2 dead, hundreds homeless as rain, winds batter North Luzon

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 Man killed as landslide hits truck along Halsema 

BAGUIO CITY – Hundreds were displaced in Northern and Central Luzon due to flooding even as two persons were killed, two injured while three were missing due to landslides, typhoon and monsoon-related accidents in Cordillera last week.  
In Atok, Benguet, a man was killed when the vehicle he was driving fell down km 58 of the Halsema Highway at Barangay Cattubo on Tuesday around 12: 45 a.m.
The vehicle was an Isuzu elf bearing license plate no WLZ 158 driven by Rodrigo Navalta Maon.
Investigation showed the vehicle was on its way to Baguio City when it was hit by a landslide which pushed the vehicle towards the ravine around 20 meters deep.
Concerned citizens retrieved the vehicle and lifeless body of Maon. A passenger was rescued and brought to a hospital in Buguias, Benguet for medication.
In Baguio City, a man who slipped into a canal in the midst of heavy rains wrought by the “habagat” or southwest monsoon on August 11 remained in Tuba, Benguet as search and rescue operations continued.
Police identified the missing victim as Mencio Abol Amitem, 57, married, driver and resident of Pula, Poblacion, Tuba, Benguet.
Investigation showed Amitem fell into a drainage canal and was swept by the strong current of water going down to Barangay Badiwan, Tuba around 11:30 p.m. that night.
The driver of a Tamaraw FX was helping carry a box of groceries for two ladies when he slipped while crossing a footbridge and fell right into the open sewage canal, investigators said.
In Mankayan, Benguet, a certain Luvina Julian Kidkid, married, barangay secretary and resident of Barangay Bedbed was buried by a landslide Monday around 1 p.m.
Investigation showed Kidkid and her companions were clearing the foot path along Bebbed when the landslide occurred. 
Her companions were able to run from the site except for Kidkid who was left behind since she had difficulty going away due to mud.
In Tuba, Benguet on Monday, a certain Krystel Marlin, 19, single, of Samar, Leyte, residing in Tesda, Loakan, Baguio City fell at an open box culvert canal at about 7:50 p.m. in front of Ever lodge, Badiwan, Marcos Highway.
Investigation showed that the victim had a heated argument with her partner Marvin Feliciano Ruiz, 46, married, businessman and a resident of Sumabnit, Binalonan, Pangasinan.
The victim walked away and went along Badiwan Road. Ruiz followed her for reconciliation, but the victim lost balance, fell on the canal and was washed by strong water current. Tuba police are still conducting search and rescue operations to find Marlin.
Meanwhile, six major roads in the Cordillera Administrative Region were in close-open situation due to landslides.
The Office of the Civil Defense-CAR advised motorists and residents that Kennon Road in Baguio City remains closed.
Also, other roads inaccessible to the public were Abra – Ilocos Norte Road; Nagaparan Danglas-Abra Road; Abra-Kalinga Road; Governor Bado Dangwa National Road; and Tabuk Banaue Road via Tanudan Barlig Road.
Meanwhile, three barangays were isolated by flooding in Abra Province after nearby rivers burst its banks.
These were Barangays Pakiling Bucay, Bakabak Supo Tubo, and Poblacion, San Quintin in Abra Province.
The entire Cordillera Region remained under blue alert status, according to OCD-CAR.
Due to continuous heavy rains, Binga and Ambuklao dams released water. San Roque Dam in San Manuel, Pangasinan, where the waters flowed also released its spillway resulting to flooding in Pangasinan towns. 
Hiking, trekking and all other tourism activities in the following areas were suspended due to bad weather: Mt. Pulag, Kabayan, Benguet; Mt. Purgatory, Bokod, Benguet; Mt. Pigingan, Barangay Dalupirip, Itogon, Benguet ; Mt Ulap, Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet; Sagada, Mt, Province, spelunking activities.
All mining activities for Itogon, Benguet were suspended due to inclement weather. Small-scale mining activities in all parts of Benguet are also suspended.
Classes in Baguio and Benguet were also suspended Monday and Tuesday.
In Pangasinan, forced evacuations was ordered by Gov. Amado “Pogi” Espino, III in riverside villages as Agno River continued to swell following dam discharges since last week.
Authorities implemented forced evacuation in Sitio Sta. Cruz Macayo and Sitio Patalan San Pedro Ili in Alcala and in Bautista.
Meanwhile, Provincial Information Officer Orpheus Velasco said released water of San Roque Dam affected 17 towns and one city, especially those along the Agno River.
To date in Pangasinan, a total of 410 families are now in various evacuation centers such as in Calasiao (51 families), Lingayen (7), Dagupan (24), Urdaneta (125), Mangatarem (15), Sta. Barbara (86), San Carlos City (28), Bugallon (18), Bayambang (20), Aguilar (36) and in San Nicholas (14 individuals).
Meanwhile, Esperanza Tinaza information officer of DPWH Region 1 said all national roads and bridges were passable but Garrita Bridge in Bani, Pangasinan was passable to light vehicles only.
Not passable to light vehicles were: Urdaneta Junction-Dagupan Road, Calasiao old road and San Carlos-Calasiao Road.
Massive flooding in the towns of Sta Barbara, Calasiao and Dagupan City had made the people cry because of undetermined damages on properties, houses, and even cars.
The Pangasinenses were alarmed because it was the first time in history that the level of water was too high on July 21 and on Aug 13.
And it was also noticed that the old church in Calasiao, Saint Peter and Paul Parish church was flooded almost knee high and the town proper of Calasiao reached waist deep on July 21.
On the part of Department of Public Works and Highways, Esperanza Tinaza, information officer of Region 1 said that based on the monitoring, there was a leakage from a portion of the dike in Barangay Alibago in Sta Barbara on July 21.
The leakage was due to strong water current from the swollen Sinocalan River.
In Bulacan, Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said massive flooding has prompted local governments units to declare a state of calamity in four municipalities and the City of Meycauayan.
In Bulacan, Gov. Alvarado said 171 villages in 13 towns and two cities of the province continued to be inundated as of presstime.
Citing the report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office he said that the municipalities of Marilao, Calumpit, Hagonoy, and
Paombong and the city of Meycauayan have been placed under a state of calamity.
PDRRMO executive officer Liz Mungcal said the number of affected families in the 12 towns and two cities flooded in Bulacan has reached to 126,422 or 619,969 individuals. Of this number, some 1,706 families or 8,526 persons were evacuated to 30 evacuation centers in the different parts of the province. – With reports from Liezle Basa IƱigo and Freddie Velez


House committee okay’s Cordillera autonomy bill

Mindanao solons air support 

By Erlindo Agwilang and PNA

QUEZON CITY -- The committee on local government of the House of Representatives has calendared for deliberations and approved in principle a Lower House measure seeking to establish an autonomous region for the Cordillera Administrative Region.
House Bill 5343, “An Act Establishing the Autonomous Region of the Cordillera,” has been pending before the committee since it was filed on March 20, 2017.
It was authored by all Cordillera congressional representatives: Allen Jesse Mangaoang of Kalinga, Ronald Cosalan, Benguet; Mark Go, Baguio City; Eleanor Bulut-Begtang, Apayao; Teddy Brawner Baguilat, Ifugao; Joseph Bernos, Abra and the late Maximo B. Dalog of Mountain Province.
During the committee hearing held August 14, several district representatives from Mindanao expressed commitment in ensuring the measure will be passed during the current Congress.
Rep. Manuel Zubiri of the 3rd District of Bukidnon said the cause for autonomy for the Cordillera should now come next since the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) has already been signed into law.
Addressing Cordillera lawmakers, he said: “It’s time we also support you, our brothers in the Cordillera, as you did to us, especially in the passage of our BOL.”Rep. Zubiri is a younger brother of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, the author of the counterpart autonomy bill in the Senate.
Also present to express support was Rep. Mohamad Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte who was instrumental in moving for the bill’s approval and the immediate creation of a technical working group to address relevant issues at hand and consolidate the necessary requirements needed to fast-track its process. “The autonomous region for our brothers in the Cordillera region is long overdue, therefore we need to spur this opportunity to pass this bill,” he said.
Other congressmen from the South who supported the House measure were: Rep. Wilter Palma of Zambaoanga Sibugay, Rep. Ron Salo of Party-list Kabayan, Rep. Jesus Sacdalan of North Cotabato and Rep. Pablo Ortega of La Union. 
In response to support from the Mindanao lawmakers, Mayor Mauricio Domogan commended members of the committee, saying as far as the requirements are concerned, public consultations have already been conducted in the provinces of CAR including the submission of resolutions from the different local government units and various manifesto of support coming from the different barangays.
“I urge you, our congressmen in the Philippines, to be part of history by passing this proposed bill,” he added.
Domogan also submitted to Congress the proposed amendments to HB 5343 which he said, do not have any substantial or contentious issues as far as the proposed bill is concerned as said amendments were derived from the Bangsamoro Organic Law.
Also in attendance in said committee hearing were Cordillera regional directors Milagros Rimando of National Economic Development Authority, Ralph Pablo of Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, Social Welfare’s Janet Armas,  Nancy Bantog of Science and Technology, Roland Calde of National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.
Also in attendance were assistant regional director Amelita Pangilinan of Dept. of Health, Gov. Bonifacio Lacwasan of Mountain Province, Gov. Elias Bulut Jr. of Apayao, former Sagada Mayor Tom Killip of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, former La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda, former Sadanga Mayor Gabino Ganggangan, lawyer Delmar Carino including other Cordillera leaders and advocates for autonomy.
Mean while, Cordillera leaders got the assurance of support from more senators and Palace officials in their regional autonomy bid.
 In a forum conducted in Manila on Friday, Sen. Aquilino "Coco" Pimentel vowed to author a bill that would make Cordillera an autonomous region. He authored the same bill in 2015 but was overtaken by events.
 Pimentel would be the fourth senator to file such bill at the Senate, after Senator Miguel Zubiri who filed Senate Bill 1678, Senator JV Ejercito with SB 1923, and another bill by Senator Bam Aquino.
 He also urged the Cordillera leaders to prepare the support mechanism on the ground, for the people’s vote during the plebiscite.
 Pimentel added the timing is right with President Rodrigue Duterte, a staunch believer of autonomy, at the helm.
Sen. Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, in a video message sent to the RDC and played during the event, also gave his support for a Cordillera autonomous status.
“We support the Cordillera autonomy, which is in our Constitution," he said.
Angara, who chairs the Senate Committee on Local Government, said his wife is also from Baguio.
 Senator Ejercito, an adapted son of Kalinga and Mountain Province, said: “You have my full support for the preservation of our culture, heritage, and identify. I am one with you because I am a Cordilleran myself.”
Zubiri, the first senator to champion Cordillera’s clamor in the Upper Chamber, filed the first Senate version on Feb. 1, 2018. His version is an identical copy of House Bill (HB) 5343, “An act establishing the autonomous region of the Cordillera”, which was co-authored by all six congressmen of the region.
Presidential Adviser for North Luzon Raul Lambino, an Ilocano who earned his degree in Baguio City, was also at the Saturday meeting with Cordillera leaders and senators in Manila.
 "One of the most important tasks I have is to achieve the most cherished dream of the Cordillera,” he said.
 Lambino suggested to tap Ilocano speakers in the Cabinet to help the cause of the highlanders.
 Autonomy advocate,  Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza, who requested Zubiri to champion the Cordillera autonomy at the Senate early this year, was also at the meeting.
Dureza said Cordillera should have been the first to get the autonomy because it stayed on its commitment for peace after the Mount Data Peace accord with the government in 1986.
Dureza urged the Cordillerans to continue working together, to be united towards the goal for autonomy, and to make a noise to get attention for their cause.
Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Secretary Adelino Sitoy, who did a comparison of the bills filed together with the draft Constitution submitted by the Consultative Commission (ConCom), said whichever comes first, the Cordillera’s clamor for autonomy is provided for under the 1987 Constitution and the proposed Constitution.


Cops face blank wall on slay of Abra councilor

LAGAYAN, Abra -- Authorities are still facing a blank wall in its investigation into the death of Isagani Joson, a first-term councilor of Lagayan.
In a text message, Senior Insp. Grace Marron, spokesperson of Abra Provincial Police, said the death of the councilor remained under investigation.
She admitted that investigators still do not have leads as to the identity of the suspect nor a motive that can pave the way for the possible resolution of the case.
She, however, said that they are doing their best to resolve the killing incident.
Marron said that at around 7:45 in the evening last Aug. 8, personnel of the Lagayan police office heard gun fires from more or less 500 meters to their station.
She said that two teams, composed of 14 members each, were immediately dispatched to where the sound of the gunshot emanated.
Since Joson’s residential compound was not enclosed with fences and gates, police entered the area and found the councilor oozing with blood at the dirty kitchen outside the house, Marron said.
Marron said that while some of the policemen searched the area for the possible presence of the suspects, the others rushed the Sangguniang Bayan member to Abra Provincial hospital in Bangued, about 30 minutes drive, for treatment.
Joson was declared dead several hours after, while being treated at the hospital.
Marron said the councilor was living alone as his family resides in Manila. The councilor’s wife rushed to Abra upon learning of the incident.
Based on pieces of evidence obtained from the crime scene, Joson attempted to pacify his assailant as shown by the firearm found in his possession when he was discovered by the policemen, She said.
She also said the fired cartridge cases of caliber .45 that were in the councilors possession were found in the crime scene. At the same time, empty cartridge cases of M16 rifle were also found at the crime scene, believed to be from the assailant’s gun.
Autopsy reports showed that the victim had two gunshot wounds, one on the right portion of his back and another on the right chest where the bullet fired on his back exited.
Marron said they are still conducting further investigation to identify the assailant as well as to determine the motive of the killing.
The councilor's remains now lie at his residence in Sitio Manaois, Barangay Poblacion, Lagayan, Abra. Burial date is yet to be known from the family. (Dionisio Dennis Jr./ PNA)


Thief runs away with P50K from cop’s car

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A female cop was robbed of P20,000 and valuables worth around P30,000 by a thief who opened the door of her car in a “salisi operation.”
A police report said the incident happened around 7:50 a.m. of August 10 here in front of Blessing’s Laundry Shop, Barangay Pico.
The victim was identified as SPO2 Nilda Sabiat Lapawon, 39, married, PNP member and a resident of Barangay Upper Wangal Extension, Wangal.
The suspect was an unidentified male person wearing white shirt and a backpack.
 Investigation disclosed the victim parked her vehicle in front of the laundry shop to pick up her laundry. Lapawon together with her companion alighted from the car and immediately proceeded inside the shop without locking the doors of the car. 
After a few minutes, the victim came out of the shop to get her bag which she left inside the car but noticed that it was missing.
The bag contained P20,000, wallet containing PNP ID, Land Bank ATM card, driver’s license; pouch containing PSSLAI, AFPSLAI, BSU Coop, BDO, UCCPB passbooks, ring worth P12,500,  necklace worth P6,800.00 with pendant worth P1,700 and a wrist watch worth P2,500.


Nueva Ecija court junks case vs Makabayan 4

PALAYAN CITY, Nueva Ecija -- – The Palayan City Regional Trial Court has dismissed the murder case filed against former Makabayan lawmakers for insufficient evidence.
In a decision made public August 13, the court also quashed the arrest warrant issued against former Bayan Muna Party-List Representatives Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino, former Anak Pawis Party-List Representative Rafael Mariano and former Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza who currently sits as the National Anti-Poverty Commission Chief.
Acting Presiding Judge Trese Wenceslao, in a resolution dated August 8, said the evidence presented failed to establish probable cause against the accused.
Wenceslao took over the case after Branch 40 Judge Evelyn Atienza-Turla inhibited from it citing pressure.
Atienza-Turla was the one who issued the warrants of arrest.
The camps of the said former lawmakers welcomed the dismissal of the case, which they described as trumped up.
The dismissal of the case means that the warrants of arrest issued against the four leftist leaders on July 11 are now revoked.


Sagada miners die of gas poison in Itogon mine tunnel

ITOGON, Benguet – Two small-scale miners, both natives of Sagada, Mountain Province died of gas poisoning inside a mine tunnel here Tuesday.
The victims were named as Astrid Guitelen 22, of Barangay Bangaan, Sagada and Jomar M. Lay-os 23, of Fidelisan in the tourist town and residents of Antamok, Ucab, Itogon.
A police report said both entered the tunnel operated by one Angie Ognayon at level 70 Antamok around 5 p.m. to fix their mine blower.
However, after about four hours of staying inside they failed to come out prompting their companions to follow and found that both approximately 200 meters from the entrance lying on the ground.
They were retrieved by their companions and rushed to Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center where both were declared dead on arrival. Their remains were brought home by their relatives to Sagada.



 Safety measures at Kennon Road urged
BAGUIO CITY --  The city council has adapted a resolution urging the Dept. of Public Works and Highways – Cordillera Administrative Region to immediately install additional road safety or precautionary signs and other safety measures along Kennon Road.
Authored by Vice-Mayor Edison Bilog, the measure states that the move will ensure the safety or motorists traversing the historic highway.
The resolution said successive vehicular accidents that have occurred along Kennon for the past months have caused alarm to residents of the Summer Capital.
It cited reports from news agencies and law enforcement that some of the accidents were due to driver’s errors, unfamiliarity with the area’s terrain, and lack or shortage of road safety signs and other precautionary measures.
“Additional road safety or precautionary signages such as advisories to avoid using Kennon Road on rainy days and other safety measures such as rock netting to prevent  rock slides should be installed at the area to ensure the safety of motorists  traversing the highway,” the resolution said. – Gaby Keith

Mankayan implements segregation ordinance

MANKAYAN, Benguet -- Mayor Meterno Luspian is now implementing a strict “No segregation, no collection” policy in this mining town.
The segregation ordinance was recently approved by Mankayan’s municipal council covering segregation, collection, recycling, disposal and treatment of waste.
The ordinance applies to all residential, industrial and commercial areas.
Violators of the ordinance will be fined depending on gravity of the offense P500, P1,000 and P2,500 and imprisonment of one month to six months at discretion of the court for the first, second, third and fourth offense respectively.

 BFP recruitment on for firemen

B ONTOC, Mountain Province –The Bureau of Fire Protection has opened its recruitment for fire fighters to join their agency.
Applicants must be Filipino citizens not less than 21 and not more than 30 years of age, at least 5’4” in height for male and 5’2” for female provided that height waiver for height and age requirements shall be automatically granted for those belonging to cultural communities.
They must weigh not more or less than five kilograms from the standard weight corresponding to height, age and sex; must possess a baccalaureate degree from a recognized institute of learning; must have an eligibility either a Civil Service Commission (CSC) – 2nd Level, Republic Act (RA) 1080 or Presidential Decree. 907.
Licensed engineers and architects are priorities. Navarra said submission of folders will be on June 4 to July 6 at the BFP-Cordillera regional office as there is 75 quota allotted for the Cordillera region.Applicants nay visit fire stations for queries on additional requirements.  --  Alpine L. Killa

Ifugao mayor stops permits to peddlers

TINOC, Ifugao -- Mayor Marcelo Catalino temporarily suspended issuance of mayor’s permits to mobile peddlers in this remote town after receiving complaints from the buying public.
“Complaints have been received that there were fake, substandard, and expired merchandise being sold by the ambulant vendors. This is to protect people in the town from unscrupulous individuals,” Catalino said.
The mayor added that some ambulant vendors do not seek mayor’s permit before selling merchandises in the municipality.
The Revised Municipal Revenue Code requires all individuals to secure the permit before engaging in any trade. Tinoc is a vegetable producing town located near the boundary of Ifugao and Benguet. -- Marcelo B. Lihgawon


Malacanang exec junks media regulation, pushes security for journalists

BAGUIO CITY – Following assaults on media workers like the recent killing of a radio broadcaster, Presidential Task Force on Media Security Executive Director Joel Sy Egco said security issues of media must be addressed.
He said this involved improving their living conditions without resorting to "regulation" or "accreditation" which, he said, are both "wrong."
Egco cited need to strengthen the industry and remove danger media workers face.
In sharing his views on "labor issues" besetting the media, Egco said his desire as a former media leader himself is to give dignity to the profession by strengthening the industry and addressing vulnerabilities.
 “Ayaw ko ng regulation, mediaman din ako eh (I am also a mediaman, I do not want regulation),” he categorically said in a brief talk with reporters during the PTFoMS “Seminar on the implementation of operational guidelines of Administrative Order 1.”
 AO 1, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Oct. 11, 2016, created the PTFoMS to address violations of the right to life, liberty and security of the members of the media.
 Egco rose from the ranks as a cub reporter to becoming assignments editor and chief of reporters of The Manila Times.
 Prior to joining the government, he was president of the National Press Club.
 "How do we address those vulnerabilities para patibayin yung industry. Hindi para alisin yung mga tao pero para patibayin, lagyan mo ng dignidad yung profession (How do we address those vulnerabilities so that we can strengthen the industry? Not to remove or terminate people, but to dignify the profession)," Egco reiterated.
During the interview, one Baguio reporter noted that the issue on salaries and wages that media practitioners receive may make them susceptible to “corruption” and “politics” which may endanger themselves.
Egco cited an old bill in Congress, the Magna Carta for Journalists, which never prospered for reportedly being unacceptable.
“Dati may Magna Carta for journalists, tinurn-down natin. Why? Walang nakasaad kung magkano ang sweldo. Nire-regulate [ang industriya], ayaw ko din yun (Before there was a Magna Carta for journalists which we turned down because it did not mention the salaries. Regulating, I don’t want that too),” he added.
“Hindi mo pwedeng sabihin kung sino lang mag-practice, accredit or not accredit. (You cannot dictate who can practice, accredit or not accredit.) That's wrong!," he said.
Learning from past failures where "regulation" was used to professionalize the media, Egco said he will propose to media experts and other partners in the industry a "classifying examination" to evaluate the wages and benefits package commensurate to the experience and skills level of the media worker.
The "evaluation" may be done bi-annually so that there would be enough time for training before retaking the said test until a media worker has attained the highest skill certification.
He said there will be no passers or flunkers since all takers would be deemed qualified.
"Wala namang bagsak sa test eh pero makikita ang skills mo, made-define na natin yung mga benefits at saka classification. That’s professionalizing our ranks (There will be no failing grade, but the exam will show your skills and will define your benefits and classification),” Egco said.
He likened it to the salary grade of those in government where a skill has an equivalent position that determines salary grades.
"Walang babagsak sa exam, ika-classify ka lang (to determine what package of benefits is commensurate). Ganun lang naman yun, malalaman mo kung saan ka nararapat (You will know where you should be)," Egco added.
He said he envisions "all journalists in the Philippines to be of high, world-class standards.”
Egco noted that media work is not an “8 to 5” job, and that it should be rated at par with the level of professionals like doctors and lawyers.
When asked if the plan would be effective in addressing the issue of fly-by-night or "hao-shiao" media, Egco replied: “Yung mga hao-shiao, yung sinasabing pinabili lang ng suka, mawawala na yun pero may mga hao-shiao na kukuha ng exam, hindi mo mapagbawal yan. Kung pumasa, eh hindi na siya hao-shiao (The ‘hao-shiao’, who are referred to as those sent to buy vinegar and immediately became media practitioners, will no longer exist as they too can take the exam without prohibition to classify them and remove the hao-shiao tag).” -- PNA


Winning BSU research papers bared after review

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- More than 100 programs, projects and studies were presented in a three-day annual in-house review of the Benguet State University here last week where winning papers were announced.
The AIHR accommodated not only completed studies but proposals during the event held Aug 8-10.
BSU vice president for research and extension, Dr. Carlito P. Laurean shared how policy implementation posed challenges to the R&E sector including disallowances.
“We considered the challenges as a chance for us to improve the steps and procedures in the university, because of the challenge of getting appropriate honoraria being provided by our funding agency. We made some improvements and this was also recognized by the Commission on Audit,” said Dr. Laurean.
“One strategy that we did is to have our faculty researchers be certified as S&T researchers under the Magna Carta of S and T personnel in the university. Presently, there are 81 faculty researchers that are DOST certified and they are now receiving their honoraria for the project that they are implementing. Even for our support services like managing the consortium was also considered as part of S&T so faculty and employees (concerned) are also starting to receive their corresponding honoraria,” he added.
According to the Office of Research Services, there were 511 registered studies in BSU as of June.
“Aside from opportunities for presentation and NBC points, faculty members and employees conduct researches despite many challenges because it’s their passion and their willingness to contribute to relevant studies especially those that concern present issues,” said science research specialist Matyline C. Talastas.
The conduct of the AIHR is part of monitoring and evaluation for completed and/or ongoing RDE programs, projects, or studies/activities in BSU.
It is among mandates of the Benguet State University as RDE member institution of the Cordillera Consortium Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research and Development (CorCAARRD, formerly HAARRDEC).
The review was divided into three categories—technical, social non-AANR (agriculture, aquaculture and natural resources) and Social AANR/extension. Evaluators were:  Teresita K. Mangili (CorCAARD), Roel R. Suralta (Philippine Rice Research Institute), Lorenza G. Lirio (retired BSU professor), Miriam V. Tiongan (Benguet LGU), Rhandy S. Tubal (Watershed and Water Resources Research Center-ERDB), Dante M. Aquino (Isabela State University) and Maria Teresa L. De Guzman (DOST-PCAARRD) for the Technical Category; Virginia L. Anceno (CRHRDC), Annie Grail F. Ekid (Mountain State Polytechnic College) and Leah E. Abayo (UP Baguio-Cordillera Studies Center) for the Social AANR/Extension; and Mariano D. Marchan (CHED-CAR), Rhoda B. Galangco (University of Baguio) and Esther R. Hufana (retired BSU Professor) for the Social Non-AANR category.
ISRD director, Dr. Cheryl Launio said out of papers presented, there were  26 papers qualified for oral and 19 papers for poster presentation at the CorCAARRD regional symposium.
The winning papers for the technical category were: "Shiitake Production Technology as Component of Arabica Coffee-Based Agro-Forestry in the Cordillera (7 studies; 5 activities)" by Bernard S. Tad-awan, David Sumalang, Joel S. Acyapas, Johnwayne Tosay, Luis Calama and Marjoe S. Salavaria (1st Place);  "Mapping of Spatial Distribution of Carbon Storage of the Pinus kesiya Royle ex Gordon (Benguet Pine) forest in Sagada, Mt. Province" by Nova D. Doyog, Roscinto Ian C. Lumbres and Young Jin Lee (2nd Place) and "Development of Protocols for the Production of Inoculants and Field Application of Atoxigenic Strains of Aspergillus flavus (ASAFs) as Biological Control Agents (BCAs) Against Pre-Harvest aflatoxin Contamination of Peanut" by Janet S. Luis, Benjamin T. Tabus, Alexander A. Dorate, Marijo S. Neo-neo, Marjorie P. Colas and Joan B. Pedro (3rd Place).
For the Social AANR/extension category , winners were: "Building Farmer's Resilience in Disaster Prone Areas in Bokod and Kabayan (5 studies) by Carlito P. Laurean, Ruth S. Batani, Belinda A. Tad-awan, Alexander W. Fagyan, Andres A. Basalong, Frits Finmorog, Michael Lloyd Lee and Alexander Baday (1st Place); "A Survey of Sweetpotato Infestation in Selected Communities in Benguet and Ifugao Provinces" by Ruth S. Batani, Rhea S. Loncio, Kacy O. Labon, Raiah S. Batani (2ndPlace) and "BSU Talknology: Touching Lives of Rural Communities in the Northern Philippine Highlands" by Constantino T. Sudaypan and Julie I. Calatan (3rd Place).
For the social non-AANR category, winners were: "The life and works of Bado Dangwa" by Felipe S. Comila and Marcos A. Buliyat (1st Place); "Item Response Theory Parameters of Test Questions Measuring Different Cognitive Skills in Mathematics" by Janet Lynn S. Montemayor (2nd Place); and "Balancing Life: The Struggles of Working Mothers with 0-5 Years Old Children" by Alima N. Bedejim, Kacy O. Labon, Rhea S. Loncio, and Ruth S. Batani and “Strength and Consistency of Association Among Students' Entry to Exit Academic Performances and BLEPT Ratings” by Apler J. Bansiong and Janet Lynn S. Montemayor (both 3rdPlace).-- JSTabangcura


CIPC to Congress: Correct wrong textbooks on Igorots

By Rocky Ngalob

BAGUIO CITY – The sub-committee of Regional Development Council Cordillera (RDC), Committee on Indigenous Peoples Concerns (CIPC), in their recently concluded third quarterly meeting last August 15, moved to craft a resolution to condemn erroneous information in textbooks on Indigenous Peoples (IPs) of Cordillera, and to seek rectification of the same before the Congress.
Said erroneous information gained attention when concerned IPs posted photos of misleading, demeaning and distorted narratives against the Igorots in social media. Photos became viral then drew flak from the IPs throughout from CAR.
It prompted the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples – Cordillera Administrative Region (NCIP-CAR) through its regional director Roland Calde, and also the current xhairman of CIPC, to add on their agenda of meeting to address the issue.
CIPC invited the Dept. of Education (DepED) CAR to shed light on the issue concern which the latter accepted.
DepED – CAR, education program supervisor, EthielynTaqued told member institutions of CIPC that said erroneous information contained in the elementary textbooks did not go through their institution’s prescribed evaluation process.
According to Taqued, said erroneous information contained in the elementary textbooks were published by REX Bookstore, Phoenix Publishing House and Saint Mathews Publishing Corporation.
All of which according to Taqued are private publishing companies. 
Tanqued also explained before the CIPC that for textbooks to be endorsed by DepED the same should go through their rigorous evaluation and assessments. Should the textbooks pass their required evaluation according to Tanqued, distinguishing marks unique to DepED evaluated textbooks will be embedded namely; visible DepED marks on the front, back and spine, presence of DepEd copyright page and a ‘Not for sale’ mark.   
“Textbooks that contained erroneous information against the Igorots did not go through the process of evaluation as prescribed by the department,” said Tanqued. Also, according to Tanqued, schools who utilized said demeaning textbooks were mostly private schools which are beyond their jurisdiction. 
Calde after the explanation of Tanqued pushed for crafting of a resolution which was unanimously seconded by the member institution of CIPC.
“More than just condemnation, we will also ask Congress, through our resolution, for them possibly legislate pertinent laws giving powers to our institution to go after such perpetrators”, said Calde. NCIP currently has Administrative Order No. 1 series of 2014 however its mainly geared on IP related researches. “If only these textbooks were validated by the community, as required in NCIP AO 1 series of 2014, erroneous information against the IPs of Cordillera would have been corrected”, underscored by Calde.
Some member of CIPC also sought possibility of legal suits in sanctioning publishing companies for negligence for erroneous information against Igorots written in their textbooks.


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