Innovators led by LtCol. Rizaldo N. Laurena stand at
attention as they were accorded a heroes' welcome at
Calbayog Airport on July 5, 2018 after two years of
deployment in Southern Mindanao, particularly in Jolo and
8ID Marawi heroes
welcomed back in Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
July 6, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division yesterday, July
5, 2018 welcomed the 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion, one of the
Philippine Army’s fightingest units during the Marawi Siege at
Calbayog Airport at 12:30 P.M.
The Innovators led by Lt.
Col. Rizaldo N. Laurena were met with a hero’s welcome by the 8ID
Command and General Staff, Local Chief Executive, Chief of Police,
Calbayog City, comrades, families, and loved ones upon arrival back
in Eastern Visayas on board C-130 planes of the Philippine Air
It can be recalled that on
August 31, 2016, the Innovators were deployed to Jolo, Sulu to
augment the military offensive against the Abu Sayyaf Group and
later to Marawi City to help in the fight against the Maute-ISIS
On behalf of Commander,
8ID, Brig. Gen. Eliezer L. Losañes, AFP stated, “We are very proud
and truly grateful that you have contributed immensely to combat the
threat groups in Southern Philippines. The time has come that
Eastern Visayas needed her sons to safeguard the peace and
tranquility to prepare her for further development in the Region. As
the focus of the campaign plan shifts to this Region, your service
will have an important role in this quest.”
“Ang inyong pagbabalik ay
hindi nagpapahiwatig ng pagtatapos ng gulo sa Mindanao o pagdami ng
kalaban sa Silangang Kabisayaan. Ngunit ito ay nangangahulugang,
kinakailangan kayo para mas maitupad ng maayos ang ating isinusulong
para sa ikabubuti ng mga mamayan ng Samar,” Losañes added.
PSA seeks support
for the July labor force survey and 2018 family income and
July 6, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) seeks support for the July
Labor Force Survey (LFS) and the 2018 Family Income and Expenditure
Survey (FIES) which will be conducted simultaneously starting July
A total of 10,866
systematically and randomly selected sample households in Region
VIII were identified as respondents. Around 427 Hired Statistical
Researchers will be deployed across the region to conduct the
The LFS is a quarterly
nationwide survey of households which aims to gather data on the
demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population,
and to provide a quantitative framework for the preparation of plans
and formulation of policies affecting the labor market.
Specifically, the LFS
serves as a tool in measuring the distribution of household
population 15 years old and over by employment status – employed,
unemployed or underemployed. It is also used to determine various
employment characteristics such as industry, class of worker, nature
of employment and basis of payment.
The 2018 FIES, meanwhile,
is a nationwide survey of households conducted every three years,
which aims to gather data on family income and expenditure, to
include among others, levels of consumption by item of expenditure
as well as sources of income in cash and in kind. The results of
FIES provide inputs in the estimation of poverty threshold and
incidence. It also determines the levels of living and disparities
in income of Filipino families, as well as their spending patterns.
The PSA appeals to the
public to cooperate and support the conduct of these surveys. The
office also assures that all information gathered will be held
strictly confidential and shall not be used as evidence in court for
purposes of taxation, regulation or investigation as provided for in
RA 10625.Data generated from these surveys will be disseminated in
statistical summaries without reference to any individual person or
network seeks continuation of GRP-NDF talks amidst escalating
Duterte-Joma word war
July 6, 2018
MANILA – "We urge
both the GRP and NDF to continue finding constructive ways to work
together in order to renew official negotiations and find joint
understanding of settling their differences at the table. To achieve
this, creating a more positive enabling environment to further the
process is essential. Negotiating parties must get over their
differences through efficient and programmatic confidence building
measures. Previously announced possible ceasefires by the respective
parties and amnesty of NDF members are positive signals that need to
be built upon."
Thus said, the Global
Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), a
worldwide network of global peace advocates after it noted with
concern that the talks between the Government of the Republic of the
Philippines (GRP) and National Democratic Front (NDF) have again
Established in 2003, GPPAC
is a global civil society-led network which seeks to build an
international consensus on peacebuilding and the prevention of
violent conflict. It is composed of fifteen regional networks, each
of which has its own Regional Action Agenda and Work Plan and
participates in activities at the global level.
GPPAC added, "As a global
network of member organisations working on peacebuilding and
prevention, we know how conflicts rip apart the social, economic and
cultural fabric of people. Our members have first-hand experience of
tragedies in Syria, the war in Colombia, widespread violence in
Mexico and the fifty year guerilla war in the Philippines. We
therefore call on the Government of the Republic of the Philippines
and National Democratic Front to return to the negotiating table.
The national peace process is still the best option to move forward
the quest for just and lasting peace in the Philippines. We were
very much encouraged by the announcement of a new round of
negotiations that were planned to take place end of June in Norway.
Unfortunately those have been postponed again."
According to GPPAC
Foundation Manager for Knowledge, Policy and Advocacy Pascal
Richard, "In our experience inclusive peace talks bring about more
sustainable outcomes as they are then able to consider the needs of
a broad population. The input and potential participation of a wider
civilian component in the talks could therefore be considered. But
for us, as a global peacebuilding network, the first and most
important step right now, remains the resumption of the GRP-NDF
peace process. To us it provides an essential avenue to build a
sustainable future for the Philippines."
What is at stake?
Commenting on the current
impasse and the brewing tension between Philippine President Rodrigo
Duterte and Jose Maria Sison, the chief political consultant of the
National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), Gus Miclat, the
regional initiator of GPPAC in Southeast Asia and the Executive
Director of Mindanao-based Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)
said, "What is at stake is a genuinely peaceful, just and democratic
future we all desire as a nation. What is most at stake, again, are
the lives and security of thousands of affected communities, most of
them are non-combatants including thousands of vulnerable women and
Miclat stressed, "We urge
both parties to live up to their common vision of 'serving the
people'; of "getting from the masses and giving back to the masses"
by making this peace talks successful. We call upon them to settle
their differences at the negotiating table. After all, peace is not
exclusive to their respective interests. They are there to represent
the best interests of the people and we don't think this prolonged
word war between them will help the peace negotiation succeed.
Worse, it may jeopardize the previous gains of the talks."
According to GPPAC,
instead of engaging in a 'flimsy word war', both panels must invest
in "creating an enabling environment allowing all relevant actors,
including women and youth, to participate in an unhindered manner
including, among others, through the release of political prisoners,
avoiding classifying or calling out other parties in a detrimental
manner and the full commitment to and upholding of a ceasefire by
both parties is needed."
'Invest in Substantive
Miclat emphasized, "We are
all for principled and healthy debate and the clash of ideas that
would make the peace negotiation progress and become more
democratic. This can start with an open dialogue on the fundamental
roots of the conflict, and how both parties can jointly address
them. We note that both parties have started on a friendly,
conducive and even intimate note at the start of this administration
before the series of setbacks that led to this impasse. They can
collectively seek a viable peace formula to address the conflict.
Throwing accusations against each other is counter-productive."
The GPPAC-SEA initiator
concluded, "The most substantive agenda such as the Comprehensive
Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER) tackles the roots
of this armed conflict. We believe that if all prior substantive
agreements of the talks will be implemented, this will bring us
closer to defeating the real enemy of this protracted war."
The GPPAC call was issued
also amidst impending deliberations of the Bangsamoro Basic Law
(BBL) at the Congressional bicameral committee of the other peace
process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
(MILF). Philippine GPPAC members have been actively engaging this
speaker Ms. Ninfa Ilumida B. Quirante, Officer in Charge (OIC)
of Public Information Agency (PIA), Eastern Samar Provincial
Information Office gives some refresher course on news
writing to DPWH public IOs through workshop.
information officers now warriors of fake news
July 4, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Public Information Officers (IOs) of Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) are seriously taking up the challenge of
fighting fake news.
Public IOs Ms. Chelsea Q.
Salloman, Engr. Gene F. Delfin, and Mr. Penny Lloyd E. Batoto attend
Workshop under Communication Development Program (CommDev) of the
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on June 7-8, 2018.
The workshop was held during the 2nd Quarterly Meeting of DPWH
Region VIII Public IOs at Eastern Samar District Engineering Office
(ESDEO), Borongan City, Eastern Samar.
According to District
Engineer (DE) Manolo A. Rojas of ESDEO, the DPWH has been allocated
by the government with the biggest budget this year.
“With great power comes
great responsibility,” DE Rojas said quoting the fictional character
Spiderman. “This is the reason why all eyes are focusing on our
performances,” he added during his welcome remarks to public IOs.
“Because of the technology
and accessible social media, a lot of information are now displayed
on the internet and everything is only one click away, fake news is
very rampant,” he said.
According to DE Rojas, the
public has to know the good news on what the DPWH is doing, that
they deserve to know the truth and that they are privileged.
“That is now the work of
Public Information Officers, and that is also the reason why you are
important,” DE Rojas said.
“You are the voice of the
department, you are the warrior of fake news, and you are the
communicator of good news,” he added.
Fake news/ disinformation
is an information that is false, and the person disseminating it
knows it is not true, therefore it is an intentional lie.
Resource speaker, Ms.
Ninfa Ilumida B. Quirante, Officer in Charge (OIC) of Public
Information Agency (PIA), Eastern Samar Provincial Information
Office gives some refresher course on news writing to DPWH public
IOs through workshop.
In fighting fake news,
public IOs of Biliran DEO together with other district IOs of DPWH
pledged to write only what is the truth, what is verifiable, and
what is accurate and timely.
TREE HUGGER. It was the first time for 16-year-old Angela
Anero to support the reforestation caravan with her mother,
a PBSP employee.
planted as PBSP kicks off Cebu refo caravan
July 4, 2018
CEBU CITY – In an
effort to conserve and manage the watersheds of Cebu, over 200
employees from 20 companies and organizations joined Philippine
Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in kicking off its 27th
Cebu Hillylands reforestation caravan recently.
The Cebu Hillyland
reforestation caravan supports the rehabilitation of the
29,000-hectare Central Cebu Protected Landscape (CCPL), also called
the Cebu Hillylands. As the largest rainforest and only source of
potable water in Cebu, CCPL recharges the province’s groundwater
reservoir and is home to several endemic and indigenous plant and
Now on its 27th year, PBSP
aims to reforest 30 hectares of the Buhisan Watershed and Forest
Reserve (BWFR), by bringing the business sector to either adopt a
hectare for reforestation or mobilize tree planting volunteers. The
annual kickoff also aims to ensure 85 percent survival of the trees
by tapping partner communities to establish and maintain the adopted
For this kickoff, the
volunteers planted 25,000 seedlings within 10 hectares of the BWFR,
where Cebu’s 106-year-old surface water dam is also located.
Certified Tree Huggers
It was the first time for
16-year-old Angela Anero to join the refo caravan kickoff with her
mother, who is a PBSP employee. While she is active in doing
community service in her school, planting for Cebu’s watersheds was
a totally different experience for her.
“It is not just planting a
tree, but the right ones that will really help protect our water
reserves and other life forms. It is exciting when you learn that
you are planting for the future of our forest. I also feel proud to
be part of the advocacy that my mother’s NGO works for,” she said.
Ludo & Luym Corporation
Production and Operations Manager Nidal Bergado, on the other hand,
is no stranger to such activity as he has been volunteering his time
as a tree planter (hugger) since he was a child. His father, a
school principal, would always remind him on the importance of trees
and plants and would often bring him to the outdoors to plant trees.
His love for the environment continued as an employee volunteer for
the company in PBSP’s annual reforestation caravans.
“I always volunteer to
plant trees whenever an opportunity arises because I know how
important a tree is. Since PBSP’s reforestation caravan started in
1992, our company has always been supporting the cause by sending in
volunteers. We also adopted a hectare for reforestation,” Bergado
30 hectares in one year
Since the launch of PBSP’s
reforestation caravan some 27 years ago, the business-led NGO has
planted about 4.1 million tree seedlings in 1,640 hectares with help
from 16,361 volunteers. Through this, PBSP has successfully uplifted
the lives of more than 200 farmers in CCPL by tapping them as
partners of the program.
Participating companies of
the kickoff include AAI Worldwide Logistics, Inc., Asalus
Corporation (Intellicare), Certa RCube Technologies Corporation,
Connected Souls, Funai Electric Co., Ltd., Halsangz Plating Cebu
Corporation, Ludo & Luym Corporation, Philpacific Insurance Brokers
& Managers, Inc. Cebu (Philinsure), R.A. Mojica and Partners, San
Nicolas Elementary School Teachers and Employees Multipurpose
Cooperative, St. Theresa’s College, Taiyo Yuden Employees
Multipurpose Cooperative, TMX Philippines, Inc., Vivant Corporation,
and Wellmade Motors and Development Corporation.
The kickoff is also in
partnership with the local government unit of Barangay Pamutan, the
Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation, Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk
Reduction and Management Office, and the Bacsan Sapangdaku Farmers
exercises conducted during the Pilot Class on IMO MC 6.10 at
the engine simulator (left picture) and bridge simulator
NMP and MARINA
conduct pilot class on IMO Model Course 6.10
July 2, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) in convergence with the Maritime
Industry Authority (MARINA) conducted a Pilot Class on IMO Model
Course 6.10 (Train the Simulator Trainer and Assessor) on 18-22 June
2018 at the NMP Training Complex, Tacloban City.
As a preparatory move to
influence the desired output based on the required MARINA standards,
a series of workshops and conferences were undertaken by the MARINA
technical experts together with the different Maritime Training
Institutions (MTIs). As an offshoot of the said activity, NMP was
assigned as the course in-charge for the IMO Model Course 6.10,
tasked to review and validate its course package.
After all the preparatory
works and final run through of the documents, the pilot testing was
scheduled to: (a) validate the newly revised course which include
the course plan and its supporting materials and determine the areas
for improvement / refinement; (b) assess the effectiveness and
relevance of the newly revised course vis-à-vis the standard format
designed by MARINA; and (c) determine the acceptability and
marketability of the newly revised course.
The revised course covers
a training duration of forty (40) hours, enforcing a deviation from
the existing course timetable of thirty-two (32) hours. The duration
includes the validation and assessment of the instructors and the
IMO Model Course 6.10
deals with the relevance of maritime training program associated
with the use of simulator. It also involves simulation exercises
involving role playing on the effective engine and bridge room
procedures, task solving and the conventional teaching and training
methods like the compliance with the applicable regulations set out
in the relevant provisions of the Standards of Training,
Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention as
amended in 2010.
The course is open to all
maritime instructors, faculty members of maritime higher education
institutions and merchant marine officers holding IMO Model Course
6.09 and 3.12 certificates.
The pilot class was
attended by fourteen (14) participants. Validators include Ms.
Presca Lee B. Lugo and Engr. Ronnie D. Gernato of MARINA and Capt.
Rodolfo A. Aspillaga of the Master and Mates Association of the
interested in NMP research undertakings may visit the NMP website (www.nm.gov.ph)
and access the e-Research Information System Portal which is
designed for gathering inputs for NMP’s research, dissemination of
NMP completed researches and other articles pertaining to maritime
For more information about
NMP trainings viewers may visit the agency’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter)
where all related information on NMP trainings are available.
Rotary Club of
Calbayog welcomes Rotary New Year with a blast
July 2, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Rotary Club of Calbayog welcomes the district-wide celebration of
the Rotary New Year 2018-2019 with a blast by celebrating it with
the residents of five barangays namely San Jose, Langoyon,
Canjumadac, Canjumadac, Tanval and Gelino, all located in the
hinterland parts of Calbayog City, Samar on July 1, 2018. The
farthest recipient village amongst is 30.5 kilometers away from
Calbayog City proper.
With the Rotary
International’s Year 2018-2019 theme, Be the Inspiration, and RI
District 3860’s theme, One Rotary, One District, the Club initiated
a “4-in-1” Outreach Program – Dental Health Care Services initiated
by Rotarian Dentists, Dr. Ellery Daguman and Dr. Zandro Daguman,
Educational Assistance through distribution of 431 pairs of slippers
to recipient pupils of elementary schools of the said villages,
Livelihood Program from which 400 packs of vegetable seeds (okra and
eggplant) are distributed promoting backyard farming to the local
farmers, Mother and Child Program headed by Rotarian Midwife Vivian
Jumagdao by conducting check-up and providing vitamins to pregnant
women and feeding activity to more or less 700 people on site.
RC Calbayog tapped the
People’s Outreach Program (POP), Kalipayan-Katitirok-Kasangkayan (KKK),
and Boleros Basketball Club in implementing the aforementioned
programs to promote involvement of other civic and non-profit
organizations in the community, inspire people to become ambassadors
of goodwill, and enliven the spirit of brotherhood. Present during
the activity to provide safety to the partakers are the men in
uniform of the Philippine Army (PA) and Philippine National Police
(PNP), and some teachers and school heads of the Department of
Education -Schools Division of Calbayog City.
converged at LSJ Farm and Puno ng Buhay Eco-Farm, Brgy. San Jose,
Happy Valley, this city. San Jose is a 14 kilometer-village away
from the town.
The activity concluded
with the happy smiles of the children and parents as they bid
goodbye to the Rotarians and volunteers before they are transported
to the farthest concreted road at Sitio Tagungtong which is
approximately 2 kilometers away from the venue.
Rotary Club of Calbayog
facilitated the said activity to bring its services and programs to
the people in the hinterlands of Calbayog City and to inspire them
to get involved in the activities that will promote economic
development to their respective barangays by transporting their farm
produce to the city.
DPWH to complete
access roads to Leyte tourism spots
June 28, 2018
CARIGARA, Leyte –
To preserve tourism activities in Leyte, the Department of Public
Works and Highways (DPWH) -Leyte Second District Engineering Office
poured out a total of P131 million to complete access roads to
These two major projects
are the road leading to Villaconzoilo Agri and Eco Tourism Farm and
Silawa Falls in Jaro town worth P85 million, and the road leading to
Calabato Hot Spring in La Paz town worth P46 million.
“The road project is
vitally important for the dispersal of tourists beyond major
gateways and the facilitation of self-drive tourism,” District
Engineer Carlos G. Veloso said.
Moreover, these tourism
spots would benefit tourists not just of their beauty but of the
high-value crops of Villaconzoilo and the relaxing views and fresh
waters of Silawa Falls and Calabato Hot Spring.
Veloso guarantees the
public to implement more infrastructure projects towards tourism and
livelihood for the development of the district.
The DPWH has secured to
get support from the national government in funding programs on
tourism, especially to help local communities, who are dependent on
tourism, to promote their livelihood and earn more income.
The construction of these
projects started last May 2018 and is expected to be completed later
of the same year.
DPWH-SFDEO Inspectorate Team conducts a final inspection of
the flood control structures along Binaliw River, Brgy.
Binaliw, Calbayog City.
P20-M worth of flood control structures in Samar
MAE ANGELICA R. COMOTA
June 28, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Samar First District
Engineering Office (SFDEO) completes two flood control projects in
Brgy. Binaliw, Calbayog City and Brgy. Cautod, Sta. Margarita.
The Binaliw flood control
project covers the construction of 96 meters of reinforced concrete
river protection works on steel sheet piles foundation while the
project in Brgy. Cautod covers the construction of 294 meter of
flood mitigating structures.
Each have an appropriation
of P10 million sourced out from the 2018 General Appropriations Act
“I’d like to extend my
warmest thanks to DPWH Calbayog for completing this flood control
project. With the rainy season coming up, we no longer have to worry
about the river overflowing. I am sure that my property and
livestock will be safe during the typhoon season,” said Mr. Ricky
Calendatas, a chicken farmer living along Binaliw River.
from Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO) are all smile
after the parade during the first day celebration of DPWH
120th Anniversary and Sportsfest on June 21, 2018.
Biliran DEO joins
DPWH region 8 in celebration of 120th anniversary and sportsfest
June 28, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region VIII
celebrates 120th anniversary and sportsfest in a two-day event on
June 21-22, 2018 simultaneously with other DPWH Offices nationwide.
“For 365 days, let us give
these two days for us to celebrate, giving thanks to God, giving
thanks to our officials, to ourselves, to each one of us, thank you
for your continuous support that is why we existed and it (DPWH) is
getting stronger,” Edgar B. Tabacon, Regional Director said during
his welcome address.
Engineering Offices of the region including Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) gather for the said occasion to have fun
and develop camaraderie and sportsmanship through sports activities.
The activity started with
a thanksgiving mass at the open field of the DPWH Regional Office,
Baras, Palo, Leyte at 8:00 in the morning officiated by Fr. Norman
Abolencia followed by a short parade around the Government Center of
The competition for the
Best in Muse highlights the morning event of the first day of
celebration. Photo exhibit contest also opens at the DPWH
multipurpose hall displaying completed/proposed high impact projects
of the 13 district engineering offices.
The start of the sports
activities at 1:00 in the afternoon, signals the commencement of the
sportsfest celebration. Sports competition includes basketball,
volleyball, badminton, table tennis, dart and chess but the
highlight of the celebration is the Search for Mr. DPWH Sportspoof
2018 in the evening. Fourteen straight men candidates representing
their engineering offices came out as lovely ladies vying for the
title. In the middle of the said competition, there was a Search for
DPWH Curatcha King and Queen.
The second day of the
celebration starts with the DPWH Unity Fun Run at 5:00 in the
morning competing for the 3k, 5k and 10k run. Participants who are
not playing any sports competition for this day are enjoying the
parlor games prepared by each district offices. The sports
championship games also continue on this day.
Due to unfinished game for
the sport badminton, Atty. Neil N. Re-oma, President of Rank and
File Employees Union (RFEU), Region VIII said that awarding ceremony
for the winners of the different competitions will be held during
the second Regional Quarters Meeting.
DPWH is celebrating 120
years anniversary with the theme “Bridging Modern Development”. The
department started as the Department of War and Public Works in 1898
during the revolutionary government under the time of President
Emilio Aguinaldo. In 1987, after several revolutions, it became the
Department of Public Works and Highways, as it is known today.
Director Edgar B. Tabacon, CESO IV, officially opens the
program for the 120th Anniversary of DPWH.
120 years of bridging modern development
BON JOSEPH N. ASTILLA
June 28, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY –
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region VIII kicks-off
its 120th anniversary and sportsfest on June 21-22, 2018 at Baras,
Palo, Leyte marking another milestone for the main engineering arm
of the government.
The festivity gathers more
than a hundred employees from different District Engineering Offices
(DEOs) regionwide with a civic parade of participants with their
muses opening the occasion on its first day.
DEOs are grouped into team
clusters namely: Cluster I - Regional Office, Leyte I and Tacloban
City DEO; Cluster II - Leyte II, Leyte III and Biliran DEO; Cluster
III - Leyte IV, Leyte V and Southern Leyte DEO; Cluster IV - Samar
I, Samar II, Northern Samar I, Northern Samar II and Eastern Samar
A showcase of the
different talents and skills of DPWH employees are also evident
during the two-day celebration through various ball games and parlor
games. Meanwhile, selected male candidates entertain the crowd in
the search for Miss DPWH Sports Spoof 2018.
Fierce competition can be
seen here and there but as the event concludes and participants
return to their respective DEOs, they are instilled with the
significance of teamwork. Working together is more productive than