finds his dream car online
July 26, 2017
TAGUIG CITY –
Forty-nine-years old businessman Reinario Polinar shares his
experience in buying his vehicle of choice through an online car
Polinar, who lives in Tagum
City, recently purchased a brand-new Ford Ranger 4x2 XLS Manual
Transmission at Ford Tagum dealership in Davao, which is under Autohub
Group of Companies.
According to Polinar, he was
browsing in the internet to buy a very famous Japanese SUV when he
bumped into Carmudi site.
“I found Carmudi through
their social media site. I saw the Ford Ranger posted and immediately
sent an inquiry because the dealer’s location is in Tagum City,” he
What made him decide to
pursue his transaction through Carmudi is their customer service
support. “I’m happy that my inquiry got answered. Within 24-hours, I
received a call from their customer service agent,” explained Polinar.
Today, the leading car
portal aimed to continuously provide users with the best car shopping
experience in the country. In addition, the company also prides strong
customer relationships, which can only be established through trust.
“Carmudi makes the car
shopping experience a whole lot easier for its users. Buyers no longer
have to worry about randomly picking dealers, as Carmudi has ensured
that the dealers are trustworthy,” said Kris Lim, Carmudi Philippines
Marketing and PR Head.
“The ease, speed, and
convenience is what makes Carmudi stand out from buying car the
old-fashioned way. With Carmudi, less confusion yields more
productivity in the shortest time,” adds Lim.
Despite the countless scams
and dubious offers over the internet, Carmudi makes it a top priority
to make sure that consumers will not fall prey on getting shady
dealings. From the transparent and trusted listings, to price
negotiation options with sellers, to prompt notifications via e-mail
and SMS, Carmudi platform serves as a 24/7 salesperson, ensuring the
best communication between buyers and sellers.
Carmudi ensures that buyers
are given more notable information rather than just the car brand and
price. The website offers information wherein they could base their
search on lifestyle preference.
P8M Off-carriageway Improvement along Naval-Caibiran Cross
Country Road (NCCR). The completed project will provide a smooth
riding surface for the traveling public as well as provide
convenience in transporting agricultural and aquatic products to
market centers. This road also leads to the only Provincial
Hospital and Port of the Province. The project will benefit more
or less 5,000 inhabitants of Barangay Calumpang and employees
from Government Units working within the vicinity of the said
DPWH-Biliran DEO’s projects, midyear of 2017
July 24, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran –
Construction is on-going for the 30 of the 57 total listing projects
of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)- Biliran
District Engineering office under the FY 2017 projects.
Engr. David P. Adongay, Jr.
District Engineer reported that BDEO has already completed 21 projects
as of June 30, 2017 with an accomplishment of 25.16% with a positive
slippage of 5.76%.
Just newly completed
projects are the P10M Repair of Catmon Bridge along Biliran
Circumferential Road (BCR), Naval, Biliran, P8M Off-carriageway
Improvement along Naval-Caibiran Cross Country Road (NCCR), P2.5M Road
Concreting in Brgy. Sagrada Familia, P.I. Garcia, Naval, Biliran, P1M
Construction of Multipurpose Building (Barangay Hall) in Brgy. Acaban,
Culaba, Biliran, P1M Construction of Seawall at Marvel, Culaba,
Biliran and P1M Construction of Seawall, Sitio Marasbaras, Looc,
However, six projects under
the FY 2017 Regular Infrastructure Program are Not Yet Started (NYS)
and still up for implementation.
Adongay revealed that these
Not Yet Started Projects are just bid out while one project is for
approval at the Regional Office and the other one is still on the
process of preparation of Program of Work (POW), Detailed Unit Price
Analysis (DUPA) and Plans. According to Adongay, once Notice to
Proceed (NTP) is received, BDEO will fast track these projects to
finish it on the target dates.
Moreover, Adongay reported
that for 2016 Carry-over projects, BDEO has already accomplished
96.048% as of June 30, 2017 with three remaining projects on-going and
being fast-tracked. These are the P45M Construction of Slope
Protection along BCR with 91% accomplishment, P8.7M Replacement of
Banlas Bridge along Maripipi Circumferential Road with 95%
accomplishment and Road Opening and Concreting of Biliran Diversion
Road with already P75% accomplishment after problem on permit to enter
has been settled.
flood-protected areas in Calbayog
By ELENOR A. ANOLLADO
July 23, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) of the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is eyeing on the ongoing construction
of the flood control structure along Jibatang River at Brgy. Lonoy,
Calbayog City which is appropriated P100m under the DPWH 2017 regular
Jibatang River is a stream
and is located in Calbayog City, province of Samar. The estimate
terrain elevation above sea level is 45 meters knowing that excessive
heavy rains cause flooding, Jibatang River is described as one of the
low-lying areas of the Calbayog District where in nearby Barangays
particularly Brgy. Lonoy is greatly affected when water level rises.
With this, safety and health conditions in here are jeopardized that
is the reason behind the construction of flood control structure along
Jibatang River (upstream) is highly recommended.
The construction covers the
drainage and slope protection structure with a project duration of 180
calendar days. The project is under GAA 2017 with 701.25 linear meters
reinforced concrete river protection works on steel sheet piles
foundation. It is under contract with B. Vicencio construction.
This project is beneficial
to the residents of Brgy. Lonoy and the other occupants who live near
Jibatang River. It prevent flooding caused by heavy rains and changes
of weather and it provides a safe living for the residents.
One of local even said,
”Malaki ang maitutulong ng proyektong ito para sa amin, kundi dahil
dito palagi kaming inaabot ng mataas na baha tuwing may mga kalamidad
The project intends to
prevent flooding along the river side of the area especially during
rainy seasons and high tide. This will surely provide safety towards
the residents of Brgy. Lonoy.
the first dual-class, 86-seat Q400 aircraft to Philippine Airlines
July 21, 2017
TORONTO, Ontario –
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft delivered the world's first dual-class,
86 seat turboprop aircraft to Philippine Airlines at its facility in
Toronto, Canada, where the aircraft is manufactured.
"We congratulate Philippine
Airlines for taking delivery of the world's first dual-class, 86-seat
Q400 aircraft, and are confident that the airline will continue to
benefit from the outstanding performance of Bombardier turboprops,"
said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "This
delivery is an example of how Bombardier's Q400 is an ideal solution
for airlines that require higher-performance and larger turboprops as
they develop regional routes to meet increasing passenger demand.
Bombardier is proud to have the only commercial turboprop available
today to offer up to 90 seats."
"With its superior
performance capabilities, unmatched profitability advantages and
exceptional passenger experience, the new Q400 aircraft will enable
Philippine Airlines to increase its competitiveness and set a new
standard for turboprops in the region," said Jaime J. Bautista,
President and Chief Operating Officer, Philippine Airlines. "We are
excited to bring this new aircraft back to the Philippines, and are
confident that the Q400 aircraft will continue to play a significant
role in positioning Philippine Airlines as a five-star airline and in
regaining its dominance in the domestic market."
Philippine Airlines' new
Q400 aircraft is configured with 86 seats in economy and premium
economy classes with a 29-inch and 33-inch seat pitch respectively.
The aircraft delivered today is scheduled to enter into service in two
This milestone aircraft is
part of Philippine Airlines' purchase agreement announced on December
8, 2016 - which included a firm order for five Q400 aircraft and
purchase rights for an additional seven. Following the exercise of the
purchase rights announced at the 2017 International Paris Air Show,
Philippine Airlines now has firm orders for 12 Q400 aircraft.
About Philippine Airlines
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is
the flag carrier of the Philippines. Headquartered in Manila, PAL
celebrates its 76th anniversary this year as the first commercial
airline in Asia. Operating out of its hubs at Ninoy Aquino
International Airport of Manila and Mactan-Cebu International Airport
of Cebu with a fleet of 81 aircraft, PAL serves 30 destinations in the
Philippines and over 45 destinations internationally.
Bombardier is the world's
leading manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead
while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by
answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable
transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all,
our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.
officials from the central, regional, provincial and municipal
offices pose near the billboard of the newly-inaugurated
12-kilometer farm-to-market road implemented under the second
phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project in the
island-municipality of Almagro, Samar. In the photo are (right
to left) Engr. Cresencio Misagal, Rosario Regalado,
Undersecretary Sylvia Mallari, Regional Director Sheila Enciso,
Assistant Regional Directors Ma. Fe Malinao and Ismael Aya-ay,
and Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer Pedrito Dejarlo.
DAR-8 turns over
most expensive project
By JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
July 20, 2017
ALMAGRO, Samar – At
P72-million, the 12.7-kilometer farm-to-market road turned over here
recently by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) makes it the most
expensive single infrastructure project this agency has ever
implemented in Eastern Visayas.
DAR Undersecretary Sylvia
Mallari led the inauguration and turnover of the said project in this
island-municipality to the local government unit (LGU), a day after
she turned over a similar project in another island-municipality in
Mayor Kathleen Prudenciado
in her acceptance of the project implemented under the second phase of
the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II) said “I believe
development and progress (in this island paradise municipality) is so
near for us to achieve”.
According to her, the
Almagrohanon had long been dreaming for a road that would cross this
Further, Association of Barangay Captains President Jenesa Tomamak
said “mararating na natin mula puno hanggang dulo na hindi dumadaan sa
karagatan”, as villagers used to travel around the island through the
sea that surrounds it using a motorboat.
With this more than
12-kilometer road passing through the barangays of Poblacion, Malobago,
Roño, Tonga-Tonga, Lunang, Talahid, Costa Rica-I and Costa Rica-II,
Tomamak disclosed that not only farmers and fishermen’s products could
be easily transported now, but these once remote areas could already
be penetrated in the delivery of other government services as well.
About 8,000 residents in
these areas with 450 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) are expected
to benefit from this project.
To the unending thanks from
the Almagrohanon, Mallari’s response was “Salamat sa pagbibigay sa
amin ng pagkakataon na kayo ay aming mapaglingkuran. Sa amin ang
karangalan na makapaglingkod sa inyong lahat.”
With this road, no place is
isolated anymore, Mallari added, and hoped quality of life in this
town, identified as a special agrarian reform community, would
continue to improve.
Meanwhile, Regional Director
Sheila Enciso explained the reason why the cost of the project was so
high was because of the excavations that took place in the opening of
The cost was shared by the
LGU and the national government thru a loan from the Asian Development
Thus, Enciso reminded the
recipients to maintain it in good condition for 10 years. Otherwise,
the loan portion comprising 40 percent of the total cost will likewise
be shouldered by the LGU.
Charles Jose delivers his remarks during the masquerade tea
party, attended by Filipino community organization leaders and
Filipino community hold fundraising, letter writing for Marawi
July 20, 2017
KUALA LUMPUR – The
Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and the Federation of Filipino
Associations in Malaysia (FFAM) mounted a fundraising and a
letter-writing effort for those displaced and the soldiers in Marawi
during the FFAM’s Masquerade Tea Party held on July 16 at the Impiana
Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Philippine Ambassador to
Malaysia Charles C. Jose lauded the FFAM’s initiative in helping out
those affected by the conflict. “I commend FFAM for initiating this
event to raise funds to help out our brothers and sisters in Marawi,
as well as for your letters of support to boost the morale of our
soldiers there,” he said.
The tea party featured
performances by Filipino-Malaysian singer Aloysius Cornelius Sisek and
Malaysia-based Filipino band Harmony and Rhythm, raffle draws, a
fashion show and auction featuring creations by Filipino accessories
designer Gina Frias and a Best Dressed contest to award those who came
to the party in their best attire.
During the event, the
community raised RM5,500 (around PhP65,000) in raffle ticket sales
alone, with the proceeds going to those displaced by the conflict. The
Embassy will send the letters and postcards from the community to the
Department of Foreign Affairs for onward transmittal to the
Present during the event
were FFAM officers led by its president Vergie Alvaro, members of the
Filipino community and Embassy officers and staff.
The event is the first of a
series of fundraising efforts to be undertaken by the Filipino
community in Malaysia for those affected by the Marawi conflict.
Explosive Devices (IEDs) recovered in Basey, Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
July 19, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Combined efforts from 801st Infantry (Bantay at Gabay)
Brigade and 87th Infantry (Hinirang) Battalion with other intelligence
units recovered 19 anti-personnel Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
technically known as CDX-2016 and other IED paraphernalia during a
strike operation on Monday afternoon July 10, 2017, between km. 14 and
km. 15 at Barangay Guirang, Basey, Samar.
revealed that these IEDs will be used by the communist terrorists in
launching their tactical offensives before and after the State of the
Nation Address (SONA) of the President on July 24, 2017 to cause alarm
and catch attention against the administration and use against
military and PNP troops operating in area of Basey, Samar.
The successful recovery was
the result of the community effort against these terrorists who were
already tired from threats and extortions in their barangays.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander 8ID said in his message: “We condemn the communist
terrorists in their continuous manufacture and use of IEDs against
humanities which is a clear violation on the provisions of the
Comprehensive Agreement on Respect of Human Rights, International
Humanitarian Law and rule of law. We commend the community of Basey
for helping us recover these IEDs and we are looking forward for
continuous partnership that could help us in preventing the evil
activities of these terrorists towards the attainment of peace and
development in whole Eastern Visayas,” Farnacio added.
assess Samar I’s ISO compliance
By ELENOR A. ANOLLADO
July 18, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY – In
line with the department’s thrust to standardized processes in the
District Engineering Offices, the District Offices nationwide are
directed to prepare for the ISO certification complying to the
requirements of ISO 9001:2015.
After a series of ISO
Awareness Activities starting with the benchmarking in the pilot
district of the region, the launching of Samar I’s ISO journey and
various orientation and readings, the Samar First District Engineering
is subjected to an Internal Quality Audit (IQA) by Auditors from DPWH-Central
Office together with other district offices nationwide this July to
The IQA will determine
conformance to the DPWH documented quality management system and to
the requirements of ISO 9001:2015; verify legal compliance, and
determine area for improvements in all processes.
IQ Auditors do an extensive
auditing of all processes and requirements in all sections and units
of the district trying to point out conformities and present areas for
improvement. The audit wind up with the discussion of the auditors and
key officials of the recommendations made to fully conform to 2017-19
ISO 9001:2015 which will be conducted by the third party second
semester of this year.
of Biliran District Engineering Office (BDEO) together with Engr.
David P. Adongay Jr. (3rd from L), District Engineer pose with
BDEO Muse Representative, Ms. Malou A. Bernadas (4th from L)
before the start of the sportsfest activities.
119th DPWH anniversary and sportsfest celebration
July 17, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – The
employees of the Department of Public of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
– Biliran District Engineering Office (BDEO) actively participated on
the DPWH Sportsfest activities in commemoration of the 119th DPWH
Anniversary Celebration with this year’s theme: “Kapayapaan ay Bigyan
Daan, Upang Kaunlaran ay Makamtan”.
Various activities were
lined-up on a two-day event from June 22-23, 2017. It was kicked off
with a grand parade from 13 District Engineering Offices including the
Regional Office en route from DPWH RO passing through DepEd-DOH-Leyte
Provincial Hospital – Pawing Elementary School and to DPWH Equipment
Management Division (EMD) where a thanksgiving mass followed.
Director Edgar B. Tabacon,
CESO IV formally opened the celebration as he warmly welcomes the
delegates of the sportsfest activity.
Offices were clustered into four categories. Cluster 1 were composed
of Regional Office, Tacloban DEO, and Leyte 1st DEO; Cluster 2 were
Biliran DEO, Leyte 2nd and 3rd DEO; Cluster 3 were composed of
Southern Leyte, Leyte 4th and Leyte 5th DEO; while Cluster 4 were
composed of the Northern Samar 1st and 2nd DEO, Eastern Samar, Samar
1st and Samar 2nd DEO.
The Presentation of
Participants and Muses by each clusters sets the fun and excitements
from all the participants followed by the Raising of Colors by cluster
head and their muses which was won from Cluster II. The Oath of
Sportsmanship followed led by Mr. Chito Nelson O. Eusores, President
of Leyte 1st RFEA.
By Regional Directors
Choice, Ms. Maria Efrason Pereña from Leyte 4th DEO bested other
district contestants for the Best Muse.
The awarding of the Best
Muse was done by the Regional Director followed with the ceremonial
toss of the basketball at the covered court of Leyte 1st DEO by
Director Tabacon together with Assistant Director Armando G. Estrella,
CESO IV which signals the start of the sportsfest activities.
Among the games played on
the opening day were basketball, volleyball (men and women),
badminton, table tennis, dart and chess which were held from different
On the same day, Photo
Exhibit Booth Contest and Food Trade Fair open at the Multi-purpose
hall of the Regional Office and a Laro ng Lahi Game Competition was
The second day of the
celebration starts with the 4th Unity Run at 4:00 AM which directly
followed with the awarding of prizes for the Fun Run activity.
Championship games also
continue on the second day for the basketball, volleyball (men and
women), badminton, table tennis, dart and chess until afternoon.
The Search for Ms. DPWH 2017
competition which is one of the highlight of the celebration started
at 3:00 PM which holds until evening. Winners in the different
competitions such as the photo exhibit contest and the overall
sportsfest champion were also announced during the said pageant.
Before the night ends, the muse from Southern Leyte District
Engineering Office was hailed Ms. DPWH 2017.
The 119th Anniversary and
Sportsfest Celebration ended with a fellow ship night and a Curatcha