Vice Chief of Staff LtGen. Romeo Tanalgo inspects the high
powered firearms, ammunitions, claymore mines, flat screen TV,
satellite cable, generator, chainsaw, first aid kit, foodstuff
and subversive documents recovered by 19th IB and 87th IB during
encounter with NPA rebels.
AFP Vice Chief of
Staff visits Stormtroopers
By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 2, 2016
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines second most
ranking officer paid his first visit to the home of the 8th Infantry
“Stormtroopers” Division, Friday.
Lt. Gen. Romeo T. Tanalgo
AFP, Vice Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines was accorded
with full military honors, and was warmly welcomed by Major General
Jet B. Velarmino AFP, Commander 8ID, along with officers and civilian
employees of the Command upon his arrival at 8ID Headquarters.
After which, he was given a
situation briefing on the Internal Peace and Security Operations’
(IPSO) accomplishments. Highlighted are the seizures of NPA high
powered firearms and several war materiels while extending
humanitarian assistance and disaster response during the recent
typhoon that hardly hit Northern Samar.
Maj. Gen Velarmino pointed
out during the open forum that 8ID initiated numerous peace covenants
of the local candidates.
Lt. Gen. Tanalgo reiterated
the guidance of the Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines to
be non-partisan, assure the community for a peaceful and credible
election and exercise soldiers’ right to vote. He further commended
the 8ID for their enthusiasm in serving the local populace with
highest standard of honor, dedication and professionalism.
Maj. Gen. Velarmino
expressed his gratitude to the Vice Chief of Staff, AFP: “We are truly
honored to know that our Vice Chief of Staff appreciates our
advocacies and programs towards creating an environment conducive for
a sustainable peace and development in the region”, he added.
Status of DepEd’s
school building projects in Biliran
By CHELSEA C. QUIJANO
February 29, 2016
NAVAL, Biliran – With
only a few months away before the full implementation of the K-12
program, DPWH-Biliran District Engineering Office (BDEO) is now
fast-tracking its construction of School Building Projects funded
under different batches of DepEd’s Basic Educational Facilities Fund (BEFF).
As of January 31, 2016,
funded under Batch 1 and 9 with an appropriation amount of P168.3M,
out of 19 School Building projects, 10 are already on-going, 8 are
still not yet started and 1 is completed.
The completed project is the
construction of Senior High School 2-storey, 4 classrooms School
Building at Naval Night High School, Naval, Biliran. The project was
completed on December 2, 2015 with an appropriation amount of P6.3
For projects funded under
Batch 3, out of 6 school building projects, three of these are already
on-going, one has not yet started while 2 projects were just bided
Batch 5 on the other hand is
composed only of one school building project with an amount of P8.6M.
It was not started yet because there is no soil exploration result
School Building project
under Batch 6 which also composed of one school building project in
Elementary and Junior High School was just recently completed on
January 24, 2016. The completed project is the Construction of 1
storey, 2-classrooms (toilet attached) in Elementary and Junior High
School Building in Capayas Elementary School, Cabucgayan, Biliran with
a budget amount of P2 million.
School in Culaba, Biliran funded under CY 2014 BEEF Batch 4B was also
completed on November 3, 2015 with a budget amount of P1.9M.
Biliran DEO has also three
projects on Technical and Vocational Facilities/ Workshop Building for
Senior High School with an amount of P7.2M. Two of these projects are
already on-going and one is set to start after Notice to Proceed (NTP)
has been issued.
In totality, there are 118
classrooms for Senior High School in 19 school sites, 31 classrooms in
Elementary and Junior High School in 8 school sites and 3 Technical
and Vocational Facilities/ Workshop in three sites.
District Engineer, David P.
Adongay Jr. reiterated to the contractors that although school
building projects are being fast-tracked, its quality should not be
compromised. Completion of all school building projects is set to be
done before opening of classes on June 2016.
Marjorie Siwa presented the Comprehensive Local Integration
Program and conducted a career guidance for a career in the
Philippine Army during the Information Awareness Drive to 200
youths of Llorente College of Technology last February 19, 2016.
14IB conducts info
drive to 200 youths of Llorente
By DPAO, 8ID PA
February 24, 2016
ORAS, Eastern Samar –
Personnel from the 14th Infantry (Avenger) Battalion, Philippine Army
conducted an Information Awareness Drive to two hundred (200) youths
from Llorente College of Technology held at Municipal Social Hall,
Llorente, Eastern Samar on February 19, 2016.
The topics discussed are the
NPA infiltration and deception in the youth sector, Comprehensive
Local Integration Program (CLIP) and Career Guidance on how to apply
to become Officer and Soldier in the Philippine Army.
The Information Awareness
Drive by 14th IB is in response to the appeal of Mr. Antonio Bocar
College Administrator of Llorente College of Technology in order to
save and protect the students towards NPA recruitment to become
prospective party cadres especially those who are residing in the
upstream barangays of Llorente.
Lt. Ronnie T. Ebarita,
Acting Battalion Commander, encouraged the academe sector to be
proactive in educating the students against the senseless ideology of
NPA, however, the government has always been an open door for
reconciliation and healing for our misguided brothers to embrace peace
and re-integrate in the community with their families.
The overwhelming support of
Llorente College of Technology serve as a role model so that other
institution and academe may emulate further contribute in addressing
peace and security concern since purely military solution will never
be enough to achieve long and lasting peace.
“Let us give peace a
chance”, Ebarita added.
of 14IB provided manpower assistance during the distribution of
Bags and Blessings by the Metrobank Foundation last February 20,
2016 in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
Metrobank Foundation in giving bags of blessings
By DPAO, 8ID PA
February 24, 2016
ORAS, Eastern Samar –
The 14th Infantry (Avenger) Battalion under the leadership of Lt. Col.
Ronnie T. Ebarita, Acting Commanding Officer rendered manpower and
security assistance to the Metrobank Foundation during the
distribution of Bags of Blessings to the four hundred (400) residents
of Guiuan, Eastern Samar on February 20, 2016.
The program kicked off with
a holy mass followed by the distribution of bags of blessings which is
a nationwide event anchored on Metrobank Bank Foundation primary
corporate social responsibility with the active participation of the
Philippine Army, Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines and
It can be recalled that in
2013, Guiuan was struck by super typhoon Yolanda that brought tragic
loss of numerous precious lives and destruction to the properties as
well as to local farmer’s agricultural farm products. The Bags of
Blessing were distributed in front of the Guiuan Church and the
beneficiaries were very thankful for these philanthropic endeavors.
Lt. Col. Ebarita mentioned
that “the Army promotes the safety and well-being and attainment of a
quality and progressive life of Guiuananon.”
20th Infantry Battalion under LtCol Hilarion Palma and partner
agencies and units inked the MOA for Community-based Skills and
Livelihood Training Program for the Palapagnons and was
witnessed by the 154 beneficiaries at the old Palapag Church on
February 22, 2016.
skills and livelihood training for the Palapagnons
By DPAO, 8ID PA
February 23, 2016
PALAPAG, Northern Samar
– The 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion, in partnership with TESDA-LNAIS, DepEd-ALS Palapag, and the Local Government Unit of
Palapag, launched the community-based skills and livelihood training
program for the Palapagnons held at the old Palapag Church on February
The activity was further
highlighted with a motorcade around Poblacion, Palapag as kick-off of
the event followed by signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between
the partner agencies to institutionalize their commitment for peace,
employability, productivity and development.
This is the first livelihood
program opened for calendar year 2016 participated in by 154
beneficiaries from the different Barangays of Palapag broken down as
follows: Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II - 35; Bread and Pastry
Production NC II - 34; Housekeeping NC II - 35; Motorcycle Small
Engine Repair NC II - 30; and Body Massage - 20. The training will be
conducted for the duration of 15 to 30 days.
Present during the activity
were: Lt. Col. Hilarion G. Palma, Commanding Officer of 20th Infantry
Battalion; Ms. Yolanda A. Pajenado, TESDA Head for Instruction
Services; Ms. Sonia Mercader, Principal of Palapag Central School;
Hon. Ben C. Gurimbalem, Palapag Municipal Vice-Mayor; Mr. Nelito G.
Rebato, ALS Coordinator; and Mr. Roberto V. Udtujan, ALS mobile
Pajenado mention in his
message said that community-based trainings is same standardized
modules for those who are unable to attend a school-based program.
This will serve as an avenue to uplift their quality of living, and
increase the employment rate of Filipinos”.
Gurimbalem, lauded and
Philippine Army for choosing Palapag as a recipient of the program
with this Palapagnons had the clear opportunity to work both local and
Meanwhile, Palma motivates
the beneficiaries to take advantage of the program and utilize it as a
way for social and economic progress”, he added.
local candidates during the recital on integrity pledge.
Standing third in the left row is incumbent Mayor Marcos
Gregorio M. Cerillo who is competing with three other mayoral
9 local candidates,
no-show at peace covenant signing
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
February 23, 2016
ISABEL, Leyte – Nine
local candidates were absent during the signing of peace covenant held
at the Function Hall of Holy Child Parish here on Monday, February 22,
The figure excludes former
Mayor Saturnino Medina Jr. whose non-appearance was considered by
Election Officer Virgilio Apostol and other candidates upon sending
Allan Borinaga, his secretary as proxy.
The nine absentees were
candidates for Sangguniang Bayan posts namely: Allan Indolos, Larry
Lladoc, Abelardo Salamat, Charlyn Mondigo, Deborah Bertulfo, Eusebio
Otadoy Jr, Orlando Tan, Rey Ralph Gorres Jr, and Pelagio Galban.
Apostol quoted that the
candidates’ attendance to the ceremony is voluntary and that no-show
candidates will not be levied.
Organized by the local
Commissions on Elections (COMELEC) and Isabel Municipal Police
Station, the signing of peace covenant aims to promote unity and
ensure the conduct of Secure and Fair Election (SAFE) 2016.
Witnessing the covenant
signing were Rev. Fr. Elrico Fabiolas, Pastor of the Holy Child
Parish, Dr. Mario Suson, Principal of Isabel Central School, Police
Chief Inspector Randy Jungco, the Chief of Police and Colonel
Francisco Mendoza Jr, Commander of Philippine Army’s 802nd Infantry
Col. Mendoza remarked that
the military under his brigade with the PNP will do its part to make
the May 9 polls Secure and Fair, though he said a lot about the
election rests on the candidates themselves.
“Malaking bagay po ang
magiging partisipasyon ng mga candidates in ensuring that the election
will be honest, orderly and peaceful”, Col. Mendoza said.
As of press time, 14
municipalities in Leyte had already conducted the ceremonial signing
of peace covenant.
Francisco (2nd from left), president of the Libongao Farmer
Beneficiaries Association and Cesario Pulvera (2nd from right),
manager of the Boroc Agricultural Producers Multi-Purpose
Cooperative, pose with DAR officials in front of one of the two
10-wheeler heavy-duty dump trucks turned over to them by the
latter. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)
DAR gives away 2
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
February 22, 2016
TACLOBAN CITY – Two
10-wheeler heavy-duty dump trucks were given away by the Department of
Agrarian Reform (DAR) last week to two farmer organizations from
Leyte’s sugarland area.
Regional Director Sheila
Enciso disclosed that the recipient organizations, the Boroc
Agricultural Producers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (BAP-MPC) in Ormoc
City and the Libongao DAR Farmer Beneficiaries Association in Kananga,
are both into sugar block farming, one of the agricultural-enterprise
projects under DAR’s Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity and
Economic Support Services (ARCCESS).
The dump trucks are among
the recommended common service facilities by the state universities
and colleges (SUCs) commissioned by DAR earlier to conduct the needs
assessment and design assessment (NADA) for the different agri-enterprise
projects under ARCCESS.
Enciso further disclosed
that the two dump trucks amounted to P11.4 million or P5.7 million
Cesario Pulvera, manager of
the BAP-MPC admitted that the dump truck is of great help to their
cooperative particularly in the hauling of sugarcanes.
With this truck, according
to him, “we can save much money from rentals for we used to rent
hauling trucks at P1,000 to P1,500 per trip depending on the distance
and situation of the road”.
Besides, by offering hauling
services too for a fee, “our cooperative will have another source of
income”, Pulvera added.
As the lead agrarian reform
beneficiary organization (ARBO) for sugar block farming, the BAP-MPC
has also received from DAR two four-wheel drive tractors, a 90-horse
power given in 2014 and a 120-horse power given in 2015.
Meanwhile, Enciso stressed
that DAR will extend the necessary support services to its agrarian
reform beneficiaries (ARBs) thru the ARBOs to make sure that lands
awarded to them under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program’s (CARP’s)
land transfer component become productive and eventually increase the
farmers’ income leading towards a better quality life.
Francisco Mendoza, Commander of 802nd Infantry Brigade with the
stakeholders and local candidates during the Signing of Peace
Covenant at St. Joseph Parish Church, Dagami, Leyte on February
signing for SAFE 2016 kicks-off
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
February 19, 2016
DAGAMI, Leyte – Local
candidates vowed to support the call for a Secure and Fair Election
2016 during the signing of peace covenant here Thursday morning,
February 18, 2016.
In a ceremony held at St.
Joseph Parish Church this town, seventeen candidates were reminded and
urged to adhere to the rules during and after the May 2016 polls as
Police Chief Inspector Eriprando Castila, the Chief of Police
administered the recital of “Integrity Pledge”.
This move by the PNP and
COMELEC was welcomed by the military quoting that the mere attendance
of the candidates justifies their commitment to a peaceful elections
as citizens exercise their right to suffrage.
As mandated by law, the
military, police and COMELEC through established Joint Security
Control Center (JSCC) is expected to perform its election duties.
Col. Francisco Mendoza Jr.,
Commander of the Philippine Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade stressed
that soldiers will be deployed to conduct joint checkpoint operations
and secure polling places within the region.
On Wednesday, February 17,
the municipal police stations of Jaro and Palo all of Leyte province
had also facilitated the peace covenant signing of local candidates.
The three municipalities to
have conducted the ceremonial signing of peace covenant are all under
the area of responsibility of the 19th Infantry Battalion.
Lt. Bryan R. Albano, Public
Information Officer of 19th Infantry Battalion averred that police
counterparts in municipalities of Sta. Fe, Tolosa, Isabel, Pastrana,
Alangalang, Leyte, Carigara, Babatngon and Tacloban City have already
scheduled to conduct same ceremony next week.
“This is a clear cut
manifestation on how much peace is wanted in this part of the region,
and that peace is not just the business of the military, much so that
of our stakeholders” Lt. Albano said.
Mary Ellen Fabros, civil-military officer of 63rd Infantry
(Innovator) Battalion as speaker during the symposium conducted
at Lope De Vega National High School, Lope de Vega, and Rosario
Lim National High School, Catarman all of Northern Samar
February 11-12, 2016.
Youth from Northern
Samar empowered by soldiers
By DPAO, 8ID PA
February 17, 2016
LOPE DE VEGA, Northern
Samar – The 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion under the
leadership of Lt. Col Carmelito T Pangatungan has successfully
spearheaded the youth symposium both in Lope De Vega and Rosario Lim
National High School all of Catarman Northern Samar on February 11,
The symposium is anchored on
“IPSP Bayanihan” through intensified stakeholders engagement, the Army
facilitated lectures on the New People Army’s (NPA) machination and
deceptive strategies in luring the youth into the senseless, and
irrelevant armed struggle. Also, the Philippine National Police (PNP)
gave lectures on anti-illegal drugs while, Technical Educational
Skills Development Authority (TESDA) presented the available
vocational courses and trainings to improve the social well-being of
Subsequently, the Philippine
Military Academy donated 400 books to supplement learning’s and access
on reading materials to level up the education of our youth in
Lt. Col. Pangatungan gives
priority on its information campaign to the youth sector since they
are the most vulnerable target of communist insurgent recruitment and
encourage the youth to become active partner in peace building because
they the future leaders and hope of tomorrow.
“It is good to be aware of
the social issues of our country and express desire for change but it
is not right to bear arms in finding solution for social reform”,
“We Lead” troopers
spearheads tree planting
By DPAO, 8ID PA
February 17, 2016
CATUBIG, Northern Samar
– The 20th Infantry “We Lead” troopers spearheaded the planting of
9,850 assorted fruit bearing and non-fruit bearing seedlings during
the celebration of the love month from February 12 to 16, 2016 in Las
Navas, Northern Samar.
Battalion-wide tree planting activity is in fulfillment of the Army’s
commitment in the implementation of the government flagship program
that contributed much on the poverty reduction, food security, and
biodiversity conservation and eliminates change mitigation and
adaptation regarding global climate change.
The DENR provided technical
assistance and monitoring to ensure the success of the projects while
the military jointly identify the suitable tree planting sites for
development in Las Navas particularly in vulnerable and hazard prone
areas. The overwhelming support of LGU’s, TESDA, DepEd, DENR, PNP and
stakeholders made the implementation of National Greening Program more
Lt. Col. Hilarion G. Palma
the acting Commanding Officer of the 20th Infantry Battalion intent to
lessen the great impact of the effects of global warming and to save
lives. “Let us then anchor ourselves on enhancing and maintaining
environmental integrity by undertaking sound and lasting environmental
interventions”, Palma added.