School, LNU top DILG poster tilt on World Water Day
MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
March 22, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY –
Tanauan National High School in Tanauan, Leyte bested 13 other
schools in the Secondary level category, while Leyte Normal
University bested three other teams in the College Level category of
the Slogan and Poster-Making contest on the World Water Day on March
22, 2019 held at the DILG Leyte Conference Room in Tacloban City.
The contest sponsored by
the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) aimed to
bring to the fore the issues of conservation of the bodies of water
and other water sources, as part of the 6th Sustainable Development
Goal of Clean Water and Sanitation.
DILG-8 Regional Director
Artemio B. Caneja who presented the prizes and welcomed the
participants, urged them to share with those in their sphere of
influence about how each could help conserve oceans, rivers, lakes
and other sources of water.
Meanwhile separate teams
from Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) gained 2nd Prize honors
at Secondary and College levels. A team from St. Therese Educational
Foundation of Tacloban Incorporated (STEFTI) garnered Third Prize
for Secondary level, while for the College Level, St. Paul School of
Professional Studies (SPSPS) in Palo, Leyte took third Prize.
The top three winners in
each category received P7,000 as 1st Prize, 5,000 as 2nd Prize, and
P3,000 as 3rd Prize aside from Certificates of Recognition. All
other competing teams received P1,000 as Consolation Prize as well
as Certificates of Participation. Serving as members of the board of
Judges were Messrs Dante Enage, Clint Gonzales and Glenn Albert Aseo.
Other teams which joined
the 2019 World Water Day contest included (for the Secondary
Category) Dulag National High School, Leyte Colleges, Leyte National
High School, SPSPS, Tolosa National High School, LNU Integrated
Laboratory School, Philippine Science High School, Alang-alang
National High School, Sta. Fe National High School, Palo National
High School, and AMA Computer College of Tacloban City. The College
Level contest was joined by LNU, SPSPS and two teams from EVSU.
This year’s World Water
Day in our country had the theme, “Hawak-Kamay, Tubig-Kaagapay” with
the hashtag, #SaTubigWalangIwanan. The contest was organized by the
DILG-8 Project Development Management Unit headed by Engr. Ofelia
Pido and its Communication Officer Arvia Denalo.
residents in San Jose de Buan, Samar to flee from their homes
DPAO, 8ID PA
March 22, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) should be blamed for
orchestrating the mass evacuation of more or less 164 households
from Brgys. Hagbay and San Nicolas both of San Jose de Buan Samar.
The mass evacuation
transpired after the CPP-NPA Terrorists harassed the Community
Support Program (CSP) Team of 87th Infantry Battalion at Brgy. Can-aponte,
San Jose de Buan, Samar last March 17, 2019. The CSP Team was at
said barangay to facilitate the delivery of basic services of the
government in remote areas to address the need of the community, and
help improve the living condition of the residents.
It is the same strategy
being employed by the CNTs at Brgy. Bay-ang, San Jorge, Samar, which
is to create a chaotic situation within the community and blame the
AFP for the mess. Afterwards, these terrorists will demand that the
AFP troops should pull out from the said community.
In his statement, Maj.
Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Commander, Joint Task Force “STORM” said that
“the main reason behind this dirty tactics being used by the
terrorists is to discredit the peace and development efforts of the
CSP Team in helping conflict affected communities to progress and
Maj. Gen. Farnacio is
asking the CNTs not to resort to violence but instead lay down their
arms, avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program
(E-CLIP) being offered by the government, go back to the mainstream
of our society, and live a normal and progressive lives.
survey equipment system
DPWH 2nd LED
March 22, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
Meant to provide more accurate and reliable data, the Department of
Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte Second District Engineering
Office upgraded its Real Time Kinematic (RTK) equipment, from
3-kilometer straight-line radius coverage to 70 kilometers.
RTK is a satellite
navigation system that is used for measurement and survey of land
areas. It enhances the accuracy of position data derived from
satellite-based positioning technologies and uses measurements of
the phase of the signal's carrier wave.
The new survey system will
now reach the 14 municipalities of the second district of Leyte,
namely, Barugo, Burauen, Capoocan, Carigara, Dagami, Dulag, Jaro,
Julita, La Paz, Mac Arthur, Mayorga, Pastrana, Tabontabon and Tunga.
The device relies on a
single reference station or interpolated virtual station to provide
real-time corrections, providing up to centimeter-level accuracy.
According to Joshua
Navarro, the Technical Support of the Georight Matics Incorporated (GMI),
this tool is linked with National Mapping and Resource Information
Authority (NAMRIA), the central mapping agency of the Philippines,
to ensure precision of the data.
He added that instead of
radio device, the system could now easily be accessed 24/7 through
internet or mobile data.
“The use of this device is
just timely since the district office aims to fast-track numerous
infrastructure projects under the “Build, Build, Build” program of
the government,” District Engineer Gerald Pacanan said.
The upgraded system will
help the Planning and Design Section to speed up the production of
program or works and plans for the projects of the district
P. Adongay Jr. (in black jacket) District Engineer and
Alfredo L. Bollido, Assistant District Engineer show the
location map of various infrastructure projects to Regional
Director Nerie D. Bueno (in orange coat) and company during
RD Bueno inspects
various infrastructure projects in Biliran province
DPWH Biliran DEO
March 21, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran – Regional
Director Nerie D. Bueno of the Department of Public Works and
Highways (DPWH) Region VIII conducts inspection on various
infrastructure projects in Biliran Province on March 20, 2019.
Bueno’s first visit to the
province aims to familiarize the road sections and to know the
status of projects implemented by DPWH Biliran District Engineering
“I come here to inspect
the projects pero I always go around every road sections para makita
ko kung ano ba talaga ang status (ng project),” said Bueno.
“Because I’m not from
Region VIII, maganda rin yung may nakaka-interact ako because I know
the place. I may not be master of this place but at least may idea
ako dito sa utak ko,” said Bueno.
Bueno’s inspection was
accompanied by District Engineer David P. Adongay Jr. and Assistant
District Engineer Alfredo L. Bollido with section chiefs and Project
Engineers (PEs) of the DEO together with Engr. Adelina P. Gomez,
Engr. Angelita Obediencia, Ms. Annalyn Mabolo and Ms. Veticia A.
Tabafunda, all from DPWH Regional Office VIII.
Among the projects
inspected are the on-going road widening at Biliran to Naval section
and on-going construction of slope protection structure along Naval-Caibiran
Cross Country Road (NCCR) and projects along Biliran Circumferential
Adongay commits to Bueno
to finish these on-going 2018 projects on June, 2019.
Aside from the district
implemented projects, Bueno also inspects projects implemented by
the Regional Office within the Province.
The Regional Office
projects inspected are the completed rehabilitation of Biliran
Bridge in coordination with the Japan International Cooperating
Agency (JICA), the on-going construction of Mother Mary Bridge at
Brgy. Larrazabal, Naval, Biliran, on-going bridge widening of Anas
Bridge at Naval, Biliran and on-going road widening at Brgy. Lucsoon
to Brgy. Gueron section, Naval, Biliran.
During the inspection,
Bueno meets with the PEs of the regional office’s projects to
discuss on the problems they encountered during the implementation.
The Regional Director expects PEs to take actions on the problems
closely and to fast-track the implementation.
Meanwhile, the Regional
Director also takes time to visit the office of DPWH-Biliran DEO.
According to her, the visit to Biliran is not just to know the
culture of the province, but also to know the people and the culture
within the office. This includes the managerial styles of the heads
of offices with regards to district’s ranking and performance.
DPWH 8 director
checks roads, infra projects in Leyte II
DPWH 2nd LED
March 20, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Eastern Visayas
regional director Nerie Bueno conducted a road check and project
inspection in areas at Leyte second district engineering office.
Key officials of the
district led by district engineer Gerald Pacanan accompanied Bueno
and provided her the necessary inputs and information regarding
roads and projects under the district’s jurisdiction.
Bueno commended the
district for the clean road sides and carriageways along national
highway. However, she observed that some road sections have either
low or high shoulder, and pointed out a specific newly-paved road
Francisco Robin Jr. noted all the remarks of Bueno and promised to
take appropriate actions immediately. He also reminded the engineers
to closely monitor infrastructure projects and to make sure that the
contractors strictly follow program of works, plans and
specifications of each project.
Aside from the road check,
Bueno also inspected projects implemented by the regional office in
Leyte 2. These are the Tingib bridge in Pastrana town, road
concreting in Rubas, Jaro, Naugisan bridge in Carigara, and
Naliwatan bridge in Tunga.
According to Pacanan, the
inputs and comments of the regional director were all noted for
proper actions in order to improve delivery of service to the
This is the second time
Bueno visited the district, and the first time during the leadership
of Pacanan as the new district engineer.
Overall, Bueno has seen
major improvements compared to her previous visit. Now, she
challenges Leyte II to work harder to maintain its good standing and
improve in all areas.
construction of Almeria Bypass Road. The network development
project is designed to provide a wider and safer roads for
the increasing vehicular users along Biliran Circumferential
DPWH-Biliran DEO accomplished 88.38% of its 2018 project
March 19, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Biliran District
Engineering Office posts 88.33% accomplishment of its 2018
infrastructure projects as of February 28, 2019.
Out of the district’s 60 projects, 46 were already completed while
14 are on-going.
The district office is
presently implementing 12 projects under the regular infrastructure
program including four projects under the convergence program of the
Department of Tourism (DOT).
David P. Adongay Jr.,
District Engineer said that Biliran DEO is fast-tracking the
completion of the on-going projects until June, 2019.
Projects to be completed
are the P139.566M road widening at Biliran - Naval road section
along Biliran Circumferential Road (BCR), P83.142M construction of
bypass road at Poblacion Almeria, Biliran and P74.581M construction
of drainage canal at Brgy. Talahid to Brgy. Matanggo section in
Almeria, Biliran and at Brgy. Atipolo section in Naval, Bilran.
One reconstruction of
damaged paved national road at Maripipi, Biliran along Maripipi
Circumferential Road is also up for completion amounting to P13M.
The construction of slope
protection structures along BCR are also being rushed for
completion. These are located at Brgy. Bulalacao section, Kawayan,
Biliran worth P45.845M, Brgy. Bato section, Biliran, Biliran worth
P45.595 and at Brgy. Pinamihagan and Brgy. Looc section at Culaba,
Bilran worth P46.264M.
Moreover, the only one
bridge widening project implemented by the district office at Looc
Bridge amounting to P21.898M is also being fast-tracked for
completion to serve the increasing vehicular users along BCR.
Under the DOT convergence
program, the on-going projects are the construction of P44M access
road leading to Bagongbong falls at Brgy Caucab and P43M access road
leading to Ulan-ulan falls in Brgy. Sampao both in Almeria town and
P13M access road leading to Mainit Hot Spring at Brgy. Villa Vicenta
in Caibiran town and P92.9M road opening and concreting of access
road leading to Germohenes waterfalls in Biliran town.
Meanwhile, two projects
under the local infrastructure program are also on-going. These are
the P24M construction of multi-purpose building (2-storey, Wet and
Dry Market Building) at Smo. Rosario, Naval, Biliran and P19M
renovation of the Municipal Building at P.I. Garcia, Naval, Biliran.
Hands off human rights
expresses solidarity with Karapatan, Ibon and Rural Missionaries of
the Philippines, amidst attacks
March 19, 2019
QUEZON CITY – The
United States Chapter of the International Coalition for Human
Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP-US) denounces the vilification of
human rights organizations and human rights defenders in the
In the last week alone, in
addition to the constant vitriol against progressive groups and
partylists in public spaces, there was a press conference by the
Philippine Government, as well as statement being circulated amongst
media groups by a US-trained General, Antonio Parlade, naming
organizations and specific people in their tirades against the mass
movement in the Philippines.
The red-tagging of human
rights organization, Karapatan; research institution, the Ibon
Foundation; and church organization, Rural Missionaries of the
Philippines (RMP) is further proof of the desperation of a fascist
regime. Organizations and advocates who fight on the behalf of the
oppressed masses should not be subjected to red-tagging simply for
doing what the government fails to do.
The Duterte administration
is afraid of the power and legitimacy of these organizations which
garner world-wide support for their work to expose and address
state-sponsored human rights violations. This comes at the same time
as the Philippines officially withdrew from the International
Criminal Court - the world’s only permanent war crimes tribunal.
On the heels of the arrest
of Time’s Person of the Year, Rappler CEO and journalist, Maria
Ressa, it is becoming increasingly clear that unarmed dissent, a
constitutionally afforded right, is being silenced. After more than
29,000 poor people have been killed in Duterte’s Drug War and
hundreds of activists have been extra-judicially killed since the
beginning of Duterte’s regime, we cannot take lightly when the
Philippine government attempts to discredit organizations like Ibon
KARAPATAN Alliance for the
Advancement of People's Rights, is a progressive alliance of
individuals and organizations fighting for civil and political,
economic, social and cultural rights of the Filipino people.
Karapatan is no stranger to attacks. Since Duterte’s inauguration in
2016, Karapatan staff across the country, have been harassed,
intimidated, and 5 have already been killed. As Cristina Palabay,
the Secretary-General of Karapatan, continues her speaking tour in
the United States, sponsored by Amnesty International and ICHR-US,
she responded to the attacks:
“We would even have
chuckled at [these] antics if not for [their] not-so-veiled threat
on either having me killed or arrested on made-up charges, which
familiarly resonates like all the threats that our human rights
workers have received before they were killed, disappeared or
arrested. This issue isn’t even about Karapatan; it is about the
fundamental right of peoples to defend their rights in the context
of a tyrannical government that disregards these rights. We exist,
because people like Mr. Parlade and the systems [he] preserves
exist. And we will continue to do what we do, despite and inspite of
[these people], because we know that we are on side of truth and
The Ibon Foundation
conducts research on the most urgent social, economic and political
issues confronting the Filipino people as well as the conditions,
globally. While the state is busy on a campaign to malign pro-people
organizations, Ibon continues to raise awareness on the rice crisis,
the manufactured water crisis, and other societal ills that have
been brought on by the government’s ineptitude and anti-people
Rural Missionaries of the
Philippines - RMP is a national organization of women and men
religious, priests and lay who dedicate their lives to educating and
working with the rural poor farmers and agricultural workers for
genuine agrarian reform, the fisherfolk for genuine aquatic reform,
and the indigenous peoples for land and self-determination, towards
attainment of the fullness of life, justice, freedom and integrity
of creation. In the midst of Martial Law and militarization of Lumad
communities in Mindanao, RMP teachers and volunteers continue to
provide education to Lumad students in far flung communities where
the government fails to provide education and basic social services
or access to healthcare.
Following the killings of
three Catholic Priests in the past two years, attempted killings of
church leaders and pastors who are serving poor and rural
communities, rising attacks on church leaders including red-tagging
of UCCP and IFI Bishops and ongoing surveillance of church leaders,
we cannot be quiet. The attempts to discredit the church leaders and
organizations providing the social services and other needs that the
government continues to fail to provide.
It is the duty of ICHRP-US
and the people of the United States to oppose the continued
slaughter of the Filipino people by its government, funded by our
tax dollars. Pam Tau-Lee, the Chairperson of ICHRP-US, says, “It is
unconscionable that, while people in the U.S. are hungry, homeless,
lack adequate healthcare and access to education, we are funding
bloodthirsty regimes that attack the poor, the indigenous, women and
children, and their advocates. It is absolutely urgent that we
denounce this vilification campaign, and defend those who defend
NMP delivers paper during
the 2019 MET Conference hosted by MARINA
March 18, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) attends the 2019 Maritime
Education and Training (MET) Conference conducted in Manila last
February 21-22, 2019 with the theme “Seafarers of the Future: Trends
in Maritime Education and Training”.
The activity was hosted by
the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) in partnership with the
International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU), aimed to
encourage an interactive discussion among stakeholders that will
result to conclusions and preferable actions gearing towards further
improvement of the Philippine MET System.
During the conference, NMP
Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Mayla N. Macadawan presented and
discussed the topic “Innovating MET: Responding to Societal Change”.
The NMP paper highlighted
the current and emerging trends in shipping involving global
connectivity, rapid technological advancements, autonomous shipping
and digitalization. These advancements will eventually result to:
(a) Need for seafarers who are capable to effectively perform
present and future roles, with new sets of skills for hybrid,
upskilled responsibilities; (b) Decision-making in some elements of
the voyage to shift from on board to onshore with the advent of
autonomous shipping; and (c) Dramatic change in the roles and
functions of the seafarers in the future, may require a new training
developments will correspondingly require new skills requirements
for seafarers and will also demand innovating MET, which may
• Use of simulators in
high intensity training and assessment, with a syllabus that builds
situational awareness by exposing students and trainees to repeated
critical situations onboard (e.g. crisis-response scenarios) of
progressively increasing levels of risk and complexity. Within a
period of time individuals will attain satisfactory level of
competence thru this high intensity training and assessment. The use
of simulators, which are designed to replicate actual equipment
onboard, thru the high intensity training concept may even be
considered as effective replacement to reduce sea service.
• Integration of
knowledge, skills and understanding (KSU) of automation in basic
maritime education and development of short training course for
• Significant training in
information technology (IT), with emphasis on cyber technology.
• Use of e-learning and
• Development, production
and dissemination of Open Educational Resources (OER) for maritime
instructors and assessors
• Synergy among local and
development of MET programs
• Evaluation and
verification of MET programs by stakeholders and certifying bodies;
• Harmonization &
standardization of MET programs
Further, MARINA STCWO DED
Atty. Joy Vera Ban-eg presented the developments since the last MET
Conference held in 2018 that included NMP’s role as Center for
Faculty Development as reflected in the Manifesto of Commitment
signed by the stakeholder participants.
These circumstances signal
employment opportunities to Filipino seafarers and at the same time
pose challenge in sustaining the development of globally competitive
seafarers. This brings the attention of all maritime institutions,
such as NMP, on their readiness of addressing the significant new
training requirements of the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments and the
development of value-added programs to respond to the demand trends.
NMP, as a maritime
training and research agency, remains on guard for new developments
in MET as these are crucial considerations in the accreditation,
validation and improvement processes of its training programs. It
continuously endeavors to precipitate and capitalize in program
offerings and ensures that measures are undertaken to keep abreast
with evolving standards and other industry requirements.
On the pipeline and in
line with the NMP’s vision of being the Philippines’ leader in
maritime training, including e-learning and research, NMP is
embarking on the conversion of its Gender Sensitivity Training for
Seafarers (GSTS) to an e-Learning Platform/Format and is scheduled
to be completed in the first semester of CY 2019.
The conference was
attended by more than 200 representatives from IAMU member
institutions in the Asia Pacific Region, Commission on Higher
Education (CHED), maritime higher education institutions (MHEIs),
maritime training centers (MTCs), seafarer associations, research
groups and course developers, maritime instructors, as well as
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 industry.
Those 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 to gather inputs for NMP’s research,
dissemination of NMP completed researches and other articles
pertaining to maritime research.
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.
Further, NMP encourages seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas
Workers Welfare Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP)
which entitles the beneficiary to receive financial assistance for
training costs from the OWWA.
Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Mayla N. Macadawan (1st row -
3rd from the right) during the 2019 MET Con on 21-22
Partnership Mission 2019 caters to northern barangays of Tacloban
March 15, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine
Army in collaboration with the Pacific Partnership contingents,
Local Government Units (LGUs) and Non-Governmental Organizations
(NGOs) provided medical, dental, pedia, veterinary services to the
people of the barangays of Palanog, Bagacay, Tigbao-Diit all of
Tacloban City at Tigbao-Diit Elementary School on March 15, 2019.
Residents of the said
barangays were thankful to the free services provided to them by
this Pacific Partnership 2019 (PP19). Likewise, the US Navy’s stage
band performed much to the delight of the beneficiaries from the
three barangays of Tacloban City.
Capt. Randy Van Rossum,
Mission Commander, Pacific Partnership 2019 mentioned that, “this
collaborative commitment in working together gives reason to value
teamwork which provides equal opportunities to contribute or share
and communicate their ideas to everyone involved in these
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander, Joint Task Force “STORM” said that “this year’s mission
will surely strengthen the partnership of allied countries, LGUs,
NGOs and different volunteer organizations in their various
capacities to serve the Filipinos.”
“As the Philippines is one
of the host nations for PP19, I am glad that these civic-action
activities will send a rippling message to the communities that
helping one another is the key to a greater humanity,” Farnacio