# 20 of Agus 2. Kibawe line is one of the two towers bombed late
night of 29 October 2015, causing the isolation of Agus 1 and 2
Hydro Power Plants from the Mindanao Grid. Initial inspection
photos show one of the legs of Tower # 19 of the Agus 2 - Kibawe
line blasted, which caused the toppling of the whole tower.
NGCP towers bombed
in Marawi City
November 3, 2015
QUEZON CITY – Two towers along NGCP's Agus 2 - Kibawe138-kilovolt (kV)
line in Patani, Marawi City were bombed at 9:20 PM on October 29,
2015. Around 78 megawatts (MW) of power supplied by Agus 1 and 2 Hydro
Power Plants were lost to the grid, aggravating the deficiency in the
Mindanao. For 30 October 2015, projected system deficiency was 150 MW,
lengthening the power interruptions endured by some areas. Additional
load curtailment among grid customers was implemented for one to two
hours during peak hours.
With the return of the generating facilities of STEAG and Mt. Apo, the
deficiency for November 3, 2015 is pegged at 40MW, placing the
Mindanao Grid on red alert. The duration of the power interruptions
experienced by end-consumers will vary, depending on their respective
“This is the 7th tower toppled by lawless elements in 2015 alone. The
last 2 towers were bombed on October 9, 2015, only three weeks from
this latest incident. We are very concerned that this situation seems
to be escalating,” the company stressed. “Another tower, Tower 21, was
also bombed, but fortunately, the structure was not toppled. With the
help of the local authorities, several other bombs were found on our
facilities, but these did not detonate and were safely disposed of,”
“NGCP is appealing to the public to help monitor the safety of the
towers so that transmission services remain uninterrupted,” NGCP said.
“If anyone sees anything suspicious at or around our towers and
facilities, please inform us immediately. You may text us your tips
and other information at 09178791077.”
NGCP is fully cooperating with law enforcement agencies as they
investigate the incident. Restoration efforts began as soon as the
area was declared safe.
To hasten the restoration of transmission services to affected areas,
NGCP will attempt to energize its Baloi- Agus 2 line, which was
earlier disabled because of uncooperative landowners who are
preventing NGCP from conducting much needed vegetation clearing
activities. Elements of the Philippine Armed Forces are currently
assisting NGCP in entering the properties of the uncooperative
landowners to expedite restoration.
NGCP has repeatedly appealed to the government and the Philippine Army
for assistance in resolving escalating security and right-of-way
issues in Mindanao.
Career advice for
students goes virtual at Edukasyon.ph
November 3, 2015
MAKATI CITY – Social
enterprise Edukasyon.ph has introduced an online career platform where
high school students can get career advice for dream jobs and the
education that they need to get there.
The site offers a diverse
set of career options with FREE access to a database of 5,300 colleges
and universities, 300 Senior High-ready schools, 50,000 courses, and
2,800 scholarships offered in the Philippines and abroad.
“We understand how
frustrating it can be for our high school students to figure out what
kind of jobs they want to be doing when they grow up. Edukasyon.ph can
help young students map out the education they need depending on the
careers they can imagine themselves to be doing,” said Linartes
Viloria, Chief Executive Officer, Edukasyon.ph.
Students can simply find
schools and scholarships just by registering at www.edukasyon.ph. As
soon as they register they can click on career options, get updates on
higher academic opportunities that correspond to their interests,
preferred locality, and tuition fee budget.
To bring the website closer
to the students, Edukasyon.ph has been conducting career clinics at
high schools all over the Philippines. It has visited 27 public high
schools in the National Capital Region including the cities of Marikina, Manila, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela.
“Students all over the
Philippines should have access to this information that can change the
way they're planning their education and eventually their lives. We
want them to know the opportunities out there, so they can make better
choices,” said Henry Motte-Muñoz, Founder, Edukasyon.ph.
On October 2015,
Edukasyon.ph concluded its first wave of regional Career Clinic
Caravan in Baguio City. This activity was organized through the
assistance of volunteers from National Youth Commission Northern
Luzon, UP Subol Society, and UP Baguio Rotaract Club.
In the next few months,
Edukasyon.ph is scheduled to be visiting high schools in key areas in
Cebu, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Davao, and in other key cities in Regions 3,
“We are happy to be working
with government, the private sector and volunteer organizations in
bringing education information closer to our students. The
responsibility of educating students on careers do not lie solely on
our schools. It is a responsibility that we all share and we should
work together on,” said Henry Motte-Muñoz, Founder, Edukasyon.ph.
Under its volunteer program,
Edukasyon.ph accepts volunteers from organizations nationwide who are
willing to help in its regional career clinics all over the
Infantry Brigade commander Col. Mario G. Lacurom encourages the
former rebels to continue to work with the government and the
Army for a lasting peace in Northern Samar.
Brigade supports former rebels engagement and evaluation
By 803rd Infantry Brigade,
October 30, 2015
CATARMAN, Northern Samar
– Thirty nine former rebels from the province of Northern Samar
attended the Former Rebel Engagement and Evaluation (FREE) conducted
at the Headquarters of the 803rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade on
October 29, 2015.
The activity which was
initiated by the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil
Military Operations, G7 of the Philippine Army in collaboration with
the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the
Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), Northern
Samar, aimed to continue monitor on how the former rebels are living
their lives after returning to the folds of the law.
During the one day activity,
the participants were lectured on the proper way of vegetable
gardening and were given assorted vegetable seeds from the
representatives of the Provincial Agriculture Office of Northern Samar
headed by Mr. Marlo Cabudsan, while the office of the PSWDO thru its
representative, Ms. Mercy Castillo distributed food packs with five
kilos of rice, assorted canned goods, coffee and Milo packs. The
participants also received one thousand cash each from the Philippine
Army for their travel allowance.
In his speech during the
opening of the activity, Col. Mario G Lacurom, Commander of the 803rd
Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade, Philippine Army, encouraged the former
rebels to continue to be one with the government and the Army in
pursuing peace, progress and development in the province.
Facilitators of the activity
were Ms. Agnes Lopez (Lola) Reaño and Maj. Alexander D. Banatao from
the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military
Operations, G7 Philippine Army, Fort Bonifacio Metro Manila.
provides more job opportunities for the Philippines
October 30, 2015
Due to its successful
startup in France, StarofService is now set to conquer the
international market. Founded by Lucas Lambertini, Mael Leclair, and
Toni Paignant, this French services marketplace is now in the
Philippines to provide more job opportunities for service providers
while aiming to help their clients save time on hiring professionals.
Serving as an intermediary
between professionals and clients, StarofService was created on a
simple observation that almost anything can be bought online. Toni
Paignant, COO and cofounder of StarofService continues, “However, when
it comes to services, everything becomes more complicated. Whether
it’s finding a handyman, a sports coach, or a photographer or a DJ,
one generally loses a lot of time looking for someone who is
competent, available and affordable. Our idea was to allow anyone to
be able to request an online service.”
With an algorithm that
geotags and alerts professionals within the area, StarofService is a
way for professionals to advertise their business and find potential
customers within their reach. “With a free registration, these
professionals will be able to respond to customer requests through
offering a bid for their service. Upon receiving these bids, the
client will then compare the quotes given and finally make an
appointment with the professional of his or her choice,” says Mary
Therese Catantan, Country Manager for StarofService Philippines.
“Hiring the right people for the job has mostly been a trial and error
process for everyone, especially with Filipinos – which is exactly the
reason why StarofService exists. We want you to receive the service
that perfectly fits your needs.”
As StarofService continues
to expand all throughout the world, Lucas Lambertini, cofounder and
CEO explains, "The market in which StarOfService positions itself is
much bigger than most people think. No company has taken a dominant
position yet nor conquered the international market. Our ambition is
to take this position, and we were lucky enough to find the right
investors who share our vision of becoming the leading one-stop shop
for service providers globally."
Sarmiento to LGUs:
Adopt the Performance Governance System
October 27, 2015
QUEZON CITY –
Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento has
urged the local government units (LGUs) to adopt and use the
Performance Governance System (PGS) in their programs and projects.
The PGS is the local
adaptation of the Balanced Scorecard developed in the US, a
performance management and measurement tool that translates
organizational goals into breakthrough results using a set of
performance indicators or metrices.
The balanced scorecard
process translates organizational strategy into concrete and
quantifiable outcomes by measuring whether the operational activities
of an organization are aligned with its larger-scale and longer-term
objectives and strategies.
"Kahit gaano kalaki ang pera
ng barangay, munisipyo, city o probinsya, kung hindi naman gagamitin
ito sa tama, wala rin," Sarmiento said during his first flag-raising
ceremony at the DILG Central Office in Quezon City recently.
With the expected double
increase in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) in 2018, he has
repeatedly encouraged local chief executives to come up with a
strategic goal map that will advocate the prudent use of the PGS.
The DILG Secretary said he
used the PGS method during his mayoral stint in Calbayog City which
enabled his city to hit almost a billion plus revenues for his city.
He said the PGS will be more
effective if the local governments have a strategic plan to follow.
“Kahit na bilyon nga yan eh, kung wala talagang plano, sayang ang pera,”
The DILG Chief said he will
steer the Local Government Academy (LGA), an attached agency of the
DILG, to conduct appropriate training programs that will direct the
LGUs to the right direction which would match the overall, long-term
plan of the national government.
"Dapat kung ano ang gusto ng
komunidad, yun ang masunod to ensure sustainability. Hindi ang
kagustuhan ni Mayor o ni Kapitan," he added.
According to the DILG
Secretary, capability, bankability, competitiveness and governance
will be the four main facets by which LGUs will be measured through
He also highlighted the
importance of the said management tool in nation-building as it
unifies and directs all government agencies to one direction using a
He is confident that by
using PGS properly, everyone, even those in the lowest rank in the
office, will understand what are the goals, the hits and the misses of
a respective agency and they too can contribute on how to address the
missed opportunities and improve for the better.
“It’s a scorecard, a one
pager thing na dapat pati utility sa opisina naiintindihan, rating the
Department. May target ito. Pag red font, meaning failing grade; green
font, we hit the target; blue font, we exceeded the target,” Sarmiento
He said he is looking
forward to a productive eight months in the DILG: “In eight months,
wag tayong magsayang. Marami tayong magagawa. Para sa pagpasok ng
ating mga bagong halal na mga opisyal, hopefully ay makabigay tayo ng
instrumentong magagamit nila na nasubukan na,” he added.
Chiz wants policy
reform to save dying coconut industry
By Office of Senator Chiz
October 27, 2015
PASAY CITY – Sen.
Chiz Escudero is seeking policy reforms to help the Philippine coconut
industry deal with the constant threat of climate change, infestation
and ageing trees – challenges which are too big to be addressed under
the 40-year-old law that created the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).
Escudero said the government
must update its policies to be more attuned to the current condition
of the country’s coconut industry as well as the type of assistance
and support for farmers in this sector.
In Eastern Visayas alone,
the government has to replace 13 million coconut trees that were
totally damaged when Super typhoon “Yolanda” devastated Central
Philippines in November 2013.
Aside from the trees
uprooted by Yolanda, the coconut industry also has to deal with ageing
coconut trees and infestation, said Escudero, who last week visited
Tacloban, Leyte, home to close to 350,000 coconut farmers as per data
from the PCA.
“Most of our coconut trees
in the country are about 30 to 40 years old. Matatanda na rin naman
talaga sila. Panahon na para mag-replant tayo at magtanim ng panibago
at siguro pagkakataon na rin ito para magawa natin yan dito sa
Tacloban, dito sa Leyte at sa buong Region 8,” he said.
The veteran lawmaker noted
that the Presidential Decree 232, which created the Philippine Coconut
Authority (PCA) is now over four decades old and has become “too
deficient” to address the current conditions of the industry.
The last of subsequent
legislations promoting the development of the coconut industry –
Presidential Decree 1468 – was issued in 1978, according to Escudero.
He thus appealed for the
immediate passage of Senate Bill No. 2116, which seeks the creation of
the Philippine Coconut Industry Development Authority (PHILCIDA) that
will be tasked to help coconut farmers through marketing assistance
and other extension services to boost their yield and expand their
SBN 2116 was filed by
Escudero in 2014 as a counterpart measure of House Bill No. 1998 filed
by Rep. Sharon Garin, aimed crafting the Coconut Industry Development
Act to provide an up-to-date overall strategic guidance to the
The bill proposes that the
PCA be transformed to PHILCIDA, whose task is to develop measures to
increase farm productivity, through planting or replanting of suitable
seedling varieties, rehabilitation and fertilization of coconut,
integrated coconut-based farming systems and product processing, and
whenever necessary, the construction of related support and
The proposed measure or “An
Act Revitalizing the Coconut Industry, Appropriating Funds Therefor
and for other Purposes,” also seeks to remove the corporate
restriction of the PCA to make it a profitable, sustainable and
development-oriented agency, according to Escudero, as he noted how
agency has been receiving just less than two percent of the total
allocation of the Department of Agriculture (DA) as annual subsidy.
Escudero said revitalizing
coconut industry will benefit the government in the long run, citing
the current high demand for coco oil and coco water in the
“Hindi lang ang mga farmers
at workers ang makikinabang kung hindi rin ang ekonomiya sa laki ng
potensyal ng coconut industry sa bansa,” said Escudero.
Coconut farming covers 3,563
hectares or 26 percent of the total agricultural land in the country,
and is the primary agricultural source of income in the Eastern
Visayas and Bicol regions.
The industry produces an
annual average of 15.2 billion coconuts, with over 24 million direct
and indirect stakeholders in over 69 provinces in the country.
DPWH Samar I
coordinates with DepEd heads
By DONNA C. DEBUTON
October 26, 2015
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways for this year undertakes a
coordination meeting with the Department of Education’s
principals/school heads from both Calbayog City Division and Samar
Division, held at Samar First District Engineering Office’s conference
hall, San Policarpo, Calbayog City, on October 20, 2015.
District Engineer Virgilio
C. Eduarte presides over the meeting. He welcomes the visitors from
different schools of Calbayog City and Samar Division. The conference
is attended by almost thirty (30) school heads and visitors. The said
coordination meeting has the purpose of pursuing the smooth
implementation of the School Building Projects for CY 2015.
In answer to the queries and
clarifications raised by the DepEd representatives/school heads, DE
Eduarte and the technical employees make a comprehensive explanation
in accordance to their concerns. In the end part of the meeting, both
parties agree to cooperate with each other and assure that
responsibilities of each office be performed to ascertain SB Projects
are constructed in accordance with the plans and specifications.
DPWH Samar I
enhances information technology
By DONNA C. DEBUTON
October 25, 2015
CALBAYOG CITY –
Department of Public Works and Highways - Samar First District
Engineering Office conducts training/seminar on Informational
Technology specifically on Windows 8 and MS Office 2013: Overview and
Updates, on October 7-9, 2015 at the Conference Hall, DPWH-San
Policarpo Calbayog City.
Aiming to adapt the new
trend of informational technology in the district, DPWH-SFDEO enhances
their skills through a seminar/training by the resource speakers from
DPWH-Central Office, Information Management System (IMS); Ms. Anabelle
de los Reyes, Chief of the User Support Division, Ms. Zorahayda Paz D.
Abreu, Chief of the IT Training Section and Mr. Ralph R. Caubalejo,
Computer Management Technologist II. It is participated in by selected
employees and personnel of the district, who desire to upgrade their
knowledge and unlock more tricks in the use of technology.
District Engineer Virgilio
C. Eduarte warmly welcomes the resource speakers from the Central
Office as he gives his opening remarks in the first day of the
training. “I know you can get a lot of ideas regarding informational
technology from them… Enjoy your three days stay in our district, and
“Ang dami naming natutunang
bagong trick, na realize din naming may ginagawa kami sa MS Word at
Excel na hindi naman pala tama at dapat na gawin…” statement coming
from one of the participants who attended the training. This really is
an evidence, that the said training is a great help to the district’s
personnel and employees.
commander MGen. Jet B. Velarmino welcomes LtGen. Ernesto G.
Carolina AFP (Ret), administrator of Philippine Veterans Office,
as Guest of Honor and Speaker with a traditional military
arrival honors during the 71st Leyte Gulf Landing Anniversary at
MacArthur Landing Memorial Park, Candahug, Palo, Leyte on
October 20, 2015.
8ID troops join the
71st Anniversary of Leyte Gulf Landing
By DPAO, 8ID PA
October 22, 2015
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army
participated in the commemoration of the Leyte Gulf Landings 71st
Anniversary at the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park, Candahug,
Palo, Leyte on October 20, 2015.
Lt. Gen. Ernesto G.
Carolina, AFP (Ret), Administrator of Philippine Veterans Office, was
the guest of honor and speaker of the simple and solemn commemorative
ceremonies with the theme: “Liberation: A Paradigm for a Renewed Leyte”,
which reminisce the largest naval battle of World War II, that paved
way to the liberation of the Philippines from Japanese occupation 71
The event was graced by
Minister Tetsuro Omano, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan; Mr.
Lain Mansfield, Trade and Investment Director, Embassy of United
Kingdom; Lt. Col Michael P. Wylie, Chief Joint Operations, US Marine
Corp, Embassy of the United States of America; and Bill Tweddell,
Ambassador, Embassy of Australia.
Also in attendance was Major
General Jet B. Velarmino, Commander 8ID; Cmdr. Avelino L. Mosot,
regional vice president Veterans Federation of the Philippines Leyte
Chapter; Brig. Gen. Joel Joseph A. Cabides (Ret), Regional Vice
President, Veterans Federation of the Philippines; BGen William B.
Esplana (Ret), President of Operations Veterans Federation of the
Philippines; and Hon. Dominico Petilla, Governor of Leyte.
Highlight during the
commemorative program was the solidarity messages of the diplomatic
representatives and the hoisting of their respective flags.
The 8ID troops spearheaded
the Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of our heroes who fought gallantly
for the present generation to cherish the true essence of liberty.
Gov. Petilla in his message
said, “On this 71st year of commemorating the Leyte Gulf Landing we
honor our veterans as we banner this year’s theme: “Liberation: A
Paradigm for a Renewed Leyte.” I want us not only to remember their
gallantry in the battlefield, but we must also look at the lasting
legacy of strength and service they brought with them; the
commemoration of the Leyte Gulf Landings reminds us of the
responsibility we have for our veterans who serve our nation.”
by Typhoon Lando climbs to over 700,000, says Save the Children
Aid organization distributes
life-saving relief supplies in worst-hit areas.
By Save the Children
October 22, 2015
MAKATI CITY – Save
the Children estimates that over 700,000 children in the Philippines
have been affected by typhoon Lando as recent government data show
upsurge in the number of affected people since the first landfall on
Sunday. Classes in various cities and towns are still suspended,
disrupting education of thousands of school-aged children.
Save the Children’s Country
Director, Ned Olney, says, “We are extremely concerned with children
and families who have lost everything, and without a roof over their
heads. Although death toll stays low, let us not minimize the impact
this storm has on people’s livelihoods.”
In Region 3, one of the
worst-hit during typhoon Lando, many farmers were already struggling
to grow their crops because of the drought months before the typhoon.
Olney added: “Our teams on
the ground have seen nearly 100% damage to homes, schools and health
centers in some of the worst hit areas. Access to roads is still
difficult due to flooding and debris. Save the Children will continue
our response and reach out to families who need our help the most.”
Save the Children is one of
the first organizations to respond immediately after typhoon Lando
hit. Our staff on the ground are distributing first batch of 2000 kits
containing lifesaving relief supplies for families in some of the
worst-affected communities in Casiguran, Aurora Province, where the
typhoon first made landfall. Relief supplies include water
purification tablets so that people have safe drinking water;
tarpaulins to serve as emergency shelter; basic household kits
containing kitchen utensils, mosquito nets and sleeping mats; and
household kits with soap, towels and toothbrush. Save the Children
also sent a team to Nueva Ecija province, where severe damage was also
reported, is also conducting assessment to determine the needs of the
Save the Children will mount
three to six months response that will target around 8,000 households
in the worst affected locations. The priority areas for the emergency
response are distribution of lifesaving relief supplies, education,
health and child protection.
Save the Children has been
implementing disaster risk reduction programs in Aurora, Bulacan and
Pampanga to better prepare children and their families in times of