Eduardo M. Ano AFP, commanding general, Philippine Army tendered
with full military honor hosted by MGen. Jet B. Velarmino AFP,
commander 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army during the
visit of the former at Headquaters 8ID, PA on February 17, 2016.
CGPA pays visit to
By DPAO, 8ID PA
February 18, 2016
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The Philippine Army’s most ranking officer paid
his first visit to the home of the 8th Infantry “Stormtroopers”
Lt. Gen. Eduardo M. Año, AFP
Commanding General, Philippine Army was warmly welcomed by team
Stormtroopers through full military honors upon his arrival as part of
The welcoming party was
composed of Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, Commander, 8ID; Col. Cesar M.
Idio, Assistant Division Commander; Col. Divino Rey C. Pabayo Jr.,
Chief of Staff and the rest of the Stormtroopers’ family.
One of the highlights of his
visit is the awarding of Gold Cross Medal to the gallant men of Bravo
Company, 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion for their successful
encounter against the NPA which resulted to the seizure of enemy
encampment at Barangay Antol, Calbiga, Samar last December 11, 2015.
The heroic quest of Cpt.
Nilfe D. Quioco, Cpl. Kith Richard R. Tan and Pvt. 1st Class Grengo O.
Decena resulted to the recovery of numerous high powered firearms,
ammunition, claymore mines, flat screen television, satellite cable,
generator, chainsaw, first aid kit, foodstuff and subversive documents
with high intelligence value.
In his speech, Lt. Gen. Año
reiterated that he will continuously support the 8ID’s efforts in
creating a favorable atmosphere sustainable for peace and development
in Eastern Visayas.
He further commended the
Stormtroopers for their enthusiasm in serving its people with highest
standard, honor, dedication to duty and their professionalism to
contain the insurgent groups while extending humanitarian assistance
and disaster during calamities.
“I have the fullest
confidence in all of you. You have done well and will do even better;
I will be fair, just, and supportive. I expect you to be the same. Our
people expect no less of all of us, and I know that you will further
consecrate yourselves in defending our democracy, and that you will
fight to preserve our gains,” said Año.
Roberto Sarmiento, commanding officer of the 19th Infantry
Battalion, with the Tigbao Farmers Association and Baruguhay Sur
Farmers Association of Carigara, Leyte during the Turn-over
Ceremony of two (2) corn mill facilities on February 12, 2016.
get corn mill facility through DOLE-Army partnership
By DPAO, 8ID PA
February 16, 2016
CARIGARA, Leyte – The
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) turned over two corn mill
facilities for the farmers of barangays Tigbao and Baruguhay Sur here
on Friday, February 12, 2016.
The two corn mill facilities
worth P540,000.00 will benefit more or less 200 farmers of Tigbao
Farmers Association and Baruguhay Sur Farmers Association including
the Municipal farmers Association (MUFAC) Municipality of Carigara.
In the Turn-Over Ceremony,
Bernardita Navarra, Chief LEO of DOLE Regional Office VIII mentioned
that the establishment of the corn mill facilities is the result of
the approved project proposal during DOLE and Army partnership in
It can also be recalled that
19th Infantry Battalion and 8th Civil Military Operations Battalion
(8CMOBn) achievement during the conduct of Bayanihan Team Activity (BTA)
soldiers were proven active partners in bringing the basic and social
services closer to the people.
Under this scheme, social
issues are identified and are subsequently communicated to concerned
government agencies for appropriate actions.
In his message, Lt. Col.
Roberto Sarmiento, Commanding Officer of the 19th Infantry Battalion,
“I urged peace stakeholders to join us as we continue to organize and
empower communities and indulge on long-term and sustainable solutions
to the country’s perennial issue on poverty”, Sarmiento said.
Sarmiento expressed his
gratitude to DOLE for the immediate implementation of the project,
moreover urge the support of all stakeholders to sustain the peace and
development as well as economic progress in Carigara.
Manila holds the
first-ever Sustainable Seafood Week
February 15, 2016
MANILA – Top hotels
and restaurants in Manila joined hands with different environmental
groups and fisheries NGOs to put their commitment onto the plates by
organizing the first-ever Sustainable Seafood Week taking place from
February 15 to 21.
The Sustainable Seafood Week
is a celebration of food and a venue for sharing the best practices in
sustainable fisheries by various stakeholders. The event also seeks to
raise awareness among seafood consumers on the problems plaguing
Philippine seas, particularly on the issue of unsustainable fishing
practices that not only harm the marine environment but also threaten
the country’s fisheries industry.
“In the last 15 years, I
realized that working with sustainable products was not only my
responsibility as a person, but a bigger responsibility as a chef,”
said Chef Chele Gonzalez of Gallery Vask. “Sustainability plays a huge
role in our philosophy as we want to preserve the raw products of the
Philippines and this includes the local seafood. We have to relay this
message not just within the food and beverage industry but more
importantly to the public and to our guests who eat our food. It is
good for them to know that they are contributing to the sea’s
sustainability and are creating an environment of change with every
“Traceability is the core of
our Artesmar Yellowfin Fishery Improvement Program for tuna. Fully
traceable sourcing, production and delivery procedures ensure that
consumers will have access to information around our tuna products –
from where our fish was caught to the status of the stock, including
the name of fishers. This ensures that the marine environment will not
be harmed so we can all enjoy fish, while equitably helping the
municipal fishers with profitable livelihood,” said Christian
Schmidradner, General Manager of Meliomar Inc. and one of the
organizers of the event.
The event was also welcomed
by fisherfolk groups as it solidified the commitment of top hotels and
restaurants to sustainable fisheries and allows them to gain access to
high end markets in Manila.
“This is a huge validation
for fisherfolk communities who have been struggling to fight for our
rights and our place in the sun,” said Jeremie L Jumao-as, a local
fisherfolk from Samahan ng mga Manggagawa sa Tunahan Sablayan in
Occidental Mindoro. “The continued patronage by these hotels and
restaurants will allow us to inform and train our fellow fishers on
the proper way to catch fish to continue supplying quality seafood to
both local and foreign markets.”
“The Sustainable Seafood
Week is a wonderful collaboration by stakeholders and shows a strong
desire to help our seas recover from overfishing and ecosystems
degradation,” said Vince Cinches, Oceans Campaigner for Greenpeace
Philippines. “We urge the government and the rest of the players in
the fisheries sector to play an active role and find ways to champion
the marine environment to ensure that we will always have seafood to
enjoy and savor now and in the future.”
Red Cross extends
assistance to people affected by typhoon Nona
February 12, 2016
MANILA – The Red
Cross and Red Crescent Movement has scaled up its humanitarian
assistance to tens of thousands of families who have lost their homes
and livelihoods after the onslaught of Typhoon Melor (local name:
The typhoon made landfalls
over Northern Samar, Sorsogon, Masbate, Romblon, and Oriental Mindoro
provinces on 14 and 15 December. According to the National Disaster
Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), 42 people died while 4
are still missing due to Melor. The typhoon also destroyed 98,371
houses and damaged 181,116 more, with an estimated damage to
infrastructure and agriculture amounting to almost P6.5 billion.
The accompanying Northeast
monsoon also caused widespread flooding and landslides, worsening the
situation for many farming communities in Luzon that were still
recovering from the impact of Typhoon Koppu last October.
“Following the emergency
phase, the Red Cross is now moving into the early recovery phase,
which we plan to concentrate in the three most affected provinces:
Northern Samar, Sorsogon, and Oriental Mindoro," explained the
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon. “In the recovery
phase, Red Cross will provide cash grants, shelter repair assistance,
and livelihood support based on detailed assessment reports from the
During the emergency phase,
PRC served ready-to-eat meals to some 19,900 persons in evacuation
centres while its social workers provided psychosocial support to 601
people and referral services to persons in evacuation centres through
31 welfare desks. PRC also reached 466 individuals with psychosocial
As of this February, PRC had
reached at least 15,604 families across nine provinces with relief
assistance (food packs, safe drinking water, 20-litre jerry cans,
sleeping materials, hygiene kits and tarpaulins) in the provinces of
Bulacan, Marinduque, Masbate, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro,
Northern Samar, Pampanga, Romblon and Sorsogon.
PRC has also mobilized 872
personnel comprising 136 staff members and 736 volunteers. To support
the PRC in monitoring distributions, assessments, and planning for
early recovery, the IFRC Country Office has deployed a field delegate,
two PMER Officers, and Information Management and Communications
On December 22, the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
launched an emergency appeal to seek 3.7 million CHF to support the
PRC in providing emergency aid to the most affected and most
vulnerable families. So far, the IFRC appeal has supported PRC to
provide essential emergency relief to 9,000 families. With its current
funding, the IFRC appeal will also be able to support a further 1,200
families with shelter repair assistance (SRA) and livelihoods cash
grants for 800 families in the next 12 months.
“We lost our home and our
livelihood,” says Rochelle Andales, one of the beneficiaries from the
town of Sta. Clara in Bobon, Northern Samar. “Our family is extremely
grateful for all the immediate response and assistance we received
from the Red Cross.”
In cooperation with the PRC,
the International Committee of the Cross (ICRC), working in areas
affected by armed conflict, will provide food and livelihood support
to some 10,000 affected families in Magallanes, Sorsogon, and Laoang,
Biri, Palapag, Mapanas and Catubig municipalities in Northern Samar.
At an earlier stage, the
ICRC supported the PRC Northern Samar chapter with 2,000 blankets and
tarpaulins for 1,000 families, as well as food assistance to 10,000
Close coordination is being
maintained between the PRC, the IFRC, the ICRC and all Red Cross Red
Crescent Movement partners with presence in the Philippines, notably
the German Red Cross and the Netherlands Red Cross. Local governments
of affected areas are working with the Red Cross regarding strategic
planning and operation.
photo - NMP Tacloban Complex officer-in-charge Atty. Ruben Y.
Maceda (second from right) briefs JICA Vice-President Mr.
Hiroshi Kato (center) of the grant assistance; Right photo - NMP
trainer Mr. Abraham E. Pingol (foremost right) shows Mr. Kato
the operationalization of the JICA-donated GMDSS simulator.
February 9, 2016
TACLOBAN CITY – Japan
International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Vice-President Mr. Hiroshi
Kato, visited today, 9 February 2016, the National Maritime
Polytechnic (NMP), a government maritime training and research agency,
located at Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City.
The purpose is to conduct
inspection tour on Japanese government-donated equipment based on the
Grant Aid Agreement entered between NMP and JICA for the
implementation of the former’s rehabilitation and recovery efforts
from Typhoon Yolanda.
It is recalled that the
grant assistance helped NMP speed up the restoration of its training
operations through the provision of state-of-the-art equipment. The
donation consist a totally enclosed lifeboat and davit; installation
and commissioning of 1 set full mission engine room simulator and 1
set global maritime distress and safety system simulator; a fast
rescue boat davit; and various safety equipment. The fast rescue boat
is expected to arrive in March 2016.
NMP Officer-in-Charge and
Chief Administrative Officer Atty. Ruben Y. Maceda apprised the JICA
official that the support from the Japanese government to the NMP
through technical cooperation programs started in 1984 with the
construction of the administration, training and generator buildings.
This was followed with the provision of training facilities and
equipment, upgrading training for trainers, technical advice in the
preparation of trainer's manuals that addressed the new curriculum for
adopting the revised Standards of Training, Certification, and
Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) International Convention.
Further, he informed that to
show appreciation of the technical cooperation, an NMP-JICA Friendship
Park was established within the agency grounds with a marker that
highlights the names of NMP scholars and those of their counterpart
trainers in Japan.
Ms. Grace Marie T. Ayaso,
NMP Head of Maritime Research and Development added that in 2012, the
Japanese Government through its Ministry of Land, Infrastructure,
Transport and Tourism also collaborated with the Philippine Government
through the NMP, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and
then Maritime Training Council in a research undertaking entitled In
Their Own Words: Filipino Seafarers’ Experiences of Maritime Piracy.
“We have a very long history
of cooperation and this is not the end.” Kato said.
With the newly-donated
equipment, NMP expects to enhance the delivery of quality maritime
training courses and the conduct of assessment of competences of
Filipino seafarers to upgrade the seafaring expertise of merchant
marine officers and ratings.
The JICA representatives
were welcomed by NMP key officials Atty. Maceda, Ms. Ayaso, Maritime
Training and Assessment Head Capt. Emmanuel Jesus M. Laguitan and
maritime training specialists Engr. Ponciano V. Trinidad, Engr. Claro
L. Coscos and Abraham E. Pingol.
In its effort to contribute
in providing employment to Filipino seafarers, NMP continues to
upgrade its facilities and provide quality maritime trainings required
pursuant to the STCW Convention as amended in 2010.
The NMP encourages those
interested to avail of its maritime training programs to visit the NMP
facebook page (facebook.com\nmptrainingcenter) and website
www.nmp.gov.ph where all related information on NMP trainings are
constructed Multi-Purpose Building (Quality Assurance Building)
in Samar First DEO.
4 infra project
aimed at DEO amelioration
By ARDEL S. MALANOG
February 10, 2016
CALBAYOG CITY – An
effective and efficient workplace demands to be organized and
well-structured. Department of Public Works and Highways - Samar First
District Engineering Office (DPWH-SFDEO) for one believes in this
maxim. In fact, since relocating from Barangay Hamorawon, Calbayog
City to Barangay San Policarpo, Calbayog City in July of 2010, Samar I
DEO has been continuously improving its new working environment.
Programs paved the way to four additional projects which could
significantly improve the working environment of Samar I’s DEO. To
wit: construction of two multi-purpose buildings, repair of DPWH
parking space and repair/rehabilitation/improvement of motorpool
With an appropriation of
seven million pesos (P7,000,000.00) one of the MPB was under contract
with ADB Dynamic Builders. This MPB is a two storey 12m x 12m building
with a 65 meter drainage and 20 meters length concrete pathway which
is 1.50 meters wide. The second MPB was under contract with JFR
Construction and has an appropriation of six million nine hundred
fifty pesos (P6,950,000.00). Said MPB is 17m x 30m with canal linings.
On January 28, 2016, both of
these MPBs were inaugurated. The event was graced by DILG Secretary
Mel Senen Sarmiento, his brother Engr. Edgar Mary Sarmiento and Rev.
Fr. Jonathan Zeta with the later spearheading the blessing of both
MPBs. The Materials Section of SFDEO is now occupying the first MPB.
Commenced the latter part of
2015, the repair of DPWH parking space ensures safekeeping of service
vehicles. The project which has an appropriation of one hundred thirty
one thousand pesos (P131,000.00) includes roofing works.
Also scheduled is the
repair/rehabilitation/improvement of motorpool building. The motorpool
project has an appropriation of three million one hundred ninety seven
thousand pesos (P3,197,000.00) and is under contract with VCD
Construction. As of this writing, the project is still on going.
As Samar I continues to
develop, we can expect that SFDEO staff likewise will continue to grow
in number. That being said, we can also expect for SFDEO to
improve/increase its own infrastructures to cater the proportional
demand for an ameliorated workplace.
regulations, PhilHealth should now be called PhilSick
New requirements put members
at risk as parameters on treatment are set.
By Health Alliance for
February 7, 2016
QUEZON CITY – The
group Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD) strongly condemned two
recently released circulars by the Philippine Health Insurance
Corporation (PhilHealth) as arbitrary and anti-patient/anti-member.
2016-001 and 002 or the Policy Statement on the Diagnosis and
Management of Acute Gastroenteritis and Urinary Tract Infection,
respectively, require a minimum hospital stay of 3 days for AGE and 4
days for uncomplicated UTI. Otherwise, claims will be denied.
“Since when did it become
PhilHealth’s role to determine and set limits to the diagnosis and
management of patients?” decried Dr. Joseph Carabeo, HEAD
“In the first place, AGE and
UTI do not often warrant hospital admission” Carabeo added. “When they
do, the management is based on the status of the patient. Therefore,
pre-determining the length of hospitalization is preposterous!”
“Additional but unnecessary
burden is placed on healthcare providers. Longer hospital stay means
use of more hospital resources. At the same time, patients are put on
an even higher risk of hospital-acquired infection.”
“A health financing agency,
a state-run one at that, should not in any influence patient care.
PhilHealth is now acting like a private HMO (health maintenance
organization) that dictates the quality of care for its members.” In
the United States, HMOs are notorious for interfering with patient
According to the HEAD,
PhilHealth is putting lives at risk. “Rather than promote health, the
agency is promoting illness. It should be called PhilSick instead of
WWII Fil Vets
replace tattered American flag
By ROSE SAN DIEGO
February 6, 2016
CHICAGO – On December 30, 2015, in honor of our national hero
Dr. Jose Rizal, while challenging the inclement weather conditions,
the WWII Filipino veterans of Illinois volunteered to remove a
tattered American Flag with a new one they donated.