Habitat for Humanity Philippines mobilize 2000 youth volunteers in 20 sites for Young Leaders Build 2019

June 24, 2019

Michael Ng a Grade 12 student of British School Manila was one of the youth volunteers at the May 18 HYLB event in Bistekville 1, Quezon City, he shares “I learned that it is important for all of us to be our own little leader, doing our best to inspire others to help other people, especially the less fortunate.” “We would like to thank the communities, sponsors and youth volunteers for participating in HYLB2019. Your enthusiasm and dedication is inspirational. We do hope for your support in HYLB 2020 and beyond,” says Lili Fuentes, Chief Operating Officer of Habitat Philippines. HYLB is Habitat’s flagship youth program in Asia Pacific which started in 2012 and has happened every year since. It aims to engage youth to take the lead in helping communities have safe, decent and affordable housing. Volunteer sites for HYLB 2019 include: Brgy. Tanza-Navotas City; Brgy. Pinagbuhatan- Pasig City; Bistekvilles 1, 4, 5-Quezon City; Kaakbay Community-Caloocan City; FTI Complex-Taguig City;  Brgy. Bignay-Valenzuela City; Katuwang Village-Silay City; and a dozen sites in Leyte, Cebu and Davao

Construction of Classrooms in Bagong Buhay Elementary School, Ormoc City

June 21, 2019

Numerous school buildings in Leyte were severely damaged by typhoons which passed through the province, including Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Due to the lack of resources and ever-increasing enrollment, the school had to use makeshift classrooms to accommodate its students. The makeshift classrooms are made up of bamboo, plywood and plastic tarps which are not safe and conducive learning environment for children. Through the GGP, the Embassy of Japan provided assistance to the IsraAID Philippines with a grant amounting to Forty-Eight Thousand Five Hundred Fifty Six US Dollars (USD 48,556) or approximately 2.4 million pesos. The grant covered the construction of the two-storey two-classroom school building and the provision of furniture and fixtures which will benefit more than 400students of Bagong Buhay Elementary School.  The Government of Japan, as the top ODA donor for the Philippines, launched the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects in the Philippines in 1989 for the purpose of reducing poverty and helping various communities engaged in grassroots activities. At present, GGP had implemented 543 grassroots projects in the country. Japan believes that these projects will not only strengthen the friendship between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines but also contribute in sustaining strategic partnership between the two countries.

President Duterte leads Independence Day rites in Lanao del Sur

June 14, 2019

Delivering his Independence Day speech at the 6th Infantry Battalion Headquarters, the President rallied the nation to pay tribute to the country’s patriots, both past and present, by safeguarding the democratic institutions built from the rubble of the wars that gave rise to Philippine heroes. “And while the noble heroes of our past faced the might of colonial powers, this time, we face the modern problems of poverty, corruption, environmental degradation, terrorism, criminality, and illegal drugs,” he said in his message. “These threats, just like the threats our nation faced centuries ago, have infringed on our inalienable right to live peaceful, safe, comfortable, and meaningful lives.” The President acknowledged that the country is at a crucial juncture in its history, stressing the need to learn from the lessons of the past to ensure that these threats do not cause harm to the present and future generations of Filipinos. “Let us all work together so we may preserve this gift of liberty that all our children deserve to inherit,” he said. He praised the soldiers from Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Battalion, also known as the “Redskin Battalion,” for their bravery in fighting the Dawiah Islamiyah, the Maute Group, and other lawless elements that continue to threaten the region. “On behalf of a grateful nation, I thank the brave men and women of the Redskin Battalion for your bravery, selflessness, service, and unconditional love of country. Your valor has indeed earned you a place among the valiant heroes who built this nation 121 years ago,” he told the soldiers. And as part of the formal commemoration Wednesday, the President led the wreath-laying rites on Dr. Jose Rizal’s monument to remember his patriotism. President Duterte also recognized the members of the armed forces who neutralized ISIS-Maute leader Owayda Abdul Najid B. Marohombsar alias Abu Dar in Lanao del Sur in March this year. They were awarded the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kamagi. Among the recipients of the Order of Lapu-Lapu were Col. Romeo A. Brawner Jr., Col. Jose Maria R. Cuerpo II, LTC Ian Noel P. Ignes, LTC Edgar Allan S. Villanueva, Cpt. Jay S. Duma-og, and Cpt. Brenn S. Fabros (represented by LTC Jake Jumawan). The Commander-In-Chief also led the donning of rank to Maj. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan, the commander of the 1st Infantry Division. 

DENR-PENRO Camiguin acquires new fabricated watercraft for patrol, surveillance

May 1, 2019

To further strengthen its seaborne patrol and surveillance of  the areas under the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management  Program (CMEMP) and 31 Marine Protected Areas, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Camiguin  launched its new fabricated watercraft in Mambajao, Camiguin recently.      The double engine watercraft was blessed by Reverend Father Ramon Francis Burlat early in the morning of April 5 and a launching voyage/test run was made from Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin to Medano Island more popularly known as White Island Marine Park.  The motorboat has a capacity of more or less 10 passengers.  The fabrication of motorized boat is one of target activities under CMEMP for FY 2018.        The said activity was graced by Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable, Environmental Management Bureau – 10 Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo, Assistant Regional  Director for Technical Services Paquito D. Melicor, Jr, division chiefs of the regional office, other field officials and local government officials and PENRO Camiguin personnel headed by PENR Officer Merlyn O. Dumalahay.      The CMEMP is a program of DENR which aims to comprehensively manage, address and effectively reduce the drivers and threats of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems in order to achieve and promote sustainability of ecosystem services, food security and climate change resiliency for the benefit of the present and future generations. Collaborative partnerships with other National Government Agencies, local government units, civil society organizations, academe and other stakeholders is undertaken in the implementation of the program.      Its components include Marine Protected Area Network Establishment and Strengthening, Knowledge Management Platform, Biodiversity-Friendly Social Enterprise Development, Social Marketing and Mobilization, Capacity Building, Technical Assistance, and Monitoring and Evaluation.  (From the report of the Biodiversity Management Bureau of DENR)  Rose Ann C. Baron #TayoAngKalikasan

PHIVOLCS equips HS teachers on disaster preparedness in Camiguin

May 1, 2019

CAMIGUIN -- In preparing students on possible natural hazards, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in partnership with the Department of Education (Deped) held the Training on Communicating Volcano, Earthquake and Tsunami Hazards for High School Teachers April 23-25 at Camiguin Highland Resort, Mambajao, here.      PHIVOLCS Undersecretary Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr. the high school teachers are among their primary target audience because they are “ang ka-partner natin para ‘yung mga bata, mga estudyante at ang kanilang pamilya ay maging mas handa sa mga disaster (our partners so the children, students and their families will be more prepared during disasters).”      Solidum said Philippines is prone to earthquakes due to its geologic and geographic settings, with about 20 tropical cyclones that affect the country annually, strong winds could cause damages to houses and structures; heavy rains could cause floods and landslides.      The undersecretary also cited the hazards in Camiguin and these include tsunami, landslides, earthquakes and more.      These hazards could lead to life loss, damages to buildings, displacement of people, loss of water supply, communication, and other basic services, road damages, little production of food supply, and cessation of business operations.      “While Filipinos have the spirit of resilience, it is not an excuse for us to not do anything,” Solidum said.       In converting resilience of hope to action, Solidum urges everyone to (1) reduce various losses; where people should still have their own livelihood; (2) ensure effective and efficient ways to respond in disasters; and (3) uphold fast recovery by understanding the hazards and its possible impacts.      “Preparedness is everyone’s work and business,” the undersecretary stressed. Thus, training high school teachers is just one step in bracing for a resilient and disaster prepared nation.       PHIVOLCS is a service institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that is principally mandated to mitigate disasters that may arise from volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunami and other related geotectonic phenomena. (RTP/PIA10)

Franz Sabalones: Cebu's top druglord shot dead in Manila

April 18, 2019

METRO MANILA - Killed by the police or his drug business competitors? In the morning of maundy Thursday (April 18) the life of long time and top drug lord in Cebu City in the Visayas, was put to an end, when still unknown assailants peppered him with bullets. Killed on the spot was a very famous drug lord in the underworld, Franz Sabalones. He was shot along Timog Ave, Quezon City and attackers immediately fled to unknown direction after seeing the victim dead. Police Colonel Manuel Abroguena, chief of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), told the media that the self-confessed drug lord was been operating his illegal drug business in San Fernando town, one of the towns in southeastern Cebu allegedly infiltrated by the illegal drug trade involving shabu and marijuana. In 2016, Sabalones has confessed that he was one of the "big time" shabu suppliers in southeastern Cebu, most especially in San Fernando town. - JCE/MDN Digital   


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