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Department of Education – Division of Negros Occidental officials led by Schools Division56 Superintendent Dr. Jose Freddie Mocon call for a press conference on the department‘s upcoming activities and updates on the Senior High School implementation come June. *(EAD -PIA6 photo)

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A Kapihan sa PIA was held May 18 at the Plenary Hall of RAFI Bldg., Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City with guests (l-r) Historian Dr. Madrileña de la Cerna and Casa Gorordo Museum Curator Florencio Moreno to talk on ‗Atong kultura, Atong Kabilin, Atong Kinabuhi: Nasudnong Kasaulogan sa Heritage Month.‘ The forum was aired-live from 10:00 am - 11:00 am at DYMR-Radyo ng Bayan 576 khz and delayed telecast at Sky Cable-Cebu Channel 61 at 5:00 pm. (vvv/PIA Cebu)

May 16 - 22, 2016

Published by: PIA 6, 7 & 8

Issue 20

Samar election peaceful, according to PNP, Army Ninfa Quirante CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, May 19 (PIA)— Security forces belonging to the Philippine National Police and Philippine Army were one in saying ―Samar election was peaceful.‖ Samar Police spokesperson PSupt Jennifer Sumpo when asked in a text message about the situation in the province replied,‖Okay la po it akon area.‖ In the army camp, at Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, the 8th Infantry division headquarters, no less than the army‘s second high ranking officer visited the camp on Saturday to congratulate them for ensuring a successful and peaceful election. Maj. Gen. Rodolfo Demosthenes C Santillan AFP, said that he commends the army for its integrity and dedication to duty, that despite the many challenges, the army was able to overcome them. In response, Maj Gen. Jet Velarmino, commanding

general of the division said that he is thankful for leadership trust and confidence on them. ―While we are advancing and transforming we remain to be committed on our mandate in serving the people and securing the land for a just a lasting peace in Eastern Visayas.‖ Early on, Samar was identified as an area of concern due to intense political rivalry. Election in Samar was briefly marred by the ambush of a mayoralty candidate in San Jorge town on election day, but the police prompt response led to the arrest of the suspects. The ambush victim though survived and the suspects in jail. Other than that, the security forces proclaimed that the election was generally peaceful and orderly. (nbq/PIA8 -Samar with 8th ID DPAO)

Ocean Month celeb bats for ‘detoxifying’ oceans By Elsa S. Subong ILOILO CITY, May 16 (PIA6)—On the 17th year of celebrating Ocean Month this May, the focus is on the need to cure the oceans and the coastal areas of toxic elements. The Department of Envir onment and Natural Resources (DENR), which spearheads the celebration, said that the event also focuses on the importance of biodiversity in food security. D E NR - 6 D i r e cto r J i m Sam p ul na sa i d protecting and conserving our marine and coastal resources equates to sustainable aquatic food production. ―Western Visayas has a lot of coastal resources needing protection and we need to act together to protect them,‖ Sampulna said. Sampulna added that the DENR-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau will initiate a dual activity

with mangrove planting and coral transplanting in Anilao, Iloilo. DENR said mangroves are considered as natural barriers to tsunamis, storm surges and tidal waves. ―They also serve as spawning grounds for fishes and crustaceans,‖ Sampulna said. A DENR-6 press release said that as part of the total mangrove ecosystem, the corals and the seagrasses have important roles in maintaining a balance in the ecosystem. ―The coral transplantation activity will help regain a healthy coral population,‖ Sampulna said. The Philippines has at least 16 species of seagrass in an estimated 978 sq.kms. of seagrass beads, which serve as food for dugongs, m ana te e s, s e a tu r tl e s, hu nd r e ds o f fi sh species and several species of waterfowls. (JCM/ESS-PIA6 Iloilo)

El Niño’s impact on CV rice production minimal By Fayette C. Riñen

CEBU, May 18 (PIA) – Despite the current drought experienced in Central Visayas, El Niño did not impact much on rice Also CLICK Here… production although data shows a slight dip in a three-year period. Francisco Sopsop, chief of the Planning Division of the Department of Agriculture (DA-7), said rice production EASTERN VISAYAS from 2013 to 2015 slightly dropped from 347,697 metric tons in 2013 to 338,822 metric tons in 2014 which again fell to 336,194 metric tons last year, based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA-7). ―Rice production in Central Visayas dropped from 2013 to 2014 at -2.6 percent. But this slightly improved from 2014 to 2015 which still registered negative at -0.8 percent,‖ said Sopsop during the recent forum of the Association of Government Information Officers – Philippine Information Agency (AGIO-PIA7) that tackled Dydm kapihan sa PIA: PCInsp. Elizar Gonzaga, the topic ―El Niño and Its Impact to Rice Production in deputy chief of police, Maasin City, talks about Central Visayas.‖ He attributed the minimal El Nino impact to the peace and order situation of the city. (mmp) fact that majority of rice lands in irrigated areas at 59,058 hectares are mostly found in Bohol, which has the largest size of rice lands in the region. Though the provinces of Cebu and Bohol and some More on Region 8, pages 6-7. localities in Negros Oriental declared a ―state of calamity,‖ Sopsop said the water level in surface water sources in Also CLICK Here... Bohol did not yet reach a critical level although almost in a More on Region 7, pages 4-5.

dangerous state. The DA-7 official, however, admitted that they still do not have the official data for the 1st quarter of 2016, which are still under verification. The minimal impact of the El Niño to the region‘s rice production is also attributed to the agency‘s aggressive information campaign before the onset of the El Niño in the second quarter of last year, said Sopsop. ―We conducted an information caravan to all municipalities and cities throughout the region on the possible effects of El Niño and how farmers should prepare for any eventuality,‖ said Sopsop. DA-7 also crafted a Mitigation Plan on El Niño and requested their head office for a separate funding for its intervention measures. (rmn/fcr/PIA7)

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DRRM projects get P4M funding Flores De Mayo

By Lorenzo O. Lambatin Jr. NEGROS OCC. May 18 (PIA6)—The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council is allocating about P4 million to fund various activities and developmental projects related to disaster risk reduction


e said the activity will be attended by 500 multi-sectoral stakeholders to raise awareness on the effects of El Nino. Every sector will be given a chance to give concrete solutions to the damages created by the weather phenomenon. The activity will be held sometime in the month of June which is the Environment Month.

Provincial Planning and Development Office also submitted projects for disaster prevention, mitigation initiatives. PPDO Chief Ma. Lina Sanogal proposed a funding of more than P1.4M project for Coordinating Roads and Infrastructure Investments for Development (CRID). She also asked to realign more than P1.5M for the updating of the Provincial Road and

Network Development Plan (PRNDP) and P407,000 for Training and Development on Environmental Planning. In a separate request to prepare for the wet season where more dengue mosquitoes thrive, Dr. Jessica Fama of the Provincial Health Office requested for a P3.5M from the PDRRM trust fund to buy chemicals, fogging machines, larvicide and for the training of medical staff. (JCM/Lljr-PIA6)

Agri products have vast potentials in ASEAN markets By Elsa S. Subong ILOILO CITY, May 17 (PIA6)—The Philippines should support high value exports and herbal products to take advantage of essentially free trade in agricultural goods within ASEAN.

They will find their way to the ASEAN markets as they conform to standards within the member countries,‖ said Dr. Roehlano Briones of the Philippine Institute for Developmental Studies (PIDS). Briones was speaker in a forum on Asean Economic Community updates 2016. He encouraged the forum participants, composed mainly of farmer leaders, to give urgent attention to bringing the rest of the agriculture sector back on track.

He said that in the study he conducted, the issue of not being ―ready‖ to compete is essentially a problem of rice but other traditional staple continues to drive much of the policy debate on trade and competitiveness. It was noted that growth has continued over integration period on the value of agricultural output of top ten agricultural products in 1991 to 2013.

Based on the Food and Agricultural Statistics there is an increasing trend on rice paddy, maize and sugarcane while a decreasing trend on meat, pig and chicken, eggs hen bananas and coconuts on this period. Meanwhile, Briones said that industry roadmaps were important mechanism for developing public-private sector alliances essential for improving competitiveness and the AEC is a motivation for reforms and investments. (JCM/ESS-PIA6)

3 Negosyo Centers now in Capiz By Alex A. Lumaque ROXAS CITY, Capiz, May 19 (PIA6) – Three Negosyo Centers (NC) have been established by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Office to take charge in promoting ease of doing business within its jurisdiction.


hese include the newly launched Negosyo Centers lodged at the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) of Mambusao and Pontevedra towns, respectively. The first Negosyo Center, launched in December 2015, is at the ground floor of DTI Provincial Office at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Avenue in Pueblo de Panay here. DTI – 6 OIC regional director Rebecca M. Rascon thanked the local chief executives for readily accepting the project as well as providing office space for the centers during a launching in Pontevedra town. DTI provided each of the newly established centers with a computer set with accessories and printer, two office tables with 2 chairs, three visitor chairs, an office cabinet

and a technical staff who will provide the basic services to existing and would-be entrepreneurs in the area. The establishment of the Centers is pursuant to Republic Act No. 10644 or the ―Go Negosyo Act‖ which states that the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Council thru the DTI is the coordinating and supervising body for all the agencies involved in the establishment and operation of the Negosyo Centers. The centers will also facilitate access to services for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) such as business registration assistance, business advisory services, business information, advocacy monitoring and evaluation. Meanwhile, the National Food Authority

said the province has enough rice stocks despite the impact of El Niño. Provincial Manager Benilda Fidel of Capiz NFA has reassured Capiceños that there is enough supply of rice at the levels of households, millers, retailers and wholesalers. ―NFA Capiz alone has 143,720 bags of rice in our warehouses in the province as of May 19 which is enough for 25 days,‖ she said adding that NFA rice is also available at all times in the agency‘s warehouse in Iloilo. Fidel said that aside from the effects of the El Niño on the reduction on palay production, they have also prepared their stocks for the lean months which started this month until August. (JCM/AAL/PIA6 Capiz with JBG report)



Balik Eskwela diskwento a boon to parents By Vicente W. Villavert SAN JOSE, Antique, May 19 (PIA6) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here said that the government’s program dubbed Balik Eskwela in store diskwento will greatly help costumers especially parents ease their financial burdens through discounts offered for school supplies and other products starting May 27-31, 2016.


TI Information Officer Lynna Joy Cardinal said during the PIA Radio program that around 12 business establishments are expected to join in this 5-day undertaking. The Balik Eskwela Diskwento program is a

project of DTI in coordination with the business sector. ―All our consumers have to do is to shop in order to locate establishments with Balik Eskwela Diskwento streamers and avail the discounted offer particularly school supplies,‖

Cardinal said. The DTI also regularly reports their price monitoring activity and other programs over the weekly radio program of the Philippine Information Agency in order to help guide the public. (JCM/VWV/PIA Antique)

HIV/AIDS patients getting younger By Lilibeth A. French ILOILO CITY, May 16 (PIA6) - - People diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immuno deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) are getting younger and increasing in number in the country.


epartment of Health (DOH) 6 Director Dr. Marlyn Convocar said statistics show that almost half of patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in the country numbering to about 32, 647 belong to the 25 to 34 years old age group. Convocar said another important statistics to consider is that 27 percent or more than one-fourth of the total patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS belong to lower than 15 to 24 years old bracket which indicates that patients are now getting younger and the number of patients increased by about 260 percent. ―So you could just imagine their number and their ages are becoming younger,‖ Convocar told members of the LGBT groups; representatives of the local government of Oton, national government agencies and

non-organizations; students; and service providers who joined the 33rd International AIDS Candlelight Memorial in Oton, Iloilo on May 15. The statistics further revealed that most of the patients or about 91 percent are males and 92 percent of the cases show no symptoms or asymptomatic. Convocar said this should be a cause of concern especially for those who are engaged in risky behavior as she encouraged them to take an HIV test to find out if they are infected and get the necessary medical care. She cited a story of a 32 year-old male who worked as a waiter and assistant cook in the island of Boracay who died from HIV/AIDS because he failed to get an HIV test and receive the antiretroviral vaccine given by the DOH.

The vaccine can prevent opportunitistic infections and can help extend the life of people infected with HIV and AIDS. Convocar said the increasing number of cases from the 15 to 24 age bracket is an emerging problem that must be given prority because this sector is in the prime of their lives and it is a waste if they are infected. Thus, together with the other vulnerable groups, she said that they must be engaged, educated and empowered which is the message of this year‘s commemoration of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. DOH 6 data further showed that every 23 hours a person is diagnosed with HIV in Western Visayas in February of this year. HIV testing is available at the Western Visayas Medical Center and in social hygiene clinics. (JCM/laf/PIA6-Iloilo)

Coastal waters red tide-free By Venus G. Villanueva KALIBO, Aklan, May 18 (PIA6) -- All coastal waters monitored by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) throughout the country continue to be free from red tide toxins.


his finding is based on Shellfish All types of shellfish and Acetes Bulletin No. 15 released by sp. or alamang gathered, harvested, BFAR dated 10 May 2016, Series of and marketed from these areas are 2016. safe for human consumption, according to The bulletin, disseminated by BFAR BFAR.

- Aklan, stated that coastal waters of Batan Bay and its tributaries in Aklan like Altavas, Batan and New Washington, and Sapian Bay in Capiz including Mambuquiao and Camanci in Batan, and all coastal waters of the Philippines are red-tide free, based on latest laboratory result.

Besides Batan Bay and its tributaries in Aklan and coastal areas of Capiz, other areas monitored by BFAR include Iloilo, Negros Island, Bohol, Leyte, Eastern and Western Samar and Biliran in the

V i s a y a s ; M a n i l a Ba y , Pa n g a s i n a n , Zambales, Masbate, Sorsogon, and Palawan in Luzon; and Zamboanga, Misamis Occidental Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental and other parts of Mindanao. All these areas, according to BFAR, continue to be free from red tide, but are still subjected to sustained monitoring by the agency. (JCM/VGV PIA6 Aklan)



Inter-agency task force leads Ocean Month events Flores De Mayo

By Rey Anthony H. Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, May 16 (PIA) -- An inter-agency multi-disciplinary task force spearheads the celebration of May as Ocean Month and serves an array of menu to make food security in Bohol sustainable through keeping Bohol's biodiversity. or May as Month of the Ocean, the Provincial Environment and Natural Quinisio. cooperation of inter-agencies in Bohol Resources Officer (PENRO) Nestor Canda BCRMTF is composed of Department of Coastal Resource Management Task explained that improper solid waste Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Force (BCRMTF) fits individual agency and management and a failed program would Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources collegial activity to Biodiversity for Food ultimately bring all the trash to the sea and (BFAR), Philippine National Police (PNP) SeaCUREity as the month's theme, according threaten marine biodiversity. Maritime Police, Department of Interior to Coastal Resource Management Coordinator In the advent of local government honing and Local Government (DILG), Philippine at Bohol Environment Management Office their coastal land use plans, BCRMTF sees the Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Ports (BEMO) Adelfa Salutan. necessity for an Integrated Coastal Resources Authority (PPA), Department of Education BCRMTF thinks active and proactive Management Planning which took place on May (DepED), Philippine Information Agency and measures need to be done to keep Bohol's 12 to 15, Salutan continued. the BEMO. marine biodiversity sustainable. Philippine Coast Guard, a member of the Also with the BCRMTF are United States Salutan said that with trash posing task force, also coordinated a mangrove plant- Agency for International Development project the most imminent danger to the coastal ing activity in Poblacion 2 earlier last week, called Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable resources and marine environment, BCRMTF Salutan said. Fisheries (ECOFISH), First Consolidated teams did a monitoring and evaluation of The effort is in line with reclaiming much Bank of Bohol Foundation Inc., (FCBFI), solid waste management programs for the of the damaged coastlines of Tagbilaran City as and other NGOs whose interests are with towns of Ubay, Sevilla and Trinidad last May 3 well as to protect the coasts from surges and coastal resource management and law to 5. increase biodiversity, said PCG Chief Benjie enforcement. (rmn/rac/PIA-7/Bohol)


Guv tells Capitol workers to shape up By Ferliza C. Contratsta CEBU CITY, May 16 (PIA) – On his second term, Cebu re-elected Governor Hilario Davide III told Capitol employees to shape up to give better service to the Cebuanos.


ddressing the more than a hundred employees at Cebu Provincial Capitol a week after the elections, Davide said they better improve or face consequences. Davide was proclaimed re-elected governor of Cebu after garnering 616,381 votes over his rival Winston Garcia‘s 593,725 votes. ―If you cannot change your bad habits, you better change your habitat,‖ was the message

of Davide. Davide also informed Capitol employees to expect some changes and adjustments especially in the executive department starting July 1. ―I expect all the best from you. So maningkamot gihapon kita (Let us still try),‖ Davide said. He said that the business of the government is to provide service and the

constituents had to be served with sincerity and credibility. Re-elected Vice Governor Agnes Magpale said their victory has inspired them more to achieve the current administration‘s goal. Cebu is considered one of the most vote-rich provinces in the Philippines with 2.7 million registered voters. (rmn/fcc/ PIA7-Cebu)

GSIS scholarship program open to gov’t workers By Roi Anthoni B. Lomotan DUMAGUETE CITY, May 13 (PIA) – Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) – Dumaguete Branch is encouraging government workers in the province to apply for their enhanced scholarship program.


SIS-Dumaguete Branch Manager Mercedes Enriquez said government employees who are actively paying their contributions for the past three years and whose income belong to salary grade 24 and below can apply for the scholarship. ―We are encouraging our government workers to log in at The downloadable forms as well as the checklist of requirements are available there or they can come to our office,‖ Enriquez disclosed. Based on information posted at GSIS website, the scholarship program is no longer limited to incoming first year college students but to students who are in higher levels in

college due to ongoing transition period brought by the K -12 program. Aside from providing the actual tuition as well as miscellaneous fees not exceeding P40,000 per academic year, the agency has also increased the scholar‘s monthly allowance from P2, 000 to P3,000. Deadline of application is on June 10, but Enriquez suggests that it would be better if interested applicants can submit their application and requirements by the end of this month. On the other hand, GSIS here yesterday gathered heads of different national government agencies and provincial offices for an orientation on GSIS programs and services for their members especially those who are

retiring soon. She noted that for many times, it‘s always the employees who get oriented first on their programs and services and this time the agency would like the heads of government agencies to be informed on developments on their programs. The GSIS-Dumaguete Branch Manager initiated towards the end of the meeting the formulation of an organization of NGAs named Government Agencies Association of Negros Oriental (GAANO) to strengthen the link and communication between NGAs. GSIS-Dumaguete covers 21, 300 members from 103 agencies that remit contributions to them in Negros Oriental and Siquijor provinces. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)



Medical teams aid 3000 in May 9 polls By Rachelle M. Nessia CEBU CITY, May 16 (PIA) – At least 3,000 individuals were given medical assistance by the health teams deployed by the Department of Health (DOH-7) in identified polling places in the region during the May 9 elections.


OH-7 responded to various medical conditions, topmost of which is hypertension. Dr. Eugenia Mercedes Cañal of DOH-7 said their medical teams responded mostly to voters who sought consultation for blood pressure check, headache, and dizziness. There were also voters who fainted due to the heat and the crowd, said Cañal. At least 3,000 individuals were given

medical assistance by the DOH teams. The health officer said prior to the May 10 elections, DOH and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) entered into a memorandum of agreement for DOH to man the critical areas where the voting populace may experience unfavorable conditions. ―These are the persons with disabilities (PWDs), the elderly and the pregnant women

who we identified as the special groups in the population,‖ said Cañal. DOH-7 deployed 145 medical teams in the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, and Siquijor, and Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Lapulapu City in Cebu province. In Cebu province, there were 55 medical teams dispatched, 50 in Bohol, 6 in Siquijor, and 34 for the cities of Mandaue, Cebu, and Lapulapu. (rmn/PIA7-Cebu)

DOH, hygiene centers provide free HIV tests By Ferliza C. Contratsta CEBU CITY, May 16 (PIA) – Health authorities here are encouraging Cebuanos to avail of free tests as Cebu remains to be the top province in Region 7 with high recorded cases of Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) caused by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV),


r. Shelbay Blanco, Medical Officer IV of Department of Health (DOH-7), said the tests for HIV are administered free to Cebuanos who would want to avail of the service. These are offered at Don Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (DVSMMC) and DOH Regional Office as well as hygiene centers in Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Lapulapu City health offices. Early detection, he said, may still bring some remedy and will stop the contamination. ―AIDS is, however, incurable but it is preventable, knowing that you have it may still keep others from being contaminated,‖ Blanco said.

In a recent report presented during the weekly Kapihan sa PIA-Cebu, Blanco said that for this year alone, there are already 11 full-blown cases of HIV and 89 asymptomatic cases during these months. Asymptomatic case means the patient is an HIV carrier but without the symptoms. Bohol has two asymptomatic cases but no records of a full-blown case like in Siquior province. Region 7 ranks third among the top 5 provinces in the Philippines with HIV cases recorded. Majority of the age group afflicted with the virus are those from ages 24 to 34 followed by those within 15 to 24.

There are recorded cases of below 15 years old and these are mostly thru perinatal transmission, or from an infected mother to her child during pregnancy. The top cause of HIV transmission is intravenous drug use followed by male to male sex, heterosexual sex, bisexual sex, and then perinatal with four cases. In line with this, DOH is inviting the public to join the 33rd International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day on May 22 at SM City Consolacion town. Free HIV testing will done during the activity. Mass will be at 3:00 p.m. followed by the memorial at 4:00 p.m. (rmn/fcc/PIA7 -Cebu)

Bohol communities make ‘lambay’ more sustainable Rey Anthony H. Chiu TAGBILARAN CITY, May 13 (PIA) -- Efforts to keep the Bohol ecosystem sustainable for fisheries surged as communities agree that overharvesting swimming blue crabs can deplete the supply, depriving them of their income.


ith the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECO-Fish), people are slowly seeing the value of sustaining the supply, said Anecita Gulayan, ECO Fish fisheries Coordinator at the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday. Among the primary livelihood of the people residing in the islands within the Danajon Double Barrier Reef (DDBR) is netting swimming blue crabs (lambay) for consumption of high-end hotels and restaurants in nearby Cebu. DDBR is among the world's few double barrier reefs and supports a diverse marine ecosystem that has been the primary source of livelihood for the fishing communities in the islands and mainland towns. Among the primary resources harvested at the Danajon seas is blue crab.

The method of harvesting, however, is unsustainable as hundreds of fishers spread a net every time and the daily haul would always include as by catch the brooding blue crabs. As the communities begin to realize the impending problem, Gulayan said they have devised a system to assure that the brooding crab hatches in a protected environment. With a public and private sector partnership, the communities tapped government and ECOFish, along with the Philippine Association of Crab Processors Incorporated (PACPI), to put up holding pens for brooding crab by-catch. PACPI helps the sustainability in as much as they too would benefit from the sustainable supply, she added. In addition, Gulayan, who has been

with coastal resource management projects in Bohol, said that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources also put in enough allocation to get the project through more communities. Elsewhere in Bohol, especially in Cogtong Bay, communities have also enforced a close and open season for siganid fishing. Other than blue crabs, siganid is also among the most threatened table fish specie in as much as it can be spawning in certain seasons. BCRMTF came to Kapihan to drumbeat Bohol's efforts to make May as Month of the Ocean Activities a memorable month for food security. The Month of the Ocean adopts Biodiversity for Food SeaCUREity as theme. (rmn/rac/PIA7-Bohol)



Army leads Operation Baklas in Catbalogan Ninfa B Quirante

Flores De Mayo

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, May 18 (PIA) —To ensure that the city is wiped clean of the residues of election campaign materials, the Philippine Army spearheaded a Baklas Operation this week.


n an information from the 8th infantry Division (8th ID), PA, said that the army will tap all volunteer organizations with the local government officials for the baklas activity. The ‗cleaners‘ will assemble at the city plaza at 5:30 in the morning when it is still cooler.

After a brief orientation, four teams will be dispatched to different areas for the cleaning chore. This operation will last for three hours in the city streets. Earlier, the DPWH Samar 2 had operation baklas for election campaign materials in unauthorized places.

While some candidates have been mandated to remove their campaign materials that it is ‗game over‘ now, others would still add some more streamers for their ‗thank you‘. In Calbayog City, the Liberal Party has started removing their campaign materials a day after the election. (nbq/PIA8-Samar)

Completion of Sta. Rita- Quinapondan transmission now December By: Samuel D. Candido BORONGAN CITY, EASTERN SAMAR, May 19 (PIA) - From June this year, the completion of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines’ Sta. Rita, Samar-Quinapondan, Eastern Samar 69 kilovolts transmission line project will be implemented in December of this year.


ccording to NGCP-Visayas Regional Communications Officer Ms. Betty Martinez, the delay is due to a lingering problem on the road right of way in Marabut, Samar. Martinez further said that the owner of a private lot does not want NGCP‘s transmission line to pass through the property until it meets the cost of the land that the owner demands. This has resulted in an expropriation case so as to solve the problem. Despite this, the connection of other transmission lines that do not encounter any problems is ongoing — in fact the accomplishment of the project is already 90.38%. The Sta. Rita- Quinapondan 69 kV

transmission line project — with a project cost worth approximately ₱ 250 M and is funded by NGCP — is composed of more than 90 kilometers single-circuit line, starting from the old Sta. Rita substation up to Quinapondan load station. This line passes through the towns of Sta. Rita, Basey, and Marabut in Samar and in Lawaan, Balangiga, Giporlos, and Quinapondan in Eastern Samar. The purpose of the project is to minimize — or better yet, put a stop —to brownouts in Eastern Samar in case there is a problem with the Paranas, Samar 69 kV transmission line. Meanwhile, eight Persons with Disability (PWDs) and Senior Citizens of this city were given wheelchairs on May 13, 2016 . under the

Physical Restoration Service Program (PRSP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. According to Borongan City Assistant Social Welfare and Development Officer and PWD and Senior Citizen Focal Person Mrs. Elsie Ador, the beneficiaries were indigent ones who are in need of such mobility assistance. The wheelchairs were delivered to Borongan City by Department of Social Welfare and Development- Regional Office 08‘s PWD Focal Person Mr. Ben Calzado on the same date and were immediately given by the Borongan City Social Welfare and Development Office (BCSWDO) to the beneficiaries. (SDC/PIA-E. Samar)

New revenue code yields 60% SAG collection hike Marcelo Pedalino MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, May 17 (PIA) -- The full implementation of a provincial revenue code that levied step up rates on sand and gravel (SAG) quarrying in rivers located along the six towns and one city of the province resulted in a dramatic rise in collection.


ccording to Eva Abad, head of the provincial environment and natural resources management office (PENRMO), the SAG collection in 2013 was P 7.9 Million using the old rate of P 15 per cubic meter for commercial permittees and P 18 for industrial permittees. By December of 2013 the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed a legislative measure that specified an increase in the price per cubic meter of quarried materials to reflect current market trends, in which the P15 was changed to P 40, while P 18 was made P 50. By 2014, using the new rates, the SAG collection slightly increased to P 8.5 Million, a

7% rise compared with 2013, Abad disclosed during the dydm Kapihan sa PIA live Friday. For last year, 2015, with the new revenue code fully enforced, the SAG collection was P 13.7 Million, or a substantial 60% surge from 2013, and this was duly distributed to the various local government based on a sharing scheme stipulated by law. For the barangays where the quarry was located they got P 5.5 Million or 40% share, while the municipality/city and the provincial government got P 3.4 Million representing a 30% share for each one, Abad said. PENRMO, the local equivalent of the DENR, is the main agency tasked to regulate

the extraction of aggregates so that the demands of nature preservation cannot be sacrificed with the need for tax collection, Abad explained. There are 21 SAG permittees now operating in this city as well as in Macrohon, Bontoc, Sogod, San Francisco, Saint Bernard, and Hinunangan. PENRMO field personnel has been closely watching and monitoring their activities in hauling materials from the river sources to their respective plants, in order to ascertain that the volume taken out will not exceed what was stipulated in the permit, Abad also said. (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)



SoLeyte marks ocean month with mangrove planting, clean-up Marcelo Pedalino MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, May 19 (PIA) -- This province joins the observance of the month of May as month of the ocean by planting mangroves and cleaning the mangrove forest with litters, mostly plastic, cellophane garbage.


he planting activity will be held at barangay Mahayahay, Sogod, anytime within this month, while the clean-up will be at barangay Combado, this city, on May 27, said Eva Abad, head of the Provincial environment and natural resources management office (PENRMO). The designation of May as Month of Ocean was made through Presidential Proclamation number 97 issued in 1999, Abad

informed during the dydm kapihan sa PIA live Friday. This year‘s observance carries the theme ―Buhay dagat, buhay natin‖, a pointed reminder that the sea, the ocean is linked directly to the lives of people, Abad said. Mangroves serve as buffer zones in inclement weather, and a spawning habitat for fishes, hence the need to further expand the existing mangrove forests in the province, she

added. At the same time, mangrove forests should not be used as dumping sites of non-biodegradable wastes for these garbage may choke the emerging marine community in the surrounding area, Abad further said. She called on the community especially the organized socio-civic groups to join the cleaning and planting events scheduled for this month. (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)

SoLeyte cacao growers, enthusiasts form council Marcelo Pedalino MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, May 18 (PIA) -- Farmers who have started planting quality cacao seedlings and those who are still planning to venture in cacao production formed themselves into a council whose main look-out is to sustain interest in this undertaking.


his developed as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial office initiated a Cacao Industry Business and Technology Forum April 29 at Bal‘s Inn and Resort, municipality of Libagon, attended by 180 active participants, mostly farmers and entrepreneurs. Before the day ended, the Southern Leyte Cacao Industry Development Council was born, chaired by a hands-on cacao farmer from Sogod, Isidro Estrera, said Erwin Remojo, a ranking DTI staff, during the Action Center Kapihan sa PIA cable TV program taping Tuesday. The idea of forming a council was suggested by Atty. Vic Barcelon, former provincial board member, from Hinunangan, who insisted that the DTI-sponsored forum would be wasted if there will be no follow-up activities, to ensure continuity of the heightened interest of the participants, Remojo disclosed. Co-Chair of the newly-organized cacao development council was Provincial

Agriculturist Marina Gador for the government side, and Edgar Felicilda from the private sector, with the DTI provincial office serving as the secretariat. Members were the national line agencies related with agriculture, the state university, cooperatives, and farmers from every municipality, including LGUs through their respective agriculture officers. Center of discussion during the forum was the bright prospects and huge potential lying ahead for the cocoa industry, both in the local and international market as expounded by expert speakers. Among those invited to speak were Engr. Edwin Banquerigo, assistant regional director of DTI Region XI, on the topic National Cacao Industry Roadmap: Profile, Plans, and Investment Opportunities; Valente Turtur, Executive Director, Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao, Inc. (CIDAMI), Davao City, on topic Cacao 101: Basics of Cacao Production; The topic, Loan Fund for Farm

Development for Pocket Farmer-Entrepreneurs, was discussed by Ma. Linda Orsos, head of financing and capacity building sector, Small Business Corporation, Makati; Cacao Industry in Region 8 by Ma. Delia Corsiga, Business Development Division, DTI, Region 8; KAANIB: Coconut-Cacao-Enterprise Development Project, by Loreto Macabio, Jr., focal person of KAANIB Program, Philippine Coconut Authority-Region 8; Kennemer Cacao Growership Program, by Eric Albano, Area Manager for Visayas, Kennemer Foods International; From the provincial government, Luz Gaviola, In-Charge of high value crops at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAg), shed light on the existing Cacao Production Project of the province, while Mitzelyn Macapaz of LAMAC Multipurpose Cooperative based in Maasin City talked about the on-going cacao production financing scheme initiated by the cooperative. (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)

30 days Sr. HS countdown marker unveiled Ailene N. Diaz CATARMAN, Northern Samar, 16 May (PIA) – The Department of Education Division of Northern Samar starts its 30 days Senior High School countdown with a parade and program, booths display and unveiling of SHS countdown marker held at Catarman Sacred Heart Plaza, Catarman Northern Samar.


chools Division Superintendent Manuel Albaño informed that this is part of their advocacy for those going into Senior High School to be oriented and be aware of what field are they going to enrol in. Booths were put up and installed to show case various fields of Senior High where enrolees can seek advice to what field they are fitted into. Albaño is very much optimistic saying DepEd is 100% ready for the Senior High

School, there may be some concerns on the part of the school buildings but they have contingency plans so as not to hamper the implementation of Senior High. In a message of Governor Jun Ong read by Vice Governor Gary Lavin, he said, ―while the K-12 program of the national government has drawn a lot of misconceptions, it is now gaining momentum and in the next few years we will see the product of this innovative

paradigm shift in our educational system, hopeful that this would be our passport to be at par with our counterparts in Asia and other developed countries.‖ In response, SDS Albaño stressed no one should be left behind, schools are ready as enrolment is now going on, everyone is welcome in the Senior H ig h S ch ool. ( A D ia z / P I A - N or t h er n Samar)

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