and
capabilities of our local manufacturing sector.”
Through the said
agreement, Zero Motorcycles has agreed to subcontract its
manufacturing operations vis-a-vis electric motorcycle assembly and
other related sub-assemblies, such as battery and motor assembly, to
IMI. The agreement projects an annual revenue of USD65 million and
investments of USD250 million over the next 5 years. In addition,
this venture will generate at least 200 new jobs for Filipinos in
high end and high performance motorcycle manufacturing.
Under the terms and
conditions of the agreement, IMI is expected to provide the needed
manufacturing facility in the Philippines. Currently, IMI's
headquarters is located in Biñan, Laguna, where they operate as an
original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in diversified sectors that
include automotive, industrial, medical, telecommunications
infrastructure, storage devices, and consumer electronics.
Zero Motorcycles and IMI
have agreed on a preliminary timetable with the goal of starting
mass production by June 2023. The IMI-ZERO facility that will be set
up in Laguna will be assembling full electric motorcycles for Zero's
Europe, Asia, and other markets.
With the enactment of the
Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA), the government,
through the Board of Investments (BOI), an Investment Promotion
Agency (IPA) under the DTI, aims to narrow the cost gap between
traditional vehicles and EVs to increase market demand. Further, the
law provides for the creation of the Electric Vehicle Incentive
Strategy (EVIS) that will provide more incentives for EV-related
investments to help establish an enabling environment for the said
During the signing
ceremony, IMI was represented by Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala,
Chairman of the Board of Directors of AC Industrial Technology
Holdings, Inc., while Zero Motorcycles was represented by its Chief
Executive Officer Sam Paschel.
among top markets of ARBO products
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
April 28, 2023
TACLOBAN CITY – The
78th Infantry Warrior Battalion of the Philippine Army was
recognized last week by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for
being among the 15 top institutional markets of agrarian reform
beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) in the country.
With headquarters based in
Borongan City, Eastern Samar, the 78th IB, headed by Commanding
Officer LTC Allan Tria INF (GSC) PA, was recognized for registering
the highest purchases from ARBOs among the Armed Forces of the
Philippines (AFP) partners nationwide, from January to November last
Provincial Agrarian Reform
Program Officer II (PARPO II) Danilo Lozada of Eastern Samar
disclosed that the 78th IB registered aggregate purchases of ₱225
thousand from the San Gabriel Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries
Cooperative for the daily food requirements of military personnel.
Chief of the Program
Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) in DAR Eastern Samar,
Celso Cidro, shared that the 78th IB and the San Gabriel Agrarian
Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative entered into a marketing agreement
in March last year.
SSGT Jovame Clavite
received the plaque of recognition from DAR Assistant Secretary for
Support Services, Ubaldo Sadiarin Jr. during the awarding rite held
on April 20 this year at the Hive Hotel in Quezon City.
Sadiarin stressed during
the said occasion, “We are giving this recognition to exceptional
partners who have been active participants and leaders in helping
agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) enhance their productivity and
increase their income through the Enhanced Partnership Against
Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) program.”
PBDD chief at the DAR
regional office, Melecia Ong, explained that under EPAHP, ARBOs are
linked to institutional buyers such as the AFP, Department of Health
(DOH) through their retained hospitals, Bureau of Jail Management
and Penology (BJMP) through the different jail facilities,
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of
Education (DepEd) and the National Nutrition Council (NNC), among
others, as ready markets for their farm products.
DAR Eastern Samar EPAHP
focal person, Jocyne Nizza Palacio, was likewise recognized for her
incomparable dedication in providing assistance to the EPAHP program
and for her remarkable effort in assisting the procurement by the
Aside from the 78th IB,
DAR Also recognized the following:
- DAR Zamboanga Peninsula (Highest
sales among DAR regional offices)
- DAR Pangasinan (Highest sales among DAR provincial offices)
- Bantog Samahang nayon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Top performing
- Christine Ascutia, Bicol Region (Most outstanding Regional Point
- Manila City Jail, Male Dorm (Highest sales among BJMP)
- Jose B. Lingad Regional Memorial Hospital (Highest sales among DOH)
- Department of Education, Pangasinan II (Highest sales among DepEd)
- Puerto Princesa City Cooperative Hospital (Highest sales among
Medical Mission Group)
- LGU of La Paz, Agusan del Sur (Highest sales among LGUs)
- DSWD-FO VII, Cebu (Highest sales among DSWD)
- National Nutrition Council, Region IX (Highest sales among NNC)
- DAR Surigao del Sur (Highest sales among DAR)
- DAR Employees in Bicol Region (Highest sales among DAR employees)
- San Miguel Food Inc., Echague, Isabela (Highest sales among