Loreto M. Cedro (R) symbolically turns over files of the
Assistant District Engineer’s Office to the newly installed OIC
Assistant District Engineer Denis Cagomoc.
2 SFDEO key
officials assume higher positions
By MARIAH KIM L. OITE
April 28, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – Under
and by the virtue of Special Orders No. 53 and 54 series of 2017
released on April 4, 2017, Samar First District Engineering Office’s
two key officials are elevated into higher positions.
Former Chief of Planning and
Design Section, Engr. Denis C. Cagomoc is designated as
Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Assistant District Engineer of
the same office which is vacated by Engr. Loreto M. Cedro.
Meanwhile, Engr. Cedrois
designated as Officer-in-Charge-Chief, Planning and Design Division of
DPWH Regional Office No. VIII, Palo, Leyte.
Spearheaded by District
Engineer Alvin A. Ignacio together with the Section Chiefs of Samar I,
the turn-over ceremony cum send-off party to the key officials is made
just recently at Samar I Covered Court.
Former ADE Cedro heartily
thanks District Engineer Alvin A. Ignacio for supporting him and his
endeavors during his stay in the office while the new ADE vowed to
continue what the former has started for the best interest of the
Both are directed to perform
the duties and assume the responsibilities appurtenant to the above
mentioned positions pursuant to the provisions of Section 6 and 37 of
Executive Order No. 124.
NPA responds to
Gen. Farnacio’s claim: It’s not us but the AFP that private armies in
Samar are close to
By Efren Martires Command,
April 24, 2017
SAMAR – The Efren
Martires Command of the New People’s Army in Eastern Visayas today
told Maj. Gen. Raul Farnacio, chief of the 8th Infantry Division of
the Philippine Army, not to pass the buck to the NPA over the abject
failure or in fact the reluctance of the Armed Forces of the
Philippines to stamp out private armies in Samar province.
“Private armies have nothing
in common with the NPA but a lot with the AFP – some hired goons are
even CAFGU paramilitaries,” said the NPA’s regional command. “For
example, in Matuguinao there is a group of CAFGU elements under the
43rd IB who are also hired goons of politicians and who have already
killed at least ten peasants without having been brought to account
yet. We can identify two of these CAFGU elements as Jovic “Laloy”
Oblado, the ringleader and henchman of Mayor Antonieto Cabueños of
Gandara, and Jonas Boller, who is suspected of killing peasant
activist Rex Arandia last September 2016.”
The EMC also dismissed Gen.
Farnacio’s claim the NPA is in the pockets of corrupt politicians just
like the private armies as a far-fetched fabrication. “Gen. Farnacio
should know the NPA has publicly announced it has been ordered by the
people’s court to arrest the two most bloodthirsty politicians in
Samar province, Calbayog City Mayor Ronald Aquino and San Jorge Mayor
Meanwhile, up in Northern
Samar, the NPA has also publicly declared it is ready to carry out any
decision of the people’s court against the two most corrupt and
anti-people politicians, Congressman Raul Daza as well as former
Congressman Emil Ong, who leads the ruling dynasty in the province.”
On the other hand, said the
NPA regional command, the AFP has been not only failed to crush the
private armies despite much posturing, but has lately been criticized
for causing mass evacuations of peasants in Calbiga. “The
much-ballyhooed AFP crackdown on private armies has proven inutile in
the face of their continuing killings even of women and children,
particularly in Calbayog and San Jorge. Private armies cannot be
dismantled without their warlords first being brought to justice. If
that is impossible, it is evident the AFP is likewise defending the
local tyrants who are often big landlords and warlords, and who thus
remain untouchable despite their hideous crimes. These local tyrants
often collaborate with the 8th ID in using paramilitaries, supporting
NPA surrender campaigns, harassing the people against supporting the
NPA, and committing criminal activities such as spreading illegal
“Moreover, the 8th ID under
Gen. Farnacio has been receiving flak over the mass evacuation of more
than 500 families in Calbiga, Samar in protest over militarization.
The AFP once again shows itself as no different in committing human
rights violations against the people.
“The AFP and private armies
are thus opposite sides of the same coin coin as defenders of the
reactionary ruling system. They are the reason for the rise and
prestige of the NPA as the genuine army of the people against the
armed minions of the state. As far as the NPA is concerned, doing away
with private armies is part of the revolutionary struggle, because
justice is essential for lasting peace.”
MWEs real income fell to
P250 - P361 versus P393 needed by family to survive in 1 day
30 million ‘Endo’ workers
fall deeper into poverty in January 2017
April 22, 2017
QUEZON CITY – Despite
the country’s consistent high economic growth, thirty million
short-term contractual, minimum-waged earners remained a working poor
as the value of purchasing power of their daily wage remained below
the standard poverty threshold level, the country’s biggest labor
group labor group the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of
the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) said yesterday.
However, these minimum-waged
earners who helped built the country’s high economic wealth are living
way below standard poverty line. Their chances to get out of poverty
by way of job regularization and security of tenure on employment is
forever shut by the recent issuance of Department Order 174.
Rather than prohibiting
contractualization, DO 174 of the Department of Labor and Employment
(DOLE) ‘legalize’ and perpetuate contractualization. Aside from having
no security of tenure because their work for less than 6 months,
contractual workers are forever tied to minimum wage.
The National Economic
Development Authority (NEDA) set the Poverty Threshold Level or the
standard amount needed by a family of five for them to survive in a
month in the year 2015 is P9,064 or P393 a day.
In a monitoring made by the
ALU-TUCP on the behavior of workers’ purchasing power vis-a-vis cost
of living, the real value of Endo workers’ nominal P491 daily minimum
wage in Metro Manila fell to P361.30 in January 2017 which is
equivalent to P8,671.20 a month, according to data from the country’s
wage board the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC).
The average real wage amount
in regions outside National Capital Region, on one hand, is P250 a day
or equivalent to P6,000 per month.
Thus, the buying powers of
minimum wages P361 in Metro Manila and P250 in regions outside NCR are
inadequate compared with the P393 amount needed by a family to survive
in a day.
It means, minimum-waged
workers needs least P32 more and P143 more on top of their daily pay
for workers within and outside Metro Manila respectively to stay
within the threshold and considered not poor.
“There has been no inclusive
growth for MWEs because the buying power of minimum wage is going
downward amid rising prices of basic necessities and cost of services.
Because they have no savings and inadequate government support
programs, minimum waged workers are so vulnerable that if they get
sick, if they get late or absent from their work, or any small price
hike shocks, they fall deeper and deeper into poverty,” said ALU-TUCP
spokesman Alan Tanjusay.
The Department of Labor and
Employment (DOLE) estimated there are 7 out of 10 of the 43 million
workers are employed as contractuals working in less than six-month
short-term employment receiving mandated minimum wage.
Tanjusay said the ALU-TUCP
offer various pragmatic measures towards helping workers cope with
growing inflation. He said government should ban contractualization,
provide a minimal cash amount by way of monthly subsidy while
reinforcing government’s enforcement of compliance to labor and price
Employers, on the other
hand, could help their employees cope with poverty by voluntarily
providing across-the-board wage increase and implement in-house
programs providing their employees with cash and non-cash benefits,
Government define poverty
threshold as the minimum income required to meet food and non-food
needs of a family of five including clothing, housing, transportation,
health and educational expenses.
encounters NPAs, recovers 3 high powered firearms
By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 21, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City, Samar – A tip-off from a concerned citizen on the presence
of an armed group at Sitio Ogbok, Barangay Villa Aurora, Basey, Samar
on April 18, 2017 prompted the troops from 87th Infantry (Hinirang)
Battalion to conduct a reconnaissance patrol to confirm the validity
of the information on the alleged NPA safe house. As the troops
cautiously approach the alleged safe house, they were fired upon by
the communist terrorists. Government troops retaliated in defense
which the communist terrorists scampered in different directions.
This campaign resulted to
the recovery of two (2) 5.56mm M16A1 Rifles with SN 033681 and
9021623; one (1) magazine assembly (30 rounds) steel; one (1) magazine
assembly (30 rounds) plastic; one (1) magazine assembly (20 rounds)
steel and 48 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition.
Meanwhile, in the early
morning of April 19, 2017, troops from 87th IB while conducting a
reconnaissance patrol within their area of operation encountered
undetermined number of communist terrorists at the vicinity of
Barangay Borong, Calbiga, Samar. This resulted also to the recovery of
one (1) M16A1 Rifle. No casualty reported on the government side while
undetermined on the enemy as evidenced by the bloodstains seen on
their route of withdrawal.
Your Army in Eastern Visayas
Region will ensure that the armed group, with whom the government is
talking peace with, will be unable to use force or threaten to use
force as leverage in the negotiating table. 8ID stands ready to
respond and address any such attempt by armed threat groups.
along Naval-Caibiran Cross-Country Road is on-going on the
embankment activities and installation of scaffoldings of
drainage with an accomplishment of 7% as of March 31, 2017. The
projects were prioritized because of its potential for
development with the vision to accommodate huge number of road
users. The completion of this project will increase the capacity
of the existing roads and improves the safety aspect of said
sections. This road also leads to the only Provincial Hospital
and Port of the Province.
starts construction of CY 2017 regular infra projects
By NEO JAY CAGABHION
April 19, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) has already started its CY 2017 Regular
Infrastructure project implementation. With over P940M projects to
complete this year, this district office is up for the challenge.
As of March 2017, 12
projects out of 52 projects below P50M are already on its full swing.
Among these projects are repair of six (6) bridges and extension of
two (2) flood control structures.
DPWH-Biliran DEO have also
started project implementation on Turn-out (loading and unloading
bays) in Kawayan,Biliran and Widening of Naval to Caibiran Cross
Country Road specifically within the limits of Capiñahan, Naval,
Biliran and the Municipality of Kawayan.
The usual flooding that
occurs along Sanggalang Highway will no longer be a problem since the
project on rehabilitating the road and reconstructing a larger
reinforced box culvert has already commenced. Soon this problem will
just be a thing of the past.
These projects are just the
start and 19 more projects are expected to start on April this year.
Soon, DPWH-Biliran DEO will be able to begin full implementation on
the remaining projects and take up the challenge of completing these
infrastructures before this year ends.
DPWH PIOs conducts
1st quarter meeting/workshop
By FRECHBEE L. SABILE
April 19, 2017
BILIRAN – Public
Information Officers (PIO) of the Department of Public Works and
Highways of Region VIII held their first quarterly PIO Conference/
Workshop on March 29, 2017 at Summer’s Garden, Catbalogan City.
Biliran District Engineering
Office were represented by Engr. Gene F. Delfin, Engineer II (PIO
Alternate) and Engr. Frechbee L. Sabile, Engineer I.
The workshop focuses on the
topics “Journalism and Workshop on Layouting using Indesign and
Publisher Applications with resource speaker, Mr. Bryan Azura,
newswriter of Sinirangan News Plus.
Discussed during the
workshop was about the Microsoft Publisher 2010, its parts, the do’s
and don’ts to make a good newsletter that can provide information of
interest to the readers, and how to layout a newsletter using it.
Comparison between Indesign
and Publisher Application were also discussed by the resource speaker
to know if which one is more advance and easier to use in layouting a
After the discussion, the
participants from the different districts present their previous
newsletters for the critiquing.
It was found out that most
of the participants needs to change their way of lay-outing the
pictures in their newsletters to remain the quality of the photos.
Participants were also advised not to insert the captions inside the
photos so that the readers will not be distracted.
According to Azura, every
space in the paper is equivalent to money, thus they need to maximize
their writings in the page. However, Azura complemented the
participants for their organized thoughts in newswriting giving the
readers an informative news.
After the workshop, Ms.
Antonieta R. Lim, Regional PIO II gave updates on the new DPWH
memorandum and the plans for the next quarterly workshop/ meeting.
The one day conference was
hosted by Eastern Samar District Engineering Office and Samar 2nd
District Engineering Office.
P3 guidelines set;
DTI to introduce national conduits
April 18, 2017
MAKATI CITY – As funds for
the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) expected to be released
anytime soon, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and its
micro-financing arm Small Business Corporation (SB Corp) have ironed
out the guidelines of its implementation that will help micro
entrepreneurs throughout the country.
Being the administration’s
program to provide an affordable micro-financing for the country’s
micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the P3 funding program
provides micro enterprises an alternative source of financing that is
easy to access and made available at a reasonable cost.
"We’re very much excited
because this is our vision in the agency – to help underprivileged by
giving better chances to elevate from poverty. Through this
micro-financing program, those from the bottom of the pyramid will get
to climb the ladder by expanding their businesses,” DTI Regional
Operations Group (DTI-ROG) Supervising Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez is
set to introduce the national conduits and local Micro-financing
Institutions (MFIs) for the P3 program.
The Pondo sa Pagbabago at
Pag-asenso (P3) is a P1 billion financing program intended to give
MSMEs better access to finance and to reduce their cost of borrowing.
The fund will also give priority to the country’s 30 poorest
Following President Rodrigo
Duterte’s directive to replace the “5-6” money lending system, the P3
is also seen to help stabilize supply and cost of commodities in
public markets, encourage small entrepreneurs to grow their
businesses, and offer employment and generate income for Filipinos.
The P1 billion fund of the
P3 program from the Office of the President will be coursed through
the SB Corp., which will accredit partner institutions such as
non-bank MFIs, cooperatives and associations to serve as conduit for
the P3 funds. With borrowers identified through these, collection of
repayments will be efficient.
“We’re very grateful that
this Program has become a reality. MSMEs now have an option to avail
of cheaper funds to expand their business,” Maglaya explained.
The P3 Program was launched
in Tacloban in Leyte on January 25, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on
January 27, and Alabel, Sarangani last January 30.
The primary beneficiaries of
the P3 Program are microenterprises and entrepreneurs that do not have
easy access to credit. These include market vendors, agri-businessmen
and members of cooperatives, and industry associations.
P3 will also make it easy
for borrowers since it will only require minimal documentation
requirement; easy to access with only one (1) day processing of
application; low cost interest at 2.5% per month; and easy payment
with collection on a weekly or daily basis, as necessary.
Loan amounts to
end-borrowers will range between P5,000 and P100,000, with no
PH exports continue
to grow, up by 11% in Feb 2017
April 18, 2017
MAKATI CITY –
Philippine exports posted an increase of 11% with total sales of
$4.782 billion for the month of February 2017, marking its third month
of positive growth according to a report released by the Philippine
Statistics Authority (PSA).
For February 2017, eight out
of ten top major Philippine exported goods rose with electronic
products comprising 51.6% of the total exports revenue amounting to
$2.470 billion compared to $2.131 billion registered in the same
period last year. Other products that increased include cathodes and
sections of cathodes, of refined copper (946.9%); other mineral
products (107.5%); coconut oil (66.5%); electronic equipment and parts
(64.9%); metal components (29.4%); other manufactures (20.1%);
electronic products (15.9%); and chemicals (9.6%).
United States (US) topped
other Philippine export destinations for the said month, accounting
for 15.6% to total exports with receipts valued at $745.22 million. It
is followed by Japan with 15.25% share with revenues amounting to
The increase in February
2017 exports lifted the cumulative value of merchandise exports by
17.36% for the first two months of 2017 compared to the same period in
2016, based on preliminary data from the Philippine Statistics
Continued export growth can
be attributed to the significant increase of Philippine electronic
products by 13.24% in the first two months of 2017. This stemmed from
the positive performance of the six out of nine subsectors of the
industry which contributed 96.74% share in the cumulative total value
of the industry.
Department of Trade and
Industry’s Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) noted that the increasing
efforts of the Philippines in strengthening ties with its ASEAN
neighbors including China is expected to sustain the growth of the
sector in the coming months.
“Enhancing trade promotion
efforts to huge consumer markets is seen as a viable strategy in
sustaining the performance of Philippine exports in the coming
months,” said DTI-EMB Director Senen M. Perlada.
As the Philippines serves
host for this year’s ASEAN Summit, the country is pushing for the
conclusion of the ASEAN-led Regional Comprehensive Economic
Partnership (RCEP) negotiations. RCEP is the free trade agreement
being advocated by the ASEAN 10-member states with its six (6)
dialogue partners including China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New
Zealand, and India.
"RCEP is the chance to
balance the country’s trade deficit, especially with China,"
trade-oriented economies in Asia, the Philippines placed 9th in terms
of exports growth, a decline after it placed third last month. Vietnam
topped the list for February 2017 with 29.6% recorded exports growth,
a significant increase after dropping to among the worst performers
for January 2017.
“We see a trend of recovery
among economies in the first two months of 2017. For us in the
Philippines, the numbers are healthy. While we ranked 9th for this
month, on a year-to-date (YTD) analysis among selected trade-oriented
economies, we placed third in terms of export growth. This is a signal
of a robust export sector,” explained Perlada.
NPA threats led to
massive evacuation in Calbiga
By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 11, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – About 549 household from the barangays of Cambagtic, Bulao,
San Mauricio, Guimbanga, Minata, Sinalangtan, Caamlungan, Binangaran,
Daligan and Buluan all of Calbiga, Samar fled their respective
communities to seek shelter to the town gymnasium from April 4-7,
One of the Barangay Chairmen
from upper barangay claimed that residents were forced to evacuate on
the grounds of threat from communist terrorists that they will conduct
an attack against the 87th IB troops at the said area and they were
ordered purportedly by the New People's Army to troop down to avoid
being caught in a possible crossfire with government troops. The
passing of the villagers of Canbagtic to other barangays spread like
wildfire of the above mentioned rumors which the residents panicked
and also evacuated, triggering a mass exodus to the town gymnasium.
Combined efforts of 87th IB,
Municipal Police Station (MPS), Municipal Social Welfare and
Development (MSWD) and Local Government Unit (LGU) reached at a
dialogue with the evacuees to solve the current situation represented
by their respective Barangay Chairmen, agreed to convince the
residents to return to their community.
Local DSWD distributed
relief goods to the evacuees and the LGU of Calbiga provided trucks
for transportation back to their respective barangays. Most of the
evacuees returned to their communities but some refused and opted to
stay at the covered court as of press time.
Your Army in Eastern Visayas
is deploying community peace and developments teams which are
encouraging community based initiatives defined by the local
communities, with local government units coordinating efforts against
insurgency, geared towards presenting long-term solutions while at the
same time addressing the immediate needs of the local community.
A month before the UN
review on PH rights compliance:
cases of political killings under Duterte to UN
April 11, 2017
QUEZON CITY – In a
letter of allegation submitted to the United Nations Special
Rapporteur on Extrajudicial/Summary or Arbitrary Executions Ms. Agnes
Callamard yesterday, April 10, 2017, Karapatan submitted documentation
on forty-seven (47) victims of extrajudicial killings in the
Philippines under the Duterte administration, in line with the
continuing counter-insurgency program of the government.
The said cases were
submitted a month before May 8, 2017, the 3rd cycle of the Universal
Periodic Review on the Philippines at the UN Human Rights Council, a
process whereby the human rights record of a country will be examined
by other State. The period under review covers the last four years of
the Aquino administration and the first months of the Duterte
government. Karapatan also submitted similar complaints during the
Arroyo and Aquino administrations.
“The victims of killings are
peasants, indigenous peoples and workers; many faced harassment and
villification by the military because of their advocacy and actions to
defend people’s rights and are thus considered as human rights
defenders,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan Secretary General, in her
letter to Callamard. Karapatan urged Callamard to consider,
investigate, make recommendations and take any appropriate actions on
“Despite the 2008 report to
the United Nations Human Rights Council on the Philippines by your
predecessor, Prof. Philip Alston, strong recommendations on
extrajudicial killings perpetrated as part of counter-insurgency
programs, was unheeded both by the Arroyo and Aquino governments.
Throughout both administrations, political killings of peasants,
indigenous peoples, Moro, workers, women and youth continued and
intensified. Under Arroyo, Karapatan documented at least 1,206
individual victims of extrajudicial killing. Under Aquino, there were
334 victims of extrajudicial killing,” Palabay explained.
Karapatan said that “under
Duterte, from July 2016 to March 31, 2017, a total of 47 cases of
political killings have been documented by Karapatan.”
“These killings are all in
the context of the counter-insurgency programs implemented from one
regime to another that supposedly seek to end the armed rebellion of
revolutionary movements in the Philippines. From Arroyo’s Oplan Bantay
Laya, Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan and to the current Oplan Kapayapaan of
Duterte, these counter-insurgency programs have victimized thousands
of Filipinos, including struggling communities, tagged as “enemies of
the State,” she further stated.
Karapatan expressed hope
“that Callamard’s findings about the gravity of political killings in
the Philippines will convince the Duterte government to completely
junk counterinsurgency programs of which EJKs are a major aspect, to
issue strong warnings to and prosecute EJK perpetrators, and continue
to pursue his efforts at attaining just and lasting peace with the
NDFP and the Moro liberation movements.”
Palabay said they are
working with Rise Up, a campaign network of faith-based institutions
and people’s organizations, in preparing similar complaints that will
be filed at the UN on cases of extrajudicial killings in line with the
Duterte administration’s war on drugs.
Karapatan is also in the
process of preparing documentation on other cases of human rights
violations such as illegal arrest and detention of civilians and
activists, forcible evacuation and bombing of communities, which will
be forwarded to relevant mandate holders. The organization also
co-convenes the Philippine UPR Watch, a network of faith-based and
human rights organizations that engages in the UPR process which will
send a delegation of human rights defenders to the UPR this May.
Car Awards Group,
Inc. (CAGI) kick starts a packed 2017 season
April 6, 2017
MANILA – To start the
ball rolling for the new 2017 season, the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI)
held their momentous launch events at the Manila International Auto
Show (MIAS) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City last March 31,
With the continuous vision
of keeping the Filipino consumer informed of the best cars for sale in
the market, CAGI not only kick started the rigorous search for the
best vehicles contending in the Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P)
and Truck of the Year Philippines (TOTY-P) awards, but also opened the
doors to the world of two-wheelers with the inauguration of the
Motorcycle of the Year Philippines (MOTY-P).
“By welcoming new blood into
our fold, the organization is expanding its reach, and tapping into
the expertise of the motorcycle media to adapt our successful model,”
said CAGI president Ronald de los Reyes during a speech.
"We believe that it's about
time that we also give due recognition to our fellow two-wheeled
contemporaries on the road," he added.
Special guests representing
various sectors of government graced the launching ceremonies, such as
Department of Tourism assistant secretary Inaki Jose and Department of
Public Works and Highways undersecretary Atty. Karen Jimeno.
"The state of our country's
infrastructure affects our car preferences,” Jimeno mentioned in her
speech as she related the event to current local issues.
Since 2004, CAGI prides
itself of holding annual test fests, where all vehicle entries go
through a strict process of classification and sorting, before they
are subjected to qualitative (consumer) and quantitative (performance)
testing. Qualitative testing uses predetermined consumer metrics like
the ride, fit, and feel, while quantitative testing uses GPS-based
hardware to measure handling, braking and acceleration. Each year,
winners for each category are announced, and from that winning pool
emerges the year’s COTY-P, TOTY-P and this time, the MOTY-P.
“We expect more than a 100
motor vehicles consisting of cars, pickups and motorcycles to be
tested this season,” de los Reyes shared.
Aside from the official
launch in MIAS, the usual Test Fest in September and October; and the
awards night in November, this year’s season will include various
dealer talks in April and May, test demonstrations in June and July,
and the television special in December – thus further adding more
excitement to the jam-packed season.
For the third straight year,
www.Carmudi.com.ph presents this endeavor while internationally
respected auditing firm KPMG is once again on-board as partner. The
latter will be in-charge of all the data handling during the testing
process, which consists of data gathering, tabulation, and up to the
final audit and release of the official results.
Car Awards Group, Inc. is
comprised of members from the following media entities: Business
Mirror, Cebu Daily News, Daily Tribune, Malaya Business Insight,
Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, The
Manila Times, Bulgar, Abante Tonite, Mindanao Daily News, AQ Magazine,
Autocar.Ph, C! Magazine, Motorcycle Magazine, Power Wheels Magazine,
Top Gear Philippines, 2nerMagazine.com, Carmudi Magazine, Iginition.ph,
Interaksyon.com, Kotse.com, ManilaSpeak.com, MotionCars.com, Ride and
Drive Phils., Speed by MP Turbo, SprocketPh.com, TessDrive.com,
TimeAttackManila.com, Yugatech.com, DZMM, Inside Motoring on DZRJ 810
AM, Mellow 94.7, Motoring sa DZME, The Motoring Page on Mellow 94.7
FM, ABS-CBN, Auto Review, Spotlight TV.
bureaucratic red tape on SRP setting
April 6, 2017
MAKATI CITY –
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez recently
(April 5) convened the National Price Coordinating Council (NPCC) to
closely evaluate the price and supply situation of basic necessities
and prime commodities during the first quarter of this year.
During the meeting, DTI
discussed its stand to deregulate the setting of Suggested Retail
Prices (SRP) on certain commodities to reduce bureaucratic red tape in
the system, while it continues to closely monitor the movement of
prices of products and ensure fair trade in the market.
DTI clarified that there
will still be SRPs on manufactured products but it can be set by the
companies themselves for guidance of the supermarkets and consumers.
These SRPs will still be closely monitored by DTI.
“We can let the companies
set the SRPs because products with competitive market players and
several brands, both locally produced and imported, have their
‘self-correcting mechanism’ on their prices,” said Sec. Lopez.
“In fact, prices of brands
and commodities that do not pass the approval system of DTI before
remained stable and some are even declining because of competition” he
Sec. Lopez believes that
liberalizing price setting would help spur competition among
industries and would further improve their product quality.
“DTI would prioritize the
protection of the consumers by ensuring that industries have a
competitive business environment that allows entry of brands and
players in the market and give the consumers the widest range of
choice,” the trade chief said.
“We will continue to closely
monitor the prices of basic goods, and will have the oversight
function to enforce regulation of irregular price increases,” added
Sec. Lopez, ensuring commitment to consumer protection.
The NPCC will work with DTI
on analyzing the industry structure and streamlining the process of
price regulation to create a more efficient and effective system for
both manufacturers and consumers. DTI would also be working with the
Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) to continuously review the
industries' structure, and the play of competitive forces, that will
ensure optimum competition and best options for quality
products/services and affordable price points for consumers.
Samar I proposes
P302.932 million tourism projects
By LEVIRESA GETIGAN-BARNIZO
April 5, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Samar First District
Engineering Office (SFDEO) proposes a total amount of P302,932,000.000
for four (4) tourism projects under its jurisdiction for the year 2018
under the DPWH-DOT Convergence program.
A project cost amounting to
P200 Million is proposed for the Improvement/Construction of 5.660
kilometers Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PCCP) with 6.1 meters
width and 230 mm. thickness of Sto. Niño Circumferential Road, Sto.
Some P30 Million is proposed
for the concreting of 900.0 linear meters PCCP with 3.0 meters half
lane width and 230 mm thickness, Access Road from Brgy. Rizal II
leading to Mapaso Hotspring, Oquendo District, Calbayog City, Samar.
Meanwhile, some P50 Million, is proposed for the concreting of 1450.0
linear meters PCCP with 3.0 meters half lane width and 230 mm
thickness of the Access Road from Brgy. Lungsob leading to Guinogoan
Cave, Calbayog City, Samar.
The proposed project cost
for the concreting of 1000 linear meters road with 6.00 meters width
and 230 mm thickness is P22.932 million of the Access Road from Brgy.
Caglanipao Sur leading to Busay Falls, Brgy. Caglanipao, Tinambacan
District, Calbayog City, Samar.
SFDEO submitted the
pertinent documents for the possible approval of the proposed projects
by the Department of Tourism. Approval of the said proposed projects
signifies increase of domestic and foreign tourists visiting the said
tourist attractions in Calbayog and the booming of economic activities
of the locals in the concerned villages.
DILG turns over
transport terminal to Hinundayan
By DIANNE O. DUARTE
April 4, 2017
Leyte – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
turned over on March 29, 2017 the completed P3M-worth Transport
Terminal to the Municipal Government of Hinundayan.
The Turn-Over Ceremony was
kicked off with a blessing officiated by Rev. Fr. Ricarte Olayvar,
followed by the ceremonial ribbon cutting. Gracing the event was the
DILG RO 8’s PDMU Head, Engr. Ofelia M. Pido, along with DILG Southern
Leyte OIC-Provincial Director, Jesus P. Naquila, and Cluster Head,
Geraldine C. Maquelabit.
Funded thru DILG’s Bottom
Up-Budgeting (BUB) Program, the multi-million-peso project was also
made possible thru the commendable efforts of MLGOO Edgar S. Bayano
and under the dynamic leadership of Mayor Alfredo M. Lagumbay and Vice
Mayor Elisa C. Cadingan. In his speech, PD Jesus P. Naquila,
encouraged the CSOs to continue their active participation in the
monitoring of all government projects, not just the DILG’s. Meanwhile,
Engr. Pido expressed her great joy as well as her high hopes for the
completed project to spur more economic activities in Hinundayan.
Mayor Lagumbay upon
receiving the symbolic key expressed his deepest gratitude to all who
became instrumental to the completion of the project, and with great
sense of pride asserted that the completed project is a standing proof
that Hinundayan always puts to good works anything they’re given with,
and given the necessary assistance, “Hinundayan can!”
In attendance also were the
local functionaries of LGU Hinundayan as well as the active Civil
BIR owes each 600K
workers P9,000 blood money in 2008 SC tax refund case
April 2, 2017
QUEZON CITY – The
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) owes each 600,000 minimum-waged
workers nationwide with an estimated P9,000 “blood money” from the tax
they collected for six months in 2008 amid a law exempting the workers
from withholding tax, labor group Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union
Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) said yesterday.
In its decision released on
February this year, the Supreme Court said minimum wage earners (MWEs)
should not taxed because they are exempted from doing so by Republic
Act 9502 – the law giving exemption to minimum waged workers from
monthly salary tax deductions.
The law became effective
June 17, 2008. However, the BIR issued Revenue Regulation 10-2008 and
only exempted MWEs six months later. The TUCP filed a contesting
petition at the SC nullifying the regulation as contrary to the law.
It is estimated the BIR
collected an average P792 a month for six months from each MWEs at
that time but the BIR should also be charged with 12% legal interest
fees for nine years, said Alan Tanjusay, spokesperson of ALU-TUCP.
“This is a subtle form of
injustice done by BIR for minimum-waged workers who depended on their
daily pay to make both ends meet. The amount of money the BIR
collected is blood money that could have been spent to buy food, pay
for tuition fees and purchase medicines,” Tanjusay said.
He said the ALU-TUCP is
urging the SC to hasten the specific implementing rules and
regulations that lay the mechanism for the actual refund.
“We suggest the cash refund
should be coursed through the employers if the employers are still
existing. If the company has shut down, we suggest the refund should
be disbursed through BIR regional offices,” Tanjusay said.
Refund by means of tax
credit is more problematic because most of minimum-waged earners at
that may have become unemployed or remained at the same minimum waged
level and so they are still tax-exempt, Tanjusay added.
of the 84 agrarian reform beneficiaries pose, after their
ceremonial installation to their awarded lot under the
Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, with officials from the
Department of Agrarian Reform, Registry of Deeds and local
government unit together with representatives from the RIGHTS
Network and CARITAS. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)
DAR installs 84
By JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
March 31, 2017
SAN MIGUEL, Leyte –
After over 20 years of waiting the 84 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs)
here were finally installed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
to their awarded lots within the Leyte Sab-a Basin Development
In 1991, DAR handed a
collective certificate of landownership award (CLOA) numbered OC-4,
covering Lot 1578 in Barangay Capilihan to the beneficiaries under the
Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) but failed to install
them due to harassment by other farmers in the area.
Leyte Provincial Agrarian
Reform Program Officer Renato Badilla who issued the writ of
installation disclosed during the ceremonial installation that the
area measures 207 hectares.
In September last year, DAR
conducted the subdivision survey and revalidation of ARBs to check if
those mentioned in the CLOA are still around.
Remegia Labaclado, one of
the ARBs installed, wished in her message that the individual CLOAs be
released to them soon. She also said that they will immediately till
the land and make it productive after having been deprived for two
Meanwhile, Regional Director
Sheila Enciso directed DAR’s Program Beneficiaries Development
Division to discuss with the ARBs appropriate projects that would help
increase the farmer’s production and income and submit immediately the
project proposals to the central office for funding.
Meanwhile, Badilla likewise
acknowledged the partnership that has been established between DAR and
the Rights, the non-government organization assisting these farmers,
which resulted to their installation.
NPA attacks CAFGU
detachment, wounding 4 civilians
By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 31, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – On March 30, 2017, a day after the 48th NPA Founding
Anniversary, a series of attacks was perpetrated by communist
terrorists in different military detachments as part of their
offensive operation against government forces. Among these is the NPA
attack on the Geparayan CAA Detachment located at Brgy. Geparayan,
Silvino Lobos, Northern Samar.
More or less 150 NPAs
attacked the detachment which is surrounded by the community of the
Brgy. Geparayan which resulted to the casualty of four civilians,
namely, Genalyn C. Tulin, 31 y/o; Jocelyn Tulin, 12 y/o; Danica Tulin,
10 y/o and Ruby Jane Tulin, 2 y/o, burning of the detachment, and the
loss of one (1) M60; one (1) R4A3; four (4) carbine rifles; five (5)
garand rifles and one (1) Harris handheld radio.
The atrocity proved once
again that the NPA is no longer concern for the well-being of
civilians who are considered non-combatants and a clear manifestation
that the communist terrorists do not abide to the Human Rights,
International Humanitarian Law and Rule of Law.
To achieve lasting peace and
development, your Army in Eastern Visayas is calling the stakeholders
and the general public to support the government forces in fighting
these communist terrorists. Everyone is highly encouraged to report to
any nearest military units any NPA sightings in their area.
Despite this unfortunate
incident, rest assured that the 8ID will continuously conduct massive
combat operation to deter the evil plans of the NPA and other lawless
elements against our peace-loving people in Eastern Visayas.
'Killing us softly'
says POWER of ERC's decision to allow PSALM to continue collecting
P53.8B in stranded contract costs from consumers
March 30, 2017
QUEZON CITY –
Consumer group People Opposed to unWarranted Electricity Rates (POWER)
today slammed the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for allowing the
Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) to
continue charging electricity consumers with a 19 centavo/kWh
universal charge to pay for its stranded contract costs.
In an order dated March 6
but released only on March 27, the ERC indefinitely extended PSALM's
P0.1938/kWh universal charge originally allowed from April 2013 to
February 2017. The charge was supposed to cover PSALM's stranded
contract costs of P53.851 billion incurred from 2007-2010. But the ERC
said PSALM was only able to collect P48 billion by February 2017, thus
it should be allowed to charge consumers P5.5 billion more in the
"The amount might seem
small, but they have been charging this to millions of consumers for
the last four years, translating to billions already. With ERC's
action, consumers will most likely be paying even more for the next
nine years. They're killing us softly," said POWER Convenor and former
Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño.
PSALM's stranded costs are
due to the onerous "take or pay" provisions in NAPOCOR's contracts
with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) which allowed IPPs to charge
NAPOCOR even for unused power. It is similar to the much-hated "power
purchase adjustment (PPA)" that was abolished under the Arroyo
administration. Most of the contracts were signed during the Ramos
administration but was continued by succeeding governments, resulting
in huge stranded contract costs.
Due to strong opposition to
the passing on of such costs to consumers, it was only in 2013 that
PSALM was able to get ERC approval. But said charge was supposed to
have ended last February.
By extending the 19-centavo
universal charge, POWER says the ERC is setting a bad precedent for
PSALM to charge additional stranded contract costs covering the years
after 2010, including stranded debts estimated at P245 billion. At
present, PSALM has pending applications in the ERC to pass on P35
billion in stranded debts and P70.12 billion in stranded contract
costs to electricity consumers. This will be reflected in monthly
power bills for the next nine years, at least.
“Electricity consumers are
being made to suffer the consequences of NAPOCOR and PSALM's bad
decisions. The original debt to be passed on to consumers was only
P255 billion in 2001 as mandated by the Electric Power Industry Reform
Act (EPIRA). This was supposed to be covered by the sale of NAPOCOR's
assets. But the reverse happened and PSALM was left with an even
bigger debt plus stranded contract costs. Why should our people suffer
for PSALM's incompetence? This is unjust and cruel, considering we
already have the highest power rates in Asia!" said Casiño.
Last January, Energy
Secretary Alfonso Cusi announced that the Malampaya Fund would be used
instead to cover PSALM's stranded debts and stranded contract costs so
as not to burden consumers. "So why is the ERC now allowing PSALM to
continue charging consumers for something that the government already
said it would shoulder?" asked Casiño.
Casiño called on Congress to
investigate ERC's actions and said POWER was studying options to file
with ERC or the Courts to put a stop to PSALM's charging of its
stranded debts and costs to consumers.
paralegals in the decongestion effort
March 30, 2017
MANILA – The Bureau
of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), with the support of the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), launched an
electronic learning platform as part of its jail decongestion
The Electronic Paralegal
Learning Module (EPLM) is an interactive offline learning platform
containing basic legal modules and resources. It aims to support jail
paralegals’ continuing education and give them an electronic resource
center for timely interventions to detainees. The EPLM is distributed
in USB sticks that users can easily plug and play on their computers
even without internet connection.
The EPLM will benefit more
than 400 BJMP paralegal officers nationwide. This will help them
monitor the cases of detainees undergoing trial, and coordinate with
criminal justice stakeholders such as public attorneys, law
enforcement, court staff and judges, among others.
“We developed this learning
platform based on the challenges faced by our paralegals, which
include lack of training and varying availability of resource
materials in jails. By ensuring that our paralegals have all the
necessary tools and resources, we will be able to capacitate them so
they can help us process the inmates’ cases and decongest our jails,”
said Jail Director Serafin Barretto Jr., BJMP chief.
The learning platform
ensures paralegals in all BJMP jails access to topics such as criminal
procedure, modes of early release, time allowances, alternative
dispute resolution, rights of the accused, international standards,
and negotiation with justice stakeholders.
In addition, the EPLM
provides paralegals access to national laws, BJMP manuals, paralegal
manuals and examples of written interventions that would help them
facilitate timely and meaningful assistance to detainees.
The EPLM was pilot tested in
15 BJMP jails in Regions 3 and 4-A, involving 22 paralegals. It will
be available in all BJMP jails nationwide in April 2017.
The ICRC, a neutral,
impartial and independent humanitarian organization, has been visiting
places of detention in the Philippines after World War II. It supports
the BJMP in its efforts to improve the conditions of detention and the
treatment of detainees.
For the past 10 years, the
ICRC has been assisting the BJMP in projects aimed at providing relief
to the endemic national jail congestion rate averaging at 555% as of
February 2017. Jail paralegals are essential to the BJMP’s initiatives
to ease the congestion of jails in the country.
Civil society urges
Duterte to walk the talk in signing Paris Agreement
CSOs to PH government: take
leadership in decarbonizing ASEAN
March 27, 2017
QUEZON CITY – After
members of the Senate unanimously voted to pass the Paris Agreement
last March 14, civil society groups challenged the Duterte
administration to deliver on its commitments to reducing the country’s
emissions and lead other countries in combating climate change and
This was expressed in a
press conference organized by groups at the forefront of the campaign
for climate justice and energy transformation, including Sanlakas, the
Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED), the Philippine
Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), Greenpeace, and the Green Thumb
Coalition (GTC) this March 27, 2017 in Quezon City.
Paris commitment must be
reflected in national energy policy
“While having its own share
of flaws, the Paris Agreement obligates party governments to commit to
a 1.5 degrees Celsius global temperature by shifting from dirty fossil
fuel energy to renewable energy alternatives,” said Atty. Aaron
Pedrosa, Secretary-General of Sanlakas.
“However, the Department of
Energy's (DOE) Philippine Energy Plan (PEP) has yet to reflect this
commitment, and its troubling pronouncements on continuing to rely on
coal for the next decades, increasing indigenous coal extraction by
100%, and turning to nuclear energy only raises additional concerns,
rather than being consistent with the Paris Agreement,” he added.
“Already, the Filipino
people are threatened with death by coal from two fronts,” Pedrosa
noted. “Not only is the Philippines the second most vulnerable country
to disasters brought about by the climate crisis, of which coal use is
the leading cause, the Filipino people also suffer directly from each
stage of the coal life cycle, threatening their health, natural
resources and livelihood.”
“We urge the DOE and the
Climate Change Commission to push through with a national energy
review, auditing the environmental, economic and social cost of
ongoing coal operations,” Pedrosa stressed. He also encouraged the
DENR to tighten its grip on enforcing environmental laws and revising
its standards to align with current global standards.
Groups to PH gov’t: “Lead
ASEAN in decarbonisation by example.”
The press conference also
saw the public launching of “Boom and Bust 2017: Tracking the Global
Coal Plant Pipeline,” an international assessment report of the coal
situation across the globe.
“Overall, the number of
coal-fired power plants under development worldwide saw a dramatic
drop in 2016,” Gerry Arances of the Center for Energy, Ecology and
Development (CEED) noted. “This is mainly due to shifting policies in
Asia, including China’s decision to stop new coal plant projects and
the decreased financing by coal plant backers in India. A
record-breaking 64 gigawatts of coal plant retirements, equal to 120
coal-fired power plants, were also seen in the past two years, mainly
in the European Union and the U.S.,” he added.
However, Arances warns, this
shift is not seen to be the case in Southeast Asia. “The Philippines,
Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand are among the world’s ten biggest
contributors to future coal expansion, accounting for 75% of coal
power capacity under pre-construction development outside China and
India,” he said. “Malaysia and Myanmar are also among coal’s biggest
hotspots, contributing 10 GW of coal power in the pipeline,” said
“With the ASEAN Summit
coming up this April, the Philippines is currently in an urgent
position in leading the ASEAN countries to increase their ambition and
commitment in reducing carbon emissions in the region,” Arances said.
“We urge President Duterte to step up and follow through. The passing
of the Paris Agreement is just the beginning, it is now his move.”
Actions against dirty energy
The previous week has
yielded global actions calling for the abandonment of fossil fuels, as
part of the international Break Free Movement. In relation to this
global call from coal and other fossil fuels, Sanlakas, PMCJ,
Greenpeace and other active national and local groups have organized a
number of mobilizations for the past week, which are set to continue
This includes a mass action
on March 29 in front of the DENR by residents of Limay, Bataan
regarding the continued operation of the Petron and San Miguel
Corporation power plants in the area. “Producing more than 250 tons of
waste ash daily, the power plants have exposed the people of Limay to
numerous cases of skin, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases,” he
discussed. “Both corporations have refused to take responsibility for
the effects of its reckless and unlawful coal ash-dumping and have
even resorted to harassing the affected community and to spreading
lies to the general public.”
“If the government only
looks at the situation of coal-affected communities, it is clear that
continuing on this dirty energy path is not realistic,” Pedrosa said.
“We want the same ferocity in implementing regulations exacted by the
government in mining operations to be seen in the case of dirty
energy,” he added.
Following this, a day-long
activity condemning the surge of dirty energy projects and showcasing
the power of renewable energy will be led by these civil society
groups on March 31st.
Industry Undersecretary Atty. Ruth B. Castelo, together with DTI
Region 8 Director Cynthia Nierras forefronted the unveiling of
the 8th CIAP Window in Tacloban City on Monday, March 20 2017.
From L-R: Philippine Contractors Association Ormoc Chapter
Contractors; DTI Region VIII Director Cynthia Nierras; CIAP
Undersecretary Ruth B. Castelo; PCA Ormoc President Jonathan
Bautista; PCA Leyte Chapter Victorio Esperas; PCA Leyte Chapter
CIAP drives towards
efficiency, launches one stop window in Tacloban
March 27, 2017
TACLOBAN CITY – With the
target to increase competency, the Construction Industry Authority of
the Philippines (CIAP) opened a one-stop window facility in Tacloban
City last March 20, 2017 to cater to licensing, arbitration and
training needs of aspiring local contractors in the regions.
Undersecretary for CIAP
Atty. Ruth B. Castelo, together with DTI Region VIII Director Cynthia
Nierras fore fronted the opening of the event to enhance the access
and delivery of CIAP services in the provinces.
Services that can be availed
at the newly opened facility include construction licensing and
registration issued by Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB);
handling of contract claims, arbitration and mediation for disputes
arising from contract concerns administered by Construction Industry
Arbitration Commission (CIAC); and signing up for various training
programs under the Construction Manpower Development Foundation (CMDF).
PCA Leyte Chapter President
Engr. Victorio Esperas, Jr. and PCA Ormoc Chapter President Jonathan
Bautista graced the event by welcoming such initiative and declaring
their support for the project. Also present in the event are TESDA
Regional Director Cleta Omega, and representatives from Department of
Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agriculture (DA),
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), National Housing Authority (NHA),
Department of the Interior and Local Government Region VIII, National
Economic and Development Authority, Social Security System, PhilHealth,
Department of Public Works and Highways and Home Development Mutual
“By bringing our services to
the regions, we’re enabling our contractors to save incidental
expenses incurred in fare and accommodation. Filing will be easier and
ultimately, we can reduce red tape and eradicate fixers.” said
Undersecretary Castelo in her keynote speech.
Usec Castelo also added that
for the first time in the history of the industry, President Duterte’s
administration acknowledges the fact that the construction industry is
a vital factor in development along with other industry sectors’
“CIAP, the DTI, Regional
Offices and stakeholders are working together to provide our valued
Filipino contractors with first-rate services in the comforts of their
regions.” Usec Castelo ended on a high note.
There are also service
windows currently assisting in Regions I- La Union, III-Pampanga, V-Legaspi,
VII-Cebu, X-Cagayan de Oro, VII- Davao and Cordillera Administrative
CIAP is an attached agency
of the Department of Trade and Industry that promotes, accelerates and
regulates the growth of construction industry in the country.
It has five implementing
boards namely; the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB),
the Philippine Overseas Construction Board (POCB), the Philippine
Domestic Construction Board (PDCB), the Construction Industry
Arbitration Commission (CIAC), and the Construction Manpower
Development Foundation (CMDF).
8ID celebrates the
120th Philippine Army Anniversary
By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 23, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army
celebrates the 120th Philippine Army Founding Anniversary at Openiano
Field on March 22, 2017.
The celebration started with
a flag raising ceremony and followed by re-affirmation of oath of
allegiance and reading of anniversary message by the Commanding
General, Philippine Army which was delivered by Brig. Gen. Cesar M
Idio, Assistant Division Commander of 8ID.
Brig. Gen. Idio quoted,
“Kabayanihan, kagitingan, at kahusayan sa paglilingkod – mga
katangiang nagsilbing mga haligi ng kadakilaan ng Hukbong Katihan sa
nagdaang labindalawang dekada. Ang mga katangiang ito ang siya ring
pinagkukunan natin ng lakas upang higit pang mapagbuti ang ating
paglilingkod para sa bayan. Patuloy din nating gawing inspirasyon ang
ating mga ninuno at mga kasamahang nag-alay ng kanilang buhay sa
pagtupad ng tungkulin.
“Kung kaya’t sa ating
pagsasariwa ng ating pangako ng katapatan sa ating bandila, sama-sama
nating pagtibaying muli ang paninindigang paglilingkuran ang
sambayanan, ipagtanggol ang bansa, at dalhin ang ating bayan tungo sa
isang mapayapa at masaganang kinabukasan.”
50 million pesos
tourism funded project completed
By LEVIRESA GETIGAN-BARNIZO
March 20, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - Samar First District
Engineering Office (SFDEO) completed the Access Road Project leading
to Bangon Falls in Brgy. Tinaplacan, Tinambacan District, Calbayog
The project is appropriated
P50 Million under the DPWH FY 2016 Infrastructure Fund thru the DPWH –
DOT Convergence Program.
Scope of works of the
project involves concreting of 1,200 linear meters road with 768.20
linear meters Reinforced Concrete Lined Canal that is intended to
prevent clogging and water ponding in the area which may eventually
cause early deterioration of the structure.
The concreted road reaches
at the farthest area where base of Bangon Falls is a few steps away.
Following its completion, the influx of guests visiting the three
waterfalls namely Larik Falls, Bangon Falls and Tarangban Falls
increased from 2,075 in 2015 to 14,413 in 2016 based on the data
provided by the Calbayog City Tourism and Information Office.
SFDEO is set to implement
the Construction/Improvement of Access Road Leading to Bangon Falls
(Slope Protection) under the DPWH FY 2017 Infrastructure Program
amounting to P100 Million before the end of March 2017.
above road is an access road leading to Naval Port in Naval,
Biliran. It is proposed for rehabilitation with an appropriation
of P54.939 Million. The proposed project on above road is
Rehabilitation of Access Road leading to Naval Port. The project
covers rehabilitation of 2.78 Lane Km. roadway and construction
of drainage on some section.
Status of FY 2017
Biliran infra projects
By CHELSEA C. QUIJANO
March 17, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – The
Department of Public Works and Highways - Biliran District Engineering
Office (DEO) has been allocated almost P1B for the FY 2017
Infrastructure Program with a total final listing of 57 projects based
on the General Appropriation Act (GAA).
Out of the allocated amount,
P940.730M is to be implemented by Biliran DEO, while P65M is to be
implemented by the Regional Office, the widening of the Anas Bridge
along Biliran Circumferential Road.
Biliran DEO’s FY 2017 Infra
Program consists of twenty (20) projects under the National Road
Network Services; five (5) under the Flood Management Services, one
(1) project under the Maintenance and Construction Services of other
Infrastructure; and thirty-one (31) projects under the Local
Infrastructure Program with a total of 57 projects based on GAA.
Major projects for 2017
includes the P128.667M Concrete/Reconstruction of Maripipi
Circumferential Road, P61M Slope protection project along Naval-Caibiran
Cross Country Road, and P54.939M Rehabilitation including drainage and
Right-Of-Way (ROW) Acquisition of Access Road Leading to Naval Port,
Another major project
prioritized for FY 2017 is the road widening including drainage of
Biliran Circumferential Road of road sections in Brgy. Tucdao, Kawayan,
Brgy. Virginia, Culaba, Brgy. Bool, Culaba, Sto. Riverside to Sto.
Sagrada, Naval, Brgy. Burabod, Biliran and Brgy. Balaquid Cabucgayan,
Biliran costing P172.192M with total length of 5.940km and another
P125.588M road widening project of road sections in Brgy. Lumbia,
Biliran, Brgy. Burabod, Kawayan, Brgy. Mapuyo, Kawayan, Brgy.Tucdao,
Kawayan, and Brgy. Kaulangohan,Caibiran, Biliran with a total length
As of February 28, 2017, the
district had already advertised and bid-out 49 projects while eight
(8) projects are scheduled to be bid out on a later date.
Construction of bid-out
projects will start on early March 2017.
Carmudi PH holds
first financial seminar as part of CSR Roadshow
March 14, 2017
TAGUIG CITY – To
uplift and educate financial awareness in the country, online car
sales platform Carmudi conducted a financial literacy seminar in the
Queen City of the South, Cebu. Held last March 7 at the Sky Hall of SM
Seaside, the event – which is part of the Carmudi Philippines' CSR
Road Show – aims to help and empower graduating students on how to
financially secure their future.
In partnership with University of Cebu, University of Cebu-Maritime
Education and Training Center, and SMX Sky Hall, the financial
literacy seminar for students is part of Carmudi Philippines’ way of
helping every Filipino in making the most out of their hard-earned
money. The CSR road show, meanwhile, is a series of events that will
be held in key areas around the country and tackle various issues that
concern the public.
For the Cebu leg, the main speaker for the day-long program was wealth
and life coach Chinkee Tan.
During the event, Tan discussed the importance of having a healthy
financial mindset and how students can utilize their hard-earned money
through savings and increasing its cashflow. According to Tan, good
investments and the improvement of one’s financial standing starts
when they make the right decisions with their finances.
Meanwhile, Abhi Mohan, managing director of Carmudi Philippines,
expressed optimism that the 1,500 students that attended the event
learned to be more financially literate.
Mohan said that they impart their knowledge to future leaders and
developers of the country so that they could maximize the potential of
their hard-earned money.
“As part of our role as a responsible corporate citizen, this is our
way of helping improve the financial literacy of the future young
overseas Filipino population. Seafarers are particularly vulnerable
since, unlike the gradual rise in income (in relative terms) of
traditional jobs in the Philippines, they experience a faster rise in
their financial net worth. Financial literacy becomes critical to
level out the lack of life experience in order to ensure they are able
to retain most of what they have earned,” he said.
Further, Mohan said that the financial literacy program for students
is just the start of their grand idea in making every Filipino
He cited that in the Philippines, owning a motor vehicle is a sign of
financial stability. “We are in the Philippines for the long haul and
when they are stable enough financially, they could tap us when they
are ready to purchase their preferred vehicle that is within their
budget,” explained Mohan.
Late last year, the company made its debut CSR program in Manila with
the Road Safety Caravan – with hundreds of students in attendance –
that was successfully made in partnership with Turbo Zone. Students
from STI-BGC came to listen and participate in the healthy discussions
about road safety education. The seminar was led by award-winning
journalist Jiggy Manicad and Oscar Oida.
Cabello (3rd from right), a 78-year old farmer from Jaro, Leyte,
is being congratulated by Provincial Agrarian Reform Program
Officer Renato Badilla (2nd from right) after receiving his
certificate of land ownership award (CLOA) from DAR Regional
Director Atty. Sheila Enciso (3rd from left). Others in photo
from left are: CARITAS country coordinator Jess Agustin,
Assistant Regional Director Ma. Fe Malinao and Leyte Registry of
Deeds Head Atty. Emeterio Villanoza.
(Jose Alsmith L. Soria)
farmer among DAR’s beneficiaries
By JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
March 10, 2017
SAN MIGUEL, Leyte – A
78-year old widower was among the 658 farmers from three Leyte towns
who received their long awaited certificates of landownership award (CLOAs)
from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) last week at this town’s
Angel Cabello from Jaro
could only say he was so happy after receiving the land title to the
2.1-hectare coconut land he is tilling.
DAR Regional Director Sheila
Enciso led the distribution of the 344 CLOAs covering a combined area
of 689.6 hectares of farmlands situated in 21 barangays within this
town and in the municipalities of Jaro and Barugo.
But before the CLOAs were
handed to the recipients, Agrarian Reform Program Officer Wendell
Ariza gave a lecture first to the former their rights as well as their
obligations as agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).
Enciso, assisted by
Assistant Regional Director Ma. Fe Malinao, Leyte Provincial Agrarian
Reform Program Officer Renato Badilla, Head of the Leyte Registry of
Deeds (ROD) Atty. Emeterio Villanoza, RIGHTS National Coordinator
Danny Caranza, CARITAS Country Coordinator Jess Agustin and Vice Mayor
Atilano Oballo, explained why it took long for DAR to distribute the
According to her, after the
release of the titles at the ROD there is a need for DAR to validate
the CLOAs to check whether the information in the said documents are
She likewise advised the
ARBs not to sell their CLOAs nor convert their farmlands into another
uses to ensure food security.
Further, Enciso disclosed
that DAR has P288-million additional budget for support services. Her
office, she added, received instructions from Undersecretary for
Support Services Rosalina Bistoyong to submit project proposals for
funding until Friday. In relation to this she directed the Program
Beneficiaries Division to discuss with the ARBs in identifying
projects that would help increase the farmers’ production and income,
and submit project proposals before Friday.
acknowledged the partnership that has been established between DAR and
the RIGHTS, the non-government organization assisting these farmers,
which resulted to the release of these CLOAs that were pending at the
ROD since 1994.
PH exports surge
22.5% in January 2017
March 10, 2017
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry sees exports recovering in 2017 as
numbers surged in January 2017 with an increase of 22.5 percent with
total sales of $5.130 billion from $4.187 billion recorded value in
the same period last year according to the Philippine Statistics
Authority (PSA) report.
“We are positive that we
will continue to drive growth and recovery for the export sector as we
increase our efforts in promoting Philippine industries throughout the
year in various key markets. We take the consistent growth since the
last quarter of 2016 as a sign for positive outlook in the coming
months,” said DTI Industry Promotion Group Undersecretary Nora K.
Eight out of the top ten
Philippine exports reflected growth with articles of apparel and
clothing accessories with 270.1% increase as the highest gainer. Other
gainers include: coconut oil includes oil and refined (229.6%),
chemicals (104.7%), metal components (66.3%), electronic equipment and
parts (64.8%), other manufactures (58.8%), machinery and transport
equipment (27.9%), and electronic products (10.4%).
Electronic products remain
to be the top Philippine export comprising almost 46 percent of the
total Philippine exports with total receipts of $2.365 billion for
January. On the other hand, non-electronic goods which accounts for 54
percent of exports likewise increased by a hefty 35.19% for that same
In terms of commodity
groups, manufactured goods went up by 23.1 percent with total export
sales of $4.505 billion, accounting for 87.8 percent of the total
export receipts while exports from Total Agro-Based Products, with a
7.5 percent share to total exports in January 2017, amounted to
$386.46 million. It increased by 33.7 percent compared to $289.12
million in January 2016.
Japan is still the top
Philippine export destination with 17.3 percent share to total exports
while United States ranks second with 16.5 percent share.
By economic bloc, exports to
European Union member countries posted the highest growth with 82.5
percent increase from $491.34 million recorded in January 2016 to
$896.69 million for the same period in 2017.
“The increase in our
shipments to European Union member countries could be attributed to
the impact of EU GSP+ which continues to gain traction for our
exports. We wish to further build on this by integrating new strategic
measures in promoting the Philippines and our products and services,”
explained Undersecretary Terrado.
On the other hand, countries
in East Asia received most of Philippine exports accounting for 45.1
percent share to total exports valued at $2.315 billion. It increased
by 11.1 percent from $2.085 billion of January 2016.
Exports to ASEAN member
countries comprised 14.7 percent of the total exports in January 2017
and was valued at $751.54 million also posted growth which went up by
P19.4M worth of
school buildings turned-over to Caibiran, Biliran
March 6, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – The
Municipality of Caibiran, Biliran receives two 2-storey school
buildings worth P19.4M for the K-12 program in a turned-over ceremony
by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department
of Education (DepEd).
The recipient of the new
buildings are the Union Elementary School in Brgy. Union, Caibiran
Biliran with its P8.2M 2-storey, 6 classroom building and the
Manlabang National High School in Brgy. Manlabang, Caibiran, Biliran
with its P11.2M 2-storey, 8 classroom school building, turned over on
the same day on February 24, 2017.
In a turn-over ceremony of
the Union Elementary School, Mrs. Teresita Mocorro, School Principal,
revealed that the school has already proposed for the establishment of
a National Special High School in Union Elementary School renaming it
as Union Integrated School that will soon cater the elementary and
high school students.
The announcement made one of
the parents, Mrs. Rachel Sinanggote, resident of Brgy. Union, Caibiran,
Biliran to be grateful with the news.
According to Sinanggote who
has a student in Grade 6 in Union Elementary School and Grade 8
student studying in other school of the neighboring barangay:
“Maiban-ibanan na ang gasto ha pamasahi” (Transportation expenses will
be lessen), she said because of the rise of the senior high school
building in Brgy. Union.
The Union Elementary School
teachers, students and parents also showed their gratefulness to
Congressman Rogelio J. Espina, Biliran Lone District Representative,
for giving P25,000 cash from his personal pocket to purchase sacks of
cement for the school to widen the road in going to the school campus.
The turned-over ceremony
were graced by Congressman Rogelio J. Espina, Engr. Alfredo L. Bollido,
OIC-Assistant District Engineer, Dr. Ronico Y. Amistoso, Division
Senior High School Coordinator, Hon. Rosario Sinangote, Brgy.Captain,
Hon. Antonio Lim, Committee of Chairman, teachers, parents and
students of Union National High School.
Another school building
turned-over was the Manlabang National High School which started with
the cutting of ribbon-ceremony led by Cong. Espina and Hon. Naricris
Go, Acting Municipal Mayor of Caibiran.
The ceremonial turn-over of
symbolic Key also highlights the occasion.
According to Amistoso, the
construction of the senior high school buildings will give the
students an environment conducive to learning.
In his message, he
emphasized that: “They deserve this facility and this is for them.”
Samar I still No. 1
in quality assurance nationwide
By Ma. NENITA Y. GOMEZ
March 6, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– Out of the 234 district engineering offices nationwide, the
Department of Public Work and Highways, Samar First District
Engineering Office (DPWH-SFDEO) maintains its place as ranked 1 in the
implementation of quality control.
The annual rating of quality
assurance implementation for 2016 reveals Samar I to be still on top
besting other district engineering offices nationwide.
Both District Engineer
Virgilio C. Eduarte (now Asst. Regional Director of Region VIII) and
DE Alvin A. Ignacio (then the Asst. District Engineer who was
installed as District Engineer after the former’s promotion) shared
the honor as they effectively implemented the quality control measures
in projects and providing the required laboratory equipments gaining
the One Star Rating status in 2015.
District Engineer Alvin A.
Ignacio commends the effort of the Chief of the Quality Assurance
Section, Engr. Raquel Y. Sumayo for her relentless efforts in project
monitoring to effectively come up with quality projects and the
presence of laboratory equipments in her section.
Evaluators or the Assessing
team looks into the quality of completed projects, the adherence of
the district to quality control policies, construction materials
sampling and testing procedures and personnel competence.
The DPWH Central Office
conferred the One Star Rating to Samar I in 2015 for satisfactorily
complying with the requirements and provisions stipulated in
Department Order No. 11, series of 2013 and still remains on the same
rating in 2016 based on the amended Dept. Order # 126, Series of 2016.
blessing and hand over of KIA KM450 truck
By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 6, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division administered the
blessing of 51 units of brand new 1 1/4 ton KIA KM450 truck held at
8ID Basketball Court and Samar Police Provincial Office ground last
March 3, 2017.
all-terrain military truck was first introduced in 1998 as part of the
AFP Modernization Program. It is powered by a 3.9 liter diesel engine
and can run a maximum road speed of above 100 kilometers per hour.
Out of the 51 units of KM450
received by this Command, 17 of which were issued in advance to line
units in Mindanao to boost and strengthen their mobility assets in
support to the intensive military operation against the terrorist
Capt. John O. Geronimo, the
Division Chaplain blessed the newly issued vehicles to keep the driver
and the troop’s safe at all times while rendering their duties. The
ceremony was led by Col. Clifford Cyril Y. Riveral, the Assistant
Division Commander for Retiree and Reservist Affairs together with
other officers and enlisted personnel of the division.
In his message, Col. Riveral
urged the respective military truck drivers to take good care of the
vehicles for the higher headquarters provided these to enhance the
Command mobility assets in support to the tactical operations both in
the region and in Mindanao. “May the Almighty God bless you along your
journey in securing and serving our nation,” Riveral added.
priority deliverables in ASEAN reaffirm inclusive growth agenda
March 3, 2017
MAKATI CITY – The
31st High-Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration (HLTF-EI)
convened on February 15-16 in Manila, gathering high-ranking ASEAN
trade officials to discuss the implementation of the ASEAN Economic
Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025.
HLTF-EI Chairperson and
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of
Brunei Darussalam Dato Lim Jock Hoi said that ASEAN needs to remain
strong and united as the region navigates and charts its course ahead
“collectively as ASEAN.”
Philippines, Undersecretary for Industry Development and Managing Head
of the Board of Investment Ceferino Rodolfo laid down the Philippine
priority deliverables for 2017, highlighting the country’s agenda on
inclusiveness and innovation with a focus on increasing trade and
investments, integrating micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs)
in the digital economy, and developing an innovation-driven economy.
“Inclusiveness should be
intrinsic to the ASEAN agenda. The AEC Blueprint 2025 development
framework will be most effective if it results from inclusive and open
multi-stakeholder participation, one that is informed by the
perspectives of people, especially the marginalized,” Undersecretary
The Philippines is taking
the lead in seeking new policy interventions that are practical from
the MSME perspective. These are expected to contribute towards helping
MSMEs harness the opportunities presented by open and increasingly
integrated markets. These initiatives range from free trade and trade
facilitation, trade in services, investment, connectivity, and
- Maximizing the benefits of
free trade agreements (Self-Certification for MSMEs, and Substantial
Conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership [RCEP]);
- Fostering a more
facilitative and transparent trade in services regime and harnessing
the contribution and global competitiveness of the ASEAN services
sector (Conclusion of the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement);
- Strengthening the
investment linkages between MSMEs and Multinational Enterprises or
MNEs (FAST Action Agenda on Investment, Inclusive Business, Women and
- Enhancing intra-regional
connectivity and bolstering socio-economic growth in the regions
(Launch of the Davao-General Santos-Bitung route of the ASEAN Roll-on
- Supporting an ecosystem of
entrepreneurship based on technology and innovation (ASEAN Declaration
on Innovation); and
- Introducing more
systematic and robust method for AEC compliance monitoring (ASEAN
Trade Facilitation Indicators, Review Mechanism for AEC).
Said priorities are in line
with the Duterte Administration’s 10-point socio-economic agenda. In
particular, these will leverage the global competitiveness of the
Philippines’ services sector in order to generate jobs and growth, as
well as bring development to the South through rural and value chain
The Philippines also
delivered to HLTF-EI the collective statement of the ASEAN Civil
Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF) Philippines
National Organizing Committee, reflecting the people’s aspirations for
an ASEAN that asserts peace and security, human rights,
democratization, and broad-based economic, social and ecological
highlighted the potential of civil society organizations as strategic
and responsible partners in the process of ASEAN community-building,
given their knowledge and reach at the grassroots level and cohesive
Recommendations of the 31st
LTF-EI will be the focus of discussions at the 23rd ASEAN Economic
Ministers’ Retreat and Related Meetings to be held on March 8-10 in
Composed of Trade Vice
Ministers from the ten ASEAN Member States (AMS), the HLTF-EI
functions as an advisory body to the economic ministers of the AMS,
ensuring that all 10 AMS are on-track and on-time with the plans and
programs intended to realize regional economic integration and achieve
the vision of an AEC.
The AEC Blueprint was
crafted to further advance ASEAN economic integration, envisioning a
community characterized by the following: a) a highly integrated and
cohesive economy; b) a competitive, innovative, and dynamic ASEAN; c)
enhanced connectivity and sectoral cooperation; d) a resilient,
inclusive, and people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN; and e) a global
ASEAN economies are expected
to hold up reasonably well amidst the slowing of global growth, and
the uncertain and shifting geo-political and economic landscape.
Forecasts from the Asian
Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund place the region
as the most dynamic part of the world with strong economic outlook for
2017 at 4.6% to 4.9% of GDP growth rate, vis-à-vis the 3.4% projected
for the growth global GDP. The Philippines leads the region with a
growth forecast of 6.8% for 2017.
11.9 million pesos
calamity funded project completed
By LEVIRESA GETIGAN-BARNIZO
March 2, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – The Samar
First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) has completed the
Rehabilitation/Improvement of slope protection structure along Daang
Maharlika (S00062SM) K0692+300 - K0692+500, Brgy. Bugtong, Tinambacan
District, Calbayog City, Samar.
This project is appropriated
P11,909,700.00 under the 2016 Calamity Fund of the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and is under contract with B.
The old structure was
damaged by the yet strongest typhoon that struck the Samar provinces
in 2014, Typhoon Ruby. Several typhoons, tropical storms and
continuous heavy rains occurred which resulted to landslide while the
implementation of the project is ongoing that apparently caused the
delay of its completion.
Scope of works of the
project involved structure excavation, installation of reinforcing
steel and construction of structural concrete for the drainage canal,
and construction of grouted riprap.
Significance of the project
is of great impact especially to the residents of the said village and
motorists passing along the said road section since possible soil
erosion, landslides or rock slides are already prevented by the said
14IB conducts info
drive to 200 youths of Maydolong
By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 1, 2017
ORAS, Eastern Samar –
Your Army in Eastern Visayas thru personnel of 14th Infantry (Avenger)
Battalion, Philippine Army facilitated an Information Awareness Drive
to two hundred (200) youths from the Eastern Samar State University
Maydolong Campus, Maydolong, Eastern Samar last February 23, 2017.
The topic discussed was the
Career Guidance on how to apply to become an officer and soldier in
the Philippine Army.
This Information Awareness
Drive was initiated by the 14th IB to encourage more applicants to
join the profession of arms to supplement the needs of the Armed
Forces of the Philippines.
2Lt. Dennis S Carig, CMO
Officer of 14th IB, emphasized that, “being a soldier is a noble
profession, that each individual dedicates their lives for his/her
love of the country.” Leaflets about the Army recruitment were also
distributed to the youths for their reference.
Commanding Officer Lt. Col.
Manuel Leo Gador reaffirms the commitment of 14th IB in reaching out
to the academe and youth sector in order to bring inspiration on their
role on nation-building. “We hope that our partners from the academe
followed suit and also be our active partners in molding the youth as
agents of peace and development of our country,” Gador said.
the QAU assessment, construction workers are installing steel
bars for the widening of Sapinit Viaduct.
DPWH Samar I
upgrades bridges within the district
By MARIANETTE GOMEZ
March 1, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – DPWH
Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) has programmed five
(5) bridges for upgrading this year.
A total of P415 million
projects which involves retrofitting and strengthening, and widening
to more than two (2) lanes is soon to be implemented under GAA CY
Bridges scheduled for
upgrading include: Oquendo Bridge (B00370SM) along Calbayog-Catarman
Rd., P20 Million, for widening to more than two lanes; Sapinit Viaduct
(B00337SM) along Daang Maharlika, Phase II - P40 Million; Binaliw
Bridge (B00337SM) along Daang Maharlika - P155 Million; Jibatang
Bridge (B00342SM) along Daang Mahalika - P130 Million; and Rosales
Bridge (B00345SM) along Daang Maharlika - P70 Million.
The detailed engineering
works for four (4) projects are almost completed while the widening of
Sapinit Viaduct Phase II has started already.
The upgrading implemented is
in keeping with the demand of a widened road, therefore, a widened
bridge to lessen accidents and provide safe road.
send-off ceremony to newly enlisted privates
By DPAO, 8ID PA
February 28, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A send-off ceremony was rendered to the 242 newly enlisted
privates of this Command during the Monday Flag Raising at Openiano
Field on February 27, 2017.
The newly enlisted privates
will report to the line units of the 8th Infantry Division in Eastern
Visayas and units deployed in Mindanao to carry out their mandated
task in sustaining operation against any lawless elements that
disturbed the peace and development of our nation.
The newly enlisted privates
were blessed by Capt. John O. Geronimo, the Division Chaplain to keep
them safe all the time while performing their duties.
Brig. Gen. Cesar M. Idio,
the 8ID Assistant Division Commander, in his message reminded the
newly enlisted privates the difficult process they went through before
they became part of the AFP.
“As new soldiers, love and
take care of your profession. Your job will bring a better life not
only for you but also for your family. Likewise, respect each human
rights, rule of law and international humanitarian law. Always
remember, the security of the people lies on you. May the Lord bless
you every day to bring you success in your chosen profession,” Idio
photo: President Rodrigo Duterte (center L), DTI Secretary Ramon
Lopez (2nd from L), Executive Secretary Medialdea (3rd from L),
Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Domiguez (leftmost),
Mistubishi Motors Corporation President Osamu Masuko (center
Additional 1,000 in
jobs rolls-off in auto manufacturing industry
February 28, 2017
MANILA – Following
the Presidential visit of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the
signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Mistubishi Motors
Corporation (MMC) President Osamu Masuko and Department of Trade and
Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez last October in Tokyo, Japan,
President Duterte, Secretary Lopez together with Executive Secretary
Salvador Medialdea and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, led the
launching ceremony of the Philippine manufactured Mirage G4 under the
Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS), February 27, in
The production of the Mirage
G4 in the Philippines is in line with the initiative of the government
to revive and develop the auto manufacturing industry in the country,
making it as a regional manufacturing hub for auto parts.
“The CARS Program will bring
in more investments, better paying and high productivity jobs that
will lead to spill-over effects by stimulating economic activities in
related manufacturing and services. It will create employment and
require local sourcing of auto parts up to 70 percent local content,
that will develop more SMEs and generate more jobs,” said Secretary
Over 200,000 units are to be
produced under the program for 6 years which will require additional
manpower of 1,000 workers including direct and indirect sales and
general administration employees from Mitsubishi and Auto parts
suppliers. The program will furthermore serve as an opportunity for
technology transfer to local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)
through joint ventures and technical licensing agreements.
“This is important to enable
us to maximize the trade and investment opportunities arising from the
ASEAN Economic Community and take advantage of our growing domestic
market” said Secretary Lopez highlighting the significance of building
the domestic auto market base to attain the necessary scale economies
that would bring down costs of auto manufacturing in the country.
“The implementation of the
CARS Program signals government’s vigorous support and focus on
industries with auto as platform for manufacturing take-off,” said
“This will maximize the
trade and investment opportunities arising from the ASEAN Economic
Community (AEC) and take advantage of our growing domestic market,” he
death penalty, a return to barbarism - Spark
By Samahan ng Progresibong
February 28, 2017
QUEZON CITY – With
the expected approbation of House Bill 4727 in the lower chamber of
Congress this week, SPARK-Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan commands
the youth to rise up against the re-imposition of death penalty in the
According to the group,
rationalising the current administration’s show of terror will cause
the country to capsize very low, as they maintain that the absolute
measure is not preventive of future crimes, and will only inflict
injustices to those who may be innocent and who are socially
House Bill 4727 or “An act
imposing the death penalty on certain heinous crimes, repealing for
the purpose Republic Act No. 93446, entitled ‘An act prohibiting the
imposition of death penalty in the Philippines,’ and amending Act. No.
3815, as amended, otherwise known as the ‘Revised Penalty Code and
other special penal laws” is expected to pass in the House of
Representatives this Tuesday, February 28, as predicted by House
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
In an interview on CNN
Philippines, Alvarez said, “Tomorrow or Wednesday…Mangyayari na po.”
The group views the measure
as repulsive and characteristic of a corrupted and insecure regime
whose depressing morality is still nurtured with feudal if not
barbaric instincts. Henceforth, reminding the public that the
Philippines is a signatory to international treaties proscribing death
They declared that, “This
administration have founded justice on retaliation instead of law and
reason. The promised constructive changes were supplanted with the
pursuit of an increasingly fascist tendency of those elected on
The group vehemently
insisted that "for as long as we live under a political system wherein
an elite minority reigns over a destitute majority and a blindfolded
and impartial Lady Justice is all too familiar with the scent of
currency, then there could be no guarantee that justice will truly
Furthermore, SPARK asserted
that Congress should as an alternative, focus its attention on earlier
interventions in the life of a citizen before he/she commits a crime.
“It is broadly feasible and
logical to invest in, and prioritize matters such as increasing the
accessibility of education, improving the juvenile justice system and
uplifting the economic conditions of the Filipino people, than
intervening when it's irrevocably too late,” the group’s spokesperson
Joanne Lim said.