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NEDA MiMaRoPa monitors projects in Palawan

The NEDA Regional Office in MiMaRoPa or NRO IV-B through its  Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) conducted a project monitoring visit in Palawan on April 2-6. The purpose of the visit was to check on the status of project implementation and to facilitate project completion of the various projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

The monitoring activity was headed by NRO IV-B Regional Director (RD) Atty. Raul S. Anlocotan, who is also the chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) Regional Project Monitoring Committee, together with the provincial project monitoring team of Palawan and RDC Private Sector Representative  Laurence Padilla.

The team monitored the following DPWH projects: construction/improvement of access road leading to Bacungan-Simpucan-Bagumbayan-Napsan Road; improvement/widening of Puerto Princesa South Road; and construction of flood control and drainage system along Puerto Princesa North Road.

The Port of Puerto Princesa was also visited to inspect the wharf deck/slab, concrete pavement and damaged/settled paving blocks, shear key and retaining wall.

The team also traveled to Aborlan in the southern part of Palawan to inspect the ongoing construction of Ibato Iraan Small Reservoir Project of NIA which is experiencing large negative slippage. The RPMC chair recommended that livelihood projects should be provided by national government agencies to alleviate the living condition of the indigenous peoples living in the area that  will be affected by the dam construction. A memorandum of agreement was signed between NIA and the elders regarding this.

Meanwhile, the road project of the DPWH in Puerto Princesa City encountered delays in implementation due to right of way problem. During the problem solving session conducted after the monitoring, RD  Anlocotan recommended that the veracity of the land titles along the roads be verified. If found that the titles are authentic, the DPWH may resort to expropriation to complete the road project.

The RPMC chairperson also met with RD Eugene G. Cabrera of the Office of Civil Defense to discuss the various assistance given to Barangay Mangsee in Balabac, Palawan which was devastated by typhoon Vinta.

The findings of the team will be reported during the 2nd quarter RPMC meeting for validation with the concerned implementing agencies.




The MIMAROPA Regional Development Council (RDC IV-B) endorsed the proposed priority programs, projects and activities (PPAs) of 31 MIMAROPA agency regional offices and six state universities and colleges (SUCs) amounting to ₱123.04 billion for inclusion in the FY 2019 budget. This was during the RDC’s 62nd Full Council meeting held in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.


Before the endorsement, these government programs and projects went through committee deliberations before submitted for approval to the Full Council of the RDC.  The RDC has 4 standing committees: economic development, development administration, infrastructure development and social development.


The meeting was presided over by MIMAROPA RDC Chairperson and Palawan Governor Jose C. Alvarez.  It was attended by regional directors of national government agencies, executives of local government units (LGUs), and private sector leaders. Governor Alfonso V. Umali, Jr. of Oriental Mindoro and Governor Mario Gene J. Mendiola of Occidental Mindoro also attended the meeting.


Meanwhile, Secretary Jose Maria Nicomedes F. Hernandez of the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Southern Tagalog and the Philippines Special Envoy to China William D. Lima  were guests at the meeting.


The FY 2019 proposed PPAs include Tourism Road Infrastructure Projects under the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) convergence and priority projects. These are identified in the Local Development Investment Program that cannot be funded from the resources of the LGUs. The priority projects cover Health Facilities Enhancement Program of the Department of Health (DOH), Farm-to- Market Roads of the Department of Agriculture (DA), SALINTUBIG Program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Communal Irrigation System of the National Irrigation Authority (NIA), Level III Water Supply System of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), and Local Roads and Bridges Program of DPWH.


The RDC sectoral committee chairpersons also presented the budget utilization rates and percent share to national agency budget of selected member agencies of the development administration, economic development, infrastructure development, and social development committees.


The RDC Advisory committee will convene on May 30 at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, to solicit support from the eight congressmen of MIMAROPA for the priority projects of RLAs and SUCs.



Moriones in Marinduque: a lenten rite, not a ‘festival’

by Lyndon Plantilla

Due to its festive mood, colorful costumes and dramatics, people have been calling Moriones in Marinduque a ‘festival’.

But this labelling is being rejected by some church leaders and even government officials.

In an interview over “Mimaropa Ngayon,” (a radio program of Radyo Pilipinas – Manila aired every Saturday) Father Christian San Juan of the Boac Cathedral clarified that Moriones is a Lenten rite and not a festival because of its spiritual dimension, way to conversion and spiritual enhancement.

The Moriones (morions) are synonymous with Marinduque.

Whenever Marinduque is invited to a trade fair or travelling exhibit, its booth is posted with masked men in Roman soldier costumes most of the time.

Moriones (derived from the word morion, military head gear for the Romans and Spanish) also take part in the opening of special events like the Mimaropa Regional Athletics Association hosted by the province some years back.

Vacationers would come to Marinduque on Semana Santa (Holy Week among Christians) to enjoy sun and sand as well as watch  Moriones perform the weeklong street dramatization of the life and passion of Jesus Christ and the conversion of Longinus, the blind Roman soldier.

Longinus is the centurion who pierced the side of Christ with his spear.  Blood spattering from Christ fell on Longinus’ blind eye and restored its sight. The curing of Longinus’ blindness is celebrated in extended story of Via Crucis every Good Friday.

Moriones ends on Easter Sundays with the chasing, capture and mock-beheading of Longinus who have been proclaiming his miracle.

As an act of penance started by a priest named Fr. Dionisio Santiago in 1807 in Mogpog town, Father Christian said Moriones help people make atonements for their sins.

Joining Moriones, said Fr. Christian, is either an expression of gratitude for blessings received or a vow in exchange for requests or favors asked from God.

Even the Provincial Government is serious with its local Lenten rites.  An executive order (EO No. 4 Series of 2018) was issued to encourage government employees to wear caftan or Samaritan clothes on Ash Wednesday and throughout the Holy Week.

The Provincial government, through Governor Carmencita Reyes, initiated two pilgrimage walks (parade of government employees in biblical or Morion costumes held last Maundy Monday and Holy Wednesday) as part of the observation of Lent.

Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices also set up Incident Command Posts in all municipalities to monitor Moriones Lenten rites as well as ensure public safety throughout the Holy Week.

Fr. Christian is hoping vacationers would find the Moriones and other Lenten activities of Marinduque helpful in the renewal of their faith. (LP/Mimaropa)


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A lady is flanked by two morions (Moriones) during a travel exhibit in Manila. Morions are cultural and religious icons of Marinduque known for its solemn observance of Lent.            (Photo by Lyndon Plantilla)











Tagalog news: 17 junior college students ng RSU nakapasa sa DOST-SEI scholarship

ODIONGAN, Romblon, Enero 31 (PIA) — Labimpitong junior college students ng Romblon State University (RSU) ang mga bagong iskolar ng Department of Science and Technology -Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) dahil sa pagkakapasa ng mga ito sa Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) Qualifying Examination na ginanap noong Nobyembre 18, 2017.

Sa 57 na pumasa mula sa buong rehiyon ng Mimaropa, 17 dito ay galing sa Romblon kung saan pinatunayan ng mga ito ang kanilang husay sa larangan ng Siyensa at Teknolohiya.

Ang mga 3rd year college student na pumasa sa JLSS program ng DOST-SEI ay pawang mag-aaral ng Romblon State University na kinabibilanagan nina: Angelo S. Tamano, Geser Carl S. Atienza, Annabelle B. Dado, Klaire F. De Castro, Frecel May F. Eusebio, Jessa G. Fallena, Mark Anthony B. Gaa, Jay-Jay M. Garachico, Jhonmark M. Garachico, Olive F. Gaytogac, Gennalyn C. Magbanwa, Marie Cris B. Merano, Andy M. Moncawe, Ryan Denver G. Rayo Lolimhar F. Tolentino at Jheraldin V. Villan.

Ang mga mapapalad na estudyante ay makatatanggap ng P10,000 pang-matrikula at iba pang bayarin sa paaralan sa bawat semester o P8,000 para sa trimestral term, book allowance, monthly stipend, clothing allowance, transportation allowance at health insurance.

Ayon kay Provincial Director Servañez ng DOST-PSTC Romblon, ang mga “mapapalad at matatalinong estudyante” ay muling nagbigay ng karangalan sa lalawigan at maging sa Romblon State University dahil nakapagtala ito ng mataas na porsiyento ng nakapasa sa buong Mimaropa.

Pinayuhan din nito ang mga pumasa na antayin ang abiso (notice) mula sa tanggapan ng DOST kung kailan itatakda ang iskedyul ng oryentasyon. (DMM/PIA-MIMAROPA/Romblon)

Tagalog news: Alternatibong daan patungong Abra de Ilog port, sinimulan na

SAN JOSE, Occidental Mindoro, Enero 31 (PIA)—Pinasimulan na kamakailan ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) ang konstruksyon ng diversion road patungong pantalan ng Abra de Ilog.

Ayon sa DPWH, maraming benepisyo ang dala ng programa. Una ay ang kaligtasan ng mga bumibiyahe. Sa kasalukuyan ay maliit ang mga kalye sa loob ng bayan ng Abra de Ilog, pati na ang kalsadang bahagi ng national highway.

Maliligtas din sa peligro ang mga residente na nakatira malapit sa mga pangunahing lansangan, sakaling hindi na papasok ang mga malalaking cargo truck at bus, gayundin ang mabibilis na van at pribadong sasakyan sa loob ng kabayanan. Bukod pa dito, ang nasabing diversion road ay magbubukas sa mga bagong lugar na maaring pagmulan ng mga gawaing pang-ekonomiya.

Pabor naman ang mga opisyales ng pamahalaang bayan ng Abra de Ilog sa naturang proyekto.

Ang naturang by-pass road ay nasa kanang bahagi ng tulay ng Ligang, barangay Balao, bago pumasok ng bayan ng Abra de Ilog kapag patungo ng pantalan. (VND/PIA MIMAROPA/Occ Min)

Tagalog news: Luxury cruise ship MS Silver Shadow dumaong sa bayan ng Romblon

ROMBLON, Romblon, Enero 31 (PIA) — Dumaong sa isla ng Romblon kaninang alas-7 ng umaga ang ang luxury cruise ship na MS Silver Shadow na may 312 pasaherong turista at mahigit 200 na mga crew.

Sinabi ni Caesar Saul M. Malaya, tumatayong municipal tourism officer ng LGU Romblon, na karamihan sa mga lulan na turista nito ay may mga edad na, retirado na sa kani-kanilang trabaho at mga negosyante na nagnanais na makapamasyal sa ibat-ibang lugar sa bansa.

Ayon pa kay Malaya, kada taon ay may cruise ship na dumadaong sa Romblon upang masilayan ang mga ipinagmamalaking atraksiyon ng kabisera ng lalawigan at mayroong silang 18 katao na Department of Tourism (DOT) accredited tour guides upang samahan ang mga turista sa paglilibot dito.

Ang mga turistang dayuhan ay nagtungo sa mga white beaches ng Romblon, nag-island hopping, nagtungo sa mga pagawaan ng marmol, namili ng mga marble souvenirs o novelty items at namasyal sa mga makasaysayang lugar sa nabanggit na bayan.

Naging mainit naman ang pagtanggap ng Romblomanon sa mga dayuhang turista kung kaya’t labis na nagpasalamat ang pamunuan ng MS Silver Shadow sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Romblon dahil sa maayos na koordinasyon at magandang pakikitungo ng mga tao dito sa kanilang mga pasaherong turista at mga tripulante.

Pinasalamatan din nila ang pamahalaang bayan ng Romblon sa pagkakaloob ng token na yari sa batong marmol na nagsisimbolo na sila ay welcome na muling bumalik sa “Marble Capital of the Philippines.” (DMM/PIA-MIMAROPA/Romblon)

Tagalog news: 2.69-B badyet ng LGU-Palawan para sa 2018 aprubado na

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan, Enero 30 (PIA) — Aprubado na ang 2018 badyet ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Palawan na nagkakahalaga ng nasa P2.69 bilyon matapos lagdaan ito ni Gob. Jose Ch. Alvarez kamakailan.

Ang badyet ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ay nakapaloob sa Provincial Ordinance No. 1893 na pinagtibay sa ika-74th regular session ng sangguniang panlalawigan.

Pinakamalaking bahagi nito ay napunta sa general public services na umabot sa P1.160 bilyon kung saan kasama dito ang magiging sweldo ng mga empleyado ng Kapitolyo at iba pang manggagawa ng pamahalaang panlalawigan.

P1.080 bilyon naman ang inilaan para sa social services at poverty alleviation na naglalayong mai-angat ang pamumuhay ng mahihirap na Palawenyo. Kasama rin dito ang pondo para sa mga proyektong pangkalusugan, imprastruktura, edukasyon at iba pa. Samantalang P4.57 milyon naman ang inilaan para sa economic services.

Dahil dito, puspusan ang ginagawang kampanya ng Tanggapan ng Ingat Yaman para sa pangongolekta ng buwis ngayong taon upang matugunan ang mga proyektong popondohan ng pamahalaang panlalawigan. (OCJ/MIMAROPA, Palawan)