P19.4M worth of
school buildings turned-over to Caibiran, Biliran
March 6, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – The
Municipality of Caibiran, Biliran receives two 2-storey school
buildings worth P19.4M for the K-12 program in a turned-over ceremony
by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department
of Education (DepEd).
The recipient of the new
buildings are the Union Elementary School in Brgy. Union, Caibiran
Biliran with its P8.2M 2-storey, 6 classroom building and the
Manlabang National High School in Brgy. Manlabang, Caibiran, Biliran
with its P11.2M 2-storey, 8 classroom school building, turned over on
the same day on February 24, 2017.
In a turn-over ceremony of
the Union Elementary School, Mrs. Teresita Mocorro, School Principal,
revealed that the school has already proposed for the establishment of
a National Special High School in Union Elementary School renaming it
as Union Integrated School that will soon cater the elementary and
high school students.
The announcement made one of
the parents, Mrs. Rachel Sinanggote, resident of Brgy. Union, Caibiran,
Biliran to be grateful with the news.
According to Sinanggote who
has a student in Grade 6 in Union Elementary School and Grade 8
student studying in other school of the neighboring barangay:
“Maiban-ibanan na ang gasto ha pamasahi” (Transportation expenses will
be lessen), she said because of the rise of the senior high school
building in Brgy. Union.
The Union Elementary School
teachers, students and parents also showed their gratefulness to
Congressman Rogelio J. Espina, Biliran Lone District Representative,
for giving P25,000 cash from his personal pocket to purchase sacks of
cement for the school to widen the road in going to the school campus.
The turned-over ceremony
were graced by Congressman Rogelio J. Espina, Engr. Alfredo L. Bollido,
OIC-Assistant District Engineer, Dr. Ronico Y. Amistoso, Division
Senior High School Coordinator, Hon. Rosario Sinangote, Brgy.Captain,
Hon. Antonio Lim, Committee of Chairman, teachers, parents and
students of Union National High School.
Another school building
turned-over was the Manlabang National High School which started with
the cutting of ribbon-ceremony led by Cong. Espina and Hon. Naricris
Go, Acting Municipal Mayor of Caibiran.
The ceremonial turn-over of
symbolic Key also highlights the occasion.
According to Amistoso, the
construction of the senior high school buildings will give the
students an environment conducive to learning.
In his message, he
emphasized that: “They deserve this facility and this is for them.”
Samar I still No. 1
in quality assurance nationwide
By Ma. NENITA Y. GOMEZ
March 6, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– Out of the 234 district engineering offices nationwide, the
Department of Public Work and Highways, Samar First District
Engineering Office (DPWH-SFDEO) maintains its place as ranked 1 in the
implementation of quality control.
The annual rating of quality
assurance implementation for 2016 reveals Samar I to be still on top
besting other district engineering offices nationwide.
Both District Engineer
Virgilio C. Eduarte (now Asst. Regional Director of Region VIII) and
DE Alvin A. Ignacio (then the Asst. District Engineer who was
installed as District Engineer after the former’s promotion) shared
the honor as they effectively implemented the quality control measures
in projects and providing the required laboratory equipments gaining
the One Star Rating status in 2015.
District Engineer Alvin A.
Ignacio commends the effort of the Chief of the Quality Assurance
Section, Engr. Raquel Y. Sumayo for her relentless efforts in project
monitoring to effectively come up with quality projects and the
presence of laboratory equipments in her section.
Evaluators or the Assessing
team looks into the quality of completed projects, the adherence of
the district to quality control policies, construction materials
sampling and testing procedures and personnel competence.
The DPWH Central Office
conferred the One Star Rating to Samar I in 2015 for satisfactorily
complying with the requirements and provisions stipulated in
Department Order No. 11, series of 2013 and still remains on the same
rating in 2016 based on the amended Dept. Order # 126, Series of 2016.
blessing and hand over of KIA KM450 truck
By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 6, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division administered the
blessing of 51 units of brand new 1 1/4 ton KIA KM450 truck held at
8ID Basketball Court and Samar Police Provincial Office ground last
March 3, 2017.
all-terrain military truck was first introduced in 1998 as part of the
AFP Modernization Program. It is powered by a 3.9 liter diesel engine
and can run a maximum road speed of above 100 kilometers per hour.
Out of the 51 units of KM450
received by this Command, 17 of which were issued in advance to line
units in Mindanao to boost and strengthen their mobility assets in
support to the intensive military operation against the terrorist
Capt. John O. Geronimo, the
Division Chaplain blessed the newly issued vehicles to keep the driver
and the troop’s safe at all times while rendering their duties. The
ceremony was led by Col. Clifford Cyril Y. Riveral, the Assistant
Division Commander for Retiree and Reservist Affairs together with
other officers and enlisted personnel of the division.
In his message, Col. Riveral
urged the respective military truck drivers to take good care of the
vehicles for the higher headquarters provided these to enhance the
Command mobility assets in support to the tactical operations both in
the region and in Mindanao. “May the Almighty God bless you along your
journey in securing and serving our nation,” Riveral added.
priority deliverables in ASEAN reaffirm inclusive growth agenda
March 3, 2017
MAKATI CITY – The
31st High-Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration (HLTF-EI)
convened on February 15-16 in Manila, gathering high-ranking ASEAN
trade officials to discuss the implementation of the ASEAN Economic
Community (AEC) Blueprint 2025.
HLTF-EI Chairperson and
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of
Brunei Darussalam Dato Lim Jock Hoi said that ASEAN needs to remain
strong and united as the region navigates and charts its course ahead
“collectively as ASEAN.”
Philippines, Undersecretary for Industry Development and Managing Head
of the Board of Investment Ceferino Rodolfo laid down the Philippine
priority deliverables for 2017, highlighting the country’s agenda on
inclusiveness and innovation with a focus on increasing trade and
investments, integrating micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs)
in the digital economy, and developing an innovation-driven economy.
“Inclusiveness should be
intrinsic to the ASEAN agenda. The AEC Blueprint 2025 development
framework will be most effective if it results from inclusive and open
multi-stakeholder participation, one that is informed by the
perspectives of people, especially the marginalized,” Undersecretary
The Philippines is taking
the lead in seeking new policy interventions that are practical from
the MSME perspective. These are expected to contribute towards helping
MSMEs harness the opportunities presented by open and increasingly
integrated markets. These initiatives range from free trade and trade
facilitation, trade in services, investment, connectivity, and
- Maximizing the benefits of
free trade agreements (Self-Certification for MSMEs, and Substantial
Conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership [RCEP]);
- Fostering a more
facilitative and transparent trade in services regime and harnessing
the contribution and global competitiveness of the ASEAN services
sector (Conclusion of the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement);
- Strengthening the
investment linkages between MSMEs and Multinational Enterprises or
MNEs (FAST Action Agenda on Investment, Inclusive Business, Women and
- Enhancing intra-regional
connectivity and bolstering socio-economic growth in the regions
(Launch of the Davao-General Santos-Bitung route of the ASEAN Roll-on
- Supporting an ecosystem of
entrepreneurship based on technology and innovation (ASEAN Declaration
on Innovation); and
- Introducing more
systematic and robust method for AEC compliance monitoring (ASEAN
Trade Facilitation Indicators, Review Mechanism for AEC).
Said priorities are in line
with the Duterte Administration’s 10-point socio-economic agenda. In
particular, these will leverage the global competitiveness of the
Philippines’ services sector in order to generate jobs and growth, as
well as bring development to the South through rural and value chain
The Philippines also
delivered to HLTF-EI the collective statement of the ASEAN Civil
Society Conference/ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (ACSC/APF) Philippines
National Organizing Committee, reflecting the people’s aspirations for
an ASEAN that asserts peace and security, human rights,
democratization, and broad-based economic, social and ecological
highlighted the potential of civil society organizations as strategic
and responsible partners in the process of ASEAN community-building,
given their knowledge and reach at the grassroots level and cohesive
Recommendations of the 31st
LTF-EI will be the focus of discussions at the 23rd ASEAN Economic
Ministers’ Retreat and Related Meetings to be held on March 8-10 in
Composed of Trade Vice
Ministers from the ten ASEAN Member States (AMS), the HLTF-EI
functions as an advisory body to the economic ministers of the AMS,
ensuring that all 10 AMS are on-track and on-time with the plans and
programs intended to realize regional economic integration and achieve
the vision of an AEC.
The AEC Blueprint was
crafted to further advance ASEAN economic integration, envisioning a
community characterized by the following: a) a highly integrated and
cohesive economy; b) a competitive, innovative, and dynamic ASEAN; c)
enhanced connectivity and sectoral cooperation; d) a resilient,
inclusive, and people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN; and e) a global
ASEAN economies are expected
to hold up reasonably well amidst the slowing of global growth, and
the uncertain and shifting geo-political and economic landscape.
Forecasts from the Asian
Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund place the region
as the most dynamic part of the world with strong economic outlook for
2017 at 4.6% to 4.9% of GDP growth rate, vis-à-vis the 3.4% projected
for the growth global GDP. The Philippines leads the region with a
growth forecast of 6.8% for 2017.
11.9 million pesos
calamity funded project completed
By LEVIRESA GETIGAN-BARNIZO
March 2, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – The Samar
First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) has completed the
Rehabilitation/Improvement of slope protection structure along Daang
Maharlika (S00062SM) K0692+300 - K0692+500, Brgy. Bugtong, Tinambacan
District, Calbayog City, Samar.
This project is appropriated
P11,909,700.00 under the 2016 Calamity Fund of the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and is under contract with B.
The old structure was
damaged by the yet strongest typhoon that struck the Samar provinces
in 2014, Typhoon Ruby. Several typhoons, tropical storms and
continuous heavy rains occurred which resulted to landslide while the
implementation of the project is ongoing that apparently caused the
delay of its completion.
Scope of works of the
project involved structure excavation, installation of reinforcing
steel and construction of structural concrete for the drainage canal,
and construction of grouted riprap.
Significance of the project
is of great impact especially to the residents of the said village and
motorists passing along the said road section since possible soil
erosion, landslides or rock slides are already prevented by the said
14IB conducts info
drive to 200 youths of Maydolong
By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 1, 2017
ORAS, Eastern Samar –
Your Army in Eastern Visayas thru personnel of 14th Infantry (Avenger)
Battalion, Philippine Army facilitated an Information Awareness Drive
to two hundred (200) youths from the Eastern Samar State University
Maydolong Campus, Maydolong, Eastern Samar last February 23, 2017.
The topic discussed was the
Career Guidance on how to apply to become an officer and soldier in
the Philippine Army.
This Information Awareness
Drive was initiated by the 14th IB to encourage more applicants to
join the profession of arms to supplement the needs of the Armed
Forces of the Philippines.
2Lt. Dennis S Carig, CMO
Officer of 14th IB, emphasized that, “being a soldier is a noble
profession, that each individual dedicates their lives for his/her
love of the country.” Leaflets about the Army recruitment were also
distributed to the youths for their reference.
Commanding Officer Lt. Col.
Manuel Leo Gador reaffirms the commitment of 14th IB in reaching out
to the academe and youth sector in order to bring inspiration on their
role on nation-building. “We hope that our partners from the academe
followed suit and also be our active partners in molding the youth as
agents of peace and development of our country,” Gador said.
the QAU assessment, construction workers are installing steel
bars for the widening of Sapinit Viaduct.
DPWH Samar I
upgrades bridges within the district
By MARIANETTE GOMEZ
March 1, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – DPWH
Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) has programmed five
(5) bridges for upgrading this year.
A total of P415 million
projects which involves retrofitting and strengthening, and widening
to more than two (2) lanes is soon to be implemented under GAA CY
Bridges scheduled for
upgrading include: Oquendo Bridge (B00370SM) along Calbayog-Catarman
Rd., P20 Million, for widening to more than two lanes; Sapinit Viaduct
(B00337SM) along Daang Maharlika, Phase II - P40 Million; Binaliw
Bridge (B00337SM) along Daang Maharlika - P155 Million; Jibatang
Bridge (B00342SM) along Daang Mahalika - P130 Million; and Rosales
Bridge (B00345SM) along Daang Maharlika - P70 Million.
The detailed engineering
works for four (4) projects are almost completed while the widening of
Sapinit Viaduct Phase II has started already.
The upgrading implemented is
in keeping with the demand of a widened road, therefore, a widened
bridge to lessen accidents and provide safe road.
send-off ceremony to newly enlisted privates
By DPAO, 8ID PA
February 28, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A send-off ceremony was rendered to the 242 newly enlisted
privates of this Command during the Monday Flag Raising at Openiano
Field on February 27, 2017.
The newly enlisted privates
will report to the line units of the 8th Infantry Division in Eastern
Visayas and units deployed in Mindanao to carry out their mandated
task in sustaining operation against any lawless elements that
disturbed the peace and development of our nation.
The newly enlisted privates
were blessed by Capt. John O. Geronimo, the Division Chaplain to keep
them safe all the time while performing their duties.
Brig. Gen. Cesar M. Idio,
the 8ID Assistant Division Commander, in his message reminded the
newly enlisted privates the difficult process they went through before
they became part of the AFP.
“As new soldiers, love and
take care of your profession. Your job will bring a better life not
only for you but also for your family. Likewise, respect each human
rights, rule of law and international humanitarian law. Always
remember, the security of the people lies on you. May the Lord bless
you every day to bring you success in your chosen profession,” Idio
photo: President Rodrigo Duterte (center L), DTI Secretary Ramon
Lopez (2nd from L), Executive Secretary Medialdea (3rd from L),
Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Domiguez (leftmost),
Mistubishi Motors Corporation President Osamu Masuko (center
Additional 1,000 in
jobs rolls-off in auto manufacturing industry
February 28, 2017
MANILA – Following
the Presidential visit of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the
signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Mistubishi Motors
Corporation (MMC) President Osamu Masuko and Department of Trade and
Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez last October in Tokyo, Japan,
President Duterte, Secretary Lopez together with Executive Secretary
Salvador Medialdea and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, led the
launching ceremony of the Philippine manufactured Mirage G4 under the
Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS), February 27, in
The production of the Mirage
G4 in the Philippines is in line with the initiative of the government
to revive and develop the auto manufacturing industry in the country,
making it as a regional manufacturing hub for auto parts.
“The CARS Program will bring
in more investments, better paying and high productivity jobs that
will lead to spill-over effects by stimulating economic activities in
related manufacturing and services. It will create employment and
require local sourcing of auto parts up to 70 percent local content,
that will develop more SMEs and generate more jobs,” said Secretary
Over 200,000 units are to be
produced under the program for 6 years which will require additional
manpower of 1,000 workers including direct and indirect sales and
general administration employees from Mitsubishi and Auto parts
suppliers. The program will furthermore serve as an opportunity for
technology transfer to local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs)
through joint ventures and technical licensing agreements.
“This is important to enable
us to maximize the trade and investment opportunities arising from the
ASEAN Economic Community and take advantage of our growing domestic
market” said Secretary Lopez highlighting the significance of building
the domestic auto market base to attain the necessary scale economies
that would bring down costs of auto manufacturing in the country.
“The implementation of the
CARS Program signals government’s vigorous support and focus on
industries with auto as platform for manufacturing take-off,” said
“This will maximize the
trade and investment opportunities arising from the ASEAN Economic
Community (AEC) and take advantage of our growing domestic market,” he
death penalty, a return to barbarism - Spark
By Samahan ng Progresibong
February 28, 2017
QUEZON CITY – With
the expected approbation of House Bill 4727 in the lower chamber of
Congress this week, SPARK-Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan commands
the youth to rise up against the re-imposition of death penalty in the
According to the group,
rationalising the current administration’s show of terror will cause
the country to capsize very low, as they maintain that the absolute
measure is not preventive of future crimes, and will only inflict
injustices to those who may be innocent and who are socially
House Bill 4727 or “An act
imposing the death penalty on certain heinous crimes, repealing for
the purpose Republic Act No. 93446, entitled ‘An act prohibiting the
imposition of death penalty in the Philippines,’ and amending Act. No.
3815, as amended, otherwise known as the ‘Revised Penalty Code and
other special penal laws” is expected to pass in the House of
Representatives this Tuesday, February 28, as predicted by House
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
In an interview on CNN
Philippines, Alvarez said, “Tomorrow or Wednesday…Mangyayari na po.”
The group views the measure
as repulsive and characteristic of a corrupted and insecure regime
whose depressing morality is still nurtured with feudal if not
barbaric instincts. Henceforth, reminding the public that the
Philippines is a signatory to international treaties proscribing death
They declared that, “This
administration have founded justice on retaliation instead of law and
reason. The promised constructive changes were supplanted with the
pursuit of an increasingly fascist tendency of those elected on
The group vehemently
insisted that "for as long as we live under a political system wherein
an elite minority reigns over a destitute majority and a blindfolded
and impartial Lady Justice is all too familiar with the scent of
currency, then there could be no guarantee that justice will truly
Furthermore, SPARK asserted
that Congress should as an alternative, focus its attention on earlier
interventions in the life of a citizen before he/she commits a crime.
“It is broadly feasible and
logical to invest in, and prioritize matters such as increasing the
accessibility of education, improving the juvenile justice system and
uplifting the economic conditions of the Filipino people, than
intervening when it's irrevocably too late,” the group’s spokesperson
Joanne Lim said.