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.
14IB with 1368th
Dental Company joins Eastern Samar State University for Dental Mission
DPAO, 8ID PA
February 27, 2017
ORAS, Eastern Samar –
A dental mission spearheaded by Eastern Samar State University (ESSU)
in partnership with 14th Infantry (Avenger) Battalion and the 1368th
Dental Company 8th Infantry Division was conducted last February 23,
2017 at ESSU-Maydolong Campus in connection with the National Dental
Month of its BEED Program.
The dental services were
rendered by the 1368th Dental Detachment under Lt. Col. Edelberto R
Tacad with the civilian dentist from the Rural Health Unit of
Maydolong headed by Dr. Aurora B Borja, Dentist III.
Faculty and staff of ESSU
Maydolong also distributed medicines to the recipients. More or less
sixty local populace of Maydolong, Eastern Samar and its barangays
benefited from the dental mission.
Lt. Col. Manuel Leo Q Gador,
Commanding Officer, 14th IB, said that the unit will continue its
endeavor of helping partner LGAs, NGOs and other institutions in
conducting such activities in which the people, especially the less
fortunate families, are given the opportunity to avail of the free
Meanwhile, Dr. Vicky Myril
G. Yadao, Ph.D., College Administrator of ESSU Maydolong expressed
gratitude to the officers and men of the Philippine Army who had
helped them in making the event a success.
Sueno: Change is
coming in barangays thru Seal of Good Local Governance
February 26, 2017
QUEZON CITY – Heydays
are coming for barangay local government units (LGUs) as the
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is bringing its
Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) program down to the barangay-level.
DILG Secretary Ismael ‘Mike’
D. Sueno said, “Just like the SGLG for provincial, city and municipal
LGUs, the SGLG for Barangays will also have an incentive after being
conferred the Seal.”
The incentive, he said, will
come in the form of cash reward to be used for development projects in
“Ang malinis na pamamahala,
sa barangay ang simula. Barangays are the bedrock of the government.
The national government is uplifting and strengthening barangays by
assisting and encouraging them towards the practice of good governance
which comes with a reward,” he said.
The SGLG for Barangays, he
said, aims to make barangay governments accountable, transparent,
participative, and effective.
Akin to the current SGLG,
the barangay SGLG will assess barangays based on the following key
areas: peace and order, financial administration, disaster
preparedness, social protection, business friendliness and
competitiveness, and environmental management.
On Peace and Order
Barangays will be assessed
on their maintenance of peace and order in the community through the
implementation of the Katarungang Pambarangay (KP) or Barangay Justice
System (BJS), an alternative and community-based mechanism for dispute
resolution of conflicts between members of the same community.
Barangays will also be
monitored on their creation and mobilization of their Barangay Peace
and Order Council (BPOC) and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC),
prevention of the proliferation of illegal drugs, and provision of
support mechanisms to ensure the protection of constituents from
threats to life and security.
“For the sub-indicator on
BADAC, a barangay gets perfect score if the barangay is drug-free. If
there is no data on drug-affectation as well as presence of mild,
moderately up to severe affectation, a barangay gets zero score,”
Barangays must also be able
to maintain their Records of Barangay Inhabitants (RBIs) or any
On Financial Administration
To measure the performance
of barangays on financial administration, they will be evaluated on
their adherence with the accounting and auditing standard and
compliance with the Barangay Full Disclosure Policy (Good Financial
Housekeeping); and sound fiscal management (Financial Performance)
based on the percentage increase of their local resources.
The Barangay FDP aims to
eliminate graft and corruption in all government transactions at the
barangay level by directing all barangay officials to post the
following documents in a conspicuous area inside the barangay hall and
on the barangay’s official website: Annual Budget, Summary of Income
and Expenditures, utilization of the 20 percent component of the
Internal Revenue Allotment, Annual Procurement Plan, Itemized Monthly
Collections, and List of Notices of Awards.
On Disaster Preparedness
Sueno said that the
indicators of disaster preparedness of barangays are: the
functionality of the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Committee (BDRRMC); accomplishment rate of the activities/projects
reflected in the BDRRM or community-based DRRM plan; extent of risk
assessment and Early Warning System (EWS); and extent of preparedness
for effective response and early recovery.
On Social Protection
To gauge the social
protection being done by barangays, the DILG will consider the
indicators of the functionality of their Violence against Women and
their Children (VAWC) Desk; accessibility to health services in the
barangay; participation rate of children 0 to 4 years old in their Day
Care Center; functionality of their Barangay Development Council (BDC);
and representation of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the
barangay-based institutions (BBIs).
On Business Friendliness and
A barangay’s business
friendliness and competitiveness, on the other hand, will be
determined based on the indication of their enactment of a barangay
tax ordinance; and issuance within a week of a barangay certificate as
a requisite of setting up new business in their area.
On Environmental Management
Barangays would also have to
do good in environment management based on the functionality of their
Materials Recovery Facility (MRF); percentage of households practicing
segregation of waste at source; and functionality of their Barangay
Ecological Solid Waste Management Committee (BESWMC).
After 31 years,
people still clamor for fundamental change - Karapatan
February 25, 2017
QUEZON CITY –
Targeted political killings, the slate of illegal arrests of leaders
and members of progressive organizations, intensified military
operations in communities, a justice system that favors the rich and
powerful, the continuing oppression of peasants and workers and the
domination of US interests in the country remain as palpable
realities, thirty one years after Edsa 1.
Has this country really
achieved change when repressive state policies continue? Have we
really seen change when farmers remain landless, rights continue to be
violated, and the Filipino people’s interest remain subjugated to
imperialist powers?" asked Karapatan secretary general Cristina
Palabay on the 31st commemoration of the EDSA people power.
"What we have seen in the
years following the Marcos dictatorship are forms of repression,
masked under the banner of democracy. Killings in the name of the war
on drugs, the possible reimposition of the death penalty, the revival
of the Philippine Constabulary and the military's involvement in the
war on drugs under the Duterte administration are more recent
worrisome issues," she stated.
"Scores of activists and
revolutionaries who work for radical change continue to be targeted
and the number of political prisoners remains on the rise," Palabay
Karapatan has documented 402
political prisoners in the country as of February 2017, 30 of them
arrested under Duterte and 283 under BS Aquino III. "Even this
practice of jailing activists and political dissenters has continued
throughout the administrations after Marcos, tolerated and enabled by
people who, given recent developments, are now at the end of this
repressive State maneuver," said Palabay.
Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s
statement that there are no political prisoners is not surprising,
coming from the mouthpiece of government narratives since Martial Law.
"His efforts to delegitimize the struggles of activists and
progressives through these kinds of statements are classic examples of
the elite's disdain for genuine change. His release on the basis of
humanitarian grounds should have been accorded to the people who most
deserve it – the political prisoners who have fought hard alongside
the marginalized in this country," Palabay said.
Karapatan also recounted
that the conferment of hero's honors on former dictator Ferdinand
Marcos Sr. is a betrayal of what the EDSA "people power" stood for.
"The Filipino people toppled a dictator but the Supreme Court and
Pres. Duterte allowed him a hero’s burial. On the other hand, the
victims of the Marcos dictatorship have yet to be indemnified and the
Marcos’ stolen wealth yet to be returned. This can only be the result
of the shameless accommodation of the ruling elite to stay in power,’
Aside from allowing a hero’s
burial for Marcos, Duterte also cancelled the peace talks on February
3, 2017, ramped up the implementation of counter-insurgency program
Oplan Kapayapaan with the military's declaration of an all-out-war,
and subsequently terminated the Joint Agreement on Security and
Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). "Duterte won with his catchphrase 'change
is coming.' We should thus demand and protest the Duterte
administration's unfulfilled promises. We strongly call on the
President to stop the fascist attacks against the people and to
continue the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the
Philippines,’ Palabay added.
"EDSA 1 showed how a
dictator was ousted through the people's collective strength and
actions. As long as interests of imperialists, landlords and political
clans continue to dominate, there is no doubt that the people will
continue to struggle in all forms to achieve fundamental change,"
1st Joint AFP-PNP
Media Fellowship conducted in Eastern Visayas
By DPAO, 8ID PA
February 23, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Envisioning the role of media in the society as one of the
pillars of democracy, the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division
together with Police Regional Office Region 8 organized the pioneering
joint AFP-PNP Media Fellowship to all media members in Eastern Visayas
held at Matapat Hall, PRO8, Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte last
February 22, 2017.
The activity which was
attended by 56 media practitioner from different outlets in Region 8
aimed to strengthen the relationship of the AFP and PNP to the press.
It also gave an opportunity for the officials of 8ID and PRO8 to
discuss with the media about the AFP Development Support and Security
Plan “Kapayapaan” and the PNP’s program and effort in cleansing and
exercising disciplinary actions to any police members that violate the
policies and directives especially those who are involved in any
illegal activities, respectively.
PCSupt Elmer C Beltejar,
said in his message: “The PNP in Region 8 looks up to the media as our
partner in the pursuit of genuine change. Undeniably, the media
possesses an immense power needed for the country to function well as
Maj. Gen. Raul M Farnacio
AFP appreciated the time and efforts of the press in taking part of
the fellowship. “I want to personally thank 8ID Press Corps for
continuing to play an integral role in bringing the Army in Eastern
Visayas, its accomplishments, and its development projects to the
consciousness of the Filipino people. And I know we can now count on
the members of the PNP Press Corps to give additional voice for our
call for peace and unity in Region 8,” Farnacio said.
SFDEO to build
P402M worth of flood control projects
By DONNA C. DEBUTON
February 21, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – DPWH Samar
First District Engineering Office to construct an appropriated amount
of P402 million worth of Flood Control Projects under GAA CY2017.
The District Office has a
total of 7 Flood Control Projects for this year: Construction of Flood
Control Structures along Jibatang River (upstream), Brgy. Lonoy,
Calbayog City costing P100M; Construction of Flood Control Structures
along Gandara River (upstream) Brgy. Ngoso, Gandara, Samar amounting
P80M; Construction of Flood Control structures, Labuyao River Control
(Sta. 0+000-Sta. 0+352), Calbayog City costing P45M;
Flood Control structures along Calbayog River (upstream) Brgy.
Hamorawon, Calbayog City amounting P50M; Rehabilitation/Improvement of
Flood Control Structure upstream of Jibatang River
(Sta.0+348.6-Sta.0+697.2) at Brgy. Lonoy, Calbayog City amounting to
P50M; Construction of Flood Control structures along Binaliw River
(Phase II) Brgy. Binaliw, Calbayog City costing P28M; and Construction
of Flood Control structures along Arapison River, Brgy. Cagsumje, Sta.
Margarita having an appropriation of P50M.
These Flood Control Projects
will mitigate floodings in the above-mentioned barangays and will
prevent further damages to lives and properties.
Approved Plans and Program
of Works (POW) are already advertised for procurement. According to
implementing section, notices of awards and notice to proceed will be
issued anytime this week for contractors to implement these Flood
Control Structures to beat the deadline set for completion.
Care for your
kasambahays, register them in barangays - Sueno
February 18, 2017
QUEZON CITY – The
spirit of love is still up in the air this February as Secretary
Ismael ‘Mike’ D. Sueno of the Department of the Interior and Local
Government hovers the welfare of domestic workers or kasambahays in
In a directive to local
chief executives, Sueno urges them to ensure the implementation of
Republic Act (RA) No. 10361 or Batas Kasambahay which requires every
employer to register all domestic workers under their employment in
the Registry of Domestic Workers in the barangay also called as
Barangay Registration of Kasambahays.
“Kasambahays have a big role
in keeping socioeconomic activities running. They take care of
households and look after their employers’ children in order for their
bosses to go to work or attend to their enterprise,” he said.
“Their wellbeing ought to be
taken cared of just like workers in the formal public and private
sectors,” he added.
The DILG Secretary also
called on all punong barangays through a directive to enact local
ordinances in support of the Batas Kasambahay and to implement the
Barangay Registration of Kasambahays in their area of jurisdiction.
“Registering kasambahays is
both beneficial to kasambahays and their employers,” he emphasized.
“I also encourage barangay
officials to discuss your implementation of the Batas Kasambahay
during the coming law-mandated conduct of Barangay Assembly Day this
first semester of the year, which will be on March 25,” he said.
Under Batas Kasambahay, a
domestic worker or kasambahay is any person engaged in domestic work
within an employment relationship such as, but not limited to: general
househelp, nursemaid or “yaya”, cook, gardener, or laundry person, but
shall exclude any person who performs domestic work only occasionally
or sporadically and not on an occupational basis.
The term does not include
children who are under foster family arrangement, and are provided
access to education and given an allowance incidental to education,
i.e. “baon”, transportation, school projects and school activities.
Barangay Kasambahay Desk
In July 2013, the DILG
directed barangays to have Kasambahay Desks. Barangay chairpersons
were ordered to devise a system to ensure the registration of all
kasambahays in their barangays including an on-line registration
through their official website or e-mail.
The KR Form 1 and the
Kontrata sa Paglilingkod sa Tahanan are available at the barangay and
city or municipal Public Employment Service Office (PESO). Both forms
are also downloadable at www.dilg.gov.ph and www.dole.gov.ph.
In case of termination of
the contract, employers ought to immediately notify the Kasambahay
Desk for updating purposes.
The disclosure of
information about the kasambahay and the employer by the barangay and
the local PESO is subject to compliance with the requirements of RA
No. 10173 (Data Privacy Act of 2012) and other existing laws,
otherwise, violators shall be subjected to fine or imprisonment.
of Slope Protection along Biliran Circumferential Road is
on-going with 62% accomplishment as of January 31, 2017. Other
than the slope protection structure, concrete paving of widened
shoulders and construction of concrete canal are included in the
project. The above road section is prone to landslide hence
slope protection structure is recommended to prevent recurrence
of landslide which happened during the onslaught of typhoon
Henry on July 20, 2014 that caused closure of the road.
fastracks on-going FY 2016 high impact projects
February 15, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran –
Above P40M remaining FY 2016 projects implemented by the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - Biliran District Engineering Office
is being fast-tracked for completion until first quarter of 2017. As
of January 31, 2017, Biliran DEO reports 63 projects completed with
three projects on-going with an accomplishment of 92.64%.
The District has been
allotted P683.745M under FY 2016 DPWH Infrastructure Program. Out of
the allotted amount, P135M was implemented by DPWH Regional Office 8
which involves the Rehabilitation of a section of Maripipi
Circumferential Road, while 66 projects are implemented by Biliran DEO.
Some District Offices
including Biliran DEO has only been allowed to implement projects
below P50M, projects above of the said amount are
undertaken/implemented by the DPWH Regional Office.
Adongay reported that two
projects of the largest amount allotted to Biliran DEO is still
ongoing which is the P45M slope protection project along Biliran
Circumferential Road (BCR) and P43M construction of Biliran diversion
road with an accomplishment of 62% and 58%, respectively as of January
According to Adongay, the
Construction of Slope Protection along Biliran Circumferential Road
encountered some problems caused by lapses of the contractor and
unfavorable weather conditions that hinders the contractor to smoothly
perform the project implementation.
Meanwhile, the Construction
of Biliran Diversion Road was hindered to proceed with the embankment
activities due to continuous heavy rains. Furthermore, one of the
landowners affected by the road opening refused to sign “Permit to
Enter” for the reason that the amount offered per current market value
of his parcel of land is below of what he is expected. The landowner
is asking for P2,000 per sq.m. of his land that is affected by the
Road-Right-Of-Way (RROW), however, the current market value of an
agricultural land is P21.45 only.
The office is on the process
of negotiations with the concerned land owner with regards to the
value of the affected parcel of land.
The completion of the
diversion road project will serve the traveling public coming from
Tacloban City, Ormoc City, Baybay City and from other neighboring
municipalities going to the northern and eastern part of Biliran
Province and vice versa in a much safer and faster transport of goods
and services and at a reduced travel time. The population to be served
by the road ranges from 120,000 to 135,000, 7 Municipalities and 50
Another FY 2016 project
eyeing for completion is the on-going P8.7M replacement of permanent
weak bridge-Banlas bridge along Maripipi Circumferential Road.
Adongay revealed that the
delay was attributed due to unavailability of sand and gravel
aggregates in Maripipi Island. Adongay explained that hauling it by
barge with the quantity required is impractical and will only entail
higher cost. Hence, the contractor suggested to have the delivery
together with the delivery of the sand and gravel for the concreting
of Maripipi Circumferential Road.
Adongay said that the
contractors of each projects were advised to render over time work
24/7 to complete the projects on the target date.
PH exports yield
growth in December 2016
February 15, 2017
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry sees sustained growth for exports in
2017 as Philippine exported goods yielded a 4.5% growth in December
2016 with a total of $4.71 billion in export revenues from $4.660
billion in the same period in 2015.
"As we implement new
strategies in diversifying our markets and upscaling our products and
services amidst the slowdown in global trade, we hope that our exports
will continue to improve in the next quarters” said DTI Industry
Promotion Group Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado.
In a report released by
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), increase in the top five (5)
major export commodities contributed to the growth which include
coconut oil (crude and refined; 146.5%), other mineral products
(104.5%), metal components (66.4%), chemicals (42.1%), and other
While electronic products
experienced a 2.8% decrease in total receipts as compared to 2015
data, these remained to be the top export product of the country with
total receipts of $2.451 billion, accounting for 50.3% of the total
exports revenue in December 2016. Other Manufactures ranked second
with 7.2% share to the total export receipts. It recorded an increase
of 35.8% from December 2015 value of $257.32 million. It is followed
by Machinery and Transport Equipment with export revenue of $227.05
million, Woodcrafts and Furniture with total sales of $202.14 million,
and Ignition Wiring Set and Other Wiring Sets Used in Vehicles,
Aircraft and Ships with $153.72 million export sales.
“Notable 67.5% increase in
the exports of our Agro-Based Products in December 2016 is a good
indication that our agrisector will be up in the coming months. We
hope to see more of this trend to fully boost our exports,” added DTI
Export Marketing Bureau Director Senen M. Perlada.
Agro-based products shared
7.7 % of the total exports in December 2016 which amounted to $377.30
Total exported goods to East
Asia increased compared to other top Philippine exports destination
such as ASEAN member countries, USA, and European Union member
countries. Merchandise exports to East Asia increased by 9.4% with
total revenue of $2.556 billion million from $2.337 billion recorded
in the same month in 2015. Japan remained to be the country’s top
export destination, with revenue amounting to $946.28 million,
comprising 19.4 percent share of the total exports.
Army troops scores
against NPA rebels in Northern Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
February 15, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Troops of 43rd Infantry Battalion, 8ID, PA led by 1Lt.
Edsel Ryan B. Celebre engaged NPA rebels under their leader Salvador
Nordan a.k.a “Badok” while conducting combat operations against
lawless elements at Sitio Cabaywa, Brgy. Santander, Bobon, Northern
Samar on February 14, 2017.
The fire fight lasted for
about five minutes that resulted to one (1) NPA killed identified as
Bernadette Lutao a.k.a. “Kakan”, the wife of “Badok,” and the recovery
of one (1) improvised explosive device (IED) and three (3) cellular
The use of IED is restricted
under the United Nations Geneva Convention because of its
indiscriminate effects and humanitarian harm it can cause to innocent
civilians as well as a violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on
Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law between
the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the CPP-NPA-NDF.
In a statement by Maj.
General Raul M. Farnacio, he said that the NPAs have been using IEDs
as of their weapons of choice without consideration on the welfare of
the civilian populace. “The NPA has been deliberately violating the
human rights with their production and employment of IEDs and their
continuous disruption of the peaceful lives of our fellow Filipinos
especially those in the far-flung barangays,” he stated.
“This accomplishment is a
triumph for the collective effort of the local government unit and
agencies, 8ID, and our civilian constituents to attain just and
lasting peace in Northern Samar. Filipinos want peace and it is high
time for our fellow Filipinos who were misled to join the NPA to lay
down their arms and lead their lives away from armed struggle,”
Since the lifting of the
ceasefire by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, 8ID troops have been
conducting security operations in the region as part of their mandate.
“Rest assured that your Army in Eastern Visayas are tirelessly
committed to serve and secure the people within the bounds of respect
of Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, and Rule of Law,“
of the 2-storey, 6-classroom School Building in Higatangan
National High School, Naval Biliran on Feb. 13, 2017. The
project has a contract cost of P8.2M under RT Morabe
Construction. The project would benefit 240 Senior High School
Students of the said school and will provide an environment
conducive to learnings.
February 14, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – The
Fidel M. Limpiado Sr. National High School in Higatangan Island, Naval
Biliran received their newly 2-storey 6 classroom building in a
turn-over ceremony by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
and Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday, February 13, 2017.
“This marks another success
in the pursuit of the government to provide quality education for the
students by constructing additional school buildings”, said Engr.
Alfredo L. Bollido, DPWH OIC-Assistant District Engineer in his
turn-over message on behalf of District Engineer, David P. Adongay Jr.
The occasion was also graced
by the presence of Hon. Brigido Caneja III, Sangguniang Panlalawigan
Member who attended on behalf of Congressman Rogelio J. Espina; Dr.
Rodulfo Pabilada, Supervisor of Kindergarten on behalf of DepEd
District Superintendent Dr. Carmela R. Tamayo; Dr. Allan Paul U. Tubis,
DepEd Administrative Officer; RT Morabe Contractor representative,
teachers and students.
The Higatangan National High
School has more or less 200 enrollees for this year for the K-12
program with 14 teaching force.
Engr. Bollido added “We
expect that this facility would encourage more students to come to
school as this will provide them a facilitative space to learn and be
inspired to study harder and reach their highest potential”.
Mrs. Leonora S. Mission,
Head Teacher II also expressed her gratitude of the new school
building in her acceptance message saying “Ang gusaling ito ay
kapaki-pakinabang para sa maayos na pagkatuto ng mga estudyante dahil
po dito, lubos po akong nagpapasalamat. At bilang tagapamahala ng
paaralang ito, ako po’y nangangako na pangangalagaan ang gusaling ito
kasama ang internal at external na stakeholders. Nawa’y tulungan at
suportaan ninyo ako para sa mga adhikain at programa ng paaralan,
dahil ang lahat ng pagsisikap ng paaralan ay para sa mga bata at dahil
sa mga bata”.
The ceremonial key turn-over
and ribbon-cutting ceremony highlighted the occasion. After the
turn-over, DPWH headed by Engr. Bollido, together with the DepEd
representatives, Contractor and School Heads inspected the newly
turned-over school building.
Prior to their inspection,
there are minor defects/deficiencies found that needs to be corrected
by the contractor. According to Engr. Bollido, contractor needs to
correct these defect deficiencies to fully collect the payment.
The two-storey, 6-classroom
school building projects in Higatangan National High School, Naval,
Biliran is under contact with RT Morabe Construction with a contract
cost of P8.2M. The Higatangan Island is only a few minutes ride by
small boat from Biliran’s capital town, Naval.
SMC don’t beat
around the bush!
By Philippine Movement for
February 13, 2017
QUEZON CITY – The
Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), its member Nuclear
Free Bataan Movement (NFBM) and the people of Limay, Bataan told SMC
Global Power Holdings Corp. to stop avoiding the real issue and
refrain from misleading the people in what is actually happening in
Mr. Ramon Ang, President and
COO for San Miguel Corporation released a statement yesterday saying
that they are using the Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) technology
which makes their coal-fired power plant emits sulphur oxide, nitrogen
oxide carbon monoxide and particulate matter lower than the current
standard set by DENR and World Bank.
PMCJ maintains that while it
is possible for CFB technology to lessen the emissions, it seems that
the real issue of bottom ash is deliberately avoided. While it is true
that coal plant that uses CFB technology emits the above mentioned
emissions lower than the prevailing standards it does not address the
production of bottom ash.
The real issue behind is the
huge pile of bottom ash that the 140 MW coal plant of Petron dumps in
the designated temporary ash pond of San Miguel, the very same area
where the 300 MW coal plant own by San Miguel currently conducting its
test run dump their bottom ash. It is this huge accumulation of bottom
ash allegedly resulted to rise in respiratory related diseases and
skin diseases as well.
Coal plant which utilizes
CFB technology produces more coal ash than conventional ones, since it
add limestone to pulverize coal during combustion process. Both the
140 MW and the 300 MW employs the CFB technology hence resulted to a
huge pile up of bottom ash near the area where the community lives.
Hence we strongly call on
SMC to face the music and stop beating around the bush, the real
problem is your bottom ash and the question of the legality of your
ash pond, so long as it is not properly address the sufferings of the
people continues. And the only way to comprehensively address it is to
stop the operation of both coal plants since as long as they continue
to operate there will be accumulation of bottom ash.
Our demand is for the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to immediately
order a shut down the coal plants operation, indemnify the affected
community, suspend incompetent regional DENR officers and include both
coal plants as priority in the ECC audit to be conducted by the
Stakeholders Fellowship in Northern Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
February 9, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – In order to address and strengthen the aspirations of peace
and order in the region, your Army in Eastern Visayas together with
the Provincial Government of Northern Samar came up with a Provincial
Peace and Order Council Meeting and Stakeholders Fellowship with the
Local Chief Executives and Stakeholders of the whole province of
Northern Samar with Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio AFP, Commander 8th
Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division held at the Governor’s Residence,
Catarman, Northern Samar on February 8, 2017.
This activity also aims to
unite the Local Chief Executives and stakeholders in addressing the
poverty alleviation; peace and order update; and support the
government’s drive against illegal drugs and lawless violence in the
Present during the activity
were: Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio AFP, Commander 8ID; Brig. General
Mario G. Lacurom AFP, Commander 803rd Bde; PCSupt Elmer P Beltejar,
RD, PRO8; PSSupt Ceazar Zafiro L. Tannagan, PD NSPPO; Hon. Raul A.
Daza, Representative, 1st District; Hon. Jose L. Ong Jr, Governor of
Northern Samar; Hon. Gary M. Lavin, Vice Governor of Northern Samar;
Mr. Valente P. Bajet. DILG, Provincial Director; Atty. Efren J. Sabong,
Provincial Administrator; Hon. Don. L. Avalon, LCE San Jorge; Ms.
Imelda Bonifacio, Regional Area Manager, OPPAP; Head of Local
Government Agencies; 24 mayors of different municipalities of Nortnern
Samar; church leaders; media personalities and members of Provincial
Peace and Order Council of Northern Samar.
During the open forum, the
Local Chief Executives were urged to deliver the basic social services
needed especially to the far flung areas. Further, on the discussion
of the lifting of unilateral ceasefire, MGen Raul M Farnacio,
Commander 8th Infantry Division rest assured to the people of Eastern
Visayas that they will be highly protected by the military troops
against any atrocities that will be brought by the CPP-NPA-NDF.
Further, as per guidance by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to the NPA
members who would like to surrender to the fold of government, the AFP
will humbly welcome them and rest assured that they will receive
remuneration to start a new and better living. Hon. Jose L. Ong, the
Provincial Governor of Northern Samar stressed-out that it’s about
time to remove the root cause of poverty and to destroy the CPP-NPA
influence in their respective barangays. They must be united to end up
the insurgency and function as reliable public servants to the people.
MGen Farnacio also
highlighted the Armed Forces of the Philippines new campaign plan
dubbed as Development Support and Security Plan (DSSP) “Kapayapaan”.
This is the continuance of Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP)
“Bayanihan” that was terminated last year. This campaign will focus on
sustained military operations to defeat the foreign and local
terrorist organizations; contribute to the promotion of peace active
support to law enforcement in war against drugs; and contribute to
Gov’t to provide
transition period to end ‘5-6’ lending scheme
February 9, 2017
MAKATI CITY – In line
with government’s drive to reform the micro-financing system in the
country, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently called
for an inter-agency meeting to work on the transition to allow illegal
foreign money lenders to legalize their resident status and register
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) their lending
business. The transition period is needed to prevent undue harassment
of concerned lenders.
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez
with SEC Chair Tess Herbosa and representatives from the Departments
of Justice and Foreign Affairs, Immigration Bureau, National
Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas,
Philippine National Police, Small Business Corporation (SB Corp.) and
the Indian Chamber of Commerce, gathered to discuss legitimization of
lending businesses and initial steps to put a stop on the said lending
The total operation value of
the “5-6” lending system sums up to a total of P2.4 billion, with
30,000 operators across the country, according to the Indian Chamber
of Commerce Philippines. A transition period will be provided to
lending operators, giving them ample time to register their businesses
“After the prescribed
transition period, 5-6 scheme must stop and micro-businesses must
shift to P3 and other legal micro-financing facilities,” said Sec.
Lopez, referring to the government’s flagship micro-financing
initiative Pondo Para sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso or P3, initiated by
President Rodrigo Duterte.
Launched in Tacloban,
Occidental Mindoro and Sarangani, the P1-billion micro-financing
program aims to provide micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)
with easy access to finance with no collateral and minimal interest,
through micro-financing institutions (MFIs) and cooperatives
accredited by DTI and the SB Corp.
“We should be seeking the
frontiers, these people who have not been reached by the MFIs are the
same people targeted by the ‘5-6’,” Sec. Lopez added.
A Technical Working Group (TWG)
on the matter will provide specific guidelines on the compliance and
registration of lending businesses.
Indian Chamber of Commerce
Philippines President Rex Daryanani expressed hope that term “5-6”
would eventually be eradicated and be replaced by the term
By DONNA C. DEBUTON
February 8, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – Samar
First District Engineering Office has finally completed the
construction of San Agustin-Pagsanghan Road under the General
Appropriation Act (GAA) of 2016. The project includes the concreting
of 3,150 linear meters of road covering Brgy. San Agustin to
The construction of San
Agustin-Pagsanghan Road is one of the high impact projects of Samar I
having a contract amount of 50 million pesos under B. Vicencio
The Municipality of
Pagsanghan can be reached by a river boat or an intermittent concrete
road where gravel road are hardly passable at times during continuous
heavy rains. However with the completion of this project, residents
can travel from the municipality to Gandara and elsewhere anytime
The project provides a wide
range of benefits to the local citizens of said areas which includes a
significantly reduced time of travel and boosted economic activities.
Various types of vehicles can now pass along this road section not
only “habal-habal” and single motorcycles.
Corporation told: Don’t just defer, cancel the project!
By Philippine Movement for
February 8, 2017
QUEZON CITY – The
Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) lauds the decision of
Phinma Energy Corporation to defer their planned 900 MW coal-fired
power plant in Sual, Pangasinan. However, the group advises Phinma to
totally cancel the project and, instead, invest in renewable energy
Yesterday, Phinma announced
that they are considering constructing the coal plant in the year 2023
to 2025 because right now, there are already a lot of coal plants
operating and being constructed in the country.
According to Mr. Ian Rivera,
National Coordinator of PMCJ, presently there are 25 existing and
operational coal-fired power plants all over the country including the
1,294 MW coal plant in Sual, Pangasinan. In addition, 35 coal plant
projects are in the pipeline aside from the planned 900 MW project of
“Phinma has to decide to
delist coal projects in their investments as this will turn out to be
a stranded asset as renewable energy (RE) becomes more viable.
Business-wise, investing in RE will yield far more returns because it
is now cheaper, safer and with no negative externalities. On the other
hand, coal is dirty and costly considering the harm and danger it
poses to people and environment as evidenced by what is happening now
in Limay, Bataan where host barangays are suffering from ill effects
of the bottom ash produced from the operation of two coal plants in
the area: the 140MW of Petron Refinery and the 300MW of San Miguel
Global Power Corporation which is currently running on a series of
tests”, Rivera added.
Recent news shows that a
significant population in the host barangays in Limay, mostly senior
citizens and children are experiencing respiratory-related health
problems and skin diseases. These problems were caused by ashes being
spewed during coal combustion of the said two coal plants.
calls on senate to probe AI report
By Office of Senator Chiz
February 7, 2017
PASAY CITY – Sen.
Chiz Escudero has filed a resolution pushing the Senate to investigate
the allegations of Amnesty International that killings related to the
government's war against illegal drugs were extrajudicial executions
carried out by gunmen hired by police officers to kill and plant
Escudero, former chair of
the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, filed Senate
Resolution No. 282 directing the appropriate Senate committee to probe
into the report by AI, saying it must not be simply set aside as it
raises serious allegations that can undermine the Philippines’
reputation as a democratic country that fundamentally recognizes and
upholds human rights.
“I found AI to be radical at
times if you look into our history. The filing of resolution is really
not meant to give AI a platform. It is to allow AI to prove their
allegations because by that report, they besmirched the reputation of
He also added that the
legislative inquiry would be an avenue to verify the accuracy of the
report and give the people and institutions involved an opportunity to
respond to the findings.
“It is not only a matter of
necessity but public accountability as well that AI substantiate and
present its evidence before the Senate for public scrutiny to confirm
the report’s veracity and to hold, or otherwise clear, the Philippine
government of any responsibility,” Escudero said.
“Sure or not, they already
besmirched the name of our country by saying that these violations are
committed by the state itself,” the senator said.
According to the report
released by the international human rights watchdog, “the police paid
killers on their payroll, and unknown armed individuals have slain
more than a thousand people a month under the guise of a national
campaign to eradicate drugs,” adding that the administration’s war on
drugs is actually a “war against the poor.”
AI also alleged the use of a
mere “watch list,” which contents are based on hearsay, community
rumor or rivalry, with little verification.
In their report, AI also
detailed the story of a police officer with the rank of Senior Police
Officer 1, who served in the PNP for a decade and is currently part of
the anti-illegal drugs unit in Metro Manila. According to the source,
the police paid per “encounter” – the term used to mask the
extrajudicial killings as legitimate operations conducted by the
authorities. The police officer claimed that the amount paid by the
police ranges from P8,000 to P15,000 per person, per encounter.
“The logic it presents is
that this money is coming from the government, that is a serious
allegation that would immediately connect the state to what is
happening outside the EJKs (extrajudicial killings) and that would
mean it is already state sponsored. That is a very serious allegation
and AI cannot simply make that allegation and say ‘sorry all of our
sources are confidential, we cannot reveal it.’”
Since the Duterte
administration came into power, the Philippine National Police has
conducted almost 41,000 drug-related operations from July 2016 to
According to AI, more than
7,000 people have been killed in the drug war, with the police
directly killing at least 2,500 alleged drug offenders.
cautioned the administration against giving too much power to the
police force and treating erring officers with kid gloves.
“The worst fear of many
people already happened. It went into the head of the policemen. Not
all, but some,” he said. “We want to see the PNP leadership pursue
with the same vigor as drug suspects the scalawags, misfits and erring
DTI chief to
entreps: go digital
Calls for digital
empowerment in PH
February 6, 2017
Newly-confirmed Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon
Lopez has called for digital empowerment in the Philippines to
continue fueling the development of the country’s digital commerce or
e-commerce, a key priority in the current trade agenda.
“I urge our micro, small,
and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to welcome digital integration,” said
Sec. Lopez, adding that now is the perfect timing to rally towards
digital empowerment as the Philippine economy experiences strong
macro-economic fundamentals, renewed investor confidence and good
During the recent office
opening of Google in Taguig, the trade chief said that “digital
integration is a great equalizer, as it allows MSMEs to gather product
ideas and concepts, do market tests and do promotions and selling at
practically no cost.”
He also said that MSMEs can
make use of programs in partnership with companies like Google, so
that the sector “can take advantage of opportunities that go with
With vast interest infused
in the demography of the Philippines as the world’s social media
capital and with 50 million Internet users, accounting for 50% of the
country’s total population today, the Philippines can be a model
country for digital empowerment, according to him.
“I hope that more effective
web services, improved search experience and effective advertising
platform will be delivered to all stakeholders. With Google officially
in the country, we can only expect production of meaningful local
contents,” he added.
Citing Statista, it is
projected that by 2021, 81% of the country’s population will be
Internet users. For the Southeast Asian region alone, the country has
the fastest growing Internet audience at 22% growth rate, according to
the 2014 Global Web Index, which also found Filipinos having the
highest total screen time spent in social networking globally at 3.2
Sec. Lopez also hoped that
digital companies can be more inclusive in its business operations and
assured that DTI will support initiatives that proactively promote
digital inclusion among Filipinos through digital literacy and digital
“I urge tech companies to
spearhead programs that will empower Filipino consumers with skills to
harness the benefits of technology to improve their quality of life,”
he said, adding that forging multi-stakeholder partnership among the
government, the civil society, the private sector and the academe is
an urgent need.
Google’s expansion in the
Philippines also means creation of more jobs for Filipinos, as country
manager Ken Lingan has promised to hire local talents. In addition,
with the population getting more connected and easily more engaged, an
ecosystem of startups can have more strategic venue, in view of
Google’s commitment to grow small businesses online.
climate advocates laud DENR closure of mining operations, call for
continuous action against destructive large-scale mining industry
February 3, 2017
QUEZON CITY –
Environment and climate advocates, as well as members of grassroot
communities, lauded the Department of Environment and Natural
Resource's (DENR) closure of 23 mining operations situated in
functional watersheds and suspension of 5 mining firms, as of Tuesday,
January 31, 2017.
"This action by the
government has finally brought into the forefront the long history of
suffering inflicted by the country's large-scale mining industry on
our environment and our mining-affected communities," said Concerned
Citizens of Sta. Cruz (CCOS) Chairman Dr. Benito Molino.
Molino referred to DENR
Secretary Gina Lopez's findings on the grave environmental degradation
and disruption of community lives that have been occurring in the
mining capital regions of the country.
"The campaign that calls for
holding accountable destructive mining firms and for the halt of these
recently closed mining operations has been left unheeded for years
until now," said Molino.
"It takes bold and concrete
actions to put an immediate stop to the environmental degradation and
community life destruction that have long been the mark of large-scale
mining industries in this country. The DENR amply stepped up to this
challenge with its closure of a number of mining operations,"
Atty. Aaron Pedrosa hoped that this paves the way for more empowered
communities in their fight to reclaim their home and their proper way
of life from destructions caused by the large-scale mining industry.
In lauding the DENR closure
of a number of mining operations, Pedrosa expressed the need for
continuous action, both by the state and its citizens, against
possible retaliatory measures to be undertaken by huge mining
"Stronger safeguards need to
be installed in our institutions to truly break away from the current
state of affairs of our environment where only a handful from the
mining industry dominate in extracting and benefitting from the
country's natural resources," stated Pedrosa.
In concurring with the
observance of Secretary Lopez during the DENR mining audits, Center
for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED) National Convenor Gerry
Arances noted that farmers and fishers from mining-affected
communities are often stripped of their health and their livelihood
due to the disruptive presence of mining operations in affected areas.
According to Arances,
compunded with statements from Molino, in Sta. Cruz, Zambales alone,
the visible environmental impacts of mining operations by BenguetCorp
Nickel Mines Incorporated, Eramen Minerals Incorporated, LNL
Archipelago Minerals Incorporated, and Zambales Diversified Metals
Corporation, included air pollution, biodiversity loss, floods, food
insecurity, loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, soil
contamination and erosion, waste overflow, deforestation and loss of
vegetation cover, and surface water pollution.
"It is high time that we
realize and act on the fact that we put so much burden on our
environment and our fellow Filipinos in mining-affected areas for the
sake of accommodating a large-scale mining industry that empties and
irreversibly damages our resources without having ever contributed to
our economic growth as a country," said Arances.
Arances noted how the
country's current legal framework on mining allows the entry and the
long-term and large-scale destruction by mining corporations of
communities and ecosystems in exchange for few and insignificant
portions of the revenue gained by these corporations.
profit-driven mining industries have long gotten away with encroaching
upon and fully exhausting natural resources that are meant for the use
and proliferation of our present and future communities," concurred
"In order to instigate a
full stop to the destruction caused by mining operations, we have to
shift our way of appropriating our natural resources and make it fully
attuned to the needs of our own communities rather than that of
corporations," said Molino.
Pedrosa cited The Philippine
Mining Act of 1995, the current law governing mining activities, as
one of the major impediments to a truly pro-people and pro-environment
national utilization of land resources.
"A law that allows mining
corporations to own 100% of mineral ores and land covered in claimed
mining areas has no place in our genuine pursuit of reclaiming our
natural resources for our people," said Pedrosa.
CCOS, Sanlakas, and CEED
have long supported the passage of bills like the Alternative Minerals
Management Bill (AMMB), a bill that champions the adoption of a
sustainable, rational, needs-based minerals management, geared towards
effective utilization of mineral resources for the goal of attaining
an ecologically-sound national and modernized agriculture.
"The closure by the DENR of
major mining operations is a step forward to relinquishing the hold of
corporations over this country's natural resources," said Pedrosa.
"To make this move more
meaningful, however, we have to continue creating more avenues, formal
or otherwise, for our communities to assert their rights over the
utilization and management of their resources and the environment in
which they live," concluded Molino.
secretary Mel Sarmiento mentors Mayor Richard Gomez
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
February 2, 2017
TACLOBAN CITY –
Former DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento, an award-winning former
mayor of Calbayog City, had a productive mentoring session with Ormoc
City Mayor Richard Gomez last January 31, 2017 at the DILG-8 Regional
Office in Tacloban City.
The conference was
facilitated by DILG Local Government Academy (LGA) and DILG-8 under
the Mentoring for Optimal Leadership and Development for Newly Elected
Officials (MOLD the NEOs) program. The mentoring relationship is bound
by a contract by the two parties with DILG and LGA, which aligns the
mentor and NEO’s expectations and guides them throughout their
mentoring time together.
According to Mayor Gomez, he
is thankful to DILG for this program is a good tool to validate how
his administration is performing. Among the topics the two discussed
in this session was long-term planning, resource mobilization, peace
and order and the environment.
Mayor Gomez seeks to pursue
initiatives they started in 2016 that involved crafting new ordinances
as part of a road map to make Ormoc a liveable, business friendly,
competitive and peaceful city.
Former Secretary Sarmiento
belongs to a pool of recognized experts in local governance tapped by
LGA to guide new mayors. He also mentors Maasin City, Southern Leyte
Mayor Nacional Mercado and Dulag, Leyte Mayor Mildred Que, with
possibly more to follow.
Sarmiento helped design MOLD
the NEOs process with LGA Executive Director Marivel Sacendoncillo
(also concurrent DILG-8 OIC-Regional Director) when he was still DILG
secretary. After his term ended, he was asked to help guide the new
mayors due to his wide experience as a Galing Pook winner and
congressman, among others.
MOLD the NEOs was crafted
with the realization that local officials are more receptive to advice
from their peers who have the credibility and experience in resolving
Under MOLD the NEO, both
parties shall agree on the objectives, types of knowledge and skills
to be imparted, duration, basis, regularity, communication and their
forms of interaction, making the relationship dynamic.
Chiz seeks senate
probe into AI allegations
By Office of Senator Escudero
February 2, 2017
PASAY CITY – Sen.
Francis “Chiz” Escudero wants the Senate to look into the report
released by Amnesty International (AI) alleging that Philippine
National Police (PNP) officers have paid individuals to kill thousands
of drug offenders in the country.
Escudero told a press
conference on Thursday that he would file a resolution next week for
the Senate to investigate into what he described as serious
allegations by the international human rights watchdog.
In the report, Amnesty
International claimed that the police had “systematically targeted
mostly poor and defenseless people across the country while planting
‘evidence’ recruiting paid killers, stealing from the people they kill
and fabricating official incident reports.”
“Ito’y seryosong alegasyon
na galing pa sa isang international body na marapat at dapat alamin,
hindi lamang nating lahat, pero pati na rin makita kung may basehan
nga ba o wala kaya dumudungis ito sa imahe ng bansa sa daigdig,”
The veteran lawmaker said he
also wanted Amnesty International to explain their findings and
present their sources at the legislative inquiry.
According to Escudero, who
once chaired the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, he was
alarmed by the claim that hired killers were being engaged by the
police force to help in the war against drugs of the government.
The Senate investigation, he
added, will give the PNP a chance to convey their side of the story.
“Yung basehan ng AI sa kanilang report nais naming ipaliwanag nila, at
pangalawa yung mga pulis na na-mention, at kung sinumang nais maglabas
ng ebidensiya kaugnay nito. Dalawa ang pakay naming dito: Una,
mapatunayan kung totoo nga ba yung alegasyon ng AI, at pangalawa,
mabigyan din naman ng pagkakataon ang PNP na harapin ang AI,
magpaliwanag sa harap ng publiko at ibigay ang panig nila sa publiko
at sa AI,” the senator said.
Furthermore, Escudero assured procedural safeguards for sources of AI
and all the other witnesses who will be invited to the Senate probe.
“We can always call for an executive session in order to hear the
testimony of witnesses. Nagawa na namin yan noon at napatunayan naman
ng Senado na hindi namin nilalabas anumang pinag-usapan sa executive
session maliban na lamang kung pagbotohan ito ng mayorya ng mga
senador kung ganyan ka-sensitibo. Nakahanda naman ang Senado na
tumanggap ng mga ika nga mga sekretong testigo para mapangalagaan ang
kanilang seguridad,” Escudero said.
micro-financing fund launched in Tacloban. As part of
Administration’s commitment to provide affordable
micro-financing program for the micro, small and medium
enterprises (MSMEs), President Rodrigo Duterte (middle right),
along with Department of Trade and Industry Secretary (DTI)
Ramon Lopez (middle left), Housing and Urban Development
Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Secretary Jun Evasco (leftmost),
and Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez (right) led the ceremonial
launching of the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) on
January 25 in Tacloban.
Pondo sa Pagbabago
at Pag-asenso launched in Tacloban, Mindoro, Sarangani
February 1, 2016
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade Industry (DTI) formally launched the Pondo sa
Pagbabago at Pag-asenso Program or P3, a micro financing program
intended for small entrepreneurs, in Tacloban City in Leyte on January
25; San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on January 27; and Alabel, Sarangani
Province on January 31, to help eradicate poverty, and promote
business and employment among Filipinos.
Following President Rodrigo
Duterte’s directive to replace the “5-6” money lending system and
provide an affordable micro-financing for the country’s micro, small
and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the P3 funding program provides
microenterprises an alternative source of financing that is easy to
access and made available at a reasonable cost.
“The P3 program is one way
of helping the underprivileged by giving better chances to elevate
from poverty. Aside from the fund, the DTI thru the Negosyo Centers
will assist the MSMEs with programs suitable to their needs such as
access to market, access to financing, and mentorship,” DTI Secretary
Ramon M. Lopez said.
The identified areas are
considered among the 30 poorest provinces poorest in the country.
A total of 92 micro
borrowers where initially identified to receive loan grants ranging
from P5,000.00 to P100,000.00.
Sec. Lopez also reiterated
the administration’s desire to provide livelihood to those who are at
the bottom of the pyramid.
“Why micro entrepreneurs?
The desire and mandate of our president is to help those who do not
have much. If they fail to be employed, we help them to start a small
business,” he said.
The primary beneficiaries of
the P3 Program are microenterprises and entrepreneurs that do not have
easy access to credit or accessing credit at a very high interest
cost. These include market vendors, agri-businessmen and members of
cooperatives, industry associations and co-operators.
The Small Business
Corporation, an attached agency DTI shall administer the P3 Program.
Aside from creating a Program Management Office to oversee the
management and monitoring of the P3 Fund, SB Corporation will make use
of its lending network and the DTI Negosyo Centers in reaching out to
Loan amounts to
end-borrowers will be in the range of P5,000 to P100,000, at a maximum
interest rate of 2.5% per month, with no collateral requirement.
Catwalking on water
in haute couture
Jessica Minh Anh stunningly
opened 2017 with her iconic Seine river's floating runway
January 27, 2017
PARIS – An innovative
catwalk concept was created 5 years ago when a young model and
entrepreneur decided to transform Seine River’s giant glass boat, Le
Jean Bruel, into a 100-metre floating runway. Yesterday, the world
witnessed the 5th outstanding installation of Jessica Minh Anh's
infamous river catwalk as J Winter Fashion Show 2017 premiered 5
exquisite haute couture collections from various continents. Having
added many international successes into her impressive portfolio,
including the Eiffel Tower and Grand Canyon Skywalk’s phenomena, the
multi-talented catwalk producer has maintained her magic on Paris’
With an extraordinary
vision, Jessica Minh Anh created an illusion of models walking on
water by having guests seated facing the multifaceted glass windows
and watch models walking in front of them while the boat was cruising.
As a result, architectural wonders such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre
Dame, Louvre, and the 37 bridges became the natural backdrop for the
The fashion collections
The breath-taking opening
saw Jessica Minh Anh appeared in a Princess Diana inspired haute
couture dress made of white lace with a classic high neck, big
shoulders, and a 2-metre long trail. Following the flawless beauty is
a stunning model lineup in black, gold and white intricate designs
with an emphasis on mermaid silhouettes. The “Retromantic” collection
is a masterpiece of Indonesian talent Fetty Rusli, who brought class
and elegance to Jessica Minh Anh’s theatrical catwalk.
Next, Malaysian fashion
house Emmanuel Haute Couture unveiled 15 looks full of embroideries,
transparency, layers, and floral ornamentation. A master at hourglass
silhouettes, Samantha Chua’s exceptional designs portrayed a new level
of charm, seduction, and opulence. The couturier successfully mixed
handmade beadwork and extravagant embellishments with floor-length
silky softness in classic black and red.
With a modern take on
classic silhouettes, American designer Johanna DiNardo premiered a
distinctive collection influenced by the beauty of the Seine and
Paris. The alluring looks included pleated brocade skirts, water-like
sleeve drapery, bias-cut panné velvet, and contoured metallic lace
veils, edged in Swarovski crystals. Focusing on precision, handcraft,
and detailed tailoring, Johanna’s collection exuded powerful
Adding femininity and
glamour to the grand catwalk, Maria Ruth Fernanda from Jarkata
presented a timeless haute couture collection which revealed
meticulous fabric manipulation and advanced embellishment techniques.
Using colour pallets such as deep red, royal blue, gold, and earthy
beige on tulles, jacquard, silk, and taffeta, her designs perfectly
accentuated a women’s body.
Closing the show with modern
luxury and a bold statement, Filipino representative Sari Lazaro
introduced her “Royal secret garden” collection, which celebrated
impeccable craftsmanship, beadwork, and embroidery techniques.
Marrying dramatic laser cut details on luxurious silks and soft
flowing tulles and laces, the designer stirred up romance, mystique,
and new age flairs. Saving the best for last, the finale design worn
by Jessica Minh Anh was every inch portraying modernised royalty. With
a special 3-dimension skirt, the striking couture dress highlighted
Jessica Minh Anh’s perfect waistline while enhancing her charismatic
and powerful presence. The collection triumphed the Far East’s
captivating and enchanting fashion, which has been penetrating and
harmonising with the Western world.
The beauty looks
To compliment Jessica Minh
Anh’s extraordinary vision, American luxury cosmetics and skincare
brand Elizabeth Arden joined force with UK’s salon ESHK to create an
exclusive modern chic beauty look. The catwalk models appeared radiant
with flawless and youthful skin, strong contours and highlights, and
sophisticated one-side braided low bun hairstyle. The creative team
accentuated Jessica Minh Anh's exotic beauty with Elizabeth Arden’s
brand new eye-popping red lipstick and a custom-made architectural
hair structure mimicking a futuristic flower. Jessica Minh Anh is
known for her signature stand-out look, previously seen wearing
artistically made Eiffel Tower, Burj Al Arab, Sydney Harbour Bridge,
and One World Trade Center hair pieces.
Getting over the flooded 2016
The great success of J
Winter Fashion Show 2017 was even more rewarding and well received
considering Jessica Minh Anh’s 2016 river catwalk was affected by a
heavy flood on the Seine. “We informed her 3 days before the show that
she had to move it to a week later, and again 3 hours in advance on
the new date that the boat would not move. She was calm, positive and
very decisive. She impressed us all.” said Marco Goncalvez, Director
of Operations, Bateaux Mouches. The model had the boat positioned at
the angle where the Eiffel Tower was the most visible, and went on to
produce one of the best catwalks to date. It was not the first time
Jessica Minh Anh was proved an effective problem solver, as she also
saved her epic catwalk at Gemasolar power plant the year before after
an unexpected and destructive storm. As Madame Figaro stated “With
Jessica Minh Anh, nothing is impossible”
J Winter Fashion Show was
supported by Montblanc, Elizabeth Arden, ESHK UK, Bateaux Mouches, DOT
Laser UK, ProPress UK, and Belmont Hotel Paris. The high profile event
included a VIP red carpet entrance, the iconic runway, and the VIP
party with drinks, canapés, and live music on board Le Jean Bruel. The
flawless production marked a new era in Jessica Minh Anh’s fashion
world domination, as she increases her number of shows per year to 4.
We shall wait with excitement for her next catwalk announcement,
expected in April 2017.
The Vietnamese born, Russian
raised, and Paris-based fashion model and catwalk producer gained her
formal education in IT in Malaysia and PR in the United Kingdom before
transforming London’s Tower Bridge into the world’s newest catwalk.
Besides her mind-blowing productions at iconic monuments including the
Eiffel Tower, PETRONAS Twin Towers’ Sky Bridge, Grand Canyon Skywalk,
One World Trade Center, and Gardens by the Bay’s Skyway, Jessica Minh
Anh is known for her “catwalks on water” on the Hudson river and Seine
river, as well as her “sky-high ocean catwalks” on the sun deck of
international cruise ships in Sydney, New York, and Dubai. Jessica
Minh Anh’s most visually attractive project, besides the Grand Canyon
Skywalk, is her runway in the middle of a solar power plant in Spain
as she added technology into her long list of catwalk elements.
opens new home
Announces grant for digital literacy program for one million Filipinos
January 26, 2017
MAKATI CITY – Google
Philippines is supporting the growth of digital economy in the country
with a Google.org grant to Digibayanihan, a nationwide digital
literacy program that promotes digital inclusion among Filipinos.
This was announced on
Thursday when Google Philippines opened its new home, four years after
it launched its first office in the country in 2013. The support from
Google is expected to extend Digibayanihan’s program to one million
Filipinos in Visayas and Mindanao.
Google.org is the charitable
arm of Google that supports and champions people and projects that are
combatting the biggest human challenges of the 21st century. One of
its key focus areas has been the improvement of education,
particularly ICT enabled literacy.
“This step is part of our
continuing effort to create a stronger, more inclusive digital economy
in the Philippines. While our internet penetration has improved the
last five years, 2 out of 5 Filipinos are still missing out on the
huge opportunities that come with being online. We want to empower
them with digital know-how so that they can make the most of the
Internet,” said Ken Lingan, Google Philippines country manager.
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez
who was guest of honor at the launch said, “With the population
getting more connected and engaged every day, it is necessary for
individuals, businesses, and communities to have the right skills to
thrive in today’s modern economy. That’s why we welcome Google’s
commitment to promote digital inclusion and empower every Filipino
online, and in effect, drive the country’s economy forward.”
Google also highlighted the
importance of developers in the digital economy of the country with
the launch of the Launchpad Accelerator program in the Philippines.
The program provides equity-free support to help start-ups scale into
Citing the recent Google-commissioned
report by Temasek, Google said that the Philippines’ online market
value is set to reach US$19 billion by 2025, making e-commerce a major
economic driver in the next 10 years. “Our local developers and
start-ups are instrumental in creating impactful businesses that are
tackling tough local and global issues. We see the importance of their
role in what will be a booming e-commerce in our country in the very
near future because what they do have direct impact in people’s
lives,” Ken said.
start-up Zipmatch, which uses 360° technology to differentiate itself,
is the first Filipino participant in Google’s accelerator program.
Secretary Lopez recognized the program as a potential boost in the
e-commerce industry, and encouraged micro, small, and medium
enterprises (MSMEs) to take advantage of the digital space and digital
training provided by Google and DTI agencies nationwide.
“SMEs still account for more
than 90% of our enterprises, and Filipinos rely heavily on them for
goods and services. I think it is just right for the SMEs to embrace
digital integration now and make use of programs like what we provide
working with tech companies like Google so they can take advantage of
opportunities that go with going digital,” Sec Lopez added.