CARL MARK D. PEDRERA
October 25, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – As
we are approaching halfway of the 4th quarter of the year 2017, the
Department of Public Works and Highways - Biliran District
Engineering Office (DPWH-BDEO) expedites its remaining projects for
the year 2016.
The Department of
Education with its Basic Educational Facilities Fund, twenty-two
(22) projects on school buildings was implemented having a total
programmed amount of P172.6M.
Fifteen (15) of these
projects having an actual accomplishment of 100%. Six (6) school
project in Naval, Biliran, Caibiran, Kawayan and Maripipi is still
on-going but is already more than halfway from completion. One (1)
school project in Biliran has not been started yet due to the
project being temporarily suspended due to weather condition and
unforeseen source of water within the project site which affects the
foundation works. Thousands of students have benefited from these
newly built school and more will be upon full completion of the
For the Health Facilities
Project with a programmed amount of P10M, the Rehabilitation of the
Biliran Provincial Hospital (BPH) is 100% completed and more
patients will be accommodated.
The Department of
Agriculture’s P42M projects for its construction of seven (7) farm
to market roads is 100% completed. The project was purposely
implemented for residents and merchants to have a short and easy
access to towns especially to those who lived on remote sitios.
With a programmed amount
of P3.2M for the Rain Water Collector, it has an accomplishment of
100%. This greatly help in reducing the consumption water by
distributing the collected rainwater to supply to toilets, washroom
and utilities that needed water.
Having a total actual
accomplishment of 98.997% of the Infrastructure Program, the
DPWH-BDEO has completed sixty-five (65) out of sixty-six (66)
projects. The remaining project that has yet to be completed is the
Construction of Biliran Diversion Road including Slope Protection
and Right-of-Way having an actual accomplishment of 87.2%.
Issues concerning the
delay is the obstruction of three (3) electrical posts. Construction
is still on-going. Completion of the project will mean that more
road users can lessen their travel time and be able to avoid traffic
congestion within the streets of Biliran.
The BDEO have completed
substantial number of projects as of September 30, 2017 and will
continue to finish the remaining projects on time if problem/issues
should not rise to hindrance the operation.
PH to be a
regional automotive hub – trade chief
October 23, 2017
MAKATI CITY – At
the first ever Philippine Auto Parts Expo (PhilApEx) in Pasay on 12
October, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon
Lopez urged local auto parts manufacturers to take part in the
automotive industry revitalization initiative of DTI that will also
complement the thrust of President Rodrigo Duterte and the
Department of Transportation (DOTr) to realize Philippine made
modern Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs).
PhilApEx was convened to
showcase and promote the gains of the Comprehensive Automotive
Resurgence Strategy (CARS) Program, which will hopefully assist the
local industry to level up against importation into the country,
reaching 700,000 units by 2022.
“The overall goal of the
program is in line with the 10 point socio-economic agenda of
President Duterte, developing the Philippines into a regional
automotive hub, assisting MSMEs to grow, and eventually generate
more job opportunities for those at the bottom of the Pyramid,” said
To further push the
automotive industry’s resurgence, DTI decided to shift the
unsubscribed third slot budget under the program to support the
local manufacturing of replacement vehicles for DOTr’s PUV
Modernization Program, wherein local content and auto-parts to be
manufactured domestically could generate 65,000 additional local
employments, thus improving industry capacity across time.
“We are looking forward
for the Philippines to be a trade surplus country in the coming
years, with seven to eight percent growth in the manufacturing
sector from the former one percent, positive six percent from
agriculture industry development and not to mention the robust
growth in the service sector,” he added.
Sec. Lopez mentioned that
DTI vows to champion the event’s slogan “Gawang Pilipino, para sa
Pilipino,” wherein the government would be providing subsidies for
local car parts manufacturers, who qualify as suppliers for the Eco-jeepneys
for the PUV modernization program.
He also shared that DTI
with DOTr are working hand in hand to monitor developments as
manufacturers are submitting prototypes to be used for the
nationwide PUV modernization scheme.
Also at the event were
Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)
Chairman Martin Delgra III (2nd from L), Philippine Parts Maker
Association (PPMA), Inc. President Engr. Ferdi Raquel Santos
(rightmost) with two participating car-maker executives: Mitsubishi
Motors President Mutsuhiro Oshikiri (leftmost) and Toyota Motors
Corporation President Satoru Suzuki (2nd from R).
Samar I extends
support to future artists
APRIL FATIMA DIRA
October 20, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY –
Samar First District Engineering Office is given a recognition as
the Most Outstanding Education Stakeholder, for actively engaging
and sharing responsibility for developing life-long learners through
lending the DPWH Heavy Equipment for Construction of Calbayog Arts
and Design School of Eastern Visayas (CADSEV) access road for school
The Department of
Education, Region VIII-Eastern Visayas headed by Ms. Teresa D.
Villa, Public Schools District Supervisor, during their Schools
Banner Project Launching, Stakeholders’ Pasidungog and Teachers’ Day
Celebration on September 25, 2017 at Ciriaco Hotel and Resort,
handed the award to DPWH representative Engr. Hendrix Ortega.
Calbayog Arts and Design
School of Eastern Visayas is the only school in Region VIII that
caters to students who love to express their creativity and passion
in Arts and Design Track. Established in October 13, 2015, during
their first year of operation in June 13, 2016 they had an enrollees
of 34 students in 1st Semester and 28 students in 2nd Semester.
For this year, 96 students
for 1st Semester coming from Leyte, Eastern Samar, Samar, Northern
Samar and Calbayog City flocks to CADSEV for learning.
A showcase of their
learnings can be seen from various awards garnered by students from
the school in almost all competitions such as: Champion - Raul
Isisdro Body Painting Competition 2016, Best Model - Raul Isidro
Body Painting Competition 2016, 2nd Place - Hadang Dance Festival
2016, 3rd Runner-up - Miss Hadang 2016, 1st Place - Kuratsa Dance
Competition, 1st Place - Ballroom Dance Competition, 1st Place - Pop
Dance Competition, 1st Place - Cheer Dance Competition, 1st Place -
Vocal Duet Competition, 1st Place - Vocal Solo Competition, Miss
Siglakas 2016 and 1st Runner-up Mr. Siglakas 2016.
Mr. Aris Ventures, school
teacher in CADSEV extends his grateful appreciation to DPWH for
their continued support to their school in providing the equipment
and everyday maintenance of their area.
They are looking forward
for the extension and construction of their buildings in the future
to cater to more talented and future artists in the likes of the
renowned Raul Isidro, Ombok, and Florence Cinco.
DPWH Samar I
constructs the first arts and design track school building in
JASON T. DE LOS ANGELES
October 20, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY –
Samar First District Engineering Office completes the construction
of two (2) storey with eight (8) classroom school building for
Calbayog Arts and Design School of Eastern Visayas (CADSEV), located
at Brgy. Gadgaran Diversion Road. It is accessible by a 15 to 25
minutes Multi-cab and or Jeep service ride from the city proper.
The project is implemented
by SFDEO and is under contract with B. Vicencio Construction costing
P11 million, from the 2016 basic educational facilities fund (BEFF).
CADSEV is the only
Regional Senior High school in the entire Eastern Visayas offering
arts and design track. The students come from all over the Eastern
Samar region, Northern Samar region, Leyte, and are even from the
capital city of Manila. This new school building will directly
benefit around 96 students who are currently enrolled in the school
and will encourage locally artistic inclined residents to hone their
skills in various forms of art.
Mr. Aris Ventures, one of
the teacher-in-charge said students will be exposed to the various
forms of art such as visual arts, media arts, performing arts and
literary arts, to improve their knowledge, innate skills in arts and
design. He expects an influx of enrollees for the next school year
from adjacent cities and municipalities.
Secretary Rosalina Bistoyong listened as ARB member Gloria
Aguilar explained the strategies she will employ to sustain
and expand the egg-laying chickens with egg dispersal
machines project she received during the turnover ceremony
on October 18 in Barangay Centrala, Surallah, South Cotabato.
Secretary Bistoyong was joined by DAR-12 Director Nasser M.
Musali (right) and other top officials of DAR in the region.
told to sustain, expand livelihood projects
October 19, 2017
Cotabato – Beneficiaries of the government’s agrarian reform
program were encouraged to develop, sustain and expand the
livelihood projects that are part of the comprehensive support
services they receive from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).
DAR OIC Secretary Rosalina
Bistoyong spearheaded the distribution of various livelihood
projects to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in Barangay
Centrala, Surallah, South Cotabato on Wednesday, October 18.
Bistoyong urged the
beneficiaries to take care of the projects, make them sustainable to
benefit the other ARBs in the area.
The distribution of
livelihood projects was made possible through the joint efforts made
by DAR, Pilmico Foods Corporation, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Equity
Ventures and Aboitiz Foundation.
Bistoyong said the
livelihood projects is the first Public Private Partnership (PPP)
endeavor that DAR entered into to help ARBs augment their income.
A total of nine selected
ARBs from three barangays in Surallah received egg-laying chickens
with egg dispersal machines and hog dispersal kits.
“Our responsibilities do
not end upon receipt of these livelihood projects. We need to ensure
their sustainability to benefit the other ARBs,” she pointed out.
An increase of household
income of ARBs through livelihood projects will also help end cases
where awarded lands are leased or sold, Bistoyong emphasized.
The turnover ceremony was
also joined by Apol B. Castro, vice president for corporate strategy
and business development of Pilmico; Surallah Mayor Antonio Bendita;
Director Leomides Villareal of the Public Affairs and Media
Relations Service of DAR Central Office; DAR Region 12 Director
Nasser M. Musali and other top DAR officials in the region.
In her message, Castro
said the aim of the project is to develop and build a purpose-driven
community through sustainable livelihood.
She also emphasized that
support to ARBs in the area is part of the corporate social
responsibility of Pilmico and Aboitiz Equity Ventures under the
project “Mahalin Pagkaing Atin” which aims to support home-grown
products and backyard farmers who aspire to become
Among the recipients
present was Gloria Aguilar who expressed gratitude in lieu of her
Aguilar assured they will
take care the projects, sustain and expand to elevate their way of
Mayor Bendita also thanked
DAR and Pilmico for choosing the ARBs of Surallah as recipients of
He also expressed full
support to the thrusts and programs DAR to help farmers uplift their
Cuy: DILG is open
to suggestions on MASA MASID drop box
October 15, 2017
QUEZON CITY –
Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy said
today that the DILG is “open to suggestions” regarding the drop
boxes for the Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal
na Droga (MASA MASID) and that there is no need to scrap the budget
allocated for the purpose altogether.
Cuy made the pronouncement
after the MASA MASID, along with the “drop box mechanism”, was
grilled in the Senate plenary debate for DILG's budget and was
deemed as "prone to malice and abuse which can possibly lead to
"We can do away with the
MASA MASID drop box but not the whole budget earmarked for the
mechanism," he says.
MASA MASID is a barangay-based
anti-criminality, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs program
which encourages multi-sectoral partnership to intensify the spirit
of volunteerism at the community level.
Cuy acknowledges the
adverse reactions from various sectors on the drop box scheme but
maintained that it is meant as a feedback mechanism that will
encourage the people to take an active role in ensuring peace and
order in communities.
“The drop box is not meant
for ‘Tokhang’ as claimed by different groups. We just want the
people to be on board in the government’s efforts for peaceful and
progressive communities,” he says.
He also clarifies that
contrary to reports of the alleged cost for each of the MASA MASID
drop boxes, there was no finality as to how much will be spent to
purchase the controversial drop boxes, though proposals were lobbied
"Even prior to the issue
becoming public, there was no tag price for the drop boxes," he
According to Cuy, instead
of wiping out the budget for the drop box, it is better that some of
the funds be allocated to other DILG programs with similar functions
in monitoring peace and order, data-gathering, and surveillance.
He says that the
Department currently has existing programs where the concept of the
‘drop box’ can be utilized. He said that these programs are "cut
from the same cloth" as the MASA MASID program.
"The possibility of
realigning the MASA MASID budget as an augmentation for programs
like peace and order councils (POCs) and barangay anti-drug abuse
committees (BADAC) will help in the continued efforts for peace and
order down to the grassroots level," he adds.
POCs are reorganized in
the national, regional, provincial, city and municipal levels of the
government to counter threats posed by criminality, insurgency,
violent extremism and other issues on peace and order.
On the other hand, BADAC
is the grassroots program of the DILG aimed at organizing barangay
officials and other stakeholders as first line of defense at
countering drug-related crimes in barangays.
Former DSWD Sec.
Judy Taguiwalo on Pork Barrel
October 13, 2017
QUEZON CITY –
Former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and
retired University of the Philippines (UP) professor Judy M.
Taguiwalo today reacted to the declaration of House Committee on
Appropriations chairman Karlos Nograles that the P3.767 trillion
budget for 2018 is “pork barrel free,” saying that while no pork
allocation is apparent in how the budget is presented or written,
the only way that a no pork assertion can be true is if lawmakers
refrain from demanding from national government agency heads for
“their money” and the agency heads stand firm in resisting the
pressure of these lawmakers.
After all, what was
declared by the Supreme Court as illegal pork is the post-enactment
hand of the lawmakers in the implementation of the budget. A number
of lawmakers sanitize the pork by asserting that they are merely
fighting for the money that they worked so hard for their
constituents when they know that such intervention post-enactment is
illegal, not to mention, that irregularities, including corruption
Taguiwalo said that when
she assumed office in DSWD, her commitment was to provide a
leadership that gives no room for corruption by ensuring that fund
allocation is guided by the General Appropriations Act (GAA) and by
shielding DSWD funds from external forces that sought to influence
how the department disbursed its funds and implemented its programs
beyond or outside the specifications in the national budget.
With the declaration of
the Supreme Court that any form of direct allocation to legislators
in the budget is unconstitutional, the former practice of specific
amount allocated to a legislator in the approved budget was
officially removed from the GAA. But it appears that some
legislators have not internalized this ruling or are finding ways to
“I am not a lawyer, but I
know that the disbursement of funds is not among the functions of
legislators. Their function is primarily and strictly legislative,
not executive, but they choose to ignore this and continue to engage
in patronage politics. They use pork barrel funds to wield influence
over their constituents. There was even one lawmaker who in an
effort to talk me out of my opposition to specific allocation to
individual legislators assured me that it is not about corruption
but about patronage or ‘in aid of re-election’, making it sound as
if there is nothing wrong at all with patronage, not to mention that
I did not buy the idea that it’s just all about patronage,” she
“I believe there is a need
for us to continue the fight against pork. It did not end when cases
were filed against Napoles and her cohorts. It still exists and its
evils are staring us in the face.
Code's 26th anniversary celebration highlights LGU best practices
October 11, 2017
QUEZON CITY – In
line with the 26th anniversary of the Local Government Code (LGC),
the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) opened
today a two-day event that will highlight the best practices of
local government units (LGUs) that are worthy of emulation.
Dubbed as the “Festival of
Best Practices”, the market-place and fiesta-themed event, which is
ongoing at the Novotel Manila in Quezon City, aims to showcase the
remarkable initiatives and programs of LGUs that they have
implemented using the powers and authority granted to them under the
Signed in 1991, Republic
Act 7160 or the Local Government Code, which is considered as the
bible of local governance, provides for a more responsive and
accountable local government structure whereby LGUs are given more
powers, authority, responsibilities and resources instituted through
a system of decentralization.
The best local government
practices that will be showcased revolve around the following
themes: Environment-Protective, Climate Change Adaptive and Disaster
Resilient LGUs; Business-Friendly and Competitive LGUs; Socially
Protective and Safe LGUs; and Accountable, Transparent,
Participative, and Effective Local Governance.
Among the local chief
executives who will present their respective programs are: Batanes
Gov. Marilou H. Cayco on The Epitome of Disaster Resiliency; Cauayan
City Mayor Bernard Faustino Dy on Public-Private Partnership in
Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals; Piddig, Ilocos Norte
Mayor Georgina Salazar on Organic Coffee Plantation and Farm
Consolidation; Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur Mayor Mark Pacalioga on
Organic Agriculture and Governance; and Quezon City Vice-Mayor
Josefina Belmonte-Alimurung on Tahanan Drug Rehabilitation Program.
Other presenters are
Iloilo City CDRRMO Donna Magno on Disaster Risk Resiliency Hub; City
of San Fernando’s Regulator Simplification: Agaplikar, Agbayad,
Alaen; and Carmona, Cavite MPDO Mildred Purificacion on Your
Embrace, My Hope: Transforming the Lives of PWDs.
Organized by the DILG’s
Local Government Academy (LGA), in partnership with the Galing Pook
Foundation (GPF), the event also includes the presentation and
awarding of the 2017 Galingpook Outstanding Local Governance
Programs, and a Forum on Renewable Energy for LGUs.
“The Festival of Best
Practices is a festivity wherein the LGUs can learn and further push
good local governance in their respective communities. We hope to
promote, encourage and bring forth considerable harvests of best
practices in local governments which were significantly brought
about by the passage of the Local Government Code,” says DILG OIC-Secretary
Catalino S. Cuy.
Cuy says the event is also
a platform for the DILG to promote their program, the Local
Governance Innovative Solutions Bank, a web-based application that
enables LGUs to access or “withdraw” the best practices that
exemplar LGUs have “deposited”.
multi-purpose building projects near completion
JASON T. DE LOS ANGELES
October 10, 2017
CALBAYOG CITY –
Samar First District Engineering Office is aspiringly and in
progression of providing each barangay with multi-purpose halls. The
construction of multi-purpose building projects in 5 Barangays and
one (1) municipal has a total appropriation of P19 million. These
projects are located in Brgy. Anislag, Brgy. Bagacay, Brgy. Binaliw,
Brgy. Central, Brgy. Cagboborac and Brgy. Poblacion 2, San Jorge,
The projects are
beneficial to the residents of said barangays as well as students
that used it as venue for school activities. The project can also be
used by all Barangay residents including its neighboring barangay in
whatever activities they will have. This project will have a great
impact to the community for it will provide a decent venue for their
community-based, socio-cultural and economic activities. On the
otherhand, it will serve as temporary shelter to the affected
families during times of man-made and natural calamities.
As of this writing, out of
six (6) multi-purpose building projects, three (3) projects are
completed while three (3) projects are still ongoing.
P21 wage hike for
5 million NCR workers effective October 5
October 5, 2017
QUEZON CITY –
Starting today October 5, the minimum wage in the National Capital
Region is now P512 a day after a P21 salary increase into the basic
pay announced by the wage board two weeks ago.
Under the wage order No.
21 issued September 14 by the seven man members of the Regional
Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-National Capital Region, the
minimum wage for non-agriculture workers will now be P512.
Stated in the same wage
order, those workers in the agriculture plantation and
non-plantation and those in the retail, service and manufacturing
sectors employing less than 10 workers will be receiving P475 a day.
More than 5 million
minimum-waged workers from Metro Manila and workers from Bulacan,
Cavite, Laguna and Batangas working in the metropolis are bound to
benefit from the wage hike.
Inspite of the increase,
however, wage petitioner Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union
Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) who filed in June a P184
additional increase said the P21 increase will not trickle down the
economic wealth the workers help created and is inadequate to meet
the daily nutritional and survival needs of the standard family of
five amid rising the cost services and surging prices of basic
“The P21 increase will not
lift workers and their families from living below poverty. This 4
per cent increase is very small compared to the recent increases in
prices of electricity, water, LPG used in cooking and in the price
of gasoline. This increase will not definitely close the widening
gap between the rich and the poor. There is no shared prosperity
here,” said Alan Tanjusay ALU-TUCP spokesperson.
Citing the Bangko Sentral
ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the National Wages and Productivity
Commission (NWPC), Tanjusay said the buying power of the new P512
daily minimum wage is only P362 a day.
Because of this, the
ALU-TUCP is seeking additional P500 monthly of P16 a day subsidy
from President Rodrigo Duterte utilizing the unspent and unused
budget from different government departments and agencies to help
minimum-waged earners cope with the rising inflation.
“It is important for
workers to cope with the rising cost of living and meet the basic
daily food needs of workers and their families because they are
essential partner of employers and capitalists to helping and
sustaining the country’s economic growth at a competitive level. Yet
the wealth created remains at the top and it’s not trickling down,”