commanding officer LtCol. Carmelito Pangatungan reporting the
completeness of the troops to BGen. Alan Arrojado prior the
boarding to Air Force C-130 plane.
another Battalion to Mindanao
By DPAO, 8ID PA
September 3, 2016
CAMP GENERAL VICENTE
LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers)
Division Philippine Army sent another unit in the island of Sulu to
augment the other maneuvering troops in compliance with President
Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s government mandate against the Abu Sayyaf
The send-off ceremony was
conducted at Calbayog City Airport on 31 August 2016 with Brig Gen
Alan R Arrojado AFP, Deputy Commander, CENTCOM as Guest of Honor and
Speaker accompanied by BGen Cesar M Idio AFP, the 8ID Assistant
During the ceremony, Capt
John O Geronimo, the Division Chaplain blessed the troops for having
God’s guidance in fighting the terrorists. After which, Col Mario C Lacurom, Commander 803rd Infantry “Peacemaker” Brigade presented a
plaque of recognition to Lt Col Carmelito T Pangatungan, the unit
Commanding Officer on behalf of the “Innovators” for their laudable
services rendered in Eastern Visayas Region.
Furthermore, a generous Ms.
Myta Maglabus, former President of Rotary Club of Mactan gave rosaries
and spiritual booklets to spare God’s wisdom and courage among the
troops. In addition, Mr. Mike Ato, Deputy Officer of the Presidential
Assistance for the Visayas and Mr. Kenneth Sotto, Country Director,
Project Abroad Philippines donated 33 sando bags of assorted goods,
three boxes of medicines/vitamins, 23 boxes of canned goods and 31
sacks of rice that will help sustain the food and medicine
requirements of the troops.
Along this line, Lt Col
Carmelito T Pangatungan reported the completeness of the troops
followed by the inspection by Brig Gen Alan R Arrojado prior the
boarding to Air force C-130 plane.
As a former Joint Task Group
Sulu Commander, Brig Gen Arrojado gave points of view in accordance to
his experiences in the area on what they are going to face in hunting
the Abu Sayyaf Group. He gave emphasis on the provisions of Combat
SOP’s and the individual tactical preparedness against the terrorists
to keep in line of strength all throughout the battle. He also added
to the troops on the observance of human rights despite of terrorists’
blood affinity among the residents in the area.
The unit will be stationed
in the area of Jolo, Sulu to conduct focused military operations.
Henceforth, the AFP is asking the sympathy of the people of Sulu to
support the ongoing operation to help achieve our long aspiring peace
and development in the Southern Philippines.
PH gains 9 notches
in most innovative country standing
September 1, 2016
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) welcomes the 2016 Global
Innovation Index (GII) report, ranking the Philippines as the 74th
most innovative country among 128 economies surveyed.
The report jointly released
by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University
and INSEAD ranked 128 economies in terms of their Global Innovation
Index (GII) based on 82 indicators. This 9th edition of the GII
explored impacts of innovation-oriented policies on economic growth
and development reflected through strategies employed by both
high-income and developing countries. Top countries with highest GII
include Switzerland, Sweden, UK, USA, Finland and Singapore.
“We are happy to know that
through this GII survey, we know how our country has improved and how
Filipinos can achieve the innovation economy that we all aspire for.
This would push us to extend more efforts in making innovation as a
mindset for every Filipino,” said DTI Industry Promotion Group
Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado.
With “Winning Global
Innovation,” as the GII 2016’s theme, the report discussed the growing
importance of innovation among countries today in achieving future
economic growth and the sharing of knowledge cross-border through
global innovation networks. With GII, it includes indicators that go
beyond the traditional measures of innovation such as the level of
research and development that can be applied for both developed and
The Philippines’ biggest
gain is seen in human capital and research, where the Philippines
ranked 95th from 123rd in 2015. It measured the quality of the
country’s education with its research and development.
intensified research and development activities among universities and
we hope to tap higher educational institutions with the help of other
agencies like the Department of Science and Technology (DOST),”
Terrado also highlighted the
collaboration of DTI and the private sector in advancing the Startup
Ecosystem Development Program (SEDP) which will help enhance the
climate for startup businesses, increase the success rate of Filipino
innovative enterprises in introducing their products and services in
the local and international markets.
The country surged up in six
other GII indicators: institution (88th from 102nd), infrastructure
(72nd from 83rd), market sophistication (94th from 101st), business
sophistication (74th from 81st), knowledge and technology outputs
(44th from 53rd), and creative outputs (96th from 101st).
In recent months, DTI had
been aggressive in forwarding programs and activities that would
encourage innovation among local entrepreneurs and
would-entrepreneurs. Started during the APEC Manila 2015 hosting,
SlingShot MNL was one of the pioneering programs of the department
that caters to the needs of the startup sector.
Earlier this year, it held a
series of dialogues and consultations under the SlingShot Philippines
program with the academe, private sector, other government agencies,
foreign venture capitalists and individuals to seek further support in
achieving the innovation economy.
At present, DTI has
established the QBO Innovation Hub with IdeaSpace Foundation which
aims to encourage and address the needs of the growing startup and
innovation ecosystem. It also launched the Food Connection Innovation
Hub at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) which will target
innovative enterprises in the processed food sector.
DTI also reiterates its call
for existing exporters to innovate as part of the strategies included
in the 2015-2017 Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP).
3 DTI officials
selected as Most Influential Filipina Women in the World
Roseni M. Alvero, FTSC
K. Terrado, DTI-IPG
September 1, 2016
CEBU CITY – Three among the
Department of Trade and Industry’s officials namely, Undersecretary
for Industry Promotion Group (IPG) Nora K. Terrado, Foreign Trade
Service Corps (FTSC) Assistant Secretary Maria Roseni M. Alvero and
Commercial Attaché Magnolia Uy were recently selected as 2016’s Most
Influential Filipina Women in the World (Global FWN100™) by the
Filipina Women’s Network.
Filipinas from across four
continents representing ten countries flew in to Cebu for the awarding
ceremony held last August 23. The Global FWN100 Award, awarded every
year by the Filipina Women’s Network (FWN), a non-profit organization
that recognizes 100 women of Philippine ancestry who are changing the
face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for
outstanding work in their respective fields and are recognized for
their achievement and contributions to society, mentorship and legacy.
DTI Undersecretary Terrado
who was a two-time awardee, first selected in 2014 under the Builders
category, and now selected under the Innovators and Thought Leaders
category, which recognizes women who have broken new ground in the
global workplace, have delivered new and unique applications of
emerging technology transforming the way people think, in the fields
of sports, literature, the arts and pop culture; or have improved the
lives of others by helping develop a product or service in the fields
of science, technology, engineering, sports, arts, or mathematics.
Terrado has been in the
forefront of forwarding the country’s innovation agenda and currently
leads the country’s trade and industry promotional efforts as the DTI
Undersecretary for Industry Promotion Group. She is also known for her
various contributions in implementing priority change programs at DTI
during her stint as the supervising Undersecretary for Management
Services Group (DTI-MSG) from 2013 to 2015.
FTSC Assistant Secretary
Maria Roseni M. Alvero on the other hand was selected under the
KEEPERS OF THE FLAME category, an award given to those who will ensure
that the Vision 2020 of FWN is kept alive: A Filipina Woman Leader in
every sector of the global economy.
Commercial Attaché Magnolia
Uy was selected under the Builders category, which honors Filipina
women for demonstrating exceptional business impact at a large
workplace environment; displaying deep passion for a cause through
collaborative initiatives or alliances on behalf of her own
organization; and demonstrating high potential and skill with
measurable results in the private sector or public sector. Ms. Uy was
recognised for her contribution in concluding the Philippines’ free
trade agreement with the EFTA member countries (Iceland,
Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) as well as in putting MSMEs in
front and center of the World Trade Organization (WTO) agenda.
Vice President Leni Robredo
was also one of the awardees and also served as the keynote speaker at
the 13th Filipina Leadership Global Summit. Robredo received the award
under the "Nicole" category which honors Filipino women whose words,
actions and activism inspire others to act and revolutionize society’s
way of understanding traditional beliefs and customs, thus leaving
behind a Filipino global imprint.
The Global FWN100 Award™ is
a working recognition award with a meaningful purpose and FWN’s 2020
Vision: a Filipina woman leader in every sector of the global economy
by 2020. The Filipina Leadership Global Summit was held on August
21-24, 2016 in Cebu, Philippines at the Shangri-La Mactan with the
theme “Influence. Accelerate. Action.”
patience with Duterte’s anti-contractualization vow, launch ‘corporate
August 30, 2016
QUEZON CITY – Labor
leaders belonging to the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP),
SUPER Federation, Metro East Labor Federation (MELF), Union Presidents
Against Contractualization (UPAC) and Solidarity of Workers Against
Contractualization (SWAC) today denounced the lack of progress in
President Rody Duterte’s vow to end contractualization and demanded
that the President show more resolve in fulfilling his campaign
“It’s been more than fifty
days since President Duterte assumed office and yet not a single
capitalist or corporation has complied with the President’s order that
they end contractualization,” Leody de Guzman, BMP President pointed
“The President’s viciousness
and aggressiveness towards ‘drug lords’ contrasts markedly with his
apparent timidity and diffidence towards capitalists exploiting their
workers,” Atty. Luke Espiritu, SUPER President pointed out.
“Employers seem to be openly
defying the President and flouting his authority,” observed Franco
Villanueva, leader of SWAC. “We demand that the President fights back
to demonstrate that he cares about the welfare of workers.”
The labor leaders also
scored the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) for
their opposition to the anti-contractualization campaign and their
efforts to mislead the public by redefining contractualization and
reducing it to the practice of “endo,” or terminating workers after
five months of employment.
They reiterated that the
government should end not just “endo” but all forms of
contractualization, including “casual,” “project-based,” and
“sub-contracting” forms of employment.
In line with their demand,
the labor groups launched a “Corporate Shame Campaign” against firms
and other organizations practicing or benefiting from
contractualization, such as SM, PLDT, URC and Jollibee.
The groups also launched a
campaign to gather one million signatures demanding that the President
does the following: 1) amend the labor code; repeal Article 106 to
109, 2) revoke DOLE Department Order 18-A, 3) reinforce Article 280
under the Labor Code 4) Amend the BMBE Law, 5) deputize union
officials as Labor inspectors 6) criminalize the practice of
DTI steps up
information and awareness campaign on AEC and FTAs
August 26, 2016
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is accelerating its initiatives
to increase awareness and promote proper understanding of the ASEAN
Economic Community (AEC) as well as the country’s various free trade
agreements (FTAs) and preferential schemes.
“We are increasing the
frequency of our information and education drive and casting a wider
net by continuing to conduct various fora and discussions in the
regions. The knowledge our stakeholders, particularly micro, small,
and medium enterprises (MSMEs), will gain from our initiatives will
help us fully utilize our trade engagements and enhance our foothold
in the regional and global market,” said Trade and Industry Secretary
Ramon M. Lopez.
The DTI has been working
with business organizations to provide entrepreneurs with knowledge on
how to navigate and profit from the country’s FTAs through its Doing
Business in Free Trade Areas (DBFTA) initiative. The DBTA aims to
increase the utilization of FTAs and covers discussions on market
opportunities, tariff reductions, rules of origin (ROO) and customs
According to Lopez, DTI’s
awareness campaign will contribute to achieving industry
competitiveness and sustaining inclusive growth. “It is imperative for
our stakeholders to be aware, involved and globally competitive. Our
aim is not just to reduce trepidation among our industry sectors, but
also to enable them to participate more actively in international
trade,” he said.
From November 2010 to July
2016, the DTI conducted 964 information sessions attended by more than
100,000 participants from the private sector, academe, and other
government agencies. These sessions focused on topics such as FTA, AEC,
Philippine-European Free Trade Association (EFTA) European Union
General System of Preferences Plus (EU-GSP+), and the United States
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).
Likewise, DTI also conducts
One Country, One Voice (OCOV), a trade policy consultation initiative
conducted across the country which engages and involves stakeholders,
particularly national agencies, local government units, business
support organizations, civil society organizations, and the private
sector, in the process of trade policy formulation.
Launched in 2011, OCOV seeks
to obtain counsel and assessments on the Philippines’ trade
objectives, priorities and necessary undertakings to arrive at
rational, sound and balanced trade policies in pursuit of national
development. To date, consultations were conducted in key cities in
the country particularly on the country’s trade engagements with
Japan, EU, and EFTA.
Through the Industry
Roadmaps Localization Program and the AEC Gameplan, a multi-sector
conference conducted across the regions, the Board of Investments also
continues to capacitate industry players on how they can take
advantage of the many opportunities in the AEC market by crafting
their localized version of national industry roadmaps to achieve
“Ultimately, our work to
promote awareness will enhance and intensify the Philippines as a
global brand that thrives both here and the global market,” concluded
petition to declare Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani
August 22, 2016
QUEZON CITY – Oftenly
blamed for the return of the Marcoses into power, members of the youth
collectively referred to as ‘millenials’ filed a petition for
certiorari and prohibition before the Supreme Court Monday to prohibit
the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr. at the Libingan ng
mga Bayani (LNMB).
The petition asked the High
Court to declare the Memorandum issued by the Secretary of the
Department National Defense last August 7 and the interment of the
deposed dictator at the LNMB as ultra vires for being without legal
basis and unconstitutional.
Republic Act 289 stipulates
that the power and authority to allow Marcos Sr. to be buried can only
emanate from the Board of National Pantheon, of which Defense
Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is not included.
They claim that that
Secretary Lorenzana may have abused his authority and must be ordered
by the Supreme Court to cease from implementing his own memorandum.
The petitioners, Zaira
Baniaga, John Arvin Buenaagua, Joanne Lim and Juan Antonio Magalang,
all students of the University of the Philippines were accompanied by
their counsel, Atty. Jesus Falcis III.
They also argued that the
deposed dictator is disqualified from being buried at the 103-hectare
Heroes’ Cemetery for he falls under the category of those
‘dishonorably separated or discharged from the service’ and was
witnessed by the whole world on February 25, 1986 and that a LNMB
burial for Marcos Sr. would place him in the same category as other
Presidents who are already buried in the LNMB – Presidents Elpidio
Quirino, Carlos Garcia, and Diosdado Macapagal, all of which were not
ousted from office or found to be guilty of atrocities and ill-gotten
Petitioners claim that to
allow Marcos sr., an internationally recognized tyrant and plunderer
to lie beside certified heroes shall create that irreconcilable
repugnancy with the declaration of State policy under R.A. No. 10368
or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013.
“We cannot with a clear
conscience accept that Marcos the tyrant lie beside the nation's
genuine freedom fighters. Malacañang cannot insist its will when laws
have been enacted recognizing the human rights violations during the
Marcos regime. The government must be consistent,” declared Baniaga.
Meanwhile Lim, also a
petitioner against the curfew ordinances of the cities of Manila,
Quezon and Navotas said, “May this petition symbolize our eternal
gratefulness to the freedom fighters of the previous generation by
their unspeakable sacrifices and collective struggle we millenials
enjoy what was denied of them in their youth".
They also called out on his
fellow ‘millenials’ to "step up and not content themselves with social
“For us long as civil
liberties and human rights are being threatened or being trampled
upon, the idealistic youth must lend its intellect, its talent and
time in order to achieve social justice with social progress, Lim
anti-marcos burial petition here
Kamurayaw Songwriting Competition is now open
August 15, 2016
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Kalahi-CIDSS or
Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan - Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery
of Social Services in Eastern Visayas region is now accepting original
song entries for their 2nd Kalahi-CIDSS Kamurayaw Songwriting
Said competition is open to
all songwriters (amateur or professional) who are of Filipino
citizenship or of Filipino descent residing in Eastern Visayas. Each
entry must be an original composition and should be in accordance with
the over-all theme which is “Sa Community-Driven Development, Ikaw at
Ako ang Bubuo ng Pagbabago”
Lyrics of song entries must
be in Filipino, Waray, Cebuano or a combination of these languages.
Song entries could be based on any music genre or style (Pop, Rock,
Ballad, R&B etc) with a duration of at least 3-4 minutes.
“Our first Kalahi-CIDSS
Kamurayaw winner is Hermie Sanchez from Catbalogan City. His winning
song entitled "Kusog han Komunidad" is now the official song of
Kalahi-CIDSS in the region. Through this competition, we aim to
explore the creativity and artistry within our volunteers and
stakeholders, especially the youth sector while promoting the
Community-Driven Development strategy of Kalahi-CIDSS”, said
KalahiCIDSS Regional Program Coordinator Babes Sequito.
Deadline of entries is on
September 15, 2016. Official entry form could be downloaded though
DSWD Field Office VIII’s website www.fo8.dswd.gov.ph and
Song entries with lyrics
must be sent to the Social Marketing Unit of DSWD Field Office VIII,
Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City, 6500 or emailed to
All song entries will be
initially screened to obtain the Top Eight (8) finalists for the Grand
Finals on September 30, 2016. The criteria are as follows: Musicality
30%, Lyrics and Messaging 30%, Originality 30% and Song Impact 10%.
The Grand Champion shall
receive P15,000, while the second and third place will get P10,000 and
P7,000, respectively. For more inquiries, please contact Kalahi-CIDSS
Region8 at 09058254440.