8ID commander with MSAB members in diving suit during the
meeting and team building at Cuatro Islas, Inopacan, Leyte from
April 15-16, 2016.
8ID MSAB holds
meeting for peace and development in Eastern Visayas
By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 16, 2016
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division successfully
conducted a board meeting and team building activity with Multi-Sector
Advisory Board to strengthen the fulfillment of the Army
Transformation Roadmap by 2028 at Cuatro Islas, Inopacan, Leyte on 15
to 16 April 2016.
The 8ID MSAB aims to promote
good governance, organizational and operational excellence, resource
generation, public relation and to develop policies and procedure, for
the successful implementation of the ATR on its objective to become a
world class Army that is a source of national Pride by 2028.
Col. Jose H Narciso GSC
(INF) PA, Chief, Governance Strategy Management Office together with
Ms. Caidic presented to the board the Plans and Programs of the
Command on peace and development efforts in order to be more capable,
responsive, reliable and professional to its mandate of serving the
people of Eastern Visayas.
Pastor Victor M. De Paz,
said that the MSAB and the Army must impart ideology during the series
of lecture to the youth sector that includes character reformation, to
become a better citizen of our country.
On the other hand, Vivian
Poblete urged the support of MSAB through linkages and partnership
with key sectors in providing them Subject-Matter-Expert (SMEs) in the
on-going community based skills and development training for out of
school youth and local populace in Las Navas and other Municipalities
in Northern Samar.
However, Miss Caidic
persuaded the member to documents all best practices of the soldiers
in “Oplan Bayanihan” in order to generate more support, linkages and
partnership both from external and internal audiences to sustain the
The ATR is a shared
responsibility and achievable through MSAB collaboration so we can
generate more inputs for us to be more effective servant soldier in
Eastern Visayas, Major General Velarmino said.
of the 19th Infantry Battalion during the tree planting activity
at the military reservation in Brgy. Santol, San Miguel, Leyte
on April 12, 2016.
19IB: At war
against global warming
By JEROME CATORCE
April 16, 2016
SAN MIGUEL, Leyte –
The military reservation in Brgy. Santol here will soon be filled with
trees as soldiers of the 19th Infantry Battalion frequent the area for
its tree planting activities.
On Tuesday, April 12, a team
of soldiers led by Staff Sergeant Christopher Cabadsan planted around
200 acacia seedlings in a vacant section of the 175
This venture by the 19th
Infantry Battalion is a call for everyone to do their share in
“Planting more trees so far
is the best practice in mitigating the impact of global warming”, Lt.
Col. Roberto Sarmiento, the Commanding Officer said.
Accordingly, each soldier is
required to plant at least 10 trees every year in compliance with
Philippine Army's commitment to the National Greening Program (NGP).
19th Infantry Battalion
records show that around 10,000 seedlings were planted in
collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR), in the coastal and timberland areas of Ormoc City, Carigara,
Babatngon, Palo, and Kananga all in the province of Leyte last year.
For this year, the 19th
Infantry Battalion aims to launch a total of 22 tree planting events
in its area of responsibility which covers the entire province of
Biliran and the northern part of Leyte province, including the cities
of Ormoc and Tacloban.
partnership with DILG and LGU
By DONNA C. DEBUTON
April 14, 2016
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) amplifies its
partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
and Local Government Unit (LGU) through a meeting in strengthening its
capacity in Project Preparation and Implementation of Devolved
Infrastructure Projects held at the DPWH-Head Office, Manila, on March
Regional Operations Romeo S. Momo presided the said meeting with the
presence of Assistant Secretary for Luzon Operations Eugenio R. Pipo,
Jr. and Assistant Secretary for Visayas-Mindanao Operations Dimas S.
Soguilon, together with the Directors of Planning Service (PS), Bureau
of Design (BOD), Bureau of Construction (BOC), Bureau of Maintenance (BOM)
and Bureau of Research and Standards (BRS), and selected District
Engineers (DEs) from different District Engineering Offices (DEOs)
nationwide, including District Engineer Virgilio C. Eduarteof Samar
First DEO. Agenda of the said meeting focused on the Memorandum of
Agreement (MOA) entered into by the DILG and DPWH, represented by
Honorable Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento and Honorable Secretary
Rogelio Singson, respectively.
Highlighted in the MOA are
the roles and responsibilities of DPWH to provide technical support to
the DILG in the formulation of a capacity development program towards
its city and municipal engineers in project preparation and
implementation. Designate DEs and other qualified personnel of DPWH
will act as resource persons, mentors and coaches to local government
engineers during the course of the capacity development program. The
DILG, on the other hand, will take the lead in the formulation of the
said program, provide support to DPWH in the development of an
Accreditation System for city/municipal engineers and shall ensure the
cooperation and participation of the LGUs in the capacity development
activities and compliance in the Accreditation System. Both agency is
mutually responsible to communicate and coordinate with each other for
the conclusion of the objectives of the agreement.
Tackled also is the
subject’s suggested framework having goal to improve the quality of
life of LGU constituents through efficient service delivery. One of
the main objectives of the framework is to accredit City/Municipal
Engineers as technically capable to prepare required documents and
implement infrastructure projects.
The partnership serves as an
avenue and motivation for the concerned departments to strongly tie-up
their duties and responsibilities in order to deliver quality
infrastructure, facilities and services to the general public.
PSupt. Joel Camacho, Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo Locsin, Mayor Edward
Codilla, Col. Francisco Mendoza and Lt. Col. Roberto Sarmiento
during the ceremonial signing of the Joint Declaration of Stable
Internal Peace and Security Ormoc City on April 11, 2016.
Ormoc City now
Stable Internal Peace and Security
By JEROME CATORCE, 19IB PA
April 13, 2016
ORMOC CITY – The City
of Ormoc is now the 20th Stable Internal Peace and Security area
declared under 19th Infantry Battalion's jurisdiction in the province
of Leyte. This when authorities signed on Monday, April 11, 2016 the
joint declaration of Stable Internal Peace and Security.
Signatories of the joint
declaration were City Mayor Edward Codilla, Vice Mayor Leo Carmelo
Locsin, Col. Francisco Mendoza Jr. of the 802nd Infantry Brigade, Lt.
Col. Roberto Sarmiento of the 19th Infantry Battalion and
Superintendent Joel Camacho of Ormoc City Police Office.
The event was held amidst
officials and employees of the city government, military, police and
line government agencies.
Ormoc City's chief executive
signed the joint declaration per authority granted under the 13th
Sangguniang Panlungsod Resolution No. 2016-12.
In his message during the
event, Col. Francisco Mendoza said that an area can be declared Stable
Internal Peace and Security when insurgency is reduced to a very
insignificant level and when insurgents are no longer capable of
threatening the communities.
Two weeks ago, the town of
San Isidro also under the 19th Infantry Battalion's area of
responsibility was declared Stable Internal Peace and Security
The 19th Infantry Battalion
under the leadership of Lt. Col. Roberto Sarmiento is currently
working on the declaration of the towns of Isabel, Villaba, Capoocan,
Jaro, Tanauan and Tacloban City.
DPWH-Samar I culminates
National Women’s Month Celebration
By DONNA C. DEBUTON
April 12, 2016
CALBAYOG CITY – This
year’s National Women’s Month Celebration dubbed “Kapakananni Juana,
Isamasa Agenda” unites the female employees of the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH)- Samar First District Engineering
Office (SFDEO) as they actively join the culminating activities
facilitated by the management at the SFDEO premises on March 31, 2016.
In a message delivered by
District Engineer Virgilio Eduarte, he conveyed that during the
administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the
department is being dominated by men. But nowadays, some of the DPWH
Officials – Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretary, are composed of
women, promoting women empowerment and recognizing feminine skills and
Assistant District Engineer
Alvin Ignacio, in his speech, cited the biblical emergence of a woman
who was taken from the rib of a man. “A man and a woman is equal.
Behind the success of a man is a woman. Equal treatment between men
and women is more evident these days thereby releasing women from
cultural bondage.” ADE Ignacio added.
Ms. Ma. Nenita Gomez, Chief
Administrative Officer, DPWH-SFDEO, explained that the observance of
International Women’s Day was attributed to the tragic March 25
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire incident in New York City in the
early 20th century that took the lives of 140 working women due to
inhumane working conditions and other unfair labor practices leading
to concerted protests, rally and demonstrations of women
organizations. In the Philippines, this celebration is being observed
in cognizance with Republic Act 6949, series of 1990, An Act to
Declare March 8 of every year as a Working Special Holiday to be known
as National Women’s Day.
The culmination program gave
chance to the District’s Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Person
Engr. Roster Andaya and Assistant Focal Person Architect Melissa
Ignacio to express their stand on the equal rights and privileges of
men and women today.
Right after the short
program, free medical services, with the participation and assistance
of the medical team of the Local Government of Calbayog, like
assessment of blood pressure and glucose and anti-pneumonia vaccines,
and free beauty wellness services that include facial threading,
haircut, foot spa, manicure & pedicure and body massage are made
available to the men and women employees of the District Office duly
sponsored by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE)
Calbayog Chapter headed by DE Eduarte.
The whole celebration is a
tribute to women employees as the main celebrators of the event who
give their unmeasurable extent of service to the office.
row, R-L) Col. Perfecto Rimando, 801st Brigade Commander; Atty.
Juan Bautista Beato Jr., COMELEC; Most Rev. Isabelo Abarquez,
Bishop of Calbayog; and PSSupt. Rommel Cabagnot, Samar PNP
Director with local candidates during the Peace Covenant Signing
for the May 9, 2016 Presidential Election at St. Bartholomew
Church, Catbalogan City on April 10, 2016.
8ID witnessed Samar
candidates sign peace covenant
By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 11, 2016
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division Philippine
Army through the Provincial Joint Security Control Center (PJSCC)
hosted a Peace Covenant Signing to all local candidates running for
May 2016 election in Samar province dubbed as “Secured and Fair
Elections: Tamang Pagboto,Tamang Pagbilang” held at St. Bartholomew
Church on Sunday, April 10.
The peace initiative was
attended by Major General Jet B Velarmino, Commander, 8ID; Col
Perfecto M Rimando, 801st Brigade Commander; PSSupt Rommel Cabagnot,
Samar PNP Provincial Director; Most Rev. Isabelo Abarquez, Bishop of
Calbayog; Atty Juan Bautista Beato Jr., COMELEC-Samar; Judy Batulan of
DILG-Samar, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV),
Media practitioners, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and all of the
local candidates in Samar province to foster commitment to have a SAFE
Col Perfecto M Rimando said,
“Being your Army in Samar province, we will do our mandated task for
this political exercise to ensure an orderly and peaceful election and
we will abide all the regulations set forth by COMELEC as deputized
law enforcement agency”.
Meanwhile, Bishop Isabelo
Abarquez, categorically urge the military and police to be the
guardian of peace, adheres allegiance to flag and people and defend
the life of citizenry, quote in his liturgy that “credible election
will create a credible government”.
Major General Jet B
Velarmino, in his remarks, said that 8ID remains apolitical and
committed to ensure the safety of political candidate, to freely
exercise their political rights and protection of the civilian to cast
their vote without intimidation for a Secured and Fair Elections
teachers get learning modules from UNICEF-INTERSOS
By JEROME CATORCE, 19IB PA
April 11, 2016
PALO, Leyte – Around
1,604 sets of learning modules were donated by UNICEF-INTERSOS to the
Department of Education here Tuesday, April 5.
Marie Joy Arias, Division
Coordinator for the Abot Alam Program said the learning modules will
be used by mobile teachers during sessions with their learners in
areas covered by the Department of Education-Leyte Division Office.
Through a transportation
assistance provided by Philippine Army's 19th Infantry Battalion based
in Kananga, Leyte, 208 sets of said learning modules were already
delivered to nine (9) municipalities as of April 7. The said
municipalities are: Isabel, Palompon, Matag-ob, Kananga, Calubian, San
Isidro, Tabango, Villaba,and Leyte.
Arias furthered that the
donated learning modules will surely enhance the knowledge of the ALS
and Abot-Alam learners who will be taking the Accreditation and
Equivalency (A&E) Test on April 24 at Kananga, Leyte.
8ID troopers seized
NPA camp in Northern Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 9, 2016
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
Samar – An NPA camp was seized by 81st Reconnaissance Company
under the supervision of 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion at Brgy
Catoto-ogan, Las Navas, Northern Samar on April 6, 2016.
According to Lt Col.
Hilarion Palma, commanding officer of 20th Infantry Battalion, the
security patrols conducted by the troops led by 2Lt Jojo C Consorte PA
are based on the information from civilian populace regarding the
presence of armed groups believed to be the members of Eastern Visayas
Regional Party Committee of CPP-NPA.
Recovered from the enemy
camp are: ten (10) bunkers, four (4) observation posts, one (1) IED
made of PVC pipe with 10” diameter and height, five (5) blasting caps,
one (1) nine (9) volts battery, one (1) battery case, twelve (12)
empty shells of AK47 rifle, twenty (20) empty shells of M16 rifle,
personal belongings and foodstuff.
Lt Col. Palma said that the
CPP/NPA repeatedly violated the prohibition or restriction of using
anti-personnel mine as stated in the Ottawa treaty and the
Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International
Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) jeopardizing the safety of innocent and
defenseless civilians specially the children.
20IB conducted dialogues (Pulong-pulong)
to the populace of nearby barangays to ensure the safety and security
of the populace and for the peaceful resolve of the conflict.
Major General Jet B
Velarmino, Commander 8ID lauded the troops for their ultimate
sacrifices and professionalism in protecting the community and its
constituents in Eastern Visayas.