Luzon coffee industry
September 22, 2017
MAKATI CITY –
Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to bridge various
gaps in the supply chain to make the local coffee industry more
competitive, the Department of Trade and Industry recently gathered
coffee farmers, processors, manufacturers, Regional Council Chairs,
national government agencies, and members of the academe from the
Island of Luzon for the Luzon Island Coffee Cluster Assembly.
The assembly aimed to
present the national and localized version roadmap of each region,
establish an institutional mechanism of roadmap localization and
implementation, and learn about coffee quality standards and market
Coordinator and DTI Cordillera Administrative Region Regional
Director Myrna Pablo explained the current situation of the
industry, especially the gap between demand and production.
“The Philippine coffee
production is far from serving coffee consumption of the country.
Currently, 90% of the demand is imported for about P12 billion. The
demand is still increasing with expanding consumption based among
younger generation and night shift workers. Likewise, coffee shops
are increasing, and specialty coffee market is expanding,” Pablo
said, adding that while coffee production is almost all over the
country, the country’s production is very far from sufficiency.
In March, DTI Secretary
Ramon Lopez and Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol
signed the Philippine Coffee Industry Roadmap 2017-2022 to bridge
the gap between the steady high demand for coffee and the slow
decline in production, and to provide aid to coffee farmers.
Pablo said that the Coffee
Roadmap is focused on optimizing income for Filipino farmers and the
micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the industry.
The activity also
discussed the Philippine Coffee Market vs. World Market Behaviors,
Consumer Demand Innovation, Coffee Science Researches, Coffee
Development Programs of the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources and the Department of Science and Technology, and the High
Value Crops Development Program of the Department of Agriculture.
Coffee is among the
priority industry clusters that DTI is targeting to develop in the
next five years, given its high potential to accelerate the region’s
economic growth. While the sector has so much to offer, development
In 2016, DTI has assisted
2,695 coffee MSMEs while providing 19,232 jobs to Filipinos.
The Philippines envisions
a coffee industry that is cost-competitive, aligned with global
quality standards, reliable and environment-friendly, and provides
sustainable benefits to farmers, processors, traders, and exporters.
Some of the proposed
strategies to achieve the target are to improve quality and
availability of planting material, enhance farm efficiency and
investments, and improve competitiveness, market price, and coffee
Regional Director Edgar B. Tabacon (wearing i.d) awards
District Engineer David P. Adongay Jr. (wearing light blue
checkered polo) of Biliran District Engineering Office (BDEO)
the Recognition Certificate citing his leadership of BDEO a
factor in achieving the agency’s Developmental Communication
(DevComm) goals and placing his district office in the
second place. The awarding of certificate is assisted by
Assistant Regional Director, Armando G. Estrella (wearing
green polo shirt), and Regional Public Information Officer
II, Antonieta R. Lim (wearing dress) held at DPWH Regional
Office, Baras, Palo, Leyte on August 11, 2017.
awarded as one of the top achieving district in region 8
September 22, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)- Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) was awarded as one of the top achieving
district in Region VIII under the leadership of David P. Adongay Jr.
In a simple ceremony
conducted on August 11 at DPWH Regional Office, Baras, Palo, Leyte,
Edgar B. Tabacon, Regional Director cited the district engineering
offices which have topped achievement in terms of construction,
maintenance, and finance thereby contributing to the attainment of
the agency’s targets.
In terms of Financial
Accomplishment, Biliran DEO ranked no. four of the top 10 DEOs
recognized by the Regional Director to have attained or surpassed
the 73% Absorptive Capacity target set by the Central Office, having
82.90% absorptive capacity as of July, 2017.
Top Five district
engineers were also named for exemplary leadership that have
contributed to the successful implementation of DPWH’s Development
First Place was awarded to
District Engineer Alvin A. Ignacio of Samar First District
Engineering Office; Second Place - District Engineer David P.
Adongay Jr. of Biliran District Engineering Office; Third Place -
District Engineer Ma. Margarita C. Junia of Southern Leyte District
Engineering Office; Fourth Place - District Engineer Ferdinand A.
Briones, and Fifth Place awarded both to District Engineers Lino
Francisco C. Gonzalez and Eusebio T. Culas of Leyte 4th District
Engineering Office and Leyte 5th District Engineering Office
RD Tabacon awarded DE
Adongay Jr. the Recognition Certificate citing his leadership of
BDEO a factor in achieving the agency’s Developmental Communication
(DevComm) goals in placing his district office in the second place.
The awarding of
certificate was assisted by Armando G. Estrella, Assistant Regional
Director and Mrs. Antonieta R. Lim, Regional Public Information
Officer II, at DPWH Regional Office, Baras, Palo, Leyte on August
11, 2017. The DPWH’s Developmental Communication Program aims to
promote transparency, advocate its programs, and encourage the
citizenry to participate in governance.
Concreting/ Opening of Biliran Diversion Road is on-going
with base preparation and installation of forms on one lane
in preparation for concrete pouring and embankment on the
other lanes and riprapping. As of August 30, 2017, the
project has 85% accomplishment under contract with Chu
road project 85% completed as of August, this year
September 22, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran –
Travelers are looking forward for the completion of the P43M Biliran
Diversion Road project here in this province with expected to
reduced travel time of about 20 minutes.
Over the local radio
program Kapihan: Pulong-pulong ng Bayan segment hosted by Mrs.
Flordelis E. Jackson, PIA Station Manager and Mrs. Lailanie Tupaz,
PIA Staff on August 10, Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO)
representative, Supremo Victor Sabitsana, Engineer II informed the
public that the project is already 85% completed as of August 30,
“The work was continuous
before but suddenly stops its activities because of the problem on
permit to enter. Just recently, the problem was solved hence project
implementation is resumed”, said Sabitsana.
Sabitsana also informed
the listeners of the program that Biliran DEO encountered new
problem in the implementation of the project due to existing
electrical post of the Biliran Electric Cooperatives Inc. (BILECO).
When asked on the 100%
completion date of the project, Sabitsana explained that the
accomplishment is not yet foreseen because DPWH will depend on when
the BILECO will removed the blocking electrical post.
“The office already
requests BILECO to transfer the electrical post to fast-track the
completion of the by-pass project,” explained Sabitsana.
According to Sabitsana,
completion of the project will save a lot of time say more or less
20 minutes compared to the old route because the diversion road is a
4-lane structure which can accommodate big volume of passing
The population to be
served by the road ranges from 120,000 to 135,000, 7 Municipalities
and 50 Barangays. It will provide the traveling public coming from
Tacloban City, Ormoc City, Baybay City and from other neighboring
municipalities going to the northern and eastern part of Biliran
Province and vice versa a much safer and faster transport of goods.
Peace Buzz: Call
for unity towards peace
DPAO, 8ID PA
September 22, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace
Process (OPAPP) will launch a Peace Buzz that will kick-off in
Baguio City on September 21 and culminates in Marawi City on October
3, 2017 in line with the celebration of National Peace Consciousness
Peace Buzz is an actual
bus ferrying resource speakers, cultural group, various stakeholders
and OPAPP personnel to conduct People’s Conversations, Serbisyo
Caravans and other peace-related activities in multiple strategic
Catbalogan is the third
stopover of the Peace Buzz which is anticipated to arrive on
September 25, 2017. Secretary Jesus G. Dureza, Presidential Adviser
on the Peace Process is also expected to arrive via chopper in 8ID
Headquarters after having an aerial monitoring of OPAPP PAyapa at
MAsaganang PamayaNAn or PAMANA Projects in the municipalities of
Silvino Lubos, Matuguinao and San Jose de Buan.
Through collaboration of
the 8ID, OPAPP, government officials and other key stakeholders, a
series of activities will be conducted like Peace Building
Conversations involving youth, women and indigenous people,
Motorcade/Torch Parade, Solidarity Dinner, Candle-lighting and
launching of Peace and Prosperity Roadmap and Peace Caravans in
selected conflict-affected areas in Eastern Visayas.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
8ID Commander once said in his solidarity message, “I encourage all
of you as stakeholders to bridge the gap between the government and
the issues set forth by the communist rebels. We shall serve as
bridging leaders, ready to forge a common understanding and a
collaborative response to end the roots of insurgency,” he stated.
These major event calls
the participation not only the government officials and people of
different provinces of Samar and Leyte but also the whole nation to
stand as one who would take their part in achieving a just and
lasting peace in a conducive developing country.
At the UN Review on PH rights
compliance in Geneva
on UN rights council for independent investigation on attacks vs
rights defenders, EJKs
September 22, 2017
QUEZON CITY – At
the 36th United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva,
Switzerland, Karapatan, speaking on behalf of international human
rights organizations Civicus and International Service for Human
Rights (ISHR), called on the member States of the UN HRC to support
the call for “a halt to all forms of attacks on human rights
defenders in the Philippines, the enactment of a law for their
protection, and the acceptance of a full, independent visit to the
Philippines by UN Special Rapporteurs, including on the situation of
Since the previous session
on the Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines last May 2017,
the Philippine government received 257 recommendations, of which 103
are supported and 154 noted by the Duterte administration.
Karapatan Deputy Secretary
General Roneo Clamor, who delivered the said statement at the UN HRC,
said that in the first year of the Duterte regime, at least fifty
human rights defenders, many who were leaders of peasant and
indigenous communities, have been killed under the cover of
counter-insurgency programs. This was worsened by President
Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’, which has also resulted in thousands more
casualties of regular Filipino citizens, Clamor said.
“Since the May review,
human rights activists have seen no reprieve in the harassment and
threats by State security forces. This includes the Secretary
General of people’s organisation Karapatan, Cristina Palabay.
Duterte’s pronouncements endanger the lives of HRDs who speak out
against his repressive policies, including the drug war and martial
law declarations, as well as for respect of rights, such as to a
safe and healthy environment. The filing of trumped-up charges to
criminalize HRDs has been normalized by the government, hampering us
from doing our work and violating our freedom of association,” he
Karapatan also raised
concerns on the “ominous signs of a nationwide martial law under
Pres. Duterte” that, the organization said, “hover like a sword of
Damocles over HRDs and the Filipino people.”
“Our history shows that
such a decision will worsen the current state of human rights in the
country,” he added.
Secretary General Cristina Palabay criticized the Duterte regime’s
continuing denial of the occurrence of extrajudicial killings and
other rights violations in the Philippines before the international
human rights body, referring to the recent statement of Ambassador
Evan Garcia before the said UN HRC session.
“The truth about the
worsening human rights situation in the Philippines and the rising
protest of Filipino people against Duterte’s tyrannical rule, as
shown by yesterday’s protest actions in Luneta, Manila and other
cities and countries, trumps all their lies, fake news and
misinformation,” she concluded.
District Engineering Office (BDEO) representatives headed by
Supremo Victor Sabistsana (wearing light blue polo shirt),
Engineer II together with Neo Jay Cagabhion, (wearing dark
blue polo shirt) Engineer II, and Ginisar M. Romero,
Engineer II discuss the updates and accomplishments of 2017
BDEO projects in the district over a radio program Kapihan:
Pulong-pulong nga Bayan at Radyo Natin FM hosted by Mrs.
Florelis E. Jackson, (wearing green polo shirt) PIA Station
Manager and Mrs. Lailanie Tupaz, PIA Staff on August 10,
delivered project accomplishment ahead of the planned target as of
August, this year
September 22, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran –
David P. Adongay Jr., District Engineer of Biliran District
Engineering Office has sticked to his promise of fast-tracking the
CY 2017 Infrastructure Projects as the district delivered 40.41%
accomplishment ahead from the planned target accomplishment of only
31.33% as of August, this year.
The district engineer
recently conducted various project inspections within the district
for the month of August to make sure projects are implemented
properly and in accordance with quality standards.
Adongay revealed that he
doesn’t have a definite time schedule when conducting project
“I will be consistently
monitoring the projects in an alternate schedule without the
knowledge of the contractor in order to evaluate if they are doing
their job,” said Adongay.
As of August 30, 2017
monitoring report, out of the 57 CY 2017 listed projects based on
General Appropriation Act (GAA), Biliran DEO has completed 45
projects with 9 on-going and three Not-Yet-Started (NYS) projects.
According to Engr. Rosario
B. Rosete, Chief of Planning and Design Section, one project which
is the Rehabilitation of Access Road leading to Naval Port including
Right-of-Way (ROW) at Naval, Biliran is now on the 3rd Revision for
the Program of Work (POW), Detailed Unit Price Analysis (DUPA) and
For the Rehabilitation of
Maripipi Circumferential Road, Rosete revealed that contract for the
project was already forwarded to the Regional Office last August 18,
2017 for signature by the Regional Director.
Rehabilitation of National Road Slips, Soil Collapse and Landslide
along Naval- Caibiran Cross Country Road is up for implementation
soon. Once these projects will be approved, implementation of these
projects will be monitored for fast completion.
Chicago Nightingales. (Photo by Rex Viejon, RN)
Nightingales keeps memory of Church Bells ringing after 116 years
during Balangiga Remembrance
ROSE SAN DIEGO
September 19, 2017
CHICAGO – The
Chicago Nightingales (CN), a nurses organization commemorated a
vigil when they assembled at their regular board meeting in
observance of an occurrence in the Samar Region, nearly 116 years
ago next week on September 28, 1901 in the town of Balangiga during
the Philippine American War 1899-1902.
During the event, the
names of forty-eight soldiers who lost their lives in action from
the roster of the US Army 9th Infantry Regiment of Company “C” were
read by four Chicago Nightingale nurses following an impromptu
strike of a miniature bell each time twelve names were called. The
bells chime echoing out to the group of nurses leaving goosebump
sensations. A separate blank paper was folded in quarters with a
lone chime representing in memoriam the twenty-eight villagers
killed also that day, who either resided in the town or nearby
barangays. The memorial program reading of the names for the nurses
organizations was led by its CN President Phoebe Doruelo, RN.
In an asserted effort the
Chicago Nightingales stands along with Philippine President Duterte
in requesting the assistance of US President Donald Trump to safely
secure the immediate release of the three church bells removed from
the Town of Balangiga, Samar. Our mission is to help remind the
sacrifices made then and to keep the bells ringing for the fallen
until their return.
The healing process must
begin somewhere, from someone and thus far it has taken our nations
heroes of 1942, to include the Forgotten War of Korea and Vietnam to
know first-hand the ugly face of war. The Philippine American War
was unavoidable under its existing colonial conditions that ended
tragically on both sides 116 years ago.
Chicago Nightingales is a
501 c (3) status founded in 2013. A voluntary, impartial, neutral
and independent humanitarian organization whose mission is to
promote health and wellness in the community and provide assistance
to communities stricken by human-induced disaster or calamities
locally and in third world countries, principally the Philippines.
DPWH: Heal Mother
APRIL FATIMA DIRA VILLANUEVA
September 19, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY –
Samar First District Engineering Office takes part in saving Mother
Nature thru its compliance to Department Order 57, Series of 2009
“DPWH Solid Waste Management Policy".
The following guidelines
and procedures are hereby issued, pursuant to the provision of the
Implementing Rules and Regulations of the RA 9003 series of 2000
which prescribes that “All Government Offices at the national and
local levels, within the executive, legislative and judicial
branches, and government owned and controlled corporations shall
ensure information, education and actual implementation of waste
management program at the workplaces and work premises, including
the pursuit of the environment-friendly purchasing policies for
their respective offices.”
The Department of Public
Works and Highways is committed to safeguard the environment through
proper waste segregation to reduce the solid waste generated in all
Raising awareness on
something that really matter means our job is more noble. Recycling
helps us save the earth. It limits the amount of harm we do to our
environment on daily basis. It reduces the amount of natural
resources need to produce different products. It lessen impact on
environment. It saves and preserves our planet.
Advisory Committee (AC)
and The Technical Working Group (TWG) work hand in hand to oversee
and monitor the four methods of implementation which are source
reduction, reuse of materials, recycling, and purchase of recycled
content materials. Every month they submit reports of their
accomplishments and receipts of the sale of recyclable materials,
the beneficiary of the proceeds is the DPWH Employees Union members,
which will be used for environmental projects.
DPWH-SFDEO is doing a
proactive participation in Saving Mother Earth and let’s continue to
dare the world to save the planet.
minorities file cases at the GRP-NDFP CARHRIHL monitoring committee;
hit Duterte’s failure to push talks forward
September 18, 2017
QUEZON CITY – On
the second week of the Lakbayan 2017, representatives of National
Minorities are filing complaints against the Armed Forces of the
Philippines (AFP) for violations of the Comprehensive Agreement on
Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).
The delegation trooped to the Philippine government section of the
GRP-NDFP Joint Monitoring Committee on CARHRIHL.
SANDUGO criticized Pres.
Duterte for the failure to stand by its commitment to implement
CARHRIHL and has, instead, waged an all-out war and declared martial
law, which violates the 1998 agreement.
“Pres. Duterte has driven
the peace talks down the drain by insisting on a ceasefire ahead of
the agreement on social and economic reforms and in total disregard
of the CARHRIHL,” said Jerome Aba, co-chairperson of Sandugo.
Among the cases to be
filed are violations committed in relation to the Marawi siege and
the government’s implementation of all-out war/martial law:
- The killing of the Lumad
youth Obillo Bay-ao who was killed by members of the paramilitary
group Alamara and CAFGU on September 5, 2017. Bay-ao is a student of
a Lumad school, Salugpungan Learning Center, in Talaingod, Davao del
- The case of a 74
year-old Marcos Aggalao of Kalinga province who died while in
detention on Sept. 12, 2017. A veteran of the anti-Chico dam
struggle, Aggalao was arrested on September 2016 and suffered stroke
thrice while in jail. At the time of hisarrest, Aggalao has
dementia, pneumonia and hypertension.
- Extrajudicial killings (EJK),
illegal arrests and detention, harassment and threat and divestment
of properties among the Maranao in Marawi.
Also included are 14 cases
of EJKs, 10 cases of illegal arrest and detention, harassment,
threat and intimidation, and cases of violation of domicile,
physical and mental torture. Also included are violations committed
in the Caraga and Negros regions and those incurred by Consunji
mining in the South Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat area.
Duterte’s allout war/martial law and failure to push peace talks
“Duterte’s war against the
national minorities and the poor majority of the people does not
address the root causes of the armed conflict but only adds fuel to
the ongoing people’s war,” said Aba.
Thousands of national
minorities are suffering the brunt of the social and economic crisis
sweeping the country. They are further burdened by the entry of
foreign monopoly capitalist corporations, endorsed by government and
a fascist military, encroaching on their territories and ancestral
Pres. Duterte has dashed
all hoped that a Joint Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms can
be signed. The agreement could have addressed the reforms needed by
the Filipino People, including the demands of the national
minorities for rights and right to self-determination, and for the
protection of their territories and ancestral lands against plunder.
“As the fight for their
economic and political rights continues, so is the pressure by a
fascist military defending landlords, companies and foreign monopoly
corporations getting bigger,” Aba added.
Sandugo calls on the
people to raise the call for the resumption of the peace talks even
as they advance their struggle, with the rest of the Filipino
people, for a just and meaningful peace in the country.