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October 22, 2013

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Orientation on IPs highlights Indigenous Peoples Month in East Visayas


n orientation on Indigenous Peoples on October 21-25 is set to highlight the celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples Month in Eastern Visayas. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 8 Director Remia T. Tapispisan said the activity which is dubbed as “Indigenous Peoples: Orientation for Project Staff and Stakeholders” will be held at the La Rica Hotel in Tacloban City starting in the afternoon of October 21 and will end in the afternoon of October 25. Said orientation aims to provide a venue for the IP communities to be heard and at the same time express their rights to a meaningful participation in the process of development. It will also serve as the venue for them to articulate their experiences on

the implementation of the different programs of the government and the needs of the communities that were not accommodated. Director Tapispisan said it will also serve as a venue for the government program implementers on how to strategically gear out programs intended for the Indigenous People. Among the topics is the IP component of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program which will tackle the IP participation framework, thrusts and priorities. Another topic is on the Philippine Indigenous Peoples which will define the Indigenous Peoples and their history. The Philippine IP Situationer and the Regional IP Situationer will also be continued on page 5

Undersecretary Eduardo Batac (left) of the Department of National Defense (DND) delivered the message of President Benigno S. Aquino III during the 69th Leyte Gulf Landings anniversary at the MacArthur Landing Memorial Shrine in Red Beach, Palo, Leyte, October 20. (Vino R. Cuayzon)

October 22, 2013

Palo Mayor pays tribute to WWII veterans BY: CONSUELO ALARCON


eterans are icons of patriotism of love of country and of fellowmen that the present generation should look up to.” These are the words uttered by Mayor Remedios L. Petilla of Palo Leyte, the place where the historic return of General Douglas MacArthur happened 69 years ago as she commended the veterans in the commemorative program in celebration of the 69th Leyte Gulf Landings Anniversary held at MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park at Barangay Candahug, in said town. The lady mayor said she can’t express in words how happy she is seeing the presence of some veterans and their sons and daughters coming from different parts of the country attending the celebration in Palo Leyte even if some of them are already in their 90’s. In her welcome message, Petilla emphasized that without the veterans whom the celebration is dedicated to there will be no celebration as she thanked and salute the veterans who struggled and fought side by side with allied forces that paid off the restoration of freedom and democracy that the Filipino people now savor and should forever be cherished so that their efforts may not be in vain. Meanwhile, Petilla said with the freedom that has been pass on from generation to generation, the municipality of Palo has grown to be a productive town over the years and now is being envisioned to be the center of tourism, culture and the arts in the region.

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October 22, 2013



Eastern Visayas remains peaceful as brgy. polls approaches BY: CONSUELO ALARCON


ore PNP personnel in Eastern Visayas will be deployed in all PNP Provincial Offices on october 24, 2013.This is in preparation for the forthcoming barangay elections on October 28, 2013. Police Region 8 Director Chief Superintendent Elmer R. Soria said, the simultaneous dispatch of PNP administrative personnel who will render election duties will be done nationwide. Meanwhile, Soria also informed that he has already ordered all PNP Provincial Directors to closely coordinate with the military counterparts to ensure an honest, orderly and peaceful elections in the region. In an interview with him Sunday, he said security preparations have already

been made particularly in barangays considered as “areas of concern”. PNP reports disclosed that more than 300 barangays in the region were tagged as “areas of concern” and “ areas of immediate concern”. These areas have intense political rivalries and a history of political violence in the past. However, Soria said no electionrelated incident has been reported in said areas during the period of filing of certificate of candidacy. Thus, he is very optimistic that the barangay elections will be peaceful with the cooperation of the communities. (PIA-8)

Tacloban commemorates National Correctional Consciousness Week


September 28, 2013 - November 12, 2013 Election Period for the 2013 Barangay Elections as per COMELEC Resolution No. 9715 October 11 - 17, 2013 (Except October 13) Filing of COCs for the 2013 Barangay Elections as per COMELEC Resolution No. 9761 October 18 - 26, 2013 Campaign Period for the 2013 Barangay Elections as per COMELEC Resolution No. 9749 October 28, 2013 2013 Barangay Elections pursuant to Sec. 1 of Republic Act No. 9340 September 28 - October 28, 2013 Period of Prohibition on issuance of Appointment, creation of new positions, promotions or giving salary increases As per COMELEC Resolution No. 9769

he Tacloban City Jail commemorates this year’s National Correctional Consciousness Week on October 21 – 27 with various activities centered on the theme “Makabago at Makataong Piitan: Kaagabay sa Matuwid na Daan.” Jail Officer 2 Resty Teves, Inmate Welfare and Development Officer, told the Philippine Information Agency that daily activities will be conducted throughout the week to raise the level of consciousness and promote awareness in both the public and private sectors of the plight of persons deprived of liberty. Teves said that an Opening Program was conducted on October 21 with the teachers of Alternative Learning System of DepEd as guests. In the afternoon of October 21, a singing contest among the inmates will be conducted, Teves said. A training on disaster preparedness will be facilitated by the Tacloban City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and by the Tacloban Rescue Unit, on Tuesday,

October 22. Moreover, on October 23, a Bible Game will be conducted in the morning while in the afternoon, a Children’s Party will be given to the children of the inmates. A two-day livelihood training for the inmates will be conducted on October 24 and 25 by the Tacloban City Cooperative Office in order to teach them on recycling materials and making paper Mache’ lampshades and other products. The closing program will be held on Sunday October 27 that will culminate with Saro-Saro with the families of the inmates, Teves added. Presidential Proclamation Number 551 by former President Fidel V. Ramos declared every last week of October as NACOCOW. Aimed to raise the, the NACOCOW activities also help strengthen the common understanding between the BJMP personnel and the inmates. (PIA 8)


October 22, 2013

Misiguro ang DOE Local law-makers seek to gather assistance for sa igong power supply alang sa 2013 barangay elections BY: MARCELO PEDALINO Ang Department of Energy (DOE) mipagawas sa Department Circular No. DC 2013-10-0026 nga nag-awhag sa mga energy agencies ug mga kaubanan sa electric power industry aron pagsiguro nga dunay pirmi ug nagpadayon nga suplay sa dagitab gikan sa Oktubre 21 hangtud Nobyembre 4 (pito ka adlaw sa dili pa ug pagtapos) panahon sa barangay elections karong Oktubre 28, 2013. Nanawagan ang DOE sa National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), National Electrification Administration (NEA) National Power Corporation ug sa iyang Small Utilities Group (NPC-SUG), Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp (PSALM), power generation companies, ug mga distribution utilities alang sa ilang hingpit ngs suporta sa tumong nga maka-angkon og malamposong piniliay. Ang circular, usab, nag-ingon nga ang maong mga energy agencies ug mga power industry players kinahanglan mopadangat sa mga hingtungdang DOE offices sa inoras nga mga tahu labot sa power situation sa adlaw sa eleksyon. Ang pagpagawas sa maong circular nahisubay sa mandato sa DOE nga mao ang pagtanyag og pamaagi alang sa integration, rationalization, ug coordination sa mga lain-laing kalihokan aron mapatuman ang energy policy sa Estado. Ang publiko mahimong masayod sa power updates pinaagi sa Twitter account sa DOE (@DOE_PH) ug sa DOE website (, ingon man sa lainlaing social networking site accounts sa mga nahisgutang mga energy agencies. (esg/translated by mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)

colleagues in quake stricken provinces BY: ALICIA NICART


r. Franklin Robedizo, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Secretary here, informed that the national organization of SP Secretaries is visiting their colleagues in Bohol and Cebu who were victims of the recent 7.2 earthquake. Before that he said, they will be soliciting financial aid and other support from their fellow SP secretaries nationwide, so that they will have something to share when they see them soon. He added that, the mutual help goes to whoever member of their organization who is faced with distressing conditions. Sangguniang Bayan(SB) Secretaries, Sangguniang Panglunsod(SP) and Sangguniang Panlalawigan(SP) are those members of the national organization of SPs, he added. Robedizo, who is the VicePresident for Visayas SP Secretaries likewise informed media over Radyo ng Bayan DYES that they will soon go on an educational tour. According to him, the entire Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the province, with Vice Governor Dindo Picardal, is visiting and observing one of the “paperless sessions” of Tacloban SP. He said that it is now becoming a trend

to hold this kind of session because it is cheaper, having no need to involve big volumes of office supplies. “However, meanwhile that the provincial LGU is still beset with financial constrains, each board member will have to bring and use his/her personal computer until the LGU is capable to procure the electronic communication equipment”, Robedizo said. This is still much cheaper than the old traditional manner of holding SP sessions, he said, because with the modern electronic ways, there is a lot of time and effort saved. Next to the education tour, an outdoor session has likewise been set for the whole Provincial Board, to deliberate on the proposed P800M plus 2014 Annual Budget. Robedizo however stressed that no funds had been shelled out from the SP Budget for the two aforesaid outdoor activities. Instead, each Board Member’s travel funds would be the ones charged to, for each of their travel. And, whether or not each of their secretary is joining them in the proposed official travels, is already dependent on the BM’s discretion. (PIAEastern Samar)

Free seaweeds available to seaweed farmers BY: AURORA J. CASIMPAN he Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic request for an unlimited amount and that Resources (BFAR) in Eastern Visayas is the seed bank has about 900 seaweeds to giving free seaweeds to seaweed farmers be availed. who incurred losses as a result of their Presently, seaweed farmers from ruined seaweed farms due to typhoons Basey and Guiuan towns in Eastern Samar and other calamities. and some parts of Leyte have requested The giving of free seaweeds for free seaweeds from their seed bank. is expected to help the farmers regain BFAR is undertaking the provision losses caused by calamities. of free seaweeds as part of its programs Mary Prose Cag-ong, BFAR and projects in its continuing support laboratory staff announced the BFAR plan and protection of the seaweed industry and said farmers can request for the free considered as one of the contributors to seaweeds through its Laboratory Division the country’s economy. (PIA-8) or seed bank. She informed farmers can



October 22, 2013

DTI Leyte heightens campaign vs defective Christmas lights


he Department of Trade and Industry in the province of Leyte has been on heightened campaign against business establishments selling defective Christmas lights in order to prevent accidents and risks to lives and properties. DTI Leyte Director Desiderio Belas, Jr., has been urging the buying public to check Christmas lights to ensure that said items carry the Product Standards (PS) or International Compliance Certificate (ICC) markings on their label. Director Belas said their department is intensifying their campaign

against Christmas items zeroing in on defective Christmas lights and decors. Belas is encouraging the consumers to be more vigilant as the Department intensifies the monitoring of Christmas lights and decorations. “We have started monitoring the stores as early as September but our monitoring will be more intensified by November onwards as this is the time when Christmas decorations are in high demand,” Director Belas said. Belas disclosed that DTI inspectors do not solely focus on the

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International Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers but also on other aspects of the goods that will ensure their quality. Christmas lights that are imported should bear an ICC sticker, likewise, locally made must bear PH sticker, Belas also stressed. He also revealed the genuine feature of ICC stickers. Once they notice the ICC mark on products, they must see if it bears numbers and those numbers should correspond with the registration certificate issued by the DTI. If the ICC mark does not bear numbers then it is not genuine, he said. It was learned that customers choose to buy lights even if it lacks the necessary compliance labels because of the low price. “We need more partners from the private sector with heightened awareness and consciousness of consumer rights so they will be able to tell the business about possible violations,” Belas added. DTI is determined to make the buying public understand the necessity of choosing Christmas lights labeled with the proper markings rather than buy defective lights sold at low price but will be putting lives at risk. (PIA 8)

DPWH8 to inspect structures in EVisayas BY: AURORA J, CASIMPAN


n official of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Eastern Visayas confirmed that the department will conduct an inspection of all public structures in the region to see if any of the structures suffered damage during the 7.2 tremor which hit the Visayas regions in October 15. Engr. Charlie Carlobos, DPWH engineer and team leader said that their office received report that two bridges in the region sustained damages during the quake which sow so much damage to some structures in some areas in Cebu

and Bohol provinces. He informed the two bridges in the region are Consuegra Bridge in Leyte,Leyte and Liloan Bridge in Liloan, Southern Leyte. The DPWH official said that they inspected the report and found the two bridges were “seen to have abnormal gaps” although the damages were minor. He said they would do immediate repair works to the bridges to ensure that the structures are safe to be used. The Consuegra Bridge which has a span of 20 meters and Liloan Bridge with a length of 100 meters are located

along the Maharlika Highway. The infrastructure department will particularly inspect old bridges to see if the bridges were able to withstand the quake. The office has not received report that old bridges in the region like the Bernard Reed Bridge in Palo, Leyte suffered damage due to the tremor. Structural engineers of the department will conduct the inspection of roads and bridges in the region starting next week to ensure the structures are all safe. (PIA-8)


October 22, 2013

Pangulo Aquino papapagbatunon adton mga magamit han pundo han gobyerno ha diri asya nga pamaagi, sering han Palasyo


i Pangulo Benigno S. Aquino III en napabilin nga determinado papagbaton hadton mga responsabli han paggamit han Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAP) ha anomaliya nga pamaagi, sering hin usa nga opisyal han Palasyo. Dida hin usa nga panmaki-ana ha kahanginan han ginpapadalagan han gobyerno nga estasyon Radyo ng Bayan dzRB dida ha Domingo, hi Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte en nagsering nga an Chief Executive en padayon nga nagdudumara hin mga pitad parti panreporma pagseguro nga an pundo han publiko en gingagamit ha kaangayan nga pamaagi para ha benepisyo han mga Pilipino nga katawhan. “Ha pagkayana nga punto, importante nga mahibaruan kun para gud diin eni nga mga pundo….An ika-duha nga punto nga kaangayan pagdudumaraon amo an panginano kun gingamit an pundo han diri asya nga pamaagi. Kay kun diri asya an paggamit, sugad ha kaso han PDAF, pagdudumaraon naton an mga kaangayan nga pitad para maseguro nga an mga responsabli en madara ha hustisya,” sering ni Valte. An kanan Pangulo panawagan para “mamiling han kamatuoran, ngan papagbatunon adton mga responsabli”

World War ll veterans joined the commemorative parade during the 69th Leyte Gulf Landings anniversary at the MacArthur Landing Memorial Shrine in Palo, Leyte, October 20. (Vino R. Cuayzon)

Orientation on IPs...from page 1 discussed by the National and Regional IP Focal Persons, respectively. The IP communities in Region 8 will also be one of the topics. Part of the orientation is a lecture on Culture and Heritage, and the NCCA and the Indigenous People by a representative of the National Commission on Culture and Arts. The National Commission on Indigenous People representative will discuss the IP Right Act and the issues of Free Prior and Informed Consent and IPs and Development.

Republic Act No. 8371, dated October 29, 1997, known as the “Indigenous Peoples Rights Act” (IPRA) carried into effect the Constitution mandate for the recognition and protection of the rights of indigenous cultural communities/ indigenous peoples (ICCs/IPs) within the framework of national unity and development. Presidential Proclamation No. 1906 was issued in 2009 declaring the month of October of every year as National Indigenous Peoples Month. (PIA 8)

Palo mayor...from page 1 The historic return of General MacArthur locally dubbed as “Pagbalik” or known as “Leyte Landing” or “Liberation Day” enhances the cultural, social and economic life of the people for it attracts not only the local tourists but also foreign

tourists. The people of Palo, whom Mayor Petilla represents, have reaffirmed their commitment to the cause of freedom and that “we live each day as Freedom Day. (PIA-8)

han anomaleya nga paggamit han pundo han publiko en ginsusuportahan han kadam-an nga mga Pilipino, sugad han gindumara nga pinakabag-o nga Pulse Asia survey nga nagpapakita nga sobra unom ha kada napulo nga mga Pilipino en natugot han “baton ni Pangulo Aquino ngadto han isyu han gin-aaligar nga anomaleya nga paggamit han PDAF.”

An survey, nga gindumara han Pulse Asia tikang han Septyembre 14 ngadto ha 27, en nagsesering nga 63 porsyento en naaprobar han kanan Pangulo baton ngadto han gin-aaligar nga diri asya nga paggamit, lab-i na gud an iya paghatag hin garantiya papagbaton han mga akusado nga may kalabutan han padayon ha page 7


October 22, 2013


Aquino gindayaw Pilipino nga kumunidad ha South Korea han era suporta G indayaw ni Pangulo Benigno S. Aquino III an mga meyembro han Pilipino nga kumunidad para han era suporta han mga reporma han gobyerno ngan iba-iba nga mga pagbabag-o nga iya ginhimo ha ilarum han iya administrasyon. Eni nga pahimatngon en ginpagawas han Chief Executive dida han iya pakig-urosa han Pilipino nga

kumonidad nga gindumara ha Lotte Hotel dinhi. “Damo nga salamat mahitungod nga kamo an nagdudumara han pagbabag-o. Kamo la gihapon an akon boss --- kamo an magsesering kun mapadayon ba kita, o babalikon naton an kadaan nga pagpalakat kun diin pipira la an nagpupulos,” sering niya.

“Nakab-utan na naton an pagbabag-o --- ngan ada la gihapon ha aton, ha aton kagustuhan nga magkaurosa, ada ha aton mga kamot kun tipaunanho hihimuon nga permanente an pagbabag-o nga aton natatagamtaman ha pagkayana,” dugang pa niya. Sering ni Pangulo Aquino nga padayon hiya nga magigin tangkod han iya mga obligasyon, kun diin dugang pa niya nga makakatapod an mga Pilipino nga igpapadayon niya kun ano an maupay para han mga Pilipino nga katawhan. Sering han Pangulo nga an ngatanan nga mga reporma nga iya iginpahamtang ha gobyerno en gindesenyo para maibutang an ngatanan ha tadong nga pamaagi para ha benepisyo han katawhan. Samtang ginsumatan hera han Pangulo parti han diri pala maiha nga natapos nga diri pagka-asya ha Zamboanga City, an impeachment han anay Chief Justice ngan han pagpasa han mga kaso kuntra han anay pangulo, upod an mga kalamidad sugad han mga bagyo ngan linog nga nakaigo han nasud, iginpahamtang gihapon han Pangulo an mga positibo nga mga panhitabo han nasud. Iginpahamtang ni Pangulo Aquino an mga positibo nga nanhihitabo ha edukasyon nga sektor, PhilHealth, an Conditional Cash Transfer Program, sugad man han iya gius pagpauro-upay han ekonomeya han nasud. “Bag-o matapos eni yana nga tuig, sarado an an backlog naton ha classroom, ngan padayon pa kita nga makakaghimo hini para han mas matikadamo nga mga estudyante mahitungod han K to 12,” sering niya. Ha PhilHealth, nagsering an Pangulo nga 84 porsyento han mga Pilipino en nahipan-enroll na dida han nasabi nga programa. “Nabatian na gihapon niyo an aton Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino padayon ha page 7

October 22, 2013 Aquino gindayaw..tikang ha page 6 Program. Hini nga programa, may cash transfer nga nakakarawat an mga kablas nga mga pamilya, kabalyo han pagpapasulod ha eskwela han era mga kabataan, ngan pagpapa-check up kun burod – mga kundisyon kun diin hera la gihapon an nabubuligan,” sering niya. Gin-aghat ni Pangulo Aquino an mga Pilipino nga makig-usa han gobyerno ha iya paniguro nga makapahamtang han kaangayan nga dalan. “Makig-usa unta an ngatanan ngan bumulig para ngadto han pagbabag-o,” sering niya. “Kun maipapakita naton ha bug-os nga kalibutan nga ha Pilipinas, an ngatanan en nagsusunod han mga balaud, bangin pati an pagtikahitaas nga aton GDP nga 7.6 porsyento ha una nga unom ka-bulan han yana nga tuig, en mas pa nga humitaas,” sering niya. Ha pagtapos, gin-aghat han Pangulo an mga Pilipino nga nangungukoy ngan nagtatrabaho ha Seoul nga buligan an South Korea ha pagdumara han era mga obligasyon bali Pilipino nga kumunidad.(Trans. by MAA/ PIA8)

Pangulo Aquino pagpapabatunon... tikang ha page 5 diri asya nga paggamit han PDAF. Eni nga sentimyento en ginpapaburan han mayoreya han kada geographic area (60% ngado ha 65%) ngan han socio-economic nga grupo (63% ngadto ha 68%). “Ha luyo han paniguro parti han diri asya nga direksyon, an aton katawhan en klaro nga nagrerekognisar han kan Pangulo Aquino kadeterminado pagdumara han ginkikinahanglan nga mga pitad pagreporma para maseguro nga an pundo han publiko en asya an paggamit ha paghatag han ginkikinahanglan nga inprastraktura ngan mga serbisyo,” sering ni Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma. Sering dida han Pulse Asia Research, dida han Septyembre 2013 nga Ulat ng Bayan Survey en nagpapakita nga 9 ha kada 10 nga mga Pilipino (90%) en maaram parti han mga isyu nga may kalabutan han PDAF o pork barrel. (Translated by maa/PIA8)



October 22, 2013


Gius paghatag hin bulig ha mga biktima han linog ha Bohol ngan Cebu nagpapadayon A n gobyerno Aquino en padayon nga ginpapakuro-kusgan an paniguro paghatag hin bulig ngadto han mga apektado nga pamilya han may kakurosgun nga 7.2 nga linog nga nakabay-og han Central Bisayas dida han Oktubre 15 pinaagi han pandistribwer han mga pagkaon ngan iba pa nga mga higamit nga makantidad Php8-05milyones ngadto han mga biktima han linog, sering hin usa nga opisyal han Palasyo. Dida hin usa nga panmaki-ana nga ginpawas han ginpapadalagan han gopbyerno nga estasyon han radyo DzRB Radyo ng Bayan dida han Domingo, hi Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte en nagsering nga an Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) nga mga empleyado en kumadto han mga iba-iba nga mga apektado nga mga lugar ha Bohol ngan Cebu para

mandistribwer han mga pagkaon ngan mga higamit. “Kakulop han aga, an bulig nga ginpandistribwer ngadto han mga apektado nga mga pamilya en maabot na Php8.05-milyones nga nakumponi hin mga pagkaon ngan iba pa nga mga higamit tikang ha DSWD, ngan an pandistribwer en nagpapadayon la gihapon hasta pa ngada yana,” sering ni Valte. “Ginpapanigurohan pa naton nga maabot adton an iba pa nga mga barangay o mga munisipyo nga nanginginahanglan pa hin bulig tikang ha DSWD,” sering niya. Sering ni Valte nga an DSWD en padayon la gihapon nga nakikipagkuordinar han mga lokal nga pangobyernohan para han dayon nga pagpadangat han mga bulig sugad han pagkaon ngan iba pa nga mga higamit.

An gius pagpadangat han mga bulig en magpapadayon tubtub nga bumalik ha normal han mga bungto nga nahidadabihan ha Bohol ngan Cebu, sering ni Valte. “Maabot 55,769 nga mga pamilya o 257,268 nga mga indibidwal nga nangungukoy han gawas han mga evacuation centers ha Bohol ngan Cebu en ginbubuligan gihapon,” pagklaro ni Valte. “An total han aton mga evacuation centers en abri la gihapon, 93 nga mga evacuation centers … mayda kita 68 nga evacuation centers ha Bohol nga nagseserbi hin maabot 21,807 nga mga pamilya, ngan 25 evacuation centers ha Cebu nga nagseserbi hin maabot 1,009 nga mga pamilya,” sering niya. (Trans maa/PIA 8)

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Undersecretary Eduardo Batac (in barong) saluted the colors during the arrival honors as guest of honor of the 69th Leyte Gulf Landings anniversary at MacArthur Landing Memorial Shrine in Palo, Leyte, October 20. At left is 8ID commander BGen Jet Velarmino. (Vino R. Cuayzon)

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