drastic cuts in proposed Duterte 2019 education budget
Alliance of Concerned
August 9, 2018
QUEZON CITY – The
Alliance of Concerned Teachers lambasted the hefty cuts in the
proposed education budget of the Department of Budget and Management
for 2019, saying that the Duterte regime’s purported prioritization
of human resource development is a “big farce,” as far as education
budget is concerned.
“The drastic cuts in the
proposed education budget for 2019 more accurately mean ‘human
resource destruction’ than development to teachers, students, and
the whole nation,” said Raymond Basilio, ACT Philippines
The DBM-proposed education
budget is 6.4% or P44.87 billion lower than the approved 2018 budget
for education. The Department of Education is about to suffer an
8.9% budget slash which is equivalent to P51.8 billion. It is in
fact 28% short of what the agency requested. Despite the enactment
of the Universal Access to tertiary Education Law, budget for State
Colleges and Universities will still be decreased by .07% or P45.95
Basilio expressed dismay
over DepEd Secretary Briones’ quick retraction of the criticism on
the looming budget cuts on the agency, saying that “DepEd exposes
itself as spineless in standing up for the interest of teachers and
the rest of the education sector.”
“The cuts spell further
hardships to education workers on pay and workload, worsening
shortages on facilities and materials, and greater inaccessibility
of education to Filipinos,” Basilio stated. Aside from President
Duterte’s salary increase promise being amiss in the budget,
personnel services allocation in the education sector will effect
cuts of P6.4B in personnel benefits and P19.8B decrease in
allocation for the creation of new teaching and non-teaching items.
The long overdue increase in the alloted special hardship allowance
proposed by the Department of Education was totally disregarded.
Funds for the implementation of medical treatment and annual health
examination of teachers guaranteed in the 1966 Magna Carta, as well
as budget for benefits under the collective negotiations agreements
were practically non-existent in the draft budget.
“It seems this government
is condemning education workers to slow death. While it wrings us of
indirect taxes under the TRAIN Law which will fund 39% of the 2019
budget, it deprives us of our legitimate and legal pay. It denies us
further of additional teaching and non-teaching personnel
much-needed to alleviate overwork which has caused the death of our
colleagues recently,” complained Basilio.
The proposed budget for
DepEd and SUCs reflect big slashes in the allocation for facilities
repair and replacement, procurement and computers, laboratory
equipment, textbooks and manuals, and construction of new buildings.
“The cuts are tantamount
to the further decline of quality and access to education. This is
destructive to the nation’s human resource, especially the next
generation. Mr. President, you always say that you cannot just watch
our youth being wasted on drugs, but by abandoning education, you
let them go to the dogs!” called out Basilio.
However, it is remarkable
how payment of vouchers to private schools remains to be included in
the top 10 items with the biggest allocation in the budget for
education, with a P5B increase for DepEd’s SHS Voucher Program to
private secondary schools.
“Instead of investing in
public schools which can accommodate large numbers of pupils for
years, it would rather hand out public funds to private businesses,”
The proposed budget will
effect as well an 84% decrease in budget for all state colleges and
“The Duterte government
now carries out the paralyzation and the eventual death of SUCs. It
only goes to show how insincere this regime is in implementing free
tertiary education,” Basilio concluded.
records $49.4M trade deficit in May 2018
August 9, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
region reflected a continued deficit in the total balance of trade
in goods (BoT-G), posting a drastic drop by 424.2% to $49.4 million
in May from $9.4 million in May 2017.
The region’s total trade
in goods in May 2018 amounted to $177.4 million, equal to the
registered value in the same period last year. Total exports
amounted to $64.0 million, which was 23.8% lower compared with the
$84.0 million in May 2017. Total value of imports, meanwhile, was
recorded at $113.4 million, 21.4 percent higher compared with the
$93.4 imports posted in the same period last year.
The region’s total volume
of exports in May 2018 was posted at 97.0 million kilograms. The
commodity group of Copper and Articles thereof was the major export
during the month in review with a total revenue of $61.6 million,
accounting for 96.4% of the region’s total exports revenue in May
People’s Republic of China
was the top export market destination with a recorded total exports
revenue of $61.6 million, which shared 96.4% of the region’s total
Meanwhile, the region’s
total imports amounted to $113.4 million in May 2018 with total
gross weight of 94.0 million kilograms. Ores, Slag and Ash commodity
group was the major import during the month with a total revenue of
$104.4 million accounting for 92.0% of the region’s total imports in
The top import supplier of
the region was Australia, recording a total imports bill of $51.6
million, which comprised more than two-fifths (45.5%) of the
region’s total imports.
surrenders to Army in Cotabato
Battalion, 8ID PA
August 8, 2018
MAGPET, North Cotabato
– Tired and disgruntled, a couple from the hinterland barangay of
Magpet, North Cotabato surrendered to the Army’s 19th Infantry
Battalion, Tuesday, August 7.
The surrenderers, “Alias
George” and his wife “Alias Joan” were formerly full-time members of
Guerilla Front 53 and Pulang Bagani Command (PBC) 3, under the
outlawed Communist New People’s Army Terrorist (CNT) that operates
in North Cotabato.
The couple was accompanied
by local officials headed by village Chief Roldan Pelonio when they
surrendered to 1Lt. Prolen Bonacua, Commanding Officer of Alpha
Company at Barangay Manobo of the said town. They are now the latest
addition to the list of former NPA rebels who surfaced to 19th
Infantry Battalion since April this year.
Alias George has already
acquired higher position in the organization. But still, he surfaced
due to hardships and infighting among members. He also came to knew
that the military together with the local officials were
aggressively supporting the reintegration process of former NPA
“I just want to live a
normal life together with my wife and children, like our former
comrades who already yielded ahead of us”, Alias George said.
Meanwhile, Lt. Col.
Ehrlich Noel Paraso, Commanding Officer of 19th Infantry Battalion
said that documentary requirements for the enrollment of Alias
George and his wife in the Enhanced-Comprehensive Local Integration
Program (E-CLIP) will be immediately processed.
He also reiterated his
call to the remnants of the NPA rebels who are still out in the
mountains to surrender for them to avail of the various programs of
Assistant Chief Maintenance Engr. Rogelio Bonoan, MPP Engr.
Ronalie Pelotos, and Road Inspector Engr. Edgar Cuenco at a
road section along Calbayog-Allen Road.
Samar I improves
road maintenance rating for 2018
MAE ANGELICA R. COMOTA
August 6, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways Samar First District
Engineering Office (SFDEO) obtains an 88.05% rating in its
compliance with the guidelines on the maintenance of national roads
and bridges for the first semester of 2018.
Engr. Edgar Cuenco from
the Department’s Bureau of Maintenance conducted the road rating
inspection and validation last February 2018, inspecting a total of
144.80 kilometers of paved road, divided into 101.2 kilometers of
asphalt roads and 43.6 kilometers of concrete road.
The 88.05% road rating,
which was released just this month, is higher than last year’s
overall rating of 87.4%.
“Public safety is the
primary priority in maintaining our roads and bridges. This
semester’s accomplishment is a testament to the continuous efforts
of our maintenance point persons and their teams who have tendered
services beyond the regular working hours just to ensure safe and
well-maintained roads for the travelling public,” said District
Engineer Alvin Ignacio.
Currently, SFDEO is
gearing up for the next semester’s road inspection and validation
and is looking forward to surpass this semester’s rating.
the press conference of SELDA with martial law victims and
lawyers from the National Union of People's Lawyers.
victims call to get remaining P800M of reparation, seek Congress
August 6, 2018
QUEZON CITY –
“After so many hurdles before being able to receive reparation and
recognition, we do not want to leave anyone behind, especially the
legitimate victims of martial law. Ultimately, we should make sure
that all funds intended for the victims and their kin should be
given to them.”
Thus said SELDA
chairperson Trinidad Herrera-Repuno, as the group is now appealing
to extend the validity and availability of funds intended for
reparation for martial law victims for those who have not claimed
About P800 million worth
of funds remain undistributed, as many approved claimants were
unable to encash their checks. The fund, which is currently with the
Human Rights Victims Claims Board’s account with Land Bank of the
Philippines, will only be maintained until August 11, after which it
will be reverted to the Bureau of Treasury.
“We are concerned that
many martial law victims from different parts of the country might
not be able to resolve these issues before the said date.
Ultimately, it would be a disservice and injustice for the
legitimate victims to be denied receipt what is justly theirs. It is
our responsibility, even when many of us have received reparation,
to call on the government to do something to address this,” Herrera-Repuno
SELDA cited the case of
Cresencia Hizarsa, common-law wife of desaparecido Abner Hizarsa,
who was a victim of illegal arrest detention under Marcos. Because
he was disappeared in 2007, Cresencia filed for claims in Abner’s
absence. However, after fulfilling the requirements said to her like
special powers of attorney, birth certificates of their children,
the check issued to Cresencia was still named after Abner. There is
no possibility that Cresencia can encash the check, only when it is
named after her.
“The claims board has
ceased existence, which is why we call on the Lower House and the
Senate to support the joint resolution to extend the validity of
funds, to give more time to resolve concerns such as that of
Cresencia,” said Herrera-Repuno.
On July 19, Bayan Muna
partylist Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate filed Joint Resolution No.24
entitled “Extending the Validity and Availability of the Fund for
the Marcos Human Rights Violation Victims wth Land Bank of the
Philippines and Authorizing the Commission on Human Rights to
Administer the Effective Distribution of the Funds to Qualified
Victims of their Heirs or Representatives until December 2019,
Amending for the Purpose RA No. 10368 and RA No. 10766.”
SELDA is lobbying for both
houses to support the said joint resolution.
“Umaasa ako at ang aming
buong pamilya ng tulong mula sa inyo para makamit namin ang hustisya.
Alam kong hindi sasapat ang monetary reparation para makamit ang
hustisya para sa amin, bagamat maiibsan nito ang bigat ng aming
dalahin at ito'y parte ng tagumpay sa matagal nating ipinaglalaban
(Me and my family hope for help from you to attain justice. I
understand that the monetary reparation is not enough to attain
justice for us, although this may give respite from the burden that
we carry. This is part of the victory that we have been fighting for
a long time,” said Cresencia.
conducts project documentation of school building
PATRICK LEONEL A.
August 5, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways Samar First District
Engineering Office’ (SFDEO) Public Information Office staff conducts
project documentation with the beneficiaries of four school building
projects within the jurisdiction of the District on August 3, 2018.
The projects documented
are Construction of One (1) Storey Two (2) Classroom with toilet
Oquendo Central Elementary School, Construction of One (1) Storey
Three (3) Classroom (with toilet) Carmen Elementary School,
Construction of One (1) Storey Three (3) Classroom with toilet
Sinidman Or. Primary School and Construction of One (1) Storey Three
(3) Classroom Nijaga Elementary School in Calbayog City. These
projects have a combined appropriation of P15,563,196 sourced out
from the BEFF CY 2017 fund.
Engineer Denis C. Cagomoc, head of the District’s Inspectorate Team,
leads the recently held inspection of the project, and School
Principal Castante accompanies the team during the inspection.
The beneficiaries of the
aforementioned projects attested to the benefits attained from the
fulfillment of the projects. Moreover, they gave their testimony
specifying the relevance of the latter towards their daily lives.
“In the past few years we
have experienced a steady increase in the number of students who
enroll at our school. This project comes at an opportune time as it
offers a more conducive learning environment,” said Principal
The project documentation
with the beneficiaries is a part of Communication Development
Program of the Department.
members in photo (L-R): Mr. Armando Bartolome, Ms. Linda
Stone, Dr. Ed Arcinue, Mr. Eduardo Romualdo with DTI Trade
Commissioner Celynne Layug (standing).
business workshop for Filipinos in LA
August 2, 2018
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry through its Philippine Trade and
Investment Center Los Angeles (PTIC-LA) in cooperation with the
Philippine Consulate General and Philippine Department of Tourism in
Los Angeles officially launched the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK)
workshop for Overseas Filipino Investors (OFIs) in Los Angeles,
Participated in by more
than fifty (50) professionals, food trade entrepreneurs, and
representatives of Filipino-American organizations, the workshop was
graced by Consul General Adelio S. Cruz of the Philippine Consulate
General, Los Angeles. The seminar also served as an avenue for the
announcement of the establishment of the TNK clinics as part of the
Consulate's regular program in collaboration with PTIC-LA. The TNK
clinic is set to be a monthly workshop for OFIs of PTIC-LA.
Commissioner Celynne Layug provided updates on the Philippines’
overall economic performance and the DTI’s 7Ms strategy for MSME
Development which include mindset, mastery, mentoring, markets,
money, machines and models of business. Trade Assistant Rowena Namay
further shared the available resources in Negosyo Centers located in
various regions and provinces in the Philippines.
The seminar also featured
a panel discussion on “OFIs as catalyst for growth.” Panel members
include APR Consulting, Inc. Founder and CEO, Ms. Linda Stone; Sual
Global International, Inc., Owner, Dr. Edgardo Arcinue; GMB
Management Services Global, Inc., President Mr. Armando Bartolome;
and Asset Laboratories Finance/Administration Representative Mr.
Eduardo Romualdo. As professionals in their respective fields, the
panel members shared their insights and experiences on the various
opportunities and learnings in starting a business in the
Philippines with respect to services, testing,
livestock/manufacturing, and franchising.
Kabuhayan (TNK) is a new government blueprint for decent job
creation through employment and entrepreneurship. It was a joint
effort of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department
of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Rosario B. Rosete (left), Chief of Planning and Design
Section inspects the surveying equipments worth P3M which
includes Real-time kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation and
state-of-the-art drone on July 9, 2018 at the Planning and
now equipped with enhanced survey use equipments
August 2, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office (BDEO) is now advancing its planning processes
through the use of the newly acquired surveying equipments.
David P. Adongay Jr.,
District Engineer said that BDEO has recently procured P3M worth of
Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation and a state of the
art drone that will help surveyors upgrade its planning and
RTK positioning satellite
navigation is a technique used to enhance the precision of position
data derived from satellite-based positioning systems such as GPS,
“The procurement of RTK
and Drone will keep Biliran in league with its counterpart district
offices which have already state of the art surveying instruments,”
Engr. Rosario B. Rosete,
Planning and Design Chief said that BDEO is previously using the
traditional total station instrument to measure angles in both the
horizontal and vertical planes.
“The use of the latest
model of RTK will lessen the tediousness in the preparation of plans
in as much as the data gathered using RTK can automatically show the
profile, traverse, contours and cross section of the project
surveyed,” Rosete said.
Sec. Roy A. Cimatu addresses the men and women of the
Stormtroopers Division during its 30th Founding Anniversary
on August 1, 2018 at the 8ID Covered Court joined by four
former 8ID Commanders namely MGen. Glenn Rabonza AFP (Ret.),
MGen. Rufo de Veyra AFP (Ret.), LtGen. Arthur Tabaquero AFP
(Ret.), and MGen. Mario Chan AFP (Ret.)
marks its 30th Founding Anniversary
DPAO, 8ID PA
August 2, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine
Army marked its 30th Founding Anniversary with this years’ theme,
“Kabulig han Molupyo ha Kamurayawan, ug Pag-atiman han Kalibungan
Pakadto han Kauswagan,” this August 1, 2018 with Secretary Roy A.
Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as
Guest of Honor and Speaker.
The event included a
wreath-laying ceremony in honor of the fallen comrade-in-arms and in
recognition of their heroism and ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit
of peace in Eastern Visayas and in Mindanao. The ceremony was
attended and witnessed by four of 8IDs Former Division Commanders,
retired MGen. Rufo de Veyra, retired MGen. Glenn Rabonza, Usec.
Arthur Tabaquero, the current Presidential Adviser on Military
Affairs and retired MGen. Mario Chan, Head Executive Assistant, DENR,
soldiers and their loved ones, officers, civilian employees, and
Secretary Cimatu also led
the awarding to deserving personnel who have shown meritorious
achievement in combat and non-combat role that significantly
contributed to the overall success of the 8ID’s mission.
In addition, civilian
stakeholders who also contributed to the accomplishments of your
Army in Eastern Visayas were also awarded with plaques of
recognition during the said occasion. Among the awardees were Atty.
Bonifacio G. Uy, CESO IV, Regional Director, National Economic and
Development Authority (NEDA) Region 8; Ms. Marivel Sacendoncillo,
CESO III, Regional Director, Department of Interior and Local
Government (DILG) Region 8; Mrs. Melba J. Arino, Land Management
Officer III, CENRO, Pambujan, Northern Samar; Atty. Eunice U.
Babalcon, Municipal Mayor of Paranas, Samar; and Mrs. Elena G.
Sec. Roy A. Cimatu in his
message expressed that, “Today, the Stormtroopers carry a legacy as
partners of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
in ensuring the environmental protection as deputized agents in the
National Greening Program. Anti-illegal logging, enforcement of
other related laws of the environment, and preservation of
ecological balance and biodiversity.”
“I wish you all the best.
I congratulate each and everyone for a job well-done. Happy 30th
Anniversary to you all. Damo nga salamat at mabuhay tayong lahat!”
Cimatu concluded. The DENR Secretary also viewed 8ID’s photo display
as well as PENRO Samar’s information booth prior to granting
interviews with the media. He and his party capped their visit by
joining the Stormtroopers in the traditional boodlefight.
DPWH completes flood
control extension in Calbayog
ELENOR A. ANOLLADO
August 1, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways Samar
First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) completes the construction
and extension of flood control structures in Brgy. Oquendo, Calbayog
The P40 million project which was completed last July 18, 2018,
consists of 586 meters of flood mitigating structures using
structural concrete and reinforcing steel. It is under contract with
Victoria Development and Construction Supply Corp.
This project serves as an extension to the existing flood control
structures in Oquendo and aims to protect the residents of nearby
barangays; Begaho and Nabang. These areas lie adjacent to Jibatang
River and are subjected to the abrupt changes in water levels that
“On behalf of our community, we are very thankful to DPWH for
completing this flood control project. I’ve been living here for
quite a while and I’ve experienced numerous floods throughout my
lifetime. As a resident and a business owner, now I don’t have to
worry about the flood damaging my goods and property,” said