Pondo sa Pagbabago
at Pag-asenso (P3) to go nationwide
May 31, 2017
MAKATI CITY – Micro
entrepreneurs around the country will now have access to cheap and
easy credit as the Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3) will now be
made available nationwide on May 31, 2017.
DTI Undersecretary for
Regional Operations Zenaida Maglaya said the administration’s
brainchild of micro-finance facility encourages micro entrepreneurs to
borrow money from P3 that will help them finance their businesses.
“P3 is intended to help the
underprivileged Filipino entrepreneurs who want to grow their
businesses. With this program, they can access cheap and easy credit
without any hassle. After filling out a half-page application and
presenting necessary documents, the money can be released within the
day,” Maglaya explained.
With sufficient funds to
provide to borrowers, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and
its micro-financing arm Small Business Corporation (SB Corp) will lead
the implementation that will assist micro entrepreneurs financially
and enable them to grow their businesses.
Being the administration’s
program to provide an affordable micro-financing for the country’s
micro entrepreneurs, the P3 funding program provides micro enterprises
an alternative source of financing that is easy to access and made
available at a cheapest cost.
“After we’ve launched the P3
in Tacloban, Occidental Mindoro, and Sarangani in January 2017, P3 is
now going nationwide. We hope this will encourage micro entrepreneurs
to patronize the government’s program so we can eliminate loan
sharks,” Maglaya said.
National conduits and local
Micro-financing Institutions (MFIs) have already been accredited by
the SB Corp to assist in distributing the funds to micro
entrepreneurs. The national level conduits are Radiowealth Finance
Company (RFC), Taytay sa Kauswagan, Inc. (TSKI), and Mindanao Alliance
of Self-Help Societies – Southern Philippines Educational Cooperative
Meanwhile, 18 local (MFIs)
are accredited in Luzon, 6 in Visayas and 3 in Mindanao. A total of
P104.9 million have been released to P3 conduits as of today (May 31,
The Pondo sa Pagbabago at
Pag-asenso (P3) is a P1 billion financing program intended to give
MSMEs better access to finance, and to reduce their cost of borrowing.
The fund will also give priority to the country’s 30 poorest
Following President Rodrigo
Duterte’s directive to replace the “5-6” money lending system, the P3
is also seen to help stabilize supply and cost of commodities in
public markets, encourage small entrepreneurs to grow their
businesses, eliminate loan sharks, and offer employment and generate
income for Filipinos.
The P1 billion fund of the
P3 program from the Office of the President will be coursed through
the SB Corp. with accredited partner institutions such as non-bank
MFIs, cooperatives, and associations to serve as conduit for the P3
funds. With borrowers identified through these, collection of
repayments will be efficient.
The P3 Program was launched
in Tacloban in Leyte on January 25, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro on
January 27, and Alabel, Sarangani last January 30. A total of P7.7
million have been released to individual borrowers in these pilot
areas: P3.5 million in Mindoro, P2.2million in Sarangani, and P1.8
million in Leyte.
The primary beneficiaries of
the P3 Program are micro-enterprises and entrepreneurs that do not
have easy access to credit. These include market vendors, agri-businessmen
and members of cooperatives, and industry associations.
P3 will also make it easy
for borrowers since it will only require minimal documentation
requirement; easy to access with only one (1) day processing of
application; low cost interest at 2.5% per month; and easy payment
with collection on a weekly or daily basis, as necessary.
Loan amounts to
end-borrowers range between P5,000 and P100,000, with no collateral
Army troops clashed
again with the NPAs in Matuguinao, Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 26, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Another clash between the troops of 43rd Infantry (We
Search) Battalion and the NPA terrorists took place today at 8:30 a.m.
at Barangay Mahayag, Matuguinao, Samar.
Upon receiving a warning
coming from a concerned villager on the presence of the armed group
conducting illegal activities in the community, troops immediately
responded and encountered more or less 60 rebels.
During the heat of the
firefight, the 3rd Field Artillery Battalion launched rounds of
artillery fire support to the engaging troops to pin down the striking
Initial result of the
encounter disclosed that there was no casualty on the government side
while undetermined on the enemy side.
During the tension, the
military troops ensured the safety of the community and were advised
not to go home until the clash is over.
Maj Gen Raul M Farnacio said
that the 8th Infantry Division will pursue its combat operation to
hunt these terrorists who are continuing illegal activities that
disturb the well-being of our people. In planning and conducting
operations, the Army puts the people’s welfare and well-being above
all other consideration.
Rule of law, human
rights must prevail – Cuy
May 26, 2017
QUEZON CITY – With
the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus under the
declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, Interior and Local Government
Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Catalino S. Cuy today enjoined DILG offices
and attached agencies to observe the rule of law and ensure the
observance of human rights in the southern region.
In a directive, Cuy said
that Martial Law does not suspend the operation of the Philippine
Constitution, nor supplant the functioning of the civil courts or
legislative assemblies even if the privilege of the writ of habeas
corpus has already been suspended over the entire Mindanao region.
“As part of the observance
of the rule of law and recognition of the supremacy of civilian
authority even in areas covered by the proclamation or suspension of
the writ, all DILG officials and employees, including those from the
attached agencies, should refrain from doing acts obstructive of our
regular deliverables to the public unless prevented or restrained by
the duly constituted authorities,” he said.
Cuy issued the directive to
DILG regional directors, provincial and city directors, the Philippine
National Police, other attached agencies and bureaus, field officers
and others concerns as guidance on the Presidential Proclamation of
Martial Law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas
corpus in Mindanao.
In the said directive, he
pointed out that any arrest, search and seizure done in areas where
the proclamation was made or Martial Law is effective should comply
with existing laws, rules and regulations notably the Constitution and
the Revised Rules of Court.
He also said that the
suspension of the privilege of the writ applies only to a person
judicially charged for rebellion or invasion and such person must be
charged within three days, outside of that, habeas corpus must
persist. The proclamation of Martial Law also does not affect the
right to bail.
“Everyone is enjoined to
adhere and support the purpose and reasons for the proclamation of
Martial Law and suspension of the privilege of the writ in Mindanao,
bearing into consideration that this was done to restore and maintain
peace and order in the areas covered,” he said.
According to Cuy, the
proclamation of Martial Law and suspension of the privilege of the
writ, as interim measures, are also subject to review and possible
revocation by the Congress, review and nullification of the Supreme
Court, and a time limit of 60 days.
President Rodrigo Roa
Duterte placed the Mindanao region under Martial Law pursuant to
Section 18, Article VII of the 1987 Philippine Constitution following
the violent attacks in Marawi City.
Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer-II of Samar
Leovigildo Monge (5th from L) turns over the symbolic key of
responsibility to his successor Enrique Granados III (5th from
R) in a ceremony witnessed by DAR Regional Director Sheila
Enciso (4th from R), Assistant Regional Director Ismael Aya-ay
(3rd from L), and all the DAR officials of said province.
DAR installs new
By JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
May 26, 2017
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
Eastern Samar Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer-II (PARPO-II)
Enrique Granados III now heads the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
provincial office in Samar after he was installed on Monday by
Regional Director Sheila Enciso.
Granados replaced Leovigildo
Monge, by virtue of Special Order No. 250, series of 2017 issued by
Secretary Rafael Mariano early this month, as the latter will retire
from government service on his 65th birthday on May 28.
In his acceptance message,
Granados said that his new assignment is a challenge to him on how to
maintain the impressive performance of Samar under PARPO Monge. DAR-Samar
in 2015 was recognized among top performers.
According to Land Tenure
Improvement Division Chief Celsa Mabutin, though they expect a
different management style, they need the expertise of PARPO Granados
in the documentation of distributed but not yet documented (DNYD)
Granados, 60, joined DAR in
1983 as Senior Land Acquisition and Allocation Officer. He became
Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer (MARO) in 1988 before becoming chief
of the Beneficiaries Development Coordinating Division (BDCD) and the
Operations Division on separate occasions.
In 2003, he was designated
PARPO-II for Northern Samar. He also became the DAR provincial chief
in Leyte prior to his assignment in Eastern Samar where he served for
Meanwhile, on May 12 before
reporting to his new assignment, Granados turned over his
responsibilities in Eastern Samar to PARPO-I Gilberto Apilado who was
designated PARPO-II for the said province under the same special
Apilado, 55, joined DAR in
1990 as Agricultural Engineer II. He was promoted to Chief Agrarian
Reform Program Officer (CARPO) for BDCD and was later on designated as
Further, Chief of the
Program Beneficiaries Development Division Teresita Caballa-Alde, 60,
will take the place of Apilado as PARPO-I.
For a smooth transition,
Enciso urged all employees of both provinces to extend to the incoming
officials the same support they had given to Monge and Granados during
ICRC steps up
response to needs linked to fighting in Marawi City
May 26, 207
MANILA – Thousands of
people continue to flee the fighting in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur
province, southern Philippines, seeking safety in neighboring areas
such as Iligan City. Many families are staying with relatives, while
others went to evacuation centers or sought shelters in schools.
“This morning, our team has
finally entered Marawi City and delivered 1,000 water jugs to the
displaced families at the provincial capitol, and transported at least
300 residents from Marawi to the evacuation center in Saguiaran. We
were able to access Marawi as we are in touch with various
stakeholders,” said Pascal Porchet, Head of Delegation of the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Philippines.
“The situation is very
fluid. Residents are moving in and out of Marawi, and we are seriously
concerned about those who are trapped or have chosen to stay in the
city, who are in need of food and water. This is currently a challenge
for our teams on the ground as they assess the situation in order to
have a clear picture of the number of displaced people and their
needs,” he added.
In Iligan, the ICRC has
prepositioned medical supplies to reinforce the capacity of rural
health units in addressing the basic health needs of displaced people.
They include basic medicines, antibiotics, dressing materials; as well
as injectable medication and intravenous fluids that can support
30,000 people in three months. One of these kits will be delivered to
the RHU in Saguiaran this afternoon.
Medical items to treat
wounded people have also been dispatched, for hospitals that may need
replenishment. In addition, food, essential household items and
hygiene kits will be dispatched to Iligan from the ICRC warehouse in
Davao this afternoon for prepositioning.
The ICRC also provided
first-aid bags and dressing kits to support the Philippine Red Cross (PRC)
chapters in Marawi and Iligan cities. It has also provided resources
for the mobilization of PRC’s volunteer force in case a greater
response is needed. The PRC and the ICRC will coordinate the response
according to the needs. The PRC is ICRC’s primary partner in the
With the ongoing hostilities
in Marawi City, and with some residents remaining there, Porchet urged
those involved in the fighting to take the necessary precautions to
spare civilians and their property.
law (IHL) remains applicable in this situation, even after the
declaration of martial law in Mindanao. As such, it must be respected
at all times and by all the parties. People who may be arrested must
be treated humanely and the ICRC will continue to monitor their
conditions and treatment,” he said.
IHL limits the means and
methods of warfare and protects people who do not take part in the
fighting (i.e civilians, medics, aid workers) and those who can no
longer fight (i.e. wounded, sick, captured or detained fighters).
These limits are particularly meaningful in populated areas where the
risk of harm to civilians and civilian objects, including essential
The ICRC is a neutral,
impartial and independent humanitarian organization that protects and
assists victims of armed conflict. It has an international mandate to
promote knowledge for and respect of IHL.
construction of Turn-out (Loading and Unloading Bays) along Biliran Circumferential Road, Kawayan, Biliran with a
construction budget of P2.550M. The completed project will
provide a safe area to load and unload passengers, goods,
agricultural and aquatic products for ready transport to market
Updates on Biliran
DEO’s 2017 infrastructure projects
May 23, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – The
Department of Public Works and Highways Biliran District Engineering
Office (DPWH-BDEO) is now in full swing in the implementation of its
FY 2017 Infrastructure Projects. Contractors mostly started at their
own risks to attain the target schedule and to avail of the good
As of April 30, 2017, the
District has an overall actual accomplishment of 8.02% with a positive
slippage of 2.45%.
The District has been
allotted P940.730M under FY 2017 DPWH Infrastructure Program with a
total final listing of 57 projects based on the General Appropriation
Act (GAA). Out of 57 projects, 31 projects are on-going, 25 are Not
Yet Started (NYS) and one (1) project is completed.
The completed project is the
Construction of Turn-out (Loading and Unloading Bays) along Biliran
Circumferential Road, Kawayan, Biliran with a construction budget of
The project was prioritized
because of its immediate need on the location. The section is located
along a National Road at Poblacion of Kawayan, where public utility
vehicles mostly stops, to load and unload passengers, goods,
agricultural and aquatic products from and to market centers. The
completed project will provide a safe area to load and unload
passengers, goods, agricultural and aquatic products for ready
transport to market centers. This project will benefit more or less
3,500 passengers mostly from the northern part of the Island and from
the capital town (Naval) of Biliran Province.
Some Major Infrastructure
projects of 2017 have also started and is up for completion in the
month of May, 2017. These projects are the Off-Carriageway Improvement
along Naval-Caibiran Cross Country Road, Repair of Busali Bridge,
Biliran, Biliran and Repair of Mapula Bridge, Caibiran Biliran with an
accomplishment of 90% as of April 31, 2017.
As of this writing, the
district had already bid-out 52 projects while five projects are
scheduled to be bid out on a later date.
R: Engr. Alfredo L. Bollido, OIC-Assistant District Engineer and
Mr. Bern L. Calomadre, Chief of Administrative Section bestow
the Certificate of Recognition to Engr. Rosario B. Rosete, PIO-Designate
together with PIO-Alternates, Engr. Frechbee L. Sabile, Ms.
Chelsea C. Quijano, and Engr. Gene F. Delfin on April 3, 2017 at
the DPWH-Biliran Open ground after the flag raising ceremony.
awarded 2nd place in communication development program for 2016
May 21, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – The
Department of Public Works and Highways Biliran District Engineering
Office (DPWH-BDEO) has been awarded as 2nd place for the successful
implementation of the Communication Development Program of the
Department for the year 2016.
The award thru a Certificate
of Recognition was received by Engr. David P. Adongay Jr., District
Engineer of Biliran DEO on March 28, 2017 at DPWH Multipurpose
Building, Region 8, Palo, Leyte during the Regional Monthly
Coordination Meeting and was presented to District Public Information
Officer (PIO-Designate) Engr. Rosario B. Rosete together with her PIO-Alternates
Engr. Gene F. Delfin, Engr. Frechbee L. Sabile, and Ms. Chelsea C.
Quijano on April 3, 2017 after the flag raising ceremony.
The certificate of
recognition was bestowed in appreciation for the contribution and
commitment in the successful implementation of the Development
Communication Program of the Department thru information dissemination
about its projects and accomplishment in advocating its various
programs in helping the department adapt to the demands of the
environment such as IT, Social Media, Swift Resolution of RFAS/
165-02/ Customer Feedback Complains /8888 etc. and in implementing the
social marketing programs of the Department in order to strengthen its
relationship with external stakeholders in year 2016, thus, the
Rosete expressed her
gratitude to all who contributed for the Communication Development
Reports especially from the different sections in the office, to her
PIO-Alternates and to District Engineer Adongay, Jr. for actively
supporting the Communication Development Program of the District.
In 2014 and 2015, DPWH-BDEO
was also awarded as 2nd place in the most number of Communication
Development Reports submitted.
The awards were given to the
top 5 performers in the DPWH Eastern Visayas Region having Samar 1st
District Engineering Office as 1st place, followed by Biliran District
Engineering Office, Southern Leyte Engineering District Office and
Northern Samar 2nd District Engineering Office for the 2nd, 3rd and
4th place respectively and Leyte 4th District Engineering Office and
Leyte 5th Engineering District both for the 5th place out of the 13
District Engineering Offices in Region VIII.
David P. Adongay Jr., (wearing hat) District Engineer of Biliran
District Engineering Office (BDEO) visits on-going Replacement
of Banlas Bridge (B00061BR) along Maripipi Circumferential Road
on April 28, 2017. The said project is implemented by Biliran
DEO under 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA) with an
accomplishment of 80% as of April 30, 2017. Upon Adongay’s
inspection, the project is on-going with installation of forms
and scaffolding for girder and slab of the bridge.
DE Adongay inspects
infrastructure projects at Maripipi Island
May 21, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – Engr.
David P. Adongay Jr., District Engineer of the Department of Public
Works and Highways Biliran District Engineering Office (DPWH-BDEO)
takes time to conduct a round-up inspection of Biliran DEO
Infrastructure Projects at Maripipi Island, Naval, Biliran on April
The Municipality of Maripipi
is separated by a narrow channel from the island of Biliran and can be
reached by a small boat for about 1.5 hours of travel from Naval, the
capital town of Biliran province. It is an island-municipality with a
coastal circumference of twenty-four kilometers.
The first project inspected
by Engr. Adongay, Jr. is the Rehabilitation/ Reconstruction of
Maripipi Circumferential Road. This project is under the
implementation of Regional Office 8 with the amount of P135M funded
under 2016 General Appropriation Act (GAA). As of April, 2017, it has
an accomplishment of 21.08%. The project was started late due to late
completion of Preliminary & Detailed Engineering activities. The
completed project will provide a standard concrete paved road for the
safe and faster transport of goods and services to the capital
barangay of the municipality.
Another project inspected by
Adongay, Jr. is the on-going Replacement of Banlas Bridge (B00061BR)
along Maripipi Circumferential Road. This is a 2016-Carry-over project
of Biliran DEO costing 8.7M. Upon Adongay’s inspection, the project is
on-going with installation of forms and scaffolding for girder and
slab of the bridge with an accomplishment of 80% as of April 30, 2017.
Adongay, Jr. said that this project is target to be completed on or
before July, 2017. The completed Bridge will provide a standard Bridge
(with two lanes) in replacement of the old one which is sub-standard
(with one lane only) thereby providing safe passage to the traveling
Adongay, Jr. also inspected
the just started construction of 2-storey, 8-classroom School Building
at Maripipi National Vocational School, Maripipi, Biliran under
General Appropriation Act (GAA) of 2016, Batch 13. The project is
on-going with the installation of forms and scaffolding for the 1st
floor of the building with an accomplishment of 10%. This project has
a contract cost of P11.875M under contract with BNL Construction. It
is scheduled to be completed on September 23, 2017. Completion of the
project will provide additional classrooms for the school hence
offering a place conducive to learning for the students. The
additional classrooms will accommodate more or less 320 students.