PIERCED WITH BULLETS. The KM450
vehicle of 14th Infantry Battalion during an ambush by the New
People's Army (NPA) at vicinity Brgy Lagundi, Catbalogan City at
around 7:40PM on November 27 2015.
soldiers’ meal allowance during ambush: 2 troopers killed
By DPAO, 8ID PA
November 30, 2015
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – Meal allowance of 14th Infantry Battalion
soldiers were taken by the New People’s Army (NPA) while two soldiers
were killed and three were wounded during an ambush at around 7:40
p.m., November 27, 2015 in Barangay Lagundi, Catbalogan City, Samar.
The soldiers led by 1Lt.
Cherwin B. Lapura, aboard a KM450 vehicle, were traversing the
Maharlika Highway in going back to their camp when they were hit by a
landmine laid along the side of the road followed by a burst of
gunfire. The NPA bandits then took the Subsistence Allowance of the
personnel of 14IB amounting to P1.8 million that was just recently
withdrawn from the bank. Acting like robbers and criminals, they also
robbed the slain soldiers of their combat boots, cellphones, wallet
and other personal belongings.
Joint AFP and PNP troops
from the Division Headquarters composed of armored vehicles, one
platoon of soldiers, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, together
with the SOCO team from the Samar Police Provincial Office (SPPO) were
immediately sent to the area to reinforce the beleaguered troops. They
recovered assorted empty shells of different calibers, including that
of an AK-47 rifle, and fragments of landmines made from PVC pipe and
cuttings of steelbar.
The 8ID strongly condemns
these treacherous acts of the NPAs which are gross violations of the
Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International
Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) by the CPP-NPA to which the communist
group is a signatory.
CARHRIHL states that parties
involved in the agreement should affirm and apply the principles of
international humanitarian law in order to protect the civilian
population and individual civilians, as well as persons deprived of
their liberty for reasons related to the armed conflict and also
guarantees the right against economic and food blockades and
indiscriminate bombings, shelling, strafing, gunfire and the use of
Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino,
Commander, 8ID said, “I would like to express my condolence to the
families of the slain soldiers. They died a hero’s death in pursuit of
peace and development in the region. Their sacrifices and bravery will
not be forgotten.”
“Despite this setback, your
Army in Eastern Visayas will remain focused in carrying out the
mission to safeguard the people against the NPA rebels and in our
quest for a lasting peace and progressive communities in this part of
the country”, he added.
Velarmino stressed, by
calling out the peace loving people of Samar, to help in convincing
those who were deceived by the CPP-NPA, to follow the path of peace
and condemn those who advocate violence and use of arms against the
The wounded soldiers are now
recuperating at Camp Lukban Station Hospital and are in stable
condition. Pursuit operation is still ongoing as of press time. Names
of the casualties are being withheld prior notification of their
Army troops waylaid
by NPA rebels in Northern Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
November 26, 2015
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – One soldier is killed while three others were wounded when
they where ambushed by undetermined number of New People’s Army (NPA)
rebels in Catarman, Northern Samar, on Tuesday afternoon.
The troops were on-board a
military vehicle going back to their battalion headquarters when they
were attacked by the NPA rebels at the vicinity of Barangay
Washington, Catarman, Northern Samar at around 3:28 p.m. The
beleaguered troops belonged to the 63rd Infantry Battalion.
A soldier was declared dead
on arrival by the attending physician at Catarman, Doctor’s Hospital
while three (3) other soldiers, including an officer, were wounded.
Names of the casualties are withheld pending notification of their
The soldiers are members of
Charlie Company of the said battalion who took part in the efforts of
pursuing peace and development in their area of operation that led to
the Declaration of San Isidro, Northern Samar as Insurgency-Free
“It is unfortunate and sad
that our soldiers were ambushed while serving the people. Our troops
were there as part of the whole of nation initiative of ending
insurgency in this part of the region,” said Maj. Gen Jet B Velarmino
AFP, Commander, 8ID, PA.
“We extend our deepest
sympathies to the families and friends of our personnel, especially to
the family of our fallen soldier. He died doing his duty in the
pursuit of peace and development in the area,” Velarmino added.
Lt. Col. Carmelito
Pangatungan, Commander, 63IB said, “Despite the loss of lives of one
of my men, we will not stop to pursue our mission to promote peace and
development in our area of operations. The incident only challenges us
to do more to achieve our goal for a just and lasting peace.”
Romulo files bill
proposing physical and sexual violence as a ground for annulment
By Office of Cong. Roman T. Romulo
November 25, 2015
QUEZON CITY – Pasig Rep.
Roman Romulo said the times call for the revision of the Family Code
to include physical and sexual violence as a ground for annulment of
"Despite legislation aimed
at eliminating violence against women and children, incidents of
battery and sexual abuse seem to be increasing, many of these
reportedly found inside the family home," he explained in a note in
House Bill 6297 which was filed yesterday.
"Going through the
provisions of the Family Code, incidents of physical violence are
grounds for legal separation that does not dissolve the marriage
bonds. It involves nothing more than bed-and-board separation of the
spouses entitling the spouses to live separately from one another,"
Romulo filed the bill in time to mark "National Consciousness Day for
the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children" as mandated by
Republic Act No. 10398.
In proposing the amendment,
he pointed out that the "State values the dignity of women and
children and guarantees full respect for human rights," and
"recognizes the need to protect the family and its members
particularly women and children, from violence and threats to their
personal safety and security."
Romulo also noted that Pope
Francis himself said that it may be "morally necessary" for families
to split up "when it's about shielding the weaker spouse or young
children from the more serious wounds caused by intimidation and
violence, humiliation and exploitation."
He said that victims of
abusive marriages should be given another opportunity to remarry in
order to recover and actually experience for themselves the sanctity
and inviolability of marriage and family life as contemplated not only
by the State, but also our faith.
The Pasig lawmaker expressed
hope the bill will gain enough support from his colleagues in both
Houses of Congress.
Going beyond corporate responsibility
hotels and restaurants advocate for sustainable seafood
November 24, 2015
MANILA – In a bid to
help save overfished Philippine seas, Manila’s top hotels and
restaurants, came together with environmental groups and fisheries
NGOs to declare their support for the promotion of sustainable
seafood. The groups fully recognize that the marine environment has
long been plagued by problems, including overfishing due to decades of
unsustainable fishing practices.
“The urgent need and
commitment towards fully traceable, legal, sustainable and socially
responsible seafood cannot be overemphasized,” stated Christian
Schmidradner, General Manager of Meliomar Inc. and organizer of the
With more than 90% of fish
stocks in the Philippines being overexploited or depleted, and
destructive and illegal fishing wreaking havoc on the marine
environment, returns per catch effort are at the lowest level ever
recorded. Similarly, many aquaculture operations use unsustainable
sources of feed and pollute aquatic ecosystems with chemicals and
Now more than ever,
restaurants and hotel groups recognize their increasing responsibility
to procure from sustainable sources and to educate their consumers
about the need for sustainable seafood.
“Our commitment is part of a
global effort to sustain fisheries resources and protect our oceans,
with the recognition that our restaurants and hotels have the
responsibility and the power to address this issue from a direct
supply chain perspective,” explained Meik Brammer, Executive Chef of
Manila Marriott Hotel.
Environmental groups and
civil society organizations lauded the historical decision of these
major hotels and restaurants for taking the lead, and being part of
the global effort to protect our oceans, one menu at a time.
“By taking on the
responsibility of sourcing and serving traceable, sustainable, and
equitable seafood, the hotel and restaurant industry is demonstrating
the viability of sustainable seafood which not only benefits local
communities, but also helps conserve and protect our fragile marine
ecosystems,” said Vince Cinches, Oceans Campaigner for Greenpeace
Philippines. “We call on the rest of the industry to ease out
overfishing, wasteful fishing, and destructive fishing practices that
accidentally catch sharks and turtles by cleaning up their menu and
serve only traceable and sustainable seafood.”
Raising consumer awareness
and moving the country’s seafood industry towards greater
sustainability are urgently required to help reverse fisheries
The groups are organizing a
Sustainable Seafood Week in February 2016, envisioned “to establish an
open and dynamic platform for interested stakeholders to discuss the
status, challenges and awareness for more sustainable seafood in the
Philippines, focusing on local solutions for change and reform in the
fisheries and aquaculture sector.”
requires a long-term, dedicated approach by all players along seafood
supply chains. The Sustainable Seafood Week shall become our main tool
for the facilitation of change, to learn from experiences from others
and to monitor improvements over time,” Mr. Schmidradner concludes.
Son of fisherman
and vendor is Carmudi's first scholar
November 23, 2015
PASIG CITY –
the leading online vehicle platform in the Philippines, has selected
the son of a fisherman and a vendor as the first sole recipient of its
scholarship program. Aljohn Torreta, a senior student from the
University of the Philippines Visayas taking up a BA in Communications
and Media Studies, was chosen from a highly competitive batch of Cum
Laude standing students from different universities who participated
In his application letter Aljohn wrote, “I took the initiative to apply for this scholarship
grant as a way of helping my parents through our financial crisis. We
are six in the family and my parents do not have stable jobs to fulfil
all of our financial needs. My father is a local fisherman while my
mother is a low-scale fish vendor. I am the only one who is currently
enrolled because my parents cannot afford to send all of us to school.
I can really feel the pain in their struggle and that keeps my fire
burning. I am inspired to at least perform well at university.”
Aljohn was chosen as Carmudi
Philippines’ first ever scholar as his diligent and compassionate
nature was evident from his good grades and attitude towards his
Program was open to senior students who are academically excellent but
poor financially and cannot finish their studies without sufficient
aid or support from an external donor.
Subir Lohani, Carmudi
Philippines Managing Director said, “Building people is the heart of
our culture as an organization. Giving financial support and career
opportunities to these deserving students is one way for us to extend
our helping hand outside our company.”
The benefits of the
scholarship program include P18,000 for a semester, an opportunity to
be mentored by the Managing Director of Camudi Philippines for one
week and a guaranteed job interview after graduation.
Carmudi, which was launched
in October 2013, is a part of the Rocket Internet portfolio which is
also behind other online sites such as Lazada and Zalora.
Magellan’s Cross eyed constructed in Limasawa
By Philippine Information
November 18, 2015
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– In an apparent view to create a concrete historical mark where the
first Christian Mass in the Philippines and Asia was celebrated, a
15-meter-high cross structure is expected constructed in Limasawa
island, Southern Leyte.
This was discussed today, in
the Regional Development Council Meeting, Infrastructure and Utilities
Development Committee (RDC-IUDC) being chaired by DPWH Director
The discussion emanated from
Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 720, endorsing to RDC 08,
request for funding assistance for the construction of the said
National Shrine in barangay Magallanes, Limasawa town.
Records show that Limasawa
island has been declared a tourism zone on November 18, 1994 by virtue
of R.A.7822, declaring further that the island shall be “accorded
priority development by the Department of Tourism (DOT).”
Upon evaluation, the RDC-8
Secretariat henceforth, said among others, that the proposed tourism
infra project, with an estimate cost of P10M is consistent with the
LGUs National Tourism Development Plan and, since “it will be
constructed on a government property, it is eligible for funding
assistance by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority
The evaluation added,
however, that the proponent LGU will have to submit DENR’s
Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) issued by the Environment
Management Bureau as they shall likewise has to share a counterpart
contribution of some 10% of the estimated project cost or in a form of
labor or materials.
Once completed, the
Historical Monument is expected to draw-in more tourists to the
region, with a better Ro-Ro port and other facilities that are up for
construction. To add more uniqueness to the monument, modern restrooms
are expected built inside the big Cross Monument.
History tells that on March
16, 1521, Magellan discovered Philippines, by anchoring first in
Homonhon island of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, but previous claims for the
first mass to be celebrated in the same shores, remained unfounded to
matter experts headed by 8ID Asst. Division Commander BGen. Demy
T Tejares AFP, proficiently answered all questions and concerns
of all media participants during the open forum on ATR seminar
conducted at Headquarters, 8ID, PA on November 13-14 2015.
8ID press corps
gain grasp of Army Transformation Roadmap
By DPAO, 8ID PA
November 17, 2015
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Around 48 members of 8th Infantry Division’s press corps
now have a deeper understanding of the Army Transformation Roadmap (ATR)
following a two-day seminar and fellowship event in Camp Lukban in
Samar last November 13 to 14.
Members of the press
representing the tri-media of Samar and Leyte gathered in the
Multi-Purpose Hall of 8ID in Catbalogan City, Samar to participate in
the activity which sought to further acquaint them with the objectives
and steps being made towards realizing the goal of a “world-class Army
that is a source of national pride” through the ATR.
The media practitioners,
coming from as far as Tacloban City, Calbayog, Basey and Ormoc City,
were given the opportunity to hear about the ATR and the Philippine
Army’s plans of further developing itself for the benefit of the
Filipino from Brigadier General Demy T Tejares AFP, Assistant Division
Commander of 8ID, Philippine Army.
“Together we can really
transform the army into a more credible, dynamic, responsive, capable
and professional force committed to its mandate of ‘serving the people
and securing the land’,” BGen Tejares told the gathered media during
the first day of the event.
Also discussed during the
course of the activities were the internal security operations (ISO)
in Samar, the partnership between the Army and the Philippine National
Police (PNP) against insurgency, feedback mechanism between the Army
and the public, the role of the Division Public Affairs Office to the
media and vice versa and other concerns related to soldiers’
During the second day, the
Division Commander’s Scorecard, ATR Updates and ATRSEP Survey Results
were presented to the media to instill more understanding of the ATR
and update them on where the Philippine Army is on the ATR today.
Current issues concerning
8ID, its programs for the communities under its area of responsibility
and its relationship to media were also tackled during the open forum.
were also organized in order to further seal the camaraderie between
the participants and the organizers of the activity.
At the Closing Ceremonies,
BGen Demy T. Tejares AFP, Assistant Division Commander of 8ID, once
again joined the participants. The event was concluded with a Cocktail
“With your utmost support,
our journey towards the implementation of Army Transformation Roadmap
could soonest be attained. And that, we have an army that is truly
loved by the people we serve” said Tejares to the media in his closing
Alorica to add more
than 10,000 jobs by end of year
Company also on track to
surpass $1.22B in revenue by Q4, 2015
November 17, 2015
IRVINE, CA – Alorica, a worldwide leading provider of customer
management outsourcing solutions, today announced that it has reached
key hiring and financial milestones in 2015 as a result of client
growth in the US and globally. By the end of next month, Alorica will
have increased its employee headcount in all 73 markets where the
Key regions experiencing massive growth for Alorica within the US
include: Spokane, Washington; El Paso, Texas; Reno, Nevada; Topeka,
Kansas; and Niles, Ohio. Outside of the US both Guadalajara and the
Philippines are also expanding employee headcount. The breakdown of
jobs being added by the end of the year in these regions include:
670 positions in Spokane, WA
500 positions in El Paso, TX
440 positions in Reno, NV
300 positions in Topeka, KS
270 positions in Niles, OH
1,500 positions in the Philippines
200 positions in Guadalajara
"Our mission to provide insanely great customer experiences has earned
us a winning reputation, and we're thrilled about the momentum of our
business and the new client relationships we're developing," said Art
DiBari, COO, Alorica. "We're aligned with our clients' goals to
improve the customer experience across every channel and the results
show that Alorica is doing remarkably well both within the US and
globally. It's exciting to see such job growth in the markets where we
Adoption of Alorica's BPO services is driven by a strong demand for
best-in-class solutions that are tailored to the unique customer
service needs of the world's leading brands. Since Q1 2015, Alorica
has added 26 new clients, created 1,850 domestic jobs and expanded in
critical offshore markets, such as Latin America and the Philippines.
This year Alorica also completed the acquisition of West Corporation's
agent services businesses for $275 million. The acquisition positioned
Alorica among the largest BPO providers in the US, valued at $1.2
billion, and increased Alorica's workforce to 48,000 global employees.
For more information, visit Alorica at www.alorica.com
Budget for 15,000
more teachers for SUCs assured next year: Romulo
By Office of Cong. Roman T. Romulo
November 13, 2015
QUEZON CITY – Pasig
Rep. Roman Romulo on Friday said funds for the creation or filling up
of 15,000 teachers in State Colleges and Universities have been
included in the proposed P3.002 trillion budget for 2016.
"I would like to thank
Budget Secretary Butch Abad and CHED chairperson Patricia Licuanan for
making good their commitment to create or fill up these positions," he
"This will take a heavy load
off the backs of our current crop of teachers and allow them some time
to smell the roses, so to speak," he added.
Romulo had filed a
resolution last Jan. 29, 2015 directing the House committee on Higher
and Technical Education to conduct an inquiry exported lack adequate
plantilla positions for full-time faculty of state universities and
He pointed out then that a
survey done by the Philippine Association of State Universities and
Colleges (PASUC) showed an estimated shortage of 17,057 faculty in
The survey also showed that
the DBM has not provided funds for additional plantilla positions in
SUCs which has led the SUCs to adopt a "scrap and build" policy.
This policy involves the
scrapping of high positions to enable SUCs to create lower positions
as a way of addressing the teacher shortage.
"The shortage of plantilla
positions have compelled the teachers to devote most of their time and
attention to instruction, to the detriment of research and extension
programs of the SUCs," Romulo pointed out.
"The lack of full-time
plantilla positions have lured some SUCs faculty to switch to other
careers or leave for work abroad, thereby finding it more difficult
for the SUCs to meet the standard faculty-to-student ratio," he said.
Responding to Romulo's
resolution, Abad and Licuanan jointly wrote him on May 19, 2015
affirming their commitment to consider the creation and/or filling up
of 15,000 faculty plantilla positions (inclusive of existing unfolded
items of SUCs) under the FY 2016 Budget."
"There is indeed to reduce
the workload of SUCs faculty from 21 to 18 units or even lower not
only to improve faculty performance in instruction, research and
extension services, but also to ensure the delivery of higher quality
education," Romulo said.