Jet Velarmino AFP, Commander 8th Infantry Division, Philippine
Army giving his message during the 17th Founding Anniversary of
63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion at Brgy. Magsaysay, Lope de
Vega, Northern Samar on March 30, 2015.
17th anniversary, gives recognition to outstanding military personnel
By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 3, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion under
the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army based at Lope de Vega,
Northern Samar recently celebrated its 17th Founding Anniversary on
March 30, 2015.
Highlighting the activities
is the presentation of awards to military personnel who excel in their
respective tasks and the presentation of Plaques of Appreciation to
the Local Chief Executives who contributed to the battalion’s effort
in the 1st District of Northern Samar. It was immediately followed by
a press conference conducted by the members of the local media.
According to Lt. Col.
Carmelito T Pangatungan, Commanding Officer of 63IB, the Battalion was
organized on April 1, 1987 pursuant to General Order number 120, HPA
dated March 27, 1987 and adopted the motto “Innovator”. Through the
years, the battalion has served and participated in various
anti-insurgency campaigns in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and has
gained distinction in the accomplishment of its mission.
The activity was graced by
Major General Jet B. Velarmino, Commander 8ID, Colonel Herminigildo C
Aquino, 803rd Brigade Commander, Mayor Ronaldo P Aquino of Calbayog,
Mayor Rod Suan of Allen, Mayor Ana T Palloc of Lope de Vega, members
of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development and the media.
“The 8ID is one with you in
celebrating your 17th year founding anniversary, thus, it is my great
pride and privilege to be part of this celebration. Indeed, you
deserve commemorating this important moment because this is where we
give due recognition to the dedication of the officers and enlisted
personnel of this battalion. Continue the good practices and tradition
that your unit has started and remain as catalyst in bringing lasting
peace and development here in the 1st district of Northern Samar. As
your commander, I urge you to be the best in all your undertakings so
that we will be able to achieve an Insurgency Free Northern Samar in
the near future”, said Velarmino.
hailed for their display of heroism in Maguindanao
By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 2, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – Barely two weeks after being deployed in
Maguindanao to support the 6th Infantry Division’s effort against the
BIFF, troops of the 34th Infantry (Reliable) Battalion, 8th Infantry
Division, Philippine Army drew its first armed contact with the
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) at Barangay Pamalian,
Shariff Saydona Mustapha at 10:00 in the morning of March 29, 2015.
Troops of 34IB were part of
the units operating in Pamalian, Datu Shariff Saydona town when they
clashed with a group of BIFF fighters. The encounter resulted to 13
BIFF killed while 4 casualties were incurred by the government side.
Fatalities from the
government side were identified as Corporal Faizal A. Julmain from
Jolo, Sulu and Pfc Marlon S. Marino of Northern Samar. Wounded were
Cpl Ireneo M. Bahian and Pfc Antonio B. Sanico. The remains of the
fatalities will be transported by C-130 plane back to their hometown
while those wounded are now recuperating at a military hospital in
It can be recalled that, the
BIFF was involved in the Mamasapano clash on January 25, 2015, leading
to the deaths of 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force. Following
the tragic incident, the group engaged in some clashes against the AFP,
prompting the AFP to conduct offensive actions against the BIFF. The
34th Infantry Battalion, based at Northern Samar was redeployed to
Mindanao to support the ongoing operations against the BIFF and other
lawless elements which had been undermining the peace in Mindanao.
Major General Jet B.
Velarmino, 8ID Commander expressed his support for the 34IB. He
further added, “I extend my deepest sympathy to the bereaved families
of the slain soldiers, they died a heroes death in pursuit of peace in
Mindanao.” He further added, “Although new in the area, they fought
fiercely and even managed to inflict casualties against the BIFF.
Truly, these personnel displayed the sense of courage every
Stormtrooper can be proud of. Their sacrifices and bravery will not be
chief MGen. Jet Velarmino (3rd from R), Samar governor Sharee
Ann Tan, Director Rey Gozon of Regional Disaster Risk Reduction
Management Council, 801st brigade commander Col. Leoncio Cirunay
Jr. and PSupt. Oliver Cinco of Provincial Public Mobile Company
PNP Catbalogan City during the evaluation and review after
Simultaneous Earthquake Drill.
nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill
By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 30, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division joins
the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED 2015) conducted at
Samar Provincial Capitol, Catbalogan City at around 9:00 in the
morning of March 27, 2015.
The drill was conducted in
compliance with the National Government’s directive of increasing the
province’s preparedness in the event of a catastrophic earthquake if
such situation will arise in the future especially that Samar is
situated in a disaster prone area.
Sirens rang at 9 a.m.
signaling that an intensity 8 earthquake struck Samar Province with
its epicenter at the City of Catbalogan, severely damaging the Capitol
Building. Immediately, responders established an incident command post
(ICP) and conducted rescue operations, as well as search and retrieval
operations in various scenarios.
The activity was followed by
a debriefing and after action review in order to discuss actions that
necessitate improvements coupled with good disaster response practices
that needs to be emulated. Further, plans based on the result of the
drill were presented in order for the province to have continuity in
its disaster response awareness and instill pro activeness to the
people in dealing with a massive earthquake.
The activity was spearheaded
by Major General Jet B Velarmino, the 8ID Commander, Governor Sharee
Ann Tan of Samar, PSUPT Oliver Cinco of Provincial Public Mobile
Company PNP Catbalogan City, Rey Gozon of Regional Disaster Risk
reduction Management Council, Col Leoncio A Cirunay Jr, the 801st
Brigade Commander and other agencies and organizations that includes
Bureau of Fire, Catbalogan City, Access 5, Kabalikat Civic Com, Office
of the Civil Defense, Philippine Information Agency Region 8 and other
attendees coming from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development
and the media.
Governor Tan for her part
said,” We will involve the province especially the youth in disaster
training in order to address disaster situation, likewise, our aim is
to develop this skills and utilize them in helping the community.”
On the other hand, Major
General Jet B. Velarmino, Commander of the 8th Infantry Division,
Philippine Army whose personnel and equipment were the main resources
deployed as “first responders” during the drill, said, “We are willing
to share the experiences of our units as well as the skills that we
learned in disaster preparedness. I have personally seen and
experienced the earthquake that devastated Baguio City in July 1990
and cadets of the Philippine Military Academy where the first
responders during that tragedy. And we learned a lot from that
experience. And today, we have that skill and resources to react on
simultaneous earthquake situations that we can employ to prevent, if
not mitigate loss of lives that this disaster may bring in our
Ateneo de Manila
University takes top slot in CFA Institute Research Challenge
Asia-Pacific regional and advances to global final
CFA Institute nurtures the
next generation of financial leaders through real-world experience in
March 30, 2015
MANILA – Ateneo de
Manila University of the Philippines has edged out 20 other student
teams from 15 countries across Asia Pacific to win the ninth CFA
Institute Research Challenge Asia-Pacific Regional, and will advance
to the global final in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, on April 17, 2015.
Students from the
Philippines continued their string of success in recent years. This
year's win marks the third time that a Philippine team has been named
Asia-Pacific champion -- the most wins for any country participating
in the competition. Last year, the University of the Philippines,
Diliman went on to win the Global Research Challenge Final.
The CFA Institute Research
Challenge is an annual educational initiative that promotes best
practices in equity research through hands-on mentoring and intensive
training in company analysis and presentation skills. After a
semi-final round, only five of 21 teams advanced to the final round
held in Manila on 12 March. Aside from Ateneo de Manila, the finalists
included University of Melbourne (Australia); Symbiosis Centre for
Management and Human Resource Development (India); National Taiwan
University (Taiwan), and Thammasat University (Thailand).
The finalists presented
their analysis to a panel of investment industry expert judges
- Mohammad Shoaib, CFA,
Chief Executive Officer at Al Meezan Investment Management Limited
- Brindha Gunasingham, CFA,
Principal and Founder, FitzBiz Investment Analysis & Strategy
- Keith Neruda, CFA, Founder
and Managing Director, Equity Pricing Strategies
- Maria Theresa Marcial
Javier, SVP & Group Head- Asset Management and Trust Group at Bank of
the Philippine Islands
The five Ateneo de Manila
University students -- Sarah Jane Cua, Jose Enrique Fausto, Shaun
Wesley Que, Jayhan Regner, and Kyle Jemmric Velasco -- won for their
"buy" recommendation on Concepcion Industrial Corp. Each student
received a trophy, a CFA Program scholarship, and certificate.
CFA Society Philippines, the
CFA Institute member society in the country, sponsored the winning
team as well as hosted the event in Manila.
"We warmly congratulate
Ateneo de Manila University for winning the CFA Institute Research
Challenge Asia-Pacific Regional this year. They have proven their
superior analytical, report writing, and presentation skills, as well
as their commitment to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards
of Professional Conduct," said Paul Smith, CFA, President and CEO of
CFA Institute. "We remain committed toward nurturing young talent as
part of our goal to foster the highest standards of ethics, education,
and professional excellence among the next generation of investment
professionals. We are grateful for the dedication of our local member
societies and volunteers who serve as mentors to these students. I
personally look forward to sterling performances from the Ateneo team
again at the global final."
Speaking on behalf of the
winning team, Jose Enrique Fausto said, "We never expected to be here;
but we're so thankful to God, our advisors and mentors, family, and
friends who helped us achieve this incredible honor for our university
and our country."
Introduced in 2006, CFA
Institute Research Challenge is considered as "the investment
Olympics" for university students. This year, more than 4,000 students
from more than 865 universities have participated in 99 local
competitions and 137 local hosts in some stages of the challenge,
which stretches from May 2014 to April 2015.
recovering from Typhoon Ruby, brace for onset of El Niño
March 29, 2015
QUEZON CITY – Just
over three months after Typhoon Ruby struck the municipality of
Dolores in Eastern Samar, many of the region’s farmers are now on the
road to recovery and harvesting new crops following a farmer-to-farmer
organic seed transfer.
After Typhoon Ruby made
landfall, a group of farmers from Cebu, Bohol and Negros collected
ecologically farmed rice seeds, root crops, vegetable seeds and
organic fertilizers. Together with Greenpeace, they delivered seeds to
125 of the most affected farmers in Dolores, making it the first seeds
distribution in Dolores post Ruby.
Dolores Mayor Emiliana
Villacarillo said that while the municipality of Dolores is considered
“the Rice Granary of Eastern Samar”, local farmers also plant coconut
and abaca. “The first thing affected by Ruby was our coconut trees,
primarily because of its height. Next were the rice fields, because it
was flooded and the rice plants were submerged into the water for a
few days. The water-resistant rice varieties were only the ones that
survived,” said Mayor Villacarillo.
Adriano Aclan, a local
farmer from Barangay Jicontol recounted that when Typhoon Ruby hit,
his fields were washed out. “It’s a good thing there were relief
operations, where I got one sack of seeds. That is what I planted,”
Another farmer and seed
recipient, Elena Badidoy from Barangay Del Pilar said, “you wouldn’t
know what to do right after the typhoon … but we’ve recovered a bit
now because we were able to plant rice. We’re harvesting now.”
Now back on their feet, the
farming community of Dolores is thankful for the support extended to
them by their fellow farmers from the Visayas region who donated not
only the much-needed seeds, but also their valuable expertise. Farmers
in Dolores have also learned a very valuable lesson of not just
planting one type of crop, but to diversify their agricultural lands
to be more resilient to extreme weather events.
“The intention is to build
biodiversity which will actually enable the farming system of Dolores
to be much more resilient to typhoons or droughts,” said Wilhemina
Pelegrina, Greenpeace Regional Coordinator for Ecological Food and
Agriculture Campaign. “We also looked for a long-term solution in
addressing impacts of climate change. It is not only a one-time seed
distribution activity,” Pelegrina added.
The urgency of crop
diversification has been highlighted by a warning from the
Philippines’ meteorological service PAGASA earlier this month that a
weak El Niño is likely to affect the rainfall patterns across the
country in coming months.
“Diversified farming is one
of the practices of ecological agriculture which Greenpeace is
advocating for and calling on the government to support. Ecological
farming will help protect farmer’s livelihoods, by providing them with
other products to harvest, in times of typhoons and El Niño,”
8ID sends-off one
battalion to Mindanao
By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 23, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtrooper) Division,
Philippine Army sent one of its Battalions to Mindanao in a send-off
ceremony conducted at Catarman Airport on March 20, 2015.
In a simple but meaningful
program, the 34th Infantry Battalion was given a plaque of
appreciation in recognition of their valuable services rendered to the
people of Eastern Visayas. The Assistant Division Commander, Colonel
Demy T Tejares, presented the Plaque to Lt Col Edgar Delos Reyes, the
Army Battalion’s Commanding Officer as he received the award in behalf
of the members of the 34th Infantry Battalion.
Along this line, Lt Col.
Delos Reyes reported for completeness of his battalion which was
immediately followed by inspection of troops by the Guest of Honor
prior to boarding the Air Force C-130 plane.
Col. Tejares in his remarks
urged the troops to be disciplined at all times for they will assume
new areas and engaged new people with peculiar culture. He urged them
to put primary in respecting the culture of the people they are going
to deal with as well as their rights as embedded in our constitutions.
“I also served in Mindanao
and I know the challenges that await you as soon as your battalion set
foot in those ground. Don’t forget to be steadfast and make the 8th
Infantry (Stormtrooper) Division proud of you”, said Tejares.
The unit will be stationed
in the province of Maguindanao, to support the ongoing AFP operations
against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF), Justice for
Islamic Movement (JIM) and other Lawless elements which had been
undermining, the peace and development efforts of the Aquino
Catwalk success on the
Anh marked her 9th history-making fashion show in New York
March 20, 2015
NEW YORK – Model and
entrepreneur Jessica Minh Anh marked her 9th history-making fashion
show yesterday when she transformed the Hudson River into the world’s
newest catwalk. J Spring Fashion Show 2015, which lasted nearly two
hours, presented New York, as we all know it, in a new light.
Visually pushing the envelope, Jessica Minh Anh created the illusion
of models walking on water by having guests seated facing the
multi-faceted glass windows of Bateaux New York and watch models
walking in front of them while the boat was cruising. As a result, New
York’s famous skyline and its architectural masterpieces such as the
Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and One World Trade Center became
the natural backdrop for the floating catwalk.
Similar to Jessica Minh Anh’s previous phenomena on the Grand Canyon
Skywalk, Eiffel Tower, and One World Trade Center, J Spring Fashion
Show 2015 showcased a combination of haute couture, high-end
ready-to-wear, luxury jewelry, and leather bag collections from 4
continents. Participating designers embraced tradition and culture,
yet experimented with innovative techniques of modern designs.
The highly anticipated catwalk opened with an exquisite haute couture
collection by Japanese legendary designer Yumi Katsura accompanied by
an even more impressive jewelry collection by Colombian-German talent
Sonia Heilbron. Each look enchanted viewers with a burst of colors and
unique craftsmanship in Sonia’s designs, as well as the spectacular
embellishments, layers, and texture in Yumi Katsura’s long tail
dresses. Both designers succeeded in marrying heritage with a new
dimension of luxury and glamour.
Adding elegance and sophistication to the grand catwalk, Eastern
European representative Lesya Lozneva premiered an airy and alluring
collection made of soft cotton, translucent organza, delicate wool,
and smooth silk. Inspired by shades and patterns of nature, the
Ukraine designer teamed transparent dresses in the colors of forest
berries, deep sea, and sunset meadow, with stylish bodysuits.
with a great attention to detail, Sabres Fashion House from Romania
managed to bring in a refreshing perspective with a new collection
called “Mystique”. The central European brand creatively presented
sensuality using luxurious gold fabrics, hand painted motifs,
intricate embroideries, and distinctive cuts.
Roldan and other NMP officials with the MARINA Team of
March 20, 2015
TACLOBAN CITY – On
February 26-28, 2015, five (5) Standards of Training, Certification
and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers Courses of the National Maritime
Polytechnic, a government maritime training and research agency
located at Brgy. Cabalawan, this City, underwent inspection as part of
the accreditation process conducted by the Maritime Industry Authority
(MARINA) STCW Office.
The said five (5) courses
are Operational Use of Electronic Chart Display and Information System
(OUECDIS), Ratings Forming Part of Navigational Watch (RFPNW), Ratings
Forming Part of Engineering Watch (RFEW), Consolidated Marine
Pollution (MARPOL) 73/78 Annex I-VI, and Ship Security Awareness
Training and Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (SSAT and SDSD).
In the inspection, Specific
Key Areas (SKA) were assessed against requirements which include the
Program Implementation of each of the courses with regard to the
incorporation of knowledge, understanding and proficiency (KUP) from
the STCW Code; Qualifications of Instructor/s, Assessor/s and
Supervisor; Teaching Process; Written Policies and Procedures in
relation to program implementation; Course Intakes; Classrooms;
Training Equipment; Books and Teaching Aids; Assessment System
Manuals; and Quality System documents.
Prior to the inspection, NMP
had already structured a pool of accredited trainers and guest
lecturers who will be handling the five courses as instructors,
assessors and training course supervisors.
Although satisfactory in
several of the specific key areas, NMP is given thirty (30) days to
comply with the minor deficiencies cited by the MARINA accreditors.
The inspection team was
composed of MARINA STCWO personnel and Maritime Education and Training
Standards Supervisors (METSS) Marissa L. Dasmariñas, Capt. Samie Lou
L. Sedurante, Presca Lee B. Lugo, and Engr. Ronnie D. Gernato.
NMP is set to submit for
accreditation nine (9) other courses which include Basic Training (BT)
with four (4) modules, namely, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF),
Personal Survival Techniques (PST), Personal Safety and Social
Responsibility (PSSR), and Elementary First Aide (EFA); Advanced Fire
Fighting (AFF); Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other
than Fast Rescue Boat (PSCRB); Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in
the Maritime Sector (PADAMS); Ship Simulator Bridge Teamwork with
Bridge Resource Management (SSBT with BRM); and Medical Emergency
First Aid (MEFA).
Meanwhile, NMP continues to
offer its Faculty Development Courses (IMO Model Course 6.09 Training
Course for Instructors; IMO Model Course 6.10 Training Course for
Simulator Instructors and Assessors; and IMO Model Course 3.12
Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers), and other
upgrading courses for marine officers and ratings such as Marine
Electrical System (MES), Marine Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (MRAC),
Maritime Law for Ship’s Officers (MAR LAW), STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention in
the Maritime Sector (SHAPIMS), Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse in
the Maritime Sector (PADAMS), and Gender Sensitivity Training for
The training schedule for
these courses is now available at NMP. For more inquiries and
reservation, you may reach the Registrar at the following contact
numbers: 09771269675/09298417490. You may also e-mail us at email@example.com