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January 28, 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 20

PRC in partnership with

Red Cross Society of China builds transitional classrooms in five towns in Leyte BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON

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ince Super Typhoon Yolanda destroyed some schools in Leyte, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in partnership with the Red Cross Society of China (RCS) joined hands to construct transitional classrooms in several areas in Leyte. 51 schools out of the 54 schools including elementary, high school and colleges in Tacloban were wiped out by the said typhoon, it was learned. PRC and RCS constructed a total of 166 transitional classrooms and continued on page 5

Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

January 28, 2014

Pope’s Special Envoy to visit Yolanda ravaged Leyte on January 28 BY: ERLINDA OLIVIA P. TIU

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he President of the Pontifical Council for Cor Unum, a Special Envoy of Pope Francis is set to visit the Archdiocese of Palo on Januar y 28,Tuesday. Fr. Isagani Petilos, chairman of the Social Action Committee of the Archdiocese of Palo identified the visitor as His Eminence Rober t Cardinal Sarah who will arrive at about 8:00 o’clock in the morning of Tuesday. In his one day visit, His Eminence, one of the most touted “papabili” or cardinal who could be pope during last year ’s conclave that elected Pope Francis, will have a breakfast at San Jose Parish. He will then have quick visits to the affected areas in Tacloban City and at the Mercy Hospital ran

by the Sisters of Mercy, as he wants to get a first-hand look at the progress of the Church’s ongoing recover y effor ts. At 10:00 o’clock in the morning¸ His Eminence will preside over a Mass at Liber tad, Palo, Leyte, after which, he will lead in the distribution of relief goods to some Yolanda sur vivors. He will then par ticipate in a get together Lunch at the Sacred Hear t Seminar y. At the Chancer y, he will lead in the blessing and groundbreaking of the Orphanage and Home for the Elderly at the Archbishop’s Residence Compound. His Eminence is expected to go back to Manila before 4:00 continued on page 5

His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (center) answers questions during an interaction with the media at one of the tents at DZR airport in Tacloban City, January 26. Also in photo are (l-r) Leyte governor Dominico Petilla, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, a representative of WOSM and Tacloban City mayor Alfred Romualdez. (Vino R. Cuayzon)


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Some 1,832 job opportunities available at DSWD Region 8 BY: ERLINDA OLIVIA P. TIU

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his is good news to jobseekers in Eastern Visayas. The Depar tment of Social Welfare and Development is in need of workers for its National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP), the expansion of the KALAHICIDSS program in the Region. OIC Director Nestor Ramos told the Philippine Information Agency currently needs qualified applicants to fill up the 1,832 positions need in the Agency. The Office will hire 136 Area Coordinators; 208 Deputy Area Coordinators; 208 Municipal Financial Analysts; and 1,280 Community Facilitators. The deadline for submission of applications is on Februar y 28. Those who are

interested may send their resumes and letters of application to OIC Regional Director Nestor Ramos at the DSWD Regional Field Office at Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban City. Those who applied before the Typhoon Yolanda are requested to resubmit their resume and letter of application addressed to OIC Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos at DSWD Regional Field Office at Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban City. For more information, interested par ties may contact Miss Lyneth Penalosa at 0929-6250-898. NCDDP, or the National Community-Driven Development Program , is a pover ty alleviation program of the Philippine

His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (seated 2nd from left) interacts with the media during a press conference with PIA 8 regional director Olive Tiu (back to the camera) as moderator upon arrival of His Majesty at the DZR airport, Tacloban City, January 26. Also in photo are (l-r) Vice-President Jejomar Binay, WOSM representative and Tacloban City mayor Alfred Romualdez. (Vino R. Cuayzon)

Government implemented by the Depar tment of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It was approved on Januar y 18, 2013 by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board, which was headed by President Benigno Aquino III. NCDDP is the expansion into a national scale of operations of the communitydriven development (CDD) approach, which was tried and proven effective by Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa KahirapanComprehensive and Integrated Deliver y of Social Ser vices). CDD is a globally recognized strategy for achieving ser vice deliver y, pover ty reduction, and good governance outcomes. It helps communities in poor municipalities identify challenges around reducing pover ty and make informed decisions on a range of locally identified options for development, including how this is made and in what form. CDD also gives control of resources to address local pover ty to communities; and builds the capacity of both state (including local governments) and civil society stakeholders to provide assistance and respond to calls for suppor t from poor communities as they implement development initiatives. The development objective of NCDDP is to have barangay or communities of targeted municipalities become empowered to achieve improved access to ser vices and to par ticipate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation. (PIA 8)


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Some 500 PNP personnel secure DAR cited for being the first to King’s visit in Leyte is good news to jobseekers in and Development (DSWD). It was respond to LGU’s T his Eastern Visayas. The Department approved on January 18, 2013 by of Social Welfare and Development the National Economic Development restoration, is in need of workers for its National Authority (NEDA) Board, which was Community-Driven Development headed by President Benigno Aquino rehabilitation Program (NCDDP), the expansion III. of the KALAHI-CIDSS program in the NCDDP is the expansion into a needs Region. national scale of operations of the BY: MARCELO PEDALINO

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ayor Viscuso De Lira acknowledged the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) for being the first national government agency to respond to his town’s restoration and rehabilitation needs after super-typhoon “Yolanda” caused massive destruction in Samar and Leyte on November 8 last year. De Lira made this statement when Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes visited this town two months after the typhoon and met agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) and other farmer-leaders from the agrarian reform community (ARC) barangays here and adjacent Lawaan town for a consultation dialogue to identify priority needs to be included in the restoration and rehabilitation plan for devastated ARCs. De los Reyes disclosed that there is an additional budget for the typhoon-ravaged areas and that according to him he wanted to verify the survey conducted earlier and hear from the affected ARBs themselves what their immediate needs are as well as see for himself the extent of damage and feel the urgency in order to effectively defend the speedy release of funds and likewise make proper coordination with the concerned local government units (LGUs). Some needs however, will be sourced out from other government agencies and organizations, he added. Restoration and rehabilitation activities will come in when relief operations, which usually last for four months, are over. continued on page 7

OIC Director Nestor Ramos told the Philippine Information Agency currently needs qualified applicants to fill up the 1,832 positions need in the Agency. The Office will hire 136 Area Coordinators; 208 Deputy Area Coordinators; 208 Municipal Financial Analysts; and 1,280 Community Facilitators. The deadline for submission of applications is on February 28. Those who are interested may send their resumes and letters of application to OIC Regional Director Nestor Ramos at the DSWD Regional Field Office at Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban City. Those who applied before the Typhoon Yolanda are requested to resubmit their resume and letter of application addressed to OIC Regional Director Nestor B. Ramos at DSWD Regional Field Office at Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban City. For more information, interested parties may contact Miss Lyneth Penalosa at 0929-6250-898. NCDDP, or the National Community-Driven Development Program , is a poverty alleviation program of the Philippine Government implemented by the Department of Social Welfare

community-driven development (CDD) approach, which was tried and proven effective by Kalahi-CIDSS (Kapit-Bisig Laban sa KahirapanComprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services). CDD is a globally recognized strategy for achieving service delivery, poverty reduction, and good governance outcomes. It helps communities in poor municipalities identify challenges around reducing poverty and make informed decisions on a range of locally identified options for development, including how this is made and in what form. CDD also gives control of resources to address local poverty to communities; and builds the capacity of both state (including local governments) and civil society stakeholders to provide assistance and respond to calls for support from poor communities as they implement development initiatives. The development objective of NCDDP is to have barangay or communities of targeted municipalities become empowered to achieve improved access to services and to participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation. (PIA 8)


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Northern Samar recipient of RAISE project of PLAN International, Inc. and Dubai Cares BY: AILENE N. DIAZ

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he province of Nor thern Samar is recipient of Real Assets through Improved Skills and Education for Adolescent Girls (RAISE) project of Plan International, Inc funded by Dubai Cares. This was learned during the orientation of the project held today, Januar y 28, 2014 at Catarman II District Learning Resource Center, Catarman, Nor thern Samar. RAISE Project according to Mr. Rober to Bonavente, Learning Specialist-RAISE Project is basically a par tnership project with local government units, DepEd and other line agencies at all levels. Accordingly, the project aimed at ensuring marginalized children and adolescent ages 10 to 19 especially girls are able to make better life choices as a result of increased relevant education

oppor tunities and investments in social, personal and financial assets. Par ticularly the goal is to increase completion rates of primar y and transition to secondar y school for children at risk of dropping out, especially girls ages 10 to 12, to increase rates of secondar y school completion for marginalized adolescent ages 13 to 19 and to ensure that marginalized adolescents ages 12 to 19, develop improved social and personal assets and are suppor ted by their communities to make positive life choices. The project was developed to respond to and suppor t and or complement existing activities and plan of the government in line with the Philippine Education for continued on page 7

PLAN-INGO to train children broadcasters BY: ALICE NICART

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n order to help disseminate infor mation, p ar ticular ly on issues and concer ns affec tive of them, some 40 school children are set to par ticipate in a three - day M edia Sk ills Training Wor kshop here. This was repor ted by M r. Ar nold Peca, PLAN I nter national Communit y Organizer for Her nani area. Basically, the children who come from Her nani and S alcedo pilot areas, will be trained on wr iting the copies for Pr int and Broadcast news, Data G ather ing as well as on Broadcasting Tips and Techniques. Peca added that it is

likewise impor tant that the school children will have a good grasp on the issue on Climate Change: M itigation and Adaptation, Children Protec tion Programs and Family Disaster Preparedness, thus some resource speakers from DENR and Provincial S ocial Welfare and D evelopment O ffice will likewise be invited. S ome inputs will also be sought from a few inter national humanitar ian organizations: OXFAM, UNICEF etc. for their inter ve ntions being delivered for children. While the local transmission tower of R adyo ng Bayan DYES is still under repair,

the trained children broadcasters are intended to broadcast their news stor ies over R adyo Bakdaw, Guiuan, which is being operated by M r. Stijn Aelbers, from G er manybased I nter news, another humanitar ian group that is here to provide urgent communication facilit y, af ter k iller t yphoon “ Yolanda� wrecked havoc in S amar and Leyte provinces. The children broadcasters will take tur ns in anchor ing a blocked-air-time over R adyo Bakdaw, from Febru ar y to M ay, the repor ted fur ther showed. (PIA-Easter n S amar)


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January 28, 2014 Pope’s special envoy...from page 1 o’clock in the afternoon and to go back to Rome on Januar y 30. Cor Unum, it was learned is an administrative body that ser ves in the name of Pope Francis for the Church’s worldwide charitable activities. It also distributes papal funds to disaster-torn areas in the world. (PIA 8) PRC in partnership...from page 1 teachers’ offices in Tacloban City and other towns in Leyte province. The classrooms measure 60 square meters each. The classrooms are provided with comfort rooms and chairs. These pre-fabricated materials arrived from China last December 18, it was learned. The sites of the said transitional classrooms were in Leyte National High School, RTR Elementary School, V&G Memorial School, Tacloban National Agricultural School, Brgy 94-A; A.P. Banes Elementary School, and Sagkahan High School, all in Tacloban City. “We indeed appreciate and are very grateful for the generosity and support they extended to our school. They will be forever a part of our lives,” expressed Aileen Sabela, a fourth year student of Sagkahan High School. RCSC vice Chairman Song Yi and his group was very touched with the way they were welcomed and with the song dedicated to them by the students of the said school. Other towns that have transitional classrooms were Palo, Dulag, Pastrana, and Tanauan all were in Leyte province. These schools building project is also in collaboration with the Department of Education, Department of Public Works and Highways and the Philippine Red Cross Leyte Chapter. Meanwhile, as part of their partnership program, Red Cross Society of China also turned over the twenty container van to the Philippine Red Cross. According to PRC, this container vans will be used as PRC chapter offices. (PIA 8 Avha H. Ebalde)

2,586 took the BLEPT in Catarman BY: AILENE DIAZ

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total of 2,586 examinees took the B oard of Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (BLEPT ) yesterday, Januar y 26, 2014 in Catar man, held at Universit y of Easter n Philippines and Catar man National H igh S chool, said Professional R egulation Commission O fficerin- Charge S ara Edna Tabeje, Direc tor of Finance and Admin. This is the first time Catar man was made a testing center by PR C in Easter n Visayas due to the poor and unstable condition of the building and facilities in Tacloban af ter the onslaught of Yolanda. Tabeje infor med that of 2,586 examinees, 1,054 took exams for Elementar y level and 1,532 for S econdar y level. Catar man was able to cater examinees from other par ts of Easter n Visayas. S ome came from

the province of B orongan, Easter n S amar, and province of S amar, Catbalogan Cit y and Calbayog Cit y . The Philippine R egulations Commission usually conduc ts board examination for teachers t wice a year. For those who were not able to take this Januar y examination due to some glitches in the admission and application, they will recommend to the higher ups of PR C to have them accommodated on July if approved. Tabeje said, because the board exam for teachers encompasses a large number of examinees nationwide, results may be available af ter a month or t wo. A total of 80, 693 examinees took the BLEPT at 15 testing centers nationwide. (PIA8/ Nor ther n S amar)

His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and party accompanied by local officials led by Leyte governor Dominico Petilla and Tacloban City mayor Alfred Romualdez attend the flag raising ceremony at the Boy Scout Junction, Fatima Village, Tacloban City, January 26. (Vino R. Cuayzon)


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Marabut bunkhouses for turn-over on Jan 31 BY: NINFA QUIRANTE

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hile Basaynon folks are safely tucked in the bunkhouses done by the public works and highways, Marabut folks have still to occupy them t h i s Fe b r u a r y. The two Samar towns, Basey and Marabut are the two municipalities that sustained heavy damages to housing and other infra during the wrath of

t y p h o o n Yo l a n d a o n N o v e m b e r 8,2013. Engr Ce s a r Ve l a rd e o f D P W H –Samar 2nd Engineering said that the contractors of the 16 bunkhouses said that the temporary shelter will be turned over on January 31,2014. The 384 units of bunkhouses are located in Barangay A m a m b u c a l e , M a r a b u t , S a m a r,

two kilometers away from the t o w n p r o p e r. Construction workers also confirmed the DPWH information when PIA chanced upon them completing the common k itchen and water tub. “ There is a common kitchen, zinc, toilet and a plastic drum for each family t o c o l l e c t r a i n w a t e r,” s a i d o n e w o r k e r. As to the issue on the rooms being too small, the construction company has removed some partitions such that one big family can occupy two units, instead of only one. This is one of the ‘re c t i f i c at i o n’ efforts done by the contractor amidst the comments that each unit was c r a m p e d fo r a b i g f a m i l y. M u n i c i p a l S o c i a l We l f a re o f f i c e r Te r e s i t a S a b u l a o h a s already prepared the list of the occupants in the bunkhouses said Marabut Mayor Percival O r t i l l o i n a n i n t e r v i e w. But if the mayor would h a ve h i s w a y, h e wo u l d r a t h e r g i ve e a c h h o m e l e s s f a m i l y, t h e gi sheets and plywood and have them construct in their own lots. “ The place is far from t h e i r m e a n s o f l i v e l i h o o d ,” s a i d t h e M a r a b u t m a y o r. ( P I A 8-Samar)

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MMDA conducts survey, seminar to ease Maasin City growing traffic BY: ERNA GORNE

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s thousands of vehicles now plying at the hear t of Maasin City, more vehicles coming from the neighboring towns and provinces are seen making the traffic heavier. “Upon the prodding of Congressman Damian Mercado of the lone district of Southern Leyte, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is conducting sur vey and seminar to help ease the growing traffic in the city,” Maasin City Mayor Maloney Samaco said during his radio program, “Maasin Atong Mahalon” over DYDM today. He said Congressman Mercado requested to the said government traffic arm for traffic lights equipments to help manage the growing traffic in the city as more people coming from different places are getting their groceries at the superstores such as Metro Hyper (Gaisano Central), Prince Marketing, J and F Depar tment Store, Novo, among other vital institutions located in the city.

Mayor Samaco said MMDA will make a thorough sur vey on the traffic flow at the hear t of the city which has two national thoroughfares and one diversion road. The sur vey is also coupled with the conduct of basic seminar on how to effectively manage traffic to the local traffic enforcers of the city until the end of this month, Samaco said. Several years ago, Mayor Samaco has implemented for one way traffic along the two national roads to ease the flow of vehicles in the city as the traffic star ted to getting busy, it was learned. Meanwhile, last year the Depar tment of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) -Southern Leyte Engineering District conducted widening of the said national roads, bridges in anticipation of the growing traffic in the city.(PIA8 SoLeyte)

Northern Samar...from page 3 All 2015 Plan and identify a more effective Alternative Learning System which can contribute to improve economic and social outcomes for disadvantaged adolescents. Several components were presented all in suppor t to the successful implementation of the project which will run within 48 months star ting July 2013 to August 2017. Local Chief Executives

Mayor Don Avalon of Catubig, Mayor Galahad Vicencio of Catubig , local officials and staff, DepEd Superintendent Cristito Eco and other DepEd Super visors and high officials, DILG Provincial Director Valente Bajet, PIA Officer-In-Charge and representative of the provincial government grace the event with their presence as stakeholders and recipients of the project. (ADiaz/ PIA8-Nor thern Samar)

DAR cited for...from page 3 DAR is now looking forward to the next 18 months as recovery period for the affected farmers. Among the priority needs the farmers presented during the two-hour dialogue were: repair of their houses and post-harvest facilities, planting materials and other farm inputs, clearing of their lots, repair of irrigation system and livelihood opportunities. Deputy National Project Director of the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-2) Herman Ongkiko announced during the dialogue that initially the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) has already committed coconut seedlings and camote cuttings for the intercropping. On the same day, de los Reyes and party had also been to the town of Basey in Samar meeting another group of farmer-leaders and ARBs from Marabut and this town for the same purpose. Meanwhile, in Basey, Samar, Mayor Igmedio Ponferrada assisted the Secretary and thanked the latter for including his town among the priority areas. The following day, though the Secretary left for Cebu, Ongkiko together with officials from the Bureau of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development (BARBD) in DAR Central Office and local DAR officials proceeded to conduct the same activity in Julita and Palo towns in Leyte. Meanwhile, Regional Director Eliasem Castillo explained that his office is prioritizing those hardest hit ARCs and also disclosed that DAR is currently negotiating with other international organizations to source out assistances for these areas. He emphasized during the forum that DAR is helping them rise to be self-reliant and not to be dependent forever on relief. (PIA 8)


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His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (standing center) and his party pose with the teachers of San Jose National High School during his visit in Tacloban City on January 26. To his left is Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay and Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez (right). (Photo by Neil Lopido/PIA-8)

Guo Changjiang, vice president of the Red Cross Society of China (left) and Val Aguilar, Operations Manager Yolanda Task Force, representing Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman RIchard Gordon (both seated) during the hand over ceremony of 20-container vans to PRC by RCSC. The container vans contained materials used in building the transitional classrooms in Tacloban and Leyte. The vans are temporarily stationed at the RTR Plaza, Tacloban City. Looking on are Vicky Arnaiz Lanting and Lucrecio Calo, Board of Directors PRC Leyte Chapter, OIC Administratos of Leyte Chapter with Hai Liman, Project Manager of the school project; Mr. Yi, assistant to the chairman of RCSC and other Chinese engineers. (photo by Avha Ebalde/PIA-8)


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