Army capability assets displayed during the 119th Philippine
Army Day celebration at Robinsons Mall, Tacloban City on March
Army day celebration marks history in Eastern Visayas
By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 15, 2016
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 119th Philippine Army Day in Visayas hosted by Maj.
Gen. Jet B Velarmino AFP, Commander of 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers)
Division, Philippine Army was culminated in Robinsons Mall, Tacloban
City on March 12, 2016.
The commemoration was
highlighted with a Civic-Military Parade around Tacloban City as
kick-off ceremony, showcasing the Army’s upgraded weapons, disaster
response and combat capabilities.
Prior to the formal opening
of Photo Exhibit and Static Display, was the launching of two Army
songs entitled “Sundalo Ako” and “Sundalo ng Republika” which were
composed by the 8ID troopers.
In line with the
celebration, supplementary activities were conducted such as medical
and dental consultation, information campaign on Return 119 and
Audio-Visual Presentation on the documentaries of soldiers’ heroism
and contribution to peace & development, as part of the continuing
evolution through reforms and professionalism. Also, a recruitment
booth was facilitated for those who want to join the profession of
The audience was also
serenaded with a musical entertainment by 8ID stage and marching band,
dance prowess of 19th and 78th Infantry Battalion and participation of
Leyte Idol grand winners.
Significant to the event was
the conduct of seminar to our soldiers on “Gawin ang Tama” headed by
Ms. Heide Sison.
Maj. Gen. Velarmino
expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Leadership of the Philippine
Army for choosing 8ID as host during the 119th Philippine Army Day
celebration in Visayas.
“The Philippine Army will
endeavor to win the confidence, trust and support of our constituents
and it is inherent for us to repay them with our selfless service to
achieve a just and lasting peace in Eastern Visayas region”, Velarmino
Roberto Sarmiento, commanding officer 19IB, Col. Francisco
Mendoza Jr., commander 802nd Brigade, Mayor Eduardo Ong, PSupt
Ramil Amodia, commander of Public Safety Company, and CInsp.
Shevert Alvin Machete of Carigara Municipal Police Station
during the declaration of Carigara as Stable Internal Peace and
Security municipality on March 14, 2016.
Carigara, Leyte as
Stable Internal Peace & Security municipality
By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 16, 2016
CARIGARA, Leyte –
Another Leyte town is now insurgency-free during the ceremonial
signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) declaring Carigara, Leyte as
Stable Internal Peace and Security municipality here on March 14,
The joint declaration that
will surely enhance the peace and security of the municipality was
signed by Col. Francisco Mendoza Jr., Commander 802nd Infantry Brigade
and Mayor Eduardo Ong. The event was witnessed by Lt. Col. Roberto
Sarmiento, Commanding Officer of 19th Infantry Battalion,
Superintendent Ramil Amodia, Commander of Provincial Public Safety
Company, and Chief Inspector Shevert Alvin Machete of Carigara
Municipal Police Station.
Lt. Col. Sarmiento
emphasized that declaring a municipality or a city as Stable Internal
Peace and Security area doesn’t mean the pull-out of soldiers from the
area. He also mentioned that there are still six (6) municipalities
and two (2) cities under his area of operations that are not yet
declared Stable Internal Peace and Security areas. The said towns are
Villaba, San Isidro, Isabel, Capoocan, Jaro, and Tanauan. While the
two (2) other cities are Tacloban and Ormoc.
The said declaration will
not just benefit the local government but also their constituents as
it will attract more investors in Carigara. LGU is eyeing to boost the
employment and the local economy and revealed that at least two (2)
business companies are already planning to establish in Carigara.
Col. Mendoza said that peace
and security in Carigara were attained due to the collaboration of the
AFP, PNP, and the stakeholders in the said municipality.
“The army remains to be
peace advocates, protector and servant of the people.” Mendoza added.
Sydney’s ocean catwalk amazed
Jessica Minh Anh
transformed Costa Luminosa’s sun-deck into the world’s newest runway
March 15, 2016
SYDNEY – Global
fashion sensation Jessica Minh Anh just added Sydney to her impressive
portfolio of sky-high catwalks by transforming the sundeck of Costa
Luminosa into an ocean runway. Featuring the Sydney Harbour Bridge and
the famous Opera House as its backdrop, J Spring Fashion Show 2016
overtook all the modern fashion productions with a flawless
combination of art, architecture, culture, and style.
The exclusive red-carpet
event premiered nearly 100 haute couture and ready-to-wear dresses
from Europe, Asia, New Zealand, and Australia. As Costa Luminosa was
anchored offshore, models were catwalking in the middle of the ocean.
Opening the show with purity
and lightness, Jessica Minh Anh appeared in an angelic multi-layered
pink and white dress designed by Australia’s very own brand Bergitta.
The exotic beauty was followed by a stunning line-up of models in
elegant and youthful pieces using French lace, floral prints, and
Adding sophistication and
glamour, Pakistani talent Syeda Amera returned to Jessica Minh Anh’s
catwalk with an innovative collection featuring three-dimension
embellishment, intricate sequins, and handcrafted embroideries. The
eye-catching designs in gold and metallic celebrated supreme quality
and advanced beading techniques.
Aiming to reinvent the
concept of modern chic, Romanian fashion house Chotronette introduced
a timeless collection with colourful floral details and complex
embroideries. The vintage inspired dresses highlight individuality and
Bringing the dramatic
landscape of North Canterbury, New Zealand to the sun-deck catwalk,
Beverley Riverina premiered an all-wool collection made from natural,
sustainable materials. The creative designer led the ecological and
environmental movement while showcasing chemical-free and un-dyed
Next, Lebanese haute
couturier Jad Ghandour inserted class and elegance onto Jessica Minh
Anh’s catwalk with a seductively refined collection. Using colour
scheme varying from royal purple to light peach, each piece mixed
original motifs with contemporary cuts and structured designs.
Closing the show with
theatrical imagery, Rouba.G joined Jessica Minh Anh for the second
time with her new “butterfly” collection. The light blue, beige, and
white pieces at the start, which showed the primitivism of a
caterpillar, were quickly replaced by the extravagant dresses in
vibrant prints and dynamic colours. The breath-taking finale dress
worn by Jessica Minh Anh was an impeccable blend of modern glamour and
exquisite craftsmanship. The black and white floor-length design with
unconventional cuts perfectly showed off Jessica Minh Anh’s hourglass
To compliment Jessica Minh
Anh’s extraordinary vision, Lancôme and Redken created futuristic
looks with an edgy twist. What stood out the most was Jessica’s
architectural hairstyle in the shape of the Sydney Harbour Bridge,
which redefined originality and modernization. The show was supported
by L’Oreal Australia, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority,
InterContinental Sydney, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Captain Cook
Cruises, RENTaCAM, Bill Hicks Jewellery, Affinity Diamonds, Grain &
Co, Big Banner, and SimpleThings Press.
With J Spring Fashion Show
2016 came to a triumphant end, one may wonder where Jessica Minh Anh
will go next. The renowned model and entrepreneur, who has
continuously made the world her runway, has already started planning
her next phenomenon in the United States. Having the Grand Canyon
Skywalk and One World Trade Center success under her belt, Jessica
Minh Anh is set to provide the world with even more surprises in the
summer of2016. We shall all wait with excitement. For more details,
visit www.jmodelmanagement.co.uk and www.jessicaminhanh.tumblr.com.
finger-pointing pols over coco levy issue
March 14, 2016
QUEZON CITY –
Partylist coalition Sanlakas called out all candidates vying for
national positions to cease finger-pointing and politicking for “all
of them are liable in varying degrees” for the much-delayed release of
the 93 billion peso coco levy funds to the coconut farmers.”.
The group scored all
opposing camps for trying to pin the blame on each other for each
others’ inaction when “all of them were incumbent senators, cabinet
ministers and or simply part of the bureaucracy that failed to deliver
justice to the thousands of coconut farmers victimized by forced
taxation under the Marcos dictatorship”.
“Washing their dirty hands
of any accountability is not advancing the interests of the poor
farmers but merely saving their own skins from an electoral verdict
come May ninth,” said Atty. Aaron Pedrosa, Sanlakas secretary general
He added that, “Nor will all
any amount of damage control by their PR operators conjure what they
failed to accomplish in the past three or more years in public office.
The electorate will be the judge of their culpability”.
The finger-pointing stemmed
from a shout out made by senatorial aspirant Kiko Pangilinan to fellow
candidates to prioritize the release of the funds once elected that
led to a free-for-all among the electoral aspirants.
“All this does is add insult
to injury – accusing each other or protecting their patrons as the
bellies of the poor farmers and their families grumble day in day out
for more than four decades now.
The injustice to the coconut
farmers has gone too far too long wrought by the back-breaking coco
levy from 1973 up to 1982, the plunder of the funds by Danding
Cojuangco and cohorts to buy majority shares of San Miguel
Corporation, notwithstanding the protracted legal battle for nearly
thirty years only to be given false hope under this administration,”
Aquino most accountable
The group reserved their
most bitter criticism for the Aquino government for “doing too little,
too late” to abide by the Supreme Court decision on the ownership of
the funds and its return to the poor farmers.
Pedrosa explained that,
“Certifying a bill as urgent is not enough. We all know that
Malacañang has all the power and means to serve justice for the
farmers, but true to his haciendero character he elected to suffer
their impoverished conditions in the midst of a declining coconut
“On many instances in the
15th and 16th Congress, have we seen the Aquino administration move
mountains to get what it wants or reject what it doesn’t want from the
legislative body. The re-legitimization of “savings” through the GAA
Law passed in 2015, despite the declaration of unconstitutionality of
DAP easily comes to mind. Or, more recently, when Aquino blocked the
passage of the P2,000 increase of SSS pension by a simple veto,” he
The group likewise announced
that they are now coordinating with organizations of coconut farmers
that will march from the provinces in the coming weeks to push for the
return of the coco levy funds.
Agrarian reform and
financial and technical assistance to farmers are included in the
seven point platform of Sanlakas partylist.
Balangkayan denounce NPA atrocities in Eastern Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 10, 2016
ORAS, Eastern Samar –
The 14th Infantry (Avenger) Battalion, Philippine Army and the peace
loving populace of Balangkayan strongly condemn the recent attack by
the New People’s Army at the Municipal Police Station in Balangkayan,
Eastern Samar last March 7, 2016.
Avenger troopers uphold the
rights of Balangkayanon during a peace dialogue with local officials
and residents wherein they expressed disappointment against the
violence and cruelty of the NPA such as the hijack of two Duptours
Vans prior to the attack, ransack of the Balangkayan MPS and carting
away of nine (9) M16 Rifles, one (1) shotgun, four (4) 9mm pistols and
other important documents.
Lt. Col. Ronie T Ebarita,
commanding officer, 14th Infantry Battalion said that the acts of the
NPA clearly show their utter disregard of human lives and concern of
the welfare of the local populace despite the efforts of the
government to uplift the well being of the people of Balangkayan thru
“These NPAs are in desperate
mode of projecting themselves as strong force to extort, intimidate,
and harm both civilians and government forces especially that the
national and local elections are fast approaching.”
“We assure you that your
professional soldiers together with the PNP will impose the full force
of the law to achieve justice. However, we urge you to denounce these
acts of the NPA and support the efforts of the government by providing
us information that would lead to the arrest of the perpetrators and
bring them to justice, Ebarita added.
Samar-Sorsogon bridge to boost trade, delivery of services
By Office of Senator Chiz
March 10, 2016
CALBAYOG CITY – Sen. Francis
“Chiz” Escudero on Thursday said he will push for the construction of
a bridge connecting Luzon to Visayas to improve trade and commerce
between the two islands and hasten the delivery of government aid
vice-presidential candidate said the infrastructure project connecting
Allen, Northern Samar to Matnog, Sorsogon is part of the agenda of the
“Gobyernong may Puso” led by Sen. Grace Poe.
“Binilang ko na po yun.
Fourteen nautical miles kung diretso, aabot ng 18-21 kilometro kung
padadaanin sa limang isla para makarating po dito. Mas mahaba pero mas
mura. At bahagi ‘yun ng aming mga programa at plataporma,” said the
native of Sorsogon province in a press conference here with Poe on
Escudero said that while the
islands are connected through the roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) system, the
facility was rendered useless during times of calamities like when
Super Typhoon Yolanda devastated Central Philippines on November 8,
“Para wala na ring pong
traffic tuwing nagbabagyo. Parang noong nangyari yung ‘Yolanda,’
matagal bago nakarating dito ang tulong at ayuda dahil syempre hindi
rin pwedeng maglayag yung mga barge, yung mgaRoRo kapagka bumababagyo.
Yan ang hirap saRoRo kapagka may bagyo balewala rin,” he pointed out.
Trucks carrying cargoes to
Northern Samar are usually stranded at the port of Matnog during peak
season of RoRo service, delaying the delivery of goods to the
“Balak talaga naming gawin
yung tulay upang sa gayon makonekta ang Visayas sa Luzon. Pati nga po
sa Kabisayaan na karamihan ay mga isla, bahagi sa plano namin ni Sen.
Grace ay ikonekta ang Iloilo sa Guimaras, Guimaras saNegros at Negros
sa Cebu, para sa ganoon ang komersyo ay tuluy-tuloy,” Escudero said.
“Sa Luzon naman ang mahalaga
doon ay ang Batangas hanggang Mindoro island. ‘Yun naman po ang aming
ikokonekta,” he added, referring to the construction of the “super
bridge” project that would connect Mindoro Island to the province of
Escudero earlier said the
“super bridge” will not only ease the travel from the main island of
Luzon to the provinces of Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro but
will also bring in more tourists and development opportunities for the
people of the two provinces.
Last year, the provincial
governments of Batangas and Oriental Mindoro received a proposal for
the construction of a 15-kilometer long bridge that would surpass the
length of the 2.15-km San Juanico Bridge that connects Samar and Leyte
27 NPA rebels and
supporters surrenders, yields firearm
By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 8, 2016
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A member of New People’s Army (NPA) operating in Eastern
Samar voluntarily surrendered to 801st Infantry (Bantay at Gabay)
Brigade stationed at Brgy Fatima, Hinabangan Samar on March 2, 2016.
In a report from Colonel
Perfecto M. Rimando, 801st Brigade Commander, the NPA surrenderee was
identified as Arturo Pajanustan y Norcio @ Pogoy former member of
Front Guerilla Unit (FGU) operating in Eastern Samar. Pajanustan
surrendered with one (1) M1 US Garand bearing serial number 1535128
around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, and is now undergoing debriefing and
Meanwhile, another NPA
member identified as Rechan Pernis y Dejon @ Alvin/Gil former Team
Leader Team Uno Apoy Platoon, Front Committee-Leyte, Eastern Visayas
Regional Party Committee (EVRPC) surrendered without firearms to the
19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion stationed at Brgy Aguiting, Kananga
Leyte on same date.
Moreso, in Eastern Samar
twelve (12) former NPA members and thirteen (13) supporters voluntary
surrendered to 14th Infantry (Avenger) Battalion without firearms on
26 - 28 February 2016. The unit identified the twelve member as the
following: Arturo O Senobio; Lizel Rafales Nable @ Charet/Camela;
Alita Pecenio Senobio @ Eva; Julia Orale Rebato @ Ana; Jessie Rebato
Nable @ Jr; Danilo Rosco Rebato @ Podin; and Edgar Orga Senobio @
The thirteen NPA supporters
identified as: Renato Pecenio Pajares @ Rolly; Necitas Nable Oros @
Cita; Zalda Pazarra Pajarilla; Clemente Ambida Orosco @ Berting;
Carlos R Pajarilla; Norma Rosco Rebato; Benjamin Pajares Rebato; Lope
P Pajares @ Oping; Alfredo Phak Pajanustan @ Maning; Maribel Pajares
Pajanustan @ Liza; Beverly Orantia pajares @ Lucy; and Jerry O Senobio.
Lt. Col. Ronie T. Ebarita,
Commanding Officer of 14th IB, in his report stated that the
surrenderees were coming from Brgy Tugas, Maslog, Eastern Samar who
went on lie-low since 2009. They decided to surrender due to the
hardship they suffered while in the underground movement. They were
also encouraged by the other members who surrendered and availed the
livelihood assistance from the government.
The surrenderees will avail
the Comprehensive Local Social Integration Program (CLIP), immediate
cash assistance for their livelihood after the seminar which will be
facilitated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Major General Jet B.
Velarmino, Commander 8ID, lauded the efforts of the troops for a job
well done. Further, he encouraged the rebels who are still in
organization to lay down their arms and return to the comfort of their
families and to become productive members of the society.
of new PICE members led by Engr. Edgar Mary Sarmiento together
with PICE Calbayog President District Engineer Virgilio Eduarte.
Chapter holds General Assembly
By DONNA C. DEBUTON
March 8, 2016
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE-Calbayog) conducts an
annual general assembly of all PICE Officers and Members around the
City, held at the Function Hall of Marju Krisel Hotel and Resort,
Barangay San Policarpo, Calbayog City on February 27, 2016.
The assembly bears different
agenda; Chapter President’s Report for CY 2015, Presentation and
Approval of the Chapter Calendar of Activities for CY 2016, financial
report, and the oath taking of the new chapter members for the newly
passed Civil Engineers.
An opening remark from the
Chapter Vice President for the Government Sector, Dr. Romeo B. Santos
formally started the general assembly, it is directly followed by the
Chapter President District Engineer Virgilio C. Eduarte’s
accomplishment report for CY 2015, including the activities of
Calbayog Chapter in the previous year.
President Eduarte mentioned
and acknowledged the awards received by the Chapter during the PICE
National Convention held at Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. “Let’s
aim to get the first place in most outstanding chapter in celebration
of the Civil Engineering Month this year” as he challenges the entire PICE body in the end part of his reportage.
The participants of the said
assembly whether engineers or not are inspired through the words
delivered by the guest speaker Engr. Edgar Mary S. Sarmiento which
focus on hard work and quality of work especially in engineering
Engr. Sarmiento commended
the Calbayog Chapter for receiving awards in national level and for
being an active and productive chapter in accordance with their
proposed activities for CY 2016.