Foundation donates new ambulance for 8ID
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
Catbalogan City, Samar – The 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine
Army based in Catbalogan City Samar, officially received at 7:30 in
the morning of January 9, a brand new ambulance donated by the Lingap
Kawal Foundation through the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff of
the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
The blessing of one
unit brand new ambulance was held at the 8ID Headquarters during the
flag raising ceremony with Major General Mario F. Chan, Commander of
8ID gracing the occasion.
This simple yet
meaningful ceremony signals that the new vehicle is now ready for
service, Lt. Colonel Niceforo Diaz, 8th ID spokesman said.
According to Lt.
Colonel Diaz, the vehicle will be used by the Camp Lukban Station
Hospital (CLSH) of Headquarters 8ID, primarily for evacuation of
With the addition of
this vehicle, the CLSH now has (3) three ambulance further enhancing
its lift capability for evacuation, the 8th ID spokesman said.
Aside from catering to
military patients and their dependents, the ambulance units of the
Division have figured in the evacuation of civilian victims of
accidents or disaster related incidents in the Region, he added.
To recall, the 8ID as
part of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council,
has been very active in disaster response and rescue operations in the
General Chan welcomed the new addition to the 8th IDs equipment as
enhancement to the military’s public service for the people of Eastern
“The new ambulance
will certainly make the 8ID more effective in performing its tasks in
accordance with IPSP Bayanihan,” Major General Chan said.
US in-sourcing push
underscores clamor to end call center-centric and foreign
investment-driven economy – CPP
The Communist Party of
the Philippines (CPP) cited the push in the United States to in-source
call-center jobs of American companies, saying it underscores the
clamor of the Filipino workers and people to put an end to the call
center-centric and foreign investment-driven local economy and uphold
policies for national industrialization and land distribution to spur
domestic economic production and demand.
The Obama government
is supporting the
Call Center and
Consumers Protection Bill filed in the US Congress which encourages
in-sourcing of call center jobs by American firms and penalizing
companies that deal with business process outsourcing (BPO) firms
officials fear that the enactment of the in-sourcing law in the US
will stymie the growth of the local BPO enterprises in the
Philippines, touted as the “sunshine industry”. Last year, the
surpassed India in call-center employment. Local BPO operations employ
around 600,000 Filipinos with 70% employed in call centers. As much as
90% of listed available jobs in the Philippines are those for call
center positions. Local call center agents receive an annual average
pay of $3,600 compared to the annual pay of $30,000 for American
“Local BPO operations
are bound to suffer the fate of export-oriented textile and
electronics production which eventually slowed down from its peak in
the 1980s after foreign investors eventually found labor markets that
were cheaper than the Philippines,” said the CPP.
possibility of massive retrenchment in BPO centers in the Philippines
in the face of the US push for in-sourcing drives down the basic
criticism against the economic policy of dependence on foreign
investments,” said the CPP.
government, like all past regimes since the 1940s, has advocated the
policy of attracting foreign investments as the main engine of
economic growth. The slowdown and eventual demise of the BPO industry
in the Philippines, like all previous so-called ‘sunshine’ industries,
emphasize the fact that foreign investments have never brought
long-lasting growth to the Philippines.”
people’s longstanding clamor for national industrialization and land
reform is brought to the fore by the impending sunset of BPO
operations in the Philippines," added the CPP. “The Filipino people
demand decent and stable jobs. Young workers are fed up with the
inability of the puppet state to provide them with work outside of
call centers and overseas employment.”
PWJA, PPA expound on
By MARIVIC ALCOBER, PIA 8
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA) headed by Judge Jocelyn
White of the Municipal Trial Court of San Policarpo,
Eastern Samar recently conducted a Seminar-Workshop on Sextortion for
representatives from the different sectors.
This was bared by
Probation and Parole Officer Lovella C. Libertad of the Parole and
Probation Administration (PPA), Tacloban City Office. According to
her, the Seminar-Workshop which was in coordination with PPA Tacloban
City Office headed by City Parole and Probation Officer Cornelio Q.
Brazil was conducted at the Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City.
It was learned that a
total of ninety-eight (98) participants representing the different
sectors of the community took part in the said seminar-workshop
through the invitation of the Association.
Ms. Libertad shared
that the group of participants was composed of barangay and community
officials, students, city and provincial prosecutors, public
attorneys, probation and parole officials, social workers, police
officers, volunteer probation aides, and school guidance councilors,
was formally opened by Judge Jocelyn White who warmly welcomed the
The affair was also
graced by Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez who delivered an
opening remarks followed by a brief message from Congressman Ferdinand
Martin G. Romualdez, according to Ms. Libertad.
The main discussion
during the seminar, which was centered on the topic Anti-Sextortion
Toolkit, was tackled by Atty. Lila Czarina A. Aquitania, Legal
Consultant of the Tacloban City Mayor’s Office.
Libertad disclosed that the primary objective of the seminar-workshop
was to inform the participants on the Anti-Sextortion Toolkt, a
step-by-step guide on how to deal with and how to process cases on
sextortion, which was developed by the PWJA in coordination with the
International Association of Women Judges.
seminar also aims to enlighten the participants of that fact that
there are already laws in the country formulated in response to the
needs of a sextortion victim. Meanwhile, it was shared that
sextortion is the term used to describe the abuse of power or
authority to extract sex or sexual exploitation.
Eastern Samar gets
more CCT beneficiaries
By SAMUEL D. CANDIDO, PIA Eastern
January 10, 2012
BORONGAN CITY, Eastern
Samar – The Pantawid Pamilya Cluster Operations Unit, Provincial
Field Office, Eastern Samar, of Department of Social Welfare and
Development (DSWD)-8, has recently identified 7,187 new registered
households beneficiaries for the government’s Conditional Cash
Transfer (CCT) subsidy program.
This was reported by
Ms. Febie N. Palines, Social Welfare Officer III/Provincial
Coordinator of 4Ps.
She said that these
seven municipalities include: Borongan with 2,744 beneficiaries; San
Julian - 744; Balangkayan - 572; Oras - 315; Can-avid - 1,158;
Quinapondan - 882 and Balangiga - 772.
She added that there
are also 4,317 new household beneficiaries which are registered and
are being validated or partially tabulated to date in five
municipalities namely: Dolores - 2,200, Llorente - 997 (additional),
Hernani - 74 (additional), Maslog - 56 (additional) and Salcedo - 990.
Aside from the
abovementioned, another 9,426 new targeted potential household
beneficiaries are subject for registration and validation by staff of
Pantawid Pamilya Cluster Operations Unit Field Office in seven more
municipalities namely: Merecedes - 409, Guiuan - 3,492, Lawa-an - 985,
Sulat - 1,063, Giporlos - 1,078, Maydolong - 952 and Taft - 1,447.
Last year there were
5,484 families who are still enjoying the cash subsidy until to date,
at a maximum of P1,400 monthly in seven municipalities: Arteche -
1,297, Hernani - 544, Maslog - 430, Llorente - 437, Jipapad - 694, San
Policarpo - 1,052 and MacArthur - 1,030.
The report added that
this new registered household beneficiaries will receive their first
payment in March, while those subject for registration and validation
will receive theirs in April or May.
These new additional
beneficiaries were identified through DSWD’s National Household
Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHT-PR) and were validated
through the coordination with the local government units (LGUs) of
Palines further said
that they make sure that the new households have no children aging
beyond 14 years old; they do not have stable source of livelihood and
have agreed to comply with the requirements of the program.
For 2012, all 22
municipalities and one city of the province are already under the CCT
CCT is being
implemented by the Aquino administration through DSWD is an extended
version of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), which is a
poverty reduction and social development strategy of the national
government that provides cash subsidy to extremely poor households for
them to improve their health, nutrition and educational status
particularly the children aged 0-14.
DOST awards facilities
to improve productivity of handicraft producers in Northern Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
Samar – The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 8
turned over on January 10, common service facilities that are
envisioned to improve the productivity of handicraft producers in
three selected communities in Northern Samar.
Director Edgardo Esperancilla and Governor Paul Daza presided over the
awarding of the common service facilities that include 3 units of
cylinder bed sewing machines and 3 units of Flat bed sewing machines
which will be used by the members of the Northern Samar Handicraft
Producers Association particularly in Las Navas, Allen and
San Antonio towns. They were joined by Ms. Lucia Dauz, DOST 8 GIA
coordinator, Engr. Veronica A. Laguitan, PSCT Catarman and Ms. Marissa
Azanza of PLDO.
The occasion was also
highlighted by the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement by Hon. Paul
Daza, Mayor Rudy Baguioso of San Antonio, Mayor Rod Laurean D. Suan of
Allen and Mayor Minda Tan of Las Navas.
said that the establishment of common service facilities for
handicraft production in selected communities of
Northern Samar was proposed by the Provincial Livelihood Development
Office of the Provincial Government of Northern Samar with the members
of the Northern Samar Handicraft Producers Association as the target
The beneficiaries hope
to improve their productivity through the acquisition of tools and
equipment. Eventually, this will generate additional employment and
In order to sustain
the project, the Northern Samar Provincial Government opted to
collaborate with DOST-Provincial Science and
for technical and funding support through the DOST-8 Grant in Aid
Program. The local government units as project co-implementer will
provide the funding counterpart for the improvement of space and
building of the production centers.
San Antonio Mayor
Rodolfo Baguioso committed the vacated Municipal Agriculture Office as
the production center for San Antonio Weavers Association.
Allen Mayor Rod
Laurean Suan committed the Barangay Cabacungan Multi-purpose Hall as
Barangay Cabacungan Weavers Association Production Center.
Las Navas Mayor Arlito
Tan in coordination with the DENR-PENRO Northern Samar will provide
the DENR defunct building at Barangay Bukid, Las Navas, as Barangay
Bukid Weavers Association Production Center.
The Province of
Northern Samar has an abundant supply of raw materials for handicraft
production such as sea grass, tikog, buri, takay, romblon, pandan and
other indigenous materials which are left untapped due to lack of
appropriate knowledge and skills of weavers on various weaving styles,
color blends, latest fashion, trends and designs on handicraft
particularly handbag making.
With the Northern
Samar Handbag Project in 2009, then Governor Raul Daza sent five women
to Cora Cares Foundation Training School in Meycawayan, Bulacan to
undergo trainers’ training on handbag making. As a result, 107 skilled
weavers from the municipalities of
Allen and Las Navas underwent a series of skills and entrepreneurial
training, organized per municipality, elected their officers and were
federated into the NSHPA composed of 31 members.
Maasin City gets P20
Million LGSF from DILG
By BONG PEDALINO, PIA Southern
January 10, 2012
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – The city local government unit here was a recipient of the
Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) of the Department of Interior and
Local Government (DILG) in the amount of P20 Million.
The grant was an
incentive given out of the many awards, citations, and recognitions
the city LGU garnered, a record feat which the DILG duly considered,
said City Mayor Maloney Samaco during the city-paid radio program this
In a follow-up phone
interview by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Samaco said the
DILG-led LGSF which the city was privileged to have received was also
in compliance of the full disclosure policy of the agency.
This also showed that
the city succeeded in clinching the Seal of Good Housekeeping as part
of the full disclosure policy, Samaco added.
On Friday, City
Councilor Rene Hatayna told PIA the P20 Million grant can do much to
cushion the impact of the expected decreased Internal Revenue
Allotment (IRA) share for this year, 2012, which was earlier estimated
at around P 47 Million.
Hatayna said the city
had submitted proposals as required on what project or program was
intended for the LGSF, but he was unable to provide some details.
Samaco gave a few
specifics, saying that among the proposals submitted on deadline last
week, January 4, were improvements of the Maasin Commercial Complex,
roads, bridges, and a new slaughterhouse slated to be constructed
around barangay Dongon-Bato I area.
requirements to avail of the LGSF are still forthcoming, but
nevertheless Samaco was optimistic the projects as stated and approved
can be implemented within this year.
Meanwhile, Samaco said
he had extended an invitation to DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, coursed
through provincial director Johnny Badocdoc, to be one of the guests
during the opening ceremonies of the Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic
Association (EVRAA) meet in the city on January 29.
Army’s 19th IB
welcomes new commanding officers
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
KANANGA, Leyte – The
officers and men of the 19th Infantry Battalion of the 8th Infantry
Division welcomed, on Saturday, January 7, as Lt. Colonel Alejandro Nacnac, took over the command from Lt. Colonel Francis Cabugon.
The installation of
Lt. Colonel Nacnac as the 30th Commanding Officer of the 19th IB, was
attended by local chief executives, police counterparts, members of
the media and civilian guests.
Before his appointment
as commanding officer of the 19th IB, Lt. Colonel Nacnac was a general
staff of the 8th Infantry Division.
A member of PMA class
’90, Lt. Colonel Nacnac hails from Piddig, Ilocos. He graduated
number one (1) when he took up the Command and General Staff Course
Class 53 at AFP Command and General Staff College.
GSC is the highest
career course for Philippine military officers. He also served as 8th
ID’s Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operation (CMO) prior
to his designation as commanding officer of 19th IB, the second
battalion he commanded in his 22 years of military service.
As the new battalion
commander, Nacnac’s first marching order to his troops was to maintain
high standard of discipline of the 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion
while serving the people.
“19th IB had a
‘bishop’. Now I’m installing a ‘knight’ in the person of Lt. Col.
Nacnac who is equally skilled as his forerunner”, Major General Chan,
8th ID Commander who presided over the ceremony, said.
Maj. Gen. Chan said he
expects more than what Nacnac’s forerunner had accomplished. The 19th
IB topped other Army Battalions during the third quarter of year 2011
and hopefully, the whole calendar year.
Moreover, Leyte has
been declared Manageable Conflict-Affected and Development Ready
province under Cabugon’s tenure, a legacy which the new commanding
officer is expected to uphold.
Before leaving 19th IB,
Lt. Colonel Cabugon wrote a book entitled, The Implementation of
Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) in Leyte, a book which records
his experiences on how he battled the communist insurgency in Leyte in
barely six (6) months.
Cabugon was awarded with one (1) Military Merit Medal and a Command
Plaque during the change of command ceremony.
Leyte guv pushes for
completion of Burauen-Albuera road
Media Relations Center
January 9, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte
Gov.Carlos Jericho Petilla says completion of the Burauen-Albuera road
is one priority road project of the Regional Development Council in
Eastern Visayas this 2012.
The governor, who sits
as chair of the RDC-8 says completion of the Burauen-Albuera road will
help address insurgency problem in the area, as well as provide more
economic activity in the villages that the road traverses.
In a recent gathering
with the Vice-Mayors League - Leyte Chapter, Gov. Petilla disclosed
that the RDC through the Department of Public Works and Highways in
the region has already called on the support of the national
government to complete the project.
The road opening
project started in 2008. It traverses some rebel-infested villages in
the borders of northern and western Leyte. However, the number of
insurgents existing along these areas have waned over the years which
led to Leyte’s declaration as a “development-ready” province prior to
the conclusion of 2011.
The governor sees the
road project as a big contribution in maintaining peace and order in
the area. But more than that, he added that once opened, the road
would open up economic possibilities for municipalities in the second
district and the fourth district.
Gov. Petilla said, as
a priority project, the RDC is targeting for it to be completed this
2012. A major part of the Burauen side of the road is already reported
completed, while the Albuera side, the governor reports, is the part
that needs more funding.
About 6.26 kilometers
of the road is still unopened in Albuera side and 2.17 kilometers in
the Burauen side. A DPWH report stated that the National Government
has already released P244 million for the project.
The report claimed
that first phase and second phase of the 12-kilometer new road was
completed in May 2010 and April 2011, respectively. The third phase of
the road opening is now 59 percent complete.
The project will
provide alternate road between northern, central and southwestern part
of Leyte. It is expected to shorten travel time between the cities of
Ormoc and Tacloban.
BILECO to conduct
public hearing on application for approval of 2011-2016 capital
expenditure program, authority to secure loan
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA, PIA Biliran
NAVAL, Biliran – The
Biliran Electric Cooperative, Incorporated (Bileco) will hold a public
hearing that will involve the future financial outlook and how it will
relate to the improvement in the delivery of quality services of the
lone electric cooperative in the province of Biliran.
The public hearing is
scheduled on January 24, 2012 at around
10:00 o’clock in the morning to be held at the Bileco main office located
in Barangay Caray-Caray, Naval, Biliran, according to a Bileco press
January 5, 2011
furnished to PIA.
The public hearing
will tackle the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Case No. 2011-157
entitled “In the matter of the application for approval of capital
expenditure program for the years 2011-2016 with prayers for authority
to secure loan from the National Electrification Administration (NEA)
and provisional authority”, it said.
The press statement
added that Bileco’s capital expenditure application was already
published in Leyte-Samar Daily Express on November 23, 2011 and order
and notice of public hearing was also published on January 2 and 9,
2012 in Philippine Daily Inquirer. Copy of capital expenditure
application and notice of public hearing were furnished also to the
local government units in the province.
The Bileco press
release prepared by Maria Theresa Sambitan, MDO/BAPA Coordinator and
approved by Samuel G. Trinidad, Jr., ISD Manager also invited the
electric cooperative’s member-consumers to attend the public hearing
for them to be able to know the objective of the capital expenditure
project that will be implemented by Bileco to improve its facilities
and to ensure its continued good service.
It mentioned also that
the ERC delegation will be led by Commissioner Alfredo J. Non who will
preside the public hearing that will be conducted.
Meanwhile, in the ERC
application for approval of capital expenditure program for the years
2011-2016 of Bileco, the projects are as follows with its
corresponding total project cost: substation sub-transmission
development projects - P54,378,211; primary distribution development
projects - P21,425,326.50; asset renewal projects - P7,777,386.30;
other capital expenditure: network projects - P19,063.587.70; other
capital expenditure: non-network projects institutional development (ISD)
- P4,359,900; other capital expenditure: non-network projects finance
services department (FSD) - P3,275,819.8; other capital expenditure:
non-network projects technical services department (TSD) - P3, 209,661.90. The grand total of the network and
non-network projects is P113,358,561.22.
Some of the big
projects to be undertaken by Bileco that are part of the 2011-2016
capital expenditure program include the construction of 69KV
sub-transmission line (Biliran to Caray-Caray, Naval) 16.5 kms.,
construction of new substation 3.15MVA at Brgy. Caray-Caray, Naval,
installation of additional line protection for feeder 1 and 2,
construction of double circuit line Caray-Caray-Atipolo Naval (2.8 kms.)
and Caray-Caray-Naval Poblacion (5 kms.), upgrading of distribution
line from 1-phase to 3-phase (Bliss Calumpang to Brgy. Cabibihan,
Caibiran) 20.8 kms., replacement of rotten poles and defective
kilowatthour meter , new connections and distribution transformer
Moreover, it was
reflected in Bileco’s application for authority to secure loan that
the total project cost of P116,759,318.07 will be financed through a
15-year term loan from National Electrification Administration (NEA)
with interest of nine percent annually subject to its present lending
policies on loan approval and releases and through internally
generated fund known as Reinvestment Fund for Sustainable Capital
Out of the total
project cost of P116,759,318.07, P92,159, 378.92 will be sourced out
from NEA and the P24, 599, 939.15 will be sourced out from member’s
contribution for capital expenditures based on the summary of proposed
financiers and the corresponding desired borrowing of Bileco.
Bileco also stated
in its application for approval of 2011-2016 capital expenditure
specifically in item number 8 that the instant capital expenditure
plan was envisioned to have the least rate impact focusing on a
capital expenditure plan that will bring the most value to consumers
at the most reasonable and justifiable electricity rate or at least
cost of service.