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May2, 2014


Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

May 2, 2014

President Benigno S. Aquino troops the line upon arrival for the Philippine Navy Change of Command and Retirement Ceremony at the Capt. Salvo Pier in Sangley Point, Cavite City on Wednesday (April 30). The Commander in Chief appoints Rear Admiral Jesus Millan as the 34th Flag Officer in Command after his predecessor Alano retires from the military service. Millan is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandigan” Class of 1982. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

BFAR draws near its 32,222 target with 24,017 boats already distributed


he Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources draws near its target of distributing 32,222 fishing boats to Yolanda affected fisherfolks. BFAR Director General Asis Perez happily made the announcement during the distribution of 1,000 boats, engines, freezers, fishing gears and P1,500 cash assistance to fisherfolks from all over Eastern Visayas on May 2 at the Balyuan Park¸Tacloban City overlooking Cancabato Bay. DG Perez said that to date, the total number of fishing boats constructed and or being repaired in the Yolanda affected regions has reached P24,017 covering more than 100 municipalities in the affected areas.

With the latest turnover of boats, BFAR has achieved 75% of the targeted 32,222 boats under the rehabilitation initiatives. “This might be the last batch of wooden boats that we will be turning over to Region 8 as we have already started the construction of boats made of fiberglass,” Director Perez said. Director Juan Albaladejo added that under the Phase II of the Ahon Initiative, BFAR aims to distribute fiberglass boats in areas near the Pacificside for fisherfolk who completely lost their fishing boats. Meanwhile, Director Perez said, “Our work here is not yet over. Other livelihood interventions such as the establishment of seaweeds nurseries,

distribution of fingerlings and reestablishment of damaged fish cages, are already underway,” as he assured the Region of continuous support and assistance from the National Government. The event on May 2 was a happy occasion for the fisherfolk beneficiaries from Basey, Marabut and Santa Rita in the province of Samar; and from Tacloban, Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa, Dulag, Mayorga and Ormoc City in the province of Leyte. The activity was attended by Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez, PIA Director Olive Tiu, the local media and the BFAR regional directors from all over the country. (PIA 8)


May 2, 2014

DILG to assist in rehabilitation of damaged public buildings in Yolanda-hit barangays


he National G over nment through the D epar tment of I nter ior and Local G over nment, is now focusing its attention to helping barangays regain their abilit y to deliver basic ser vices. DILG R egion 8 Direc tor Pedro A. Noval Jr. said this development follows af ter the release of national gover nment assistance recently to provinces, cities and municipalities which were hardly-hit Super Typhoon Yolanda. Direc tor Noval said that as announced by DILG S ecretar y M ar R oxas dur ing the tur nover of checks to local gover nment units (LGUs) last Apr il 10 and 11, the barangays will also receive assistance for the repair of damaged barangay halls, day care centers, and civic centers or gymnasiums or auditor iums. I n this connec tion, Direc tor Noval called on cit y and municipal mayors to help their barangays to prepare and to submit the suppor ting documents to the DILG R egional O ffice in Tacloban Cit y by M ay 7 so that they can benefit from the nation al gover nment aid under the R econstruc tion Assistance on Yolanda (R AY ). Direc tor Noval disclosed that of the 61 affec ted local gover nment units in Easter n Visayas, only the municipalit y of Albuera, Leyte has yet to claim its check for P7.75M, due to the repor ted failure of its S angguniang Bayan to issue a resolution author izing its M ayor to enter into a M emorandum of Agreement (MOA) with DILG. The amount released by DILG direc tly to the affec ted

municipalities, cities and provinces in Easter n Visayas this Apr il totaled more than P900 million. The first batch of checks were personally handed over by S ecretar y M ar R oxas to the provincial gover nment of Leyte, the cities of Tacloban, Or moc and Baybay, and 35 towns affec ted in Leyte. O ther badly hit LGUs in Easter n Visayas received the R AY funds through Dir. Noval who was instruc ted by S ec. R oxas to distr ibute the checks so that LGUs could already star t their muchneeded projec ts. The mayors or local treasurers of six municipalities and the provincial gover nment in Biliran, and of t wo towns in S amar claimed their checks at the DILG R egional O ffice on Apr il 24. The nex t day, Dir. Noval visited t wo (2) more towns in S amar and 11 towns in Easter n S amar to hand over the checks to their municipal mayors. I n order to be able to avail of the national gover nment aid for repair of barangay public buildings, Barangays must submit to DILG-8 R egional O ffice, pic tor ials taken from all angles of the affec ted buildings and programs of wor k prepared by the Cit y/M unicipal Engineer and approved by the Punong Barangay. T h e s e shall likewise be validated by the C/MPDC and attested by the Cit y/M unicipal M ayor and the M unicipal DILG officer. All documents submitted must be subscr ibed and swor n to by a notar y public. This will help DILG hasten

projec t evaluation and fund release since the agenc y cannot feasibly do onsite validation of each damaged building in the estimated 2,000 barangays affec ted by Yolanda in the region since it only has three (3) engineers at its regional office and a few at the field, Direc tor Noval said. Dir. Noval echoed S ec. R oxas’ plea for LGUs to be prudent in the use of the money, and as much as possible, tap local labor and mater ials to help stir up its economy. DILG is ask ing non- gover nment organizations (NGOs), media and the public to help the agenc y monitor LGU spending of R AY funds. The depar tment expec ts all repair and rehabilitation projec ts by LGUs to be completed by the end of the year. To recall, of the 1.79 Billion (P1,791,400,000) allocated for rehabilitation of LGU buildings under R AY, Tacloban Cit y received the biggest chunk at P230,687,979.22 for the repair of the cit y hall, public mar ket, and civic center. For the provinces, Leyte LGUs received the biggest funding with allocation amounting to P801,804,911.17, or about 45 percent of the total rehabilitation fund. Allocation for other provinces in R egion 8 include P19,917,634.41 for Biliran; P100,219,564.57 for Easter n S amar ; and P16,528,192.25 for S amar. (PIA 8)


May2, 2014

Retiring soldier urges colleagues to be good public servants


retiring soldier tear fully exhor ted his colleagues to be good soldiers and public ser vants. “I have reached the peak of the militar y ser vice and have hurdled various obstacles. You can also surpass the same challenges if you, my fellow soldiers exercise the legacy of being good followers and public ser vants,” Master Sergeant Benjamin Javier Estafia told his fellow soldiers. The Soldiers of the 19th Infantr y Battalion during its regular flag raising ceremony on Monday, April 28, recognized the senior non-commissioned officer who is retiring after 31 years and seven days of struggle in the militar y ser vice. Master Sergeant Estafia who hails from St. Bernard, Southern Leyte was given cer tificate of recognition by Lt. Col. Nedy Espulgar for his invaluable and dedicated ser vices to 19IB where

he has been assigned months after his enlistment in the regular force of the Philippine Army on April 1, 1982. His wife, Nida Estafia also received a cer tificate of appreciation. As Estafia bid farewell from the militar y ser vice, his colleagues, not just by his subordinates but also the officers in 19IB commended and thanked him, for they learned much from him in all aspects of the militar y. In his par ting message, Estafia tear fully recalled the hardships and sacrifices he had experienced and the various positions which he held while with 19IB. He gained positions such as team leader, squad leader and company first sergeant because of his dedication in his assigned tasks and duties. He is both a combatant and a community relations specialist.

In his early years, Estafia also had sur vived two (2) NPAinitiated ambushes, one of which was on Januar y 5, 1987 in Brgy. Rawis, Laoang, Nor thern Samar, where he was wounded. Lt. Col. Espulgar said the ser vice rendered by Master Sergeant Estafia is one of the longest in the histor y of 19IB and the hardest to achieve by any soldier. “I hope we can all retire like Master Sergeant Benjamin Estafia, whose ser vice cannot be equaled if we deviate from the true traditions and mandate of the Philippine Army. Let us all remain steadfast to the Internal Peace and Security Plan Bayanihan and the Army Transformation Roadmap as our guides in ser ving the people, securing the land”, Lt. Col. Espulgar said. (PIA 8)


May 2, 2014


Tacloban media join celebration of World Press Freedom Day


s the wor ld celebrates Wor ld Press Freedom Day 2014 on S aturday, the local media prac titioners in Tacloban will join the celebration by an ac tivit y at 10 o’clock in the mor ning in Broadcaster R amon Noblejas Junc tion. The celebration is anchored on the theme “M edia Freedom for a B etter Future: Shaping the Post2015 D evelopment Agenda”. I n a statement sent to Philippine I nfor mation Agenc y ,the Ac tivit y will star t with a message from the organizer Nestor L. Abrematea R egional Chair man, Publishers Association of the Phils. I nc. and Publisher of the Tacloban Star-The M anila Newsweek . R ev. Fr. Amadeo Alvero Archdiocesan M edia Direc tor will lead in the prayer for depar ted mediamen. A wreath laying ac tivit y led by PIA R egional Direc tor Olive Tiu and M r. Nestor Abrematea will follow. Ever y year, M ay 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental pr inciples of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the wor ld, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tr ibute to Jour nalist

who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. M ay 3 was proclaimed Wor ld Press Freedom Day in the UN G eneral Assembly in 1993 following a recommendation adopted at the t went y-six th session of UNESCO ’s G eneral Conference in 1991. I t ser ves as an occasion to infor m citizens of violations of press freedom – a reminder that in dozens of countr ies around the wor ld, publications are censored, fined, suspended, and closed down, while jour nalists , editors, publishers, are harassed , attacked , detained and even murdered. I t is a date to encourage and develop initiatives in favor of press freedom and to assess the state of the press freedom wor ldwide. I t also ser ves as a reminder to gover nment of the need to respec t their commitment to press freedom and is also aday of re flec tion among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. Wor ld press freedom day is a day of suppor t for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition of press freedom. I t is also a day of remembrance for

those jour nalists who lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. I n a list obtain from the organizer there are of 8 media men that died at the height of super t yphoon Yolanda they are Archie Globio of DYBR, M alou R ealino of DYBR, R onald Vinas of DY VL, Allan M edi no of DY VL, Engr. Gregor io Caing E V M ail, Abelardo Or teza of Leyte S amar Daily Express, Chito Lopez of DYBR, Ar iel Aguillon of B ombo R adyo Tacloban, Post Yolanda are Carolina M ontilla of tele -radyo DY VL ACC and Justenr y Lagr imas,. O ther depar ted mediamen were I nocencio M aderazo, of E V Jour nal and DY VL, R amon Noblejas of DY VL, Char lie Filamor of DY VL, Daniel G enotiva of DY VL, Agustin Ar naiz of the R epor ter, G odofredo Amon of the R epor ter, Ar turo Andrade of PNA, S egundino Villablanca of PNA and Tacloban Times, D omingo M ar iano of DY VL, R ene Amano of the Tacloban Star, Jose Valdesco of the Tacloban Star and M anila Bulletin, Engr. R izaldeVillablanca of DY VL, and Vicente Batic of AAC. (PIA 8 with Lizbeth Ann A. Abella)


May2, 2014

Mangingisdang Direktor sworn in to office in celebration of Farmers and Fisherfolks Month


r. D i o n i s i o A . B a l i l i w a s installed and has taken his oath as 2014 Mangingisdang D i r e k t o r o f t h e B u r e a o f Fi s h e r i e s a n d A q u a t i c r e s o u r c e s B FA R - 8 . The installation was done d u r i n g t h e A H O N Fi s h i n g b o a t s a n d Fr e e z e r t u r n - o v e r a t B a l y u a n A m p i t h e a t e r i n Ta c l o b a n C i t y. Balili is a fisher folk leader f r o m C a l b a y o g C i t y. This fisher folk e m p o w e r m e n t p r o g r a m o f B FA R is based on Department of A g r i c u l t u r e S p e c i a l O r d e r N o. 88, series of 2005, dubbed as “ M a n g i n g i s d a n g D i r e k t o r Pa r a s a M a s M a t a t a g n a B a l i k a t a n” w h e r e

national and regional fisher folk leaders that have been chosen by their fellow fisher folk leaders s h a l l a c t a s B FA R D i r e c t o r a t the national and regional levels for the whole month of May t o h i g h l i g h t t h e Fa r m e r s a n d Fi s h e r f o l k M o n t h C e l e b r a t i o n . The month-long celebration is a yearly undertaking of the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fi s h e r i e s a n d A q u a t i c R e s o u r c e s ( B FA R ) s i n c e 2 0 0 5 a s a t r i b u t e and as a way of recognition of the selfless sacrifices and dedication o f t h e c o u n t r y ’s f a r m e r s a n d fisher folks who labored day and

night in providing the food on our table. Balili has taken his oath i n t h e p r e s e n c e o f A t t y. A s i s G . Pe r e z t h e D i r e c t o r G e n e r a l o f B FA R a n d D i r. J u a n A l b a l a d e j o B FA R R e g i o n a l D i r e c t o r. In an interview Balili said that he is a bit apprehensive of his responsibilities but is happy ser ving his co-fisher folks for at least a month as mangingisdang d i r e k t o r. ( P I A 8 w i t h L i z b e t h A n n A. Abella)

Construction of road opening, a welcome development for some residents in covered areas BY: MARIVIC ALCOBER


he construction of road opening at the San Miguel-BabatngonTacloban City Road along the Bagahupi-Babatngon-Sta. CruzCaraycaray Section, San Miguel, Leyte is a welcome development in the covered areas. It was learned from the Depar tment of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Leyte First Engineering District (1st LED) that a number of residents in the covered areas were hired as laborers by the contractor of the project, which is the B.M. Marketing. District Engineer Angel

A. Sia, Jr. informed that the road opening project along TulaanBagacay Section involves the application of bio-engineering solution and the construction of rubble concrete, and once completed it is expected to preser ve the existing pavement. According to him, the project which has a P45,565,322.17 budget allocation is now 60% completed. Another road project currently being worked-on by the DPWH-1st LED is the concreting of the Kiling-Tanauan-TabontabonJulita Road in the municipality

of Tanauan, which is par t of the re -blocking and widening of the newly conver ted provincial road previously damaged by calamities. Engr. Sia informed that the project is funded under the General Appropriations Act of 2014, and is under contract with the CNE Construction with a project cost of P9,229,143.69. He added that to date, the concreting project is already 85% accomplished. (PIA-8)


May 2, 2014


8,000 nga mga trabaho nagpamulat han mga kwalipikado nga aplikante dida han kanan DOLE Labor Day Mega Job Fair


aabot 8,000 nga mga opur tunidad hin pantrabahuan en nagpamulat ngadto han mga k walipik ado nga mga aplik ante didto han M ega Job Fair nga gindumara ha S aint Paul S chool of Business & Law k ak ul op nga adlaw, M ayo 1 nga may k alabutan han 2014 Labor Day nga selebrasyon.

Nagser ing hi DOLE8 Dir. Exequiel S arcauga nga an Job Fair en nagtik ang dida han alas’8 han aga tubtub dida han k ulop. An DOLE Direc tor en nanawagan han mga namimiling hin trabaho nga k umadto hin temprano ngadto han lugar ngan magdara han era mga k inahanglanon nga mga opisyal

nga papeles nga magpapak ilala ha era. S er ing niya nga dir i nira angay palabayon eni nga higayon mahitungod nga talagsaon la an pagdudumara hin Job Fairs. Eni en ik a-3 pala nga J ob Fair nga gindumara ha Sinirangan Bisayas yana nga tuig, dugang pa niya. B eynte -singko (25) nga mga napamatud-an nga mga langyawanon nga recruitment agencies en bumuli g dida han gindumara nga jobs fair nga naghatag hin total nga 7,684 job orders ngan 22 nga mga nanngengempleyo tik ang ha rehiyon 8, lima tik ang ha rehiyon 7 ngan duha tik ang ha Caraga region nga ha k abug-usan en umabot ha 1,843 nga mga nak apahamtang nga mga oputunidad hin pantrabahuan, ser ing ni Direc tor S arcauga. D ugang pa niya nga damo nga mga ahensya han gobyer no en bumulig gihapon dida han nasabi nga Job Fair. Eni en nag-uupod hin tulo nga gobyer no nasyonal ngan mga ahensya nga may mga bak ante sugad han National Economic and D evelopment Author it y, D epar tment of Trade and I ndustr y, O vers eas Wor kers Welfare Administration, ngan han National M ar itime Polytechnic. An selebrasyon han Labor Day dida han M ayo 1 en nak asentro ha tema nga “S a Sipag, Tiyaga at Talino Buong M undo ay S aludo sa M anggagawang Pilipino�. ( Trans. by maa/PIA8)


May2, 2014

Pangulo Aquino: Mga reporma han gobyerno nagtitikang na pakabantad han pakigbisog kuntra kakablasan


n mga programa han gobyerno ha ilarum han “Tuwid na Daan” maupay nga pangobyernohan en nakaangkon na hin positibo nga pagdis-ug ngan nakabantad na han kanan gobyerno pakigbisog kuntra kakablasan, sering ni Pangulo Benigno S. Aquino III dida han Huwebes. Dida han iya mensahe dida han iya pagbisita ngadto han manufacturing facility han Integrated Microelectronics Inc. (IMI) dinhi, nagsering an Pangulo nga an mga reporma ha agrikultura, inprastraktura, turismo ngan social services en nagiban han kadamo han mga kablas nga mga Pilipino. Dida hin usa nga NEDA report, nagsering an Pangulo, an nasud en nakalista hin tulo ka-porsyento hin pag-ubos dida han kadamo han mga Pilipino nga mga kablas tikang dida han una nga semester han 2012

tubtub 2013. An tulo kaporsyento nga pag-ubos en ekwebalente ngadto ha 2.5 milyones nga mga Pilipino, nga naghinga-upay an mga kinabuhi han nakalabay nga duha katuig, sering niya. “Ngan yana nga mas pa nga nagbubunga an mga reporma nga aton ginpasunod ngan ginpapasunod, segurado nga mas madamo pa an mga katawhan nga matatagan naton hin mas kumportable nga panginabuhi,” sering han Pangulo dida han iya mensahe. “Bahin hini, padayon naton nga panininugurohan an an panginano ngan paghatag hin serbisyo ha mga Pilipino. An gusto naton: an maseguro nga diri na mahibalik pa an anay nga kahimtang han aton mga katawhan, kun baga makaigo utro en ano man nga kakurian.”

Ginpasalamatan han Pangulo an katawhan han Laguna ha pagsuporta ha iya ngan han mga meyembro han iya partido han mga nakalabay nga piniliay. “An akon la ginhahangyo: Kun natuod kamo nga tama an aton ginbubuhat, kun nadiri kamo nga mabalewaray an maupay nga aton natikangan nga tadong nga dalan, pilion naton an mga masunod nga mga lider nga magpapadayon ngan mas pa nga magpapahilawig han aton mga naipundar nga reporma,” sering niya. “Pilion naton an kaangayan para magin permanente an hilawig nga transpormasyon nga gintatagamtam ha pagkayana han aton katawhan.” Labot la han IMI, ginbisita gihapon han Pangulo an Testech Inc. ha Calamba City, ngan han Alliance Mansols Inc., nga adto gihapon ha Binan. (Trans. by maa/PIA8)


May 2, 2014

Mga Pama agi sa Pagtindog sa Malig-on nga Balay PAG-ATOP (Roofing)

BINTANA UG (Doors and Windows)

2ft. 1ft. 1

PAGSUMPAY (Connections)



30 cm max.

PAG TUKOD (Bracing)

PAG-PALIG-ON (Bracing) aspalto



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