conferences to heighten awareness on DPWH projects
DPWH 2nd LED
April 10, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
Intensifying the awareness of the residents on various
infrastructure projects, the Department of Public Works and Highways
(DPWH)-Leyte Second District Engineering Office conducts continuous
pre-construction conferences within the second district of Leyte.
conference involves the introduction and discussion of the project
design and overview.
“As we wait for the
approval of 2019 budget, we are doing this activity to present our
projects to the community,” District Engineer Gerald Pacanan said.
Pacanan stated that the
pre-construction activities such as conferences must be part of the
implementation to get the public be aware and involved in the
“This would be an avenue
to air concerns and issues of the residents in order to avoid future
problems that may arise during the project implementation,” he
Representatives from Local
Government Units (LGU) and Barangay Officials where the project will
be implemented, and other stakeholders are invited to get involved
and raise their concerns and issues on the projects.
The district engineering
office targets to conduct pre-construction conferences on all
infrastructures under the General Appropriations Act for 2019,
particularly the high-impact projects.
The district will
implement a total of 54 projects amounting to P1.5 billion under the
2019 infrastructure program.
NSHCA’s Medical, Optical and Dental Mission in N. Samar
CHENZI MAY D. UY
April 10, 2019
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Northern Samar Health Care Advocates (NSHCA) have once again
conducted their annual medical, optical and dental mission last
March 23, 2019 (7:30AM-3:00PM), in behalf of marginalized people in
The NSHCA is a partnership
of church, government and socio-civic organizations for health care
advocacy. For this year, they have chosen the St. Anthony of Padua
Parish in San Jose, N. Samar as its partner-beneficiary.
As this year’s main
sponsor, DPWH Samar First Engineering Office raised funds to cover
the medicines and dental supplies needed.
This was made possible
through the voluntary contributions of District Engineer Alvin A.
Ignacio, OIC-Assistant DE Denis C. Cagomoc, section chiefs, unit
heads, and other DPWH employees.
The activity was
spearheaded by the Diocese of Catarman, through the Diocesan Social
Action Center - Caritas Catarman Foundations, Inc (DSAC-CCFI).
Beyond infrastructure and
public works, SFDEO supports community programs and extension
services wherever possible.
CNTs anew in Pinabacdao, Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
April 9, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Troops from 46th Infantry (Peacemaker) Battalion, 8th
Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army encountered
CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) at Brgy. Canlobo, Pinabacdao, Samar on
April 08, 2019 at 3:15 p.m.
Based on the initial
report from Lt. Colonel Noel A Cagasan, Commanding Officer 46th
Infantry Battalion, his troops were conducting security operations
to check the presence of CNTs in the outskirts of the aforesaid
While approaching a
forested portion in the area, the troops encountered undetermined
number of CNTs believed to be the fleeing rebels encountered by the
troops of 87th Infantry Battalion on April 7, 2019 at Brgy.
Manlilinab, Basey Samar. Firefight ensued for about five minutes.
The troops recovered live
ammunitions and empty shells for M16 rifles and one (1) sack of
potato. No casualty reported on the government side.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander, Joint Task Force “STORM” ordered a pursuit operation
against the running CNTs/rebels, “Nasusundan na natin sila, di natin
sila titigilan para sa kapakanan ng mga kababayan natin”. MGen
“I am calling the
families, relatives and friends of our misguided brothers to
persuade their family members turned NPAs, to return to the
mainstream society, to go back to their respective families and feel
the warm embrace and comfort of their loving sons and daughters.
Encourage them to avail the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration
Program (E-CLIP) of the government,” Farnacio added.
CNTs in Basey, Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
April 9, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The operating troops from 87th Infantry (Hinirang)
Battalion, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army
encountered CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) at Brgy. Manlilinab, Basey
Samar on April 07, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
The troops were confirming
information provided by a concerned citizen on the presence of an
armed group conducting extortion at the said area when they chanced
upon the CNTs.
The firefight ensued and
lasted for about five minutes that resulted to the wounding of two
government soldiers namely, Sgt Rolando M. Erilla (right arm) and
Pfc Marvin F. Llena (groin area). Some of the CNTs were also wounded
as indicated by blood stains along the way of their escape.
The wounded personnel 87IB
were immediately given first aid by trained medical aidmen of the
unit and were evacuated to the hospital using the municipal
ambulance of Basey, Samar, for proper medical treatment.
Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio,
Commander, Joint Task Force “STORM”, 8th ID, PA appreciated the
efforts of the populace in providing the relevant information and
expressed his gratitude to the Local Government Unit of Basey, Samar
for the assistance extended during evacuation of the wounded
Likewise, Maj. Gen.
Farnacio ensures that the wounded soldiers were given necessary
support and assistance to recuperate and continue to serve the
“This is a clear example
that the communities have already recognized the security efforts of
the government and the populace now rejects the Communist NPA
Terrorists who are conducting propaganda and extortion in the
far-flung villages”, Farnacio added.
TUCP proposes in-city
tenement housing for minimum-waged earners in dialogue with Pag-IBIG
Trade Union Congress of
April 4, 2019
QUEZON CITY – The workers group Trade Union Congress of the
Philippines (TUCP) is going to propose an affordable in-city
tenement housing for minimum-waged earners (MWEs) in its forthcoming
dialogue with state housing fund PAG-IBIG officials’ plan to
increase in members’ monthly contributions.
“We are not closing our doors to an increase in contributions in
Pag-IBIG as we have yet to see the proposal from them. We shall wait
for their presentations before we make the decision to support it or
not,” said TUCP President Raymond Mendoza.
Mendoza stressed that any increase should redound to lower home loan
interest rates, higher maturity savings returns for members,
increased efficiency in Pag-IBIG operations, greater accessibility
to home loans particularly for minimum wage earners and low income
“In the light of growing inadequate mass transport problems and
worsening traffic congestion, we shall also demand that Pag-IBIG
expand its services and benefits to members by initiating
development of an affordable in-city tenement housing for lowly-paid
workers and develop housing projects for workers in the regions and
the countryside, in the export processing zones, Overseas Foreign
Workers, and government employees,” Mendoza said.
Mendoza said they are looking at utilizing idle government-owned
lands in the National Capital Region to build tenement housing units
similar to tenement housing in Taguig and Tondo, Manila to reduce
workers’ daily expenses in the face of their meager daily salary.
The in-city housing program for workers will help working people and
their families cope with rising cost of living in metropolis and
minimize a range of stress-related disorders and diseases caused by
travelling and commuting in a problematic mass transport system
environment, Mendoza explained.
“We also acknowledge that the dividends that they have been giving
out to members have improved in the past several years which is good
for the workers and their families because their contributions is
considered forced savings and Pag-IBIG should sustain this,” Mendoza
said adding: “We also understand from their last Chairman’s report
that the number of home loan borrowers have increased substantially
and it is important to ensure the sustainability of Pag-IBIG”.
The current each member’s contribution rate is at P100 employee
share plus P100 employer counterpart, total of P200 per month. By
law, the contribution rate is set at 2% of a member’s salary, with a
cap of P5,000 Maximum Fund Salary (MFS) of P5,000 per month. This
was set way back in 1986. The present value of P200 then is now
Contributions of members, including employer’s counterpart
contributions are returned to Pag-IBIG members upon reaching
membership maturity of 20 years. The average total savings of a
member for 20 years is approximately P80,000.00. There are members
who voluntarily increase their contributions.
Members are also able to borrow 80% of their total savings with the
Fund under Pag-IBIG’s multi-purpose loan program.
Members are able to borrow from the Fund housing loans which they
can use to purchase their own homes. The maximum housing loan a
member can borrow is up to P6 Million depending on capacity to
amortize the loan. They can use the loan to purchase a house and
lot, construct a house, a condo unit, or house improvement.
Members are also entitled to Calamity Loans equivalent to 80% of
their total savings with the Fund during times of natural disasters
and declaration of state of calamities in their areas of residence.
Higher contribution rates will result to higher savings, higher MPL
and Calamity loan entitlements and low housing loan interest rates.
conducts training-workshop on basic journalism
April 2, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Biliran Communicators Network (BilComNet) in coordination with
the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - Biliran Provincial
Information Center conducts its first ever training-workshop on
basic journalism on February 27, 2019 at the Department of Public
Works and Highways (DPWH)- Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO).
About 50 BilComNet
participants attended the said training eager to learn on basic
journalism that will be useful in their information dissemination
BilComNet is composed of
Information Officers (IOs) from government and private offices,
media practitioners and Community Development Information Officers (CDIO)
from 13 municipalities in the Province of Biliran.
According to Mr. Dionisio
Oliva, BilComNet President, the purpose of the workshop is to
improve one’s technical capabilities.
“This workshop endeavors
to give us a better tool on how we put across the message from our
agencies to the people we serve,” said Oliva.
“This is a good
opportunity for all of us and take advantage of it and hopefully
this will provide us the strength and insight personally as member
of the BilComNet, professionally as information officers or the like
in your agencies and with patriotism as we strive to do better in
our jobs for the benefit of majority of us Biliranons,” he added.
Ms. Ninfa Illuminada
Quirante, PIA 8 Regional Editor and Ms. Alicia E. Nicart, PIA 8
Assistant Regional Head were invited as resource speakers for the
In the morning, Ms.
Quirante gave lecture on news and feature writing and photo
journalism. She briefly discussed on the elements of news, picture
captioning, grammatical structure, news gathering and tips in
writing a good news article.
“In writing a news
article, first write all the facts, know your readers and answer all
the questions which are unanswered then add facts,” Quirante said.
“Make it accurate and
simple,” she added. After her lecture, a workshop on news writing
Based from the submitted
news articles from the participants, Quirante chooses the best
“lead”. The “lead” is the opening statement of the first paragraph
of the news article.
Among the participants,
Quirante rewarded Mr. Felix Carcellar, CDIO of Kawayan, Biliran for
having the best lead. She also recognizes those participants who
have submitted a good news articles. Before the morning session
ends, Ms. Judith O. Precato, Junior Analyst of SSS Ormoc Branch
presents their agency’s programs and updates.
In the afternoon, Ms.
Nicart conducted a lecture on media ethics and responsibilities.
According to her, media ethics creates guidelines for journalists to
follow and helps maintain a sense of equality. The lecture on media
ethics draws lots of questions from the participants which make the
The one-day training
workshop ended with the distribution of certificates and pictorials
of the participants with the resource speakers.
conducts quality control preparation for FY 2019 infra projects
NIKOLAI ANGELO MERACAP
April 2, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
Biliran District Engineering Office (DEO) prepares to undertake full
blast on its first quarter quality control implementation of FY 2019
regular and other infrastructures projects.
Various activities were in lined and handled by the Quality Assurance
Section (QAS) personnel headed by Engr. Reynaldo P. Peñaflor, D.M.
to ensure that quality will be the primary concern when it comes to
the construction of projects. Contractors and assigned technical
workforce were reminded of quality control as projects will commence
as soon as the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 General Appropriation Bill
(GAB) will be approved.
the quality of construction materials played a vital role in
attaining the designed strength and structural integrity of proposed
infrastructure projects. Minimum number of quality tests for all
construction materials were listed in the quality control program (QCP).
This served as guide for the contractors to carry out quality
control activities efficiently. Materials that failed to meet the
minimum requirements were subjected for rejection thus, the
contractors were advised to seek new source and provide another set
of sample for quality testing.
engineers conducted series of field testing, quality control
monitoring and inspections of accomplished item of work during
construction. Field Density Tests (FDTs) were conducted on
embankment, subgrade and base course preparation for farm to market
and road widening projects.
Sampling of fresh concrete
during pouring activities were followed by casting sets of concrete
beam/cylinder as representative sample that were subjected to
compressive and flexural strength determination. T-core test was
also performed on Portland cement concrete pavement (PCCP) to
determine its actual thickness compared to the designed thickness of
a completed pavement on a lot basis.
At present, the assigned
materials engineers and materials in-charge continue to perform
consistent supervision of quality control activities and conducts
timely testing of materials for on-going projects funded by Calendar
Year (CY) 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
Engineer David P. Adongay Jr. (left) and Congressman Rogelio
J. Espina lead the ribbon cutting during the blessing and
turn-over ceremony of the P24.7M 2-storey, 10-classroom
school building at Western Biliran High School for the Arts
and Culture (WeBHSAC) in Brgy. Tamarindo, Almeria, Biliran
on March 28, 2019.
DPWH-Biliran DEO’s P24.7M
school building project turned-over to WeBHSAC
April 2, 2019
NAVAL, Biliran – The
Western Biliran High School for the Arts and Culture (WeBHSAC) in
Brgy. Tamarindo, Almeria, Biliran receives a 2-storey, 10-classroom
school building facility that will benefit over 400 students of the
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-Biliran District
Engineering Office (DEO) turned-over the said school building
facility on March 28, 2019.
Congressman Rogelio J. Espina graced the turn-over and blessing
ceremony together with DPWH Officials headed by District Engineer
(DE) David P. Adongay Jr.
The event was also graced by Almeria Mayor Richard D. Jaguros, DepEd
Biliran Schools Division Superintendent (SDS), Dr. Pedro T.
Escobarte and School Governance Operations Division (SGOD) Chief
Lucille C. Roa. Also present were the barangay officials, school
teachers, students, PTCA Officers, members and parents.
In a short message delivered by DE Adongay, he emphasized that good
school buildings and classrooms like in WeHBSAC motivate students
and teachers to perform well in their studies and teachings.
The P24.7M worth of 2-storey, 10-classroom school building facility
is equipped with toilets and electric fans.
“Having schools in good condition, like this 10 classroom is
decisive for the students to achieve the expected academic results
and improve their performance,” said DE Adongay.
The DE added that schools and classrooms are as indispensable and
important as roads and bridges.
“That is why our office is always in constant link with local
leaders and schools for a better education of our children,” he
With the rapid increasing of students every year, DE Adongay said
that the need for school buildings also increases. Thus, the
adequacy and inadequacy of school buildings affects the education of
Adongay assures that there will be more good classrooms to be
implemented by DPWH to make possible for children and youths to
study especially those living in the remote areas.
remember their 50th Anniversary as “Golden Debacle”
DPAO, 8ID PA
April 1, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army
Terrorists (CNTs) in Eastern Visayas celebrated their 50th
Anniversary with back to back debacles: a failed attack and the
surrender of one of their top rank leader.
On 28 March 2019, a day
before their 50th Anniversary, a failed attack was launched by the
CNTs against the Municipal Police Station (MPS) of Victoria,
Thru close coordination
between the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the
Philippines and with the information from the community, the fifteen
(15) police personnel were able to defend their station and repelled
the attack of more or less eighty (80) CNTs. The Victoria Police
Station personnel were reinforced by the elements of 543rd
Engineering Construction Battalion and 43rd Infantry Battalion.
This deceitful attack
resulted to three (3) CNTs killed, three (3) CNTs arrested, four (4)
High Powered Firearms (1 M60 machine gun, 1 M14 rifle, 2 M16 rifles)
and several ammunition recovered. In the desperation of these
terrorists, a passing motorists on board a black Toyota Vios were
also fired upon at the road blockade the CNTs had set-up, wounding
four (4) innocent civilians who are senior citizens.
On the eve of 29 March
2019, which is supposedly the CNT’s Golden Anniversary, one (1) of
their top rank leaders, Mr. Liberado Tarong Bungato alias Rolando
Tarong/Tiyong/Biyong, Executive Committee member, and Commanding
Officer of an NPA Platoon voluntarily surrendered and handed-over
his Caliber .45 pistol with ammunition to Brig. Gen. Lope C. Dagoy,
Commander, 802nd Infantry (Peerless) Brigade, 8th Infantry Division.
The CNT leader revelations led to the recovery of four (4) M16
rifles, one (1) Caliber .45 pistol, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs),
assorted magazines, ammunition and subversive documents with high
In his statement, Maj.
Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Commander, Joint Task Force “STORM” said that
“we, the men and women in uniform, strongly condemn the attack on
the innocent civilians perpetrated by these Godless CNTs. This
action proves that the CNTs are not pro-people since they are not
concern for the well-being of the civilians who are non-combatants
and it is a clear manifestation that CNTs do not abide to the Human
Rights, International Humanitarian Law and the Rule of Law.”
“Nasaan na ang mga
kababayan at mga kabataang masisipag sumigaw sa kalye at maghain ng
reklamo sa Human Rights kapag nadadamay ang ating mahal na mga
inosenteng kababayan? Nasaan na sila, bakit ang tahimik nila? I
challenge them to take-up their megaphones and microphones and shout
out loud on the streets against these crystal clear Human Rights
violations of the CNTs… Kung wala silang pinapanigan o kung talagang
pro-people sila! To the CNTs, your armed struggle had brought enough
suffering, death and misery sa ating bayan at sa ating mga kababayan,
sa inyo at sa inyong mahal na pamilya. If you continue taking up
arms against our government, dalawa lang pagpipilian ninyo, kulungan
lang o sementeryo! Sa mga kapatid naman nating rebelled na tulad ni
Kumander Biyong na pagod na sa armadong pakikibaka at gusto ng
magbalik loob sa gobyerno at nasasabik ng makapiling ang kanyang
mahal na pamilya, ang pintuan ng kapayapaan ay laging bukas para sa
inyo. May nakalaan na Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration
Program (E-CLIP) mula sa gobyerno para sa inyo,” Farnacio added.
Gen. Farnacio was also
thankful to the local populace for the timely and accurate
information in helping the government forces fight the CNTs.
Likewise, the Commander, JTF “STORM” lauded the brave personnel of
Victoria MPS for successfully defending their station with 543rd
Engineering Construction Battalion, 43rd Infantry (We search)
Battalion and other reinforcing PNP units same praises goes to the
802nd Brigade, specially to the troops who gave their best efforts
that resulted to the surrender of Mr Liberado Tarong Bungato.
“Job well done!” Farnacio
said to the government forces in Eastern Visayas in his closing