chief MGen. Jet Velarmino together with the Stromtroopers during
the tree planting activity at Camp General Vicente Lukban,
Catbalogan City, Samar last May 1, 2015.
8ID plants trees in
observance of Labor Day
By DPAO. 8ID PA
May 2, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – In observance of the Labor Day, the 8th Infantry
Division, Philippine Army planted fruit bearing and non-fruit bearing
trees at the outskirts of its headquarters, Camp Lukban located at
Barangay Maulong, Catbalogan City on May 1, 2015.
Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino
AFP, Commander of 8ID led his officers and men in planting 50 mahogany
trees and 100 assorted fruit bearing trees in support to the
celebration of Labor Day while at the same time in pursuance to the
National Greening Program (NGP) of the government. This year, 8ID had
already planted 1,390 assorted fruit bearing and non-fruit bearing
Since the rainy season had
already started, 8ID is now implementing its tree growing activities
and had directed its subordinate units to do the same. The directive
also emphasized to work with other stakeholders in conducting tree
growing activities in their respective areas of operation.
Maj. Gen. Velarmino was
delighted by the enthusiasm of the soldiers under his Command in their
participation to the Labor Day tree growing activity. He said that 8ID
under his Command supports the Filipino workers in advocating workers
rights’ observance and in fighting for current issues that affect
for Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Samar
April 28, 2015
MANILA – Eight health
facilities damaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan in Eastern Samar and Samar
provinces have been fully restored and handed over today to local
health authorities. As many as 60,000 people from seven municipalities
have access to of health services at these facilities.
The Albino M. Duran Memorial
Hospital in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, has provided preventive and
curative health-care services to at least 17,000 patients since March
2014. Additionally, seven barangay health centres – in Giporlos,
Guiuan, Lawaan, Mercedes and Quinapondan in Eastern Samar, and in
Basey in Samar – have been repaired or constructed.
“Now that the hospital has
been rehabilitated, there is no longer a need to refer patients to
other hospitals. They will save money and time as our services and
facilities are readily available,” said Dr. Benedicto Garcia, chief of
the Albino M. Duran Memorial Hospital.
The facilities were
rehabilitated and equipped by the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in coordination with
the Department of Health and local government authorities.
In 2014, the ICRC already
completed the repair of Basey District Hospital and six rural health
units in Eastern Samar and Samar provinces, and provided them with
medical equipment and furniture.
The ICRC, jointly with the
PRC, focused its response on the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on Samar
Island, which is partly affected by armed violence and where the ICRC
has been working for years to support the communities affected.
The ICRC is a neutral,
impartial and independent humanitarian organization whose mandate is
to protect and assist people affected by armed conflict and other
situations of violence. It has had an established presence in the
Philippines for over 60 years.
TUCP wants Petilla
fired for duping the people over power crisis
April 24, 2015
QUEZON CITY – The
biggest labor group in the country Trade Union Congress of the
Philippines-Nagkaisa (TUCP-Nagkaisa) recommended that Energy Secretary
Jericho Petilla be fired by President Aquino for deceiving the public
with his calls for an emergency powers resolution to address a
non-existent power crisis.
Secretary Petilla had warned about brownouts from March to April 2015
while the Malampaya complex underwent improvements.
“Secretary Petilla duped us. He is accountable for scaremongering the
entire nation on his emergency power resolution since August of 2014.
The “crisis” period has come and gone without requiring use of the
Interruptible Load Program and with no brownouts. He must go for
misleading the President and for wasting the valuable time of Senate
and House of Representatives from July last year to the present on
hearings and deliberations on his non-existent power deficit that
could have otherwise spent on addressing social legislation and other
vital concerns. He no longer deserve the people’s trust,” said
TUCP-Nagkaisa national spokesperson Alan Tanjusay.
By raising up the red flag on our power situation, Secretary Petilla
scared potential investors who stayed away bringing with them along
lost opportunities for the unemployed. The recommendation will be made
before the scheduled cabinet meeting on April 30th.
In September last year, Petilla formally asked congress to grant
emergency powers to Aquino to contract additional power generating
capacity to address alleged shortage of up to 600 mw in summer this
year by purchasing or leasing power generators. If Petilla have gotten
his away we will be paying for additional P6 to P12 billion in power
that would not have been needed, he said.
The group accused Petilla of pushing expensive solutions that would
have burdened the consumers. “He has already cost us billions by
scaring away investors,” Tanjusay said.
However, the projected energy deficit was met with the implementation
of the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) which had not require passage
of an emergency powers resolutions. Under the ILP large commercial and
industrial establishments would deload from the Meralco grid and use
their own generators to free up electricity for household use.
NMP qualifies ISO
9001:2008 re-certification audit
By National Maritime
April 23, 2015
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a premier government maritime
training and research agency located at Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban
City, and its Satellite Office in Makati underwent the
re-certification audit of its Quality Management System (QMS) under
ISO 9001:2008 by the Anglo Japanese American (AJA) Registrars Limited
on April 21-23, 2015.
NMP’s quality procedures and
manuals and other system documentation have been reviewed by AJA Lead
Auditor Capt. Nicanor Altares against the requirements of the relevant
standards. He looked into the Agency’s several processes including
enrollment and registration procedures, course delivery (training),
assessment/examination, documentation, provision of resources,
issuance of certificate of completion, post delivery services and
other administrative support services during the audit.
Although there had been some
observations and minor corrective action requests (CARs) cited, the
audit report recommended for re-certification status for NMP.
During the exit conference
with Capt. Altares, NMP OIC Executive Director Manuel Roldan expressed
his appreciation to the lead auditor for his objectivity in the
performance of his task. “This is not only an audit per se but a help
to NMP for us to continue to improve on our QMS,” Director Roldan
First received its ISO
certification in 2000, NMP has continually passed several surveillance
and re-certification audits until this recent achievement. The
Agency’s Quality Management Section through its Quality Management
Representative is tasked to oversee the compliance of the Agency to
its quality management system.
AJA Registrars Limited is an
independent third party registrar (certification body) accredited to
perform ISO 9001:2008 assessments. ISO 9001:2008 is now
well-established as an internationally-recognized Quality Management
System (QMS) standard that provides benefits through continual
improvement, consistency in supply and increased marketing power.
ISO 9001 is focused on
ensuring that the business delivers a consistent level of quality to
its customers by having well defined and regularly reviewed processes
and procedures. The system fully integrates within the existing
business procedures and becomes part of the culture within the
Col. Nedy Espulgar, Vice Mayor Winston Menzon, Mayor Charita
Chan, Col. Arnulfo Matanguihan, PSupt. Denis Jose Llavore and
PSI Delfin Dinky Boy Bardillon during the signing of the
declaration of Babatngon, Leyte as insurgency-free municipality
on April 201, 2015. The signing was held at the SB Session Hall
of Babatngon, Leyte before the SB members, PNP and AFP personnel
as well as town hall employees.
towns in Leyte rise at 11
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
April 23, 2015
ORMOC CITY – Figure
of Leyte towns which were considered “cleared” from insurgency
affectation has significantly increased, the military said.
This when Local Chief
Executives and Colonel Arnulfo Matanguihan, deputy commander of the
802nd Infantry Brigade inks Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) declaring
Julita and Babatngon as insurgency-free municipalities on Monday,
The said official and Police
Superintendent Denis Jose Llavore who represented the Director of the
Leyte Police Provincial Office, signed both MOAs amidst simple
occasions separately prepared by the concerned LGUs.
Colonel Matanguihan cited
that better services and the participation of all stakeholders in
addressing social issues are the key factors of the Local Government
Units (LGUs) success in preventing entry and resurgence of the
communist terrorist movement and other lawless groups.
In the military’s
assessment, Babatngon and Julita towns which are under the area of
operations of the 19th Infantry Battalion and 78th Infantry Battalion,
respectively, were already “cleared” since year 2000 or even earlier
as some LGUs claimed it.
The proximity of Babatngon
to Sta. Rita, Samar which is just a thirty-minute ride via motorized
boats, stereotyped the town as among the lawless groups’ mobility
But in her message during
the MOA signing, Mayor Charita Chan recounted how the peace and order
situation of her town were ably maintained by municipal police and the
barangay tanods. The three-termer mayor likewise described the
dwellers as peace-loving constituents.
Similar to Babatngon, the
municipality of Julita also accomplished the imperatives contained in
the AFP-PNP Joint Letter Directive entitled: “Guidelines in Evaluating
the Implementation of Internal Security Operations (ISO) Campaign Plan
against the Communist Terrorist Movement”.
Lt. Col. Nedy Espulgar and
Lt. Col. Allan Jose Taguba, commanding officers of 19IB and 78IB
respectively, said they are eyeing the declaration of other towns and
even cities as insurgency-free the soonest possible time.
As of this posting, 11 towns
in Leyte are already formally declared insurgency-free. The said towns
are Matag-ob, Merida, Palompon, Matalom, Bato, Inopacan, Dulag,
Tabon-tabon, Tabango, Julita and Babatngon.
NMP welcomes JICA
consultant and Japanese contractors to plan the installation of
donated JICA training equipment
By National Maritime Polytechnic
April 23, 2015
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a premier government maritime
training and research agency located at Brgy. Cabalawan, this City,
welcomed Yasuo Nakajo, General Manager of the Japan Marine Science,
Inc. and consultant to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),
and eight (8) contractors from M.E.S. TOKKI Co., Ltd., Mitsui
Engineering and Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. and Terasaki Electric Co., Ltd.
on April 21-23, 2015 to discuss the preparations for the installation
of the training equipment donated by JICA.
The visit embarked on a site
inspection by the Japanese contractors in the NMP Training Complex and
a meeting where NMP Key Officials led by its OIC Executive Director
Manuel C. Roldan discussed the preparations to be performed by both
NMP and the Japanese contractors relative to the installation of the
Together with Mr. Nakajo
were Fujiwara Takahiro, Tanaka Yosuke, Simizu Hatski, and Hattori
Tsutomu of M.E.S. TOKKI Co., Ltd.; Shirai Junji of Mitsui Engineering
and Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.; and Ueda Masayoshi, Uenishi Hisao, and
Akeno Katsuhide of Terasaki Electric Co., Ltd.
The Japanese government
through JICA is donating a Fast Rescue Boat with Davit, Totally
Enclosed Lifeboat with Davit, Full Mission Engine Room Simulator,
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Simulator, and
various safety equipment. These are expected to arrive and be
installed at the NMP site by October 2015.
The new and upgraded
equipment will be a boost to the capability of NMP to provide quality
training to seafarers in accordance with the STCW required standards.
The pursuit of this project
is based on the Grant Aid Agreement entered between NMP and JICA for
the implementation of the former’s Programme for Rehabilitation and
Recovery from super-typhoon Yolanda.
Aside from the preparatory
activities to be undertaken for the installation of the equipment,
other concerns such as provision of a temporary office and rest space
for the installation technicians, communication facilities - internet
connection, and disposal of waste materials from the installation work
were also raised and to be attended by NMP.
NMP committed to complete
all of the agreed preparatory activities by the end of August 2015.
National Security Council amidst China aggression
By Office of Senator Chiz
April 20, 2015
QUEZON CITY – It will
augur well for the government to immediately convene the National
Security Council (NSC) to map out plans in the face of China’s
aggression over the West Philippine Sea.
Escudero, chairman of the
Senate Committee on Finance, said the government must push through
with the arbitration process of the territorial dispute, and this must
be done in coherence with all key players, starting with the
“It might indeed be best to
convene the NSC in order to bring everybody in the loop given that
this is an issue facing our country and people regardless of political
affiliation,” Escudero said.
Under Executive Order No.
115, the NSC is the principal advisory body of the President on the
proper coordination and integration of plans and policies affecting
Escudero supports the
government’s position to defend the country’s claim over parts of the
potentially oil-rich South China Sea, which are also claimed in parts
by Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan.
“We are well within our
rights and claims. We should not give up our rights and in fact, we
should assert our sovereignty. This is why convening the NSC is
fundamental to address this issue.”
“All branches of the
government must work together in unison. We bring the best minds, the
soundest judgment, and the best intentions for the country to stand at
its best on an issue that is every Filipino’s claim,” Escudero pointed
China has been relentless in
taking control of most parts of the disputed areas through reclamation
works and construction of military facilities. Last week, Filipino
fishermen were water cannoned by a Chinese vessel to drive them away
from the Scarborough Shoal.
The Armed Forces of the
Philippines also said they have photographs taken by satellites to
show that China has aggressively built infrastructures on reefs and
islets, including airstrips and key military facilities.
The senator said it is
imperative that the government bring the issue to the proper forum
through diplomatic means. He said getting international attention and
support from the United States and regional partners in the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will definitely play an
important role in keeping China at bay.
“International attention and
support will play a key role to pressure China to conform to
international laws and practices. It could also temper them from their
bullying tactics and convince them to resolve the matter peacefully,”
NMP graduates get
the job, research shows
April 20, 2015
TACLOBAN CITY – From
a recent study conducted by the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a
government maritime training and research agency located at Brgy.
Cabalawan, Tacloban City, it revealed that 82% of its
seafarer-trainees are easily absorbed into sea-based jobs after
completion of their training and 84% of them have jobs related to
data of NMP graduates were taken from the research study completed in
2014 by the NMP Maritime Research Section entitled “Tracer Study of NMP Graduates, 2007-2011.”
The said study, aimed at
determining the impact of NMP training to the employability of its
graduates, also established and compared the profile of graduates from
2007-2011 ‘before’ and ‘after’ training at NMP.
It showed that most of the
seafarers undergoing training at NMP are males, pegged at 98%. About
63% of these graduates are single; only 35% are married. Most of them
come from the Visayas regions where 48% are from Region VIII and 28%
are from Region VII.
In the educational
attainment profile, 37% of them are Bachelor of Science in Marine
Transportation (BSMT) graduates. Only about 15% are Bachelor of
Science in Marine Engineering (BSMarE) graduates.
The study also revealed that
before undergoing training there was only about 14% of the
seafarer-trainees who have licenses and 48% of them are employed.
After training at NMP, 33% have already secured licenses and about 90%
The said study is a
follow-up research undertaking conducted in 2007 which also
established the profile of NMP graduates during training from 2003 to
2006; determined the knowledge and skills acquired by NMP graduates
from every training course and the graduates’ employment, absorption
and skills utilization rates, employment mobility in terms of
progression in license and rank; and identified the benefits obtained
by graduates from training courses taken at NMP.
In comparison of the
findings of the tracer studies between 2007 and 2014, data revealed
that the latter tracer study shows improved employment-related
outcomes compared to the 2003-2006 graduates.
There is an increase in the
skills utilization rate at 8%. Skills utilization rate refers to the
percentage of employed graduates in a given period whose jobs are
related to skills acquired.
Absorption rate has also
increased at 6% from 76% to 82%, respectively. Absorption rate is
defined as the percentage of certificated trainees who get a sea-based
job after completion of training to the number of graduates who were
not employed prior to completion of training.
With the present study, the
NMP Maritime Research Section plans to embark on continued and more
comprehensive conduct of similar tracer studies to determine the
progression rate of employability-related data of NMP graduates and
the relevance and importance of the trainings offered by NMP to the
requirements of the industry.
Signing Ceremony for the Future Leaders of Toledo Project with
signatories (left to right) Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Kool
Adventure Camp (RAFI-KAC) Director Edvan Loh, RAFI President
Roberto Aboitiz, Carmon Copper Corporation (CCC) Vice President
and Resident Manager Rodrigo Cal and CCC Vice President on Human
Resource and Administration Rene de Ocampo.
Future leaders of
Toledo City to start training at RAFI-KAC
By Ramon Aboitiz Foundation
April 18, 2015
CEBU CITY – To better
equip themselves in implementing community projects at the barangay
level, 70 student leaders from Toledo City, Cebu will start undergoing
this month a Three-Phase Youth Leadership Development Program
organized by the Carmen Copper Corporation (CCC) in partnership with
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc - Kool Adventure Camp (RAFI-KAC).
The program is a long-term
investment that starts with an initial three-day training to
strengthen fundamental personal skills for effective personal
leadership and self-confidence; to conquer personal fears; and for
them to gain deeper understanding of their selves to become active and
effective members of a team.
“This partnership is one
more step in injecting into the community a program that produces
significant transformation. I can guarantee that participants of this
program will never be the same when they complete the training. This
program creates people free from the normal human constraints which
hold them back from becoming what they can be. We are very excited to
be part of this program and thankful to Carmen Copper Corporation for
engaging us,” said RAFI President Roberto Aboitiz.
The second phase of the
training is designed for participants to learn the basic principles of
project management for to create initial assessment of their local
communities and to craft project proposals for implementation.
Outstanding project proposals will be given counterpart seed funding
The third and final phase of
the training will gather project team leaders for them to share their
best practices on project implementation and provide them
opportunities for network building. Outstanding projects will be
recognized during the awarding ceremony by end of the year.
“These projects are really
for the benefit of the community. In terms of training activities,
this will have a mix of indoor activities, knowledge building, while a
large part of it is sending the participants to the community to
practice the skills they learn,” said RAFI-KAC Director Edvan Loh.
The participating national
high schools are from the barangays of Don Andres Soriano, Cantabaco,
Bunga, Media Once, Magdugo, and General Climaco and private school De
La Salle Andres Soriano Memorial College.
“We are very impressed with
the program of RAFI-KAC. We in CCC want to develop the youth to become
the future leaders, and we want to do this in collaboration with RAFI,”
expressed CCC Vice President and Resident Manager Rodrigo Cal.
“This is a
highly-sophisticated and productive kind of training that will help
supplement and complement our already established school curriculum
for our high school students,” also said Department of Education-7
Education Program Supervisor Victor Intig.
The partnership was sealed
through the signing of a memorandum of agreement between CCC and RAFI
last February 11 at the Cebu Grand Hotel.