Staff Officers together with the members of the 8ID Press Corps
during the media fellowship at 8ID multi-purpose hall on June 8,
8ID conducts media
fellowship in Eastern Visayas
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 8, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division,
Philippine Army along with media practitioners in Region 8 conducted
the 8ID Press Corps Media Fellowship at the 8ID Multi-Purpose Hall,
Camp Vicente Lukban, Catbalogan City on early morning of June 8, 2015.
The said event was
highlighted with an election of the new set of officers followed by an
induction of 8ID defense press corps presided by Major General Jet B.
Velarmino, Commander 8ID. The media fellowship was anchored on the
theme, “Forging Strong Partnership thru Public Information” which
gives emphasis on the role of media in our society today.
Team building activity was
also conducted thru an Amazing Race event in order to promote
interaction between the Command and the media practitioners in the
Major General Velarmino for
his part said, “Media plays a vital role in our modern society today,
making us aware of everything that has been taking place, and
information dissemination. We are all aware of the hardships and
challenges that you have to go through in the performance of your
duties, and 8ID appreciates your effort”.
“Let us continue to
strengthen our partnership and let us pursue the genuine peace and
development in our region”.
encounters NPA in Northern Samar, recovers high powered fire arm
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 8, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – Army troops operating in Northern Samar Province
encountered NPA members in a remote area of Sitio Cabangahan Barangay
Mckinley, Catarman, Northern Samar at around 2:25 in the afternoon of
June 8, 2015.
In a report from Lt. Col.
Carmelito T. Pangatungan, Commanding Officer of the 63rd Infantry
(Innovator) Battalion, troops of 81st Division Reconnaissance Company
under his unit’s operational control while conducting Focus Military
Operations in the outskirts of said barangay when they chanced upon a
team of NPA rebels passing also in the area. A brief exchange of
firefight followed forcing the enemy to withdraw from their position
leaving behind several war materiels at the encounter site. Among the
items recovered were one AK47 and ammunitions.
The rebels were unable to
inflict casualties against government forces while one casualty on the
rebel side whose cadaver will be turned over to the Barangay Council
of Mckinley for identification.
Major General Jet B.
Velarmino, 8ID Commander, expressed his appreciation to the operating
troops of the 81st Division Reconnaissance Company for their
dedication and commitment in safeguarding the communities against the
rebels. Further, he reiterated the government’s call for non-violence,
for the rebels to return to the mainstream society, and for them to
take advantage of the government’s reconciliation programs.
Labor group hits
ERC verdict, recommends guillotine for ‘Dirty 13’ power price
June 3, 2015
QUEZON CITY – Big labor
coalition group Nagkaisa criticized the “very late and toothless
verdict” of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in coming out with
a decision on a very high profile and important case of conniving to
manipulate electricity spot market prices leading to a record high
cost of electricity during the latter part of 2013 victimizing
millions of consumers in Luzon area.
“How come it took the ERC
commissioners almost two years to decide on a very important case? But
then, now that they have their judgment, how come that the verdict is
too weak – it’s as if no large scale thievery happened? How come the
wheels of justice very, very slow on this case?” said Wilson Fortaleza,
spokesman of the Partido Manggagawa-Nagkaisa (PM-Nagkaisa).
The ERC announced the other
day they found the 13 power players liable for market abuse for
withholding supply that led to a record high P4.15 per kilowatt hour.
“Respondents will be
accorded with due process after which, ERC will decide on the
imposition of penalties, if warranted, and grant of other reliefs,”
the ERC decision said.
The Nagkaisa labor coalition
rather recommended the highest form of punishment of guillotine to the
so-called “Dirty 13” companies identified by the Energy Regulatory
Commission (ERC) as the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management
Corporation (PSALM), AP Renewables, Pan-Asia, Therma Mobile Inc.,
Manila Electric Company (Meralco), 1590Bauang, CIP 2, TransAsia Power
Gen, AP Renewables, Udenna Management Resources Corp., Strategic Power
Development Corp., GNPower Mariveles, and SEM-Calaca Power Corp.
“Nagkaisa deemed that these
irresponsible “Dirty 13” companies be brought to the bar of justice
and be slapped with multiple and the highest criminal and
administrative charges of the land for wittingly duping millions of
Filipino consumers,” said Leody de Guzman, president of Bukluran ng
The group is also insisting
that the “Dirty 13” power players be made to return to consumers the
excess payment involve including its accrued interests – estimated to
be billions of pesos – along with the criminal and administrative
“These people behind the
collusion and manipulation of electricity prices are without any soul
nor any sort of conscience. They were not there to do good business
and offer public good. What they have is brute desire to steal
hard-earned Filipino working people’s money bigtime and hope to get
away with the hard cash quietly. They almost tried successfully but
they were blind-sided by the stacks of money that they forgot to cover
the imprints of their crime. Now that they are caught, they and their
cohorts have to made to face the guillotine of the people and must be
made to answer for the consequences of their high crime,” said Alan
Tanjusay, spokesperson of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa
In the light of this
development, the group called on the Office for Competition Department
of Justice (DOJ) to immediately file charges to make these firms
accountable for the high crime they committed against the Filipino
“The Philippine Justice
department should already come right away and not wait for another
almost two years in filing the charges. The DOJ must come in
immediately and prosecute these high-flying criminals in behalf of the
millions of irate households and make the public feel that their
prosecutors in their DOJ are standing for them,” said Josua Mata of
the Alliance of Progressive Labor-Nagkaisa (APL-Nagkaisa)
BBL still won’t
pass the second deadline – Chiz
By Office of Senator Chiz
June 2, 2015
PASAY CITY – Senator
Chiz Escudero said the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is
set to miss its deadline, yet again, as the Senate leadership looks at
October to pass the measure.
“Di pa din ba sila nadala?”
Escudero said of the deadlines given to the BBL approval, the first of
which was in June.
Escudero pointed out that
the supposed October deadline, as mentioned by Senate President
Franklin Drilon, may still not be enough time to scrutinize and
identify the necessary revisions and adjustments needed by the BBL.
“I honestly don’t know if a
deadline is doable; we also have to factor in the bicameral approval.
Again I am not a believer in deadlines when it comes to a very
important piece of legislation.”
The senator said he has
questions with the procedures adopted by the House in proposing the
amendments in the BBL. “These are questions which have to do with the
ones not provided for under the Constitution.”
“Basta ang importante, tama
at maayos na BBL na tatalima sa Saligang-Batas ang maipasa. Imbes na
BBL na minadali lamang,” Escudero added, saying the legislation should
not compromise the accuracy and constitutionality of the law just to
rush its enactment.
City Mayor Jonas Cortes gives a pep talk to motivate the barangay captains before they take on the challenges during
their synergy program.
train for a better Mandaue City
By Ramon Aboitiz Foundation
June 1, 2015
To help improve services to their constituents, Mayor Jonas Cortes led
25 Mandaue City barangay captains in a three-day synergy program
organized by Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) at the Kool
Adventure Camp (KAC) Adventure Education Center in Cansomoroy,
“Kool Adventure Camp is the
propeller of the transformation of the people of Mandaue. The program
was able to change our old perception and mindset. We are now equipped
on how to handle the different challenges in our barangays,” said
Association of Barangay Councils President Ernie Manatad.
“I am amazed of the
transformation of the barangay leaders. This is the best training we
have attended. This will help me correct my old maps in executing my
function as a barangay official. I want to apply the learnings I got
from KAC and change myself to be more open to other ideas. This
program is really aligned to the goals of I AM Mandaue,” he added.
“I AM Mandaue” is the
official seal and slogan of Mandaue City. It refers to the
responsibility and contribution of every residents for the city’s
“If we want a strong Mandaue,
we have to build a strong barangay”, said Cortes.
KAC has been offering
adventure education programs for leadership and team development for
youth and professionals for the last decade. It is a program under
RAFI’s Leadership and Citizenship focus area.For more information on
KAC and its services, contact 260-9000 local 1001 and look for Althea
May Santillan, or visit www.kac.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/kooladventurecamp.
BBL won't end armed
look for better alternatives to have genuine peace - Cayetano
By Office of the Senate
June 1, 2015
PASAY CITY – Senate
Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano said the passage of the proposed
Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will not guarantee lasting peace in
Mindanao, since it is not inclusive, not even within the Moro Islamic
liberation Front itself.
He cited a recent news
report published by the Manila Standard claiming that at least 85 top
commanders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) denounced the
leadership of MILF Chair Ebrahim Murad for forging a “doubtful” peace
deal with government and vowed not to support the BBL.
"The bill has not even been
enacted into law, yet we hear of Moro commanders eyeing to break away
from the MILF. This adds to our fear that even if the BBL is passed,
there will be more armed clashes,” the senator said.
With this in mind, the
senator stressed that all efforts for peace in Mindanao should no
longer be focused on a single group like the MNLF or the MILF.
“We must learn from the
lesson of history. Before the BBL, we already had peace negotiations
with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), leading to the
creation of ARMM. We all expected this to bring peace in the region,"
Cayetano said. "But soon after, MILF broke away from MNLF due to their
disagreements with the signed peace deal. Now that it is MILF’s turn
to talk peace, there is a threat of another breakaway group. So how
sure are we that the BBL can really create permanent peace in
Further, Cayetano said he
learned from consultations with stakeholders that many Mindanaoans
distrust MILF’s intentions in pushing for the BBL. He said both Muslim
and Christian leaders in the region are looking for a better measure
that will promote the welfare of all groups in Mindanao.
"The BBL is not the answer
to Mindanaoans’ problems. What we need is a better solution, a real
change for peace, one that takes into account the concerns of all
other stakeholders," he said.
One alternative, he
suggested, is to pass a bill that seeks to strengthen the Autonomous
Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) or have two autonomous regions in the
Moreover, he assured the
public and stakeholders that senators will not railroad the passage of
the BBL, noting that an enacted law should not only be constitutional,
but should also address the needs of all Mindanaoans.
"This development should not
be disregarded. OPAPP Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles and chief peace
negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer should explain what they know about
this issue and how this could greatly affect the ongoing peace
process. This should serve as a wake-up call for government to learn
from the mistakes of the past and not allow history to repeat itself,”
chapter joins Barangayan Caravan 2015
By DONNA C. DEBUTON
May 28, 2015
CALBAYOG CITY –
Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers-Calbayog Chapter (PICE)
collaborates in one of the summer programs of the Municipality of Sta.
Margarita Barangayan Caravan 2015 with the theme “Hingyap nga Serbisyo…
Madaop, Madagmit ngan Matatagamtaman Niyo.”
The Local Government Unit’s
key officials in partnership with the PICE headed by their President
Virgilio Eduarte, Samar First District Engineering Office’s District
Engineer, and the PICE members extended their help and assistance in
making the program a successful one.
The Caravan 2015 starts with
a short program which formally opening the different activities
participated by the residents of Sta. Margarita with the assistance of
the PICE members.
“We are thankful that we are
permitted to join this activity through our Mayor, Gemma Zosa. Wara ak
magruhaduha nga ihatag an akon 100% support sini nga medical and
dental mission para bumulig, kay diri kita nasabot kun sano kita ma ta-transfer
sa iba nga lugar kay an aton posisyon nadepende la san aton mga labaw.
Ini man la an maging hinumuduman para aton munisipyo…” is DE Eduarte’s
message to the beneficiaries and key officials of the Municipality.
The Caravan 2015 offers
“Operation Tuli”, dental consultation, tooth extraction, and
distribution of rice to beneficiaries barangay. The PICE then did
donate medicines prepared snacks for other volunteers. The
Municipality’s key officials were very grateful to the success of the
program which was also realized in cooperation of the good-hearted
members and leader of PICE.
"Kabahagi tayong lahat ng isang lipunan, republika, at pamahalaan." -
Secretary Roxas at the turn-over of the 23 new PNP patrol jeeps
Roxas: Patrol jeeps will
help address insurgency issues in Samar towns
May 29, 2015
– Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas is certain
that the 23 brand new patrol jeeps turned over to all municipalities
in Samar on Thursday (May 28) will not just help the province in times
of disaster, but will definitely reinforce the counter-insurgency
operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the area.
"Matindi ang pangangailangan ng internal security operations dito.
Maraming insidente kasama ang NPA (New People's Army) sa buong island
ng Samar. Tinutugunan natin ito para makapagresponde, para
makapagpatrolya, at sakaling mangyari man ay mahahanap at mahahabol
nila ang mga salarin na ito," Roxas stressed during the turn-over of
vehicle units in Catbalogan, Samar on Thursday.
With the new patrol jeep units, Roxas assured Samar residents that the
PNP can deliver support to troops from the Armed Forces of the
Philippines (AFP), the frontliners who are tasked to neutralize
internal security threats.
The peace and security situation of the province in Samar also urged
Roxas to discuss operative solutions with Samar Governor Sharee Ann
Tan, Police Regional Director Asher Dolina, 8th Infantry Division
Commander Gen. Jet Velarmino, Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo Aquino, and
Catbalogan City Mayor Stephanie Tan.
Roxas also told local government and police officials that the new
patrol jeeps are results of inclusive growth and that the government
has never left their side.
"Tignan natin ito hindi lang bilang patrol jeep pero bilang isang
simbolo na kabahagi tayong lahat ng isang lipunan, republika, at
pamahalaan na hindi kayo kinakalimutan," Roxas said.
Samar is the first province to receive brand new multi-role patrol
vehicle units in Eastern Visayas, as a complementary part of OPLAN
Lambat-Sibat, an intensified anti-crime campaign that employs a
deliberate, programmatic, and sustained approach initiated by Roxas.
He reiterated the importance of addressing issues in peace and order,
not only for society in general, but more importantly, for the
"Sinisiguro natin ang kaligtasan ng mga kababayan natin.
Napakapersonal ng krimen para sa mga biktima nito at inaasahan talaga
nila ang kanilang pamahalaan. Wala naman silang matatakbuhang iba,"
Sec. Mar Roxas at the blessing and turnover of patrol jeeps to
all 23 Samar municipalities. Also in photo are Samar Governor
Sharee Ann Tan and Vice Governor Dingdong Avanzado of Siquijor.
Avanzado has roots in Samar.
DILG Secretary Roxas
leads turnover of patrol jeeps; holds dialog on EV peace situation
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
May 28, 2015
CATBALOGAN CITY - All
twenty-three (23) towns in Samar province will now have new police
patrol jeeps to help curb criminality and assist in disaster response
operations. This, as Secretary of the Interior and Local Government
Mar Roxas will distribute brand new units of multi-role patrol jeeps
today, May 28, 2015 in simple rites at the Provincial Capitol in
The jeeps will help the police boost peace efforts by enabling it to
reach even the remote barangays. These are part of the first tranche
of the 1,470 brand new patrol jeep units procured by the PNP, which
will be distributed nationwide under the PNP mobilization program.
“Sa ilalim ng Daang Matuwid na polisiya ng administrasyon, lahat ay
magkakaroon ng isangpatrol jeep. Sino ka man, nasaan ka man, hindi ka
pababayaan, walang maiiwan,at hindi ko kayo kalilimutan,” Secretary
The procurement of new patrol jeeps is part of DILG’s efforts to curb
criminality in areas outside Metro Manila, following the success of
Oplan Lambat-Sibat: a deliberate (hindi bara-bara, hindi
patsamba-tsamba), programmatic (hindi kanya-kanya, hindi patse-patse),
and sustained (hindi ningas-cogon, hindi photo-opp lang) approach.
After the turnover, Secretary Roxas will meet with the Joint Regional
Peace and Security Council in Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City for peace
and order assessment and consultation. The DILG Secretary will also
attend the closing program of the Youth Leaders Training on Disaster
Risk Reduction at the Samar Provincial Capitol in the afternoon.
This activity also called the Operation Listo Wemboree, aims to
involve the youth in making communities disaster resilient. DILG as
the agency tasked under Republic Act10121 as Vice Chair for Disaster
Preparedness, has strengthened the capacities of local governments
In Eastern Visayas, Regional Director Pedro A. Noval Jr. said the
agency is in the thick of popularizing the Listo disaster warning
system; conduct of training and various forms of technical assistance,
and preparation of the Disaster Preparedness Audit, among others.
Alan Peter Cayetano questions LTO officials at the joint hearing
of the Senate Blue Ribbon Subcommittee and the Committee on
Public Services regarding the agency's questionable license
plate program. Cayetano had called for the suspension of LTO's
'No Plate, No Travel' policy, noting that the agency should not
have imposed unjust fines to car owners and drivers for its own
failure to issue license plates and car registrations on time.
Cayetano’s call, suspends ‘no plate no travel’ policy
By Office of the Senate
May 26, 2015
PASAY CITY – After a
series of hearings conducted at the Senate, the Land Transportation
Office (LTO) finally heeded to the calls of Senate Majority Leader
Alan Peter Cayetano and the public to suspend its ‘No Plate, No
“Ako’y natutuwa na nagka-solution…
that LTO met with car dealers, and tried to solve the existing
problems,” Cayetano said in an interview on the sidelines of the
Senate Committee on Public Services and Blue Ribbon Subcommittee's
joint investigation on the alleged irregularities in the agency’s
license plate program.
“Pero kung kinonsulta siguro
muna nila ang mga tao bago ipatupad ang polisiya, hindi na sana
nangyari itong napakalaking problema,” he added.
Admitting to the agency’s
problems as cited by Cayetano, and acknowledging the inconvenience it
had brought to the public, LTO officials finally agreed to the
senator’s proposal to defer the implementation of its policy.
Cayetano said he welcomes
LTO's decision, but asserted that he will continue monitoring updates
on the issue.
"While we commend LTO's
suspension of its 'No Plate, No Travel' policy, it does not end here.
We know that the DOTC, among other agencies in government, are still
riddled with several problems that cause burden to the people. That is
why we will continue to guard the public against any government
inefficiency," Caytenao said.
The senator earlier blasted
the LTO for imposing unjust penalties to car owners and drivers under
its ‘No Plate, No Travel’ policy, while noting that it was in fact the
agency’s fault that there had been a delay in the issuance of plates
for new vehicles.
He also cited LTO’s failure
to clarify the guidelines of its regulation to law enforcers on the
ground, which he feared could have caused confusion and possible abuse
of the public.
Cayetano said LTO enforcers
should not have penalized car owners who travel without the necessary
license plates, provided they have shown proof of registration.
He said no fine should be
imposed if the motorist can present an official receipt, since the LTO
failed to issue the license plate, considering the current shortage.
"The public should not in
any way be burdened by what is clearly a product of the LTO’s and the
plate contractor’s failure to deliver and process plates on new
vehicles," he said.
"Vehicle owners who have
registered their vehicles promptly should not have been barred from
using their vehicles nor penalized for government's inefficiency," he