RD Noval bids
goodbye to DILG after 41 years
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
August 9, 2016
TACLOBAN CITY – Pedro
A. Noval Jr. bids goodbye on August 10, 2016 (Wednesday) as Regional
Director of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in
Eastern Visayas after 41 years in government service.
Director Noval, who rose
from the ranks, said that his most fulfilling accomplishment is
helping the region rise from the devastation of Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan)
nearly three years ago.
Today, nearly 100% of the
first batch of projects for repair of municipal and city halls,
markets and civic centers have been completed, while more than half of
barangay facilities have been completely rebuilt or repaired, and the
remaining projects are nearly completed. Likewise, Director Noval
assisted then-DILG Secretary Manuel Roxas in the relief and recovery
efforts right after the typhoon. Director Noval proudly notes that
aside from looking after the rehabilitation of LGU facilities, he
helped ensure that damaged office structures of DILG were not
A mechanical engineer,
Director Noval supervised the rehabilitation of the DILG-8 regional
office which houses the Training Center and Local Governance Resource
Center in the second floor, motorpool, records room and. supply room
as well as construction of Wellness Center, Guardhouse, Power
Generator, Dormitory, and the two-story DILG Leyte and DILG Tacloban
The employees’ dormitory
will save the office funding in the long-term by providing field
officers and Central Office staff accommodation instead of having to
billet them in hotels. Under his term, the traveling allowance for
field officers was increased 300%. All provincial offices in the
region have been provided service vehicles, and funds were also
downloaded for construction of DILG provincial offices.
Other legacies attributed to
RD Noval include: the Local Government Performance Enhancement through
Teamwork (LGPET) strategy to promote employee productivity; conduct of
the Yolanda Heroism Award and DRRM Summit during the past two
anniversaries of the supertyphoon; improvement of office environment
and systems through the adoption of the 5S Program; Call Center and
One Note System; the Build Back Better Operations Manual (BBBOM);
organization of the DILG-8 Employees’ Cooperative; and a program on
Journeying Towards a Righteous Employee, among others.
RD Noval further remembers
that he was able to visit all 143 municipalities and cities in the
region, including far-flung island towns, during his more than four
years stay in Eastern Visayas. His close interaction with local
officials enabled the region to attain 100% compliance to the DILG
Full Disclosure Policy months after he assumed office in 2011. His
good relationship with local officials though, did not prevent him
from religiously implementing office policies as well court decisions
against local officials to the letter.
A native Cebuano, Director
Noval has a Doctorate Degree in Management major in Human Resource
Management, and is an Outstanding Alumnus of the University of San
Jose Recoletos, Cebu. He started as a Barangay Development Worker of
then-Department of the Local Government and Community Development (DLGCD)
in 1975, after successfully completing the six-month Pre-Service
Training Course for Barangay Development Workers where he was awarded
as one of the Ten Outstanding Graduates.
He served as Municipal
Development Officer, Assistant Provincial Director (Siquijor),
Assistant City Director (Mandaue City), Regional LGA Coordinator,
Division Chief, Provincial Director of Cebu Province, Asst. Regional
Director for nine (9) years, Regional Director of DILG-7 from 2007 to
2011, and finally as Regional Director of DILG Region 8 from 2011 to
Director Noval has the
distinction of being appointed OIC-Municipal Mayor in Liloan, Cebu in
1987-1988, and as OIC-Mayor of the Municipality of Compostela from
July 2010 to October 2011, following the suspension by the Commission
of Elections (COMELEC) of the effect of the proclamation of the town’s
elected officials in the 2010 polls.
His vast experience in
government saw him attending various training programs in Canada,
South Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam among
others that were sponsored by DILG, other agencies and training
He is highly recognized in
other areas of government work. He was elected as President of the
Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies (ARENA-7) in
Central Visayas, and as Vice President for the Visayas of the National
Union of Career Executive Service Officers (NUCESO).
Workaholic by nature, RD
Noval now relishes the extra time he will have with his family, aside
from being able to pursue farming in Southern Leyte and teaching
part-time in Cebu.
Director Noval will be
succeeded by Director Marivel C. Sacendoncillo, a native of Villareal,
Samar. RD Sacendoncillo will serve as Director of DILG-8 in concurrent
capacity as Executive Director of the DILG Local Government Academy (LGA)
to which she has been connected for 28 years.
of Calbayog Most Rev. Isabelo Abarquez warmly welcomed by MGen.
Jet Velarmino and the Division Staff during his arrival as Guest
of Honor and Speaker on the 8ID's 28th Founding Anniversary
celebration on August 1, 2016.
8ID celebrates its
28th Founding Anniversary
By DPAO, 8ID PA
August 9, 2016
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army,
marked its 28th Founding Anniversary with the theme, "8ID at
Sambayanan, Dalawampu't Walong Taon Kaagapay ng Mamamayang Tungo sa
Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran ng Sambayanan" at Headquarters in Camp General
Vicente Lukban, Brgy. Maulong, Catbalogan City, Samar on August 1,
The kick-off of the 28th
Founding Anniversary started with a series of events such as: Trail
Bike Challenge; Badminton Challenge; Squad Challenge; Tactical
Challenge 2; Ethnic Variety Show; Wreath Laying Ceremony; Awarding of
Medals and Plaque of Recognition to the soldiers and civilian
stakeholders, including formal dinner with military officers and
senior NCOs to include LGUs, CSOs and Non-Government Agencies who
supported the 8th ID in attaining lasting peace in the Region.
The event was highlighted
with a wreath-laying ceremony led by Most Rev. Isabelo C Abarquez D.D,
Bishop, Calbayog City and Major General Jet B. Velarmino, Commander
8ID, in honor to the fallen comrade-in-arms and in recognition of the
soldiers' heroism and ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of peace in Region
VIII. The ceremony was attended and witnessed by the soldiers' loved
ones, officers, soldiers and civilian employees of the Command.
Another highlight of the
activities was the awarding to deserving personnel who have shown
meritorious achievement in both combat and non-combat role that
significantly contributed to the overall success of the Command's
In addition, civilian
stakeholders, who contributed to the accomplishments of the Command
mission, namely: Hon. Ronald Aquino of Calbayog City; Mr. Harry Rhumor,
Mr. Vince Yulo, Mr. Alvin Lao Hoo, Ms. Christine Caidic of Multi
Sector Advisory Board, Director Edgar Posadas of Office of the Civil
Defense Region 8, Shintaro Palermo, Sherlock Codilla, Senior Manager
for security of the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refinery (PASAR)
were also awarded with plaques of recognition during the event.
Gracing the 28th Founding
Anniversary of 8ID were the presence of Most Rev. Isabelo C Abarquez,
Bishop Diocese of Calbayog City as the Guest of Honor and Speaker;
Major General Jet B. Velarmino, Commander 8ID; Hon. Sharee Ann Tan-
Delos Santos, Governor of Samar represented by Hon. Jimboy T. Tan,
Vice Governor of Samar; Brigadier General Herminigildo C. Aquino,
former 803rd Brigade Commander; Brigadier General Leoncio A. Cirunay,
former Commander, 801st Infantry Brigade and Brigadier General Dinoh
A. Dolina, former Commander, 802nd Infantry Brigade and media
Major General Velarmino,
said that the Command has accomplished much in performing its mandate
task of protecting the people and the communities, because of the
soldiers for peace.
On the other hand, Most Rev.
Bishop Abarquez said, "It is my prayer that our Philippine Army will
continue to serve with honor and integrity for God, Country and
Your Philippine Army will
continue to uphold its unwavering commitment as the protector and
servant of the people not only in Eastern Visayas but to the Filipino
as a whole.
SELDA says no to
dictator’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, calls on Pres.
Duterte to reconsider his decision
August 9, 2016
QUEZON CITY – The
Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA), an
organization of former political prisoners and initiator of the
historic Hawaii class action suit against the Marcoses, expresses
outrage on the decision of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to bury the remains
of dictator Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani.
SELDA calls on Pres. Duterte
to reconsider his decision. Burying Marcos at the Libingan ng mga
Bayani is an affront to the Filipino nation, especially the millions
who fought and the countless who died and disappeared fighting Marcos
The move, if pursued,
constitutes another act of gross injustice to the nation and tens of
thousands of victims of extrajudicial killings, enforced
disappearances, illegal arrests and detention, torture and harassment
perpetrated by the Marcos fascist regime.
Not a single martial law
victim has ever received any reparation, in line with the three-year
implementation of the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition
Act of 2013 (Republic Act 10368). Instead of rendering a component of
justice through indemnification, a hero’s burial for Marcos will
dishonor the victims by kowtowing to the whims and caprices of the
Marcos family to bury a murderer and plunderer with honors.
The Marcoses and their ilk,
who escaped from the country with the aid of the United States, are
now partly back in power using portions of the $10 billion they
plundered from the nation’s coffers and their political connections
with the ruling elite.
Despot Marcos, a murderer
and a plunderer, is not a hero, and it is the height of historical
revisionism to give him full national honors as a hero. History has
already rendered verdict to Marcos, when millions of Filipinos rose to
overthrow his tyrannical regime. What lessons do we teach our children
by treating Marcos a hero? That it is correct and even heroic to
steal, murder, and torture? No. Evil must be repudiated. Injustice
SELDA calls for the most
expedient efforts to indemnify the thousands of victims of Marcos’
martial law, which is an actual substantial step towards justice for
the martial law victims and their families.
Most importantly, we call on
the people here and abroad to speak and stand for justice and press
Pres. Duterte to reconsider his assailed decision and instead give
justice to the victims of Marcos abusive rule.
newly completed construction of 2-storey 6-classroom Senior High
School Building at Almeria National High School, Almeria,
Biliran. The project was under contract with CNE Construction
with a contract cost of P8,214,965.05. The completed project
will be utilized by more or less 240 Senior High School
DE Adongay eyes
completion of the 2016 senior high school building projects
August 5, 2016
BILIRAN – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - Biliran District
Engineering Office (BDEO) is target to finish all Senior High School
buildings in the entire province of Biliran by August or September
District Engineer, David P.
Adongay Jr. during the Kapihan: Pulong-pulong ng Bayan on Radyo Natin
FM said that the target completion of the school building projects
which supposedly be finished by June before opening of classes was
extended due to the failure of the sub-soil exploration test. Engr.
Adongay clarified that the completion of the Senior High School
Buildings are dependent on the result of the subsoil exploration test
and the release of the additional funds.
“Meron kaming mga projects
na nabid-out na but ang nangyari during the subsoil exploration test
ay nagfail, so irere-design namin yan so additional funding yan,
nirequest namin sa higher authorities kasi mag-iiba yung foundation
niya, mas tataas yung volume niya ng concrete at mas lalalim ang
kanyang excavation works so until now hinihintay pa namin yan (release
Engr. Adongay points out
that the main problem in the implementation of school building
projects are the site identified by the DepEd. The district engineer
suggested that DPWH and DepEd should have a joint evaluation and
identification of building sites because its terrain is one to be
considered in the budget allocation.
“Kaya dapat talaga sa
identification palang ma-identified namin kung ano talaga ang dapat
tatrabahuin diyan for example yung leveling, yung scope of work sa
excavation, aside sa subsoil exploration,” Engr. Adongay said.
As of July, 2016, Engr.
Adongay reported that Biliran DEO have already posts 59.43% for the
school building projects. Out of the 30 school buildings projects, 11
are already completed, 4 not yet started, 5 are still on-going and 10
are substantially completed. Adongay explained that they still didn’t
allow classes to hold on those substantially completed buildings to
ensure the safety of teachers and students.
“Nagawa na namin yung revise
kaya lang walang pondo, ang required sa amin ay completion talaga nang
buong building mahirap naman gagawa tayo diyan tapos walang ceiling,
pintura, parang hindi maganda. At least yung dini-deliver namin na
school building yung conducive to learning at maganda talaga,” said
rehabilitation of the Balugo-Imelda road in Tarangnan, Samar
constructed with slope protection to prevent soil erosion was
jointly funded by the LGU and Asian Development Bank thru the
second phase of the Agrarian Reform Community Project (ARCP-II)
of the Department of Agrarian Reform.
10km Tarangnan road
By JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
August 4, 2016
TARANGNAN, Samar – No
more bumpy rides from Barangay Balugo to the town proper after the
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) rehabilitated the more than
10-kilometer road. Last week DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso
formally turned over the rehabilitated Balugo-Imelda road to Mayor
Danilo Tan for the local government unit’s (LGU’s) maintenance of the
Enciso disclosed that the
project was implemented under the Program Beneficiaries Development
component of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) thru
DAR’s second phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II)
funded by a loan from the Asian Development Bank.
The total project cost,
according to her, amounted to P25.4 million. However, the amount was
shared by the LGU shouldering P14.6 million, while the remaining P10.7
million was funded by ADB, she added.
During the said occasion,
Enciso explained to the recipient LGU the latter’s responsibility in
the maintenance of the project. She stressed that if properly
maintained in good condition within 10 years, the loan will be
converted into a grant.
Included in the
rehabilitation were spot concreting of about 6.5 kilometers and the
construction of slope protections to prevent soil erosion that may
lead to eventual damage of the road.
Meanwhile, as Mayor Tan
thanked DAR for the rehabilitation of the Balugo-Imelda road, he
disclosed this town having been a recipient too of another road
project under ARCP-I in the past. He further added that they are
hoping more blessings from DAR be poured to their municipality as
there are still many roads that need repair.
Provincial Agrarian Reform
Program Officer (PARPO) Leovigildo Monge said that the project was
implemented in the Cambatutay Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) passing
through the Barangays of Balugo, Bahay, Gallego, Camunghan and Imelda.
According to him, it will be benefited by the more than 2,700
population in this area where 286 are agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).
Enciso also said that
agricultural production and farmer’s income are expected to increase
now that transportation of their products for trading will be much
easier with the improved road.
Barangay Sambulawan Chairwoman Tessie Mayot, Leyte Provincial
Agrarian Reform Program Officer Renato Badilla, Casili-on
Barangay Chairman Danilo Mates and Villaba Mayor Juliet
Larrazabal sign the turnover and acceptance certificate. (Jose Alsmith L. Soria)
DAR fulfills dream
of Villaba villagers
By JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
August 1, 2016
VILLABA, Leyte – “This is a dream come true!” thus said Barangay
Sambulawan Chairwoman Tessie Mayot during the turnover rites of the
rehabilitated farm-to-market road in her village leading to the
On Friday, Leyte Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer-II (PARPO-II)
Renato Badilla turned over to the local government unit (LGU) the
3.42-kilometer rehabilitated road in Barangay Casili-on going to Barangay Sambulawan in this town.
Mayor Juliet Larrazabal said that with the rehabilitation of this
road, farmers in this area will now find it easy transporting their
harvests to the town proper for trading.
But to Barangay Chairwoman Mayot who was elated with the completion of
this project, stressed the comfort and safe travel of her constituents
and those from Barangays San Francisco, Capiñahan, New Balanac and
Cahigan who are likewise passing this way, aside from the easy
transportation of their products, now that this road has been
She narrated the discomfort and risk they experienced since her
childhood days when passing thru the spillway during rainy days.
According to her water overflows in the spillway that they had to lift
their skirts not to get wet.
They dreamed this road would be repaired but never thought it would be
realized until the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) thru the second
phase of the Agrarian Reform Community Project (ARCP-II) took
responsibility of it.
DAR-8 Regional Director Sheila Enciso explained that Barangays Casili-on
and Sambulawan are part of the Villaba agrarian reform community (ARC)
with 2,178 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) which qualified them
for this project.
Aside from the ARBs, more than 3,000 population from six barangays are
estimated to benefit too from this project implemented under the
Program Beneficiaries Development component of the Comprehensive
Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), she added.
Badilla meanwhile disclosed that the total cost of this project is
P11-million with P4.7-million loaned from the Asian Development Bank (ADB),
while P6.3-million was shouldered by the LGU.
He emphasized to the recipient LGU the latter’s responsibility in the
maintenance of the said project. According to him, if properly
maintained in good condition within 10 years this project will be
converted into a grant.
3 storey-4 classroom School Building (SB) Project up for completion
By LEVIRESA GETIGAN-BARNIZO
July 29, 2016
CALBAYOG CITY –
Oquendo National High School three (3) storey - four (4) classroom
school project is up for completion by the end of July 2016 based on
the recently conducted project inspection by District Engineer Alvin
Ignacio and the District Inspectorate Team headed by Assistant
District Engineer Loreto M. Cedro, Department of Public Works and
Highways (DPWH) - Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO).
Present during the ocular inspection is Mr. Melaner Oyoa, School Head.
The project is appropriated
P10,417,131.51 under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Basic Educational
Facilities Fund (BEFF). The project covers structure excavation,
embankment, reinforcing steel, structural concrete, and masonry,
carpentry (dry wall partition), termites control, steel, roofing,
ceiling, finishing, painting, plumbing, sanitary, tile and electrical
works. Construction activities kicked-off October 2015.
A total of 166 high school
students, 74 males, 92 females, are already benefiting the project as
classrooms in the first and second floors are already used in
conducting classes since Monday, July 25, 2016.
School Head Oyoa said that
students and teachers had been conducting classes at the school
grounds and stage since the start of classes. “Only one room will not
be used by the students but we will be utilizing it as our Computer
Room”, said Oyoa. He expressed his gratitude to the DPWH personnel for
their visit and advice that some classrooms are ready for occupancy.
DE Ignacio, ADE Cedro and
members of the inspectorate team meticulously inspected the building
if truly the contractor conformed to the standards and specifications
of the department. They also instructed the contractor’s construction
foreman present during the inspection concerning plumbing and ceiling
works. Construction is ongoing during the site visit.
displaced by the armed fighting in Basilan Province in July line
up to receive essential household items from the ICRC and the
Philippine Red Cross. (photo by PRC)
Armed fighting in
Basilan displaces 17,000 people
July 29, 2016
MANILA – Armed
fighting between government security forces and non-state armed groups
since the first week of July has caused the displacement of around
3,400 families in Basilan Province, southern Philippines.
The affected families in
Tipo-Tipo, Al-Barka and Ungkaya Pukan municipalities have sought
refuge with their relatives after shelling and air strikes occurred on
an almost daily basis over the past three weeks. Casualties and
injured fighters were reported on both sides, while a few civilians
were also wounded as a consequence of the clashes.
“The security situation in
Basilan is precarious. We are concerned for the civilians as we expect
clashes to continue in the coming weeks,” said Yann Fridez, head of
the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) sub-delegation in
“We urge all parties to the
fighting to exercise utmost precaution to minimize the impact or
damage to civilian communities. We also ask them to spare civilian
structures such as hospitals, schools and houses, and facilities that
are essential for their daily lives,” he stressed.
To complement the assistance
provided by the authorities, the ICRC, with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC),
distributed essential household items to more than 17,000 displaced
people in the three municipalities. The items distributed by the PRC
Basilan chapter on July 27-28 included hygiene kits, blankets, towels,
jerry cans, mosquito nets and sleeping mats.
The ICRC also distributed
dressing kits and medical supplies including drugs and anti-tetanus
vaccines to enhance the capacity of rural health units in these three
municipalities to treat sick and wounded people. Already in April, the
ICRC and the Department of Health-Health Emergency Management Bureau
had conducted Basic Life Support training for 168 health staff in
Basilan and Sulu provinces.
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 a presence in the Philippines for
more than 70 years and a permanent presence in Mindanao since 1982.