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October 6, 2013

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Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

DSWD prepositions food packs in 12 EastVisayas disaster-prone areas


he Department of Social Welfare and Development in Eastern Visayas has prepositioned family food packs to disaster-prone areas of the region in keeping with the agency’s augmentation support role in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. DSWD Region 8 Director Remia Tapispisan said the agency is taking a proactive stance to be able to provide timely response to victims of calamities, with the onset of the typhoon months and the rainy season. “In fact, we have been prepositioning family food packs since July, this year,” Director Tapispisan said adding that the DSWD is most concerned of the vulnerable families who become totally helpless as they are displaced from their homes and their source of livelihood. The Lady Regional Director disclosed that the priority areas issued with said relief aid are the municipalities of Palo, Abuyog, La Paz, Mahaplag and MacArthur in the province of Leyte; Saint

Bernard and San Juan in the province of Southern Leyte; Santa Rita, Tarangnan and Pagsanjan in Samar province; and the city of Tacloban. Ms. Pauline Nadera, the focal person for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management of DSWD, said that each of the priority areas was provided a total of 500 family food packs. Each pack costs P250.00 and is good for a day’s consumption of a family with five members. Each family food pack contains three kilos of rice, four tins of canned meat, three packs of noodles, and one box of 150 grams Milk, Ms. Nadera said emphasizing that the food packs are exclusively for disaster victims. Meanwhile, Ms. Vina Aquino, Information Officer of DSWD-8 said that DSWD has issued some reminders to the concerned local government units. Among these is that of ensuring that food commodities are stored in a safe continued on page 7

October 6, 2013

OPAPP urges Samar barangay leaders to prioritize peace promoting projects


he Office of Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) urged barangay chairmen to prioritize peace promoting projects in their communities. OPAPP Consultant Ana Laylo, stressed this during the three-day skills training for Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan- Agrarian Reform Area (Pamana-ARA) Field Personnel held at Ciriaco Hotel, Calbayog City on September 30 to October 2. Some 13 barangays in San Jorge, Samar are identified for the PAMANA ARA, projects and five of these barangays have already received Php 300,000.00 for their livelihood projects. “Your project must not only concern the need of the people, but continued on page 7 Saint Bernard, Southern Leyte (

2 LGU- Southern Leyte urges constituents to embrace agriculture, promote organic farming


he local government of Southern Leyte thru the leadership of Provincial Governor Roger Mercado urged the constituents to embrace agriculture even as its provincial agriculture office promotes organic farming, among other agricultural modern technologies. Governor Roger Mercado said during the Action Center Kapihan sa PIA cable TV program at Provincial Capitol on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. “In my stint as congressman for the lone district of Southern Leyte for several years, I have released millions of pesos from my fund allocations for agricultural development programs of the province but results are far from expected. ” Mercado said that people’s desire are getting away from agriculture even as he noted that most of the children of the farmers are taking professions other than becoming farmers, who should have taken over agricultural development as the younger generation. He noted that as of today, supplies of basic commodities such as vegetables, chicken, hog, among others, are mostly coming from Mindanao and Cebu suppliers, hence, he urged the people to engage in agriculture production so that supply for food in the province should be able to cope with the growing population. While, Provincial Agriculturist Marina Gador reported during the same activity said organic farming has slowly been imbibed by the local farmers after years of transferring modern technology thru painstaking lectures in close coordination with the local government units. She was elated to report that the absence of labeled inorganic fertilizers in rice fields is a strong indicator that local palay farmers are adopting organic farming. She also discussed that province continued on page 3

October 6, 2013

MCAP ensures compliance to health, safety standards, others BY: ALICIA NICART


r. Dave Gange, Project and Management Consultant of the Millennium Challenge Account Philippines(MCAP) said that the implementation of the Secondary National Road Development Project(SNRDP) in the province is complying with the health and safety standards as provided by law. Thus, on September 25, a Health and Safety Forum was held here to ensure that all contract packages(CPs) organize and get oriented with the guidelines to guarantee the safety of their workers. Gange informed media further, that with their collaboration with the Department of Employment (DOLE) they have ascertained the safety of their employees and one of these is the labor department’s requirement for contractors to provide their laborers with personal protection equipment, i.e. hard hats, wiring paraphernalia, sinages etc.

He added that, so far, no major incident had been reported except for a few isolated incidents of road accidents. Moreover, in November this year, a Bio-Diversity Forum is set to be held for Contract Package 2, that will give focus on the protection of the Samar Island Natural Park(SINP), believed to be covering the remaining virgin forest of the whole Samar island. It was learned that the MCAP project will likewise ensure the protection or at least render least destruction of the old grown trees while constructing the world-class highway of Eastern Samar. MCAP, a US-funded project is in the province to construct the 220km of road from Wright, Samar to Guiuan, Eastern Samar. It is referred to meet international standards and is expected to help alleviate poverty in this part of the country. It is targeted to be completed by 2015.(PIA-Eastern Samar)

Millennium Challenge Corporation Chief Executive Officer Daniel Yohannes (third from left) during the ground-breaking of the Secondary National Road Development Project in Locsoon, Borongan City. FILE PHOTO


October 6, 2013

DA8 continues livestock assistance to farmers BY: AURORA CASIMPAN


armers in Eastern Visayas continues to receive assistance from the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the region in line with the DA’s aim to increase the livestock and poultry inventory in the region. The agriculture department is undertaking three major programs in its effort to increase livestock production of the farmers. Dr. Andrew Orais, DA livestock program coordinator disclosed the programs, undertaken with its partner agencies, are animal health services, genetic improvement, and farm

LGU Southern Leyte...from page 2

is set to implement an intensified food production program, “Sustansya Kini “ which promotes the production of vegetables at home even those residing at urban areas, by transporting soils in

production development. The DA official explained the program on animal health services emphasizes the prevention, control and eradication of animal diseases. A consultative meeting on rabies control through the World Organization for Animal Health was done to lay out plans for the total eradication of rabies in the region. DA through its genetic improvement is introducing the United National Artificial Insemination Program (UNAIP) to livestock farmers. The UNAIP, says Orais, is a strong plastics as planting materials to make the program adaptable in every household. (PIA8 SoLeyte)

support system designed to improve the reproduction of animals through infusion of quality genetics aimed to upscale artificial insemination technology to further enhance the livestock production. It was learned the programs sustained by the DA have increased by 90% of animals dispersed have already given birth while 80% and above has increased the kidding and lambing rate of animals. (PIA-8)

Southern Leyte conducts final public hearing on Health & Sanitation Code BY: REBECCA CADAVOS


he last and final hearing on the Health and Sanitation Code in the province of Southern Leyte was conducted, September 2, 2013 at Maasin city gymnasium, after a series of such activities in the different Inter-Local Health Zones (ILHZ) throughout the province. Sangguniang Panlalawigan Health and Sanitation Committee member Alan Aroy, in his overview of the health and sanitation program disclosed that it needs an urgent approval since all the articles and sections of the codes are all health-related, saying that “all items stated in the code are based on the mandate of the Local Government Code of the Philippines.” “There are at least 26 articles and 209 sections that comprise the health and sanitation code of the province and all

related health ordinances compiled are very significant, while others are already implemented at the local level,” Hon. Aroy said. Some programs presented are the Functions of Health Offices; School Sanitation and Health Services; Proper Disposal and Sewerage System; Sanitation at dancing schools, night clubs and dance halls; Proper Disposal of dead Persons; Proper Sanitation at camps, picnic grounds, industrial establishments, water refilling stations, food establishments, bakeries, to name a few . “All of the items included in the health and sanitation code of the province are suggestions from the health personnel throughout the province,” one of the presenters SP Member Albert Esclamado said.

It is patterned from the National Health and Sanitation Code, he added. The public hearing was participated in by the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, particularly Health committee members, health professionals from the province and Municipal health Officers, owners of food establishments, bakeries, and water refilling stations, among others. Maasin City is the final ILHZ where the Health and Sanitation code is presented, while Panaon, Pacific and Sogod Bay Inter-Local Health Zones were done, the source said. It was learned that Southern Leyte is one of the provinces nationwide with its own Sanitation code. (PIA8SoLeyte)


October 6, 2013

Malampaya Fund boosts electrification for Limasawa, says Cong. Mian BY: MARCELO M. PEDALINO


permanent solution for a reliable 24/7 power service for the historic islandtown of Limasawa, this province, looms in the horizon as the Department of Energy (DOE) included it as one of the energy projects funded by the Malampaya Fund. Energization of the island will be carried out by a submersible cable line, according to Rep. Damian Mercado. In an interaction with local journalists Monday at his residence, Cong. Mercado said the project was already programmed by the DOE for implementation either in 2014 or 2015. It will have a cost of more than P 100 million, he added. Mercado disclosed he personally talked with DOE Secretary Jericho Petilla during one of his meetings with cabinet officials, and the former Leyte Governor assured him for Limasawa’s inclusion in the listing of energy-related projects whose funding will be sourced from the Malampaya Fund. In a related development, the


DOE SECRETARY AND FORMER LEYTE GOVERNOR JERICHO PETILLA, according to Rep. Damian Mercado, assured him that the electrification of Limasawa island will be included in the list of energy-related projects to be funded through the Malampaya Fund. (Photo from

lone Southern Leyteno lawmaker also said the DOE has reserved 86 more sitios in the province to be lighted in 2014 under the Rural Electrification Program of the National Electrification Administration (NEA). The energization of remote and

far-flung barangays in the country is a continuing priority project of the national government aggressively pursued by President Benigno Aquino III, it was learned. (PIA8-Southern Leyte)

LMWD schedules water disconnection in Leyte municipalities BY: MARIVIC ALCOBER The office Leyte Metropolitan Water District (LMWD) would like to inform its water concessionaires in the municipalities of Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa, Dagami, Pastrana, and Sta. Fe, Leyte of a scheduled water disconnection for the period October 7 – 10, 2013. For October 7 & 8, covered zones for the scheduled disconnection are Zones 171-178, 181-188, and 221-224 all in the municipality of Palo. Still on the same date scheduled for disconnection are Zones 191-198 of

Tanauan, Leyte and Zones 201-208 of Tolosa, Leyte. On October 9 & 10, covered areas for disconnection are the municipalities of Dagami and Pastrana, Leyte under Zones 211-218 and 201-228. In Sta. Fe, Leyte Zones covered for disconnection are Zones 231-232. To avoid the inconvenience of disconnected water service, the Leyte Metropolitan Water District advices its concessionaires to immediately pay their back accounts. (PIA-8)

October 6, 2013

WARAY NEWS DTI-Leyte maglulunsad Coco Coir Shared Service Facility nga proyekto ha siyudad han Baybay


n Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Leyte Provincial Office en nakatalaan maghatag ngan paglunsad han iya ika-tulo nga Shared Service Facility para ha lalawigan han Leyte. Nagsering hi DTI-Leyte Director Desiderio Belas, Jr. ngadto ha Philippine Information Agency nga ha yana, hera en maghahatag hin usa nga Coco Coir Shared Service Facility ngadto ha Maybog Farmers Association (MAFA) Community Based Enterprise didto ha Maybog Gym, Barangay Maybog, Baybay City. An paghatag ngan paglunsad en nakatalaan ha 9:00 ngadto ha 11:30 han aga han Oktubre 4, sering ni Director Belas. Kun mahinunumduman, an DTI Leytye en ha diri pala maiha naghatag hin Bangus Tinapa Shared Service Facility ha Babatngon, Leyte. Ngan ha diri pala maiha, naghatag gihapon an DTI Leyte hin usa nga Coco Coir Shared Service Facility para ngadto han mga mag-uroma ha Javier, Leyte. Sering ni Director Belas nga an Shared Service Facility (SSF) en usa nga prayoridad nga proyekto ha ilarum han DTI BIG PUSH para han SME Development Program kun diin an panuyo amo an pagpuno han mga kakulangan han sunod-sunod nga nagkatutudlok nga mga proyekto pinaagi han paghatag hin mga higamit pagproseso o paghimo, mga ekipahe ngan mga makina para han kumon nga paggamit han Micro Small and Medium Enterprises. Kaupod dida han mga panuyo han SSF Projects amo an pagpakurokusog han kumpetensya han mga prayoridad nga mga klase han industriya pinaagi han paggamit han dekalidad ngan produktibo nga mga makina nga mga ekipahe. padayon ha page 7


Presidente Aquino ginkilala an Newborn Screening Society sa Pilipinas san kooperasyon nga makurba an mga sakit


inkilala ni Presidente Benigno C. Aquino III an Newborn Screening Society of the Philippines, Inc. (NSSPI) sa kooperasyon sini sa gobyerno para makurba an mga sakit. An NSSPI nag abre san Huebes san duha ka adlaw sini nga Annual Newborn Screening Convention 2013 nga gintituluhan “Facing the Challenges of Expanded Newborns Screening� sa Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park. Sugad san Presidente, siya may kumpiyansa nga an pagkasarayo magduduso san paningkamot nga makurba an sakit tikang san gintikangan sini ngan maprotektaran an kabataan tikang san potensyal nga makakaulang sini san pagtubo. Ini an iya mensahe ngada san NSSPI san Huebes nga adlaw.

Sugad san Presidente, an pagpursegi ngada san kauswagan in nasesentro san pagtindog san kapasidtutad, tikang san paghatag kapas ngada san tawo ngan pinapahaluag ngada san pag uswag sa kanan nasud sector san panlawas ngan mga institusyon. An promero nga bayhon sini nga kampanya, mao nga an panlawas an pangunahon nga aspeto nga ginlalauman san gobyerno nga babag—ohon ngada sin kahayag. Kunta an pagkatitirok makagpahamtang sin pamaagi nga mahipadangat ngada san katawhan an dalan san oportunidad pinaagi san kamaupay san lawas. (Translated by: ADiaz/PIA8-Northern Samar)

Dr. Edita S. Genson, president of the Naval State University (NSU) and chairman of the Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP)-Biliran council, lauded the outstanding performance of the BSP-Biliran council in terms of performance to include registration, advancement, training and administration compared to other BSP councils in Eastern Visayas and the whole of Visayas region. (rvictoria/PIA-8 Biliran)


October 6, 2013


Ighahatag en hul-os nga kooperasyon han DBM ngada hiton imbestigasyon han gin-aaligar nga anomaliya ha Malampaya fund ngan PDAF – Malacañang


inpatapod kakulop han Malacañang an “hul-os nga kooperasyon” han Department of Budget and Management (DBM) ngada hiton imbestigasyon han gin-aaligar nga diri husto nga paggamit han Malampaya fund ngan han Priority Development Assistance Fund.

Amo ini an ginpahayag ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, ipinaagi hin text message, ngadto hin mga peryodista. Ante mano, nagsalawad an Department of Justice (DOJ) hin plunder ngan graft nga mga keha kontra kanda

anay Pangulo ngan yana Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, anay Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, anay Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman, ngan pira pa nga iba tungod hin ginaaligar nga diri husto nga paggamit han P900 milyon nga Malampaya fund. Ginsalawdan gihapon han DOJ hin plunder nga kaso en iba nga nagseserbe nga mga opisyal han gobyerno yana sugad man en anay mga opisyal han gobyerno nga hira: anay Budget and Management Secretary ngan yana Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya, DBM Undersecretary Mario Relampagos, anay Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Narciso Nieto, Presidential Agrarian Reform Council (PARC) Secretariat Teresita Panlilio, Candaba Mayor Rene Maglanque, Angelita Cacananta han Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Nilda Bawi han DAR, Dominador Sison Jr. han DAR, ngan Ronaldo Venancio han DAR. Ginkasohan gihapon han DOJ hin plunder an negosyante nga hi Janet Lim Napoles, an gin-aaligar nga utak han pork barrel scam, sugad man an mga presidente ngan mga opisyal han gin-aaligar nga palsipikado nga nongovernment organizations nga gintukod ni Napoles. Gin-aakusar an mga ginkasohan hin diri husto nga paggamit han P900 milyon nga Malampaya fund nga igtarambulig unta ngadto han mga biktima han bagyo Ondoy ngan Peping hadton 2009. Sumala han mga nagbuyagyag han anomaliya, nahingadto an mao nga pondo han palsipikado nga mga NGO nga gin-aaligar ginporma ni Janet Lim Napoles ngan kataliwan ginmanyubra an pondo nga mahibulsa hin mga indibiduwal. Waray pa maghatag hin reaksyon an Malacañang ngada han gin-aaligar padayon ha page 7

October 6, 2013


OPAPP urges... from page 1 must address the conflict issues in the community,” said Laylo. Laylo clarified that each barangay with more than Php 300,000 worth project can make the first phase and can continue on the second and third phase. Projects proposed are mostly on potable water system, multipurpose building, and postharvest facility. Barangay Aurora Barangay Chaiman Gilda Hilbunario expressed how this project would really help them to promote peace. “Potable water is what we need most, sometimes getting water causes conflict in our barangay,” she said in her language. “We recognize OPAPP’s assistance as the barangay has no power to implement big projects,” she added. After the training, the OPAPP team, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and San Jorge local government unit (lgu) conducted a site inspection to the three barangays with 90 percent project completion. These are the barangays of Rosalim, Sapinit and Aurora. According to DAR representatives, the eight remaining barangays that have not yet received the funding are expected to start the project later this year or early next year. (PIA 8Samar with Avha H. Ebalde)

DSWD prepositions... from page 1 bodega to avoid spoilage. Also, the relief distribution should always be supported by a Relief Distribution Sheet and Family Access Cards. Ms. Aquino said that should there be no occurrences during the year, the areas with prepositioned goods can embark on disaster preparedness/ mitigation/rehabilitation activities or projects in their communities utilizing the food-for-work scheme. The families involved in the undertaking will be provided with food packs in exchange of the work they render, Ms. Aquino said. (PIA 8)

DTI Leyte maglulunsad...tikang ha page 5 Usa pa nga panuyo amo an pagpakurokusog han prayoridad ngan han mga industriya para ha mga kunsomidor ha pagsuporta han National Industry Capacity Enhance Program, pagdugang ni Director Belas. (Trans. by MAA/PIA8)

Ighahatag en hul-os...tikang ha page 6 nga kahidabi ni Relampagos han mao nga anomaliya. Huhulaton anay, sering ni Lacierda, nga matapos an imbestigasyon ugsa hira maghimo hin kaangayan nga pitad. (Ginbinisaya ni DUM-PIA8, Eastern Samar)

8 Pundo sa Malampaya Fund makapaslbong sa pagpasuga sa Limasawa, ingon ni Cong. Mian

October 6, 2013 Some 340 sch children at New Mahayag Elem School partake of arroz caldo with iron fortified rice from NFA. (Photo by Jun Arceno-PIA Samar)


sa ka permanenteng solusyon alang sa kasaligan nga 24/7 power service para sa makasaysayanlong isla-lungsod sa Limasawa, ning lalawigan, ang malantaw nang nanganaw-kanaw karon nga ang Department of Energy (DOE) milakip niini alang sa mga energy projects nga pagapundohan sa Malampaya Fund. Ang pagpasuga sa isla ipahigayon pinaagi sa submersible cable line, sumala pa ni Rep. Damian Mercado. Sa pakighinabi sa mga local journalists sa miaging Lunes didto sa iyang balay, si Cong. Mercado miingon ang proyekto naka-program na nga ipatuman sa DOE sa tuig 2014 o kaha sa 2015. Magkantidad unya kini og kapin sa P 100 million, dugang pa niya. Gibutyag sa Congresista nga personal na niyang gika-istorya si DOE Secretary Jericho Petilla sa mga miting niya sa mga cabinet officials, ug ang kanhi Gobernador sa Leyte mipasalig kaniya sa pagka-apil na sa Limasawa sa talaan sa mga energy-related projects kansang pundo adto pagakuhaon gikan sa Malampaya Fund. Sa nalambigit nga kalambuan, ang bugtong magbabalaud sa lalawigan miingon nga ang DOE naga-gahin na og dugang 86 ka sitio sa probinsiya nga mapasug-an karong 2014 ubos sa Rural Electrification Program sa National Electrification Administration (NEA). Ang pagpakaylap sa sugang dagitab ngadto sa mga lagyo nga mga barangay sa kabukiran nagapadayon nga priority project sa national government nga agresibong gipatuman ni Presidente Benigno Aquino III, sumala sa nasayran. (mp/PIA 8 SoLeyte)

New Mahayag school children, although some were barefoot delighted donor NFA with modern dancing, newly energized by the ‘fortified arroz caldo’ with Vitamin A rice, malunggay and chicken to mark NFA’s 41st anniversary. (pic from NFA-Samar)

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