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29th October 2014
Scrap terminal fees for OFWs, court asked
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on October 29, 2014, 6:57 pm

(By Ben Rosario, 29 Oct 2014)

At least 12 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) groups and non-government organizations (NGOs) filed yesterday a court petition to stop the government from collecting a P550 airport terminal fee from OFWs leaving for abroad, saying it is illegal.

The leaders of at least 10 OFW organizations asked the Regional Trial Court of Pasay City to issue a temporary restraining order that would prevent the Department of Transportation and Communications and the Manila International Airport Authority from imposing the fee starting November 1.  The group was led by OFW Family Rep. Roy Seneres,

The OFW groups have resorted to a court action after failing to convince President Aquino to heed their complaint against the allegedly unlawful airport collection.

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13th October 2014
Subang Dako row: 7 apprehended
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 13, 2014, 9:19 am

By JANI ARNAIZ

October 13, 2014

MAASIN CITY – The Southern Leyte provincial government on Monday filed a case of illegal sand and gravel(SAG)extraction against two personnel of a crushing plant and several crew members of a barge believed to be used in transporting “illegally” extracted materials.

Accompanied by elements of the Phil. Army and several policemen,  Southern Leyte Gov. Roger Mercado apprehended the suspects on Friday at a sand and gravel crushing plant in Concepcion village along the massive Subang Daku river in Sogod town.

The suspects were placed under the custody of the Maasin City police office.

 

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10th October 2014
NGCP sponsors facility tour for Info officers from So. Leyte
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 10, 2014, 12:39 am

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

ORMOC CITY, (PIA)  --  More than two dozen information officers from various national line agencies from the province of Southern Leyte, including local government units and private media practitioners, visited the sprawling compound of the National Grid Corporation (NGCP) here Tuesday and gained ringside views on some technicalities behind the company’s work.

The facility tour was made possible upon the invitation of Betty Martinez, the Regional Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Officer of NGCP.

The visit also served as an occasion for NGCP to share inputs on their basic role in the power industry sector, which was invariably described by top-level officers as like a highway transmitting electricity from the generation source up to distribution utilities like electric cooperatives.

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9th October 2014
LGUs, DENR, PIA undertake action-oriented advocacy on climate change in So. Leyte
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 9, 2014, 3:15 pm

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, September 11 (PIA)  --  The advocacy campaign on climate change adaptation here is headed to produce concrete results in terms of waste reduction, especially in the pilot barangay of Asuncion.

This direction developed following an orientation with barangay officials and heads of various sectors within the barangay Monday, September 8, with speakers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and from the General Services and Disaster Risk Reduction Council of the city government.

Forester Edilberto Alcarde of DENR-CENRO talked about the overall subject on climate change and its ill effects, Benjase Lumen of the City General Services lectured on zero waste management, while Michael Samaco of the CDRRMC briefly took up the integration of risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

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DOST SoLeyte extends P1.5-M financial assistance
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 9, 2014, 2:58 pm

By Erna Sy Gorne

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Septembre 7 (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Southern Leyte Provincial Office releases substantial amount to assist local entrepreneurs improve trades with the acquisition of more equipment.

A total of P1.530,620.00 checks were distributed by Provincial Science and Technology Officer Dr. Dominador Clavejo to six local entrepreneurs under the Grants In Aid (GIA) and Small Enterprises Technology- Upgrading Program (SET-UP) programs of DOST.

Including in the SET-up releases from DOST this year are those who received the assistance from DOST this year SJR Auto Repair and Welding Shop with the amount of P416,120.00 to upgrade the production facilities for the welding metal fabrication to Roberto Borces sa Brgy. Cantutang, Padre Burgos; Maisam Glass Aluminum and Metal Works amounting P 186,000.00 for the procurement of aluminum cutter, welding machine, miter saw, speed cutter and cutting outfit of Emily Cadayona in Lilo-an.

Also to procure additional equipment like big working tables, weighing scales, digital scales and sealers to Janmer's Banana Chips in the amount of P138,000.00 and the LRG Farms in the amount of P295,000.00 for the acquisition of drip irrigation system and organic farming technology in Sogod to produce more income.

The financial assistance under the SET-UP program has to return the amount received in the span of three years and without any interest while under the Grants in Aid (GIA) program, this is freely given to the propenents of the projects that were considered among the priority thrusts of DOST, according to Clavejo.

These also includes the GIA assistance to the municipality of San Francisco for the Manlico Upland Farmer's Association in the amount of P390,000.00 for the establishment of Organic Feeds Facilities to supply inland fish growers, particularly tilapia and prawn, according to Marayag Punong Barangay Jesus Gamutan, who is also the ABC president.

And to upgrade the facilities for the production of FNRI Rice Mongo,

Sesame blend as baby foods initiated by Sta. Cruz Nutripak Producers Association (SACNUPA), a group of women in Sta Cruz, Macrohon, according to Punong Barangay Allan Vicente Mantilla, who also received the check.

According to Dr Clavejo, those funds covers the total financial assistance appropriated for the province of Southern Leyte within this year and are now also accepting proposals for next year. (vrc/esg/PIA8 SoLeyte/emailed by mmp)

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PSA-Southern Leyte joins 25th National Stat Month celebration
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 9, 2014, 1:52 pm

BY REBECCA S. CADAVOS

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Sept. 29 (PIA) -- The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) formerly National Statistics Office Southern Leyte Provincial Office will be celebrating the 25th National Statistics Month (NSM) on October, said PSA provincial office statistician Jimmy Dagupan.

Dagupan said that, PSA Memorandum No. 01-14 issued by Socioeconomic Planning secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan enjoin all agencies of the government, local government units, academic institutions, and the private sector at the national and sub-national levels to actively participate in and support the celebration of the 2014 NSM.

The conduct of the NSM is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 647 that has the following objectives: (a) to promote, enhance and instill nationwide awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics to the different sectors of the society; and (b) to elicit the cooperation and support of the general public in upgrading the quality and standard of statistics in the country.

This year’s   NSM silver anniversary celebration carries the theme, “NSM at 25 Years and Beyond: Solid and Responsive Philippine Statistical System in Support of Globalization and Regional Economic Integration.”

The theme highlights the objective of the newly established Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to be a solid and responsive Philippine statistical system, Dagupan disclosed.

For the month-long celebration, PSA Southern Leyte has lined-up several activities to highlight the relevance of statistics which include: hanging of streamers; radio and TV information dissemination; conduct of civil registration information drive and statistics quiz in secondary schools in the province; conduct of basic statistics training for municipal planning officers; conduct of corporate and social responsibility activities (environmental related activities); and the conduct of court decrees and legal instruments processing training for city/municipal civil registrars, Dagupan added. (jrc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)

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TESDA-SoLeyte caters TWSP scholars
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 9, 2014, 1:45 pm

BY REBECCA S. CADAVOS

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Oct. 4 (PIA) – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Southern Leyte awarded scholarship certificates to 25 beneficiaries for the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) in a a ceremony held at Hinunangan Skills and Technological Center (HSTC), Hinunangan, Southern Leyte, October 1.

ESDA administrative officer Jocelyn Gidal informed that the scholars will undergo five months training in Shielded Metal Arc Welding at HSTC.

“TESDA will shoulder the training cost amounting to P10,000.00 as well as assessment fee in the amount of P500.00,” she told.

She added that the 25 awardees were chosen through the Community Training and Employment Coordinators (CTECs) that is composed of the local Social Welfare Office personnel from the different municipalities in the province.

“The scholars come from the Pacific towns of St. Bernard, San Juan, Anahawan, Hinundayan, Hinunangan and Silago,” Gidal disclosed further.

During the awarding program, TESDA OIC-provincial director Rodrigo Lacaba presented the scholarship certificates to the beneficiaries assisted  by scholarship focal person Alma Mesa, competency assistant Silvestre Paedlin Sr. and HSTC Chancellor Wilma Elivera. (jrc/rgc/PIA8-SoLeyte)

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30 MW solar plant to rise in Ormoc
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 9, 2014, 1:41 pm

By  Elvie Roman Roa

Ormoc City-It was beyond anticipations that Leyte becomes an ideal location for renewable energy until another power plant opens aside from the existing geothermal power plants.

Dolores village chairman Pedro Pepito said, Phil. Solar, an associate of SOLEQ, a Chinese company is set to ground break a 30-megawatt solar plant anytime this month.

This plant will occupy a 44-heactare lot in the village, located some 10 kilometers from the city proper and 600 meters from the highway.

Pepito added he assisted the company in processing the necessary documents and guided to obtain the lot/property leases.

He was overwhelmed that after two years, everything is in place and hoping to alleviate his constituents’ economic status considering the plant construction itself needs around 700 skilled workers.

His constituents are on top priority for this job.

The Leyte Geothermal Production Field (LGPF) produces more or less 700 megawatts power supplying electricity in the country. 

It occupies huge area in Leyte making it world’s second largest geothermal plant and world’s largest wet steam field.

Ormoc City receives royalty from Energy Development Corporation (EDC) and Brgy. Tongonan, this city receives the same so it contributes good economic opportunities of the community.

 

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13th September 2014
Search and rescue operations underway for Maharlika 2 passengers, crew
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on September 13, 2014, 4:27 pm

By JANI ARNAIZ

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte—Rescue teams are searching for passengers and crew of MV Maharlika 2 which sank in the waters between Surigao and Panaon Island, San Ricardo town, Southern Leyte about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

As of 10:54 p.m., 18 passengers have been rescued, said Lieutenant Commander Glen Pacheco, officer-in-charge of Maasin Coast Guard.

He said 32 passengers, 2 of them children, and 26 crew were on board the passenger vessel owned by Philharbor Ferries and Port Services when it left Lipata, Surigao City about 1 p.m.

It was scheduled to dock in Liloan town in Southern Leyte at 5 p.m.

Pacheco said the vessel may have been slowed down by rough  seas and big waves spawned by Typhoon “Luis.”

When the MV Maharlika 2 was between Surigao and Panaon Island, Pacheco said vessel skipper identified as Juan Cayago was able to declare abandon ship before the vessel sank.

Rescue teams from Southern Leyte and Surigao are now conducting the search to rescue the passengers and crew.

 

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12th September 2014
NGCP explains role in power transmission
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on September 12, 2014, 4:43 am

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

ORMOC CITY, September 11 (PIA)  --  More than two dozen information officers from various national line agencies from the province of Southern Leyte, including local government units and private media practitioners, visited the sprawling compound of the National Grid Corporation (NGCP) here Tuesday and gained ringside views on some technicalities behind the company’s work.

The facility tour was made possible upon the invitation of Betty Martinez, the Regional Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Officer of NGCP.

 

The visit also served as an occasion for NGCP to share inputs on their basic role in the power industry sector, which was invariably described by top-level officers as like a highway transmitting electricity from the generation source up to distribution utilities like electric cooperatives.

From its plant in barangay Milagro here, high-voltage currents travel through various lines such as the 230 kv, 138 kv, and 69 kv lines to serve the consumers through the electric coops in various parts of Region 8 including Cebu and Bohol by way of submarine cables.

 

For Southern Leyte, NGCP’s transmitted power is received by the province’s electric coop, the Soleco.

Matters on safety and security were also extensively discussed, like warning children on playing kites near high-voltage wires for this is very dangerous.

People carrying long bamboo poles especially in rural areas should also be advised to drag bamboos instead of carrying those in their shoulders when passing beneath a high-tension wire, for its top end may touch the lines that can cause instant death.

Also, installing TV antennas near the NGCP lines should also be extra careful, as the voltage can discharge electricity even if the object is two or three meters distance away and seemingly out of touch.

On security, a speaker warned that stealing bolts, nuts, cable wires, and other accessories in a power post is definitely a crime punishable by Republic Act 7832 passed on 1994, the electricity materials pilferage law.

Martinez urged the info officers to help disseminate to their immediate circles and to the general public the things they have learned for the benefit of everyone.  (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)

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