DILG to public:
Start disaster preparedness in your own homes
July 12, 2016
TACLOBAN CITY – This
National Disaster Consciousness Month, Interior and Local Government
Secretary Ismael D. Sueno urges the public to start disaster
preparedness in their own families and homes.
"Ang tamang paghahanda ay
nagsisimula sa lebel ng mga kabahayan. Huwag tayong maging kampante at
huwag ipagpabukas ang paghahanda. Ramdam na natin ang malalakas na
pag-ulan at hangin," said Sueno.
"More than anybody else,
families should know their roles and understand practical tips in
disaster preparedness, that is why we have the Gabay at Mapa para sa
Listong Pamilyang Pilipino," he added.
The Gabay at Mapa is a
family guide to action before, during and after a disaster. It
requires families to make a household plan determining their
evacuation routes, family meeting points, and safe places in their
"To learn more about Gabay
at Mapa and other Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programs of the DILG,
an exhibit is open for public viewing in the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center
lobby in Quezon City this July, the National Disaster Consciousness
Month. It showcases a variety of informative reference materials and
illustrations on DRR," said Sueno.
On the other hand, DILG
Undersecretary for Local Government Austere A. Panadero said, "Ang DRR
exhibit tulad nito ay kailangan upang magsilbing paalala kung anu-ano
ang dapat gampanan ng bawat isa; at pakiusap ay ikuwento niyo rin sa
inyong mga kapitbahay kung paano maghanda sa lindol, baha, bagyo at
iba pang sakuna."
Local Government Academy (LGA)
Executive Director Marivel C. Sacendoncillo pointed out that disaster
preparedness is everyone's business and a shared responsibility. "Ang
sakuna ay walang pinipiling kasarian, edad, at katayuan sa buhay.
Lahat ay dapat maging maalam at handa. Subalit mahalagang unahin natin
ang kaligtasan ng mga may kapansanan, senior citizens at mga bata.”
The NDRRMC through the
Office of Civil Defense (OCD) launches this year's observance of the
National Disaster Consciousness Month with the theme "Kahandaan at
Pagtugon sa Sakuna, Tungkulin ng Bawat Isa".
DILG in Eastern Visayas
likewise joined in the launching and exhibit last July 4, 2016. The
program started with a mass at the Leyte provincial capitol, followed
by a motorcade around downtown Tacloban City and nearby areas. DILG
Tacloban City Director Atty. Darwin Bibar in his welcome speech in
behalf of Regional Director Pedro A. Noval Jr., mentioned the efforts
of the agency to promote disaster preparedness among LGUs, communities
and households themselves.
DILG highlighted in its
exhibit the features and procedures in Operation Listo, projects
completed under DILG- Recovery Assistance on Yolanda (RAY), Build Back
Better Operations Manual produced with the Australian Volunteers for
International Development (AVID), the coffee table book on After
Yolanda, and various technical assistance by the department on DRRM
and Climate Change Adaptation.
OCD announced that this
year's theme highlights the core intention of this annual observance
to make people own DRR a personal responsibility and that surviving,
outlasting the ravages of any hazard and making communities resilient
is a duty of every Filipino.
Executive Order 137 s. 1999
declares the month of July of every year as the National Disaster
Consciousness Month which aims to increase the awareness of every
Filipino on natural and man-made disasters for a better appreciation
of the government's disaster preparedness programs.
Inc. receives new permit to export into Paraguay, plans New Latin
Global Cannabis Industry
continues gaining ground in Central and South America
July 5, 2016
SAN DIEGO, CA –
Medical Marijuana, Inc. announced today that the Paraguay government
has issued a new import permit for the Company's flagship product Real
Scientific Hemp Oil (RSHO) for a new patient in the country. The
Company also announced its plans to further expand into Latin America
as the cannabis industry continues gaining ground in the region and as
demand for its products increase.
The Paraguay government
granted the country's first-ever import permit for RSHO in May 2016,
which marked the third country in Latin America, after Brazil and
Mexico to approve Medical Marijuana, Inc.'s cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil
for indications including epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and chronic
pain. RSHO also has 12 medical product registrations in Puerto Rico.
"We are thrilled to hear the
news that the Paraguay government has issued another import permit for
a suffering child, so soon after its government granted the first-ever
import just a month ago," states Dr. Stuart Titus, Chief Executive
Officer of Medical Marijuana, Inc. "As evident with other countries we
ship our products to, demand increases once the word spreads. We
expect demand to continue to increase in Paraguay, and in the other
countries that are receiving shipments of RSHO."
Medical Marijuana, Inc. also
announced its plans to further expand into the Latin America
marketplace, and that the Company is working on opening a fourth new
Latin American market. Currently, Medical Marijuana, Inc.'s RSHO
products are shipping to more than 40 countries.
"We're excited about the
opportunity to get our products to more patients in Latin America and
throughout the world," added Dr. Titus. "The medical marijuana
industry is experiencing significant growth in South and Central
American countries as a shift in public attitudes, legislative
development, and a greater awareness of cannabis' medicinal properties
continues. As more and more countries come on board, our Company is
ready to provide them with the products they need to help patients who
have been suffering too long."
Construction of Slope Protection along Biliran Circumferential
Road, K1029+800-K1029+900, K1030+050-K1030+100,
K1030+150-K1030+300, K1036+100-K1036+390 under contract with MAC
Builders with a contract cost of P41,782,330.92. As of June 30,
2016, it has an accomplishment of 40% with -20% slippage. Other
than the slope protection structure, concrete paving of widened
shoulders and construction of concrete canal are included in the
project. This section of the road is prone to landslide, hence
prioritized for slope protection.
Biliran DEO posts
77.06% of the 2016 infrastructure projects
By ROSARIO B. ROSETE
July 5, 2016
DPWH-Biliran District Engineering Office (BDEO), is still in full
swing in the implementation of its FY 2016 Infrastructure Projects. As
of June 30, 2016, out of 66 lined-up projects of BDEO, 53 projects
were already completed while 9 projects are on-going which includes
road widening, flood control, multi-purpose building, water supply
projects, multi-purpose pavement, concrete pathway and many others.
District Engineer, David P.
Adongay Jr. revealed that there are still 4 projects which are not yet
started under the 2016 Regular Infrastructure Projects. These are the
repair of Biliran Bridge (B00057BR) along Leyte-Biiliran Road, Repair
of Bilwang Bridge (B00058BR) along Biliran Circumferential Road,
Repair of Looc Bridge (B00035BR) along Biliran Circumferential Road
and Repair of Cabibihan Bridge (B00027BR) along Biliran
Circumferential Road. Engr. Adongay said that the remaining projects
were already Bid Out and with Notice to Proceed.
To date, the district has an
overall actual accomplishment of 77.06% with a negative slippage of
4.91%. The negative slippage came about because of the slight delay in
the project implementation of Construction of Slope protection along
Biliran Circumferential Road. Nevertheless, the overall accomplishment
is still high considering the onset of rainy days.
This is in consensus with
the policy of the Department to implement the right project with the
right cost determined through competitive and transparent public
bidding with the right quality in accordance with international
standards delivered at the right time through close monitoring of
project implementation carried out by the right people who are
competent and uphold the values of professionalism, integrity,
excellence, public service and teamwork.
With all these projects,
indeed Biliran DEO is lucky enough to be able to uphold the goals and
policies of the Department under the leadership of District Engineer
David P. Adongay, Jr, DPA on its commitment to selfless public service
through proper implementation of the district’s projects.
combined efforts of the ICRC, the PRC Marawi Chapter, the local
government unit, and other nongovernment organizations made
possible the distribution of emergency food rations, essential
household items, and hygiene kits to more than 2,300
conflict-affected families, most of them displaced since
February from six barangays in Lanao del Sur.
(BY-NC-ND / ICRC /
Aid for 12,500
displaced people in Lanao del Sur
July 4, 2016
MANILA – The
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) expresses its concern
for thousands of people from Butig, Lanao del Sur, who remain
displaced following clashes between government forces and an armed
group in late May to early June.
“Thousands of civilians in
Butig were forced to flee their homes in February, when the first
clashes began. Some were able to return in April, and just when they
started planting a new crop, they were forced to flee their homes
again in May, when hostilities resumed,” said Dominic Earnshaw, head
of the ICRC office in Cotabato.
“Now many of the displaced
are living with relatives and depend heavily on their kin and the
authorities, as they are still too afraid to go back home. Civilian
houses were also destroyed in the fighting. We ask all sides in the
conflict to exercise utmost precaution to protect civilians and their
property,” he added.
Between June 8 and July 2, the ICRC, together with the Philippine Red
Cross (PRC), provided food and household items to around 12,500 people
displaced from Butig. The distributions took place in Butig and
neighboring Lumbayanague municipalities as well as in Marawi City. The
ICRC-PRC assistance augmented the aid provided by the government and
helped families meet their basic needs.
Each displaced family
received 25 kilograms of rice, 12 tins of sardines, 2 liters of
cooking oil, 2 liters of soy sauce, 2 kilograms of sugar, 500 grams of
salt, and essential household items including two blankets, two
mosquito nets, one sleeping mat, and one hygiene kit.
Prior to its relief
operation in Butig, the ICRC conducted its own assessments and
coordinated closely with community leaders, the Department of Social
Welfare and Development, and nongovernment organizations.
The ICRC is a neutral,
impartial, and independent humanitarian organization whose mandate is
to protect and assist people affected by armed conflict and other
situations of violence. It has had an established presence in the
Philippines for more than 70 years and a permanent presence in
Mindanao since 1982.
construction of gym at Barangay Julita, Biliran. The project was
completed on April 16, 2016 under Infraserve Builders and
Supplies with a contract cost of P2,874,984.00. This was
prioritized by the Representative of the Lone District of
Biliran as per request of the Barangay Captain of the place. The
completion of project will give the people of the Barangay a
place to hold different activities and programs without being
exposed to harsh weather conditions.
completes the various phases for construction of gymnasiums
July 4, 2016
BILIRAN – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) is fortunate to have implemented and
completed (9) nine various barangay and municipal Gymnasiums (Phase I)
under the 2016 Local Infrastructure Program just in time before the
onset of rainy season. Now, municipalities and even barangays can now
enjoy their sports activities and festivities inside the covered court
without being exposed to harsh weather conditions.
The completed projects are
the Construction of Gym Phase 1 at Brgy. Palanay, Caibiran, Biliran
worth P2M, Construction of Gym at Brgy. Balaquid, Cabucgayan, Biliran
(P3.5M), Construction of Gym Phase 1 at Brgy. Palanay, Caibiran,
Biliran (P2M), Construction of Gym at Brgy. Poblacion Kawayan, Biliran
(P4M) and Construction of Gym at Brgy. Julita, Biliran worth P3M.
Another three recipients for
the completed gymnasiums can now also be enjoyed by the residents in
three Barangays of the Municipality of Naval. One in Brgy. Atipolo Gym
Phase II worth P2M, Gym Phase III at Brgy. Sto. Niño (P2M) and Gym
Phase IV at Brgy. Agpangi worth P2M.
Moreover, the P1M
Construction of Covered Plaza at Brgy. San Roque, Culaba, Biliran,
Phase I is now also ready for use which will benefit more or less 600
The final phases of the
projects are prioritized under the FY 2017 National Expenditure
Program (NEP). DPWH-Biliran DEO will continue to uphold its mission
and vision, to uplift the people’s standard of living and empower them
through infrastructures and public service.
workshop sheds light to areas for improvement, lauds top 3 stills
By ARDEL S. MALANOG
June 28, 2016
CALBAYGOG CITY – With
the aim of improving the quality of works produced by the Public
Information Office of each district, delegates from different District
Engineering Offices (DEO) in Region 8 assembled at Marju Krisel Hotel
and Restaurant, Calbayog City, Samar last June 9-10, 2016, for the
first PIO Conference cum Workshop of Fiscal Year 2016.
Mr. Nheru Veraflor, former
editor at Sun Star Cebu, discussed Beyond Basic Photography and
Newsletter Production. Focusing on photograph compositions, a topic
which the resource speaker considers to be a basic requisite in
photography, Mr. Veraflor discussed how to catch the audience
attention by photographing subjects at view points distinctive to what
is commonly seen in the morning of June 9.
In the afternoon, the
delegates were sent out to the field to cover four of Samar First
DEO’s Infrastructure Projects. Among the projects covered are the
ongoing Replacement of Sta. Margarita Bridge along Brgy. Monbon, Sta.
Margarita, completed portion of Calbayog Diversion Road leading to
Rawis Fair Market, Calbayog City, completed Flood Control Project at
Brgy. Oquendo, Calbayog City and ongoing Construction of a Two Storey
School Building at Trinidad National High School, Brgy. Trinidad,
Morning of June 10, 2016,
the delegates reconvened for the critiquing of their photos. Each
photographer was asked to present his best photo among the pictures he
took during the photography workshop. While critiquing, various
concerns about the use of photos crop out. Most prominent of which is
the concern about using project documentation pictures in press
releases. It was agreed that pictures used in PRs must first and
foremost be able to catch the readers’ interest. Mr. Veraflor also
cited tips on how to improve the photos which were presented.
At the end of the
critiquing, photos of the ongoing Bridge Replacement at Brgy. Monbon,
Sta. Margarita presented by Michael Guatlo of Leyte 4th DEO and
Analiza Pabia of Northern Samar 1st DEO and the completed Flood
Control Structure at Brgy. Oquendo, Calbayog City photo of Keith Albao
of Southern Leyte DEO were lauded by Mr. Veraflor as the top three
stills of the workshop.
Officials of Samar First DEO takes a picture with the newly
designated OIC Assistant Regional Director Virgilio Eduarte.
DPWH Samar 1st key
officials turn-over positions to new leaders
By ARDEL S. MALANOG
June 27, 2016
CALBAYOG CITY – In
line with the Special Orders signed by the Honorable Secretary Rogelio
L. Singson dated May 18, 2016 directing Samar 1st District Engineer
Virgilio C. Eduarte and Assistant District Engineer Alvin A. Ignacio
to new offices, an official turn-over of positions was held recently
at Department of Public Works and Highways – Samar First District
Engineering Office (DPWH-SFDEO).
With the reassignment of DE
Eduarte as Officer-in-charge for the Office of Assistant Regional
Director (OIC-ARD), he turned-over his position to ADE Ignacio,
designated Officer-In-Charge for the Office of the District Engineer
of SFDEO by virtue of Special Order No. 62, series of 2016.
Correspondingly, ADE Ignacio
turned-over his position to Engr. Loreto M. Cedro who now assumes as
SFDEO OIC-ADE by virtue of Special Order No. 63, Series of 2016. The
occasion was attended by all SFDEO Section Chiefs and other guests.
SFDEO personnel gathered at
the Samar 1st Multi-Purpose Hall for the Turn-over Ceremony and
Send-Off Party. Ms. Ma. Nenita Y. Gomez, Chief of the Administrative
Section, officially opened the program.
During his turn-over speech,
OIC-ARD Eduarte challenged the new key officials of SFDEO to continue
what he had started and to take the District into greater heights. He
also reminded them to continue learning as it is a powerful tool that
could aide them to become better leaders. OIC-DE Ignacio humbly
accepted both the position and the challenge.
OIC-DE Ignacio in his
turn-over speech promised to provide OIC-ADE Cedro all the
opportunities which the former was provided when he was still the ADE
of OIC-ARD Eduarte. In turn, OIC-ADE Cedro promised to lend his full
support to OIC-DE Ignacio in his acceptance speech.
Another highlight of the
program was the giving of testimonials about the former DE. Selected
SFDEO personnel who worked closely with OIC-ARD Eduarte delivered
messages of gratitude and felicitations. Most emotional of all was Mr.
Policarpio Delgado Jr. who is one of the closest friends of OIC-ARD
Eduarte in his ten years stay at SFDEO.
Production numbers to honor
OIC-ARD Eduarte were rendered by different sections all throughout the
program. Likewise, permanent SFDEO personnel headed by the Section
Chiefs delivered a chorale production of a Florante hit, Handog.
Engr. Joanna C. Calagos,
Assistant Chief of the Construction Section, officially closed the
program at 7:25 pm.