Peace and Order Council discusses
criminality, internal security situation of EV
By Provincial Media Relations Center
February 24, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Philippine National Police described the Eastern Visayas region as
relatively peaceful while the army’s 8th Infantry Division theorizes
there is a significant presence of high ranking leaders of the New
People’s Army (NPA) communing in the region’s hinterlands.
These were among the
highlight reports presented by the PNP-8 and the army’s 8th ID during
the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Meeting held in Catarman,
Northern Samar chaired by RPOC Chairman Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho
The PNP-8 which
provided a briefing on the criminality situation in
Eastern Visayas describes the region to be relatively peaceful based
on the crime rates recorded from November 2010 to February 2011.
Police Supt. Cleve
Taboso, acting chief of the Regional Operations Division of the PNP
Recom-8, stressed in his report that threats by crime groups are
readily addressed by concerned police thus the said general
The total crime volume
for the region was reported to number to 1,969 incidents, which number
is 369 incidents higher than those monitored to have occurred from
August to October of 2010.
The PNP further
reported that Tacloban City posted the highest crime volume while
Biliran had lowest crime incidence for the same indicated period. In
crimes against persons,
Leyte province posted the highest number in crime against persons
while the cities of Tacloban and Ormoc posted the highest number in
crimes against property.
The PNP-8, whose
regional director Police Chief Supt. Arnold Revilla was also in
attendance during the meeting, said the police in the region remains
on top of the situation and able to control and provide solutions to
Aside from this, the
PNP reported that the command has taken serious and aggressive
measured to discipline police personnel who were involved in some
illegal acts and has instituted actions to further improve the
discipline of its personnel including the conduct of background
investigation of personnel and swift resolutions of cases.
Meanwhile, the army’s
8th ID declared their dismay over the loss of lives after government
troops clashed with local terrorists particularly during the time when
the ceasefire was in effect in December.
Suspension of Military
Operations (SOMO) were placed in effect as peace talks were being
reopened; however, the army further reported attacks were made on
government soldiers. A number of these attacks occurred in Las Navas,
security threat, the army still considers the Eastern Visayas Regional
Party Commitee (EVRPC) is still considered as the major threat in the
region as the army reported a total of 3 ambuscades, 2 sniping, 1
murder, 1 harassment and 1 arson to have occurred in 2010 up to the
The army likewise
believed that high ranking officials of the CPP-NPA are present in the
region and making the tri-boundary area of the three provinces in
Samar island as their hideout.
On the other hand, the
army division commander likewise disclosed they are closely working
with the PNP to contain the active presence of private armed groups in
As per report there
are still two active PAGs existing in the region and may number to
three as one of the identified group is presently having a power
struggle and may splinter into two separate groups.
The RPOC Meeting
was held jointly with the Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting
of Northern Samar which was chaired by Northern Samar Governor Raul
Filipinos Overseas intensify info campaign in Catarman
By AILENE N. DIAZ, PIA Northern
Samar – The Commission on Filipinos Overseas is now in Catarman,
Northern Samar for a three-day information campaign as part of the
Commissions’ annual community education program (CEP).
At 8:00am today, the
team conducted a symposium at Colegio de San Lorenzo Ruiz attended by
more than 200 students and members of faculty.
Same activity was
organized at Northern Samar Colleges and gathered more than a hundred
education and information campaign program seeks to assist prospective
migrants in making informed decisions regarding settlement abroad as
well as to generate community involvement in migration concerns, CFO
It also aims to raise
public awareness on various issues concerning migration, intermarriage
and existing government policies and programs directed against illegal
recruitment, documentation fraud and human trafficking, among others.
In line with the said
info campaign, the office of the Chancery of the Diocese of Catarman
under the leadership of Bishop Emmanuel C. Trance instructed the
social action center to read the letter of Director Maria Regina
Angela G. Galias of Migrant Integration and Education Division during
the mass and invite the faithful to participate in the symposium
organized by the CFO team.
According to Ivy
Miravalles of CFO, in the afternoon of February 24, they are set to
meet with PNP Northern Samar and make a courtesy call on the
Provincial Governor Paul R. Daza.
To reach a wider
audience, the Philippine Information Agency-Northern Samar, scheduled
an interview with the team in “Huruhimangraw sa Panginudto” radio
program, aired over radio station DYSM on February 25.
OWWA: Few scholarship
slots takers in Eastern Samar
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE, PIA Eastern
Samar – The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is
worried that there are a few takers of the OWWA Overseas Filipino
Workers -Dependents Scholarship Program (OFW-DSP) in Eastern and
Officer, Alberto M. Peñaflor in a recent visit to PIA
aired this concern.
“Some dependents do
not qualify because their parents earn more than the required income
that the scholarship dictates,” Peñaflor said. Another concern aired
is that maybe OWWA dependents are not aware of the scholarship
OWWA then sought the
help of Radyo ng Bayan-DYES and PIA for information dissemination.
program offers an annual financial assistance to qualified dependents
of Overseas Filipino Workers.
Workers should have a
monthly salary of 400.00 US dollars or below.
The OFW dependent
shall enroll in any four or five years baccalaureate or associate
course leading to a baccalaureate degree in
or Universities or Commission on Higher Education (CHED) accredited
Other criteria say
that the applicant must be a Filipino Citizen, single, not more than
21 years of age, a high school graduate / about to graduate from high
school or already enrolled in college.
The applicant should
also be physically, mentally and morally fit, and must pass the
qualifying examination conducted by an
College / University or any CHED recognized and accredited educational
institutions in the country.
Aside from the P10,000
financial assistance, the qualified applicant will also avail of a
group health insurance coverage of P100,000 per scholar.
For further details,
the interested applicant may call PIA Eastern Samar with telephone
number 560-9551, OWWA Regional Office 8 (053) 321-4376 or 523-0315 or
They may also
contact their school for application forms or further details.
BFP chief proposes
organization of BIDA
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA, PIA 8
February 23, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The regional chief of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) this
region proposed the organization of barangay fire brigades in all barangays in Eastern Visayas that will compliment the limited manpower
of the bureau.
This was the crux of
the message of SSupt. Pablito D. Cordeta, Regional Director, BFP 8
delivered by Senior Fire Officer Ramil Riños in the launching of Text
Fire Tacloban, Wednesday, February 23 at the Rotary Club Center here.
SSupt Cordeta admitted
that government cannot immediately hire additional firefighters to man
the different fire stations in
He said he is
proposing the organization of Barangay Integrated Defense Action (BIDA)
in all barangays in Eastern Visayas whose objective is to serve as
manpower multiplier of the bureau.
“This will not only
help during actual conflagration but also supports in our advocacy
towards fire prevention”, SSupt. Cordeta added.
He further said that
tapping the barangay will help address the manpower requirement of BFP
considering the bureau’s limited human resources.
Meanwhile, the BFP
chief in Region 8 emphasized to fire volunteers their role as force
multiplier of the bureau as first line of defense against destructive
He also recognized the
important role of fire volunteers as the bureau’s partner in public
service through closer coordination and harmonious relationship to
attain the BFP’s main goal in preventing and suppressing fire.
SSupt. Cordeta also
mentioned the launching of TXTFire Philippines as a milestone for
volunteers not only in
but to the whole of Region 8.
“The BFP Region 8
strongly supports with this new innovation of informing the public of
fire alarm anywhere in the region immediately that will call the
attention of the BFP personnel in responding to the fire call”, SSupt.
UEP-College of Nursing
garners 82.89% passing rate in the recent Nursing Licensure
By AILENE N. DIAZ, PIA Northern
Samar – The University of Eastern Philippines is in a high spirit as
it produces 67 new registered nurses in the recently concluded
Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (RNs) as per result
released by the Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) on February 20,
According to the
University Publication and Media Affairs Office, UEP, once again, is
in the forefront garnering a high 82.89% passing rate which is
considered to be the hardest hurdle compared to a very low 35.24%
national passing rate.
This, according to UEP,
proves the excellence in academic and practical preparations and
training made through the efforts of capable and efficient faculty led
by the current dean Professor Ma. Linda S. Agus in honing the students
president, Atty. Mar P. De Asis and the whole UEP family is elated
over the result and extend their congratulations to the 67 new RNs.
The following is the
list of UEP-graduate nurses: 1. ACEDERA, Michael Arben; 2. ADRIATICO,
Breven Deo; 3. AGUS, Ivy Grace; 4. ALERIA, Bia Mie; 5. ANAVISO, Mary
Ann; 6. ARYAP, Jonathan; 7. BALAG, Cecille; 8.
BALANQUIT, Julienne Adelle; 9. BANAWIS, Reggie; 10. BANGA, Gleinard;
11. BARREDA, Ronnie Yves; 12. BASILOY, Arvin; 13. BUENAVENTURA, Rocca
Veronne; 14. CABRIAS, Charina Mae; 15. CAMARTIN, Amabelle; 16.
CAPISTRANO, Katherene; 17.
CASAS, Sherry Mae; 18. DELORINO, Joynee; 19. DENEROS, Joy Kristine; 20.
DEVORA, Aizel; 21.
Bella Kristine; 22. DINEROS, Darlene Mae; 23. DINO, Angeli; 24. DUQUE,
Esther Viclyn; 25. ESPIÑA, Ma. Sarah; 26. ESTOPA, Jon Christian; 27.
EVANGELISTA, Rheza; 28. GALONO, Kevin Roy; 29. ISAIG, Ma. Cheryl; 30.
JAO, Princess Rose;
LAGUITAN, Ma. Jerrel; 32. LEAÑO, Roda; 33. LIM, Christine; 34. LOZANO,
Ian; 35. MABAIT, Leo; 36. MAGDARAOG, Bernard; 37. MAGHACOT, Neck Jun;
38. MORALDE, Angelica; 39. MORALLOS, Bryan; 40. NIVAL, Joyce; 41.
NOROÑA, Beryll Aian; 42. OLAJE, Vanessa; 43. ONG, Mervin; 44. PINCA,
Clarilyn; 45. QUIMINALES, Madeleine; 46. RACHO, John Michael; 47.
RIVERA, Ma. Rhonjie; 48. ROBLES, Janie Bell; 49. ROSALES, Adrian
Joseph; 50. SIAGO, Kristine Jemimah; 51. SINGZON, Jonah May; 52.
53. SULEIMAN, Jamaica; 54. TAN, Charie; 55. TANTUAN, Annie Mey; 56.
TARRAYO, Kareen Kay; 57. TIRAZONA, Aynrand Victor; 58. TUBALLAS,
Amelyn; 59. TUBELLO, Alberto Jr.; 60. UNAY, Jonna Mae; 61. VALENZUELA,
Toni Rose; 62. VILLARINO, Abeed Paul; 63. YAPIZ, Micka Martha; 64.
AFUNDAR, Joseph Jr.; 65. DE GUIA, Regidor Jr.; 66. JALDO, Ruel; 67.
LIM, Angeela Sheena.
Romula Obleopas of
University Publication and Media Affairs Office, said the UEP-College
of Nursing has consistently surpassed the national passing rate in
producing professional nurses. In 2008, it ranked 15 among the top
performing Nursing Schools in the Philippines.
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA, PIA 8
February 23, 2011
TACLOBAN CITY – A
fast and quick scheme of responding to fire incident this city known
as TXTFIRE Tacloban was launched on Wednesday, February 23 at the
Rotary Club Center here.
The launching of the
Text Fire Tacloban was led by the Tacloban Delta Volunteer Fire
Reserve, Inc. in partnership with the TXTFIRE Philippines Foundation,
Under this scheme, a
resident of this city who owned a cellular phone and has a firsthand
information on occurrence of fire incident can send his message by
typing Report TAC<space> Location and send to 0918-6-888-888.
According to Mark
Aquino, Tacloban Delta Fire Marshall, texters need not worry since the
scheme is free of charge after registering the number of the cellular
phone by typing Register<space>Full Name and Address and send to
Residents will just
type FIRE TAC and send to 0918-6-888-888 to get information as to the
place of occurrence of the fire incident, Aquino said.
Aquino informed that
the fire volunteers group this city has 38 active members and 20
members responsible in responding to emergency medical calls.
He added that their
active fire volunteers were equipped with the required trainings and
skills on fire emergency responses in accredited training facilities
only located in Laguna and Ilo-Ilo.
The Tacloban Delta
Fire Marshall further said that their group will not only respond to
fire calls but also in emergency medical response such as in
conducting a quick response to rescue victims in case of vehicular
accident and any call which needs immediate medical attention and
This quick response
scheme will surely save lives and prevent the loss of properties,
Aquino said basing on their group’s battlecry “we are there when
needed because every second counts”.
Ochoa leads MOA
signing for P12.9 billion hydropower project in Isabela
February 23, 2011
Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on Wednesday led the signing
of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the establishment of a P12.9
billion hydropower and irrigation project in Isabela which will
generate 100 megawatts and irrigate 41,700 hectares of new areas to
boost food sufficiency.
The MOA was signed at
the launching of Isabela’s Local Convergence Agro-Enterprise Cluster,
a project of the Convergence Initiative undertaken by the Departments
of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, and Environment and National
Resources (DA-DAR-DENR), in partnership with the provincial
government, Mindano Grains, PhilMaize, S/N Aboitiz, and the
Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Once completed, the
project will generate power for the towns of Ilaguen, San Agustin and
Tumauini, and provide irrigation to new areas in the municipalities of
Ilagan, Gamu, Jones, Tumauini, Cauayan, San Mariano, San Agustin and
“This project is not
only a prime example of the rewards of the Convergence Initiative, but
of Public-Private Partnerships the President and our administration
are so optimistic about,” Ochoa said. “Such a project is necessary if
we are to address one of the biggest issues facing us today: rice
According to the
Executive Secretary, the project is line with the Aquino
Administration’s agenda of empowering farms and rural enterprises to
become vital components in the government’s drive to achieve food
security and more economic growth in the countryside.
“Our presence here
today is evidence enough that we are taking this as an unwavering
commitment to our people. We will uplift the welfare of our farm and
rural workers, and, in the process, we will establish the systems and
infrastructure so that food self-sufficiency is realized during and
beyond our term,” Ochoa said.
To achieve this goal,
he said, the government has started taking steps to move away from
heavy dependence on rice imports and clear the bottlenecks in the
bureaucracy that impede efforts of agencies to achieve the shared
One such step is the
DA-DAR-DENR National Convergence Initiative, a multisectoral and
integrated approach wherein three rural development agencies will
undertake joint planning, programming and budgeting. They will also
have a common or well-coordinated effort at all levels from the
grassroots up to the level of the department heads.
“The projects we are
kicking off today are examples of what can be achieved if the goals of
the Convergence Initiative are realized,” Ochoa said.
Ochoa was joined by
Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Agrarian Reform Secretary
Virgilio De Los Reyes and Environment Secretary Ramon Paje and Isabela
Gov. Faustino Dy III, NIA Administrator Antonio Nangel,
Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce Chairman Alfonso Uy, PhilMaize
Chairman Roger Navarro, Mindanao Grains CEO Roderico Bioco, and S/N
Aboitiz CEO Emmanuel Rubio at the signing ceremony that coincided with
the week-long celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the EDSA People
Also present were
Isabela Representatives Napoleon Dy, Ana Cristina Go, Giordi Aggabao
and Rodolfo Albano Jr., and Mayor Benjamin Dy. “As we celebrate the
EDSA Power Revolution, it is best to honor the event by devoting
ourselves to making sure that we greatly reduce those who are poor,
those who suffer the pangs of hunger and those whose poverty denies
them and their children an opportunity to secure a bright and stable
future,” Ochoa said.
Cayetano: “Freedom of
Information Bill should still be a priority in Congress”
February 23, 2011
PASAY CITY – Senate
Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano has urged both the Senate and the
House of Representatives to work for the early passage of the Freedom
of Information (FOI) bill in spite of reluctance of the Aquino
administration to certify the urgency of the bill.
Cayetano said the
early passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill will not only
ensure transparency and accountability in the government but will
establish an institutional mechanism by which the citizenry can be
empowered by giving it access to public documents that involve public
working for the passage of the bill, both the Senate and the House of
Representatives can also show that we are, indeed, an independent
branch of government with its own priority agenda irrespective of the
executive's priorities," Cayetano said.
“While we in the
Senate are still hoping the Palace will soon have a change of heart
and later certify the FOI bill as urgent, nothing should prevent the
House of Representatives and the Senate into making it a priority
bill,” he added.
The senator, principal
author of the FOI bill, earlier expressed disappointment at
Malacanang’s decision not to include the FOI in the list of 17
priority bills after repeated assurances during the presidential
campaign that the passage of the FOI bill will be one of his
priorities once elected.
He recalled that then
Senator Benigno Aquino III also voted for the passage of the FOI bill
during the 14th Congress.
The minority leader
said both chambers of Congress have been burdened for so long with
having to conduct series of hearings and investigations in aid of
legislation on reported anomalous transactions by government agencies
like the NBN-ZTE, Fertilizer fund scam and now the AFP corruption and
the Garcia plea bargaining deal, and those hearings were hampered by
refusal of government agencies concerned to release pertinent
documents unless these were subpoenaed.
The holding of such
hearings, he said, can be minimized and prosecution of guilty parties
can be expedited with the FOI law in place.
"Since the Philippine
Anti-Graft Commission has been dissolved by the Aquino administration
and the establishment of the touted Truth Commission has been
derailed, only the early passage of the FOI bill now will redeem
President Aquino's campaign promise to lead the fight against unabated
corruption in government," Cayetano said.
“Oh my Gulay” program
– a continued activity of DepEd, Maasin City Agriculture
By R. G. CADAVOS, PIA Southern Leyte
February 23, 2011
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – The Department of Education (DepEd) had already started
vegetable gardening through “Gulayan sa Paaralan” program, a continued
project under the Food for School program in order to support not only
the parents’ livelihood but also to reduce the incidence of
malnutrition throughout the province.
Nurse Teresita Marquez disclosed in a short talk over phone that the
“Angara Bill dubbed as Oh my Gulay had already started at our level
through the Gulayan sa Paaralan implemented at all elementary schools
in the province.“ We also required at least 100 malunggay plants in
each elementary school and 50 for every primary school throughout the
division of Southern Leyte, she added.
The program will not
only help combat hidden hunger as what Sen. Edgardo Angara’s aim for
the “Oh my Gulay” program, but will also teach primary, elementary and
high school students as well, to be self-sufficient, Marquez said.
The DepEd’s cause was
closely coordinated by the Department of Agriculture which likewise
intends to foster public awareness in the health, nutritional and
economic benefits of planting vegetables in schools and at home.
On the other hand, the
City Agriculture’s Office through City Agriculturist Amado Acasio
revealed that they had implemented the “Makulay ang Bahay” few years
back, for every barangay throughout the city. It was a sort of
competition which they had given prizes to the first three winners and
consolation prizes to every participant-barangays, he bared.
The city selected the
top 20 barangays and 20 schools with high malnutrition rate which was
assessed to participate in the “Makulay ang Bahay” competition. The
project started last 2007 yet.
Acasio disclosed that
the program was aimed to encourage each household and schools to plant
vegetables and provide safe and nutritious food for every family’s
consumption and in school canteens. The program also promotes proper
composting and the use of organic farming technologies.
Though, last year they
did not pushed the contest due to lack of funds and time to evaluate
the competing barangays, but a continued distribution of vegetable
seeds was made as a regular program of the city agriculture here.
The Angara Bill was
fully supported by the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of
Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Health (DOH), the DepEd
and other private organizations throughout the country. "There's a
way to fight this so-called 'hidden hunger' – by eating vegetables
loaded with vitamins and minerals which are vital to school-age
children and the key is to get kids involved in planting, growing and
harvesting these veggies, whether at home or in school, so they become
more eager to eat them," he explained in a press release.
Kris Aquino brings
medical mission to Palo
By Provincial Media Relations Center
February 22, 2011
PALO, Leyte – Some
100 women from Palo are on track to living a cancer-free life after
getting cervical cancer vaccines while some 100 children were given
pneumococcal vaccines courtesy of Presidential sister Kris Aquino who
brought her Medical Mission on Pneumococcal and Cervical Cancer
Vaccination Sunday at the Archbishop Hall here.
The TV host-actress,
the youngest sibling of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, said the
free vaccination for women and children in Palo was conducted as part
of her social contribution as presidential sister and also an effort
on her part to help Filipino women fight against cervical cancer which
is considered the second killer among women of all ages, next to
It was learned that
everyday, about 12 Filipinas suffer from cervical cancer, making it a
cause of concern not just to women, but to their loved ones as well,
male partners included.
Kris said with the
vaccine, women are 80 percent protected from the virus that is mostly
rooted from sexual contact.
With the vaccination,
women will get protection against 12 other cancer-causing HPV types
which include HPV strain 45, a strain which prevalently causes a more
severe form of cervical cancer among Filipinas.
The free medical care
was also supported by Glaxo Smith-Kline pharmaceutical company, the
provincial government of Leyte and the local government unit of Palo.
In Kris’ speech, she
thanked Palo Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla and Governor Carlos
Jericho Petilla for their support.
She added she has
chosen Palo as among the first recipient of her medical mission as
part of her promise during the electoral campaigns here in May 2010.
“I promised that I
would come back and bring help in any way we can. Mayor Petilla was
one of the first to really believe in ‘Noy (President Aquino) and Gov.
Petilla was, I would say, one whom I personally convinced to support
‘Noy. Lahat ng kabutihan na ibinigay niyo sa amin during the campaign,
ibabalik din naming in the next five years and more,” the TV host
Meanwhile, aside from
the free pneumococcal vaccines for the children, Kris also distributed
hundreds of toys for the kids in attendance.
She likewise visited
children at the Lingap Center at the Government Center in Palo, Leyte
where she also distributed toys and a book titled “Noynoy’s sisters”
which chronicles her roles and her other presidential sisters Ballsy,
Pinky and Viel in PNoy’s life.
FIDA reports situation
of abaca industry in Biliran
By FLOR JACKSON, PIA Biliran
February 22, 2011
NAVAL, Biliran – The
Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) in the province of Biliran
reported the situation of the abaca industry in the area during a
forum today attended by sectoral representatives of the province,
local government officials and some representatives of the national
government agencies (NGAs).
In his report, Joseph
“Von” Salas OIC Provincial Fiber Officer of Biliran bared that the
province of Biliran is very suitable to abaca because of its moderate
climate which is not hot nor cold.
He added that there
are some 1,500 to 2,000 hectares of land in the province that are
planted to abaca as he said that there are some 600 abaca farmers in
the entire province.
situation of the abaca industry in the province puts the abaca farmers
to a good advantage because the abaca plants have never been attacked
by bungy top and other pests unlike in other provinces where the abaca
plantations were seriously affected by diseases.
During the forum, Mr.
Salas also reported the accomplishments and activities of FIDA-Biliran
He informed that in
2010, a series of visitations was conducted by FIDA-Biliran in some
barangays in the province where abaca plantations are nearly located.
During these visits,
fora were conducted to abaca farmers to update them on the modern
technology of planting abaca for them to get higher production that
leads to more income.
Part of the activities
of FIDA-Biliran in 2010 was the massive information campaign urging
farmers to continue planting high quality abaca through radio
guestings through radio programs “Sibya sa Probinsya” of the
provincial government of Biliran and the “Kapihan sa PIA” of the
Philippine Information Agency - Biliran Provincial Office.
The radio programs, he
said, provided an avenue for farmers to get updates from FIDA-Biliran
on in the abaca industry in Biliran province.
He added that in 2010,
Lakbay Aral to other provinces within region 8 and outside of the
region were conducted to give abaca farmers an opportunity to observe
how abaca plantations in other places were managed.
demonstrations were conducted to abaca farmers to get the best quality
abaca fibers with less wastage.
A turn-over ceremony
of the improved stripping device took place after the presentation of
FIDA regional office
through Director Jeffrey Espeña who was present during the occasion
handed the improved stripping device to the provincial government of
Biliran. He was assisted by Joseph Salas. The equipment was received
by Julia Tuston, Agriculture Technician of the Office of the
Provincial Agricultural Services (OPAS).
stripping device will be used by the Biliran abaca farmers in the
abaca industry in the province on rotation basis”, Mr. Salas said.