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April 16, 2014

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April 16, 2014

Government allots

DOLE gears up for Araw ng Manggagawa fete P1.82-B financial aid for on May 1 Eastern Visayas


ecretar y of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas announced a new National Government initiative in which P1.82 billion has been allotted for Eastern Visayas. Secretar y Roxas said the almost P4-billion financial aid was part of the P20-billion Grassroots Pa r t i c i p a t o r y Budget Process (GPBP) project that is funded through the annual national budget. The funds are meant to finance various pover tyalleviation projects identified and recommended by the local pover ty reduction c o u n c i l c o m p o s e d o f p e o p l e’s organizations (POs) and nongovernment organizations (NGOs), he explained. “Under this system, the projects to be funded by the government will not come from politicians and elected officials, but by the homeowners’ associations, N G O s a n d P O s t h e m s e l v e s ,” Secretar y Roxas said. He however stressed, “But not all proposed projects will be approved. They have to have a give -and-take system and prioritize projects that they have unanimously decided t o f u n d .” continued on page 7


he Depar tment of Labor and Employment is currently in the middle of preparations for the for thcoming celebration of Labor Day or Araw ng Manggagawa on May 1. DOLE Region 8 Director Exequiel Sarcauga said that this event which has been imprinted in the annals of histor y as a day dedicated to the countr y ’s hardworking Juan and Juana, would be a different in this par t of the countr y whose people suffered the onslaught of the super typhoon Yolanda. As such, the DOLE in the region will endeavour to share bundles of joy during the annual Labor Day celebration slated on

May 1 as it highlights a mega job fair, livelihood fair, release of livelihood grants and launching of its various programs under the Government Internship Program (GIP), Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), Emergency Employment Program (EEP) and Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating mga Disadvantaged Workers ( TUPAD) in one venue, all in one day. The event will be conducted at St. Paul School of Business and Law, Campetic, Palo, Leyte from 8:00 o’clock in the morning to 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon. Director Sarcauga announced the news on Monday, continued on page 5

President Benigno S. Aquino III presides over the Philippine National Police (PNP) Command Conference at the Main Conference Room of the PNP General Headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City on Monday (April 14, 2014). (Photo by: Rey Baniquet / PCOO)


April 16, 2014

First environment summit to highlight Earth Day celebration in SoLeyte BY: ERNA S. GORNE


he provincial government of Southern Leyte will conduct the first environment summit to highlight the Ear th Day Celebration come April 22, 2014 in Maasin City. According to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Management Office (PENRMO) Depar tment Head Dr.Eva Abad, “the Provincial Government of Southern Leyte through the leadership of environmentalist Governor Roger Mercado will gather all key stakeholders to listen, share and discuss major milestones in the protection and conser vation of environment in Southern Leyte.” With the theme: “Protecting and Sustaining Southern Leyte’s Web of Life”, the summit aims to promote the best practices, identify present issues and challenges for more advocates and pro-active stewards of Mother Nature, Abad

Workshop participants in the Technical Consultation on Management of Typhoon Yolanda: Learnings, Challenges and Road Ahead for Improved Disaster Management Systems in Samar province introduce each other through facilitator Ninfa Quirante of PIA-Samar before they seriously work for a resilient Samar by adapting to the country’s evolving challenge. The workshop with participants from Tarangnan, Daram, Talalora, Sta Rita, Basey and Marabut took place at Ciriaco Hotel, Calbayog City. (PIA 8-Samar)

fur ther said. The best practices that PENRMO wish to present are the successful forest management by the YISEDA experience, the integrated coastal management by the Macrohon Marine Park experience, solid waste management of the Macrohon

Palo Mayor Remedios L. Petilla answer questions from the local media on issues as well as the ongoing rehabilitation and relief operations in a Palo in a presscon held Friday at the Mayor’s office. (Photo by Raul Tiozon, Jr./PIA-8)

LGU experience and Sustainable & Integrated for Local Government Ecosystems (SIMPLE) of the Silago LGU experience also, she added. Aside from the best practices, there will be also a plenar y session on the Ridge to Reef approach in environment and rural development, she said. Dr. Abad said the Southern Leyte Environment Code will also be presented during the said summit. There will breakout session on the following topics: Forest, Biodiversity and Climate Change, ICM for Food Security, Biodiversity and Climate Change, Waste Management and Climate Change, Mineral Resources Management and Climate Change and SIMPLE for Good Environmental Governance, all with respective resource persons to facilitate the discussions, she noted. Towards the end of the summit, Governor Roger Mercado will lead in the legitimization of the Southern Leyte Sustainable Development Council, it was learned. (PIA8 SoLeyte)


April 16, 2014

DOST-SEI scholarship exams produces BIR East Visayas conducts grand 230 qualifiers from Eastern Visayas


he results of the O c tober 2013 DOST-SEI S cholarship Q ualifying Examination conduc ted nationwide showed that R egion 8 has p roduced 230 qualifiers who will be eligible to be a DOST-SEI scholars star ting 2014-2015. DOST R egion 8 Direc tor Edgardo Esperancilla said that relative to this good news, a press conference will b e conduc ted at the DOST Conference R oom on Apr il 21, at around 10:00 o’clock in the mor ning. He said that dur ing the occasion, a for mal tur nover of the financial assistance to the DOSTSEI scholars who were affec ted by Typhoon Yolanda will be conduc ted. M eanwhile, Direc tor Esperancilla said that the or ientation and contrac t signing for the qualifiers of the 2014 DOST-SEI Undergraduate S cholarship Program is scheduled to be conduc ted in each of the six (6) provinces of R egion VIII. For Biliran, the or ientation and contrac t signing will be on Apr il 21, 8:30 to 12 noon at the DOST Biliran S&T Center at the NSU Compound in Naval, Biliran. For S amar, it will be on Apr il 22, 8:30 to 12 noon at the DOST S amar Provincial S&T Center at SSU Compound in Catbalogan Cit y.For S outher n Leyte, it will be

conduc ted at SLSU in S ogod on Apr il 22. For Easter n and Nor ther n S amar, it will be conduc ted on Apr il 23 at the DOST Easter n S amar Provincial S&T Center at ESSU Compound in B orongan and DOSTNor ther n S amar Provincial S&T Center at UEP Compound in Catar man, respec tively. For those from the province of Leyte, the or ientation and contrac t signing will be conduc ted on Apr il 24 and 25 at the Philippine S cience H igh S chool MPC R oom at Pawing Palo, Leyte from 8:30 in the mor ning to 12 noon. Q ualifiers residing in any of the provincial addresses stated above is requested to repor t together with his/her parents or legal guardians in the schedule above and advised to br ing the require ments which include Bir th Cer tificate of the Q ualifier ; Photo (6 pcs 1x1 colored with white background); 2014 Communit y Tax Cer tificate (C TC ) of Parent/ Guardian; Notar ization of S cholarship Agreement (Php 100.00); Notar ized Affidavit of Guardianship or Special Power of Attor ney (for individual representing qualifier if parents is indisposed); Ballpen and Pencil. (PIA 8)

Fiestax 2014, hopeful to reach 6.1B target The Bureau of Internal Revenue BIR Revenue Region No. 14 b a s e d a t G o v e r n m e n t C e n t e r, Palo, Leyte welcomed the taxpayers on the last day of filing of taxes by having a BIR Grand Fiestax 2014. B I R R e g i o n a l D i re c t o r At t y. Diosdado R. Mendoza said that the Fiestax is conduc ted as a way of saying thank you to all the tax payers who were true to their obligations. T h e t a x p a y e r s o n Tu e s d a y w e r e treated in a festive manner with free coffee, cakes, pastries, candies, ice cream, cotton candies, popcorn and lechon. Ta x p a y e r s w e r e a l s o e n t e r t a i n e d with local song and dance per formances from local artists. Free legal assistance were offered to taxpayers who needed legal advice, while paramedics were present in case of medical emergencies. There was a special line for senior citizens, person with disabilities and parents who brought their babies with them. Mendoza was glad that despite t h e b a d w e a t h e r, t h e l a s t d a y of filing of taxes was ver y successful evident of the plenty of people who were eager to pay taxes he said. Mendoza informed that Fiestax 2014 is a local initiative of BIR Eastern Visayas. It was learned that this was his own idea and this activity was also simultaneously conducted in all the six district offices of BIR in the region. P r i o r t o Tu e s d a y t h e l a s t d a y of filing, BIR Eastern Visayas reached only 80% of its target. continued on page 7


April 16, 2014

I will focus on my work -- Gov. Mercado BY: MARCELO PEDALINO


overnor Roger Mercado said last week that he will go on with his daily grind in office, pouring more energy to the tasks at hand than be swayed by insinuating and unfounded reports. In a press conference with the local media at his office Thursday, Mercado showed a list of PDAFdriven projects from his former congressional office since 2007 to belie allegations he had channelled even a fraction of it to dubious non-government organizations as claimed by a Manila Standard report. Also last week, Mercado denied an ABS-CBN April 4 primetime report naming him as among the eight lawmakers -- three senators, five former congressmen -- involved in endorsing Ginintuang Masaganang Ani funds from the Department of Agriculture to the Kapamilya’t, Kapuso Foundation

through the National Agri-business Corp. (Nabcor). The ABS-CBN report was based on a document purportedly submitted by Rhodora Mendoza, former Nabcor Vice-President for Finance. However, the TV reporter, Dominic Almelor, texted Mercado to say the former Congressman’s pork funds was not involved. Despite the initial shock and bother these reports generated, Mercado said he remained focused on his everyday routine, concentrating more on the upcoming Environment Summit slated on April 22, a date coinciding with the international observance of Earth Day. This will be the first time environmentalists in the province will be gathered to share best practices and discuss, map out ways to mitigate the effects of climate change. During the presscon, which

was also attended by Mayor Maloney Samaco, Vice-Mayor Effie Abiera SAbandal and several City Councilors, Mercado announced that the Bureau of Local Government Finance, an agency under the Department of Finance (DOF), had determined that the approved lending capacity of the province was pegged at P 288 Million. As this developed, the provincial LGU is now negotiating a loan with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) to finance various unfinished projects. Last month, Mercado had said the DBP loan, once realized, will serve as a standby counterpart fund for the World Bank-funded Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP). (PIA8-Southern Leyte)

Workshop participants in the Technical Consultation on Management of Typhoon Yolanda: Learnings, Challenges and Road Ahead for Improved Disaster Management Systems in Samar province pose with (second row, seated )Provincial Director Judy Batulan of DILG, Ross Hardy of UNDP and Samar PDRRMO Christine Caidic , other UNDP officials with the participants are James Abdul and Sudhir Kumar. The workshop for two days with Tarangnan, Daram, Talalora, Sta Rita, Basey and Marabut took place at Ciriaco Hotel, Calbayog City. (PIA 8-Samar)

April 16, 2014


All systems go for DOTC’s Oplan Ligtas Byahe: Semana Santa ‘14


he government ’s transpor tation office is all set for its Oplan Ligtas Byahe: Semana Santa 2014. The said program has star ted last Friday (April 11) and will run until Monday (April 21). DOTC’s all attached agencies are implementing a 24/7 operations and have set up helpdesks at major transpor t terminals. For the air sector, Civil Aeronautics Board Documentation and Ground Assistance roving teams are positioned to handle passengers’ questions and

concerns. Helpdesks have also been set up at all NAIA Terminals. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is conducting random airpor t facility inspections. Frequency of aircraft wor thiness inspections has also been increased as well as frequency of random drug and alcohol testing of flight crew. Maritime authorities is activating passenger assistance centers, conducting mandator y pre -depar ture inspection of ships, and ensuring proper processing

of passengers at seapor t terminal buildings. Amenities for passenger comfor t like drinking water and extra tents and chairs are provided at seapor t terminal buildings. Also, heightened security inside the immediate vicinity of seapor t premises is being implemented. For the road sector, some areas have been identified as chokepoints or critical points along some expressways. The SLEX: Calamba Toll Plaza is expected to experience heaviest traffic at continued on page 7

In addition, DOLE is requesting the special par ticipation of the Depar tment of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other government agencies through the Civil Ser vice Commission Regional Office 8 (CSC) to fill their vacancies and manpower requirements by opening doors of oppor tunities to potential professionals on May 1. Recognizing the rigors of finding work especially in securing legal and required employment documents, a one -stop-shop shall be set-up by DOLE. Letters of request to bureaus and issuing bodies like the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), National Statistics Office (NSO), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Depar tment of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Philhealth, Pag-ibig and other national government agencies have been sent to provide technical and when necessar y, legal advice to jobseekers on the day of the event. As par tners in development, DOLE is also closely coordinating with Local government units (LGUs) through the PESO managers and local chief executives in ferr ying their constituents to and from the venue by providing free transpor tation or buses for those interested to apply as well as free

lunch or meals, it being a rare oppor tunity for their constituents and calamity victims in dire need of employment to experience a free ride to a government organized job fair. Meanwhile, as DOLE livelihood programs continue to be implemented, selected beneficiaries for SPES, GIP, EEP, TUPAD will be joining the May 1 euphoria. No less than DOLE Secretar y Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz will lead the release of checks to livelihood beneficiaries under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Project (DILP). Likewise, the inclusion of a livelihood expo in the for thcoming event will showcase the livelihood projects of different municipalities in the provinces of Leyte and Samar. A potpourri of processed home -grown and endemic products will surely catch the interest of the spectators and guests alike. (PIA 8)

DOLE gears up...from page 1 April 14, during the Public Employment Ser vice Office (PESO) Managers’ Meeting held at its office in Tacloban City which was specifically convened to discuss the upcoming May 1 activity. In a separate special meeting conducted in the early par t of April with Mr. Danilo P. Cruz, Undersecretar y for Employment Facilitation and Manpower Development, bureau directors from the Central office, and members of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), the latter having been coordinated to plan and organize the much anticipated event. During the meeting, Usec. Cruz stressed the impor tance of preparation as key to the success of the activity. Likewise, he encouraged the full cooperation of each and ever y employee of the DOLE attached agencies. The Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) has committed at least twenty (20) recruitment agencies with no less than 20,000 job orders for said event. For applicants who do not have plans to go abroad, there is no need to brood as local companies within region 8 are requested to join.


April 16, 2014


Pangulo Aquino nakigkita han Philippine National Police para preparasyon han Semana Santa


i Pa n g u l o B e n i g n o S . A q u i n o III en nakigkita han mga myembro han Philippine National Po l i c e ( P N P ) d i d a h a n L u n e s para pag-estudyohan an mga preparasyon para han seguridad para han pag-obserbar han Semana Santa. Dida hin usa nga command conference ha Camp Crame, nagpasabot hi PNP Chief Alan

P u r i s i m a k a n Pa n g u l o A q u i n o n g a hera en ha pagkayana makusog n g a n a k a a l e r t o. Sering ni Purisima nga ginpakurokusgan han PNP an era presensya ha mga ginsusulong nga mga lugar pinaagi hin pagbutang hin darodamo nga pwersa. “Ginpahirohitas-an namon an seguridad ha mga malls, bus

terminals, mga piyer ngan mga paluparan ngan nag-establisar kami hin police assistance desks hini dinhi nga panguna nga mga l u g a r,” s e r i n g n i y a . Dugang pa niya nga an PNP en nakigsaro-sarabot ha ibaiba nga mga pribado nga ahensya para magbutang hin mga bantay ha mga bus terminals ngan bus stops para han seguridad han mga motorista ngan han mga nanbyabyahe. “Ginpakurokusgan han aton mga police community relations officers an mga pitad kuntra krimen sugad han mga pangawat ngan iba pa nga mga k r i m e n k u n t r a m g a p r o p y e d a d ,” dugang pa niya. N a k i k i t a n g a h i Pa n g u l o Aquino en mabisita han mga bus terminals, mga paluparan ngan mga piyer para personal nga panginanuon an mga pitad nga gindudumara parti seguridad han mga awtoridad para makaseguro hin diri masamok ngan himyang nga pagsalin-urog han Semana Santa. Dida han command conference, nga gin-atinderan gihapon nira Interior and Local Government Secretar y Manuel A . E o x a s I I , Po l i c e D i r e c t o r Leonardo Espina ngan han iba pa nga may ranggo nga mga opisyal han kapulisan, ginhurohimangrawan gihapon an kanan P i l i p i n a s p a n a g b a l a y h a n Wo r l d E c o n o m i c Fo r u m h a s u n o d n g a b u l a n n g a n h a n A s i a Pa c i f i c Economic Cooperation han 2015. ( Tr a n s . b y m a a / P I A 8 )


April 16, 2014 All systems go...from page 5 around 7am to 12 noon; SLEX Alabang/Filinvest, Susana Heights, Carmona, Sta. Rosa, ABI/Eton, Calamba during rush or peak hours; TPLEX Tarlac Carmen, Tomana Under Pass Access Route on April 16, 17, 20, and 21. No drastic increases or peaks in vehicle traffic at NCR expressways are expected. The Land Transpor tation Office (LTO) and Land Transpor tation Franchise Regulator y Board (LTFRB) have set up helpdesks in public land transpor tation terminals. It is also conducting operations against colorum and out-of-line vehicles. The Toll Regulator y Board ( TRB) has deployed additional toll

tellers while toll way operators have prepared contingency plans to ease traffic at chokepoints. The rail sector is expected to have lower than average passenger volume figures for the monitored period. PNR Metro South and Bicol Commuter Lines will have no operations on April 18 and April 19. The LRT will have shor tened operating hours on April 16; last train from Baclaran, Roosevelt and Santolan will depar t at 8pm while last train from Recto will depar t at 8:30pm. Both LRT and MRT will have no revenue operations from April 17 to 20 and will one resume to normal operations on April 21.

For hotlines, text 0917-TEXNAIA (8396242) for information on flight status; 0917-SUMBONG(7862664) for MARINA in case of complaints, queries, comments; tweet @LTFRB_ Chairman for complaints against PUV drivers/operators/companies; tweet @TRBSAFE for updates on traffic flow, road conditions; and tweet @OfficialLRTA, @attycabs, @dotcmr t_3, @PNR_GovPH for updates/announcements about the railway sector. (PIA/ROD/FMGM)

Gov’t allots...from page 1

“ The GPBP is part of the General Appropriations Act. The fund will be allocated with or w i t h o u t Yo l a n d a .” “ The GPBP is a new initiative that encourages p e o p l e’s participation not only in project identification, but also in monitoring project i m p l e m e n t a t i o n ,” R o x a s s a i d i n a statement. “ With the G P B P, no one will be left behind from t h e ‘s t r a i g h t p a t h ,’” h e s a i d , using President A q u i n o’s anticorruption slogan. Roxas clarified that all cities and municipalities nationwide and not just those in the typhoon-ravaged provinces were entitled to receive funding from the GPBP financial aid program. U n d e r t h e G P B P, e a c h c i t y and municipality may receive a grant of as much as P15 million to finance different antipover ty programs. Roxas said the Aquino administration had this year allotted a total of P20.03 billion

BIR East Visayas...from page 3 for 19,533 projects of 1,226 local government units. He said the local g o v e r n m e n t u n i t s “s h o u l d b e able to make the GPBP work as par t of the rehabilitation and r e c o v e r y e f f o r t s .” The program could also “boost local development through the active par ticipation of community-based civil society a n d p e o p l e’s o r g a n i z a t i o n s ,” h e said. “[ The] budget for the GPBP will be released upon full compliance and completion of the projects identified by the communities as most beneficial f o r t h e m ,” R o x a s s a i d . In the Eastern Visayas Region, Leyte will receive P632.3 million, while P75 million will be given to Biliran and P153 million to Southern Leyte. A total of P272 million was earmarked for Eastern S a m a r, P 3 6 9 . 4 4 m i l l i o n f o r We s t e r n S a m a r a n d P 3 3 1 m i l l i o n f o r N o r t h e r n S a m a r. ( P I A 8 )

H o w e v e r, D i r e c t o r M e n d o z a s a i d this was good enough. It is good e n o u g h , i t ’s u n d e r s t a n d a b l e b e c a u s e o f t y p h o o n Yo l a n d a that struck the region, he said. The BIR Director is optimistic that on the last day of filing of income taxes, the BIR Region 14 will be able to generate the 20% of the total target 6.1 Billion pesos. With the big number of tax payers who visited BIR, Director Mendoza is confident that most-likely the Agency will be able to reach the target. D i r. M e n d o z a a l s o m a d e i t c l e a r t h a t Tu e s d a y i s t h e l a s t day of filing with no extension, about 20-50% of surcharge will be imposed to those who were not able to file their taxes p ro m p t l y. Mendoza extended his heartfelt appreciation to all tax payers for their taxes will help rebuild Eastern Visayas. (PIA 8 with Lizbeth Ann Abella)


April 16, 2014

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