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October 31, 2013

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


Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

October 31, 2013

DOTC-LTO kicks off Oplan Ligtas Undas in Eastern Visayas


he Oplan Ligtas Undas of the Department of Transportation and Communications kicked off in Eastern Visayas at 8:00 o’clock in the morning of October 25, Regional Director Edgar A. Catarongan of the Land Transportation Office in the Region said. Director Catarongan said DOTC’s Ligtas Oplan Undas 2013 is part of the Department’s continuing program to provide travelers with convenient, affordable, reliable, efficient and safe travel experience this All Saints Day holidays. As in the previous year, DOTC in cooperation with its attached agencies are ensuring that public will have safe and convenient sea, land and air travel during this season, Director Catarongan added. All the LTO District and Extension offices all over the Region has set up DOTC-LTO Help Desks in various transport terminals in their respective areas of jurisdiction around the Region where there is expected increase in ridership and vehicle traffic. Director Catarongan said the DOTC-LTO Help Desks in Tacloban City are at the Tacloban City Airport and Tacloban City Bus Terminal. There will also be personnel who will man the base and another team will be roving around the City. In Tacloban City, LTO-8 has deployed Field Enforcement Team personnel from the LTO Regional, Tacloban District and Tacloban Extension Offices to extend assistance and services continued on page 5

Msgr. Ramon Aguilos (2nd from left), Chairman of the Board, Leyte-Samar Heritage Society, Inc. answers questions from the media in connection with the Dayaw 2013 (Philippine Indigenous Peoples Festival) at the Harampang ha PIA in Tacloban City, October 29. Also in photo are (l-r) Prof. Joycie Dorado-Alegre, NCCA Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts, PIA 8 regional director Olive Tiu and Dayaw 2013 secretariat head Dr. Marietta Manaog. (Vino R. Cuayzon)

Leyte seminar to create awareness on the ASEAN MRA on tourism professionals


ome November 5, 2012, an ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) on Tourism Professional Awareness Seminar is set to be conducted at the Oriental Leyte, Palo, Leyte. Department of Tourism Region 8 Director Karina Rosa Tiopes said that this is in line with the implementation of the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Tourism Professionals (ASEAN MRA-TP) signed by the ASEAN member countries last November 09, 2012. Director Tiopes said the ASEAN MRA on Tourism Professionals is a significant component in the ASEAN Economic Community Integration by 2015, which will enable the mobility of employment for skilled tourism labour within the region or the movement of tourism professionals among member countries.

The significant element to this arrangement is the recognition of skills and qualifications of working tourism professionals from different ASEAN countries, Director Tiopes said. Once fully integrated in 2015, ASEAN-certified tourism professionals who pass the common competency standards may find employment in various divisions of labor that are common across various sectors of tourism in member countries. However, before one may be certified, a tourism professional has to accomplish a set of basic and essential requirements before being considered as qualified for a particular job. In effect the program seeks to develop the skills of tourism students or graduates in the Philippines to enable them to find jobs in any ASEAN member

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October 31, 2013

Media award highlights closing rites of National Statistics Month in Eastern Visayas BY: LEONILO LOPIDO


or the first time in the history of National Statistics Month celebration in Eastern Visayas, media award highlighted the closing rites. NEDA REgion 8 Director and Chairman of the Regional Statistical Coordination Committee Atty. Bonifacio Uy and National Statistical Coordination Board Regional Head Evangeline Paran handed the plaque of recognition to PIA REgion 8 Director Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu for her significant contributions in promoting, popularizing and using statistics in information dissemination and other relevant purpose. Private media practitioner Mr. Sarwel Meniano of the Leyte Samar Daily Express and Business World, was also recognized for his contribution for the promotions of statistics in information dissemination. He was also presented another plaque and cash prize from the Central Office for being a nominee to the NSM media award. Director Paran said the media award is a recognition of the important role of media as important partner of the government in nation building and development. After the various activities

MEDIA AWARDS. Philippine Information Agency 8 director Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu (2nd from left) and Sarwel Meniano (center) of Leyte Samar Daily Express and Business World received a plaque of recognition from NEDA-8 director and RSCC chairman Bonifacio Uy (left) and NSCB regional head Evangeline Paran (right) for their significant contributions in promoting, popularizing and using statistics in information dissemination and other relevant purpose during the closing ceremony of the 24th National Statistics Month held at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Tacloban Branch, October 30. Meniano received also another plaque and cash prize from NSCB central office for being a nominee to the national NSM Media Award. Also in photo is Mr. Joseph Norbert David, BSP acting deputy director. (Raul S. Tiozon, Jr./PIA-8)

relative to this year’s celebration of the 24th National Statistics Month which centered on the theme “Statistics that Matter to Every Filipino,” the fitting

Closing Ceremony was hosted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and cosponsored by the Department of Tourism continued on page 3

Southern Leyte sends P500,000 worth aid for Bohol quake victims BY: MARCELO M. PEDALINO


wenty-one (21) personnel from the provincial government here, along with some officials and heads of offices, left for Bohol in a land trip via Bato, Leyte, early in the morning of October 30 to deliver food packages for earthquake victims in six towns of Bohol. The group brought with them three dumptrucks loaded with assorted basic goods already segregated, ready for distribution in 1,150 packages, and two dumptrucks carrying 1,000 gallons of water, said Minda Rosete, head of Provincial Social Welfare and

Development Office (PSWDO). “Gov. Roger Mercado wished them well during a brief send-off ceremony at the provincial DSWD office shortly before they left for Bato,” Rosete told Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in a phone patch, adding that she was unable to join the trip due to a sore cough. From Bato, the team will have their first stop at Ubay, then on to the other towns of Trinidad, Carmen, Sagbayan, Catigbian, and Balilihan, areas heavily devastated by the 7.2 tremor October 15, Rosete said.

The humanitarian mission to Bohol has a budget of P500,000 taken from the province’s calamity fund, including fuel and other necessary expenses for the 21 personnel who will handle the distribution to the quake victims, she added. Each package contained five kilos of rice, two canned sardines, two corned beef, pieces of noodles, nescafe, and milo, and one gallon filled with six liters of mineral water. The team is expected to stay in continued on page 5


October 31, 2013

BFAR seeks Samarnon’s support for the fishing industry


FAR national Director Asis Perez urged Samarnons to protect Samar Sea and in turn get government support. During a meeting with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) officials recently on board the MV/ DA-BFAR research vessel, Perez revealed that in 2012 the government allocated 1.9 Billion only for fisheries and increased in 2013 to 4.6 Billion. This is one of the manifestations that our government is confident that the fishing industry can boost the economy, he said. The director added that the fishing industry has contributed to the country’s growth yet, 41% of our fisher folks remain poor. Today, with the new and bigger fund infusion, the government is now focusing on areas that need help. The government this time is bent on resource protection, resource enhancement, production enhancement, post-harvest and infrastructure support fisheries and researches. The director then encouraged the Samar mayors present to improve the

fish section in the town’s public market. BFAR officials reported that premier fish species are still found in Samar Sea and that protection is needed. Perez then asked the local executives to protect the marine resources by discouraging illegal fishing, enact ordinances for the environment, and implement the laws on fisheries as this will spell more income for them. Perez asked them to work hand in hand with the national government. “Only a few do illegal fishing but many citizens are affected.” He then proceeded to brief the guests on board about the National Payao Program where some payaos or fish aggregating device are placed in sea waters. These payaos after a few months can attract fish where locals can catch using gears that will catch the bigger ones. Perez then, took the chance to visit the distant island municipality of Almagro, he personally delivered the good news of BFAR’s support to the fisher folks that converged in the town plaza, where he sought their support

and protection for the fish aggregating device. Mayor Kathleen Prudenciado said that she and her constituents were very happy with the big help that coming from the government. The mayor committed to do their share protecting payaos and the environment for sustainable fishing.(PIA 8- Samar with Avha H. Ebalde)

Media award...from page 2 (DOT) on October 30 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Conference Room. At the start of the program, Acting Deputy Director Joseph Norbert S. David of BSP formally welcomed the guests and deliver the opening remarks. This was followed by data presentations on ‘Banking and Finance Statistics’ by BSP Senior Research Specialist Ma. Theresa N. Labrador. On the other hand, the Department of Tourism through Tourism Operations Assistant Rodel Balierbare presented the ‘Tourism Statistics’. After the presentation of the Media Awards, Director Uy and Director Paran presented the tokens of appreciation to the various government agencies, State Colleges and Universities and non- government organizations whose active participation and support paved the way for the successful implementation of the NSM Month in the region. Director Uy, in his closing remarks said with the cooperation of all the stakeholders, Eastern Visayas was declared as the Best NSM Region for 2012. The NSCB in the Region led by Director Paran received a cash prize which they graciously used to procure the tokens that made everybody happy during the closing program, he said. (PIA-8)


October 31, 2013

Naval SB member Gabino S. Velasquez IV (at the rostrum), committee chairman on health, explains to the mothers who are members of the Ang Dating Daan (ADD) locale in Naval town, the importance of breastfeeding in the improvement of the nutritional status of their young children during the national simultaneous breastfeeding held in their church at Brgy. Atipolo, Naval, Biliran, October 24, 2013 dubbed as “Sabay-Sabay Sumuso sa Ina” conducted in 1,000 ADD coordinating centers in the Philippines and in some nearby Asian countries was made to break the present Guinness World Record for simultaneous breastfeeding in multiple sites. Also witnessing the activity are:Judy M. Realino (standing left), ADD site organizer and Flordelis E. Jackson (sitting right), provincial information manager of PIA-Biliran. (rvictoria/ PIA-8 Biliran)

PCSO notes increase of clients BY: AURORA CASIMPAN


he Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)-Leyte based in this city has noted an increase in the number of people seeking assistance for medical help from its office. Genciano Creer, PCSO-Leyte officer-in-charge noticed that in the past few days the office has catered to as much as 30 clients seeking medical or hospitalization assistance where previously there were only about 10 clients the office catered for the same assistance.

The PCSO official disclosed that last year the office assisted 1,199 clients and released a total of P13.63 million for medical and hospitalization assistance. It was learned the office can only release at least P2 million a month of not less than P1000 per client seeking medical or hospitalization assistance. However, PCSO can provide medical or hospitalization assistance of as much as P100,000 for extreme cases like the need for dialysis of a patient, Creer clarified. (PIA-8)

DILG holds “Bottom-Up Budgeting” orientation for LGus BY: SAMUEL D. CANDIDO


n pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on reducing poverty from 26.5% in 2009 to 16.6% by

2015, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Eastern Samar Provincial Office conducted recently, a

one-day orientation to the 22 Municipal Local Government Units(LGUs) and one City Local Government Unit of the province. It was dubbed “Bottom-up Budgeting” (BuB) which is considered now the so called Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP). The orientation was held at the DILG Conference Hall, this City. According to Candelaria A. Badillo, Local Government Operations Officer V (LGOO-V), the orientation aimed to ensure the inclusion of the funding requirements for the development needs of focus municipalities and cities in the budget proposals of participating agencies and to attain the goals of Philippine Development Plan(PDP) specifically on the inclusive growth and poverty reduction. She added that, the purpose of this program is to provide participating agencies and local government units (LGUs) with the policy guidelines, processes, responsibilities and timeliness in the bottom-up budgeting approach that will be applied in the preparation of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 National Expenditure Program. Badillo also said that the program is focusing on poverty issues that are based from results of Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS), State of Local Government Report and existing plans such as: Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP), Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CPLU) and Executive-Legislative Agenda. For this year (2013), there are six LGUs that availed of the program, these are: Arteche, Oras, Gen. Mac-Arthur, Quinapondan, Llorente and Dolores. Next year, 2014, there would be 17 municipal LGUs and one city that will benefit the same program. Badillo added that upon the approval of their BuB/GPBP projects, it shall be incorporated by the participating agencies and Department of Budget continued on page 5

October 31, 2013 DOTC-LTO...from page 1 to the general riding public to ensure their safety and welfare. The team is also mandated to record and to act on complaints reported and to recommend appropriate action on erring drivers, conductors and inspectors of various public utility vehicles from October 25 to November 4, 2013. (PIA 8)

Leyte seminar...from page 1

state. At present, there are six labor divisions where tourism professionals may find employment in member countries, namely 1) Front Office; 2) Housekeeping; 3) Food Production; 4) Food and Beverage Services (for Hotel Services); 5) Travel Agency; and 6) Tour Operations (for Travel Services Division). The DOT is targeting as seminar participants Tourism Schools and Institutions; Hotel and Restaurant Associations; Tour Operator Associations; Tour Guide Associations; Chefs Associations; Housekeepers Associations; Local TESDA focal persons and TESDA tourism trainers and assessors. Said seminar which will start at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon, is being organized by the Department of Tourism - Office of Tourism Standards and Regulation (OTSR); the Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc. (TIBFI) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) which play key roles in the implementation of the ASEAN MRT on Tourism Professionals. (PIA 8)

Southern Leyte...from page 2 Bohol for three days, and they will be back by Friday, November 1, Rosete also said. In a text message, Diego Dain Credo, the provincial Media Relations officer who joined trip, reported that among the heads of offices who led the relief assistance were Danilo Atienza, Disaster Consultant, Nedgar Garvez, Tourism Officer, and Board Member Ailleen Estrera. (PIA8-Southern Leyte)


Philippine Army to add strength in 2014


he Philippine Army in its determination to win the peace and not just defeat the enemy, will add their forces in 2014 according to 8th Infantry Division (8ID) Public Affairs Chief Captain Amado Gutierrez. He said that throughout the country, some 19 to 20 thousand able bodied men will be recruited but he is not sure how many will be hired for the 8th ID. Presently, the Philippine Army (PA) conducted a mobile recruitment in three areas in Eastern Visayas (EV) last weekend, some 917 applicants for Candidate Soldier (CS) and 15 applicants for officer tried their luck in an examination. There were 636 examinees for CS at the 8th ID Camp Lucban, Maulong, Catbalogan City, 197 for CS and seven for officership in Leyte Colleges, Tacloban City while 84 for CS and eight for officership in Camp Downes, Ormoc City. Gutierrez said that the usual quota for every division for additional

strength is 150, but they are hoping that in 2014, more will be added. The army official said that the army is really in need of additional strength since there is a big number of men going out than getting in. “We will be recruiting next year to increase our strength,” said Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel Lt Col Noel Vestuir (OG1) Vestuir also congratulated newly promoted men of the division. Nine officers were promoted from 1LT to Captain, 384 enlisted personnel were promoted to MSG, TSG, SSG, SGT and CPL. “Their promotion is a just and fitting recognition of their dedicated service and continuing commitment of serving the country and people in this part of the country.” “Increase in the number of stripes means increase in base pay, and also increase in responsibility as Non Commissioned Officers” OG1 expressed. (PIA 8- Samar with Avha H. Ebalde)

DILG holds...from page 4

Government Agencies (NGAs) and one Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) which are covered by the bottom-up budgeting initiative, in crafting the 2014 national government budget and 20% of which shall be those projects that are priority concerns of the national government such as MDG, Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Preparedness . The 11 NGAs and one GOCC are DA, DAR, DOE, DOLE, DepEd, DENR, DOH, DILG, DSWD, DTI, DOT and TESDA. For this year, there are 408 approved projects but only 93 projects are now being implemented by this 11 NGAs and one GOCC. That is why the government urges the Civil Society Organizations (CSO) to monitor the said projects in order to achieve transparency of public funds. (PIA-E. Samar)

(DBM) into the FY 2015 National Expenditure Program (NEP) in the national level, wherein each municipality will receive a minimum LGU project proposal of P15-M and the maximum is P50-M. However, a counterpart fund would be required from the beneficiaries. For the City, it is 40% of the BuB budget cap, while for Municipalities up to 100% cost of project, 10% of the Local Development Fund (LDF), Over 100% up to 150% cost of project, 15% LDF and Over 150% cost of project, 20% LDF. The counterpart to be provided must be sourced out from the LDF, Badillo added. Badillo emphasized that 80% of the identified priority projects of LGUs must jibe with the Menu of Programs that are listed in the 11 National


October 31, 2013

WARAY NEWS DSWD nakig-usa han mga LGUs pagpadarodagmit pandistribwer mga bulig para mga lugar nga nagkaiigo han linog


ara mapadarodagmit an pandistribwer han mga bulig ngadto han mga lugar nga nagkaiigo han linog ha Bohol, hi Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman en nagsering nga kinahanglan nga magkaada hin makusog nga kuordinasyo ngadto han mga nahitutungdan nga mga lokal nga pangobyernohan.

Ginklaro han Secretary nga an lokal nga mga opisyal en mas maaran han mga situwasyon ngan panguna nga mga panginahanglan han iya mga mulopyo, salit, kinahanglan nga hera en konsultahon. Pero, iya liwat ginesplikar nga an mga bulig en diri kinahanglan nga ighatag ngadto han lokal nga mga opisyal.

“Ha mga oras hin krisis, kinahanglan nga kita en magibulig-bulig ngan diri manmulitiko,” dugang pa ni Secretary Soliman. Ha pagka-Oktubre 24, an DSWD en nagpasabot nga tikang matabo an linog, umabot hin 198,113 nga mga family packs en pinandistribwer ngadto ha 39 nga mga bungto upod an siyudad han Tagbiliran han nagkausa nga grupo han DSWD, an Gobyerno Panlalawigan han Bohol, ngan han mga pribado nga organisasyon. Labot la han mga pagkaon, an DSWD en nanhatag gihapon hin 153 karolyo hin laminated plastic tents nga gagamiton bali temporaryo nga urokyan han mga pamilya tikang ha mga bungto han Loon, Maribojoc, Catigbian, San Isidro, Cortes, Tubigon, San Miguel, Antequerra, Dagohoy, Carmen, Batuan, Sikatuna, Sierra Bullones, Dimiao, Pilar, Bilar, Sagbayan, Corella, ngan Trinidad. Dida han panguna nga 109 evacuation centers, 81 na la yana an abri. An Kadamo han community-based evacuation sites en napabilin la gihapon ha 22. “Ada na kami yana ha ika-duha nga parti han pandistribwer han bulig. Nakig-usa na gihapon kami han lokal ngan international humanitarian nga mga grupo para matikangan an pagplano para hin turo-temprano nga paniguro nga makabawi ngan rehabilitasyon,” dugang pa ni Secretary Soliman. Samtang, nagbutang an DSWD hin mga social workers ngadto han mga bungto nga duro nga nagkaaapektohan ngan nagtikang na pandistribwer han Disaster Assistance Family Access Card (DAFAC) ngadto han mga pamilya. An panuyo han DAFAC amo an pagbalidar han kahimtang han mga apektado nga mga pamilya ngan magseserbi bali indikasyon para ha panhatag hin dugang ngan kaangayan nga ipanharatag nga pagkikinhanglanon han kada pamilya.


October 31, 2013

Indigenous Groups from 32 countries to join Dayaw Festival in Leyte BY: CONSUELO B. ALARCON


hirty-two countries in Asia will send its Indigenous Groups here on November 27-29 to participate in this year’s Dayaw Festival, the biggest gathering of Indigenous Filipino Communities organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) headed by NCCA Chairman Felipe M. De Leon Jr. Commissioner Joycie DoradoAlegre of the NCCA Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA) said more than 400 Indigenous People from a hundred Ethnolinguistic Communities and ritual leaders in the Philippines and abroad are expected to join the festival. T h e participants includes Gadday, Isinay, Tinggian, Itneg, Ibanag, Yogad, Itawit, M a l a w e g , Ivatan, Bugkalot, Isnag, Kalinga, Ifugao, Ibaloi, Kankanaey, Balangao, Bontok, Applai, Ayta, Mangyan, Palawani, M o l b o g , Jama Mapun, Tagbanua, Pala’wan, Batak, Cuyunon, Agta, Ati, Panay Bukidnon, Waray, Abaknon, Yakan, Subanen, M a n o b o , Higaonon, M a n d a y a , M a n s a k a , B’laan, Sangir, Ata Manobo, T’boli, Teduray, Arumanen,

Mamanwa, Maranao, Magindanao, Iranun, Tausug and a lot more. The objective of this is to highlight the importance and richness of indigenous cultures, beliefs, arts, tradition, insights and their indigenous way of life. This year’s Dayaw Festival has several activities such as institutionalized film showing, fashion show of indigenious attire, showcasing of indigenous foods, ritual performances, forum, demonstration of traditional cuisine and games, arts and crafts exhibit and cultural tours, among others. Spearheaded by the NCCA’s

Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts (SCCTA) under Commissioner Joycie Dorado-Alegre in coordination with the Provincial Government of Leyte through Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla, the City Government of Tacloban and LeyteSamar Heritage Society, this year’s Dayaw Festival promises to be one which will long be remembered. Dayaw Festival is done yearly in line with the Presidential Proclamation No. 1906. (PIA-8)


October 31, 2013

Southern Leyte Social Welfare and Development Services Office leads in packing of relief goods such as rice, canned goods, coffee, milo, sugar, bottled water, among others for Bohol earthquake victims. The packing at the PSWDO office was assisted by the Philippine Army, Girl Scouts of the Philippines and other concerned government and private entities. (PIA8/Southern Leyte)

DPWH-North Samar 2nd DEO intensifies advocacy on implementation of DPWH Order No. 52 BY: AILENE DIAZ


he Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Northern Samar Second District Engineering Office (NSSDEO)intensify its advocacy through the recently conducted pulong-pulong on DPWH Department Order No. 52, also known as Removal of Obstructions and Prohibited Use within the Right-of-Way of National Roads. Led by Assistant District Engineer Pablito C. Quinones, Jr. the activity was

conducted at the Liga ng mga Barangay building in the town of Pambujan, Northern Samar. According to Mr. Rey Orsua, DPWH NSSDEO PIO Unit, NSSDEO personnel took turns in presenting to the constituents various laws and order regarding the DPWH road-right-of-way and the proper utilization of the country’s national roadways. Orsua said that aside from

DPWH Department Order No. 52, other relevant laws was discussed during the forum stressing thereat that it is unlawful for any person to usurp any portion of a road-right-of-way, convert any part of any public highway, bridge, wharf or trail to his/her own private use or to obstruct the same in any manner. Residents of Barangay Cababtoan, a river bank village situated along Catarman Rawis Road were invited to the dialogue as they are presently occupying a substantial portion of the approached and embankment of Pambujan bridge. Early on, District Engineer Ferdinand Briones sent them notice to vacate the area as they are well within the DPWH protective road portions and the makeshift houses they built on the embankment creates high risk to the stability of the structure particularly when flooding season comes. Aside from those pre identified affected residents, present during the forum were Pambujan Mayor Lino Balanquit, Municipal Engineer Amancio Acedera, Building Official Pedro Balanquit,Jr. Pambujan Police Chief Sr. Insp. Moises Balanquit, Cababtoan Punong Barangay and other local officials. On the part of DPWH-NSSDEO, present were Chief Construction Section Engr. Nilo Montubig; Assist. Chief of Maintenance Section Engr. Joseph Romance; Planning Section Engr. Gil Herrera; Maintenance Point Person Cesar Lim; Engr. Allan Chan, PIO Unit and media representatives. (PIA8-Northern Samar)

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