Cesar Idio, assistant division commander, 8ID assisted by Col
Jose Narciso, chief, GSMO pinned medals and award certificate to
the winners of the Squad Challenge 2016 at Headquarters 8ID,
Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City on July 15, 2016.
63rd IB tops 8ID
squad challenge 2016
By DPAO, 8ID PA
July 18, 2016
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan,
Samar – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army
culminated its five-day Squad Challenge 2016 during the Flag Retreat
ceremony here, July 18.
This event is a prelude to
the 28th Founding Anniversary of the Command and was participated by
rifle squads from 14th Infantry (Avenger) Battalion; 20th Infantry (We
Lead) Battalion; 43rd Infantry (We Search) Battalion; 63rd Infantry
(Innovator) Battalion; 78th (Warrior) Battalion; 87th Infantry (Hinirang)
Battalion; and the three Division Reconnaissance Companies.
Major General Jet B
Velarmino AFP, Commander, 8ID was represented by Col. Cesar M Idio,
Assistant Division Commander, 8ID as keynote speaker and further
administered the awarding of prices to the winners assisted by Col.
Jose H Narciso, Chief, Governance and Strategy Management Office and
Lt. Col Peter Burgonio, Acting Assistant Chief of Staff for
The competition was divided
into five phases: Individual Readiness; Battle Drills; Formation and
Movement Techniques; Disaster and Rescue Operation; and Bayanihan Team
For the infantry battalion
contingents, the champion is awarded to 63rd IB for being the best
rifle squad and the Second placer is awarded to Alpha Company, 43rd IB,
while the Third placer is awarded to Alpha Company 78th IB.
Special awards were also
given by the Command for the following: Best Squad in Individual
Readiness is awarded to Charlie Company, 63rd IB; Best Squad in
Formation and Movement Techniques is awarded to Charlie Company, 87th
IB; Best Squad in Battle Drills is awarded to Charlie Company 63rd IB;
Best Squad in BTA and DRO is awarded to Alpha Company, 43rd IB.
Moreover, for the winners of
Division Reconnaissance Companies category: the Champion is awarded to
81st DRC as the Best DRC and the Second placer, 82nd DRC; while the
Third placer is awarded to 83rd DRC.
All participants who have
strived for excellence, along with all the winners were able to
received trophies, medals and cash rewards during the awarding
ceremony in the Division.
In a message of Major
General Jet B Velarmino, AFP that was delivered by Col Cesar M Idio,
said, “This Squad Challenge is a test of our skills and collective
effort to adopt in real combat situations.” Subsequently, this is in
adherence to the Commanding General, Philippine Army’s guidance to
maintain our squad’s permanency being the cutting edge of the Army.
Business for Education launch industry-based career site
July 18, 2016
MAKATI CITY –
Education technology startup Edukasyon.ph and the Philippine Business
for Education has signed a Memorandum of Agreement to seal its joint
commitment to provide industry-based information on careers for high
school students through the "Career Conversations" section of the
“We are excited with this
partnership with the Philippine Business for Education that will help
in delivering job market and education information needed to make
informed career and education decisions. Through these joint efforts
with industry associations, we believe that we are able to guide
students in what industries expect from them as jobseekers and what
they need to know to prepare for these jobs,” said Linartes M. Viloria,
Edukasyon.ph is a website (www.edukasyon.ph)
that empowers students by giving them choice, advice and convenience
in discovering, selecting and applying to the school that will best
equip them for their dream career. The Philippine Business for
Education maintains FutureYou, a free online career exploration tool
that provides you information needed to be able to get the right
opportunity where a student’s passions, skills, and interests can be
turned into a great job and a great future. The two sites have agreed
to combine its online efforts through Edukasyon.ph’s Career
“Deciding on what you want
to be when you grow up is a difficult decision a high school student
has to make. Without the right industry information on careers and the
world of work, students will find themselves confused on the education
they need to have to prepare for their dream careers. Through these
collaborative efforts with the Philippine Business for Education we
can deliver to students job information that they can understand and
appreciate for better career decision making,” said Henry Motte-Muñoz,
Under the partnership
students can check out Edukasyon’s Career Conversations portal (http://edukasyon.ph/en/career_conversations) where they can find a
variety of careers they can choose and read about. This section
includes hard-to-fill and most popular jobs, job descriptions,
entry-level salaries for these jobs and the requisite education for
“It is our dream that every
Filipino student gets a quality and relevant education that leads to a
career. This partnership brings us closer to realizing that dream and
ensuring that young people get better chances to employment,” said
Henry Motte-Muñoz, Founder, Edukasyon.ph.
At the joint site, students
can discover the recommended senior high tracks, college courses, and
technical vocational education for these selected careers. To give
them first hand information on preparations for their career journey
in these jobs, students can watch Career Conversation videos of
professionals in different industries.
Duterte told to end
‘coal addiction’ in the Philippines
July 15, 2016
MANILA – Climate
advocates today asked the Duterte administration to ban new coal
projects and prioritize the national energy policy review that was
launched by the Climate Change Commission last month.
Representatives of local
church groups and national climate networks renewed their calls to
stop the proposed 600-megawatt coal plant of JG Summit in the city and
to review the existing Renewable Energy (RE) Law, more than a month
after the 10,000-strong Piglas Batangas, Piglas Pilipinas anti-coal
march last May 4 in Batangas City.
In the forum “Prospects for
the Fight Against Dirty Energy Under the Duterte Administration,”
representatives of Piglas Pilipinas, a nationwide campaign for the
Philippines to break free from fossil fuels, shared insights on the
current anti-coal struggle in the Philippines.
Former Batangas City
Councilor Kristine Balmes, who is also a member of the Lipa
Archdiocesan Ministry for the Environment (AMEn), underlined the
efforts of different sectors, including the Roman Catholic Church, in
the ongoing struggles against coal projects.
“In Batangas City, a recent
decision by the City Council has allowed the construction of a
600-megawatt coal plant near the Verde Island Passage, a center of
marine biodiversity in the country and the world,” Balmes said.
“Despite this, the community as well as people from civil society and
the Church, continue to be vigilant in its opposition against the
project and has recently found an ally with the provincial governor
who has vowed to oppose the project.”
Meanwhile, Ian Rivera of
Philippine Movement for Climate Justice' (PMCJ) noted that while there
are 29 proposed power plants adding to the 15 already existing in the
country, a number of significant developments have been achieved by
the anti-coal resistance in the country.
“With the Climate Change
Commission subjecting proposed coal projects to reviews within the
coming 6 months, as well as the pro-renewable energy pronouncements
expressed by the newly-elected President and his Environment Secretary
Gina Lopez, we can say that the movement for a more sustainable,
people-centered energy system is only getting stronger,” said Rivera.
According to Rivera, in
order for the Philippines – one of the most vulnerable countries to
the impacts of climate change – to keep its intended
nationally-determined contribution (INDC) to reduce emissions and
combat climate change, it must begin the transition away from the
largest contributor of global warming-inducing greenhouse gas: carbon
dioxide, which comes mainly from coal.
The Philippine government
has pledged to reduce its emissions by 70% by 2030 in its INDC, but
this pledge is dependent on international climate financing and other
support mechanisms. According to the civil society network Aksyon
Klima Pilipinas, the Philippine government should not only offer
conditional pledges, but should also offer unconditional targets based
on its fair share of the global efforts.
"We support the Philippine
INDC, however we call on the government to show seriousness on the
targets by defining the extent of what the country can do on its own
and what more it can do when enabled. Marching orders should be issued
to all agencies to adjust plans, projects, programs and activities,
with meaningful consultations with, and participation of, all
stakeholders to make sure that we are on target by 2030," said Ruel
Cabile, Aksyon Klima Pilipinas national coordinator.
Another highlight of the
forum tackled the global shift from fossil-fuels to renewable energy
that is currently gaining momentum as the largest financial
institutions are starting to dump coal from their investment
portfolios and moving their investments to renewable energy, causing
the bankruptcy of the world’s largest coal companies, such as Peabody
Energy, the world’s largest private-sector coal producer, which filed
for bankruptcy in April 2016, as well as Arch Coal, which owns the
second-largest U.S. coal reserves behind Peabody, and which filed for
bankruptcy in January 2016.
The Norges Bank Investment
Management has also denied Aboitiz Power and other coal companies
access to its Government Pension Fund Global, the world’s largest
sovereign fund worth US$ 850 billion, as a result of coordinated
campaigning between local and international movements that are calling
on institutions to Immediately freeze any new investments in fossil
According to Gerry Arances
of Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED), the
international movement is increasingly shifting public opinion against
the proliferation of coal projects across the globe, “In the past few
years, many countries, like Norway, Denmark and even the United
States, have stopped funding coal projects as a response to the
growing pressure from grassroots movements.”
“A recent study from Oxford
University has found that coal power plants are more and more becoming
'stranded assets,' meaning they are likely to be kept running in spite
of the technology being obsolete and unprofitable economically,”
Arances stated. “This means that while renewable energy sources are
increasingly becoming affordable, countries like the Philippines will
end up being bound to an outdated, costly and destructive energy
source,” he continued.
“We should not subject
Filipino consumers to this costly and dirty energy,” Arances asserted.
The Philippines is at a
crossroads as to whether it will pursue the previous government’s
high-carbon path, or change course to tap the large potential of
renewable energy in the country and align itself in accordance with
its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming
to below 1.5 degrees. The challenge lies in engaging all levels of
government and business, to be able to push for the common goal of
shifting power away from coal, and moving it towards renewable energy
that benefits both people and the planet.
The forum was held at the
monthly Kamayan Forum organized by Green Convergence for Safe Food,
Healthy Environment and Sustainable Economy together with Sanib Lakas
para sa Inang Kalikasan.
and dental consultation during the Peace Caravan at Brgy.
Buglosan, Las Navas, Northern Samar on July 6, 2016.
433 populace in Las
Navas help out by 20IB through peace caravan
By 20th Infantry Battalion,
July 14, 2016
CATUBIG, Northern Samar
– The 20th Infantry “We Lead” Battalion in collaboration with the
Provincial Health Office (PHO) and Department of Health (DOH) of
Northern Samar, LGU-Las Navas and other government agencies has
spearheaded the conduct of “Peace Caravan” held in Barangay Bugtosan,
Las Navas, Northern Samar on July 6, 2016.
The objective of this
activity is to deliver the basic services to the geographically
isolated barangays of Bugtosan, Bugay and Lourdes, all of Las Navas.
Numerous recipients benefited in the services such as 208 on medical
consultation, 37 on tooth extraction, 38 babies on immunization and
150 children on feeding program.
Correspondingly, they also
conducted film showing and consultative dialogues on land titling and
environmental protection while the “Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan” (PAMANA)
gave updates on the progress on infrastructure projects, skills
developmental training, and delivery of social welfare and services.
Also included in the caravan
are Lt. Col. Hilarion G. Palma, Battalion Commander of 20IB together
with the Bayanihan Teams; Dr. Rommel Francisco MD; Dr. Alexander
Lucban MD; Dr. Ricardo B. Bocar; Dr. Ma. Teresita Fe Saises of
Provincial Health Office of Northern Samar; Elmer Siervo of 803rd
Press Corps; SPO4 Romeo Acedera of PNP- Las Navas; Ecel Bantilo of
OPAPP; Melba Arino of DENR; Engr. Gil D. Herrera Jr of DPWH; Yolly
Pajenado of TESDA-LNHS, and Mercy A. Castillo of Provincial Social
Welfare and Development.
Dr. Francisco of DOH has
expressed his deep gratitude to the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers)
Division, Philippine Army especially to 20th Infantry (We Lead)
Battalion for bringing the services to the people. While Hon. Brgy
Capt. Roliza Ambon remarked “I can’t find the right words to express
our appreciation to the Philippine Army who have helped us a lot in a
convergence through the Peace Caravan.”
Lt. Col. Palma said “Your
soldiers had transformed as peace builders and made a difference in
the lives of those vulnerable including those in dire need of
government basic services”.
“The Philippine Army is an
institution that promotes good governance and excellence in public
service. We are composed of servant soldiers and effective partners of
local government units and civil society organizations with coequal
obligation to serve the people and secure the land,” Palma added.
8ID mountain bike
trail challenge ride for a cause
By DPAO, 8ID PA
July 13, 2016
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan,
Samar – A trail bike challenge of the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers)
Division, Philippine Army draws support from the local populace of
Eastern Visayas held at Buri Air-Strip, CAAP, Brgy Cabugawan,
Catbalogan City, Samar on July 10 2016.
It was participated by the
contingents from 801st Infantry (Bantay at Gabay) Brigade headed by
Col Perfecto M Rimando, Brigade Commander; 802nd Infantry (Peerless)
Brigade represented by Lt. Col. Allan Jose L Taguba and 803rd
(Peacemaker) Brigade headed by Col. Mario S Lacurom, Brigade
Commander; Samar Off-Road Bikers Association (SORBA) from Calbayog
City; Samar Mountain Bikers Association (SAMBA) from Catbalogan City;
Philippine Coast Guard; Philippine National Police; and other
The event is divided into
two categories. For the female category, the winners are: 2nd
Lieutenant Angelyn Samaniego - 1st Place; 1st Lieutenant Hiesa Obispo
- 2nd Place; Angela Kyla Saranillo - 3rdPlace; 2nd Lieutenant Jane
Buenaventura - 4th Place; and Liezel Gonzaga - 5th Place.
For the male category, the
winners are: Mark Abay - 1st Place; Reynold Bestiola - 2nd Place;
Corporal Marlon Raquel - 3rd Place; Private First Class VirgilioTamayo
- 4th Place; and Private First Class Ritchie Calamba - 5thPlace.
A special award is also
given to the number 28 finisher in the person of Staff Sergeant
Cristobal Movella significantly because it represents the 28th
founding anniversary of 8ID. Moreover, the number 8 finisher, 2nd
Lieutenant Julius Sabas received a medal because it represents the
The MTB Riders joined the
ride to support the cause of the "8ID Kawal Foundation" in extending
financial assistance to our noble soldiers who enormously sacrificed
their lives to preserve the peace in our community and protect the
people. The participants rode for fun and experienced the challenges
brought by the muddy, stony and single-track trails composed of uphill
and downhill, with stunning landscapes and scenery of the Island of
Buri. The activity was an opportunity to develop camaraderie between
civilians and military as well as to bring people together to create a
powerful, united voice for biking and its benefits.
"When you sign up for the
Stormtroopers Trail Bike Challenge, you become a hero for helping our
soldiers in the frontlines," Maj. Gen. Velarmino said.
DAR: Keep gate open
By JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
July 13, 2016
TACLOBAN CITY – As
the newly-installed Secretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform
(DAR) broke the padlock and opened the gate at the central office that
had been closed for 14 years, Regional Director Sheila Enciso ordered
also on Monday to keep the gate at the regional office open.
During the flag raising
ceremony Enciso ordered to keep the gate open during office hours to
make stakeholders of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP)
According to her, Secretary
Rafael Mariano instructed DAR officials and employees to welcome
clients, especially farmers coming to our office and see to it that
their queries are properly attended.
The opening of gate is more
than a symbolic act to the Secretary’s open door policy, Enciso said.
“He wants us to break the
barriers between DAR and its stakeholders and have a productive
dialogue with protesting farmers instead,” Enciso added.