Chelsea Quijano-Salloman (standing front), Designated
Information Officer of DPWH Biliran District Engineering
Offices presents the best practices of her district office
on the aspect of information dissemination during the 3rd
quarterly meeting of Information Officers (IOs) and
Community Development Information Officers (CDIOs) on
September 18, 2018 held at Naval, Biliran Sangguniang
Panlalawigan Conference Room.
strengthens information dissemination campaign
October 2, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) has strengthen its information
dissemination campaign thru extending linkages among Information
Officers (IOs) in the Province of Biliran.
Initiated by the
Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Biliran Provincial Information
Office, IOs and Community Development Information Officers (CDIOs)
held a quarterly meeting on September 18, 2018 at Naval, Biliran
Sangguniang Panlalawigan Conference Room.
The objective of the said
meeting is to reorganize and strengthen the association of
government communicators in Biliran Province.
Mr. Rodrigo S. Victoria,
PIA Biliran Provincial Information Manager said that there is really
a necessity to organize an association of government communicators
in the province.
“If we don’t have link
from one agency to the other, information is distorted and
information dissemination is not well-coordinated,” Victoria said.
For effective and
efficient public information dissemination, IOs and CDIOs came out
with a template of a unified and simple flow of communication with
an established feedback communication flow.
To successfully implement
the said process of communication sharing, members of the
association has elected set of Biliran Communicators Network (BilComNet)
The suggestion of changing
the name of the association from Biliran Association of Government
Information Officers (BAGIO) to BilComNet was realized to be fair
for IOs from the private sectors.
Information sharing among
the IOs of the national government agencies, and the CDIOs of the
local government units of Biliran Province is one of the highlights
during the quarterly meeting.
Each IOs, CDIOs, including
Chelsea Quijano-Salloman, PIO Designate of DPWH Biliran DEO
presented the highlights of the major programs of their respective
The information shared is
expected to be disseminated by IOs and CDIOs to each respective
offices upon returning to their workplaces.
Salloman also presented
the best practices of her district office on the aspect of
information dissemination to give ideas to other agencies on how
public communication is shared by Biliran DEO.
Part also of the quarterly
meeting of the IOs is the discussion of Mr. Victoria on responsible
sharing of information and fake news. The discussion gave the
participants a better understanding on the topics in which they can
apply in their information dissemination job.
The gathering of Biliran
Communicators is an avenue for building one network for a fast and
credible information dissemination in the Province of Biliran.
slams Diokno anti-farmers statement
October 2, 2018
QUEZON CITY – The
country' biggest labor group Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union
Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) called on Budget Secretary
Benjamin Diokno to retract his statement on a live televised
interview implying that Filipino rice farmers can be sacrificed in
the fight against inflation.
On ANC LIVE, Sec. Diokno
said, "In policy, there are winners and losers. There are 100
million consumers. There are 2.5 million (rice) farmers. It’s a no
brainer." This was his reply to the ANC anchor when she asked if the
importation of rice will negatively affect farmers. "This is not
just moral insensitivity but intellectual arrogance of the highest
order. It is provocative given the economic difficulties that our
poorest people are facing. He is saying "drop dead" to our rice
farmers in the name of feeding our people," said ALU-TUCP Vice
President Luis Corral.
"While he mentioned that
there will be a rice (competitive enhancement) fund for farmers, he
seemed to regard it as a token gesture to the big losers – our rice
farmers", said Corral.
ALU-TUCP Spokesperson Alan
Tanjusay expressed anger at both the tone and manner of Diokno in
the interview. "Our people are now going hungry and have no more
money in their pockets. Even if he floods the markets with imported
rice and vegetables our people have no money to buy these goods
with. And yet Diokno can afford to say that the latest surveys
indicating inflation as the top concern of Filipinos as just a mere
"impression". He dismisses the survey as just a repetition of
previous years' "impression", added Tanjusay.
"We warn our economic
managers that for our people the price of rice, vegetables and fish
are life and death issues. We have to find ways of surviving
together as one nation rather than cavalierly and ruthlessly
sacrifice 2.5 million Filipino rice farmers in what Diokno earlier
described as a "cost-benefit" formula, explained Corral.
"We ask the Senate to
ensure that the Rice Tariffication bill ensure that the rice
competitive enhancement fund (RCEF) be given enough budgetary
support to help our farmers survive. No one is speaking for our
farmers and their families now. We need to bring up their
productivity by helping them organize into cooperatives, go into
other crops, acquire modern machinery, shorten and simplify the
logistics train. Further we need to ensure farmer management of the
fund lest we repeat the sad experiences of the sugar levy and
coconut levy which were plundered," said Corral.
"On the demand side,
ALU-TUCP calls for enactment of the proposed 500 peso monthly cash
subsidy from government for 4 million minimum wage earners under SSS
coverage. We call this the Labor Empowerment and Assistance Program
(LEAP) and is intended to mitigate the economic miscalculations of
TRAIN 1, the knock-on depreciation of the peso in the light of the
US increase in its interest rates, and the on-going increase in
international oil prices," added Tanjusay.
"There is a critical need
to bridge the gap in the decline of real wages as inflation climbs.
DOLE has signalled it is considering a mere pittance of P20.
"ALU-TUCP reiterates its
call for a substantive wage adjustment to compensate workers for the
productivity gains they have brought to the economy, and for
patiently waiting for the trickle down from our growing economy. Now
that times are hard workers and rice farmers are being made
"sacrificial lambs" again. Let’s get our economic policy right for
once. Not "losers and winners" but "win-win" said Tanjusay.
DPWH advises to
keep 20-meter parameter on national roads
October 1, 2018
CARIGARA, Leyte –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte Second
District Engineering Office advises the public to keep the 20-meter
minimum width requirement on national roads.
Maintenance Section Chief
Francisco Robin, Jr. instructed that there must be proper
information dissemination to the public to block the construction of
residential, business, or other establishments within the 20-meter
parameter to give way for the road right-of-way program.
“Let us inform our
neighbors to preserve the 20-meter no building zone for the road
widening and major flood control projects. Let us altogether help in
the dissemination so when the time comes, investments would not go
into waste,” Robin said.
He added that obstructions
within the established “right-of-way” of existing national roads
that will be displaced by the projects will not be compensated by
The Republic Act 10752 or
“The Right-of-Way Act” states that “the government may acquire real
property needed as right-of-way site or location for any national
government for any national government infrastructure project
through donation, negotiated sale, expropriation, or any mode of
acquisition as provided by law.” However, this act only applies to
new construction or road opening projects wherein the road
right-of-way has not been previously acquired.
The road widening project
of DPWH aims to utilize the burgeoning number of vehicular
population in the country which results to traffic congestion. This
also intends to cultivate safety among motorists who go to and from
places within the region.
ng Libongao Farmers Association (MAGSALIA) President
Reynaldo Francisco show their one-hectare demo farm after
the harvest. According to him, they were able to harvest
73.1 tons of sugarcane, an increase of 28 tons under the
sugar block farm.
Sugar block farm
doubles the harvest
October 1, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY –
“Halos mag doble ang na harvest namo karon!” (“Our harvest now is
almost double!”), said Reynaldo Francisco as he excitedly reported
their harvest in sugarcane this season in their one-hectare demo
Francisco, one of the 29
agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in the 30-hectare lot once
owned by the Jonases, and president of the Magsasaka ng Libongao
Farmers Association (MAGSALIA) in Kananga, Leyte, reported that they
harvested 73.1 tons in their demo farm.
According to him,
“MAGSALIA is now the envy of other sugar plantation owners in our
town because of our very high return of investment in sugar
Before, like other sugar
farmers, they could only harvest an average of 40 to 45 tons in a
But now, our production
nearly doubled because of the Sugar Block Farm Project (SBFP)
introduced to us in 2017 by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR),
SBFP is one of the
projects under the Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD) component
of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) that
continuously provide farmers and farm workers, specifically the ARBs,
with the opportunity to enhance their dignity and improve the
quality of their lives through greater productivity of agricultural
It is in partnership with
the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), per Republic Act No.
10659 or the Sugarcane Industry Development Act, as assistance
provided to ARB organizations (ARBOs) in sugarland areas where small
landholdings are consolidated to achieve economies of scale.
In Region-8, MAGSALIA is
one of the only two ARBO-recipients of the SBFP.
Aside from SRA, DAR also
commissioned the services of RU Foundry to provide the technology in
sugar production that would lead to an increased income.
Francisco disclosed that
RU Foundry; which is based in Bacolod City, another sugar producing
area; taught them the tractor spike style of planting, which truly
gave them higher production. “Tractor spike or clamp technology” was
new to them as it was not practiced in Region-8.
They were also taught
intercropping with crops such as peanut, corn, mongo and white
beans, which no one does here. It gave them additional income,
They likewise spent less
because they use vermicast instead of applying purely commercial
fertilizer. The vermicast or organic fertilizer is produced by the
association as additional livelihood introduced by DAR.
DAR also provided us with
the necessary equipment like the 120-horse power four-wheel drive
tractor and a 10-wheeler heavy-duty dump truck that are used in the
land preparation and hauling saving us from high rentals, Francisco
further shared. Instead, our association earn by offering the
machines for rent, he added.
When asked how much they
earned from this season in sugar block farm (SBF), Jimmy Dejon,
MAGSALIA Farm Manager, disclosed that their grossed income reached
P168,831 from sugar sales (P149,932), molasses (P10,780), intercrop
(P3,000) and trucking allowance/incentive (P37,063).
Deducting the P128,768
they spent in their operation from the gross income, MAGSALIA gained
P40,063 from SBF on a hectare plantation alone. How much more if the
entire 30 hectares owned by the members intended for this project be
That is why, members of
the association, who used to earn as low as P1.50 a day as sugar
farmworkers in the 70s, are excited to go full blast on SBF.
Since the members, who are
just ordinary farmers, don’t have the capital, while the association
neither could afford to finance the entire operation, MAGSALIA
members are now availing of loan under the Agricultural Production
Credit Program (APCP) from the Land Bank of the Philippines at 8.5
percent annual interest rate.
To other small sugarland
owners, Francisco is encouraging them to join their association and
double their harvest.
MAGSALIA started in 1990
with 32 members only. All of them were ARBs contributing P100 each
to form their capital build-up (CBU).
Now, the association has
expanded to 111 members where 58 are ARBs and with total assets
reaching P9.6-million mostly derived from lending, the major service
offered by them through the years.
of poultry farm DBSN Farm Agriventures decry the
criminalization of their legitimate grievances for
regularization and proper compensation after they end up in
jail for a cyber libel case filed against them by their
employer, Mayor Ramon Oñate, Municipal Mayor of Palompon,
of legitimate labor dissent slammed
September 30, 2018
QUEZON CITY –
Militant labor group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) today
denounced the arrest of thirteen officers and members of the DBSN
Farm Agriventures Workers Union after they were picked up Wednesday
evening by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection
The workers were charged
with libel under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 or Republic
Act 10175 after pictures of workers holding flags and placards taken
before they left for Manila to hold a camp-out in front of the
National office of the Labor department to seek an audience before
Secretary Silvestre Bello were uploaded at Facebook.
“This is a classic case of
harassment. The owner of DBSN could no longer deny the veracity of
the accusations of rampant violations of labor standards in his farm
as well as the legitimacy of the workers demand for regularization,
the Labor department says so,” claimed BMP president and union legal
counsel, Luke Espiritu.
Of the thirteen arrested
workers, ten are being detained at Camp Downes at Ormoc City
including its union president, Ailieen Claros and spokesperson
Josephine Jaballa. The remaining three are held at municipal police
station of Albuera.
He explained that the case
filed against the workers could not constitute online libel since
both the DOLE regional office and the National Labor Relations
Commission have found the company guilty of gross violation of labor
laws and ordered the regularization of its employees, even if the
management has filed an appeal before the agencies.
Workers at DBSN
Agriventures are paid for P285 to work for 15-hour shifts, the
regional minimum wage for workers in Region 8 for 8-hours of work,
without overtime pay and premium among its many labor standard
violation despite being is one of the biggest poultry dressing
plants in the country. It was accredited by the National Meat
Inspection Service and certified as an ISO company by TUV-Rhineland.
“The sub-human conditions
of employees and the outright non-payment is already condemnable, to
say the least. To add harassment and criminalization to salvage the
owner’s ill reputation and multi-billion profits is new low for an
ISO-accredited company,” he deplored.
Upon labor inspection
early this year, the poultry farm was found guilty of: No proof of
coverage or remittance of SSS contributions, non-payment of Overtime
Premium Pay, non-payment of Service Incentives Leave Pay,
non-payment of Holiday Pay, illegal deduction (personal protective
equipment such masks, gloves, and aprons, and delivery and transport
expenses by boat), non-payment of Night Shift Differential Pay;
Labor-only contracting in violation of D.O 174, and non-payment of
13th Month Pay.
BMP maintained that the
criminalization of labor struggles shall not make the workers cower
in fear but will only reap a flurry of protests and ignite labor
“The right to regular jobs
and proper compensation are guaranteed by the constitution and no
amount of criminalization could override these rights”.
They likewise called on
authorities to dismiss the trumped-up charges, free the detained
laborers and expedite the implementation of regularization as
ordered by state agencies.
DBSN Agriventures, the
poultry supplier of the Magnolia brand of San Miguel Pure Foods Inc.
and Jollibee’s ‘chickenjoy’ is based in Albuera, Leyte and is owned
Mayor Ramon Oñate, Municipal Mayor of Palompon town, also in Leyte.
seafarer-trainees participate in the series of
Lectures-Symposia conducted on 25 September 2018 at the Room
109, NMP Training Building. Mr. Angelo E. Remandaban (Family
Welfare Officer of OWWA), Ms. Heidi A. Hosillos (Overseas
Workers Welfare Officer II of OWWA), and Mr. Andrew D.
Soledad (Information Technology Officer I and Data
Protection Officer of NMP) conduct the lectures.
NMP holds series
of lectures-symposia on Maritime Week
September 28, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – In
line with 23rd National Maritime Week Celebration, the National
Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) conducted series of lectures-symposia on
25 September 2018 at the NMP Room 109, Training Building, Cabalawan,
The lectures-symposia was
attended by ninety-eight (98) participants composed of NMP
seafarer-trainees. Invited Resource Persons were Ms. Heidi A.
Hosillos, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer II and Mr. Angelo E.
Remandaban, Family Welfare Officer both from the Overseas Worker
Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Office No. 8 who conducted
“Lecture on Financial Literacy for Seafarers”.
The lecture was aimed to
provide guidance to seafarer-trainees in ensuring that their
finances are handled and managed well. It also intended to create
awareness and appreciation to the participants on the importance of
financial planning and the various savings and investment plans
suggestions and ideas.
relating to the things you want and retain expenses relating to the
things you need” said Ms. Hosillos. She also encouraged the
seafarers to avail of the OWWA’s Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP)
which is in a form of financial assistance. OWWA will assume the
costs of training and the beneficiaries will get to choose their
preferred training course that are accredited by Technical Education
and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Maritime Industry
Likewise, in order to
raise awareness among seafarers of the risks of maritime
cyber-attacks and how to avoid them, NMP also conducted a “Symposium
on Cyber Security for Seafarers”. Discussant was NMP’s Information
Technology Officer I, Mr. Andrew Soledad.
Mr. Soledad stressed that
implementing effective security measures should be considered as a
priority issue considering that vessels, ports, and facilities
across the global maritime community are increasingly dependent on
cyber systems and in order to ensure that the systems, networks, and
programs are protected from cyber-attacks, which may pose
significant security, safety and financial risks to shipping and
Likewise, as the NMP’s
Data Privacy Officer, Mr. Soledad also provided “Lecture on Data
Privacy Act”. Salient points of Republic Act 10173, otherwise known
as the Data Privacy Act of 2012, was discussed. Said act seeks to
protect the fundamental human right of privacy, of communication
while ensuring free flow of information to promote innovation and
“In this digital age, the
Act is necessary and important precaution to protect all forms of
information, be it private, personal, or sensitive, Mr. Soledad
The lectures-symposia were
conducted being one of the performance commitments contained in the
NMP 2018 Office Performance Commitment Review (OPCR).
Meanwhile, NMP continues
to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required
pursuant to the STCW Convention as amended in 2010 including
value-adding courses towards improving the qualifications of
Filipino seafarers for their employment acceptability and enhanced
competitiveness. It also regularly conducts maritime studies to come
up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the
Assistant Regional Director Eric Ayapana and Region Director
Nerie Bueno during the 9th Regional Monthly Coordination
SFDEO hosts the
regional monthly coordination meeting
MAE ANGELICA R. COMOTA
September 27, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Samar First District
Engineering Office (SFDEO) hosts the Regional Coordination Meeting
on September 25 to 26, 2018. In attendance are key officials of DPWH
Regional Office No. 8 and heads of the 13 district engineering
offices of the region.
SFDEO’s District Engineer
(DE) Alvin Ignacio welcomes the newly installed Regional Director
(RD) Nerie Bueno and presents to her an overview of the District as
well as projects implemented and completed for 2018.
During the meeting proper,
RD Bueno’s priority is to improve region-wide performance in terms
of physical accomplishment and absorptive capacity. She also issues
various policy directives that will replace outdated systems and
“We have the potential to
be the best regional office, all we need is to follow the right
direction towards our goal of becoming an effective and efficient
government agency by 2030. I am appealing to you to be obedient in
following instructions because we cannot move forward if there is
resistance,” said RD Bueno.
The planning division of
the regional office also announces the breakdown per district of the
allocation and projects under the 2019 regular infrastructure
program. In line with this, RD Bueno directs the district engineers
to complete all the plans and program of works by November 2018 and
must be bid out before Christmas of this year.
The district engineers
also discuss issues and concerns affecting their respective district
The meeting concludes with
RD Bueno’s challenge to everyone to go beyond the ordinary call of
duty in order to reach and surpass this year’s targets; “As one
region, let us help one another attain our goals, let us put Region
8 in the map.”
institutionalize P3 Program filed in Senate
September 27, 2018
MAKATI CITY –
Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III filed on September 19, 2018 a
Senate Bill that will institutionalize the Pondo sa Pagbabago at
Pag-asenso (P3) Program to further strengthen the landmark micro
loan program of President Rodrigo Duterte that will provide relief
to micro enterprises through alternative source of financing.
The Senate Bill No. 2017
or “An Act Providing a Socialized Microfinancing Program for Micro
Enterprises Thereby Promoting Entrepreneurship” aims to address
financing concerns of micro enterprises throughout the country and
help them sustain their businesses.
Trade Secretary Ramon M.
Lopez welcomed the news, saying it will further ensure funds are
made available for micro enterprises to veer them away from onerous
loans, particularly the “5-6” money-lending system.
“This is another milestone
as we continue our drive to empower our MSMEs and alleviate poverty.
Through this bill, we will be able to assist more entrepreneurs to
have easy access to P3 loans that come in one-form, one-day
processing, and don’t require any collateral, especially those in
the countryside,” said Sec. Lopez.
On the other hand, Small
Business Corporation (SB Corp) President and CEO Ma. Luna E.
Cacanando said the filing of the Senate Bill will strengthen the
Corporation’s mandate and will greatly contribute to the development
of micro enterprises, which comprises the bulk of the micro, small
and medium enterprise (MSME) sector.
Micro enterprises account
for 90% out of the 99.6% from the MSME sector.
As the financing arm of
the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), SB Corp is tapped as the
lead implementing agency of the P3 Program and is tasked to handle
the fund delivery through direct lending to micro enterprises,
wholesale lending to conduits that on-lend to micro enterprises.
Likewise, the House of
Representatives in June 2018 also adopted a bill that will establish
P3 Program as an affordable and easy access alternative source of
financing for micro enterprises.
Under House Bill No. 7446
or the "Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso" or "P3 Act," the House of
Representatives seeks the creation of the “Pondo sa Pagbabago and
Pag-asenso” or the P3 Fund, which will be made available for
beneficiaries such as market vendors, agri-businessmen and members
of cooperatives, industry associations, and cooperators.
As of September 9, 2018,
the P3 Program has assisted over 50,000 micro enterprises throughout
the country with a total of P1.5 billion of released loans.
Under the P3 Program, a
micro enterprise can borrow between P5,000 up to P200,000 depending
on its business need and repayment capacity with no collateral
requirement. Interest rate and service fees, all in, do not exceed
The P3 Program serves as
an alternative to the P30 billion “5-6” money lending industry that
charges 20% nominal interest rate to MSMEs.
“We thank Sen. Koko
Pimentel for sponsoring this bill in the Senate and being our
partner in strengthening the MSME sector,” said Sec. Lopez.
New DPWH office
JASON DELOS ANGELES
September 26, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY –
DPWH Samar First District Engineering Office (SFDEO) completes the
construction of the of a two-storey DPWH District Engineering Office
building located inside the SFDEO compound at Brgy. San Policarpo,
The inauguration is part
of the 2-day itinerary visit of the newly-installed Regional
Director Nerie Bueno. After her inspection of the district’s
projects along the national highway, she graces the blessing of the
The P30 million project is
in accordance with Department Order No. 81, series of 2012 which
provides for a new uniform design that will easily identify DPWH
buildings. The plan maximizes the use of the lot area providing
ample parking spaces for both employees and visitors as well as
meeting the necessary office space requirements.
The new building is in
line with the District’s policy to continuously improve the delivery
“This inauguration of this
new building is an important milestone, through the new design, we
are able to achieve complete organization, cleanliness and
standardization which is directly related to the improved
productivity of our employees, thus resulting to a higher work which
will greatly benefit our stakeholders. We are grateful that RD Bueno
was able to attend this event,” said District Engineer Alvin