watchdogs meet at 19th IB
Joel Alejandro S Nacnac INF (GSC) PA flanked by PNP officers
during the presentation of unit equipment and capabilities on
February 22, 2012.
By 19th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
KANANGA, Leyte – The
Army’s 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion received some 26 police key
officers and non-commissioned officers from the Leyte Provincial
Police Office (LPPO), City Police Offices of Tacloban and Ormoc and
the 8th Regional Public Safety Battalion (8RPSB) during the monthly
Joint Peace Security Coordinating Council (JPSCC) meeting held at its
The event was the
first meeting ever set after the official signing of a Memorandum of
Agreement (MOA) on the creation of JPSCC which was ably participated
by the 19th IB, Leyte Provincial Police Office, Southern Leyte
Provincial Police Office and City Directors of Tacloban and Ormoc on
February 16 last year.
Lt. Col. Joel
Alejandro S. Nacnac, commanding officer of 19th IB remarked that the
JPSCC meeting was conducted for the military and the PNP to have
common understanding on the implementation of plans and programs in
connection with the maintenance of peace and order. With such tool, he
hoped to forge stronger relation with the Philippine National Police.
“The military and the
PNP should be one against insurgency, criminalities, emergencies and
disasters. If we tie up our resources, we could accomplish more.”
During the meeting,
the participants received detailed updates on calamity, disasters and
insurgency threat situation in the operational area of 19th IB.
Likewise, respective police offices presented their briefings on their
unit mission, crime situation, most potent threat, current thrusts and
founding of JPSCC was beneficial to both agencies being an avenue of
crafting policies for Internal Security Operation (ISO).
In his message, PSSupt
Wilson Caubat, Police Director of the Tacloban City Police Office (TCPO)
stressed that his office will coordinate and support the 19th IB’s
effort especially with Internal Security Operation (ISO).
Similarly, PSSupt Raul
Saysay, commanding officer of the 8th Regional Public Safety Battalion
based in Capoocan, Leyte committed sizeable police personnel to be
augmented to 19th IB in case of eventualities and during
After the meeting,
Lt. Col. Nacnac showed the participants static display of equipment
and capabilities of 19th IB in both combat and non-combat operations.
He concluded by saying the Army’s 19th Infantry Battalion was honored
to have hosted the first JPSCC meeting of the year.
Stakeholders push for
commercialization of cassava, upland rice in Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
CALBIGA, Samar –
With the end in view of fast tracking the commercialization of cassava
and upland rice in Samar Island which is piloted in Calbiga, the key
players in the collaborative project recently met to map up a work
plan indicating the specific strategies to be undertaken this year.
Agriculture Region 8 Director Antonio Gerundio informed that the
two-day Planning Workshop and Collaborative Meeting held at the Spark
Function Hall, Calbiga, Samar on February 16-17, 2012, was in by
representatives from the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR),
Department of Agriculture-8 (DA-8), farmers’ associations, Municipal
Social Welfare Development (MSWD) and the Local Government Unit (LGU)
of Calbiga, who are all committed towards pushing for the production
of upland rice and cassava from home-consumption level, to a surplus,
commercial scale in the Samar Province and exploit their huge market
The strategies were
focused on the provision of inputs, infrastructure and mechanization
and the conduct of technology-transfer activities/training and
information, education and communication (IEC) approaches.
The project, which
forges public-private partnership concept, has been initially
implemented in Calbiga, Samar last year and is determined to expand
eventually to cover the entire province of Samar.
It was conceptualized
as a strategy for achieving sustainable rural development by piloting
the municipality as an agribusiness model that will exploit the
opportunities available, the commercialization of upland rice and
cassava, towards achieving sustainable rural development.
“Rural development is
all about intensified food production and market linkage. Today, the
actors who can make these aspects of the value chain work shall join
forces for development to come into fruition in this part of the
region,” DA-8’s Regional Executive Director Antonio G. Gerundio said
during the launching in august last year.
Techno-demo farms have
already been established in Calbiga for the two focus commodities
showcasing the appropriate farming practices and at the same time,
serving as an area for varietal trials and propagation of planting
For cassava, 5 of the
20-hectare techno-demo are already planted with the crop, Mr Allan
Gojoco, the project manager said. Overall, the project aims to cover
500 hectares for upland rice and 2,500 hectares for cassava.
“With this target, we
hope to raise the average yields of upland rice and cassava from 1.8
tons/ha to 3.0 tons/ha and from 3.07 tons/ha to 12 tons/ha,
respectively,” Project Head Ms Melody de Guzman revealed.
Samar Island is among
the more depressed areas in the country, yet possesses great
potentials for agribusiness development. Upland rice and cassava are
two traditional crops grown in the island, but largely for home
consumption. The local market potentials for both crops are
tremendous, especially cassava which is a critical input for animal
This undertaking of
improving the productivity of upland rice and cassava in Calbiga runs
parallel to the thrusts of the government on attaining rice
sufficiency by 2013 and addressing critical gaps in food sufficiency
by making cassava as an alternative staple crop and substitute for
Calbiga is known to
produce upland rice cultivars that demand high value or premium price
due to its unique taste and aroma as well as cassava as food and
Solon to DepEd: 8
years of mother tongue-based teaching in K+12 curriculum
February 22, 2012
QUEZON CITY –
Sensing hesitation from the Department of Education (DepEd) on using
the child’s first language or the child’s mother tongue in teaching, a
lawmaker championing the Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTBMLE)
system has called on Sec. Armin Luistro to get rid of the old language
of instruction and implement mother tongue-based teaching in the first
6 years, at the least, of elementary education.
Gunigundo, 2nd District of Valenzuela, laments that DepEd is still
married to the current bilingual system of teaching, without minding
that Filipino children’s performance in school are among the worst in
In his privilege
speech delivered yesterday, 21 February 2012, during the celebration
of the International Mother Language Day, Rep. Gunigundo urges Sec.
Luistro and his department to look closely on the situation and listen
to what the children feels about the current educational system.
“I urge the Secretary
to send his people to the field, make them interact with the teachers
who are faced with the challenge of teaching school children in the
language that they do not understand,” Rep. Gunigundo said.
As the principal
author of HB 162 titled, “The Multilingual Education and Literacy
Act,” Rep. Gunigundo is pushing for the use of the child’s first
language as medium of instructions in school for eight years, as
opposed to what the DepEd is posed to implement.
“I am strongly opposed
to the implementation of MTBMLE until grade 3 only, because
international research have shown that six years of teaching in mother
tongue is an absolute minimum,” explains Rep. Gunigundo. “K+12 with 3
years of MTBMLE is weakest and least desirable set up for functional
literacy goals and acquisition of second language purposes,” he added.
“Unless they have
studies to prove that three years of mother tongue language of
instruction is better than the eight years, then I will retract my
stand and will support them,” he said. “Until then, the school
performance of children will continue to suffer,” warned Rep.
waterless LGUs avail of DILG’s Salintubig project
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Three local government units in Eastern Visayas have availed of the
Salintubig project of the Department of Interior and Local government,
Ms. Ofelia Pido, focal person for Salintubig in the Region informed.
Ms. Pido identified
the three waterless municipalities as
in the province of Leyte, Laoang in Northern Samar, and Taft in
municipalities are the recipients for 2011, Ms. Pido said, and they
have yet to comply with all the requirements in order to avail of the
P10 million water system project.
Ms. Pido informed that
a coordination meeting was conducted among DILG, DOH and the LGU
beneficiaries last week in order to facilitate the fast tracking of
the submission of the requirements including the Feasibility Plans and
the Program of Work.
The said LGUs pledged
that they will complete the requirements in March and by June, faucets
must already be in place at the waterless municipalities.
Ms. Pido added that
for the year 2012, the LGU beneficiaries have been identified by the
DILG. She however, did not identify the LGUs as they have not been
will undergo workshop in the preparation of feasibility studies.
A Memorandum of
Agreement (MOA) in December 2010 was entered into by the
representatives of the DILG, Department of Health (DOH) and the
National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) for the implementation for
water supply or Salintubig (Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig para sa Lahat)
Under the agreement
the DILG will be responsible for the capacity development requirements
of the LGUs and water service providers for the planning, development,
management of the water utility services of the Salintubig Program.
municipality, and agencies which will implement the water supply
projects will do the feasibility studies and engineering designs,
civil works construction, and management of the facilities.
NAPC will conduct the
monitoring and evaluation and will submit the reports to the Office of
DOH will be in charge
in the implementation of the infrastructure component including the
review, approval, and funding of the water supply systems.
The Salintubig project
will provide a water supply system in the municipalities and also to
waterless barangays, health centers, and resettlement areas.
For 2011, the Program
covers 115 waterless municipalities, 62 waterless barangays, 55
waterless health centers, and 24 waterless resettlement sites, using
the P 1.5 Billion Funds released to DBM.
For 2012, the Program
will be transferred to DILG and will cover 150 municipalities, 43
barangays, 46 health centers, and 12 resettlement sites.
Under the Salintubig
Program, there are two thematic areas. The first is the
poorest/water-less barangays with high incidence of water borne
diseases and resettlement area, and the second is the Rural Health
Centers without access to safe water.
For the water-less
barangays, the beneficiaries in Region 8 is Bobon, Northern Samar
which will be given P6 million; San Jose, San Vicente and Mondragon,
all in Northern Samar, which will be given P2.5 million each, after
their papers are processed.
Also to benefit in the
same thematic area are Limasawa, Southern Leyte with P5 million,
Maasin City with P2.5 million, and Calbiga, Samar with P2.5 million.
For the second
thematic concern, Rural Health Centers or lying in clinics with no
access to safe travel, the beneficiaries in Eastern Visayas, to be
give P1 million each are Villareal and Zummaraga, both in Samar
province, and San Julian and Borongan City both of Eastern Samar.
ICRC concerned by
death of civilians due to indiscriminate use of weapons in Kidapawan
MANILA – Following
the Sunday night attack on the Kidapawan City Jail, the International
Committee of the Red Cross is seriously concerned by the
indiscriminate killing of bystanders and a Red Cross volunteer
responding to humanitarian needs.
Arriving in the area
after it was declared safe and clear, a Philippine Red Cross (PRC)
emergency response team observed a small number of people injured and
property damaged by bullets that were indiscriminately fired in all
explosive device left in the area then exploded, killing the volunteer
ambulance driver of this team, Benny "Daddy" Balmediano, as they were
carrying out life-saving response to those injured in the earlier
attack on the jail," said Jean-Daniel Tauxe, ICRC Head of Delegation
in the Philippines.
"We deplore such
events leading to injury and death of those who are carrying out
humanitarian duties trying to assist the wounded. We would like to
stress that civilians and humanitarian workers must be protected at
all times," he added.
The ICRC reminds all
those concerned that the indiscriminate use of weapons negates basic
notions of humanity. The ICRC and the PRC call on all those concerned
to respect those responding to emergencies, including Red Cross
"It is tragic for a
humanitarian worker, who is also a father and who is there only to
alleviate suffering and save life, to be a victim of violence," said
PRC chairman Richard Gordon.
The ICRC is a neutral,
impartial and independent humanitarian organization that strives to
assist and protect victims of armed conflict and other situations of
violence. It works with the PRC, its strategic local partner in the
Philippines, to enhance capacity to respond to disasters and other
Women frustrated and
blames Congress over increasing number of maternal deaths
QUEZON CITY – A
group of women advocates working in grassroots communities blamed
Congress for the reported 50 maternal deaths in January in Metro
According to Elizabeth
Angsioco, National Chairperson of the Democratic Socialist Women of
the Philippines (DSWP), the Department of Health report is quite
alarming and should wake up sleeping representatives in Congress.
“These deaths are
caused by inadequate reproductive health services needed in preventing
and responding to such complications and therefore, saving mothers’
lives,” lamented Angsioco.
Angsioco stressed that
these services are contained in the RH bill that has been continuously
delayed for more than 12 years by Philippine Congress.
“It is frustrating
that Congress is quick to act on political issues like impeachment but
very slow when it comes to legislation that will address ordinary
people’s needs, especially those of poor women,” said Angsioco.
Angsioco added, “It is
detestable that the House of Representatives (HOR) in particular, has
been almost paralyzed because of the ongoing impeachment trial despite
the fact that only a handful of them are directly involved in it. The
HOR knows very well that its legislative functions should not be
DSWP head extends
blame to President Aquino, who has been too preoccupied with removing
the chief Justice who heads a supposedly co-equal branch of
government, and in the process seems to have set aside his promises to
the Filipino people, especially to those that will redound to their
well-being like the RH bill.
“Two years in office
is more than enough for him to achieve this as shown by the other
issues where he got what he wanted from Congress,” asserted Angsioco.
"The President needs to be sternly reminded that many voted for him
because of his promise to push for the RH bill passage.”
Moreover, “the deaths
of these mothers are on the heads of these government officials. How
many more mothers need to die before those who are mandated to save
them begin to act?” Angsioco asked.
officials to end the political intramurals, Angsioco said, “the
executive should fulfill its promises and mandate, especially those
contained in P-Noy’s Social Contract with the Filipino people.”
urgently called on Congress to put RH bill into vote. “For once, our
political leaders should do something for mothers, especially poor
mothers who are dying every day due to pregnancy and
childbirth-related complications,” she ended.
DOLE-8 and EVOSHNET’s
budget partnership agreement to enhance transparency in governance
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 8 and the
Eastern Visayas Occupational Safety and Health Network (EVOSHNET),
recently forged a budget partnership agreement in pursuit of President
Benigno Aquino III’s thrust to integrate citizen participation in the
budget process as a means of enhancing transparency and accountability
in the allocation and utilization of public funds.
The parties were
represented by DOLE-8 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga and
EVOSHNET President Angelita N. Dimzon during the signing of the
agreement on February 15, 2012 at the Coca-Cola Plant,
DOLE-8 Information Officer Virgilio Doroja Jr., said.
DOLE Regional Director
Exequiel R. Sarcauga informed that the labor department is partnering
with Civil Society Organization like the EVOSHNET to help enhance
efficiency and effectiveness in government and to curb corruption
through its efforts in monitoring agency programs, activities and
EVOSHNET is a
non-stock, non-profit organization composed on occupational safety and
health practitioners from private and government sectors,
representatives from related professional groups, industry
associations, employer groups, trade unions and related non-government
organization within the region.
“We are also forging
this agreement in response to the directive of DOLE Secretary
Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz to pursue one of the President’s policy
reform agenda on labor and employment, that is, the intensification of
public-private partnership in labor governance,” Director Sarcauga
The parties, through
the agreement, have vowed to work in closely to make the government
budget more responsive to the country’s development needs and pressing
concern to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of public
services, and to complement and reinforce each other in the evaluation
and assessment of on-going programs, activities or projects of the
DPWH 1st LED to
complete P54-M infra projects on or before June 30
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Engineer Angel Sia, district engineer of the DPWH 8 Leyte first
district, informed that his agency will complete all the projects in
the district within the time frame per directive from Public Works
Secretary Rogelio Singson for all engineering offices across the
country to finish all the projects within their area on or before June
30 of this year.
Engineer Sia said that
his office has received an allocation of about P54 million for various
infrastructure projects within the first district of Leyte which
covers Tacloban City and the towns of Alangalang, Palo, San Miguel,
Santa Fe, Tolosa, Tanauan and Babatngon.
DE Sia assured the
public that the funds allocated by the central office would be used to
finance on what he described as the five major infrastructure projects
in the district.
He disclosed that P34
million would be used for the concreting of the 1.5 kilometers San
Miguel road section; another P5.9 million for the upgrading of the
pavement of 280 meters starting from the town proper of San Miguel up
to one of its exterior barangays which is Barangay Santol.
Engineer Sia added
that his office will also implement the upgrading of the 1.2
kilometers asphalt overlay along Barangay Guindapunan to Palo town
center; P11.5 million at the Government Center; and the 127 meters
asphalt overlay from Barangay Kiling in Tanauan, Leyte towards
Tabon-Tabon-Julita Road amounting to P1.5 million.
The District Engineer
likewise recommended that commuters use the 1.5 kilometers Palo
by-pass road in Barangay Salvacion to Baras road section to minimize
the traffic in Palo.
Sia informed that commuters may already use the 5-kilometers fully
cemented Tigbao-Santa Fe road section as an alternative route going to
Ormoc City, Carigara or Samar area.
Moreover, Sia informed
that the agency program engineer is currently making the master plan
to complete the Bagahupi-San Miguel-Santol secondary road on or before
The material section
is now conducting monitoring on the quality of the projects to ensure
that all projects are in accordance to the plans and specifications to
ensure quality works, Engineer Sia concluded.
university partnership, seen to bolster education, workforce
Governor Jericho "Icot" Petilla joined officials from Hitachi
Global Storage Technologies and Eastern Visayas State University
during the blessing and turn-over rites of the new EVSU-Hitachi
Regional Laboratories Center at the EVSU Main Campus. Also in
picture is Hitachi GST Philippines President and General Manager
Chandramogan Anamirtham, Hitachi GST Director of Prototype John
Herber, EVSU President Dr. Catalino Beltran and Leyte Normal
University President Dr. Evelyn Cruzada.
Media Relations Center
February 18, 2012
TACLOBAN CITY – Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla sees the partnership between
state universities and Hitachi Global Storage technologies (Hitachi GST) not only as a booster to the country's education and workforce
specifically in the field of engineering but also as a way to address
the problem on job mismatch.
Gov. Petilla, who were
among those who graced the turnover and launching of the EVSU-Hitachi
Regional Laboratories Center at the Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU)
here, said that for state universities to be able to address the need
for graduates that are presently required by industries, new and
better facilities for the required skills and course are to be in
The launching of the
regional laboratories center also coincided with the weeklong
celebration of EVSU’s 105th Founding Anniversary.
“This is such an
opportunity for EVSU to equip their students and further strengthen
their quality of education here“, Gov. Petilla said.
He otherwise lauded
Hitachi officials led by Dr. Chandramogan Anamirtham, president and
general manager of Hitachi GST Philippines Corp., for bringing this
kind of partnership into the universities in the country.
Putting up of the
Hitachi Laboratories Center is made possible through the company's
Integrated University Program (IUP) which provides scholarships,
research grants and sponsorships, laboratory donations and on-the-job
training to both students and faculty members.
According to Dr.
Anamirtham, the facility will bring new ideas to the students and
their company is open to employ students or work with students and
faculty with their research and he is quite impressed by the highly
skilled workforce in the Philippines.
All of the computer
operated machines set up at the newly-launched Hitachi EVSU Regional
Laboratories Center are operational and in good condition.
Gov. Petilla on the
hand urged EVSU to produce quality graduates, particularly in the
engineering fields, to encourage companies such as
not only to employ graduates from around the region, but to set up and
locate their facilities here.
“If we can work to
produce the adequate number of skilled workers they need, maybe then
the next step is to bring their company here instead and not just
bring our graduates to work in their facilities in Laguna,” Gov.
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