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Samar I receives P5.4 billion allocations for 2018

DPWH Samar 1 area

February 26, 2018

CALBAYOG CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways Samar First District Engineering Office will implement 146 regular infrastructure projects worth P5.4 billion for 2018. This year’s allocation is significantly higher to last year’s 59 projects worth P2.8 billion.

The seventy-five (75) projects under Batch 1 and seventy-one (71) projects under Batch 2 will focus on the rehabilitation/ reconstruction of slips, slope collapse, and landslide along Daang Maharlika and Calbayog-Catarman Road, widening of major bridges, construction/ rehabilitation of flood control structures, construction of multi-purpose buildings as well as the construction/ rehabilitation of new and existing secondary roads within the District.

Among the district’s big-ticket projects is the construction of the Calbayog Coastal Diversion Road costing P300 million which already started breaking ground last February 24, 2018.

“The increased budget also means that a higher responsibility is conferred to Samar I in maintaining project quality. The office will ensure that such quality is not compromised through close project monitoring and improved relations with our contractors,” said District Engineer Alvin Ignacio.





PSA-EV conducts first ever CRVS jingle dance contest

By PSA-8
February 24, 2018

TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippine Statistics Authority - Regional Statistical Services Office 8 (PSA-RSSO 8) successfully conducted the first ever Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Jingle Dance Contest on 22 February 2018, at PSA-RSSO 8 Training Room.

CRVS jingle dance contest winners
Contestants of the 2018 CRVS Jingle Dance Contest. Sagkahan National High School (above) and Leyte National High School (below).

Two (2) secondary schools from Tacloban City, Leyte National High School and Sagkahan National High School, showcased the dancing skills of their students to the tune of CRVS jingle and vied for the 2018 CRVS Jingle Dance Champ.

Sagkahan National High School emerged as winner after garnering an average score of 90.3 percent.

The CRVS Jingle Dance Contest was organized by PSA-RSSO 8 as part of the 2018 Civil Registration Month (CRM) celebration and the CRVS Decade 2015-2024. The contest aimed to encourage the youth to participate in the global advocacy of getting everyone registered and of promoting awareness on the importance of civil registration in the lives of every Filipino.

Ms. Zonia C. Salazar, OIC-SOCD of PSA-RSSO 8, Ms. Judith Joy D. Avila, Administrative Officer I of PSA-Leyte, and Ms. Matilde A. Dacullo, Administrative Officer IV of PSA-RSSO8, sat as board of judges. Criteria of the competition included, choreography (50%), execution (30%), costume (10%), and over-all impact (10%).

Winners were awarded with cash prizes, certificates, and PSA tokens. They will once again perform during the 2018 CRM Closing Ceremony.

The years 2015-2024 was declared as CRVS Decade pursuant to Proclamation 1106 issued on 20 August 2015 and signed by then President Benigno S. Aquino III.






flood mitigating structures
On this site, 586.00 lineal meters of flood mitigating structures will be constructed which will serve as an extension to the existing flood control in Oquendo, Calbayog City.

Samar I foresees flood-free district for 2018

February 23, 2018

CALBAYOG CITY – DPWH Samar I will soon construct twenty-one (21) flood control (FC) projects with a total appropriation of P520 million sourced out from the General Appropriations Act of 2018. Last year, the district office implemented ten (10) FC projects totaling P415.5 million.

Flood control structures are aimed to mitigate flooding caused by the fluctuation of water level in rivers and creeks. These projects are: Construction of Flood Control Structure along Jibatang River (Upstream and Downstream) in barangays Capacuhan, Mag-Ubay and Jose Roño; Construction/Extension of Oquendo Flood Control; Construction of Flood Control Structures in Brgy. Cautod; Construction of Flood Control Structure along Tagnao River (Upstream) in Brgy. Tagnao; Construction of Flood Control Structure along Gandara River in barangays Himay and Mancol; Construction of Flood Control Structure along Calbayog River in Brgy. Nijaga; Construction of Flood Control Structure in Brgy. Tinambacan Norte and Sur; Construction of Flood Control Structure along Binaliw River (Upstream) and Binaliw Creek in Brgy. Binaliw;

Rehabilitation/Improvement of Flood Control Structure along Caglanipao River in Brgy. Caglanipao Sur; Rehabilitation/Improvement of Flood Control Structure along Cagnipa River in Brgy. Cagnipa; Rehabilitation/Improvement of Flood Control Structure along Tangao River in Brgy. San Joaquin; Rehabilitation/Improvement of Flood Control Structure along Manguino-o Creek in Brgy. Manguino-o; Rehabilitation/Improvement of Flood Control Structure along Banti-an Creek in Brgy. Banti-an; and Rehabilitation/Improvement of Flood Control Structure along Gandara River (Upstream and Downstream) in Brgy. Ngoso, Gandara, Samar.

Plans and Programs of Work (POW) of the aforementioned projects have been approved, advertised and bid-out. According to the Secretariat of the Bids and Awards Committee, most of the notices of award and notices to proceed have been issued to contractors. All projects are expected to be completed within the year.






bio-gas digester
A closer look of the bio-gas digester.

Animal waste: An alternative fuel

February 23, 2018

TACLOBAN CITY – Three farming communities in Southern Leyte were relieved somehow from using expensive fuel in cooking.

This after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) introduced to the residents of three remote villages in the City of Maasin and the towns of Hinunangan and Tomas Opus the Community-managed Potable Water and Sanitation Hygiene (CPWASH) project, a new approach in delivering water, energy, health and sanitation in the countyside by using available resources in the community.

CPWASH has four sub-projects – the rain water collector, the bio-sand filters, the iron removable filters and the bio-gas digester.

Under the last sub-project, no one in these villages ever thought that the wastes of their pigs can be transformed into an alternative fuel.

Virginia Dueñas, one of the recipients of the said project in Barangay Hantag, Maasin City, disclosed that they no longer use firewood or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) in cooking after this project was introduced to them by DAR. According to her, they can now save around P700 a month for they no longer buy LPG.

Their income likewise has increased as they are forced to raise more pigs in order to gather sufficient organic wastes that would be turned into fuel.

CPWASH project coordinator Julius Monge explained that animal wastes are fed and collected in the bio-gas digester, that in turn, produce methane gas through anaerobic digestion.

Further, under the CPWASH project rural folks were also trained how to construct bio-sand filters and iron removable filters to make water from deep wells potable.






Sta. Margarita, Samar farm to market road
The farm to market road connecting Brgy. Panaruan and Brgy. Can-ipulan, Sta. Margarita, Samar.

P20 million FMR improves farmers’ livelihood

February 23, 2018

CALBAYOG CITY – DPWH Samar I completes the construction of four (4) farm to market roads (FMR) within the district benefiting the farmers and residents situated in Barangays Cabunga-an and Sitio Mactang in Santo Niño; San Luis and Pange in Tarangnan; Santo Niño and Macugo in Gandara; and Can-ipulan and Panaruan in Santa Margarita.

These projects have a combined appropriation of P20 million and cover the concreting of 1.44 kilometers of road. In these communities where agriculture is the primary source of income, the concrete road provides the farmers direct access to neighboring barangays and their respective poblacions, establishing trade and income.

In Brgy. Panaruan, farmers had to endure walking on uneven and rocky ground while carrying heavy produce just to deliver it to Brgy. Can-ipulan and Brgy. Solsogon.

“We used to walk for more than an hour because even habal-habals and motorcycles would not ride through the bumpy old dirt road,” explains Michael Catalan, a farmer from Brgy. Panaruan. “Now that this road is concreted, it is easier for us to transport our products using motorized tricycles.”

Travel time and transport cost for agricultural products is reduced by 50%.





IFEX Philippines 2018 makes waves with exciting seafood edition

IFEX Philippines 2018

February 23, 2018

PASAY CITY – Global buyers are up for an exciting showcase of the Philippines’ premier seafood and other food segments in the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines, the country’s biggest export-oriented food show, on May 25-27 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.

Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry‐Center for Trade Expositions and Mission (DTI-CITEM), IFEX Philippines 2018 will stage its first special edition featuring “The Best of the Seas,” focusing on the fast-growing seafood market in the Philippine regions and other Asian countries.

“Now an annual event, IFEX Philippines continues to be the largest and widely anticipated food trade event in the country,” said Nora K. Terrado, DTI Undersecretary for Trade and Investments Promotion Group and CITEM Officer-in-Charge (OIC).

“For its 12th edition, we will highlight the Philippines’ finest seafood to satisfy the growing global demand for marine product and coastal cuisines, along with other exquisite food products across the globe”, added Terrado.

As one of the official business events during the country’s hosting of ASEAN in 2017, last year’s IFEX Philippines opened more trade opportunities and innovations around the world with the showcase of Philippines’ best and overseas participation of the European Union (EU), China, South Korea, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and other countries.

The three-day event was attended by nearly 11,000 international and local visitors, including 2,057 high-profile trade buyers from top global retail giants and supermarkets. These buyers came from different regions across the globe, such as Europe, China and SARs, Middle East, East Asia, America and Southeast Asia.

For its 12th edition, the IFEX Philippines will excite buyers with the country’s top and emerging food export companies to promote Philippine food products and strengthen links with buyers, importers, and retailers in the global market. Meanwhile, the event will also put up an International Hall to host the top seafood and non‐marine products of leading companies and manufacturers from other participating countries.

Making a flavorful splash in its seafood edition, IFEX Philippines will also stage the Regional Seafood Pavilion, a regional showcase of world‐class seafood products and ingredients locally sourced from the coasts and diverse marine environments across the Philippine archipelago.

“We are tapping the country’s most marine-abundant coastal regions from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. This is where we will bring key suppliers to make it easier for buyers to source in one pavilion the best fish and marine products, such as tuna, milkfish, prawns, tilapia, and other seafood from the Philippines,” said Terrado.

The Coastal Culinary Cuisine will then complete the culinary journey in a dynamic presentation of the Philippines’ most iconic and distinct regional seafood cuisines from top international and local experts to give an exquisite experience of the country’s heirloom flavors and traditions.

The Marketplace is also open for a one‐stop retail experience of premium food products ranging from seafood products, fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, processed foods, homemade regional delicacies, and many more.

For those in want of much more inspiration and adventure, visiting buyers and exhibiting companies can also attend export and investment seminars to get new ideas and updates on the latest regulations, trends, and innovations in the food industry from renowned experts, researchers, lecturers and members of the academe.

The 12th edition of IFEX Philippines is supported by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Interested companies/exhibitor may contact Ms. Alex Lucas at 831-2137, or send an inquiry at






Survey team of Biliran District Engineering Office
Survey team from the Planning and Design Section of Biliran District Engineering Office conducts survey of the site for the Construction of Slope Protection Project located at Brgy. Pinamihagan, Culaba, Biliran with an allocation of P 50,000,000.00. The section is prone to road slips and landslide posing danger to lives, properties and existing national structures, hence prioritization under FY 2018 DPWH Program. The completion of this project will provide a structure that will prevent road slips and landslides which will eventually prevent damage to the existing paved National Road.

P1.8B worth of infra projects allocated to DPWH-Biliran DEO for FY 2018 with additional projects

February 23, 2018

NAVAL, Biliran – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District Engineering Office gets an additional budget for project implementation this year.

Biliran DEO has been allotted with a total budget of P1.8B worth of Infrastructure projects which comprises of 63 projects.

According to Engr. Rosario B. Rosete, Chief of Planning and Design Section, 61 of which are to be implemented by the District Office while two will be implemented by the Regional Office.

“Previously, we only had 57 projects, 52 are for Biliran DEO’s implementation and five from the Regional Office with a budget amount of P1.584.224B [sic]. Out of the five Regional Office projects, three were requested by the District Office for authority to Bid and Implement amounting to P320.9M. It was just recently been approved by DPWH Secretary on January 29, 2018 including the P100M project funded under the Regionwide Congressmaen’s Fund,” revealed Rosete.

Rosete said that aside from the four projects added, the District Office will have another five additional projects for implementation amounting to P147.5M.

“The budget came from the Regionwide funds of Congressmen as per request by Biliran Province Local Government Officials,” she said.

The additional projects are the construction of four seawalls, one multipurpose building, one baywalk and two slope protections.

As of February 15, 2018, Rosete said that 48 projects were already bid out, 2 are advertised and 11 are not yet started under pre-construction activities. Preliminary and Detailed Engineering (PDE) Activities are still on-going for these 11 projects.






2018 CRM Poster Making Contest
Winners of the 2018 CRM Poster Making Contest (L-R): Bradlee Vanz M. Porquez, 1st Place; John Patrick N. Casio, 2nd Place; and Michael Roy Eclipse, 3rd Place.

Boys dominate in the 2018 civil registration month poster making contest

By PSA-8
February 22, 2018

TACLOBAN CITY – Three boys bagged the highest awards in the 2018 Civil Registration Month (CRM) Poster Making Contest for secondary schools spearheaded by the Philippine Statistics Authority - Regional Statistical Services Office 8 (PSA-RSSO VIII) last 22 February 2018 at the PSA-RSSO VIII Training Room.

Among the nine (9) students from six (6) secondary schools in Tacloban City, Bradlee Vanz M. Porquez of Leyte National High School was awarded first place. Completing the top three winners were John Patrick N. Casio of Sagkahan National High School - second place and Michael Roy B. Eclipse of Leyte National High School - third place.

The poster making contest was one of the activities of PSA-RSSO VIII to celebrate the 2018 Civil Registration Month with the theme, “#napapanahongCRVS”. This contest is conducted yearly to encourage the youth to participate in the global advocacy of getting everyone registered and of promoting awareness on the importance of civil registration in the lives of every Filipino.

Mr. Rodolfo R. Novillo, Jr., Statistical Analyst of PSA-Leyte,Mr. Venerando D. Lagrosa, Statistical Specialist II of PSA-RSSO 8, and Ms. Matilde A. Dacullo, Administrative Officer IV of PSA-RSSO8, sat as board of judges. Criteria of the competition included, creativity and concept (50%), originality and uniqueness (30%), and relevance to the theme (20%).

Winners were awarded with cash prizes, certificates, and PSA tokens.

The CRM is celebrated in February of every year pursuant to Proclamation 682 issued on 28 January 1991 and signed by then President Corazon C. Aquino.






DPWH-Biliran record archives
Completed construction of Archives, Record Building inside Biliran District Engineering Office, Brgy. Calumpang, Naval, Biliran. The new facility has an allocation amount of P900,000 and funded under Biliran DEO’s Engineering Administrative Overhead (EAO) of FY 2017.

DPWH-Biliran DEO’s newly completed record archives, to help improve records keeping

Press Release
February 22, 2018

NAVAL, Biliran – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO) has completed the construction of its Record Archives as one of the Quality Workplace Standards for effective implementation of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System.

Mr. Bern L. Calomadre, Chief of Administrative Section of Biliran DEO said that the building can accommodate more or less 3000 archival boxes for thousands of records from the different Sections of Biliran DEO for the last ten years.

“The Anglo-Japanese Americans (AJA) Registrars Inc. only requires us to keep files from the last two years however, there are some old files that are still retrievable like Department Orders that is why we still keep it” he said.

Calomadre also said that in order to keep the efficiency of record keeping, they have made a move to dispose documents which are not under litigation.

“Old files which does not have any issues/ problems were properly disposed with the permission from the National Archives and in coordination with the Commission on Audit (COA),” he said.

“With the new archives building, files will be easier to access in times of need. If our employees can find files faster, they can accomplish more work and deliver excellent services to our client,” he added.

Biliran DEO was recently been certified with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001: 2015 last October, 2017. ISO 9001 is international standard that focuses its requirements for Quality Management System (QMS) including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.



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