>> Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2 La Trinidad boxers to fight for world titles

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Two boxers who train at Highland Boxing Stable at the Strawberry Farm here are scheduled to fight for world titles. Gilbert Gomera who is a native of General Santos City but now trains in La Trinidad will fight for the vacant WBC featherweight belt in Russia on May 6.
The Filipino fighter will be accompanied by his trainer Roy Sumile with international promoter and owner of Highland Boxing Gym Brico Santig. Gomera who has a record of 12 wins with two losses will fight a Russian boxer for the vacant belt.
Meanwhile, Jeronil Borres who also trains out of highland boxing gym will fight Richard Rosales of Bohol for the vacant ABF super flyweight belt on May 9 also this year in Isabela. Five others boxers of Highland Boxing Gym will also fight the same day. -- Tan Dulag

New Abra police chief urges discipline among colleagues

BANGUED, Abra -- The newly installed provincial police director here appealed for discipline among colleagues.
“To all men and women in Abra Provincial Police Office, and dala-dala ko lang na plataporma is discipline,” said Senior Supt. Rey De Peralta said during the recent change of command ceremony.
As  new commander, De Peralta urged his colleagues to stay focused and true to their profession to deliver fair decisions and service to all Abrenios.
De Peralta affirmed his readiness to take over and lead Abra police against criminality, illegal drugs and corruption as initiated by police commanders before him.
He said he expects the same support from the people and the local government given to his predecessor, Senior Supt. Alexander Tagum, who is now assigned in Davao City.
De Peralta said he is ready to enjoy everything about Abra, its natural wonders and challenging terrains. -- Ginalyn B. Brioso

Gaspar brings “A book for every child’ to La Union

SAN FERNADO CITY, La Union -- Anna Liza Gaspar is the author of Illustrated Children's Story book entitled Anna In the Town of Partas Gasto which she read to children here of Barangay Poro last week. 
The outreach program is part of Gaspar's project, "A Book for Every Child Project," its advocacy of which is to convince students to read, learn and go to school. The project is aided by Vibal Press and with help of her friends who donated for the project.
The outreach is backed-up by GUMIL La Union and also with the help of the Union Christian College. Barangay Poro is one of the adopted barangays of the Union Christian College for their Outreach Programs.
 Gaspar, after reading her book to the children, gave them notebooks, pencils and a copy of the book to each child.

 Cooperative summit in Baguio pushed

BAGUIO CITY – Councillor Art Allad-iw has called for a cooperative summit here in pursuant to “Constitutional mandate and Philippine Cooperative Code to foster the creation and growth of cooperatives as a practical vehicle for promoting self-reliance and harnessing people power towards the attainment of economic development and social justice.”
Allad-iw’s resolution said “under the Local Government Code of 1991 (RA 7160), local development councils of local government units were operationalized which gave cooperatives, non-government organizations and peoples organizations opportunity to actively participate in local governance giving rise to the new concept of the partnership of the government, private and civil society sectors in the development efforts of society.”
The resolution said the Philippines, despite its positive prospects in economic development, continues to be confronted with economic problems such as poverty and income inequality affecting cooperatives in City of Baguio.
“Given that cooperatives are among the major pillars of the people empowerment movement, there is a need to conduct a Cooperative Summit to mobilize and gather leaders and advocates of Cooperatives and collate their concerns on how to address urgent and strategic issues confronting the cooperatives as a sector;
Their inputs relative to the issues and concerns surrounding cooperatives will be evaluated and utilized in coming-up with short-term, medium-term and long term plans and solutions that will serve as a guide in future legislations,” the resolution said.

Army official lauds NPA members for surrendering

ASIPULO, Ifugao -- The commander of the 54th Infantry Battalion lauded  10 members  of the local militia force of the New People’s Army who recently voluntarily surrendered here to government forces.
“I truly commend the bravery and strong desire of our brothers to denounce their allegiance to the NPA,” Lt. Col. Nicolas Quemado, Jr. said as he appealed to others to do the same to clear their names.
Asipulo Vice Mayor Tomas Pullupul and Namal punong  barangay Grace Tayaban accompanied local militia members to the headquarters of the 54th IB at Barangay Baguinge  in Kiangan’ Ifugao  and  took their oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines administered  by Quemado.
On Feb. 12,  soldiers  from the 54th IB overran a rebel camp in Barangay Namal, Asipulo  and recovered high powered firearms, laptops, cameras and subversive documents containing the list of organized local militia forces. -- PIA Ifugao

Mt. Province awards  ‘golden healthy baby’  

BAUKO, Mountain Province -- The provincial government awarded certificate of recognition and cash prize of P20, 000.00 to baby Yhalina P. Andrada as the winner in the search for the “golden healthy baby 2017.”
The search was one of the activities of the Provincial Health Office in line with the celebration of the recent 50th Foundation Day of the province. It was one way of promoting PHO’s “Healthy mother begets healthy baby” program.
Criteria of the search  were  the following:  the award would be given to the earliest baby born on April 7, 2017, single or twin delivery, normal spontaneous delivery, full term, birth weight of 2.5 kg and above, facility- based delivery, birth attended by skilled attendant, mother completed the four prenatal visits and with at least TT2 and not hypertensive, with mother and child book, and parents of the baby must be from the province.
Baby Yhalina was born at 12:25a.m. April 7 at Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital in Abatan here attended by Dr. Jhanice S. Paredes.  Her birth weight was 3.1 kg.
Yhalina is the third child of Claire and Jeobil Andrada from Paktil, Monamon Sur of this municipality. -- Juliet B. Saley

 2 caught illegally cutting trees in Sto, Domingo

CAMP ELPIDIO QUIRINO, Ilocos Sur- Joint policemen and personnel of Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources arrested Wednesday two suspected illegal loggers after they were caught cutting trees in Barangay Paguraper, Sto Domingo town.
Reports received by Senior Supt. Rey de Peralta, police director, showed Sto Domingo police and a DENR representative from Bantay town caught  Orlando Reototar and Walter Natabio, both of San Pablo, Sto Domingo  illegally cutting mahogany and kamagong trees.
"Suspects were caught in the act of cutting mahogany and kamagong trees by using chainsaw at Paguraper. Confiscated cut trees and chainsaw together with arrested persons were brought to Sto. Domingo police station for documentation and proper disposition," said Chief Insp. William Nerona, public information officer.- Myds Supnad

Hike in stipend of daycare workers proposed

 BAGUIO CITY – The city council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance increasing the monthly compensation of day care workers in the city for them to be able to cope with the continuous increase in the prices of basic commodities triggered by the uncontrollable oil prices in the world market.
The ordinance authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. stated the local legislative measure shall be known as an ordinance increasing the monthly compensation of the day care workers in the city and providing rules for other purposes.
Under the proposed ordinance, Yangot underscored the subsidized day care workers of the city shall be deemed employees of the city and shall be paid their regular salaries under existing appropriations of the local government.
Yangot added the monthly salary of the subsidized day care workers should continuously increase from the original P4,000 to P8,000, hence, subsidized day care workers will be further entitled to benefits and allowances to which regular employees are entitled.
On the other hand, the monthly participation fee of the parents shall not exceed the amount of P20 per month which will be utilized exclusively for the purchase and procurement of teaching materials only.
Based on available records of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, there are already 79 day care workers in the city wherein 12 of whom are regular employees of the local government and they are receiving a salary of at least P14,000 each while the 67 others subsidized day care workers from the city wherein they are receiving P4,000 monthly stipend. -- Dexter A. See

Banaue folks urged: Join community activities

BANAUE, Ifugao -- Village folks in this tourist town were urged to always participate in community-led activities during barangay assemblies for important updates and information.
“I am enjoining everyone to always attend the activities of your barangays so that you will know personally the situation of your place in terms of good governance and other information from other government agencies,” said Board Member Clemente Bongtiwon who recently graced the barangay assembly of Bocos, this town.
Bongtiwon said the barangay assembly is a venue for village officials and other government agencies to present accomplishments, programs and activities for information of the public to help them in decision making.
With the theme “Sulong Barangay Kontra Droga, Krimen at Katiwalian: Makiaalam! Makilahok! Makiisa!”, the recent Barangay Assembly Day started with a contested ethnic parade and program at the barangay open court.
Representatives of the national government like the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine Information Agency and Banaue Police Station also joined in the barangay assembly and conducted information advocacy. -- PIA Ifugao

NFA-Abra to rice retailers: Renew licenses

BANGUED, Abra -- The National Food Authority urged rice and corn retailers of the towns of Bucloc, Dolores, Luba, Manabo and Sallapadan to renew their licenses to do business.
Requirements for individuals who will renew their licenses are 2x2 ID picture, 2016 Income Tax Returns, and income statement for those with more than P100, 000 capital. 
The same requirements are to be submitted by cooperatives plus a copy of their registration from the Cooperative Development Authority. 
For new applicants, they are required to submit their Tax Identification Number (TIN) and a sketch map of the location of their business for inspection purposes.
NFA Abra Branch provincial manager Veralew de Vera earlier set a schedule from January to June for registration of rice and corn retailers in Abra to avoid congestion in the office.
Scheduled for May are the towns of Daguioman, Malibcong, Lagangilang, Tineg and Villaviciosa.  For the month of June are the municipalities of Pidigan and Tayum. 
Already done are the towns of Bangued, Lagayan and San Isidro in January;    Boliney, Danglas, Langiden, San Juan and Tubo in February, and the towns of Bucay, Lacub, Licuan, San Quintin and Pilar in March. -- PIA Abra

Baguio folks urged: Join  anti-graffiti campaign

BAGUIO CITY--  Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan urged barangay officials here to aggressively implement anti-graffiti campaign to help bring back cleanliness of the city amidst rapidly growing population.
The local chief executive said he cannot understand why there are some youth who resort to graffiti to express their sentiments instead of using their talent and skills in good deeds.
“It is unfortunate that graffiti continues to proliferate in the city because of the increasing number of youngsters involved in the said illegal activity. We do not tolerate individuals involved in dirtying our city that is why we are now involving the barangay officials in our campaign to instill discipline among our youth,” Domogan said.
He added an administrative order was recently issued deputizing barangay officials in the implementation of the citywide anti-graffiti campaign by monitoring their constituents for graffiti to send a clear message to the public that city and barangay officials mean business in ridding their areas of jurisdiction from graffiti. -- Dexter A. See

 Kalinga male employees oriented on healthy lifestyle

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga -- One hundred male employees of local and national offices here were recently oriented on healthy life style and on men’s role on reproductive health at Davidson Hotel.
Dr. Bernadette Andaya, head of DOH provincial office, said the activity aimed to educate males on their obligation of living a healthy lifestyle and to remind them of their part on the promotion of reproductive health.
Republic Act No. 10354 or the Reproductive Health law “implies that men and women attain equal relationships in matters related to sexual relations and reproduction” thus they should be aware of their respective roles and responsibilities.  
“Being the so-called heads of the family and would-be for those still single, males have to take the heavier responsibility of leading the family through the correct path and be the major bread earner,” Andaya said. -- PIA Kalinga

Programs set to improve Abra PCL in governance

BANGUED, Abra-- The Philippine Councilors’ League Abra Chapter cited importance of capacity development in their ranks order so they could perform their duties efficiently.
PCL Abra President Jun Dion said one program the Sangguniang Bayan members are enjoying now is tie-up program between the Dept. of Interior and Local Government and PCL -- the “newly elected officials program,” a termed-based capacity development program that trains  council members on their roles and functions.
Through this program, councilors are encouraged to pursue their education, take up technical and degree courses in the PCL Legislative Academy to become competent legislators in their areas.
“Maraming SB na ang nag-pursue ng kanilang legislative education from Abra. They will learn how to draft ordinances and resolutions and adapt programs suitable in their own towns,” he said.
Dion said they plan to institute computerization of all council offices in the province to hasten data encoding and decoding and maintain records of all files including ordinances and resolutions.
They are also currently drafting an ordinance to be passed in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan requiring mandatory drug testing of all government employees. -- Ginalyn B. Brioso

Abra, DOLE, turn over P.5-M equipment to farmers’ group
BANGUED, Abra -- The Department of Labor and Employment and provincial government led by Gov. Maria Jocelyn Bernos turned over P498,000  worth of farm implements to San Isidro, Lagangilang Forest Land Management Association, Inc.
These included two sets of kuliglig, two water pumps, one grass cutter and one mechanized rice thresher.
Farm implements were funded by DOLE upon request of the provincial government to help this farmer’s association composed of 115 farmers.
 “They will have to rent the farm implements when they use them for maintenance. They were also required to put up a housing where they can place and keep safe these facilities from the rain and other elements,” said Gabriel De La Vega of DOLE-Abra.
He added this will gear and equip the farmers here so they will not be left out and displaced in this growing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) consciousness. Giving them farm implements they need will give them confidence to upgrade and hoist their production quantity and quality alike, he said.
“It’s only here that farmers are poor and lowly. In other Asian nations they have cars and live affluently. They are mechanized,” he said.
Bernos urged the farmers to make use of the facilities and take good care of them.
Felipe Trongco, the association’s president, expressed his gratitude to the government in behalf of members for the facilities which will help them in their farming. -- Ginalyn B. Brioso

 DILG trains Abra LGUs on rural monitoring system    

BANGUED, Abra – The Dept. of Interior and Local Government recently conducted among local government units training on “data banking”   in planning development programs and projects to ensure responsiveness of such programs to real needs and problems of communities and effectiveness of implementation.
This was main goal of the training program on community-based monitoring system (CBMS) accelerated poverty profiling (APP) being conducted by the regional DILG for local government units in the province.
Here, participants in CBMS training were local employees of the municipalities of Dolores, Malibcong, Penarrubia and Danglas. 
The first module was orientation on how to use the gadgets and how to administer the survey questionnaires conducted at the Origines Hotel at Barangay Calaba.
This was followed by actual data collection using the CBMS software dubbed as CBMS Scan.  The data collection is expected to be carried out in one month.
The questionnaire is set inside the CBMS Scan, the software being used in the survey. The CBMS scan fast-tracks data collection and processing by encoding data while interviewing the household respondents. The location of the household is taken at the same time by getting the GPS data using android tablets.
It also features security measures to maintain confidentiality of information while facilitating census management.
The participants are likewise taught on how to install and open the CBMS Scan including the menu of CBMS app and the registration of the mobile devices.
The training is an activity among the DILG’s Bureau of Local Government Development, CBMS International Network Coordinating Team, and the four local governments. The training team in Abra was headed by Rolando Gonzales of DILG-CAR.

DOST-Abra checks hydromet devices   

BANGUED, Abra-- The Department of Science and Technology personnel led by provincial head Menandro Buenafe are going around municipalities of the province where hydromet devices were installed to check if they are functioning properly and ready for disasters.
There are four kinds of hydromet devices- the automated rain gauge (ARG), automated weather stations (AWS), water level monitoring station (WLMS), and tandem or combination of ARG and WLMS (TDM).
They save human labor by automatically recording weather-related information. The
Engineer Ingemar Zarate said the ARG measures volume of rainfall. ARGs installed in different sections of Abra River, and almost all 27 municipalities have an ARG. The data collected by the instruments warn of flooding.
The AWS provides timely weather condition of a certain area in its coverage. The data generated from the AWS are directly monitored by the Weather Bureau of the government for ready and easy utilization.
The WLMS, measures water level in a particular area where the device is installed. This serves as an immediate warning device for the local people for their appropriate action to prevent dangers of flooding.
The TDM is more effective as it is a combination of the ARG and WLMS. But not all municipalities have been installed with this device.

Zarate urged the people to take good care of these hydromet devices so  these could last longer for their own benefit in terms of safety in times of calamities. -- PIA Abra


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