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Vol 1 Issue 11

A Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

SEPTEMBER 12, 2013

Responders terminate SAR for alleged private plane that crashed in mountainous village of Naval


of ICT roadshows in the next wave cities second edition outside of Metro Manila. In 2012, the ICT roadshows were conducted in 9 next wave cities. This year, the ICT roadshow will be in 10 next wave cities namely, Naga City on August 8-9; Cagayan de Oro City on August 22-23; Laoag City on September 5-6; and in Tacloban City on September 12-13. After Tacloban City, ICT Roadshows will also be conducted in Butuan City, Puerto Princesa City, Baguio City, Tarlac City, Iloilo City and in Rizal province.

fter continuing the ground sweeping since 7:20 in the morning at the alleged crashed site of a private plane at Barangay Imelda, Naval, Biliran, the responders terminated the Search and Rescue operations at 12:45 in the afternoon of September 11. Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for Eastern Visayas, Director Rey Gozon said the decision was made after a thorough assessment by the various response groups from Ormoc City, Red Cross, 19th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, PNP-Naval, PPSP-Biliran, and LGU Biliran. The decision to terminate was based on several factors, among which is the fact that the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has no information about the alleged incident and that all the flights from other airports are accounted for. Another factor is that no trace of plane crash was observed after the conduct of air and ground survey, Director Gozon said. Moreover, some residents near the alleged site of crash could not give an account leading to a plane crash, he added. It may be recalled that at about 8:00 o’clock in the morning of September 10, the DRRM officer

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DAR Assistant Secretary Dennis Barrantes (2nd from left), chairman of the National Subproject Approval Committee (NSAC) presides the deliberation of projects to be funded by Asian Development Bank under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project held recently at the Leyte Park Hotel in Tacloban City. Others from left are DAR-8 Regional Director Eliasem Castillo, DAR Assistant Secretary Hermenia Fe San Juan and Assistant Regional Director Reynaldo Villas. (PIA-8/DAR-8)

Tacloban City leg of Next Wave Cities ICT Roadshow 2nd edition starts Sept 12


he Tacloban leg of the Next Wave Cities ICT Roadshow 2nd edition with the theme Bringing ICT Opportunities to Countryside Filipino Talents officially starts on September 12 and will last until September 13 at the Tacloban City Convention Center. DOST Region 8 Director Edgardo Esperancilla said that the Department of Science and Technology Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) together with its key partners, the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines and the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines, is conducting a series

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East Visayas model family to compete in finals of national search By: AURORA CASIMPAN


he regional winner in the search for model family or Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya will represent Eastern Visayas in the national competition of the same program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Michelle J. Calzado, DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) information officer disclosed that the family of Rico P. Villocino will be competing with winners of Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya from Region IV-A, V, VII and X this last week of September. The Villocino family who hails from Javier, Leyte, won the title of model family as they demonstrated the best traits of Filipino values of strong family ties. Calzado said the selection of model families is at the provincial level and official nominees are sent to the regional search committee. She added that the competition aimed at recognizing families who religiously complies with the conditions set by the 4Ps. The top three winners in the national search will receive P15,000,

P10,000 and P5,000 during the announcement and awarding in Manila. (PIA-8)

27th NSPDF assembly tackles issues on the welfare of children in Northern Samar By: AILENE N. DIAZ


hild labor, street children, health, malnutrition, and education of children are the issues highlighting the 27th Northern Samar Peace and Development Forum held at UEP Kapihan, September 10, 2013. Governor Jose L. Ong Jr, who graced the event, informed the body that the forum is timely as the province will be preparing the Annual Investment Plan of the province for the calendar year 2014. On child labor, the governor disclosed that the province is in partnership with the International Labor Organization which is institutionalizing the program initially to a four pilot municipalities out of 24 towns of Northern Samar. But aside from the said assistance, the province also is implementing program against child labor.

DAR-8 Regional Director Eliasem Castillo (5th from right) with the members of the National Sub-project Approval Committee (NSAC) inspects the farmlots in San Isidro Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) that arein needof an irrigation system. Accompanying them is town mayor Susan Ang (9th from left). This ARC is among the recipients of recently approved projects to be funded by the Asian Development Bank under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project. (PIA-8/DAR-8)

It was noted, according to Mrs. Pat Bigcas of DOLE, that while the ILO project is on-going it is now reaping gains as per report presented to ILO wherein a significant number of children withdrawn as child laborer and now going back to school, but as to the number they have no exact data presented as yet. The most alarming issue which took time in deliberation is the growing number of street children, which according to PSWDO Mejia, although the main responsibility of the parents, it is mostly concern of the local government units. Aimed at reducing the number of street children, the support of the local government unit especially in funding the cause of action is seen as necessary to facilitate and address this concern. Bishop Emmanuel C. Trance, the convenor of the NSPDF stressed the need for an immediate resolution of this problem, and asked the body as to what extent the assembly could act on to get those children from the streets. Bishop pointed that we should not consider the children as burden but an opportunity for us to work together in looking into their welfare. The real concern is beyond being street children as it redound to poverty which is a more complicated issue. The DSWD, PNP, the church and other agencies are doing something on this area even picking up these children from the streets and keeping them in the institution (Lingap Center) but after awhile they go back to begging in the streets, PSWDO Mejia said. PSWDO Mejia informed that, when they were having interviews with the street children, they found out that the parents themselves were the ones pushing them to beg for their food on the table. Considering the gargantuan and immediacy of the concern, the assembly agreed to facilitate and make resolutions to address the issue involving all the task forces for the protection of children. (ADiaz/PIA8Northern Samar)

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NGO, LGU Hernani ink MOA on childcentered communitybased climate change adaptation project


lan International, a global children’s development organization and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Hernani Eastern Samar recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Child-centered Community-Based Climate Change Adaptation Project in the Philippines (CC-CBA). Plan International Eastern Samar Program Manager Analyn Co said the project, which is spearheaded by Plan International in partnership with Save the Children and Institute for Sustainable Futures of University of Technology Sydney, calls for the implementation of a 30-month project in the Philippines through the support of AusAID under its Communitybased Climate Change Action Grants (CBCCAG) Program. The project covers 40 barangays in four provinces of the country, particularly, Aurora, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar and Southern Leyte, Ms. Co said. It aims to increase resilience of children, youth and their communities to climate change impacts and to strengthen evidence-based childcentered community based adaptation program in the Philippines. The MOA signing on September 7, 2013 at Hernani Municipal Gymnasium was forged between Plan represented by Eastern

Service Fair 2013 opens local Civil Service Month Celebration in Borongan


whole day “Service Fair 2013” today, marks the month-long celebration of the 113th service to the nation of the Commission on Civil Service (CSC). In a media statement today of CSC Provincial Director, Rey Albert Uy, the Service Fair is made possible by some government agencies, at the

DAR-8 Regional Director Eliasem Castillo (4th from right) with the members of the National Subproject Approval Committee (NSAC) visited San Isidro Agrarian Reform Community in San Isidro, Leyte, recipient of an irrigation project and a farm-to-market road to be funded by Asian Development Bank under the second phase of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project. Second from left is town mayor Susan Ang. (PIA-8/DAR-8)

Samar Program Manager Analyn Co and Hernani LGU represented by Vice Mayor Wilmar Candido. Some 900 families attended the event and was participated by the Municipal Social Welfare Development Office (MSWDO), Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive & Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) and the coordinators of the core project of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). “The MOA signing is to formalize the agreement on the implementation of CC-CBA in the Philippines where the municipality of Hernani is one of covered municipalities of the project,” said Arnold Peca, a Community Development Facilitator for CC-CBA in Eastern Samar. Peca identified the beneficiary Provincial Gym, Capitol grounds, in order to extend assistance to the public in a so-called One-Stop-Shop. Some representatives of the following government agencies are provided with tables that they may be able to entertain clients: BIR, GSIS, PhilHealth, SSS, NSO, DOLE, LTFRB, LTO, Provincial Assessor, DA-OPAS and Office of the Veterinarian to name a few. Uy added that NBI and DFA were likewise invited to come but due to the bulk of their equipment, they respectfully begged off. It is said

barangays covered by the said project as barangays Carmen, Garawon, San Miguel and Nagaja located in the southern part of Hernani, Eastern Samar. Meanwhile, Hernani is also preparing to create a Climate Change Assessment Team which will comprehensively study and assist the community’s vulnerability. Plan will be providing the LGU with Program Technical Capacity trainings, and finance and logistics assistance in connection to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCA-DRR) program implementation in the municipality. The said project will be implemented until December 2014, Mr. Peca said. (PIA8 with Janice Tapil) that the machine which captures and process data and ID pictures of their clients are highly sensitive which could be risky to transport them to Eastern Samar. Meanwhile, Uy informed that some 335 examinees from the province are expected to take the upcoming examination, 300 of them are Professionals and 35 will take the sub-professional test. They are also awaiting formal notice about the approval at the CSC Central Office, of their nominee for the Lingkod Bayan Award.(PIA-ESamar/ aen)

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SoLeyte BIR gathers NSAC approves 19 ARCP projects 7 truckloads of nationwide surrendered unused n a recent deliberation held in this City, of P49.7-million. the Agrarian Reform Communities San Isidro town got two unissued receipts Project’s (ARCP’s) National Sub- projects in this deliberation, an Project Approval Committee (NSAC) irrigation project and the rehabilitation for destruction approved some 19 proposed irrigation of the 1.74-kilometer Bawod-Paril farm-




he Provincial Statistics Office here said the province of Leyte registered a slight decrease in inflation rate by 0.4 percentage point from 3.0 percent in June to 2.6 percent in July this year. According to Wilma A. Perante, Provincial Statistics Officer, the biggest drop was noted on the inflation rate of housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels by 1.5 percentage points due to decrease on the inflation rate of electricity, gas and other fuels by 3.0 percentage points from June to July. This was followed by the 1.3 percentage points decrease on the inflation rate of alcoholic beverages and tobacco, Perante said. Moreover, other major commodity groups that exhibited decline on its inflation were: furnishings, household equipment and routine maintenance of the house; food and non-alcoholic beverages; clothing and footwear; and health. Inflation rate is the general rise of prices over a specified period. It indicates how fast or how slow price changes over two time periods. Contrary to common knowledge, low inflation does not necessarily connote that prices are falling; rather, it means that prices continue to increase at a slower rate. Meanwhile, the purchasing power of the peso in the province was sustained at 71 centavos from February to July 2013. This indicates that the same basket of goods and services worth 71 pesos in 2006 (base year) will be bought at 100 pesos during the reference period. (PIA-8)

and farm-to-market road projects. These projects, according to Regional Director Eliasem Castillo of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), are for implementation in selected agrarian reform communities (ARCs) in Regions 4-B, 5, 8 and 9 under the second phase of the ARCP (ARCP-2). Castillo, who hosted the event, said that this was the first time the NSAC held the deliberation of projects to be funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) outside Metro Manila. Castillo disclosed that of the 20 proposed projects deliberated, Region-8 has the most number with seven, and all were approved by the body. Region-9 got six approved projects, five for Region-4B, while only one was approved for Region-5. An aggregate total amount of P411.1million is needed to finance all the 19 approved proposed projects, Director Castillo said. Eleven of these are irrigation projects while eight of them are farmto-market roads. One proposed warehouse failed to meet the design standard leading to the NSAC’s disapproval of it. The approved irrigation projects for implementation in Region-8 include: construction of Bunacan Communal Irrigation Project in San Isidro, Leyte; Construction of Cagnocot Communal Irrigation Project in Villaba,Leyte; and the rehabilitation of Tabunok and theTagbawto Communal Irrigation Systems both in Hilongos, Leyte with a combined total cost of P135.2-million. Meanwhile, three farmto-market road projects are for implementation in two Leyte towns and one in Eastern Samar with a total cost

to-market road. Director Castillo said that the body realized how these projects are badly needed by the farmers in rural areas to improve their quality of life when they visited one of the recipient ARCs, the San Isidro ARC, with 2,190 ARBs and where rice fields are just dependent on rain and the road leading to the area is hardly passable by vehicles particularly on rainy days. The two other approved farm-to-market road projects are the construction of the 2.8-kilometer Capirawan-Gacao-Canhidoc-Arado road in Palo, Leyte and the Concreting of the 4.4-kilometer CagautCantomoja-Camanga-Carapdapan road in Salcedo, Eastern Samar. During the deliberation, the body, chaired by DAR Assistant Secretary Dennis Barrantes, gave emphasis on the economic value of these projects towards the farmers particularly the agrarian reform beneficiaries in the ARCs. Other members of the body include DAR Assistant Secretary Hermenia Fe San Juan and representatives from the Departments of Agriculture, Public Works and Highways, Environment and Natural Resources, Budget and Management, Finance, National Irrigation Administration, National Commission on Indigenous People, Municipal Development Fund Office and the National Economic Development Authority. (PIA 8)

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PHILHEALTH, DepEd launch Primary Care Package, TB DOTS center


he Department of Education (DepEd), and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), launched recently the expansion of Primary Care Benefit 1 (PCB1) package and Tuberculosis (TB) Directly Observed Treatment Strategy (DOTS) Center to cover personnel of DepEd. The launching was held at the Division Office this City. The Clinic/Center will be named DepEd Division Clinic and at the same time TB-DOTS Center which will cater to the outpatients or DepEd personnel with free of consultation, free laboratory examinations and free drugs and medicines. The said Clinic is the first DepEd Clinic accredited by Philhealth for PCB1 and TB-DOTS nationwide. During the launching, a symbolic check, amounting to P905,250.00 was given by Walter R. Bacareza, Regional Vice-President,

No rice shortage in EVisayas, says NFA



astern Visayas has enough rice supply and prices of commercial rice are expected to normalize with the onset of sporadic palay harvest. This was the statement of Vilma Zarraga, National Food Authority (NFA) regional manager saying that based on the Rice Situationer Report (RSR) of the agency, the region’s total rice inventory or the rice stocks of NFA, commercial sector, and households is equivalent to 2,143,613 bags, good for 68 days of consumption. Zarraga explained that the bulk of the region’s inventory is in the households with total of 1,337,431 bags; rice stocks of 389,006 bags are with the commercial sector; and 417,176 bags are with NFA. The rice inventory in the region is more than sufficient to meet the needs for rice, she added. Meawhile, NFA monitoring of commercial rice price shows that

PhilHealth-8, to Dr. Bernardo A. Adina and Dr. Jennifer M. Picardal, Division Medical Officer of Deped, E. Samar as Capitation fund. The actual release of the said amount will be next month (October) and this will be used for five months operations starting last August to December 2013. Moreover, Dr. Picardal said that next year (2014) the budget of PhilHealth for this Clinic will be P3-M but the amount will be released per quarter in the amount of P750,000.00 each. The said amount will be used to buy medicines, medical and laboratory equipment, medical supplies and additional benefits for health workers or professional fees. The outpatient teaching and non-teaching personnel can avail of P500 worth of medicines each with their dependents. There are two Divisions, in the province, the E. Samar Division and the present modal regional average retail price of well-milled rice (WMR) is pegged at PH 40.67 per kilogram while regularmilled rice (RMR) is pegged at PH 37.00 per kilogram. The month of August recorded an average price of PH 39.42 per kilogram for WMR or an increase of PH 1.25 per kilogram while RMR showed PH 36.08 per kilogram or an increase of PH 0.92 per kilogram. The regional NFA chief informed that “slight price increases is expected this period because of the traditional lean months which starts in July and on to September.” The lean month is that period where there is no rice harvest, she said. NFA sells government rice at PH

the City Division in which they have more or less 6,000 teaching and nonteaching personnel. Some 200 district supervisors, principals, head teachers and selected teachers were oriented to this program. Other guests who attended the launching were: Dr. Mary Antonette Y. Remonte, Millinium Development Goal(MDG) Team Leader and MDG members of PhilHealth, Central Office, Manila, Renato L. Limsiaco Jr., Divison Chief, Field Operations Division, PhilHealth-8, DOH-Asst. Regional Director Dr. Paula Paz Sydiongco and Dr. Renelda Salar, Regional Nutritionist Dietician, DepEd-8. This program is in support to the Aquino Health Agenda (also known as Kalusugan Pangkalahatan) to provide universal health care to all Filipinos and in pursuant to PhilHealth Board Resolution No. 1587 series of 2012 approving the Universal Health Care (UHC) Primary Care benefit 1 (PCB1) Package as the new Philhealth outpatient benefit. (SDC-PIA/E. Samar) 27.00. (PIA-8)

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Sinirangan Bisayas nabulig ha pagdumara han International Coastal Clean-up nga nakatalaan ha Septyembre 21


n Sinirangan Bisayas en utro naliwat nga makikig-usa ha pagdumara han International Coastal Cleanup nga nakatalaan pagdumaraon han Septyembre 21, 2013. “Oras na para igroll up na naman naton an aton mga sleeves ngan aktibo nga magpartisipar han kanan yana nga tuig International Coastal Clean-up Weekend han Septyembre 21,” sering han kanan Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Rehiyon 8 Executive Director nga hi Manolito Ragub. Sering ni Ragub nga an International Coastal Cleanup an pinakadako nga gius pagboluntaryo para han panlawas han kadagatan. Gindudumara kada tuig ha ika-tulo nga Sabado han Septyembre, an katawhan ha bug-os nga kalibutan en nagkakatitirok han mga karigusan, mga ligid han dagat, ha mga sapa, gin-aagian han tubig ngan han mga lugar nga gindudumaraan han mga panlurop ha ilarum han tubig para panguhaon an mga basura ngan

maglista hin impormasyon han mga basura nga nagkatitirok ha http:// coastalcleanupphilippines.blogspot. com/. “Gin-aaghat namon an aktibo nga partisipasyon han publiko, lab-i na gud adton pinili nga mga lugar kun diin an panlimpyo en pagdudumaraon,” dugang pa ni Ragub. Impormasyon nga natikang ha DENR Environmental Management Bureau han Rehiyon 8 en nagpapakita nga para han yana nga tuig, an ginplano nga panlimpyo en pagdudumaron ha ngatanan nga mga katubigan nga adopted han donor-partners han Adoptan Estero/Water body nga programa han gobyerno. “Han Septyembre 21, gusto namon imbitaron an publiko, lab-i na gud an nangungukoy didto han o haran han mga katubigan nga kaparti han Adopt-an-Estero/Waterbody Program nga bumulig ha amon ha alas’7 ha aga para hin durongan nga paglimpyo,”sering ni EMB Regional Director Letecia Maceda.

Ha Rehiyon 8, mayda maabot 18 nga mga adopted water bodies ha ilarum han Adopt-an-Estero/Waterbody Program nga nakapahamtang ha mga lalawigan han Leyte, Southern Leyte ngan Samar. An mga adopted water bodies ha Leyte amo an: Bacan River, Albuera; Utlanan Creek ngan Pagbanganan River han Baybay; Cangmasin Creek ngan Salog River han Hilongos; Cabangcoy Creek ngan Matlang River ha Isabel; Balugo River ha Julita; Canawagan River ngan MaoMahiao River, Kananga; Mahanod River, MacArthur; Panali-an River Ormoc ngan Burayan River, Mahayahay Creek ngan Mangonbangon River han Tacloban City. Ha Maasin, Southern Leyte, an Combado ngan Tuburan Rivers en gin-adopt han Local Government Unit han Maasin ngan iba pa nga pribado nga mga grupo. An Calbayog River ha siyudad han Calbayog en amo la an sapa nga gin-adopt han donor-partners han lalawigan han Samar. Labot la han pag-obserbar han International Coastal Clean-up weekend, an nasud en magseselibrar gihapon han National Clean-Up Month yana nga Septyembre pinaagi han Proklamasyon Numero 244 nga continued on page 7

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The roadshow aims to provide a proper venue for the government, the industry players, the academe and the stakeholders to present and discuss the prospects of the Information Technology Business Process Management industry in providing job opportunities and economic development in the countryside. Director Esperancilla said the roadshow will have several components aside from the IT-BPM career talks. There will also be ITpreneurship talks, possible job fairs and mini-workshops or seminars on specific sectors. The Opening Ceremonies, Director Esperancilla said will start at 9:00 o’clock in the morning with the welcome address by City Mayor Responders terminate.. from page 1

of the province of Biliran relayed to RDRRMC about an unconfirmed report of a private plane crash incident at the mountainous area of Barangay Imelda, Naval, Biliran at about 7:30 in the morning of the same day. After receiving the information, PDRRMC-Biliran and LGU Naval immediately dispatched response teams composed of PNP Biliran Public Safety Platoon, Bureau of Fire Protection and DOH-RHU Naval to the alleged crash site to verify the report and conduct SAR operation. Upon coordination with the AFP Central Command, and Tactical Operations Group-8 of the Philippine Air Force, two Huey Helicopter along with the 802nd Brigade Troops were dispatched to conduct aerial survey at the reported crash site but was unable to locate said plane due to thick forest foliage. Meanwhile, four responders were injured after sustaining multiple bee stings on their way to the reported crash site on September 10, Director Gozon said. Gozon identified the injured as Senior Fire Officer 2 of Bureau of Fire Protection Naval who sustained severe allergic reaction to bee stings and is now confined at the Naval Provincial Hospital; 19 years old Alfredo Berog, Jr. of the Naval Civilian Volunteer Group who also sustained severe

Alfred Romualdez and Leyte Governor Dominic L. Petilla. This will be followed by the rationale by the DOST-ICTO, the presentation on ICT Industry and the Next New Wave Cities government perspective and the private sector perspective. Leyte- Tacloban City as Next New Wave City will be presented by the ICT Head, with the short presentation on ROI of Investing in Eastern Visayas. Testimonials will be presented by local speakers composed of call center agent/supervisor, Healthcare BPM professional, Animator/Game developer, BPO company owner/ ITpreneur, and parent of a successful BPO worker. There will also be time for

the Industry presentations with the speakers discussing briefly each sector, its achievements and potentials. Another important activity on the first day is the talk on preparing to land a job in the IT-BPM industry. Three simultaneous sessions will be conducted in the morning of the second day. These are the ITpreneurship Forum, Kapihan where the issue on what the industry require and what the Next New Wave Cities have and what they can offer will be discussed, and the e-Commerce session for SMEs. Other activities are the media exposure for resource persons, exhibit on IT and Robotics, DOLE Job Fair, Networking sessions, competition awarding and raffle. (PIA 8)

allergic reaction to bee stings and was also admitted to the same provincial hospital. Those who were taken to the outpatient department of Naval Provincial Hospital due to mild bee sting were FO1 Ralph Joseph Ignacio, 23 years old of BFP Naval and Jay Vincent Lapus of the Naval Civilian

mga katubigan en diri la makakabenepisyo han kapaligiran han kadagatan kundi pati han panlawas ngan kaupayan han aton mga kumonidad nga nangungukoy harani hini nga mga estero, dugang pa ni Ragub. Nanawagan gihapon hiya han nahitutungdan nga mga kumonidad nga magmintinar ngan igsusutiner an kamalimpyo han ligid han kadagatan ngan han mga estero ha bug-os nga tuig mahitungod nga hera mismo an magkakaaapektohan han kahimtang han mga katubigan ha kapaligiran. (Trans. by MAA/PIA8)

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ginpirmahan dida han 1993 han anay Pangulo Fidel V. Ramos, sering ni Ragub. An pagburoblig han panlimpyo han

Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Daniel Ariaso inspects the biofuel processing lab during the site visit Wednesday at Visayas State University in Baybay City. Asec Ariaso was in Leyte together with the members of the National Biofuels Board for a special meeting. (Consuelo Alarcon/ PIA-8)

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Palasyo mipahayag pangagamhanang Aquino wala






Agreement nga gipirmahan tali sa gobierno og sa Moro National Liberation Front


ng administrasyong Aquino miusab og pahayag nga ang gobierno wala magpahunong sa 1996 Final Peace Agreement (FPA) nga gipirmahan tali sa gobierno og sa Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), matud sa opisyal sa Palasyo kaniadtong Lunes. Si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda mi-isyu sa maong mensahe atol sa press briefing sa Malakanyang kaniadtong Lunes sunod sa pagpahigawas sa dili iksakto nga impormasyon nga ang gobierno nagputol na sa 1996 Final Peace Agreement (FPA) nga gipirmahan sa gobierno og ang MNLF. Ang mga tahu mipahayag nga si MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari naghagit sa pagdeklara og usa ka independente nga Bangsamoro Republic kauban sa iyang kaugalingon nga Konstitusyon tungod sa mga lakang sa gobierno sa pagputol sa 1996 Final Peace Agreement (FPA) nga gipirmahan tali sa gobierno og sa MNLF. “They were insinuating that the GPH (Government of the Philippines) terminated the 1996 Final Peace Agreement. That is not true. In fact, there is an ongoing tripartite review process of the implementation of the GPH-MNLF peace pact through the facilitation of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC),” matud niya. “Actually, there is going to be a meeting next week in regard to that, so the inference na nag-terminate ang GPH ‘nung peace agreement, hindi po totoo ‘yon. What we’ve been told is that they have been spreading disinformation that terminated na. That is why may kaunting agam-agam sa ground, that is why we had to reassure them,” dugang pahayag Lacierda. Si Lacierda mipahayag nga ang gobierno nagsugyot nga ang pagkompleto sa review nga proseso og dili ang pagsirado sa peace process kon pagputol sa 1996 FPA.

“May isang representative from Indonesia who met with Atty. Fontanilla. Wala hong katotohanan na we’ve already terminated it,” matud niya. “There is an ongoing tripartite review process to be facilitated by OIC. In fact, they are meeting next week....The third-party facilitator here, Indonesia, was aware of the tripartite review process and, in fact, there is going to be a meeting between GPHMNLF and Indonesia on this,” dugang pahayag ni Lacierda . (Gibinisaya ni ESG/PIA8 SoLeyte)

Regional Land Use Committee endorses Tacloban Comprehensive Land Use Plan


he Eastern Visayas Regional Land Use Committee has endorsed the 2013-2022 Comprehensive Land Use Plan of Tacloban City. NEDA Region 8 Director Bonifacio Uy told the Philippine Information Agency that the endorsement was made during the committee’s August 27 meeting. The RLUC’s endorsement of the Tacloban City CLUP shall be submitted to the Regional Development Council Region 8 and to the Land Use Regulatory Board, Director Uy said. Director Uy further said that representatives of the NEDA, DENR, DA, DTI, DPWH, DOT, DILG, DOST and the private sector representative participated in the review process of the Tacloban CLUP. After scrutiny of the document, the Committee found it consistent with the 2005-2030 Regional Physical

Framework Plan as it conforms with the principles of sustainable use and management of the Region’s physical resources, Director Uy said. It was learned that Tacloban City Planning and Development Coordinator Rolando G. Hidalgo presented the CLUP to the Committee. The proposed development projects of the City in the next ten years as well as its identified growth areas, such as residential, industrial, commercial, tourism and other areas, were highlighted in the presentation. The areas were identified taking into consideration that Tacloban City is a Highly Urbanized City, declared as such on October 1, 2008 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 1637, Director Uy said. The Tacloban City CLUP document has three volumes, namely, Land Use Planning, Zoning Ordinance, and Sectoral Studies. Director Uy said its preparation is in compliance with Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of the Philippines. The City Planning and Development Office spearheaded the CLUP preparation with the assistance of the various City Government departments, national government agencies and representatives from non-government organizations and people’s organizations. The CLUP is the blueprint for future physical development of cities and municipalities that is mandated under the Local Government Code (RA 7160) to be adopted and enacted by the local Sanggunian through a Zoning Ordinance. CLUPs serve as guide in the rational and sustainable use of land resources. The approved CLUPs should be periodically reviewed and updated to respond to changes and development trends that have implications on the land use and physical development of the city or municipality, Director Uy said. (PIA 8)

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