Mayor Eunice Babalcon (seated center) signs in the presence
of Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones (seated
right) and Notary Public Atty. Medino Acoba (seated left)
the deed of donation for the 300 square meter lot intended
for the construction of the Samar DAR Provincial Office.
Witnessing the event are (standing from left) Provincial
Agrarian Reform Program Officer Enrique Granados III,
Paranas Vice Mayor Yolanda Tan and Regional Director Sheila
New DAR office
soon to rise after lot donation
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
September 26, 2018
CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar
– The provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
currently situated in this city may soon be transferred to Paranas
town after the local government unit (LGU) donated recently a lot
for this purpose.
Paranas Mayor Eunice
Babalcon representing her municipality as the donor and Agrarian
Reform Secretary John Castriciones representing the DAR as the
recipient, formally signed the Deed of Donation during the latter’s
recent visit to this province for the 300-square meter lot beside
the Paranas evacuation center intended for the construction of DAR
The two officials signed
the document in the presence of Atty. Medino Acoba, a Notary Public,
and witnessed by DAR Regional Director Sheila Enciso and Vice Mayor
According to Babalcon, her
municipality “is very much willing to give the property” considering
the role DAR plays in improving the quality of life of the farmers.
Before the formal signing
of the document at the Samar State University gymnasium,
Castriciones dropped by the municipality of Paranas on his way to
Catbalogan City from Tacloban City where his plane landed, per
invitation of the Mayor and for the symbolic tree planting at the
Provincial Agrarian Reform
Program Officer II (PARPO-II) Enrique Granados III disclosed that
the Samar DAR Provincial office used to occupy one of the offices at
the provincial government center in this city until 2016.
Since the building they
were occupying was to undergo renovation, the DAR provincial office
transferred to another location.
From February 2016, they
had been renting office space. At present, they are renting at the
downtown area in this city at P140,000 a month which increases
annually, Granados added.
Regional Director Sheila
Enciso likewise shared that though Paranas is about 30 kilometers
away from Catbalogan, the government would be able to save a big
amount from rentals.
On the other hand, Spouses
Rolando and Hideliza Tomalabcad likewise donated 7,000 square meters
land intended for DAR employees home lots and dormitory. The couple
though refused to issue a statement when asked for comments.
Signing of both documents
coincided with the Secretary’s distribution of certificates of land
ownership award (CLOAs) to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).
In appreciation, the
Secretary presented a plaque recognizing the donors act of goodwill.
DPWH Biliran DEO
conducts axle load survey for the first time
September 25, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) conducts a week-long axle load survey on
large trucks passing through Biliran Circumferential Road (BCR)
referenced at Sitio Riverside Brgy. Caraycaray, Naval, Biliran.
The operation was
conducted 24/7 from September 4-12, 2018 on a rotational shifts
spearheaded by Engr. Ian M. Lazarte, Regional Road Traffic
Information Application (RTIA) Coordinator and Mr. Penny Lloyd E.
Batoto, RTIA Coordinator of Biliran DEO.
According to District
Engineer David P. Adongay Jr., the main purpose of the said activity
is to collect data that will be used for appropriate design
standards for the said road.
“It is done by weighing
large trucks on a weighbridge installed on a national road” said
In accordance with
Republic Act 8794, trucks are prohibited from passing through
national roads and bridges if their axle load exceeds the 13,500
kilograms per axle capacity limit and allowable computed gross
vehicle weight (GVW).
The axle load surveys will
also give information whether the roads are abused or not by the
transporters, hence assist the Bureau of Design in deciding on
appropriate corrective measures.
The summary of the data
gathered is stored in the Road and Bridge Information Application (RBIA)
and is used as one of the important inputs to the new planning and
Axle load survey are part
of the DPWH’s mandate in ensuring road safety. This is the first
time that Biliran DEO conducted the said activity in the province.
leaders united to break cultural barriers for peace
Sigaw ng Kabataan
September 25, 2018
QUEZON CITY – In
line with the country’s celebration of the Peace consciousness Month
and in observance of the international day of peace, Sigaw ng
Kabataan Coalition, an independent non-partisan national alliance of
young leaders and youth organizations in the Philippines, together
with the Rotary Satellite Club of Fort BGC Titans, Rotary Club of
Fort Bonifacio Global City holds the Philippine Intercultural Youth
Convention (PIYC) 2018, with the theme “Breaking Cultural Barriers,
Empowering Young Leaders,” on September 22-23, 2018 in Great Eastern
Hotel, Quezon City.
The convention was opened
with a keynote address from the former Department of Environment and
Natural Resources Secretary, Ms. Gina Lopez, “It is not money nor
staff that brings change in the society. It is the commitment to
integrity and love, and the youth should know this as you will
inherit the country.”
speakers include DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad delivering the
message of President Rodrigo Duterte and DOLE Secretary Silvestre
Bello III, Commissioner Teddy Co of the National Commission on the
Culture and Arts, Director Mary Grace Pascua of the National
Commission for Indigenous Peoples, Irish Inspirational Speaker and
Best Selling author Mike Grogan, Landbank Director JV Hinlo, and
Past President Oliver Alvarez of the Rotary Club of Manila Magic.
PIYC 2018 provides an
opportunity for different ethnic groups in the Philippines to
exchange knowledge of their culture and heritage, and for young
leaders to engage and have a close encounter with government
officials and experts in various development fields.
The convention had six
sessions which discussed the youth’s developmental priorities based
on a national survey done by SKC in 2017. These includes Peace in
Diversity with Ms. Jasmine Suleik of the United Nations Youth
Advisory Board Philippines and Mr. Elmer Albacete of the AFS
Intercultural Programs Philippines as speakers, moderated by SKC
Sultan Kudarat Governor, Mr. Kaharudin Gumaga Dalaten. The Health
and Social Welfare session had UN Youth Advisory Board Ph
Chairperson Neil Lomibao, Dr. Dexter Galban National Chairperson of
the Philippine Society of Health Advocates for Policy Engagement,
NVAP President Engr. Emer Rojas, and DOH Director Dr. Rodolfo
Antonio M. Albornoz as speakers.
Speakers for the Quality
and Accessible Education for all session are DSWD Assistant
Secretary Rhea Penaflor and Commission on Higher Education Director
Joselito Alisuag. In-hand Abra Foundation Executive Director
Carmelita Bersalona shared about youth opportunities in the bamboo
industry while Mr. Rodne Galicha of the Climate Reality Project PH
and Mr. Vermon Timbas of the DENR-EMB spoke during the Climate and
Environmental Action session.
In a press conference held
during the PIYC 2018, Datu Pax Ali Sanki-Mangudadatu, President of
the Sultan Kudarat Association of Youth Organization said in his
statement, “There can be unity in diversity. If every one of us with
different backgrounds from different institutions can come together,
we can do great things. Even the small things, we can do in the
greatest ways.” With this, Mr. Ramil Tolledo of the AFS Philippines
added, “Peace should be achieved by having interaction among
different cultures. It is what makes us relate with each other,
promoting peace and our different advocacies.”
Being among the latest
personalities that symbolize the significance of embracing the
diverse Philippine culture without any form of discrimination, Mr.
Norman King, the first graduate of the University of the Philippines
from the Aeta community delivered in his statement, “Alisin natin
ang diskriminasyon; huwag tayong maglagay ng isang invisible barrier
na naghihiwalay sa kayo at kami, palaging dapat mayroong tayo.
Bigyan natin ng isang makulay na kwento ang ating henerasyon, gamit
ang kaibahan natin bilang lakas sa pagkakaisa na maabot ang ating
SKC National President and
Rotary Satellite Club of Fort BGC Titans Chairman Mr. Ellirie Aviles
on emphasizing the main purpose of PIYC 2018 said, “We encourage the
youth to engage in their communities and take on leadership roles.
We are not just the future – the youth is today. We should take
action and not wait for tomorrow to come. Nananawagan po tayo sa
lahat na makialam, makiisa, at makibahagi, at sama-sama nating
palakasin ang sigaw ng kabataan.”
“We need to be united to
be able to do actions that will result to beneficial permanence. Let
us unite by promoting better understanding of the various cultures
in the country. By breaking these cultural barriers which hinder
growth in our communities, starting among the youth, we are
empowering our people and helping the country’s efforts towards the
achievement of the UN Sustainable development goals,” he added.
Focused on discourses in
culture and sustainable development, PIYC 2018 unifies the Filipino
youth to define its role in building a better future while remaining
rooted in Filipino heritage.
The convention was
organized in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and
Development, Department of Labor and Employment, AFS intercultural
Programs Philippines, and the Korean Cultural Center. And supported
by SKC’s advocacy partners, the Rotaract Clubs of Fort Bonfacio
Global City, San Francisco Del Monte Malaya Achievers, and Zamboanga
City West, and the GANAP QCPU.
second highest underemployment rate in the country at 27.2% in July
September 20, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY –
Eastern Visayas registered the second highest underemployment rate
in the country at 27.2% in July 2018. This translates to an
estimated 506 thousand underemployed persons or those employed
persons aged 15 years old and over who express the desire to have
additional hours of work in their present jobs; or to have
additional job; or to have a new job with longer working hours. This
figure is 5.3 percentage points higher compared with the 21.9%
underemployment rate registered in July 2017. Bicol Region posted
the highest underemployment rate in the Philippines at 28.0 percent
Out of the estimated 3.2
million population 15 years old and over in July 2018, about 2.0
million were economically active or in the labor force. This number
translates to a Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) of 61.8%. This
figure is 1.1 percentage points higher compared with the 60.7% LFPR
in the same period a year ago. Among the regions, Eastern Visayas
recorded the sixth highest LFPR.
The Employment Rate (ER)
in Eastern Visayas in July 2018 was estimated at 95.3%, ranking
sixth among the regions with high employment rates in the country.
This figure is slightly lower than the 96.0% ER recorded in July
2017. Employment rate is the proportion of employed persons to total
Meanwhile, about 92
thousand persons in the labor force were unemployed. This translates
to an unemployment rate of 4.7%, slightly higher than the 4.0%
unemployment rate recorded in the same period of 2017. Considered
unemployed persons are persons in the labor force who are reported
as without work; and currently available for work; and seeking work
or not seeking work due to the following reasons: a) belief that no
work is available, or b) awaiting results of previous job
application, or c) because of temporary illness or disability, or d)
weather, or e) waiting for rehire or job call.
Data were based on the
preliminary estimates released by the Philippine Statistics
Authority from the Labor Force Survey (LFS) conducted in July 2018.
trainees to boost Army strength in Arakan Valley Complex
Battalion, 8ID PA
September 20, 2018
MAGPET, Cotabato –
A traditional military reception rites tested the 480 recruits for
the Citizens Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) during the first
day of their training here, today, September 20, 2018.
The recruits who will
undergo the 45-day CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) Basic Training will
be handled by the 72nd Infantry Battalion, to capacitate them with
basic soldiery skills such as marksmanship and small-unit tactics.
Captain Alex Raposon,
Commanding Officer of Hotel Company, 72IB said that upon completion
of their training, recruits will be distributed to different
battalions to serve as territorial forces and defend communities
which are being threatened by the Communist New People’s Army
In the past few weeks, the
recruits underwent background, security checks and screening process
in selected areas in North Cotabato Province. Some of them are
Indigenous Peoples who came from the towns of Arakan, Antipas, Pres.
Roxas, and Magpet or the so called Arakan Valley Complex where there
is strong presence of the NPA.
Lt. Col. Ehrlich Noel
Paraso, Commanding Officer of 19th Infantry Battalion whose unit
assumed internal peace and security responsibility of the Arakan
Valley Complex welcomed this recent development.
Paraso said that the
territorial forces play significant role in preventing the NPAs from
threatening Indigenous People’s communities, recruitment of minors
and extortion efforts.
Paraso hopes that there
will be more people who will volunteer in the next batches of the
Inflation rate in
Eastern Visayas increases to 6.1% in August 2018
September 19, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Inflation Rate (IR) of Eastern Visayas increased to 6.1% in August
2018. This IR is 0.2 percentage point higher compared with the 5.9%
IR a month ago, but 3.1 percentage points higher than the recorded
3.0 percent IR in the same period last year.
All provinces in the
region registered higher inflation rates in August 2018 compared
with their figures in the previous month, except Samar, which posted
a decrease of 0.2 percentage point in August 2018 (7.4%) from 7.6
percent in July 2018. Eastern Samar, meanwhile, recorded the highest
IR at 8.8% during the reference month. It has also registered the
highest increase in IR of 1.0 percentage point. Southern Leyte
posted the lowest IR at 1.8% (Table 1).
Majority of the commodity
groups in the region exhibited higher IR from July 2018 to August
2018. Recreation and culture recorded the highest increase of 3.3
percentage points. It was posted at 3.9% in August 2018 from 0.6% in
July 2018. This can be attributed to the huge increase in the index
of recreational and cultural services.
The heavily-weighted food
and non-alcoholic beverages went up to 8.6% in August 2018 from 8.2%
in July 2018, an increase of 0.4 percentage point. This can be
traced to higher IR among all food items, except meat and food
products not elsewhere classified, which posted slower IR. Fish
remained to have a double digit IR at 19.6%, the highest among all
food items (Table 2).
Inflation rate for
housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels slowed down to 5.3%
in August 2018 from 5.9% in July 2018, a decrease by 0.6 percentage
point. Similarly, IR for alcoholic beverages and tobacco also went
down by 0.4 percentage points but still recorded double digit IR at
21.2%, the highest among all commodities. Transport likewise
registered a decrease by 0.4 percentage point, settling at 6.8%
during the month in review.
retained its negative IR at 16.2%.
The Purchasing Power of
Peso (PPP) of the region remained at P0.81 in August 2018. This PPP
implies that goods and services worth 100 pesos in August 2018 only
costs 81 pesos in 2012. All provinces sustained their PPP from last
month, except Northern Samar, which registered a 0.02 centavo
decrease in the PPP compared with its P0.77 PPP in July 2018. Leyte
recorded the strongest PPP at P0.84, while Northern Samar posted the
weakest at P0.75 (Table 1).
NPA medic escaped
from sexually abusive leader; surrenders to military
Battalion, 8ID PA
September 18, 2018
Province – A female member of Communist Party of the Philippines
–New People’s Army terrorist (CNT) escaped from her sexually abusive
leader and surrendered to Alpha Company, 19th Infantry COMMANDO
Battalion (19IB) at Magpet, Cotabato Province, yesterday; September
Alias Wilma, 20 years old,
the designated medic of Pulang Bagani Command 2 (PBC2) escaped from
her group while temporarily camped in a mountainous area between the
province of North Cotabato and Davao City.
When her father, Bong (not
his true name) knew his daughter’s whereabouts, he asked assistance
to the nearest Army detachment and was rescued immediately by troops
of 19IB in Barangay Calinan, Davao City.
In an interview, Alias
Wilma claimed that she was one of the five (5) teenage girls from
Magpet, Cotabato who were forced to join the NPA terrorists last
March. All of them experienced sexual harassment from their superior
whom the group knew as Alias Botchoy.
“Misulod mi diri aron
mawala ang mga pagpahimulos, apan naa ra man diay gihapon
pagpanghimulos sulod sa armado.” (We joined the NPA to stop the
abuses, yet we suffer the same within the organization), Alias Wilma
Lieutenant Colonel Ehrlich
Noel Paraso, Commanding Officer of 19IB said that NPA terrorist’s
act of preying on its own female comrades for sexual satisfaction
only proved the communist organization’s disrespect to women’s
“I call on to the local
leaders of the NPA terrorists to stop the exploitation of women and
minors and other forms of abuses they are committing against the
people. NPA terrorists are continuously recruiting members to join
their failed armed struggle, yet they have rotten ranks and system.”
Early this year of 4th
Infantry Division’s campaign, there have been recoveries of war
materials and medical supplies from encounter sites and encampment
of NPA terrorists. Some of which were syringe, birth control pills
“This is not the first
time that NPA terrorists’ leaders sexually abuse their female
members. We have reports in some areas not only in 4ID that sexual
exploitation have been happening in the ranks of the said terrorist
group. Their leaders made sexual advances to their females by
touching delicate body parts to the extent that these female feel
molested and sexually abused. I call on the parents who have
daughters that joined the NPA terrorists to reach them and ask them
to come home before it will be too late.” Major General Ronald
Villanueva, Commander of Army’s 4th Infantry Division said.
Last April 2018 in San
Carlos, Negros Occidental, a journal was found in an encounter that
contained confessions of how the owner and at the same time a member
of the NPA terrorist was molested and almost raped by her comrades
after she was recruited in 2011.
Solusyon sa Polusyon”
ELENOR A. ANOLLADO
September 18, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY –
Tons of trash get dumped on our coastlines every year. The garbage
includes plastic bottles, plastic bags and packaging, food wrappers
and cigarette butts – detracting from the natural beauty of the
shore and harming wildlife. International Coastal Clean-up is part
of an international campaign focused on keeping trash out of oceans,
bays, rivers and lakes.
In line with this, the
Department of Public Works and Highways- Samar First District
Engineering Office (SFDEO) joins the 32nd International Coastal
Clean-up (ICC) day on September 18, 2018 at Brgy. Burabod Sta.
Margarita, Samar, with the theme “Tayo ang Solusyon sa Polusyon”, to
promote better ocean health and environmental consciousness. This is
pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 470, series of 2003,
declaring every third Saturday of September of every year as the
International Coastal Clean-up Day.
Volunteers from every
section pick and segregate trash and debris for item classification.
They were able to collect 238 kilos of trash mostly consisting of
plastic bottles and wrappers, used diapers, and soiled cardboard.
Trash accumulates in the
ocean, threatens the health of every creatures in it and the
ecosystem, at the same time endangering the life of people. What
goes to the ocean goes back to us.
Eco-Friendly Regional Assessors Team inspect the office
grounds of DPWH Samar I last September 12, 2018.
eco-friendly government office
MAE ANGELICA R. COMOTA
September 17, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY –
With the recent global environmental issues and concerns such as
global warming and climate change, various forms of environmental
deterioration have reached a stage that require massive,
orchestrated national effort.
In line with this, the
Department of Public Works and Highways launches the 2018
Recognition Awards for the Most Eco-friendly District Engineering
As part of this
competition, DPWH -Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO)
undergoes an assessment by the Eco-Friendly Regional Assessors Team
(EFROAT) composed of representatives from the DPWH Central Office,
led by Mr. Andro Santiago.
The assessment aims to
review the Office’s implementation of its Environmental Management
Programs in terms of the following criteria: 1) Electricity
Consumption; 2) Water Conservation; 3) Waste Management; 4) Greening
Program; 5) Green Procurement Program; 6) Emergency Preparedness; 7)
Air Pollution Prevention; and 8) Order and Cleanliness.
environmental management program, the wise utilization of office
supplies and materials are religiously followed in order to avoid
waste; construction materials such as asphalt containers are
repurposed into plant holders; a compost pit is set up in order to
contain biodegradable waste; a rainwater collection system is
installed; fuel allocations are reduced; air-condition units are
turned on within a specific time period; and the concept of
carpooling is practice whenever there is field work.
All employees are also
made aware in this campaign as their efforts and actions are
critical towards achieving an eco-friendly office.
Based on the findings of
the assessment conducted by the EFROAT, SFDEO is an above average,
eco-friendly government office.
“After this assessment our
environmental management program will not stop, we will continue to
sustain and improve our current practices in order to gain more
grounds in becoming a more eco-friendly office, not only for the
recognition but more importantly to help in creating a better world
for the next generation,” said District Engineer Alvin Ignacio as he
addressed all the employees of DPWH -Samar I during the exit
conference with the EFDOAT.
PSA conducts 2018
Occupational Wages Survey (OWS) and 2017/2018 Integrated Survey on
Labor Employment (ISLE)
September 17, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has started the conduct of the
2018 Occupational Wage Survey (OWS) and 2017/2018 Integrated Survey
on Labor and Employment (ISLE) today, 17 September 2018,
The 2018 OWS is an
establishment-based survey that aims to monitor the wage rates of 22
low-paid occupations in 21 non-agricultural industries. Its
objective is to generate wage estimates to aid minimum wage
The 2017/2018 ISLE,
formerly BLES Integrated Survey (BITS), is a survey of
establishments employing at least 20 workers which consists three
modules covering topics on employment, conditions of work and
industrial relations. It aims to provide inputs to studies on
industry trends and practices, and bases for the formulation of
A total of 185
establishments with employment size of at least 20 workers were
selected as samples across the region. These establishments were
extracted from the 2017 List of Establishments (2017 LE).
Questionnaires will be delivered by hired Statistical Researchers to
sample establishments. However, for Biliran and Eastern Samar,
questionnaires will be delivered directly from PSA Central Office
through mail since their sample size is less than ten (10)
establishments. Accomplished questionnaires will be
collected/submitted starting 1 October 2018.
The consolidated results
of these surveys are expected to be released by November 2019.
The PSA appeals to the
public, especially the business sector, to cooperate and support the
conduct of this survey. 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.
number of constructions in Eastern Visayas up by 4.8%
September 17, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
region’s total number of constructions in the second quarter of 2018
reached 1,244. This reflected an increase of 4.8% from the 1,187
constructions recorded in the same quarter of 2017.
By type of construction,
the number of residential building constructions decreased to 843
constructions in the second quarter of 2018 from 894 constructions
in the second quarter of 2017, a decline by 5.7%.
The number of
non-residential building constructions went up by 14.5% reaching to
205 constructions in the second quarter of 2018 from 179
constructions in the same period of 2017.
The combined number for
additions/alterations and repairs of existing structures
significantly increased to 196 constructions during the quarter in
review from 114 constructions in the second quarter of 2017, a surge
Majority (67.8%) of the
constructions were residential buildings. Non-residential buildings
comprised 16.5%, while additions/alterations and repairs accounted
for 15.8% of the region’s total constructions.
The total value of
constructions in the region during the second quarter of 2018 was
estimated at P2.4 billion. This figure is 10.8% higher compared with
the P2.2 billion total value of constructions in the same quarter of
By type of construction,
the total value of additions/alterations and repairs more than
doubled, posting an increase of 112.5%, from P87.2 million in the
second quarter of 2017 to P185.2 million during the quarter in
Similarly, aggregate value
of residential building constructions increased by 24.4%, from
P911.5 million in the same period of 2017 to P1.1 billion in the
second quarter of 2018.
On the other hand, total
value of Non-Residential Buildings declined by 7.1% to P1.1 billion
in the second quarter of 2018 from P1.2 billion in the second
quarter of 2017.
Total value of Residential
Building in the region comprised the largest share in terms of value
at 46.9%. Value of constructions of Non-Residential Building
contributed 45.5%, while Additions/Alterations and Repairs accounted
for 7.7% of the region’s total value of construction.
Average cost per square
meter was estimated at P8,198 for Residential Building and P8,926
for Non-Residential Building.
Data were based on the
preliminary results of construction statistics from approved