NMP reports to
board of trustees
May 26, 2016
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), an attached office of the
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the only government
maritime training and research institution which office is located at
Brgy. 97, Cabalawan conducted its 2nd Regular Board of Trustees (BOT)
Meeting at the NMP conference Room, Administration building.
The meeting was presided by
its chairperson Hon. Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Secretary of the
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) together with Usec. Nicon F.
Fameronag, Undersecretary for Employability of Workers and
Competitiveness of Enterprise Enhanced cluster.
Joining them are the
following members of the Board; from the Commission on Higher
Education (CHED) Miss Eleanor B.A. Fernandez - OPS OIC Director III,
from the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Capt. Herminio P.
Estaniel – STCWO Executive Director, From the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG),
Captain Robert Patrimonio - Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Staff for
Comptrollership, PCG (CG-6), From the Philippine Overseas Employment
Administration (POEA) Admin. Hans Leo J. Cacdac, From the Filipino
Ship owners Association (FSA) Atty. Augusto Jose Y. Arreza, From the
Associated Marine Officers and Seaman’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP)
Dr. Conrado F. Oca and with him was Atty. Jesus P. Sale Jr., From the
Philippine Association of Maritime Institution (PAMI) Dr. Elizabeth O.
Salabas and from the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) Labatt Manuel
C. Roldan, CESO III, OIC-Executive Director. With him are the NMP
Officials; Chief Administrative Officer - Atty. Ruben Y. Maceda, Head
Administrative and Financial Management Division (AFMD), Captain
Emmanuel Jesus M. Laguitan, Head, Maritime Training and Assessment
Division (MTAD) and Chief Science Research Specialist – Miss Grace
Marie T. Ayaso, Head, Maritime Research and Development Division (MRDD).
First part of report was the
proposed Fencing works that will be undertaken by NMP in its lot in
Tanza, Cavite in collaborative efforts with the Department of Public
Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office IV. According to the OIC-
Executive Director, Manuel C. Roldan, the acquired lot in Tanza is
slowly being utilized by some informal settlers. To address the issue,
NMP management in coordination with the Brgy. Officials thru its Brgy.
Captain placed signage and even convince the people there to move out.
The barangay already
identified the place for their transfer and then the Department of
Labor thru Region IV-A did a profiling of these informal settlers for
possible livelihood assistance. NMP also requested the DPWH for
funding of fencing in order to protect the property from further
Updates on the NMP
rehabilitation efforts after typhoon Yolanda were also made which is
composed of repair and restoration of various infrastructure projects
including: The Multipurpose Building (Gymnasium), Officers Dorm Wing B
and C, Training Building, Covered path walk, a new two story Building
which serves as the Computer Based Assessment Building, Assessment
Building, Cargo Winch, Diving platform, Fire Fighting Practical Area,
Slipway, the ongoing repair of the ratings dormitory, auxiliary
building, 225 KVA Generator, Fire Fighting Mock-up Building and the
front main gate of the NMP complex.
This efforts was done during
the leadership of the BOT chairman Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz. “NMP
has done much with very limited resources and with all the constraints
and in behalf of the board we could say that once this is one hundred
percent (100%) completed this is a very complete example of what we
keep on saying Building Back Better”, the BOT chairman stated. “NMP is
now back to normal even from within, I am very proud to leave this
institution and pass this on to my next successor,” she added.
Likewise mentioned was the
donation from the Japanese Government thru Japan International
Cooperation Agency (JICA) of training equipment which includes the
totally enclosed lifeboat and its davit, GMDSS Simulator, Fast Rescue
Boat and its Davit, Engine Room Simulator and various Safety and
personal protective equipment. The Board was also informed that the
fast Rescue Boat arrived already in Cebu and for dispatch to Tacloban.
TUCP slams SSS
boss’ excessive P500,000 monthly wage hike, urges Duterte to stop
Aquino’s lavish ‘midnight perks’ to SSS top execs
May 26, 2016
QUEZON CITY – Workers
lobby group the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa (TUCP-Nagkaisa)
denounced as immoral, unjust and indecent the impending P500,000 per
month salary increase which would amount to P800,000 monthly wage of
Social Security System (SSS) President and Chief Executive Officer
Emilio De Quiros in the light of the Compensation and Position
Classification System (CPCS) in all government-owned and controlled
corporations and government financial institutions.
Once the SSS-proposed CPCS
is effective, around 1,000 SSS rank-and-file workers will not receive
any salary increase.
The labor group is urging
presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte to order a halt in the
implementation, a review and amendment of the provision on
Compensation System which includes the provisions on basic, salaries,
standard allowances and benefits, specific-purposes allowances and
benefits and variable pay of Executive Order 203 issued by President
Benigno Simeon Aquino III on March 22, 2016 giving unconscionable
‘’midnight perks and benefits” to top executives of Social Security
Drafted by the Good
Governance Commission for Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations
(GCG), the EO 203 was signed by Aquino and Executive Secretary Paquito
Ochoa on March 22, 2016 “adopting a compensation and position
classification system (CPCS) and a general index of occupational
services (IOS) and for the GOCC sector covered by Republic Act No.
10149, and for other purposes.”
TUCP-Nagkaisa questioned the
move amidst the Aquino veto on the proposed P2,000 pension increase
for 2.4 million SSS pensioners on January 14, 2016, the silence even
on the counter-proposed P1,000 or P500 pension increases, and in the
SSS management rejection of the proposed Expanded Maternity Leave Bill
for reason both proposals would affect the actuarial fund life of SSS.
This also came after workers
are still reeling from the measly P10 wage increase granted last week
by the National Capital Region-Regional Wages and Productivity Board
(NCR-RWPB) despite of the P154 the TUCP-Nagkaisa petition last month.
Citing adverse effect on SSS
funds, President Aquino vetoed the proposed bill allowing for a P2,000
monthly pension increase while SSS top management turned down Expanded
Maternity Leave measure that extends maternity leave for private
sector women employees from 60 to 78 days to 100 days.
“We are urging President
Duterte to issue a cease and desist order to Executive Order 203 that
allows excessive increases in salaries and benefits of top SSS
executives on top of what they are currently receiving now. This is
obviously a ‘pabaon’ or ‘midnight perks’ for Aquino wards and
loyalists at the expense of workers’ and employers’ blood money. We
strongly oppose this because this is immoral, unjust and indecent,”
said Alan Tanjusay, spokesperson of TUCP.
Tanjusay said the TUCP
received an information that SSS President and Chief Executive Officer
Emilio De Quiros and Chairman Juan Santos are allegedly pushing for
the immediate approval of the SSS proposed CPCS salary increases
before the new Duterte administration assumes office in June.
He said if this is approved
and retroactively put into effect, De Quiros and the next holder of
PCEO title stands to get an additional almost P500,000 pesos in
monthly salary ending up with almost P800,000 monthly salary. This
does not include all the monetary and non-monetary benefits provided
for by EO 203, current SSS benefits, and what he gets from the SS
Commission sitting as Vice Chair and what he gets from corporations
where he represents SSS shares.
“In behalf of millions of
SSS paying members and pensioners, the Associated Labor Unions (ALU)
denounces and does not condone these highly questionable acts by top
government officials,” said Gerard Seno, National Executive Vice
President of ALU, an affiliate of TUCP-Nagkaisa.
stakeholders’ forum on completed researches
May 24, 2016
MANILA – The National
Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) as the only government owned maritime
training assessment and research institution located at Brgy.
Cabalawan, Tacloban City conducted stakeholders’ forum on completed
researches for the calendar year (CY) 2015 last 27th of April 2016
with twenty seven (27) participants/representatives coming from
various government agencies, maritime associations, manning/shipping,
shipbuilding and ship repair companies nationwide and a guest speaker
from the office of the Secretary- Department of Labor and Employment
(DOLE) represented by Director Henry John Jalbuena.
Director Jalbuena, in his
opening message encouraged everyone to take part in instituting
reforms in the policies and programs of the maritime industry using
evidence from researches towards a more fact-based decisions in policy
and program reforms and development that will lend to high quality
services reflecting the interests, needs and choices of the
individuals we serve.
Two (2) completed researches
were presented that aimed to disseminate the study findings which
results would be valuable, to validate and solicit research topics for
the NMP research agenda 2017-2019 and to sustain linkages between and
among different stakeholders of the maritime industry.
The 1st completed research
entitled “The Potential Impact of the ASEAN Integration on Philippine
maritime manpower” presented by the head of the Maritime Research
Section (MRS), Ma. Nissa C. Espiritu which was conducted and completed
last year focused on the possible impact of the ASEAN integration to
the employment of the Filipino seafarers. The aforesaid study provides
guidance to different stakeholders on employment policies and programs
for seafarers’ preparation and protection in an integrated region.
The 2nd research which
entitled “Maritime-Related Skills Assessment and Training Needs of
Workers in Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Sector” presented by Miss
Zenaida Eugenia D. Palita, SRS II was in collaboration with the
Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) which generated information on
skills available vis-à-vis skills required in the shipbuilding and
ship repair sector to be able to identify skill gaps and thereafter
proposed strategies and approaches to address the identified gaps in
line with the country’s efforts in promoting and developing the
shipbuilding and ship repair sector.
Subsequently after the
research presentations, an open forum was organized that prompted
suggestions, comments and recommendations from the participants from
various maritime sector. Moreover, a presentation of the NMP Research
Agenda for 2017-2019 and the submitted researchable topics was also
tackled that gained valuable suggestions from the different
NMP OIC Executive Director
Manuel C. Roldan, CESO III closed the forum with a message, thanking
the participants for sharing their valued time, interest and
contributions towards better research outcome.
U.S. group charges
Philippine government with abusing anti-human trafficking laws
May 24, 2016
In a letter to Secretary of
State John Kerry on May 18 2016, The U.S. Ecumenical Advocacy Network
on the Philippines (EANP) condemned the Philippine government for its
systematic abuse of anti-human trafficking laws to harass indigenous
Lumad leaders in conflict zones in Mindanao and urged the Philippine
Government to seek peace with the NPA-CPP as a way to solve the
problem of armed violence in the Lumad homelands.
"The Philippine Government
and its armed forces are pressing baseless, unwarranted criminal human
trafficking charges against dozens of leaders from indigenous peoples
'communities, church workers and others working for civil society
organizations in the conflict zones of Mindanao." said Brian Campbell,
legal advisor to the group.
EANP was organized in 2007
to advocate for human rights restrictions on U.S. military aid to the
Philippines, and continues to monitor the human rights abuses of the
Philippine Army and the paramilitary groups under their command.
Their latest letter to the
U.S. State Department focuses on the case of those Lumad in Eastern
Mindanao charged under the anti-human trafficking laws. The government
charges the act of finding refuge from armed violence perpetrated by
the Philippine Army and their paramilitary groups, amounts to
One of the victims of those
baseless charges, Josephine Pagalan, along with two other leaders of
Lumad communities, recently visited Washington and met with officials
at the State Department and in Congress where they shared their own
experiences living in communities that have been torn apart by armed
Their stories have been
validated by the report of the UN Special Rapporteur Chaloka Beyani on
his visit to the Philippines, July 21-31, 2015. He described his alarm
noting that tribal leaders decried the fact that "their communities
were consistently being manipulated and divided and that they had been
harassed and received threats when they expressed their opposition.
Indeed some leaders and members of the indigenous communities have
been killed over the past years reportedly due to their anti-mining
"We believe that the only
way for the human rights of the Lumad people to be protected is for
the Philippine government to commit itself to a genuine and successful
peace process that truly addresses the roots of the armed conflict. We
are hopeful that the newly elected President will pursue that path to
peace" noted Katrina Abarcar, a member of EANP and Global Council
Representative for US, International Coalition for Human Rights in the
The EANP letter calls on
Secretary Kerry and the US Government to raise concerns with the
Philippine Government about the misuse of laws to combat
trafficking-in-persons against Josephine Pagalan and others attempting
to provide vital services in Lumad communities, and to down-grade the
rating of the Philippines to a Tier 2 Watch List in their annual
Trafficking in Persons Report until it no longer misuses
trafficking-in-persons laws. It also asks the U.S. Government to
demonstrate unequivocal support for peace initiatives by pressing the
Philippine Government to renew peace negotiations with the NPA-CPP.
Ilocos Sur student
receives scholarship grant from Carmudi PH
May 31, 2015
PASIG CITY – British Novelist and well-known author C.S. Lewis
once said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a
new dream.” This is what Kristine Ian De Guzman, a single mother and
graduating student at Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College, believes
in life as she pursues her dreams despite of financial difficulties.
De Guzman, a senior student taking up a degree in Information System
Major in Interactive Technology, shares her encouraging story on how
she is currently fulfilling her dreams. “We lost our father 25 years
ago. From that moment, we already knew that we can’t finish our
studies anymore. Money at home was very tight and we don’t have an
option but to embrace the reality.”
“After taking BS Nursing in 2005, I stopped my studies abruptly and
focused instead on getting a job. When I gave birth to my son, I knew
there will be no chance for me to finish my studies,” explained De
But her son who serves as
her biggest inspiration gave her hope to fulfill her dreams. Despite
her personal and financial struggles, De Guzman took and applied for
Career Service Examination Professional Level, which is prerequisite
qualification for anyone who wants to get a job in the government.
“When I passed the CSE, I
realized there’s still hope for me,” adds De Guzman, as she continued
to narrate how she slowly strove to hunt for her elusive dream.
Without any money in hand,
De Guzman mustered the courage to enroll, even as an irregular
student. “After one semester, I decided to apply for a scholarship
program granted by CHED. For two and a half years, I was able to work
hard to get high grades and maintain my scholarship. I thank God for
getting consistent grades and being a replacement scholar for 5
semesters,” shares De Guzman.
“I am so blessed this year.
After finishing my scholarship with CHED, Carmudi Philippines granted
me a new scholarship program that will enable me to fulfil my dreams,”
said De Guzman.
The 27-year-old De Guzman
was chosen by online car platform Carmudi as its recipient scholar for
her outstanding grades and attitude towards her circumstances. The
scholarship program aims to help senior students who are academically
excellent but financially challenged.
“In line with our commitment
towards being a responsible corporate citizen, it is our honor to
support excellence in academe and provide the economic means for
gifted students to move ahead on their educational path. We wish our
scholars all the best in their future endeavors,” said Abhi Mohan,
Managing Director of Carmudi Philippines.
Carmudi Philippines –
through its website
www.carmudi.com.ph – has been generating positive leads for
potential car buyers and sellers in the country since it started
January 2014. The website currently has close to 32,000 vehicles in
its inventory spanning cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles;
brand new or used. The online car platform was originally founded in
Berlin, Germany in 2013 under the Rocket Internet Group.
8ID conducts “Joint
Operation Baklas” in Catbalogan City
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 23, 2016
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division
launches its “Operation Baklas”, a campaign to remove election
paraphernalia on trees, major thoroughfares, road nets, facade of
business establishments, street lights, parks and plaza last 2016
automated National and Local Election, here on May 19 2016, Thursday.
This activity is part of the
whole of nation approach wherein contingents of cleaners composed of
soldiers from the Command, led by Maj. Gen. Jet B Velarmino, AFP,
Commander 8ID; Col. Perfecto M Rimando, 801st Brigade Commander; and
Lt. Col. George M Domingo, 87th IB, Commanding Officer with the
participation of the LGUs, DENR, PNP, BFP, PCG, Guardians Brotherhood,
Kabalikat Civicom, Samar Bikers Association and Catbalogan City
The event was requested by
the COMELEC to ensure the removal of all campaign materials and
political ads and, to raise the consciousness of the general public
that cleanliness is everybody’s concern. The bulk of recyclable
materials will be donated to the community-based organization which
makes coin purses, pouch bags and laundry baskets for their
Maj. Gen. Velarmino AFP,
Commander 8ID, said that the Command will continue to support the
programs to assist the Local Government Unit and other agencies and
will always convey support from all stakeholders for a cleaner and
greener environment in Eastern Visayas.
“Our unique contribution
today, indicates the Army’s full commitment on our social
responsibility; together we can make this City more secured, clean and
conducive for development”, Maj. Gen. Velarmino added.
commander MGen. Jet Velarmino AFP during the pinning of Wounded
Personnel Medal (WPM) to the personnel of 20th Infantry
Battalion at Camp Lukban Station Hospital on May 16, 2016.
8ID Commander gives
honor to a wounded soldier
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 17, 2016
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan,
Samar – Maj Gen Jet B Velarmino AFP, Commander, 8th Infantry
Division, awarded the Wounded Personnel Medal (WPM) to a brave soldier
of 20th Infantry Battalion at Camp Lukban Station Hospital on May 16,
The awardee, Private First
Class Michael P Cagata (Inf) PA, was wounded in action during an
ambush staged by more or less 30 New People’s Army (NPA) along Cory
Aquino Highway road at vicinity Brgy Anito, Gamay, Northern Samar
while conducting election duty.
The Philippine Army was
deputized by the COMELEC, together with the Philippine National Police
during the elections. The 8ID’s actions aimed to ensure a Peaceful,
Credible, Orderly and Safe (PCOS) 2016 Automated National and Local
Elections in Eastern Visayas.
Maj. Gen. Velarmino in his
message said that, “It is very unfortunate that our soldiers were
ambushed while serving the people to attain a credible election, while
protecting the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) and the Vote
Counting Machines (VCMs)”.
Generally, the election
related violence has been reduced because of the immediate response of
the Philippine Army. Furthermore, this Command is very thankful for
the overwhelming support from the populace who desired the peaceful
and credible elections, Velarmino added.