Nhero Veraflor gives critique on the pictures according to their
photo composition. The pictures are taken by the Public
Information Officers from different District Engineering Offices
of Region VIII during their hands on activity on the topic
“Beyond Basic Photography” on June 9, 2016 on the different
sites of infrastructure projects of the DPWH -Samar 1st DEO at
DPWH Region 8 PIOs
conduct workshop under communication development program
By CHELSEA C. QUIJANO
June 16, 2016
BILIRAN – “It is
heart-warming to know that the PIO’s of Region VIII do not stop to
equip themselves with the necessary skills to perform their tasks
under the Development Communication Program.”
This was emphasized by
Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Samar 1st District
Engineering Office Assistant District Engineer, Loreto M. Cedro as he
delivers his welcome remarks to the Public Information Officers (PIO)
of DPWH-Region VIII during its seminar workshop under Communication
Development Program on June 9-10, 2016 held at Marju Krissel Hotel &
Restaurant, Brgy. San Policarpo, Calbayog City.
The seminar was hosted by
DPWH- Samar 1st District Engineering Office thru its PIO Designate,
Ma. Nenita Gomez and thru the initiative of Regional P.I.O, Ms.
Antonietta R. Lim.
Several PIOs from different
District Engineering Offices (DEOs) in the region participated the
event with the aim to acquire and develop skills under the
Communication Development Program.
Topics focused during the
seminar were the Newsletter Production and Beyond Basic Photography by
Mr. Nhero Veraflor as a Resource Speaker.
On the first day of the
seminar, lecture-discussion on Basic Photography was taught to the
participants concentrating on the different photo composition. It was
a very productive day for the PIOs wherein after the
lecture-discussion, they were able to visit different sites of
infrastructure projects of the DPWH -Samar 1st DEO as their subject
for the photoshoot.
From the on-going
construction of 2-storey school building for Senior High School to the
completed Diversion Road Project and Flood Control Projects, PIOs were
able to explore different ways to take pictures on infrastructure
projects of DWPH.
“I’m glad that there is this
kind of seminar conducted to DPWH-PIOs because this is really helpful
in making our reports.” said one of the participants.
The critiquing of pictures
was conducted on the second and last day of the seminar-workshop. This
activity gave much more learning to the participants as they were able
to pin point their needs of improvement in taking pictures. The rest
of the seminar was allotted on a lecture discussion about newsletter
production again by Mr. Veraflor as the resource speaker.
Lots of questions from
different DEOs were raised to Mr. Veraflor as many of these District
Engineering Offices receives negative assessments from the Regional
Office on their newsletters. Some of these were on the lay-outs, the
captions, pictures, etc. but it was all clarified by the resource
Having not enough time, DPWH
PIO’s agreed to continue the topic with hands-on activity in making
newsletter on their next Seminar Workshop which will be tentatively
held in the month of September, 2016.
The continuous conduct of
seminar workshop with DPWH-PIOs will improve the capacity of the
designated District PIOs on their duties and responsibilities and
enhance their commitment to the department’s goal to continuously
inform the public of its programs, policies and projects within their
respective area of jurisdictions.
28th year of CARP implementation
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
June 16, 2016
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Eastern Visayas kicked off this
morning (June 15) its commemoration of the 28th year of implementation
of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in the country
with a motorcade around the city.
According to DAR-8 Regional
Director Sheila Enciso, the celebration will just be a simple one,
highlighting the transformation of agrarian reform beneficiaries from
mere farmers to entrepreneurs.
On June 21, a mini-trade
fair at the DAR Regional Office compound will be opened to the public
showcasing various products ranging from organic crops to processed
foods, handicrafts and organic fertilizers produced by the different
agrarian reform beneficiary organizations (ARBOs) throughout the
These are now the results of
the various trainings and assistances extended to them under the
Program Beneficiaries Development component of CARP, Enciso said.
Among the assistances
extended to them was thru the Agrarian Reform Communities Connectivity
and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) which was a package of support
services that include common service facilities and trainings to
transform them into agri-entrepreneurs, she added.
Another assistance extended
to them was the Complementary Assistance for the Rehabilitation and
Empowerment (CARE) of small holder farmers wherein they were taught
how to convert trash into cash by producing organic fertilizers using
African night crawlers, Enciso further added.
Republic Act 6657 or the
Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (CARL) was signed on June 10, 1988
by then President Corazon Aquino and took effect five days later. It
was amended twice by Republic Acts 8532 and 9700.
CARL expanded the scope of
the Marcos agrarian reform program to cover all agricultural lands
regardless of the tenurial status.
At the moment, DAR has
covered and distributed 430,115 hectares of agricultural lands in
Region-8 to about 238,950 agrarian reform beneficiaries under CARP’s
Land Tenure Improvement component.
extravaganza lit up Seine River in Paris after the flood
Jessica Minh Anh celebrated
Pret-a-Couture and innovative craftsmanship on her iconic floating
June 16, 2016
PARIS, France –
Producer of the world’s most innovative runways impressed again
yesterday with her famous floating catwalk on the Seine River.
J Summer Fashion Show 2016,
which premiered seven unique haute couture, pret-a-couture, and
diamond collections against the moving backdrop of Paris, has
strengthened Jessica Minh Anh’s position as a global influencer.
According to Paris Match’s editor Catherine Schwaab, Jessica is
electrifying the fashion world with her extraordinary vision and
Alongside Sydney’s Ocean
Catwalk earlier this year, J Summer Fashion Show has confirmed Jessica
Minh Anh’s theme of 2016 to be “catwalk on water”. Guests were
strategically seated facing the multi-faceted glass windows of Le Jean
Bruel to watch models walking in front of them as if they were walking
A perfect portrait of modern
beauty with limitless energy, Jessica Minh Anh opened the highly
anticipated showcase in a striking multi-colored exotic creation by
German sensation Miranda Konstantinidou. Following the stunning
catwalk producer is a youthful line up of models in intricate silk
dresses teamed with architecturally cut statement jewelry. Miranda’s
collection, which added a lot of excitement to classic chic, defined
the concept of “extroverted but relaxed” luxury.
Returning to Jessica Minh
Anh’s iconic catwalk, Pakistani talent Syeda Amera presented a
glamourous pret-a-couture collection inspired by Eiffel Tower’s
magnificent structure and its decorative grillwork arches. Each design
showcased intricate embroidery, three dimensional sequins
embellishments, and daring cuts. Using handcrafted details on
luxurious fabrics, Syeda’s collection added edge and elegance to the
Next, Polish designer Teresa
Rosati transformed the classic look into the new age’s romanticism
using natural silk, lace, and transparent fabrics. Her black and white
collection called “Faces of love” introduced modern femininity with
deep necklines and polished silhouettes.
Icelandic jewelry designer
Jóhannes Ottósson showcased a captivating diamond studded gold
collection inspired by the majestic nature of his homeland. The clean
and sleek designs of NOX defined true contemporary classic. A master
of balancing beauty and rarity with distinctive style and impeccable
craftsmanship, Johannes successfully portrayed effortless elegance and
allowed the diamond’s radiance to shine supreme.
Accompanying the exquisite
jewelry pieces is a floral silk collection by Ukrainian brand LaFress,
who inserted beautiful lightness to the grand catwalk. The creative
designs, which were inspired by the epic scenery of soft snow on
mountaintops, portrayed a mix of emotions and imaginations through the
use of natural colour pallet with some darker detailing. The emergence
and blossoms of individuality was the center of the collection.
Conceptualizing roses as an
enduring beauty in the harshest of environments, Saudi Arabian fashion
house Ot Kutyr Turk Jadallah presented a timeless collection using red
and beige alongside their signature black and white colour scheme.
Soft fabrics were artistically mixed with crystal embroidery to convey
both fragility and power. Turk Jadallah’s charming creations added
sophistication and refinement to Jessica Minh Anh’s exclusive runway.
The mesmerizing finale
collection by Lebanese haute couturier Antoine Kareh was inspired by
the beauty of the butterfly and the freeing nature of the dandelion.
The designer revealed a progressive mix of multiple layers and
architectural cuts, which accentuated a woman’s body and created
endless femininity. Saving the best for last, Jessica Minh Anh
appeared as a vision in a breath-taking white gown embroidered with
thousands of multi-coloured butterflies, paired with a matching long
cape. The magnificent creation, which highlighted Jessica’s perfect
curve, left audience in awe of class, sensuality, and ultimate
J Summer Fashion Show 2016
marked Jessica Minh Anh’s 14th highly successful showcase since her
history-making catwalk on London’s Tower Bridge. The queen of catwalk
stunts, who has continuously captured the world’s attention with her
theatrical productions, has already started planning the next
phenomenon in the United States. “I believe the most outstanding
creations should be showcased at the best of locations with
exceptional catwalk concepts. I’m determined to make it a reality
every time” said Jessica Minh Anh.
Youth decry of
Oplan Rody, says its unjust and impracticable
By Samahan ng Progresibong
June 15, 2016
A recently established youth organization expressed “deep concern” on
the ongoing police operations in several cities in Metro Manila. They
claim that Oplan Rody which enforces anti-vice, decency and curfew
decrees “shows utter disregard to realities” of an evolving and
booming metropolis and will “harken back to the darker days of our
The Samahan ng Progresibong
Kabataan or SPARK argued that Oplan Rody as well as the various city
council resolutions has failed to account major societal changes in
the country today making hundreds of thousands of enrolled, working
and even out-of-school youth automatic prey to the absolutist and
The young activists are
calling for the immediate end of Oplan Rody until city councils modify
their resolutions and take into consideration the realities of
present-day conditions, lay down the mechanisms that will safeguard
the youth from human rights abuses possibly by law enforcement units
and more importantly address the societal roots of petty crime.
K-12 and the education
“With the dismal preparation
and implementation of the K-12 program and only a handful of schools
“K-12 ready” because of the shortage of classrooms exacerbated by the
insufficient budget, the K-12 ready schools are congested and will
require the employment of shifts reaching up to 9pm to accommodate all
enrollees,” said Joanne Lim, leader of SPARK in the University of the
Philippines, Diliman campus.
She further explained that,
“Chances of these students going beyond the curfew will also be
amplified with the upcoming monsoon rains and expected heavy flooding,
add the lamentable state of the public transportation system and road
networks which will all contribute to the longer travel time from
The activists also raised
the issue of working students, who are more likely to be scheduled to
work on graveyard shifts so as not to collide with the class
“Even the Labor department’s
Special Program of Employment for Students (SPES), mandated under
Republic Act No. 9547 allows students as young as fifteen to be
employed so that the deserving may continue studying. This again is
contrary to the unrealistic curfew hours employed by various city
councils,” Lim pointed out.
More space for human rights
The group is wary that even
the “seemingly harmless” sudden checks of identification cards of
youngsters are “hauntingly similar to the Martial Law days wherein
police have the prerogative to demand details from people”.
Lim insisted that these
police operations should be supervised and implemented by
professionals such as social workers and officers from the PNP Women
and Children Protection Center since it concerns minors.
She fears that, “if the
implementation of these ordinances are not properly regulated, too
much power may be given to the police force and this can be taken
advantage of if put in the wrong hands”.
“Operations against petty
crimes, aside from having the poor most susceptible, also fail to
address the roots of these social ills and will only lead to a growing
cycle of poverty and crime. Rather than solving the problem of
criminality from its source by taking steps to alleviate poverty, the
steps taken are those which hold the poor most vulnerable and leave
the most responsible and those in power free from repercussion,” Lim
SPARK likewise called on all
freedom loving citizens specially the media and human rights
institutions to be extra vigilant “especially as it appears that a
police-state is what awaits the country under the administration of
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, who has risen to power on a platform
myths on Renewable Energy with The Solar Rooftop Challenge
June 15, 2016
MANILA – On the eve
of the start of the comprehensive government energy policy review, and
proving that the incoming rainy season is not an impediment to fully
embrace solar energy, Greenpeace launched the Solar Rooftop Challenge,
an aggressive information campaign that highlights the potentials of
producing solar energy in the Philippines.
The Solar Rooftop Challenge
highlights the benefits of using solar and busts misguided notions
that hinder individuals and companies from taking it up by showcasing
existing solar rooftop installations of urban middle class households,
celebrities, churches, schools, government buildings and private
establishments, and through sharing empowering stories of people who
have joined the solar rooftop revolution in the country.
"Today, we are launching the
Solar Rooftop Challenge to create a platform for the young and urban
Filipinos to join the discussion on renewable energy, particularly the
use of solar energy. At the same time that the young, hip and trendy
Filipinos are ‘arriving’, so is the use of solar energy,” explained
Reuben Muni, Climate and Energy Campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast
The launch event featured
informative lectures and discussions by Obet Verzola, author of the
book Crossing Over: the Energy Transition to Renewable Energy and
Executive Director of Center for Renewable Electricity Strategies
(CREST), and Dann Diez, Executive Director of Sustainable Energy and
Enterprise Development for Communities, who presented data and
experiences showing that solar energy installation is affordable,
accessible and more cost-effective in the long run.
The launch also unveiled the
video series Juana Solar Busts a Myth in Minutes, which features
celebrity advocates Saab Magalona, Yam Concepcion and Dingdong Dantes
busting the myths surrounding the use of solar energy. The videos
debunk the myths that solar energy is expensive, unreliable,
impractical, uneconomic, and beyond the reach of the average Filipino.
The Solar Rooftop Challenge
also happens at the same time that the Philippine government is
starting its comprehensive review of the country's energy policy in
order to reduce dependence on coal and come up with a national
framework for a just transition to renewable energy and a low-carbon
“By showing that many
Filipinos across the country have already made the switch to solar
energy, we are sending a message to the incoming Duterte
Administration to take to heart this energy policy review and listen
to the clamor of many more Filipinos who want clean and renewable
sources of electricity for their homes, offices, and businesses,”
By telling empowering
stories, the Solar Rooftop Challenge showed that the solar revolution
is already happening in many parts of the country - from a
solar-powered church, to solar-powered schools, malls, and many
households. It aims to serve as a platform for the thousands of
Filipinos who have already embraced the solar revolution to show and
tell their stories as well as exchange and share ideas and information
to persuade other people who are keen on taking up the challenge of
producing their own clean and renewable electricity from their
“The stories will show
energy independence through solar energy. We will break the myths
surrounding renewable energy and create a powerful testament on its
practicality, cost-effectiveness, and reliability to propel the
Philippines to a future powered by clean and sustainable energy,” Muni
learning resource donation from Asia Foundation
June 13, 2016
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a premier Maritime Training and
Research institution and an attached agency of the Department of Labor
and Employment (DOLE) located at Brgy. 97 Cabalawan was one of the
recipients of donations of books from The Asia Foundation which is one
of the number of agencies that grant book assistance to support
institutions in both private and government entities.
Last May 12, 2016 two (2)
boxes containing eighty eight (88) books in different titles arrived
NMP as a part of the yearly allotted donation granted by the Asia
Foundation. The donation was made possible through the Asia Foundation
Coordinator, Mr. Reynaldo Ocampo and Ms. Maria Chona B. Rama, Head of
the Learning Resource Section (LRS) of the NMP.
Almost three (3) years have
gone when the super typhoon Haiyan or locally known as Yolanda struck
Tacloban City in where seventeen (17) buildings inside the NMP
premises have been destroyed or damaged along with the training
equipment submerged in sea water, and the agency's library containing
valuable maritime books, videotapes and a number of technical
reference materials were destroyed or heavily damaged resulted the
stoppage of the course offerings of the agency during that year until
1st semester of the succeeding year.
Since then it has been a
part of the agency's action plan through its Learning Resource Section
(LRS) to seek books and other reference materials for donations from
other maritime institutions and agencies in addition to acquisitions
funded from its budget.
The donated books is a big
help to the NMP in its continuous efforts to rebuild its library and
to support the clientele - the Filipino Seafarers.