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November 4, 2013

“in pursuit of PIA’s commitment to provide a national mechanism for the free flow of timely, accurate and relevant information… “

VOL I ISSUE 64

Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

November 4, 2013

East Visayas stages “Sibol: Recreating Forest Products” living exhibit

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one of a kind exhibit dubbed “Sibol: Recreating Forest Products” is set to be staged at the Robinson’s Place Activity Area on November 6, at 9:30 in the morning. The Exhibit will showcase and highlight products of People’s Organizations from the different provinces of Eastern Visayas and new collection pieces introduced by Mr. Heidrun Milan, a renowned Interior Designer of the Region. Invited to be the guest of honor to the Opening Ceremonies is Philippine Information Agency Regional Director Olive Tiu, said Mr. Deonilo Pantas, Regional Chairman and President of the Leysambil Community Based Forest Management Peoples Organizations Federation. Mr. Pantas said the Sibol Exhibit is different from other exhibits because of the use of the living exhibition or interactive exhibit strategy. This means that the people can interact with the display. If the exhibit is a bamboo chair, the spectator may sit on it. While the exhibit is ongoing, an actual mat weaving is being conducted. The Sibol Exhibit which will run until Novermber 14, is part of the activities of the 3rd Leysambil Community-Based Forest Management Multi-Stakeholders Summit on November 6 to 8. The Summit is organized by the Leysambil Community Based Forest Management Peoples Organizations continued on page 5

Theresa N. Labrador, Senior Research Specialist of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Tacloban Branch disclosed significant increase in net loan portfolio and deposit liabilities in Eastern Visayas in 2012 during the closing program of the 24th National Statistics Month held at the BSP Multip[urpose Hall. (Raul S. Tiozon, Jr./PIA-8)

Bangko Sentral observes marked increase in net loan portfolio, deposit liabilities in Eastern Visayas

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here is a significant increase in net loan portfolio and deposit liabilities in Eastern Visayas, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Tacloban Branch recently disclosed. Presenting the Banking and Finance Statistics of Region 8 during the closing program for the National Statistics Month celebration in Eastern Visayas, Ms. Ma. Theresa N. Labrador, Senior Research Specialist of Bangko Sentral Tacloban said that there was a 19.2% increase in net loan portfolio from the 11,308.70 in 2011 to 13,479.47, in million pesos, in 2012. Ms. Labrador explained that loan portfolios are loans that have been made or bought and are being held for repayments. Loan portfolios are the major asset of banks, thrifts, and other lending institutions, she said. Bangko Sentral attributed the

19.2% increase in net loan portfolio in 2012 to the improving business conditions in the region. Meanwhile, the deposit liabilities in Eastern Visayas increased from 42,998.15 in 2011 to 48,771.84 in million pesos in 2012. The 13.4% increase in deposit liabilities in 2012 is due to increased number of banks, 4 universal banks and 4 thrift banks, Ms. Labrador said. The Loan-to-Deposit Ratio in 2011 is 26, while 28 in 2012, she added. As of June of 2013, there is a total of 173 banks in Eastern Visayas; 86 universal and commercial banks, 25 thrift banks and 62 rural / coop banks. The province of Leyte has the most number of banks with a total of 93; broken down to 46 universal and continued on page 5


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Statistics vital in providing services to the public, BSP says

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he Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas fully acknowledge the importance of statistics in providing services “to the people we are committed to serve.” Acting Deputy Director of BSP Tacloban branch, Mr. Joseph Norbert S. David, made the pronouncement recently, during the closing ceremony for the 24th National Statistics Month celebration. Quoting BSP Governor Amando Tetangco, Jr., Director David said, “Timely and accurate statistical information is a basic prerequisite to sound monetary formulation.”

The BSP monitors and compiles various statistical series on monetary, financial and external variables useful for the formulation and analysis of monetary, banking, credit and exchange, Director David added. He said that in the Regional offices and branches of BSP, reliable statistics also plays a vital role in the conduct of economic surveillance in the regions using selected economic indicators such as those in Agriculture, Livestock, Poultry and Fishery, Construction, Tourism, Inflation, Banking and Employment. According to Director David, the

information gathered from respective government agencies and private sectors are converted into meaningful form through the Economic and Financial Learning Center or EFLC of the branch. This information is submitted to the Monetary Board and is in turn used in the formulation and policy direction of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, he added. The closing rites for the 24th National Statistics Month celebration in Eastern Visayas, was hosted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Tacloban Branch. (PIA 8)

DENR enjoins public to “race to save environment” fun run

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he Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Eastern Visayas is hosting a fun run dubbed as “Race to Save the Environment” to drum beat the Agency’s programs particularly those geared towards climate change mitigation and adaptation. DENR Regional Executive Director Manolito Ragub invites the public to share in the to share in the preservation of Mother Earth by joining the fun run on November 30, 2013. “Let this be our way of showing we care for Mother Earth. Let us all race to save the environment,” RED Ragub said. DENR head of the Special Concerns Office and DENR focal person for Region 8 Regional Technical Director Edilberto Nasayao disclosed that “This is the first fun run for Mother Earth hosted by the DENR Region 8.” “This activity is not only aimed at improving the health and well-being of the participants but that of Mother Earth as well,” RTD Nasayao said. Meanwhile, Ms. Purificacion Daloos, OIC of the Public Affairs Office said that the run will start at the DENR Regional Office at 4:30 in the morning for the 10Kilometer runners; 5:00 in the morning for the 5 kilometer runners and 5:30 in the morning for the 3 kilometer runners. The fun run shall traverse Magsaysay Blvd., Real St., and Sagkahan starting and ending at the DENR Regional Office, Ms. Daloos said. Interested runners or joggers

may pre-register through the Special Concerns Office at the DENR Regional Office. They may also contact the DENR Bureaus namely, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the Environmental Management Bureau, PENRO Leyte and CENRO Palo. Registration is now ongoing. For

a minimal fee of P200, registrants will get free singlet (t­-shirt) and light breakfast after the run. All finishers will be given certificates of participation; top 3 finishers of every category will receive a medal, Ms. Daloos, added. (PIA 8)

DPWH 1st LED implements various flood control projects in Palo, Leyte

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he first Leyte Engineering District of the Department of Public Works and Highways is currently implementing various flood control projects in floodprone Palo, Leyte. District Engineer Angel Sia told the Philippine Information Agency that among such project is the construction of the San Joaquin Flood Control Protection along Daang Maharlika, San Joaquin, Palo, Leyte. The project called for the fabrication of concrete sheet piles with vertical distance of 1,440 linear meter, horizontal distance of 180 linear meter, pile cap of 180 linear meter, grouted riprap of 180 linear meter with stone masonry anchor lock at the end of the project. Funded under the DPWH Regular Projects for 2013, the project cost was pegged at 8,967,688.80 and as of this month, it is 100% accomplished. Another project is the repair, rehabilitation and construction of

drainage system along Government Center Road Network from Maharlika Highway and Pawing Campetic Road, Barangay Candahug to Barangay Pawing, also in Palo town. The project which costs P37,214,812.26, involves the installation of 772 linear meters reinforced concrete pipe culverts with a diameter of 0.910 meter, 966 linear meters reinforced pipe culverts with a diameter of 1.220 meters, construction of 250 linear meters lined canal, 48 pieces manhole and shore masonry of 903 linear meters which is funded under the Various Infrastructure including Local Projects for 2012. District Engineer Sia said this project is already 73% accomplished. The DPWH 1st LED is also implementing the construction of Flood Mitigating Control System along the Tacloban-Palo-Sta. Fe-Alangalang- San Miguel Road in Palo, Leyte. This project entails fabrication of continued on page 3


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November 4, 2013

DSWD targets more East Visayas indigent senior citizens for social pension in 2014

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f the total 479,080 target beneficiaries all over the country in 2014, the Department of Social Welfare and Development is targeting some 29,239 indigent senior citizens in Eastern Visayas for the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program of the national government. DSWD Region 8 Director Remia Tapispisan said the said beneficiaries have been allotted P175, 434, 000. This is a significant increase in the number of beneficiaries, Director Tapispisan disclosed saying that in 2012, the number of target beneficiaries totaled 14,307 while the total number of senior citizens served was 14,294 with total budget allocation of P93,667,500. This is a 92% accomplishment, she said. The DSWD Director added that from January to September of 2013, the targeted number of beneficiaries was 17,056 with a targeted funding of P1,397,208,000. Of the target, the DSWD in Region 8 was able to serve 13,482 or 43% with budget allotment of P50,310,800. Director Tapispisan said the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens Program addresses the clamor for social protection to the most vulnerable older persons as well as backs the full implementation of RA 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. The monthly stipend of P500 which took effect January 2011, augments the daily subsistence and other medical needs of indigent senior citizens. Potential recipients of the Social Pension Program or RA 9995 are nonpensioners who are 77 years old and up, with no regular support from the family, said Director Tapispisan.

Following the MOA signing between the DSWD and the Local Government Units, the LGUs shall prepare and submit a quarterly updated list of eligible senior citizens. DSWD will then transfer the annual allocation to the LGUs on a quarterly basis subject to the approved quarterly updated list of eligible senior citizens and liquidation of previously transferred fund. The DSWD will continue to monitor and provide technical assistance to the LGUs through the City/Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (C/MSWDO) and conduct orientation, advocacy activities and meetings with the LGU Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), Federation of the Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP), and barangay senior citizens associations. The LGU City/Municipal Treasurer shall take full responsibility in the proper disposition/disbursement of funds for the implementation of the program in accordance with the existing budgeting, accounting and auditing rules and regulations and shall liquidate the transfer of funds in accordance with Commission on Audit Circular No. 94-013. (PIA 8)

DPWH 1st LED... from page 2 concrete sheet poles for the construction of concrete slope protection resting on a dimension of 0.50 meter by 0.25 meter by 6 meter concrete sheet pile with pile cap at horizontal distance of 315 linear meters. Funded by the Department of Tourism for 2013 at a contract of P33,801,298.89, said project is now 16% accomplished. Moreover, the 1st LED is undertaking the construction of flood control structure at Bethel International School at Pawing, Palo, Leyte which is funded under the Priority Development Assistance Fund-Lower House at a project cost of P1,494,879. It is now 56.56% complete. Still another project is the repair and maintenance of Binog Flood Control Structure at Barangay Candahug, Palo. The project involves the construction of stone masonry revetment with a total length of 200 linear meters the purpose of which is to define waterways and avoid water overflowing to the nearby barangays which usually occurs during inclement weather. The project is funded under the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses for 2013 at a project cost of P1,983,909.54 and is now 80% accomplished. (PIA 8)


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November 4, 2013

Smooth flow of cemetery-goers were observed in one of the big cemeteries in Tacloban City with the installation of Police Assistance Desks and Route Security Marshals on All Saints Day and All Souls Day. (PIA-8)

8,000 seedlings planted by 1,500 students at NSU tree planting

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ome 8,000 seedlings of narra, taog and ornamental trees were planted by 1,500 students, faculty and staff of the Naval State University in one of the biggest tree planting activities ever conducted in Eastern Visayas. This was learned from Biliran Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Urbano Doydoyora whose agency facilitated the tree planting activity in a 20 hectare area within the campus of the Naval State University in Naval, Biliran. The activity was conducted in October of 2013, in support to the National Greening Program of the government per Executive Order No.26 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III. The activity is also pursuant to the Memorandum of Agreement entered into between DENR and NSU through its President, Dr. Editha S. Genson in 2011 as the University’s contribution to the National Greening Program. Meanwhile, Forester Joselito Eco who facilitated the activity disclosed that NSU will be assisted by nongovernment organization Masagaosao

Farmers Association, Inc. in ensuring the survival of the plantation by conducting protection and maintenance activities. Several government agencies that supported the activity include the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Provincial Government of Biliran under the leadership of Governor Gerardo Espina, Jr. which provided vehicles to haul the seedlings and ferry the students to the planting site, and the Biliran Philippine National Police Mobile Platoon Group for the security. (PIA 8)

BSP warns public vs counterfeit bills

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he Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) exhorted the public to be vigilant against possible circulation of counterfeit bills with the onset of the holiday seasons. In a press briefing held recently in connection with the Consumers Welfare Month, BSP Tacloban branch acting deputy director Joseph Norbert David said the Agency is stepping up information

drive to raise public awareness on the features of genuine currency. “Our concern is the genuineness of currency. If one is doubtful about the money they receive, the first step is go to the bank. The bank will then report to us,” David said. The increased shopping activities of the consumers may contribute to possible circulation of fake bills in the region, Mr. David said. The BSP Tacloban branch recovers an average of five to 10 counterfeit money of multiple denominations every month coming from banks and individuals, the BSP official said. The BSP branch office here sends fake money to the currency analysis and redemption division for further investigation. The Bangko Sentral is stepping up its information drive for the public to detect genuine banknotes and participate in stopping the circulation of fake money. Target participants are representatives from the local government units, rural and commercial banks, pawnshop owners, remittance agents, and money changers. “Our orientation has been focused on the features of genuine notes instead of telling people what the fake money looks like because manufacturers could easily change features of counterfeit bills,” David said. BSP has been implementing a Clean Note Program which encourages people to exchange unfit or dirty banknotes in exchange for crisp and clean money at bank branches, in order to facilitate identification of fake notes. The BSP’s major initiative to fight fake money circulation is changing the designs of money to guard against counterfeiters. “By making it very difficult and costly for counterfeiters to produce exact copies of our money, we protect the integrity of our currency against criminals,” he explained. While other central banks redesign their banknotes every 10 years on average, the old currency series has been in circulation for 25 years now, he said. continued on page 5


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November 4, 2013 Bangko Sentral...from page 1 commercial banks, 13 thrift banks and 34 rural/coop banks. Southern Leyte comes second with 28 banks; 8 universal and commercial banks, 4 thrift banks and 16 rural/coop banks. Samar province has 22; Eastern Samar and Northern Samar have 13 each while Biliran has 4 banks. There are 181 Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) in the various provinces of Eastern Visayas; 140 are onsite while 41 are offsite. (PIA 8)

BSP warns...from page 4 The new currency designs have been available since December 2010. The present banknotes will remain in circulation and will continue to be accepted as legal tender. David further said that the Bangko Sentral has yet to announce the end period of the old note’s validity. (PIA 8)

East Visayas stages...from page 1 Federation, Inc. and supported by the Foundational Center, Inc. and DISOP-Philippines together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as the lead host agency in cooperation with other key program implementers. (PIA 8)

Tacloban City Licensing Division generates close to P125-M revenue

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uring the three previous quarters, Tacloban City through its Business License and Permits Division has generated close to P125 Million revenue from the issuance of business permits. From January to September 2013, the City Division has processed 14,820 business permits for various business namely, Other Business, 9,082; transport, 3,422; Occupational Permit, 226 and Special Permits, 2,090. Other Businesses which include among others, General Merchandise, Financial Institutions, Hotel and Lodging Houses account for 61.28 % of the Division’s generated income. On the other hand, Transport and Special Permit represents 23.09% and 14.10%, respectively, of the total income. Occupational Permit represents 14.10% of the total income in 9 months. Further, it was learned that during the first three quarters, the BPLD has issued permits to about 600 new businesses and renewed the permits of nearly 900 business establishments. This is an indication that investors continue to flock to this Highly Urbanized City, a statement posted at the LGU website stated. Thus, the City Government is already contemplating plans of putting

up a new Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) site to accommodate the influx of investments. (PIA 8)

Government allocates...from page 6 The Department of Foreign Affairs reported that 4,371 Filipinos in Saudi Arabia had been repatriated while 9,000 others have been given travel documents, Coloma said. About 1,500 others have been waiting to be issued immigration clearances, he added. “Makakaasa po ang buong bayan na patuloy ang pagbibigay ng tulong legal at iba pang necessary assistance ng ating pamahalaan sa ating mga kababayan na apektado ng nasabing patakaran,” he said. “Bukod po sa tulong legal na ipinapaabot sa mga manggagawang ibig pang manatiling maghanapbuhay sa Saudi, meron din pong naka-antabay na tulong pinansyal ang pamahalaan sa ilalim ng reintegration program ng Department of Labor and Employment,” he said. “Sa pagsusuri ng DOLE at DFA, magiging limitado ang epekto ng Saudization dahil nakapaghanda na ang pamahalaan ng mga mekanismo na nagbibigay pagkakataon sa mga Pilipino na makalipat sa ibang kompanya sa Saudi o pumasok sa ibang propesyon, lalo na sa mga trabahong hindi nakalaan o natatangi sa mga mamamayan ng Saudi,” he said. PND (js)

Private sector initiates MOVE fun run for exercise awareness, welfare of disabled

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he Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine (PARM) in partnership with the Leyte National High School Batch 88, is spearheading the “Leyte High PARM M.O.V.E. November 9, 2013 Run.” Dr. Raymund Balverde, the overall chairman of PARM-MOVE Tacloban, said that the said fun run has two categories, the 6-kilometer and the 3 kilometer races. Assembly time is at 4:00 o’clock in the morning at the start and finish area, the street between Leyte Sports Development Center and the Leyte National High School Gate 3 in Tacloban City. Dr. Balverde said that the PARM

has initiated an Advocacy on Exercise and on the Welfare of the Disabled entitled “MOVE- Making Ourselves Vigilant to Exercise,” which combines a Run for exercise awareness of the community, plus a fund-raising activity for Persons with Disabilities called the PARM FUND. The PARM MOVE has been staged for the last 7 years in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, Iloilo and Bacolod. PARM MOVE has garnered the award for outstanding project by the Philippine Medical Association. This year, PARM launched MOVE in Tacloban and has successfully accomplished two major running events

on July 16, 2013 in Tacloban and on September 21, 2013 in Abuyog, Leyte. For the November 9 fun run, the Philippine Information Agency has once again been invited to be a partner for media coverage of the event. Interested parties may contact Mr. Raymund Balverde at the Divine Word Hospital or through mobile phone number 09208355809 or landline number 327-7435. Interested parties may also contact Ms. Glenda Tupaz at EVSU through mobile phone number 09052899801. (PIA8)


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Government allocates fund to help OFWs put up businesses as Saudi Arabia’s November 3 deadline expires Sunday, Palace says

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he Aquino government has allocated P2 billion fund to support Overseas Filipino Workers in Saudi Arabia planning to put up businesses as the Saudi Arabia government’s November 3 deadline against illegal workers expires, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Sunday. “Naglaan po ng dalawang bilyong piso ang Department of Labor and Employment, Development Bank of the Philippines, at Land Bank of the Philippines para sa programang ito

na maaaring magamit ng ating mga kababayan sa pagpapatayo ng negosyo,” Coloma said in an interview aired over government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan. The government is extending assistance to undocumented OFWs in Saudi Arabia who are undergoing repatriation process, Coloma said. “Nitong mga nakaraang araw, puspusan po ang pagkilos ng ating pamahalaan upang pangalagaan ang ating mga kababayan na naghahanapbuhay sa Saudi Arabia sa

harap ng pagtatapos ng palugit ng Saudization policy ng pamahalaang Saudi,” he said. Coloma said Vice President Binay, concurrent Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns, had already sent a letter to Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to appeal that foreign workers be given another extension to correct their working status in the kingdom. “Kamakailan lamang lumiham ang pamahalaan, sa pamamagitan ni Pangalawang Pangulo Jejomar Binay na siya ring Presidential Adviser on OFW Concerns kay His Royal Highness King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud upang pormal na hilingin ang pagpapalawig ng palugit sa ating mga kababayan upang maisaayos ang kanilang mga papeles at makapag-trabaho nang legal sa naturang bansa,” he said. “Inatasan na rin po ni Secretary Albert del Rosario si DFA Undersecretary Jesus Yabes upang personal na makipagpulong sa mga kinatawan ng pamahalaang Saudi hinggil sa ibayo pang pagpapabilis sa proseso ng repatriation o pagpapabalik sa Pilipinas ng ating mga kababayang apektado ng patakaran,” he said. After the Nov. 3 deadline, the Saudi government is expected to crackdown on illegal foreign workers. The crackdown against illegal workers started on March 28 because of the kingdom’s Saudization policy, or nitaqat, that encourages the employment of Saudi nationals in private firms. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah stopped the crackdown against illegal immigrants and foreign workers in April, giving them three months to fix their status. He deferred the deadline from July 3 to November 3, the end of the Islamic year, in response to requests made by Saudi companies and employers, who reportedly cited the backlog in the processing of documents in certain offices. continued on page 5

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