Chiz seeks stricter
enforcement of NIPAS Act
By Office of Senator Chiz
November 13, 2015
PASAY CITY – Sen.
Francis “Chiz” Escudero called for stricter enforcement of the
National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992 or NIPAS Act if
local government units (LGUs) want to protect their areas from what
they deem as naturally destructive activities.
Escudero aired the call
during a visit to Nueva Vizcaya, one of the provinces being proposed
as a mining-free zone by virtue of a bill passed by the House of
Representatives and transmitted to the Senate.
The bill is a subject of
discussion in the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural
Resources, which Escudero chairs. Similar bills declaring Catanduanes,
Cagayan De Oro, Eastern Samar, Nueva Ecija, Biliran, Davao City, and
the second district of Sorsogon as mining-free zones are also slated
The bills, which have been
opposed by the Joint Foreign Chamber, claimed that mining operations
have damaged forest, agricultural lands, river systems and marine
resources all over the country. The bills seek to penalize violators
with 6 to 12 years of imprisonment and/or fines ranging from P100,000
Escudero said he is waiting
for a clear and comprehensive national policy before the Senate can
discuss the bills declaring mining-free zones. The Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has yet to give its
recommendations regarding the matter, he added.
“Wala pa kami ni isang batas
na ipinapasa para ideklara ang isang lugar bilang mining-free zone.
Hinihintay kasi namin ang polisiya ng national government. Kanino ba
manggagaling ang ganyang polisiya, sa lokal na pamahalaan o sa kanila?”
Escudero told media in Nueva Vizcaya.
“Baka dumating naman yung
panahon, bawat munisipyo, distrito at probinsya dito sa Pilipinas eh
magpa-declare na mining-free zone. Eh di kung ganon din naman, magpasa
na lang tayo ng batas – parang total log ban – no mining na lang sa
Pilipinas,” he said.
If the problem is mining in
protected areas, LGUs can use the NIPAS Act as ground for disallowing
mining operations in protected areas, the veteran lawmaker said.
“Halimbawa, kapag merong
protected landscape sa isang protected area, talagang dapat walang
miningdiyan lalo na kapag malapit doon sa protected area or natural
park,” Escudero said.
According to Executive Order
No. 79 released in 2012, mining is banned in the following areas:
agricultural lands covered by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform
Program; protected areas categorized and established under the NIPAS
Act; tourism development areas identified in the National Tourism
Development Plan; critical areas and ecosystems identified by the DENR;
and other areas listed in Section 19 of the Philippine Mining Act.
Escudero, who is running as
an independent vice-presidential candidate, pointed out that there are
mining companies who still manage to comply with the law. He said most
of the violators were involved in small-scale mining.
“Para sa akin, kung
tatanungin niyo ako, hindi kailangang maraming mining, kapag
large-scale, ibig sabihin may puhunan talaga yung gagawa, malinis at
susunod sa itinatalaga ng batas,” he said.
The Gross Value Added
contribution of the mining sector to the Philippine economy in 2014
was pegged at P84.2 billion. In terms of exports, mining has
contributed a total of P21 billion due to national and local taxes,
fees and royalties from the mineral industry last year.
Advanced and post lithium-ion batteries will reach $14B by 2026
The brand new report by IDTechEx
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Technologies, Markets, Forecasts" sees new battery technologies
disrupting global market
November 11, 2015
BOSTON, MA – Although
lithium-ion is the best battery technology we have ever seen, it will
not achieve transformative factors of five in cost and performance due
to inherent material limitations. Therefore, a new generation of
battery technologies will be required in order to address the existing
and future challenges of the increasingly complex energy systems in
our society. Better batteries will be essential not only in electric
cars and consumer electronics but also in wearable electronics,
electric boats and aircraft, and throughout the built environment.
The brand new report from
IDTechEx Research, "Advanced and Post Lithium-ion Batteries 2016-2026:
Technologies, Markets, Forecasts," focuses on a variety of new
advanced and post lithium-ion battery technologies: silicon anode,
solid state, sulphur, lithium air, sodium-ion and magnesium batteries.
Whilst existing battery
technologies such as lead acid and lithium-ion batteries will dominate
the battery market in the following 10 years, advanced and post
lithium-ion batteries can potentially take a considerable dent of
about 10% of the whole battery market, accounting for $14 billion by
2026. This is mostly because some of them are already in use in niche
segments that will present high growth in the following 10 years.
A performance benchmark is
presented in the report based on practical results achieved so far
from different organisations from start-ups, established companies and
In the report IDTechEx
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Young Officers join
the Ranks of 8ID
By DPAO, 8ID PA
November 9, 2015
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City, Samar – Twelve new 2nd Lieutenants who recently graduated
from the Officers Preparatory Course and from the Officer Candidate
School were assigned with the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division,
Philippine Army and were formally welcomed during the flag raising
ceremony at Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City on November 9, 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
Eight of the newly reported
young officers are members of Officer Preparatory Course "LAKANDIWA"
Class 63-2014 while four are members of Officer Candidate Course "GANDILAN"
Class 44-2015. Seven of them are from Luzon, while five are from
The new 2nd Lieutenants are:
2nd Lt.Philip R Umblas, 2nd Lt. Jim Kevin Z Dagpin, 2nd Lt. Eljing M.
Macutob, 2nd Lt. Jay Rodante F. Figurasin, 2nd Lt. Reyzander K. Ga,
2nd Lt Edgardo B. Bernas Jr, 2nd Lt. Floilan I. Valenzuela, 2nd Lt.
Rambi C. Onsat, 2nd Lt. JoseIgnacious V. De Leon, 2nd Lt. Jerome Cob
D. Dela Cruz, 2nd Lt. Zaldy P. Lim-Ang, and 2nd Lt Bernabe John M Caro.
Prior to their deployment in
the different field units, the new officers will undergo the Platoon
Leader's Course to refresh them of the military knowledge and skills
they acquired from their 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.
Two years after Super Typhoon
commemorative book on stories of survival
November 7, 2015
QUEZON CITY – In
commemoration of the second year anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda,
the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) launched
Friday a commemorative book entitled "After the Storm: Two Years On",
containing compelling stories of survival and recovery of Yolanda
DILG Secretary Mel Senen S.
Sarmiento said the book, which was published by the DILG's Recovery
Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) project management office, contains
first-hand accounts of the survivors from the 93 local government
units (LGUs) in 11 provinces whose livelihood and communities were
significantly improved with the completed rehabilitation projects
under RAY batch 1.
"Sigurado akong marami sa
inyo ang matutuwa at maiiyak habang binabasa ninyo ang mga
nakakapagbagbag-damdaming mga kwento sa aklat na ito lalong lalo na
ang mga libo-libong katao na personal na nakaranas sa hagupit ng
Yolanda," said Sarmiento.
The stories in the
collection talk about the courage, determination, and resilience of
survivors who were recipients of the big ticket projects under RAY
batch 1. These projects include provincial/city/municipal halls,
public markets and civic centers costing P1.5 million and above.
"Yolanda taught something to
us all... That yes, we may be used to storms throughout our lives, and
yet we still have a lot to learn about what to do before, during and
after such disasters," said DILG Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero in
the book. "It's unfortunate that we had to learn the hard way, but
what is important is that we rise up from the ruins, learn from the
experience and come back stronger and better because of it."
"After the Storm: Two Years
On" was launched at Leyte Park Hotel, Tacloban City, Leyte during the
two-year anniversary event spearheaded by DILG VIII Regional office.
The book includes a timeline of the events during Typhoon Yolanda,
background of the RAY-DILG Project, and brief overview of RAY batch 1.
Online version of the book
To ensure the broadest
possible reach and scope of the book, a corresponding online
multimedia website has been developed to provide "soft-copy" access to
readers, both in the Philippines and elsewhere.
Links to the corresponding
website are available at the following addresses:
- Download a PDF version
(68MB) via Google Drive: http://bit.ly/1MDPGIZ
- Kindle/iPad/Tablet (Issuu):
About RAY DILG
On 8 November 2013, super
typhoon Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan) struck the
Philippines, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.
In partnership with LGUs,
and as part of larger government efforts to rehabilitate affected
areas, DILG established the RAY DILG Fund. RAY DILG assist in the
reconstruction of totally and partially-damaged provincial/city
municipal buildings, public markets, civic centers and barangay
infrastructure, with view to Building Back Better.
RAY DILG aims to facilitate
sustainable, long-term recovery and return to normalcy government
services and economic activities in Yolanda-affected areas.
To find out more, visit
Green orgs gather
to strengthen support for EPR bill
November 6, 2015
MANILA – Greenpeace
Philippines, Ecowaste Coalition, and Medicins Du Monde (MDM) bring
together various civil society groups to strengthen the civil society
push on the Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) Bill on electronic
EPR is a policy principle to
promote total life cycle environmental improvements of product systems
by extending the responsibilities of the manufacturer of the product
to various parts of the product’s life cycle, and especially to the
take-back, recovery and final disposal of the product. E-waste are
electronic products such as mobile phones, computers, television sets,
and other electronic appliances and equipment that have become
unwanted, non-working or obsolete, and have reached the end of their
Greenpeace believes that a
policy on EPR is urgently needed in the Philippines to tackle this
“unprecedented tsunami of e-waste,” especially now that technology
advances at a very fast rate, and electronic products are becoming
obsolete and not useful in a few years. Such a policy addresses both
waste and pollution problems and makes consumption both more
economically and environmentally sustainable.
“We need a strong and united
civil society to push for the passage of the EPR bill to protect the
environment and its inhabitants from pollution brought about by the
proliferation of e-waste,” said Abigail Aguilar, Toxics Campaigner of
Greenpeace Philippines. “The bill will ultimately put the burden of
controlling and disposing the increasing number of e-waste to its
producers – the big companies who have the capacity to treat and
properly dispose their discarded or end-of-life products. When
producers face the physical burden of recycling or taking back their
products, they are now compelled to design much more sustainable, less
toxic, easily recyclable electronics. EPR encourages the producers to
then design their products with recycling as an end goal or perhaps
create products that simply last longer.”
E-waste has been considered
the fastest rising toxic waste stream. A study released by the United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) last May 2015 stated that the
electronic industry produces up to 41 million tonnes of e-waste each
year, up to 90 percent of which is illegally traded or dumped in
The growing e-waste crisis
is creating even more problems than what the Philippines can handle.
Hazardous materials create even more toxic waste and health impacts,
especially for the informal laborers and waste pickers, communities
who are the most exposed to heavy metals such as lead, cadmium,
mercury, chromium, halogenated substances including brominated
flame-retardants, and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
“We believe in the
importance of advocating for the promotion of informal workers’
rights. The EPR bill acknowledges the contribution of the informal
sector to the management of e-waste. This recognition will promote
workers’ rights such as safe work practices, will contribute to reduce
the exposure to toxicants contained into electrical and electronic
equipment (EEE) of informal e-waste dismantlers and their families,
and therefore to protect their health. By addressing the
responsibilities to reduce toxicity and waste, the EPR bill promotes
the protection of the environment, which is one determinant of global
health,” said Elena Vicario, General Coordinator of MDM.
Over the years, efforts to
deal with e-waste legislation have been unsuccessful. The Philippines
is a signatory to the 1989 Basel Convention, but not to the Basel Ban
Amendment, which bans all exports of hazardous wastes from developed
countries to all other countries for any reason. This will allow
import of e-waste for processing.
Philippine NGOs has been lobbying
for the ratification on the Basel Ban Amendment.
Currently, the DENR has
initiated the drafting of the “Guidelines On The Environmentally Sound
Management (ESM) Of Waste Electrical And Electronic Equipment (WEEE)”
which organizations like Greenpeace, Ecowaste Coalition, and MDM have
welcomed and support.
“With EPR, we hope to bring
about a design revolution that will cut, if not eliminate, hazardous
substances in electronic and electrical products and reduce the
hazards these products pose during manufacturing, recycling and
disposal. By designing toxics out of e-products, we minimize
occupational exposure to dangerous pollutants, especially among
factory workers and recyclers,” said Thony Dizon, Coordinator of
EcoWaste Coalition's Project Protect.
TUCP laud ILO for
developing template on social protection response after Yolanda
November 6, 2015
QUEZON CITY – Workers’ lobby
group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa (TUCP-Nagkaisa)
lauded the International Labour Organization (ILO) Manila country
office for developing a replicable template on social protection
coverage for calamity survivors out of its emergency employment and
livelihood recovery projects among Yolanda-hit victims.
The ILO and foreign donors
implemented in April 2014 a P36-million cash for work and livelihood
program for 45,000 survivors of super typhoon Yolanda by mainstreaming
them to the Social Security System (SSS) and the Philhealth benefits
in giving them minimum wage in debris-clearing and reconstruction
“Though there is a need for
SSS and Philhealth do away with stringent qualification requirements
for disaster hit population, we commend the ILO and its multi-partite
partner donors, agencies and unions for its trailblazing work in
creating a template for an effective social protection response for
people who fall through the cracks after being hit by disaster. This
was proven good for workers and their families who exert effort to
rebuild their lives after stricken by calamity,” said Gerard Seno,
executive vice president of the Associated Labor Unions (ALU).
He added that this template
can be replicated in the country or anywhere in the world whenever
there would be similar calamities in the future.
spokesperson Alan Tajusay said the program could have benefitted more
people had the SSS and Philhealth set aside stringent requirements for
enrollees and made program readily accessible to hardest hit
“A set of reforms have been
recommended to the SSS and the Philhealth officials to simplify
admission coverage on cash-for-work and livelihood program
beneficiaries. We hope they make changes immediately because these are
the only weak link to an effective social protection response,”
The recommendation was made
yesterday during the ILO briefing on the social protection practice
for the emergency employment and livelihood recovery project for
Chiz calls for
special audit of Yolanda rehab fund
By Office of Senator Chiz
November 5, 2015
PASAY CITY – Sen.
Francis “Chiz” Escudero is calling for a special audit of all funds
that have been used for relief, recovery and rehabilitation efforts in
communities affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda two years ago.
The senator said the
Commission on Audit (COA) can conduct a sectoral audit as post-Yolanda
rehabilitation and reconstruction work involves different national
agencies. A sectoral audit, which is done by the Special Audits Office
of the agency, is an audit of programs or activities that are
delivered by more than one government agency.
The government has released
P89 billion of the P167.8 billion needed for the Comprehensive
Rehabilitation and Recovery Plan prepared by the Office of the
Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR).
“More than half of the
required funding has been released but we have yet to see the results
of the projects, programs and activities (PPAs) supposedly funded by
this amount,” Escudero said.
“From the looks of things,
we’re not even halfway through with rehabilitation two years after
Yolanda,” he said.
Super Typhoon Haiyan, known
locally as Yolanda, was the strongest typhoon in the planet’s history
to ever make landfall. It caused massive floods and a seven-meter
storm surge that killed 6,300 people, injured 28,689, and affected 3.4
million families in the Philippines.
To date, more than a
thousand people are still listed as missing.
Escudero, who visited
Tacloban last month, pointed out that thousands are still living in
transitional houses and waiting for livelihood assistance from the
“If the P89 billion has been
released but the situation has not improved for many families, then
something must be wrong somewhere. Is the process of disbursement
slowing down work? Or are the PPAs really not effective?” he said.
In 2014, the government
targeted the repair of 278 health facilities and 6,624 classrooms but
only one rural health unit and 860 classrooms were fixed. Of the 1,982
classrooms planned for construction in the same year, only 101 were
Of the target 1,129.6 linear
meters (lm) of bridges that required repair and rehabilitation, only
158.5 lm were fixed, while 26 km of the target 56.7 km of roads were
Some 2,100 permanent housing
units out of the 3,000 target units were built in 2014.
According to the Department
of Budget and Management (DBM), the money for Yolanda rehabilitation
came from several sources: the 2012 and 2013 Calamity Fund; 2013 and
2014 regular budget of agencies; 2014 and 2015 National Disaster Risk
Reduction and Management Fund (NDRRMF); 2014 and 2015 Rehabilitation
and Reconstruction Program; 2014 Supplemental Appropriations; and 2013
and 2015 unprogrammed funds.
The P89 billion was given to
local government units, state colleges and universities and 26
The DBM said some funds for
Yolanda aid are being used to “support rehabilitation efforts in other
disaster-affected areas, such as those stricken by the Bohol
earthquake and other typhoons.”
“We have to have a basis for
identifying and addressing difficulties in the rehabilitation program,
so we can make changes if necessary,” said Escudero, who vowed to
fight bureaucratic red tape when he accepted presidential contender
Sen. Grace Poe’s invitation to be her vice president.
A United Nations special
rapporteur who visited the Philippines in July expressed concern that
“funding shortfalls and political challenges, including inadequate
cooperation between national and local governments, are delaying
processes towards achieving durable solutions.”
Chaloka Beyani, U.N. special
rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons,
commended the Philippines for its immediate response but noted that
sustainable solutions were “inadequate.”
DILG-8 marks 2nd
anniversary of Yolanda with disaster management summit and launching
of BBB operations manual
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
November 4, 2015
TACLOBAN CITY –
Governors, mayors, local disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM)
officers, member agencies of the Regional DRRM Council, the media and
other stakeholders in disaster management will meet on November 6,
2015 in Tacloban City to discuss lessons and initiatives to promote
resilience among communities two years after Super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).
Regional Director Pedro A.
Noval Jr. of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)
in Eastern Visayas said that the DRRM Summit will serve to formally
introduce the Build Back Better (BBB) Operations Manual produced by
the department with the help of the Australian government.
Dir. Noval thanked the team
of engineers, building managers and local planners from the Australian
Volunteers for International Development (AVID) based mainly at the
DILG Regional Office in Tacloban City and at the DILG Central Office,
who worked with DILG for ten months on the BBB Operations Manual. They
studied Philippine building laws, international standards, conducting
consultations, training of training of trainers and joining site
inspections of ongoing Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY) projects
“We believe that the BBB
Manual if rigorously observed by LGUs, national government and those
in local planning and construction, can help ensure safer communities
against natural calamities,” said Dir. Noval.
The BBB Manual shares
insights on what worked and what could have been done better in light
of previous disasters. The four modules of the BBB Operations Manual
comprehensively detail various stages of post-disaster recovery: Pre
and Post Event Infrastructure Assessment, Project Scope, Detailed
Design, Documentation Development and Verification, and Construction
Dir. Noval revealed that
Josefina Castilla-Go, DILG Assistant Secretary for Operations, Plans
and Programs, will be the Keynote Speaker of the DRRM Summit which
will start at 9:00 AM at the Leyte Park Hotel in Tacloban.
Among those who will be
sharing their local government’s experience on preparedness, recovery
and rehabilitation will be Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla,
Ormoc City Mayor Edward C. Codilla and Mayor Christopher Sheen
Gonzales of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
The event will also serve to
launch and show highlights of the Coffee Table Book “After the Storm”
on the DILG RAY project. The book features stories of residents and
officials of local governments severely affected by Typhoon Yolanda
and relates their road to recovery.
OCD Acting Regional Director
Dr. Edgar L. Posadas will apprise participants of the regional DRRM
Situationer. Further, DILG will share the results of the Core
Indicators on DRRM under its Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
DILG will also present a
video on Operation Listo that shows a checklist of institutional
preparations and actions to be followed by LGUs before, during and
after a typhoon. Since DILG’s Operation Listo was first adopted in
December 2014, there have been fewer deaths in the region due to