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DOST VIII's Regional Director Garners Presidential Lingkod Bayan Regional Award
DOST VIII's Regional Director, Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla received the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Regional Award during the Pasidungog/ Awarding Ceremony of the Civil Service Commission's Search for Outstanding Government Workers last October 24, 2018, at the Summit Hotel, Tacloban City, for his exemplary performance as a visionary leader and public servant.
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DOST VIII's Regional Director Garners Presidential Lingkod Bayan Regional Award
DOST VIII's Regional Director, Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla received the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Regional Award during the Pasidungog/ Awarding Ceremony of the Civil Service Commission's Search for Outstanding Government Workers last October 24, 2018, at the Summit Hotel, Tacloban City, for his exemplary performance as a visionary leader and public servant.
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TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, August 8 (PIA) – As it recently marked the “Dengue Awareness” month, the Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas (EV) once more urged the public to always observe “Four S”(4S) strategy in order to stamp out “Dengue” or its possible outbreak.

The “4S strategy” is still proven the best way to prevent Dengue.  It stands for Search and destroy mosquito breeding places; Seek early consultation whenever symptoms are observed; do Self-protective measures like wearing pajamas and long-sleeved shirts; and, Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

A DOH-8 report, bears that the intensified anti-dengue campaign in the recent past, ­­­ reduced the dengue cases to 1,779 for the period January 1 to July 7, 2018, from 2,283 cases recorded during the same period last year, majority of which came from the Leyte province.

During the same period, an outbreak occurred in Salcedo, Eastern Samar, with 61 cases and 2 deaths.

The Health department further warned public not to ignore the symptoms of the disease, rather act on it at once.

Some people, especially children and teens, may not experience symptoms in mild cases.  Usually, Dengue symptoms begin in four to seven days after being bitten by the Dengue-infected mosquito, the warning said.

In most Dengue cases, the Health department further informed that, patients recover their health a week after symptoms occur while other cases worsen or become life-threatening as clot-forming cells in the bloodstream drop. The situation may result to severity of the case, called severe Dengue hemorrhagic fever or the so-called Dengue shock syndrome. (ldl/gtt/PIA-Leyte with reports from the Department of Health)

Admitting he is more on personnel and operational management than a clinician, Doctor Salvador Evardone assumed recently as the 10th hospital chief of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) since”Yolanda”.

Prior to this, he was the chief of the Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital (ESPH) for 14 years, which gave him a rich experience in running a government health facility.

Back there, he paid attention and resolved staffing and personnel issues.

One ESPH staff who requested anonymity said, as a health leader Evardone is diplomatic not dominant with what he wants to implement. Whenever possible, he agrees on personal limitations of people and of available resources.

Dr. Salvador Evardone (center) clarifies some issues being thrown to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC), while at the same time giving assurance for a positive personnel and operational management under his administration.

Evardone believes that for personnel to better perform, their needs have to be satisfied because they are the ones who translate strategies to action.

At EVRMC before his official assumption on August 2, he said he has heard of a few complaints of patients or their families but this is normal, he said.

Not to be discounted are complains in the recent past of arrogant health personnel, of which Dr. Avito Salinas, Deputy Chief acknowledged.

On the same note however, did Salinas appeal to the public to think of the majority of nurses, doctors and attendants who give better attention and services.

“EVRMC has about 2,400 personnel and the fault of one or two should not be branded for the entire working force, that is unfair,” Dr. Salinas said.

He was seconded by Dr. Evardone who requested media to validate any perceived misconduct of personnel, to validate the info with management.

On the operations side, Dr. Evardone stressed that he will be consultative with other members of top level management, continue the good practices and improve other service delivery if need be.

What is most challenging to EVRMC is the unfinished work of JD Legaspi Contractor.

“We’ve sent demand letters to JD Legaspi Construction in Manila for several months now, but we have yet to receive a reply or better yet to complete Phase-1 building of Cabalawan EVRMC,” Dr. Salinas shared.

Part of the construction, he added, is the provision of a transformer so they can start using their CT Scan machine.

“With our fluctuating electric current, we cannot start using the P100M worth CT Scan machine without the heavy duty transformer, otherwise it will destroyed instantly.

EVRMC also needs the help of DPWH08 to finish the road construction fronting the building and the Tacloban City LGU to control the increasing number of illegal stores which is believed to hamper the traffic flow.

After a series of deliberations with the team and consultations with the experts, the consortium has finally completed its manual of operations (MOO) which has been officially launched on July 26, 2018 in Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City during the conduct of the Mid-Year Assessment and Planning.

The MOO embeds the implementing procedures and other pertinent provisions and mechanisms in the conduct of the various operations of the consortium.  Its primary purpose is to develop a common point of reference and stabilize the operations of the consortium in spite of the changing organizational structure thus enhancing smooth and closer coordination among the member institutions.

The creation of the MOO has been initiated last July 8, 2017 thru a writeshop which have been participated by the different committee members with Dr. Sheila M. Tante, PHSAE as the resource person and consultant as well. The creation of the chapters and provisions of the manual has been based on the Metro Manila Health Research and Development Consortium (MMHRDC) MOP that has been officially endorsed by the PCHRD as it embeds most of the needed provisions and other procedures relevant to the effective and organized operations of the Consortium. After the said activity, several committee meetings and consultative workshops have been conducted to finalize the said manual.    

Prior to the official presentation of the new MOO to public, a ceremonial signing of the supplemental memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the ExeCom Members and the Heads of the member institutions has been facilitated. The said MOA stipulates the amendments on the membership registration which are reflected to Article VI Section 1 of the manual. Also, another MOA signing has taken place during the activity which involve the new recruited member institutions, namely, the Philippine Science High School represented by Director Reynaldo B. Garnace; San Lorenzo Ruiz College of Ormoc represented by Dr. Dunatilla Y. Roma, and Saint Peter’s College of Ormoc represented by. Mr. Mark Anthony Malinao & Ms. Ronalie Clemente. The new members were officially welcomed by the ExeCom and the other members.

The activity was highlighted with a video presentation featuring the journey of the consortium with its significant milestones towards the completion of the manual. After which, the Co-Chair of the Execom, Dir. Edgardo Esperancilla together with the members, Dr. Maura Cristobal, CHED Regional Director, and Dr. Edgardo Tulin, VSU President formally bestow a copy of the MOP to the heads of the member institutions.

Moreover, an orientation seminar on the implementing guidelines of the said MOO will be conducted to enlighten the members of the contents of the said MOO.

To ensure the implementation of the 2017-2018 Operational Plans of the EVHRDC, the ExeCom along with the Committee Chairs initiate a general assembly among the member institutions to collectively evaluate the extent of implementation of its planned programs and initiatives as stipulated in the said operational plans. A Mid-Year Assessment and Planning activity has been conducted on July 26, 2017 in Hotel Alejandro, Tacloban City.

The activity aims to assess the overall status and direction of the organization which include the implementation of the committee functions and planned activities for the current year as well the organization’s fiscal management.

Majority of the member institutions were represented by its heads and representatives which have been formally acknowledged by Ms. Rachelle Arape, EVHRDC Staff and eventually formally welcomed by Dir. Edgardo Esperancilla, Co-Chair of EVHRDC ExeCom.  In his message, he stressed the achievement of Cuba, a third world country like the Philippines which managed to become a world leader in the field of medicine. He also urged the participants to indulge in researches and projects which address the health needs of the region. Finally, he gave his salutations to Dr. Edgardo Tulin, President of VSU for the “Most Outstanding Research Administrator Award” he just received during the 2018 National Science & Technology Week (NSTW) held at the World Trade Center, Pasay City on July 17, Tuesday. Furthermore, Dr. Tulin also gave his welcome message and reassurance of VSU’s cooperation in the implementation of research activities of the consortium.

After the opening program, the committee chairs have presented the accomplishment reports covering from January to July, 2018. The reports of the committees; Research Management Committee, Research Information Committee, SOMEC, CBC, ERC, and RIC have eventually given a vivid picture to the members on what has to be done and accomplished in the next 5 months of the CY: 2018-2019. The secretariat also provided a comprehensive presentation on the details of the utilization and management of the budget afforded to each committee. 

Furthermore, committee meetings have also been facilitated by the secretariat to enable the 5 committees of the consortium to review its operational plans and targets, and eventually present its new plans to maximize utilization of the available resources with consideration on the time left to implement those.         




Catbalogan City – Samar State University (SSU), in cooperation with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Catbalogan City, the Provincial Government of Samar, and the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), conducted a two-day Facilitators’ Training on Mental Health, Psychological First Aid (PFA), and the Katatagan Module at the SSU Audio-visual Center (AVC), July 13-14. 

The two-day facilitators’ training is a response to the May 8 fire incident in the coastal community of Catbalogan City, Samar, which burned at least 300 houses.

 Studies have shown that some individuals affected by disasters may be at risk of developing long-term mental health problems. Interventions from trained facilitators may deliver preventive measures or programs to develop resilience skills among individuals, families, or groups, as well as help them cope with stress and anxiety.

 “Before any intervention is given, it is deemed essential to ensure that the emergency responders and volunteers are fully equipped with the necessary skills to properly address and support mental and emotional needs and well-being of those affected by emergency situations or disaster. Thus, this two-day facilitators’ training on PFA and the Katatagan Program was proposed,” said Ms. Junelle Guerra, one of the proponents and an SSU College of Graduate Studies faculty member.

The opening program was attended by the University President, Dr. Marilyn D. Cardoso, who gave the opening remarks; the Catbalogan City Mayor, Hon. Stephany Uy-Tan, who delivered an inspirational message; and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer, Hon. Van A. Torrevillas, who also gave an inspirational talk.

The training covered topics such as Introduction to Mental Health and Basic Facilitation Skills, Psychological First Aid, and the Katatagan Program. Simulations were also given emphasis to give the facilitators an interactive and first-hand experience of how to facilitate victims of disasters.


Under the Research Center for Culture and Social Issues through the Career Guidance Office, Mrs. Mae Cañal, Registered Guidance Counselor and by Ms. Guerra spearheaded the training sponsored by PAP, Catbalogan City Government, and Samar Provincial Government.