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January 22, 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 14

DOST to repair, replace

Yolanda-damaged automatic weather stations, early warning devices in Eastern Visayas BY: ERLINDA OLIVIA P. TIU

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he Depar tment of Science and Technology Region 8 Director Edgardo Esperancilla gave the assurance that the Automatic Weather Stations, Automatic Rain Gauges and Flood Early warning systems in Region 8 which were damaged by super typhoon Yolanda will be repair or replaced. The assurance was made during the meeting of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Januar y 21 after the PIA made a quer y on the move of the DOST on the destroyed equipment which are ver y impor tant considering the weather condition prevailing in the Region. Director Esperancilla said that the local Pag-asa which is now based at the DOST Regional Office, is in the process of assessing all the weather equipment that were installed in the different provinces of the Region so that it will know how many could still be repaired and how many will be replaced. It would be recalled that automated weather stations, automated rain gauges, and water level monitoring continued on page 7

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January 22, 2014

King of Sweden pay visit toYolanda-devastated Tacloban, Leyte BY: ERLINDA OLIVIA P. TIU

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rrangements are now pressed regarding the scheduled visit of the King of Sweden in Tacloban City, Leyte. In a coordination meeting held at the Leyte Provincial Capitol Briefing room in the afternoon of Monday, January 20, it was learned that His Majesty, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is scheduled to arrive in Tacloban on Sunday¸ January 26, 2014. His Majesty’s party is composed of 20 individuals among who are Vice President Jejomar Binay in his capacity as president of the Philippine Boy Scouts and as president of the Asia Pacific Region Boy Scouts;

the secretary general of the World Scouts Organization; and Mr. Wendel Abesado, the Secretary General of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. His Majesty will have several engagements in his five-hour visit. Upon arrival at the Tacloban Airport, he will be given planeside arrival reception by the Philippine National Police and Scouts who will walk with him to the reception line composed of Governor Dominic L. Petilla, Mayor Alfred Romualdez, Congressman Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Congressman Neil Montejo, Palo Mayor Remedios L. Petilla, DOT continued on page 5

Mr. Gerald Paragas of Tacloban City Admin Office gives updates on the Task Force Normalization Cluster in a radio interview with Sol Alarcon over PIA Power FM Tuesday. (ldl/PIA-8)


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January 22, 2014

Labor Secretary to grace Jobs Fair in Tacloban City on January 22 BY: ERLINDA OLIVIA P. TIU

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n order to help the people of Region 8 who are seeking employment especially at this time when the region is still staggering from the onslaught o f S u p e r Ty p h o o n Yo l a n d a , the Department of Labor and Employment is set to conduct a J o b s Fa i r o n J a n u a r y 2 2 , 2 0 1 4 a t t h e L N U G y m i n Ta c l o b a n C i t y. DOLE Secretar y Rosalinda Baldoz is expected to g r a c e t h e J o b s Fa i r, a t a n g i b l e manifestation of how the DOLE considers the plight of the jobseekers in Eastern Visayas.

DOLE Region 8 Director Exequiel Sarcauga informed the Philippine Information Agency that no less than three to four thousand job seekers from all over the Region are expected to troop to the Leyte Normal University Gym star ting at 8:00 o’c l o c k i n t h e m o r n i n g u p t o 5 : 0 0 o’c l o c k i n t h e a f t e r n o o n i n o r d e r to apply for jobs. He added that local and overseas employments will be made available during the Jobs Fa i r o n J a n u a r y 2 2 . A l r e a d y, 1 6 l o c a l e m p l o y e r s

and 50 recruitment agencies for overseas employment have confirmed their participation in t h e J o b s Fa i r, D i r e c t o r S a r c a u g a said. The available job vacancies for the local employment alone, numbers to more than 2,000 or 2024 to be exact, the Labor Regional Director said. Director Sarcauga called on the jobseekers not to hesitate to visit the job fair and to bring the necessary documentary requirements with them. (PIA 8)

Post Disaster Assessment Team now in EV to assess damages/losses due to typhoon Yolanda BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON

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n line with the recover y suppor t of the National G over nment to the areas affec ted by t yphoon yolanda, a group of Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) team was organized and sent to Easter n Visayas in order to assist the disaster councils in the region in the assessment as to the ex tent of damages and losses brought about by super t yphoon Yolanda. Paul M ooney, Head of the Operation Center of PDRRMC Leyte said dur ing an inter view over PIA’s Power FM, this is in response to the ser ious effec ts of Typhoon Yolanda that wrought havoc not only in many areas in Leyte but also in other provinces.

The PDNA team composed of more than a hundred personnel from the O ffice of Civil D efense in regions 10, 11 and other regions will also assess the economic, personal/household and pover t y impac ts of the disaster to the communit y and to suppor t the gover nment to estimate recover y, reconstruc tion and future r isk management needs including investments and capacit y development at a local gover nment level and shar ing of k nowledge on recover y and building back better. “ Whatever is the result of the assessment will be submitted to the national level (NDRRMC )

which will ser ve as the basis for recover y plans and re construc tion effor ts”, M ooney said. The team who will be here until Februar y is expec ted to visit all t yphoon-affec ted areas in the region to validate all repor ts. The Provincial Disaster R isk R educ tion and M anagement Council (PDRRMC ) in Leyte has repor ted that more than 7 (seven) billion wor th of damages to infrastruc ture, agr iculture and others have been incur red by the Province, including its municipalities due to t yphoon Yolanda. (PIA-8)


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January 22, 2014

Metrobank launches 30th Search for Outstanding Teachers BY: ERLINDA OLIVIA P. TIU

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he 30th Search for Outstanding Teachers was recently launched by the Metrobank Foundation (MBFI), in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd). Ms. Rachel Villareal of Metrobank Foundation said that the 2014 Search coincides with the 35th anniversary of MBFI. With the theme, “Launching Dreams towards Nation Building”, the Search honors the teaching profession specifically those who manifest commitment to the development of the youth through exemplary competence, remarkable dedication to their work, and effective educational leadership. Since its launch in 1984, the Search has awarded a total of 326 educators all over the Philippines. To join the contest, teachers just need to submit a two-page Basic Information Sheet (BIS) with no additional documents required. The Search is open to all teachers in the elementary, secondary, and higher

education levels in both public and private schools throughout the country. Possible candidates should be Filipino citizen who are actively teaching in the country for the last 10 years and with valid PRC license. For the Elementary level of the search, schools are entitled to nominate two nominees, one each from the primary (Kinder to Grade III) and intermediate (Grade IV to Grade VI), while schools for secondary and higher education competition are entitled to one nominee, respectively. Past Regional Finalists and National Finalists of the Search, who meet the basic eligibility requirements and have shown sustained good moral standing in the community, are deemed automatic Provincial Finalists. Ms. Villareal said that for this year, the cash prize for each of the ten (10) winners has been increased from Php350,000.00 last year to Php 0.5 Million this year. The awardees will also receive a medal, a trophy, and a plaque of recognition for their school. National

Finalists not chosen as winners will receive Php20, 000.00 cash while Regional Finalists will get Php10, 000.00 cash incentive. The deadline for submission of the BIS to the MBFI Secretariat or to the nearest Metrobank branch in the nominee’s area is on or before January 27, 2014. Basic Information Sheets are now available in all Metrobank branches, DepEd regional and division offices, and CHED regional offices nationwide. Eligible applicants will then be asked to submit the official nomination forms on February 21st. The forms may also be downloaded through the Metrobank Foundation website at www. mbfoundation.org.ph. For further details, please call the MBFI Secretariat at tel. nos. (02) 857-0618 / 898-8898; telefax: (02) 818-5656/7500837; or e-mail: idlabitad@metrobank. com.ph; or aareyes@metrobank.com.ph. (PIA 8)

Representatives from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process said during Tuesday’s PIA Power FM radio interview that they were in Tacloban to meet with other agencies as to what help their office can extend to support in the rehabilitation efforts in the Yolanda-devastated areas in Eastern Visayas. From left to right: Program host Sol Alarcon, OPAPP reps Jennifer Oreta, Eileen Jose and Emy Bonifacio with PIA director Olive Tiu. (AHE/PIA-8)


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January 22, 2014

Post Disaster Assessment Team now in EV to assess damages/losses due to typhoon Yolanda BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON

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n line with the recovery support of the National Government to the areas affected by typhoon yolanda, a group of Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) team was organized and sent to Eastern Visayas in order to assist the disaster councils in the region in the assessment as to the extent of damages and losses brought about by super typhoon Yolanda. Paul Mooney, Head of the Operation Center of PDRRMC Leyte said during an interview over PIA’s Power FM, this is in response to the serious effects of Typhoon Yolanda that wrought havoc not only in many areas in Leyte but also in other

provinces. The PDNA team composed of more than a hundred personnel from the Office of Civil Defense in regions 10, 11 and other regions will also assess the economic, personal/ household and poverty impacts of the disaster to the community and to support the government to estimate recovery, reconstruction and future risk management needs including investments and capacity development at a local government level and sharing of knowledge on recovery and building back better. “Whatever is the result of the assessment will be submitted to the national level (NDRRMC) which will

serve as the basis for recovery plans and reconstruction efforts”, Mooney said. The team who will be here until February is expected to visit all typhoon-affected areas in the region to validate all reports. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) in Leyte has reported that more than 7 (seven) billion worth of damages to infrastructure, agriculture and others have been incurred by the Province, including its municipalities due to typhoon Yolanda. (PIA-8)

UNOCHA leads cluster approach workshop BY: ALICIA NICART

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r. Andrew Martin, representative of the United Nations Office of the Coordination Of Human Affairs(UNOCHA) spearheaded today in the city, the one-day “Typhoon Haiyan Cluster Approach and Coordination

Workshop” with government cluster heads and members, private sectors and civil society organizations. This in order to assist government counterparts in establishing working frameworks

Houses in the upstream barangays along the river of Dolores in Eastern Samar were submerged in floodwaters Sunday due to incessant heavy rains. (Photo courtesy of Proud Erayanhon/Doloresnon FB)

which are necessary in synchronizing and harmonizing coordination initiatives between and amongst local relief and other interventions supported by international humanitarian organizations. “More importantly, as assistance moves to reconstruction, rehabilitation and development, the more coordination is needed”, said Ms. Agnes Palacio another UNOCHA national staff. According to her, when a disaster strikes, usually, a lot of response actors come into play later, such that coordination activities should take place. In the workshop, the participants were made to report their pre and post “Yolanda” activities as well as the challenges and lessons learned. They were also told to identify which among the international nongovernment organizations their continued on page 7


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January 22, 2014 King of Sweden...from page 1 Director Karen Tiopes, DepEd Director Luisa B. Yu, PIA Director Olive Tiu, City Administrator Tecson Lim, BSP Officials and UN officials. After refreshments¸ a brief media interaction which will be moderated by PIA Region 8 Director Tiu will be conducted with some ten members of the national and local media having the honor of interacting with His Majesty. Media accreditation will be conducted before the arrival of the Royal Visitor, it was learned. After the media interaction, His Majesty and party will visit the Leyte National High School where he will observe Scouts doing clean-up work in the streets and school grounds. A ceremonial donning of neckerchiefs to Senior Platoon Leaders and 2 crew leaders. This will be followed by the distribution of Type B uniforms to 75 Boy and Girl Senior Scouts. A flag raising ceremonies for the Philippine flag, Swedish Flag, WOSM Flag, UN Flag and BSP Flag, will also be conducted at the Boy Scout Rotunda. At the San Fernando Central School, His Majesty will also lead in the ceremonial donning of neckerchiefs to SPL and 2 Patrol Leaders and will distribute Type B uniforms to 100 Boy Scouts. Shortly after, His Majesty will have a brief visit to the BSP Leyte Building where he will inspect the building and interact with Scouts who are cleaning the building. His majesty is also set to attend a luncheon reception at the Leyte Park Hotel where he will be given tokens by the Province of Leyte, City of Tacloban, Department of Tourism, Department of Education, BSP Leyte and BSP Tacloban City. Before he departs for Manila, His Majesty will observe the Scout in Motion Monument at Government Center, Palo, Leyte where scouts are doing restoration work and clean up under the supervision of renowned Filipino sculptor Mr. Nemi Miranda. (PIA-8)

National roads of the province of Northern Samar, passable – DPWH BY: AILENE N. DIAZ

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ational roads of the province of Northern Samar are all passable, said Department of Public Works and Highways 1st and 2nd Districts Engineering Office. Amidst continues heavy rains brought by LPA Agaton, Engineer Francisco Y. Tanala of the DPWH 1st District Engineering Office and a representative of the 2nd District Engineering office, declared that all national roads specifically Pa l a p a g - M a p a n a s - G a m ay- L a p i n i g,

San Roque-Catubig-Las Navas and Laoang are in good condition. Likewise, the national roads going to Tacloban along Catarman-Lope de Vega. This was the information gathered during the recent emergency meeting called by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center at the Governor’s Office in connection to the bad weather as experienced by the province. (PIA8-Northern Samar)

Over two months after Yolanda, 9 more dead bodies recovered in Tacloban City BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON

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ven if two months had passed following yolanda’s onslaught in many places in Eastern Visayas, Task Force Cadaver continued to recover more bodies in various places in the city. Task force Cadaver headed by Senior Superintendent Pablito Cordeta of the Bureau of Fire Protection in the region said, from January 15 until January 21, nine (9) more dead bodies were collected by the team from three coastal barangays- San Jose, Old RoAD Sagkahan and Magallanes. The first two (2) dead bodies were retrieved in Barangay San Jose, another two (2) in January 17 in same barangay, three (3) from Old Road Sagkahan and two (2) in January 20 at Magallanes, this city. This brings the total number of cadavers collected by the task force to 2, 549 in the city alone. The dead bodies that were recovered were believed to be victims of super typhoon Yolanda that the city in November. The task force cadaver

comprises personnel from the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, City Mayor’s Office, Department of Health, Department of Public Works and Highways and the Bureau of Fire Protection which is the lead agency in the retrieval operation.(PIA-8)


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January 22, 2014


January 22, 2014 UNOCHA leads...from page 4 organization/office best fits with, in regard to disaster response jobs. As an output, the participants who were grouped into government and civic society/private presented their short-term action plans and long term plans to respond to multihazards, in order to mitigate major impact on people with consideration on some windows of opportunity for each and every cluster member. As Ms. Palacio put it, “no particular office nor anybody has the monopoly of talents that is why, the need for coordination. Meanwhile Ms. Karen Smith informed the need for a unified effort

of private sector representatives who could work as well, in disaster stricken communities. But according to her, this can only happen if relevant information can be given them. She said she senses a number of big companies that could be very willing to help, from SMs, bankers to CocaCola companies to name a few. She added that information and advocacy are very much needed to be able to seek the support of private sectors and during disasters, information is just as necessary as water, food and shelter.(PIA-Eastern Samar)

Gobyerno nagpapabilin nga tutok san pagpa uswag san kabug-usan nga kalidad san kinabuhi sa nasud - Coloma

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n gobyerno ni Aquino nagpapabilin nga tutok san pagpa uswag san kabug-usan nga kalidad san kinabuhi sa nasud kasunod san pag-gawas san Pulse Asia Research Survey on Quality of life and State of the National Economy, ini an sugad ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. An gobyerno nagpapabilin nga komitido sa pag pa uswag san kalidad san kinabuhi san mga Pinoy pinaagi san pagpasabot san gana san maupay nga pangobyernohan ngadto san direkta, dagmit ngan may bug-at nga benepisyo nga makaka empower san mga pobre ngan ada sa ubos nga katawhan san sosyedad, ini an sugad ni Coloma. An survey nga ginkondukto tikang sa Disyembre 8 ngadto sa 15, 2013, kasunod san naghihitaas nga numero san nagkamatay dara san super typhoon “Yolanda,” an padayon nga paningkamot nga rehabilitasyon sa Leyte ngan iba pa nga lugar nga natamaan san bagyo, an resignasyon ni Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, an paghitaas san kuryente nga ig iimplementar san Manila Electric Company, an imbistigasyon san gin aalegar nga peke nga special allotment release orders (SAROs), an ginsabutan

san Annex san Power Sharing nga ginpermahan sa butnga san gobyerno ngan san Moro Islamic Liberation Front, ngan iba pa. An Pulse Asia survey nagpapakita nga 43 porsyento san Pinoy ginkokonsiderar ngan an kalidad san ira kinabuhi nagtitig ubos sa naglabay nga 12 ka bulan, samtang 41 porsyento an nasugad nga wara pagbabag-o dida san ira sitwasyon sa bulan san Disyembre 2013 kaysa san tuig 2012. Ginpakita liwat dida san survey nga 15% nagkikita nga ada sira san maupay nga sitwasyon sa Disyembre 2013 kaysa sa naglabay nga tuig. Si Coloma nasugad nga an gobyerno nagpapadayon nga komitido nga makapyot san “building back better” kasunod san dako nga danyos nga dara san bagyo Yolanda sa naglabay nga Nobyembre, 2013 Si Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation ngan Recovery Secretary Panfilo Lacson, Jr ngan kanya staff in dagmit nga naniningkamot para san rehabilitasyon, recovery ngan pag uswag san mga lugar nga apektado san Yolanda, sugad ni Coloma. (Translated by: ADiaz/ PIA8-Northern Samar)

7 DOST to repair...from page 1 stations developed by DOSTASTI (Advanced Science and Technology Institute), leaner, greener and better equipped to provide real time weather data have been installed all over the countr y to augment the PAGASA monitoring stations. The ASTI Hydro-Met Sensors Development Team has come up with devices in smaller, greener lithium ion batteries that can store enough power for two weeks from 10-watt solar panels. They also came with satellite modules that allow the devices to send data even during inclement weather, when SMS transmission of the data isn’t possible. The data loggers of the automated rain gauges developed by DOST ASTI are in a more compact capsule form, as opposed to the old, bulkier cabinet style. Unlike conventional water monitoring stations, the ones developed by ASTI use ultrasonic sensors which provide a more accurate measurement of water levels, providing 30 water level readings ever y five to 10 seconds. The ultrasonic sensors also require less maintenance and hardier compared to the pressure gauges traditionally used. To date, when even the PAGASA office in the Region was washed out, the PAGASA here are only using improvised manual weather system, the DOST Region 8 Director said adding that Secretar y Montejo who is from the Region will surely see to it that the weather monitoring systems in this disaster prone region are immediately installed. (PIA 8)


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January 22, 2014

WARAY NEWS

Gobyerno ni Aquino nag alokar P1.4 trilyones para mapauswag an kinabuhi san mga Pinoy - Coloma A

n gobyerno ni Aquino in aktibo nga nagbubuhat sin mga pitad para mapauswag an kinabuhi san mga Pinoy sin pagtindog sin damo nga mga oportunidad nga pagkikitaan pinaagi sin pag alokar sin masobra 1.4 trilyones ka pesos para san social ngan economic nga serbisyo para sa yana nga tuig nga nasyonal budget, ini an sugad ni Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny� Coloma, Jr. Ini an pahayag ni Coloma durante san regular nga press briefing sa Malakanyang, nga an gobyerno nagtitikang paghimo sin mga pitad para mabaton an ginpagawas nga mga problema dida san diri pala maiha nga survey sa Pulse Asia Research. Dida san 2014 nasyonal budget, nag alokar sin pondo para san social ngan economic nga mga serbisyo sa paningkamot nga mapa uswag an kabug-osan nga kualidad san kinabuhi san tagsa nga Filipino, sugad san Communications Secretary. An alokasyon nagrepresentar 63.4 porsyento san total nga 2.265 trilyones ka pesos nga budget, kon

diin kaupod an 62.6 bilyones ka pesos para san Conditional Cash Transfer nga programa, an 35.3 bilyones ka pesos para san National health Insurance program ngan 10.7 bilyones ka pesos para san teknikal nga suporta serbisyo para san mga parag-uma, sugad ni Coloma. Dugang niya, kaapi san budget yana nga tuig an 100 bilyones ka pesos alokasyon para san rehabilitasyon ngan rekonstruksyon

san mga komunidad nga apektado san linog sa Bohol ngan bagyo Yolanda sa rehiyon sa Visayas, kon diin naheristro an pinakadako nga pagbabag-o san panhunahuna san mga Pinoy nga na interview san Pulse Asia san kualidad san kinabuhi durante san naglabay nga quarter sa tuig 2013. (ADiaz/PIA8Northern Samar)

DOST-8 director Edgardo Esperancilla answer question during Tuesday’s RDRRMC meeting on the the status of Early Warning Systems installed in some LGUs regionwide which were destroyed/wash-out during the Super Typhoon Yolanda . Seated in front are (l-r) RDRRMC-8 and OCD director Rey Gozon and DILG-8 director Pedro Noval, Jr. (Photo by Avha Ebalde/PIA-8)


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