honors tendered to MajGen. Rodolfo Demosthenes Santillan AFP,
Vice Commander, Philippine Army during his visit at Headquarters
8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippines Army on May
Commander visits 8ID
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 17, 2016
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The Army’s second high ranking officer pays visit to
the home of 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division May 14 2016, here,
The 8ID tendered Military
Honors to Maj. Gen. Rodolfo Demosthenes C Santillan AFP at Openiano
field and warmly welcomed by Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino AFP,
Commander, 8ID together with the officers and enlisted personnel of
The historic visit focused
on the updates on Peace and Development efforts in the region which
the 8ID plays a significant role in “winning the peace”. Further, he
conducted talk to the Stormtroopers to inform the members of 8ID on
the current trust and program of the Philippine Army.
Maj. Gen. Santillan,
congratulated the Command for the successful 2016 Automated National
and Local Elections in the region despite of numerous challenges
encountered by Army forces on the ground. He is very thankful for the
integrity and dedication to duty of every soldier for a Peaceful,
Credible, Orderly and Safe Election.
“Maj Gen. Velarmino, in his
message said that the 8ID is very thankful for the trust and
confidence of the leadership of the Philippine Army, while we are
advancing and transforming we remain to be committed on our mandate in
serving the people and securing the land for a just a lasting peace in
“The 8ID is the vanguard of
peace, respect human rights and pursue the path of good governance”,
presumptive Pres Duterte from appointing Gen. Visaya
May 17, 2016
QUEZON CITY –
Karapatan calls on presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider
the planned appointment of Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya as Armed Forces
Chief of Staff. Visaya is a protégé of Ret. Gen. Jovito Palparan,
known as ‘The Butcher’ because of his bloodied human rights record.
Visaya was the ground
commander during the 2004 Hacienda Luisita massacre where seven
farmworkers were killed. He was also commander of troops in Central
Luzon and Metro Manila involved in rights violations during Arroyo's
reign of terror during the implementation of the counterinsurgency
program Oplan Bantay Laya.
Among the known victims in
Central Luzon were Raymond and Reynaldo Manalo, two farmers who were
abducted and tortured. In Metro Manila, Visaya’s stint was marked by
military encampment in urban poor communities in 2006-2007, in time
for the 2007 elections.
Visaya was among the
generals promoted by the Aquino regime, despite their stained human
rights record. He was promoted as 4th Infantry Division commanding
general, the unit responsible for killing and forcible evacuation of
farmers and Lumad in Caraga and Northern Mindanao regions. Instead of
being promoted, Visaya should be prosecuted for the crimes he
committed against the Filipino people.
Noel Albelda, Municipal Health Officer of Kananga, Leyte and his
team is shown here performing circumcision at 19th Infantry
Battalion’s Sandiwa Hall in Brgy. Aguiting, Kananga, Leyte on
May 14, 2016.
Operation Tuli inside Army camp
By JEROME P. CATORCE, 19IB,
May 15, 2016
KANANGA, Leyte – The
Rural Health Unit (RHU) here chose an Army camp as venue of its
Operation Tuli on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
For the first time, Dr. Noel
Albelda, Municipal Health Officer and nine nurses performed
circumcision to thirty young boys from ages 5-10 at the headquarters
of Philippine Army’s 19th Infantry Battalion in Brgy. Aguiting,
Lt. Col. Roberto Sarmiento,
Commanding Officer commended Kananga’s free circumcision program which
benefitted indigent residents of the community near the 19th Infantry
“This operation tuli is a
big help to the families’ budget, especially now that enrollment of
classes is fast approaching”, Lt. Col. Sarmiento said.
Parents took the opportunity
of bringing their sons to avail of the free circumcision than paying
at least P600.00 circumcision charge in some private clinics.
On the other hand, Public
Health Nurse Joseph Oliverio said that Kananga Rural Health Unit has
already circumcised around 700 young boys since March this year.
He furthered that residents
of Kananga may still avail of free circumcision at the Rural Health
Unit from Monday to Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon.
prisoners and resume peace talks, rights group urges Duterte
May 13, 2016
QUEZON CITY – As
presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte prepares for the transition to
assume the reins in July, Karapatan echoed the call to release all
political prisoners and the resumption of the long-stalled peace
negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines
(GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
“We challenge the Duterte
presidency to build on the people’s votes that was mostly repudiation
of everything that is the ‘tuwid na daan’. He can start by junking
Oplan Bayanihan and similar counterinsurgency programs and take the
road to genuine peace by addressing the roots of unpeace and the
ongoing civil war through the negotiating table,” said Karapatan
Secretary General Cristina Palabay.
Karapatan said farmers and
indigenous people, especially from Mindanao, have been calling for the
immediate pull-out of military troops from their communities.
Operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines have resulted to 318
killings and forcible evacuation of thousands under the Aquino
administration, Palabay added.
“There are still more than
2,700 evacuees at the Tandag Sports Complex in Surigao del Sur and at
the United Church of Christ in the Philippines-Haran in Davao City.
The pull-out of military troops in their communities and the
disbandment of paramilitary groups can enable them to go home,” she
Palabay also urged the
incoming Duterte administration to release all political prisoners,
543 of them as of March 2016, who are detained on false criminal
charges. Of the 543, 18 are NDFP peace consultants, whose protection
under the GPH-NDFP agreement on safety and immunity guarantees have
been violated. “He should likewise address the justice system –
tailored to favor the moneyed and those with powerful friends and
connections – as a means to curb impunity.”
There are 88 ailing and 48
elderly among the political prisoners, mostly poor peasants fighting
for their land rights.
The Aquino regime, said
Palabay, has wasted six years and the opportunity to address the
long-standing causes of the armed conflict in the country. “We would
like to see how the incoming Duterte administration can put his money
where his mouth is.”
commander MGen Jet Velarmino, Asst. Division commander; Col
Cesar Idio, 801st Brigade commander; Col. Perfecto Rimando lead
the contingent of mountain bikers and riders from Sta. Margarita
to Calbayog City, Samar during the "Bike for PCOS" on May 7,
for Peaceful, Credible, Orderly, Safe Elections” in Eastern Visayas
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 8, 2016
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry (Stoormtroopers) Division,
Philippine Army conducts a 10-km “Bike for Peaceful, Credible, Orderly
and Safe (PCOS) elections in Sta. Margarita Town Hall to Calbayog City
Plaza, Samar on 07 May 2016, Saturday.
Maj. Gen. Jet B Velarmino,
Commander, 8ID kick-off this peace initiative to promote a clean
automated national and local elections 2016. This historic “Bike for PCOS” elections was attended by 150 mountain bikers that came from the
different areas of Samar and was also participated by Engr. Wilfredo
Bordios, Representative from the Commission on Election (COMELEC); Col
Perfecto M Rimando, 801st Brigade Commander; Col Mario S Lacurom,
803rd Brigade Commander; Director Edgar L Posadas, Office of Civil
Defense-8; Rev. Fr. Richard Tan, Parish Pastoral Council for
Responsive Voting (PPCRV), Diocese of Calbayog; Samar Mountain Bikers
Association (SAMBA); Samar Off-Road Bikers Association (SORBA);
Calbayog City Police Office; Philippine Coast Guard; Road Master
Wheelers Club; and 8ID bikers.
The 8ID is steadfast in
upholding our advocacy for the successful election through series of
peace covenant signing, checkpoints and dialogues under the auspices
of the Joint Regional Security Coordinating Committee – 8 (RJSCC-8) to
address election concerns in the AOR.
Col. Rimando said that the
Army forces in Samar are apolitical and sincere in upholding the laws
to prevent threat groups from disturbing the electoral process and to
undertake precautionary measures against private armed groups (PAGS)
as well as advance people’s rights to suffrage without intimidation.
Maj. Gen. Velarmino, ensured
that all soldiers are well informed and knowledgeable on the AFP-PNP
joint operational guidelines as deputized by the COMELEC.
“The Philippine Army remains
to be the vanguard of peace will defend the citizenry in Eastern
Visayas”, Velarmino, added.
Gandara Diversion Road,
now a national road
DONNA C. DEBUTON
May 5, 2016
CALBAYOG CITY – Gandara Diversion Road, located in Gandara, Samar, is
a newly declared National Road from an unclassified road, under the
jurisdiction of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Samar
First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) pursuant to Department Order
No. 74, dated 06 April 2016, issued by Honorable Secretary Rogelio L.
The diversion road has a total length of 1.40 kilometers including the
700-linear meter Gandara Bridge. Road and bridge construction was
undertaken phase by phase by both the Regional and District Offices
through the yearly Regular Infrastructure Fund which resulted to its
completion in the year 2011, under I&E Construction.
As per request, dated October 5, 2015 addressed to Ma. Catalina
Cabral, PH.D., CESO I, undersecretary for Planning and PPP Service of
the Head Office thru: Regional Director Rolando M. Asis. Subject:
Request for classifying the Gandara Diversion Road into Primary
National Road and Downgrading the part of Daang Maharlika
(K765+000-K766+000 which is within the Poblacion of Municipality of
Gandara, Samar) from Primary Road into a Secondary Road. Some reasons
cited in the said request are dilemma in heavy traffic due to loaded
cargo trucks, various vehicles which transport in Gandara Poblacion
and number of vehicular accidents often occur in this road.
Having been converted into a national road, Gandara Diversion Road
provides alternate route and access road with the provision of
permanent structures for the flow of traffic when approaching the
Municipality of Gandara, will serve as avenues for a hassle-free road
and safety assurance for the drivers, motorists, and pedestrians.
to implement FMR projects funded under DA
By CHELSEA C. QUIJANO
May 5, 2016
BILIRAN – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Biliran District
Engineering Office (BDEO) is fortunate to implement six Farm-Market
Road Projects (FMR) amounting to P42M funded by the Department of
Agriculture (DA) under the FY 2016 General Appropriation Act (GAA).
This is revealed by Acting Chief of Planning and Design Section, Engr.
Rosario B. Rosete during their meeting with BDEO Planning and Design
Engineers on April 29, 2016.
The six FMR projects are the
Opening of Brgy. Mapuyo - Palayan ng Bayan FMR, Brgy. Mapuyo, Kawayan,
Biliran – P10M; Concreting of Caucab to Sitio Palayan FMR, Brgy.
Caucab, Almeria, Biliran (Phase II) – P10M; Concreting of Brgy. Canila
FMR, Biliran, Biliran – P6M; Concreting of Cabibihan to Victory FMR,
Brgy. Cabibihan, Caibiran, Biliran – P4M; Concreting of
Tabunan-Matanggo-Caucab FMR, Brgy. Tabunan, Almeria, Biliran – P5M,
and Concreting of Brgy. Bunga-Sitio Capayas FMR, Brgy. Bunga,
Cabucgayan, Biliran – P7M.
According to Engr. Rosete,
the six FMR projects are already under the Preliminary and Detailed
Engineering which includes the conduct of survey/ site investigation,
designing, preparation of plans, and programming.
Farm to Market Road projects
is one of the priorities of the Department of Agriculture to provide
access from the interior Barangays going to the National Roads of the
District. This roads will pave the way for local settlers to access
places in the province that are hard to reach and at the same time
allow farmers to transport their farm products to market centers with
PIGLAS PILIPINAS: 10,000
march against coal plants in Batangas, nationwide
PH joins global
wave of actions to “Break Free from Fossil Fuels”
May 4, 2016
BATANGAS CITY –
Around 10,000 Filipinos marched here today, five days before the
elections, to demand that the next administration cancel all proposed
coal plants nationwide and hasten a transition to renewable energy.
“We are facing a planetary
emergency. Now more than ever, we need leaders who are pro-people and
pro-environment, not pro-coal and pro-climate change,” said Lipa
Archbishop Ramon Arguelles, who led the march to the Batangas
Provincial Sports Complex.
The anti-coal march
highlighted a national campaign called “Piglas Batangas! Piglas
Pilipinas!” symbolized by the struggle against the proposed
600-megawatt coal plant of JG Summit Holdings in Barangay (Village)
Pinamucan Ibaba, Batangas City. The opposition to the plan is led by
the Lipa Archdiocesan Ministry on Environment, local fisherfolk, and
other concerned citizens.
“Even without the coal
plant, the existing plants of JG Summit are already poisoning our air,
water, and land. The proposed coal plant would only make it harder for
us to breathe, much less fish,” said 27-year-old Reymond Mendoza, a
fisherman from the nearby barangay of Simlong, which also hosts the
Gokongwei family-owned complex. The complex has a petrochemical and
naphtha cracker plant.
The local anti-coal groups
were joined by other coal-affected communities from Quezon and other
parts of the country, as well as people’s movements and civil society
groups from Metro Manila and other provinces in Southern Luzon.
“Piglas is a call for the
incoming president and other new government officials to scrap the
Pinamucan coal plant and the other 26 proposed coal plants currently
in the pipeline. It is also a demand for the phase-out of the 19
existing coal plants nationwide,” explained Ian Rivera, national
coordinator of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice.
“The next administration
must review the current one’s commitment to reduce 70% of our
country’s emissions by 2030. It must also demand climate finance from
developed countries, as well as mobilize its own resources, so it can
implement a swift and just transition to clean and renewable energy,”
added Ruel Cabile, national coordinator of Aksyon Klima Pilipinas.
The campaign is part of a
worldwide movement and the first in Asia to join “Break Free from
Fossil Fuels 2016”, a global wave of peaceful direct actions across 12
days and six continents. Mass actions are scheduled until May 15 in
other countries including Indonesia, Nigeria, Brazil, the United
States, Germany, and Australia.
“Under the banner of Break
Free, the global climate movement is proclaiming the end of fossil
fuels, challenging governments to concretely respond to the climate
crisis and the urgent need to keep global warming below 1.5⁰C,” said
Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and
Development and global steering committee member of Break Free.
Other communities will also
be holding solidarity actions in Cebu and Calaca, Batangas, which
hosts the oldest coal plant in the country, among other areas.
“Piglas Batangas, Piglas
Pilipinas is our battlecry for a safe, peaceful, and sustainable
society. Batangas and the rest of the Philippines will not bow to
those who think of nothing but profit instead of people and plunder
instead of protecting the environment. Coal represents darkness, and
Break Free is our source of light, especially for all communities who
are standing up in the face of the fossil fuel industry's relentless
expansion despite climate change and the people's clamor for climate
justice. Today we declare that we will break free from coal,” said
Naderev ‘Yeb’ Saño, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
team up for OFW online school applications
May 4, 2016
MAKATI CITY – Edtech
startup Edukasyon.ph and University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P)
have joined forces to create an online education information service
to give OFW parents a faster way to know about senior high and college
options available for their kids.
Edukasyon.ph Chief Executive
Officer Linartes M. Viloria and University President Winston Conrad B.
Padojinog inked the agreement on April 26, 2016 at the University of
Asia and the Pacific campus in Ortigas.
“We are very excited and
happy to be partners with University of Asia and the Pacific in
providing online application assistance for inbound college and senior
high school students. This is particularly helpful for our OFW parents
who are helping their children decide on their school options all the
way from abroad. This way our OFW parents can still participate not
only in the decision-making but in interacting with schools for their
kids’ education,” said Edukasyon.ph CEO Linartes Viloria.
Through this partnership, UA&P
can accept online applications via Edukasyon.ph. This year UA&P
launches its unique 6-year Integrated University Program (6YP) which
is open to all Grade 10 graduates. 6YP combines two years of senior
high school, three years of undergraduate program, and the final year
for a Master’s degree, all within six years.
“Parents and students can
explore a variety of academic options through their account on
Edukasyon.ph website, which features information about 6YP, events,
admissions, enrollment announcements, scholarships and qualification
requirements”, said Beng Calma-Alcazaren, U&AP Marketing Director.
The following degrees may be
obtained through the 6YP: Master of Arts in Communications major in
Integrated Marketing Communication, Master of Arts in Humanities,
Master of Science in Management, Master of Science in Industrial
Economics, Master of Science in Political Economy with specialization
in International Relations and Development.
“We want to help our parents
participate in their children’s education regardless of how far they
may be. With the signing of the MOA with UA&P, Edukasyon.ph is
bringing the Filipino youth closer to their dreams. We believe that
this partnership is one of the many steps we have to take in order to
provide our students quality information that can lead to brighter
jobs,” Edukasyon.ph Founder Henry Motte-Muñoz emphasized.