Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Notices for December 19, 2016

RA Form No. 10.1 (LCRO)

Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province: ILOCOS NORTE
City/Municipality: VINTAR

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION
          In compliance with Section 5 RA Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby serve to the public that PENNY GREEN ACACIO YUMUL has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from ROBELEE to ROBELLE in the birth certificate of ROBELLE VEGA LABRADOR-STIEBER who was born on October 20, 1980 at Vintar, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are JUAN LABRADOR and ELVIRA VEGA.
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than January 2, 2017.

(SGD) MENELEO JOEY J. LEAÑO
Municipal Civil Registrar
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RA Form No. 10.1 (LCRO)

Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province: ILOCOS NORTE
City/Municipality: VINTAR

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION
          In compliance with Section 5 RA Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby serve to the public that PEDRO CALARAMO AGCAOILI has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from MATIAS to PEDRO in the birth certificate of PEDRO CALARAMO AGCAOILI who was born on May 21, 1952 at Vintar, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are DIMETRIO AGCAOILI and MARCELA CALARAMO.
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than January 2, 2017.

(SGD) MENELEO JOEY J. LEAÑO
Municipal Civil Registrar
Dec. 19-25, 2016, Dec. 27*-Jan. 1, 2017*IT
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Publication Notice
R.A. 10172
Republic of the Philippines
Province of Ilocos Norte
MUNICIPALITY OF BANGUI

OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR

Petition Number CCE-0060-2016 RA 10172
December 16, 2016.

          In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular Number. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of Administrative Order No. 1 series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172) notice is hereby served to the public that REGIE M. SALAMAT has filed with this Office, a petition for correction of gender from “F” to “M” in the Certificate of Live Birth of REGIE MANEGDEG SALAMAT at Bangui, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are AGAPITO SALAMAT and LETICIA MANEGDEG.
          Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than January 5, 2017/

(SGD) GLORIA B. AMUDO
Municipal Civil Registrar
December 19-25, 2016 December 26-January 1, 2017*IT
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RA 9048 Form No. 10.1 (LCRO)
Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province of Ilocos Norte
Municipality of Pasuquin

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION

   In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that Jose R. Lagpacan has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from “Pepino” to “Jose” in the birth certificate of Pepino Lagpacan who was born on September 15, 1952 at Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are Juan Lagpacan and Rosal Ravelo.
   Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than January 22, 2017.
(SGD) FELIZA C. RATUITA
Municipal Civil Registrar
Dec. 19- 25, 2016, Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 2017*IT
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Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province of Ilocos Norte
Municipality of Vintar

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION
   In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that Penny Green Acacio Yumul has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from Robelee to Robelle in the birth certificate of Robelle Vega Labrador-Stieber who was born on October 20, 1980 at Vintar, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are Juan Labrador and Elvira Vega.
   Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than January 2, 2017.
Municipal Civil Registrar
Dec. 19-25, 2019-Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 2017*IT
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Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province of Ilocos Norte
Municipality of Vintar

NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION
   In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that Pedro Calaramo Agcaoili has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from Matias to Pedro in the birth certificate of Pedro Calaramo Agcaoili who was born on May 21, 1952 at Vintar, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are Dimetrio Agcaoili and Marcela Calaramo.
   Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than January 2, 2017.
(SGD) MENELEO JOEY J. LEAÑO
Municipal Civil Registrar
Dec. 19-25, 2019-Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 2017*IT
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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
REGIONAL TRIAL COURT
FIRST JUDICIAL REGION
BRANCH 11, LAOAG CITY

IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF MINOR CHRISTOPHER SABANDIJA ABLAO,

SPS. SONNY PALTING SIMEON AND LOURDES ABLAO SIMEON,
Petitioners.

Spec. Proc. No. 16930
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O R D E R
          Filed with this Court is a verified petition for the adoption of the minor child Christopher Sabandija Ablao by Spouses Sonny Palting Simeon and Lourdes Ablao Simeon of Brgy. Maananteng, Solsona, Ilocos Norte.
          Finding the verified petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the Court hereby sets the hearing of the petition of January 30, 2017 at 8:30 A.M. at the Regional Trial Court, Marcos Hall of Justice, Branch 11, Laoag City at which date, time and place, any interested person may appear and show cause why the petition should not be granted.
          Let a copy of this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in any newspaper of general circulation in the province of Ilocos Norte and Laoag City at petitioners’ expense.
          Let a copy of this Order be furnished the Office of the Solicitor General.
          SO ORDERED.
          Done in the City of Laoag, this 28th day of November, 2016.

(SGD) NIDA B. ALEJANDRO
Acting Presiding Judge
Dec. 19, 26, 2016, Jan. 1, 2017*IT


REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL AND CITY SHERIFF
MARCOS HALL OF JUSTICE
LAOAG CITY

SAN JOAQUIN MULTI-PURPOSE COOPERATIVE,
Mortgagee
versus

IRENE JULIAN and AMANTE JULIAN,
Mortgagor/s.

CASE NO. 22-2016
RE: EXTRAJUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OF REAL  ESTATE MORTGAGE  Under Act 3135 as amended

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NOTICE OF EXTRA JUDICIAL SALE
Upon extra judicial petition for sale under Act 3135, as amended, filed by SAN JOAQUIN MULTI-PURPOSE COOPERATIVE, of San Joaquin, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte against IRENE JULIAN AND AMANTE JULIAN of Barangay 22 San Julian, Solsona, Ilocos Norte by virtue of Special Power of Attorney executed to his/her favor by AMANTE JULIAN to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of November 25 2016, amounts to P 121,752.97, exclusive of legal fees and other incidental charges accruing from the filing of the application in accordance with the stipulations in the said mortgage or contract, and the expenses of this foreclosure, the undersigned or his duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on January 19, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. or soon thereafter at Solsona Municipal Hall, Solsona, Ilocos Norte, to the highest bidder, for cash and in Philippine currency, all rights, shares and participation which the mortgagor IRENE JULIAN AND AMANTE JULIAN have or might have had in the following property/ies together with the improvements existing thereon, to wit:

MORTGAGED PROPERTY/IES
TAX DECLARATION NUMBER    05-019-00380
CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NUMBER        OCT NO. P-717
CADASTRAL LOT NUMBER          45200
ARP NUMBER            

Agricultural land situated at barangay San Julian, Solsona, Ilocos Norte. Bounded on the SW., along line 1-2 by Brgy. Road; on the NW., along line 2-3 by Lot 45199. Cad-574-D; on the NE., along line 3-4 by Lot 45825, Cad-574-D; and on the SE., along line 4-1 by Lot 45201, Cad-574-D. Containing an area of FIVE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED FORTY (5,140) SQUARE METERS.
This document shall be registered under Act 496 as amended.

In the event the public auction sale should not take place on the aforementioned date, it shall be held on January 26, 2017 without further notice.
Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the properties hereunder above described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be.
Laoag City December 9, 2016.

ZALDY P. DE LA CRUZ
Clerk of Court VI &
Ex-Officio Provincial and City Sheriff

BY: (SGD) JETHRO G. LAGON
Sheriff IV
RTC, Branch 13, Laoag City

Copy furnished: (By reg Mail with return card)
1)      SAN JOAQUIN MPC
San Joaquin, sarrat, 2914, Ilocos Norte
2)    IRENE JULIAN
BRGY. 22, San Julian
Solsona 2910 Ilocos Norte
3)     AMANTE JULIAN
BRGY. 22, SAN JULIAN
Solsona 2910 ILOCOS NORTE
4)    RTC – OCC, Laoag City

Dec 19, 26, 2016, January 1, 2017*IT
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DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH SALE
          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late FLORENDO PAQUIBITAN, also known as FLORENDO PAGUIBITAN consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 25384, Cad-398 covered by OCT No. P-25240 containing an area of 1,219 sq.m. situated in Brgy. Tabug, Batac, Ilcoos Norte has been adjudicated by his heirs extrajudicially and simultaneously sold to FREDERICK D. AUTRIZ married to JOCELYN N. AUTRIZ ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public JOEL R. GARCIA as per Doc. No. 344; Page No. 70; Bk. No. XC; S. of 2016.
Dec. 19, 26, 2016. Jan. 1, 2017*IT

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH SALE
          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late JOSUE M. MORALES consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 1174 covered by OCT No. 0-37 containing an area of 230.44 sq.m. situated at Brgy. #7 Caunayan, Batac City, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by his heirs extrajudicially and simultaneously sold the western portion of the above-described parcel of land containing an area of 85.68 sq.m. to LYLE VAN ALDRICH M. INES ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public JOEL R. GARCIA as per Doc. No. 366; Page No. 75; Bk. No. LXXX; S. of 2014.
Dec. 19, 26, 2016. Jan. 1, 2017*IT
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION WITH ABSOLUTE SALE
          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late MAXIMA MENOR consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 1965-B PSD-1-06055 of the Laoag Cadastre under TCT No. T-19565 containing an area of 1,287 sq.m. situated at Brgy. 37 Calayab, Laoag City has been adjudicated by her heirs and simultaneously sold to SIMEON ROJAS married to KATHERINE A. ROJAS ratified and acknowledged before CRISTINE L. FOCKE Notary Public California Tulare County and MATHEW SMITH, Deputy Clerk of the County of Tulare State of California authenticated by LEAH VICTORIA C. RODRIGUEZ, Consul of the Republic of the Philippines for Northern California, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming as per Doc. No. 7599; Page No. 16; Bk. No. XXXIV; S. of 2014.
Dec. 19, 26, 2016. Jan. 1, 2017*IT
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ADJUDICATION OF ESTATE BY SOLE HEIR
          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late ELIZABETH MANGAPIT REYES who died with a will on May 14, 2016 in Batac City, Ilocos Norte, consisting of five (5) parcels of land (Lot 2230-C, Psd-01-028610), including improvements found thereon, described under Tax Declaration No. 05-006-00438; Lot 1195 of the Batac Cadastre; Lot 11234, Cad 398; Lot 10939, Cad 398; and Lot 9220, Cad 398, covered and describe under TCT Nos. T-2183, T-13808, Katibayan ng Orihinal na Titulo Blg. P-14099, P-14251 and P-14252, respectively, all situated at the City of Batac, issued by the Registry of Deeds of Ilocos Norte, has been adjudicated by his only legal heir, TIMOTEO P. REYES in which he executed and ratified on November 17, 2016 before Notary Public, Atty. FRANCISCO A. MUSNI of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte designated as Doc. No. 195, Page No. 39, Book No. LXXXIII, Series of 2016.
Dec. 19, 26, 2016. Jan. 1, 2017*IT
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DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH ABSOLUTE SALE
          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late APOLINARIO HORTELANO consisting of his rights, interest and participation of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 15700-B-7 being a portion of Lot No. 15700-B, Psd-01-087923 covered by TCT No. 023-2015000023 containing an area of 146 sq.m. situated at Brgy. Billoca, Batac City, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by his heirs extrajudicially and simultaneously sold to SUSANA T. CAÑAVERAL ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public WINDELL D. CHUA as per Doc. No. 89; Page No. 19; Bk. No. XXXIII; S. of 2015.
Dec. 19, 26, 2016. Jan. 1, 2017*IT
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          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late Roman Tungpalan consisting of his interest the portion of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 3238 covered by OCT No. 14714 with a total area of 83,939 sq.m situated at Brgy. Apaya, Laoag City has been adjudicated by his heirs and simultaneously sold to William B. Munoz the undivided 1,331 sq.m. taken at the middle portion of a duly approved subdivision plan identified as Lot 3738-E, PSD-01-066828 and now sold area is identical to Lot 3738-E of the approved subdivision plan ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Melchor B. Guillen as per Doc. No. 490; Page No. 98; Bk. No. LV; S. of 2014.
Dec. 19, 26, 2016, Jan. 1, 2017*IT
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          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late Lourdes M. Barba consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 3423, Cad-307-D of San Nicolas Cadastre covered by OCT No. OF 5696 containing an area of 274 sq.m located at Brgy. 16, San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by her heirs and simultaneously sold to Sps. Rogelio D. Padaca Jr. and Cristina Teodora M. Padaca ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Antonio R. Cajigal as per Doc. No. 311; Bk. No. XXXXI; Page No. 64; S. of 2013.
Dec. 19, 26, 2016, Jan. 1, 2017*IT
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          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late Apolinario Hortelano consisting of one-half (1/2) share of a parcel of land designated as Lot No. 15700-B-3 being a portion of Lot No. 15700-B, PSD-01-080643 covered by TCT No. 023-2015000019 containing an area of 214  sq.m. situated at Brgy. Billoca, Batac City, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by his heirs extrajudicially and simultaneously sold to Erlinda P. Digap ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Windell D. Chua as per Doc. No. 296; Page No. 61; Bk. No. XXXIII; S. of 2015.
Dec. 19, 26, 2016, Jan. 1, 2017*IT
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          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late Sps. Eugenio Duldulao and Judith l. duldulao consisting of two (2) parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 11291 and 11292 both of Cad-398 under OCT No. P11491 containing an area of 608 sq.m. and 79 sq.m. situated at Brgy. Quiling Norte, Batac, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by their heirs and simultaneously sold to Ian Nazarene V. Cachero ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Da Vinci M. Crisostomo as per Doc. No. 103; Page No. 22; Bk. No. CCCXXVII; S. of 2016.
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DEED OF ADJUDICATION and Abolute Sale
          Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late Fermina agtarap consisting of an undivided 1/6 share of a parcel of land Lot No. 11874 situated at Brgy. 1, San Lorenzo, Laoag City, Philippines, has been adjudicated by Teodoro Agtarap Mata simultaneously sold a portion with an area of 150 square meters in favor of Robert Bernardino Eugenio as per Doc. No. 112; Page No. 23; Book. No. 206; Series of 2016 before Notary Public Atty. Jason Bader LL. Perera dated December 15, 2016 at Laoag City, Philippines
Dec. 19, 26, 2016, Jan. 1, 2017*IT
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DAR conducts ARCCESS training in Ilocos Norte


The provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Ilocos Norte has again successfully conducted a series of training for its farmer-beneficiaries through its Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS).

In cooperation with Costales Nature Farms, DAR has trained around 100 farmers from the different cities and municipalities in Ilocos Norte on Agri-Extension Services (AES) and Business Development Services (BDS).

Under AES, participative workshops on improved rice production technologies were held coupled with the establishment of technology demonstration farms in Piddig, Burgos and Currimao in order to monitor the development of the participants.

On the other hand, farmers were instructed on policy formulation, marketing and business management under the BDS.

There were 29 farmers who completed the 10-month course on AES, while 70 farmers successfully graduated from the BDS training.

OIC PARPO II Vic M. Ines congratulated DAR-Ilocos Norte’s Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD), headed by Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Teresita T. Acang, for the outstanding implementation of said training.

“This is a victory in the community,” said Mr. Ines.
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OUTREACH PROJECT: The Birth and Death Circle (BAD Circle), a neighborhood organization in west riverside, Laoag City, will hold its annual outreach program on December 30, 2016 in Barangay 6, San Agustin.

In the spirit of Christmas, the group will be distributing free rice, noodles, canned goods and other grocery products to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. The distribution will be coupled with a feeding activity for the children of the indigent families.

Also, a program with special games will be conducted to cheer the beneficiaries in this holiday season.
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BARD NOTES: Happy bard-reading to Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos, Laoag City Mayor Chevylle V. Farinas, Laoag City Vice Mayor Michael V. Farinas, Ilocos Norte Provincial Treasurer Josephine P. Calajate, INWD General Manager John Teodoro, Dr. Miramar Bumanglag, DAR-Ilocos Norte OIC PARO Vic M. Ines, DAR-Ilocos Norte CAO Rudy Acacio and PNB Laoag Branch Manager Metty V. Guerrero.
Greeting also to the employees of AMA Laoag, DAR Ilocos Norte, DepEd Laoag, Vertext Handyphones, PNB Laoag and the residents of Barangay 6, San Agustin, Laoag City.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Ilocos Times’ top Ilocanos for 2017

By the IT staff

Celebrating greatness in its many forms and dimensions, The Ilocos Times trains the spotlight this year on individuals—mostly common, previously unheralded folks—who performed deeds which are inspiring, great, and novel.

In this time and age, position and money are no longer the sole sources of influence and power. Fame and greatness have been democratized, digitalized if you want to call it so, and thus the advent of fresh and new heroes.

We are honored to present you The Ilocos Times’ Top Ilocanos for 2017.



For providing shelter to 77 residents from a lowland area in Pagudpud during the onslaught of supertyphoon “Lawin”.

On the request of Mike Oida, US-based physician Macario Corpuz opened The Grimaldi Point, his home-cum-resort located on top of a hill with an excellent view of Maira-ira Beach, to the evacuees.

Originally planned to be a small vacation home, The Grimaldi Point was converted to a resort as a means to help fund a soup kitchen. The name is a tribute to the owner’s beautiful Italian wife, whose big heart decided to use a portion of the profits to help her newfound townmates. Doc Mac says his Greek-inspired resort will always be open to evacuees in time of calamity.

Mike Oida owns the Kapuluan Vista Resort and manages The Grimaldi Point.

For living a life of faith and virtue, thereby becoming as a good example to men in uniform.

He served as a police officer for over three decades and received a host of awards for his work. But for Marlin Ramos, there could be no greater mission than to serve God and his church. He has been a lay leader and Eucharistic minister of the Roman Catholic Church for 37 years. Aside from helping administer communion during masses, he delivers Church services to the homes of the old, weak and, sickly. He used guns and bullets to maintain order, but this former policeman, admired by many for his virtues, has shown that the Bible and cross bring forth unspeakable inner peace and joy.

For exercising their democratic rights in shunning a leader whose 21-year rule was marred by suspected criminal activities, and for bringing forth a new leadership on which they pin their hopes for a new Badoc that is peaceful and progressive.

For sharing her moving story of courage, sacrifice, and hope.

Hazel Perdido, one of the five actors in the documentary film “Sunday Beauty Queen”, which won Best Picture in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival, is a BS Computer Science graduate of MMSU and a native of Paoay. He chose to serve as domestic helper in Hong Kong so that she can better provide for her family. On Sundays, Hazel and a few other OFWs transform themselves into dazzling beauty queens, entertaining their fellow Filipinos and raising funds for distressed OFWs in need of help.

For pursuing his passion and for pursuing innovative technologies in organic farming.

John Lei Ganiron is a registered electronics engineering graduate and worked in the industry for a couple of years, but he followed the yearnings of his young heart and is now a rising star in the field of organic farming, including automated hydroponics technology. The lad from Batac supervises Romaine Organics, their family-owned farm. “Doing what I love to do and trying new things keep me relaxed... switching to farming is one of the best decisions I have ever made,” he said.






For being one of the country’s best Instagrammers, thereby showing us the beauty of the world through his smartphone.

Russel, a registered nurse, takes photos as a hobby, but it has brought him to places, beautiful places. He was one of the lucky Instagrammer-bloggers sent by a telecommunications company to a trip in picturesque New Zealand as part of a prize in a digital photo contest. He has also done photo exhibits and has delivered talks in top schools, including the University of the Philippines.



For running for public office on a platform of good governance despite lack of funds and machinery.

Darwin Domingo was no doubt the most qualified candidate for the Laoag City council in last year’s elections. Under his leadership as chairperson, Brgy. 1 (San Lorenzo), Laoag City, once known as a dreaded community, was transformed into a vibrant and model neighborhood, thus consistently bagging a string of national awards.

But Darwin, who is also an active church worker, neither had the political backing of any party nor the funds to sustain a campaign. And so many clowns bagged council seats. He lost.

Still, 2016 was not a bad year for him, not at all. On December 28, 2016 in Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte conferred on Darwin the highly coveted “Dangal ng Bayan Award”.

Administered by the Civil Service Commission, the award is conferred to an individual for performance of an extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary ethical behavior prescribed by Republic Act No. 6713, otherwise known as the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees”.

For letting us feel the joy of random kindness and the spirit of sharing.

Passengers were surprised to see a tricycle driver offering free rides before Christmas. He says it was his small way of sharing the joy of the season. He believes that everyone can do something to put a smile on the faces of others.

Netizens were quick to contrast him with rude tricycle drivers who exact fares more than what is prescribed.









Though not a person, this issue has gripped and riveted Laoagueños in and out of the city; as well as other people who could not believe how systematic and long the looting was going on.

Discovered in June of last year, initial reports from both the city’s accounting office and the Commission on Audit indicate that the looting started as early as at least seven years before its discovery. That it took the internal auditor that long to even believe something was wrong was both unbelievable and astounding—and thoroughly stupid.

That up to now, the final audit result remains incomplete is really stretching it. Hopefully, those who took part in this nefarious deed will be charged, convicted and jailed. And soon.



Traffic is always a problem for booming cities. In Laoag City, the traffic problem is beginning to become serious. With lots of vehicles now using limited roads, rush hour in the city is fast becoming a nightmare. And with malls, mini-malls and other commercial establishment sprouting everywhere, Metro Manila’s woes is now being experienced here even of it is piece-meal—and we do not relish it. It is on this note that we hail Laoag’s traffic aides as our local heroes.

Severely underpaid and thoroughly overworked from 6 am to 6 pm, one of the rare breeds who still persevere and help untangle the city’s traffic is Roodrigo de Leon.

The 57-year old native of Brgy. Cabungaan in Laoag City began his career in 1992 as a volunteer. At that time, he was receiving 300 per month courtesy of the late Laoag Mayor Ceasar Ventura’s administration.

He related that their pay only started to increase when former Laoag Mayor Roger C. Fariñas’ three terms began. Presently, he said, traffic aides receive honoraria of 6,300 monthly; no additional benefits, however are given them—no health insurance and no retirement funds.

A former tricycle driver, Mr. De Leon said he is sacrificing because he wants to help the city, particularly in ensuring a smooth flow of traffic around the city. He added that it also helps that his children are already grown up. He is married to Teresita de Leon.

Lifetime Achievement Award (Posthumous)
For laying the foundations of educational excellence as first president of Mariano Marcos State University (1978-1985) and for being the first Filipina to head a state university, a historical distinction she gained when she became president of the Pamantasan ng Lunsod ng Maynila from 1972 to 1978.

Dr. Blanco, a native of Paoay, met our Creator last month, December 2016, but her contributions to the education sector will live on to benefit the next generations of grateful young Filipinos for whom she dedicated her entire professional life.

US Embassy in the Philippines inaugurates health facilities in Samar

Samar—The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Health Deputy Chief Bryn Sakagawa led the inauguration of the newly constructed birthing and Tuberculosis Directly Observed Treatment Short-Course (TB-DOTS) facilities in Calbiga Rural Health Unit in Samar.

Samar provincial board member Fe Arcales extended her gratitude on behalf of Samar citizens. “This facility will increase access to health programs and boost the morale of health personnel,” she said.

Additionally, USAID provided medical equipment and communication materials on family planning, maternal and child health, and TB.  The TB-DOTS structures are among 12 health facilities constructed by USAID to restore access to health services across Typhoon Yolanda-affected areas.

To date, the U.S. government has provided $143 million to help the Philippines respond to, and recover from, the devastating effects of Typhoon Yolanda.  “The U.S. government is a partner of the Philippines, including the communities in Leyte and Samar, in making building improvements after Typhoon Yolanda,” said Sakagawa.


USAID is also constructing 310 classrooms, 30 agriculture-fishery support facilities, and more than 1,000 sari-sari stores, and restoring livelihood activities through the provision of equipment and training to 3,000 farmers, 7,000 fishermen and women, and 1,400 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs.