newly assigned 2nd Lieutenants as they were presented to the 8th
Infantry (Stormtrooper) Division family during the flag-raising
ceremony conducted last May 25 at Camp Lukban, Brgy. Maulong,
Young officers join
the ranks of 8ID
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 25, 2015
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City, Samar – Twelve new 2nd Lieutenants who recently graduated
from the Philippine Military Academy and from the Officer Candidate
School were assigned with the 8th Infantry (Stormtrooper) Division,
Philippine Army and were formally welcomed during the flag raising
ceremony at Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City on May 25, 2015.
As part of the Army
Command’s tradition, the young officers were presented during the
flag-raising ceremony and individually, they introduced themselves to
the officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees of the Army
Five of the newly reported
young officers are members of PMA “SINAGLAHI” Class of 2015, while
seven are members of Officer Preparatory Course “MANDALAPI” Class 62-
2014. Eleven of them are from Luzon, while one is from Mindanao.
The new 2nd Lieutenants are:
2Lt. Rocky Johnson A. Abut, 2Lt. Arjay P. Regidor, 2Lt. Jean C.
Buenaventura, 2Lt. Daniel G. Olivas, 2Lt. Ian Daniel C.Robianes, 2Lt.
Christian B. Baclig, 2Lt. Jullane A. Biniahan, 2Lt. Russel U. Borres,
2Lt. Benjamin T. Cabading, 2Lt. Alvin P. Garcia, 2Lt Ana Fe G. Ipas,
2Lt. Clarence M. Locero, 2Lt. Alvin R. Mendoza.
Currently, the new officers
are undergoing the Platoon Leader’s Course to refresh them of the
military knowledge and skills they acquired from the respective
military schools they were honed as military officers.
Major General Jet B.
Velarmino AFP, Commander of the Army in Eastern Visayas stressed in
his message to the new officers the Armed Forces of the Philippines’
Core Values, of Honor, Patriotism and Duty. He said, “Cling on to
these values and you will never go astray from the narrow path towards
becoming an ideal soldier in the mold of our brave and noble military
“The Country and the
Filipino people expect much of you. Good luck and contribute as much
as you can to the achievement of peaceful and development-ready
Eastern Visayas,” he added.
Regional Director Elias Cayanong and NMP OIC Executive Director
Manuel Roldan led in the ribbon-cutting of the newly inaugurated
Assessment Center. Seen also in the photo were DOLE Regional
Coordinating Council Members and NMP Key Officials.
NMP celebrates 37th
May 21, 2015
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a government maritime training
and research agency located at Brgy. Cabalawan, this City, celebrated
its 37th Founding Anniversary on May 8, 2015 at the NMP Training
Complex with the theme “NMP at 37: Patuloy na Kaagapay ng Marinong
Pilipino sa Paglalayag sa Buong Mundo.”
The highlight of this year’s
celebration was on the inauguration of the newly-renovated Assessment
Center. The ceremony was attended by DOLE Regional Coordinating
Council Members led by its Chair, DOLE Regional Director Elias
Cayanong. Other notable guests present were Executive Labor Arbiter
Amelia B. Docena of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC),
Director Norma C. del Rosario and Evangeline Filamor of the Overseas
Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) RO VIII, Board Secretary
Florencio C. Aguilos, Jr of the Regional Tripartite Wages Productivity
Board (RTWPB), Acting Station Commander CPO Alexander P. Rabuyo of the
Philippine Coast Guard - Tacloban Station, Commo. Fernando Bautista of
the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, Police Chief Inspector Calixto
C. Canillas, Jr. of the Philippine National Police Maritime Group
Regional Maritime Unit 8, Director Alicia E. Nicart of the Philippine
Information Agency RO VIII and Mildred Camino and Marivic Ramos from
the Maritime Industry Authority RO VIII.
The inaugurated assessment
center was originally School Bldg. No. 2 which was one of the first
classroom buildings erected when NMP bought the 16-hectare lot in Brgy.
Cabalawan, this City, in 1980 where the present training complex is
situated. The plan to convert it into an assessment center pursuant to
the required standards in the conduct of competency assessment came
underway in 2010.
The renovation began in 2012
using the capital outlay regular fund of the Agency worth 9 million.
The project was supposedly to have been completed in the last quarter
of 2013 but was stopped due to the devastation of super-typhoon
NMP also recognized
employees who have been with the agency for 15, 20, 25, and 30 years.
Awardees include Nenita M. Morales and Ma. Jasmine J. Andrade for 15
years; Engr. Claro C. Coscos, Ma. Dessa Joy B. Bautista, Gina M.
Alegro, and Leopoldo G. Abelinde for 20 years; Rosario A. Vinculado,
Emilie R. Sudario, Rogelio R. Raagas, Abraham E. Pingol, Lydia S.
Pacheco, Maria Sandra M. Gallardo, Ma. Nissa C. Espiritu, and
Salvacion C. Caňete for 25 years; and Lilibeth N. Go for 30 years.
There were a total of fifteen loyalty awardees who received a plaque
of recognition and monetary incentive.
The celebration started with
a Thanksgiving Mass that was followed by cutting of the ribbon,
unveiling of marker and blessing of the assessment center and the
conferment of the loyalty awards. It was capped by the NMP-Media
Partnership Forum moderated by PIA-8 Regional Director Alicia E.
Nicart. The forum paved way for the dissemination of the status of
NMP’s accreditation of its training courses under MARINA STCW Office.
NMP Executive Director Manuel C. Roldan together with DOLE Regional
Director Cayanong also substantiated the contributions of the Filipino
seafarers in the local maritime industry.
NMP also held another
activity, the sports competition, as part of the founding anniversary.
Employees grouped in teams competed for basketball and volleyball
tournaments which started earlier in April 2015. The awarding took
place on May 11, 2015 for the winning teams.
It can be recalled that NMP
was created on May 1, 1978 with the signing of its Charter,
Presidential Decree No. 1369, by then Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos as the
country’s response to the challenges posed upon by the Filipino
seafarers in relation to the requirements under the 1978 International
Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Convention on the
Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for
seafarers. NMP began by offering the Basic Messman Course.
Today, it has a total of 32
training courses categorized into STCW Courses, Environmental
Protection and Maritime Allied Courses, Professional Development
Courses, and Faculty Development Courses. Some of these courses have
been submitted to MARINA STCW Office for accreditation.
Aside from the provision of
training and assessment, NMP also conducts relevant and industry-wide
researches and studies. NMP already conducted several maritime
researches and studies which have become bases in the formulation of
policies and direction setting in the improvement of maritime
education and training.
against HIV/AIDS is getting nowhere – TUCP
May 15, 2015
QUEZON CITY – The
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa (TUCP-Nagkaisa) do
not see any solution amid the frayed attempts of government and civil
society groups to combat the worsening HIV/AIDS phenomenon in the
“I am saddened to admit this
but we have no working, unified national strategy to battle HIV/AIDS
to begin with. What we do have are fighting spirit, will and
determination to wage the battle against it. What we have is noise but
that noise is thin air – it has no impact, no efficiency,” said Alan
Tanjusay, national spokesperson of the TUCP-Nagkaisa.
The labor group is part of
various civil society organizations comprising the country’s highest
policy-making body on HIV/AIDS, the Philippine National Council on
AIDS (PNAC) with the Department of Health (DOH) as lead and chair.
In the monthly surveillance
report of the Epidemiology Bureau of the Department of Health (DOH)
released on May 10 showed 667 individuals contracted HIV in March this
year compared to 646 in February bringing to an average alarming rate
of 21 persons diagnosed with the HIV infection per day.
In 2008, the bureau
monitored only 1 infection every day, 4 in 2010, 9 in 2012, and 17 in
“The PNAC was envisioned to
wage a multi-pronged tactical battle against the virus and the disease
including the cultural discrimination, prejudices and misconceptions
about the phenomenon. Yet after scouting the terrain, knowing the
enemy and drawing up action how to wage it, we just stood there watch
the enemy do its thing,” Tanjusay said.
Created in 1992 by executive
order 39, the PNAC is the central advisory, planning and policy-making
body on the prevention and control of HIV and AIDS in the country.
TUCP is one of the 26 member-council from government, civil society
and organizations of people living with HIV.
“The PNAC cannot go dynamic
because it is challenged by the many government bureaucratic taboos.
It has no real budget to finance its own HIV and AIDS plans and
programs. While PNAC is currently being overhauled, it has been
dormant in achieving its full potential and inert in creating results.
Meanwhile, the HIV/AIDS is spreading and growing all over the
country,” Tanjusay said.
justice for Kentex workers, blames partial privatization of labor
May 15, 2015
CITY – Partial privatization of labor inspection, weak certification
process and the endemic problem of corruption down to the local levels
have consigned workers to precarious working conditions, including
unnecessary deaths and accidents, the labor coalition Nagkaisa said in
The statement was issued in reaction to the statements made by the
lawyer of Kentex Corp. and the labor department that the company has
been compliant with safety standards.
Also this morning, members of Nagkaisa such as the Bukluran ng
Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), Sentro ng Nakakaisang Manggagawa (Sentro),
Partido Manggagawa (PM), and the Trade Union Congress of the
Philippines (TUCP) offered flowers as an expression of sympathy and
solidarity for the dead workers at the Kentex factory in Valenzuela
In a protest rally held afterwards, labor groups reiterated their call
that aside from compensation, criminal liabilities be exacted among
the perpetrators of this terrible crime, including the violation of
other labor standards at Kentex.
According to Nagkaisa convenor Josua Mata, the relaxation of labor
inspection through “self-assessment” under DOLE’s Department Order No.
57-04 has rendered toothless the supposedly tough safety standards
required in workplaces.
The conduct of self-assessment, according to Mata, is voluntary and is
based from a labor standard checklist conducted by representatives of
employers and workers.
“This partial privatization of labor inspection promoted evasion
rather than voluntary compliance, while self-assessment conducted by
the management in generally non-unionized workplace simply won’t
work,” said Mata.
This self-assessment, according to TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay, is
followed by a weaker compliance certification process under the
jurisdiction of DOLE’s regional offices.
On his part, Partido Manggagawa (PM) chair Renato Magtubo noted that
the DOLE’s “Labor Laws Compliance System” (LLCS) inaugurated in 2013
and the hike in the number of labor inspectors to almost 600 is still
not working. An audit by the International Labor Organization in 2009
revealed that with only 193 labor inspectors to inspect 784,000
companies, an establishment gets inspected only once every 16 years.
“A big loophole in the so-called LLCS is the focus on ‘voluntary
compliance’ and ‘self-assessment’ by employers. Voluntary compliance
and self-assessment means that the government is asking the wolf to
guard the sheep. No wonder the sheep get slaughtered,” Magtubo
BMP President Leody De Guzman averred that endemic corruption at all
levels aggravates the problem of compliance.
“Regulatory capture has always been the antidote to strict compliance
to regulation in this country,” said De Guzman.
commander MGen. Jet Velarmino with Mrs. Imelda Velarmino cutting
the ribbon during the Inauguration of Facilities of 19th
Infantry (Commando) Battalion at Brgy. Aguiting, Kananga, Leyte
on May 9, 2015.
camp facilities and launch the 1st commando summer shoot fest
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 13, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The 19th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army
based in Kananga, Leyte inaugurated its new camp facilities last May
It can be recalled that the
Headquarters 19IB was totally destroyed when typhoon Yolanda struck
Eastern Visayas on November 8, 2013. The Commando Battalion troopers
were visibly on high morale and proud as members of the unit during
the inauguration because after more than a year, they now have a
decent barracks to stay and rest.
The inauguration was graced
by Maj. Gen. Jet B Velarmino AFP, Commander, 8ID together with his
wife, Mrs. Imelda D. Velarmino. Also present during the occasion was
Hon. Elmer C. Codilla, Mayor of Kananga, Leyte; Col Dinoh A. Dolina,
Commander, 802nd Brigade; media personalities; YMCA Rifle and Pistol
Club (YRPC) members led by Mr. Marlon Alajas; and other invited guests
from Ormoc City and Kananga.
Captain Rey David G. Loyola,
8ID Chaplain officiated the blessings of the newly repaired camp
facilities: Admin Building 1 and 2, Officers Quarters, and Supply
Room, Bangon Transient Facility, Bangon Organic Livestock Facility,
Headquarters Service Company building, and the unit Cooperative Store.
After the inauguration, Lt.
Col. Nedy C. Espulgar, Commanding Officer of the 19th Infantry
Battalion held a press conference where he presented to the media the
five high-powered firearms recovered from the New People’s Army (NPA)
during an encounter at Brgy Liberty, Ormoc City last May 3, 2015.
Immediately after the press
conference, the 1st Commando Summer Shoot Fest was conducted, which
was participated by Maj. Gen. Velarmino and 114 other gun enthusiasts.
Maj. Gen. Velarmino
expressed his appreciation to the leadership of LtC Espulgar and his
men for the newly repaired facilities, at the same time, congratulated
the unit for the successful combat operation last May 3, 2015 that
resulted to the recovery of five (5) high-powered firearms from the
NPAs, thus giving more hope to our quest for a lasting peace in the
whole island of Leyte.
PNP PRO 8 starts
inventory of dud grenades
By RPCRD, Police Regional
May 13, 2015
CAMP KANGLEON, Palo,
Leyte – PCSupt. Asher Abanilla Dolina, Acting Regional Director
disclosed that Police Regional Office 8 has complied with the
directive of the National Headquarters to conduct inventory and
inspection as the PNP starts the recall of M203 grenades after the
incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao wherein some of the grenades have
malfunctioned during the operation of the Special Action Force (SAF).
It was noted that one of the
findings of the PNP Board of Inquiry on the Mamasapano incident was
that some of the ordnance for M203 were defective. With these
findings, PNP OIC, PDDG Leonardo Espina ordered an inquiry into the
quality of the explosives. All M203 grenades were being recalled for
decommissioning and at the same time for analysis for future
PCSupt. Dolina, immediately
ordered the inspection and inventory of M203 grenades and other
ammunition in the AOR to account those which are still effective. He
said, this is to prevent tragedy in future police operations.
On March 16-27, 2015, a
joint team from the Office of the Regional Logistics Division and
Explosive and Ordnance Disposal conducted Ammunition and Explosive
Surveillance and Inspection of ISO Equipment and Ordnance Items to all
units within AOR. Based on the inventory, it was found that there are
numbers of unserviceable ammunition and explosives due to wear and
tear and damaged brought by Typhoon Yolanda. The Inspection Team
however advised all units not to utilize defective ammunition and
explosives, and to turn-over the ordnance items for proper
disposition. Further, the team submitted report to the Directorate for
Logistics as basis for appropriate action.
The PNP assures the public
that the police force is ready to secure the public’s safety. As the
primary law enforcers in the country, the PNP will remain relentless
on its mandate of serving and protecting the people.
The PNP likewise appeals to
the public not to lose faith and trust on the police force as it
continues to transform itself under the program known as the PNP Peace
and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule of Law (P.A.T.R.O.L)
NICA8 RD Roland Rodriguez, 8ID chief MGen Jet Velarmino, DILG8
RD Pedro Noval Jr., RPOC8 chair Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo
Aquino during RPOC8 session at Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City on
May 11, 2015.
supports RPOC8 resolution endorsing the PAMANA projects’
implementation and the conduct of information drives regarding the BBL
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 12, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, Commander of the 8th
Infantry Division, Philippine Army echoed his support to the Regional
Peace and Order Council’s (RPOC8) resolution to support the continuing
efforts relative to the Peace Process and the PAMANA Program
implementation in the region as well as the conduct of information
drive to increase people’s awareness of the proposed Bangsa Moro Basic
Law (BBL) in the RPOC meeting held last May 11, 2015 at Hotel
Alejandro, Tacloban City.
The RPOC was attended by the
different peace stakeholders in the region led by Maj. Gen. Jet B.
Velarmino AFP, Hon. Ronaldo P. Aquino; Hon. Leopoldo L. Petilla;
PCSupt Asher A. Dolina; Ms. Imelda C. Bonifacio, OPPAP Area Manager;
Hon. Emiliana Villacarillo, Mayor of Dolores, Eastern Samar; Mr Pedro
A Noval Jr, Regional Director DILG8; Mr. Judy Batulan, Provincial
Director DILG of Samar; and Mr. Roland Rodriguez, Regional Director,
National Intelligence Coordination Agency 8 (NICA8). It was also
attended by representatives from Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency,
National Bureau of Investigation, Department of Health, Department of
Education and Land Transportation Office.
During the RPOC8 meeting, a
motion was endorsed to commit the council’s clout and machinery to
support the region-wide information drive to increase people’s
awareness on the proposed BBL, as well as the PAMANA Programs’
implementation. The measure was endorsed and seconded by Hon. Leopoldo
L. Petilla, Governor of Leyte Province and PCSupt Asher A. Dolina, PNP
Region-8 Director respectively, and was approved by RPOC8 Chair, Hon.
Ronaldo P. Aquino, Mayor of Calbayog City.
Maj. Gen. Velarmino
acknowledged that with the RPOC8 approved resolution of committing the
council’s machinery, the pace of the implementation of PAMANA Programs
in the region will be hastened and enhanced, and the proposed BBL also
will be better understood by the people and peace stakeholders in the
region. Further he said, any measure that will contribute to the
attainment of peace will be wholeheartedly supported by your Army in
Labor group says
fewer families got hungry due to proliferation of popular ‘pagpag’
May 12, 2015
QUEZON CITY – Fewer
Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger in the last quarter,
as shown by the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey, because
‘pagpag’ food is now readily and widely accessible to many Filipino
poor especially in Metro Manila, said the labor group Trade Union
Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa (TUCP-Nagkaisa).
“We would like to attribute
this development to the proliferation of ‘pagpag’ food – very cheap,
very delicious and easily accessible to the poor,” said TUCP-Nagkaisa
spokesperson Alan Tanjusay.
However, the TUCP-Nagkaisa
believes the Aquino administration failed to make quality living for
the majority of Filipinos by not meeting three benchmarks:
1. Failure to bring up the
income of the poor with 97% surviving on P162 a day subsistence wages
and do not have the ability to pay for goods and services; Token wage
increase and redefining the poverty to by changing the basket of goods
that would warrant survival replacing chicken and meat with dried fish
and vegetables is indecent;
2. Failing to make for
power, water, telecom services affordable. Profits of the top 3% who
are the owners of these sectors represent almost 80% of the national
wealth. Meralco has gross earnings of P25 billion and net earnings of
P18 billion. Little wonder that they can pay their top 8 officers
additional bonuses ranging from P800,000 to P1 million.
3. Appropriate government
expenditures with government savings are enormous. The fiscal savings
for 2014 alone amounts to P300 billion. If used to put up
infrastructure easily 20% to 30% would have been dedicated to new
jobs. The new infrastructure as in power, ports likewise would have
encouraged entry of more jobs.