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November 5, 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 65

Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

Gun ban still in effect until Nov 12, PNP says

Regional service providers’consultative assembly, correctional forum, first in East Visayas

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he implementation of gun ban will continue until November 12. Police Region 8 Director Elmer Soria made the pronouncement as a reminder as more violators were reported one week after the barangay polls. Since September 28, the number of violators in Region 8 reached the 70 mark as of November 4 with 40 firearms and other weapons and other weapons confiscated. Director Soria added that all permits to carry firearms outside residence issued by the Philippine National Police to civilian gun owners remain suspended. He said that since the ban is still in effect, the police will continue to conduct focused police operations through anti-criminality checkpoint operations in strategic places, operation bakal/sita, search warrants, immediate police response and accounting of wanted persons who might be carrying firearms or other deadly weapons. The 70 violators, all civilians, are now facing charges for violation of the Omnibus Election Code and might end up spending up to six years in prison, the PRO8 chief added. Director Soria said that of the figure, 44 violators were nabbed in police responses to calls for assistance while four were arrested in checkpoints. Meanwhile, twenty were arrested in focused-police operations while two wanted men who were

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he Eastern Visayas Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Chaplaincy Service Unit together with the Regional Service Providers Council is spearheading the 1st Regional Service Providers Council Consultative Assembly and Correctional Forum on November 6-7, 2013 at the Balyuan Convention Center. Rev. Fr. Nestor R. Caber, BJMP Regional Chaplain, said the Regional Service Providers Council which was organized by the BJMP¬8 Regional Chaplaincy Unit, is composed of different religions and churches, organizations and volunteers serving and working for the inmates’ welfare and development so that they can become productive citizens in preparation for their re-integration in the mainstream society. With the theme “Pamilyang Nagmamahalan, Krimen ay Maiiwasan,”

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the forum aims to enhance and strengthen linkages and partnership among different organizations and individuals. It also aims to equip the members to become more effective and efficient in implementing their services thus they will cater sustainable development and rehabilitation of the inmates and to assist in providing them a humane living condition. Fr. Caber said that the opening program will start at 8:00 o’clock in the morning. This will be followed by a press conference at 11:00 o’clock in the morning, with the Regional Chaplain and the RSPC members. The assembly and forum will start in the afternoon of November 6 and will continue on November 7, Fr. Caber said. Among the topics are the Overview continued on page 5

Police Regional Office 8 relief goods for the quake victims in Bohol. (Photo courtesy of Paul Macasojot/ PNP-8)


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Observance of Undas generally peaceful in Tacloban City

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he observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day in Tacloban City was generally peaceful, the City Police Office here said in a phone interview. According to Police Senior Inspector Elmer N. Javinar, their office recorded only one untoward incident on November 2 at the El Reposo Public Cemetery involving two groups and wounding one of the group members with a broken bottle while on October

31, TCPO reported three “Akyat-bahay” incidents. PSInsp Javinar said that this year’s observance of Undas has been more orderly compared to that of last year utilizing some 152 PNP personnel who were deployed in the six cemeteries, in terminals, airport and in major junctions in the city. With the installation also of Route Security Marshals and Police

Catbalogan intensifies promotion of children’s rights

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o increase awareness among parents on the rights of the children, Catbalogan City Social Welfare Office (CSWDO) conducted child’s rights fora in five clustered barangays in Catbalogan City the whole month of October. This is in line with the Children’s month celebration pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 267, series of 1993 to emphasize the importance of the role of the child within the Filipino family and in nation building. During the forum with the parents, social welfare workers discussed the duties and responsibilities of parents, child protection and the rights of the children, CSDWO Nida Aroza said. To promote child’s rights on development and participation, children

in the daycare centers showed their talents in draw and tell, poem, songs, and folk dance competition during the culminating activity of Children’s month at the Catbalogan City plaza recently. Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan was very delighted with the talents showed by the daycare children. She said that as a mother of two, children are really close to her heart and one of her priority in her administration is the welfare of children. She also encouraged the parents to give priority on the education of their children. For this year, the 21st National Children’s Month celebration theme is “Kahirapan Wakasan, Karapatan ng Bata Ipaglaban”, the theme highlights that poverty continued on page 3

Catbalogan City Mayor Stephanie Uy-Tan addressed children and their parents during the Children’s Month Celebration spearheaded by the LGU. (Photo courtesy of Catbalogan City LGU)

Assistance Centers in identified areas, the observance of Undas has been smooth considering that they have prepared security measures weeks before, PSInsp Javinar said. Javinar also observed the cooperation of the public and the cemetery-goers in the peaceful conduct of Undas. (PIA-8)

Bureau of Immigration opens satellite office in Northern Samar BY: AILENE N. DIAZ

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ureau of Immigration can now serve clients in Northern Samar as they recently open a BI satellite office in the province. This was learned from Ms. Arlyn Tepace, information officer of the province. According to Immigration Officer Melita de Asis, Governor Jose Ong authorized the putting up of BI Satellite office to cater foreigners in the area for them to have a nearby office in filing for visa extension. They are also ready to answer queries about immigration, and other requirements in applying for a visa, tourist, business and the like, for foreign citizens to legitimize their stay in our country. De Asis said they are also requesting for a permanent personnel to man the BI satellite office in Catarman while they are attending other BI satellite offices in Calbayog City, Catbalogan City and Guiuan Eastern Samar. The Bureau of Immigration will hold office at the 1st Floor of the Provincial Capitol within the Provincial Tourism Office. BI satellite office will serve clients every Friday. (PIA8-Northern Samar)


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Eastern Samar food production initiatives gaining grounds G

overnor Conrado Nicart expressed delight at the performance of the personnel of the Office of the Provincial Agricultural Services(OPAS), headed by Mr. Regalado Opena because of the marked increase in food production, particularly rice. Gov. Nicart said this to media in an ambush interview during today’s launching of the Agri-Tourism Exhibit in connection with the 48th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the provincial local government unit. According the local chief executive, this marked increase in rice production, by more or less 20% was with reference to National Food Authority’s pronouncement after a thorough assessment. “I am happy that my primordial agenda to achieve food sufficiency is showing results”, Gov. Nicart said. “Since I assumed office on my first term, food production has always been by top concern, to help families meet their daily food requirement”, Gov. Nicart added. OPAS Head, Opena further informed that the Certified Seeds(CS) costing P1,200.00 a sack was a big help to the farmers here, because of the double yield in rice. He stressed further, that Gov. Nicart required the farmers to pay only half of the price of the CS, and the other half will serve as Governor’s advance Christmas gift to them. Moreover, on the occasion of the Founding Anniversary of the province, nine hand-tractors with trailers are set to be distributed to nine farmers’ association, each costing P130,000.00, P17,000.00 will

be paid by the farmers in easy installment basis and the rest by Department of Agriculture(DA), Central Office, Mr. Opena said. Nine Shallow Tube Wells(STW) are also set to be distributed within the week to registered farmers’ association. These farm equipment are expected to help farmers sustain if not increase further their farm production. Also in the exhibit today, it was noted that Squash from Salcedo Farmers Association abound at P20.00 a kilo. Opena informed that this livelihood project which was given some P90,000.00 financial assistance has gained favorable results, such, that very soon, another venture will be assisted by the LGU, this time, the Cacao and Coffee production. The Agri-Tourism Exhibit now at the Capitol grounds include other farm products: Ampalaya, Lemon, Basil, Celery, Lettuce and an array of locally produced organic vegetables.(PIA-Eastern Samar)

Catbalogan intensifies... from page 2 reduction starts with children and that education is the most promising intervention that can make a difference in the life of every child.(PIA 8- Samar with Avha H. Ebalde)

PDEA’s anti-illegal drugs campaign nets two exsoldiers BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON

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he anti illegal drugs campaign of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency scored as two former soldiers fell into its dragnet in a successful buy bust operation conducted recently in Barangay Salvacion, Palo, Leyte. PDEA Regional Office 8, in a press statement, identified the two were identified as Fernando Aranez Y Concepcion, a resident of Barangay 1, Giporlos, Eastern Samar and Lou Villaluna Y Catindoy of Barangay Baras, Palo, Leyte. PDEA said Aranez was a sergeant assigned in Camp Lukban Catbalogan City before he became AWOL (absent without leave) in 2007 and dismissed from service while Villaluna was a corporal assigned at 62nd Infantry Batallion based at Barangay Santa Maria, Agusan del Sur who has been on AWOL since 2002. PDEA disclosed that the two were arrested by joint elements of PDEA Region 8 under the supervision of Atty. Gil T. Pabilona and PNP Region 8 Special continued on page 5


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Former An Waray Rep. Florencio Noel (left) in high spirits with PIA-8 director Erlinda Olivia Tiu (2nd from left) and Ms. Trina Dacoycoy of DOT in a boodle fight during the 5th Oktubafest held at the Leyte Park Convention Center A, Tacloban City, October 30. (Raul S. Tiozon, Jr. PIA)

An Waray grants Scholarships to Tuba Producers in EV BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON

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hildren or siblings of ten tuba producers in Eastern Visayas may now avail of the Scholarship Grants offered by the An Waray Partylist. This was formally announced by An Waray Partylist Representatives Neil Montejo and Victoria Noel in a recent

gathering of tuba producers in region 8. Despite of the recent controversies involving pork barrel funds, Representatives Victoria “Binky” Noel and Neil Montejo reiterated their willingness to support the college education of children or relative of ten

(10) tuba producers coming from various municipalities in Region VIII that have helped promote the coconut industry. Noel said, this is one way of recognizing their efforts in making “Tuba” more popular not only in the region but also in other parts of the country and abroad. The ten scholars who were identified during the 5th Oktubafest come from the town of Limasawa, Southern Leyte, Hinabangan Western Samar, Mayorga, Alang-Alang, Barugo, Dagami, Tolosa, Burauen, Julita, and Palo, all are in Leyte. “This is a big surprise,” said one tuba producer who refused to be identified. According to him, this will be a big help to the family particularly the college education of their children. Tuba, is a traditional wine of the people of Eastern Visayas and now it has leveled up to the international market. (PIA-8)

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LMWD schedules water service disconnection in Palo, Tanauan & Tolosa

A D BY: MARIVIC ALCOBER V The(LMWD) Leyte Metropolitan Water District For Tanauan and Tolosa, Leyte, would like to inform its water water service disconnection will be on I concessionaires in Palo, Tanauan, and November 7. Covered areas are Zones Tolosa, Leyte that there is a scheduled 191-198, and 201-208. S water disconnection for the period Relative to this, LMWD is November 5 to 7, 2013 for those who requesting its water concessionairs in O have not yet paid their water bills. said areas to please pay their accounts On November 5 & 6, on or before their due dates to avoid the R disconnection of water service is inconvenience of a disconnected water scheduled in Palo, Leyte covered by service. (PIA8) Y Zones 161-188, and 221-224.


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November 5, 2013 Regional service...from page 1 of the Philippine Correctional System; the BJMP-CHS mandates; the Restorative Justice System; and the Regional Service Providers Council: its birth and history. On the first day, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez will deliver his inspirational message. On the 2nd day, Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla will be the Guest of Honor and Speaker. The highlight of the activity is the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the BJMP8 and the Service Providers. (PIA 8)

Gun ban still in effect...from page 1 accounted by the police were also bringing firearms at the time of their arrests. The strict enforcement of the firearms ban also led to the seizure of 40 firearms wherein 15 are revolvers, nine are pistols, seven shotguns, four rifles and five improvised guns commonly known as sumpak. Police units across the region also confiscated 38 bladed weapons, one grenade and 228 assorted ammunitions. Director Soria said the intensified enforcement of the gun ban greatly contributed to the generally peaceful village polls in Eastern Visayas. (PIA 8)

PDEA’s anti-illegal drugs...from page 1 Operations Task Group after a medium heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected as “shabu” was confiscated from the suspects. It has an estimated market value of P16, 500.00. Also confiscated from their possession were red Honda motorcycle and three P500 peso-bills used as marked money during the operation. As of this writing, the suspects are temporarily detained at PDEA RO8 jail facility while the charges for violations of the provisions on selling, possession and attempt or conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are being prepared to be filed against the suspects. (PIA-8)

PRO8 chief lauds his men for a good job during barangay polls BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON

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high official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Eastern Visayas has expressed satisfaction with the overall performance of the policemen in the region during the Barangay Elections. Police Region 8 Director Chief Superintendent Elmer R. Soria said he lauded his men for having a good job during the Barangay polls. “I will give them ten (10) the highest rating because they did well during the barangay elections,” Soria said. Although there were 5 electionrelated incidents last barangay elections in the region per record of PRO8, the overall situation was generally peaceful and the voting were done without hitches except in three barangays in the Province of Western Samar where the election was reset to the following day. However, everything’s went on

smoothly with the security assistance of the AFP and PNP. Soria attributed this to the efforts made by the PNP and other authorities as well as the trust given by the people to them as partners in maintaining peace and order in the community. As observed, innovative security measures were also put in place especially in areas considered as “immediate areas of concern” and “areas of concern” to further ensure the conduct of peaceful and orderly elections like the establishment of Regional and Provincial Joint Security and Control Centers. Meanwhile, “Police personnel that were deployed in different areas in the region have returned safely to the PNP headquarters and no one was involved in an undesirable acts/ incidents during, before and after the Barangay Elections.” Soria said.(PIA-8)

Police Regional Office 8 relief goods for the quake victims in Bohol. (Photo courtesy of Paul Macasojot/ PNP-8)


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WARAY NEWS

Ayaw panpinandakop, pagpinangaon mga babaye nga masag, panawagan han BFAR ha publiko

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n Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources en nananawagan han publiko nga diri magpinandakop ngan magpinangaon hin mga babaye nga masag, lugod buhian eni hera para padayon nga magbinunay para magdamo. Eni nga paghangyon en gindumara ni BFAR National Director Asis Perez dida han pakighuro-himangraw han mga peryodista han rehiyon sakay

han MV-DA BFAR research vessel nga may kalabutan han implementasyon han National Payao Program para han Samar Seas. “An dumakun-on na nga babaye nga masag nga ada na ha iya reproductive cycle en makakapagawas hin maabot tres milyones nga mge crablets nga makakapagawas liwat hin sobra milyones pa kun eni era en mandagko na,” sering ni Director Perez.

Eni en gintawag nga ‘Huwag Kainin Ang Babae’ nga kampanya, usa han kanan Ahensya damo nga mga programa nga an panuyo amo an pagpabalik han anay nagsasarang nga mga gintitikangan han mga pangisda, pasabot ni Perez. Impormasyon nga natikang ha Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) en nagpapakita hin gutiay nga pag-ubos han produksyon han mga masag (Syclla serrat) ha bahin han kadamo tikang han last three quarters nga narehistro ha 6,357.08 MT (4th Q 2012), 3,839.69 MT (1st Q 2013) ngan 3,462.60 MT (2nd Q 2013) ha magkasunodsunod. An mga numero en hitaas la gihapon kun ikukumpara han nakalabay nga mga tuig, sering ni Director Perez, pero eni en nagduso han BFAR pagaghat han mga kunsumidor nga lugod pumalit hin mga lalaki nga masag kun diin an unod hini en mas marasa ngan mas himubo an natirok nga tambok kun ikukumpara han era katugbang nga mga babaye. An mga kunsomidor en diri kinahanglan mabaraka nga bangin makadakop han sayop nga masag, dugang han bureau director, mahitungod nga makikilal-an eni kun lalaki o babaye pinaagi han era “apron” o tahob ha era underbelly. An mga lalaki en may harohaligot, magtaro-tais nga mga tahob samtang an mga dumakun-on nga babaye en may mas hiro-hilapad, ngan mas lidong nga mga aprons. Dugang pa hini, ginpapapagbantay gihapon ni Director Perez an mga mamaralit hin masag nga diri pumalit han gintatawag han mga lokal nga mamaraligya nga “gay” o “bakla” kun diin an mga tahob hini en kaudgan harohaligot kuntra han dumakun-on na nga babaye pero darodako han kanan mga lalaki. Eni hera, ha kamatuoram, en mga bata pa nga mga babaye nga masag, sering ni Director Perez, salit eni hera en nahiuupod pa dida han kampanya. (Trans. by MAA/ PIA8)


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CEBUANO NEWS

Presidente Aquino abli sa pagpahigayon og dayalogo kauban sa mga grupo nga supak sa DAP, matud sa Palasyo

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i Presidente Benigno S. Aquino abli sa pagpahigayon og dayalogo kauban sa mga grupo kinsa nagpabiling nakigbatol sa Disbursement Acceleration Progra (DAP) sa administrasyon taliwala sa iyang kanunay nga pagpasabot kalabot niining mga butanga ning minglabay nga mga semana, matud sa Malakanyang. Sa usa ka pakigpulong diha sa gipanag-iya sa radyo estasyon DzRB Radyo ng Bayan kaniadtong Dominggo, si Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. mipahayag ang Presidente andam sa pagdawat og mga sugyot gikan sa hingtungdan nga katawhan bisan unsa nga oras aron sa pag-atubang sa ilang mga isyu kalabot sa DAP sumala sa iyang gipakita sa iyang gi-telibisyon nga pakigpulong sa milabay nga semana. “Bukas po ang Pangulo na makipag-diyalogo sa ating mga mamamayan. Ang pagtatalumpati niya on nationwide television at iba pang mga broadcast facilities ay pagpapakita ng kanyang pagiging bukas at ng kanyang kahandaan sa pakikipagdiyalogo at pakikipag-ugnayan sa ating mga kababayan. Siya po ay handang tumanggap ng kanilang mga suhestiyon at sa lahat ng pagkakataon po ay nais niyang malaman ang saloobin ng mga mamamayan,” matud ni Coloma. Si Coloma, sa laing bahin, mipasabot nga ang administrasyong Aquino komitado sa pagsilot kaniadtong nalambigit sa Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) kon “pork barrel” nga kalaboso bisan wala ang gitawag nga “100-day nga deadline” nga gusto sa pipila ka mga sektor. Matud niya si Secretarya Leile de Lima sa Department of Justice nagandam na sa gikinahanglan nga mga dokumento alang sa ikaduha nga reklamo kon impormasyon nga ipasaka batol sa hingtungdan nga mga dokumento sa

PDAF nga kalaboso diha sa Office of the Ombudsman sa madali. Bisan ang publiko nga mga opisyales kinsa mi-alyansa sa administrasyon dili palabyon gikan sa maong proseso, matud ni Coloma, samtang si Presidente Aquino klaro kaayo nga naghatag og mando sa tanang ahensiya nga gitugahan sa pagsusi sa kaso, “sa pagtugot sa ebidensya nga magtudlo ngadto sa direksyon sa mga pangutana.” “Ang pinagbabatayan po ng pagsasampa ng kaso at ng impormasyon o ng complaint ay kung ano po ang isinasaad na ebidensya. At ang konsepto po ng katarungan dito po sa administrasyong Aquino ay ‘yun pong nakikita nating nakapiring na lady justice. Wala po itong sini-sino, wala po itong

kinikilala kung ano man ang political affiliation, ano man ang posisyon o estado sa lipunan. Kinakailangan po ay pantay-pantay at patas ang paggawad ng hustisya,” matud ni Coloma. Si Coloma nagpasalig nga ang administrasyong Aquino maghatag og “egwalis nga pagpahamtang sa balaod” og magdumala sa maong butang diha sa ma-ampingon nga walay pagpihigpihig. “Sa lahat po ng ginagawa at isasagawa, ito po ang konsiderasyon natin: Ang equal application of the law at ‘yun pong kawalan ng diskriminasyon. Kinakailangan po ay maging batay sa ebidensya, batay sa katotohanan, katuwiran, at katarungan,” Matud ni Coloma. (Gibinisaya ni esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)


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Construction of Flood Mitigating Control System along Tacloban-Palo-Sta. Fe-Alangalang-San Miguel road, Palo, Leyte. (DPWH-1st LED photo)

DPWH 1st LED nag-iimplementar iba-iba nga mga proyekto pagkuntrolar han pagbaha ha Palo, Leyte

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n 1st Leyte Engineering District (1st LED) han Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) en ha pagkayana nag-iiplementar hin iba-iba nga mga proyekto pagkuntrolar hin pagbaha ha sukot la pagbahaan nga Palo, Leyte. Hi District Engineer Angel Sia en nagsumat ngadto han Philippine Information Agency nga upod dida han proyekto amo an paghingayad han San Joaquin Flood Control Protection ha may Daang Maharlika, San Joaquin, Palo, Leyte. An proyekto en nanginginahanglan hin fabrication han konkreto nga sheet piles nga mayda vertical distance nga 1,440 linear meter, horizontal distance nga 180 linear meter, pile cap nga 180 linear meter, grouted riprap nga 180 linear meter kaupod an stone masonry anchor lock ha katapusan han proyekto. Ginpundohan ha ilarum han kanan DPWH Regular Projects for 2013, an balor han proyekto en ginpahamtang ha P8,967,688.80 ngan ha pagkayana nga bulan, eni en 100% na nga nakumpleto. Usa liwat nga proyekto amo an paghingayad, rehabilitasyon ngan

pag-ayad han awasan han tubig ha kanal ha may Government Center Road Network tikang ha Maharlika Highway ngan Pawing Campetic Road, Barangay Candahug tipakadto ha Barangay Pawing, dida gihapon ha bungto han Palo. An proyekto nga nabalor P37,214,812.26, en may kalabutan han pag-instalar han 772 linear meters nga reinforced concrete pipe culverts nga may kahiluagon nga 0.910 meter, 966 linear meters reinforced pipe culverts nga may kahiluagon nga 1.220 meters, construction han 250 linear meters lined canal, 48 nga kadamo hin mga manhole ngan shore masonry hin 903 linear meters nga ginpundohan ha ilarum han Various Infrastructure upod an Local Projects para 2012. Sering ni District Engineer Sia nga eni nga proyekto en 73% na nga nakumpleto. An DPWH 1st LED en nagiimplementar gihapon han pag-ayad han Flood Mitigating Control System ha kahilabaon han Tacloban-PaloSta. Fe-Alangalang-San Miguel Road ha Palo, Leyte. Eni nga proyekto en nanginginahanglan han fabrication

han concrete sheet poles para han pagayad han concrete slope protection nga nakabutang ha kahiluagon nga 0.50 meter by 0.25 meter by 6 meter concrete sheet pile with pile cap nga may horizontal distance nga 315 linear meters. Ginpundohan han Departamento han Turismo para 2013 ha kuntrata nga P33,801,298.89, an nasabi nga proyekto en ha pagkayana 16% na nga kumpleto. ugang pa hini, an 1st LED en nagdudumara han pag-ayad han estraktura pagkuntrolar han pagbaha ha may Bethel International School ha Pawing, Palo, Leyte nga ginpundohan ha ilarum han Priority Development Assistance Fund-Lower House ha pundo nga P1,494,879. Ha pagkayana eni en 56.56% na nga kumpleto. Usa liwat nga proyekto amo an pag-ayad ngan pagmintinar han Binog Flood Structure ha Barangay Candahug, Palo. An proyekto en may kalabutan han pag-ayad han stone masonry revetment nga may total nga kahilabaon nga 200 linear meters nga an panuyo amo an paghingayad han ginaagian han tubig ngan paghirot han paglapwas han tubig ngadto han higrani nga mga barangay nga kaudgan natatabo ha mauran nga panahon. An proyekto en ginpundohan ha ilarum han Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses for 2013 ha balor nga P1,983,909.54 ngan ha pagkayana en 80% na nga tapos. (Trans. by MAA/PIA8)


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