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February 25, 2014

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Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8


East Visayas eagerly waits for EDSA People Power celebration with P-Noy BY: ERLINDA OLIVIA P. TIU


he Yolanda-stricken Eastern Visayans particularly the people of Leyte and the people of Eastern Samar are eagerly waiting for the 28th EDSA People Power celebration with no less than His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III. The President is set to arrive today in Leyte and in Eastern Samar to check on the progress of the rehabilitation in the two provinces in the Region which were devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda in November of last year. Part of the President’s itinerary is to inspect the permanent relocation site in Barangay Pago, Tanauan Leyte

where 1, 200 displaced families from the 50 meters No Build Zones in said municipality are to be relocated in the permanent shelters being constructed for them. This project is a public private partnership undertaken between Gawad Kalinga (GK), a private organization who has committed to help build permanent shelters in the region particularly in Tanauan, Leyte, the National Housing Authority and the Department of Public Works and Highways. He will be briefed about the project by GK Executive Director Louis continued on page 5

PIA-8 director Erlinda Olivia Tiu (back to the camera) briefs the local media Monday on the scheduled visit of President Benigno S. Aquino III in Leyte and Eastern Samar on February 25. (Photo by Avha Ebalde/PIA-8)

February 25, 2014

PNOY to visit Guiuan BY: ALICE NICART


ne hundred days after typhoon “Yolanda” struck severely the southern part of the province, President Benigno S. Aquino III is set to visit Guiuan tomorrow, February 25, in order to see for himself how far have recovery and rehabilitation efforts had been done here. The President is expected to arrive at around 3:00PM tomorrow, at the Guiuan airport, where he will be received by Governor Conrado Nicart, Jr., Mayor Sheen Gonzales with military and police officials. A report mentioned that part of the President’s visit is the inspection of the more than 100 motorized bancas that were distributed to the fishermen who were victimized by the killer typhoon. Guiuan is one of the major suppliers of the fishing needs of Samar and Leyte provinces, thus the need of the more than 6,000 fishermen for fishing gears particularly motorized bancas to restore their normal economic conditions. He is also set to inspect the Relocation Site which the local government unit (LGU) has recently identified. Mayor Christopher “Sheen” Gonzales shared that with the site now ready for building permanent shelters, many of the victims have already asked him for the financial support to build their permanent continued on page 7


February 25, 2014

31Tanauan fishermen build their boats thru “Bayanihan” A

refreshing sight welcomes guests arriving at the Bantay Dagat Area at Barangay Santo N i n o, Ta n a u a n , L e y t e . Fishermen under four giant tents, busy helping one another in building their own fishing boats that will be used for their livelihood. Prefabricated boat parts from Malaysia were distributed to these 31 fishermen from Barangays Bislig, Cabuynan, Santo Nino and San Roque by the Magsaysay Manning and Homer Foundation. Copper nails, wood glue, paints were included in the fishing boat package. It does not matter if one fisherman does not know how to build his boat; he

is being voluntarily helped by the fishermen who know how to build one. The families of the fishermen were present during the turnover and were there to help set up the tent and cook food for the head of the family while working. “There is no worry even if the fisherman does not know how to build a boat, the other fishermen w i l l h e l p h i m ,” C o r a z o n d e l a Cruz from Barangay San Roque said. This is a very good blessing to the fishermen, she added. The Magsaysay Manning and Homer Foundation provided all the materials for free in

order to help the farmers regain their main source of livelihood, that is fishing, and as their contribution to the g o v e r n m e n t ’s rehabilitation and recovery efforts. After the fishermen have completed their bancas, the donor will again give them P1,500 for them to buy their fishing paraphernalia. The donors have only one request from the fisher folks, that they must not sell or rent out their boats but use them so that they will have a permanent source of livelihood. (PIA 8)

Catholic Relief Services Operations Manager Terry Tuazon explained to the farmers from the agrarian reform community in Tanauan, Leyte the process of availing the former’s assistance for “Yolanda affected areas. (JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA/AGIO-8)

February 25, 2014


Calbayog children concert done for Yolanda survivor-kids T he Seraphim Choir of St. Augustine International School, Calbayog City held a two-day benefit concer t on Fe b r u a r y 2 1 a n d 2 2 , 2 0 1 4 f o r t h e k i d s i n Pa l o, L e y t e w h o s u r v i v e d s u p e r t y p h o o n Yo l a n d a . “ The proceeds of the concer t will be used for our second round of relief operations i n ‘ Yo l a n d a’ d e v a s t a t e d a r e a s p a r t i c u l a r l y i n Pa l o, L e y t e ,” said School Directress Clare G. S i o p o n g c o. Siopongco added that they are planning to go back to Pa l o, L e y t e b e f o r e t h e s t a r t o f the next school year 2014 – 2015. “ We w i l l g i v e s c h o o l s u p p l i e s t o t h e k i d s i n Pa l o, a n d before the end of the school year we will launch a book drive in our school where students

are encouraged to donate their b o o k s t h a t a r e s t i l l u s a b l e ,” Siopongco added. Aside from the food packages the school gave to ‘ Yo l a n d a’ s u r v i v o r s r i g h t a f t e r the typhoon, St. Augustine International School – Calbayog also made at least 300 children h a p p y w i t h t h e i r ‘A To y f o r a S m i l e’ p r o j e c t f o r C h r i s t m a s . T h e toys, clothes, books and other items were all donated by the students. T h e “A n g e l s o n H i g h” concert is the first public e x p o s u r e o f t h e S e r a p h i m C h o i r, according to Choir Master Jed P i d o. The choir is composed of 27 kids aged 7 to 12 years old. The concer t will showcase different kinds of songs; religious, folk

a n d p o p. “ The concert is also dedicated to God for giving us this kind of talent and we just wanted to share ever ything that w e h a v e .” S a i d J e d P i d o. The Seraphim Choir “A n g e l s o n H i g h” c o n c e r t w i l l be held at the Agueda Chan A u d i t o r i u m , S O S V i l l a g e , B r g y. D a g u m , C a l b a y o g C i t y. ( P I A 8-Samar)

Southern Leyte Mobile Skills Training Program aims to reduce poverty, generate income BY: MA. REBECCA G. CADAVOS


n support to the Southern L e y t e ’s a g e n d a t o r e d u c e unemployment,, reduce poverty and to generate additional income, Governor Roger G. Mercado will launch the Southern Leyte Mobile Skills Training Program in coordination with the Te c h n i c a l Education and Skills Development Authority ( TESDA). The mobile skills training will use the TESDAapproved curriculum and will focus on courses which are currently in demand locally and abroad, such as welding, plumbing, carpentr y, building wiring installation and masonr y,to name a few,

Gov. Mercado said during his State of the Province A d d r e s s ( S O PA ) h e l d M o n d a y , Februar y 24 at the Provincial Legislative Building here. “It is designed that students will not anymore go to training centers which will e n t a i l a d d i t i o n a l c o s t s ,” t h e provincial chief disclosed. The training services will be delivered and conducted on an on-site or in the municipalities or barangays where the target beneficiaries live. After completing the training, the trainees will undergo skills assessment and only those who qualify and meet the TESDA standards

will be issued qualification certificates, the governor added. The mobile skills training program targets to train at least 1,320 unemployed or underemployed Southern Leytenos, including the outof-school youths. The State of the Province Address that started at 9:45, ended at 10:50 in the morning, and was graced by Provincial Board Members, Provincial Heads, representatives from national line agencies, the media, among others. (PIA8SoLeyte)


February 25, 2014

SoLeyte targets to plant 25,000 trees among its climate change mitigations BY: ERNA S. GORNE


he province of S outher n Leyte aims to plant thousands of trees across the province among its climate change mitigation measures and ultimately preser ve existing forest cover. According to Provincial G over nor R oger M ercado in his keynote address dur ing his first State of the Province Address (SOPA) at the S angguiang Panlalawigan (SP) S ession Hall, Capitol Compound, M aasin Cit y today before the members of the Provincial B oard, municipal mayors, heads of provincial depar tmentsand national line agencies, media, R ed Cross – S outher n Leyte Chapter staff, among others. “One of the measures that can be taken to mitigate the effec ts of global war ming and climate change is to preser ve

our existing forest and encourage reforestation,” G ov. M ercado said. He said the province will launch produc tion forest projec t to help provide fuel wood and lumber for their household and commercial needs. That the projec t will be implemented on a pilot basis, with an area of one hec tare in a barangay per municipalit y or 19 hec tares for the entire province in 2014. Wherein planting of around 25,000 tree seedlings will be under taken on cash-forwor k basis at an estimated cost of P4,000 per barangay site, he said. He fur ther estimated that a total of 400 households will benefit from the mentioned projec t. “Projec t expansion or replication will be under taken and funded by the municipal

and barangay gover nments,” he added. O ther measures included the strengthening of the Provincial Greening Program, forest dwellers will be provided with livelihood trainings and equipment, introduc tion of new technologies such as cut flowers propagation, honey bee and mushroom produc tion, he said. He noted that study conduc ted by Ms. B eatr icz C. Jadina of the Visayas State Universit y ( VSU) that forest cover in S outher n Leyte decreased from 53% in 1954 to 38% in 1992. I t fur ther decreased to 14% in 2010 since the province is prone to landslides due to the high number of landslide points and ear thquake fault lines, among others. (PIA8 S oLeyte )


February 25, 2014

CSC-8 still accepts applications for Exams until Feb.27 BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON


he Civil Service Commission (CSC) in Eastern Visayas has extended its deadline in accepting applications for the forthcoming schedule of the Career Service Examination Paper and Pencil Test (Professional and Subprofessional Levels) on April 6, 2014. Reuel M. Garcia of the Examination Division of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office 8 said, during an interview over PIA’s Power Fm, that instead of February 20, the deadline for accepting applications is extended until February 27, 2014 to accommodate those interested applicants who haven’t filed yet. Said examinations has two testing centers: Tacloban City and Catarman, Northern Samar. While Catarman has already met the 1, 200 quota for the applications, Leyte is the opposite. As of press time, there were only 986 applications received by the Regional Office of the CSC and this figure is too East Visayas...from page 1 Oquinena and NHA Chairman Chito Cruz. From the Relocation Site, the President will proceed to Tanauan I Central School to inspect the rehabilitation done by the Korean Army Engineers and the Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army. The President will also ground break the rehabilitation of the Tanauan Plaza which wilo be financed by the INJAP Group of Companies to the tune of P30 million. At the Plaza, the President together with the eleven Cabinet Members will be officially welcome by Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho L. Petilla. Tanauan Mayor Pelagio Tecson, Jr. will then brief the President on the Rehabilitation Plan of the Municipality.

far from the 2, 200 target applicants for Leyte alone. Hence, CSC invites those who

are qualified to file the application for examination before the deadline set by CSC. (PIA-8)

Mr. Reuel Garcia (right) of the Civil Service Commission 8 announces over PIA Power FM Monday about the agency’s scheduled conduct of Career Service Examinations on April 6 and extending the deadline of submission of application until February 27, 2014. Also in photo is program host, Sol Alarcon. (Neil Lopido/ PIA-8)

Another highlight of the program is the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement among the Local Government of Tanauan, Gawad Kalinga, the National Housing Authority and the Department of Public Works and Highways, for the construction of the permanent housing of the displaced families in Tanauan. The President will be introduced by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa. The eleven(11) cabinet secretaries who will accompany the President are Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr., Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Defense Secretary

Voltaire Gazmin, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singzon, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, PARR Secretary Panfilo Lacson, DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, NHA Administrator Chito Cruz, Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Secretary Julia Andrea R. Abad and Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras. From Tanauan, Leyte, the President will visit Guiuan in Eastern Samar where he will inspect the rehabilitation projects in the area. From Guiuan, the President and party will come back to Tacloban to groundbreak the relocation of Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center. (PIA-8)


February 25, 2014


Pangulo Aquino magseselibrar EDSA People Power Anniversary kaupod an mga nagpakalibre han kalamidad ha Sinirangan Bisayas


i Pangulo Benigno S. Aquino III mahihimo hin markado nga okasyon ha Pebrero 25 kay embes magdudumara han nahiaraan na nga seremonya han People Power Monument ha EDSA, hiya en magseselibrar han ika-18 nga anibersaryo han EDSA People Power kaupod an mga nagpakalibre han

bagyo. Mas nagugustohan pa han Pangulo nga magselebrar han EDSA kaupod an mga katawhan nga nagkaiigo han kalamidad ha iya panuyo pagpakita nga hiya en nakikiusa ha era ngan pirmi aada ha era mga sapit ha oras hin panginahanglan, lab-i na gud adton

mga nag-antos dida han diri pala maiha nga nakalabay nga mga kalamidad. Eksakto gudla, kay an kanan yana nga tuig selebrasyon han EDSA en nagdadara ha tema nga “Kapitbisig Tungo sa Pagbangon.� Ha sunod nga semana, an Pangulo en nakatalaan pagbisita han lalawigan han Leyte lab-i na gud ha Tanauan, nga usa han upat nga panguna nga mga lugar nga nanginginahanglan para makatindong utro ngan marehabilitar, ha siyudad han Tacloban para han ground breaking han usa liwat nga panguna nga nanginginahanglan nga utro makatindog ngan marehabilitar. Ha Tanauan, an Pangulo en mag-iinspeksyon han permanente nga lugar para han relokasyon han mga pamilya nga nagkawawad-an hin urokyan tikang ha No Build Zone Barangay San Roque. An lugar, ha kurtesiya han Gawad Kalinga (GK), en ha pagkayana puno hin mga aktibidad. An mga GK volunteers en sige an pagpinanmanday hin kabablayan; an National Housing Authority en sige it pagpauroupay han lugar; an Department of Public Works and Highways nga sige-sige nga nagpipinangayad han kakalsadahan dida han lugar. An lugar en nagpapakita han kanan Pilipino esperito han Bayanihan nga hasta ngada yana en buhi-buhian pa gud. Mag-iinspeksyon gihapon an Pangulo han rehabilitasyon han Tanauan 1 Central School, an pinakadako nga eskwelahan nga mayda masobra 1,000 nga populasyon. Nakumponi hin beyteotso nga mga classrooms, an mga padayon ha page 7


February 25, 2014

LEYECO II has energized 40.21% of the household connections BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON


he Leyte II Electric Cooperative is committed to meet the March 2014 deadline imposed by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to complete the rehabilitation of its power distribution system. As of Februar y 20, 2014 data released by LEYECO II on the Restoration Update on Typhoon Yolanda, 40.21% or 20, 532 number of households of the 51, 065 members-consumers within the coverage area of Leyeco II have been energized. This figure consists of 131 barangays of the 196 barangays covering the City of Tacloban and

the Municipalities of Palo and Babatngon Leyte. Ma. Rosario Avestruz, OIC General Manager of LEYECO II said, after they finished Babatngon Leyte, the repair work will concentrate in nor thern villages of Tacloban which were heavily damaged by the typhoon such as Tagpuro, Diit, Cabalawan, among others. Avestruz has clearly emphasized that areas which are less complicated as to the damages on primar y and secondar y lines, transformers, electrical wires or connections, and electric posts were the first one to have restored

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homes. Early report revealed of the victims’ reluctance to stay longer in the bunkhouses because of some protection concerns which they think about for their children, particularly young girls. As he motors to the program site, where he is expected to meet the Guiuan public, the President is also expected to meet briefly the students of the Eastern Samar Sate University(ESSU) in a standing parade. There was a total of 117 casualties in Guiuan from typhoon Yolanda and todate, more international humanitarian organizations have swarmed the area bringing with them varied assistance from food packs to cash assistance, health and education services. President Aquino’s visit to the ravaged Guiuan is already the second, since Yolanda hit the area some 100 days ago.(PIA-Eastern Samar/aen)

tag-obserbar en pirmi makakasering nga “baga la waray maigo han Yolanda eni nga eskwelahan.” Gin-enayad pinaagi han pagburoblig han Korean mission ngan han kanan AFP Engineering Brigade, an eskwelahan en natindog balin usa nga testigo ngadto han pagburoglig ngan gius makatawo han iba-iba nga mga nasud han kalibutan. Sugad han pirmi ginsesering han mga Koreano, nalilipay hera pagbulig han Pilipinas nga bumulig gihapon ha era dida han Korean War. Katapos pag-inspeksyon han eskwelahan, an Pangulo en magbabaktas ngada han harani nga plaza han bungto nga nakatalaan igrehabilitar ha kantidad nga P35 milyones, bali usa nga corporate social responsibility nga proyekto hin usa nga pribado nga kumpaniya, an INJAP Group of Companies. Didto han kanan bungto plaza, an Pangulo an maground break han Town Plaza Rehabilition Project. Hi Leyte Governor Leopoldo

the power supply. “ We will do ever ything we can to meet the march 31 target even if LEYECO II has only 125 work force with 43 linemen”, Avestruz said. With the help of other electric cooperatives like BILECO and MERALCO, LEYECO II is striving hard to complete the work on March 31, 2014, the deadline set by NEA. It may be recalled that 98% of the power distribution system of LEYECO II was destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda in November last year.(PIA-8)

Dominico Petilla an opisyal nga makarawat han Pangulo samtang hi Mayor Pelagio Tecson Jr. an maghihisgot ngadto han Pangulo han kanan bungto plano han pagrehabilitar. An pirmahay han Memorandum of Agreement ha butnga han Gawad Kalinga, National Housing Authority, an Department of Public Works and Highways ngan han Local Government han Tanauan para han permanente nga Relocation Site para han nagkawawad-an hin panimalay nga mga pamilya, en pagdudumaraon gihapon. Ginpalit han GK an tuna ngan amo an manginginano han paghingayad hin 1,200 nga mga balay para han mga pamilya nga nagka-iigo han Yolanda ha Tanauan, Leyte. An Pangulo en nakikita nga maghahatag han iya mensahe. Makikigkita gihapon hiya hanmg meyembro han mga national ang lokal media para hin usa nga press conference katapos han programa. ( Trans. by maa/PIA8)


February 25, 2014

IOM launches project to help Philippines government protect migrants in trouble overseas


he International Organization for Migration launched on Februar y 24, 2014 a project to support the Philippine Government protect migrants in trouble. The project will equip frontline public servants with the skills to protect migrant workers caught up in crises abroad, whether it be an outbreak of conflict, an epidemic, a natural disaster or the effects of an economic downturn on a host countr y. “Through this project, we hope to support the government in promoting safe and orderly migration during the most critical times, and to empower frontline staff who find themselves in emergency situations that require quick action to promote the protection and well-being of

F i l i p i n o m i g r a n t n a t i o n a l s ,� Marco Boasso, Chief of Mission at IOM Philippines said The IOM, in a press statement, noted that Filipino migrants, currently numbering over 10.4 million, can be found working in thousands of different occupations in almost every country in the world. This huge overseas migrant workforce coupled with a relatively limited number of diplomatic and consular staff presents a number of issues, particularly when an emergency situation breaks out in a host countr y. The project will consist of three phases, beginning with the production of a manual of standard operating procedures for assisting migrant nationals abroad in times of crises.

This will be followed by the delivery of interactive training tools to benefit those already posted overseas and classroom training sessions for Foreign Ser vice Officers, consular staff and embassy staff. The IOM hopes that the training will become a pre-requisite for staff deployment to the Assistance t o N a t i o n a l s U n i t ( AT N U ) , Philippines Overseas Labor O ffices (POLO) and other service staff abroad. The two-year project, financed by the IOM Development Fund, is a response to a request made by the Philippine government in 2012, when the worsening crisis in Syria and the MENA region led to mass repatriations of thousands of Filipino workers. (PIA 8)

Deputy Director General Laura Thompson of the International Organization for Migration answers questions from the media during a press conference held at Granda Manor, Tacloban City after her visit to the evacuees at Tacloban Astrodome and bunkhouses, February 24. (Raul Tiozon, Jr/PIA-8)

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