ignites media-military partnership
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 9, 2016
Catbalogan,Samar – Recognizing the role of media in the society as
one of the pillars of democracy, the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers)
Division, Philippine Army ignited its partnership with the media
practitioners all over the Region through fellowship and Boot Camp at
801st Brigade Headquarters, Camp Eugenio, Brgy. Fatima, Hinabangan,
Samar from June 04 to 05.
The two-day activity was
graced by Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, AFP, Commander 8ID as guest of
honor and speaker together with his wife, Mrs. Imelda D. Velarmino,
Col. Cesar M. Idio, Assistant Division Commander and other officers
and men of the Stormtroopers family who intermingled with more than
forty media practitioners.
Aside from the usual social
gathering, 8ID facilitated the boot camp that allowed the media
participants to experience a short, intensive, rigorous but fun-filled
and exciting course of training. It includes basic marksmanship,
obstacle and rope course challenge, unit run and other team-building
activities which gave the participants a taste of military life.
According to Maj. Gen.
Velarmino, the activity was an opportunity for the media and the
military to strengthen their camaraderie. He emphasized that media
should not be treated as an enemy but an ally in resolving conflict
and a partner in accomplishing the Army's mandated mission and pursuit
for genuine reform and transformation.
The 8th Infantry
Stormtroopers Division, highly acknowledge the importance of their
professionalism and their ability to show impartiality, fairness, and
responsibility as media practitioners.
“Without the media, our
earnest commitment and sincere efforts as protectors of the region to
attain a just and lasting peace will never be realized and recognized
and most of all winning the hearts and minds of the people will never
be possible," he added.
employees develop skills on Windows 8 and MS Office 2013 through
CHELSEA C. QUIJANO
June 8, 2016
BILIRAN – Twenty-four
selected employees and personnel of the Department of Public Works and
Highways (DPWH) Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO) who have
basic knowledge on computers and skills in computer operation attended
a 3-days training on Windows 8 and Microsoft (MS) Office 2013:
Overview and Updates on May 25-27, 2016 held at Biliran DEO conference
The training was conducted
in relation to the distribution of workstations and the connection of
the office to the DPWH communications network under the Japan
International Cooperation Agency- Assisted Road Upgrading and
Preservation Project (JRUPP). The resource speakers were from DPWH-Central
Office, Information Management System (IMS); Ms. Anabelle De los
Reyes, Chief of the User Support Division and Ms. Qurrata Ayn K. Karim,
District Engineer, David P.
Adongay Jr. in his opening remarks emphasizes the use of Information
Communication Technology (ICT) as crucially important for sustainable
“In this contemporary world
of governance, fundamental source of wealth is no longer natural
resources and human capital but information, knowledge and
technology,” said Adongay.
On the first and second day
of training, a lecture and hands-on activities were conducted by Ms.
Karim on the Overview of the Windows 8 operating system and the
updates and new features of MS Office 2013 applications specifically
on MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Outlook.
One of the participants of
the training, Ms. Olivia S. Tolentino, Administrative Officer III said
that the activity enables her to use and manage the essential features
of Windows 8 and MS Office.
“I thought I don’t need to
attend this seminar because I already know the basic operation of
computer but I’m glad that I did because I have learned some cool
features of Windows 8 and some of the techniques in Microsoft Office
to make work easier,” she said.
Engr. Diolito S. Aberion,
Engineer II who is also one of the participants said that he has
gained new knowledge on using Windows 8 and tells how excited he is to
apply this in his work.
The participants were also
lectured on the Introduction of DPWH Institutional Capacity
Development (ICD): Overview and Advocacy campaign on their third day
of training. This time, IT users in the office who are not
participants of the said training were encouraged to attend the
Resource speaker, Ms. De los
Reyes said that this is to increase awareness of the DPWH personnel of
the Department’s IT initiatives and its Policies.
Overall, the training
enables the participants to have a smooth transition from previous
versions of Windows and MS Office without compromising their
efficiency and productivity as they shift to these new versions.
New online tool
quantifies ocean benefits at global scale
June 8, 2016
ARLINGTON, VA – In
advance of World Ocean's Day tomorrow, The Nature Conservancy and
Atlas of Ocean Wealth, a first of its kind collection
of maps and analysis of the ocean's benefit to people, the environment
and the economy. From fish sold in a market or served in a family
home, to the invisible influence of a seagrass meadow absorbing some
of the world's excess carbon dioxide, the Atlas shows how our oceans
protect us, feed us, and provide us with jobs.
Oceans cover 70% of our
planet and support 100% of life on Earth. "Documenting the ocean
ecosystem's influence on our lives, our communities and our economy
benefits has never been more important, because we are losing them at
an unprecedented rate. The Atlas shows not just that we need nature,
but how much we need it," said Mark Spalding, Senior Marine Scientist,
Global Ocean Team with The Nature Conservancy. "Quantifying where
ocean benefits are produced will help decision makers and the public
better understand the important role our natural resources play in our
Approximately 17% of the
global population relies on the ocean for their source of protein,
supporting a $190 billion global seafood industry. Yet research shows
fish catches are declining, ocean temperatures are warming, and
habitats are disappearing at an alarming rate. Our seas are rising in
response to a changing climate, encroaching onto land, threatening
some of our great cities and placing hundreds of millions of people at
risk from storms.
The Atlas provides
government and business leaders, planners and other decision makers
access to the largest dataset of information about the benefits of our
ocean resources to target and prioritize effort while providing
solutions. For example, coral reefs provide habitat and recreational
value to our global economies while protecting communities from
storms. The Atlas maps their locations, benefits, and offers solutions
to protect the ones most at risk.
"The world's ocean economy
is growing at twice the rate compared to the economy on land and we
are continually looking at the ocean for growth and prosperity. It's
important to protect the places most important for fish, carbon
capture and breaking waves. We need to understand the ocean to protect
it, and we've produced a fundamentally new kind of ocean knowledge to
help us shape decisions today that will shape the ocean of tomorrow,"
said Mark Brumbaugh, lead scientist with The Nature Conservancy's
global marine team.
The power is not just in the
data but how the information will transform our coasts and fisheries.
The World Bank, Carnival Corporation & PLC, and the U.S. National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are early adopters,
providing pathways to integrate this dataset into economic development
funding, private-sector investment, and informed management to protect
The Atlas is supported in
part by Microsoft, through their Upgrade Your World Campaign.
Greenpeace calls on
Duterte to champion RE for jobs, sustainable national development
By Greenpeace Southeast Asia
June 7, 2016
MANDALUYONG CITY –
Responding to REN21’s “Renewables 2016 Global Status Report”, which
showed a record-breaking past year for the renewable energy sector in
terms of new installations, policy targets, investments and jobs,
Greenpeace urged the incoming administration of President-elect
Rodrigo Duterte to fast-track the shift from fossil fuels in order to
ensure sustainable national development for the Philippines.
“The Philippines should take
advantage of renewable energy (RE), which is outpacing dirty oil,
coal, and gas in terms of growth worldwide. President-elect Duterte
should champion the country’s shift from fossil fuels to renewables,
which would give his administration the higher moral ground when it
negotiates lower carbon emissions from developed countries. Doing so
would not only lower the main source of climate change, but also take
advantage of the growing opportunities for jobs and investments, as
shown in the REN21 report,” said Reuben Muni, Philippine Climate and
Energy Campaigner of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
“The report comes at an
opportune time for the Philippines, just over a week after the Climate
Change Commission issued Resolution 2016-001, calling for a
comprehensive review of the country’s energy policy in order to reduce
our dependence on coal and urging relevant government agencies such as
the Department of Energy, the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources, and the National Economic Development Authority, to come up
with a national framework for a just transition to renewable energy.
This will open the country to a low-carbon economic pathway. Any
national development would not be sustainable if our power sector is
still hinged on fossil fuels,” Muni added.
The report showed that
developing countries put in USD 156 billion in investments globally in
renewable energy in 2015. This is a reported 19% increase compared to
2014 and higher than all the investments for 2015 of developed
countries combined. Greenpeace is optimistic that the results of the
proposed policy review will open more doors for investments in the
Philippines and provide more green jobs in the renewables sector in
Greenpeace says that the
renewable energy sector showed very clear growth despite the hold of
fossil fuel companies on the energy industry.
“Although the deck remains
stacked against renewables – with fossil fuel subsidies, low fuel
prices, problems accessing the grid, vested interests and government
inertia - they are still breaking through. If renewables can add 147
GW of power in 2015 with this economic picture, imagine what they
could achieve if the cards were even, said Emily Rochon, Global Energy
Strategist of Greenpeace International.
”Governments must accelerate
this change by stopping investment in fossil fuels and diverting that
money to renewable energy because it is the only chance we have to
deliver the Paris Agreement’s objective of limiting global temperature
rise to 1.5C. The G7 says it will end ‘inefficient’ fossil fuel
subsidies by 2025. G7 countries, and all others, need to end fossil
fuel use, not just subsidies, and by 2050 at the latest. Accelerating
the take-up of renewables is the best way to achieve this,” Rochon
8ID gears up for
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 7, 2016
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan,
Samar – In the spirit of bayanihan and voluntarism, the 8th
Infantry Stormtroopers Division once again geared up to support the
DepEd’s annual Adopt-A-School program dubbed as Brigada Eskwela that
unites teachers, parents and community members to work together in
repairing and preparing select public schools in Catbalogan City for
the school opening.
With this year’s theme “Tayo
Para sa Paaralang Ligtas, Maayos at Handa Mula Kindergarten Hanggang
Senior High School”, Stormtroopers were deployed in various public
schools and provided manpower assistance in doing minor repairs,
painting and cleaning of schools from May 30 to June 04 2016.
Among the beneficiaries were
the public schools located in the hinterland barangays of Catbalogan
City namely: Palanyogon Elementary School, Bangon Elementary School,
Albalate Elementary School, Cagutian Elementary School, Cag-udalo
Elementary School, Ibol Elementary School, Lagundi Elementary School,
Soccoro Elementary School, San Andres Elementary School and Payao
Brigada Eskwela was also
participated and conducted simultaneously by the different line units
within Eastern Visayas.
Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino,
Commander, 8ID said that Brigada Eskwela demonstrates 8ID’s commitment
to community concerns.
“Further, joining the
community in preparing the schools for the new school year is also a
way to demonstrate to the people that the Stormtroopers are
warrior-diplomats who can build positive and sustainable relationship
with the people,” Velarmino added.
Universities to facilitate Online Applications for Scholarships
June 6, 2016
MAKATI CITY –
Education technology social enterprise Edukasyon.ph called on higher
education institutions to give more online information and advice on
scholarships for students.
“Students need better access
to information on educational opportunities and the requirements to
avail of these chances to pursue their undergraduate and graduate
studies. Schools can provide this information online through their
websites where they can post scholarship information and application
procedures,” said Lites M. Viloria, CEO of Edukasyon.ph.
The Commission on Higher
Education (CHED) and Edukasyon.ph have partnered for an online
application platform for scholarships for faculty and staff of higher
education institutions under the CHED K to 12 Transition Program for
school year 2016-2017. Edukasyon founder Henry Motte-Muñoz and CHED
Chairperson Patricia Licuanan signed the Memorandum of Agreement today
at the Commission of Higher Education building in Diliman, Quezon
“We want to help our faculty
and staff apply and qualify for these scholarships with just a few
clicks. We are excited about this partnership with CHED that can
expand the reach of their scholarship program and fulfill their dream
of completing their Master’s or Doctoral studies,” added Viloria.
With the partnership, over
140 delivering higher educational institutions (DHEIs) under the K to
12 program will be able to accept online applications from faculty and
staff scholars through the Edukasyon-CHED scholarship portal. This
will ease the applications for the K to 12 scholarship and will enable
DHEIs to feature innovative graduate programs so that more faculty and
staff scholars can enroll.
“We want to help our
nominees apply and qualify to their dream university and college in
time for school opening this June and August. Through our online
service, CHED’s faculty and staff can now send applications to their
preferred HEIs. The faster they can apply and qualify, the faster they
can pursue their graduate studies,” said Henry Motte-Muñoz, Founder of
More than 4,000 nominees
from different sending HEIs all over the country were selected by the
CHED for their Graduate Education Scholarships for Faculty and Staff.
“We want to provide choices
and convenience for college faculty and staff. Through this system,
the selection and application system becomes easier and faster” added
Edukasyon.ph is a social
enterprise that has a comprehensive database of senior high schools,
colleges, tech-voc schools, scholarships and career pathways. At the
site students can search and apply to schools all over the
“We are pleased to announce
this online partnership, to ensure access to information of
prospective faculty and staff scholars and to allow for online
application to schools. We recognize the power of technology to open
access to these scholarships and we want to harness these online
capabilities to make it easy for our faculty and staff to apply and
submit their requirements,” said CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan.
Need for more graduate degrees
According to CHED, only 50
percent of all HEI faculty in the country currently hold graduate
degrees, while the faculty in Vietnam and Malaysia hold 60 and 69
The CHED K to 12 Transition
Program effectively utilizes the period of low enrollment anticipated
in the higher education sector due to the full implementation of K to
12 in order to provide opportunities for HEIs and their personnel to
earn higher qualifications through scholarships and other grants. A
total of 15,000 scholarship slots will be awarded, thus helping
increase the number of graduate degree holders among HEI faculty to 70
percent by 2021.
“The main constraints that
prevent faculty from completing further studies include heavy teaching
loads, being recalled by their home institutions, and low stipend
rates. But now, with the transition to K to 12, they are virtually
free of these constraints. The government is meeting that opportunity
with an increased investment in scholarships and other grants,” said
of 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion ready for boarding the
C-130 of Philippine Air Force during the Send-Off at DZR
Airport, Tacloban City on May 29, 2016.
19th IB Commando
troopers deploy in Mindanao
By DPAO, 8ID PA
June 3, 2016
CAMP VICENTE LUKBAN,
Catbalogan City – A send-off ceremony was rendered to the members of
19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion at Tacloban airport on May 29,
The ceremony is a military
tradition honoring its men on its deployment of forces in support to
win the peace in North Cotabato under the operational control of 6th
Infantry Division. Colonel Cesar M Idio, Assistant Division Commander,
hand-over a Plaque of Appreciation to Lt. Col. Roberto Sarmiento,
Commanding Officer of 19th IB, recognizing their valuable services in
sustaining the peace in Eastern Visayas.
Col Francisco F Mendoza Jr.
802nd Brigade Commander historically mentioned that this is the second
deployment of 19th IB in Mindanao area, since they participated in the
AFPs campaign against rogue elements of MILF and other secessionists
threat groups in Patikul, Sulu in November 2001.
Col. Idio reminded the
soldiers to respect the human rights, maintain highest standard of
discipline, give courtesy to the customs and traditions of the
community and people as embedded in the Philippine Constitution.
Maj. Gen. Jet B Velarmino,
Commander 8ID, said that the unit deployment in Mindanao is anchored
on the AFPs quest for peace and development as embodied in “IPSP
SELDA says no to
Marcos burial at “Libingan ng mga Bayani”
June 3, 2016
QUEZON CITY – Marie
Hilao-Enriquez, Chairperson of Karapatan and SELDA (an organization of
former political detainees, mostly detained during the martial law
era) today called on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to “be more
circumspect” on the issue of the burial of the former dictator
Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.
“The Marcos family has not
even apologized to the Filipino people for the plunder of the nation’s
coffers during in the more than 20 years that they were in power.
There is no remorse,” Hilao-Enriquez added.
“Burying Marcos, Sr. at the
Libingan ng mga Bayani is what the Marcos family wants the most for it
will pave the way to clear Marcos' name from the numerous human rights
violations he committed during Martical Law,” she said.
SELDA instead urged the
President-elect to order the GPH Claims Board to hasten the process of
recognition and indemnification of the martial law victims, which has
taken a longer time than what is stated by law. SELDA members
spearheaded the class suit filed against Ferdinand Sr. in Hawaii. The
plaintiffs succeeded in the court case as the Hawaii Federal Court,
and later the US Supreme Court found Marcos guilty of human rights
“We, families of victims
refuse to bow down to one family's desire to do what they like to do
just because they belong to a powerful few. Let it be remembered that
the Marcos family was kicked out by the Filipino people in 1986. That
they were able to come back to the country is more than enough. It’s
time to stop the haughtiness the Marcoses are displaying. They must
return all the money they stole from the national coffers and render
justice to the people they victimized.” Hilao-Enriquez concluded.
Hilao-Enriquez is among the
initiators of the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to
Malacañang, which campaigned against the vice-presidential bid of