Engineer David P. Adongay, Jr.(wearing blue stripe polo shirt)
receives award as 2nd place in the information, education, and
communication program in 2015 from Regional Director Rolando M.
Asis on April 10, 2016 at DPWH Regional Office, Baras, Palo,
Leyte. The award was given to the top 5 performers in Eastern
Visayas Region who has submitted the most number of reports in
support to the information, education and communication program
of the Department in 2015.
DPWH-BDEO haled 2nd
place in IEC program of the
department in 2015
May 3, 2015
BILIRAN – The
Department of Public Works and Highways -Biliran District Engineering
Office was recognized by the DPWH Regional Office VIII as 2nd place in
the most number of Communication Development report in Information,
Education and Communication Program in the Department for the year
The award thru the plaque of
recognition was bestowed to District Engineer, David P. Adongay Jr. on
April 14, 2016 during their monthly coordination meeting held at DPWH
Regional Office, Baras, Palo, Leyte and was presented PIO Designate
Engr. Rosario B. Rosete, Engineer II and to her Alternates, Engr. Gene
F. Delfin and Ms. Chelsea C. Quijano on April 18, 2016 at DPWH-BDEO
during their flag raising ceremony.
The District Engineer
emphasized that the award was the result of the hard work and
cooperation of everybody.
“Instrumento lang ako niyan,
at yan ay hindi ko magagawa without the cooperation of each and every
one of us,” said Adongay.
P.I.O Designate, Engr.
Rosario B. Rosete also expressed her gratitude to all who contributed
for the Communication Development Report.
“This is all our effort,
without your contributions hindi natin ma-aarive ang ganitong
accomplishment.” emphasized Engr. Rosete.
The award was given to the
top 5 performers in Eastern Visayas Region in recognition of its
consistent effort to submit the most number of reports among the
District Engineering Offices of Eastern Visayas Region such as
newsletters, news clippings, media monitoring action, flyers, briefing
materials, lobby board display, annual accomplishment, special
reports, project inspection reports and other important information
materials in support to the information, education, and communication
program of the Department in 2015, as the citation reads.
In 2014, DPWH- BDEO was also
haled 2nd in the most number of Communication Development Reports
Development Program of the Department involves information
dissemination to the public about the agency’s jobs, programs,
activities and its projects which aims to deliver transparency to the
construction of Bagongbong Flood Control (Revetment) along
Biliran Circumferential Road, Phase II, Almeria Biliran
Province. The project was completed on April 15, 2016 under Chu
Construction with a contract cost of P7,702,003.68.
on DPWH-Biliran DEO flood control projects
May 1, 2016
BILIRAN – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Biliran District
Engineering Office (BDEO) are now fast-tracking the completion of 12
flood control projects in Biliran before the start of the rainy
season. According to District Engineer, David P. Adongay Jr., it is
during the rainy season that flooding may likely occur.
As of April 30, 2016, out of
the 12 flood control projects implemented under the 2016 Regular
Infrastructure Program, 6 were already completed while remaining 6 are
The completed projects are
the Mapula Flood Control along Biliran Circumferential Road, Caibiran,
Biliran; Bagongbong Flood Control (Revetment) along Biliran
Circumferential Road, Phase II, Almeria, Biliran; Bool Flood Control
(Revetment) along Biliran Circumferential Road, Culaba, Biliran; Madao
Flood Control Structures along Biliran Circumferential Road, Kawayan,
Biliran; Tucdao Flood Control along Biliran Circumferential Road,
Kawayan, Biliran; and Calambis Flood Control along Biliran
Circumferential Road, Caibiran, Biliran.
Adongay said that they are
availing the good weather condition to finish the construction of all
flood control projects which has a total appropriation amount of P174
million. He also disclosed that the remaining 6 projects are target to
be completed in the month of June, 2016.
To date, the Flood Control
Projects has an overall project accomplishment of 66.40% which is high
as compared to the target accomplishment of 60% for the month of
April, 2016. The completion of the project will help protect the lives
and properties of the residents nearby, the hectares of rice fields
and at the same time protects the existing Bridges and National Roads
within its vicinity.
Moreover, another 4
Revetment projects under the Local Infrastructure Program are already
completed which are composed of the P5M Revetment in Sitio Cogon, Brgy.
Calumpang, Naval, Biliran; P10M Revetment in Sitio Lomboy, Brgy.
Calumpang, Naval, Biliran; P5M Revetment in Anas, Brgy. Agpangi,
Naval, Biliran; and P5M Revetment in Anas, Brgy. Atipolo, Naval,
Revetment is one type of
flood control structure for protection of the riverbank from collapse
brought about by erosion scouring and riverbed degradation.
Adongay added that the
remaining projects are also being fast-tracked and were closely
monitored to ensure quality of projects.
of the Buenavista-Pamahawan ARBs Multi-Purpose Cooperative who
are going to attend the Farm Business School pose with DAR
officials and others involved in the implementation during the
launching of the said project. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)
DAR launches second
farm business school in EV
By JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
April 28, 2016
BONTOC, Southern Leyte
– As the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) prepares the agrarian
reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) to be globally competitive,
the former launched in Barangay Buenavista in this town early this
month the second farm business school in Eastern Visayas.
DAR Regional Director Sheila
Enciso disclosed that this project, in partnership with the Department
of Agriculture thru the Agricultural Training Institute, the local
government unit and the concerned ARBO, is among the various support
services extended to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) under the
Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) aimed not only at
increasing farmer’s income, but is expected to contribute also to
national food security.
Buenavista-Pamahawan ARBs Multi-Purpose Cooperative is fortunate to be
included in the 15 ARBOs identified nationwide to be trained on Farm
business school this year.
A funding of P150,000 was
provided to each of the 15 identified sites for the conduct of the 25
sessions, she added
Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) chief, Melecia Ong,
explained during the said occasion that the “school” is an on-site
training where the farmers will not only learn about high value crops
production, but marketing strategies as well.
In farm business school, the
farmers are being groomed to be agricultural entrepreneurs, she
Forty members of the
Buenavista-Pamahawan ARBs Multi-Purpose Cooperative have been
identified to participate in this training that will run for 25
sessions wherein the participants and the facilitators agreed to meet
During the launching,
authorized representatives from the DAR, local government unit,
barangay council and the concerned ARBO signed a memorandum of
agreement in support of this project.
Meanwhile, the recipient of
the first farm business school in Region-8 that was implemented last
year, the Hantag Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc. in Barangay
Hantag in Maasin City also from this province is now waiting for the
El Niño to end before they start planting anew.
CHED: Free education ‘not a
Youth groups slam
CHED for rejecting free education
April 22, 2016
QUEZON CITY – Youth
groups expressed dismay over the five-page statement discouraging
future national leaders from pursuing a free tuition policy in State
Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
Samahan ng Progresibong
Kabataan (SPARK), among the proponents and advocates for greater
education spending and free education, cried foul over the
“pseudo-scientific, misleading, and profit-oriented” arguments made by
the Commission against free education.
In the statement, CHED
Executive Director Julito Vitriolo articulated why greater spending
for education may not be a good idea, as it “will likely result to a
massive exodus of students from private higher education institutions
(HEIs) to SUCs.” Vitriolo said that free education in SUCs “without
corresponding support to deserving private HEIs” would eliminate
private HEIs who might not survive the “exodus of students and
“It is disturbing how an
institution created to promote higher learning in the country is more
concerned about the businesses which will close down if students would
prefer free education in SUCs,” said SPARK National Coordinator Arvin
Buenaagua. “It is like saying that feeding programs must charge money
so that restaurants will not be threatened of closing down.”
Buenaagua highlighted that
the statement is consistent with CHED’s promotion of deregulation of
private HEIs, from the 313 private schools it has allowed last year to
increase their tuition fees, to the continued voluntary accreditation
process which fails to keep private HEIs from performing at a
“What the CHED is basically
saying is that let us continue to deny education to those who cannot
afford college tuition so that the schools operating as businesses
will not close down,” said Buenaagua. He dismissed the agency’s claims
of a massive exodus as “a mere exaggeration to keep the current
policies in place.”
Buenaagua highlighted that
price is not only the consideration of prospective college students,
especially wealthier ones, in choosing where they will enroll. “If
that is the case, why do we not see this exodus of students – both
rich and poor – flocking towards PUP or other SUCs who, through
collective action, has kept their tuition to accessible levels?”
Vitriolo also said that
increasing budget for SUCs is easier said than done, especially since
basic education remains government's priority over higher education.
Buenaagua said that the failure of CHED to distribute over P1 Billion
worth of funds to college scholars is enough a testimony that SUC
students are the least of their priorities.
“What we have seen in the
statements of candidates vying for national positions is that free
tuition is possible,” said Sanlakas Secretary-General Aaron Pedrosa.
“As a response, CHED is defending the government policy to defund
state universities and colleges, while leaving the delivery of
education to the private sector,” he added.
“Unless a paradigm shift
happens from a profit-oriented approach to education to a more
holistic and liberating approach, public education in the Philippines
will continue to lag behind its international counterparts,” Pedrosa
Pedrosa noted the
double-standard employed by CHED and the Aquino administration,
invoking competitiveness when pushing for reforms like the K to 12
program, while refusing to raise government spending to the global
standard of 6% of the country’s Gross National Product.
Joanne Lim of the
Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (KAISA UP)
denied that the clamor for free college education is motivated by –
according to Vitriolo – a “well-entrenched social prejudice against
middle-level skilled manpower” in favor of getting diplomas. “Rather,
it is about our freedom as students to choose what kind of future we
want to have,” Lim said.
“We do not look down on
skilled workers, in fact we are disturbed that most people from these
sector cannot afford to send their children to college, although they
might want to,” Lim argued.
Lim said that if one should
pursue a career, it must not be because they are forced to from lack
of options. “Free education opens up opportunities for anyone from any
background to pursue their dreams. This cannot be so if we rely too
much on private schools whose primary goal is to profit.”
Atty. Pedrosa argued against
Vitriolo that the free education campaign and greater budget for
education is “not just a gimmick. In fact, it is precisely what the
Constitution meant when it stipulated that the State must give top
priority to education and the vital role of the youth in
nation-building,” Pedrosa said.
“It is deception to say that
the government cannot fund free higher education when it has funded
thousands of NGOs through the PDAF scam, and funded the campaigns of
traditional politicians who embody this twisted government’s doomed
education policy,” Pedrosa concluded.
pechay, mustard green and spring onions propagated by the 52IB
in its Headquarters, Brgy. Caticugan, Sta. Rita, Samar.
52nd IB enhanced
organic farming in Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
April 20, 2016
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – Major General Jet B Velarmino, Commander, 8ID
lauded the 52nd Infantry (Cadre) Battalion under the leadership of
Lt.Col. Nedy Espulgar for its Organic Farming Technology at 52nd IB
headquarters, Brgy Caticugan, Sta Rita, Samar.
Lt. Col Espulgar, promotes a
“people centered” organic farm utilizing new farming technology for
Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit, soldiers, nearby communities,
civilians and former rebels.
The formal launching
generated numerous educational tour and camp visit such as the
Students of National Defense College, AFP, Elias Canayong, Regional
Director of Department of Labor and Employment of Region- 8, Imelda
Calagos, Area Manager of Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace
Process (OPAPP), farmers organization from Brgy Mabini and Loog, all
of Basey Samar, Pastor Anesito Candole of Palo Christian Church, Zion
Bible College and the New Baptist Church, LGUs, LGAs and Civil Society
Organizations all over Eastern Visayas.
This long-term community
based project is a combination of vegetable and herbs gardening,
livestock production and aqua culture. On gardening, they propagate
high value crops like Chinese pechay, hybrid pechay, mustard green,
chili pepper, spring onions. They also cultivate herbs and ornamental
plants while on livestock production. They showcased the hog raising (baboyang
walang amoy), caber chicken, goat and lamb raising, as well as aqua
Generally, it is designed to
have self-sufficient detachments and camps in order to lessen the
expenses of our CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) and soldiers’ daily food
expenses and have an alternate source of income while performing peace
and security operation, Espulgar Added.
Major General Jet B
Velarmino believed that this project can contribute much in addressing
the needs of our constituents.
Karapatan to UN:
Probe violent dispersal, illegal arrest of Kidapawan farmers
April 18, 2016
QUEZON CITY – "We
believe that the Philippine State security forces, with the approval
of, if not direct orders from top civilian authorities, deliberately
and murderously attacked the protesters, grossly violating the
farmers' civil and political rights protected by the Philippine
Constitution, law and various international covenants and instruments
to which the Philippine Government is a signatory," Karapatan
Secretary General Cristina Palabay said.
Karapatan, through letters
to United Nations independent experts, brought to the attention of the
UN Human Rights Council the killing, illegal arrest and detention, and
other rights violations against the farmers in North Cotabato during
and after the April 1 violent dispersal of 6,000 farmers in Kidapawan,
Karapatan asked for an
investigation on the rights abuses against the farmers through Mr.
Maina Kai, Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful
Assembly and of Association; Mr. Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on
the Situation of Human Rights Defenders; and Mr. Seong-Phil Hong,
Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
Karapatan also submitted the
full report of the National Factfinding and Humanitarian Mission (NFHM)
conducted by the organization, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and
Bayan on April 4-6, 2016 in Kidapawan. The report serves as a
reference to the complaint filed.
Palabay said "it is
important that the international community is made aware of these
gross human rights violations against the farmers, with all the
visible signs of cover-up on the accountability of the Aquino
government and the Philippine National Police." The NFFM cited various
"maneuvers" by the PNP and the local government to destroy evidence by
clearing the crime scene through the use of bulldozers and water
cannons, burning of personal effects confiscated from the protesters
during and after the dispersal; and preventing paralegals and quick
reaction teams from leaving the Spotswood Methodist Center to gather
important details and documentation on the incident and provide
emergency support to the victims and their families.
Karapatan also received
initial reports that the family of slain Manobo farmer Darwin Sulang
experienced threats and harassment from the Provincial Government,
Philippine National police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. Ebao
Sulang, father of Darwin, recounted the following incidents:
April 6 - North Cotabato
Provincial Board Member Kelly Antao with Lito Palma of the Office of
Gov. Emmylou Talino-Mendoza went to the house of the Sulang family.
They tried to convince the family not to file criminal charges against
the Governor and the PNP and offered P100,000. The family refused the
April 12 - At midnight, the
Sulang family was disturbed by two unknown men walking around their
house until 3 a.m., fearing the men were armed.
April 13 - Relatives of the
Sulang family received news that members of the Philippine Army are
looking for Ebao Sulang. The whole family immediately evacuated and
sought refuge from Church and human rights groups.
"This is clearly part of the
government's underhanded moves to dissuade the family from pursuing
countercharges," Palabay stated.
Palabay also said that while
the 82 illegally arrested and detained farmers have all been released
on bail, as of yesterday April 16, trumped up charges of direct
assault and frustrated homicide have yet to be dismissed.
"The arrest and detention of
the farmers – of those who were shot, pulled from the protesters'
ranks and tortured by the police, to the elderly and pregnant women
farmers, to the mere bystanders – show the inhumanity and callousness
of the BS Aquino government institutions on the plight of the
farmers," she stated.
Among the recommended
actions stated in the NFHM report is the indictment and prosecution of
all police operatives on the ground responsible for killings,
frustrated killings, illegal arrest and detention, and other criminal
acts committed during and after the dispersal. The groups also
recommended the investigation and prosecution of the President,
military and police generals, as well as officials of the Department
of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of
Agriculture, for their participation and complicity in the violent
dispersal of the farmers, the various human rights violation committed
as a result thereof, and other violations committed thereafter.