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February 15, 2014

“in pursuit of PIA’s commitment to provide a national mechanism for the free flow of timely, accurate and relevant information… “

VOL 2 ISSUE 37

Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

February 15, 2014

DOLE partners with Smart to provide livelihood package to Yolanda survivors

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ome 100 residents from three Yolandahit barangays in this City became the first set of beneficiaries of a livelihood project of the Department of Labor and Employment in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart). Each of the beneficiaries got a mobile phone from Smart, and airtime load plus P8,000 worth of groceries from DOLE to help them start-up a sari-sari store with Smart reloading business. The lucky beneficiaries are residents of Barangays 50, 69 and 72 of Tacloban City where DOLE had earlier organized livelihood development associations. The project, dubbed as DOLE Starter Kit Project, was launched at the DOLE regional office recently during the latest visit of DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz. The activity was highlighted with the signing of a partnership agreement between DOLE and Smart. Signing on behalf of DOLE were Secretary Baldoz and DOLE-8 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga, and Rex Ryan Quisumbing of Sales Distribution-Tacloban for Smart. Also witnessing the event was DOLE-8 Assistant Regional Director Cyril Ticao. In her message, Secretary Baldoz recalled that it was Ramon “Mon” Isberto, head of Smart Public Affairs, who suggested a livelihood project for Yolanda survivors, who lost their sources of income after Yolanda. “Mon called me up regarding the project. He said Smart wants to help (through a livelihood project),” Baldoz said. “If the project turns out to be successful, it continued on page 5

10,000 balloons are placed around Tacloban City on Valentines Day thru One Tacloban to show gratitude to all those who helped victims of super typhoon Yolanda

Medicos del Mundo urgently needs civil engineer/architect

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edicos del Mundo (Doctors of the World) Spain, an International NGO that is into activities aimed at assisting the health needs of the most vulnerable populations, is urgently in need of civil engineer/architect. Ms. Saula Cordova, logistician and administrator of MdM Spain told the Philippine Information Agency that the agency is looking for a civil engineer/ architect in the implementation of its reconstruction and strengthening of health facilities in Carigara and Tacloban City. The Civil Engineer/Architect is responsible for planning, designing and supervising construction¸

rehabilitation works conducted by MdM Spain at the Carigara District Hospital and at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban City. He or she will also be responsible in ensuring safe, timely and well-resourced completion of projects according to standards of quality of the Department of Health of the Philippines and the MdM Spain. The MdM Spain requires that the applicant must have a degree on Civil Engineering or Architecture. He must have experience in working within health facilities; similar continued on page 7


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February 15, 2014

Tacloban City has 92 hectares of land available for permanent housing at the Tacloban North development site

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acloban City has 85 hectares of available land for permanent housing at the Ta c l o b a n N o r t h D e v e l o p m e n t site. Another 7 hectares will be donated by the Archdiocese of Palo for a total of 92 hectares. This was gathered from the report of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to the Regional DRRMC. It was learned that presently¸ there is already an ongoing site development of ten hectares being conducted by the National Housing Au t h o r i t y. The City Shelter Cluster reported that as of January 29, the number of totally damaged houses was 30,513 while the total number of partially damaged houses was placed at 23,718.

M o r e o v e r, t h e r e a r e 3 1 Ta c l o b a n b a r a n g a y s w h i c h a r e at the No Dwelling Zones with 14,433 families. The totally damaged houses in these barangays numbers 12,231 while the partially damaged houses numbers 2,202. Earlier report of the City Government disclosed that around 7,000 houses will be constructed at Barangay Santo Nino permanent relocation s i t e , n o r t h o f Ta c l o b a n . The 7,000 houses are donations of various international and local groups, it was learned. The houses will be built in the ten hectares of land currently being developed by the National H o u s i n g Au t h o r i t y. ( P I A 8 )

Mr. Fernando Sepe, Jr of ABS-CBN shares his expertise on basic photography to the participants of the PIA-ABS-CBN Citizens Journalism Training-Workshop Wednesday for barangay officials and municipal information officers in Eastern Visayas. (Photo by Raul Tiozon, Jr./PIA-8)

PhilHealth 8 sets interim reimbursement mechanism to aid rehab of health facilities

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he Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), has put in place a new mechanism that would help hospitals in Eastern Visayas that are reeling from the devastation brought about by typhoon Yolanda. PhilHealth Regional Vice President for Eastern Visayas Walter R. Bacareza said that the PhilHealth regional office with the help of Mr. Renato Limsiaco Jr., chief of the field operations division, fashioned the interim reimbursement mechanism (IRM) or advance payment scheme for hospitals down to rural health units (RHUs) or clinics that are being utilized for birthing. Speaking before the local media in a press conference held at Hotel Lorenza in connection with PhilHealth’s 19th Anniversary celebration, Bacareza said that under the said scheme, PhilHealth is going to make an advance payment equivalent to four months of the income of the hospitals, both private and government and RHUs. However, Bacareza underscored that before they could avail of the said scheme, the said health institutions must comply with some requisites such as their financial statement. They should also enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with PhilHealth. “We are in the process of drafting the MOA and computing how much income they had last year,” Bacareza said. He added that hospitals with bigger claims from PhilHealth are expected to also receive higher amounts from the Government’s health insurance company. (PIA 8)


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February 15, 2014

Food production still best remedy of malnutrition, nutrition officers say BY: ALICE NICART

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gricultural production remains the best solution to the problem on malnutrition h e r e , s o s a i d t h e p r o v i n c e ’s nutrition officers, during the recently held Nutrition Program Management Planning Wo r k s h o p. The workshop participants who came from the different municipal local g o ve r n m e n t u n i t s ( M LG U s ) m a d e their wish list cum proposals after they have dissected the problem on malnutrition with the use of the problem tree. Food produc tion listed the top most remedy in the overall analysis of malnutrition problem which was pegged in the 2012 data at 10.7%. It was likewise reported that farm inputs come inadequate for the farmers to achieve a sufficient harvest at the municipal and barangay levels. According to the Municipal Agricultural Officers(MAO) who are also the designated nutrition officers, farmers have aired their need for seeds but since these are c o s t l y, m a ny o f t h e m c o u l d h a rd l y b u y. L a b o r c o s t c o m e s next as an expensive input, and a poor farmer could barely expand his plantations because he remains dependent on his own manual labor with his f a m i l y ’s . Te c h n o l o g y a n d f a r m mechanization likewise remain a far-fetched dream of many farmers here. “Because of these necessities in farming, many farmers could not produce and contribute to the vegetable n e e d s o f m a n y f a m i l i e s ”, S a l l y

Jabinal, Provincial Action Officer said. “For these reasons, the vegetables sold in the market are mostly imported from nearby and far provinces which are equally expensive. O n t h e o t h e r h a n d , M s . Te r i Orisa, member of the Provincial Nutrition Council(PNC) believes otherwise. A c c o r d i n g t o h e r, sometimes it is the indolence of many Filipinos that is contributory to inadequate food production here. She added, that the unpredictable climate and weather condition likewise add to the farmers’ idleness. At the provincial level, Provincial Agriculturist, M r. Regalado Opeña and his staff has maintained a demo farm on vegetable production. But

it has yet to be expanded to produce more Lettuce, Squash, Eggplants, Ampalaya and a l o t m o r e . T h e O PA S - p r o d u c t s have somehow addressed to the vegetable demand of a hundreds of households, it being a demo-farm. In closing, Orisa and Jabinal agreed that the support of the local chief executives down to the barangay level will be most effective in curbing the problem on malnutrition. The municipal action officer or an institutionalized nutrition council at the municipal level would be another tool to address malnutrition, said the two.(PIA8-Eastern Samar)

10,000 balloons are placed around Tacloban City on Valentines Day thru One Tacloban to show gratitude to all those who helped victims of super typhoon Yolanda


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February 15, 2014

State workers in Yolanda hard hit areas to get HELP from GSIS

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overnment Service Insurance System (GSIS), here has on record received some 870 applications of Home Emergency Loan Program (HELP), a one-time special loan of up to P200,000 to rebuild the houses of members who are either residing or working in the areas that were hardest h i t b y “ Ty p h o o n Yo l a n d a ”. A c c o r d i n g t o M r. J o h n Vi a n n e y D. O c a n a , St a f f O f f i ce r I I I / Te a m L e a d e r o f t h e s a i d office, out of 870 applicants t h e y h a v e p r o c e s s e d s o f a r, some 750 applications or 86% of them, as of today (Feb. 14). M r. O c a n a a l s o s a i d t h a t although their coverage is only from Llorente to Maslog and Arteche, they are now serving the nine municipalities that w e r e h a r d e s t h i t b y Ty p h o o n Yo l a n d a t o a c c o m m o d a t e t h e i r services especially the filing and processing of HELP loan in their office. “Despite our being undermanned, we render overtime services to accommodate the processing of the loans to be finished the soonest possible time because I know that they need money

t o r e b u i l d t h e i r h o u s e s ”, O c a n a said. I n E a s t e r n S a m a r, o u t of the 22 municipalities and o n e c i t y, o n l y n i n e a re a s w e r e h a r d e s t - h i t b y “ Ty p h o o n Yo l a n d a ” a n d w e r e d e c l a r e d by Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) under State of Calamity Area. The nine municipalities are: Guiuan, Mercedes, Salcedo, Quinapondan, Giporlos, Balangiga, Lawaan, Hernani and Balangkayan. He repeatedly said that only GSIS members who are residing and working within this affected areas can avail of the said loan program. He added that under H E L P, m e m b e r s m a y a p p l y f o r a loan based on their total length of service in the government. Members who have been in the government for 10 years or more may borrow a maximum amount of P200,000 while those who have been in the service for five years or more but less than 10 years, may borrow up to P100,000 and for less than five years can borrow only P30,000. The loan will bear an

interest of 6% and is payable in 10 years. The first monthly amortization of the loan will be in July 2014. An approval from the m e m b e r ’s a g e n c y a u t h o r i z e d officer (AAO) will be required by the pension fund before processing the loan to ensure t h e b o r r o w e r ’s c a p a c i t y t o p a y . The HELP program is in r e s p o n s e t o t h e P r e s i d e n t ’s instructions to all government agencies to extend the necessary financial support that will enable Yo l a n d a victims to rebuild their homes and resume productive livelihood and employment activities. (PIA-E. Samar)


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February 15, 2014

SLSU milapas sa pagtudlo, ngadto na sa tino nga mga proyektong makasapi

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ng nag-inusarang state university ning lalawigan maoy nanguna pagpakiglambigit sa komunidad sa panguma libot sa lima ka mga campuses niini para makapatigayon sa ginansiyado kaayong pagpamuhi og ulang hasta na pagpananom og rubber tree, sa samang higayon nangagni pa kinig mga tigbubo og puhunan nga mga negsoyante. Si Gloria Markines Reyes, Presidente sa Southern Leyte State University (SLSU), mihanduraw sa field trip nga ilang gihimo didto sa Mindanao sa 2008, diin ang mga State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) nga nabisitahan nila didto hagbay rang nagpasiugda og mga income-generating projects para sa ilang mga eskuylahan. Ang nakadani sa ilang atensiyon mao gyod ang pagpakuyanap og mga rubber tree seedlings nga giatiman sa mga SUCs ug gibaligya ngadto sa mga negosyenteng mag-uuma, ang uban giatiman mismo sa mga tunghaan, si Reyes nagkanayon diha sa Action Center Kapihan sa PIA cable TV program pagka Miyerkoles sa provincial capitol. Sanglit ang panginahanglan sa merkado sa mga prduktong goma kanunay man hataas, ang SLSU wala mag-usik og panahon. Diha-diha namalit silag mga de-kalidad nga mga binhi, nagtukod og kaugalingong nursery, nagpadala sa mga magtutudlo sa training para sila makatigo sa mga diskarte, mga teknikalidad ug teknolohiya. Lima ka tuig ang nakalabay sukad niadto, ang SLSU -- ug ang Southern Leyte province para niana -- nailhan na karon ingon nga rubber capital sa Eastern Visayas, diin ang mga probinsiya sama sa Biliran ug Northern Samar, ug uban pa, nanganhi pagtan-aw ug pagkat-on, ug namalit sa mga rubber seedlings didto sa Hinunangan Campus, si Reyes miingon, sa paghandum niya sa sinugdanan ning tanan sa field trip nga gi-sponsoran ni Congressman niadto, karon Gov. Roger Mercado. Kabahin sa freshwater prawn culture, kini nagapadayon na didto sa Bontoc SLSU campus ug gipalapdan

lamang aron mabatyagan sa nasud ug sa uban pang dapit sa kalibutan pinaagi sa unang international freshwater prawn congress nga gihimo pagka Enero sa miaging tuig. Sa sunod bulan, ang second freshwater prawn congress pagahimoon Marso 5-7 adto sa SLSU main campus sa Sogod, ning panahona gi-paila-ila ang rubber industry ingon nga maayo himoag plantation ang mga ektaryang kayutaan nga walay gamit, ug dapiton ang mga investors sa sulod ug gawas sa nasud para matandog sila ning daku kaayong kahigayonan. Ang second international freshwater prawn congress and rubber tree investors forum maoy usa sa mga sentrong kalihokan usab sa ikanapulo nga tuig anibersaryo sa SLSU uban sa

tema “a decade of excellence.” Giawhag ni Reyes ang mga Southern Leytenos, mga gagmayng maguuma, ug mga tag-iyag kayutaan nga walay gamit sa pagsulay pagpananom og rubber tree kay puwede ra man kini i-intercrop kon itanom ilawom sa mga kalubian, ug usab sa freshwater prawn culture labina sa mga dapit nga abunda sa tubig, niya pa nga niining paagiha ang katawhan mahaw-as sa kalisod ug makaambit sa nagasige nga ekonomikanhong pagtubo sa nasud. Gidugang ni Reyes nga ang mga mag-uuma mahimo gihapon makatanom sa mga naadan nilang pananom, apan sulayan lang unta nila ang pagbuhig ulang ug pananom sa rubber tree para madugangan pa gyod ang ilang kita. (mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)

DOLE partners...from page 1 can be sustained and replicated in other disaster areas.” She also disclosed that when she had a talk with Leyte Gov. Leopoldo Dominic L. Petilla earlier that day, the governor told him that what his people need now are jobs. Baldoz said that Yolanda survivors should take every available opportunity given them to hasten their recovery. Aleo Montallana, one of the beneficiaries, said the loading business would tide him over financially as he rebuilds his shop. He earns his living as a beautician, but all his tools and equipment along with his small parlor, were destroyed by the typhoon. Speaking for all the other beneficiaries, Josefina Alvarez thanked both the DOLE and Smart for coming up with the livelihood project which, she said, could help the typhoon survivors recover while they look for longer-term employment opportunities. “We at Smart look at every available opportunity to assist Yolanda survivors get back on their feet. Most of them have lost everything to the typhoon and every little help will go a long way.

This partnership with DOLE is part of the group’s post-disaster recovery efforts in Central Philippines. Our load retailer business has proven to be a lucrative model, made more viable because of its sachetsized price offerings,” said Mr. Isberto. Smart sales agents will be monitoring and checking on regularly with the beneficiaries for their load requirements, while DOLE has assigned personnel to monitor the project. Smart’s business partners, regional distributor Cellcom and provincial distributor Bunkang Marketing assisted in preparing the phone kits that were given to the beneficiaries. “This is the pilot run of the livelihood partnership with DOLE targeting other segments of the community, including OFW families. T o support this initiative, we are now holding planning with ambulant retailers, or those who don’t have stores,” said Smart Group Head Edgardo Razon. The project rollout was finalized in a meeting between Razon, Senior Manager Alfredo Callet and Area Manager Roy Nebrija from Smart and DOLE representatives late last year. (PIA 8)


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February 15, 2014

WARAY NEWS

Palasyo malaumon ang kamatuoran molutaw sa nagapadayon nga imbestigasyon sa senado sa pork barrel scam

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ng palasyo nag-ingon nga malaumon kini ang testimoniya ni Ruby Tuason sa Senate hearing pagka Huwebes maghatag og kalamdag sa tinguha sa nasud pagkab-ot sa hustisya mahitungod sa multibillion pork barrel scam nga naglambigit sa pipila ka mga magbabalaud. Sa usa ka pahayag, si Presidential Communications

Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. nagkanayon nga si Justice Secretary Leila de Lima mimatuod sa posisyon sa DOJ kalabot sa provisional admission ni Ms. Ruby Tuason sa Witness Protection Program diha sa pagtambong ni Tuason sa Senate hearing. Si Tuason co-accused sa plunder case nga gisang-at sa Office of

the Ombudsman kabahin sa giingong anomaloso nga pagpagawas sa Priority Development Assistance Fund kon pork barrel sa mga magbabalaud. Mikagiw si Tuason sa nasud dihang ang iyang pangan mitumaw sa imbestigasyon ug mibalik lamang siya pagka Pebrero 7 human mohimo og affidavit sa anomaliya didto sa Philippine consulate office sa San Francisco, California. Sa iyang affidavit nga gisumiter niya sa committee, si Tuason miingon personal siyang mihatud sa mga commissions ngadto kang Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada didto sa Senado ug sa iyang residensiya sa San Juan. Giangkon sab niya siya maoy nagdala sa commission para ni Sen. Juan Ponce-Enrile ug gihatag niya sa chief of staff niini nga si abogado Lucilla Jessica “Gigi” Reyes. Sila si Estrad, Enrile ug Reyes tanan pulos mga akusado sa kasong plunder didto sa office of the Ombudsman. (Gibinasaya ni mmp/ PIA8-Southern Leyte)


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Medicos del Mundo...from page 1 experience with other NGOs would be appreciated. He or she must also have experience in tendering procedures with INGOs; and must have good knowledge of windows environmental; Microsoft office user存and architectonical software. He must be good in written and oral English; good communication ability; highly responsible, hardworking and well organized, cooperative and dynamic, flexibility with the timetable, interest in health sector, and high level of confidentiality of all documents and issues. The duties of the Civil Engineer/Architect include

undertaking technical and feasibility studies and site investigation for the facilities; developing detailed designs of facilities; preparing and supervising tendering procedures and putting together proposals; managing, supervising and visiting contractors on site and advising on civil engineering/architectural issues; and communicating and liaising effectively with MdM team, DOH team, Hospitals team, and architects, contractors, workers. His other duties include compiling, and redaction of reports; scheduling material and equipment purchases and delivery for the projects; attending meetings with authorities and hospital representatives to discuss projects; adopting all relevant

requirements around issues such as environmental regulations, sanitary design, good practices and safety on all work assignments; ensuring that a project runs smoothly and that the structures are completed on time and within budget; correcting any project deficiencies that affect quality and safety requirements and reporting to MdM coordinators. To apply, any interested person may email his CurriculumVitae in English ASAP to coordfilipinas@ medicosdelmundo.org or logfilipinas@medicosdelmundo.org or for any query, contact cell足p hone numbers (0920) 6059 862 or (0916) 7324 626. (PIA 8)


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February 15, 2014

Yolanda Victims remembered on Valentines day BY: CONSUELO ALARC ON

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nother milestone event was held in the City of Tacloban on Valentines Day, Februar y 14 in memories of all Yolanda victims. Called as “Yolanda’s valentines memorial Keep the Love Alive”, a unique way of remembering those who died when Yolanda hit the city in November. Jeff Manibay, owner/ manager of a local T V station and organizer of One Tacloban who

leads the event said, this is to ensure that memories of victims of super typhoon Yolanda will always be remembered especially this Valentines Day. At least ten thousand balloons with white and red colors were being scattered along the streets all over the city. One Tacloban , being a non-profit and non-par tisan civic group has asked the help of the barangays to

coordinate with their constituents in placing the ballons along the streets from the Tacloban Airpor t, San Jose District to Anibong District of the city. Manibay told PIA that placing of the balloons along the streets all over the city has star ted at 3 o’clock in the afternoon until 6 o’clock in the evening. (PIA8)

10,000 balloons are placed around Tacloban City on Valentines Day thru One Tacloban to show gratitude to all those who helped victims of super typhoon Yolanda


February 15