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Vol 3 Issue 3 In this Issue WESTERN VISAYAS   DTI Undersecretary Merly Cruz (2nd from right), and DOT 6 Regional Director Helen Catalbas (2nd from left) and assisted by Kalibo Mayor William Lachica, cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the Kalibo Ati-atihan Product Showcase at the Pastrana Park January 14, one of the yearly major attractions of the Kalibo Sto. Ati-atihan Festival. Looking on are Vicky Ramos, Provincial Tourism Council chairperson, DTI-Aklan Provincial Director Diosdado P. Cadena Jr. and DTI 6 Regional Director Dominic Abad. The product showcase, showing Aklan's unique products from piña barongs and dresses, handicrafts and gift items to wellness products, will run from January 14-21, 2013. (VGV-PIA6) More on Region 6, pages 2-3. Also CLICK Here… CENTRAL VISAYAS   Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III entertains questions from the local and national media during his meeting with the local leaders of the Liberal Party at the Mandaue City Sports Complex, Cebu on January 16. (rmn/PIA-7/ HFG) More on Region 7, pages 4-5. Also CLICK Here… EASTERN VISAYAS   Nilo Apuada, (standing left) vice-president of the Biliran Geothermal Incorporated (BGI), points the locational map of the coverage area of the Biliran Geothermal project in Biliran province during the public hearing on the project on January 11 at the SP-Biliran session hall. (rvictoria/PIA 8 Biliran) More on Region 8, pages 6-7. Also CLICK Here... January 14— 20, 2013 Published by: PIA 6, 7 & 8 DPWH bidding process results in P237-M savings PAWING, Palo, Leyte, Jan 15 (PIA) -- The observance of transparent bidding process by the Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office in Eastern Visayas has saved P237.76 million for government in 2012. DPWH Region 8 Director Rolando Asis said the savings account for 6.29 percent of the P3.77 billion approved budget for 2012 projects. The savings were generated through the strict leadership of Asis, with the support of the Bids and Awards Committee, said Antonieta R. Lim, DPWH information officer. Lim disclosed that the 2012 savings from contract surpassed the P136 million savings for 2011. Asis really ensured that mechanisms for competitive and transparent bidding process were observed, Lim said. Moreover, the DPWH management allowed representatives from civil society organizations to observe the bidding procedures in the spirit of transparency and good governance which is the guiding principle of the Aquino administration, Lim added. Secretary Singson’s call to implement the “right projects, at the right cost, with the right quality,” is still in full force at the DPWH Regional Office 8, Asis said. The innovations adopted to assure the realization of the Department of Public Works and Highways’ management philosophy of “right projects at the right cost with the right quality,” is fast gaining support from local government units for its transparency and good governance efforts. The DPWH also implemented Department of Budget and Management - Budget Circular Memorandum No. 109 by signing a Budget Partnership Agreement (BPA) with “Bantay Lansangan,” an umbrella group of CSOs nationwide and DPWH current partner in project monitoring. (PIA-8) Habitat to build homes for teachers, state workers By Lorenzo O. Lambatin Jr. BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occ., Jan 15 (PIA6) -More than 200 teachers and government employees under the Department of Education will benefit from the socialized housing project at Bangga Totong, Bgry. Feliza. The project is a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and property developer Villa-Sian. During the ground breaking and laying of time capsule rites, HFH Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director for the Philippines Charlie Ayco said they are building a safe, clean, green and child friendly community where families are empowered, productive and resilient. He noted that some 200,000 teachers in the country do not own homes yet. He lauded Villa- Sian Property Development Corp. president Roy Villa for giving an example of a business that helps the community. Ayco said Habitat acts as facilitator of the project and add value to it. Bacolod City Schools Division Superintended Gemma Ledesma said the housing project is a dream-come-true for teachers in the city as she observed that having served in three divisions, many teachers either rent, live with their in -laws or share a home with their friends. In her speech, she said teachers will be more motivated to work having roof over their head and their family living in a safe, clean and green environment. Meanwhile, Brgy. Feliza Brgy. Captain Mona Jardin said the project is an answered prayer to the squatters living in the area that include her. “I wish to see my community developed,” she said as she lauded Villa-Sian PDC for listening to their concerns and for embarking on a housing project. Bacolod Pag-Ibig Chief Lourdes Uy told PIA her office will finance the ownership of the house and lot depending on the salary level of the applicants that can go as low as 4.5 percent interest per year. The ‘Habitat Villa-Sian PDC Teachers and Employees Housing Village 1’ will have a library, duplex and single detach housing units, day care center and a multi-purpose center on a 2.3 ha. lot. Project site development will begin this year and will b e comp leted in less th an two years. HFH envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Serah Grace Arcolas, a volunteer for 18 years, said HFH has built 500 homes in Negros Occ. and another 500 homes for typhoon victims in Jaro Iloilo. (PIA6-JCM/LOL) PNoy: Filipinos are world-class shipbuilders By Rachelle M. Nessia CEBU CITY, Jan 16 (PIA) -- The opening of the shipyard operations of a global defense prime contractor in Balamban town, Cebu today highlighted the growing reputation of Filipino workers as world-class ship builders. President Benigno S. Aquino III, who graced the grand opening of Austal Philippines’ shipyard facility in Brgy. Arpili, Balamban, said the Philippines is now the fourth largest shipbuilding country in the world. “In 2011, our ship exports reached $638 million,” said Aquino, adding that this is 57.9 percent higher from the previous year. Currently, around 45,000 Filipinos are employed by shipbuilding companies, he said. Of the total, 250 are employed by Austal Philippines’ shipyard operations in Balamban town here. The President today led the unveiling of a marker outside the production facility of said company’s shipyard in Balamban, signaling the grand opening of the Australian shipbuilding company’s operations in the country. In 2011, Austal identified the Philippines as their preferred location to develop a manufacturing facility in the region. Austal has committed 15US$ million into its operations in Balamban, with the goal of developing a Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III leads the unveiling of a marker at the Austal Philippines Shipyard Operations in Balamban, Cebu on Jan. 16, 2013 which signalled the grand opening of the Australian global defense prime contractor's operations in the country. Austal acquired the aluminum shipbuilding facility in Brgy. Arpili, Balamban in 2011 and now employs around 250 Filipino shipbuilders. (VVV/ PIA-7 CEBU) world-class, high technology manufacturing operation in the area. . The Austal facility here has recently finished construction of a patrol vessel for export to the United Kingdom costing £5 million. The President said he takes this as a sign that the company is in the country for the long haul. (RMN/PIA-7 Cebu)

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