participates Pag-IBIG FCC 1st General Assembly
By DONNA C. DEBUTTON
July 27, 2016
CALBAYOG CITY –
Pag-IBIG Fund coordinators club (FCC) holds its 1st general assembly
of the current year July 21 hosted by Calbayog City Branch at Marju
Krisel Multi Purpose Hall. The assembly reaches a total number of
ninety five (95) participants from various government agencies
including Local Government Units, Department of Education, Cinemar
Tradings, and District Engineering Offices all over the province
including Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO).
The primary agenda of the
meeting is to update all employee-members of the latest/present status
on the compliance of Electronic Payment and Collection Facilities (EPCF)
and Disbursements, Upgrading of Savings, Pag-IBIG Loyalty Card (Pag-IBIG
ID), lowered interest rates on Short Term and Housing Loans.
Ms. Ma. Carmela P. Cayobit,
Head of Calbayog Member Service Branch (MSB), discussed the assessment
of FCC as of June 2016. While Ms. Czarina Tan, MS I Head, showcases
the details on their newest program which is the extended “Dagdag Ipon
Raffle Promo’’ Loyalty Card that was launched last May 1, 2016 wherein
this can be used as discount card to the partner merchants of Pag-IBIG
like Pure Gold, Petron Gasul, Generic Pharmacy, Davis,Phil Life and
Mr. Edgar Allan Alota, FCC
Officer, facilitates the open forum and answers the clarifications and
queries raised by the participants regarding the discussed topics as
the concluding part of the assembly.
Ms. Herren Villas,
Administrative Assistant II/ Liaison Officer of SFDEO, actively
involves herself on various discussion from the different
personalities and speakers of Pag-IBIG Fund to clarify some focal
points discussed during the meeting as the same will be re-echoed to
her immediate supervisor for the awareness of DPWH-Samar I employees.
welcomes SC TRO on curfew, calls for continued vigilance
July 27, 2016
QUEZON CITY – The
political youth group Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) hailed
the speedy issuance of a temporary restraining order by the Supreme
Court on their petition seeking the cessation of the implementation of
the curfew ordinances of the cities of Manila, Quezon and Navotas.
“We view the intervention of
the High Court as an initial victory since it deemed the controversy
over the implementation of Oplan Rody an urgent matter for judicial
review since it involves the rights of the minors as we have
stipulated in our petition,” said Joanne Lim, spokesperson of SPARK.
The group called the curfew
ordinances “unconstitutional” for it counters present laws as well as
it infringes the constitutional rights of parents in the rearing of
She also added that,
“despite the TRO, we believe that the battle, however, is far from
over. There is so much to be done in advancing the rights and welfare
of the youth. Besides the curfews, SPARK is also adamantly opposed to
maneuvers to lower the age of criminal liability as well as the
continued intrusion of the private sector in state universities and
Lim called on the youth to
remain vigilant and maintain active participation in monitoring and
reporting cases of abuse by persons of authority especially in the
cities and municipalities not covered in the Supreme Court’s TRO.
“We are encouraging everyone
not only students but even their parents to directly get in touch with
us through social media so that we may assist them in whatever way
possible. If there are still any human rights violated through these
curfews, we must take the necessary legal actions till abuses and
victim-blaming is totally eradicated”.
“With immense optimism, we
anticipate that the Supreme Court, as the last bastion of freedom,
democracy and justice, will side with us in the end, Lim concluded.
SC decision on EDCA
reaffirms need to assert sovereignty - Karapatan
July 27, 2016
QUEZON CITY – The
Supreme Court final decision declaring the constitutionality of the
US-PH Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement reaffirms the need for
the Filipino people to continue asserting Philippine sovereignty and
an independent and nationalist foreign policy," Cristina Palabay,
Karapatan secretary general, said in reaction to the recent SC
decision on EDCA.
"The main provisions of EDCA
on agreed locations for US personnel rotational basing and for US
facilities and war materiel will strengthen US influence and control
in the Philippines," Palabay said.
The decision came a day
before the arrival of US Secretary of State John Kerry in the
Philippines, and the promised $42 million US military aid package for
maritime security with the use of PH-China territorial dispute as its
justification. "This whole package also includes funding for the
continuing implementation of US-driven counterinsurgency program Oplan
Bayanihan that resulted to numerous rights violations," Palabay said.
Karapatan said that aside
from the said military aid package, the US gave $243 million to the BS
Aquino regime and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
assistance from the US is meant to cement the geopolitical and
military dominance of the US in the Philippines and in Asia, and
promote and conduct war against the Filipino people thru Oplan
Bayanihan," Palabay said.
Karapatan scored Kerry's
comments during a press conference this afternoon with Foreign Affairs
Secretary on civil and human rights. "It is hypocritical to invoke
so-called rights while US interventionist wars and projects in the
Middle East, Latin America and Asia, the Philippines included, caused
numerous human and people's rights violations."
"We call on Pres. Rodrigo
Duterte to uphold the country's sovereignty and an independent and
nationalist foreign policy by rescinding the EDCA and ending the
US-driven Oplan Bayanihan," Palabay ended.
rejoices for newly promoted officials
By LEVIRESA GETIGAN-BARNIZO
July 27, 2016
CALBAYOG CITY – Employees of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) take pride for their newly appointed District Engineer (DE), Engr. Alvin A. Ignacio, an incumbent Assistant District Engineer (ADE) of SFDEO, and the newly appointed Assistant District Engineer, Engr. Loreto M. Cedro, a native of Surigao del Sur. Effective June 3 & 17, 2016, the said engineers are declared full pledge DE and ADE pursuant to the memoranda released by the DPWH-Head Office, Manila, last June 17, 2016.
A thanksgiving celebration relative to the said promotional appointments is facilitated at SFDEO’s Multi-Purpose Hall wherein all budgetary and job order personnel are invited. Officer-in-charge Assistant Regional Director Virgilio C. Eduarte, a newly installed OIC 2nd official at the DPWH-Regional Office No. VIII, graced the occasion, as he shares the same joy with the newly promoted officials being the former head of SFDEO. In his inspirational message, he encouraged all section chiefs of SFDEO to take promotional exams and to attend relative trainings for them to be promoted as well.
DE Ignacio expressed his deepest gratitude to OIC-ARD Eduarte for all the encouragement and support, and to his family and employees of Samar I, who, in one way or another, contributed to his promotion. He also declared acceptance of the challenges in leading the District Office.
Meanwhile, ADE Cedro thanked
Samar I for the warm welcome as he has just assumed office at SFDEO
last June 6, 2016. He stated full support to DE Ignacio and signified
his intent to strictly observe the policies and guidelines of the
department for the betterment of the District Office. With the team up
of these two gentlemen, employees are optimistic for greater
achievements of Samar I and better working environment.
carbon producers ordered to respond to allegations of human rights
abuses from climate change
By GREENPEACE Southeast Asia
July 27, 2016
MANILA – Companies
responsible for the majority of fossil fuel products that have been
manufactured, marketed, and sold since the industrial revolution and
have contributed the lion’s share of cumulative global emissions of
industrial CO2 and methane, have been ordered to respond to a legal
petition that triggered the first-ever national human rights
investigation concerning climate change.
The Commission on Human
Rights of the Philippines (CHR) today sent copies of the complaint
filed by the Petitioners, including disaster survivors, community
organisations and Greenpeace Southeast Asia, as well as an official
order, to the headquarters of the world’s largest investor-owned
fossil fuel and cement producers. The order enjoins the companies to
submit answers to the Commission within 45 days.
The 47 companies that were
sent the petition and the order to respond to allegations of human
rights abuses resulting from climate change include Chevron,
ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, BHP Billiton, Glencore,
Suncor and ConocoPhillips.
“We’ve been affected for so
long by storms, droughts…by extreme weather, now made worse by climate
change. We just want to live a decent and peaceful life, without fear
and being at the mercy of big corporations that only care for their
profits. Our only choice is to defend our rights. We want those most
responsible to be held accountable. We want justice and to regain the
ability to protect the little that we have left for our children”,
said Veronica “Derek” Cabe, one of the petitioners from Bataan, where
communities are fighting against coal storage facilities and proposals
for a new coal-fired power plant and where one of the community
leaders advocating against coal was shot dead on 1 July 2016.
The Commission launched a
probe in 2015 looking into whether the world’s largest carbon
producers are violating or threatening to violate the human rights of
all Filipinos by significantly contributing to global climate change
and failing to reduce emissions, despite having the capacity to do so.
The Petitioners have asked
the Commission, among other things, to require the companies to submit
plans on the steps they will take to eliminate, remedy and prevent the
devastating effects of climate change, in a country known to be one of
the world’s most vulnerable to these effects. The complaint also asks
the Commission to monitor people and communities acutely vulnerable to
the impacts of climate change.
“Ultimately, those who have
profited most from pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere must
bear the burden of preventing the havoc already being wreaked by
climate change. This is the first step in that process. The courageous
Filipino people are the first to put the world's largest carbon
producers on notice that they must account for their emissions," said
Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International.
The Commission’s actions are
unprecedented. For the first time, a national human rights body is
officially taking steps to address the impacts of climate change on
human rights and the responsibility of private actors. After the
company responses are received, the Petitioners anticipate hearings
will commence in the Philippines in October 2016.
The Petitioners are calling
the companies’ business plans into question and asking governments
around the world to keep fossil fuels in the ground. This is another
signal to the fossil fuel producers from people that they cannot
continue business as usual.
There is a growing global
climate justice movement working to strengthen the capacity of people
around the world to take action inside and outside the courts.
Compaction of Embankment Material for the Road
Opening/Concreting of Biliran Diversion Road Project. As of June
30, 2016, it has an accomplishment of 35% with a contract cost
of P43.0 Million. The said project traverses a rice field
covering 12,000 sqm of agricultural land.
Biliran DEO’s first
By ROSE B. ROSETE
July 23, 2016
BILIRAN – Biliran Diversion
Road was originally proposed by the previous Acting Chief of Planning
& Design Section, Engr. Reynaldo P. Peñaflor who lives in Biliran,
Being a native of the said
Municipality, he knows the problems encountered by the traveling along
the National Road traversing within Biliran proper. Having besieged by
traffic problems, the Sangguniang Bayan of the Municipality of Biliran
together with their former Mayor, Hon. Leandro B. Enage unanimously
passed a resolution for the Construction of Diversion Road in the
Municipality of Biliran in order to relieve traffic congestion and to
fast track the development of the area. The said resolution was
forwarded to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Biliran Province for
their consideration. The said resolution was unanimously approved by
the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Biliran Province.
In their letter dated June,
2013 signed by the Hon. Mayor Leandro B. Enage, the former Mayor of
Biliran, Biliran, The Department of Public Works and Highways-Biliran
DEO was requested to conduct Preliminary & Detailed Engineering
activities in order to determine the viability of the project, its
cost and possible funding.
After survey works, it was
determined that the proposed road will traverse a rice field covering
12,000 sqm of agricultural land. It start at the junction of
Leyte-Biliran Road (S0001BR) and Biliran Circumferential Road
(S00002BR and S00010BR)) and ends at another point along Biliran
Circumferential Road going to Naval, the capital town of Biliran
The population to be served
by the road project ranges from 90,000 to 135,000 with average income
of P10,000 to P30,000 per month.
After all the required
documents were submitted to DPWH Head Office, the proposed project was
finally considered under the FY 2016 GAA. At present, the project is
now on-going with one problem with a landowner who wanted to be paid
with higher land value outside the zonal valuation or market value of
The completion of the
project will decongest the currently utilized National Road which is
within the Municipality of Biliran. In addition, the future change in
transport condition will lure tourist to visit Tourist sites in
Biliran Province which is endowed with natural tourist attractions.
Further, commercial activity not only in the Municipality of Biliran
but in Biliran Province as a whole, like establishment of new shops
and other income generating enterprise.
Indeed, Biliran DEO is
fortunate to be allotted with funds for Biliran Diversion Road, the
first in the Province.
presentation of district engineering offices and regional
office’s accomplishment on the CY 2016 infrastructure projects
wherein Biliran DEO was recognized as the no. 1 top performing
district in the implementation of project during the monthly
coordination meeting of O.I.C. Regional Director, Edgar B.
Tabacon to district engineers and division chiefs on July 19,
2016 at the Regional Office, Baras, Palo, Leyte. The meeting was
hosted by Leyte 5th under OIC District Engineer, Eusebio T.
no. 1 in the implementation of CY 2016 infrastructure projects
July 22, 2016
BILIRAN – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) has been recognized by the DPWH Regional
Office 8 as the number one top performing engineering office in the
implementation of the CY2016 infrastructure projects as of June 30,
This was announced by DPWH
Officer-In-charge (OIC) Regional Director, Engr. Edgar B. Tabacon
during their monthly coordination meeting with District Engineers and
Division Chiefs held at DPWH Regional Office.
Biliran DEO has a total of
66 projects completing 53 projects, 9 on-going and 4 projects still
not yet started with an overall accomplishment of 77.06% as of June
30, 2016. As per record tabulated by the Regional Monitoring Section,
Biliran DEO topped among the 13 District Engineering offices and
Regional Office for the implementation of infra projects.
The Regional Director
commended Biliran DEO District Engineer (DE), David P. Adongay Jr. for
the good job done and advised to keep up the good work. He also
encourage the District Engineers and Chief of the Construction to
exert more effort in order to increase the performance of the Regional
OIC-RD Tabacon also asserted
that Biliran DEO was the first one to report their accomplishments as
of July, 2016.
Biliran DEO’s status of
implementation of the current infra 2016 CY projects increased with
total accomplishment of 80.33% with 57 projects completed, 5 projects
on-going and 4 projects not yet started as of July 15, 2016.
DE Adongay explained that
the 4 projects are still not yet started because of the delayed
delivery of materials for the projects. The projects which are not yet
started include the repair of National Bridges in the Province with a
total cost of P12M.
As of July 20, 2016, DE
Adongay revealed that the Repair of Looc Bridge project (B00035BR)
along National Road has just started and on-going with laying of water
proofing materials and sealant. The District Engineer advised the
contractor to fast-track the implementation of projects to eliminate
the negative slippages.
Youth group ask SC
to end 'unjust curfew policies'
July 22, 2016
QUEZON CITY – A
newly-established political organization of students filed a formal
petition before the Supreme Court seeking to end the vague, unjust and
repressive municipal curfews directed at the youth.
Samahan ng Progresibong
Kabataan (SPARK) together with their legal counsel, Atty. Jesus Falcis
III, asked the high court to issue a certiorari and prohibition of the
implementation of the ordinances of the local government units of
Manila, Quezon City, and Navotas on the basis of its
unconstitutionality (as quoted from the SC petition):
• The Manila curfew
ordinance is ultra vires for being contrary to Republic Act No. 9344
or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act.
• The curfew ordinances are
unconstitutional under the doctrine of void for vagueness because it
results in arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement.
• The curfew ordinances are
unconstitutional because it suffers from overbreadth by proscribing or
impairing legitimate activities of minors during curfew hours.
• The curfew ordinances are
unconstitutional because it deprives minors of the right to liberty
and the right to travel without substantive due process.
• The curfew ordinances are
unconstitutional because it deprives parents of the natural and
primary right of parents in the rearing of the youth without
substantive due process.
"We are filing for and on
behalf of the all young citizens who also have the right to be
contributing members of society without being threatened by undue
punishment and possible instances of overreaching from authorities
like the police," said SPARK Spokesperson Joanne Lim.
"We are also crying foul on
the unjust detention of the youth's parents if their children are
apprehended during curfew hours," Lim added.
Lim was referring to Quezon
City Ordinance No. 2301 of 2014 implementing a curfew on minors from
10pm to 5am. The said ordinance stipulated that "the parent or
guardian of the curfew violator will be penalized for allowing the
minor to go out during this period, either 'knowingly or by
As penalty, the ordinance
decreed that "a minor found violating the curfew for the first time
will be referred to the nearest barangay hall or police station. The
parent or guardian will be fined P2,000 or be required to render
community service for 48 hours."
"As we have previously
mentioned, these ordinances are implemented without due consideration
of various important factors such as housing conditions of affected
areas, hardships encountered in transportation and the late shifts
experienced by affected students," Lim stated.
The petition recounts the
experience of Clarissa Villegas, a minor, also a student of Pamantasan
ng Lungsod ng Maynila whose classes end at nine in the evening and
travels daily from her school in Manila to her home at Quezon City for
almost two hours Villegas was almost apprehended once by authorities
while in the middle of her commute as she was apparently in violation
of the curfew policy.
Presumed to be engaging in
malicious activity, petitioner Leo delos Reyes and Ronnel Baccutan
were also approached by village watchmen when they were only on their
way home from school and engaging in legitimate activities.
"We cannot neglect the
rights of the citizens, most specially of the children and youth even
if this administration's primary concern is the pursuit of peace and
order," said legal counsel Atty. Jesus Falcis III. "That is why we are
requesting an immediate temporary restraining order for these
ordinances while the Supreme Court is deciding on its
Download SPARK vs. curfew petition here