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March 9, 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 57

Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

March 9, 2014

DPWH 3rd Leyte

Sec. Soliman calls on LCEs to involve citizens in Engineering District fast disaster response and recovery

DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman. PIA File Photo

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e p a r t m e n t o f S o c i a l We l f a r e and Development Secretar y Corazon Soliman cited the quality of the community infrastructure projects implemented through the Kalahi-CIDSS. Secretar y Soliman made the commendation in her message during the Municipal Mayors’ Fo r u m o n Local Government U n i t ( LG U ) C o o r d i n a t e d a n d C o m m u n i t y - d r i v e n Po s t - d i s a s t e r Rehabilitation and Development on March 5. The Secretar y commended the durability of Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects in the Eastern Visayas region saying that 1,095 of these infrastructures were not damaged. This is a ver y good fete considering that only 21 Kalahi-CIDSS projects were

completely damaged and only 296 were par tially damaged due t o ‘ Yo l a n d a’ o n s l a u g h t . “ This proves that if you follow the standards of the Project, hindi po madaling masira iyan (the sub-projects will not be p r o n e t o b r e a k i n g d o w n e a s i l y ) ,” the DSWD Secretar y said. The activity ser ved as a consultation meeting among the D S W D, t h e D e p a r t m e n t o f t h e Interior and Local Government ( D I LG ) , a n d t h e m u n i c i p a l m a y o r s as par t of the preparator y work for the National CommunityDriven Development Program (NCDDP). The NCDDP is the scaling up of the operations of KapitBisig Laban sa KahirapanComprehensive and Integrated Deliver y of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the three main pover ty alleviation programs of the national government being implemented b y t h e D S W D, a l o n g s i d e t h e Pa n t a w i d Pa m i l y a n g Pilipino Program and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). Kalahi-CIDSS uses the community-driven development (CDD) strategy to empower citizens through various trainings and activities to capacitate them to identify and solve community concerns that affect their local pover ty situation. NCDDP scales up the continued on page 5

tracks implementation of P252.78-M infra projects

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he 3rd Leyte Engineering District of the Department of Public Works and Highways is implementing P252.781 million worth of infrastructure projects this year. Construction Section Chief Engineer Francisco Ortega disclosed that the Office began the implementation of 15 Regular infrastructure projects simultaneously on January 30, 2014. “Right after the engineers conducted site inspection and lay out all projects, the contractors took advantage of the good weather condition and mobilized their men and equipment in an effort to fast track the implementation of the projects,” Engineer Ortega said. The projects being implemented include 11 road upgrading, rehabilitation and reconstruction in various locations, correction of road slips, re-blocking, flood control systems and repair and maintenance of bridges. The road upgrading from gravel to concrete along Calubian Junction-San Isidro-Tabango-VillabaPalompon as well as the roads from Sambulawan to Calubian and that of Tabing to Tabango, Leyte is necessary as these are the remaining road sections that have not yet been cemented. Not only will it provide safe and sound structure for the traveling continued on page 7


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March 9, 2014

Gen Rosso int’l performing art group conducts free workshop that culminates in Street Light concert

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en Rosso, an international performing art group communicating peace and universal brotherhood through music, of the Focolare Movement, is set to pay a solidarity visit to Tacloban City on March 9 – 12, 2014, to conduct free workshop to students which will culminate in a live performance which will be open to the public. As part of the workshop, Gen Rosso will prepare selected students in a 3-day workshop to perform onstage in a musical dubbed as “STREETLIGHT.” The selected students will participate as dancers, singers, actors, light or sound engineers, with an emphasis on shared activities, acquainting them with their own strengths and talents thereby enabling them to creatively deal with issues that challenge today’s youth. The activity is an undertaking of the local chapter of the Focolare Movement, an international ecclesial movement which aims for unity among all people. The organizers are inviting schools to encourage their students to take part in this once in a lifetime experience and chance to collaborate with international talents with a noble cause. The Pre-Workshop Orientation will be conducted from 8:00 o’clock in the morning to 12:00 noon of March 10 at the LNU Gym. Snacks will be served. Meanwhile, on March 11, the Workshop Proper will be conducted at 8:00 o’clock in the morning to 12:00 noon at the same venue. The STREETLIGHT concert will be held on March 12, 2014 at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, at the LNU Gym. Gen Rosso has collaborated with various organizations on an educational project for youth entitled Strong without Violence which has been carried out in schools around the world. In January and February of this year, Gen Rosso collaborated with the Department of Education in the Philippines and made successful paid concerts in Manila¸Cebu, Davao, Palawan

and Masbate on a similar project entitled Streetlight: Spark for Change which focused on guiding young people to discover that they could ignite a spark of change in themselves and others to contribute meaningfully, to a renewed

society. For further information, interested persons may coordinate with the project chairperson, Mrs. Marlyn Palomino at cellphone number 09173275915. (PIA 8)

Firefighters from USA visited Tacloban and other parts of Leyte and Samar to distribute donations

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irefighters from San Jose Fire Department, a group called Los Bomberos of Northern California USA, visited the Region recently, to distribute firefighters uniforms and corrugated sheets in Tacloban City and several municipalities of Leyte and Samar. Los Bomberos is composed of eight firefighters, four of who are Filipinos. Two of the Filipinos can speak Tagalog while the remaining two can understand waray. Of the two who can understand Waray, one could also speark Waray in the person of James Darrel Poblete. Poblete, one of the organizers, is the brother-in-law of An Waray Party list representative Neil Montejo. Together with him are Michael del Bando, Elrick Orfanel, Bryan Aquino, Al Pena Jr., Matthew Strand, Brian Massey, and Rooky Ling. According to Bryan Aquino, a first timer in the Philippines and in Tacloban, he was informed by his coworker Poblete that his hometown Tacloban was ravaged by typhoon Yolanda. Being a Filipino, he wanted to help. Together, they organized a fund-raising and they were able to raise $10,000. Upon arrival in Tacloban, the group immediately visited Basey, Samar and donated personal protective equipment (PPE), five sets of firefighters uniform. The team donated the same to Tanauan Fire

station, Burauen Fire station as well as Tacloban Bureau of Fire Station. A total of 35,000 US dollar worth of PPE was distributed to the different fire stations, it was learned. The group also donated hospital supplies to Carigara District Hospital and Burauen District Hospital. Corrugated sheets were also donated by the group for roofing of the destroyed barangay multipurpose hall in Barangay Arado, Palo, Leyte; Burauen North Elementary School and Julita Central Elementary School. The group helped in painting and installing the corrugated sheets to these facilities but the recipients are to finish what the group have started. Michael del Bando a fire fighter for the last 20 years in the US said that after visiting some areas in Leyte, the team observed that some municipal fire station lack the right facilities. Because of this, the group is already thinking about a second round of assistance that will focus more on donating fire stuck and equipment for a better emergency response. The group is also planning to bring some Filipino firefighters to the US to train on the new developments and trends in firefighting as well send some American firefighters here in the Philippines. (PIA 8 with Lizbeth Ann Abella)


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March 9, 2014

UNHCR distributes hundreds of chainsaws for Yolanda survivors BY: CONSUELO ALARCON

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o help facilitate the government ’s effor t on the road to recover y, hundreds of chainsaws were handed over Friday by the UN Refugee Agency to International Organization for Migration, Catholic Relief Ser vices and to the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) in the region. This was made during a simple turn-over ceremonies at the IOM Office in this city. The main objective of the distribution of chainsaws is to assist in salvaging coconut trees cut down by the super typhoon and to address the enormous need for temporar y shelter and permanent homes of Yolanda sur vivors. Stella Ogunlade, Head of Office, UNHCR in Tacloban has emphasized the impor tance of the use of chainsaws in rebuilding the homes of the sur vivors while communities are clearing their

areas from fallen trees. The UNHCR official believes that the need for emergency shelters are reduced as people star t to return and rebuild their homes in order to star t their livelihood. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said, chainsaws will empower the sur vivors to manage their own recover y. For his par t, Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Regional Manager Edilber to Nier va has expressed thanks to United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for this will be a big help in the rehabilitation of the coconut industr y in Eastern Visayas. It maybe noted that in the aftermath of Yolanda 50 millions of coconut trees were destroyed and 15 million of which were totally damaged. (PIA-8)

Engineer Lino Francisco of the 4th Leyte Engineering District inspects the newly turned over temporary shelters in Brgy. Concepcion, Ormoc City which will benefit more than 500 hundred households affected by super typhoon Yolanda. (4th LED)

Municipal Mayors to attend LMP general assembly on March 17

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he League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) is scheduled to hold a General Assembly on March 1719 at the Manila Hotel with the theme “Strengthening the LMP’s Role in the All-Inclusive Growth of the Nation.” This year's LMP General Assembly will serve as an avenue for enlightening the league members, enhancing their strategic role, and empowering them to ensure the attainment of the goal of Inclusive Growth and Poverty Reduction in every municipality. In a Memorandum Circular No. 2014-27, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas called on the mayors to attend the said General Assembly on official business. LMP President Mayor Sandy Javier of Javier, Leyte informed that the League has invited no less than President Benigno S. Aquino III as Keynote Speaker. He added that Cabinet Secretaries will also attend the affair. National agencies will likewise be present and will set up their respective coordinating office during the whole duration of the affair to readily respond to the needs of the LGUs. Thus, Mayor Javier expressed optimism that the concerns of the respective LGUs will be given attention. He added that scheduled on March 17 is the consultation with national government agencies. Javier called on all municipal mayors to attend the General Assembly saying, “Let us show the nation that the key to inclusive growth is the empowerment of municipal mayors.” The League of Municipalities of the Philippines is an organization of all municipalities with the primary purpose of ventilating, articulating and crystallizing issues affecting municipal government administration, and securing, through proper and legal means, solutions thereto. (PIA 8)


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March 9, 2014

DSWD secretary cites the quality of Kalahi-CIDSS community infra projects

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epar tment of Social Welfare and Development Secretar y Corazon Soliman cited the quality of the community infrastructure projects implemented through the Kalahi-CIDSS. Secretar y Soliman made the commendation in her message during the Municipal Mayors’ Forum on Local Government Unit (LGU) Coordinated and Community-driven Post-disaster Rehabilitation and Development on March 5. The Secretar y commended the durability of Kalahi-CIDSS sub-projects in the Eastern Visayas region saying that 1,095 of these infrastructures were not damaged. This is a ver y good fete considering that only 21 KalahiCIDSS projects were completely damaged and only 296 were par tially damaged due to ‘Yolanda’ onslaught. “ This proves that if you follow the standards of the Project, hindi po madaling masira iyan (the sub-projects will not be prone to breaking down easily),” the DSWD Secretar y said. The activity ser ved as a consultation meeting among the DSWD, the Depar tment of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the municipal mayors as par t of the preparator y work for the National Community-Driven

Development Program (NCDDP). The NCDDP is the scaling up of the operations of KapitBisig Laban sa KahirapanComprehensive and Integrated Deliver y of Social Ser vices (KalahiCIDSS), one of the three main pover ty alleviation programs of the national government being implemented by the DSWD, alongside the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). Kalahi-CIDSS uses the community-driven development (CDD) strategy to empower citizens through various trainings and activities to capacitate them to identify and solve community concerns that affect their local pover ty situation. NCDDP scales up the operations and coverage of Kalahi-CIDSS, targeting 847 municipalities in 58 provinces of 14 regions across the countr y. Cer tain enhancements will be made on its systems and processes, one of which is the inclusion of disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) in the program’s design. It specifically targets Yolandaaffected municipalities within NCDDP-covered provinces, given the devastation brought by the typhoon. (PIA 8)

Nomination for 2014 Presidential Awards for Filipino individuals and organizations overseas ongoing

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till on-going is the nomination process for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Filipino individuals and organizations overseas. The said awards are conferred by the President of the Philippines every two years on meritorious individuals and organizations overseas to give the highest recognition to their work in the service of the Filipino community or nation, and for exceptional achievements or excellence in the pursuit of their endeavors. The four categories of the awards include the Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL) Award, the Banaag Award, the Kaanib ng Bayan Award, and the Pamana ng Pilipino Award. The Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL) Award is conferred on Filipino associations or individuals for their exceptional or significant contribution to reconstruction, progress and development in the Philippines. The Banaag Award is conferred on Filipino individuals or associations for their contributions which have significantly benefited a sector or community in the Philippines, or advanced the cause of overseas Filipino communities. Meanwhile, the Kaanib ng Bayan Award is conferred on foreign individuals or organizations for their exceptional or significant contribution to Philippine reconstruction, progress and development, or have significantly benefited a sector or community in the Philippines, or advanced the cause of overseas Filipino communities. Finally, the Pamana ng Pilipino continued on page 5


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operations and coverage of Kalahi-CIDSS, targeting 847 municipalities in 58 provinces of 1 4 r e g i o n s a c r o s s t h e c o u n t r y. Cer tain enhancements will be made on its systems and processes, one of which is the inclusion of disaster risk reduction and management ( D R R M ) i n t h e p r o g r a m’s d e s i g n . I t s p e c i f i c a l l y t a r g e t s Yo l a n d a affected municipalities within NCDDP- covered provinces, given the devastation brought by the typhoon. (PIA 8)

Award is conferred on Filipinos overseas, who, in exemplifying the talent and industry of the Filipino, have brought the country honor and recognition through excellence and distinction in the pursuit of their work or profession. The Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas, established through Executive Order No. 498 in December 1991, is a biennial award conferred to distinguished Filipino individuals and organizations in recognition of their outstanding contributions to national development efforts, or their outstanding achievements in their field of profession. The awards are also conferred to foreign individuals and

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organizations that provide assistance to the country or advance the cause of Filipino communities overseas. The nomination process for the 2014 Presidential Awards has started as of June 30, 2013 and will end on May 31, 2014. The said awards welcome the nomination of qualified younger individuals, or those below 35 years of age. For more information regarding the Presidential Awards, interested parties may reach the Awards Secretariat at telephone. nos.: (632) 552-4700 locals 761-767; fax no.: (632) 561-8160 or email address at presidentialawards@cfo.gov.ph. (PIA 8)


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March 9, 2014

Palasyo malaumon nga ang pagpahamtang ug sala sa mga kawatan sa multi-billion pork barrel scam

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ng administrasyon nagingon nga nagpabilin nga malaumon pagdemanda sa kadtong may kalabutan sa P10-billion pork

barrel scam paghatag hustisya sa katawhang Pilipino sa pagpahamtang ug sala. May pipila nga grupo

ngaingon nga ang pagkab’ot hustisya malisod labi na kung molusad na si Presidente Benigno Aquino sa 2013. Apan isip tubag sa pahamatngon sa mga magbabalita sa Biernes ang Malacanang Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte nagingon, Apan sa bahin sa administrasyon, ang pasalig nato ang pagtinuud sa binsa kinsa nga resposable nga kinahanglan manubag. Wala kitay matnin’aw nga bola nga Makita nato ang 2016, Wala ta kahibalo ug unsay mahitabo apan, apan kini nga admninistrasyon nagpasalig nga pangitaon kuto sa katapusan. Iyang gipatigbabaw ang baroganan sa administrasyon, paghimo sa tanan nga ebedinsya aron ang kaso nga isang’at makabarog sa panahon nga kini moabot sa kor te Si Dennis Cunanan, ang director general sa Technology Resource Center, nagpanghimattud sa Senate Blue Ribbon Committee sa Huwebes bahin sa iyang nahibaloan sa multi-billion pork barrel scam, kung diin ang Palasyo nagpatin’aw sa anomaliya. Ang hustisya nga depar tamento nagsang’at na ug kaso kontra sa mga magbabalaod nga may kalabutan sa scam nga gidudahan nga nagbulsa sa bilyon bilyon nga pundo sa publiko pinaagi sa paggamit ug bogus nga non-government organizations. ( Translated by tbm/PIA8-Nor thern Samar)


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March 9, 2014

Five power lifters from Leyte to compete in the Asian powerlifting championships BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON

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ive (5) players from Leyte Spor ts Academy-Smar t will compete in M anila on Apr il 26, 2014 for the Asian Power lif ting Championships. The five power lif ters from Leyte are Kenneth John N. Bais, Aivie P. S oledad, Jessie L. K iamco, Angela T. Alferez and Andrea R owella Abrea. I n an inter view with LSASmar t coach Chr istopher Javier over PIA’s Power FM, he said, the

five players will represent the Philippines in the said spor ts event. Twent y-t wo countr ies all over Asia will join in the competition. Among these are K azackstan, I ran, I raq, Hongkong, China, Japan, among others. The five (5) players were among the eight (8) power lif ters from Leyte Spor ts AcademySmar t who all captured gold medals dur ing the B enchpress

DPWH 3rd Leyte...from page 1 public, but more importantly ensure the continuous and faster transfer of agricultural products in the area. The residents in the areas are mostly farmers who grow rice, vegetables and coconuts, Engineer Ortega said. Travel time from the town of Villaba to Calubian will considerably be shorter compared to the time when the roads are still rough and muddy, he added. Moreover, as construction works commence, the demand for construction workers becomes high. Contractors are inclined to hire workers living nearby, thus, increasing job opportunities in the area and decreasing criminal activities, the engineer added. (PIA 8)

(L-R) Power lifters Angela Al Perez, Ivie Soledad, Rowella Abria, Kenneth John Bais and Jessie Kiamco of the Smart-Leyte Sports Academy in their power pose after their interview over PIA’s Power FM Friday. These power lifters will compete at the Asian Power Lifting Championship in Manila on April 26, 2014. (Photo by Raul Tiozon, Jr.)

Power lif ting Competition held in M anila just recently. The eight power lif ters from LSA who won gold medals in the B enchpress Power lif ting Competition are Kenneth John N. Bais, Aivie S oledad, Jessie K iamko, Angela Alferez, Andrea R owella Abrea, Francisco Arca, R onnel N ir za and John M ichael S aldana. (PIA-8)


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