arrested in Kananga, Leyte
DPAO, 8ID PA
June 20, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – A joint Law Enforcement Operation of 78th Infantry
(Warrior) Battalion and the Kananga Municipal Police conducted on
June 13, 2018 resulted in the arrest of a wanted member of the
CPP-NPA Terrorist in Kananga, Leyte.
Lt. Col. Danilo I. Dupiag,
Battalion Commander of 78IB identified the CNT as Ronnie Japag y
Llosa, 30 yrs. old, a member of the Special Operations Group, Front
Committee Leyte “LEVOX” operating in the areas of Carigara, Capoocan,
Barugo, Tunga and Kananga all of Leyte Province. He was arrested
inside his residence in Brgy. Mahawan, Kananga, Leyte. Llosa was
responsible for the death of PFC Alvie F. Felix and SSg Aldie Pama.
A warrant of arrest had been issued against the suspect for
frustrated murder issued by the Regional Trial Court of Carigara.
The arrested CNT was
turned over by the arresting team to the custody of Kananga
Municipal Police Station for booking procedure and proper
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander, 8ID lauded the troops for a job well done and urged the
CNTs to return to the fold of the law and take advantage of the
Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government
in order to live peacefully and to be of help again to the
government for the development of Eastern Visayas.
GRP and NDFP
representatives agree to continue peace negotiations and to overcome
obstacles and impediments
June 20, 2018
Netherlands – Representatives of the NDFP Negotiating Panel
headed by Chairman Fidel V. Agcaoili and representatives of the GRP
headed by GRP Negotiating Panel Member Hernani A. Braganza met in
Utrecht, The Netherlands on June 18-20, 2018. The GRP
representatives sought to explain to the NDFP the decision of the
GRP to postpone the mutually approved schedule of the formal
meetings in the peace negotiations to take place in Oslo, Norway on
June 28-30, 2018.
Representatives of the
Royal Norwegian Government (RNG), including Special Envoy Idun Tvedt,
sat in the meetings in their role as Third Party Facilitator (TPF).
The meeting could not
start on time on June 18 because the GRP team had to seek
clarification from its Principal of the statement made by GRP
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque that the Third Party
Facilitator had been dismissed. With the role of the TPF clarified,
the meeting begun in the afternoon of the first day. The NDFP side
assured the other side that the NDFP principal took note of the
clarification. The role of the TPF is of key importance while there
is need to hold formal peace negotiations in a foreign neutral venue
in compliance with the pertinent provision in the Joint Agreement on
Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).
The NDFP team listened to
the explanation of the GRP team on the reasons for postponing the
resumption of the formal talks and agreed that the peace
negotiations continue despite the cancellation of the scheduled
formal talks in Oslo on June 28 to 30. The agreements reached in the
four rounds of informal talks in March, April, May and June 2018,
remain valid and have the effect of continuing the peace
negotiations under the direction of the principals and reaffirmation
of previous agreements. In this regard, the two sides must comply
with JASIG and its provision for a foreign neutral venue, consistent
with the general practice of warring parties to negotiate peace
outside of their country or their respective territories.
In the meantime, both
sides expressed their intention to conduct separate unilateral
consultations and in due course bilateral consultations according to
their respective needs on the premise that the GRP and NDFP
Negotiating Panels are mandated by their respective principals in
accordance with existing agreements and that the GRP and NDFP are
mutually determined to overcome obstacles and impediments to the
The NDFP side will conduct
consultations on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic
Reforms (CASER) to review the remaining outstanding issues in the
sections on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ARRD) and
National Industrialization and Economic Development (NIED), as well
as to polish its draft on Environmental Rehabilitation and
Compensation and Upholding People’s Rights in order to prepare for
the continuation of negotiations on CASER. It will also hold
unilateral consultations with its working group on Political and
Constitutional Reforms (PCR).
Finally, the two sides
expressed their commitment to protect and preserve the gains that
had been achieved in the four rounds of informal talks that produced
documents containing important agreements to move the process
The NDFP delegation
expressed its gratitude to the Royal Norwegian Government for their
invaluable and unwavering support to the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations
in their role as Third Party Facilitator.
launches campaign against Duterte admin ‘economic violence’ against
June 20, 2018
QUEZON CITY –
Hundreds of women held protest actions at the gates of executive
department offices as the symbolic launch of a women’s campaign
against the supposed widespread ‘economic violence’ being committed
by the Duterte administration against Filipinos and Filipino women.
The campaign followed what
cross-sectoral women’s group Oriang stated as a series of
‘anti-poor’ and ‘anti-women’ pronouncements and policies issued by
the country’s executive department and cabinet offices, with the
most recent of them coming from the National Economic and
Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Trade and
administration has unraveled itself to be both ‘anti-women’ and
‘anti-masses’ with its flagrant policies and patterns of behavior
that undermine the dignity of women as persons and Filipinos’
capacity to acquire basic necessities in order to live a decent
life,” said Oriang National President Flora Asiddao Santos.
She cited what she claimed
to be the President’s patterns of flagrant and very publicized
misogyny coupled with the administration’s series of policies, such
as the TRAIN Law and its ‘legitimization’ of labor
contractualization, which have not only targeted the poor while
leaving rich corporations virtually untouched, but have also
compounded on the increasing inaccessibility of basic goods and
needs to Filipinos through ‘promoting’ insecure jobs, low wages, and
rising prices of goods.
administration is unapologetic in violating the basic rights of
Filipino women and Filipino masses to live with decency and
dignity,” said Assidao Santos.
“We thus condemn it today
for forcing every Filipino to suffer with ‘empty pots and gnawing
stomachs’ (kalderong walang laman, sikmurang kumakalam) and fight
back against its unbridled affront against the most marginalized in
the country,” she said.
The larger campaign of
PALAG NA, a campaign against government policies on continuing high
prices, joined the action through the participation of women from
the member-organizations Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) and the
Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), calling for an end
to the misogyny and ‘economic abuse’ being propagated hand in hand
by the administration.
“For years, the majority
of Filipinos are suffering from hunger and poverty. But instead of
alleviating the conditions of the people, this government enacted
policies like the TRAIN Law, thereby making life more unbearable for
them,” said PMCJ Food, Land, Water, and Climate Change campaigner
According to Freedom from
Debt Coalition Women’s Committee Chairperson Malou Nuera, poor
Filipino women, especially poor Filipino mothers, are at the
intersection and stand to suffer most from rising prices and the
rising affront of the administration against women.
“The negative effects of
today’s economic policies, such as increasing hunger and poverty,
are experienced by Filipino mothers tenfold as the primary
caretakers of the family and managers of domestic life,” said Nuera.
“In addition to this,
despite the very significant responsibilities they fulfill as women,
Filipinas are belittled and demeaned by this administration through
its tolerance and promotion of abusive deeds and language against
women,” she added.
Jointly, Oriang, FDC, and
other organizations participating in the campaign demanded an end to
the administration’s ‘targeting of the poor and the women.’
administration, with its ‘anti-poor’ policies and ‘anti-women’
behavior, has outright neglected the marginalized whom it had
postured to serve. We march here today as Filipina masses to voice
our outrage and to call on every Filipino to fight back against the
continuing abuses of this government,” said Oriang.
Eastern Visayas’ export and import statistics: March 2018
June 19, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
region’s total trade in goods in March 2018 amounted to $96.9
million, an increase of 21.6% over the value of $79.7 million
registered in the same month last year. Total exports amounted to
$77.2 million, which was 3.2% lower compared with the $79.7 million
in March 2017. Total value of imports, meanwhile, was recorded at
$19.8 million from zero imports posted in the same period last year.
region reflected a surplus in the total balance of trade in goods (BoT-G)
amounting to $57.4 million in March 2018. This is 28.0% lower
compared with the $79.7 million surplus recorded in the same period
a year ago.
The region’s total volume
of exports in March 2018 was at 73.8 million kilograms.
Copper and Articles
thereof was the major commodity group exported during the month with
total revenue of $66.2 million, accounting for more than four-fifths
or 85.8% of the region’s total exports revenue in March 2018.
Animal or Vegetable Fats
and Oils and their Cleavage Products; Prepared Edible Fats; Animal
or Vegetable Waxes recorded $4.0 million export revenue, which
accounted for 5.2% of the total export revenue. Fertilizers earned
an export revenue of $3.3 million or 4.2% share of the total exports
revenue. Ores, Slag and Ash exports amounted to $2.9 million, which
shared 3.7% of the total exports. Inorganic Chemicals; Organic or
Inorganic Compounds of Precious Metals, of Rare-Earth, of
Radio-Active Elements or of Isotopes, meanwhile, recorded less than
a million exports revenue ($0.8) or 1.1% of the total export
Republic of China was the top export market destination with
recorded total exports revenue of $69.4 million or 89.9% of the
region’s total exports. United States of America ranked second with
$4.0 million export revenue or 5.2% of the total exports in March
2018, followed by Vietnam with $3.3 million export receipts,
accounting for 4.2% of the region’s total exports. India recorded
the least exports valued at $0.5millionor 0.7% of the total exports
of the region.
The region’s total imports
amounted to $19.8 million in March 2018 with total gross weight of
136.4 million kilograms.
Chemicals; Organic or Inorganic Compounds of Precious Metals, of
Rare-Earth, of Radio-Active Elements or of Isotopes commodity group
and Mineral Fuels, Mineral Oils and Products of their Distillation;
Bituminous Substances; Mineral Waxes commodity group were the major
imports during the month, both with total revenue of $5.7 million,
each accounting for 28.7% of the region’s total imports in March
The next largest imported
commodity group was Salt, Sulphur, Earths and Stone; Plastering
Materials, Lime and Cement, with imports value at $4.3 million,
comprising 21.8% of the total imports in March 2018. It was followed
by Miscellaneous Chemical Products with imports value of $2.6
million, 13.2% share to the total imports of the region.
The top import supplier of
the region was Vietnam, which recorded a total imports bill of $7.8
million or almost two-fifths (39.7%) of the region’s total imports.
Indonesia ranked second with $4.6 million import bill or 23.1% of
the total imports for March. Singapore ranked third with total
imports valued at $2.4 million contributing 12.2% of the total
registers 95.4% employment rate in April 2018
June 18, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY –
Employment Rate (ER) in Eastern Visayas in April 2018 was estimated
at 95.4%, ranking fourth among the regions with high employment rate
in the country (Table 1). This figure is lower than the 96.2% ER
recorded in April 2017. Employment rate is the proportion of
employed persons to total labor force.
Out of the estimated 3.2
million population 15 years old and over in April 2018, about 2.0
million were economically active or in the labor force. This number
translates to a Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) of 63.2%. This
figure is 1.0 percentage point lower compared with the 64.2% LFPR in
the same period a year ago. Among the regions, Eastern Visayas
registered the fourth highest LFPR.
The underemployed persons
or those employed persons who express the desire to have additional
hours of work in their present job or to have additional job, or to
have a new job with longer working hours was estimated at 452
thousand. This is equal to an underemployment rate of 23.8%, lower
than the 24.0% recorded in the same period last year. The region had
the third highest underemployment rate in the country.
Meanwhile, about 92
thousand persons in the labor force were unemployed. This translates
to an unemployment rate of 4.6%, higher than the 3.8% rate recorded
in April 2017. Eastern Visayas ranked fourth among the regions with
low employment rate.
Data were based on the
preliminary estimates released by the Philippine Statistics
Authority from the Labor Force Survey (LFS) conducted in April 2018.
inflation rate up by 5.8% in May
June 18, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
annual Inflation Rate (IR) of Eastern Visayas went up by 5.8% in May
2018. This IR was 0.4 percentage point higher compared with the 5.4
percent IR a month ago, and 2.2 percentage points higher than the
recorded 3.6 percent IR in the same period last year. The regional
inflation rate was 1.2 percentage points higher than the 4.6 percent
national average in May.
Four provinces in the
region – Biliran, Leyte, Samar and Southern Leyte posted higher
inflation rates in May with 1.2 percentage points, 0.1 percentage
point, 0.5 percentage point, and 0.6 percentage point increases,
respectively, compared with their figures in the previous month. On
the other hand, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar registered 0.3
percentage point and 0.1 percentage point decreases in IR,
respectively. Samar registered the highest IR at 7.5 percent, while
Southern Leyte posted the lowest IR at 1.3 percent (Table 1).
By major commodity groups,
Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels posted the highest
percent change in IR at 1.0 percentage point from April to May. Food
and Non-Alcoholic Beverages followed at 0.4 percentage point.
Annual price changes in
Transport, Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, Health and Education
decreased from 3.6% in April to 3.5% in May.
zero inflation rate during the reference month, while Restaurant and
Miscellaneous Goods and Services retained its previous month’s rate
The Purchasing Power of
Peso (PPP) of the region was recorded at P0.81 in May 2018. This is
weaker compared with the P0.82 PPP registered in the previous month.
This PPP implies that goods and services worth 100 pesos in May 2018
only costs 81 pesos in 2012.
Biliran and Samar
registered a 0.01 centavo decrease in the PPP compared with their
figures in April. The rest of the provinces had sustained their PPP
from last month. Leyte and Southern Leyte recorded the strongest PPP
at P0.84. Biliran ranked second at P0.81, followed by Eastern Samar
at P0.80 and Northern Samar at P0.77. Samar, meanwhile, posted the
weakest PPP at P0.76. (Table 1).
Soldiers took their oath
DPAO, 8ID PA
June 16, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Candidate Soldier Course Class 552 & 553-2018
composed of 241 new aspirants was officially opened at Headquarters
8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army, Brgy Maulong,
Catbalogan City, Samar with Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio AFP,
Commander as the Keynote Speaker, this morning.
The majority of the new
selected batch of Candidate Soldiers came from Samar and Leyte
provinces. On their educational profile, one is license
professional; 51 of them are college graduates; 121 are college
level and 68 are high school graduates with skills training from
They will be honed for the
duration of four months in basic military training and tactics and
will serve as additional soldiers that will beef-up the personnel
strength of the Stormtroopers Division.
Maj. Gen. Raul M Farnacio
in his message, “To the 241 physically and mentally strong Candidate
Soldiers, muli kong pinapaalala na ngayong araw ang hudyat at simula
ng panibagong yugto ng inyong buhay. Sa inyong desisyon na pumasok
sa pagsusundalo, gabayan nawa kayo palagi ng Poong Maykapal. Huwag
ninyong bibiguin ang inyong mga magulang at lahat ng taong
nagmamahal at nagtitiwala sa inyo at umaasa na mapagtatagumpayan
ninyo ang hirap na ito. Kaya ninyong malagpasan ang lahat ng
pagsubok. Tiwala sa sarili, positibong asal at pag-iisip ang inyong
magiging puhunan at sandigan. Higit sa lahat, huwag na huwag ninyong
kakalimutan ang pagtawag sa Panginoon para sa gabay at patnubay. 241
kayong nagsimula, hangad ko na 241 din kayong magtatapos at maging
karapat dapat na tawaging STORMTROOPERS.”
Immediately after the
program Enlistment Clothing Allowance were distributed to our new
recruits, the Army ensures that they have already their needed
equipment upon the start of their training.
Soldier pays the
ultimate sacrifice while on community service
DPAO, 8ID PA
June 15, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The people of Northern Samar strongly condemns the
terroristic attack of CPP-NPA at Brgy. Senonogan De Tubang, Silvino
Lobos, Northern Samar on June 14, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. while the troops
of 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion was conducting Community
Support Program that resulted to the loss of life of Private Jay C.
Aranzado (Inf) PA.
The fatality, Private
Aranzado is 21 years old and is a resident of Brgy Molopolo,
Macrohon, Southern Leyte who had a great passion to serve his fellow
Visayans in Northern Samar. He just graduated from Candidate Soldier
Class 463-2017. Sadly, because of blind ideologies of the said
terrorists, his life ended.
Major General Raul M.
Farnacio, Commander of the 8th Infantry Division, instructed the
troops to be more cautious while on duty and he also directed Lt.
Col. Noli F. Lapizar, Commanding Officer, 20IB in coordination with
other military units in the area to press on the pursuit operations
to put an end to the terroristic activities of CNTs against our
people within our Area of Operations.
“We extend our deepest
sympathies to the family and friends of Private Aranzado. He died
protecting the people of Northern Samar in pursuit of peace and
development.” Farnacio added.
P. Adongay Jr. District Engineer of Biliran District
Engineering Office inspects on-going construction of
drainage along Naval-Caibiran Cross Country Road (NCCCR),
Naval, Biliran on May 31, 2018. This project is target to be
completed on September 2, 2018.
DEO’s updates on 2018 project status
June 13, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) –Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) continues progress for its 2018 project
implementation. As of May 31, 2018, the office has a total actual
accomplishment of 25.01% with a positive slippage of 0.39%.
P1.6B has been allotted to
Biliran DEO for the implementation of 60 infrastructure projects
based on the 2018 General Appropriation Act (GAA). Out of the 60
projects, 36 are on-going, six are completed and 18 are up for
David P. Adongay Jr.,
District Engineer accounted the delay of projects due to the damages
caused by tropical storm Urduja on December, 2017 resulting
inaccessibility to project sites.
Under preliminary and
detailed engineering activities, Engr. Rosario B. Rosete, Chief of
the Planning and Design Section reported that 57 were already
completed while only three are on-going with an accomplishment
96.54% as of May 31, 2018.
The purpose of preliminary
engineering is to gather the necessary data from the field as basis
in the preparation of plans. Activities under this phase includes
surveying, designing and programming.
phase, out of the 60 projects, 49 are completed, eight are on-going
and three are Not-Yet-Started (NYS) with an accomplishment of 77.98%
as of May 31, 2018.
The district had already
advertised 57 and successfully bid out 56 out of 60 projects under
FY 2018 GAA.
The office continues to
monitor and fast tracks these projects in order to deliver a safe
and quality assured infrastructures that will be beneficial to the